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In the News:

1) Federal judge blocks Trump’s sanctuary cities order
2) Austria: Iran, world powers meet to review nuclear deal
3) Turkish forces attack Kurds in Iraq, Syria
4) Peru: Amazon natives take over oil field in land use dispute
5) Trump regime: Alles to take over as Secret Service director
6) Chobani sues InfoWars, Alex Jones over “migrant rapists,” tuberculosis claims
7) WI: Inmate died after guards kept water from him for a week
8) Ivanka Trump visits Berlin for women’s forum and gets booed
9) Could caterpillars help stem the plastic deluge?
10) Fracking isn’t contaminating groundwater, study claims
11) US home prices rose at the fastest pace in nearly three years in February
12) US FCC to launch “comprehensive review” of media regulations
13) White House rejects Oversight request for Flynn documents
14) Teen initially denied lung transplant over marijuana use dies after failed surgery
15) Feds: NYPD cops accepted strippers, vacations for expedited gun permits
16) Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales sets up ad-free WikiTribune site to tackle fake news
17) Trump launches Canada offensive in his war on the American economy
18) North Korea: Regime marks anniversary with massive artillery drill
19) Whitson breaks US record for most time in space
20) Greece: Regime, lenders seek deal as bailout talks resume in Athens

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Hate speech is free speech, Governor Dean
22) NYC gun permit scandal: Graft is inevitable in a corrupt system
23) Howard Dean’s new excuse for censoring Ann Coulter: She incites violence
24) The iron jaws of the police state: Trump’s America is a Constitution-free zone
25) Why governments always exaggerate the prostitution threat
26) Candidate Trump: “I love Wikileaks.” President Trump: “Arrest Assange!”
27) Scarcityism is a tool of cronyists
28) Venezuela’s lessons for America
29) Government fuel economy standards: A big mistake
30) War with the north
31) The paradox of the political right’s opposition to abortion
32) Comedy and moralizing still go together, sadly
33) Speeches that weren’t made during the March for Science
34) Reminding the people of their power
35) No one owns science
36) Is this finally our flying car?
37) The why and how of reasonable disagreement
38) Trump’s desperation exposes his deep ignorance
39) Violating a thief’s property rights
40) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #161: Know your pet faults
41) Will technology change the prospects for emerging market growth?
42) The problem with pragmatism
43) The cowards of academia
44) Herberts shouldn’t wear tie-dye
45) The Backpage Effect: Why the sex industry thrives on Bitcoin
46) Prosecution of Assange is persecution of free speech
47) Can anyone make France great again?
48) Less innocent times?
49) Scamming the pro-life movement
50) Under socialized medicine, the state owns you

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 126
52) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 588
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/25/17
54) The Libertarian Angle, 04/25/17
55) Reason Podcast, 04/24/17
56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 895
57) Free Talk Live, 04/24/17
58) The Back Story, episode 13
60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 31

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

1) Federal judge blocks Trump’s sanctuary cities order
Source: The Hill

“A San Francisco judge has blocked enforcement of President Trump’s executive order barring federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities. San Francisco and Santa Clara County won preliminary injunctions to block Trump’s January order to withhold federal funds from cities that refuse to comply with federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws, according to multiple reports. According to the judge’s order, the Justice Department can still withhold grants from places that don’t comply with the law, but it cannot enforce the order ‘in a way that violates the Constitution,’ according to a Washington Post reporter.” (04/25/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/330516-federal-judge-blocks-trumps-sanctuary-cities-order

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2) Austria: Iran, world powers meet to review nuclear deal
Source: Raw Story

“Iran and major powers met Tuesday in Vienna to review adherence to their 2015 nuclear deal as uncertainty grows about the landmark accord’s future under US President Donald Trump. The regular quarterly meeting was expected to hear, as Washington confirmed last week, that Iran is sticking to its side of the deal with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. The accord saw Tehran drastically curb its nuclear activities in order to ease concerns that Iran wanted to build an atomic bomb. In return nuclear-related Western and UN sanctions were lifted. However, Trump has ordered a 90-day review, saying last Thursday that Iran was ‘not living up to the spirit’ of the ‘terrible’ deal because of its actions in other areas.” (04/25/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/iran-nuclear-deal-reviewed-as-uncertainty-grows

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3) Turkish forces attack Kurds in Iraq, Syria
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Turkish warplanes have carried out airstrikes on Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) militants near Iraq’s Sinjar mountains and in northeastern Syria, a statement from the military said on Tuesday. The statement said the strikes were aimed at preventing the outlawed group from sending weapons, explosives and fighters for attacks inside Turkey. … In Iraq, Kurdish sources said that six Iraqi-Kurdish Peshmerga fighters were killed by accident during a Turkish strike on a nearby PKK position. In a statement, Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region said the Turkish airstrikes on the peshmerga were ‘unacceptable,’ but that the apparent accident should be blamed on the PKK, whose affiliates were the target of the strikes.” (04/25/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/turkey-carries-out-airstrikes-on-kurdish-rebel-positions-in-iraq-syria/a-38573309

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4) Peru: Amazon natives take over oil field in land use dispute
Source: Reuters

“About 600 natives of Peru’s Amazon region took control of a non-producing oil field operated by Canada’s Pacific Exploration & Production Corp and demanded payment for use of the land, a representative of the protesters said on Tuesday. The field, oil lot 192 near the Ecuadorean border, has been idle since last year due to pipeline ruptures. Pacific Exploration & Production said a group of 30 indigenous people began the protest on Saturday. Wilmer Chavez, president of the Oriap indigenous organization, told Reuters by telephone that the number of protesters had grown since then to 600.” (04/25/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-peru-oil-protests-idUSKBN17R2YH

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5) Trump regime: Alles to take over as Secret Service director
Source: CBS News

“The White House has named Randolph ‘Tex’ Alles as the new director of the Secret Service. … Since 2012, Alles has served as acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CPB) and previously spent 35 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He reached the rank of Major General and received numerous military awards before retiring from the Corps in 2011.” [editor’s note: I suspect that Trump has appointed more former Marines to executive branch positions than any former president – TLK] (04/25/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-house-names-new-secret-service-director/

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6) Chobani sues InfoWars, Alex Jones over “migrant rapists,” tuberculosis claims
Source: USA Today

“Chobani claims conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website InfoWars purposefully pushed a false story that claimed the company imported migrant rapists and spread tuberculosis in order to cause a boycott of the Greek yogurt maker. Chobani made the claims in a Monday lawsuit filed in Idaho, where the company operates the world’s largest yogurt manufacturing plant in Twin Falls. It says the company misrepresented Chobani and its products and caused harm to Twin Falls, where it has about 1,000 employees. The company singles out an InfoWars broadcast earlier this month that appeared to tie Chobani to a Twin Falls case involving three refugee boys accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl.” (04/25/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/04/25/chobani-sues-infowars-alex-jones-over-migrant-rapists-tuberculosis-claims/100875706/

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7) WI: Inmate died after guards kept water from him for a week
Source: Washington Post

“Just a few hours into Terrill Thomas’s eighth day in solitary confinement at the Milwaukee County Jail last year, correction officers found the 38-year-old man on the ground and not moving. He was dead. Thomas had spent his final days begging for water, inmates later told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, because jail staff had shut off the flow to the pipes in his cell as punishment for bad behavior. The cause of death was ultimately ruled ‘profound dehydration’ and the medical examiner classified it a homicide — meaning death at the hands of others — an announcement that drew a torrent of rage from Sheriff David Clarke, a tough-talking and loyal President Trump surrogate. Still, nearly a year later, no criminal charges have been filed in Thomas’s death. But an inquest this week by prosecutors could shed more light on the circumstances of the case, whether someone should be held responsible and, if so, who and for what.” [hat tip — David Klaus] [editor’s note: Clarke is the idiotic two-bit tyrant who had a guy detained for noticing that he was wearing a non-Wisconsin football team’s jersey on game day and asking why – TLK) (04/25/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/04/25/in-sheriff-david-clarkes-jail-water-kept-from-mentally-ill-inmate-for-7-days-before-he-died-of-dehydration/

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8) Ivanka Trump visits Berlin for women’s forum and gets booed
Source: USA Today

“Ivanka Trump on Tuesday defended her father’s attitudes toward women and vowed to push for ‘incremental, positive change’ for females in the U.S. economy in her first international trip as a White House adviser. She traveled to Berlin for a forum for female leaders hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a move experts saw as an opportunity for Merkel (Europe’s most powerful woman) to improve her relationship with President Trump. ‘I’m listening, I’m learning, I’m defining the ways in which I think that I’ll be able to have impact’ in helping women, Ivanka Trump, 35, said. The fashion entrepreneur’s appearance at the Women 20 summit came at the direct invitation of Merkel, whom she met during the German leader’s trip to Washington last month.” (04/25/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/04/25/ivanka-trump-meets-germany-angela-merkel/100873112

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9) Could caterpillars help stem the plastic deluge?
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Despite living just six or seven weeks, they may be able to take down an enemy that lingers for centuries. The lowly caterpillar Galleria mellonella, also known as the wax worm, can digest a type of plastic commonly found in packaging, according to a paper published Monday in Current Biology. The finding continues a string of recently discovered plastic-eating organisms that has some scientists hoping nature might share some of its tricks and help us rid the environment of the alien materials. The discovery was a true eureka moment. When scientist and amateur beekeeper Federica Bertocchini found pesky caterpillars crawling over her homegrown honeycombs, she plucked them off and imprisoned them in the membrane of a plastic bag. But a short while later she returned to a shocking scene. The worms had made a jailbreak, leaving behind nothing but holes in a shopping bag that could have otherwise far outlived both her and the critters.” (04/25/17)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0424/Could-this-rather-esurient-caterpillar-help-stem-the-plastic-deluge

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10) Fracking isn’t contaminating groundwater, study claims
Source: Fox News

“A major anti-fracking argument by environmentalists may not have the facts to back it up, a new study conducted by Duke University found. Fracking has not contaminated groundwater in northwestern West Virginia, according to the peer-reviewed study published this month in a European journal. ‘Based on consistent evidence from comprehensive testing, we found no indication of groundwater contamination over the three-year course of our study,’ explained Avner Vengosh, the professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment. The growing industry could help create as many as 3.5 million jobs by 2035, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. While the study concluded that fracking didn’t contaminate groundwater, the researchers did say accidental spills of fracking wastewater could be dangerous to surface water in the area.” (04/25/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/25/fracking-isnt-contaminating-groundwater-study-finds.html

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11) US home prices rose at the fastest pace in nearly three years in February
Source: Los Angeles Times

“U.S. home prices rose steadily in February as more buyers chased fewer available properties, a trend that many analysts say may not be sustainable. The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index, released Tuesday , increased 5.8% in February, the most in 32 months. Such strong price gains and slightly higher mortgage rates may eventually cool off demand. But for now, sales of new and existing homes are robust. Last month, sales of existing homes reached their highest level in a decade.” (04/25/17)

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-home-prices-20170425-story.html

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12) US FCC to launch “comprehensive review” of media regulations
Source: Reuters

“Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday said the top U.S. telecommunications regulator will launch a ‘comprehensive review’ of regulations that restrict consolidation among media companies, potentially opening the door to a new wave of deals among broadcasters and newspapers. At a speech to broadcasters in Las Vegas, the FCC chief said the commission will vote on May 18 to start the review. He noted that close to 1,000 pages of media regulations are on the books. He vowed to ‘aggressively’ modernize the FCC’s rules and ‘cut unnecessary red tape and give broadcasters more flexibility.'” (04/25/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fcc-media-idUSKBN17R2W7

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13) White House rejects Oversight request for Flynn documents
Source: The Hill

“The Trump administration has denied a request from the House Oversight Committee for more information on payments that former national security adviser Michael Flynn received from foreign governments, including from the Kremlin-backed television station RT and other Russian firms. Legislative affairs director Marc Short said the committee is requesting documents that are not in possession of the White House because they involved Flynn’s activity prior to President Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration. Other documents sought by the committee, from after Jan. 20, involve sensitive information, he said. ‘It is unclear how such documents would be relevant to the stated purpose of the committee’s review, which according to your letter is to examine Lt. Gen. Flynn’s disclosure of payments related to activities that occurred in 2015 and 2016, prior to his service in the White House,’ Short wrote in a letter dated April 19 that was sent to committee leaders.” (04/25/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/330410-white-house-rejects-oversight-request-for-flynn-documents

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14) Teen initially denied lung transplant over marijuana use dies after failed surgery
Source: Tech Times

“The young man from Utah who was denied of lung transplant last year after the University of Utah Hospital found him positive for marijuana has died due to failed surgery. Although 19-year-old Riley Hancey was initially denied the life-saving treatment, he eventually got a lung transplant in a surgical operation done at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania four weeks ago. The operation was made months after the University of Utah Hospital declined to give Hancey a spot on its transplant list when he tested positive for THC, the main mind-altering ingredient present in marijuana.” (04/25/17)

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/205815/20170425/teen-initially-denied-lung-transplant-over-marijuana-use-dies-after-failed-surgery.htm

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15) Feds: NYPD cops accepted strippers, vacations for expedited gun permits
Source: New York Daily News

“Two corrupt cops from the NYPD licensing division were plied with strippers, wined, dined and taken on lavish vacations to Mexico and the Bahamas to expedite gun permits for corrupt brokers, according to court documents revealed Tuesday. The revelations come as three retired cops and at least two brokers have been federally charged in the NYPD gun licensing scandal. Those charged include retired NYPD Officers Gaetano Valastro, Robert Espinal and Lt. Paul Dean, who along with Sgt. David Villanueva and Police Officer Richard Ochetal accepted lavish gifts for pushing through gun permits for those who would meet their tastes, federal prosecutors allege.” (04/25/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-cops-accepted-strippers-expedited-gun-permits-article-1.3098203

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16) Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales sets up ad-free WikiTribune site to tackle fake news
Source: CNBC

“Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, is to launch Wikitribune, a news site aiming to tackle the idea that ‘the news is broken and we can fix it,’ in the face of problems that Facebook and others have had in curbing the spread of false information. The site will be run by journalists as well as a community of volunteers who will verify stories, Wales said in a video posted on the Wikitribune site today.” (04/25/17)

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/25/wikipedias-jimmy-wales-founds-wikitribune-to-fight-fake-news.html

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17) Trump launches Canada offensive in his war on the American economy
Source: Bloomberg

“U.S. President Donald Trump intensified a trade dispute with Canada, slapping tariffs of up to 24 percent on imported softwood lumber in a move that drew swift criticism from the Canadian government, which vowed to sue if needed. Trump announced the new tariff at a White House gathering of conservative journalists, shortly before the Commerce Department said it would impose countervailing duties ranging from 3 percent to 24.1 percent on Canadian lumber producers including West Fraser Timber Co.” (04/24/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-04-24/trump-said-to-plan-20-tariff-on-canadian-softwood-lumber-j1wq4tyg

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18) North Korea: Regime marks anniversary with massive artillery drill
Source: CNN

“North Korea’s military staged a ‘large-scale artillery drill’ in the country’s east Tuesday to mark the founding of the country’s army. A statement from the South Korean military said the live-fire exercises were underway in the Wonsan region on Tuesday afternoon, but gave no details on what kinds of weapons and military units took part in the drill. … North Korea’s drills coincided with military exercises held by US and South Korean navies in the Yellow Sea, off the western coast of the Korean Peninsula.” (04/25/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/25/asia/north-korea-artillery-drill/

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19) Whitson breaks US record for most time in space
Source: Space.com

“Peggy Whitson has made space history, again. Currently orbiting Earth as commander of the International Space Station, Whitson on Monday (April 24) flew past the record for the most days in space by an American. At 1:27 a.m. EDT (0527 GMT), she broke the previous total of 534 days, 2 hours and 48 minutes set by NASA astronaut Jeff Williams at the end of his fourth spaceflight in September. Whitson’s cumulative, and still counting, time off the planet is just her latest record set while in space. She has broken (or added to) four other records on this, her third trip to the space station.”

http://www.space.com/36582-peggy-whitson-breaks-american-space-record.html

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20) Greece: Regime, lenders seek deal as bailout talks resume in Athens
Source: Reuters

“Greece and its foreign creditors resume talks on Tuesday on reforms prescribed under the international bailout and further debt relief, aiming to reach a comprehensive deal before a meeting of euro zone finance ministers on May 22. Talks over reforms in the energy and labor market and on pension cuts and income tax have dragged on for months mainly due to differences between EU lenders and the International Monetary Fund over fiscal targets. The leftist-led government and the lenders reached a deal this month in Malta on key elements of reforms worth 2 percent of gross domestic product which the country has agreed to legislate now but implement in 2019 and 2020.” (04/25/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eurozone-greece-bailout-idUSKBN17R146

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

21) Hate speech is free speech, Governor Dean
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“I tell my constitutional law students that there are a couple of statements that indicate that a speaker is a constitutional illiterate who can safely be ignored. One is the claim that the Constitution views black people as 3/5 the worth of white people (actually, it was all about power in Congress, with slaveowners wanting black people to count 100% toward apportionment so that slaveowners would get more seats in Congress, and abolitionists wanting them not counted at all so that slaveowners would get fewer seats in Congress; the 3/5 compromise was just that, a compromise). The other hallmark of constitutional illiteracy is the claim that the First Amendment doesn’t protect ‘hate speech.’ And by making that claim last week, Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and Democratic presidential candidate, revealed himself to be a constitutional illiterate. Then, predictably, he doubled down on his ignorance.” (04/24/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/24/free-speech-first-amendment-hate-howard-dean-glenn-reynolds-column/100815564

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22) NYC gun permit scandal: Graft is inevitable in a corrupt system
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The US Constitution is crystal clear on the subject at hand: ‘[T]he right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’ Legally conditioning exercise of that right on possession of a permit is most manifestly an infringement. Additionally, leaving issuance of permits under the clearly unconstitutional scheme to the discretion of bureaucrats is a recipe for both tyranny and corruption. Finally, as a practical matter, the permit scheme only wastes the time and money — and places at risk the lives — of those who choose to be ‘law-abiding.’ Criminals who want to carry guns don’t apply for permits to do so. They’re criminals, remember?” (04/25/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/10378

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23) Howard Dean’s new excuse for censoring Ann Coulter: She incites violence
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Last week [Howard] Dean … said it was OK for a public university to cancel Coulter’s talk because ‘hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment.’ … having been informed that ‘hate speech’ is not a constitutionally relevant category, Dean started citing Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, the 1942 case in which the Supreme Court upheld the criminalization of ‘fighting words,’ in-person insults that ‘tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace’ by provoking a violent response from the target. As I noted yesterday, neither of the Coulter quotations cited by Dean remotely resembles the Supreme Court’s definition of fighting words. Yesterday Dean decided his real point was not that Coulter’s remarks qualify as ‘hate speech’ or that they amount to ‘fighting words’ but (as I predicted) that they constitute ‘incitement to violence,’ which ‘is not protected.’ That issue, Dean informs us, ‘has been litigated multiple times.’ Once again Dean is making shit up to give his censorious impulses a sheen of constitutional legitimacy.” (04/25/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/04/25/howard-deans-new-excuse-for-censoring-an

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24) The iron jaws of the police state: Trump’s America is a Constitution-free zone
Source: OpEdNews
by John Whitehead

“Please. Somebody give Attorney General Jeff Sessions a copy of the Constitution. And while you’re at it, get a copy to President Trump, too. In fact, you might want to share a copy with the nation’s police officers, as well. I have my doubts that any of these individuals — all of whom swore to uphold and defend the Constitution — have ever read any of the nation’s founding documents. Had they actually read and understood the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights, there would be no militarized police, no mass surveillance, no police shootings of unarmed individuals, no SWAT team raids, no tasering of children, no asset-forfeiture schemes or any of the other government-sanctioned abuses that get passed off as law and order these days.” (04/25/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Iron-Jaws-of-the-Polic-by-John-Whitehead-Jeff-Sessions_Militarized-Police_Militarized-Police-Militarization_Police-Brutality-170425-353.html

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25) Why governments always exaggerate the prostitution threat
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Camilo Gomez

“The sex trafficking paranoia is like the new War on Drugs and there is even a bipartisan consensus in opposing sex work. Conservatives usually oppose legalized sex work on religious, moral, or societal grounds. Even liberals often oppose it by saying that sex work oppresses women, or assume that all prostitutes are really victims of sex trafficking — or worse, are somehow culpable criminals. Thanks to this paranoia, a teenage sex worker who was the victim of trafficking herself was recently accused of human trafficking for getting in contact with another teenage girl while she was under influence of a violent pimp. This is a perfect example of victimizing the victims — exactly the opposite of what proponents of prohibition said would happen if their favored laws are enacted.” (04/25/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/libertarianism/why-governments-always-exaggerate-prostitution-threat/

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26) Candidate Trump: “I love Wikileaks.” President Trump: “Arrest Assange!”
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Ron Paul

“There is a word for this sudden about-face on Wikileaks and the transparency it provides us into the operations of the prominent and powerful: hypocrisy. The Trump Administration’s declaration of war on whistleblowers and Wikileaks is one of the greatest disappointments in these first 100 days. Donald Trump rode into the White House with promises that he would ‘drain the swamp,’ meaning that he would overturn the apple carts of Washington’s vested interests. By unleashing those same vested interests on those who hold them in check — the whistleblowers and those who publish their revelations — he has turned his back on those who elected him.” (04/25/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/04/ron-paul/love-wikileaks/

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27) Scarcityism is a tool of cronyists
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Uncle Sam’s scheme to punitively tax Americans who buy low-priced lumber from Canada is yet another instance of what is commonly called ‘protectionism.’ The term, of course, refers to the protection from foreign competition that tariffs and other import restrictions bestow upon politically powerful domestic producers. Yet ‘protectionism’ — with the sweet sound conveyed by the verb ‘to protect’ — is far too kind and inaccurate a word for this policy. It’s too kind because it masks the reality that the protection given to domestic producers is an attack on domestic consumers.” (04/25/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/04/42656.html

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28) Venezuela’s lessons for America
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The dire situation in Venezuela holds valuable lessons for the American people. The first lesson involves Venezuela’s economic system, which is based on socialism and interventionism. It has produced nothing but chaos, crisis, misery, conflict, discord, and poverty. That’s what socialism does. As an economic system, it is a total failure. Why is that a valuable lesson for Americans? Because the welfare state economic system that Americans adopted in the 1930s is a variation of socialism.” (04/25/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/04/25/venezuelas-lessons-america/

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29) Government fuel economy standards: A big mistake
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“In 1975, shortly after the Arab oil embargo (1973–74), Congress passed and President Gerald Ford signed legislation creating the Corporate Average Fuel Economy program. CAFE mandated an average minimum miles-per-gallon standard for fleets of cars and light trucks produced for sale in the United States. The initial rationale was to force Americans to economize on gasoline. One would expect rising prices in the face of the smaller supply to induce drivers to economize, but Americans were paying artificially low prices thanks to former President Richard Nixon’s price controls. Instead of scrapping price controls and having drivers pay the actual market price for gasoline, the politicians piled on a new regulation. Later, when price controls ended, oil became more plentiful, and prices fell, the rationale switched to climate change. It’s called mission creep.” (04/25/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/government-fuel-economy-standards-big-mistake

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30) War with the north
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“The Canadian State is preventing private Canadians from purchasing dairy products from private U.S. sellers. This is restriction of trade to protect Canadian dairy producers and keep their prices up against competition from American dairy producers. The American State, acting on behalf of American dairy producers being excluded by the Canadian State from selling its products to willing Canadian consumers, is retaliating by imposing tariffs on the sale of soft Canadian wood to American buyers. That this wood being made subject to an American State tariff is owned by the Canadian State itself only makes more pointed that we are not dealing with free trade. It would be true even if the Canadian State was merely using trade barriers to disadvantage American lumber producers by subsidizing its own producers.” [editor’s note: Includes the howler that Trump “favors free trade.” If so, he’s carefully kept that preference completely secret for 70 years – TLK] (04/25/17)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2017/04/war-with-the-north/

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31) The paradox of the political right’s opposition to abortion
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Vishal Wilde

“Generally, people on the ‘right’ of the political spectrum are more vocally against abortion. If they do agree with it, it’s usually only in some limited capacity (such as when an unplanned pregnancy is the result of rape or incest). On the other hand, the political left tends to be far more vocally supportive of abortion rights. How, then, can we understand the Right’s opposition to abortion and work with them to improve outcomes for everyone?” (04/25/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/48584

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32) Comedy and moralizing still go together, sadly
Source: Cato Unbound
by Nick Gillespie

“Jeremy may claim that he doesn’t believe creative expression generally or comedy in particular should be put into the service of a specific ideological or political agenda, so it’s obviously a lucky coincidence that he defines comedy in such a way that it could comfortably spoon with libertarianism on the narrowest of twin beds.” (04/25/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/04/24/nick-gillespie/comedy-moralizing

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33) Speeches that weren’t made during the March for Science
Source: Heartland Institute
by Merrill Matthews

“There was an impressive turnout for the March for Science, with people in some 600 cities participating. Lots of speeches were delivered about the importance of science and, of course, the need for more funding, especially government funding. But even with all those speeches, it’s likely that certain issues important to science were never mentioned. Did you hear a speaker suggest …?” (04/25/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/04/speeches-that-werent-made-during-the-march-for-science/

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34) Reminding the people of their power
Source: The American Prospect
by Lauren Blommel

“On Monday, the working-class political organizing group People’s Action held its first annual convention, entitled Rise Up 2017, featuring Senator Bernie Sanders. At a time when record numbers of progressives seem to be running for office, scores of activists proclaimed their candidacies on stage. Following a brassy opening (a marching band played ‘When the Saints Go Marching In’) a range of social justice activists, almost all of them children of immigrants, came forward to relate their personal narratives of struggle and, in many cases, to announce their candidacies for public office. Martha Lugo, the daughter of a Mexican immigrant, told the group that she will be running for city council in Aurora, Colorado. While 60 percent of Aurora’s population are people of color, she said, 100 percent of the city council members are white. … After remarks from Lugo and other community leaders, the organization invited onto the stage all of the people in the room who will run for office. Seventy-two people, many of them children of immigrants, people of color, and women, flooded the stage.” (04/25/17)

http://prospect.org/blog/tapped/reminding-people-their-power

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35) No one owns science
Source: National Review
by Rich Lowry

“Science joined the #resistance over the weekend, or so the organizers of the March for Science would have us believe. Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, D.C., and in cities around the country under the banner of science and in the spirit of the Women’s March opposing President Donald Trump back in January. The march had its share of harmless and charmingly nerdy science enthusiasts holding signs like ‘I was told there would be pi’ and ‘I was told to bring a sine’ (get it?). Who can possibly object to people, who may have waited a lifetime for the opportunity, finally getting a chance to make trigonometry puns in public? The problem with the march was its larger ambition to enlist science in the anti-Trump movement. Not only does this represent a jaw-dropping misunderstanding of science — the Large Hadron Collider has no position on whether Trump is violating the emoluments clause — but if taken seriously, it will damage the reputation of science.”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447008/march-science-democrats-try-claim-science

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36) Is this finally our flying car?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Every living human being dreams of a flying car. Why? Is it the Jetsons? Is it the exhaustion from the traffic jams during which we look up and see the empty space and somehow know for sure that we should be there rather than glued to the black pavement? Is it just a romantic attachment to the idea that flying represents progress? Whatever, we can’t shake the sense that it is coming. But it is more complicated than it first appears.” (04/25/17)

https://fee.org/articles/is-this-finally-our-flying-car/

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37) The why and how of reasonable disagreement
Source: Niskanen Center
by Kevin Vallier

“Free societies are rife with disagreement about matters of ultimate importance — religious, moral, economic, and political. That’s a consequence of the free exercise of human reason, which is necessarily limited by cognitive and environmental factors. We must somehow accommodate these disagreements if we are to remain free. Among the most important ways we do so is by figuring out when our disagreements are reasonable. A free society should tolerate and draw strength from reasonable disagreements, even if it dismisses unreasonable ones. This essay explores the idea of reasonable disagreement and explains how to determine whether you’re having one or not.” (04/25/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/the-why-and-how-of-reasonable-disagreement/

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38) Trump’s desperation exposes his deep ignorance
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“After pitching himself to voters as a hard-nosed negotiator who could easily wring out of the political system accomplishments that had eluded all past presidents, Donald Trump turns out to be uniquely bad at quarterbacking legislation through Congress. Perhaps because Trump lacks both the ideological commitment and attention span that steady-handed leadership requires, the Republicans who run Congress have eyed a large, temporary, regressive tax cut as consolation — the same contingency they adopted in the early months of the George W. Bush administration. The party might stumble over health care and government funding, but if there’s anything Republicans should know how to do blindfolded, it’s cutting tax rates on a partisan basis. Trump is now doing everything in his power to prove that assumption wrong.” (04/25/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/142248/trumps-desperation-exposing-deep-ignorance

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39) Violating a thief’s property rights
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

A few days ago on Facebook, a guy got completely obsessed over his idea that the victim of theft has no right to trespass onto the thief’s property to get back the stolen goods. Let me think about that a little … Are you obligated to respect the property rights of a person who has demonstrated that he doesn’t believe in property rights? Well, maybe.” (04/25/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/04/violating-thiefs-property-rights.html

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40) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #161: Know your pet faults
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“This aphorism may seem to be at conflict with another one from Gracian which cautions people against being perfect because it will annoy onlookers and cause them to dislike you. In that bit of advice, Gracian suggests cultivating a flaw to deflect the criticism and to make you appear more ‘human.’ I don’t think the two aphorisms are at odds, however.” (04/25/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7966

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41) Will technology change the prospects for emerging market growth?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Colin Lloyd

“In July 2016 the International Labor Organisation (ILO) released a report entitled — ASEAN in Transformation — in the preface it relates the apocryphal story of a 1950s conversation between Henry Ford, Chairman of Ford Motor Company, and Walter Reuther, Leader of the United Automobile Workers Union. Ford asked, ‘Walter, how are you going to get those robots to pay your union dues?’ to which Reuther responded, ‘Henry, how are you going to get them to buy your cars?’ It reminds us that disruptive technology is not new. As the latest wave of innovation begins to disrupt employment globally, it makes sense to reassess the prospects for some of the world’s fastest growing economies.” (04/25/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/04/will-technology-change-the-prospects-for-emerging-market-growth/

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42) The problem with pragmatism
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“When I hear libertarians siding with fascists, supporting universal basic income, and supporting universal healthcare I can’t help but call them a bunch of socialists because they are expressing pragmatism, which is a socialist ideology. The problem with pragmatism is that it always requires compromising principles. While some libertarians might think that compromising their principles, at least if it’s only a little bit, is fine so long as it moves some libertarian ideas ahead, doing so actually forwards the goals of socialists in two ways. First, the compromise means at least some of their agenda was also moved ahead. Second, the compromise means that they were able to get some libertarians to bend on one thing, which gives them the knowledge to get them to bend on other things. The first is obvious, the second is sinister.” (04/25/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/04/25/the-problem-with-pragmatism/

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43) The cowards of academia
Source: Town Hall
by Dennis Prager

“Now that student mobs at universities around America (and elsewhere in the West) have silenced conservative speaker after conservative speaker, it has dawned on a small number of left-wing professors that the public is beginning to have contempt for the universities. As a result, a handful of academics at a handful of universities have signed statements on behalf of allowing ‘diverse’ views to be heard at the university. These statements are worthless. While some of the professors who have signed them may sincerely believe that the university should honor the value of non-left free speech, one should keep in mind the following caveats.” (04/25/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2017/04/25/the-cowards-of-academia-n2317668

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44) Herberts shouldn’t wear tie-dye
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“The term ‘Herbert’ referred to a stiff, rule-keeping bureaucrat. Tie-dye was the clothing of hippies; it was made with bleach and strings. Being old enough to remember how things were ‘back in the day,’ I’m always half insulted to see very fine establishment types — people whose livelihoods rest on uncritical obedience — trying to align themselves with nonconformists they would have hurried away from back in that day.” (04/25/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/herberts-shouldnt-wear-tie-dye/

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45) The Backpage Effect: Why the sex industry thrives on Bitcoin
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Sterlin Lujan

Backpage.com is a website like Craigslist, although it is more scandalous and provocative. The site was well-known for allowing sex workers to post solicitations. In 2015, the site was alleged to be permitting prostitution and propping up a sex trafficking ring involving youths. These charges were never validated, but the fallout caused a shift in the way the peaceful sex industry uses money and does business. Bitcoin is now one of the main forms of currency fueling this enterprise.” (04/24/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/backpage-effect-sex-industry-thrives-bitcoin/

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46) Prosecution of Assange is persecution of free speech
Source: CounterPunch
by Nozomi Hayase

“US authorities are reported to have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This overreach of US government toward a publisher, whose principle is aligned with the U.S. Constitution, is another sign of a crumbling facade of democracy. The Justice Department in the Obama administration could not prosecute WikiLeaks for publishing documents pertaining to the US government, because they struggled to determine whether the First Amendment protection applied in this case. Now, the torch of Obama’s war on whistleblowers seems to have been passed on to Trump, who had shown disdain toward free speech and even called the U.S. media as ‘nemies of the people.'” (04/25/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/25/prosecution-of-assange-is-persecution-of-free-speech/

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47) Can anyone make France great again?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Markets like predictability. That’s why they soared following the results of the French presidential election, which showed that centrist political upstart Emmanuel Macron is strongly positioned to defeat rightist candidate Marine Le Pen in a runoff on May 7. The first-round presidential election results on Sunday showed conclusively that French voters are fed up with France’s stodgy political establishment as they seek answers to vexing questions ranging from how to fight Islamist terrorism, whether to remain in the European Union, and how to reform the country’s troubled economy. As Mike Gonzalez at the Heritage Foundation’s The Daily Signal put it, the election ‘winnowed the field to two candidates at opposite ends of what has become the new ideological battle line of our era: nationalism vs. globalism, for lack of better terms.’ Macron, of course, represents globalism, free trade and free markets; Le Pen, nationalism and protectionism.” (04/25/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/never-mind-macron-and-le-pen-can-anyone-make-france-great-again

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48) Less innocent times?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘In more innocent times, the rise of the Internet was seen by many people as a boon to democracy,’ [Dan] Balz began, adding that ‘the Web broadened the flow of information, introduced new voices into the political debates, empowered citizens and even provided a powerful fundraising tool for some lesser-known candidates such as Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders.’ Obama, Sanders … all to the good! ‘Now, in what are clearly less innocent times, the Internet is viewed as a far less benign force,’ he continues, next to a picture of President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. ‘It can be a haven for spreading fake news and rewarding the harshest and most divisive of political rhetoric.’ Mr. Balz’s time continuum is faulty. The ‘innocent times’ when Bernie Sanders used the Internet to raise money were the same ‘clearly less innocent’ times when voters elected President Trump.” (04/25/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/04/25/less-innocent-times/

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49) Scamming the pro-life movement
Source: The American Spectator
by Paul H Jossey

“From last August 1st to mid-September, an obscure pro-Life group called National Campaign PAC reported spending over a million dollars in ‘independent expenditures’ to defeat Hillary Clinton. During the same period, Voter Education PAC, listing the same treasurer and address, reported $160,000. Both supposedly spent the money convincing voters through phone banks. At first glance, the PACs’ largess represented a huge boost to Donald Trump’s then-shaky campaign. But as with much of political fundraising’s murky realm, things may not be what they seem.” (04/25/17)

https://spectator.org/scamming-the-pro-life-movement/

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50) Under socialized medicine, the state owns you
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Justin Murray

“As Americans were spending time scrambling to give the IRS their annual protection fee, the court system in the United Kingdom, at the behest of National Health Service bureaucrats, abducted and murdered an 8-month-old baby. This brazen abduction was done in broad daylight with full press coverage and the UK government and courts claimed loudly this was humane and the right thing to do. This might sound like a severe bout of hyperbole, but that is exactly what happened. On April 11, 2017, the courts in the UK ruled that Charlie Gard, against the wishes of his parents, must be immediately removed from life support and left to die. Unlike cases in the US where it is usually the family that is arguing for or against extending hope that their loved ones can be rescued, the only people arguing against continued efforts were government officials and some third party public onlookers.” (04/25/17)

https://mises.org/blog/under-socialized-medicine-state-owns-you

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51) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 126
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! [monkey-wrenching alt-right comments at IPR; why free market types fall for GOP lies; COINTELPRO in the LP?] :: Calling for supportive vibes for a hospitalized comrade.” [various formats] (04/25/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-126.html

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52) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 588
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“This may be the best show we’ve ever done. It’s certainly the best interview I’ve ever had. Representative Thomas Massie is one of the only honest men in Washington. Today you’re going to get a rare look into what it’s like to be a conservative in D.C.” [various formats] (04/25/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/588-congressman-thomas-massie-americas-honest-politician/

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/25/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“MWD, Jim and James discuss spooks (false ideas widely believed), Max Stirner and why we don’t love AOLs (academic-only libertarians).” [various formats] (04/25/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14399

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54) The Libertarian Angle, 04/25/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss the possibility of federal government shutdown.” [various formats] (04/25/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-shut-government/

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55) Reason Podcast, 04/24/17
Source: Reason

“In today’s podcast, Reason editors [Matt] Welch, Nick Gillespie, and Katherine Mangu-Ward talk about the likely victory of the moderate Macron in May 7’s run-off eelction and what it means for France; the looming U.S. government shutdown (even though Republicans control both houses of congress and the presidency); Howard Dean’s idiotic tweet about ‘hate speech’ and Ann Coulter; how campus freakouts prop up the careers of fake conservative intellectuals; and the real meaning of David Brooks'[s] recent column on the crisis of Western civilization (which, minus a few details, could easily have been written 30 years, 50, or even 100 years ago).” [various formats] (04/24/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/04/24/macron-hate-speech-shutdown-david-brooks

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56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 895
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Eric Brakey is a 28-year-old state senator from Maine. We discuss how Eric got elected against a longtime incumbent, what he’s accomplished in the legislature, and his campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Not to mention some stories from the past two GOP conventions.” [various formats] (04/25/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-895-ron-paulian-state-legislator-how-he-won-what-hes-done-what-he-saw-at-two-gop-conventions-and-more/

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57) Free Talk Live, 04/24/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Kindergarten teacher denies LEGOs to boys in name of ‘gender equity’ :: Amsterdam using plastic coins to encourage recycling :: Are government workers rewarded for failure? :: Death penalty :: Conservatives and liberals :: The government school system :: American Civil War :: Confederate monuments being removed in New Orleans :: Minimum Wage :: Caller claims to be a ‘”demand-side libertarian’ :: Ralph :: HOSTS: Mark, Darryl & Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/24/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-04-24

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58) The Back Story, episode 13
Source: Everything Voluntary

“The Back Story 013 looks at the Second Amendment of the US Constitution and the right to bear arms.” [Flash audio] (04/24/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/back-story-013-2nd-amendment-doesnt-grant-right-bear-arms-3m

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59) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/24/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Each layer of transportation security should be evaluated for its cost and contribution. John Mueller comments on which layers of security spending give us the biggest and smallest improvement.” [various formats] (04/24/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/what-do-we-get-federal-transportation-security-spending

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60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 31
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF#31, I dive into the results of a survey about who American’s view as their enemies. Only North Korea is named as an enemy by a majority of Americans. America is bombing several countries that the American people do not see as their enemies. How does the government get away with waging war against countries that Americans do not call enemies? I also update Yemen, Syria, French elections, Iraq, and Afghanistan.” [various formats] (04/24/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-31-enemy-of-the-american-people

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