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Thursday, April 20th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Venezuela: Tens of thousands march against Maduro; two killed
2) Iranian regime sticks to nuclear deal but Tillerson looks for excuses to keep sanctions
3) Fox News fires Bill O’Reilly amid sexual harassment storm
4) MA: Prosecutors dismiss more than 21,500 drug cases in wake of lab chemist’s misconduct
5) CA: UC Berkeley administration, desperate to appease Antifa jackboots, cancels Coulter harangue
6) Rob Gronkowski offers help to Sean Spicer in media briefing
7) Targeted by Obama, DeVry and other for-profit colleges rebounding under Trump
8) First protected DREAMer is deported under Trump
9) Russian hacker selling cheap Ransomware-as-a-service on dark web
10) History of EPA employee misconduct could result in layoffs
11) Ryan: US must keep military misadventure options open on North Korea
12) US court accuses former Mexican governor of laundering US $30 million through Texas real estate
13) New super-sized Earth may be close enough to detect signs of life
14) Emirates reducing US flights due to weakened interest in visiting a xenophobic police state
15) UT: Chaffetz announces he won’t seek re-election in 2018
16) Ecuador: Assange hints at running for UK parliament
17) Indonesia: Voters oust renowned Christian politician in show of Islamist power
18) AL: Three arrested for disorderly conduct as notorious jackass Richard Spencer exercises right to babble nonsense
19) GA: Special election for formerly “safe” GOP House seat goes to runoff
20) MA: Former NFL player Hernandez dead in alleged prison suicide

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) This is the formula for prosperity (and the lousy excuses not to use it)
22) Why Obama’s overtime rule will backfire
23) Taxation is theft by government
24) Offensive speech makes snowflakes feel unsafe
25) Note to Paul Craig Roberts: It wasn’t deregulation that brutalized Dr. Dao
26) You don’t have free will, but you might someday
27) To reform indigent defense, bring the market in
28) The humans are coming!
29) The terrifying things you learn in military intelligence
30) 1984 reloaded: The cloud and the liquefaction of history
31) Words which by their very utterance inflict injury
32) The truth behind Tax Day: Where your taxes go now
33) Brexit referendum 2.0
34) Get over it — you have zero online privacy
35) What the playground can teach the government about fair play
36) Sanctuary cities and federal dollars
37) Who really started the Korean War?
38) Single payer in the Golden state
39) Tribute to William N. Grigg
40) The Trump administration’s Syria gas attack narrative continues to unravel
41) Dems should stop obsessing over Hillary Clinton
42) The paedophile panic is undermining voluntarism
43) Where radar cameras fear to tread
44) Dissent made meaningful
45) Would regulation stop the mistakes of rating agencies that contributed to the 2008 crisis?
46) Beyond ObamaCare: The seven percent solution
47) Auto loans: The next debt bubble?
48) Welcome to the war zone
49) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #238: Know what is wanting in yourself.
50) Why Hillary Clinton really lost
51) A bad haircut
52) The US pushed North Korea to build nukes: Yes or no?
54) Run for your life
55) It is time to end official time

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 04/19/17
57) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 125
58) Electric Libertyland, episode 16
59) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/19/17
60) The Libertarian Angle, 04/18/17
61) Free Talk Live, 04/18/17
62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 891
63) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/18/17
64) The Freedom Report, 04/18/17
65) Tenther Tuesday, episode 15

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

1) Venezuela: Tens of thousands march against Maduro; two killed
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Tens of thousands of Venezuelans used a national holiday to demonstrate yet again against the government of embattled President Nicolas Maduro, and at least two people died as the government used heavily armed forces and tear gas to control the vast crowds. Marching on a day marking the beginning of Venezuela’s independence movement from Spain in 1810, protesters dressed mainly in white clogged freeways and main thoroughfares across metropolitan Caracas, the capital. Many held placards reading ‘Maduro out,’ ‘Down with dictatorship,’ and ‘Liberty.’ One of the fatalities was identified in social media as a 19-year-old Carlos Jose Moreno Baron, as having been killed by a gunshot to the head fired by informal motorcycle-riding militias who support Maduro known as ‘colectivos.’ … Later in the day, Paola Andreina Ramirez Gomez, 23, also was reported killed by gunshot in the San Carlos Plaza area of San Cristobal, capital of the western state of Tachira. It was not immediately clear who fired the shot.” (04/19/17)

http://www.latimes.com/world/mexico-americas/la-fg-venezuela-protests-20170419-story.html

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2) Iranian regime sticks to nuclear deal but Tillerson looks for excuses to keep sanctions
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“As President Trump wages a rhetorical battle with North Korea over its nuclear program, his secretary of state says the nuclear deal with Iran will now be placed under review. In a letter to Congress, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Iran is meeting the terms of the 2015 deal worked out with the Obama administration and five other countries. But Tillerson added that the current administration would evaluate whether the lifting of sanctions that had been placed on Iran ‘is vital to the national security interests of the United States.'”

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/19/524701919/iran-sticks-to-nuclear-deal-but-u-s-says-it-will-review-sanctions

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3) Fox News fires Bill O’Reilly amid sexual harassment storm
Source: Variety

“In a shocking reversal of fortune for one of the most prominent voices in TV news, Bill O’Reilly has been ousted from Fox News Channel amid the firestorm over sexual harassment allegations leveled against the host in recent years. Parent company 21st Century Fox said Wednesday: ‘After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.’ The decision to turn O’Reilly loose appears to have been made between Tuesday and Wednesday by the Murdochs, the family who control the operations of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox.” (04/19/17)

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/bill-oreilly-fired-fox-news-sexual-harassment-murdoch-1202044514/

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4) MA: Prosecutors dismiss more than 21,500 drug cases in wake of lab chemist’s misconduct
Source: Washington Post

“Prosecutors in eight counties around Boston revealed Tuesday that they would dismiss 21,587 drug cases tainted by the misconduct of Massachusetts state drug lab chemist Annie Dookhan over a period of eight years, although nearly all of those convicted in her cases have already served their sentences. The beginning of the end of the state’s first drug lab scandal — another chemist in western Massachusetts may be responsible for just as many flawed cases — came five years after Dookhan’s actions were discovered, and over the strenuous objections of state prosecutors, who pushed for individual reconsideration of Dookhan’s cases rather than mass resolution. Dookhan admitted falsifying reports, contaminating samples intentionally, grouping multiple samples together or simply not doing drug testing she certified she had done. Dookhan pleaded guilty to multiple counts of tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice and served three years in prison.” [editor’s note: Next step — recovering restitution for the victims from the personal finances of Dookhan and every prosecutor who kept people in prison instead of immediately dismissing the cases when she was caught – TLK] (04/19/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2017/04/18/prosecutors-dismiss-more-than-19000-drug-cases-in-wake-of-mass-lab-chemists-misconduct/

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5) CA: UC Berkeley administration, desperate to appease Antifa jackboots, cancels Coulter harangue
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Next week’s scheduled speech by right-wing pundit Ann Coulter at UC Berkeley is off — for now — because campus officials say they won’t be able to protect participants from rioting if it should happen. ‘We have been unable to find a safe and suitable venue for your planned April 27 event featuring Ann Coulter,’ vice chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton emailed the student groups co-hosting the event — the Berkeley College Republicans and BridgeUSA — Tuesday evening. The organizers are not giving up, saying the university’s action amounts to unconstitutional prior restraint.” (04/19/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/UC-Berkeley-orders-cancellation-of-Ann-Coulter-11084299.php

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6) Rob Gronkowski offers help to Sean Spicer in media briefing
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“New England Patriots star Rob ‘Gronk’ Gronkowski offered to help Sean Spicer keep White House journalists in line. He cheekily popped his head round the door as his team visited President Donald Trump to mark their Super Bowl win.” [editor’s note: Now this is the kinda story SNL ought to make fun of – SAT] (04/19/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39649510

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7) Targeted by Obama, DeVry and other for-profit colleges rebounding under Trump
Source: Chicago Tribune

“It may be too late for shuttered Corinthian Colleges, ITT Technical Institute or even Trump University, but Wall Street is betting the potential rollback of Obama-era initiatives to hold for-profit colleges accountable may lead to a resurgence of the beleaguered industry. Rebounding from what some analysts saw as an existential threat during the Obama administration, for-profit college stocks are up sharply since Donald Trump’s November election amid renewed investor optimism — and growing concern from education watchdogs. ‘The perception of investors has been that the prior administration was really out to get the sector,’ said Trace Urdan, a research analyst at Credit Suisse. ‘Trump helps make these companies more investable because there is less concern that the government is trying to drive them out of business.'” (04/19/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-trump-for-profit-schools-0423-biz-20170418-story.html

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8) First protected DREAMer is deported under Trump
Source: USA Today

“Federal agents ignored President Trump’s pledge to protect from deportation undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children by sending a young man back to his native Mexico, the first such documented case, a USA TODAY examination of the new administration’s immigration policies shows. After spending an evening with his girlfriend in Calexico, Calif., on Feb. 17, Juan Manuel Montes, 23, who has lived in the U.S. since age 9, grabbed a bite and was waiting for a ride when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer approached and started asking questions.” (04/19/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/04/18/first-protected-dreamer-deported-under-trump/100583274

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9) Russian hacker selling cheap Ransomware-as-a-service on dark web
Source: The Hacker News

“Ransomware has been around for a few years, but it has become an albatross around everyone’s neck, targeting businesses, hospitals, financial institutions and individuals worldwide and extorting millions of dollars. Forget about developing sophisticated banking trojans and malware to steal money out of people and organizations. Today, one of the easiest ways that can help cyber criminals get paid effortlessly is Ransomware.” (04/18/17)

http://thehackernews.com/2017/04/ransomware-as-a-service.html

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10) History of EPA employee misconduct could result in layoffs
Source: Fox News

“The Environmental Protection Agency has been riddled with employee misconduct, including workers who drink, smoke marijuana, and watch porn on the job. Inspector general reports over the past few years detailing employee misbehavior could serve as ammunition for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who is seeking to eliminate 25 percent of the 15,000 employees at the agency. Only 6.5 percent of EPA employees are ‘essential,’ according to the government’s own calculations when it faced a shutdown in 2013. At the time, just 1,069 employees were deemed necessary to continue working during the 16 days the government closed. The most notorious case of misconduct was the EPA official who earned $120,000 and performance bonuses after being caught watching pornography for up to six hours a day.” [editor’s note: Layoffs? Should be more like jail time at the expense of the perps themselves – SAT] (04/19/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/19/history-epa-employee-misconduct-could-result-in-layoffs.html

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11) Ryan: US must keep military misadventure options open on North Korea
Source: Reuters

“The United States must keep military options on the table when dealing with North Korea, but it does not want to use them unless it has to, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said during a visit to Britain on Wednesday. U.S. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has rebuffed admonitions from China and proceeded with nuclear and missile programmes seen by Washington and others as a direct threat. ‘Allowing this dictator to have that kind of power is not something that civilized nations can allow to happen … of course we don’t want to have military options employed, but we must keep all options on the table,’ he said when asked if the U.S. administration would be willing to drop bombs on North Korea. Ryan said he was encouraged by the results of efforts to work with China to reduce tensions, but that it was unacceptable North Korea might be able to strike allies with nuclear weapons.” (04/19/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-usa-ryan-idUSKBN17L2JW

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12) US court accuses former Mexican governor of laundering US $30 million through Texas real estate
Source: PanAm Post

“A United States Court is accusing a former Mexican governor of money laundering. Former Governor of the State of Tamaulipas Eugenio Hernandez Flores is accused of laundering approximately US $30 million made from criminal activities. However, in Mexico, Hernandez is still free and without charge, in addition to having all his rights as an active member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.” (04/19/17)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2017/04/19/us-court-accuses-ex-mexican-governor-of-laundering-us30-million-through-texas-real-estate/

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13) New super-sized Earth may be close enough to detect signs of life
Source: USA Today

“Scientists have found a planet the size of a jumbo Earth circling a nearby star, meaning it is one of the handful of worlds where astronomers’ sensors might be powerful enough to detect signs of life. The new planet, known as LHS 1140b, receives enough starlight to allow for liquid water, a prerequisite for life on Earth. It lies 39 light years from our solar system — not exactly in the backyard, but close enough that telescopes now under construction may be able to spot oxygen molecules swarming around it.” (04/19/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2017/04/19/planet-lhs-1140b-super-earth-life/100614094/

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14) Emirates reducing US flights due to weakened interest in visiting a xenophobic police state
Source: The Hill

“The Emirates airline on Wednesday announced it would be reducing flights to the U.S. in response to “weakened travel demand” amid pushback to President Trump’s travel ban and other administration restrictions. The Middle East’s biggest airline said it would be ‘reducing flights to five of the 12 US cities we currently serve.’ The airline’s move is a ‘commercial decision in response to weakened travel demand to US,’ an airline representative said in a statement. ‘The recent actions taken by the US government relating to the issuance of entry visas, heightened security vetting, and restrictions on electronic devices in aircraft cabins, have had a direct impact on consumer interest and demand for air travel into the US.'” (04/19/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/transportation/329460-emirates-reducing-us-flights-after-weakened-travel-demand-to-us

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15) UT: Chaffetz announces he won’t seek re-election in 2018
Source: Time

“Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who heads the House Oversight Committee, will not run for reelection in 2018. The Utah Congressman wrote on Facebook that he had made a personal decision to return to the private sector, claiming that he was confident that he would have been reelected by a wide margin. … Since President Trump took office, Chaffetz, who flip-flopped on the endorsement of the President retracting it after the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape but subsequently announcing he would vote for him, has faced angry constituents at town halls in his district.” [editor’s note: I wonder what he got recorded saying or who he got caught sleeping with, or … ? – TLK] (04/19/17)

http://time.com/4746471/jason-chaffetz-reelection-congress/

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16) Ecuador: Assange hints at running for UK parliament
Source: Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]

“WikiLeaks head Julian Assange has hinted he may run for the UK parliament in June’s snap election…. On Twitter on Wednesday he asked his followers what they thought of the idea of his running, adding ‘the government has detained me without charge for seven years.’ His followers strongly approved. … British MPs are not obliged to attend parliament in person. However if elected Assange would be unable to cast a vote unless he could somehow make it to Westminster without being arrested. Assange is holed up in London’s Ecuador embassy, where he sought asylum in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face [questioning over] rape allegations[, likely to be followed by rendition the US for political prosecution].” (04/19/17)

http://www.smh.com.au/world/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-hints-at-running-for-uk-parliament-at-election-20170419-gvo68x.html

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17) Indonesia: Voters oust renowned Christian politician in show of Islamist power
Source: Washington Post

“Jakarta’s first Christian governor in generations lost his reelection bid Wednesday, according to unofficial results, after a heated sectarian campaign that underscored the influence of hard-line Islamists in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Although the results were not final, early counts showed a decisive victory for Anies Baswedan, a Muslim candidate whose supporters portrayed the race as a referendum on the power of Islam in shaping the politics of Indonesia’s capital. … The incumbent governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, was known for tough anti-corruption drives and challenges to hard-line Muslim groups that have taken on an increasingly central role in Indonesian politics. Comments he made last year led to charges of blasphemy that hung over the campaign. His blasphemy trial is scheduled to resume Thursday; if convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.” (04/19/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/in-indonesias-capital-voters-oust-renowned-christian-politician-in-show-of-islamist-power/2017/04/19/b113c614-2471-11e7-a1b3-faff0034e2de_story.html

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18) AL: Three arrested for disorderly conduct as notorious jackass Richard Spencer exercises right to babble nonsense
Source: Seattle Times

“White nationalist Richard Spencer spoke in a crowded auditorium at Auburn University on Tuesday after a federal judge blocked the school from banning his appearance. Only a few chairs were empty in the more than 400-seat room as Spencer and other speakers railed against ethnicity and racial diversity, liberals, the media and more. They say they want to promote white pride. Spencer previously made news by addressing a far-right gathering where audience members gave a Nazi salute. Supporters and opponents engaged in shouting marches beforehand. Auburn police spokesman Capt. Lorenza Dorsey said three people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges.” (04/19/17)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/suit-seeks-ok-for-white-nationalist-speech-at-auburn/

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19) GA: Special election for formerly “safe” GOP House seat goes to runoff
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Republicans on Tuesday forced the front-running Democratic candidate for an Atlanta-area House seat into a runoff, extending until June a congressional contest that has become a nationalized referendum on President Trump. With a small percentage of votes uncounted because of a balloting glitch, Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former Democratic congressional aide and filmmaker making his first run for public office, easily finished in first place. But he narrowly missed the 50%-plus-one-vote mark that would have given him the seat outright. Instead he will meet Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, in the June 20 runoff. … the district is strongly Republican in registration. Until February, the seat was held by Trump’s new Health and Human Services secretary, Tom Price.” [editor’s note: Republicans are trying to paint this as a victory, but the last time a Democrat won the district was 41 years ago. That Democrat was replaced by Newt Gingrich, and Price won re-election last year with 61% of the vote before moving to the executive branch. For a Democrat to even come close there is a very bad sign for the GOP – TLK] (04/19/17)

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-house-race-georgia-20170418-story.html

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20) MA: Former NFL player Hernandez dead in alleged prison suicide
Source: ESPN

“Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of double murder, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday, Massachusetts prisons officials said. Guards found Hernandez unresponsive in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m., Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said in a statement. … ‘The family and legal team is shocked and surprised at the news of Aaron’s death,’ read a statement from Hernandez’s lawyer Jose Baez. ‘There were no conversations or correspondence from Aaron to his family or legal team that would have indicated anything like this was possible. Aaron was looking forward to an opportunity for a second chance to prove his innocence. Those who love and care about him are heartbroken and determined to find the truth surrounding his untimely death. We request that authorities conduct a transparent and thorough investigation.'” (04/19/17)

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19191248/former-new-england-patriots-te-aaron-hernandez-found-dead-hanging-prison-cell

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

21) This is the formula for prosperity (and the lousy excuses not to use it)
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Deirdre N McCloskey

“In 1981, Shanghai had only two tall buildings, two western hotels. Now it has two thousand. It’s a matter of arithmetic: If real income grows at the miserable 1 percent of the Great Leap Forward or of the License Raj, it will double, if it does not meet any intervening obstacles, in a painfully slow 72 years. (Proof: calculate it.) At that rate Shanghai would now have three tall buildings. If real income is growing at 7.2 percent, though, it will double in 10 years. If 12 percent, in 6 years. The arithmetical truth that years-to-double is 72 divided by the growth rate is called The Rule of 72. At rates of 7 to 12 percent, in a couple of generations, the Chinese and the Indians will have an American standard of living. If that doesn’t impress you, you are hard to impress.” (04/19/17)

https://fee.org/articles/this-is-the-formula-for-prosperity-and-the-lousy-excuses-not-to-use-it/

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22) Why Obama’s overtime rule will backfire
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“We ought to know by now that good intentions alone cannot make a government policy beneficial. Since the law of economics — market forces — are inexorable, we should not expect even good will to withstand them. ‘Nature to be commanded,’ Francis Bacon said, ‘must be obeyed.’ Similarly, if market forces are to serve society, they must be respected. Yet many policymakers and worker advocates have not learned. For example, they persist in pushing the minimum wage despite voluminous theoretical evidence and empirical illustrations that it harms the most vulnerable workers, the low-skilled and those looking for their first jobs. Former President Barack Obama gave us a related example in the final year of his term: the overtime rule. We can have no better example of how something that sounds good can have the opposite effect.” (04/19/17)

https://www.aier.org/why-Obamas-overtime-rule-will-backfire

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23) Taxation is theft by government
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Tuesday was the day sometimes called ‘Tax Day.’ It’s not exactly a holiday, and about as far from a ‘holy day’ as it’s possible to imagine. Some people get tired of libertarians pointing out that taxation is theft. Particularly those whose paychecks depend on this particular form of theft. Whatever you call it, when someone demands you hand over some of your property, threatening to hurt you in some way if you don’t comply, it’s not the act of a good person. How excited were you to pay taxes this year? Or, if you got some of your own money back, were you grateful for this ‘gift?'” (04/19/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/04/19/voices/taxation-is-theft-by-government/151970.html

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24) Offensive speech makes snowflakes feel unsafe
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“The current trend among leftist snowflakes these days is to demand censorship of any ideas that ‘offend’ them. Snowflakes are offended by any expression of ideas they don’t agree with. So they seek to shut down free speech rights by force on the grounds that offensive speech makes them feel ‘unsafe.'” (04/19/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/04/offensive-speech-makes-snowflakes-feel.html

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25) Note to Paul Craig Roberts: It wasn’t deregulation that brutalized Dr. Dao
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“A friend points out this bizarre piece by Paul Craig Roberts, bemoaning ‘deregulation’ and blaming it for, among other things, the recent incident in which Dr. David Dao was brutally assaulted and dragged off a United Airlines flight. … The bad things that happen in air travel today are, so far as I can tell, largely a function of War on Terror security theater. The TSA lines mean you have to arrive at the airport earlier, submit to sexual assault before getting onto the concourse, pay insane prices for food in an area that you can’t freely leave and return from, and then risk getting dragged off the airplane by thugs if you fail to instantly do as ordered by anyone wearing a uniform, or if the air crew or your fellow passengers just don’t think you look right.” (04/19/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/04/note-to-paul-craig-roberts-it-wasnt.html

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26) You don’t have free will, but you might someday
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“Regular readers know that I don’t believe in the superstition of ‘free will’ because the laws of physics don’t stop at your skull. Whatever is happening in your brain is the result of cause and effect, and perhaps some randomness. But ‘free will’ isn’t a real thing, except in our imaginations. But it might be a real thing soon. We’re hearing in the news that someday, perhaps within ten years, humans will be able to implant microchips in their brains to boost performance or fix problems. … With our current fully-organic brains, we do whatever the physics and chemistry of our brains tells us to do. You might want to lose weight, but your brain is telling you to eat that ice cream at midnight anyway, so you do. Your urges are simply stronger than your rational mind. But what if the microchip in your brain could reverse that situation? Suppose you programmed the microchip to allow your rational mind to overcome your irrational urges.” (04/19/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/159754493801/you-dont-have-free-will-but-you-might-get-it

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27) To reform indigent defense, bring the market in
Source: Cato Institute
by Tim Lynch

“America’s criminal courts are in terrible shape. New York, Indiana, Louisiana, Idaho, Missouri, and many other states are mired in litigation over their festering crises in indigent legal defense. Public defenders want to do a good job for their clients but are often stretched so thin by enormous caseloads that they feel as though they are being forced to commit malpractice, like a doctor with way too many patients. One bright spot is Comal County, Texas, near San Antonio. For the past two years, officials have been testing a pilot program known as Client Choice, which takes the unprecedented step of letting indigent defendants choose their own lawyer, instead of having one assigned to them.” (04/19/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/reform-indigent-defense-bring-market

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28) The humans are coming!
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“You and others fear robots because robots substitute for human workers. And your fear intensifies because, in your words, ‘robots which are more human-like are becoming more common.’ But what’s more human-like than humans? Since 1950 the number of humans in the American workforce has increased by nearly 160 percent (from 62 million to 160 million). Yet not only is today’s U.S. unemployment rate of 4.5 percent lower than was 1950’s unemployment rate of 5.3 percent, today’s labor-force-participation rate of 63.0 percent is higher than the 59.2 percent rate in 1950. If an increased supply of human-like workers displaces existing human workers, the number of unemployed human workers would, over the past seven decades, have been driven to sky-high levels by the greatly increased number of extraordinarily human-like workers — actual humans! — in the labor force. Yet no such displacement happened.” (04/19/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/04/42622.html

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29) The terrifying things you learn in military intelligence
Source: Cracked
by Cezary Jan Strusiewicz

“Intelligence specialists translate and analyze communications between America’s enemies, then let us know which one of them desperately needs a Hellfire missile up the ass. We’re talking about a profession in which you literally decide who lives and who dies. That’s pressure. We wanted to learn more about the folks who deal with that kind of responsibility on a daily basis, while we freak out at the psychic weight of caring for a houseplant. So we spoke to Gwen, Greg, and Eddie. This is what they told us: 6) The Things You Learn Will Scar You For Life As an intelligence specialist, one of Gwen’s jobs was to analyze videos made by terror groups. Obviously, we’re not talking about epic Slip ‘n Slide fails here — these are the most soul-scarring videos imaginable.” (04/19/17)

http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2466-the-terrifying-things-you-learn-in-military-intelligence.html

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30) 1984 reloaded: The cloud and the liquefaction of history
Source: Mises Canada
by Roger Toutant

“In the world of Winston Smith and his fellow proles, history was like a liquid: Without form and substance, sticking to some surfaces, running off of others, always changing shape. Memory had not only become a useless human faculty but a dangerous one. After all, the Thought Police were certain to bring any prole who uttered dissenting opinions to the Ministry of Love for severe punishment, perhaps execution. The Records Department had a monumental task on its hands. The tracking, recalling, upgrading and re-distributions of all the books, newspapers and films that were ‘superseded’ and needed updating necessitated an enormous bureaucracy that worked night and day. The biggest hurdle was the fact that the media had physical form. … Imagine how much easier it would have been for the Records Department if all those historically ‘inaccurate’ documents had not been in physical form, but rather, in electronic form — perhaps entries in databases that could be remotely accessed and modified by programmers at the Ministry of Truth.” (04/19/17)

https://www.mises.ca/1984-reloaded-the-cloud-and-the-liquefaction-of-history/

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31) Words which by their very utterance inflict injury
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“College students seeking to suppress or punish speech in their communities are the latest iteration of a longer tradition in American life than many of their critics acknowledge. That’s true even narrowing our backward gaze to Supreme Court cases from the last century. During World War II, for instance, the case of Chaplinsky vs. State of New Hampshire considered whether the municipality of Rochester had, by arresting Walter Chaplinsky, a Jehovah’s Witness, for his speech, violated his rights. … ‘There are certain well-defined and narrowly limited classes of speech, the prevention and punishment of which has never been thought to raise any Constitutional problem,’ the majority opinion stated. ‘These include the lewd and obscene, the profane, the libelous, and the insulting or ‘fighting’ words — those which by their very utterance inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace.'” (04/19/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/04/words-which-by-their-very-utterance-inflict-injury/523344/

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32) The truth behind Tax Day: Where your taxes go now
Source: Our Future
by Robin Claremont

“If you groan about tax day, you’re certainly not alone. But what if tax day was something we could be proud of as members of a democracy? Would you feel differently about paying taxes if you knew they were going to support public services that you, your family and your community rely on: as public safety, roads and bridges, schools, health care, social services and national parks? Millions of Americans file their federal income tax returns in April each year with no idea what the government actually does with all that money. This is surprising, considering that individuals are our nation’s primary bill payers. Income taxes paid by individuals account for 49 percent of all federal tax revenues, which are projected to be $2.99 trillion in 2016. Other tax revenue comes from payroll taxes paid jointly by workers and employers, accounting for 33 percent and corporate income taxes paid by businesses, which make up 9 percent.” [editor’s note: And this is the reality, where NOTHING taken on Tax day does a thing for these alleged government services [sic], but is merely pissed away on wars at home and abroad, corporate welfare and crony corporatism – SAT] (04/19/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170418/the-surprising-truth-behind-tax-day-where-your-taxes-go-now

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33) Brexit referendum 2.0
Source: The American Conservative
by David A Cowan

“To the surprise of Britons, this week Prime Minister Theresa May made her boldest move yet by calling a snap general election for June 8. It is a gamble that has caught her political rivals off-guard and promises to be a game-changer for Brexit, the country’s ongoing process of leaving the European Union. … This snap election could give May the personal mandate, large majority, and lengthy timetable she needs in order to secure a successful Brexit. It could also produce a renewed and united Euroskeptic party ready for the parliamentary battles of the future. If May fails to win a landslide majority, then the process of Brexit will be put in jeopardy.” (04/19/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/brexit-referendum-2-0/

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34) Get over it — you have zero online privacy
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Mark Nestmann

“Privacy advocates were aghast when President Trump signed a bill on April 3 that overturned restrictions on data sharing by internet service providers (ISPs). But to paraphrase Shakespeare, methinks they protest too much. The fact is, unless you take precautions, you already have exactly zero privacy online.” (04/19/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/04/mark-nestmann/get-used-no-privacy-line/

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35) What the playground can teach the government about fair play
Source: USA Today
by David A Cortman

“One of the first big cases that newly minted Justice Neil Gorsuch will hear, together with the other justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, will be one of the most important religious freedom cases this term: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer. … The facts of the case are simple enough. The plaintiff is Trinity Lutheran Church, which owns a preschool with a playground. The state of Missouri partially reimburses local government and non-profit organizations for installing rubber surfaces on their playground floors. It’s a great way to benefit the environment by making productive use of old tires and to protect children by softening surfaces around swings and slides that are often unforgiving to little heads, knees and elbows. Seeking to protect the preschool students and neighborhood children who use its playground, Trinity applied for the reimbursement. Even though Trinity satisfied the government’s requirements better than all but a few other applicants, state officials refused the request because a religious organization owns the preschool.” (04/19/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/19/what-playground-can-teach-government-fair-play-column/100593508

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36) Sanctuary cities and federal dollars
Source: Independent Institute
by William Watkins

“If Sanctuary Cities want to continue with their efforts to shield individuals from federal immigration law, then they should lay off the federal funds. But for the federal dollars, the cities would have the freedom to oppose national immigration policy. Cities as rich as Seattle should stand on their own two feet anyway.” (04/18/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/04/18/sanctuary-cities-and-federal-dollars/

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37) Who really started the Korean War?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The sixtieth anniversary of the ‘end’ of the Korean war saw President Obama attempt to rescue that classic example of interventionist failure from history’s dustbin. Addressing veterans of that conflict, he declared: ‘That war was no tie. Korea was a victory. When 50 million South Koreans live in freedom, a vibrant democracy … a stark contrast to the repression and poverty of the North, that is a victory and that is your legacy.’ This is a fairytale: it wasn’t a victory, or even a tie: the US public was disenchanted with the war long before the armistice, and Truman was under considerable pressure at home to conclude an increasingly unpopular conflict. As for this guff about ‘democracy’: whatever the US was fighting for, from 1950, when the war broke out, to 1953, when it ground to a halt, democracy hardly described the American cause.” (04/19/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/04/18/who-really-started-the-korean-war-2/

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38) Single payer in the Golden state
Source: In These Times
by Joel Bleifuss

“The next big healthcare showdown, however, is shaping up in California. On one side, the Democratic legislature; on the other, it seems, is Jerry Brown, the Democratic governor. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and millions of its beneficiaries are safe, for now, from the GOP’s congressional death panels. The healthcare fight is just getting started. In March, Bernie Sanders said he would introduce a ‘Medicare-for-all single-payer’ bill in the Senate. The next big healthcare showdown, however, is shaping up in California. On one side, the Democratic legislature; on the other, it seems, is Jerry Brown, the Democratic governor. On February 17, Democratic state Sens. Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins introduced the Healthy California Act, legislation that would establish a single-payer plan for all 38 million residents, including undocumented citizens. ‘Everyone has a right to healthcare,’ said Lara, when announcing the legislation. ‘We’ll never get to 100 percent healthcare in California unless we lead.'” (04/19/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20051/single-payer-here-we-come-california-jerry-brown-healthcare-sanders

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39) Tribute to William N. Grigg
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Ron Paul

“What made Will so effective was that he took the time to gather the facts behind each case that he wrote about, often traveling at his own expense to interview his subjects. He then combined this mastery of detail with a powerful critique of the policies used to justify the transformation of America from a Republic to a Welfare-Warfare-Police State. Unlike many who write on these issues, including some libertarians, Will never avoided discussing how racial minorities bear the brunt of modern police state policies. However, he never pretended that police brutality was solely a minority issue. He would not ignore certain incidents because the victim’s race did not fit the preferred narrative.” (04/19/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/justice/tribute-william-n-grigg/

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40) The Trump administration’s Syria gas attack narrative continues to unravel
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“[L]et’s go ahead and face the facts. Governments lie. Governments have always lied. Extremely corrupt, imperial governments overseeing societies in deep economic and cultural decline lie even more. This isn’t conspiracy theory, it’s what obviously happens when you combine tremendous power with human nature. Although I’ve been questioning the Trump administration’s fairytale narrative about the recent Syria gas attack from day one, I don’t have the expertise to sufficiently examine the evidence and put some meat on the bones. In contrast, Professor Emeritus of Science, Technology, and National Security Policy at MIT, Theodore A. Postol does, and he’s published a series of reports over the past week calling out what he believes is a deliberate deception by members of the Trump team.” (04/18/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/04/18/the-trump-administrations-syria-gas-attack-narrative-continues-to-unravel/

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41) Dems should stop obsessing over Hillary Clinton
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“The publication Tuesday of <>em>Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign, by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, has reopened the wounds of last year’s presidential election. … Was it all Clinton’s fault? Pundits are debating the question yet again. The Democrats desperately need an authoritative autopsy of 2016: a winnable election with disastrous results. There are all sorts of questions the party needs to ask itself about messaging and strategy: Should Democrats have a more populist message, to appeal to the white working class? Should they double down on identity politics and intersectionality? Should they rely less on data mavens and political consultants? Should they devote fewer resources to national organizing, and more to rebuilding the party from the ground up? Instead, too many postmortems focus on the one question that isn’t helpful for future planning: Was Clinton a bad candidate?” (04/19/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/142119/stop-obsessing-hillary-clinton-its-pointless

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42) The paedophile panic is undermining voluntarism
Source: spiked
by Carly Walker-Dawson

“Last week, the Guardian reported that the number of adults volunteering for youth groups has hit at a record low, with 51,000 young people on waiting lists to join the Scouts because of volunteer shortages. Kids who want to join community groups are unable to because there are simply not enough adults to supervise. There are many reasons why adults might not be willing to give up their spare time to volunteer with youth groups. But the fact they’re treated like wrong-doers before they even begin definitely has something to do with it. The Savile scandal has heightened an already prevalent panic about child sexual abuse, instilling even more fear in parents and caregivers about their kids’ relationships with other adults. Alongside these attitudinal barriers, volunteers have to overcome difficult statutory and procedural hurdles in order to start volunteering.” (04/19/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-paedophile-panic-is-undermining-voluntarism/

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43) Where radar cameras fear to tread
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

Arizonans aren’t big fans of being nagged about the weight of their feet on their accelerators. A few years ago, county officials set up a mobile radar speed sign along the road to my old house. It looked lonely out there amid the tumbleweeds with only coyotes and rattlesnakes for company. Sure enough, within a day, I was treated to the sight of sheriff’s deputies and county workers clustered sadly around the device, which had– — pparently in despair over its isolated condition — leapt head-first into an arroyo. State residents were also unhappy when speed cameras sprouted along the roads with ticket books attached. In 2008, Arizona officials signed a deal with Redflex, an Australian photo-enforcement company, to pioneer the first statewide system for robotically extracting money from people’s wallets …. Pasting Post-It notes over lenses of the Aussie speedcams was one tame but effective response. So was dressing up in Santa suits and dropping gaily decorated gift boxes over the machines. Silly String and spray paint worked just fine for obscuring the cameras’ views, though smashing the spying little snitchbots with pickaxes had a more permanent effect.” (04/19/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/04/19/where-radar-cameras-fear

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44) Dissent made meaningful
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Shahid Buttar

“Over the last year, large numbers of Americans have grown politically active for the first time. Reflecting the depth of our constitutional crisis, however, many seem not to know how to meaningfully raise their voices or participate in the political process.” (04/19/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/04/dissent-made-meaningful

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45) Would regulation stop the mistakes of rating agencies that contributed to the 2008 crisis?
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Kevin Kallmes

“I remember watching The Big Short and feeling great indignation at the S&P employee who told Steve Carell that rating agencies were pressured into issuing unreasonably high ratings because they were beholden to their customers. If true, this represented an unbelievable moral hazard, which is often cited as the reason for the failures of the ratings agencies–and as a reason for regulating these agencies. However, more in-depth research and consideration reveals that this answer is incomplete and, in many ways, incorrect.” (04/18/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/04/18/would-regulation-stop-the-mistakes-of-rating-agencies-that-contributed-to-the-2008-crisis/

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46) Beyond ObamaCare: The seven percent solution
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Loren Lomasky

“ObamaCare is dead, long live — what? The House Republican plan achieved the rare feat of displeasing fellow conservatives almost as much as Democrats before dying stillborn. Does it follow, as numerous commentators have intoned, that ObamaCare ought to be retained? No, for it too is multiply flawed and has been rejected by citizens in most polls. So what is to be done? This isn’t a wonkish question about design but rather a plea for radical rethinking. America makes three demands on its healthcare system that, unfortunately, are jointly incompatible.” (04/19/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/04/beyond-obamacare-seven-percent-solution/

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47) Auto loans: The next debt bubble?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Shaun Bradley

“After nearly a decade of being able to borrow money for next to nothing, interest rates are finally beginning to creep higher. Even the relatively small increases seen so far have caused problems in the previously booming automobile industry. The size of the auto loan market has ballooned to a historic $1.1 trillion, and subprime lending has once again become the norm. Teaser offers that allow people to get cars with zero money down and 84-month financing have fueled a wave of irresponsible spending. … The data released so far in 2017, however, has started to raise questions about how much longer these spending habits can last.” (04/19/17)

https://mises.org/blog/auto-loans-next-debt-bubble

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48) Welcome to the war zone
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Is it soup yet? Are we there yet? Are we at war yet? Of course, we ARE at war and have been, pretty much continuously since about 1940 or so. (Yes, I realize that Congress did not declare war until 8 DEC 1941, but the US had been a de-facto ally and co-belligerent of the British Empire for some time.) We are fighting in Syria, in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Yemen, and probably in Libya, South Sudan, Ukraine, and maybe a few other places that we might not find out about for years, if ever. (By ‘we’ I mean the Fed Gov, and those of the Fifty States (most, as I understand it) who gladly send their own troops (National Guard) to those places. But there is war, and there is war.” (04/19/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/04/19/welcome-to-the-war-zone/

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49) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #238: Know what is wanting in yourself.
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“An interesting aspect of the aphorism is that it does not address your bad qualities but asks, instead, what qualities or characteristics do you lack. The absences are obstacles to success as surely as the presence of bad habits are … but the dynamic is different. You do not need to subtract but to add and the process differs dramatically. Rather than undo a bad habit, you must install a new good one. I honestly do not know which one is more difficult.” (04/19/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7942

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50) Why Hillary Clinton really lost
Source: OpEdNews
by Robert Parry

“An early insider account of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, entitled Shattered, reveals a paranoid presidential candidate who couldn’t articulate why she wanted to be President and who oversaw an overconfident and dysfunctional operation that failed to project a positive message or appeal to key voting groups. Okay, I realize that people who have been watching Rachel Maddow and other MSNBC programs — as well as reading The New York Times and The Washington Post for the past four months — ‘know’ that Clinton ran a brilliant campaign that was only derailed because of ‘Russian meddling.’ But this insider account from reporters Jonathan Allen and Annie Parnes describes something else.” (04/19/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Why-Hillary-Clinton-Really-by-Robert-Parry-Clinton-Collapse_Hillary-2016-170419-131.html

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51) A bad haircut
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Those who run cosmetology schools probably like more mandated hours and folks in the profession might wish for less competition. Governor Otter said as much, complaining that HB 139 was written ‘without input from interested parties or due regard for the health, safety and welfare of the public.’ Just how dangerous is a bad haircut? Putting safety in context, Hoffman explained that the current mandated hours of training for a cosmetology license ‘is more than is required to become an EMT in Idaho.'” (04/19/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/04/19/a-bad-haircut/

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52) The US pushed North Korea to build nukes: Yes or no?
Source: CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney

“Let’s say you know someone who wears funny blue suits and doesn’t share your views on politics. So you decide to stick this person in a cage and put him on a diet of bread and water until he agrees to change his wardrobe and adjust his thinking. And when he sits quietly on the cage-floor with his hands folded, you ignore him altogether and deal with other matters. But when he stomps his feet in anger or violently shakes the cage, you throw cold water on him or poke him in the back with a sharp stick. How long do you think it’ll take before your prisoner changes his clothes and comes around to ‘exceptional’ way of seeing things? It’s never going to happen, is it, because your whole approach is wrong. People don’t respond positively to hectoring, intimidation and cruelty, in fact, they deeply resent it and fight back. And, yet, this is exactly the way Washington has treated North Korea for the last 64 years.” (04/19/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/19/the-u-s-pushed-north-korea-to-build-nukes-yes-or-no/

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53) IQ with conscience
Source: Econlog
by Bryan Caplan

“I’m an IQ realist, all the way. IQ tests aren’t perfect, but they’re an excellent proxy for what ordinary language calls ‘intelligence.’ A massive body of research confirms that IQ predicts not just educational success, but career success. Contrary to critics, IQ tests are not culturally biased; they fairly measure genuine group differences in intelligence. Yet I’ve got to admit: My fellow IQ realists are, on average, a scary bunch. People who vocally defend the power of IQ are vastly more likely than normal people to advocate extreme human rights violations.” (04/19/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/04/iq_with_conscie.html

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54) Run for your life
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“Daily, all across America, individuals who dare to resist — or even question — a police order are being subjected to all sorts of government-sanctioned abuse ranging from forced catheterization, forced blood draws, roadside strip searches and cavity searches, and other foul and debasing acts that degrade their bodily integrity and leave them bloodied and bruised. Americans as young as 4 years old are being leg shackled, handcuffed, tasered and held at gun point for not being quiet, not being orderly and just being childlike — i.e., not being compliant enough. Government social workers actually subjected a 3-year-old boy to a forced catheterization after he was unable to provide them with a urine sample on demand (the boy still wasn’t potty trained). The boy was held down, screaming in pain, while nurses forcibly inserted a tube into his penis to drain his bladder — all of this done because the boy’s mother’s boyfriend had failed a urine analysis for drugs.” (04/19/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/run-for-your-life/

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55) It is time to end official time
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Trey Kovacs

“For years, federal employee unions have enjoyed a government subsidy that enables their members to perform union duties while being paid by the taxpayer. The practice, known as union official time, grants federal employees paid time off from their government duties to perform union business. Official time is a taxpayer-funded subsidy to federal employee unions that enables them to file grievances, negotiate contracts, and even lobby Congress, among other activities. Unfortunately, a general lack of transparency surrounding the practice makes it impossible to know what specific activities are performed on official time or what its costs are. Activities performed on official time benefit only labor unions and their members, not the public.” (04/19/17)

https://cei.org/content/it-time-end-official-time

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56) Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 04/19/17
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: We spend the entire show talking with [Julian] Assange from inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been holed up since June 2012. In the wide-ranging interview, Assange discusses the allegations that WikiLeaks was abetted by Russian intelligence in its publication of DNC emails and the new-found admiration for him by FOX News, Anne Coulter, Sarah Palin, and Donald Trump. Also, why Assange believes he and Hillary Clinton may get along if they ever met in person. And we premiere an unreleased song by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine fame.” [various formats] (04/19/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/19/intercepted-podcast-julian-assange-speaks-out-as-trumps-cia-director-threatens-to-end-wikileaks/

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57) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 125
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: It’s April 19 :: Thanks For Asking! (I ran for platform committee and all I got was this damn podcast episode; Clayton Hunt calls a cargo cultist to my attention; hopefully Jacob G. Hornberger is tanned, rested and ready to keynote another Libertarian National Convention; The Gospel of St. Cheeto[TM] Benito) :: I’m running for (Party) office.” [various formats] (04/19/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-125-im.html

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58) Electric Libertyland, episode 16
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland host Brian McWilliams gives his take on Alex Jones playing a ‘character,’ the Atlanta Braves’ new taxpayer abomination of a stadium and the current state of affairs in North Korea. He then welcomes in friend of the podcast and podcaster in her own right, Heather Nixon of the Johnny Rocket Launchpad.” [various formats] (04/19/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/04/19/ell16/

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59) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/19/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“… Don’t even ask. lol. Just listen. MWD, Veloschka and the triumphant return of Lisa Feen! Topics include why it’s your libertarian duty to review proudoucts and services you use, how Trump is destroying jobs with his anti-free market ‘America First’ jobs and supply executive order (it’s affirmative action for American workers) and the ‘how to block people / how to make a living doing what you love’ book that MWD wrote.” (04/19/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14361

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60) The Libertarian Angle, 04/18/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss the recent missile attack launched by President Trump on Syria.” [various formats] (04/18/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-trumps-attack-syria/

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61) Free Talk Live, 04/18/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Smug Style of American Liberalism :: Government Job Creation :: Civil War? :: Bitcoin :: NJ Weedman Joins Us From Jail :: Jury Nullification :: More on Liberals :: Smug Libertarians :: Moral vs Self Interest :: Kim Davis :: Liberal Caller :: HOSTS — Ian, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/18/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-04-18

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62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 891
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The March 2017 report of the Congressional Budget Office paints a grim picture about the fiscal future of the United States — but don’t we hear a lot of grim predictions, and don’t things usually carry on as before? Gene Epstein explains what’s really going to happen.” [various formats] (04/18/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-891-fiscal-doomsday-when-its-coming-and-what-it-looks-like/

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63) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/18/17
Source: Cato Institute

“What does pop culture have to tell us about our own hopes and fears about technology? Kimberly Hurd Hale is author of The Politics of Perfection: Technology and Creation in Literature and Film.” [various formats] (04/18/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/politics-perfection-technology-creation-literature-film

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64) The Freedom Report, 04/18/17
Source: The Libertarian Republic

“Pat Buchanan asks in a column whether the dream of an ‘America First’ foreign policy is over. Paleoconservatives have taken a back seat in the Trump administration with the news that advisor Steve Bannon was removed from the National Security Council only days before the administration bombed Syria’s Bashar al-Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons against his own people. Neoconservatives who desire regime change were giddy, and mainstream media pundits took to the airwaves to applaud the president in some cases for the first time ever. Austin Petersen breaks down the news.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/18/17)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.podbean.com/e/is-america-first-over/

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65) Tenther Tuesday, episode 15
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“Today is the 89th day that the GOP has failed to repeal Obamacare. Some states are taking steps to expand freedom instead of waiting on the feds to do it. In this episode of Tenther Tuesday, Michael Boldin and Mike Maharrey talk about these bills to support health freedom, along with legislation relating to gun rights, industrial hemp, the FDA, and asset forfeiture.” [Flash video] (04/18/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/04/tenther-tuesday-episode-15-big-wins-for-the-nullification-movement/

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