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In the News:

1) Trump renews war on America with executive order attacking economy
2) Israel: Regime punishes hunger-striking prisoners
3) US F-22s intercept Russian bombers off Alaska coast
4) Egypt: Attack near monastery kills one, injures four
5) Kelly to Congress, others who oppose DHS’s police state antics: Shut up
6) Belgium: Pol wants guidelines for regime fencing of stolen Bitcoin
7) CA: Gunman kills three in Fresno in possible “hate crime”
8) Yemen: Twelve dead in downing of Saudi invasion force helicopter
9) Colombia: President calls for “sanity” after Venezuela arms 1 million militiamen
10) Goldman Sachs shares slide after rare earnings miss
11) Pence pushes allies on trade after reassuring on North Korea
12) ME: Sanders, Perez kick off tour in Portland
13) Turkey: Opponents seek to annul referendum result as Erdogan’s new powers become reality
14) Cuba: Human Rights Foundation asks UN to denounce regime as major human trafficker
15) Spain: Rajoy called to testify in graft trial
16) Canada: Receding glacier causes immense river to vanish in four days
17) Mali: Four regime troops killed in attack on army base
18) Traders raise concerns as biggest Bitcoin exchange halts deposits
19) CA: “Calexit” effort halted — but backers to try again soon
20) UK: May to seek snap election for June

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) What Julian Assange is really doing
22) Pompeo vs. WikiLeaks: It’s no contest
23) United and the cops are just the latest violent partners in a long history of dysfunction
24) Ya got took
25) Economics 2.0 meets the Fifth Protocol
26) Fractional reserve airline seats
27) Dystopia on the margins: The Handmaid’s Tale in the age of Trump
28) So you’re a subversive artist, are you?
29) Fascism and communism were two peas in a pod
30) EFF to California Supreme Court: Website owners have a First Amendment right to defend content on their platforms
31) Why the founding fathers opposed the Pentagon, CIA, and NSA
32) Values-only voting?
33) Courts: The circus of cowardly clowns
34) France’s Bernie Sanders started his own party and is surging in the polls
35) How to act when an airline “re-accommodates” you
36) Just as with Reagan, getting tax reform right today is key to booming economy
37) Busting the “free college” myth
38) Grover Norquist, the happiest man in Washington
39) The cost of free-riding
40) More “Borg” thinking
41) Anti-authoritarian options for suicidal anti-authoritarians
42) Government spending is now tyranny of the minority
43) Ambivalence toward monetary freedom is ubiquitous — why?
44) Trouble over term limits
45) A mockery of democracy
46) Western nihilism, part 4: A dose of reality for an insane society
47) Where is the line between sympathy and paternalism?
48) Why the Donald should cool it on North Korea
49) Appalachia needs big government
50) Attacking charter schools with “alternative facts”

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 583
52) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 04/18/17
53) The Back Story, episode 11
54) Reason Podcast, 04/17/17
55) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/18/17
56) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/17/17
57) Unraveling Political Theory, 04/17/17
58) Free Talk Live, 04/17/17
59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 28
60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 890

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

1) Trump renews war on America with executive order attacking economy
Source: NBC News

“President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at reducing the number of lower wage foreign hires in the U.S. workforce and bringing job opportunity back to American employees — a key campaign promise. The signing of this order, Trump told the Kenosha, Wisconsin crowd, will ‘defend our workers, protect our jobs, and finally put America first.’ The so called ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order announced at the headquarters of Snap-on Tools is another part of Trump’s ‘America First’ themed first 100 days in office. The executive order also stresses a preference for federal projects to use steel, iron, and other goods that are manufactured and made in the U.S.” (04/18/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-s-executive-orders-aimed-curbing-low-wage-foreign-hires-n747906

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2) Israel: Regime punishes hunger-striking prisoners
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Israeli prison officials have cracked down on Palestinian prisoners after more than 1,100 political detainees launched an open-ended hunger strike on Monday. The Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs released a statement on Monday saying that Israeli Prison Service (IPS) officials had forcibly moved hunger-striking prisoners to different sections of Israeli jails, confiscated clothes and personal belongings and placed leading figures in solitary confinement. Imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti, Karim Younis and Mahmoud Abu Srour were moved from Hadarim prison to solitary confinement in Jalama prison on Monday evening, according to the Prisoners’ Affairs committee. Barghouthi is to be ‘prosecuted in a discipline court’ as punishment for his op-ed published by the New York Times on Monday, where he described the daily struggle of Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli prisons and the ambition behind the hunger strike, the statement said. Israeli prison officials reportedly accused Barghouthi of using his wife to ‘smuggle’ the article out of prison and to the New York Times.” (04/17/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/israel-punishes-hunger-striking-palestinian-prisoners-170418085139953.html

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3) US F-22s intercept Russian bombers off Alaska coast
Source: CNN

“Two Russian TU-95 Bear bombers were intercepted in international airspace off the coast of Alaska by two US F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft on Monday, the Pentagon confirmed to CNN. The intercept, which was described by a US military official as safe and professional, took place about 100 miles from Kodiak Island after the Russian aircraft flew into the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone. … US military officials downplayed the mid-air interaction as ‘nothing out of the ordinary’ and ‘not dissimilar from what we’ve seen in the past with respect to Russian long-range aviation.'” (04/18/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/18/politics/russian-bombers-f-22-intercept-alaska/

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4) Egypt: Attack near monastery kills one, injures four
Source: Reuters

“An attack on security forces near Egypt’s St Catherine’s Monastery in south Sinai has killed at least one person and injured four, state television said on Tuesday. Security sources said it was carried out by gunmen on a police checkpoint several hundred meters from the church entrance. No group claimed responsibility. The attack comes just over a week after two bombings on Egyptian churches during Palm Sunday services, claimed by Islamic State, killed 45 people.” (04/18/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-violence-idUSKBN17K2FU

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5) Kelly to Congress, others who oppose DHS’s police state antics: Shut up
Source: Houston Chronic

“Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has a blunt message for lawmakers and others who criticize the Trump administration’s aggressive new use of raids and deportations against people living in the U.S. illegally. ‘If lawmakers do not like the laws that we enforce, that we are charged to enforce, that we are sworn to enforce — then they should have the courage and skill to change those laws,’ he said Tuesday. ‘Otherwise they should shut up and support the men and women on the front lines.’ … Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, said he inherited a demoralized work force. ‘For too long, the men and women of my Department have been political pawns,’ he said. ‘They have been asked to do more with less, and less, and less.’ Speaking to an audience of diplomatic and national security officials at The George Washington University, Kelly said immigration and border patrol agents have suffered from low public esteem.” [editor’s note: Amazing how quickly a former Marine infantry general turns into a whiny titty baby when he gets put in charge of a bunch of disorganized, grabasstic civilian gang-banger riff-raff losers, isn’t it? – TLK] (04/18/17)

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/us/article/DHS-chief-fires-back-at-deportation-critics-11081150.php

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6) Belgium: Pol wants guidelines for regime fencing of stolen Bitcoin
Source: CryptoCoins News

“Belgium’s justice minister, Koen Geens, has advised the government that the country’s laws need to cover virtual currencies like bitcoin, according to HLN. He wants the legal obligations that apply to the financial sector to apply to virtual money, which to date has not been subject to the established law. Geens is reportedly trying to determine how the government can [fence] bitcoins [stolen] in criminal cases. These include 1,050 bitcoins [stolen] in two separate drug cases, valued at more than $1.2 million.” (04/18/17)

https://www.cryptocoinsnews.com/need-liquidate-confiscated-bitcoin-calls-new-laws-belgium/

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7) CA: Gunman kills three in Fresno in possible “hate crime”
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Kori Ali Muhammad told his family there was a war going on between blacks and whites in America. On social media, he referred to white people as ‘devils.’ Earlier in the year, he posted a rap album on YouTube replete with violent, explicit, racially-charged lyrics, including referring to himself in one song as a ‘black soldier.’ On Tuesday morning, police say Muhammad stalked the streets of downtown Fresno, fatally shooting three white men with a .357 revolver. Before surrendering to police, he allegedly shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ and expressed hatred toward white people and the government, according to Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer. Local authorities said they don’t believe the attack was an act of terrorism but are investigating it as a hate crime.” (04/18/17)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-fresno-shooting-20170418-story.html

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8) Yemen: Twelve dead in downing of Saudi invasion force helicopter
Source: Daily Star [Lebanon]

“Twelve Saudi soldiers, including four officers, were killed on Tuesday when their helicopter went down in Yemen, the Arab coalition [invading Yemen] said in a statement. The Saudi Black Hawk ‘fell during operations in the province of Marib’ east of Sanaa, the coalition said in a statement carried by SPA state news agency, without clarifying the reason.” (04/18/17)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2017/Apr-18/402350-12-soldiers-dead-as-saudi-helicopter-goes-down-in-yemen-coalition.ashx

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9) Colombia: President calls for “sanity” after Venezuela arms 1 million militiamen
Source: PanAm Post

“Through his Twitter account, President Juan Manuel Santos said he is concerned about recent statements in which Nicolas Maduro said he will arm 500,000 civilians with rifles; and that the appropriation has already been approved for the upcoming budget. Venezuela has been suffering from crises across the board in recent years, but things have particularly spiraled out of control this year.” (04/18/17)

https://panampost.com/julian-villabona/2017/04/18/colombian-president-venezuela-arms/

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10) Goldman Sachs shares slide after rare earnings miss
Source: Fortune

“Goldman Sachs Group reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit as gains in investment banking were offset by weak trading revenue. … Shares of Goldman were down 3% in premarket trading. Goldman has historically relied more on trading than other big banks, but has been trying to shift to stable businesses such as investment management.” (04/18/17)

http://fortune.com/2017/04/18/goldman-sachs-quarterly-earnings/

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11) Pence pushes allies on trade after reassuring on North Korea
Source: Bloomberg

“Vice President Mike Pence pressed South Korea and Japan for better trade terms on Tuesday even as he affirmed U.S. support for its Asian allies in dealing with North Korea. On the third day of a swing through Asia, Pence told a business group in Seoul that the U.S.’s trade relationship with South Korea is ‘falling short’ and a trade agreement between the nations is under review. Later in Tokyo, he stressed the need for quick results as he helmed a new economic dialogue arranged by President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.” (04/18/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-18/pence-pushes-key-allies-on-trade-after-reassuring-on-north-korea

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12) ME: Sanders, Perez kick off tour in Portland
Source: WCSH 6 News

“The State Theatre was packed Monday night for a rally with Senator Bernie Sanders and Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez. Portland was the first stop for the pair’s ‘Come Together and Fight Back’ tour to encourage political activism, in the wake of the party’s devastating losses in 2016. While Senator Sanders stuck to many of his usual talking points, both he and Perez took time to discuss Maine-specific issues. ‘Our job is to radically transform the Democratic Party,’ said Sanders to the very loud and enthusiastic crowd. Not all in the crowd were pleased with the partnership of Sanders and the DNC — even booing the name of DNC chair Tom Perez.” (04/17/17)

http://www.wcsh6.com/news/politics/sanders-perez-kick-off-tour-in-portland/432051224

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13) Turkey: Opponents seek to annul referendum result as Erdogan’s new powers become reality
Source: Reuters

“Turkey’s main opposition began a battle on Tuesday to annul a referendum handing President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, while the bar association and an international monitor said an illegal move by electoral authorities may have swung the vote. A defiant Erdogan, whose narrow victory exposed the nation’s deep divisions, has said Sunday’s vote ended all debate on the more powerful presidency he has long sought, and told European observers who criticized it: ‘talk to the hand.'” (04/18/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-politics-idUSKBN17J0PY

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14) Cuba: Human Rights Foundation asks UN to denounce regime as major human trafficker
Source: PanAm Post

“The Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba presented an urgent report to the United Nations special rapporteur Maria Grazia Gianmarinaro about human trafficking on the island. The report, which focuses on the massive scale of human trafficking on the Caribbean island, was sent on Friday, April 14, when Gianmarinaro was scheduled to meet with Cuban officials.” (04/18/17)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2017/04/18/cuba-human-rights-foundation-requests-un-to-denounce-castro-regimes-human-trafficking/

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15) Spain: Rajoy called to testify in graft trial
Source: Yahoo! News

“One of Spain’s top criminal courts on Tuesday summoned Mariano Rajoy to testify as a witness in a major corruption trial, a first for the conservative prime minister. ‘They have called him as witness,’ a spokesman for the National Court that deals with major corruption cases told AFP, adding no date had been set yet for the hearing. Rajoy will take the stand as part of the so-called Gurtel trial, which centres on a vast network that allegedly saw companies shower former lawmakers and civil servants from his ruling Popular Party (PP) with bribes in exchange for contracts.” (04/18/17)

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/spain-pm-called-testify-major-graft-trial-court-112418546.html

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16) Canada: Receding glacier causes immense river to vanish in four days
Source: Guardian [UK]

“An immense river that flowed from one of Canada’s largest glaciers vanished over the course of four days last year, scientists have reported, in an unsettling illustration of how global warming dramatically changes the world’s geography. The abrupt and unexpected disappearance of the Slims river, which spanned up to 150 metres at its widest points, is the first observed case of ‘river piracy,’ in which the flow of one river is suddenly diverted into another.” (04/17/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/17/receding-glacier-causes-immense-canadian-river-to-vanish-in-four-days-climate-change

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17) Mali: Four regime troops killed in attack on army base
Source: Fox News

“A Malian army spokesman says armed men have attacked an army camp in the country’s north, killing at least four soldiers and wounding another. Lt. Col. Diarran Kone on Tuesday would not give more details about the attack in Gourma-Rharous, about 160 kilometers (99 miles) south of Timbuktu. A local official said the assailants destroyed about six armed vehicles but left after failing to take control of the camp.” (04/18/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/18/4-soldiers-killed-in-attack-on-northern-mali-army-camp.html

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18) Traders raise concerns as biggest Bitcoin exchange halts deposits
Source: CoinDesk

“An announcement by one of the world’s largest bitcoin exchanges has stoked fears another Mt Gox-style meltdown may be brewing. The largest bitcoin exchange by US dollar volume in recent weeks, Bitfinex revealed today it will be unable to accept incoming wires starting tomorrow, a statement that comes after it disclosed late last week that it was experiencing delays in US dollar withdrawals. … The victim of a hack last August, Bitfinex has shown a propensity to bounce back from operational difficulties. After losing nearly $65m in customer funds, it would go on to ‘socialize’ losses among exchange users, using a new cryptographic token to credit customers. The system would later win praise from supporters, who saw it as a creative way to avoid bankruptcy and pay back users.” (04/17/17)

http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-traders-raise-concerns-largest-us-dollar-exchange-halts-deposits/

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19) CA: “Calexit” effort halted — but backers to try again soon
Source: Sacramento Bee

“Supporters of a proposed constitutional amendment to make California its own country have halted signature-gathering efforts, yet intend to try again in the coming weeks with a retooled proposal and campaign to qualify for next year’s ballot. A pair of leaders of the Yes California effort said Monday they were pulling the plug on the so-called Calexit proposal. The decision follows months of negative publicity surrounding the whereabouts and motivations of Louis J. Marinelli, a leader of the campaign who currently lives in Russia. Organizers said they want to make a clean break from any push tainted by perceived links to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.” (04/17/17)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article145095209.html

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20) UK: May to seek snap election for June
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: ‘The country is coming together but Westminster is not.’ There will be a Commons vote on the proposed election on Wednesday — Labour have said they will vote with the government. The prime minister needs Parliament’s backing to hold a vote before the next scheduled date of 2020.” (04/18/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-39629603

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

21) What Julian Assange is really doing
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Most people know the what about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks — that they publish secret information — but they don’t know the why. And that’s a great loss, because the reason behind all the leaks is both brilliant and illuminating. The first thing to understand is that WikiLeaks, like Bitcoin, came from the cypherpunks. In particular, WikiLeaks was spawned by a cypherpunk group that formed (spontaneously) in Melbourne, Australia. In other words, WikiLeaks is the creation of some smart guys who were inspired by Timothy C. May, Eric Hughes, Murray Rothbard, and a few others. Assange was part of this group and an intriguing thinker in his own right.” (04/18/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/julian-assange-really/

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22) Pompeo vs. WikiLeaks: It’s no contest
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“If I have to choose between believing WikiLeaks or believing Mike Pompeo, I’ll believe WikiLeaks six days a week and twice on Sunday. Over the course of more than a decade, WikiLeaks has built a sterling reputation for delivering the real goods on various governments (including Russia’s). The next document it releases which is shown to be fake will be the first. WikiLeaks has earned the trust of the public — and moreover, it has shown that it trusts the public with information about what our governments are doing in our names and with our money. The US intelligence community, on the other hand, spies on us, lies to us about it, and expects us to pick up the check even after decades of irrefutable evidence of its dishonesty and incompetence.” (04/18/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/10254

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23) United and the cops are just the latest violent partners in a long history of dysfunction
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

After Chicago aviation cops violently dragged David Dao, a paying passenger, from his seat on United Airlines Flight 3411, I had what at first glance might be an odd reaction. I immediately remembered waking from a doze in the shotgun seat of my then-girlfriend’s car many years ago to find that she’d cut into the line at a busy gas station, starting a confrontation with a driver who was under the impression that his patience had earned him a turn at the pump. ‘My boyfriend is going to kick your ass,’ she yelled. ‘I am?’ I remember wondering to myself, before proceeding to face the poor guy down. Let’s say I was a guilty partner in an unhealthy relationship. United and the Chicago aviation police have an awfully familiar dynamic going in their own relationship.” (04/18/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/04/18/united-and-the-cops-are-just-the-latest

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24) Ya got took
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Surprise: The New York Democrat is a New York Democrat. During the campaign, Donald Trump published a ‘Contract with the American Voter,’ and he may even have read it. He described the document as ‘my pledge to you.’ If anybody had been listening, they might have learned from his former business partners what a Trump contract is worth and from his ex-wives what value he puts on a solemn pledge. I have some bad news, Sunshine: Ya got took.” (04/18/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/446825/donald-trump-china-currency-manipulator-reversal-nato-mexico-wall

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25) Economics 2.0 meets the Fifth Protocol
Source: Jacob ex Machina
by Jacob Lyles

“In the book Accelerando, Charles Stross describes a future world that runs on ‘Economics 2.0,’ an indecipherable economic system used by post-human intelligences. Because its workings are beyond human understanding, Stross can provide little detail of how such a system works. But the concept of Economics 2.0 stokes my imagination. If machines are to become first-class economic actors, the economy will adapt to fit their preferences and modes of operation. Humans will find ourselves sharing a marketplace with what amounts to alien intelligence.” (04/17/17)

https://jacobexmachina.blogspot.com/2017/04/economics-20-meets-fifth-protocol.html

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26) Fractional reserve airline seats
Source: Mises Canada
by Christopher P Casey

“Every year, airlines deny thousands of passengers seats on flights due to overbooking. Airlines use sophisticated modeling to manage overbooking to maximize profits given the reality of passenger no-shows. Legally permissible under their ‘contract of carriage’ with passengers, fewer than one-tenth of one percent of all passengers lose seats due to overbooking. But when Dr. David Dao was violently removed from a United Airlines flight in Chicago, it did far more than generate a public relations nightmare; it exposed the absurdity of fractional reserve banking.” (04/17/17)

https://www.mises.ca/fractional-reserve-airline-seats/

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27) Dystopia on the margins: The Handmaid’s Tale in the age of Trump
Source: In These Times
by Jessica Stites

“This February, 32 years after its publication, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale became Amazon’s number one bestseller. The feminist dystopia imagines a government takeover by misogynist authoritarians, and the book’s sales were propelled by the fear that its fiction was merging into reality. Yet three months under Trump, we don’t live in The Handmaid’s Tale: no secret police; no hijacked bank accounts; no reeducation camps. As many have observed, such totalitarian tales feel less relevant to 21st-century America than consumerist dystopias, like Brave New World or CivilWarLand in Bad Decline. Why should a corporate capitalist state bother with repression when the distractions of cheap goods and good TV render the public compliant and complicit?” (04/18/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20043/the-handmaids-tale-margaret-atwood-trump/

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28) So you’re a subversive artist, are you?
Source: Cato Unbound
by Nick Gillespie

“Truth be told, there’s nothing inherently subversive about comedy, whether it’s political or the lamest sort of observational humor. In fact, it’s not even clear comedy is inherently funny. Bill Hicks, often lauded as ‘truth teller’ about corporate power, was no more a threat to the Republic than is Carrot Top. How many watermelons and cantaloupes must die to make Gallagher great? Does anyone doubt that Nazi Germany had its own version of the Capitol Steps, the dreary comedy troupe that does hacky song parodies poking fun at John Kerry’s snowboarding fiascoes, John Boehner’s skin tone, and Hillary Clinton’s pantsuits? You can almost hear their hoo-larious version of ‘“We Didn’t Start the (Reichstag) Fire’ or ‘Ballroom Blitzkrieg,’ can’t you?” (04/18/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/04/18/nick-gillespie/so-youre-subversive-artist-are-you

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29) Fascism and communism were two peas in a pod
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Michael de Sapio

“Popular wisdom holds that Fascism and Communism were diametrical opposites. Actually, the two ideologies were (and are) so similar that they had to define themselves in opposition to each other in order to survive. At the very least, both were socialistic in origin: Mussolini was immersed in socialism by his father, and the name of Hitler’s party — National Socialist German Workers’ Party — speaks for itself. These regimes fostered hostility to traditional religious beliefs and morality (both men despised Christianity), ‘salvation by science’ (as shown, for example, in the Nazi’s racist eugenics movement), and state-controlled health and environmental projects (as shown in a Nazi slogan, ‘Nutrition is not a private matter!’). All of these elements grew out of the ‘scientific’ progressivism of the early 20th century.” (04/18/17)

https://fee.org/articles/fascism-and-communism-were-two-peas-in-a-pod/

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30) EFF to California Supreme Court: Website owners have a First Amendment right to defend content on their platforms
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Karen Guillo and Jamie Williams

“A bad review on Yelp is an anathema to a business. No one wants to get trashed online. But the First Amendment protects both the reviewer’s opinion and Yelp’s right to publish it. A California appeals court ran roughshod over the First Amendment when it ordered Yelp to comply with an injunction to take down speech without giving the website any opportunity to challenge the injunction’s factual basis. The case is on appeal to the California Supreme Court, and EFF filed an amicus brief asking the court to overturn the lower court’s dangerous holding.” (04/18/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/04/eff-california-supreme-court-website-owners-have-first-amendment-right-defend

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31) Why the founding fathers opposed the Pentagon, CIA, and NSA
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Venezuela, like post-WWII United States, is a national-security state. That means that it has a giant military establishment, a national police force, and secret intelligence forces that spies on the citizenry, just like Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA here in the United States. Like here in the United States, everything in the nation revolves around the need to protect ‘national security.’ Thus, when the U.S. media reports (and laments) Maduro’s dictatorship, what they inevitably omit is the critical factor in any dictatorship: that it’s not Maduro that does the things that are dictatorial and tyrannical. He just gives the orders. It is the troops, the federal police, and the intelligence agencies that actually carry out the orders. … America’s Founding Fathers clearly understood this principle. That’s why they opposed standing armies, national police, and secretive intelligence agencies.” (04/18/17)

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32) Values-only voting?
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“The mean, median, and modal voter is badly informed, and as a result, votes for politicians and parties he would not support if only he were well-informed. As a result, democracies often push bad policies. Of course, not everything a democracy does is a result of what voters want, but voters do have significant influence. Bad voters => bad government.” (04/18/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/04/values-only-voting/

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33) Courts: The circus of cowardly clowns
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“My opinion of government — and the unethical cowards who work for it — has just slipped down another couple of notches. I didn’t know that was still possible. Employees of this gang were too scummy to read my letter at the sentencing of the guy who caused the accident which killed my daughter Cheyenne a year and a half ago — probably because it wasn’t very accommodating toward the evil which is government nor toward those who debase themselves by working for it. And, yes, every person who works for government debases himself by doing so — anyone would be a better person not working for government than they are while holding a government ‘job.’ But, back to the Tools of the State: Don’t offer me a chance to speak if you don’t have the backbone to actually follow through, you nasty cowardly parasites.” (04/18/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/04/courts-circus-of-cowardly-clowns.html

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34) France’s Bernie Sanders started his own party and is surging in the polls
Source: The Intercept
by Zaid Jilani

“Jean-Luc Melenchon, an insurgent left-wing candidate for France’s presidency, is surging. His candidacy, organized under the newly-established party La France Insoumise (‘Unsubmissive France’) has gone from a quixotic bid to a viable challenge in just a few months. … Many have drawn comparisons between Melenchon and Bernie Sanders. … But there is a major difference between Sanders and Melenchon. The American chose to run within an existing political party, while the Frenchman seeks to compete against them. That’s why, unlike Sanders, Melenchon is still in the running at this late stage, as the voters are souring on the candidates of the far-right and co-opted center.” (04/18/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/18/frances-bernie-sanders-started-his-own-party-and-is-surging-in-the-polls/

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35) How to act when an airline “re-accommodates” you
Source: The Nation
by Tom Tomorrow

Cartoon. (04/18/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/how-to-act-when-an-airline-re-accomodates-you/

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36) Just as with Reagan, getting tax reform right today is key to booming economy
Source: Heartland Institute
by Peter Ferrara

“Milton Friedman was the first to observe that the deeper the recession, the stronger the recovery. After a recession, the economy grows faster than normal for a period until it catches up with where it should have been on the long term economic trendline. The recession Obama inherited in 2008-09 should have been followed by a booming recovery for at least a couple of years with real growth of 5% or even 6%, like President Reagan’s recovery from the steep 1981-82 recession. But Obama never produced more than 2% growth per year for his entire 8 years in office. That qualifies as the worst recovery from a recession since the Great Depression. That means there is an economic boom still hiding deep within this economy, waiting to be liberated. Reagan’s first step to restoring economic growth was to reduce tax rates sharply.” (04/18/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/04/just-as-with-reagan-getting-tax-reform-right-today-is-key-to-booming-economy/

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37) Busting the “free college” myth
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jonathan Newman

“A new program just passed by New York’s state government promises ‘free tuition’ for middle-class students to attend a public college or university in the state. While there are similar programs elsewhere in the US, this is the first to include four-year schools. All of the headlines include some variation of the term free college, which makes this a great opportunity to discuss what actually happens when a government provides something for ‘free.’ Let us consider this program from three different perspectives.” (04/18/17)

https://mises.org/blog/busting-free-college-myth

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38) Grover Norquist, the happiest man in Washington
Source: The Atlantic
by Molly Ball

“The Trump administration has many traditional conservatives in despair, convinced the president is trampling the Constitution and turning the Republican Party into something they don’t recognize. Not Norquist. He was the picture of a man who believes his time has come. The ginger-haired 60-year-old’s eyes sparkled behind his wire-rimmed glasses as he described the rosy future he foresaw under Trump. It isn’t just that tax reform, Norquist’s signature issue, has risen to the top of the agenda for both the president and Congress. The 2016 election, as Norquist saw it, was not a mandate for Trump at all — it was a mandate for old-school Republicans, virtually all of whom got more votes than Trump in their states. (There’s an exotic corollary to this theory involving a new voting bloc of vaping enthusiasts — more about that later.) According to Norquist, whatever might be distracting Trump at any given moment, nothing less than a revolution of conservative governance was happening under his nose.” (04/18/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/04/grover-norquist-the-happiest-man-in-washington/523206/

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39) The cost of free-riding
Source: The American Conservative
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“South Korea has long been a notorious free-rider on U.S. security efforts. Although the country has an economy by most estimates 40 times larger than North Korea’s, Seoul persists in underinvesting in its own security. … Beyond the obvious financial benefits in having another country subsidize Korea’s defense, it is diplomatically and psychologically reassuring to have a superpower as a protector. But there is also a major downside to such dependence. The principal drawback is that crucial decisions about national security are not in the hands of the protectorate’s political leadership. In the case of the U.S.-South Korean alliance, Washington has always dominated the decision-making process. That should be especially worrisome to Korean leaders and the public when, as in the current environment, a military crisis surfaces.” (04/18/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-cost-of-free-riding/

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40) More “Borg” thinking
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“More BORG thinking and rationalization. It’s not elites vs. populists. It’s cities vs. the countryside. ‘In the low-density and underdeveloped countryside, people live in much closer proximity to nature, surrounded by forces human beings only marginally control. In that context, individuals, families, and communities tend to feel smaller, less omnipotent, more vulnerable.’ Utter nonsense. Written, obviously, by someone who knows nothing about human nature — or anything in nature. His bias for the big city is very evident, but I doubt he even understands city people very well.” (04/18/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/04/18/more-borg-thinking/

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41) Anti-authoritarian options for suicidal anti-authoritarians
Source: CounterPunch
by Bruce E Levine

“Suicide rates in the US have surged to a 30-year high at the same time that US antidepressant use has skyrocketed. While correlation is not the same as causation, this concurrence naturally raises questions from people comfortable challenging authorities — including mental health authorities. Does it help all people to view being suicidal as a symptom of mental illness for which standard psychiatric treatment is the most effective remedy? Or, for some people, could being suicidal be regarded — and cared for — in other ways? First, a closer look at both US suicide rates and standard treatment realities. Then, some options for anti-authoritarians who have been failed by mental health authorities.” [editor’s note: Defective to the extent that the author treats suicide as invariably a “bad” thing to be stopped, rather than a self-owner’s prerogative – TLK] (04/18/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/18/anti-authoritarian-options-for-suicidal-anti-authoritarians/

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42) Government spending is now tyranny of the minority
Source: USA Today
by Christian Schneider

“When Congress creates a new program, the costs are spread out over hundreds of millions of taxpayers, but a small, intense interest group of beneficiaries is then born. When Charles Dickens landed on America’s shores in 1842, fans lined the streets of New York to see the man widely feted as the greatest author on the globe. That is, until Dickens began giving speeches in which he noted American publishers were conveniently forgetting to pay him royalties for printing and selling his books. New York’s Morning Post disapproved of Dickens’ crass request for payment from American publishers, saying it was ‘bad taste in Mr. Dickens to allude to the copyright business in his speech here.'” (04/17/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/17/government-spending-tyranny-minority-christian-schneider-column/100551080

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43) Ambivalence toward monetary freedom is ubiquitous — why?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Vishal Wilde

“The vast majority of people would either be up in arms or completely confused if the government suddenly said that all private bread producers had to shut down and the government would subsequently create a central authority from which all bread production would ultimately originate and, furthermore, that one would need a state-sanctioned licence to purchase (or sell) bread directly from (or to) that central authority and also to sell that same bread to the public more broadly. Nevertheless, people across jurisdictions are generally not outraged by monetary monopolies imposed upon them by governments and central banks. This lack of outrage and concern obstructs the possibility for Monetary Freedom.” (04/18/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/04/ambivalence-toward-monetary-freedom-is-ubiquitous-why/

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44) Trouble over term limits
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Americans are hardly alone in strongly supporting term limits. All over the world, people who care about limited government also care about limited terms for officials wielding government power. Especially the people of Paraguay, who remember all too well the dictatorship of General Alfredo Stroessner. He seized power in 1954, securing it with fraudulent elections and the arrest, torture and murder of thousands of political opponents, until being removed by a 1989 military coup. After that ugly 35-year episode, strict term limits were established in the Paraguayan Constitution: one five-year term for the president — no re-election possible. Fast-forward to the last few weeks, when the country’s Senate violated its own rules by holding a secret session — of which even the head of the Senate was unaware — and approved a constitutional amendment allowing re-election of the president.” (04/18/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/04/18/trouble-over-term-limits/

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45) A mockery of democracy
Source: spiked
by Jacob Furedi

“When, on Monday morning, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan retired to his newly built $600million, 1,100-room presidential palace, his sense of victory would have been somewhat muted. Yes, he had secured victory in Turkey’s constitutional referendum, but it was close: only 51.4 per cent of Turks voted for Erdogan’s proposed changes, while 48.6 per cent stood up to the president with a resounding No. Of course, a victory — however slender — is still a victory, and Erdogan now has a mandate to make 18 amendments to the constitution. By 2019, the office of prime minister will be abolished, and Erdogan will be handed executive power. … this referendum was never truly democratic. Ever since the referendum was proposed, the debate has been undermined by the government’s brutal censorship of its critics. In Turkey, opposition to the government is equated with terrorism. Since the attempted coup last July, 100,000 Turkish officials have been dismissed, and 228 journalists have been thrown in jail — more than in any other country — for questioning the government.” (04/18/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/a-mockery-of-democracy-turkey-erdogan-referendum/

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46) Western nihilism, part 4: A dose of reality for an insane society
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“[T]he idea that parents bear no responsibility or fault for having children that they can’t support is making the argument that huge portions of the population are no better than stray cats and dogs. We expect that behavior out of such low animals, after all. We expect better of humans — or we should. Liberals, evidently … don’t. Their paternalistic, condescending bullshit extends to the point that they are okay with treating humans as though they’re no better than stray dogs. After all, we don’t blame the stray dogs for being overrun by hormones and recklessly having children when the dog knows — on some deep, perhaps instinctual level — that most of its children are gonna die in terrible ways. ‘It’s just a dog being a dog,’ we say. In fact, we’re willing to address that problem: ‘Spay and neuter your pets so that this doesn’t happen!’ But when it comes to humans? No. We don’t even hold humans to that high of a standard.” (04/18/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/04/18/western-nihilism-4-a-dose-of-reality-for-an-insane-society/

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47) Where is the line between sympathy and paternalism?
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Rick Weber

“In higher-ed news two types of terrifying stories come up pretty frequently: free speech stories, and Title IX stories. You’d think these stories would only be relevant to academics and students, but they’re not. These issues are certainly very important for those of us who hang out in ivory towers. But those towers shape the debate — and unquestioned assumptions — that determine real world policy in board rooms and capitols. This is especially true in a world where a bachelor’s degree is the new GED. The free speech stories have gotten boring because they all take the following form: group A doesn’t want to let group B talk about opinion b so they act like a bunch of jackasses. … The Title IX stories are Kafkaesque tales where a well-intentioned policy (create a system to protect people in colleges from sexism and sexual aggression) turns into a kangaroo court that allows terrible people to ruin other people’s lives.” (04/17/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/04/17/where-is-the-line-between-sympathy-and-paternalism/

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48) Why the Donald should cool it on North Korea
Source: Antiwar.com
by David Stockman

“The realized truth of modern history is crystal clear. Washington had no business intervening in a quarrel between two no-count wanna be dictators (Syngman Rhee and Kim il Sung) on the Korean peninsula in June 1950, and surely has no business still stationing 29,000 American soldiers there 67 years latter. Yet owing to the institutionalized albatross of that mis-vectored history, the world is now much closer to the brink of nuclear war than at any time since the dark days of the early cold war. And the Donald has become just the latest political tourist in the Oval Office to succumb to the Deep State’s false, self-serving narrative about why the American imperium remains decamped on the 38th parallel.” (04/18/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/david_stockman/2017/04/17/why-the-donald-should-cool-it-on-north-korea-the-fat-boy-cant-even-deliver-his-little-boy/

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49) Appalachia needs big government
Source: The New Republic
by Laura Reston & Sarah Jones

“Hancock County, Tennessee, lies on the Virginia border, not far from where Daniel Boone crossed into the American West. For decades it was home to small farmers who carved out a living growing burley tobacco. Greg Marion, the former county mayor, remembers locals buying cars from his father’s dealership on credit. They’d pay in full when their tobacco check came in each season. Those farms started disappearing after the surgeon general released his warning against tobacco products in 1964. Ten years ago, Hancock County still had 500 manufacturing jobs, according to Marion. Now there are fewer than 50. Most of the factories have decamped–the local electric motor plant departed for China. Almost all the coal jobs just across the border in southern Virginia are gone too. ‘We lost tobacco, we lost manufacturing, we lost coal,’ Marion says. ‘Strike one, strike two, and strike three.’ On Election Day, almost 83 percent of Hancock voted for Donald Trump, the highest proportion of any county in Tennessee.” [editor’s note: Meanwhile, if they’d just finish legalizing hemp and hemp products, a whole new (well legally new) arena opens up to put all those coal miners to work in a safer environment – SAT] (04/17/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/142074/appalachia-needs-big-government

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50) Attacking charter schools with “alternative facts”
Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.

“In a recent letter to the editor of the Joplin Globe, Caroline Tubbs, a public high school teacher, makes a series of inaccurate claims about charter schools. As someone who has studied the issue of school choice closely for many years, I suspect the statements from Tubbs are the product of the misinformation she and many others have received. As is often the case with thorny public policy issues, the debate around school choice is often clouded with what we might now call ‘fake news.’ For instance, Tubbs suggests charter schools in Missouri do not have to administer state tests. This is simply not true. Charters administer the same exams to students as the traditional public schools do.” (04/17/17)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/school-choice/attacking-charter-schools-%E2%80%9Calternative-facts%E2%80%9D

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51) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 583
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Today I’ve got Connor Boyack on the show. He’s the author of the highly successful Tuttle Twins book series that teach libertarian principles to children. He’s also the fonder of Libertas Institute. A Group dedicated local political change in Utah.” [various formats] (04/18/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/583-author-connor-boyack-talks-tuttle-twins-and-teaching-your-kids-about-liberty/

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52) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 04/18/17
Source: Foundation for Economic Education

“Heather Mac Donald is our guest on today’s ‘extra’ edition of ‘So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast.’ Mac Donald is the latest campus speaker to fall victim to the ‘heckler’s veto,’ which is what happens when authorities allow a speaker to be silenced by sheer volume or force so that his or her message cannot be heard by willing listeners.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/18/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-the-hecklers-veto-strikes-heather-mac-donald/

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53) The Back Story, episode 11
Source: Everything Voluntary

“The Back Story 011 explains why the practice of taxation by governments is tantamount to stealing from others.” [MP3]

http://everything-voluntary.com/back-story-011-taxation-theft-3m

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54) Reason Podcast, 04/17/17
Source: Reason

“On today’s podcast, Doherty joins Nick Gillespie and Katherine Mangu-Ward to talk about why busting heads and not overbooking was to blame for last week’s United Airlines crisis, the libertarian case for free trade and immigration, how to convince non-libertarians that one person’s gain isn’t necessarily another person’s loss, Arkansas’ legal fight to execute eight men, filing taxes, and the virtues of recreational testosterone.” [various formats] (04/17/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/04/17/united-taxes-executions-arkansas

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55) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/18/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Randy, Jim, and James tell the truth.” [various formats] (04/18/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14351

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56) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/17/17
Source: Cato Institute

“What can federally mandated unpaid family leave tell us about the likely impacts of a proposed mandate for paid family leave? Vanessa Brown Calder comments.” [various formats] (04/17/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/drive-mandate-paid-family-leave

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57) Unraveling Political Theory, 04/17/17
Source: Attack The System

“After discussing classical liberalism and reform liberalism/progressivism in part 1 of ‘Understanding the Left,’ Keith and Tim go deeper in part 2 to examine the foundations of both socialism and communism; terms that are often used interchangeably, with communism being a more extreme version of socialism.” [Flash video] (04/17/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/04/17/unraveling-political-theory-the-roots-of-the-left-part-2-socialism-and-communism/

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58) Free Talk Live, 04/17/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“CIA Attacking Wikileaks :: Bernie Sanders’ Popularity :: Voting :: Free Press Under Attack, Press Ignores CIA Threats :: Vegetarian :: Psycho Facebook Live Killer :: China Social Media :: Mike Pence and Rape Culture :: Lyft Driver and the Drunken Girl :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/17/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-04-17

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59) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 28
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #28, I discuss the Trump Administration’s policy towards North Korea. Trump seems to have turned his attention from Iran to North Korea. Erdogan has won an important referendum in Turkey. Erdogan now has dictator-like powers. I also update Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya.” [various formats] (04/17/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-28-kim-jung-un-erdogan-and-trump

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60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 890
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Under both Donald Trump and Barack Obama, the U.S. government has supported Saudi Arabia in a savage war that is leaving a humanitarian catastrophe in its wake, with (according to recent estimates) some 462,000 in danger of starvation. Where is the moral outrage of our media, which is so touched by human tragedy when doing so suits the regime?” [various formats] (04/17/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-890-yemen-the-war-the-world-forgot/

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