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Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump to world: Remember, never, ever, ever trust the US government to keep its word
2) Syria: State media claims Israeli attack just after US regime defaults on Iran deal
3) US job openings hit record high as job seekers dwindle
4) Firm tied to Russian oligarch, firms with business with US regime, made payments to Trump’s lawyer
5) IL: Reputed gang member charged in shooting of known gang member
6) MSNBC’s Joy Reid reportedly sees “significant decrease in audience size”
7) CA: Judge finalizes ruling on coffee cancer warnings
8) New Red Scare theater: AP blames Russian trolls for alleged “ISIS hacker” threats
9) Dems call GOP $15 billion spending cut request “hypocritical”
10) Trump regime to allow year-round sales of high-ethanol gas
11) China: Regime court sentences alleged Xi opponent to life after show trial
12) SC: Parents could be fined for cheering at this high school graduation
13) Chrome OS is getting full-fledged Linux apps
14) Canada: La Loche school shooter sentenced to life in prison
15) Report: Twitter testing “secret conversation” feature
16) Germany: “Nazi grandma,” sentenced for denying Holocaust, goes to prison
17) Southern Baptist women want seminary president Paige Patterson fired for remarks
18) Armenia: Protest leader elected prime minister
19) Spider trained to jump on demand in major robotic engineering breakthrough
20) NY: Schneiderman resigns as AG after abuse accusations

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) In Korea, we should welcome anything peaceful
22) What the Senate should ask Gina Haspel before she heads the CIA
23) Alfie Evans and libertarianism
24) Will Democrats unite to block Trump’s torturer, Gina Haspel, as CIA chief? If not, what do they #Resist?
25) Hating DeVos
26) A public option for the Internet
27) The status quo is deathly boring
28) Why do polar bears cry?
29) Government remains the biggest obstacle to fair housing
30) The most unkindest tax of all
31) Mnuchin flips tax-scam grift, hopes nobody notices
32) Europe’s new data privacy rules will make Facebook and Google more powerful
33) John Kerry’s freelance diplomacy violates U.S. law, so why isn’t he prosecuted?
34) The calculation flaw in Marx’s socialism
35) Obama administration sold a bad Iran nuclear deal to the American public
36) Libertarian National Convention bylaws proposals (w/ my recommendations), part 2
37) Trump killing deeply flawed Iran deal is the right move
38) “Authoritarians” of all sorts
39) The deviousness of “have to”
40) The conservative case against Gina Haspel
41) Why anointing Biden for 2020 is a terrible idea
42) Why you should celebrate loudly & unapologetically when John McCain dies
43) Press freedom hangs by a thread
44) Eric Schneiderman — and so the #MeToo revolution eats its own children
45) America’s Iraq war amnesia may doom the Iran deal
46) Google just made things a lot easier for censors
47) Don’t poke the dragon: War with China would be an unnecessary disaster
48) A brief history of American torture
49) Cryptocurrency communities just can’t get along
50) What this term’s SCOTUS decisions reveal about Neil Gorsuch

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Anarchist Barber Shop, episode 41
52) The Libertarian Angle, 05/08/18
53) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 55
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/08/18
55) Free Talk Live, 05/07/18
56) Cato Institute Podcast, 05/07/18
57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 190
58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1151
59) Bloggingheads.tv, 05/07/18
60) The Bob Zadek Show, 05/06/18

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

1) Trump to world: Remember, never, ever, ever trust the US government to keep its word
Source: The Hill

“President Trump on Tuesday announced he will not renew sanctions waivers for the Iran nuclear deal, taking a step that could lead to the deal’s unraveling. ‘I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal,’ Trump said from the Diplomatic Room in the White House. Keeping with the promise he made in January, Trump announced he has decided against continuing to waive sanctions as laid out in a 2015 pact between the United States, Iran, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and the European Union. … International inspectors and the deal’s signatories, including U.S. officials, have said Iran continues to comply with the terms of the agreement, but Trump has long derided the Obama-era accord as the ‘worst deal ever negotiated.’ United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a joint statement denouncing Trump’s decision and said they would continue sanctions relief for Iran.” (05/08/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/386656-trump-pulls-us-out-of-iran-deal

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2) Syria: State media claims Israeli attack just after US regime defaults on Iran deal
Source: Reuters

“Syrian state media accused Israel of launching missiles at a target near Damascus on Tuesday, shortly after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was quitting the Iranian nuclear deal, a move that had prompted Israel to go on high alert. The Israeli military said that, upon identifying ‘irregular activity’ by Iranian forces in Syria, it instructed civic authorities on the Golan Heights to ready bomb shelters, deployed new defenses and mobilized some reservist forces. Israel’s top general, Gadi Eizenkott, canceled a scheduled appearance at an annual security conference and was conferring with Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and other national security chiefs, officials said. Trump’s hard tack against the nuclear deal, while welcomed by Israel, has stirred fears of a possible regional flare-up. Within two hours of the White House announcement, Syrian state news agency SANA reported explosions in Kisweh, south of Damascus. Syrian air defenses fired at two Israeli missiles, destroying both, SANA said.” (05/08/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/syrian-state-media-says-israel-attacked-just-after-u-s-quit-iran-deal-idUSKBN1I92MI

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3) US job openings hit record high as job seekers dwindle
Source: CBS News

“U.S. employers advertised 6.6 million open jobs in March, the most on records dating back to December 2000, suggesting businesses want to staff up to meet strong demand. Job openings rose 7.8 percent in March from 6.1 million in February, the Labor Department said Tuesday. Yet overall hiring slipped, while quits increased. The number of open jobs in March matched the number of unemployed that month. That’s historically unusual: Typically, those out of work outnumber openings. Employers are struggling to fill jobs from a dwindling supply of unemployed. That should be pushing up wages, yet paychecks are growing at only a modest pace.” (05/08/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/job-openings-hit-record-high-as-job-seekers-dwindle/

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4) Firm tied to Russian oligarch, firms with business with US regime, made payments to Trump’s lawyer
Source: New York Times

“A shell company that Michael D. Cohen used to pay hush money to a pornographic film actress received payments totaling more than $1 million from an American company linked to a Russian oligarch and several corporations with business before the Trump administration, according to documents and interviews. … Financial records reviewed by The New York Times show that Mr. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime fixer, used the shell company, Essential Consultants L.L.C., for an array of business activities that went far beyond what was publicly known. Transactions totaling at least $4.4 million flowed through Essential Consultants starting shortly before Mr. Trump was elected president and continuing to this January …. [including] payments last year totaling about $500,000 from Columbus Nova, an investment firm in New York whose biggest client is a company controlled by Viktor Vekselberg, the Russian oligarch … Other transactions described in the financial records range from hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments by Fortune 500 firms with business before the Trump administration, to small amounts related to unexplained activities in foreign countries.” (05/08/18)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/us/politics/michael-cohen-shell-company-payments.html

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5) IL: Reputed gang member charged in shooting of known gang member
Source: Chicago Tribune

“A reputed gang member was charged with shooting a federal agent after surveillance cameras captured him in the area where shots were fired early Friday in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint did not indicate, though, that the cameras showed the suspect, Ernesto Godinez, firing a gun. An agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [Gang] was shot in the face early Friday as he walked near 44th Street and Hermitage Avenue, not far from Davis Square Park. … Dozens of [the wounded hoodlum’s fellow ATF gang-bangers] packed the courtroom Tuesday as Godinez, who turns 28 Wednesday, made his initial appearance in the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse.” (05/08/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-atf-agent-shot-charges-20180508-story.html

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6) MSNBC’s Joy Reid reportedly sees “significant decrease in audience size”
Source: Fox News

“MSNBC star Joy Reid’s program ‘AM Joy’ reportedly has been losing viewers since the #Resistance hero backtracked on claims that diabolical hackers were responsible for planting anti-gay rhetoric in her pre-fame blog. Last month, Reid kinda-sorta admitted to writing homophobic slurs that she’d previously insisted were the work of hackers. After days of speculation about her future, the MSNBC star addressed the situation during the April 28 episode of her show that airs every Saturday and Sunday morning. ‘I genuinely do not believe I wrote those hateful things,’ Reid told her viewers, adding, ‘The person I am now is not the person I was then.’” (05/08/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/05/08/msnbcs-joy-reid-reportedly-sees-significant-decrease-in-audience-size.html

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7) CA: Judge finalizes ruling on coffee cancer warnings
Source: Raw Story

“A Los Angeles judge has finalized a ruling that Starbucks Corp and other coffee sellers must serve up a cancer warning with coffee sold in California. Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle in a ruling published on Monday said that Starbucks and other coffee sellers did not show that the risk from consuming acrylamide, a probable cancer-causing byproduct created during coffee roasting, was offset by benefits from drinking coffee.” (05/08/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/california-judge-finalizes-ruling-coffee-cancer-warnings

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8) New Red Scare theater: AP blames Russian trolls for alleged “ISIS hacker” threats
Source: NBC News

“Army wife Angela Ricketts was soaking in a bubble bath in her Colorado home, leafing through a memoir, when a message appeared on her iPhone from hackers threatening to slaughter her family. ‘Dear Angela!’ the Facebook message read. ‘Bloody Valentine’s Day!’ ‘We know everything about you, your husband and your children,’ the message continued, claiming that the hackers operating under the flag of Islamic State militants had penetrated her computer and her phone. ‘We’re much closer than you can even imagine.’ … Ricketts was one of five military wives who received death threats from the self-styled CyberCaliphate on the morning of Feb. 10, 2015. The warnings led to days of anguished media coverage of Islamic State militants’ online reach. Except it wasn’t ISIS. The Associated Press has found evidence that the women were targeted not by jihadists but by the same Russian hacking group that [allegedly] intervened in the American election and [supposedly] exposed the emails of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman, John Podesta.” (05/08/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/isis-terror/u-s-military-wives-threatened-russian-hackers-posing-isis-n872251

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9) Dems call GOP $15 billion spending cut request “hypocritical”
Source: Raw Story

“The Trump administration on Tuesday began trying to convince U.S. lawmakers to support $15 billion in spending cuts, which Democrats called a hypocritical bid to reclaim an image of fiscal conservatism following Republicans’ deficit-ballooning tax cuts of 2017. President Donald Trump’s package, known as a rescissions request to kill existing budget commitments, rekindled partisan fiscal conflict in Congress on the heels of relative calm with the March 23 enactment of a government-wide funding bill.” [editor’s note: After the trillions spent on warmongering and corporate welfare, they are correct, but their own houses are made of plexiglass as well – SAT] (05/08/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/democrats-say-republicans-15-billion-spending-cut-request-hypocritical

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10) Trump regime to allow year-round sales of high-ethanol gas
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump will allow year-round sales of renewable fuel with blends of 15 percent ethanol as part of an emerging deal to make changes to the federal ethanol mandate. Republican senators and the White House announced the deal Tuesday after a closed-door meeting, the latest in a series of White House sessions on ethanol. The Environmental Protection Agency currently bans the 15-percent blend, called E15, during the summer because of concerns that it contributes to smog on hot days. Gasoline typically contains 10 percent ethanol. Farm-state lawmakers have pushed for greater sales of the higher ethanol blend to boost demand for the corn-based fuel. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley called the agreement good news for farmers and drivers alike, saying it would increase ethanol production and consumer choice at the pump.” (05/08/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Senators-Trump-wants-year-round-sales-of-12898266.php

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11) China: Regime court sentences alleged Xi opponent to life after show trial
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“A former Chinese political high-flyer who was accused of seeking to topple Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, expressed ‘repentance’ on Tuesday as he was jailed for accepting bribes worth £20 million. Sun Zhengcai, a former party leader of the western megacity of Chongqing, and a member of the Communist Party’s elite 25-member Politburo, was jailed for life by a court in the northern port city of Tianjin on Tuesday. Sun was previously seen as a candidate to be elevated to the Politburo Standing Committee, several officials who represent the apex of political power in China. But he fell from favour among Beijing’s political elite last year and was named as a co-conspirator who sought to topple the president by the chairman of China’s securities regulator in October.” (05/08/18)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/08/chinese-politician-tipped-replace-president-jailed-life/

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12) SC: Parents could be fined for cheering at this high school graduation
Source: USA Today

“Can cheering at this South Carolina high school graduation really cost you $1,030? It depends on whom you ask. Yes, warns Greenville High School. Maybe, suggests the Greenville County school district. No, it can’t, says the Greenville Police Department. So, what’s the truth? In a recent assembly, an administrator at Greenville High warned students that family members could be fined $1,030 for yelling at seniors’ upcoming graduation at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. A slide shown at that assembly stated, ‘Since graduation is a dignified and solemn occasion, graduating seniors and their guests should behave appropriately. Please ask your guests not to call out, cheer, whistle, or applaud during the reading of names and presentation of diplomas. The Citation for Family Members yelling out is $1,030.’ District officials have said, however, that school administrators will not actually cite family members of graduates for cheering.” (05/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/05/08/cheering-south-carolina-high-school-graduation-could-cost-you-1-030/590560002

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13) Chrome OS is getting full-fledged Linux apps
Source: The Verge

“Google Chrome is getting a big upgrade with the ability to run Linux apps, with a preview set to be released on the Google Pixelbook today before rolling out later to other models …. the option to run full-fledged Linux software marks the first time that real desktop applications have come to Chrome OS. According to Chrome OS director of product management Kan Liu, users will be able to run Linux tools, editors, and integrated development environments directly on Chromebooks, installing them from their regular sources just like they would on a regular Linux machine.” (05/08/18)

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/5/8/17318340/chrome-os-update-new-features-linux-apps-google-io-2018

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14) Canada: La Loche school shooter sentenced to life in prison
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A young Canadian man who killed four people and injured seven others in a mass shooting in La Loche, Saskatchewan has been sentenced to life in prison. He will not be eligible for parole for 10 years, according to Canadian media reports. The man pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder, two counts of second degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder in October 2016. He was 17 at the time of the shooting and his name is under publication ban. In February, a judge ruled he would be sentenced as an adult, deeming a youth sentence inappropriate in this case. On 22 January, 2016 the shooter killed two brothers, Dayne Fontaine, 17, and Drayden, 13, in their home in La Loche, Saskatchewan. He then went to the La Loche Community School, killing teacher Adam Wood, 35, and 21-year-old teaching assistant Marie Janvier, and wounding seven others.” (05/08/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44032924

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15) Report: Twitter testing “secret conversation” feature
Source: PCMag

“Twitter, by design, is a public platform for sharing up to 280 characters at a time. If you want a more private chat, then there’s direct messages, but they can still be snooped on and remain stored as part of your account. However, Twitter is considering a much more private messaging mode called ‘Secret conversation.’ As TechCrunch reports, the discovery was made by Jane Manchun Wong in the Twitter for Android APK. The feature is present, but not enabled, suggesting it is currently being tested internally and isn’t ready for public consumption. … Wong describes [it as] simply as end-to-end encrypted secret direct messages. It would mean Twitter conversations carried out using this feature could not be read by anyone other than the Twitter users having the conversation, and deletion is both simple and permanent. For Twitter, the new feature would be a positive move and new competition for encrypted messaging apps such as Signal or Telegram.” (05/08/18)

https://www.pcmag.com/news/360982/report-twitter-testing-secret-conversation-feature

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16) Germany: “Nazi grandma,” sentenced for denying Holocaust, goes to prison
Source: USA Today

“Authorities in western Germany arrested serial Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck on Monday after the 89-year-old failed to show up at prison last week to start her sentence. ‘After the convict failed to report to the relevant penal institution within the deadline, prosecutors in Verden on May 4, 2018 issued an order to execute the sentence and have charged police with its implementation,’ prosecutors said. Police found Haverbeck at her home on Monday and transferred her to prison to begin her two-year term. …Under German law, denying the Holocaust constitutes incitement to hatred and can carry a prison sentence of up to five years.” (05/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/05/08/nazi-grandma-ursula-haverbeck-who-denies-holocaust-taken-jail/589613002/

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17) Southern Baptist women want seminary president Paige Patterson fired for remarks
Source: Raleigh News & Observer

“Female members of Southern Baptist churches are asking the board of trustees of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary to remove Paige Patterson as president of the Texas school over his comments and teachings about women. Nearly 1,900 women, including more than 100 from North Carolina, so far have signed a letter posted online Sunday asking the board to take action, saying Patterson’s comments are contrary to biblical teaching about women, sexuality and authority. … The letter cites a video that has resurfaced from a 2014 speech in which Patterson talks about a 16-year-old girl as being ‘fine’ and quotes a teenager as saying the girl was ‘built.’ The letter also mentions Patterson’s refusal last week to repudiate comments from a recording made 18 years ago in which he said he would counsel most women in abusive marriages to stay in the marriages and to pray for their husbands.” (05/07/18)

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article210597659.html

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18) Armenia: Protest leader elected prime minister
Source: Yahoo! News

“Armenia’s parliament on Tuesday elected opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan as prime minister after he spearheaded weeks of mass protests against the ruling party, transforming the country’s political landscape. Lawmakers voted 59 to 42 to approve Pashinyan for the job, after the ruling Republican Party came around to backing his premiership bid on his second attempt. The party had narrowly voted him down last week, plunging the Caucasus nation into its most serious political crisis in years.” (05/08/18)

https://au.news.yahoo.com/armenian-protest-leader-set-elected-pm-044610979–spt.html

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19) Spider trained to jump on demand in major robotic engineering breakthrough
Source: Independent [UK]

“A spider called Kim has been trained to jump on demand by scientists keen to learn the secrets of her acrobatic ability. The circus act study could help engineers design agile mini-robots that are currently beyond human technology. … Her jumps were recorded using ultra-high-speed cameras. The scientists also took micro CT scans of the spider to create a 3D virtual model of her legs and body structure. The results, published in the journal Scientific Reports, show that Kim used different jumping strategies depending on the challenge she was presented with.” (05/08/18)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/spider-jump-nanorobots-robots-manchester-regal-jumping-ai-automation-a8340691.html

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20) NY: Schneiderman resigns as AG after abuse accusations
Source: Providence Journal

“New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who held himself out as a champion of women and a liberal foil to President Donald Trump, resigned from office after four women accused him of physical violence during intimate encounters. It was a swift and stunning fall for a Democrat who had pledged to use the power of his office to hold others accountable for abusing their power. In accounts published in The New Yorker on Monday, the women described being violently slapped and choked, verbally abused and threatened by Schneiderman. Some also described him as a heavy drinker.” (05/08/18)

http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180508/attorney-general-resigns-after-4-women-accuse-him-of-abuse

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

21) In Korea, we should welcome anything peaceful
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Lucy Steigerwald

“In 1951, four years after the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, and a year after the United States jumped into the war, Foundation for Economic Education founder Leonard Read wrote a lovely little theoretical dialogue called ‘Conscience on the Battlefield.’ The essay is an imaged talk between a dying American soldier in Korea and his better self who scolds and teaches him what he missed in life, that governments — and even individual soldiers — are not let off the moral hook simply because they follow orders, or because they act under the banner of some great cause. In short, ‘Whatever is immoral for you as a person is immoral for a number of persons. Virtue is a quality solely of the individual. Multiplication of individuals does not change virtue’s definition.’ Unfortunately, the entirety of society follows this lie, and the biggest lie with the most direct stakes of life and death is war. Not noble, not right, Read notes, it’s a murderous fraud unless it’s based on self-defense — and no, preemptive strikes against communism or truly authoritarian states don’t count and are, indeed, sure to fail.” (05/08/18)

https://fee.org/articles/in-korea-we-should-welcome-anything-peaceful/

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22) What the Senate should ask Gina Haspel before she heads the CIA
Source: Reuters
by Tim Weiner

“The Senate’s confirmation hearing for Gina Haspel to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency will be the last chance for the United States to confront its history of torturing terrorist suspects. Haspel got cold feet a few days back as she prepared for her first public appearance representing the CIA. Who wouldn’t? She was contemplating a confession to countenancing violations of the laws of war. But I suspect that when Wednesday’s hearing is done, the record of denial and deception will be largely intact. No one will be held to account. … The CIA, having acted with impunity and then absolved itself of wrongdoing, now likely will be led by Haspel, who both oversaw brutal interrogations at a CIA prison in Thailand and then drafted an order to destroy 92 videotapes recording these and other horrors. ‘I’ve said to the people that we don’t torture, and we don’t,’ President George W. Bush insisted in 2006. But we did. ‘Torture works,’ Donald J. Trump proclaimed in 2016. But it doesn’t. If Haspel isn’t compelled to say otherwise, these lies someday may be seen as truths.” (05/08/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-weiner-haspel-commentary/commentary-what-the-senate-should-ask-gina-haspel-before-she-heads-the-cia-idUSKBN1I81JK

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23) Alfie Evans and libertarianism
Source: National Review
by Ramesh Ponnuru

“Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute purports to be suggesting that ‘conservatives have the Alfie Evans case all wrong,’ but he seems to me to be concentrating on ancillary aspects of the argument that people on the right have been making about the case. It is certainly true that a lot of conservatives have seen the case as a warning about the dangers of socialized medicine, which is the point he mostly disputes. But the primary point that critics of the British authorities’ handling of the case have made is different: that the authorities should have allowed Evans’s parents to take him elsewhere for treatment, and not overridden their preference on the ground that the child was better off dead than continuing to survive in his severely disabled condition.” [editor’s note: I disagree with Cannon’s quoted statement as to what “even [libertarians] believe” and find Ponnuru’s view more consistent with libertarianism – TLK] (05/08/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/alfie-evans-case-libertarian-perspective/

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24) Will Democrats unite to block Trump’s torturer, Gina Haspel, as CIA chief? If not, what do they #Resist?
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“Two GOP Senators appear unlikely to vote for Haspel: John McCain, whose illness prevents him from attending, and Rand Paul, who has vowed to oppose Haspel (though few things have proven less reliable than Rand Paul’s promises to act on his supposed principles). That means that Democrats have the power to block a torturer and evidence-destroyer from becoming Trump’s CIA Director — if they remain united in their opposition. Will they do so? It is difficult to be optimistic, to put that mildly. The history of Democrats throughout the War on Terror is to ensure that just enough members of their caucus join with the GOP majority to ensure passage of even the most extremist pieces of legislation or nominees justified in the name of terrorism or national security. The ruse Democrats typically use to accomplish these dirty deeds is quite ingenious: the defectors change so that no one member bears the blame for enabling right-wing measures, while the party itself is able to claim that a majority opposed the extremism.” (05/08/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/08/will-democrats-unite-to-block-trumps-torturer-gina-haspel-as-cia-chief-if-not-what-do-they-resist/

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25) Hating DeVos
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“People hate Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. When she spoke at the Kennedy School of Government, students held up signs calling her a ‘white supremacist.’ When she tried to visit a school, activists physically blocked her way. The haters claim DeVos knows little about education, only got her job because she gave money to Republican politicians and hates free public education. Of course, education isn’t really ‘free.’ Taxpayers spend $634 billion a year on it. It’s laughable that activists claim conservatives ‘cut’ education spending. Funds per student tripled over the past several decades, while test scores stayed flat. Some of that failure is because of what DeVos really opposes: government’s education bureaucracy. The department she inherited is a good example of that. K-12 schools are controlled and funded locally, but taxpayers are forced to ship education money to Washington, D.C., where bureaucrats there grab some, and then ship the rest back — with strings attached.” (05/08/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2018/05/08/hating-devos-n2478701

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26) A public option for the Internet
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“American politicians of every stripe have long bemoaned the lack of high speed internet access across the country. Despite being the center of technological innovation for the past 60 years, average internet speeds in the United States lag behind those in South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, and a host of European Union countries. Outside of big cities, high-speed internet access is often unavailable, which slows economic development and affects education. There are a few reasons for this. The first is that the U.S. is a very big country, and large swaths of it are sparsely populated, making it inefficient to connect small, rural communities to high-speed networks. The telecommunication industry, meanwhile, is highly concentrated (many areas have only one internet service provider) meaning that companies are not competing for customers in ways that push them to expand their networks. These companies have not, moreover, been incentivized by the federal government to expand their networks.” (05/08/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148330/public-option-internet

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27) The status quo is deathly boring
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Most young people know nothing but the world as it is. Their teachers assure them that this is the best form of human organization, all authority agrees, and their parents toe the party line. The system is geared to keep them shuffling forward quietly unto death. What a waste. What a crime. What a bore.” (05/08/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/status-quo-deathly-boring/

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28) Why do polar bears cry?
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“The New York Times — one of the grand dames of print newspapers, whose slogan is ‘All the News That’s Fit to Print’ — has fallen on hard times. It is not rare to see reports about the paper’s falling readership, cuts to the paper’s newsroom and editorial staff, or factual errors or outright false stories appearing in the paper. (Some of these errors never get corrected. See, for example, its error-filled coverage of the 2006 Duke Lacrosse scandal.) Of all the Times'[s] numerous errors, perhaps none have been as consistently egregious as its coverage of climate change. Among major newspapers, the Times has long banged the climate alarmist drum the loudest, unquestioningly reporting the latest environmental lobbyists’ apocalyptic proclamations as if they were gospel truth. Most recently, the Times hyped a BioScience paper on the impending doom of polar bears, which the paper alleged is the result of human-caused climate change.” (05/08/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/05/why-do-polar-bears-cry/

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29) Government remains the biggest obstacle to fair housing
Source: The American Prospect
by Lisa Rice

“The National Fair Housing Alliance recently issued its annual Fair Housing Trends Report. The study found that the number of housing discrimination complaints continues to increase. But beyond this troubling pattern in increased complaints is an even more startling development: Private, nonprofit fair-housing organizations (not federal, state, or local agencies) handled most of those complaints. Meanwhile, HUD officials announced in January that they were suspending the implementation of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, extending the deadline up to seven years for cities and counties to submit ‘Assessments of Fair Housing’ to HUD and to comply with obligations to address housing discrimination and segregation. That is unlawful, which is why Tuesday, the National Fair Housing Alliance, Texas Appleseed, and Texas Low Income Housing Information Service asked a federal court in Washington, D.C., to order HUD to reinstate the federal requirement that local and state governments work to eliminate housing discrimination and address segregated housing patterns as a condition of receiving HUD funding.” (05/08/18)

http://prospect.org/article/government-remains-biggest-obstacle-fair-housing

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30) The most unkindest tax of all
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“We’ve written a great deal about the various forms of taxation in Missouri. Some taxes are too high, some may be too low, and some shouldn’t exist at all. But the most dastardly tax out there, unfair and regressive, is alive and well in Missouri’s cities: the tax on groceries.” (05/08/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/local-government/most-unkindest-tax-all

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31) Mnuchin flips tax-scam grift, hopes nobody notices
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“With a little-noticed remark at a friendly event, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discarded his past arguments for the Trump/GOP tax bill. All Mnuchin could offer in their place was one of the oldest and most discredited ideas in the conservative playbook (and that’s saying something). It was a startlingly cynical move, even for the preternaturally cynical gaggle of gold-plated grifters running our government — a crowd whose sole ambition is the single-minded pursuit of additional wealth for themselves and their fellow Gilded Age grandees. When the final taxonomy of these Trump Era swamp creatures is conducted, a special category will be reserved for Mnuchin, the Goldman Sachs banker turned Treasury Secretary who took a leading role in selling the Trump/GOP tax scam to the American people. His rule seems to be: If they don’t believe one lie, tell another.” (05/07/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180507/mnuchin-changes-his-tax-scam-grift-hopes-nobody-notices

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32) Europe’s new data privacy rules will make Facebook and Google more powerful
Source: Reason
by Andrea O’Sullivan

“At least, this was the general thrust of last month’s two-day media-brouhaha-cum-congressional-testimony of Mark Zuckerberg over Facebook’s privacy and data policies. But when it came time for each policymaker to articulate exactly what they were upset about, the tech CEO’s inquisitors mostly floundered. There was no clear and agreed-upon ill that our esteemed delegates called upon Zuckerberg to redress. Rather, there seemed to be a vague idea that Facebook and other internet platforms were out of control, and that Something Must Be Done about it. That ‘something,’ more often than not, is new regulations. Opportunistic policymakers are already capitalizing on the public’s souring mood against tech giants by suggesting ‘tough’ new rules to supposedly rein in Facebook, Google, and the rest. Yet these rules would almost undoubtedly only end up helping the titans they aim to topple. That is exactly what the European Union’s impending data rules, called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), appear to be doing.” (05/08/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/05/08/europes-new-data-privacy-rules-will-only

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33) John Kerry’s freelance diplomacy violates U.S. law, so why isn’t he prosecuted?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Democrats went gaga over a little-known law they claimed an advisor to President Trump violated following the 2016 presidential campaign. Now, the shoe’s on the other foot, and both the Democrats and the media that supported them have grown strangely quiet. The law in question is the 219-year-old Logan Act, which makes it a felony for Americans to negotiate with foreign powers in an effort to undermine the U.S. in a dispute. The law is little-known for a reason: Just two people have ever been tried under the Logan Act, and neither was convicted. But that didn’t stop Democrats and their Deep State allies when they wanted to use it to investigate Trump’s former national security advisor, Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, in 2016. Democrats and the media laughably claimed that Flynn’s conversations with Russia’s U.S. ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, somehow was a violation of the Logan Act. Let’s be clear: Under no reasonable legal interpretation could one assume that Flynn violated the Logan Act.” [editor’s note: Nor under any reasonable constitutional interpretation is the Logan Act binding on anyone — TLK] (05/08/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/john-kerrys-freelance-diplomacy-violates-u-s-law-so-why-isnt-he-prosecuted

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34) The calculation flaw in Marx’s socialism
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Mark my words: American leftists who are celebrating the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birthday will not make any mention of the problem of economic calculation under socialism. The reason? The calculation problem reveals that socialism is an inherently flawed economic paradigm. It makes sense that American leftists would not want to talk about something that shows that the economic system they favor is fundamentally flawed.” (05/08/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/05/08/calculation-flaw-marxs-socialism/

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35) Obama administration sold a bad Iran nuclear deal to the American public
Source: USA Today
by Reuel Marc Gerecht

“President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal should be viewed as condign punishment for the disingenuous way Barack Obama and his staff sold the agreement to the American public. The deal does not ‘cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.’ Once the regime perfects advanced centrifuges, which is allowed under the accord, the Islamic Republic’s nuclear-weapons ambitions cannot be checked. By 2025, Tehran can start assembling these models. These high-velocity machines require small cascades. Without an extraordinarily lucky human-source intelligence penetration or sloppy Iranian telecommunications, American intelligence services would have no ability to find them hidden in warehouses.” [editor’s note: It was a bad deal — for the Iranians, who were in compliance with their obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The Iranians shouldn’t have had to make any more concessions to get sanctions lifted, and the only thing Trump’s actions do is remind the world that the US government can’t ever be trusted – TLK] (05/08/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/08/obama-administration-sold-bad-iran-nuclear-deal-editorials-debates/34700171

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36) Libertarian National Convention bylaws proposals (w/ my recommendations), part 2
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“This post is part 2 of a multi-part series … I’m going over the 2018 bylaws committee’s proposals for consideration by the Libertarian National Convention in New Orleans at the end of June.

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2018/05/libertarian-national-convention-bylaws_8.html

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37) Trump killing deeply flawed Iran deal is the right move
Source: Fox News Forum
by Harry J Kazianis

“President Trump’s announcement Tuesday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and reimpose economic sanctions in 90 days delivers a death blow to a deeply flawed agreement approved in 2015 by President Obama and representatives of other nations, and clearly opens a new phase of heightened tensions with the Islamic Republic. This should not shock anyone who has followed news of the Middle East. Washington and Tehran have very different interests throughout the region, often putting them at odds. Total geopolitical competition (with each nation considering the other its outright enemy) has always seemed a matter of when, not if. And President Trump’s comments Tuesday seem to suggest that might have been the game plan for his administration all along.” (05/08/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/05/08/trump-killing-deeply-flawed-iran-deal-is-right-move.html

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38) “Authoritarians” of all sorts
Source: The American Spectator
by William Murchison

“Is it too much to say that that the real authoritarian threat to civic peace and good government comes not from the Oval Office but from the Grecian temple where the United States Supreme Court regularly gathers so as regularly to tell us how the cow ate the cabbage?” [editor’s note: Yes, is. The authoritarian threat comes from both places, and others – TLK] (05/08/18)

https://spectator.org/authoritarians-of-all-sorts/

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39) The deviousness of “have to”
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“‘Have to’ is one of those phrases that I only began thinking critically about when we travelled further along our unschooling journey. A major theme in radical unschooling is the removal of rules and obligations, and replaced with principles and choices. ‘Have to’ often implies unchosen obligations, and can be, but is not always, incompatible with respecting your children’s autonomy and preferences. ‘Have to’ is an awkward pairing, called a ‘quasimodal’ in the English language. I wrote in 2014 that whenever I encounter ‘have to’ I mentally switch it to ‘have an obligation to.’ I think this is often what is meant by ‘have to,’ but not always.” (05/08/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/the-deviousness-of-have-to

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40) The conservative case against Gina Haspel
Source: The American Conservative
by John Kiriakou

“The White House is insisting that Gina Haspel move forward in nomination as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, despite her own concerns that the Senate hearings — expected to begin Wednesday — could turn brutal over her history in the CIA’s torture program. The Trump administration would be smart to heed her concerns. Predictably, progressives like Senators Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden, and Bernie Sanders have come out strongly against her. Libertarian Republican Senator Rand Paul said not only that he’ll vote against Haspel, but that he’ll filibuster her nomination. Paul does that kind of thing to nominees who have a background in the CIA’s torture program — he also filibustered, albeit unsuccessfully, John Brennan’s nomination as CIA director when President Obama made that appointment in 2013. But in addition to progressive and libertarian concerns, there is also a conservative case to be made against Haspel — and certainly a Christian case against her.” (05/08/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-conservative-case-against-gina-haspel/

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41) Why anointing Biden for 2020 is a terrible idea
Source: In These Times
by Joel Bleifuss

“The Democrats lost about 1,000 seats in state legislatures over the course of the Obama years. In 2016, they lost the presidency to a cartoonishly racist and widely despised reality television personality. Something hasn’t been working for the brand. This appears lost on the sector of the party that hopes to woo voters in 2020 with the same old centrist agenda. This time, it’s dressed up in the down-home package of Joe Biden (‘Middle-Class Joe,’ as he calls himself). At The Democratic Strategist (a website managed by Ed Kilgore, former vice president for policy at the corporate-oriented Democratic Leadership Council), a post argues that Biden’s March visit to Pennsylvania, in which he stumped for House Democratic candidate Conor Lamb, ‘amped up the buzz for Biden’s possible 2020 campaign, and provided Democrats with an eloquent, heartfelt rhetorical template for appealing to white working–class voters.’ ‘I think he should run,’ said MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in November 2017. ‘The blue-collar roots are key. … [The Democrats have] lost the working-class whites … and they’ve got to get them back.’ But is ‘Middle-Class Joe’ the candidate on which Dems should hitch their wagon? Let’s take a trip down memory lane.” (05/08/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21063/joe_biden_democrats_2020_president_trump

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42) Why you should celebrate loudly & unapologetically when John McCain dies
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Arizona Senator and murderous psychopath John McCain is rumored to be at death’s door, and already the world is being admonished by high-profile empire loyalists not to voice any criticism of his blood-saturated, obnoxiously long career. ‘Anti-McCain twitter seems to have reached new heights (or depths) of repulsiveness,’ tweeted Iraq-raping PNAC founder Bill Kristol to thunderous applause from #Resistance Twitter. … I say it is the duty of everyone who opposes acts of mass military slaughter for power and profit to cheer loudly and unapologetically when John McCain dies. We should all celebrate McCain’s death. Not in a spirit of vengeance for the lives his relentless warmongering has helped end. Nor because his death may save innocent lives, though that possibility is surely an added perk. No, we should celebrate the end of McCain’s despicable life first and foremost to prevent such bloodthirsty depravity from being normalized, or worse, immortalized as heroism.” (05/08/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/05/08/why-you-should-celebrate-loudly-and-unapologetically-when-john-mccain-dies

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43) Press freedom hangs by a thread
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“Press freedom is hanging by a thread in Britain. Tomorrow, the House of Commons will vote on the Data Protection Bill, and Labour MPs have added amendments to it that would effectively end 300 years of press freedom in this country. That this profound affront to liberty had almost passed under the radar, until spiked and others began making noise about it over the weekend, shouldn’t surprise us. This vote is the culmination of a slow and covert war on the press that has been waged for the best part of a decade.” (05/08/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/press-freedom-hangs-by-a-thread/

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44) Eric Schneiderman — and so the #MeToo revolution eats its own children
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“One would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh over this story. One of the most egregious legal ambulance chasers of recent times, The New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, has been hoist on his own petard. Any time there’s been any whisper of anything at all he’s been there filing suit to insist that he, he alone, can protect not just the people of the Great State of New York, but those of the entire nation. And now he’s been found out by the #MeToo crowd. Even as he’s been filing suit against Weinstein he’s been found to be having — well, let us say — sexual relationships which are considered less than proper in this modern age. And so he’s resigned with immediate effect …” (05/08/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/sex/eric-schneiderman-and-so-the-metoo-revolution-eats-its-own-children/

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45) America’s Iraq war amnesia may doom the Iran deal
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“Last week, while watching Benjamin Netanyahu unveil secret information that supposedly proved that Iran is deceiving the world about its nuclear-weapons program, I had a flashback. It was to February 5, 2003, when then-Secretary of State Colin Powell unveiled secret information that supposedly proved that Iraq was deceiving the world about its nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programs. … The parallels between that moment and this one are uncanny. In both cases, American leaders feared that a longtime Middle Eastern adversary was breaking free of the fetters that had previously restrained it. In both cases, American leaders pursued a more confrontational policy, which they buttressed with frightening statements about the regime’s nuclear program. In both cases, international inspectors contradicted those alarmist claims. In both cases, America’s European allies defended the inspectors and warned of the chaos America’s confrontational policy might bring. In both cases, hawks in America and Israel responded by trying to discredit the inspection regime. And in both cases, two leaders of that effort were John Bolton and Benjamin Netanyahu.” (05/08/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/05/iraq-war-iran-deal/559844/

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46) Google just made things a lot easier for censors
Source: The Daily Beast
by Kimberly Zenz

“Last month, Russia’s government blocked nearly 19 million Internet Protocol addresses in a bid to stop people from accessing the messaging app Telegram after it refused to comply with government demands to share content from encrypted chats. Authorities blocked so many IP addresses because Telegram uses a technique called domain fronting to circumvent simple filtering of Telegram’s web addresses. Domain fronting allows Telegram to tell the connection in Russia that they are a different, uncensored domain also using Telegram’s cloud hosting providers, primarily Google and Amazon …. Whatever their strategy, Russia’s censors, and those in many other countries, had some welcome news this week. Both Google and Amazon announced that they are instituting measures to prevent customers from using domain fronting, and have already warned some customers who use domain fronting to evade censorship that doing so is not permitted.” (05/08/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/google-just-made-things-a-lot-easier-for-censors

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47) Don’t poke the dragon: War with China would be an unnecessary disaster
Source: CounterPunch
by Major Danny Sjursen, US Army

“There’s nothing military men like more than obsessively training for wars they will never have to fight. The trick is not to stumble into a conflict that no one will win. Let’s everyone take a breath. Yes, China presents a potential threat to American interests in the economic, cyber, and naval realms. The U.S. must maintain a credible defensive and expeditionary posture and be prepared for a worst case scenario. What we don’t need is to blunder into a regional, or, worse still, all-out war with the Chinese dragon. Not now, probably not ever.” (05/08/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/danny_sjursen/2018/05/07/dont-poke-the-dragon-war-with-china-would-be-an-unnecessary-disaster/

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48) A brief history of American torture
Source: CounterPunch
by Brett Wilkins

“Torture is almost always a crime attributed to other, less civilized peoples. When most Americans do think of their own country’s torture, if they think of it at all, they usually imagine it to be a regrettable departure the civilized norm misguidedly perpetrated amid the terror and fury ignited by the deadliest attack on US soil in generations. Yet torture has been an unspoken weapon in America’s arsenal since the earliest colonial days.” (05/08/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/08/a-brief-history-of-american-torture/

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49) Cryptocurrency communities just can’t get along
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“If there’s one thing that rival cryptocurrency factions can agree on, it’s their mutual dislike of one other. Everything else is up for debate, and not calm, reasonable debate, but the sort of fevered in-fighting that makes the crypto community resemble an unruly rabble. This internecine squabbling has arguably done more to hinder cryptocurrency adoption than any external threat.” (05/07/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/cryptocurrency-communities-just-cant-get-along/

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50) What this term’s SCOTUS decisions reveal about Neil Gorsuch
Source: Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro

“The Supreme Court is on a record slow pace for deciding cases this term, leading to speculation that the justices are having a hard time incorporating their newest colleague, Neil Gorsuch. Of course, the real issue is more likely to be that, after an eight-justice year when the court shied away from particularly difficult issues, the justices have a slew of controversial cases on their hands, ranging from compelled support of unions to compelled baking of wedding cakes, to sports gambling to partisan gerrymandering to the travel ban. Regardless, we can actually discern quite a bit about the court’s internal dynamic from the lower-profile opinions that come down while we await those big cases. Indeed, it’s often the cases with less political valence where the justices can ‘nerd out’ on legal theories and reveal their jurisprudential minds when they know their decisions won’t make the front pages.” (05/07/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/what-terms-scotus-decisions-reveal-about-neil-gorsuch

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51) Anarchist Barber Shop, episode 41
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“In this episode, we dissect the documentary ‘Gringo: The dangerous life of John McAfee’ as well as the recent alleged chemical attack in Syria.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/08/18)

https://www.ancapbarbershop.com/john-mcafee-and-syria-abs041/

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52) The Libertarian Angle, 05/08/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Some are celebrating the the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, author of Das Kapital. Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling tell you why it is no reason to celebrate.” [various formats] (05/08/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-marxs-200th-birthday-video/

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53) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 55
Source: Libertarianism.org

“We are celebrating Liberty Chronicles’ one year anniversary with a special Free Thoughts/Liberty Chronicles crossover episode featuring Free Thoughts Podcast host Trevor Burrus.” [various formats] (05/08/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/here-lies-republicanism-rip-trevor-burrus

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/08/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The new, bi-partisan authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) introduced by Senators Kaine and Corker is billed as evidence that Congress is finally taking its Constitutional war-making authority seriously. This could not be further from the truth. Congress is about to grant the president ‘forever war’ power and return to its slumber. Bad for America.” [Flash video] (05/08/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/congress-to-green-light-perpetual-global-war

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55) Free Talk Live, 05/07/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Petty Bitcoin Fighting Continues :: Lawsuit Against Bitcoin.com Dropped :: Is Roger Ver and Free Talk Live perpetrating fraud? :: Listener Pulls Support Because We Won’t Join Hate BCH Campaign :: BTC Has Smartest Programmers? :: True-Believer Bitcoin Maximalists :: Targeting Bitcoin Businesses :: HOSTS — Ian, Melanie, Will.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/07/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-05-07

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56) Cato Institute Podcast, 05/07/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The fights in Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, Colorado, and West Virginia are over money. How justified are the complaints? Neal McCluskey comments.” [various formats] (05/07/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/are-new-teacher-uprisings-justified

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57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 190
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #190, I look at Trump’s coming decision on the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Trump has called the agreement the ‘worst deal ever.’ I explain the options for European countries and Iran if Trump decides to leave the deal. I discuss the consequences leaving the deal for Israel, Syria, and North Korea. I also update Haspel’s nomination, Gaza, and Yemen.” [various formats] (05/07/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-190-will-trump-kill-the-iran-deal

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58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1151
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Has America been made great again, or are the same old problems festering beneath the surface? David Stockman, former director of the Office of Management and Budget under Ronald Reagan, gives us the full scoop. Plus, we discuss his recent appearance on the FOX Business Network, in which he batted down several regime apologists at once.” [various formats] (05/07/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1151-david-stockman-on-the-real-condition-of-the-trump-economy/

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59) Bloggingheads.tv, 05/07/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Musa al-Gharbi (Columbia University, musaalgharbi.com) … Is the anti-Trump sentiment of scholars biasing their research? … Busting demographic myths about the 2016 election … Status threat vs. economic anxiety as sources of Trump’s support … Do liberals have a deep need to see Trump voters as creepy? … The many strategic mistakes Clinton made … ‘Negative intersectionality’ as a problem for Democrats … Musa gives Trump good odds for 2020 … Musa: A return-to-normalcy campaign by Dems won’t cut it.” [Flash video] (05/07/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/52739

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60) The Bob Zadek Show, 05/06/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Terence Kealey is a professor of clinical biochemistry at the University of Buckingham — the UK’s first entirely private university. He was already a skeptic of government-funded research when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2010, despite following the government’s advice. … Learn how Terence has managed to bring his diabetes under control by ignoring the official advice of the U.S. government, and embracing a low-carb, high-fat diet.” [various formats] (05/06/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/5/1/why-government-backed-dietary-science-is-bunk

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