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Volume XVI, Issue #3,975
Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Kim potentially nixes US summit over denuclearization demands
2) US regime identifies suspected hero in leak of Vault 7 materials
3) IA: Groups sue to stop “fetal heartbeat” abortion ban
4) SCOTUS rejects challenge to California county’s repeal of Second Amendment
5) CA: Judge rules against assisted suicide law on legislative process grounds
6) Venezuela: Cereal maker Kellogg ends operations
7) Senators ask FDA to reject Philip Morris’ iQOS application
8) MD: Hogan signs legislation banning sexual orientation torture on minors
9) TN: Waffle House suspect’s father gave him back his weapons; lawsuit claims he’s responsible
10) American Airlines expands list of banned “emotional-support animals”
11) STDs reach all-time high in California
12) Tom Wolfe, 1930-2018
13) Afghanistan: Regime, occupation forces launch air strikes as Taliban attack western city
14) Soros group leaves Hungary, citing “hate campaign”
15) US Senate to vote Wednesday on reinstating corporate welfare for Big Data, aka “Net Neutrality”
16) Kaspersky to move to Switzerland following Dutch regime throws in with New Red Scare theatrics
17) CA: Coffee shop barista refuses to serve idiot douchenozzle
18) Uber will not require alleged sexual assault victims to sign confidentiality deals
19) HI: Dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide prompt health warning
20) NRA must use real names in lawsuit, federal judge rules

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Note to Seattle: If you want less of something, tax it
22) Fight the populist right, the progressive left, and the governments they control
23) What SCOTUS victory for sports gambling means for cannabis & sanctuary cities
24) The age of petty tyrannies
25) Time to end Net Neutrality regulation once and for all
26) Trump’s gratuitous damage [sic] to global harmony
27) Ticket monopoly worse than ever (thanks, Obama)
28) Trump’s Iran decision gives unexpected gift to Putin
29) Seattle makes Amazon & Starbucks scapegoats for its own housing blunders
30) Sorry, honey, capitalism ain’t the problem with sex
31) Who turned off the lights?
32) Supreme Court’s sports gambling opinion is a rare and major win for the Tenth Amendment
33) Seattle just showed how to rein in Amazon — and the company is going to war
34) Gun culture genocide
35) Byrd v. United States: The Supreme Court takes a broad view of Fourth Amendment standing
36) A hidden cost of inflation
37) The CIA is psyopsing America to help torturer Gina Haspel get the job of CIA boss
38) Why tort action against fossil fuel producers is a good idea
39) Trump’s plan for Iran: Put terrorists in charge
40) Iran sanctions a reminder of how America militarized the financial system
41) Straight talk about the success sequence, marriage, and poverty
42) PGP and EFAIL: Frequently Asked Questions
43) Cuba, race, revolution, and revisionism
44) Free market money
45) The economic bandwidth problem
46) Fifteen thoughts about Israel
47) The ethanol gravy train rolls on
48) Monetary fallacies and inflationary bubbles
49) Investigators: MH370 Malaysia Airlines captain “deliberately evaded radar,” crashed plane in murder-suicide
50) Here’s what happens when you click on a spammy cryptocurrency ad

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Cato Daily Podcast, 05/15/18
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/15/18
53) Reality Check, 05/15/18
54) Fresh Air, 05/15/18
55) Scott Adams Says, 05/15/18
56) Free Talk Live, 05/14/18
57) Reason Podcast, 05/14/18
58) Cato Daily Podcast, 05/14/18
59) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/14/18
60) Interview: Kevin Dixie
61) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 347
62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1156
63) Editor’s Break, episode 84
64) Bloggingheads.tv, 05/14/18
65) The Bob Zadek Show, 05/13/18

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

1) Kim potentially nixes US summit over denuclearization demands
Source: Politico

“North Korea signaled early Wednesday that it was not interested in a ‘one-sided’ summit with the U.S. in which it would be pressured to give up its nuclear weapons, The Associated Press reported, citing a top North Korean official. The statement from Kim Kye Gwan, North Korea’s first vice foreign minister, was issued through the North’s state-run Central News Agency. It came just hours after the Yonhap News Agency, the Seoul-based media outlet, reported that the North had abruptly canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea scheduled for Wednesday and was considering withdrawing altogether from the highly anticipated meeting between President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, over ongoing military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea.” [editor’s note: “One-sidedness” is actually a reasonable consideration. I don’t recall hearing Washington indicate any willingness to give up ITS nukes – TLK] (05/15/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/15/north-korea-summit-trump-south-korea-589040

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2) US regime identifies suspected hero in leak of Vault 7 materials
Source: Washington Post

“The U.S. government has identified a suspect in the leak last year of a large portion of the CIA’s computer hacking arsenal, the cyber-tools the agency had used to conduct espionage operations overseas, according to interviews and public documents. But despite months of investigation, prosecutors have been unable to bring charges against the man, who is a former CIA employee being held in a Manhattan jail on unrelated charges. Joshua Adam Schulte, who worked for a CIA group that designs computer code to spy on foreign adversaries, is believed to have provided the agency’s top-secret information to WikiLeaks, federal prosecutors acknowledged in a hearing in January. … In documents, prosecutors allege that they found a large cache of child pornography on a server that was maintained by Schulte. But he has argued that anywhere from 50 to 100 people had access to that server, which Schulte, now 29, designed several years ago to share movies and other digital files.” (05/15/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-identifies-suspect-in-major-leak-of-cia-hacking-tools/2018/05/15/5d5ef3f8-5865-11e8-8836-a4a123c359ab_story.html

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3) IA: Groups sue to stop “fetal heartbeat” abortion ban
Source: Raw Story

“Planned Parenthood and the Iowa branch of the American Civil Liberties Union said they sued on Tuesday to stop a state law from coming into effect that would impose the strictest abortion limits in the United States. Iowa’s Republican-controlled legislature voted last month to outlaw an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, effectively banning the procedure at about the six-week mark, which may be before a woman realizes she is pregnant. The lawsuit was anticipated by some sponsors of the law, who hoped to trigger a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 decision that established that women have a constitutional right to an abortion. The lawsuit in Polk County District Court seeks a hearing within two weeks to block the law before it goes into effect on July 1.” (05/15/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/groups-sue-stop-iowas-fetal-heartbeat-abortion-ban

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4) SCOTUS rejects challenge to California county’s repeal of Second Amendment
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a challenge by would-be gun dealers and a firearms organization to an Alameda County ordinance that bans new gun stores in unincorporated areas within 500 feet of a residential neighborhood, school or day care center. The justices left intact a federal appeals court ruling that said the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects only the right to keep and bear arms, not the right to sell them. Lawyers for the county said similar buffer-zone ordinances are in effect in 17 other cities and counties in California, including San Francisco, Oakland and Contra Costa County. The 1998 Alameda County ordinance was challenged by three businessmen who wanted to open a gun shop in an unincorporated area near San Leandro, 446 feet away from the nearest home on the other side of Interstate 880. Their suit, backed later in legal filings by the National Shooting Sports Federation, contended the county had effectively banned new gun stores in unincorporated areas and therefore violated the rights of prospective gun owners.” (05/15/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Supreme-Court-leaves-Alameda-County-s-gun-store-12917010.php?t=f7cde6a7a8

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5) CA: Judge rules against assisted suicide law on legislative process grounds
Source: Sacramento Bee

“A judge in Riverside County on Tuesday overturned California’s controversial assisted death law nearly two years after it took effect, ruling that the Legislature improperly passed the measure during a special session on health care funding. The court is holding its judgment for five days, according to representatives for supporters and opponents of the law, to give the state time to file an emergency appeal. … Signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015, the assisted death law allows doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients with six months or less to live. Hundreds of Californians have already taken advantage of that option, including 111 individuals who died from taking the drugs in the first seven months of their availability.” (05/15/18)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article211195824.html

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6) Venezuela: Cereal maker Kellogg ends operations
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US-based cereal maker Kellogg says it is pulling out of Venezuela because of the economic deterioration in the country. Workers said they were prevented from entering the plant in the central city of Maracay on Tuesday. The announcement comes ahead of Sunday’s presidential elections. President Nicolas Maduro, who is standing for re-election, told a rally that he would hand control of the factory over to the workers. ‘We’ve begun judicial proceedings against the business leaders of Kellogg’s because their exit is unconstitutional,’ Mr Maduro told cheering supporters in the central state of Carabobo. ‘I’ve taken the decision to deliver the company to the workers in order that they can continue producing for the people.’” (05/15/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44133905

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7) Senators ask FDA to reject Philip Morris’s iQOS application
Source: Reuters

“Ten U.S. senators called on the Food and Drug Administration to reject Philip Morris International Inc’s (PM.N) application to market its iQOS smoking device as being less risky than cigarettes, according to a letter to the agency’s commissioner. The senators, all Democrats, cited remarks by an expert scientific panel that reviewed the application for the FDA and voted last month to recommend against granting Philip Morris permission to do so, according to the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters. The senators also referred to a Reuters report in December that identified shortcomings in the training and professionalism of some of the lead investigators in the clinical trials submitted to the FDA by Philip Morris, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes. Former Philip Morris employees and contractors also described irregularities in those experiments.” (05/15/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-tobacco-philipmorris/u-s-senators-ask-fda-to-reject-philip-morris-iqos-application-idUSKBN1FR1WH

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8) MD: Hogan signs legislation banning sexual orientation torture on minors
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a bill into law on Tuesday to prohibit health professionals from practicing ‘gay conversion therapy’ on minors, as a growing number of states and municipalities are banning it. Maryland is the 11th state to enact legislation against the practice of trying to alter a person’s sexual orientation through psychological intervention. Supporters of the ban note the therapy is widely discredited by medical and mental health associations. The law will classify the practice as unprofessional conduct. Supporters say the measure will help protect youths from depression, anxiety and potential suicide by preventing them from being forced into such treatment. ‘I think it’s fantastic, because it will save the lives of young people in our state,’ said Sen. Richard Madaleno, a Democrat who sponsored the bill.” (05/15/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Maryland-bans-gay-conversion-therapy-for-minors-12916315.php

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9) TN: Waffle House suspect’s father gave him back his weapons; lawsuit claims he’s responsible
Source: USA Today

“The family of one of four people killed in a Nashville-area Waffle House in April is suing the father of Travis Reinking, the man accused of carrying out the attack. The family of Joe Perez filed a civil lawsuit Monday against Jeffrey Reinking in Tazewell County, Ill., where the Reinkings live. The lawsuit states Jeffrey Reinking is responsible in part for the attack because he gave his son several weapons, even after the state of Illinois revoked the suspected gunman’s authorization to own weapons in the state. ‘When (Jeffrey Reinking) was asked by the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office to take possession of Travis Reinking’s firearms, including the Bushmaster AR-15, and agreed not to allow Travis Reinking to have access to those weapons, he gratuitously assumed a duty to the community of those who came or were to come in the vicinity of Travis Reinking, including Joe R. Perez, Jr. and the other guests or workers at the Waffle House, to secure those weapons so that Travis Reinking did not have access to them,’ the lawsuit states.” (05/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/05/15/waffle-house-shooting-victim-family-lawsuit/612200002

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10) American Airlines expands list of banned “emotional-support animals”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Starting 1 July, passengers on American Airlines flights will be prohibited from flying with frogs, hedgehogs, and goats even if they are therapy animals. The airline published a new policy on Tuesday in response to a rise in people flying with so-called emotional support animals on board with them. In addition to expanding the list of banned creatures, the carrier will also require a doctor’s note for any animal. Tusked animals will be banned from flying, but miniature horses will not. The new ruling expands the airline’s banned creatures list to include amphibians, spiders, goats, snakes, ‘non-household birds,’ or any smelly or unclean animal. Reptiles, hedgehogs, insects, and rodents are also banned, as well as any ‘animals with tusks, horns or hooves (excluding miniature horses properly trained as service animals).’” [editor’s note: So I guess I can’t reserve a seat for my invisible unicorn – SAT] (05/15/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44132340

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11) STDs reach all-time high in California
Source: USA Today

“The number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases in California reached a record high last year and officials are particularly concerned by a spike in stillbirths due to congenital syphilis, state health authorities said Monday. More than 300,000 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in 2017, a 45 percent increase from five years ago, according to data released by the California Department of Public Health. Chlamydia and gonorrhea are most common among people under 30, the report said. Rates of chlamydia are highest among young women, while men account for the majority of syphilis and gonorrhea cases. If left untreated, chlamydia and gonorrhea can lead to infertility, ectopic pregnancy and chronic pelvic pain. Syphilis can result in blindness, hearing loss and neurologic problems. The figure that caused the greatest alarm for researchers and administrators was 30 stillbirths resulting from congenital syphilis statewide — the highest number reported since 1995, the CDPH said. Los Angeles County alone saw congenital syphilis cases jump from eight in 2013 to 47 last year.” (05/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2018/05/15/stds-reach-all-time-high-california-leading-spike-stillbirths/610724002

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12) Tom Wolfe, 1930-2018
Source: New York Times

“Tom Wolfe, an innovative journalist and novelist whose technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers, astronauts and Manhattan’s moneyed status-seekers in works like ‘The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby,’ ‘The Right Stuff’ and ‘Bonfire of the Vanities,’ died on Monday in a Manhattan hospital. He was 88. His death was confirmed by his agent, Lynn Nesbit, who said Mr. Wolfe had been hospitalized with an infection. He had lived in New York since joining The New York Herald Tribune as a reporter in 1962.” (05/15/18)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/15/obituaries/tom-wolfe-pyrotechnic-nonfiction-writer-and-novelist-dies-at-88.html

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13) Afghanistan: Regime, occupation forces launch air strikes as Taliban attack western city
Source: Yahoo! News

“US and Afghan aircraft Tuesday bombed Taliban positions in the western city of Farah after the insurgents launched a major attempt to capture the provincial capital, with fearful residents seeking shelter from explosions and gunfire. The attack — the first major assault targeting a city since the Taliban launched their annual spring offensive — began around midnight, with the militants capturing one urban district and parts of another, said local provincial council member Jamila Amini.” (05/15/18)

https://au.news.yahoo.com/heavy-fighting-taliban-attack-western-afghan-city-085110265–spt.html

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14) Soros group leaves Hungary, citing “hate campaign”
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Billionaire George Soros'[s] pro-democracy [sic] Open Society Foundations will pull out of Hungary following growing pressure from the right-wing government there. Citing ‘an increasingly repressive political and legal environment’ in Hungary, the OSF said in a statement that its decision to quit the country comes amid a crackdown on non-governmental organizations launched by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who won re-election to his fourth term in a landslide victory last month. Orban — who once received a $10,000 scholarship from the Soros Foundation to study political science at Oxford — has been locked in an escalating dispute with Soros. Orban accuses Soros — a Jewish emigre who survived Nazi-occupied Hungary and later made his fortune in America — of trying to wrest control of their native country from those elected to office.” [editor’s note: Like most others, Soros and OSF are only interested in “democracy” when people vote the “right” way – TLK] (05/15/18)

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/15/611204440/george-soros-group-leaves-hungary-citing-hate-campaign

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15) US Senate to vote Wednesday on reinstating corporate welfare for Big Data, aka “Net Neutrality”
Source: New Hampshire Union Leader

“The U.S. Senate will vote on Wednesday on whether to reverse a decision by the Trump administration to roll back Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules, Democratic senators said on Monday. Advocates of keeping the 2015 open-internet rules have the backing of 50 U.S. senators, including Republican Susan Collins. And with the absence of Senator John McCain because of illness, they believe they will win on a 50-49 vote.” (05/14/18)

http://www.unionleader.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20180515/NEWS06/180519629

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16) Kaspersky to move to Switzerland following Dutch regime throws in with New Red Scare theatrics
Source: Engadget

“Things are going from bad to worse for Kaspersky Labs, the Russian anti-virus software developer. The Dutch government says it’s planning to phase out the use of the software ‘as a precautionary measure,’ and is proactively suggesting other companies do the same. Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus said the move was made to protect against Russia’s ‘offensive cyber programme that targets, among others, the Netherlands and Dutch interests.’ He also noted that the Moscow-based Kaspersky could be obliged to comply with Russian state interests because of the Russian laws it’s subject to. … Announced just this morning, the company says it plans to relocate its data storage and processing facilities for users in Europe, north America, Singapore, Australia, Japan and South Korea to a new facility in Zurich next year, to the tune of $16 million. This so-called ‘transparency center’ will be the first of several the company intends to build worldwide.” (05/15/18)

https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/15/kaspersky-to-move-to-switzerland-following-latest-government-ban/

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17) CA: Coffee shop barista refuses to serve idiot douchenozzle
Source: USA Today

“Another coffee shop confrontation caught on smartphone video is causing a stir on social media — only this time it involves man angered by a woman who identifies her herself as a Muslim. A barista at a coffee shop in Riverside, Calif., refused to serve a man after he appears to insult the woman, who was wearing a black niqab, a headscarf that covers most of the face except her eyes. In a video seen 1.6 million times on Twitter by Monday night, the man turns to the woman and asks, ‘Is it Halloween or something?’” (05/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2018/05/15/muslim-woman-confronted-allegedly-islamophobic-man-coffee-shop-which-refuses-serve-him/610430002/

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18) Uber will not require alleged sexual assault victims to sign confidentiality deals
Source: Reuters

“Uber Technologies Inc said on Tuesday sexual harassment or assault victims will have the option to settle claims with the ride-hailing service without a confidentiality provision that prevents them from speaking about the incidents. Uber also said it will no longer require mandatory arbitration for claims of sexual harassment or assault by its riders, drivers or employees.” (05/15/18)

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-uber-sexual-harassment/uber-will-not-require-sexual-assault-victims-to-sign-confidentiality-deals-idUKKCN1IG1IF

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19) HI: Dangerous levels of sulfur dioxide prompt health warning
Source: CNN

“As if the catastrophic, home-devouring lava weren’t bad enough, now residents have to worry about choking on sulfur dioxide. Dangerous levels of the toxic gas are rising from some fissures, Hawaii County officials warned Monday. ‘Severe conditions may exist such as choking and inability to breathe,’ the county’s civil defense agency said. ‘This is a serious situation that affects the entire exposed population.’” (05/15/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/15/us/hawaii-kilauea-volcano/index.html

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20) NRA must use real names in lawsuit, federal judge rules
Source: South Florida Sun Sentinel

“A federal judge ruled that the National Rifle Association must disclose the names of two teenagers if it wants to use them in a lawsuit challenging Florida’s new gun law. The NRA is suing to block Florida’s new gun law that requires anyone wanting to buy a gun to be 21 years old. The state included the age restrictions in a sweeping gun safety bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott shortly after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Citing the harassment of one of its top Florida officials who was subjecting to threatening and profanity-laced emails and phone calls, attorneys for the NRA wanted to include a 19-year-old woman as a plaintiff in the lawsuit but wanted to keep her name confidential and instead identify her as Jane Doe. The NRA also sought to include testimony from another 19-year-old man as well. The move was challenged by Attorney General Pam Bondi.” [editor’s note: If you want to use the government court system, the taxpayers who fund it should get to know who you are – TLK] (05/15/18)

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-nra-lawsuit-names-20180515-story.html

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

21) Note to Seattle: If you want less of something, tax it
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“What’s the best way to help the homeless? While there are lots of reasons for homelessness in America, ranging from mental illness to the use of e.g. ‘sex offender registries’ to put certain areas off-limits to certain people, poverty likely places high on the list — and a major cause of poverty is the inability to find a good job. Apparently the city council of Seattle, Washington, disagrees. On May 14, the council voted unanimously to start reducing the Emerald City’s employment opportunities for the purpose of funding the city government’s homeless services and affordable housing schemes.” (05/15/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13614

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22) Fight the populist right, the progressive left, and the governments they control
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“In America 2018, the dominant political tribes despise all things that make America worth a damn. The populist right rejects individualism in favor of a raw cult of personality that demands unthinking loyalty to the Great Leader. The progressive left rejects debate in favor of repressing those who would dare offer opposing views. What’s a decent person to do but spurn both political tribes and work to undermine the governments they dominate?” (05/15/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/05/15/fight-the-populist-right-the-progressive

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23) What SCOTUS victory for sports gambling means for cannabis & sanctuary cities
Source: USA Today
Ilya Somin

“Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued a 7-2 decision in Murphy v. NCAA, striking down a federal law that blocks states from legalizing sports gambling under their own state laws. The ruling is a major victory for federalism, and has important implications that go beyond the issue of sports gambling. Murphy invalidates a provision of the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which mandates that states may not ‘sponsor, operate, advertise, promote, license, or authorize by law or compact’ sports betting. A coalition of sports leagues, including the NCAA, the NBA, the NFL, and Major League Baseball, filed a lawsuit arguing that New Jersey’s laws partially legalizing sports gambling within the state qualifies as ‘authorization’ and thus violates PASPA. New Jersey argued that that PASPA violates the ‘anti-commandeering’ principles of the Tenth Amendment. Under several longstanding Supreme Court precedents, the Tenth Amendment prevents the federal government from compelling the states to enforce federal law, including by forcing state legislatures to enact laws of their own. The Supreme Court majority ruled that PASPA is unconstitutional.” (05/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/15/sports-gambling-supreme-court-federalism-marijuana-sanctuary-cities-column/610876002

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24) The age of petty tyrannies
Source: OpEdNews
by John W Whitehead

“We labor today under the weight of countless tyrannies, large and small, carried out in the name of the national good by an elite class of government officials who are largely insulated from the ill effects of their actions, and inflicted on an overtaxed, overregulated, and underrepresented populace. Consider, for example, that federal and state governments now require on penalty of a fine that individuals apply for permission before they can grow exotic orchids, host elaborate dinner parties, gather friends in one’s home for Bible studies, give coffee to the homeless, let their kids manage a lemonade stand, keep chickens as pets, or braid someone’s hair, as ludicrous as that may seem. A current case before the Supreme Court, Niang v. Tomblinson, strikes at the heart of this bureaucratic exercise in absurdity that has pushed overregulation and overcriminalization to outrageous limits.” (05/15/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Age-of-Petty-Tyrannies-by-John-Whitehead-Freedoms_Government_License-180515-21.html

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25) Time to end Net Neutrality regulation once and for all
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by James L Gattuso

“At the core of net neutrality regulation is a prohibition on broadband service providers (such as Verizon and Comcast) charging different rates, or offering different service levels, to content providers, such as Netflix and YouTube. For instance, the rules specifically ban ‘paid prioritization,’ which means charging more for better services, or less for more limited service. But such service prioritization is not usually a bad thing. In fact, it exists in almost every product market in America. Try buying an airline ticket, gas for your car, or even new clothes, and you will find this kind of differentiation going on. And they almost always operate to the benefit of consumers.” (05/15/18)

https://fee.org/articles/time-to-end-net-neutrality-regulation-once-and-for-all/

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26) Trump’s gratuitous damage [sic] to global harmony
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“That Nobel is likely to continue eluding President Trump. Consider his latest trade war with Europe. Are you concerned that Trump will win the Nobel Prize for making peace with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un? You needn’t worry. Kim and Trump may stage the illusion of progress towards a de-nuclearized Korea. But the details of that goal will take long and arduous diplomacy. One risk is that Kim is setting a trap for Trump in which both leaders can claim success, but as negotiations drag on North Korea keeps working on its arsenal and its nuclear delivery vehicles. Trump, showman and cynic, may go along so that he can claim a diplomatic breakthrough. The opposite risk is that Trump will realize that he is being played, and will one-up Kim by walking out of the talks, thus adding to regional tensions. The one thing that will not happen is the immediate conclusion of a final and verifiable deal.” [editor’s note: It still amazes me how one-note these doomsaying critics are, when there is just as good a chance that some of this actually works – SAT] (05/15/18)

http://prospect.org/article/trump%E2%80%99s-gratuitous-damage-global-harmony

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27) Ticket monopoly worse than ever (thanks, Obama)
Source: The New Republic
by David Dayen

“When I write about monopoly power, one popular complaint is that the issue feels too remote and abstract. Antitrust law is bound up in confusing terminology and complex measurements like the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index. But I reject the notion that people have no personal experience of how monopolies affect their daily lives. Have you ever bought a concert ticket? If so, then you know the feeling. You waited weeks for tickets to become available, only for them to sell out in minutes—and then appear shortly thereafter on reseller websites, at a huge markup. Or you managed to get the tickets into your shopping cart, only to discover while checking out that there’s a hefty ‘processing fee.’ These are functions of monopoly. As a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released on Monday shows, one company dominates the primary market for ticket sales and another dominates the secondary market. The failure to stop them from getting bigger and more dominant will only compound the problem.” (05/15/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148419/ticket-monopoly-worse-ever-thanks-obama

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28) Trump’s Iran decision gives unexpected gift to Putin
Source: Reuters
by David A Andelman

“Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord has brought a bonus for the Kremlin. The U.S. president’s Iran action means that Vladimir Putin could make up with the soaring price of oil (the real backbone of the Russian economy and his hold on power) for what he lost from the sanctions. True, Putin hasn’t (yet) gotten rid of the sanctions levied by Congress on Russia and reluctantly implemented by Trump. But the Russian president must be reveling in the fact that his U.S. counterpart has caused just the sort of havoc in the United States and splits across the Western alliance that Putin wanted. Let’s tote it up. Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, effectively empowering China; has been the only nation to pull out of both the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal; and has threatened Washington’s closest allies with a series of debilitating tariffs. And then there’s all the chaos that the investigation into Russian election meddling has managed to produce in the United States.” (05/15/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-andelman-russia-commentary/commentary-trumps-iran-decision-gives-unexpected-gift-to-putin-idUSKCN1IG2Y7

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29) Seattle makes Amazon & Starbucks scapegoats for its own housing blunders
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Big businesses in Seattle face a substantial new tax to build more affordable housing. This is after the city thwarted private developers who were building affordable housing on their own dime. Only to government officials could this make any sense. This week, the city council unanimously passed a ‘head tax’ of $275 per full-time worker on any company in the city that makes more than $20 million in gross revenues. The city says the $48 million in new taxes will go toward affordable housing and providing emergency services for the city’s swelling homeless population. Major employers like Amazon.com (AMZN) and Starbucks (SBUX) opposed the tax, so naturally they became the villains of the story. How could anyone be opposed to taxing mega-corporations to build affordable housing?” (05/15/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/seattle-head-tax-amazon-starbucks-homeless-developers

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30) Sorry, honey, capitalism ain’t the problem with sex
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“The Guardian treats us to another of these feminist rants where the writer manages to show absolutely no understanding of the subjects under discussion at all. For we’re led to the conclusion that the problem with sex is capitalism. Well, OK, we’ve all rather suspected that a certain portion of the feminist movement has rather got the wrong end of the sex stick but could they at least get the economic descriptions here right? What is being discussed is a market, not capitalism. Something we can in fact prove rather easily.” (05/15/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/culture/sorry-honey-capitalism-aint-the-problem-with-sex/

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31) Who turned off the lights?
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“Is anyone paying attention to the crisis that is going on in our electric power markets? Over the past six months, at least four major nuclear power plants have been slated for shutdown, including the last one in operation in California. Meanwhile, dozens of coal plants have been shuttered as well — despite low prices and cleaner coal. Some of our major coal companies may go into bankruptcy. This is a dangerous game we are playing with our most valuable resource outside of clean air and water. Traditionally, we’ve received almost half our electric power nationwide from coal and nuclear power, and for good reason. They are cheap, highly resilient and reliable. The disruption to coal and nuclear power wouldn’t be disturbing if this were happening as a result of market forces. That’s only partially the case.” (05/15/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/05/15/who-turned-off-the-lights-n2480676

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32) Supreme Court’s sports gambling opinion is a rare and major win for the Tenth Amendment
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“In 2014, New Jersey repealed state laws prohibiting sports betting in defiance of the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). The PASPA mandated that states could not ‘sponsor, operate, advertise, promote, license, or authorize by law or compact’ sports wagering. The law made an exception for the state of Nevada. It effectively cemented current state laws related to sports betting in place. A coalition of sports leagues, including the NCAA, Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL sued New Jersey, asserting that by repealing its state law prohibiting sports betting, the state effectively authorized the activity, violating PASPA. The Court agreed that the New Jersey law effectively authorized sports betting and that it violated federal law. But in a 7-2 opinion authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the court struck down those provisions of the PASPA as unconstitutional because they violated the anti-commandeering doctrine.” (05/14/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/05/14/supreme-courts-sports-gambling-opinion-is-a-rare-and-major-win-for-the-tenth-amendment/

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33) Seattle just showed how to rein in Amazon — and the company is going to war
Source: In These Times
by Daniel Moattar

“While cities across the country line up to shower Amazon with billions of dollars in tax breaks and free office space, the Seattle City Council just hit the tech and retail giant—and the city’s biggest firm—with a new tax meant to fight homelessness and fund affordable housing. At a packed and at times combative meeting on Monday, after multiple rounds of last-minute negotiations, the Council unanimously passed an amended version of the Employee Hours Tax (EHT), which will effectively serve as a payroll tax on Seattle’s megacorporations. The passage is a major victory for progressives in the city, including councilmember Kshama Sawant, who strongly backed the corporate tax. The EHT, widely known as the ‘head tax,’ is aimed at businesses with more than $20 million in yearly receipts (i.e., the richest three percent of corporations in Seattle, including Amazon.) Those companies will now be taxed $275 per worker, annually, down from an originally proposed cap of $500 per worker. The tax is expected to raise about $48 million per year, funds to be spent on subsidies for affordable housing and resources for the city’s growing homeless population. But Amazon is striking back.” (05/15/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21145/seattle_amazon_head_tax_kshama_sawant_city_council

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34) Gun culture genocide
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“The child made an inert gun-shaped assembly of plastic blocks. He allegedly pointed it at other students. Great Ghu, did they think the Legos were going to go off? In a sane world, the teacher might have told the child, ‘Johnny, that’s very creative, but you should never point even toy guns at other people. And you’re disrupting class. Put that away until recess.’ End of story. It would have been a good time to start the class on the basic rules of safe firearms handling. Nope. Someone panicked. The police were called. The police responded … to a toy gun call.” (05/15/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=5196

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35) Byrd v. United States: The Supreme Court takes a broad view of Fourth Amendment standing
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Orin Kerr

“Before Byrd, most lower courts had held that if your name isn’t on the rental car contract, you don’t have any rights to challenge the search of the car you are driving. This has been the basic rule in the lower courts for decades. But Byrd unanimously rejects that view. According to Justice Kennedy, writing for the majority, a person who has ‘lawful possession and control’ of a car will generally have Fourth Amendment rights in it. That is true, the Court reasons, because with ‘lawful possession and control’ comes a ‘right to exclude’ others.” (05/15/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/05/15/byrd-v-united-states-the-supreme-court-t

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36) A hidden cost of inflation
Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“At today’s current inflation rate of 2.5%, the value of a dollar will fall by half in 29 years. If inflation picks up beyond that, it will take less time for the value of a dollar to decline by half. As time goes on, more and more cash transactions will be covered under the Act, enabling the government to monitor even more of our financial activities. Back in 1970 when the Act required reporting of cash transactions in excess of $65,000 in today’s prices, you can imagine people not objecting, thinking that there would be little reason to be holding that much cash. But there are some good reasons to have more than $10,000 in cash, and as inflation makes that number even smaller, more people and more transactions will be captured by government reporting requirements.” (05/14/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/05/14/a-hidden-cost-of-inflation/

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37) The CIA is psyopsing America to help torturer Gina Haspel get the job of CIA boss
Source: Boing Boing
by Cory Doctorow

“Gina Haspel is the evidence-destroying torturer whose Senate confirmation hearings for CIA chief were so frightening to her that she tried to bow out of them (she went, and bullshitted her way through). … The CIA — a spy agency charged with effecting propaganda and disinformation campaigns in foreign countries — is now waging a propaganda campaign in support of Haspel.” (05/14/18)

https://boingboing.net/2018/05/14/anyone-but-pompeo.html

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38) Why tort action against fossil fuel producers is a good idea
Source: Niskanen Center
by David Bookbinder

“Much robust debate has ensued from the recent spate of climate nuisance lawsuits filed by local governments against the fossil fuel industry seeking compensation to help pay for the costs of dealing with local climate impacts. Among the most frequently heard objections to these suits are that 1) municipalities filed these cases because the federal government has refused to act, but that tort cases are no substitute for federal policy action, and 2) that liability for climate damages — if any exist — properly rests with fossil fuel consumers, not fossil fuel producers. The fact that many smart, serious people who recognize the importance of climate risks marshal these arguments should give us pause. But we should not pause for long: Neither argument is as compelling as it appears at first glance.” (05/14/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/why-tort-action-against-fossil-fuel-producers-is-a-good-idea/

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39) Trump’s plan for Iran: Put terrorists in charge
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“In a recent speech to the MeK — a violent Islamist-Marxist cult that spent two decades on the US terror watch list — [Rudy] Giuliani promised that the Trump Administration had made ‘regime change’ a priority for Iran. He even told the members of that organization — an organization that has killed dozens of Americans — that Trump would put them in charge of Iran! Giuliani shares with numerous other neocons like John Bolton a strong relationship with this group. In fact, both Giuliani and Bolton have been on the payroll of the MeK and have received tens of thousands of dollars to speak to their followers. This is another example of how foreign lobbies and special interest groups maintain an iron grip on our foreign policy. Does anyone really think Iran will be better off if Trump puts a bunch of ‘former’ terrorists in charge of the country? How did that work in Libya?” (05/14/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/trumps-plan-iran-put-terrorists-charge

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40) Iran sanctions a reminder of how America militarized the financial system
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Tho Bishop

“Only CNN was surprised by Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he was pulling the United States out of the Iran Deal negotiated by his predecessor. Following the same failed approach of the last Republican administration, the President opted for confrontation with the Iranian regime rather than uplifting more moderate factions within the country through trade. The decision has already increased tensions in the volatile region, with Iran and Israel exchanging fire in Syria. Meanwhile European leaders are meeting Iranian officials to try to design a way to bypass new American sanctions. Others have vocally attacked Trump’s actions and attacked the US playing the role of ‘economic policeman.’” (05/14/18)

https://mises.org/wire/iran-sanctions-reminder-how-america-militarized-financial-system-1

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41) Straight talk about the success sequence, marriage, and poverty
Source: Cato Unbound
by W Bradford Wilcox

“Surprisingly, Michael Tanner of the libertarian Cato Institute clearly leans in the direction of the view that the structural forces bearing down on the poor are so powerful now as to make individual agency difficult for less-advantaged young men and women, and cultural messages like the success sequence — 1) get at least a high school degree, 2) get a full-time job, and, 3) get married before having any children — largely irrelevant, a ‘sideshow’ rather than the ‘main event’ in thinking about ways to help the poor. His emphasis on social structure in his essay is overdone: we cannot lose sight of the importance of culture and personal agency in our efforts to increase the odds that poor, Black, and Hispanic Americans have a shot at the American Dream.” (05/14/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/05/14/w-bradford-wilcox/straight-talk-about-success-sequence-marriage-poverty

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42) PGP and EFAIL: Frequently Asked Questions
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Soraya Okuda, Starchy Grant, & Bill Buddington

“Digital security trainers, whistleblowers, journalists, activists, cryptographers, industry, and nonprofit organizations have relied on PGP for 27 years as a way to protect email communications from eavesdroppers and ensure the authenticity of messages. If you’re like us, you likely have recommended PGP as an end-to-end encrypted email solution in workshops, trainings, guides, cryptoparties, and keysigning parties. It can be hard to imagine a workflow without PGP once you’ve taken the time to learn it and incorporate it in your communications. We’ve attempted to answer some important questions about the current state of PGP email security below.” (05/14/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/05/pgp-and-efail-frequently-asked-questions

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43) Cuba, race, revolution, and revisionism
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Robert H Miller

“When Cuba’s serial and multiple African military interventions began in 1963 with Guinea-Bissau’s war of independence from Portugal, Fidel Castro selected black Cuban soldiers and conscripts to man his liberation regiments. Dead black bodies in Africa were less likely to be identified as Cuban, according to Norberto Fuentes, Castro’s resident writer and — at the time — official biographer, confidant, and a participant in the later Angolan wars. Cuba’s African — and Latin American — adventures were made possible by agreements reached among the USSR, Cuba, and the United States to end the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. One of those protocols was a promise from the US that it would respect Cuban sovereignty and refrain from invading the island. To Castro, this was a green light to build Cuba’s armed forces for the liberation of the world’s downtrodden instead of having to concentrate his resources for the defense of the island.” (05/13/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1849

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44) Free market money
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jim Davidson

“There are now thousands and thousands of free market money systems. Some of them work very well. A few are based on gold and silver, and Anthem Hayek Blanchard is working on at least one of those at Hayek Gold. Some of these crypto-currencies have been around since 2009. Others are more recent, and include privacy-protecting features worth talking about.” (05/13/18)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle973-20180513-03.html

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45) The economic bandwidth problem
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Frank Miroslav

“In the last three decades, we’ve seen a resurgence in the popularity of left wing, non-market approaches to economic organizing. The rise results from a confluence of factors, one part of the story being that the economic left has largely been freed of material reality since the ubiquity of capitalism after the fall of the Soviet Union. As such, the left is is no longer constrained by any party line and is more free to theorize. Another factor at play is the ubiquity of general purpose computing and the obvious demonstrations of what it’s capable of. The very real coordination successes we’ve seen under capitalism lead some to believe that such a system could be turned towards socialist ends. … The typical response from a pro-market perspective is to throw Hayek’s formulation of the calculation problem at these solutions and consider them finished. However Hayek’s formulation, while largely correct, is not particularly suited towards those living in the information age.” (05/14/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/50802

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46) Fifteen thoughts about Israel
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“1. I hate writing about Israel. The accusations of anti-semitism which necessarily go along with literally any criticism of that nation are gross enough, but even worse are the assholes who take my criticisms of the Israeli government as an invitation to actually be anti-semitic. They really do hate Jews, they really do think that every problem in the world is because of Jews and they post Jewish caricature memes and calls for genocide in the comments section on social media and it’s incredibly gross and I hate it. It feels exactly as intrusive, jarring and violating as receiving an unsolicited dick pick. But the Israeli government keeps committing war provocations and massacring Palestinians, so it’s something I’ve got to talk about. 2. Anti-semitism (or whatever word you prefer to use for the pernicious mind virus which makes people think it’s okay to promote hatred against Jewish people) is a very real thing that does exist, and I denounce it to the furthest possible extent. Anti-semitism is also a label that is used to bully the world into accepting war crimes, apartheid, oppression, and mass murder. Both of those things are true.” (05/15/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/05/15/fifteen-thoughts-about-israel

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47) The ethanol gravy train rolls on
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“Like most people I’ve spoken with, I have no innate, inflexible antipathy to ethanol in gasoline. What upsets me are the deceptive claims used to justify adding mostly corn-based ethanol to this indispensable fuel; the way seriously harmful unintended consequences are brushed aside; and the insidious crony corporatist system the ethanol program has spawned between producers and members of Congress. What angers me are the legislative and regulatory mandates that force us to buy gasoline that is 10% ethanol — even though it gets lower mileage than 100% gasoline, brings none of the proclaimed benefits (environmental or otherwise), drives up food prices, and damages small engines. In fact, in most areas, it’s almost impossible to find E-zero gasoline, and that problem will get worse as mandates increase.” (05/14/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/05/the-ethanol-gravy-train-rolls-on/

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48) Monetary fallacies and inflationary bubbles
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Looking to the next few years ahead, is America and the world going to continue riding a wave of economic growth, improving standards of living, falling and lower unemployment, and technological changes that will continue to raise the quality and variety of life? Or will this turn out to be, at least partly, an artificial economic boom that will end in another economic and financial bust? Reading the economic tealeaves is never an easy task. But the “Austrian” theory of the business cycle offers a guidebook to better see through the confusions and complexities of what the future may hold in store.” (05/14/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/monetary-fallacies-inflationary-bubbles/

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49) Investigators: MH370 Malaysia Airlines captain “deliberately evaded radar,” crashed plane in murder-suicide
Source: Yahoo! News

“The captain of the MH370 Malaysia Airlines flight ‘deliberately evaded radar’ and crashed the plane in a murder-suicide that killed 239 passengers more than four years ago, according to aviation experts. The mysterious disappearance of the Boeing 777 flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has puzzled the world, but a panel of investigators claim they have worked out what happened on board the flight in 2014. Appearing on Australia’s 60 Minutes, the team of investigators, which included a man who led the search for two years, said Captain Zaharie Amad Shah orchestrated the crash and did everything he could to ensure it went as planned.” (05/14/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/mh370-malaysia-airlines-captain-deliberately-123948210.html

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50) Here’s what happens when you click on a spammy cryptocurrency ad
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“As a sensible web user who enables Adblock, you probably don’t encounter many adverts while browsing. And on the rare occasions when you do, you’re smart enough to resist the clickbait’s overtures. But what would happen if you did click to discover ‘the next bitcoin?’ Where would the experience lead you, and could you profit from this esoteric knowledge?” (05/14/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/heres-what-happens-when-click-on-a-spammy-cryptocurrency-ad/

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51) Cato Daily Podcast, 05/15/18
Source: Cato Institute

“If you make some specific choices in life, a life of poverty is not in the cards, or so goes the argument. How should we think about the so-called ‘sequence for success?’ Michael D. Tanner comments.” [various formats] (05/15/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/there-sequence-success

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/15/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“As President Trump’s daughter and son-in-law celebrated the opening of a new US embassy in Jerusalem, some 60 protesting Palestinians were shot and killed in Gaza by Israeli snipers. The US embassy move was sold as a path to peace, but it looks like it is producing a mountain of blowback. Another foreign policy failure?” [Flash video] (05/15/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/gaza-violence-blowback-for-jerusalem

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53) Reality Check, 05/15/18
Source: Truth in Media

“EU Replacing U.S. as Global Leader After Trump Leaves Iran Deal?” [Flash video] (05/15/18)

http://truthinmedia.com/reality-check-eu-replacing-u-s-global-leader/

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54) Fresh Air, 05/15/18
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“‘Michael Pollan On The ‘New Science’ Of Psychedelics: Pollan, author of ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ and ‘The Botany of Desire,’ talks about his new book, ‘How to Change Your Mind.’ It covers the history of psychedelic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms, and how they’re now being used experimentally in therapeutic settings, to treat depression, addiction, and fear of death. Pollan also talks about his own experience experimenting with psychedelics. ‘I had an experience that was by turns frightening and ecstatic and weird,’ he says.” [Flash audio] (05/15/18)

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444908/fresh-air

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55) Scott Adams Says, 05/15/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about North Korea walking away from the negotiating table. Who saw that coming?” [Flash video] (05/15/18)

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

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56) Free Talk Live, 05/14/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Police Threaten to Kill Police Dogs if Cannabis Legalization :: Legalize Magic Mushrooms :: Tripping Advice :: Special Economic Zones :: Expatriation and Work :: Protestors Blocking Traffic :: Cryptocurrency Storage and Exchange :: Protest for the Poor :: Wages :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/14/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-05-14

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57) Reason Podcast, 05/14/18
Source: Reason

“On today’s Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman and yours truly [Matt Welch] drill down into policy areas where Trump has actually gone through with some of the insincere promises Republicans have long made to their voters, starting with the harsh policy announced last week to use family separation — ripping children from their parents — as a conscious deterrent to illegal immigration and in-person asylum applications. Other subjects covered include the Gina Haspel confirmation process, the re-litigation of torture, Trump’s attempted tamping down of drug prices, and some apologetics for pre-2008 Reason headlines.” [various formats] (05/14/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/05/14/is-trump-just-doing-the-crazy-things

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58) Cato Daily Podcast, 05/14/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The Farm Bill is a collection of handouts unlike any other. It’s designed almost entirely to earn majority support for hundreds of billions of dollars in handouts. Chris Edwards comments.” [various formats] (05/14/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/amalgamated-handouts-farm-bill

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59) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/14/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The drama in Washington continues around President Trump’s choice of CIA official Gina Haspel to be its new director. Haspel’s involvement in the CIA torture program and in covering up the evidence has led some Senators feeling unsure. Is Haspel qualified to head the CIA? That depends on what you think of the CIA and its mission …” [Flash video] (05/14/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/is-gina-haspel-qualified-to-be-cia-director

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60) Interview: Kevin Dixie
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Kevin Dixie from No Other Choice. Herein we discussed how he came to found No Other Choice, growing up in a crime ridden neighborhood, the right to self defense is innate, gun control is about control, projecting fear onto others, kitchen knives kill more people than guns, gun regulations state to state, a gun is a tool, background checks, United Kingdom pushing for knife control, philosophy of Voluntaryism, Aiming for the Truth event, VIPERS Detroit Threat Management Center and more!” [various formats] (05/14/18)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/kevin-dixie-2nd-amendment-advocate-and-founder-of-no-other-choice/

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61) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 347
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s show, Marc is joined by the Chair of the Dutch Libertarian Party, Robert Valentine! Robert is uniquely not only the Chair of the Dutch LP, but as a dual Netherlands/US Citizen, he is also a member of the US Libertarian Party! Robert details how he became interested in the ideas of liberty after coming across Ron Paul on YouTube, and goes on to explain the structure of the Netherlands political system. Robert describes the different attitudes of Europeans towards certain ‘dirty words,’ and how he goes about trying to persuade his fellow Dutchmen to take interest in the ideas of liberty.” [various formats] (05/14/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/05/14/robert-valentine-chair-of-the-dutch-lp-explains-the-state-of-libertarianism-in-the-netherlands/

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62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1156
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“This one’s a doozy, my friends. The Mises Institute’s Jeff Deist joins me to discuss libertarianism, left and right, and ongoing divisions within the movement. We pose the question: if you could have libertarianism triumph but it meant cultural outcomes of which you disapproved, would you still want it? Plus a lot more in this lively discussion.” [various formats] (05/14/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1156-listen-to-this-one-is-the-term-libertarian-still-useful-jeff-deist-on-libertarian-division/

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63) Editor’s Break, episode 84
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 084 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: why does anybody desire power?; why should you or should you not obey your parents?; why politics is always contentious; whether defending yourself from an attack by a police officer is justified and wise; and more.” [various formats] (05/14/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/want-power-obey-parents-contentious-politics-self-defense-28m-editors-break-084

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64) Bloggingheads.tv, 05/14/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Rania Khalek (www.raniakhalek.com) … The quest to reboot the Syrian civil war … Why toppling Assad would be a catastrophe … How the Syrian civil war got started … Some dubious groups the US has armed in Syria … Assad and chemical weapons … The reliance of western journalists on rebel PR.” [Flash video] (05/14/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/52792

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65) The Bob Zadek Show, 05/13/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Bryan Caplan, professor of economics at George Mason University, admits to being an Ivory Tower academic (he jokes that he’s now in the 41st grade) and that most of his students won’t ever use the material he teaches. He also thinks we spend way too much for ‘products’ like his. This honest insiders perspective only lends more credibility to his new book, The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money.” [various formats] (05/13/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/5/10/bryan-caplans-case-against-higher-education

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