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In the News:

1) Turkey: Appeals court overturns “Ergenekon” coup plot convictions
2) Venezuela: Government to cut electricity for four hours daily amid crisis
3) Russian regime accuses US regime of intimidation in Baltic Sea incident
4) Poroshenko: Sanctions on Russia must remain until Ukraine reconquers seceded areas
5) UK: Foreign office issues travel warning about anti-LGBT laws in US states
6) John Stossel reveals he has lung cancer
7) Uber settles major lawsuit over driver employment status
8) Mali: Extremists kidnap International Red Cross staff
9) Mexico: Pena Nieto proposes raising limit on decriminalized pot to one ounce
10) Opera bundles free, unlimited VPN client into its browser
11) US Air Force obliterates Maglev speed record with rocket sled
12) CA: US regime gangsters abduct six, steal eight tons of free market plant extracts
13) CT: Clinton does the Watusi on Newtown kids’ graves in effort to firm up primary lead
14) FBI’s Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by US judge
15) Historic makeover: Harriet Tubman to be face on US $20 bill

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) The Fifth Estate: Foreign lobbyists
17) Dishonoring Harriet Tubman
18) Enough with the Hillary cult
19) Kangaroo court in Phoenix: Epilogue
20) What’s a public purpose?
21) Free Talk Live, 04/21/16
22) Making laws much like littering
23) In The Tank Podcast, episode 35
24) Why do 40 countries rank higher in freedom of press than the US?
25) Secret court takes another bite out of the Fourth Amendment
26) Libertarians will change the face of US elections
27) Banning the boogeyman
28) Death to “safe spaces”
29) Medicine in the world of the statist
30) In Pennsylvania, a misguided attempt to protect police
31) The Libertarian Angle, 04/21/16
32) Listen to an FBI “honeypot” on the job
33) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 76: A peripatetic special
34) Something of a blow to Piketty’s thesis
35) The limits to President Obama’s authority on immigration executive orders
36) A return to fairness: The Vatican speech
37) Credit bureaus were the NSA of the 19th century
38) Can social media seize control of our elections?
39) How not to help the world’s poor
40) The euro zone embraces “helicopter money”
41) Don’t women’s bathrooms have stalls? So who cares?
42) Story, story, story
43) Freed market anarchists: Meet Wendell Berry
44) The problem with Sweden’s state-approved press
45) Free Talk Live, 04/19/16

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

1) Turkey: Appeals court overturns “Ergenekon” coup plot convictions
Source: swissinfo [Switzerland]

“Turkey’s appeals court has overturned coup plot convictions imposed in 2013 on a retired military chief and scores of senior figures in a case then regarded as clipping the wings of the secularist and military establishment, state media said on Thursday. The ruling closes the final chapter in a nine-year legal drama whose twists and turns have tracked the shifting balance of power at the heart of the Turkish establishment.” (04/21/16)

http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/reuters/turkish-appeals-court-overturns–ergenekon–coup-plot-convictions/42105050

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2) Venezuela: Government to cut electricity for four hours daily amid crisis
Source: ABC News

“Venezuela’s government says it will turn off electricity nationwide for four hours each day, formalizing the blackouts that people have already been experiencing during a worsening energy crisis. Electricity Minister Luis Motta said Thursday that the rationing will start next week, and he called on Venezuelans to buckle down and show their patriotism. He said the rolling blackouts would last for 40 days or until water levels stabilize at the Guri Dam, which provides most of the South American country’s electricity.” (04/21/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuela-cut-electricity-hours-daily-amid-crisis-38579561

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3) Russian regime accuses US regime of intimidation in Baltic Sea incident
Source: The Hill

“Russia warned the United States on Wednesday against operating in the Baltic Sea close to its borders, hinting that incidents such as week’s buzzing of a U.S. Navy destroyer would continue. ‘This is about attempts to exercise military pressure on Russia,’ Russian envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko told reporters, according to Reuters. ‘We will take all necessary measures, precautions, to compensate for these attempts to use military force.’ Grushko made his comments after the first NATO-Russia Council meeting since 2014, where 28 representatives from NATO countries and Grushko discussed the incident, as well as the situation in Ukraine.” (04/21/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/international/277035-russia-accuses-us-of-intimidation-in-baltic-sea-incident

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4) Poroshenko: Sanctions on Russia must remain until Ukraine reconquers seceded areas
Source: Washington Post

“Ukraine’s president says sanctions against Russia must stay in place as long as hostilities in [seceded states formerly part of] Ukraine still continue. … Security was the main focus of talks during Poroshenko’s one-day visit Thursday to neighboring Romania. Fighting in [areas formerly part of] Ukraine between Russia-backed [local troops] and [invading Ukrainian] government troops has left 9,100 dead since 2014.” (04/21/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/ukraines-president-bans-russian-movies/2016/04/21/f3e38d5c-0795-11e6-bfed-ef65dff5970d_story.html

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5) UK: Foreign office issues travel warning about anti-LGBT laws in US states
Source: CNN

“North Carolina and Mississippi’s controversial new laws affecting LGBT rights are already threatening to cost the U.S. states millions in lost business and tourism. That situation could be set to worsen after the UK government updated foreign travel advice warning British citizens about risks visiting America’s south. The update issued by the UK Foreign Office on its website under the heading of ‘local laws and customs,’ highlights potential problems for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) people.” (04/21/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/21/travel/uk-lgbt-travel-advice-north-carolina-mississippi/

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6) John Stossel reveals he has lung cancer
Source: People

“Fox Business Network’s John Stossel has revealed he is suffering from lung cancer. Stossel, 69, opened up about his battle in an op-ed for Foxnews.com, using the platform to both praise his care while also complaining ‘hospitals are lousy at customer service.’ … Stossel, who is known for his Libertarian views, argues that medical care would run more efficiently if it were privatized, saying that would incentivize care focused on patients more.” (04/21/16)

http://www.people.com/article/john-stossel-has-lung-cancer

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7) Uber settles major lawsuit over driver employment status
Source: Reuters

“Ride service Uber has agreed to pay up to $100 million to settle a class action lawsuit over whether its California drivers are employees or independent contractors, resolving a major challenge to its business model. The settlement maintains Uber drivers as independent contractors, even though the lawsuit had alleged that Uber drivers are employees entitled to reimbursement of expenses.” (04/21/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-tech-drivers-settlement-idUSKCN0XJ07H

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8) Mali: Extremists kidnap International Red Cross staff
Source: Fort Dodge Messenger

“An Islamic extremist group connected to al-Qaida’s North Africa branch has claimed responsibility for kidnapping three International Committee of the Red Cross staffers, said a Tuareg separatist who is in contact with the group. Before the kidnapping, French forces stopped the International Red Cross team near Abeibara over the weekend, and detained the group’s guide and apprentice, both of them Tuareg, said the separatist.” (04/21/16)

http://www.messengernews.net/page/content.detail/id/1145304/Extremists-kidnap-Int-l-Red-Cross-staff-in-north-Mali.html?isap=1&nav=5022

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9) Mexico: Pena Nieto proposes raising limit on decriminalized pot to one ounce
Source: ABC News

“President Enrique Pena Nieto said Thursday that he will ask Mexico’s Congress to raise the limit on decriminalized marijuana for personal use to 28 grams, or about one ounce. Currently, only possession of five grams, or less than a fifth of an ounce, is exempt from prosecution. ‘This means that consumption would no longer be criminalized,’ Pena Nieto said.” (04/21/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mexico-proposes-raising-limit-decriminalized-pot-oz-38577776

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10) Opera bundles free, unlimited VPN client into its browser
Source: Ars Technica

“Opera Software has become the first major browser maker to introduce a built-in VPN client for its Web users. The Norwegian company said that the latest version of its browser is only available via its ‘Developer’ channel, and added that the VPN service is currently free of charge, and has no limits in traffic or usage time. Opera users can choose between the firm’s VPN servers in the US, Canada, and Germany — with the promise that the list of locations will grow longer soon. The main advantages of having a VPN client built into the browser include improving public Wi-Fi security, hiding the IP address, and bypassing website access restrictions, Opera said.” (04/21/16)

http://arstechnica.com/business/2016/04/opera-in-browser-vpn-client/

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11) US Air Force obliterates Maglev speed record with rocket sled
Source: Interesting Engineering

“Maglev trains are fast — really fast. However, a newly rigged Maglev train assembled by the U.S.A Air Force shattered the Maglev speed record traveling an astonishing 633 Mph, 120 Mph faster than their previous records set only two days before. Maglev trains work by using super-cooled magnets that repel all magnetic fields.” (04/21/16)

http://interestingengineering.com/u-s-air-force-obliterates-maglev-speed-record-rocket-sled/

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12) CA: US regime gangsters abduct six, steal eight tons of free market plant extracts
Source: ABC News

“A ton of cocaine and seven tons of marijuana were seized from a cross-border tunnel that stretched from a Tijuana, Mexico, home to a San Diego, California, suburb, U.S. authorities said Wednesday. ‘We believe this to be the longest tunnel that we have discovered in this district to date,’ said Laura Duffy, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California. Authorities arrested six people and seized more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine and more than 14,000 pounds of marijuana. The cocaine is valued at around $22 million.” (04/21/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/major-drug-tunnel-found-california-mexico-border-arrested/story?id=38560431

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13) CT: Clinton does the Watusi on Newtown kids’ graves in effort to firm up primary lead
Source: Fox 61 News

“Democratic Presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will make a campaign stop Thursday ahead of next week’s state primaries. Clinton is ahead in the latest Quinnipiac poll. She has a 51-42 percent lead over Bernie Sanders among likely Democrat primary voters in Connecticut. The former Secretary of State will hold a discussion on gun violence at 11:30 a.m. at the Wilson-Gray YMCA in Hartford where she will sit down with family members of gun violence victims about her commitment to enact [victim disarmament] measures as President.” (04/21/16)

http://fox61.com/2016/04/21/clinton-to-visit-hartford-thursday-to-talk-about-gun-violence/

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14) FBI’s Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by US judge
Source: The Register [UK]

“A ruling by a US federal judge could unravel as many as 1,200 criminal prosecutions of alleged pedophiles by the FBI. Massachusetts District Court Judge William Young today declared that the magistrate judge who issued a warrant authorizing the FBI to infect suspects’ PCs with tracking malware lacked the proper authority to do so. … Hundreds of machines visiting the hidden Playpen website were infected by the FBI’s NIT. However, it turns out that the warrant was invalid, and that this mass installation and monitoring was effectively an unlawful search.”

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/21/federal_judge_torpedos_tor_pedo_torpedo/

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15) Historic makeover: Harriet Tubman to be face on US $20 bill
Source: Bloomington Pantagraph

“Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist born into slavery, will be the new face on the $20 bill. The leader of the Underground Railroad is replacing the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president and a slave owner, who is being pushed to the back of the bill. And Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first Treasury secretary who’s enjoying a revival thanks to a hit Broadway play, will keep his spot on the $10 note after earlier talk of his removal. The changes are part of a currency redesign announced Wednesday by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, with the new $20 marking two historic milestones: Tubman will become the first African-American on U.S. paper money and the first woman to be depicted on currency in 100 years.” (04/21/16)

http://www.pantagraph.com/business/historic-makeover-harriet-tubman-to-be-face-on-bill/article_f3c7dfe3-793a-517a-8e38-2146aaf2246a.html

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

16) The Fifth Estate: Foreign lobbyists
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The Constitution provides for three branches of government: the executive, Congress, and the judiciary — but there have been a few additions lately. With the rise of mass communications, common parlance has designated the media as the ‘Fourth Estate,’ because — in theory — it is supposed to act as a ‘watchdog’ on the activities of the other three. (Although in practice, as we have seen, it often doesn’t work out that way.) And as America entered the age of empire, stepping out on the world stage and exerting its power, a development the Founders foresaw — and greatly feared — became a reality: the rise of foreign lobbyists, i.e. the Fifth Estate, as a power in our domestic politics.” (04/22/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/04/21/fifth-estate-foreign-lobbyists/

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17) Dishonoring Harriet Tubman
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“Due to a cumulative inflation rate of more than 2,300% since 1913, a $20 bill today will buy goods valued at 83 cents in 1913 currency. That differential represents something that Tubman spent her whole life fighting. I wonder how one of slavery’s greatest opponents would feel about having her image appropriated for use on the symbol of its resurgence — an instrument of debt representing the promises of politicians to hold their subjects in perpetual bondage while taking the payments out of our hides?” (04/21/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/5668

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18) Enough with the Hillary cult
Source: Salon
by Camille Paglia

“What is it with the Hillary cult? As a lifelong Democrat who will be enthusiastically voting for Bernie Sanders in next week’s Pennsylvania primary, I have trouble understanding the fuzzy rosy filter through which Hillary fans see their champion. So much must be overlooked or discounted — from Hillary’s compulsive money-lust and her brazen indifference to normal rules to her conspiratorial use of shadowy surrogates and her sociopathic shape-shifting in policy positions for momentary expedience. Hillary’s breathtaking lack of concrete achievements or even minimal initiatives over her long public career doesn’t faze her admirers a whit. They have a religious conviction of her essential goodness and blame her blank track record on diabolical sexist obstructionists.” (04/21/16)

http://www.salon.com/2016/04/21/enough_with_the_hillary_cult_her_admirers_ignore_reality_dream_of_worshipping_a_queen/

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19) Kangaroo court in Phoenix: Epilogue
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“It was a kangaroo court at the Phoenix jailhouse last September as I posted then; and the presiding judge allowed the farcical proceedings to be televised to the whole world. ‘We got him!’ proclaimed Arizona Governor Doug Ducey after a police SWAT team swooped down to arrest 21-year-old Leslie Allen Merritt, branding him as the infamous ‘Phoenix freeway shooter.’ His gun is ‘forensically linked’ to the crimes the authorities insisted. So they all had their minds made up right there and then — the governor, the cops, the prosecutor, even the judge who threw fundamental due process of law right out the window. … This poor guy was never any threat to the community. There was not nearly enough credible evidence against him to give a court probable cause to lock him up in jail for seven months on $1million dollars bail. He wasn’t a flight risk. He was simply railroaded — denied fundamental due process of law — because of community hysteria.” (04/21/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/04/kangaroo-court-in-phoenix-epilogue.html

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20) What’s a public purpose?
Source: Strike The Root
by Paul Hein

“The next time you’re in Missouri, go to the penitentiary in Jefferson City. As a visitor, of course: a tourist. The penitentiary is now retired from active duty, and its conscriptees confined to a newer facility some distance away. But the original building, grim and grey, is open for tours. I’ve toured Alcatraz, which held about 500 prisoners at its maximum. The Missouri State Penitentiary held ten times that number, and was already in operation for a century when Alcatraz first opened its doors. Andrew Jackson was President! You might even get the chance to sit in one of the two chairs in the gas chamber. Few have had that opportunity, and even fewer wanted it.” (04/21/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/whats-public-purpose

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21) Free Talk Live, 04/21/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“World Press rankings :: EMF sensitivity & the mind-body connection :: The death of Chyna :: Ralph in NJ called about Obama :: Harriet Tubman to be the new face on the $20 :: Caller asserts that the welfare state happened because women could vote :: Nebraska repeals civil asset forfeiture :: $20 and RFID chips in paper currency :: Challenging jurisdiction in court :: The problem of small populations in statistics :: The Meta-self :: DC bridge closed down due to suspicious box :: Caller talking about callers.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/21/16)

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22) Making laws much like littering
Source: Clovis News Journal
by Kent McManigal

“Sometimes leaving the world better means picking up litter, or hooking a loose seat back on a swing for the kids. Other times there’s not much I can personally do and I have to be content pointing out the mess so others can help. Such as when encouraging people to stop littering the world with laws. I see laws the same way I see other litter: clear evidence irresponsible people have been here and left their mark.” (04/21/16)

http://www.cnjonline.com/2016/04/21/mcmanigal-making-laws-much-like-littering/

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23) In The Tank Podcast, episode 35
Source: Heartland Institute

“John and Donny continue their exploration of think tanks in #35 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from Empower Mississippi, Freedom Partners, Freedom Works, and the Washington Policy Center.” [various formats] (04/21/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/04/in-the-tank-podcast-ep35-empower-mississippi-weirdest-taxes-by-state-privatize-space-travel-and-recruiting-free-agents/

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24) Why do 40 countries rank higher in freedom of press than the US?
Source: Anti Media
by Nadia Prupis

“The U.S. ranks 41st out of 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders/Reporters Sans Frontieres’ (RSF) 2016 press freedom index, largely due to the government’s ‘war on whistleblowers,’ mass surveillance, and the lack of a shield law for journalists that guarantees their right not to reveal sources or other confidential information. That’s despite the fact that the U.S. actually moved higher in the rankings this year, advancing from its previous position at 49th in 2015.” (04/21/16)

http://theantimedia.org/why-do-40-countries-rank-higher-in-freedom-of-press-than-the-us/

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25) Secret court takes another bite out of the Fourth Amendment
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cindy Cohn

“Defenders of the NSA’s mass spying have lost an important talking point: that the erosion of our privacy and associational rights is justified given the focus of surveillance efforts on combating terrorism and protecting the national security. That argument has always been dubious for a number of reasons. But after a November 2015 ruling by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) was unsealed this week, it’s lost another chunk of its credibility. The ruling confirms that NSA’s warrantless spying has been formally approved for use in general criminal investigations. The national security justification has been entirely blown.” (04/21/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/04/secret-court-takes-another-bite-out-fourth-amendment

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26) Libertarians will change the face of US elections
Source: Raw Story
by John McAfee

“The Atlantic Monthly just published an astonishing poll. It found that 85 percent of voters believe that America has lost its way, and 65 percent of Americans would like to see ‘Radical Change.’ If anyone doubts the above just look at Trump. A man who urges his followers to beat protesters and offers to pay their legal fees seems like an unlikely candidate for president, yet look at the reality. He has galvanized an enormous following. He has tapped into America’s anger and dissatisfaction with our political system.” (04/21/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/john-mcafee-libertarians-will-change-the-face-of-us-elections/

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27) Banning the boogeyman
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Does the boogeyman exist? Most people would say he doesn’t. But some might point out that there’s no way to prove with absolute certainty that he doesn’t exist. Technically that would be a true statement. However, few people would change the way they live their lives based on the infinitesimal possibility that the boogeyman may exist. The arguments in favor of these bathroom restriction bills sounds an awful lot like arguments in favor of creating laws to ban the boogeyman.” (04/21/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/04/21/banning-the-boogeyman/

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28) Death to “safe spaces”
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco

“Free speech is dead on many campuses, as is the ability to reflect upon and grapple with difficult subjects. This became clear last year at Yale, when someone dared to question the university-wide email calling on students to be cautious in choosing their Halloween costume (because God forbid anyone should be offended). Students were outraged, calling for the offending faculty member to be fired, even surrounding him outside a building to yell at him. Students at Emory University are apparently unable to cope with a chalk image of presidential candidate Donald Trump. What have we come to that young adults attending some of the most elite educational institutions have the emotional capacity of toddlers and intellectual skin as thin as puff pastry?” (04/21/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/04/21/death-to-safe-spaces/

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29) Medicine in the world of the statist
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“A few articles have passed my desk in recent days, talking about medical advances. In one, researchers at a university in Hong Kong and one in Glasgow have found what MIGHT be a reversal of Alzheimer’s …. In another, Siastat Daily (an Indian newspaper) reports on an antiviral treatment that may cure hepatitis C in six weeks. … In yet another, Gizmag reports the development of a truly portable (smartphone with an earbug) that can provide timely detection of epileptic seizures …. What do all three of these beneficial medical discoveries or inventions have in common? The fact that it will take FIVE years or longer for any of these to be available to the ‘general public.’ Why? Because of government regulations and stupidity …” (04/21/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=8900

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30) In Pennsylvania, a misguided attempt to protect police
Source: Cato Institute
by Jonathan Blanks

“One officer in Denver had 40 complaints filed against him, nearly half of which accused him of using ‘excessive force, using profane language, and threatening to arrest people for no reason,’ before he was removed from duty. Under the proposed Pennsylvania laws, an officer like the one in Colorado — who was also named in two excessive-force civil suits that cost the City of Denver more than $1 million in settlements — could be protected from public scrutiny unless he is charged with a crime. Current Pennsylvania law is bad enough as it is. Authorities already have the discretion to release or withhold the names of officers involved in use-of-force incidents. Without a timetable for release of officers’ names, the process to get to the bottom of what happened can be a very lengthy one.” (04/21/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/pa-misguided-attempt-protect-police

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31) The Libertarian Angle, 04/21/16
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“In this segment, Richard Ebeling and Jacob Hornberger explore the evil that is the income tax.” [various formats] (04/21/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-abolish-income-tax/

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32) Listen to an FBI “honeypot” on the job
Source: The Intercept
by Trevor Aaronson

“After one woman broke his heart, Khalil Abu Rayyan, a 21-year-old Michigan man, contemplated suicide. Then, when he confided his dark thoughts to another woman, she suggested he steer his violence toward other people. Both women, it turned out, were FBI honeypots, and one of the recorded conversations with Rayyan entered into ongoing court proceedings provides a rare glimpse into how federal informants work.” (04/21/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/04/21/listen-to-an-fbi-honeypot-on-the-job/

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33) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 76: A peripatetic special
Source: KN@PPSTER

“This mid-to-late-week episode is a checkout of how podcasting using my phone while walking around works, with a view toward doing so from the Libertarian National Convention next month. A little difficult, but I could get used to it … except that the Soundcloud Android app doesn’t let me do things like edit this description or other properties. So … there is ACTUAL CONTENT here — a rant on Libertarian oppo research.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/21/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-76.html

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34) Something of a blow to Piketty’s thesis
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“The more research that gets done into the details of Thomas Piketty’s thesis (essentially, wealth concentration will leave us all as serfs again) the more there seem to be great gaping holes in it. For example, a central piece of the logic is that wealth will pile up, this will be inherited, and that wealth inequality will thus get worse over the generations. We’re not convinced that such a bourgeois world would be a bad one but that thesis does depend upon the idea that inheritance concentrates wealth. Which, apparently, it doesn’t …” (04/21/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/something-of-a-blow-to-pikettys-thesis

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35) The limits to President Obama’s authority on immigration executive orders
Source: Reason
by Andrew P Napolitano

“In 2014, President Barack Obama signed 12 executive orders directing various agencies in the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security to refrain from deporting some four million adult immigrants illegally present in the United States if they are the parents of children born here or legally present here and if they hold a job, obtain a high-school diploma or its equivalent, pay taxes and stay out of prison. Unfortunately for the president, the conditions he established for avoiding deportation had been rejected by Congress.” [editor’s note: Unfortunately for Napolitano’s argument, Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution reserves the power of pardon and reprieve to the president, not to Congress — and refraining from deportation is clearly the latter – TLK] (04/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/04/21/the-limits-to-president-obamas-authority

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36) A return to fairness: The Vatican speech
Source: CounterPunch
by US Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT)

“Over a century ago, Pope Leo XIII highlighted economic issues and challenges in Rerum Novarum that continue to haunt us today, such as what he called “‘he enormous wealth of a few as opposed to the poverty of the many.’ And let us be clear. That situation is worse today. In the year 2016, the top one percent of the people on this planet own more wealth than the bottom 99 percent, while the wealthiest 60 people — 60 people — own more than the bottom half — 3 1/2 billion people. At a time when so few have so much, and so many have so little, we must reject the foundations of this contemporary economy as immoral and unsustainable.” (04/21/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/21/a-return-to-fairness-the-vatican-speech/

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37) Credit bureaus were the NSA of the 19th century
Source: The Atlantic
by Sarah Jeong

“Tappan’s Mercantile Agency had over 300 correspondents in 1844, and grew to more than 10,000 by the 1870s. By the end of the 19th century, the agency would have created over 2,000 volumes of credit reports, gradually shifting from excruciatingly tiny calligraphy to typewritten pages. R.G. Dun — eventual successor to Lewis Tappan — was one of the first business owners to embrace typewriters. The scope of the agencies exploded where new technologies let it grow. Today, the possibilities of bureaucratic surveillance — particularly in the hands of the government — appear limitless.” (04/21/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/04/mass-surveillance-was-invented-by-credit-bureaus/479226/

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38) Can social media seize control of our elections?
Source: OpEdNews
by Thom Hartmann

“[I]f Americans don’t trust the traditional media, where are they getting their news? Well, many of them, especially younger Americans, are getting it from the internet and social media. This is having a big, game-changing effect on our democracy. Because of social media, politicians and activists now don’t have to worry as much about getting their message across through corporate-controlled media. They can now actually work around traditional corporate media altogether by using sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to reach out to supporters and rally the public to their cause. This dynamic has played a huge role in the rise of Bernie Sanders.” (04/20/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Can-Social-Media-Seize-Con-by-Thom-Hartmann-Controlled-Media_Facebook_Media-Bias_Media-Hypocrisy-160420-614.html

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39) How not to help the world’s poor
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“So much of what’s been tried in order to help developing countries has backfired that it’s long past time to reexamine the whole question. A brand new documentary, called Poverty, Inc., is gaining plaudits across the ideological spectrum. I talk to director, producer, and writer Michael Matheson Miller today.” [various formats] (04/20/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-644-how-not-to-help-the-worlds-poor/

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40) The euro zone embraces “helicopter money”
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thorsten Polleit

“On 10 March 2016, European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi gave rise to expectations that the monetary authority could, at some stage, issue helicopter money. The latter basically denotes a free handout of new money to, say, consumers, corporates and public sector entities. Why would the ECB want to do such a thing? There is concern that the euro area banking sector is no longer willing or in a position to churn out ever more credit and money. It is therefore feared that the euro area might fall into deflation; that is, a period of falling prices, accompanied by declining production and employment. This, in turn, could endanger the entire euro-project. Helicopter money, some economists say, could prevent such an outcome.” (04/21/16)

https://mises.org/blog/euro-zone-embraces-helicopter-money

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41) Don’t women’s bathrooms have stalls? So who cares?
Source: Independent Country
by James Leroy Wilson

“For NC’s law to make sense, apparently my experience is an outlier. Apparently … * In most women’s rooms, there are no stalls separating the toilets, so female ‘private parts’ are exposed. * In defiance of my personal experience and what we routinely see in tv and movies, women do not actually go to the restroom together for protection. * Parents routinely send little girls into the public bathroom alone. * A law will actually stop men from posing as women to get into a women’s bathroom for whatever perverse thrill that may provide. * Male-to-female transgendered persons actually do get some perverse thrill by using the same facilities as little girls or women. * There are no indecent exposure laws, or they don’t apply to women’s bathrooms. … Really? It seems to me that NC legislators made a ‘mountain out of a molehill’ except that the molehill is nothing.” (04/20/16)

http://independentcountry.blogspot.com/2016/04/dont-womens-bathrooms-have-stalls-so.html

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42) Story, story, story
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“David Brooks has a story to tell you. His New York Times op-ed, yesterday, ‘The Danger of Single Story,’ builds on a good premise: ‘each individual life contains a heterogeneous compilation of stories. If you reduce people to one, you’re taking away their humanity.’ Brooks puts a political edge on what otherwise might sound like a lesson in manners with his next sentence: ‘American politics has always been prone to single storyism — candidates reducing complex issues to simple fables. This year the problem is acute because Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are the giants of Single Storyism.’ Brooks then asserts that Trump and Sanders share a similar story that they beat to death, ‘the alien invader story.'” (04/21/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/04/21/story-story-story/

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43) Freed market anarchists: Meet Wendell Berry
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Robert Kirchner

“For many years, I have encountered repeated references to Wendell Berry, the venerable farmer-sage of Kentucky: novelist, poet, essayist, philosopher and environmental activist. And I lazily assumed his writings to be in the category of things that are Good For You, but probably dull, like stodgy health food. But then I came across The Art of the Commonplace, a collection of Berry’s essays on what he calls ‘agrarianism,’ and I found his writing electrifying. Berry has a well-thought-out, far-reaching, passionately articulated analysis of what is wrong with the prevailing political/economic/social system in America, which extends with minimal adjustments to much of the rest of the world.”

https://c4ss.org/content/44663

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44) The problem with Sweden’s state-approved press
Source: spiked
by Daniel Thilen

“Sweden’s newspaper industry has been facing financial challenges for more than a decade. Many local newspapers have long since cut down on editorial staff, merged with competitors or simply given up. At the same time, alternative online media channels have flourished. Yet while in many other countries traditional, mainstream newspapers have been forced to adapt to the new environment or go under, in Sweden some have found another way forward: an ever-closer relationship with the state.” (04/21/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-problem-with-swedens-state-approved-press/

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45) Free Talk Live, 04/19/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“420 :: Burning Man Economy :: 420 Origins :: Concord 420 :: State Rep Smokes Up in NH :: Cannabis Legislation Proposed in NH :: Drug Dealer Registries :: FTL #31 on the Heavy Hundred :: Hitchikers Guide :: Origins of the Meta Self Nonsense :: Peace :: NY Voter Suppression :: 2000 Election :: College Student Found Responsible for Rape that Supposed Victim Says He Didn’t Commit :: TJ the Spy at 420 :: Title Nine :: :: Metallica Manager Attacking Youtube as Evil.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/20/16)

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