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Monday, April 17th, 2017
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In the News:

1) South Korea: Park, Lotte chairman charged with bribery
2) Turkey: Erdogan declares referendum victory, opponents plan challenge
3) Syria: 126 killed as bomb hits buses with evacuees, group says
4) Egypt: Regime frees US charity worker held for three years in pretrial detention
5) AK: BP oil well spills out of control
6) Pro-Trump group launches $3 million ad campaign to prop up House allies
7) US is bombing for a country getting sued for $4 billion for their role in 9/11
8) North Korea: Regime said to snub Chinese diplomats as tensions mounted
9) Guatemala: Mexican former governor, accused of corruption, captured
10) NY: Panicked mob flees a packed Penn Station after Amtrak cops jolt man with stun gun
11) Trump picks critic of Ex-Im Bank to lead it
12) Trump calls for investigation into Tax Day protesters; tweets “election is over!”
13) Microsoft mysteriously fixed security gaps allegedly used by US spies a month before they leaked
14) NASA OIG: Mission unlikely to launch in 2018
15) Bitcoin wallets under siege from “Large Collider” attack
16) The rise of left-wing, anti-Trump fake news
17) Report: MOAB drop ordered by US general, Trump approval not needed
18) NY: Thousands rally demanding Trump release tax returns
19) AR: Judge blocks state from using lethal drug
20) MO: Church playground now First Amendment exercise for SCOTUS

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Economic analysis cannot justify immoral state actions
22) A+ in arrogance
23) How food stamps subverted democracy, part 1
24) Forced catheterizations a good reminder that drug war as barbaric and cruel as ever
25) If universities are afraid of the emperor — are they still universities? The important of freedom of speech in academia
26) Transactional president
27) Trump’s Goldman Sachs vampire squid presidency
28) Why Title II Net Neutrality directly conflicts with consumer privacy
29) Use United’s bloody O’Hare debacle to demand change
30) Starve the beast: How states can take on the IRS
31) What’s behind recent eruptions of anti-Semitism?
32) Bankers, always the last to know
33) The Republican Party has defeated Donald Trump
34) Was this wicked witchy woman cursed with ineffective assistance of counsel?
35) Trump not interested in learning, just winning
36) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #16: Knowledge and righteous intention.
37) Trumping state regulators and juries
38) The Syrian bombings and Just War Theory, part 2
39) How Trump’s arts and research cuts hurt his supporters
40) The real factions of Trumpland and US foreign policy
41) Workers, not companies, bear growing burden of government
42) A country in the cloud: Estonia offers e-residency
43) Prohibition and slavery
44) In defense of skepticism around alleged chemical attack in Syria
45) The bright side of deportation: Private prison stocks are soaring!
46) Donald Trump and the nature of victory
47) United and the free market
48) Canada: Scowly Liberals legalize the demon weed
49) Overtime pay isn’t a cure-all: Make work flexible without the red tape
50) Pompeo, targeting WikiLeaks, explicitly threatens speech and press freedoms
51) Issuing a challenge to the United States
52) Recognize, resist, report
53) What a perverse presidential incentive system!
54) Burger King ad triggers Google Home: Clever marketing trick or invasive ploy?
55) Our ancestors were right about the Bill of Rights

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Reason Podcast, 04/16/17
57) spiked podcast, 04/15/17
58) The Back Story, episode 9
59) Felony Friday, episode 67
60) Make “Tax Day” simple, again!
61) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/14/17
62) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 183
63) Free Talk Live, 04/15/17
64) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 27
65) Gareth Porter on The Scott Horton Show

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***** In the News *****

1) South Korea: Park, Lotte chairman charged with bribery
Source: Hindustan Times [India]

“South Korean prosecutors on Monday charged ousted president Park Geun-hye and Lotte Group chairman Shin Dong-bin with bribery in the latest twist to a corruption scandal that rocked the country for months. Prosecutors charged Shin without detaining him. The retail giant Lotte, with interests ranging from hotels and retail to food and chemicals, becomes the second conglomerate mired in the political scandal after Jay Y. Lee, the chief of the biggest, Samsung Group, was arrested suspected of bribing Park and her friend, Choi Soon-sil. Lee, Park and Choi are being held at detention centres.” (04/17/17)

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/south-korea-charges-ousted-president-park-geun-hye-and-lotte-chief-with-bribery/story-g6URboj48iEiP6I5ce5sXI.html

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2) Turkey: Erdogan declares referendum victory, opponents plan challenge
Source: Reuters

“President Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in a referendum on Sunday to grant him sweeping powers in the biggest overhaul of modern Turkish politics, but opponents said the vote was marred by irregularities and they would challenge its result. Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast and its three main cities, including the capital Ankara and the largest city Istanbul, looked set to vote ‘No’ after a bitter and divisive campaign. Erdogan said 25 million people had supported the proposal to replace Turkey’s parliamentary system with an all-powerful presidency, giving the ‘Yes’ camp 51.5 percent of the vote.” (04/16/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-referendum-idUSKBN17H0CU

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3) Syria: 126 killed as bomb hits buses with evacuees, group says
Source: CNN

“The death toll from a bomb attack targeting evacuees leaving besieged Syrian towns has risen to 126, a monitoring group said Sunday. The blast hit a convoy of buses Saturday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reported the higher death toll. The blast struck buses of people leaving their towns as part of a rebel-regime swap.” (04/16/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/15/middleeast/syria-evacuations-bombing

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4) Egypt: Regime frees US charity worker held for three years in pretrial detention
Source: Washington Post

“An Egyptian court on Saturday acquitted a U.S. charity worker who had spent almost three years in pretrial detention for her work with a charity helping street children. Police arrested Aya Hijazi, her husband and six others in May 2014 on charges of abusing children in her care and engaging in human trafficking, kidnapping, sexual exploitation and torture. Human rights groups said the charges were fabricated. Her detention came as part of a broader crackdown that has neutered independent civil society in Egypt.” (04/16/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egypt-frees-us-aid-worker-held-for-three-years-in-pretrial-detention/2017/04/16/8e1f59c0-22a0-11e7-836b-e91b113bf060_story.html

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5) AK: BP oil well spills out of control
Source: MarketWatch

“An out of control oil well on Alaska’s North Slope near Prudhoe Bay continues to spray crude and natural gas into the area for a third day, according to BP PLC, which operates the well. The London-based energy company said it couldn’t quantify how much oil has spilled in the area, because it was still too dangerous for workers to approach the well. Attempts to stop the leak have failed so far. BP and state and federal authorities continued work on Sunday to try to get a handle on the situation.” (04/16/17)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/bp-oil-well-in-alaska-spills-out-of-control-2017-04-16

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6) Pro-Trump group launches $3 million ad campaign to prop up House allies
Source: Washington Post

“Leaders of America First Policies, a pro-Trump nonprofit outfit, told The Washington Post on Sunday that it is starting a $3 million advertising campaign to bolster a dozen House Republicans who publicly backed the health-care proposal that has stalled on Capitol Hill. In a phone call, the Trump campaign veterans who run the organization described the expenditure as a gesture of appreciation to Trump’s friends in the chamber as well as a way to encourage other House Republicans to get behind the effort to revive health-care legislation. The $3 million ‘advocacy campaign’ will be split among the 12 Republicans beginning Monday and feature broadcast, digital and social components, the advisers said.” (04/16/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/04/16/pro-group-trump-launches-a-3-million-ad-campaign-to-prop-up-house-allies/

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7) US is bombing for a country getting sued for $4 billion for their role in 9/11
Source: The Free Thought Project

“Sixteen years after 9/11, the U.S. remains in perpetual war against a tactic — aka the ‘war on terror’ — bombing and invading sovereign countries with the unquestioning support of corporate media. In a truly Orwellian sense, America’s strongest Arab ally in the Middle Eastern rampage is Saudi Arabia, which also happens to be the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. Sustaining the decades-old partnership with Saudi Arabia is essential to securing Western dominance in the Middle East, which means the U.S. supports the Sunni regime’s own aggression against Shia-governed countries such as Iran and Syria.” (04/16/17)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/the-us-is-bombing-for-a-country-getting-sued-for-4-billion-for-their-role-in-911/

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8) North Korea: Regime said to snub Chinese diplomats as tensions mounted
Source: Bloomberg

“North Korea snubbed senior Chinese diplomats this month as tensions mounted with the U.S., according to people familiar with the situation, raising questions about the influence Beijing’s leaders have over Kim Jong Un. Pyongyang didn’t respond to requests from China Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Wu Dawei, the country’s top envoy for North Korean nuclear affairs, to meet with their North Korean counterparts, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions were private. The overtures came after Chinese President Xi Jinping met with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in Florida, the people said.” (04/17/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-17/north-korea-said-to-snub-chinese-diplomats-as-tensions-mounted

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9) Guatemala: Mexican former governor, accused of corruption, captured
Source: New York Times

“After a six-month manhunt spanning at least three continents, the former governor of Veracruz state in Mexico was captured in Guatemala and will face extradition to Mexico, where he is wanted on suspicion of diverting millions of dollars to phantom companies, Mexican authorities said. Javier Duarte, who served as governor of Veracruz from 2010 until last October, was found late Saturday night holed up in a hotel with his wife in the resort town of Panajachel, on Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala, officials said. He has denied the charges against him, which include graft and organized crime.” (04/16/17)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/16/world/americas/mexico-javier-duarte-captured.html

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10) NY: Panicked mob flees a packed Penn Station after Amtrak cops jolt man with stun gun
Source: New York Daily News

“Pandemonium erupted at Penn Station Friday after Amtrak police used a stun gun on an unruly man — sending scared riders scrambling for safety. The transit hub was unusually crowded at rush hour thanks to an NJ Transit train that stalled in a tunnel earlier, causing massive delays to kick off the holiday weekend. … FDNY officials said 13 people were injured in the chaos.” (04/14/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/stampeding-mob-flees-penn-station-amtrak-cops-taser-man-article-1.3056434

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11) Trump picks critic of Ex-Im Bank to lead it
Source: The Hill

“President Donald Trump on Friday announced his intent to nominate former Rep. Scott Garrett, a Republican from New Jersey, for president of the Export-Import Bank. While in Congress, Garrett voted against reauthorizing the bank and said that it ’embodies the corruption of the free enterprise system.’ If confirmed, Garrett would serve a four-year term at the helm of the bank, which aims to make U.S. exports more competitive around the world by lending money to foreign buyers. Trump is also nominating another former lawmaker to the bank: Spencer Bachus of Alabama, who once led the financial services panel. Bachus, who served on Capitol Hill from 1993 to 2014 and supported the bank’s reauthorization. Trump opposed the Ex-Im Bank on the campaign trail, but he did an about-face this week, saying he now supports it.” (04/14/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/328938-trump-picks-critic-of-ex-im-bank-to-lead-it

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12) Trump calls for investigation into Tax Day protesters; tweets “election is over!”
Source: NBC News

“President Donald Trump on Twitter Sunday lashed out against citizens who’d taken to the streets to exercise their First Amendment rights. While claiming that thousands of people who on Saturday demanded Trump finally release his full tax returns were ‘paid’ protesters, Trump tweeted, ‘The election is over!’ ‘Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies,’ Trump tweeted a day after thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in more than 150 cities across the country.” (04/16/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-calls-investigation-tax-day-protesters-tweets-election-over-n747101

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13) Microsoft mysteriously fixed security gaps allegedly used by US spies a month before they leaked
Source: Quartz

“On Friday, a cache of hacking tools allegedly developed by the US National Security Agency was dumped online. The news was explosive in the digital security community because the tools contained methods to hack computers running Windows, meaning millions of machines could be at risk. Security experts who tested the tools, leaked by a group called the Shadow Brokers, found that they worked. … But just hours later, Microsoft announced that many of the vulnerabilities were addressed in a security update released a month ago.” (04/16/17)

https://qz.com/960501/microsoft-msft-mysteriously-managed-to-fix-nsa-targeted-security-gaps-revealed-in-shadow-brokers-leak/

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14) NASA OIG: Mission unlikely to launch in 2018
Source: Spaceflight Insider

“The NASA Office of Inspector General has issued an audit detailing that the space agency’s Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) will likely not take to the Florida skies in 2018. However, this might be a moot point as NASA is considering flying EM-1 with a crew, which would push the launch to 2019 at the earliest. These are just some of a myriad of issues facing the first flight of the agency’s new super-heavy-lift launch system. The 77-page report, titled NASA’s Plans For Human Exploration Beyond Low Earth Orbit, was released on Thursday, April 13. It noted that the first astronauts to use the rocket as their means of transportation to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit will likely not do so until 2021 at the earliest.” (04/15/17)

http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/missions/human-spaceflight/nasa-oig-sls-unlikely-launch-2018/

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15) Bitcoin wallets under siege from “Large Collider” attack
Source: Fortune

“A group called the ‘Large Bitcoin Collider’ claims it can smash open bitcoin wallets by using a so-called brute force attack, which directs mass amounts of computer power at individual wallets in order to guess their private keys. The project, which has been underway for months, relies on a distributed network of computers (similar to bitcoin itself), and invites anyone to participate — those who do could potentially share in the proceeds of the wallets cracked open. A ‘trophy list’ on the home page of Collider (an apparent reference to the Hadron Collider) suggests the group has successfully opened over a dozen wallets, though only three had any bitcoin in them. It’s unclear if the group is motivated by financial gain or the cryptographic challenge of smashing wallets — the answer is probably both based on the site’s webpage and outside observers.” (04/15/17)

http://fortune.com/2017/04/15/bitcoin-collider/

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16) The rise of left-wing, anti-Trump fake news
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Since the US election presidential race, fact checking websites report what seems like an increase in anti-Trump, ‘liberal fake news.’ The fact-checking site Snopes told BBC Trending radio that in the past week, for example, they have debunked many more anti-Republican party stories than pro-Republican ones. One example of an incorrect story is the unflattering, digitally-manipulated image, which suggested that US President Donald Trump had diarrhoea during a recent golf outing. Another falsely suggested that President Trump profited from the US missile strikes in Syria. It’s hard to gather definitive data on the political bias in fake news stories, so the evidence for a rise in ‘liberal fake news’ is essentially anecdotal. But a recent study did effectively debunk the stereotype that fake news tends to be shared more by uneducated people or those with right-leaning politics, as compared to other groups.” [editor’s note: If even the BBC is noticing this, it’s become pretty obvious – SAT] (04/15/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-39592010

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17) Report: MOAB drop ordered by US general, Trump approval not needed
Source: Fox News

“The decision to drop the largest non-nuclear bomb ever used in combat was made by the top U.S. commander on the ground, officials told Fox News on Friday, after the so-called ‘mother of all bombs’ was used to obliterate an ISIS target in Afghanistan. Fox News is told that Gen. John Nicholson made the decision on his own. President Trump’s approval apparently was not needed. Trump himself declined to say Thursday where the order came from, but stressed that he has given the military complete flexibility. ‘We have given [the military] total authorization,’ Trump told reporters. ‘Frankly, that’s why they’ve been so successful lately.’ The Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or MOAB, arrived in Afghanistan in early January, and is designed for its psychological effect as much as the damage it causes –the 21,000-pound bomb has a blast radius of one mile.” (04/14/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/14/moab-drop-ordered-by-us-general-trump-approval-not-needed-officials-say.html

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18) NY: Thousands rally demanding Trump release tax returns
Source: Reuters

“Thousands of people turned out for a march through midtown Manhattan on Saturday to demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns and to dispute his claim that the public does not care about the issue. Organizers of New York’s ‘Tax March,’ one of more than 150 across the country and beyond, want to call attention to Trump’s refusal to disclose his tax history, as his White House predecessors have done for more than 40 years. In addition to major U.S. cities, including Washington and Los Angeles, marches are planned in Europe, Japan and New Zealand. The Manhattan march began with a rally at Bryant Park, drawing a good-natured crowd estimated by a Reuters reporter to be about 5,000 people, although no official estimates were immediately available. The procession up Sixth Avenue was due to disperse at Central Park.” [editor’s note: So bombs are fine, as long as you disclose your personal issues like a good sheeple? – SAT] (04/15/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-taxes-idUSKBN17H0FW

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19) AR: Judge blocks state from using lethal drug
Source: USA Today

“A judge in Arkansas issued a restraining order Friday, barring use of a lethal drug that was to be used in the executions of six men who were to die within days, starting on Monday. Pulaski County, Ark., Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen issued a temporary restraining order Friday barring Arkansas from using its supply of vecuronium bromide in the executions. Griffen’s action effectively stops a series of executions that were drawing condemnation from death penalty opponents across the country. Arkansas scheduled the deaths to take place in a short span of time in order to beat the expiration of the shelf life of midazolam, one of the three drugs used in its lethal injection protocol. The drug is part of a three-drug protocol in Arkansas used for condemned inmates. After the sedative midazolam is administered, vecuronium bromide stops the breathing and potassium chloride stops the heart.” (04/14/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/04/14/arkansas-judge-blocks-state-using-lethal-drug/100489140

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20) MO: Church playground now First Amendment exercise for SCOTUS
Source: Raw Story

“A U-turn by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens might let the air out of a highly anticipated Supreme Court challenge to the state’s 2012 rejection of a church school’s scrap-tire grant application. While the complex clash pitting the First Amendment against one interpretation of the state’s Constitution remains set for an oral argument Wednesday, it could be simplified by Greitens’ unexpected announcement Thursday that religious organizations can now obtain the grants. The move means Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Mo., might apply again for the grant that officials previously rejected because of a provision in the state constitution that bans state funding ‘in aid of any church, sect or denomination of religion.’ The move also allows Supreme Court justices an off-ramp from a case that promises to divide them.” (04/15/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/a-missouri-churchs-playground-is-now-a-first-amendment-exercise-for-supreme-court

***** Everybody Has An Opinion *****

21) Economic analysis cannot justify immoral state actions
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“A certain species of economist — often those who took to economic analysis in grad school as if it were the be all and end all of understanding the world — tends to dismiss all moral elements in an appraisal of government action, maintaining that because every situation is one of trade-offs in an uncertain situation in which the outcomes of counter-factuals cannot be known with confidence, one must not criticize government actions simply because they are plainly immoral. After all, they might be necessary to preserve life on earth or to attain some other end of transcendent significance. For example, one cannot simply criticize George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq on moral grounds because — who really knows? — Saddam’s government might have been only days away from developing and using nuclear weapons against a large city. This kind of who-knows-what-might-otherwise-have-happened appraisal often serves to exculpate even great evils, and to do so on very flimsy grounds.” (04/14/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/04/14/economic-analysis-cannot-provide-moral-exculpation-for-state-actions/

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22) A+ in arrogance
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The folks in Congress represent ‘We, the People’ … well, theoretically, at least. They’re supposed to work for us. We are their bosses. We pay their salary. But not U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, the third-term Republican from the rural Second District of Oklahoma. At two recent town hall meetings, the former professional mixed martial arts fighter responded to comments that the people pay his salary and health insurance with a sort of verbal karate-chop. ‘You say you pay for me to do this. Bullcrap,’ he aggressively retorted. ‘I pay for myself.'” (04/14/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/04/14/a-in-arrogance/

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23) How food stamps subverted democracy, part 1
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“The federal government is now feeding more than 100 million Americans. The vast increase in dependency fundamentally changes the relationship of Washington to the citizenry. The more Americans rely on handouts, the more difficult it becomes to roll back politicians’ power over those who do not. There was no good reason for the vast expansion of dependency. The history of the federal food-aid boom is a story of political conniving, bureaucratic bungles, and media collusion. Forty years ago, when the ‘hunger revolution’ in American politics began, average people would have scoffed at the notion that the government must intervene to supply so many meals. But in the subsequent decades, politicians captured new prerogatives to take over far more lives.” (04/14/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/food-stamps-subverted-democracy-part-1/

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24) Forced catheterizations a good reminder that drug war as barbaric and cruel as ever
Source: Washington Post
by Radley Balko

“Here’s a disturbing report published last week by the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls, S.D.: ‘… A mesh bag blurred Dirk Sparks'[s] vision. He lay hooded and handcuffed as four police officers pinned him to a hospital exam table. Through the patterned light, he saw a fifth officer filming the procedure. His pants were loosened and pulled below his waist. Then, pain. A nurse at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre inserted a pencil-sized tube into Sparks’ urethra to drain his bladder. Moments later, an officer with the Pierre Police Department held a cup of Sparks’ urine that soon would be sent off for drug testing. ‘It was degrading,’ Sparks said. ‘I was angry. I felt like my civil rights were being violated.’ Hours earlier, police responded to a domestic dispute at Sparks’ home. When officers observed him acting ‘fidgety,’ they asked for a urine sample. When Sparks refused, police sought a warrant from a Hughes County judge to obtain a urine sample by ‘medically accepted means.'” (04/14/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2017/04/14/forced-catheterizations-are-a-good-reminder-that-the-drug-war-is-as-barbaric-and-cruel-as-ever/

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25) If universities are afraid of the emperor — are they still universities? The important of freedom of speech in academia
Source: Students For Liberty
by Agnieszka Plonka

“Are universities separate from the state? Is truth in primacy? Is freedom of speech uncompromised — can professors say what they want and not even the emperor can touch a hair of their head? I am deeply afraid not. The modern western world is quickly slipping into the Byzantine ways, where all means are justified to achieve political goals. And my personal experience (I am a geophysicist, so no ideology can possibly shape my results!) makes me concerned about the perspectives of academia. If we gravitate towards a political structure with a strong religion-like ideology dripping its venom into universities and then young minds — how far advanced are we on that road to serfdom? ” (04/16/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/04/16/universities-afraid-emperor-still-universities-importance-freedom-speech-academia/

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26) Transactional president
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“As President Donald Trump flew to Palm Beach Thursday for Easter weekend, there was a lull in his first 100 days — a chance for Washington to reflect on how his presidency is likely to evolve. There are many question marks, but one sure thing: More than any ideology, Trump values winning itself — whether the contest is over ratings, poll numbers, crowd size or the claim that he gets things done. This president is no ideologue; he’s transactional. Last week Americans saw Trump’s transactional strategies in action. Feed your political base what it wants most: The week began as Trump’s nominee Neil Gorsuch was sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court. At age 49, Gorsuch has decades to carve his mark on the country’s top bench. NBC’s 2016 election exit poll found that 27 percent of Trump voters saw Supreme Court appointments as their most important issue, while 48 percent rated it as important. This moment alone is what prompted many Americans to vote for Trump.” (04/16/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/04/16/transactional-president-n2313712

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27) Trump’s Goldman Sachs vampire squid presidency
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“The things that come out of President Trump’s mouth seem to depend on who he talks to or what he sees on TV in the minutes immediately preceding his mouth motion. Based on his recent switchbacks, Trump has been spending a LOT of time talking to the alums of Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs who now form his inner circle. Trump has reversed himself on policy after policy, sometimes days or even hours after reaffirming positions he then reversed.” (04/14/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170414/the-trump-goldman-sachs-vamire-squid-presidency

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28) Why Title II Net Neutrality directly conflicts with consumer privacy
Source: Heartland Institute
by Scot Cleland

“At best the notions of net neutrality and consumer privacy are somewhat in tension. At worst, they are in opposition, and harm consumer privacy as happened when the Wheeler-FCC subordinated the goal of what’s best for consumer privacy to the conflicting and overriding goal of what was best for imposing maximal, Title II net neutrality. Net neutrality and consumer privacy are in tension because they are very different concepts, priorities, and approaches for the handling of information online.” (04/14/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/04/why-title-ii-net-neutrality-directly-conflicts-with-consumer-privacy/

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29) Use United’s bloody O’Hare debacle to demand change
Source: USA Today
by Ralph Nader

“United Airlines and its still unfolding ‘reaccommodation’ debacle remind me of the day I was denied boarding by Allegheny Airlines in April 1972 for a Washington, D.C. to Hartford, Conn. flight. Arriving at the ticket counter with a confirmed reservation, I was told that the 10:15 a.m. departing plane was full. Scheduled to address a large outdoor citizen action rally in downtown Hartford, I protested vigorously against what I thought was a flagrant breach of contract. At first my protests did little. The boarding supervisor came in and confirmed the clerk’s decision. I wasn’t going anywhere that day. But I asked a public interest lawyer, Reuben Robertson, to take my case against the airline. And we took it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where his brilliant arguments won a 9-0 ruling in 1976 that bumped passengers can pursue a case against the airlines’ fraudulent misrepresentation. And that decision shaped what happened in Chicago on Sunday.” (04/13/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/13/united-dao-lawsuit-ceo-apology-airlines-social-media-ralph-nader-column/100420074

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30) Starve the beast: How states can take on the IRS
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

“In the long-run, any plan for limiting the federal government to the enumerated powers of the Constitution must consider the 800-pound gorilla in the room. That is, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Small, but important steps towards liberty are happening in the states right now. But, the federal government has gotten so far beyond the Constitutional design of the founders that it’s going to take significant time, effort and resources to stop it.” (04/14/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/04/14/starve-the-beast-how-states-can-take-on-the-irs/

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31) What’s behind recent eruptions of anti-Semitism?
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“All western governments oppose anti-Semitism. Yet the old hatred continues. How toxic is it? And are recent eruptions of anti-Semitism expressions of momentary irritation, misunderstanding, or plain ignorance? White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer could, on a kindly view, fall into the last of these categories. His remark that Hitler used no chemical weapons, made at his Tuesday press conference, was followed by outrage and instant contrition. Spicer meant that Hitler did not drop chemical bombs from airplanes (an accurate observation, and one made later in the day by Defense Secretary James Mattis). The Nazis used Zyklon B in their death camps: Hitler may have refrained from using chemical weapons in the battlefield for tactical reasons. If Spicer had a wider frame of reference, he might have either refrained from the comparison or been explicit about where Nazis used chemical weapons, and on whom. But his comment was not necessarily a sign of racism.” (04/14/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-anti-semitism-commentary-idUSKBN17G0X4

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32) Bankers, always the last to know
Source: Mises Canada
by Doug French

“Commercial real estate is starting to cool, with deal volume last year dropping 10% from 2015 to $493.7 billion, while, as Peter Grant reports for the Wall Street Journal and Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, ‘the early stages of 2017 have delivered even weaker results: $50.3 billion in transaction value through March 1 compared to $80.1 billion in the like period in 2015 (a 37.2% yearly drop).’ One would guess bankers would take notice and turn shy. However, Craig Bender of ING real estate, tells the Wall Street Journal: ‘The banks are hungry. The life insurance groups are hungry.’ It seems Lord Keynes had one thing right when he wrote, ‘Banks and bankers are by nature blind.'” (04/14/17)

https://www.mises.ca/bankers-always-the-last-to-know/

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33) The Republican Party has defeated Donald Trump
Source: The New Republic
by Graham Vyse

“After Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress last month (a high-water mark for the president’s popularity with elite political pundits) conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks penned a piece titled ‘Trumpism at Its Best, Straight Up.’ Brooks attempted to define Trump’s political philosophy as an “utter repudiation of modern conservatism,” which he defined as foreign policy hawkishness, social conservatism, and fiscal hawkishness. ‘For the last 40 years, the Republican Party has been a coalition of [these] three tendencies,’ he wrote. ‘Trump rejected or ignored all of them.’ Six weeks later, this analysis looks positively quaint. Trump has reversed so many positions as to prove definitively that he’s guided by no ideology. A rebuke of hawkishness? Trump is dropping bombs left and right. Social conservatism? He appointed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and is trying to defund Planned Parenthood. Fiscal hawkishness? His proposed budget is an unending series of savage cuts. On Wednesday, Trump reversed positions on Russia, China, NATO, and other policies that were central to the isolationist and populist campaign he ran last year.” (04/14/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/142022/republican-party-defeated-donald-trump

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34) Was this wicked witchy woman cursed with ineffective assistance of counsel?
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“A nasty old lady was convicted in Oklahoma recently on a plea of guilty to multiple counts of felony child abuse for terrorizing her 7-year-old granddaughter while dressed as a witch. Few would argue, least of all me, that this wicked witchy woman deserved to be dealt with severely, but where was her lawyer when the judge cursed her with a sentence of three life terms in prison?” (04/16/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/04/was-this-wicked-witchy-woman-cursed.html

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35) Trump not interested in learning, just winning
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“The presidency is an educational experience for everyone who assumes the office, since there is no other job like it. ‘For any new occupant of the White House, the early months are like a graduate seminar in policy crammed into every half-hour meeting,’ Peter Baker wrote in The New York Times on Thursday. ‘What made sense on the campaign trail may have little bearing on reality in the Oval Office, and the education of a president can be rocky even for former governors or senators. For Mr. Trump, the first president in American history never to have served in government or the military, the learning curve is especially steep.’ CNN’s Chris Cillizza put it more simply: ‘If Donald Trump has learned any big lesson in his 84 days as President, it’s this: The job is way harder than it looks.’ This is a reasonable analysis given the president’s explanations for his many recent reversals of campaign positions: He has developed a telling rhetorical tic where he announces that some subject he had pontificated on with confidence is actually much more complex than the thought.” (04/14/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/142053/trump-isnt-interested-learning-just-winning

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36) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #16: Knowledge and righteous intention.
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Gracian includes traits such as prudence, self-honesty and self-restraint into the mix of ‘the good life.’ But those who value traits such as narcissism or hedonism (in the modern sense of the word) might define success as having power over others or a lavish lifestyle. I agree with Gracian’s definition, fortunately, and I’ve seen how the wedding of knowledge with malice creates ‘monsters’ — that is, destruction for the joy of destruction –without giving the creator any genuine joy or lasting happiness.” (04/16/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7930

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37) Trumping state regulators and juries
Source: The American Prospect
by Thomas O McGarity

“In the wake of the 2016 elections, many progressives have sought solace in the prospect of resisting Trump administration initiatives and advancing progressive goals in blue states. In his State of the State address last January, California Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed: ‘California is not turning back. Not now, not ever.’ Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom suggested that California might use its stringent environmental protection laws to impede the Trump administration’s efforts to build a wall along its southern border. Washington Governor Jay Inslee proudly announced that ‘our state will remain undeterred and we will not be slowed one iota by the foolishness that we’re hearing out of the White House.'” (04/14/17)

http://prospect.org/article/trumping-state-regulators-and-juries-0

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38) The Syrian bombings and Just War Theory, part 2
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Fernando Teson

“Our previous posts disclosed the central disagreement that Bas and I have regarding humanitarian intervention. Bas thinks that the commander’s ex ante decision to intervene can almost never be justified because the prospects of success are too low. I believe, in contrast, that such decisions can sometimes be justified.” (04/14/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/04/syrian-bombings-just-war-theory-part-ii/

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39) How Trump’s arts and research cuts hurt his supporters
Source: In These Times
by Susan J Douglas

“I must have missed something in Trump’s slash and burn ‘budget proposal.’ Remember his repeated campaign promise to rebuild the country’s eroding infrastructure? Not a peep about that. Instead, and in line with his monomaniacal assault on facts, Trump and his craven ‘advisers’ are determined to dismantle the nation’s research infrastructure, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the research and development branches of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which provide critical information for mitigating and adapting to climate change and other ecological perils.” (04/14/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20036/cutting-off-your-base-to-spite-your-foes-trump-budget-cuts-research-arts

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40) The real factions of Trumpland and US foreign policy
Source: Cato Institute
by Emma Ashford

“As civil war rumbles on, driven by ancient hatreds and more recent grudges. From the outside, concerned observers note the carnage and damage to state institutions. They worry about who will govern once the conflict is over. With the exception of Russia, external actors mostly favor the conflict’s moderate factions, and fret about growing extremism among the combatants. Whichever side triumphs, the consequences for regional and global security could be severe. I’m talking, of course, about the Trump administration.” (04/14/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/real-factions-trumpland-us-foreign-policy

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41) Workers, not companies, bear growing burden of government
Source: Raw Story
by The Conversation

“Tax day is here once more, and tens of millions of Americans will rush to file their income taxes by this year’s deadline of April 18 (rather than April 15 for a variety of reasons). Although most of us probably identify the federal income tax with the revenue that ultimately fills the government’s coffers and allows it to spend our hard-earned cash, it actually makes up less than half of all revenue. What makes up the rest, and how those figures have changed in recent decades, is actually quite surprising. The official statistics show that in the 1940s and 1950s, corporations picked up a major share of supporting the federal government. Today, it is taxes on workers that increasingly fund the military, entitlement programs, health care and other spending. So as you prepare your taxes (at the same time that Congress and the Trump administration are gearing up to reform the tax code), here’s a brief primer on how what you put on line 63 of your 1040 becomes a part of U.S. government revenue.” [editor’s note: Interesting to see this intelligent economic piece at Raw Story – SAT] (04/15/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/how-workers-not-companies-are-bearing-the-growing-burden-of-government

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42) A country in the cloud: Estonia offers e-residency
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by David Glance

“Since its independence from Russia in 1991, Estonia has been rapidly implementing a digital economy. It established online voting in 2007, has provided many government services online, has medical records and prescriptions online and has a fiber broadband network that gives it average speeds similar to those of Korea. Perhaps the most radical move by the Estonian Government was to introduce an e-Residency program in 2014 which would allow anyone from around the world to become a virtual citizen and start, and run, a business from Estonia.” (04/16/17)

https://fee.org/articles/a-country-in-the-cloud-estonia-offers-e-residency/

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43) Prohibition and slavery
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Pro-slavery people claimed that the slaves ‘needed’ slavery. They were too childish and ignorant to survive without being ‘taken care of’ and told what to do by paternalistic ‘owners.’ They claimed the slaves would die otherwise. In truth, many former slaves did die when slavery went away, because slavery had kept them from learning how to live in liberty. Abolishing slavery was still the right thing to do. Prohibitionists claim that without prohibition, addicts would drug themselves to death — they pretend prohibition is necessary, even helpful, to its victims. And, undoubtedly, when prohibition goes the way of chattel slavery, many addicts will die, having never learned self-control. Abolishing prohibition is still the right thing to do.” (04/15/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/04/prohibition-and-slavery.html

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44) In defense of skepticism around alleged chemical attack in Syria
Source: OpEdNews
by Kevin Gosztola

“Days after a suspected chemical attack in Syria, the very expression of doubt around what President Donald Trump’s administration claims happened is marginalized as ‘far-left’ or ‘far-right.’ That skepticism is treated as fringe is confounding, as if numerous people forgot all governments lie and are especially prone to lying for the purpose of generating support for the use of military force.” (04/16/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/In-Defense-Of-Skepticism-A-by-Kevin-Gosztola-Chemical_Chemical-And-Biological-Weapons_Syria_Syria-Massacre-170416-344.html

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45) The bright side of deportation: Private prison stocks are soaring!
Source: CounterPunch
by Christopher Brauchli

“It turns out that the immigration cracksown that Trump’s ICE is pursuing, though hard on illegals and their families by producing terrible uncertainty for them, is not without its bright side. The light that provides a bright side is shining on the shares of stock in the Geo Group and CoreCivic, and on jails in a number of Texas counties. Geo Group and CoreCivic operate private, for-profit prisons. Before DJT became president, they were on hard times.” (04/14/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/14/the-bright-side-of-deportation-private-prison-stocks-are-soaring/

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46) Donald Trump and the nature of victory
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“I am disturbed my Mr Trump’s apparent breaking of his election promises. He promised no more interventions in the Middle East. He has attacked Government forces in Syria, and on grounds that seem dubious in themselves. He promised better relations with Russia. These relations now seem lower than they were when Mr Obama was the American President. He denounced NATO as ‘obsolete.’ He is now happy with NATO. American healthcare is not my proper concern. But it is worth observing, in the light of his foreign policy, that he seemed to promise his working class supporters a system less dominated by entrenched special interests. It is a mercy, I am told by friends whose judgement I trust, that his only attempt at reform was frustrated. It may be that he has no intention of keeping his promises. Perhaps he never had any intention of keeping them.” (04/14/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/04/13/donald-trump-and-the-nature-of-victory/

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47) United and the free market
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Seems that folks are ticked at United Airlines. Dragging passengers off, overbooking and refusing to let passengers be passengers (by overbooking), and all kinds of other things have people posting and tweeting and more against United. And, as always, there is the ‘there-oughta-be-a-law’ crowd right out there screaming with the rest of them. And some of THAT crowd include the lawmakers itching to … well, to make more laws!” (04/14/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/04/14/united-and-the-free-market/

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48) Canada: Scowly Liberals legalize the demon weed
Source: Macleans (Canada paper)
by Paul Wells

“And now, an edited but faithful reproduction of the background documents the Liberals released with their marijuana bill on Thursday: ‘… strictly … strictly … restrict … strict … significant penalties … strictly … zero tolerance … dangers … restrict … strictly … restrict … stop criminals … strictly … restrict … punish more severely … tougher … deaths and accidents … risk every day … dangers … punish more severely … oral fluid.’ This sets a certain tone. After reporters were given a few minutes to read the bill, federal officials from, mostly, the Health department were ushered into the National Press Theatre to brief us. One began talking. ‘What’s your name?’ a few reporters asked. The official’s eyes bugged out in terror.” (04/13/17)

http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/scowly-liberals-legalize-the-demon-weed

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49) Overtime pay isn’t a cure-all: Make work flexible without the red tape
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Trey Kovacs

“Proponents of the Obama-era overtime rule claim that arbitrarily raising the cost of labor at a new, higher salary threshold would help workers achieve a better work-life balance. Not only is this attitude paternalistic and insulting to workers, who presumably do not know best how to manage their own time, the regulation would impose billions in costs on job creators and reduce flexible schedule options for hardworking Americans. But the overtime rule is held up in court, so for now, American businesses have been spared the crushing regulatory costs that would come with it.” (04/14/17)

https://cei.org/content/overtime-pay-isnt-cure-all-make-work-flexible-without-red-tape

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50) Pompeo, targeting WikiLeaks, explicitly threatens speech and press freedoms
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“In February, after Donald Trump tweeted that the U.S. media were the ‘enemy of the people,’ the targets of his insult exploded with indignation, devoting wall-to-wall media coverage to what they depicted as a grave assault on press freedoms more befitting of a tyranny. By stark and disturbing contrast, the media reaction yesterday was far more muted, even welcoming, when Trump’s CIA Director, Michael Pompeo, actually and explicitly vowed to target freedoms of speech and press in a blistering, threatening speech he delivered to the D.C. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies. What made Pompeo’s overt threats of repression so palatable to many was that they were not directed at CNN, the New York Times or other beloved-in-D.C. outlets, but rather at WikiLeaks, more marginalized publishers of information, and various leakers and whistleblowers, including Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden.” (04/14/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/14/trumps-cia-director-pompeo-targeting-wikileaks-explicitly-threatens-speech-and-press-freedoms/

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51) Issuing a challenge to the United States
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“I was relieved today to wake up and learn that we hadn’t started World War 3 in response to North Korea’s testing of a nuclear weapon, primarily because North Korea didn’t test a nuclear weapon. What does it really matter, though? It has merely postponed it. For months, indications have been that North Korea was about to test another nuclear weapon. This is why tensions have been so high–the evidence is pretty clear that we are going to attack if they do so. Satellite images routinely show the ‘right’ activity to indicate there is about to be a nuclear test, and it’s pretty likely that Kim Jong Un backed out at the last minute precisely because of pressure from the United States and China. But this hasn’t changed anything. It’s worth taking a moment to ask ourselves why we care whether North Korea tests nuclear weapons.” (04/15/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/04/15/united-states-challenge/

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52) Recognize, resist, report
Source: Reason
by Joshua Reeves

“D.A.R.E. and similar programs have much to teach us about American snitch culture. By conditioning children and teens to scrutinize and regulate their parents’ and peers’ conduct, these programs encourage kids to act like cops. And that makes them part of a long tradition.” (for publication 05/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/04/16/recognize-resist-report

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53) What a perverse presidential incentive system!
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“All I can say is, we’ve got a hell of a political system on our hands when the surest way for a president to win the adoration of those who thought him a dangerous, ignorant, narcissistic, erratic, and bullshitting blowhard yesterday is to drop a bomb or fire a cruise missile today. We already knew something like this was the case. War presidents tend to be remembered better than presidents who had the misfortune to reign during peacetime, sometimes despite their best efforts. I guess it’s understandable that a president who ‘led the nation into war’ would stand out in the memory more than one who did not, but it’s no less a matter of concern to those who actually hate war and love peace rather than just say it.” (04/14/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-perverse-presidential-incentive-system/

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54) Burger King ad triggers Google Home: Clever marketing trick or invasive ploy?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Weston Williams

“On Wednesday, a Burger King television ad likely became the first ever to intentionally trigger smart devices like Google Home and Android phones. In the commercial, an actor faces the camera and clearly enunciates the phrase, ‘Okay, Google. What is the Whopper burger?’ at the end of the advertisement. Around the country, the audio clip prompted a response on a number of devices, with phones and smart speakers listing off the ingredients in the burger from the Whopper’s information page on Wikipedia. The new ad, however, was not well received by all. Some saw the triggering of their devices by the ad as a nuisance, while others found the commercial to be an uncomfortable reminder of the intrusion of advertising in a world peppered with ‘always-listening’ smart devices. Google, which had not consulted with Burger King for the commercial, disabled the Google Home’s ability to be awakened by the advertisement within a day of its first airing.” (04/15/17)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2017/0413/Burger-King-launches-TV-ad-that-triggers-Google-Home-clever-marketing-trick-or-invasive-ploy

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55) Our ancestors were right about the Bill of Rights
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“A few weeks after the 9/11 attacks, a woman came up to me before I was to give a speech and said, ‘Thank goodness we have the Bill of Rights to protect us from the terrorists.’ She was serious. As I engaged her in conversation, I realized that she really believed that the purpose of the Bill of Rights was to protect us from ‘the terrorists.’ I thought to myself: This poor woman. The public-school system, along with all the post-9/11 propaganda about ‘the terrorists’ (later to morph into ‘the Muslims’) had really done a number on her. No, the Bill of Rights has nothing to do with protecting people from ‘the terrorists,’ unless one thinks that U.S. officials, including the troops, are terrorists. That’s because the purpose of the Bill of Rights really is to protect the American people and others from federal officials, including the troops, the CIA, and the NSA.” (04/14/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/04/14/ancestors-right-bill-rights/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

56) Reason Podcast, 04/16/17
Source: Reason

“When George Washington left the White House in 1796 and retired from public life, John Avlon explains, he wrote ‘this memo … to future generations in which he is consciously trying to marry the past, the present of 1796, the future, and the forces that had destroyed democratic republics in the past. The big three forces are hyper-partisanship, excessive debt and foreign wars.’ Avlon is the editor in chief of The Daily Beast and the author of Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations, a bold reinterpretation of the most widely read political speech in 19th-century America.” [various formats] (04/16/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/04/16/avlon-podcast-washinton-farewell

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57) spiked podcast, 04/15/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast, Brendan O’Neill discusses the dangerous celebration of Trump’s bombing, Nathalie Rothschild reports on the Stockholm attack, and Fraser Myers looks at the panic about legal highs.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/15/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/this-cold-war-is-even-crazier-than-the-last/

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58) The Back Story, episode 9
Source: Everything Voluntary

“The Back Story 009 wonders if leftists such as progressives and Democrats are actually liberal in their ideas.” [various formats] (04/15/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/back-story-009-leftists-actually-liberal-2m

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59) Felony Friday, episode 67
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday Malik King joins host John Odermatt. Malik is the Prison Outreach Coordinator for the Can-Do Foundation. On Episode 65 of this show we spoke to the founder of the Can-Do Foundation, Amy Povah. Malik is a Prisoner Activist and advocate who opposes mandatory minimums, cruel and unusual punishment and torture, including solitary confinement or draconian sentences that do not fit the crime.” [various formats] (04/14/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/04/14/ff67/

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60) Make “Tax Day” simple, again!
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (NH) recently sent out an email titled ‘Tax Day Should Be Simple.’ Let’s dissect the title of this email. Most people understand ‘Tax Day’ to mean that day of the year by which one is supposed to fill out a stack of documents stating how much money one earned in the previous year, and then after a series of calculations, one discovers they have either had too much money taken from them — and will receive a refund — or they discover they supposedly didn’t have enough taken from them — and will be required to send in payment to cover the amount the IRS claims is owed. … One thing that is easy to understand is that taxation is theft by another name.” [text,
Flash audio, or MP3] (04/16/17)

http://fpp.cc/make-tax-day-simple-again/

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61) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/14/17
Source: Cato Institute

“What damage is being done by failing welfare states? What lessons can be learned from the best welfare states? James Bartholomew is the author of The Welfare of Nations.” [various formats] (04/14/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/welfare-nations

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62) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 183
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Emma Ashford joins us this week to discuss the rise of the Islamic State. How is ISIS different from Al Qaeda and other terror groups? Does it pose an existential threat to the Western world?” [various formats] (04/14/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/how-much-should-we-worry-about-isis

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63) Free Talk Live, 04/15/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Tax Protests Nationwide Over… Trump’s Tax Returns :: Trump Is the Establishment :: Narcissism :: Why not more than one government? :: Hillary and Trump :: Breaking Tradition :: Historic Districts :: Alabama Porn Filter Proposal :: Russians :: Mark a Bad Parent? :: The Constitution :: Uranium Allegations :: Daylight Saving Time :: White Privilege? :: Buddy Bench :: Airplane Ticket Classes :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/15/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-04-15

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64) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 27
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“I take a look at Trump backing up on campaign promises again. Trump now believes NATO is not obsolete. I discuss Trump moving closer to regime change in North Korea. I also update Syria, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Mosul.” [various formats] (04/14/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-27-trump-flip-flops-again

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65) Gareth Porter on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Gareth Porter, an independent investigative journalist and historian writing on US national security policy, discusses two new revelations that contradict the Trump administration’s certainty that a Syrian airstrike using sarin gas deliberately targeted civilians in Khan Sheikhoun on April 4th. First, a former US official claims that the Russians informed their US counterparts of plans to strike a warehouse in Khan Sheikhoun 24 hours in advance, and advised that toxic chemicals were held there. Second, MIT Professor Theodore Postol says that the weapon casing alleged to have held the sarin gas was an improvised dispersal device detonated on the ground, and was not air-delivered.” [various formats] (04/14/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/41417-gareth-porter-new-evidence-trump-administrations-syrian-gas-attack-assertions/

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