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Volume XVI, Issue #3,971
Thursday, May 10th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Syria: Israelis strike “dozens” of targets
2) Trump greets American abductees freed by North Korean regime
3) Pakistan: Parliament passes transgender protection bill
4) Malaysia: Mahathir scores shock election win
5) NY: Schneiderman let Clinton Foundation skip identifying foreign donors
6) McCain confirms he gave Trump dossier to Comey
7) British flight attendant claims first-class passengers pay stewardesses for sex
8) Macron et al. pledge to salvage Iran deal
9) Somalia: Suicide bomber strikes market, killing at least ten
10) Israel: Regime orders Human Rights Watch director to leave country
11) UK: May forced to give MPs single market vote after shock defeat
12) Nunes, Gowdy invited to DOJ for classified briefing after document demands
13) In Trump country primary showdowns, both establishment party establishments score critical wins
14) Poll: Americans support Trump’s decision to illegally renege on Iran deal
15) Drug distributor apologizes for distributing drugs
16) Facebook shakes up management, launches blockchain decision
17) Australia: Four dual citizen MPs resign in wake of High Court ruling, sparking byelections
18) Afghanistan: At least six wounded, eight dead in Taliban attacks
19) Congo: Seventeen deaths reports as Ebola outbreak confirmed
20) Mormon church cuts century-long ties with Scouts

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The Iran nuclear deal isn’t just a good idea — it’s the law
22) Washington secrecy is creating a know-nothing democracy
23) We’re all trespassers now in the face of the government land grabs
24) Government not designed to help
25) Code is capital
26) Opioid distributors flooded communities with painkillers. Now they deny responsibility.
27) The US is out of the Iran deal. What now?
28) “She should have fought back. Other people did”: Inside Gina Haspel’s black site
29) Expectations and the Austrian Business Cycle Theory
30) New York, the most politically toxic place in America
31) The presidency is too big to succeed
32) America loses big as Trump jettisons the nuclear deal
33) How what we do there drives central Americans here
34) Spite over justice
35) A drought of our own making
36) How Russia-obsessed Democrats set stage for Trump’s violation of the Iran deal
37) The lethal success of pain pill restrictions
38) The proof is in the pudding: State and local action drives change in DC
39) Extremists R Us
40) Before and after welfare handouts
41) Low bigotry expecations
42) The meaning of verification
43) Five reasons the future isn’t here yet
44) A recession soon?
45) A national homeland destroys liberty and private property
46) Does your medical licensure board protect you?
47) Trump pulls out of Iran deal — US determined to become a rogue state
48) When big business lowers food prices: The Sainsbury’s-Asda merger
49) Lies about yet another Middle Eastern country, from yet another US President
50) Why so many young Colombians support Gustavo Petro

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/09/18
52) Scott Adams Says, 05/09/18
53) Electric Libertyland, episode 71
54) Intercepted Podcast, 05/09/18
55) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 191
56) Free Talk Live, 05/08/18
57) Cato Daily Podcast, 05/08/18
58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1152
59) Reality Check, 05/08/18
60) Bloggingheads.tv, 05/08/18

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

1) Syria: Israelis strike “dozens” of targets
Source: Washington Post

“The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked ‘dozens’ of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights, in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date. Israel said the targets included weapons storage, logistics sites and intelligence centers used by elite Iranian forces in Syria. It also said it destroyed several Syrian air-defense systems after coming under heavy fire and that none of its warplanes was hit.” (05/10/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israel-strikes-dozens-of-iranian-targets-in-syria/2018/05/10/c18085ce-540d-11e8-a6d4-ca1d035642ce_story.html

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2) Trump greets American abductees freed by North Korean regime
Source: The Hill

“President Trump greeted three American prisoners freed by North Korea Thursday morning, marking a significant diplomatic milestone between the longtime adversaries. … The release, largely seen as a goodwill gesture by Kim, could pave the way for a new era of U.S.-North Korea relations after heightened tensions last year saw Trump and Kim threaten each other with nuclear strikes.” (05/10/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/international/asia-pacific/387049-trump-greets-3-american-prisoners-freed-by-north-korea

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3) Pakistan: Parliament passes transgender protection bill
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Pakistan’s parliament has passed a law guaranteeing basic rights for transgender citizens and outlawing discrimination by both employers and private business owners, a move hailed by activists as ‘historic’ for the conservative South Asian country. Members of parliament voted to pass the wide-ranging Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act in the capital, Islamabad, on Tuesday. The law accords citizens the right to self-identify as male, female or a blend of both genders, and to have that identity registered on all official documents, including National Identification Cards, passports, driver’s licenses and education certificates.” (05/09/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/pakistan-passes-landmark-transgender-rights-law-180509095207950.html

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4) Malaysia: Mahathir scores shock election win
Source: Reuters

“An alliance of opposition parties spearheaded by Mahathir Mohamad won Malaysia’s general election, official results showed on Thursday, setting the veteran strongman on course for a return to the prime minister’s Office he occupied for 22 years. Mahathir’s stunning defeat of the coalition that has ruled the Southeast Asian country since independence from Britain six decades ago means that, at the age of 92, he will become the oldest elected leader in the world.” (05/09/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-election/malaysias-veteran-leader-mahathir-wins-shock-election-victory-idUSKBN1I93EV

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5) NY: Schneiderman let Clinton Foundation skip identifying foreign donors
Source: New York Post

“State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman gave the Clinton Foundation a pass on identifying foreign donors in its charitable filings — making it impossible to know if it got any special favors while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, according to a report Tuesday. Scripps News found that the foundation and its subsidiary, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, took in $225 million in government donations between 2010 and 2014. New York’s charity law clearly states: ‘Organizations that received a contribution or grant from a government agency during the reporting period shall include the name of each agency from which contributions were received and the amount of each contribution.’ But both the foundation and the CHAI failed to do that, and Schneiderman, a member of Clinton’s ‘leadership council’ in New York and a fierce critic of Donald Trump, did nothing about it.” (05/09/18)

https://nypost.com/2016/09/06/schneiderman-let-clinton-foundation-skip-identifying-foreign-donors/amp/

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6) McCain confirms he gave Trump dossier to Comey
Source: The Daily Beast

“In his new book, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) confirms that he gave a controversial dossier about President Trump to former FBI chief James Comey. ‘I agreed to receive a copy of what is now referred to as ‘the dossier,” McCain writes in the upcoming book, titled The Restless Wave, referencing information compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. ‘I reviewed its contents. The allegations were disturbing, but I had no idea which if any were true. I could not independently verify any of it, and so I did what any American who cares about our nation’s security should have done.’” [editor’s note: So he admits to colluding with Steele’s Kremlin-linked sources via Steele, just as the Clinton campaign did. Is Mueller going to investigate him? – TLK] (05/09/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/mccain-confirms-he-gave-trump-dossier-to-comey-duty-demanded-i-do-it

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7) British flight attendant claims first-class passengers pay stewardesses for sex
Source: Fox News

“An air hostess from a British airline has lifted the lid on the mile-high bonks, romps with pilots and celebrity affairs that go on among the glamorous crew. The stewardess, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims life on board is every bit as outrageous as the famous names she’s met. She first joined the airline ‘to travel the world, meet new people and get paid for living the lifestyle.’ Now, 15 years later, she claims she’s seen and heard it all — and revealed that two girls last year were making money by having sex with first class and business class passengers. She said one stewardess got caught trying to drum up business as a prostitute on a flight.” (05/09/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/05/09/british-flight-attendant-claims-first-class-passengers-pay-stewardesses-for-sex.html

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8) Macron et al. pledge to salvage Iran deal
Source: CNN

“French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed Europe’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday while urging Tehran to take part in future discussions over its ballistic missile program. A day after US President Donald Trump announced he was quitting the pact, putting him on a collision course with some of the US’ closest allies, Macron spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani by telephone as attempts to salvage the deal began in earnest. … Representatives from France, the UK and Germany — key signatories to the six-nation negotiating group that brokered the 2015 Obama-era Iran deal — would meet with their Iranian counterparts on Monday and were committed to preserving the agreement, [Foreign Secretary Jean-Yves] Le Drian said.” (05/09/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/09/europe/iran-deal-macron-rouhani-intl/index.html

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9) Somalia: Suicide bomber strikes market, killing at least ten
Source: Yahoo! News

“A Somali official says a suicide bomber has killed at least 10 people at a crowded market in a southern town. Security official Ali Mohamed tells The Associated Press that the bomber, thought to be with the al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab extremist group, detonated a suicide vest in the market in Wanlaweyn, 90 kilometers (55 miles) south of Mogadishu. Fifteen other people were wounded in the attack. Mohamed says most of the victims are civilians.” (05/09/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/somalia-suicide-bomber-strikes-market-kills-least-10-173846661.html

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10) Israel: Regime orders Human Rights Watch director to leave country
Source: CBS News

“Israel has given a Human Rights Watch director two weeks to leave the country, accusing him of promoting a boycott, in a move the rights group said sought to muzzle criticism. The interior ministry said Tuesday it had terminated the residency permit of HRW’s Israel and Palestine director Omar Shakir, a U.S. citizen, over accusations that he supported a boycott of Israel. … Israeli officials have clamped down on groups seen as supporting the global campaign for BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions), which aims to pressure Israel to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories.” (05/09/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/israel-human-rights-watch-omar-shakir-expelled-boycott-benjamin-netanyahu/

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11) UK: May forced to give MPs single market vote after shock defeat
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“MPs will have a vote on remaining in the European Economic Area — effectively a vote on the single market — after a shock defeat for the government in the Lords. It means the Brexit strategy of both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn has been blown apart in the last 24 hours. The rebel Labour amendment in the Lords opened the prospect of a Commons vote on the EEA — a less stringent version of the single market — after 83 Labour peers voted against the party whip. … The vote came hours after Boris Johnson called the prime minister’s proposal for a customs partnership ‘crazy’ in an interview with the Daily Mail that dealt a major blow to the government’s strategy of a cautious balance between leave and remain.” (05/09/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/may/08/labour-peers-force-may-to-give-mps-vote-over-single-market-plans

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12) Nunes, Gowdy invited to DOJ for classified briefing after document demands
Source: Fox News

“House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy have been invited to the Justice Department Thursday for a classified briefing about Nunes’ latest requests for classified information related to the Russia investigation, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Fox News has learned this is a direct result of a meeting at the White House on Tuesday between Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, his deputy Ed O’Callahan and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Rosenstein had been on official travel in New York but raced back to Washington for the meeting. A source familiar with the situation tells Fox News that after the meeting the three held a speakerphone call with Nunes and Gowdy and told the lawmakers the DOJ would work with them in an effort to get them the information they have been seeking.” (05/09/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/09/nunes-gowdy-invited-to-doj-for-classified-briefing-after-document-demands.html

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13) In Trump country primary showdowns, both establishment party establishments score critical wins
Source: ABC News

“In the broadest slate of primary showdowns thus far this midterm election season, Republicans and Democrats scored critical wins deep in the heart of Trump country — perhaps offering a glimpse of the fierce faceoffs to come November. In the closely watched West Virginia GOP Senate primary, former coal baron Don Blankenship, who was convicted of a misdemeanor for conspiring to violate mine safety regulations, roiled the race and garnered headlines with racially-tinged insults and sharp-tongued barbs. … Ultimately, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey emerged the victor in the hotly-contested race. Blankenship appeared to finish third. … in Indiana, an acrimonious three-way race in the GOP Senate primary notable for its Trump lovefest ultimately saw a self-proclaimed ‘outsider’ millionaire businessman nab the win. Mike Braun navigated the GOP primary with an aggressive campaign funded almost entirely by almost $6 million of his own money. … In Ohio’s gubernatorial primary where Democrats tilted to the left, Richard Cordray, the former director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama easily won his primary against former Democratic congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.” (05/09/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-country-primary-showdowns-parties-score-critical-wins/story?id=55032135

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14) Poll: Americans support Trump’s decision to illegally renege on Iran deal
Source: Investors Business Daily

“As expected, President Trump has announced he will pull the U.S. out of the failed Iran nuclear deal, barring a renegotiation of its terms. Predictably, critics on the right and left are ripping Trump’s decision. But a new IBD/TIPP Poll suggests Trump will find support for strengthening the deal from the American public. Trump called the 2015 nuclear pact a ‘horrible one-sided deal that should never ever have been made.’ Now Iran has to decide whether to walk away or renegotiate. Their decision will no doubt be influenced by the fact that Trump will now push for a reimposition of tough trade sanctions on Iran. Despite Trump’s announcement, neither new sanctions or a pullout from the deal will go into effect for six months. That gives both Iran and the U.S. time to renegotiate. The U.S. has said it wants to renegotiate. Does Iran? If so, Americans will support it. According to the IBD/TIPP Poll of 900 U.S. adults taken from April 26 to May 4 and released just this week, most Americans would like to see some changes made to the deal. Only 15% of Americans said ‘do nothing.’” (05/08/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/ibdtipp-poll-americans-support-tough-trump-stance-on-iran-nuclear-deal

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15) Drug distributor apologizes for distributing drugs
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“The head of a major pharmaceutical distributor apologized before Congress on Tuesday for not doing more to stop the shipment of millions of powerful prescription opioids to pharmacies in two small West Virginia towns, while another industry leader admitted that his company contributed to the nation’s opioid crisis. Cardinal Health executive chairman George Barrett said he is sorry that the company did not act faster to halt millions of hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to the pharmacies in West Virginia, which has the nation’s highest rate of opioid overdose death.” [editor’s note: What’s there to apologize for? His company sells a product. Why WOULDN’T it fulfill customer orders for that product? – TLK] (05/08/18)

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2018/05/08/Drug-executives-express-regret-to-Congress-over-the-opioid-crisis/stories/201805080142

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16) Facebook shakes up management, launches blockchain decision
Source: The Epoch Times

“Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday ordered one of the biggest management shakeups in the history of the social network, giving more responsibility to his chief product officer and launching a blockchain division. The shakeup appeared to consolidate power at the sprawling internet company, although it included no firings or outside hires and did not change the role of either Zuckerberg or Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. … David Marcus, the head of Messenger for the past four years, is leaving that role to set up a group to explore how to use blockchain technology across Facebook, he said in a post on Facebook.” (05/09/18)

https://www.theepochtimes.com/facebook-shakes-up-management-launches-blockchain-division_2517978.html

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17) Australia: Four dual citizen MPs resign in wake of High Court ruling, sparking byelections
Source: Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]

“Four federal MPs have quit the Parliament following the High Court’s ruling on Wednesday, sparking a ‘super Saturday’ of byelections that will deliver an early verdict on the Turnbull government’s budget. Labor MPs Justine Keay, Josh Wilson and Susan Lamb resigned about an hour before question time on Wednesday, after the nation’s highest court ruled their Senate colleague Katy Gallagher ineligible to sit in Parliament because she was a dual citizen at the close of nominations prior to the last election. … Wednesday’s events take the total number of politicians to quit or be booted from Parliament as a result of the citizenship crisis to 15 — but two, Coalition MPs Barnaby Joyce and John Alexander, were returned at subsequent byelections.” (05/09/18)

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/four-dual-citizen-mps-resign-in-wake-of-high-court-ruling-sparking-byelections-20180509-p4ze89.html

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18) Afghanistan: At least six wounded, eight dead in Taliban attacks
Source: Washington Post

“Three suicide bombers struck two police stations in Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday, wounding at least six people, officials said. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish says the first suicide bomber struck a station in the western part of the city. He says there was sporadic gunfire after the blast, as a ‘cleanup operation’ was underway. He says another two suicide bombers struck at the entrance of a police station in the city center. Asam, the head of the Kabul ambulance service, who only has one name, confirmed that six people have been transferred to hospitals. The toll was expected to rise. … The Taliban issued a statement saying they control the district and claiming to have killed 10 security forces. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, the Taliban attacked a school being used as a voter registration center, killing eight soldiers in the latest in a series of attacks targeting preparations for elections later this year.” (05/09/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/official-taliban-capture-2nd-district-compound-in-2-days/2018/05/08/81e205a4-533c-11e8-a6d4-ca1d035642ce_story.html

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19) Congo: Seventeen deaths reports as Ebola outbreak confirmed
Source: Yahoo! News

“At least 17 people have died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an outbreak of Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday. It is the ninth time Ebola has been recorded in the central African nation, whose eastern Ebola river gave the deadly virus its name when it was discovered there in the 1970s, and comes less than a year after its last outbreak which killed eight people. … Medical teams supported by the World Health Organization and medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres were dispatched to the zone on Saturday and took five samples from suspected active cases. Two of those samples tested positive for the Zaire strain of the Ebola virus, the ministry said.” (05/09/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/seventeen-deaths-reported-congo-ebola-outbreak-confirmed-071032984.html

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20) Mormon church cuts century-long ties with Scouts
Source: Time

“The Mormon church said Tuesday it will sever all ties with the Boy Scouts of America at the end of next year and place its remaining 425,000 boys into a gospel-focused youth program it is developing. The move ends a nearly century-old relationship that was based on their shared values. The announcement by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Boy Scouts didn’t come as a complete surprise after the religion last year removed 185,000 boys between the ages of 14 and 18, signaling that an end to the long-time alliance was near. Joining the Boy Scouts is practically automatic among Mormon boys, and the religion has long been the biggest sponsor of Boy Scout troops in the United States. The Mormon boys who will be leaving represent about 18.5 percent of the 2.3 million youth in the organization. The Mormon church said in a statement that the move is about creating its own youth program that it can use for its increasingly global membership, but the two organizations’ values clearly have been diverging in recent years.” (05/09/18)

http://time.com/5270638/mormon-church-boy-scouts-cut-ties/

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

21) The Iran nuclear deal isn’t just a good idea — it’s the law
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On May 8, President Donald Trump announced US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, colloquially known as ‘the Iran nuclear deal.’ While that decision has come under criticism for being both a really bad idea and a severe betrayal of trust, both of which are true, it’s worth noting that the US withdrawal is also a breach of treaty obligations, and that such obligations are, per the US Constitution and co-equal with it, ‘the Supreme Law of the Land.’” (05/09/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13595

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22) Washington secrecy is creating a know-nothing democracy
Source: The Hill
by James Bovard

“Washington may be more secretive nowadays than at any time in recent decades. Federal policymakers have become accustomed to rationing what they release while citizens are assured that official secrecy makes them more secure. But American democracy cannot survive perpetual bipartisan coverups from the political ruling class.” (05/09/18)

http://thehill.com/opinion/civil-rights/386972-washington-secrecy-is-creating-a-know-nothing-democracy

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23) We’re all trespassers now in the face of the government land grabs
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“We have no real property rights. Think about it. That house you live in, the car you drive, the small (or not so small) acreage of land that has been passed down through your family or that you scrimped and saved to acquire, whatever money you manage to keep in your bank account after the government and its cronies have taken their first and second and third cut … none of it is safe from the government’s greedy grasp. At no point do you ever have any real ownership in anything other than the clothes on your back. Everything else can be seized by the government under one pretext or another (civil asset forfeiture, unpaid taxes, eminent domain, public interest, etc.). The American Dream has been reduced to a lease arrangement in which we are granted the privilege of endlessly paying out the nose for assets that are only ours so long as it suits the government’s purposes.” (05/09/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/trespassers-now-face-governments-land-grabs/

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24) Government not designed to help
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“How can anyone watch every form of government fail, over 5,000-plus years of history, and still have faith it can work if done right; if the right constitution is enacted; if the right people are given power? Not only do they keep the faith as it fails, but some want to give government even more power over our lives. Enough is enough. Government is powerless to help, but is specially suited to harm. People act surprised when the true nature of politician after politician is revealed, but what kind of person do they imagine seeks to have power over the lives of others?” (05/09/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/05/09/voices/government-not-designed-to-help/157588.html

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25) Code is capital
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Kate Sills

“Blockchain technology revolutionizes the credibility of property rights transfer at a distance. For the first time, transfers of property title can be recorded securely on a public, decentralized ledger without the use of a central authority. Furthermore, blockchain-based smart contracts can turn digital assets into capital by creating ‘abstractions built from widely tradable rights’ (Miller and Stiegler 2004). … Although digital currencies are what made them famous, blockchains disrupt a long-held assumption about digital assets in general — that central authorities are required.” (05/09/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/code-is-capita

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26) Opioid distributors flooded communities with painkillers. Now they deny responsibility.
Source: USA Today
by staff

“Even as overdoses and deaths from prescription painkillers devastated the nation, two of the largest drug distributors in the United States delivered at least 12.3 million opioid painkillers to a single pharmacy in tiny Mount Gay-Shamrock, W.Va. (population 1,779) over eight years starting in 2006. That’s more than 6,900 pills for every man, woman and child in the small town. Even that accounts for only a fraction of the prescription opioids that distributors pumped into rural towns in West Virginia, a state with the nation’s highest rate of overdose deaths in 2016. Did any of these sophisticated corporations think there was something odd about millions of pills going to independent pharmacies in rural areas? On Tuesday, top executives of five opioid distributors had their chance to answer before a House committee that has been investigating pill dumping in West Virginia.” (05/09/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/08/opioid-distributors-offensive-denials-editorials-debates/592089002

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27) The US is out of the Iran deal. What now?
Source: Reuters [UK] by James Dobbins

“Many regard the invasion of Iraq as the worst foreign policy move in the history of the American republic. Now we arguably have a competitor. The decision to abandon the nuclear agreement with Iran isolates the United States, reneges on an American commitment, adds to the risk of a trade war with the United States’ allies and a hot war with Iran, and diminishes the prospects of a durable and truly verifiable agreement to eliminate the North Korean nuclear and missile threat. The worst consequences would be a nuclear-armed Iran or a war with Iran, or conceivably both. These outcomes may yet be averted. At this point the initiative has moved to the other six signatories of this agreement and particularly the European NATO allies.” [editor’s note: The US is violating the Iran deal. The only way to get out of the Iran deal is to withdraw from the UN – TLK] (05/09/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-dobbins-iran-commentary/commentary-the-u-s-is-out-of-the-iran-deal-what-now-idUSKBN1IA2MA

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28) “She should have fought back. Other people did”: Inside Gina Haspel’s black site
Source: The Daily Beast
by Spencer Ackerman

“Even under a legal definition concocted to provide the Central Intelligence Agency with maximal leeway to brutalize its captives, what Gina Haspel’s interrogators did to Nashiri qualifies as torture. In 2002, the year that the torture program began, the law was clear, and it was not on the CIA’s side. … There is little evidence that interrogators under Haspel’s command at the Thai black site expressed reluctance or resistance to torture. But the next team of interrogators, which did not work directly for Haspel, promptly expressed both. … By late January 2003, Nashiri’s treatment was too much for an unidentified agency official whom the Senate torture report describes as the CIA’s chief of interrogations. In an email to colleagues titled CONCERNS OVER REFINED INTERROGATION PLAN FOR NASHIRI, the interrogations chief talked about quitting.” (05/09/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/she-should-have-fought-back-other-people-did-inside-gina-haspels-black-site

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29) Expectations and the Austrian Business Cycle Theory
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“According to the Austrian Business Cycle Theory (ABCT) the artificial lowering of interest rates by the central bank leads to a misallocation of resources because businesses undertake various capital projects that prior to the lowering of interest rates weren’t considered as viable. This misallocation of resources is commonly described as an economic boom. As a rule businessmen discover their error once the central bank — that was instrumental in the artificial lowering of interest rates — reverses its stance, which in turn brings to a halt capital expansion and an ensuing economic bust. From the ABCT one can infer that the artificial lowering of interest rates sets a trap for businessmen by luring them into unsustainable business activities that are only exposed once the central bank tightens its interest rate stance.

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30) New York, the most politically toxic place in America
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

Until Monday night, Eric Schneiderman was regarded as a model progressive in the #MeToo era–a powerful Democrat who, as New York’s attorney general, sued Harvey Weinstein for civil and human rights violations over the movie mogul’s alleged abuse of women. But Schneiderman’s reputation and career have collapsed after The New Yorker revealed that he, too, allegedly abused women. Four women, including two longtime partners, told the magazine that Schneiderman slapped, spat on, or punched them. He also used his political authority to intimidate them. When one of them tried to ward off his attack, he said, ‘You know, hitting an officer of the law is a felony.’ … Schneiderman, who has denied the allegations but resigned nonetheless, is not just another powerful man brought down in the #MeToo era. He’s also a prime example of a specific phenomenon: the immoral New York politician.” (05/09/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148337/new-york-politically-toxic-place-america

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31) The presidency is too big to succeed
Source: The Atlantic
by Jeremi Suri

“The American presidency is broken, and everyone seems to know it. Many of its challenges are, by now, familiar. Presidents are bombarded by a 24-hour news media, populated by journalists looking to expose any appearance of negligence or wrong-doing. The range of crises — foreign and domestic — has expanded as the country has grown. And yes, presidents are more isolated than ever before. But the country has long had a vicious media culture, a wide array of daily crises, and isolated leaders. Presidents including Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Roosevelt all complained about these problems — and to greater or lesser extents, succeeded in spite of them. So why is the contemporary office doomed to failure? The fundamental problem is that the expectations surrounding presidential power have created an unending series of demands, at home and abroad. Presidents are simply trying to do too much in too many places.” (05/09/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/the-real-reason-the-presidency-is-impossible/559877/

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32) America loses big as Trump jettisons the nuclear deal
Source: The American Conservative
by John Allen Gay

“The original nuclear deal took years to realize even after the strongest sanctions were put in place. The original sanctions had support from key Iranian trading partners in Europe, and were helped along by then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s severe economic bungling. The broader deal Trump seeks, if talking points circulated by the White House reflect the president’s convictions, will require Iran to make the sorts of steep concessions usually only offered by states defeated in war. The odds are long. We are giving up a fine bird in the hand for those two in the bush.” (05/08/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/america-loses-big-as-trump-jettisons-the-nuclear-deal/

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33) How what we do there drives central Americans here
Source: The American Prospect
by Jeff Faux

“The ‘caravan’ of some 200 Central American refugees at our southern border has given Donald Trump another opportunity to inflame the already incendiary debate over immigration from the south. Tweeting that ‘our country is being stolen,’ he called out the National Guard to defend us from the huddled groups of tired and poor that the Statue of Liberty beckons to our shores. But even without this president’s vile demagoguery, Americans are divided (among and within themselves) over immigration policy. The compassionate side argues that we are morally obligated to shelter refugees from violence and natural disaster. And as a nation built by immigrants, we should continue to welcome new ones. In this spirit, polls report that a majority favor some path to citizenship for those here illegally who have worked and paid taxes–especially for those who came here as children.” (05/09/18)

http://prospect.org/article/how-what-we-do-there-drives-central-americans-here

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34) Spite over justice
Source: National Review
by Conrad Black

“Having indicted a bunch of Russians in the certain knowledge that they could not be brought to justice, Mueller has been completely outmaneuvered by one of the Russian corporate defendants, Concord Management and Consulting, that wishes to go to trial and demands the production of Mueller’s evidence. Mueller is now backpedaling and trying to delay matters with the ludicrous claim that the company had been improperly served. Sessions, Rosenstein, and Mueller all deserve to be fired, and Mueller appears to wish that, as the last chance to embarrass Trump politically. The president is wise to leave them, as they are sinking anyway, and unless Mueller backs down, the last battle will probably be over a subpoena of the president — before the Supreme Court, where the evidence of the unprofessional and unconstitutional conduct of Trump’s enemies will be unanswerably adduced.” (05/09/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/donald-trump-robert-mueller-investigation-disaster/

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35) A drought of our own making
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Susan Pendergrass

“Can we call a place a desert if we refuse to let water in? The Fordham Institute recently released an interesting look at which communities in the U.S. have a significant portion of low-income students but very few choices when it comes to their education. Fordham calls them ‘charter school deserts,’ and they created interactive maps of each state with the deserts highlighted. Sadly, these are easy to identify in Missouri. Just find the Census tracts where more than 20 percent of children live in poverty and circle them. … students who live in areas of concentrated poverty around Springfield, in the southern part of the state, and in the bootheel have no options beyond their assigned public school.” [editor’s note: Apparently Pendergrass has never heard of homeschooling – TLK] (05/08/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/school-choice/drought-our-own-making

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36) How Russia-obsessed Democrats set stage for Trump’s violation of the Iran deal
Source: In These Times
by Michael Arria & Sarah Lazare

“Leading Democrats have consistently pegged their anti-Trump ‘resistance’ to a more confrontational stance toward Russia — and bundled this demand with a push for greater escalation against Iran. Now, the danger of this strategy is undeniable: These same Democrats helped set the stage for Trump’s disastrous ‘withdrawal’ on Tuesday from the nuclear deal with Iran, and are playing a meaningful role in pushing U.S. foreign policy to the right. Under the 2015 Iran deal, the United States ostensibly loosened sanctions in exchange for an agreement by Iran to roll back its nuclear program (Iran did not have an active nuclear weapons program). Trump’s withdrawal puts the United States and its allies on course for further military confrontation with Iran and its allies, and forces ordinary Iranians to suffer the consequences of devastating sanctions, including medicine shortages and food insecurity.” (05/09/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21129/Iran_Deal_Donald_Trump_Chuck_Schumer_war_Russia_North_Korea

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37) The lethal success of pain pill restrictions
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“To the extent that [prescription drug monitoring programs] succeed in making pain pills harder to obtain, they encourage nonmedical users to seek black-market substitutes. ‘Changes to either the supply or cost of prescription opioids after a PDMP is instituted,’ Fink et al. observe, ‘might reasonably drive opioid-dependent persons to substitute their preferred prescription opioid with heroin or nonpharmaceutical fentanyl.’ Restricting access to pain pills also seems to be increasing the percentage of opioid users who begin with heroin. A 2015 survey of people entering treatment for opioid use disorder found 33 percent had started with heroin, up from 9 percent in 2005. If the aim is preventing drug-related deaths, this shift is counterproductive, to say the least. Because their purity and potency are inconsistent and unpredictable, illegally produced opioids are much more dangerous than pain pills.” (05/09/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/05/09/the-lethal-success-of-pain-pill-restrict

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38) The proof is in the pudding: State and local action drives change in DC
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“I frequently say ‘Washington D.C. will never fix America’s problems. Washington D.C. is America’s problem!’ People often take that to mean I don’t think we can fix America’s problems. That’s not the case. I just believe that instead of focusing on D.C., we need to start with change at the local and state level. From there, it will filter up to Washington D.C. We’re beginning to see this strategy pay off when it comes to marijuana policy. After more than two decades of state, local and individual nullification, the federal government’s unconstitutional prohibition of cannabis is beginning to come apart at the seams.” (05/09/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/05/09/the-proof-is-in-the-pudding-state-and-local-action-drives-change-in-d-c/

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39) Extremists R Us
Source: CounterPunch
by Tom Engelhardt

“[O]ne thing is, almost by definition, obvious. We are not a nation of extreme acts or extreme killers. Quite the opposite. Yes, we make mistakes. Yes, we sometimes kill. Yes, we sometimes even kill the innocent, however mistakenly. Yes, we are also exceptional, indispensable, and great (again), as so many politicians and presidents have been telling us for so many years now. And yes, you might even say that in one area we are extreme — in the value we put on American lives, especially military ones. The only thing this country and its leaders are not is extremist in the sense of an al-Qaeda or an ISIS, an Assad regime or a South Sudanese one. That goes without saying, which is why no one here ever thinks to say it. Still, just for a moment, as a thought experiment, set aside that self-evident body of knowledge and briefly try to imagine our own particular, indispensable, exceptional version of extremity; that is, try to imagine ourselves as an extreme nation or even, to put it as extremely as possible, the ISIS of superpowers.” (05/09/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/09/extremists-r-us/

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40) Before and after welfare handouts
Source: Town Hall
by Walter E Williams

“Before the massive growth of our welfare state, private charity was the sole option for an individual or family facing insurmountable financial difficulties or other challenges. How do we know that? There is no history of Americans dying on the streets because they could not find food or basic medical assistance. Respecting the biblical commandment to honor thy father and mother, children took care of their elderly or infirm parents. Family members and the local church also helped those who had fallen on hard times. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, charities started playing a major role. In 1887, religious leaders founded the Charity Organization Society, which became the first United Way organization. In 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America started helping at-risk youths reach their full potential. In 1913, the American Cancer Society, dedicated to curing and eliminating cancer, was formed. With their millions of dollars, industrial giants such as Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller created our nation’s first philanthropic organizations.” (05/09/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2018/05/09/before-and-after-welfare-handouts-n2478229

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41) Low bigotry expecations
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Is bigotry against an entire religion wrong or not so much, depending on the race or socio-economic status of the people espousing the bias? No, man.” (05/09/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/05/09/low-bigotry-expectations/

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42) The meaning of verification
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ted Snider

“As North Korea begins to open up to the world, what must they be hearing? Two of the loudest stories concern Donald Trump’s reactions to countries accused of having active weapons of mass destruction programs. Trump bombed Syria for using chemical weapons, and he has now officially pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement with Iran. But the first thing that needs to be said in any discussion of Syria’s chemical weapons or Iran’s nuclear weapons is the one thing that is seldom said: Syria has no chemical weapons and Iran has no nuclear ones. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) verified Syria to be chemical free, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified Iran’s consistent and continued compliance with the JCPOA. To the best of anyone’s knowledge, Syria has no chemicals and Iran has no nukes: that’s what verification means.” (05/09/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/ted_snider/2018/05/08/the-meaning-of-verification/

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43) Five reasons the future isn’t here yet
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Every conference on tech these days features confident talk of the future. Everything is going to change and the results will be amazing! I’ve given a fair share of talks like this, mostly focussed on distributed ledgers and their potential to disrupt the status quo in money, contracts, and investment. Today’s fashion for futurism probably compares to the 1893 World’s Fair that shaped popular culture. Then as now, the question is: why is the future not here yet? We have the technology. It is deployed in a limited way. It mostly seems to work. It seems intuitively obvious that it is better. Under these conditions, it seems like the future should be now.” (05/08/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/five-reasons-future-isnt-here-yet

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44) A recession soon?
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“I will not repeat the cliche according to which predicting the future is more difficult than predicting the past, but I see at least three reasons to expect a recession soon. First, the last recession ended nine years ago (in June 2009), which means that the current expansion will have lasted 10 years next month. That long an expansion only happened once before …. Second, interest rates have been increasing for some time, and the Fed wants to push them up further. … Third — and this may generate a harder economic shock than the second reason — investors are worried about the smoldering trade war.” (05/08/18)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2018/05/a_recession_soo.html

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45) A national homeland destroys liberty and private property
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“One of the favorite arguments that proponents of immigration controls use to justify their position is the national-homeland concept. They say that America is a national homeland and, therefore, that the federal government legitimately wields the omnipotent power to determine who enters the nation and who doesn’t. Comparing the nation to a private homeowner, they assert that since a private homeowner doesn’t leave his door open for the world to enter, neither should the federal government leave the door to the nation open either. There are two big problems, however, with the national-homeland argument. First, America isn’t a national homeland. That’s what Nazi Germany was. America is instead a nation based on the concepts of individual liberty and private-property rights. Second, freedom and private-property rights are both destroyed by the concept of a national homeland.” (05/09/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/05/09/national-homeland-destroys-liberty-private-property/

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46) Does your medical licensure board protect you?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jane M Orient, MD

“A bill that would give doctors the right to defend themselves if brought before the state licensure board, the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME), was heard in the Louisiana state House of Representatives on May 2. If it passes, doctors could find out exactly what they’re accused of, see the evidence, and present a defense to an unbiased judge and jury. They are Americans, right? Even terrorists and rapists have these rights. In fact, a doctor can be delicensed, bankrupted, disgraced, and made unemployable, based on an anonymous complaint that might have come from a disgruntled employee, a jealous competitor, an insurance company that doesn’t want to pay a bill, or a drug addict who wants a lighter sentence for stealing a prescription pad and forging prescriptions. A board employee functions as investigator, prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner. The politically appointed members of the board almost always rubber-stamp what the board staff wants.” (05/08/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/05/does-your-medical-licensure-board-protect-you/

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47) Trump pulls out of Iran deal — US determined to become a rogue state
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“It’s important to understand what a massive mistake pulling out of the Iran deal is. Irrespective of your opinion on its merits, it’s a deal agreed to by all major global powers. The U.S., Iran, France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia signed it. There’s only one country in that wants to scrap it (and did so today), the U.S. This is no small event and the long-term repercussions are enormous. What Trump just did, in no uncertain terms, is tell the entire world that no deal signed with the U.S. means anything. Why even bother negotiating with the U.S. if agreements can just be canceled unilaterally with no evidence of wrongdoing?” (05/08/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/05/08/trump-pulls-out-of-iran-deal-u-s-determined-to-become-a-rogue-state/

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48) When big business lowers food prices: The Sainsbury’s-Asda merger
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Everyone ‘knows’ that big businesses collude in order to raise consumer prices — and the larger the business, the more it can demand. In that case, what is everyone to do with the merger of two UK supermarket titans, Sainsbury’s and Asda, which is forecast to lower food prices for British families? … Obviously, with a larger share of the food industry — a commodity everyone needs to survive — their first act will be raising prices, right? In fact, Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe has promised to lower the price of everyday household items 10 percent by ‘leveraging the buying power of the combined business.’ That pledge, provided he keeps it, would save families an estimated £500 million ($650 million U.S.).” (05/08/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/05/08/when-big-business-lowers-food-prices-sainsburys-asda-merger

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49) Lies about yet another Middle Eastern country, from yet another US President
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Do you know who the single biggest donor was to any candidate in the 2016 presidential race? Hillary Clinton’s massive $1.2 billion losing campaign budget might make you think that it was one of the many, many powerful influencers who were looking to get on her good side prior to her anticipated coronation, but it wasn’t. The largest donor to any campaign was oligarch Sheldon Adelson, who gave $25 million to the Trump campaign, and who in 2013 said that the US should drop a nuclear bomb on Iran. After his election win, Adelson gave another $5 million to Trump’s inauguration, the largest single presidential inaugural donation ever made. Newt Gingrich, another of the billionaire’s hired politicians, has said that Adelson’s ‘central value’ is Israel. … Lobelog’s Eli Clifton has published an article on how two other pro-Israel, anti-Iran oligarchs, Bernard Marcus and Paul Singer, helped pave the way for this decision along with Adelson. If you want to know what policies a politician will take seriously, ignore his campaign rhetoric and look at his largest sponsors.” (05/09/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/05/09/we-are-being-lied-to-about-yet-another-middle-eastern-country-by-yet-another-us-president

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50) Why so many young Colombians support Gustavo Petro
Source: PanAm Post
by Javier Garay

“Populist Petro is currently leading in Bogota, among the youngest voters, and in some coastal regions of the country, despite the fact that the candidate has hardly shied away from heralding his preference for a very centralized economic model. He enjoys a volatile relationship with the media, and has called for increasing the size and scope of the state in almost all areas, justifying his proposals with the rhetoric of class warfare, which divides society into ‘the rich’ and ‘the rest.’ Why do so many people seem to support an option like that? It is possible that his surprisingly high support is based on the naivety of the voters. They are seduced by the siren songs trumpeting the possibility of free goods and services.” (05/08/18)

https://panampost.com/javier-leonardo-garay-vargas/2018/05/08/why-so-many-young-colombians-support-gustavo-petro/

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51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/09/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Yesterday President Trump announced that he was pulling the US out of the Iran nuclear agreement. Washington’s European partners failed to follow suit, opting to remain in the deal. For now. Will Trump’s team be able to take the world back to pre-2015, when all were agreed on sanctioning Iran? Or has Trump backed the US into a corner? Who wins from Trump’s move?” [Flash video] (05/09/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trump-kills-iran-deal-who-wins-who-loses

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52) Scott Adams Says, 05/09/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about structural racism. Iran, and coffee.” [Flash video] (05/09/18)

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

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53) Electric Libertyland, episode 71
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland Brian McWilliams looks at the latest on the Iran Deal, the government’s ‘best month ever’ for revenue, social justice warriors losing their minds over cultural appropriation, and America finally defunding the radical propagandist group ‘The White Hats.’ He also may have something to say about Seattle’s proposed ‘Amazon’ tax.” [various formats] (05/09/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/05/09/iran-welcomed-back-to-sanctionville-usa-cuts-support-to-syrian-white-hats/

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54) Intercepted Podcast, 05/09/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: As a bipartisan gaggle of spies and politicians lobby for [Gina] Haspel to become CIA director, we look at how after World War II, the U.S. and its allies prosecuted Japanese soldiers for waterboarding American POWs. Journalist Matt Taibbi talks about Trump, Russia, Putin, Stormy Daniels, and the liberal embrace of authoritarianism. Sarah Jaffe reports on the teachers’ strikes across the U.S., the fight for unions and the rebellion of low wage workers. Former Goldman Sachs and Bear Stearns executive Nomi Prins talks about central banks, the Federal Reserve, and economic neoliberalism. Plus, Melania Trump launches a campaign to educate her husband.” [various formats] (05/09/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/09/just-following-orders/

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55) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 191
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #191, I breakdown Trump’s announcement that the US is withdrawing from the JCPOA.” [various formats] (05/09/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-191-trump-leaves-iran-deal

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56) Free Talk Live, 05/08/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Federal Cannabis Decrim? :: Stupid Bitcoin War :: Obamacare Menu Labeling Law Going into Effect :: Calories vs Calories :: Transit Time :: Sugar Taxes :: Privacy Coins :: Silicon Valley goes 100% Pro-Crypto :: HOSTS — Ian, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/08/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-05-08

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57) Cato Daily Podcast, 05/08/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The United States is leaving the Iran Nuclear Deal by violating its terms. Emma Ashford discusses the uncertainty it will foster in the region.” [various formats] (05/08/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/us-violates-iran-nuclear-deal

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58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1152
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“I talk to Pat Buchanan about foreign policy, where conservatives have gone wrong, and what the future holds.” [various formats] (05/08/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1152-pat-buchanan-on-foreign-adventurism/

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59) Reality Check, 05/08/18
Source: Truth in Media

“Is the U.S. No Longer Funding the White Helmets?” [Flash video] (05/08/18)

http://truthinmedia.com/reality-check-funding-white-helmets-update/

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60) Bloggingheads.tv, 05/08/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Glenn Loury (Brown University) and Laurence Kotlikoff (Boston University, kotlikoff.net) … Democrats and Republicans spin Trump’s tax overhaul … Why does Paul Krugman think the bill is regressive? … Larry gives the bill a final grade of B- … Larry’s plan to make food stamps more equitable and accessible … Why no one is talking about the deficit … Corporation are legal fictions: why tax them?” [Flash video] (05/08/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/52754

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