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Volume XVI, Issue #3,969
Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump regime to request Congress rescind $15 billion in spending
2) Sessions threatens to separate children, parents abducted by Border Patrol/ICE goons
3) Italy: Mattarella moots “neutral government” as crisis lingers
4) Trump regime imposes fresh sanctions on Venezuela’s Maduro regime
5) Walmart: Screw the customers, we want to be part of this opioid scaremongering
6) Clinton considered doing what most of us wish she would do
7) FL: Zimmerman charged with stalking and threatening private investigator
8) Oliver North named president of the National Rifle Association
9) Israeli pol grandstands on threat to murder Assad if IDF can find a way to fake Iranian attacks from Syria
10) Trump suggests legal action coming against Mueller’s team
11) Black Cube says it was hired by business entity, not Trump, to spy on Obama regime figures
12) Yemen: Saudi invaders kill at least six in air raids on capital
13) Nigeria: Gunmen kill 45 in attack on town
14) WV: Trump moves to thwart Blankenship upset
15) AL: “Brain dead” teen regains consciousness after parents decide to donate his organs
16) IL: County regimes offer “sanctuary” status for gun owners
17) Nestle to pay Starbucks $7.15 billion in global coffee alliance
18) CA: Regime to require solar panels for new homes
19) Sophisticated Android malware tracks all your phone activities
20) Road signs pointing to US embassy go up in Jerusalem

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Congress moves to give the president unlimited war powers
22) Gina Haspel: Torturers should be punished, not promoted
23) Why we need to stop subsidizing public transit
24) If NFL players can get paid, so should kidney donors
25) The NSA continues to abuse Americans by intercepting their telephone calls
26) Don’t blame self-driving cars for accidents caused by humans
27) Marx and American leftists are wrong about inequality
28) The danger of leadership cults
29) We don’t even want your American goods in Europe — or do we?
30) Outrageous redactions to the Russia report
31) Ireland’s nanny state evangelists
32) Don’t expect the Trump scandals to tie up neatly
33) Variations on a theme of “the revolution betrayed”
34) Deep State 101: A primer and prescription
35) Perverse, conflicted ethical systems
36) The propriety of cultural “appropriation”
37) Time to shut Mueller down
38) Libertarian National Convention bylaws proposals (w/ my recommendations), part 1
39) What the deployment of Green Berets to the Saudi-Yemen border tells us about America’s dirty war
40) Quantum Vibe, 05/07/18
41) A bill to curtail the Forever War, or extend it?
42) Commissioner Gottlieb strikes again
43) Shout theater! For the Persian Gulf!
44) Don’t celebrate Karl Marx. His Communism has a death count in the millions.
45) How the rules mentality f’d-up sex
46) Financial freedom means learning to love uncertainty
47) Build the anarcho-coalition!
48) DACA and the danger of conflicting injunctions
49) Karl Marx and Marxism at 200
50) Communism / socialism is rubbish — both in theory and in practice.

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 05/07/18
52) spiked podcast, 05/07/18
53) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/07/18
54) One Free Family, episode 16
55) Scott Adams Says, 05/07/18
56) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 346
57) Free Talk Live, 05/06/18
58) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/06/18
59) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 106
60) The Anarchist Experience, episode 163

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

1) Trump regime to request Congress rescind $15 billion in spending
Source: The Hill

“The White House is set to ask Congress to revoke $15 billion in spending, starting a 45-day clock for Congress to act. The formal request in spending, higher than the $11 billion that had been expected, is likely to come on Tuesday. It is the largest individual rescission request since the passage of the 1974 budget act, said a senior administration official. Nearly half of the $15 billion — $7 billion — will come from two accounts in the Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The White House sees the cuts as uncontroversial because the money represents unspent funds from expired programs, such as a fund to reimburse some state expenses in fiscal 2017. … Other cuts include funds allocated for technology loans programs that have not distributed loans for several years, funds that had been set aside for the 2014 Ebola outbreak, which has since been contained, and funds for an expired railroad program. It also targets unspent funds for a Medicare and Medicaid innovation associated with ObamaCare that has already been funded for the coming years, according to the official.” [editor’s note: Hey, better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick! – TLK] (05/07/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/386555-white-house-to-ask-congress-to-claw-back-15-billion-in-spending

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2) Sessions threatens to separate children, parents abducted by Border Patrol/ICE goons
Source: NBC News

“The Trump administration plans to take a tougher approach to some families who enter the U.S. illegally [sic] by separating parents from their children, instead of keeping them in detention together. ‘If you are smuggling [sic] a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law [sic],’ Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday at a law enforcement conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. ‘If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle [sic] children over our border.’” (05/07/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/sessions-parents-children-entering-us-illegally-will-be-separated-n872081

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3) Italy: Mattarella moots “neutral government” as crisis lingers
Source: Yahoo! News

“Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Monday proposed the formation of a ‘neutral’ government to steer the country until December if bickering political parties fail to form a ruling coalition after inconclusive elections in March. Mattarella called on the warring parties to show ‘responsibility’ and support his as yet unnamed government, without which he said he would convene elections in July or in the autumn. … However parliamentary approval for the government proposed by Mattarella looks unlikely, as the leaders of Italy’s largest party, the Five Star Movement (M5S), and a right-wing coalition led by the nationalist League, which won the most votes in March polls, have both insisted on July elections.” (05/07/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/italian-president-moots-neutral-government-crisis-lingers-185612165.html

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4) Trump regime imposes fresh sanctions on Venezuela’s Maduro regime
Source: Reuters

“The United States on Monday announced sanctions on three Venezuelans and 20 companies with ties to socialist President Nicolas Maduro for narcotics trafficking, with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence calling for more nations to increase pressure on Caracas. The new sanctions continue a pattern of stepped-up U.S. measures on individuals connected to Maduro, who is blamed by President Donald Trump’s administration for a deep recession and hyperinflation that have caused food shortages in Venezuela and sent a exodus of migrants into neighboring countries.” (05/07/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-oas-pence-sanctions/u-s-imposes-fresh-sanctions-on-venezuela-pence-calls-for-more-action-idUSKBN1I81S1

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5) Walmart: Screw the customers, we want to be part of this opioid scaremongering
Source: CBS News

“Walmart and Sam’s Club’s pharmacies will limit some customers to a seven-day supply of opioids, as the retail giant moves to help stem the epidemic that kills more than 100 Americans a day. The restrictions on initial opioid prescriptions for acute pain will start within the next 60 days, as well as a rule that the drugs would be limited to 50 morphine milligrams a day, Walmart said in a statement.” (05/07/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/walmart-to-restrict-opioids-to-7-day-supply-for-some/

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6) Clinton considered doing what most of us wish she would do
Source: Newsweek

“Former Secretary of State and Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited New Zealand over the weekend, confessing she considered moving there after losing the 2016 election to Donald Trump. … She said she stayed in the U.S. because she had [public whining and blame-shifting] to do, but did not fail to express admiration for the country that has already had three female prime ministers — the country’s first female leader, Dame Jenny Shipley, moderated the talk — and was the first in the world to give all women the right to vote in 1893.” (05/07/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/hillary-clinton-thought-about-moving-new-zealand-after-losing-trump-912551

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7) FL: Zimmerman charged with stalking and threatening private investigator
Source: New York Daily News

“George Zimmerman is in trouble with the law again. Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, was charged with aggravated stalking and threatening private investigator Dennis Warren between Dec.16 and Dec. 25, according to the Brevard and Seminole State Attorney’s Office. He called Warren 55 times, left him 36 voicemails, texted him 67 times and sent him 27 emails during that time, a police report states. … Warren, a private investigator hired by Cinemart Productions, told police he initially contact Zimmerman on Sept. 21 explaining he and producer Mike Gasparro were interested in having him participate in an upcoming documentary about Martin’s life. Police say the threats pertain to Warren and Gasparro’s ‘direct involvement in contacting and soliciting the potential participation of his family members for the production.’” (05/07/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/george-zimmerman-charged-misdemeanor-stalking-article-1.3976166

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8) Oliver North named president of the National Rifle Association
Source: Washington Post

“Retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North, a central figure in the Iran-contra affair in the 1980s, has been named president of the National Rifle Association. The NRA’s board of directors chose North to be the organization’s president Monday morning after NRA President Pete Brownell decided not to seek a second term. … North, 74, worked on the staff of the National Security Council in the Reagan White House when some within the administration arranged to sell U.S. arms to Iran in exchange for hostages and diverted part of the proceeds from those sales to help Nicaraguan contra forces. That type of aid was banned by Congress. … North was convicted in 1989 of charges including obstructing Congress, unlawfully mutilating government documents and taking an illegal gratuity. He was fined $150,000 and was given a three-year suspended sentence and two years’ probation. A federal judge dropped the criminal charges against North in 1991.” [editor’s note: I wonder what Bill Weld, who covered for the Iran-Contra conspirators as a young US attorney, thinks about this – TLK] (05/07/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/oliver-north-named-president-of-the-national-rifle-association/2018/05/07/02cd2742-521c-11e8-9c91-7dab596e8252_story.html

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9) Israeli pol grandstands on threat to murder Assad if IDF can find a way to fake Iranian attacks from Syria
Source: United Press International

“An Israeli official said Monday his country would kill Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if Iran used Syrian territory to launch attacks on Israel. ‘If Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues allowing Iran to operate within Syrian territory, Israel will liquidate him and topple his regime,’ Yuval Steinitz, the Israeli minister of national infrastructure, energy and water resources, told Ynet in an interview. Steinitz, who said Israel hasn’t gotten involved in the Syrian civil war, said Assad should know that allowing Iran to use Syria as a military base would ‘be the end of him.’” (05/07/18)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2018/05/07/Israel-threatens-to-liquidate-Assad-if-Iran-launches-attacks-from-Syria/4211525699568/

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10) Trump suggests legal action coming against Mueller’s team
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump suggested Monday that ‘angry Democrats’ on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team could face legal action over alleged ‘conflicts of interest.’ ‘The 13 Angry Democrats in charge of the Russian Witch Hunt are starting to find out that there is a Court System in place that actually protects people from injustice … and just wait ’till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!’ Trump said. Trump did not provide proof of the alleged conflicts.” (05/07/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/07/politics/donald-trump-russia-investigation-obstruction/index.html

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11) Black Cube says it was hired by business entity, not Trump, to spy on Obama regime figures
Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“Israeli intelligence company Black Cube was hired to spy on former aides in the Obama administration last year. A source close to the company says that the Israeli intelligence company was acting on behalf of a business entity, however, and not on behalf U.S. President Donald Trump’s aides. A source close to the company said the purpose of its data collection was to serve the client’s business or legal interests, and had nothing to do with Trump. … the source refused to say who hired Black Cube. … British newspaper The Observer had reported Sunday that Trump aides hired the firm last summer to ‘get dirt’ on former Obama administration officials who had been involved in crafting the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.” (05/07/18)

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-firm-black-cube-says-hired-by-business-entity-not-trump-1.6063162

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12) Yemen: Saudi invaders kill at least six in air raids on capital
Source: Yahoo! News

“Two air raids targeted the office of the presidency in Yemen’s rebel-held capital Sanaa on Monday, leaving at least six people killed and 30 wounded, a medical source told AFP. The rebel-run Al-Masirah television blamed the Saudi-led coalition for the raids. Witnesses said the office, used by the Huthi rebel [sic] administration and located in the Tahrir district of Sanaa, is normally bustling with employees.” (05/07/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/6-killed-strikes-yemen-capital-medical-source-110435323.html

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13) Nigeria: Gunmen kill 45 in attack on town
Source: Bloomberg

“Unidentified gunmen killed at least 45 people in an attack in a central Nigerian region that has been plagued by violence between farmers and herder communities. The attackers also burned down homes in the district of Birnin Gwari, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) northwest of the capital, Abuja, Kaduna state police chief Austin Iwar said in a text message. … A spiraling conflict between mainly Muslim herders and predominantly Christian crop farmers has left hundreds of people dead this year alone. President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to address the crisis has drawn criticism of his administration as he prepares to campaign for reelection in a vote scheduled for February.” (05/07/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-06/gunmen-kill-45-people-in-northern-nigerian-town-police-says

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14) WV: Trump moves to thwart Blankenship upset
Source: Politico

“President Donald Trump implored West Virginia voters to ‘remember Alabama’ on Tuesday when they cast ballots in the state’s Republican Senate primary, warning them against supporting coal baron Don Blankenship’s late-surging campaign. ‘To the great people of West Virginia we have, together, a really great chance to keep making a big difference,’ Trump wrote on Twitter Monday morning. ‘Problem is, Don Blankenship, currently running for Senate, can’t win the General Election in your State … No way! Remember Alabama. Vote Rep. Jenkins or A.G. Morrisey!’ Blankenship spent a year in jail after the 2010 explosion at his company’s Upper Big Branch Mine, which killed 29 people. Despite his controversial candidacy, Republicans said the three-man GOP primary that also includes Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) and state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has tightened in recent days, with some polling putting Blankenship ahead.” (05/07/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/07/trump-don-blankenship-571564

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15) AL: “Brain dead” teen regains consciousness after parents decide to donate his organs
Source: New York Daily News

“The parents of a 13-year-old Alabama boy with severe brain trauma signed away his organs to be donated — only for him to fully regain consciousness. Trenton McKinley lost consciousness two months ago when the trailer he was riding on flipped over, leaving him with little brain function and barely breathing. Jennifer Reindl, his mother, was told there was little hope for her son, adding that he was dead for 15 minutes at one point. ‘They told me the oxidation problems would be so bad to his brain, that he would be a vegetable if he even made it,’ Reindl told Fox affiliate WALA. … He was scheduled to be taken off life support, but suddenly showed signs of function a day before doctors were going to pull the plug, WALA reported. Since that time, he’s regained most of his functions but still deals with seizures and nerve issues on a daily basis.” (05/07/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/teen-regains-consciousness-parents-opt-donate-organs-article-1.3975358

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16) IL: County regimes offer “sanctuary” status for gun owners
Source: Fox News

“Multiple rural Illinois counties have passed resolutions establishing a so-called ‘sanctuary’ for gun owners in a bid to thwart the state legislature’s efforts to enact stricter gun control. At least five counties declared themselves sanctuary counties for gun rights, co-opting a word that most conservatives associate with the liberal policy of ignoring federal immigration laws. The resolutions aim to send a message to the Democratic-controlled Legislature in the state that if it passes the proposed gun bills, such as increasing the minimum age for owning a gun or a bump stock ban, the counties will instruct their employees to ignore the new laws.” (05/07/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/07/illinois-counties-form-sanctuaries-for-gun-owners-to-thwart-states-push-for-gun-control.html

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17) Nestle to pay Starbucks $7.15 billion in global coffee alliance
Source: Reuters

“Swiss-based food giant Nestle will pay Starbucks $7.15 billion in cash for the rights to sell the U.S. coffee chain’s products around the world, tying a premium brand to Nestle’s global distribution muscle. The deal on Monday for a business with $2 billion in sales reinforces Nestle’s position as the world’s biggest coffee company tries to fortify its place atop a fast-changing market. … Seattle-based Starbucks, the world’s biggest coffee chain, said it will use proceeds to speed share buybacks and the deal would add to earnings per share (EPS) by 2021 at the latest. Nestle said it expects the deal to sell Starbucks bagged coffee and drinks adding to earnings by 2019. It will not involve any of Starbucks’ cafes or ready-to-drink products.” (05/07/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-startucks-m-a-nestle/nestle-to-pay-starbucks-7-15-billion-in-global-coffee-alliance-idUSKBN1I80CG

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18) CA: Regime to require solar panels for new homes
Source: Fortune

“California is about to become the first state in the U.S. — and possibly the first government in the world — to require solar power installations on all new homes. The California Energy Commission will hold a vote on Wednesday, May 9, on whether to put the new standard into effect. If passed, which is expected, the solar mandate would apply to all homes, condos, and apartment buildings up to three stories high as of January 1, 2020, with exceptions for structures built in the shade and offsets available for other energy-saving measures, such as installing batteries like the Tesla Powerwall.” (05/07/18)

http://fortune.com/2018/05/07/california-solar-mandate/

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19) Sophisticated Android malware tracks all your phone activities
Source: Engadget

“An advanced type of malware can spy on nearly every Android smartphone function and steal passwords, photos, video, screenshots and data from WhatsApp, Telegram and other apps. ‘ZooPark’ targets subjects in the Middle East and was likely developed by a state actor, according to Kaspersky Lab, which first spotted and identified it. ZooPark has evolved over four generations, having started as simple malware that could ‘only’ steal device account details and address book contacts. The last generation, however, can monitor and exfiltrate keylogs, clipboard data, browser data including searching history, photos and video from the memory card, call records and audio, and data from secure apps like Telegram. It can also capture photos, video, audio and screenshots on its own, without the subject knowing. To get the data out, it can silently make calls, send texts and execute shell commands.” (05/07/18)

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/07/zoopark-android-malware-exfiltration/

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20) Road signs pointing to US embassy go up in Jerusalem
Source: CBS News

“Jerusalem’s city hall says it has put up road signs pointing to the new U.S. Embassy, which is set to move to the contested city next week. Mayor Nir Barkat placed the first signs on Monday in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood where the embassy is to be located. … The new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is to be opened on May 14 with a huge American delegation expected to attend, perhaps including President Donald Trump.” (05/07/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/road-signs-pointing-to-u-s-embassy-go-up-in-jerusalem/

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

21) Congress moves to give the president unlimited war powers
Source: The American Conservative
by US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

“For some time now, Congress has abdicated its responsibility to declare war. The status quo is that we are at war anywhere and anytime the president says so. So Congress — in a very Congress way of doing things — has a ‘solution.’ Instead of reclaiming its constitutional authority, it instead intends to codify the unacceptable, unconstitutional status quo.” (05/07/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/rand-paul-congress-moves-to-give-the-president-unlimited-war-powers/

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22) Gina Haspel: Torturers should be punished, not promoted
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“US president Donald Trump should never have nominated Gina Haspel to head the Central Intelligence Agency. When Haspel offered to withdraw her name from consideration, as the Washington Post reports she did during a White House meeting in early May, her offer should have been gratefully accepted. The US Senate should vote against confirming her appointment — ideally, by a margin of 100-0. Each ‘yes’ vote will darken the stain on America’s honor represented by Haspel’s career thus far. Gina Haspel doesn’t belong at the head of the CIA. She doesn’t belong in the CIA at all. Nor does she belong in any other position of government authority. Gina Haspel belongs in prison.” (05/07/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13541

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23) Why we need to stop subsidizing public transit
Source: Cato Institute
by Randal O’Toole

“Public transit cost federal, state and local taxpayers more than $50 billion in 2016 — nearly $5 in subsidies every time someone boarded a transit vehicle. Yet transit ridership has been declining since 2014, and although some might attribute this to telework or a general decline in the reliability of transit services, it’s thanks in large part to the success of competitors such as Uber, Lyft and Chariot. This has led many to wring their hands over the future of public transit. In fact, we should be happy to see it go as it is obsolete, needlessly expensive and provides no significant environmental or social benefits.” (05/07/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-we-need-stop-subsidizing-public-transit

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24) If NFL players can get paid, so should kidney donors
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Sam Peak

“NFL players undergo extreme health risks for society’s entertainment. Kidney donors assume minor health risks to save thousands from dying. Cook and Krawiec estimate that if the government gave $45,000 to kidney donors, the net present value for all the lives saved, suffering from dialysis eliminated, and taxpayer savings would exceed 1.3 trillion. Paying people for their organs may seem strange or even disgusting, but the things that elicit our disgust are usually pretty arbitrary. Jason Brennan and Peter Jaworski point out in their book, Markets Without Limits, that at different points in history people found it repulsive to pay teachers, singers, and, yes, even athletes. Today, payment for all these activities are perfectly acceptable. Let us overcome our disgust once more because this time, thousands of lives are at stake.” (05/07/18)

https://fee.org/articles/if-nfl-players-can-get-paid-so-should-kidney-donors/

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25) The NSA continues to abuse Americans by intercepting their telephone calls
Source: Campaign for Liberty
by Ron Paul

“One of the few positive things in the ill-named USA FREEDOM Act, enacted in 2015 after the Snowden revelations on NSA domestic spying, is that it required the Director of National Intelligence to regularly report on its domestic surveillance activities. On Friday, the latest report was released on just how much our own government is spying on us. The news is not good at all if you value freedom over tyranny. According to the annual report, named the Statistical Transparency Report Regarding Use of National Security Authorities, the US government intercepted and stored information from more than a half-billion of our telephone calls and text messages in 2017. That is a 300 percent increase from 2016. All of these intercepts were ‘legal’ under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is ironic because FISA was enacted to curtail the Nixon-era abuse of surveillance on American citizens.” (05/07/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/nsa-continues-abuse-americans-intercepting-telephone-calls

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26) Don’t blame self-driving cars for accidents caused by humans
Source: Reason
by Eric Boehm

“A car accident in the Phoenix suburbs that wouldn’t otherwise have even made the local news reports has become a national story because of the involvement of an autonomous, or self-drving, car. Involvement is the key word, because the self-driving car was an innocent bystander in a crash that was entirely the fault of two human-operated cars. But you wouldn’t know that from some of the headlines spattered across social media over the weekend, often accompanied by pictures of the dented Chrysler Pacifica sporting the blue-and-green Waymo logo.” (05/07/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/05/07/self-driving-car-blamed-for-an-accident

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27) Marx and American leftists are wrong about inequality
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Not surprisingly, the American left are among those in the world who are honoring the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, the author of the Communist Manifesto, given that Marx’s socialist philosophy forms the bulwark of leftist economic thought. Among the points that Marx made that American leftists celebrate is about economic inequality. Marx said that capitalism results in large disparities of wealth, which then causes conflict to occur between the classes. Therefore, he argued, a free market contains the seeds of its own demise. Socialism, Marx argued, was needed to eliminate this economic inequality.” (05/07/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/05/07/marx-american-leftists-wrong-inequality/

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28) The danger of leadership cults
Source: OpEdNews
by Chris Hedges

“No leader, no matter how talented and visionary, effectively defies power without a disciplined organizational foundation. The civil rights movement was no more embodied in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. than the socialist movement was embodied in Eugene V. Debs. As the civil rights leader Ella Baker understood, the civil rights movement made King; King did not make the civil rights movement. We must focus on building new, radical movements that do not depend on foundation grants, a media platform or the Democratic Party or revolve around the cult of leadership. Otherwise, we will remain powerless. No leader, no matter how charismatic or courageous, will save us. We must save ourselves.” (05/07/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Danger-of-Leadership-C-by-Chris-Hedges-Constitutional-Movement_Cults_Leadership-Leaders_Media-180507-723.html

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29) We don’t even want your American goods in Europe — or do we?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Kai Weiss

“Whew, the disaster is averted — at least for the time being. After Donald Trump threatened to not extend his tariff exemptions to the EU, the US administration announced last month that another one-month relief will be granted. The EU now has until June 1 to make concessions to the US, or else will face tariffs of 25 percent on steel and ten percent on aluminum. But, as we already found out , the EU can’t really do anything when it comes to concessions. After all, it’s not Europe’s fault that American products aren’t too popular on the continent. That’s at least what Gunther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources (i.e. one of the most powerful people in the EU if the title doesn’t ring a bell), said last month in an interview on German TV.” (05/07/18)

https://mises.org/wire/we-don%E2%80%99t-even-want-your-american-goods-europe-%E2%80%94-or-do-we

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30) Outrageous redactions to the Russia report
Source: National Review
by Andrew C McCarthy

“Cute how this works: Kick off the week with some ‘the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted’ bombast from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, by which he rationalizes that his defiance of subpoenas and slow-walking document production to Congress — which is probing investigative irregularities related to the 2016 campaign — is required by DOJ policy and ‘the rule of law.’ Then end the week with the Friday-night bad-news dump: the grudging removal of DOJ and FBI redactions from a House Intelligence Committee report on Russia’s election meddling. Now that we can see what they wanted to conceal, it is clear, yet again, that the Justice Department and the FBI cannot be trusted to decide what the public gets to learn about their decision-making. They tell us that their lack of transparency is necessary for the protection of national security, vital intelligence, and investigative operations. But what we find out is that they were concealing their own questionable judgments and conflicting explanations for their actions …” (05/07/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/russia-report-redactions-cover-fbi-missteps/

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31) Ireland’s nanny state evangelists
Source: spiked
by Ian O’Doherty

“When the Institute of Economic Affairs released its European Nanny State Index last year, it was no surprise to some of us in the Republic of Ireland that we placed third, although it was hard to escape the impression that the government saw that ranking as proof that it must try harder. Since the Irish smoking ban outlawed fags from pubs and workplaces in 2004, successive governments have taken to virtue politics with gusto, introducing a staggering variety of intrusive, unpopular and unworkable schemes, ranging from sin taxes to finger-wagging to calling on people to report their fellow citizens if they saw them smoking in a car with a child in the backseat. This week, as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s regime girds its loins for another scabrously divisive abortion referendum, and tries to avoid the fallout of a cervical smear-test scandal which has endangered the lives of more than 1,000 Irish women, it is just as intent as ever on making life that little bit more difficult for the rest of us.” (05/07/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/irelands-nanny-state-evangelists/

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32) Don’t expect the Trump scandals to tie up neatly
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“The Trump omniscandal — which is really four or five separate but related scandals swirling around each other in a boiling stew of venal criminality — is slowly coming into focus. When that process is complete, it may wind up being simultaneously less than many believe, and more appalling than we could have imagined.” (05/07/18)

http://prospect.org/article/dont-expect-trump-scandals-tie-neatly

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33) Variations on a theme of “the revolution betrayed”
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The anniversary of Karl Marx’s birthday 200 years ago has gifted us with dozens of polemics, both pro and con, debating the theoretical prognostications and real world consequences of the ideology that bears his name. I won’t add to this genre except to note that the revolutionary character of the regimes that claimed his legacy have either gone by the wayside, like the Soviet Union, or else abandoned all but a content-less formal allegiance to Marxist orthodoxy, like China. For those still-believing Marxists the world over, the revolution has been betrayed — to which one can only add: welcome to reality, comrade!” (05/07/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/05/06/variations-on-a-theme-of-the-revolution-betrayed/

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34) Deep State 101: A primer and prescription
Source: CounterPunch
by Geoff Dutton

“Every nation worth its salt has a deep state, a loose network of rich and powerful players who ratify, veto or formulate state social, economic and military policies. Whether monarchy, dictatorship, or constitutional republic, no government worthy of the name lacks for a shadowy unelected elite with hands on the tiller and in the till, influential persons with inherited or recent wealth, upper crust social connections, and old school ties, often found sitting on boards of directors and golf carts in isolated settings. Like Sandhill Cranes, they are rare and difficult to spot in their habitats, seamlessly blending as they do with their inaccessible surroundings. Amongst themselves, however, they are highly convivial.” (05/07/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/07/deep-state-101-a-primer-and-prescription/

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35) Perverse, conflicted ethical systems
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“About the most charitable thing one can say about Nazi ethics is that they were perversely conflicted and schizophrenic. People clearly occupied a lower niche than animals on their ‘moral and ethical’ hierarchy. Sadly, the same observations apply to the more rabid elements of modern environmentalism. Ironically, in the name of ‘keeping fossil fuels in the ground’ to ‘save the planet’ from ‘dangerous manmade climate change’ and other imagined calamities, radical greens also demand actions that would ultimately destroy the very habitats and wildlife they claim to love. Their own words underscore their attitudes.” (05/07/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/05/perverse-conflicted-ethical-systems/

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36) The propriety of cultural “appropriation”
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘Cultural appropriation’ is the currently favored bludgeon wielded by today’s ‘puritans’ to ruin enjoyment. According to this misbegotten notion, it is somehow wrong-souled to enjoy somebody else’s culture. The very idea is hard to pin down. It is unduly fuzzy. How? Well, borders between countries or groups are pretty arbitrary as cultural boundaries. To try to be consistent, enemies of culture-grabbing would have to berate any partaking of culture not strictly one’s own. Alas, the amount of culture a person can produce single-handedly is paltry. Nor can anybody create any unit of culture without being influenced by — ‘appropriating’ — the creations of others. Cultural creators have shamelessly ‘appropriated’ each other’s stuff for millennia, a process that accelerated with improvements in travel and communication. Should all seven billion of us live our lives in separate cubicles?” (05/07/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/05/07/the-propriety-of-cultural-appropriation/

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37) Time to shut Mueller down
Source: The American Spectator
by Jed Babbin

“In Mueller’s time, he has managed to indict and convict former national security adviser Gen. Mike Flynn of lying to federal agents despite the fact that, as the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence revealed a few days ago, former FBI director James Comey testified to the HPSCI that the FBI agents who interrogated Flynn saw no evidence that Flynn was lying. Flynn reportedly confessed to lying after Mueller’s team threatened to pursue Flynn’s son on other grounds. Rick Gates, a minor Trump campaign official, also plead guilty to lying to investigators as did George Papadopoulos, an even more minor campaign official. Three convictions, all on process crimes and none on any conspiracy or participation in a Russian scheme of any kind. Mueller knew that the indictments of three Russian companies and thirteen Russian citizens were mainly a publicity stunt to show he hadn’t altogether forgotten why he was hired. … In his year as special counsel, Mueller has neither produced any evidence nor made any charge that Trump or his campaign conspired with or participated in Russian interference in the election.” (05/07/18)

https://spectator.org/time-to-shut-mueller-down/

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38) Libertarian National Convention bylaws proposals (w/ my recommendations), part 1
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“The Libertarian Party’s Bylaws Committee has released its recommendations for this year’s national convention to consider. … Since Chuck Moulton asks for my opinion on all of the proposals (we don’t always agree but tend to respect each others’ opinions), I’m going to give it the old college try.” (05/07/18)

https://knappster.blogspot.com/2018/05/libertarian-national-convention-bylaws.html

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39) What the deployment of Green Berets to the Saudi-Yemen border tells us about America’s dirty war
Source: In These Times

“The U.S. government has long sought to distance itself from the morally inexcusable war on Yemen — but this public relations effort is even more difficult after The New York Times reported on May 3 that, in December of last year, U.S. Special Forces (commonly known as the Green Berets) deployed to Saudi Arabia’s border with Yemen. Though Saudi Arabia and the UAE are occupying parts of Yemen, the countries rely on Yemeni, Latin American, Sudanese, Blackwater and even al-Qaeda mercenaries to fight on the ground. Mercenaries also include former U.S. Military officer Stephen Toumajan, who commands the UAE’s military helicopter branch. The Saudi-Yemeni border, on the other hand, represents the only front where Yemeni and Saudi soldiers are engaged in direct on-the-ground combat. By placing American special forces at the Saudi-Yemeni border, the United States is engaged in direct combat with Yemen’s Houthis. Not only does this reality contradict the Pentagon’s previous statements about its involvement in Yemen, it also brings into question the U.S. government’s intended goals.” (05/07/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21126/united-states-donald-trump-war-yemen-saudi-arabia-uae-military-bombs/

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40) Quantum Vibe, 05/07/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (05/07/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1793

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41) A bill to curtail the Forever War, or extend it?
Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

“Congress'[s] war powers were not in good shape when Barack Obama left office; his administration used statutory double-talk to justify intervening in Libya, and, in its efforts against ISIL, stretched the two existing statutory authorizations almost to the ripping point. After Trump’s 2017 strike against Syria, things got worse: the administration pointedly refused to provide any claim of legal authority; the closest thing to a statement of war aims was a promise by United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley that if Trump ‘needs to do more, he will.’ … The historic practice has been that when a president seeks a new authorization (or wants important changes to an existing one), he has to ask Congress to pass a bill; under Corker-Kaine, the president is authorized to use force — and will not only remain authorized but will also be able to expand or change the authorization unless Congress passes a bill ordering him not to. Even if such a bill did pass, it would be subject to a presidential veto. So in practice, the president will get his way on everything — unless a veto-proof majority of each chamberdenies it to him.” (05/07/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/a-bill-to-stop-the-forever-war-or-extend-it/559769/

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42) Commissioner Gottlieb strikes again
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Spike

“Sadly, Gottlieb thinks he is some sort of libertarian. … You see, if the government imposes mandates on 230,000 businesses, down to the size of the lettering, but they are the same mandates for everyone (except pizza houses, where the customer specifies the product, and maybe your joint, if you hire a lobbyist), then big government is doing nothing but helping us compete. Which we could not do, without Gottlieb, any more than the restauranteur could resist his natural tendency to poison his patrons.” (05/07/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/healthcare/commissioner-gottlieb-strikes-again/

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43) Shout theater! For the Persian Gulf!
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“I was fifteen the last time we invaded the Persian Gulf (something of a national pass-time). I was young, confused, and like most kids that age, a bit stupid. … None of the ‘facts’ added up. All of the ‘evidence’ seemed sketchy at best. And I couldn’t fight the creeping feeling that people were rushing to drop bombs before they could come to their senses. But I was a conservative Catholic boy in a purple state and everyone who I loved and trusted seemed to buy into this bullshit hook, line, and sinker. Of coarse we should bomb Baghdad, Saddam Hussein is a wild animal, he funds his enemies in Al-Qaeda and runs a WMD program so incognito that even the UN can’t see it. It felt like my whole universe had up and lost its goddamn mind. Up was down, black was white, and things would never be the same. That was how it all began for me. I was radicalized the night they bombed Baghdad.” (05/07/18)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/05/shout-theater-for-persian-gulf.html

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44) Don’t celebrate Karl Marx. His Communism has a death count in the millions.
Source: USA Today

“Marxists assumed that vastly increasing government power was the key to liberating humanity. Glorifying command-and-control was the flipside of demonizing prices and profits. But all-powerful regimes quickly became ends in themselves. In 1932, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin decreed the death penalty for any theft of state property. As millions of Ukrainians were starving due to the brutal collectivization of farms, even children poaching a few ears of corn could be shot. Marx continues to appeal to social justice warriors thanks to axioms such as ‘from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.’ And who determines ‘need?’ The presumably omniscient, benevolent State. Marxism promised to end the ‘class struggle’ but did so by subjugating almost everyone to officialdom. Abolishing private property left people hostage to petty government officials who punished anyone who failed to kowtow to the latest dictates.” (05/05/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/05/karl-marx-communism-death-column/578000002/

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45) How the rules mentality f’d-up sex
Source: The Price of Liberty
by L Reichard White

“The original Robocop — where they literally shoot officer Alex J. Murphy to pieces right on screen — eventually copped an ‘R’ rating. On the other hand, showing naked folks and feigned sex — as in ‘I Am Curious (Yellow)’ — not only regularly got an ‘X’ rating but could get the flick confiscated by U.S. Customs. Despite the fact that Robocop gave Chrys’s thirteen-year-old daughter nightmares, all sorts of bloody mayhem, murder, and gratuitous violence in film was at worst traditionally rated ‘R’ while showing a naked female breast — two of which nourished most of us as babies — or feigning the sex act — which is how almost all of us got here — was rated ‘X.’ So, according to Official U.S. Culture, sex is worse than bloody murder.” (05/06/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/05/06/how-the-rules-mentality-fd-up-sex/

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46) Financial freedom means learning to love uncertainty
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“There I was listening to a panel with the lead developers of the cryptocurrency Dash, a very successful project with a $4 billion market cap. Like many other assets in this space, it aspires to be a currency for the world. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask a question that had long burned in my mind. What is it like for a company, in the course of four months, to go from a market capitalization of $4.2 billion up to $12 billion and back down to $4.4 billion? This wild swing, which is pretty much typical in the cryptoasset sector now again valued at half a trillion, is precisely what happened to Dash between November 2017 and March 2018. Developer Chuck Williams’s answer was interesting: stay calm, manage your risks, and recognize that uncertainty is a universal condition of life.” (05/06/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/financial-freedom-means-learning-love-uncertainty

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47) Build the anarcho-coalition!
Source: Attack The System
by Keith Preston

“Many anarchists and other libertarians are so committed to their particular economic paradigm that they often dismiss each other as crypto-statists. Some kind of mutual non-aggression pact is necessary on the economic questions. An even bigger issue is the battle between leftists and anti-leftists, who accuse each other of crypto-bolshevism or crypto-fascism.” (05/06/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/05/06/build-the-anarcho-coalition/

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48) DACA and the danger of conflicting injunctions
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Samuel Bray

“If the Texas district court grants a national injunction immediately forbidding the granting or renewing of DACA status, the California and New York district courts will then have to decide whether to modify their injunctions to avoid a conflict. If the federal defendants face directly conflicting injunctions, they will be in a Catch-22 in which they risk contempt sanctions no matter what they do. Given the collateral bar rule (illustrated by Walker v. City of Birmingham), the proper response will not be for the government defendants to violate the injunction. Instead they would likely seek to have both injunctions modified. If those motions were denied, they would then appeal. If those appeals were denied, they would almost certainly seek a stay of the injunctions from the Supreme Court. Eventually the Supreme Court will directly confront whether the federal courts have the constitutional and statutory authority to grant national injunctions. If the justices are faced with the mayhem of directly conflicting national injunctions from different district courts, it is hard to imagine a context in which the demise of the national injunction is more likely.” (05/06/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/05/06/daca-and-the-danger-of-conflicting-injun

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49) Karl Marx and Marxism at 200
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“A specter continues to haunt the world, the specter of Karl Marx. Two hundred years ago, on May 5, 1818, the father of twentieth century totalitarian communism, the guidebook writer of revolutionary mass-murdering dictatorship, and the inspirer of disastrous socialist central planning was born in Trier, Germany. Looking over the political and economic landscape of what Karl Marx’s ideas wrought, over especially the last one hundred years, one might think that his name and his legacy would be held in the same hatred, contempt and disgust as Adolph Hitler, the fashioner of German National Socialism (Nazism). But, instead, now at a time when we are marking the two hundredth anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, we see his ideas continuing to have their perverse [e]ffect, including in the transmuted form of tribalist ‘identity politics.’” (05/07/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/karl-marx-marxism-two-hundred/

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50) Communism / socialism is rubbish — both in theory and in practice.
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Bruno Goncalves Rosi

“I’m getting tired of reading and listening to so-called libertarian or conservative people saying that ‘in theory socialism is beautiful.’ No, it’s not. In theory, socialism can be summed up as ‘the end of private property.’ This is how Karl Marx summed it up. The genius of Ludwig von Mises is precisely in the fact that he did not have to wait until 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell, to realize that this does not make sense.” (05/06/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/05/06/communism-socialism-is-rubbish-both-in-theory-and-in-practice/

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51) Reason Podcast, 05/07/18
Source: Reason

“Rudy Giuliani’s headline-generating media tour these past few days has had two essential functions: 1) to deal (however clumsily) with the yawning chasm between Trumpworld’s initial serial denials about the Stormy Daniels payout and the discoveries to the contrary made in the unusually aggressive raids on attorney Michael Cohen; and 2) to wage a public relations campaigned aimed at pressuring special counsel Robert Mueller away from issuing President Trump a subpoena to testify. It is that latter possibility that could be the first domino in what many fear may end up as a constitutional crisis. As such, it is of primary interest in the new edition of the Reason Podcast editors’ roundtable, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and me [Matt Welch] making unsound metaphors about the news of the week. Also under discussion are the latest in the Iran/nuclear deal (including Giuliani’s startling assertion Saturday at the Iran Freedom Convention for Democracy and Human Rights that President Trump is ‘as committed to regime change as we are’), plus Millennial non-affection for both major political parties, democratic socialist policies in Seattle, and (obviously) various references to Westworld.” [various formats] (05/07/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/05/07/should-robert-mueller-subpoena-president

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52) spiked podcast, 05/07/18
Source: spiked

Bret Stephens and Tom Slater: “Trump isn’t un-PC. He’s just an asshole.” [various formats] (05/07/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/trump-isnt-un-pc.-hes-just-an-asshole/

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53) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/07/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The showdown is looming. President Trump will decide by the end of the week whether he will continue US participation in the JPCOA Iran nuclear deal or whether he will pull out, as he promised. Will he oppose virtually all of America’s closest allies and cancel the deal? What happens then? War?” [Flash video] (05/07/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/iran-crisis-will-trump-waiver-on-the-waiveror-hang-tough

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54) One Free Family, episode 16
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Comparison is a common approach to ascertain the performance of your child. But did you know that comparing children fuels unnecessary worry and unhealthy competitiveness in both parents and children?” [Flash audio] (05/07/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/comparison-trap-off016/

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55) Scott Adams Says, 05/07/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

Adams on John Kerry’s “private diplomacy, etc. [Flash video] (05/07/18)

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

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56) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 346
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode, Marc is joined by the editor and publisher of EconomicPolicyJournal.com and TargetLiberty.com, Robert Wenzel!” [various formats] (05/07/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/05/07/robert-wenzel-on-the-private-property-society-theory/

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57) Free Talk Live, 05/06/18
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Blue Crab producers run out of business by the Trump Administration :: Christians love Israel :: Flat Earth Jackass :: Churches vow not to call police :: Private property and The Commons :: Alfie Evens :: Mark Jonny Ray and Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/06/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-05-06

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58) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/06/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Michael W. Dean flies solo and tells you what’s wrong with the world, and discusses Facebook’s incessant need to mold the world in Zuck’s image. Then Randy England comes on for a bit, then gets FeenDroned.” [various formats] (05/06/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15820

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59) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 106
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Utah Marijuana, Beto O’Rourke, Maine Marijuana, Repatriating Gold, Charleston Event.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/06/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/may/06/five-minutes-five-issues-utah-marijuana-beto-o-rourke-maine-marijuana-repatriating-gold-charleston-event/

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60) The Anarchist Experience, episode 163
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“Rich, MC, and Bronsonto discuss whether or not racial slang/slurs are acceptable while singing Karaoke or in public, or whether racial descriptors should be used to identify individuals. We also discuss whether or not the oncoming socialism of the left is inevitable, and what can or should be done to stop it or escape from it.” [various formats] (05/06/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/the-anarchist-experience-163/

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