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Volume XVI, Issue #3,965
Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
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In the News:

1) Armenia: Protesters paralyse capital after opposition leader’s bid for power thwarted
2) France: McDonald’s torched, 200 arrested in Paris May Day protests
3) Seventeen state regimes sue Trump regime over vehicle emissions
4) Seven state regimes sue to end DACA
5) Trump says he’s “seriously thinking” of creating a “Space Force”
6) Iconic guitar maker Gibson seeks bankruptcy protection
7) Report: YouTube stars being paid to sell cheating
8) Biohacker CEO found dead in flotation therapy tank
9) Israeli official: No one wants war with Tehran
10) EPA: Two Pruitt aides resign amid ethics investigations
11) Holocaust row: Abbas accused of anti-Semitism
12) Iran: Regime follows Russia’s in attempt to ban popular messaging app Telegram
13) Australia’s oldest scientist will travel to Switzerland for assisted suicide
14) FL: Parkland father files lawsuit against “coward” school resource officer
15) UK: Ministers attack House of Lords over Brexit vote
16) Kelly denies saying out loud that Trump is an idiot
17) Report: List reveals questions Mueller wants to ask Trump
18) China: Regime snatches Dominican Republic recognition from Taiwan
19) Australia: Pell will face trial on sex offense charges
20) Pence visits border fence, blames defenders of freedom for freedom-seeking caravan

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Mandates: The other side of the “right to healthcare”
22) Roast beef (or Wolfing down the faux outrage)
23) On coming to grips with the nature of the state
24) James Comey’s forgotten rescue of Bush-era torture
25) Mueller’s leak: Deep State doubles down on collusion with Democrats
26) How politicians are using faux progressive arguments to lock up young people
27) The Kim-Moon summit was all sizzle and no substance
28) Korea remains none of the US government’s business
29) A New Deal for daycare
30) Four truths about the 1%
31) Six alternatives to Telegram for cryptocurrency communities
32) How bullying Iran could backfire for Trump
33) Difficult positions: The death penalty and Nikolas Cruz
34) AI may teach us many lessons … when it arrives
35) President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for North Korea diplomacy
36) Sometimes factories move abroad. That’s OK.
37) US IP policy spins out of control in the 2018 Special 301 Report
38) “Iranian nukes”: Scaremongering Netanyahu strikes again
39) Goodbye, OPEC
40) The sugar program is not such a sweet deal for Americans
41) The non-options: Four wars the military prepares for but shouldn’t fight
42) If GDP lags, watch the economy go
43) Guilty of innocence
44) The opportunity costs of covering Joy Reid
45) Ten reasons minimum pricing sucks
46) “We’re gonna take everyone” — Border Patrol targets prominent humanitarian group as criminal organization
47) Government — the god of statism
48) Nashville police attempt to seize control of private event security and get sued
49) Dress codes, discrimination, and a free society
50) Review: Little Pink House shows how machinery of government undermines civil liberties

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reality Check, 05/01/18
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/01/18
53) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 54
54) One Free Family, episode 15
55) The AnCap Barber Shop, episode 40
56) Scott Adams Says, 05/01/18
57) Reason Podcast, 04/30/18
58) Free Talk Live, 04/30/18
59) Anarcho Agenda, episode 65
60) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/30/18

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

1) Armenia: Protesters paralyse capital after opposition leader’s bid for power thwarted
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Tens of thousands of people have converged on the Armenian capital, blocking roads and government buildings, after the ruling party rejected the opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan’s bid to become prime minister. Protesters paralysed Yerevan, with nearly all streets closed to traffic and many stores shut, AFP correspondents reported. Officials said suburban train services were disrupted and the road linking Yerevan with its airport was blocked. Crowds of protesters across the city waved national flags, blew vuvuzelas and shouted ‘Free, independent Armenia!’ Days of protests in the small former Soviet state have created a standoff between Pashinyan’s supporters, who have mobilised thousands of people to take to the streets, and a ruling elite that is determined to hold on to power and still controls the security apparatus.” (05/02/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/01/armenian-opposition-leader-nikol-pashinyan-falls-short-in-pm-bid

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2) France: McDonald’s torched, 200 arrested in Paris May Day protests
Source: Yahoo! News

“Nearly 200 protesters were arrested Tuesday after May Day riots in central Paris, where hooded youths torched a McDonald’s restaurant and several vehicles during a march against President Emmanuel Macron’s public sector reforms. Shouting ‘Rise up, Paris’ and ‘Everyone hates the police,’ around 1,200 people in black jackets and face masks joined the traditional May 1 union-led demonstration for worker’s rights, according to a count by Paris police. After trying to hold up the march a group of protesters ran amok along the route, destroying a McDonald’s restaurant near Austerlitz station, east of the city centre, and setting it ablaze. They also torched vehicles at a car dealership, along with a mechanical digger and a scooter, leaving a trail of destruction and plumes of dark smoke billowing into the air.” (05/01/18)

https://au.news.yahoo.com/mcdonalds-torched-200-arrested-may-day-protests-paris-183518696–spt.html

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3) Seventeen state regimes sue Trump regime over vehicle emissions
Source: US News & World Report

“California and a group of 16 other states on Tuesday challenged the Trump administration’s decision to revise strict U.S. vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency rules put in place under former President Barack Obama. The 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision in April to declare U.S. vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency rules through 2025 ‘not appropriate.’ The legal challenge comes as Democrats and environmental advocates vow to aggressively challenge the Trump administration’s plans to weaken the vehicle rules touted by the Obama administration as one of its biggest climate actions.” (05/01/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2018-05-01/17-states-to-challenge-trump-administration-over-vehicle-emissions-sources

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4) Seven state regimes sue to end DACA
Source: CNN

“The future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program got murkier Tuesday when the Texas attorney general made good on a threat to challenge it in court. The lawsuit throws a wrench in an already-complicated legal morass for the DACA program, which protects young undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children and which President Donald Trump has been blocked from ending, for the time being, by other federal courts. The lawsuit has the potential to create a headache for the Justice Department and courts as it could potentially conflict with rulings from judges in three separate judicial regions of the country who have blocked the end of DACA and could force the government to take an awkward position in the case. It may also potentially seal the issue’s path to the Supreme Court.” [editor’s note: On the one hand, I don’t see why Trump can’t constitutionally end it if he wants to. On the other hand, not deporting people unambiguously falls under the president’s constitutional powers of “reprieve,” so any state suit trying to force its end is meritless – TLK] (05/01/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/01/politics/daca-lawsuit-challenge-texas/index.html

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5) Trump says he’s “seriously thinking” of creating a “Space Force”
Source: USA Today

“Could we really end up with a new branch of the military? As he presented the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to the Army football team for its victory over both Air Force and Navy last year, President Trump suggested Tuesday that there could be a sixth branch in the making. ‘We’re actually thinking of a sixth — and that would be the Space Force,’ he said, after calling out the existing military branches. ‘Does that make sense? Because we are getting very big in space, both militarily and for other reasons and we are seriously thinking of the Space Force.’ It’s an idea he has floated before. In March, while speaking to members of the military in San Diego, the president said his national strategy for space ‘recognizes that space is a war-fighting domain just like the land, air and sea.’” (05/01/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/05/01/president-trump-says-hes-seriously-thinking-creating-space-force/569138002

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6) Iconic guitar maker Gibson seeks bankruptcy protection
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The maker of the Gibson guitar, omnipresent for decades on the American music stage, is filing for bankruptcy protection after wrestling for years with debt. A pre-negotiated reorganization plan filed Tuesday will allow Gibson Brands Inc. to continue operations with $135 million in financing from lenders. Gibson guitars have been esteemed by generations of guitar legends. After Chuck Berry died, his beloved cherry-red Gibson guitar was bolted to the inside of his coffin lid. David Bowie favored the 1989 Gibson L4 when he fronted Tin Machine. Slash swears by them. … Founded in 1894 and based in Nashville, Tennessee, Gibson has the top market share in premium electric guitars. It sells more than 170,000 guitars a year in more than 80 countries, including more than 40 percent of all electric guitars that cost more than $2,000, according to a bankruptcy filing.” (05/01/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Guitar-legend-Gibson-seeks-bankruptcy-protection-12877661.php

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7) Report: YouTube stars being paid to sell cheating
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“YouTube stars are being paid to sell academic cheating, a BBC investigation has found. More than 250 channels are promoting EduBirdie, based in Ukraine, which allows students to buy essays, rather than doing the work themselves. YouTube said it would help creators understand they cannot promote dishonest behaviour. Sam Gyimah, Universities Minister for England, says YouTube has a moral responsibility to act. He said he was shocked by the nature and scale of the videos uncovered by the BBC: ‘It’s clearly wrong because it is enabling and normalising cheating potentially on an industrial scale.’ The BBC Trending investigation uncovered more than 1,400 videos with a total of more than 700 million views containing EduBirdie adverts selling cheating to students and school pupils.” (05/01/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-43956001

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8) Biohacker CEO found dead in flotation therapy tank
Source: Vice News

“Aaron Traywick, the controversial CEO of the biohacking company Ascendance Biomedical, which encouraged people to conduct medical research outside the confines of pharmaceutical companies and academia, died Sunday in Washington, D.C., police confirmed to VICE News Tuesday. He was 28. Traywick was found dead in a spa room in a building on Massachusetts Avenue downtown , according to police. Andreas Stuermer and Tristan Roberts, who worked with Ascendance Biomedical, said a family member told them that Traywick was discovered in a flotation therapy tank. While the Metropolitan Police Department in D.C. is now investigating Traywick’s death, the agency doesn’t have any evidence to suggest foul play at this time, police said. … Ascendance Biomedical rose to prominence thanks in part to its workers’ willingness to publicly experiment on themselves. Traywick once dropped his pants on a conference stage to inject himself with what he said was a potential herpes treatment, and sat next to [tristan] Roberts as he live-streamed injecting himself with a compound designed to alter his genetic code and cure him of HIV.” (05/01/18)

https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/59jxak/biohacker-ceo-aaron-traywick-was-found-dead-in-a-floatation-therapy-tank

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9) Israeli official: No one wants war with Tehran
Source: Reuters

“Israel said on Tuesday it does not seek war with Iran and suggested U.S. President Donald Trump backed Israel’s latest attempt to kill the 2015 Iran nuclear deal by disclosing purported evidence of past Iranian nuclear arms work. A senior Israeli official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had informed Trump at a March 5 meeting about alleged evidence seized by Israel in what Netanyahu on Monday presented as a ‘great intelligence achievement.’ U.S. and Israeli officials said the information showed Iran had lied about its past work to develop nuclear arms but intelligence experts said there was no smoking gun showing that Tehran had violated the nuclear deal under which it curbed its atomic program in return for relief from economic sanctions. Tehran, which denies ever pursuing nuclear weapons, dismissed Netanyahu as ‘the boy who cried wolf,’ and called his presentation propaganda.” (05/01/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-iran/pushing-to-bury-iran-deal-israel-insists-nobody-wants-war-with-tehran-idUSKBN1I23HA

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10) EPA: Two Pruitt aides resign amid ethics investigations
Source: Los Angeles Times

“The top security official for embattled Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt abruptly left office ahead of his scheduled questioning before a congressional panel, one of two top aides whose departures were announced Tuesday amid a series of federal ethics investigations of the agency. In statements, Pruitt gave no immediate reasons why the two men — security chief Pasquale ‘Nino’ Perrotta and Albert Kelly, a former Oklahoma banker who ran the EPA’s Superfund program — were leaving. … Pruitt’s spending on security, and some of EPA’s security contracts with Perrotta, are among the topics of more than a dozen federal probes involving the EPA under Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general.” (05/01/18)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/la-na-pol-scott-pruitt-aides-resign-20180501-story.html

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11) Holocaust row: Abbas accused of anti-Semitism
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Remarks by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas about the Holocaust have been condemned as anti-Semitic by Israeli politicians and rights activists. Mr Abbas told a meeting in the West Bank the Nazi mass murder of European Jews was the result of their financial activities, not anti-Semitism. He described their ‘social function’ as ‘usury and banking and such.’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman said the remarks were ‘anti-Semitic and pathetic.’ Michael Oren, Israel’s deputy minister for diplomacy, remarked in a tweet: ‘Mahmoud Abbas says money-lending Jews provoked Holocaust … Now there’s a peace partner.’” (05/01/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43967600

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12) Iran: Regime follows Russia’s in attempt to ban popular messaging app Telegram
Source: CNBC

“Iran’s judiciary court has blocked the use [sic] of messaging app Telegram, according to state media. The ban, effective as of Monday, relates to concerns of the popular service being used to coordinate illegal activity, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran’s government-funded and controlled news agency. Telegram was used by anti-government protestors during widespread unrest earlier this year. The country banned the use of the service during those protests, but only temporarily. Telegram is considered to be the most popular messaging app in Iran. It is estimated that more than 40 million Iranians are signed up to the app. Iran has a population of more than 80 million. … The Islamic country’s clampdown comes hot on the heels of a move by Russia’s communications regulator to bar domestic access to Telegram. The FSB, Russia’s intelligence agency, had tried to gain access to Telegram’s encryption keys but the company refused.” (05/01/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/01/iran-follows-russia-in-banning-popular-messaging-app-telegram.html

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13) Australia’s oldest scientist will travel to Switzerland for assisted suicide
Source: Time

“A 104-year-old Australian scientist will fly to Switzerland early next month to end his own life, arguing that his quality of life has deteriorated and that he should have the right to decide whether to live on. David Goodall, an ecologist based in Perth, is not suffering from a terminal illness. But his frail condition and enjoyment of life have declined to the extent that the celebrated researcher has chosen an assisted suicide in the city of Basel in early May, Agence France-Presse reports. ‘I greatly regret having reached that age,’ the academic and euthanasia advocate told ABC Australia on his 104th birthday earlier this month. ‘I’m not happy. I want to die.’” (05/01/18)

http://time.com/5260855/australia-david-gooddall-euthanasia/

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14) FL: Parkland father files lawsuit against “coward” school resource officer
Source: NBC News

“A father whose daughter was killed in the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against not only the accused gunman, but the school resource officer who stayed outside while the rampage took place. In his suit filed Monday in Broward Circuit Court, Andrew Pollack names Scot Peterson, the armed sheriff’s deputy assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as a defendant. … An attorney for Peterson could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday, but has previously said that ‘allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward and that his performance, under the circumstances, failed to meet the standards of police officers are patently untrue.’ Also named in Pollack’s suit are Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspect; the estate of his late mother; the family who took Cruz in after his mother died; and various mental health agencies.” [editor’s note: Given that Pollack claims more “gun control” would stop school shootings, safest to assume that the suit will incorporate similarly reckless disregard for fact – TLK] (05/01/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/parkland-father-files-lawsuit-against-coward-school-resource-officer-n870326

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15) UK: Ministers attack House of Lords over Brexit vote
Source: US News & World Report

“Ministers criticized the upper house of parliament on Tuesday over its vote to hand parliament powers to block or even delay Brexit, saying the move would tie the government’s hands in negotiations with the European Union. The House of Lords voted overwhelmingly on Monday in favor of an amendment to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit blueprint, or the EU withdrawal bill, to offer what some peers said was a truly ‘meaningful vote’ on any final deal. It was seventh of nine defeats in the last two weeks for the government, which says the EU withdrawal bill is purely a technical document to ‘copy and paste’ EU law into British law and guarantee a smooth Brexit.” (05/01/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-05-01/uk-government-disappointed-by-lords-votes-on-brexit-laws-vows-robust-action

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16) Kelly denies saying out loud that Trump is an idiot
Source: ABC News

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly took the rare step of issuing a swift, public denial to a new report that alleges he called President Donald Trump an ‘idiot’ in recent months amid an allegedly increasingly acrimonious relationship with his boss. ‘I spend more time with the president than anyone else and we have an incredibly candid and strong relationship,’ Kelly said in a statement. ‘He always knows where I stand and he and I both know this story is total BS.’” (04/30/18)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/white-house-chief-staff-kelly-denies-reports-called/story?id=54842159

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17) Report: List reveals questions Mueller wants to ask Trump
Source: The Hill

“Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly assembled a list of close to 50 questions he wants to ask President Trump as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The New York Times reported Monday that it obtained a list of the questions, which include inquiries related to Trump’s business dealings, his relationship with Russia, and his communications with ex-staffers who have since been caught up in the probe. … The president has said on multiple occasions he’d be willing to speak with Mueller as part of the probe. However, he has reportedly cooled on the idea after FBI agents raided the home and office of his longtime attorney, Michael Cohen. Rudy Giuliani, who Trump recently hired for his legal team, reportedly met with Mueller last week to discuss details of a possible interview with the president.” (04/30/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/385590-list-reveals-questions-mueller-wants-to-ask-trump-report

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18) China: Regime snatches Dominican Republic recognition from Taiwan
Source: CNN

“The Dominican Republic has announced it has severed ties with Taiwan and switched its allegiance to China, reducing the number of countries with formal relations with the government in Taipei to fewer than 20. In a hastily arranged ceremony, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his counterpart from the Caribbean country signed an agreement after the Dominican Republic moved to formally cut ties with the government in Taipei. … Beijing and Taipei have a long history of rivalry in their efforts to gain economic opportunities and diplomatic support from governments around the world. With China’s rapidly rising economic and political might, however, the race is increasingly tilting in China’s favor.” (05/01/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/01/asia/china-taiwan-dominican-republican-intl/index.html

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19) Australia: Pell will face trial on sex offense charges
Source: Washington Post

“Cardinal George Pell was ordered by an Australian magistrate to face trial over sexual abuse allegations, a decision that may make him the most senior Roman Catholic prelate to be forced to defend himself in court over a scandal that has swept through Catholic communities around the world. … After a month-long pretrial hearing in which Pell was defended by one of Australia’s top criminal lawyers, the magistrate, Belinda Wallington, dismissed some of the more serious assault charges made against Pell by the Victoria state police force. She ruled that other charges would go ahead: that Pell groped two boys’ genitals at a swimming pool in the regional city of Ballarat in the 1970s, where he was born, and ordained in 1966; and assaulted two choristers at Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral when he was the city’s archbishop in the 1990s. Because the allegations concern offenses against children, most of the details have been legally suppressed and the court was closed to the public during part of the pretrial hearing.” (05/01/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/cardinal-george-pell-will-face-trial-on-historical-sex-offense-charges/2018/05/01/76adb5a8-4cf1-11e8-af46-b1d6dc0d9bfe_story.html

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20) Pence visits border fence, blames defenders of freedom for freedom-seeking caravan
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

“The day after a migrant caravan reached the U.S.-Mexico border in the hope of requesting asylum, Vice President Mike Pence visited a barrier construction project in Calexico, where he blamed activists for encouraging people facing hardship in Central America to make the journey north. In a speech at the El Centro Border Patrol station, he told agents and other U.S. Department of Homeland Security staff that the administration would succeed in building a border wall, one of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises.” (04/30/18)

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/immigration/sd-me-pence-fence-20180430-story.html

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

21) Mandates: The other side of the “right to healthcare”
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jane M Orient, MD

“A ‘right to healthcare’ is a seductive idea that many Americans accept without thinking. But we need to take a closer look at what this means. The total program being pushed by ‘right-to-healthcare’ cheerleaders — primarily Democrats — is full of mandates. A mandate means you have NO right to opt out, except possibly through some limited exemptions. It starts with controlling the money, but increasingly involves your body — the treatments you MAY receive, the ones you may NOT have, and the ones that you MUST take, especially vaccines. The old, if little-known news is that seniors have NO right to turn down Medicare Part A — unless they forgo all Social Security benefits and refund any they have already received. Seniors enrolled in Medicare have NO right to spend their own money on covered services, which may be unavailable or of poor quality at the Medicare-controlled price — unless they see an opted-out or nonenrolled physician.” (05/01/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/05/mandates-the-other-side-of-the-right-to-healthcare/

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22) Roast beef (or Wolfing down the faux outrage)
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“It’s tempting to refer to the fallout from Michelle Wolf’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner monologue as virtue signaling (‘the conspicuous expression of moral values done primarily with the intent of enhancing standing within a social group’) but that gives it too much credit. There’s a lot more noise than signal involved. The only real signal here seems to be that some people either can’t take a joke or won’t pass up an opportunity to feign outrage.” (05/01/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13404

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23) On coming to grips with the nature of the state
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“It took me a long time to come to grips with the nature of the state. Once I had done so, at least so far as the fundamentals are concerned, I found it almost amusing to ponder how so many analysts and writers, some of them deep, first-rate thinkers, discuss the matter. For the great preponderance of them, the state is almost a genteel topic. They discuss the state as if it were actually created by well-meaning philosophers sitting around comparing models of truth, beauty, and goodness. They speak as if the state were composed of people who would, for example, deal honestly, openly, faithfully, and humanely with those subject to their authority. Many take it to be innocuous in itself, a sort of puppet dancing at the end of strings pulled here and there by voters in democratic elections or by capitalists, oligarchs, big bankers, or gnomes of Zurich. Eventually, I concluded that all such discussions are out of touch with reality.” (05/01/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/05/01/on-coming-to-grips-with-the-nature-of-the-state/

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24) James Comey’s forgotten rescue of Bush-era torture
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by James Bovard

“‘Here I stand, I can do no other,’ James Comey told President George W. Bush in 2004 when Bush pressured Comey — who was then Deputy Attorney General — to approve an unlawful antiterrorist policy. Comey, who was FBI chief from 2013 to 2017, was quoting a line reputedly uttered by Martin Luther in 1521, when he told Holy Roman Emperor Charles V that he would not recant his sweeping criticisms of the Catholic Church. Comey’s quotation of himself quoting the father of the Reformation is par for the self-reverence of his new memoir, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership. … Martin Luther risked death to fight against what he considered the heresies of his time. Comey, a top Bush administration policymaker, found a safer way to oppose the worldwide secret U.S. torture regime widely considered a heresy against American values. Comey approved brutal practices and then wrote some memos and emails fretting about the optics.” (05/01/18)

https://mises.org/wire/james-comey%E2%80%99s-forgotten-rescue-bush-era-torture

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25) Mueller’s leak: Deep State doubles down on collusion with Democrats
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“We assume it was someone on Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation team who leaked to the media a list of dozens of questions that he wants to ask President Trump. The only question is, why? More than four dozen questions were handed over to the New York Times that appear to be questions that Mueller delivered to Trump’s lawyers to give the president an idea of what he would face. … But please notice: Only one of the key topics mentioned involves the alleged Russian-Trump campaign collusion, which many delusional Democrats insist denied Hillary Clinton the presidency.” (05/01/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/muellers-leak-deep-state-doubles-down-on-collusion-with-democrats

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26) How politicians are using faux progressive arguments to lock up young people
Source: In These Times
by Dean Spade

“In Seattle, activists are entering the second month of a new stage of escalation in a six-year campaign against the estimated $225 million youth jail and court project being undertaken by King County. On March 19, the No New Youth Jail Coalition — which consists of more than 60 organizations working on issues related to poverty, racism and youth services — delivered a letter to King County Executive, Dow Constantine, the person who can stop the project. The letter from the Coalition, which I actively organize with, details the last six years of resistance, in which many different constituencies in the County and leading youth services organizations have come out against the project. It highlights the County’s attempts to avoid hearing feedback from constituents by canceling public events and changing the County Council rules to limit community participation in hearings.” (05/01/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21097/seattle-no-new-youth-jail-politicians-faux-progressives-prison-abolition

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27) The Kim-Moon summit was all sizzle and no substance
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“The meeting between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un was picture perfect. Their objectives promised cooperation and peace. The symbolism of the summit could not have been better. But what the two leaders decided matters little until they act on their promises. And that won’t happen unless President Donald Trump and Kim reach a symbolic and practical agreement. While that is possible, it won’t be easy.” (05/01/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/kim-moon-summit-was-all-sizzle-no-substance

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28) Korea remains none of the US government’s business
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“While pundits can engage in endless debate over whether President Trump’s sanctions forced North Korean dictator Kim Jung-un to the negotiating table or whether Kim’s threat of firing nuclear weapons at the United States forced Trump to the negotiating table, one thing that the mainstream commentators are ignoring is the discomforting fact that Korea remains none of the U.S. government’s business. Let’s keep in mind that this is a civil war we are dealing with, no different in principle from America’s civil war. The Korean civil war is no more the business of the U.S. government than the U.S. civil war was the business of the Korean government.” (05/01/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/05/01/korea-remains-none-u-s-governments-business/

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29) A New Deal for daycare
Source: The New Republic
by Bryce Covert

“Most Americans have long considered childcare to be a personal problem rather than a collective one. But times have changed. Today, nearly eight million families pay nannies, day care centers, or some other provider to watch over their children, according to census data. This shift, from parental to professional care, has not been a happy one economically: Annual costs can easily reach tens of thousands of dollars, outpacing what families typically spend on food and, in many states, housing or even public college tuition. In Massachusetts, for example, where child care costs are some of the highest in the country, a parent with an infant spends an average of $20,125 each year on day care; freshman-year tuition at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, runs only $14,596. The expense doesn’t necessarily result in good care: Fewer than 10 percent of day care centers, according to a 2006 survey, have well-trained and well-educated providers, who read books aloud to children, respond to them, ask questions, and encourage their development. That’s for the parents who can even get professional childcare.” [editor’s note: If this thought horrifies you, you might be a libertarian – SAT] (05/01/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/147802/new-deal-day-care-america-change-care-kids

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30) Four truths about the 1%
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“I don’t particularly like the phrase, ‘the one percent.’ It reeks of envy and thus of socialism. But at the same time, the wealthiest people in the West really have become much wealthier in the past decade or two, while working people have, perhaps, stayed even. That’s a legitimate issue, regardless of the unfortunate terminology.” (05/01/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/4-truths-about-the-1/

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31) Six alternatives to Telegram for cryptocurrency communities
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“Telegram is great … when it works. Unfortunately, the crypto world’s favorite messaging app is prone to periodically going down due to technical failures and what seems like repeated attempts by the Russian security services to meddle. Over-reliance on Telegram is a classic case of over-centralization. For cryptocurrency projects seeking a fallback alternative, the following options are worth a look.” (05/01/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/six-alternatives-to-telegram-for-cryptocurrency-communities/

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32) How bullying Iran could backfire for Trump
Source: Reuters
by Seyed Hossein Mousavian

“Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Iran of lying ‘big time’ about its nuclear program. In a theatrical announcement Monday, the Israeli prime minister presented files and CDs that he claimed show Tehran hid secret nuclear plans after signing the multinational 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement. In response to Netanyahu, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif declared in a tweet: ‘The boy who can’t stop crying wolf is at it again.’ As I carefully documented in my book, Israeli officials have since 1992 continuously attempted to convince the international community that Iran is developing nuclear weapons — all while refusing to discuss its own nuclear capabilities.” (05/01/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mousavian-iran-commentary/commentary-how-bullying-iran-could-backfire-for-trump-idUSKBN1I23XK

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33) Difficult positions: The death penalty and Nikolas Cruz
Source: CounterPunch
by Laura Finley

“Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, ‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.’ I’ve been thinking about that quote a lot lately, and about the importance of holding positions that are particularly difficult. I live not 30 minutes from Parkland, Florida, where Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentines Day. Cruz left 17 others wounded and devastated not just the school but the entire community. Despite the horrors that Cruz levied, I still do not want to see him executed. I universally oppose the death penalty. That is not a particularly easy position to hold right now, in this case, but I believe it is the right one. It is for me, at least.” (05/01/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/01/difficult-positions-the-death-penalty-and-nikolas-cruz/

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34) AI may teach us many lessons … when it arrives
Source: Cato Unbound
by Rachel Lomasky

“As Roland Benedikter proposes, governments can certainly begin working on plans for ‘real’ AI. This seems to be a fool’s errand — predictions are notoriously hard to make. As noted by Istvan, the American presidential choice in the 2016 election was such a surprise that very few predicted it even on the day of the election. It takes a fair amount of hubris to make the assumption that one knows what AIs will do, let alone whether they will have bodies.” (05/01/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/05/01/rachel-lomasky/ai-may-teach-us-many-lessons-when-it-arrives

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35) President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for North Korea diplomacy
Source: USA Today
by James S Robbins

“A year ago, the prospect of President Trump being considered for a Nobel Peace Prize would have sent his critics’ heads spinning. Now, if all goes well in U.S. negotiations with North Korea, Trump should be the odds-on favorite for an award he will have truly earned. … South Korea’s former president Kim Dae Jung was awarded the peace prize in 2000 for simply beginning the process of detente with North Korea. Now, the historic summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un alone has the makings of a peace prize-worthy effort, because it effectively ended a war that had been frozen since the 1950s. But President Moon went out of his way to give credit to Trump for setting the stage for the meeting. ‘President Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize. All we need is to bring peace,’ Moon said, according to the Blue House, Seoul’s equivalent of the White House.” [editor’s note: Obama didn’t deserve a “peace prize” and so far Trump hasn’t done anything to rate onr either. If he does, let’s talk about it then – TLK] (05/01/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/01/donald-trump-nobel-peace-prize-north-korea-column/566161002

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36) Sometimes factories move abroad. That’s OK.
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Colin Grabow

“Economies are not organisms encased in amber but systems that must continuously evolve and adapt. If a company decides to relocate a factory overseas it is because its task can be accomplished cheaper or more efficiently elsewhere. Realizing such efficiencies and doing more with less is the sine qua non of economic growth that frees up additional resources. While the job losses that result from such dislocations are apparent, invariably less appreciated and less noticed is that the resulting cost savings will allow for either new investments by the firm, cost savings to consumers in the form of lower prices — both of which contribute to new job creation — or some combination thereof. Trade and outsourcing destroy jobs, but they also create new ones.” (05/01/18)

https://fee.org/articles/sometimes-factories-move-abroad-thats-ok/

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37) US IP policy spins out of control in the 2018 Special 301 Report
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm

“Certain reports and publications from U.S. government agencies, such as those of the Congressional Research Service, have become important reference works due to their reputation for being relatively in-depth, up to date, and factual. The United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) Special 301 Report [PDF], the latest annual edition of which was released last week, is not such a report. The report claims to ‘call out foreign countries and expose the laws, policies, and practices that fail to provide adequate and effective IP protection and enforcement for U.S. inventors, creators, brands, manufacturers, and service providers.’ But it has no consistent methodology for assessing what is ‘adequate and effective.’ Instead of relying on rigorous analysis to quantify the differences in standards of protection and enforcement among U.S. trading partners, it is driven by anecdotes, with a bias towards those contributed by IP lobbyists such as the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) and ACTION for Trade. This is a document so heavy on spin that one gets dizzy from reading it.” (05/01/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/04/us-ip-policy-spins-out-control-2018-special-301-report

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38) “Iranian nukes”: Scaremongering Netanyahu strikes again
Source: The American Conservative
by Scott Ritter

“The Israeli information challenges Iran’s compliance with its obligations as set forth in Annex 1 of the JCPOA, regarding ‘Past and Present Issues of Concern’ — in short, the contentious question of whether Iran had ever sought to acquire a nuclear weapon. If Iran was shown to have lied, this line of argument goes, then the president, in good faith, could report to Congress that Iran was not in compliance with Annex 1 and, as such, could refuse to continue to issue a waiver regarding the lifting of economic sanctions. Legally speaking, however, the Israeli argument, along with any attempt on the part of the Trump administration to rely upon the Israeli information used by Netanyahu in his presentation, does not hold water.” (05/01/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/iranian-nukes-scaremongering-netanyahu-strikes-again/

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39) Goodbye, OPEC
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“I have argued many times on these pages and elsewhere that the shale oil and gas revolution is the story of the decade. Since 2007 U.S. oil and gas output has risen by about 75 percent, and the renaissance is still in its infancy stages. This year the surge in domestic energy production has further accelerated, in part due to higher world prices for oil (approaching $70 a barrel) and to massive drilling operations in rich oil patches, such as the Permian Basin in Texas and the Bakken shale in North Dakota. The Energy Information Administration reports that the U.S. could surpass Saudi Arabia in oil and gas by the end of the year. With massive oil and gas shale reserves, we could be No. 1 in the world before the end of the decade.” (05/01/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/05/01/goodbye-opec-n2476115

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40) The sugar program is not such a sweet deal for Americans
Source: The American Spectator
by Andrew Wilford

“The sugar program in the United States is cronyistic in four main ways. First, the federal government sets minimum prices for sugar that are well above the world market rate. … Second, American sugar is subjected to ‘marketing allotments,’ or limits on the amount of sugar that sugar beet processors or sugar cane mills are allowed to produce. … The third element of the U.S. sugar program is import quotas, or tariff-rate quotas (TRQs). … On top of minimum prices and marketing allotments, it is not hard to see why sugar prices are so absurdly high. As if that were not enough to keep sugar producers’ nests nicely feathered, the Feedstock Flexibility Program requires that, in the case of a sugar surplus, the federal government must buy the excess sugar and sell it to ethanol plants (at a loss). In other words, American taxpayers who are already paying through the nose for artificially expensive sugar are also responsible for buying excess sugar, should sugar producers produce more than Americans want to buy (at exorbitant prices).” (05/01/18)

https://spectator.org/the-sugar-program-is-not-such-a-sweet-deal-for-americans/

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41) The non-options: Four wars the military prepares for but shouldn’t fight
Source: Antiwar.com
by Major Danny Sjursen, US Army

“The most senior officers and sergeants refer to them as the ‘good old days.’ The Cold War era, that is. I can still hear their repetitive platitudes. Back then, at least, we knew who the enemy was, there were front lines, and we understood our mission. America looked strong as our tanks and planes patrolled the line dividing Central Europe between its Soviet and Western spheres. It’s odd, in a way, to romanticize a period when the world so often stood at the brink of nuclear annihilation. Then again, the sentiment is understandable. For years and years, decades even, young soldiers trained hard, never had to actually fight, and could spend their weekends drinking Bavarian beer. Compared to the countless deployments and tens of thousands of post-9/11 casualties in today’s U.S. military, there’s something rather appealing in that old scenario.” (05/01/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/danny_sjursen/2018/04/30/the-non-options-4-wars-the-military-prepares-for-but-shouldnt-fight/

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42) If GDP lags, watch the economy go
Source: Cobden Centre
by Mark Skousen

“The Bureau of Economic Analysis will release its preliminary first-quarter growth figure on Friday. According to the Atlanta Fed consensus tracker, economists are predicting gross domestic product to have risen at a meager 2% annual rate. But a powerful behind-the-scenes indicator suggests the real rate may turn out to be significantly higher.” (05/01/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/05/if-gdp-lags-watch-the-economy-go/

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43) Guilty of innocence
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“If you are innocent of a crime, should you be punished as if guilty? Despite no arrest, no trial, no conviction? If you say ‘Yes,’ raise your hand. I see no raised hands among my regular readers. But my readers don’t include the wicked Chicago officials who impounded the automobile of Spencer Byrd.” (05/01/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/05/01/guilty-of-innocence/

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44) The opportunity costs of covering Joy Reid
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Roughly two weeks ago, a Twitter user with fewer than 1,700 followers began publishing screen grabs of anti-gay posts from a defunct blog once written by Joy Reid, who hosts a weekend morning show on a cable-news network. Like the vast majority of Americans, I’d never watched the show AM Joy on MSNBC — I do not typically enjoy cable-news channels, or for that matter, the morning. But despite having zero interest in what the host wrote years ago; or whether she was hacked, as she claimed, or lying, or deluding herself; or whether her show would stay on or be suspended or get canceled, I couldn’t escape the story. I tried, reader. No matter how it turned out, I could see no greater purpose that it would serve, no insight it would clarify, no ill it would vanquish, no good it would advance.” (04/30/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/04/the-opportunity-costs-of-covering-joy/559238/

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45) Ten reasons minimum pricing sucks
Source: spiked
by Rob Lyons

“It’s hard to believe that those affected by minimum pricing would ever have chosen it. It’s an elitist concern, manipulating the great unwashed to change their habits. The effect will be to make many people even more cynical about politics. It’s also demoralising in another sense. Minimum pricing is another public-health measure that takes away our own responsibility for making choices, weighing up health risks against pleasure. Thinking about how we live our lives, and the effects of our choices, is a central part of being an adult. Minimum pricing is just another way in which the government infantilises us.” (05/01/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/10-reasons-minimum-pricing-sucks/

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46) “We’re gonna take everyone” — Border Patrol targets prominent humanitarian group as criminal organization
Source: The Intercept
by Ryan Devereaux

“From the moment Scott Warren was arrested by Border Patrol agents on a remote property just north of the Mexican border, in January this year, there were questions. … Accused of supplying the men with food, water, clothing, and a place to sleep, he was indicted by a grand jury in February, on two counts of harboring illegal aliens and one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens. The humanitarian aid volunteer could spend up to two decades in prison if convicted and sentenced to consecutive terms. Warren is also one of nine volunteers with No More Deaths, an official ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, to be hit with federal charges in recent months for leaving water in a remote federal wilderness preserve where migrants routinely disappear and die. His arrest came just hours after No More Deaths published a report that documents evidence of Border Patrol agents destroying jugs of water that the group leaves for migrants in the desert.” (04/30/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/04/30/were-gonna-take-everyone-border-patrol-targets-prominent-humanitarian-group-as-criminal-organization/

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47) Government — the god of statism
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“People come up with any excuse they can grasp at in order to keep from accepting that the ideas they love are absurd. Show them why those excuses don’t hold up, and they’ll throw out ever more excuses in desperation. A lot of ‘atheists’ were deeply offended when I pointed out they are actually atelatheists because they still believe in one god — the god of The State. You should have seen the excuses, equivocations, and denial. It was pathetic. But no matter how much it hurt their feelings, it is objectively true.” (05/01/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/05/government-god-of-statism.html

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48) Nashville police attempt to seize control of private event security and get sued
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“Nashville police are trying to push private security firms out of events coverage, using taxpayer dollars and government authority to undercut the competition and dominate the market, according to a lawsuit three companies have filed against the metropolitan government. Nashville is famous for its public events, from country music concerts to the pro hockey playoff game held there last night. And private firms there have been providing security services for years. But now the police department is taking over security for these events, setting rules and prices that make it next to impossible for private firms to compete. The end result is not just financial harm to the businesses; police officers are banking huge amounts of overtime for event coverage and charging it to taxpayers. Then the police department asks Nashville’s metropolitan government for millions more in funding to cover these costs.” (04/30/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/04/30/nashville-police-attempt-to-seize-contro

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49) Dress codes, discrimination, and a free society
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“On the surface, it might seem as though both dress codes and discrimination restrict personal freedom and therefore would not exist in a free society. Actually, however, the case is just the opposite. Although dress codes and discrimination aren’t essential to a free society, they may very much be part of a free society because the freedom of private individuals and businesses to institute dress codes and practice discrimination without government interference is absolutely essential to a free society. … If someone doesn’t like the dress code of a place of business, then, in a free society, he has two options: 1. Conform and do business there anyway; 2. Take his business elsewhere. Filing a complaint with a government agency or initiating a lawsuit is not a legitimate option, not in a free society.” (05/01/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/dress-codes-discrimination-free-society/

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50) Review: Little Pink House shows how machinery of government undermines civil liberties
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“Screenwriter-director Courtney Balaker has achieved a rare feat with her recently released movie Little Pink House (based on the book of the same name). She has crafted a story about the machinery of local government without losing the creative flare that hooks an audience and engages them to the very end, all in the name of social justice. At the same time, Balaker introduces a broad audience to an esoteric yet underappreciated power of government that, in the wrong hands, can become one of the biggest threats to individual liberty.” (04/30/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/04/30/review-little-pink-house-shows-how-machinery-of-government-undermines-civil-liberties/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

51) Reality Check, 05/01/18
Source: Truth in Media

“The Fight for Alfie Evans.” [Flash video] (05/01/18)

http://truthinmedia.com/reality-check-alfie-evans/

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/01/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a dramatic presentation yesterday where he claimed to produce new and shocking evidence that Iran was violating the nuclear treaty and continuing its pursuit of nuclear weapons. But much of his ‘evidence’ is actually old evidence from before the 2007 CIA’s National Intelligence Estimate that Iran was no longer pursuing a nuclear weapon. Is Bibi bluffing us?” [Flash video] (05/01/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/netanyahus-iran-nuke-show-should-we-believe-him

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53) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 54
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Steve Horwitz joins us to discuss the relationship between classical liberal history and economics.” [various formats] (05/01/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/dismal-science-steve-horwitz

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54) One Free Family, episode 15
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“This episode is about steps you can take to give each day the best chance at being a success. Things you can do the night before, ongoing mindset work, and things you can do as you wake up to make each day with your kids a good one.” [Flash audio] (05/01/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/the-first-hour-of-the-day-off015/

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55) The AnCap Barber Shop, episode 40
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“In this episode, we bring you the Internet-famous shit poster, twitch streamer and graphic designer … Croey Stoey (AKA Corey).” [various formats] (05/01/18)

https://www.ancapbarbershop.com/croey-stoey-the-man-the-legend/

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56) Scott Adams Says, 05/01/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams tells you how to fund the Wall and helps you sort out Iran. With coffee.” [Flash video] (05/01/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1OwxWEdaDPMGQ

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57) Reason Podcast, 04/30/18
Source: Reason

“As there is no escape from the culture-war nontroversies surrounding this weekend’s White House Correspondents Dinner, the least you can do is go meta about the always-ugly apparitions of industrial self-congratulation and concentration of power in Washington, D.C. And so this week’s editorial roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and me [Matt Welch], begins with a brief such discussion before pivoting quickly to other news, including peace talks on the Korean peninsula, tonight’s midnight deadline on steel/aluminum tariffs on the European Union, the looming Iran-nuclear-deal implosion, the strange and wonderful imagery from French President Emmanuel Macron’s state visit, and a surprise new book from Zora Neale Hurston.” [various formats] (04/30/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/04/30/politics-is-not-pretty

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58) Free Talk Live, 04/30/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Incel Rebellion Results in Toronto Van Massacre :: What Women Want :: Prostitution :: MGTOW :: Does Internet Increase Likelihood Of Psycho Killers? :: Terrorism? :: Home Rule :: Texas College Issues Anti-Masculinity Statement :: Female Domestic Violence :: Hit-and-Runs :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (04/30/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-04-30

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59) Anarcho Agenda, episode 65
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Road building in a libertarian society, and pre-schoolers in Massachusetts can’t call their friends best friends, plus much more on Anarcho Agenda.” [various formats] (04/30/18)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-65-2018-04-30

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60) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/30/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Damon Linker (The Week) … Damon wonders whether international law is hopeless … Bob: America would be better off if it respected the UN Security Council … How legitimate is international law? … Damon: There’s no real judicial system in international law … United Nations 1.0 vs. United Nations 2.0 … Why do chemical weapons outrage us in a way that bombs do not?” [Flash video] (04/30/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/52709

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