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In the News:

1) Trump regime makes show of “briefings” to prep Congress for North Korea military misadventure
2) White House unveils dramatic plan to overhaul tax code in major test for Trump
3) France: Regime says Syrian chemical attack bears Assad’s signature
4) US Freedom Caucus endorses revised ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill
5) Pai announces announces plan to reverse “Net Neutrality” scam
6) In surprise TED Talk, Pope Francis asks the powerful for “revolution of tenderness”
7) Trump: National monuments a “massive federal land grab”
8) Obama called out for planned big-money speech to Wall Street firm
9) CA: Ann Coulter cancels speech at UC Berkeley
10) Fox News hit with more racial discrimination suits
11) United Airlines investigates giant bunny death
12) White House prepares draft of NAFTA withdrawal notice
13) UK: May warns of chaotic Brexit in final Prime Minister’s Questions before election
14) Appeals court: Uber engineer can’t get help from the 5th Amendment
15) China: Regime launches first home-built aircraft carrier amid South China Sea tension
16) Cruz: Let’s steal billions to build border wall because FREEDOM
17) Turkey: Regime announces plan to abduct more on suspicion of disloyalty to Erdogan
18) Smells like regulatory capture: FDA warns 14 companies to stop competing with Big Pharma
19) South Korea: Protests as US deploys THAAD system
20) EU executive sends “letter of formal notice” over new Hungarian education law

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) When is government-run healthcare not government-run health care?
22) Here’s what can happen when you become an “enemy of the state”
23) Retail stores are dying and we should let them
24) Control is the purpose of the dole system
25) The sanctuary cities ruling is much ado about nothing
26) President Trump’s first 100 days
27) The great fallacy of diversity
28) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #198: Know how to transplant yourself
29) Chaos and confusion, but some foreign policy wins for Trump
30) All hail Sadiq Khan’s new Ministry of Truth
31) Will the next war erupt in the Balkans?
32) The nature of morality
33) In the Age of Trump, can labor unite?
34) The Jefferson nobody knows
35) Think twice before you find fault with modernity
36) Super-subsidize me
37) Trump-fighting Democrats just repeating Hillary’s mistakes
38) Arizona’s pricklish use of licensing requirements
39) White chicks can’t wear braids
40) Environmentalists are dead wrong
41) How Trump alienated the judiciary
42) The bipartisan urge to suppress dissent
43) Why Democrats are debating abortion yet again
44) The people vs. Bernie Sanders
45) Trump’s corporate tax cut: A supply-side shot in the arm
46) How dairy farmers unions in Canada are distorting the facts about supply management
47) Fair currency pricing
48) Are American voters actually just stupid? A new poll suggests the answer may be “yes”
49) The problem with Harris County’s relaxing of its marijuana laws
50) No, Nick, not everything comedians do is comedy

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 32
52) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/26/17
53) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/25/17
54) Free Talk Live, 04/25/17
55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 896
56) Yakov Hirsch on The Scott Horton Show
57) Unraveling Political Theory, episode 8
58) Jim Bovard on Declare Your Independence with Ernie Hancock
59) Tenther Tuesday, episode 16

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

1) Trump regime makes show of “briefings” to prep Congress for North Korea military misadventure
Source: Politico

“Senators were alarmed by a Trump administration presentation Wednesday at the White House complex about the dangers of North Korea, though lawmakers in both parties said it was unclear what the president’s next action against the combative nation will be. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis, who led the session, did not divulge whether the United States is considering military options against North Korea after recent weapons tests and military activities were conducted by the regime of Kim Jong Un. … The administration briefed House members afterward at the Capitol.” (04/26/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/26/senate-north-korea-white-house-237655

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2) White House unveils dramatic plan to overhaul tax code in major test for Trump
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump on Wednesday proposed a dramatic overhaul of the tax code, calling for sharply lower rates for individuals and businesses but also eliminating key tax breaks. The proposal is a one-page outline — key details are left incomplete — but it presents an initial offer to begin negotiations with lawmakers, as White House officials think reworking the tax code is one of their biggest priorities to boost economic growth. … The central feature of the White House’s plan would be a big reduction in tax rates for virtually all Americans and businesses.” (04/26/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trump-to-unveil-proposal-for-massive-tax-cut/2017/04/26/2097fe42-2a94-11e7-be51-b3fc6ff7faee_story.html

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3) France: Regime says Syrian chemical attack bears Assad’s signature
Source: Los Angeles Times

“France’s foreign ministry says deadly sarin gas used in a chemical attack in Syria earlier this month that killed 87 people ‘bears the signature’ of President Bashar Assad’s government. A six-page report by French intelligence services claims the nerve agent came from hidden stockpiles of chemical weapons that Damascus was supposed to have destroyed under an U.S- and Russia-brokered deal in 2013. The chemicals in the gas matched those from samples taken following a sarin attack in Syria in 2013 carried out by government helicopters.” [editor’s note: Who knows for sure, but the claim that 2013 attack was carried out by anti-Assad rebels using sarin from Turkey, not by Assad’s forces, seems plausible; combined with the report’s actual language, which merely claims that the sarin is “typical” of that produced by the regime’s labs (is there some “atypical” form of sarin produced elsewhere?), I’d say skepticism is still warranted – TLK] (04/26/17)

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-france-syria-sarin-gas-20170426-story.html

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4) US Freedom Caucus endorses revised ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill
Source: The Hill

“The House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday announced it will back the GOP’s healthcare plan now that an amendment allowing states to opt out of key ObamaCare rules is included. The group of roughly 30 hard-line conservatives held out for weeks, scuttling a planned House vote on the bill last month after it became clear there was’t enough Republican support to pass it. The group said it sees the new amendment, brokered by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), as the best option short of fully repealing the 2010 law. … Moderate Republicans are facing a difficult decision on the bill now that the Freedom Caucus has backed it, bringing the legislation close to the 216 House votes needed for passage.” (04/26/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/330681-freedom-caucus-endorses-revised-obamacare-repeal-bill

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5) Pai announces announces plan to reverse “Net Neutrality” scam
Source: The Verge

“The Federal Communications Commission is cracking open the net neutrality debate again with a proposal to undo the 2015 rules that implemented net neutrality with Title II classification. … [FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s] proposal will do three things: first, it’ll reclassify internet providers as Title I information services; second, it’ll prevent the FCC from adapting any net neutrality rules to practices that internet providers haven’t thought up yet; and third, it’ll open questions about what to do with several key net neutrality rules — like no blocking or throttling of apps and websites — that were implemented in 2015. Pai said the full text of his net neutrality proposal would be published tomorrow afternoon. It’ll be voted on by the FCC at a meeting on May 18th.” (04/26/17)

http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/26/15437840/fcc-plans-end-title-ii-net-neutrality

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6) In surprise TED Talk, Pope Francis asks the powerful for “revolution of tenderness”
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The annual TED conference is known for featuring impressive speakers. Attendees at this year’s event in Vancouver have seen Serena Williams and Jorge Ramos, futurists and artificial intelligence experts, health activists and the ACLU’s executive director. But on Tuesday evening, one unannounced speaker took the audience by surprise: Pope Francis. … The pontiff is no stranger to the tools of the digital age; his Twitter account has more than 10 million followers. Nonetheless, getting Francis to address the international conference took many discussions and several trips to Rome, TED’s international curator, Bruno Giussani, said in a blog post. Since not many at the Vatican knew of TED, Giussani said, ‘there was a lot of explaining to do.’ TED famously coaches its speakers on how to give an effective performance. Giussani said Francis ‘decided by himself what he wanted to say in the talk,’ adding that the pope’s collaborators ‘were very receptive to ideas and suggestions’ in order to ‘fine-tune the message.’ And that message called for a ‘revolution of tenderness.'” (04/26/17)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/04/26/525699847/in-surprise-ted-talk-pope-francis-asks-the-powerful-for-revolution-of-tenderness

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7) Trump: National monuments a “massive federal land grab”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Slamming what he called ‘a massive federal land grab,’ President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of dozens of national monuments on federal lands. The action could upend protections put in place in Utah and other states under The Antiquities Act of 1906, which authorizes the president to declare federal lands as monuments and restrict how the lands can be used. The order comes as the president is trying to rack up accomplishments in his first 100 days. During a signing ceremony at the Department of the interior, Trump said the order would end ‘another egregious abuse of federal power’ and ‘give that power back to the states and to the people where it belongs.’ Trump accused the previous administration of using the act to ‘unilaterally put millions of acres of land and water under strict federal control’ — a practice he derailed as ‘a massive federal land grab.'” [editor’s note: I think the writer meant “derided” since the “derailing” is not yet official – SAT] (04/26/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Trump-wants-a-review-of-national-monuments-11099451.php

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8) Obama called out for planned big-money speech to Wall Street firm
Source: Fox News

“Former President Barack Obama reportedly agreed to give a lucrative speech to Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald LP. But many are now pointing back to the 44th president’s harsh criticism of the financial industry, including calling Wall Street bankers ‘fat cats.’ Fox Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino broke the story, reporting that Obama’s speaking fee will be $400,000, nearly twice as much as Hillary Clinton received for similar appearances. Gasparino said Obama has agreed to be the keynote speaker on health care at an event in September.” (04/26/17)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/04/26/obama-wall-street-speech-hypocrisy-fox-friends-gasparino-cavuto-report

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9) CA: Ann Coulter cancels speech at UC Berkeley
Source: Raw Story

“Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has canceled her speech planned for this week at the University of California’s Berkeley campus after a dispute with university officials, who feared violent protests, over whether a safe venue could be found. ‘There will be no speech,’ she wrote in an email to Reuters on Wednesday, saying two conservative groups sponsoring her speech were no longer supporting her. ‘I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team,’ she wrote.” (04/26/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/ann-coulter-cancels-her-speech-at-uc-berkeley

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10) Fox News hit with more racial discrimination suits
Source: USA Today

“Fox News Network is being sued by a dozen black employees, some current and some former, who are charging the company with allowing years of racial discrimination and creating an abusive work environment. And a thirteenth employee has filed a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, says the workers’ attorney Douglas Wigdor. The latest alleged victims were added to a lawsuit originally filed March 28 in the Bronx Supreme Court in New York. The original plaintiffs, Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, alleged they and “other dark-skinned employees suffered years-long racial animus” from Judith Slater, a former senior vice president and company controller. Another person, Monica Douglas, joined that case when an amended suit was filed April 4.” (04/26/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/04/25/fox-news-hit-more-racial-discrimination-suits/100848942

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11) United Airlines investigates giant bunny death
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“United Airlines is investigating the death of a giant rabbit which was being transported on one of its planes. The 90cm-long bunny, called Simon, was found dead in the cargo hold when the flight arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare airport from London Heathrow. Reports in UK media say the 10 month-old giant rabbit was being delivered to a new ‘celebrity’ owner. United, which has had a torrid few weeks of bad publicity, said it was ‘saddened’ by Simon’s death. Animals dying on planes is rare but not unheard of.” (04/26/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39715188

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12) White House prepares draft of NAFTA withdrawal notice
Source: Fox News

“The White House has drafted a notice that would signal the United States’ intent to withdraw from NAFTA, Fox News has learned — a precautionary move made as the administration considers whether to leave the trade pact. The notification has not been submitted to Mexico or Canada, and it’s possible the White House might not ever submit it. But it has been prepared in case it is needed. Under the NAFTA terms, any party may withdraw ‘six months after it provides written notice of withdrawal to the other Parties.'” (04/26/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/26/white-house-prepares-draft-nafta-withdrawal-notice.html

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13) UK: May warns of chaotic Brexit in final Prime Minister’s Questions before election
Source: CNN

“UK Prime Minister Theresa May warned that the opposition Labour Party would doom Britain to a ‘chaotic Brexit’ as she clashed with its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in a testy final Prime Minister’s Questions before a snap general election is held on June 8. May, who made repeated use of her party’s mantra of “strong and stable leadership” under the Conservatives, said Labour would ‘crash’ the economy if it won the election, and that a vote for Corbyn would damage Britain’s ability to ensure the best terms for its exit from the European Union in two years’ time. … Labour on Tuesday vowed to scrap May’s Brexit plans if it wins the general election in June, saying it will seek a softer departure from the European Union.” (04/26/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/26/europe/uk-may-corbyn-election/

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14) Appeals court: Uber engineer can’t get help from the 5th Amendment
Source: Ars Technica

“Anthony Levandowski, the embattled Uber engineer who has been accused of illegally downloading thousands of documents while he worked at Google, won’t be able to stop Uber from handing over documents by pleading the Fifth Amendment. That’s the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, published today. Levandowski filed an emergency motion with the appeals court, seeking to overturn the decision. The decision was made by US District Judge William Alsup, who had told Levandowski he would need to hand over an unredacted privilege log. … Levandowski’s lawyers had made a novel legal argument in the lower court. It wasn’t just that their client wouldn’t hand over certain documents: his lawyers argued that Waymo — Alphabet’s self-driving car division — shouldn’t even be entitled to see the names of documents they were withholding, which is what’s contained in the privilege log. According to Levandowski’s lawyers, revealing the name of a third-party firm that created a report about his startup company — a company that was later purchased by Uber for $680 million — would create a path for prosecutors to follow in the event of criminal prosecution.” (04/26/17)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/04/appeals-court-uber-engineer-cant-plead-the-5th/

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15) China: Regime launches first home-built aircraft carrier amid South China Sea tension
Source: Yahoo! News

“China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea. State media has quoted military experts as saying the carrier, China’s second and built in the northeastern port of Dalian, is not expected to enter service until 2020, once it has been kitted out and armed. … China’s navy has been taking an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and new Chinese warships popping up in far-flung places.” [editor’s note: And yet when the US launches a new warship, as it does much more often than China, it’s not considered alarming or a function of the crisis of the moment … – TLK] (04/26/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-launches-first-domestically-built-aircraft-carrier-020947022.html

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16) Cruz: Let’s steal billions to build border wall because FREEDOM
Source: New York Post

“Ted Cruz wants to build the border wall using a different kind of brick. The Republican Texas senator is proposing the US use cocaine-tainted money [stolen from] Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman to pay for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the nation’s southern border. Cruz introduced a bill — called Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order, or ELCHAPO — Tuesday that would repurpose $14 billion in assets the feds plan to squeeze out of Guzman to fund the project, Axios first reported.” (04/25/17)

http://nypost.com/2017/04/25/ted-cruz-wants-el-chapo-to-pay-for-trumps-border-wall/

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17) Turkey: Regime announces plan to abduct more on suspicion of disloyalty to Erdogan
Source: International Business Times [India]

“Turkey issued detention orders for around 3,224 people on Tuesday over their alleged links to a failed coup attempted in July last year. Reports state that more than a thousand people have already been detained by authorities for their suspected association with US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey blames for the coup, NTV reported. … The fresh round of detentions came 10 days after voters in Turkey backed Erdogan in a referendum to reform its constitution to give sweeping powers to the Turkish president.” (04/26/17)

http://www.ibtimes.co.in/turkey-issues-detention-orders-3224-people-over-suspected-links-us-based-cleric-gulen-over-724442

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18) Smells like regulatory capture: FDA warns 14 companies to stop competing with Big Pharma
Source: NBC News

“The claims seem remarkable. ‘If a person eats 6-12 apricot kernels per day, they will never have to worry about cancer,’ one site says. ‘Silymarin also seems to have anticancer properties. It can stop cancer cells from multiplying, kill cancer cells, and block their blood supply,’ says another. They’re also false, the Food and Drug Administration says. It’s warned 14 companies to stop making claims about herbal products and other treatments marketed to treat or prevent cancer. … It’s illegal to make such claims [unless you have enough money to bribe your way through approval processes set up by the FDA to protect pharmaceuticals monopolists]. Just putting a little disclaimer at the bottom of an ad saying the FDA has not verified the claims doesn’t cut it, the agency said.” (04/25/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/fda-warns-14-fraudulent-cancer-cure-companies-n750736

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19) South Korea: Protests as US deploys THAAD system
Source: CBS News

“In a defiant bit of timing, South Korea announced Wednesday that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system had been installed. This, a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power. The South’s trumpeting of progress on setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered U.S. military assets converge on the Korean Peninsula and as a combative North Korea signals possible nuclear and missile testing. … About 8,000 police officers were mobilized, and the main road leading up to the site in the country’s southeast was blocked earlier Wednesday, Yonhap reported. About 200 residents and protesters rallied against THAAD in front of a local community center, with some hurling plastic water bottles. More than 10 demonstrators were injured during clashes with police, Kim Jong-kyung, a leader of a group of residents protesting the deployment, told the Reuters news agency.” (04/26/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/protesters-clash-with-police-as-key-parts-of-u-s-thaad-anti-missile-system-installed-in-south-korea/

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20) EU executive sends “letter of formal notice” over new Hungarian education law
Source: Fox News

“The European Union has launched legal action against Hungary over a new higher education law that critics say is aimed at shutting down a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros. European Commission President Valdis Dombrovskis said Wednesday that the EU’s executive arm has sent a ‘letter of formal notice’ to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government.” (04/26/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/04/26/eu-takes-legal-action-over-new-hungarian-education-law.html

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

21) When is government-run healthcare not government-run health care?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“When it’s supported by Republicans of course …” (04/26/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/government-run-healthcare-not-goverment-run-health-care

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22) Here’s what can happen when you become an “enemy of the state”
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Mark Nestmann

“Given the thundering affirmation the US has given to the right of its citizens to travel, you’d think that our government would do everything in its power to facilitate it. But that’s not the case at all. For starters, the US can confiscate (or refuse to renew) your passport if: A federal court has issued a warrant for your arrest; A federal or state court has ordered you not to leave the United States; Another country has requested your extradition; You owe more than $2,500 in delinquent child support payments; or You have a ‘seriously delinquent’ federal tax debt or penalty that exceeds $50,000. In addition, Uncle Sam can make you a prisoner in your own country if you can’t complete a State Department ‘Biographical Questionnaire’ to its satisfaction.” (04/26/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/04/mark-nestmann/happens-become-enemy-state/

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23) Retail stores are dying and we should let them
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Dwyer Gunn

There’s little doubt that e-commerce companies have dramatically changed the retail industry, and delivered enormous gains in efficiency and productivity. Yes, there would be more traditional retail jobs in this country if Amazon didn’t exist. Companies like Amazon are able to produce the same amount of economic activity as traditional retailers, with many fewer man hours of work. … the workers being laid off by Macy’s and J.C. Penney stores in economically distressed exurbs aren’t necessarily the same workers getting jobs at Amazon. That doesn’t mean we should cling to traditional retail jobs — which are frequently characterized by low wages, high turnover, on-demand scheduling, and skimpy benefits — any more than we should have clung to buggies or horse-drawn plows in the 1900s.” (04/26/17)

https://fee.org/articles/retail-stores-are-dying-and-we-should-let-them/

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24) Control is the purpose of the dole system
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Let’s give Donald Trump some credit. With his termination of federal money to so-called sanctuary cities, which a federal judge just declared unconstitutional, at least Trump is showing us the real purpose of the dole society. No, it has nothing to do with loving the ‘poor, needy, and disadvantaged,’ as both liberals and conservatives have maintained ever since the advent of the American welfare state in the 1930s. It’s about control. Put people on the dole and you control them. Just like heroin. Once a person or a governmental unit goes on the dole, he or it will do whatever is necessary to remain on the dole, convinced that he or it would die without it.” (04/26/17)

http://www.fff.org/2017/04/26/control-purpose-dole-system/

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25) The sanctuary cities ruling is much ado about nothing
Source: Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro

“Yesterday, a federal judge in San Francisco blocked President Trump’s executive order on ‘sanctuary cities’ because it undermines federalism and the separation of powers. So this is just the latest example of an executive action whose policy reach exceeds the president’s constitutional grasp, right? Or, as the White House argued, it’s judicial activism, with plaintiffs shopping for friendly judges who will stymie this president? Well, not so fast. While a broad reading of the executive order — one that purports to give sweeping authority to withhold and even ‘claw back’ funds of all sorts from states and cities that don’t comply with federal bidding — is indeed a constitutional dead letter (for reasons Ilya Somin explains), that’s not how the executive branch itself has understood or implemented the order.” (04/26/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/sanctuary-cities-ruling-much-ado-about-nothing

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26) President Trump’s first 100 days
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“Everyone observing politics seems to agree on two things about a president’s first 100 days in office: 1. 100 days is a meaningless, arbitrary marker for a president’s performance that is likely to be more misleading than useful; and 2. Let’s treat it like it is important! Reeeeeeee! The thing that fascinates me the most about this situation is that the so-called ‘pro-science’ people are giving Trump low grades for his first 100 days. Allow me to connect some dots. In science, you don’t have much of an experiment unless you have a control case for comparison. For example, you can’t know if a drug helped with a particular disease unless you study the people who didn’t take the drug at the same time as those who did. But the pro-science people forget this concept when thinking about politics. Where is the control case for Trump’s first 100 days?” (04/25/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/159981284676/president-trumps-first-100-days

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27) The great fallacy of diversity
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Craig Cantoni

“Black college students at Pomona College and Claremont Colleges recently published a manifesto that unwittingly reveals the fallacy of the premise behind racial diversity on campus and elsewhere. The premise is that intellectual life is ipso facto enriched by diversity, a premise that even the Supreme Court has embraced. The manifesto is pasted at the end of this commentary, but it is strongly suggested that you read this critique instead of the actual document, so you can maintain your mental health.” (04/26/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/great-fallacy-diversity/

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28) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #198: Know how to transplant yourself
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Sometimes you have to relocate in order to be valued. You get a new start and you leave behind the context in which people do not value you … for whatever reason. The culture of the society, people’s memories of you, over familiarity … for whatever reason. What strikes me about this aphorism, however, is that it is no longer true. At least, it is nowhere near as true as it was in Gracian’s day. Due to the telephone, the internet, Skype and other forms of communication, you can cross borders and collapse distance while sitting at home in an easy chair.” (04/26/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?item.7974.22

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29) Chaos and confusion, but some foreign policy wins for Trump
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“When U.S. President Donald Trump ordered cruise-missile strikes on a Syrian air base shortly after this month’s chemical weapons attack, some Obama administration veterans were openly impressed. ‘[We] never would have gotten this done in 48 hours,’ one of them told Politico. The strikes were the starkest demonstration so far of one of the paradoxes of the Trump White House, particularly on foreign policy. The administration has often projected a chaotic image and put out wildly mixed messages on topics such as U.S. support for NATO. Some of the president’s preoccupations (such as the U.S.-Mexico wall) and his sometimes confused speaking style continue to unsettle enemies and allies alike. But at the same time, particularly on national security, the administration appears to be building a system that has proved much more effective than many expected.” (04/26/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-national-security-commentary-idUSKBN17R1YI

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30) All hail Sadiq Khan’s new Ministry of Truth
Source: spiked
by Guy Birchall

“London mayor Sadiq Khan has launched an ‘Online Hate Crime Hub,’ run by members of the Metropolitan Police. Five of London’s finest will run City Hall’s own version of the Ministry of Truth, working to ‘identify, prevent and investigate online abuse,’ to the tune of £1.7million. … You might have been offensive or rude to someone in the course of an argument, but if they decide that you were motivated by the fact they are female, trans, gay, Muslim, Cornish or some mix of all of those things, it’s possible that you will be investigated for a hate crime — and potentially get a criminal record.” (04/26/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/all-hail-sadiq-khans-new-ministry-of-truth/

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31) Will the next war erupt in the Balkans?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Since the Kosovo war in 1999, a pan-Albanian movement that seeks to create a ‘Greater Albania’ has spread throughout the region. In supporting Kosovo’s drive for independence, attacking the former Yugoslavia in the process, the US actively supported this movement both militarily and politically. Now it is coming back to haunt us, threatening a replay of the Balkan conflict. In Kosovo, the biggest opposition party is determined to hold a referendum on unity with Albania, despite an explicit prohibition of this option in the country’s constitution. In neighboring Macedonia, sporadic terrorist activity by Albanian separatists has posed a threat to the unity of the country. In Bosnia, where the Albanians dominate the ‘multi-ethnic’ state, the Serbian minority seeks independence. And in Montenegro, they make demands for autonomy alongside a radical fringe advocating for ‘Greater Albania.’ Not even Greece, portions of which are claimed by the Albanian ultra-nationalists, is immune.” (04/26/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/04/25/will-the-next-war-erupt-in-the-balkans/

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32) The nature of morality
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Eamonn Butler

“On this day, in 1759, the Scottish philosopher Adam Smith published The Theory Of Moral Sentiments. He may be less well known for this book than for his pathbreaking 1776 economics text, The Wealth Of Nations — but it was Moral Sentiments that made his fame and fortune. Thinkers at the time were struggling to discover how we can separate right and wrong. Some thought that religious texts were the authority on how we should act, and that religious leaders could authoritatively interpret those texts in cases of doubt. Others of a more practical bent suggested that we had a ‘moral sense’ by which we could detect right and wrong, much as we could sense light and dark or rough and smooth. Some argued that we could reason out which actions were moral or immoral. But no explanation was found entirely convincing. Smith’s Moral Sentiments was a real scientific breakthrough.” (04/26/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-nature-of-morality

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33) In the Age of Trump, can labor unite?
Source: In These Times
by Alexandra Bradbury

“‘You know you’re getting the short end of the stick as a worker, but you don’t really know why,’ says Joe Tarulli, a Staten Island Verizon tech who’s put in 17 years with the company. ‘They make it seem like these rich people are just lucky they got the right chances, and these poor old working folks, nothing ever goes right for them. No! These corporations are doing it on purpose.’ Last spring, Tarulli and 39,000 Verizon workers were forced out on a 49-day strike to fend off outsourcing and other concessions demanded by the company, even as it raked in billions in profits. Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders walked the picket line with them to draw media attention to their battle against corporate greed. But in the general election, Tarulli says many of his coworkers went on to vote for Donald Trump, who spoke to the anger that had motivated them to strike in the first place.” (04/26/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/trump_labor_union_organizing.html

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34) The Jefferson nobody knows
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thomas E Woods, Jr.

“Following up on his successful and highly regarded James Madison and the Making of America (St. Martin’s, 2012), Kevin Gutzman has returned with a fresh look at Jefferson in Thomas Jefferson, Revolutionary: A Radical’s Struggle to Remake America. It could well have been called The Jefferson Nobody Knows. Jefferson, Gutzman reminds us, had such a fertile mind that he would devote himself to the study of a subject and become the leading figure of his day in that area. Architecture may be the most obvious example — at the time of the bicentennial, the American Institute of Architects declared Jefferson’s work on the University of Virginia to be America’s outstanding architectural achievement. But he was also learned in numerous other fields, including ethnography and ethnohistory, and in fact he carried out the first archaeological excavation in North America.” (04/26/17)

https://mises.org/blog/jefferson-nobody-knows

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35) Think twice before you find fault with modernity
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“Modernity has never lacked for critics, people who see only regression from a nobler or more glorious past when men were men and women liked them that way. But for the economic or cultural historian, such an outlook is the sheerest balderdash.” (04/25/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/04/25/think-twice-before-you-find-fault-with-modernity/

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36) Super-subsidize me
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Sure, government can act charitably, except that its money isn’t given voluntarily, and the recipients are often not so needy. Earlier this month, the stock price of electric car company Tesla, Inc. rose high enough to overshadow General Motors. That’s great news for billionaire Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO. But an Investor’s Business Daily editorial noted, ‘[T]he company is heavily reliant on taxpayer support.’ Who benefits (in addition to Musk)? ‘A study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that 90% of electric car subsidies go to the top 20% of households,’ the editorial stated. IBD added that it was ‘a lot of welfare-for-the-rich for very little environmental benefit.’ In addition to funding advanced technology, American taxpayers have spent $6.7 billion over the last few decades to subsidize stadiums for wealthy sports team owners. The latest? In Clark County, Nevada, taxpayers forked over $750 million ($354 for every resident) to bribe — er, bring –the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas.” (04/26/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/04/26/super-subsidize-me/

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37) Trump-fighting Democrats just repeating Hillary’s mistakes
Source: USA Today
by Michael Medved

“Republicans face media derision if they follow the unconventional, outrageous strategies of their successful presidential candidate. But what about the desperate Democrats who seem oddly eager to mimic the major mistakes of their defeated standard-bearer? President Trump has earned his share of sour reviews for his first hundred days in office, but no one can defend the flailing, failing liberal leadership in its mad rush to replicate the disastrous decisions that doomed Hillary Clinton’s once promising presidential prospects. Hillary wrecked her campaign with three crucial miscalculations.” [editor’s note: I rarely use this neocon’s scribblings here, but he seems to have found an acorn this time – SAT] (04/26/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/04/26/gop-repeat-hillary-mistake-identity-politics-column/100877816

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38) Arizona’s pricklish use of licensing requirements
Source: The American Spectator
by Jared Meyer

“As momentum for occupational licensing reform grows so do the depths to which opponents are willing to sink to maintain special treatment. Today’s occupational licensing laws protect established licensees, by making it more difficult for competitors to enter their industries. In fact, 30 percent of workers must seek government’s permission to work. A current fight in Arizona over exempting low-income applicants from initial licensing fees shows that this protection is apparently worth using misleading statistics to protect.” (04/26/17)

https://spectator.org/arizonas-pricklish-use-of-licensing-requirements/

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39) White chicks can’t wear braids
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“I’ve always thought that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but did you know that it is considered by many politically correct snowflake morons as extremely offensive and bad form for members of one ethnic group to ‘appropriate’ the cultural aspects and practices of a different ethnic group? Yes, it’s difficult to for me to imagine why someone in her right mind might become violently offended enough to physically assault another person simply because a hairstyle, for instance, was supposedly ‘culturally appropriated.’ But now it happens all the time. Hampshire College student, Carmen Figueroa, for example, recently assaulted a member of the Central Maine Community College girls’ basketball team over concerns that one of their players had ‘culturally appropriated’ a hairstyle.” (04/26/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/04/white-chicks-cant-wear-braids.html

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40) Environmentalists are dead wrong
Source: Town Hall
by Walter E Williams

“Each year, Earth Day is accompanied by predictions of doom. Let’s take a look at past predictions to determine just how much confidence we can have in today’s environmentalists’ predictions. In 1970, when Earth Day was conceived, the late George Wald, a Nobel laureate biology professor at Harvard University, predicted, ‘Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.’ Also in 1970, Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist and best-selling author of The Population Bomb, declared that the world’s population would soon outstrip food supplies. … Erroneous predictions didn’t start with Earth Day. In 1939, the U.S. Department of the Interior said American oil supplies would last for only another 13 years. In 1949, the secretary of the interior said the end of U.S. oil supplies was in sight.” (04/26/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2017/04/26/environmentalists-are-dead-wrong-n2317342

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41) How Trump alienated the judiciary
Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

President Trump’s first 100 days deserve at least one superlative: The Trump administration has managed to alienate the courts to a degree that some administrations take years to achieve. … To a degree unusual in public law litigation, Trump’s legal setbacks flow from his personal flaws: constitutional illiteracy, governmental inexperience, contempt for law and lawyers, lust for executive power, and — most of all — simple inability to keep his mouth shut.” (04/26/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/04/how-trump-alienated-the-judiciary/524322/

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42) The bipartisan urge to suppress dissent
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“The University of California at Berkeley’s inhospitality to conservative speakers, the subject of a federal lawsuit filed on Monday, prompted a Twitter rebuke from President Trump a few months ago. Yet his administration seems determined to demonstrate that suppression of opposing views is a bipartisan impulse. … the Justice Department is once again looking for a way to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for sharing classified documents with the public. The Obama administration abandoned that project after concluding that charging Assange with violating the Espionage Act would create a precedent that could be used against any news organization that publishes stories based on ‘defense information’ from sources who obtained or divulged it illegally — a very common journalistic practice. CIA Director Mike Pompeo says we shouldn’t worry about that because Assange is not a real journalist, a debatable and constitutionally irrelevant point. The ‘freedom of the press’ that is guaranteed by the First Amendment is not the freedom of people who work for officially recognized news outlets; it is the freedom to use technologies of mass communication.” (04/26/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/04/26/the-bipartisan-urge-to-suppress-dissent

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43) Why Democrats are debating abortion yet again
Source: The New Republic
by Graham Vyse

“Democrats devolved last week into an intra-party dispute over abortion. It began with a controversy over Senator Bernie Sanders and Democratic national chairman Tom Perez’s support for Heath Mello, a mayoral candidate in Omaha, Nebraska, with a mixed record on the issue (though not as mixed as originally reported). NARAL Pro-Choice America pounced, calling the DNC’s move ‘not only disappointing’ but ‘politically stupid.’ By Friday, Perez had released a strong statement saying all Democrats must support a woman’s right to choose … Perez told The New York Times he respects Democrats with ‘personal beliefs’ against abortion, but vowed to fight any politician who tries to legislate against women’s reproductive rights. Other party leaders took a different tone.” (04/26/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/142252/democrats-debating-abortion-yet-again-heath-mello

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44) The people vs. Bernie Sanders
Source: CounterPunch
by Andrew Stewart

“The notion that Sanders somehow is an independent anything is part of a larger campaign that is intended to consolidate the Democratic Party’s control of a base they do no have a firm grasp on yet (thankfully). Whether Sanders sticks to the noble goals of Howe and Harrington, to transform the Democrats from the inside out without a third party creating an equal external pressure, is besides the point, in effect by refusing to work with third parties he is simply doing a very nasty and duplicitous job in a more effective fashion than Hillary Clinton was able to (which is not exactly a large feat with all things considered in hindsight, by the way).” (04/26/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/04/26/the-people-vs-bernie-sanders/

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45) Trump’s corporate tax cut: A supply-side shot in the arm
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“If White House rumors are correct, President Trump is about to make slashing the corporate tax rate to 15% the centerpiece of his tax-reform plan. It’s a smart move. Not only will it kick start the economy and job growth, but it’s likely he’ll be able to get bipartisan support. Right now, there is no consensus on broad-based tax reform. So, at least for now, a broad tax reform package including tax cuts, fewer deductions and a flattening of tax rates may be tough to achieve. Even Republicans, who are eager for some kind reform, remain split on how it should be done. But nearly everyone agrees that the current U.S. corporate tax rate is outrageous. Sadly, average Americans often don’t agree. They believe that corporations pay no taxes. But that’s not true. U.S. corporations pay a top marginal rate of close to 40%, compared to an average of about 24% for all the OECD nations. That puts U.S. companies at a tremendous disadvantage to other nations’ companies and reduces the money they have available for investing and hiring new workers.” (04/25/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trumps-corporate-tax-cut-a-supply-side-shot-in-the-arm

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46) How dairy farmers unions in Canada are distorting the facts about supply management
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Vincent Geloso

“Under heat recently as president Trump up has criticized supply management in Canada and retaliated against it, the different provincial associations representing dairy farmers have moved on the offensive. To promote the virtues of this system meant to reduce production in order to prop up prices through the use of trade tariffs, production quotas and price controls (how can we call those virtues), these unions have produced numerous infographics to make their case. … These infographics show that diary prices are lower in Canada than elsewhere, that milk is still a cheap drink relative to other type of drinks and those prices, supposedly, increase more slowly than elsewhere. All of these graphics are dishonest and must be dismantled.” (04/25/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/04/25/how-dairy-farmers-unions-in-canada-are-distorting-the-facts-about-supply-management/

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47) Fair currency pricing
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux

“The Trump administration’s recent, welcome announcement that it won’t label China a currency manipulator spurred me to recall my days in elementary school — in particular, the annual fair that it held for its students. Reflecting on that little school fair helps clarify much of the confusion that surrounds allegations of currency manipulation. If the value of a foreign currency, such as China’s yuan, is kept artificially low against the dollar, Americans who convert dollars into yuan get artificially large amounts of yuan. The result is that, for any given amount of dollars, we Americans buy more imports from China than we’d buy if the yuan’s value were higher. An artificially devalued yuan also means dollars become more expensive for the Chinese, who buy fewer American exports. For people who believe America ‘wins’ the more it exports relative to the amount it imports, an artificially devalued yuan is bad news. Yet this belief, widely held, is wildly mistaken.” (04/25/17)

http://triblive.com/opinion/donaldboudreaux/12202674-74/fair-currency-pricing

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48) Are American voters actually just stupid? A new poll suggests the answer may be “yes”
Source: Salon
by Chauncey DeVega

“Are tens of millions of Americans really this stupid? If the findings from a new poll are any indication, then the answer is yes …. ‘Among those who report having voted for [Trump] in November, 96 percent today say it was the right thing to do; a mere 2 percent regret it. And if a rerun of the election were held today, the poll indicates even the possibility of a Trump victory in the popular vote among 2016 voters.’ This is despite all the lies Donald Trump has told and all the campaign promises he has betrayed …” (04/26/17)

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/26/are-american-voters-actually-this-stupid-a-new-poll-suggests-the-answer-may-be-yes/

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49) The problem with Harris County’s relaxing of its marijuana laws
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Although marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use and eight states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Other states have decriminalized certain marijuana-possession offenses. There are numerous restrictions, of course. But some freedom is better than no freedom. Texas is not one of these states. Partial marijuana freedom, however, has come to part of Texas, and a large part at that.” (04/26/17)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/problem-harris-countys-relaxing-marijuana-laws/

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50) No, Nick, not everything comedians do is comedy
Source: Cato Unbound
by Jeremy McLellan

“In my lead essay, I argue that comedy celebrates the incongruity between reality and our attempts to understand or control it. Pointing that out or recreating it makes people laugh. Nick Gillespie’s argument is that much of comedy does no such thing, but rather soothes and makes the audience feel good about what they already believe. This would be a profound response if I had not addressed this in my essay. In fact, much of my piece was spent warning comedians and other artists against the temptation to do just that.” (04/25/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/04/25/jeremy-mclellan/no-nick-not-everything-comedians-do-comedy

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51) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 32
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #32, I discuss the failures of the US media. Even after the disasters of the War on Terror, the mainstream media continues to be uncritical of US foreign policy. I discuss some of the biggest failures of the media. I point out some easy questions that our media can ask to expose the lies of the American government. I also update news about North Korea, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Syria.” [various formats] (04/26/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-32-the-mainstream-media-has-failed

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52) Freedom Feens Radio, 04/26/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“There is no live Feens tonight, so here’s a show with Ben Stone from the other day. Note: if you were a contributor to MWD’s Patreon, you would have had this days ago.” [various formats] (04/26/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14409

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53) Cato Daily Podcast, 04/25/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Can the public sector truly address the problem of modern poverty in the United States? J.D. Vance is author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.” [various formats] (04/25/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/hillbilly-elegy-memoir-family-culture-crisis

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54) Free Talk Live, 04/25/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Not Answering Police Questions :: Ian and Darryl Pulled Over :: Cell 411 :: Shire Society :: Radio Listenership :: Sovereign Citizens :: Scammer Winston Shrout Found Guilty of Financial Fraud :: Bill O’Reilly :: Contractors vs Employees :: Universal Basic Income :: EU Geoblocking Rules :: HOSTS: Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/25/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-04-25

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55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 896
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Thaddeus Russell was raised in Berkeley, California, by parents he describes as professional Marxist revolutionaries. His experiences with the academic establishment at Barnard College (the women’s college at Columbia University) have become legendary. He’s hard to pigeonhole ideologically, which makes him a compelling guest. We discuss a wide range of topics: labor unions, the Protestant work ethic (he’s against), Donald Trump, what’s missing from university life, and how Thad went from genuinely not understanding how anyone could be a conservative or a libertarian to being a regular listener of this very podcast! (But still not a libertarian.)” [various formats] (04/25/16)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-896-thaddeus-russell-launches-renegade-university-the-opposite-of-our-crummy-universities/

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56) Yakov Hirsch on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Yakov Hirsch, a writer for Mondoweiss.net, discusses how ‘hasbara culture’ has infected the minds of Israelis with a ‘macho victimhood’ ideology and tilted media coverage (led by Jeffrey Goldberg, the ‘most toxic person in American culture’) so Americans are misled into thinking Palestinians are the aggressive occupiers of Israeli land, instead of the other way around.” [various formats] (04/24/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/42417-yakov-hirsch-wall-propaganda-preventing-americans-learning-truth-israel/

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57) Unraveling Political Theory, episode 8
Source: Attack The System

“In episode 8, Keith and Tim discuss fascism, a term that many people throw around loosely, but hardly have any historical or intellectual understanding as to what it really means. Just like many on the right will label anyone on the left that they deem corrupt as a communist, the same logic applies to the left and how they label anyone on the right they deem corrupt to be a fascist.” [Flash video] (04/25/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/04/25/unraveling-political-theory-what-is-fascism/

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58) Jim Bovard on Declare Your Independence with Ernie Hancock
Source: JimBovard.com

“FreedomsPhoenix mastermind Ernie Hancock and I had a rollicking time reviewing Trump’s record this morn.” [Flash audio] (04/25/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/04/25/raising-hell-ernie-hancock-liberty-radio-network/

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59) Tenther Tuesday, episode 16
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“Today is day 96 that the GOP has failed to repeal Obamacare. But while Congress is still predictably doing nothing, states across the country continue to advance legislation to take on unconstitutional federal power. This week on Tenther Tuesday, Michael Boldin and Mike Maharrey talk about bills moving forward to limit warrantless surveillance, undermine the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money, nullify marijuana prohibition, end state ‘regulation’ of marriage, take on federal asset forfeiture and create a climate hostile to federal gun control.” [Flash video] (04/25/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/04/tenther-tuesday-episode-16-the-nullification-movement-keeps-marching-forward/

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