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Thursday, May 17th, 2018
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In the News:

1) EU hardens against Trump with united stand on trade and Iran
2) Senate panel reveals details from Trump Tower meeting probe
3) Trump discloses payment to reimburse Stormy Daniels’s lawyer
4) Iran looks to Bitcoin as rial tumbles
5) Report: Trump will seek full funding soon for his border wall
6) CA: Michael Avenatti reportedly being investigated by State Bar
7) Study: More Americans try vaping, but fewer take it up
8) Is there a doctor on board? US surgeon general gives aid on plane
9) FL: Disgraced Parkland school officer Scot Peterson collecting $100,000 annual pension
10) Comic book legend Stan Lee, 95, sues old company for a cool billion
11) Michigan State agrees to pay $500 million to settle Nassar claims
12) Six more states join frivolous litigation parade vs. drug companies
13) Russia: Cat steals a march on Putin
14) Scientists believe alien life may exist in other universes after discovering a mysterious “force”
15) Revealed: Ecuador’s regime spent millions on security for political prisoner Assange
16) Turkey: Regime expels Israeli consul over Gaza murders
17) Report: FBI tries to re-invigorate Russiagate hysteria with Cambridge Analytica probe
18) Malaysia: Anwar freed, pardoned
19) CA: Woman killed in “suspicious” explosion at Aliso Viejo office building
20) NE: Libertarian incumbent Ebke advances to general election

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Don’t trust government to keep deals
22) Spare me claims Gina Haspel will “speak truth to power.” Real truth-tellers go to jail.
23) Don’t blame immigrants for bloated welfare state
24) How rhetoric on the left fuels bigotry on the right
25) The beauty of trade
26) Amazon fights back
27) So you wanna get involved with crypto … here’s what you need to know
28) Want to understand why Trump keeps winning? Look at Democratic hysteria
29) Closed borders and black market economics
30) The sock slider, it turns out, is a godsend
31) Profiteering from the opioid crisis
32) How much does the FDA really do to promote public health?
33) “Mexico First” frontrunner uses Trump playbook in crunch election
34) Europe’s counterpunch to America over the Iran deal
35) Real corruption: The Scott Pruitt story
36) Hold that Nobel on North Korea for now
37) Getting stuck working for Uncle Sam
38) SCOTUS feigns federalism in sports betting decision
39) Palestinians forcing the world to see their humanity
40) Re-assessing the morality of blackmail in the age of social media
41) Quantum Vibe, 05/16/18
42) Can psychedelic drugs do good?
43) Cities in capitalism are more beautiful
44) The strange economics of crop insurance
45) Stop playing politics with student suicides
46) Why the empire never sleeps: The indispensable nation folly, part 1
47) The delusion of rent controls
48) This mother of women’s suffrage supported free-market economics
49) Is there safety in numbers?
50) EFAIL

The Sound and the Fury:

51) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 05/16/18
52) Reason Podcast, 05/16/18
53) The Libertarian Angle, 05/16/18
54) Cato Daily Podcast, 05/16/18
55) Scott Adams Says, 05/16/18
56) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/16/18
57) Electric Libertyland, episode 72
58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 194
59) Free Talk Live, 05/15/18
60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1157

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

1) EU hardens against Trump with united stand on trade and Iran
Source: Bloomberg

“European Union leaders presented a determined front to stand up to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to penalize EU businesses and scupper the Iran nuclear deal. As the bloc paved the way for retaliation, its 28 leaders meeting in the Bulgarian capital Sofia made a rare demonstration of unity in the face of what EU President Donald Tusk called the ‘capricious assertiveness’ of the Trump administration. … The EU has discussed instituting a so-called blocking statute, which would shield European companies doing business with Iran. The last time the bloc threatened to use this measure was in 1996, when Bill Clinton’s administration stood down and agreed to waive sanctions aimed at curbing foreign investment in Cuba, Iran and Libya.” (05/17/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-17/with-u-s-a-fickle-ally-europe-takes-a-stand-on-trade-and-iran

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2) Senate panel reveals details from Trump Tower meeting probe
Source: Reuters

“An intermediary of a Russian oligarch and associates of then-U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump coordinated responses to revelations of a meeting in which Trump’s eldest son expected to get ‘dirt’ on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, documents released by a U.S. Senate panel showed on Wednesday. Many of the documents made public by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley focused on the June 9, 2016, meeting at the Trump Tower in New York between Donald Trump, Jr. and Nataliya Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer and acknowledged Kremlin informant. The meeting is being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.” [editor’s note: Of course, Hillary Clinton’s campaign likewise worked “Kremlin-connected sources” (via Christopher Steele) for “dirt” on Trump. But since she’s Hillary Clinton, she gets a pass – TLK] (05/16/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia/senate-panel-releases-details-from-its-trump-tower-meeting-probe-idUSKCN1IH1S9

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3) Trump discloses payment to reimburse Stormy Daniels’s lawyer
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US President Donald Trump has officially disclosed his reimbursement to his lawyer for a payment to a porn star to hush her claims of an affair. The Office of Government Ethics found on Wednesday that Mr Trump ought to have revealed the payment in his previous financial disclosure. The filing shows he paid back Michael Cohen for a 2016 expense of between $100,001 and $250,000. … The White House stated in a footnote to the filing that it was listing the payment ‘in the interest of transparency,’ even though it contended it did not have to make the disclosure. However, the head of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) wrote in a letter that ‘the payment made by Mr Cohen is required to be reported as a liability.’” [editor’s note: Okay, let’s review: They could not find anything about Russiagate (except that it was the Democrats who fixed the election); the “piss dossier” was a fiction (concocted by Hillary’s allies?); and now failure to disclose a payoff by his lawyer, for something involving consensual sex ten years ago MIGHT have been a “failure of transparency” about his personal life before in office? – SAT] (05/15/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44143960

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4) Iran looks to Bitcoin as rial tumbles
Source: Zero Hedge

“Amid sanctions fears, Iranians have reportedly spent over $2.5 billion on cryptocurrencies to get their cash out of the country in a new form of digital capital flight. The Iranian version aired on state-run media was buried at the bottom on a long discourse on cryptocurrencies, and downplayed as to its significance, but it comes as the Iranian rial plunges to new lows against the U.S. dollar, the climax of which has been Trump’s formal announcement of a withdrawal from the nuclear deal. Shortly after Trump’s announcement last week, the rial nose-dived to 85,000 to 1 US dollar, down from 57,500 rials to 1 US dollar at the end of April, and 42,890 at the end of last year.” (05/16/18)

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-16/iran-looks-bitcoin-rial-tumbles

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5) Report: Trump will seek full funding soon for his border wall
Source: Raw Story

“President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would soon push for full funding of his promised wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, which could spark budget battles in a Congress fractured over his immigration policy. ‘Now we’re going for the full funding for the wall, and we’re going to try and get that as soon as possible,’ Trump said at a roundtable with California municipal leaders who favor his goal of making the U.S. border impervious to illegal immigration. Last month Trump threatened to shut down the federal government in September if Congress did not provide more funding for his wall. If that happens, it would mark the second time in one year the U.S. government was shuttered over immigration, with an impasse leading to a brief shutdown in January. Center and right-wing lawmakers from Trump’s Republican party are split on legislation that would protect young illegal immigrants from deportation, torn over how far it should go to clamp down on legal and illegal immigration.” (05/15/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/trump-will-seek-full-funding-soon-border-wall

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6) CA: Michael Avenatti reportedly being investigated by State Bar
Source: Fox News

“The State Bar of California is investigating porn star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti, Fox News has confirmed, after a complaint was filed regarding allegedly unpaid taxes. Fox News on Wednesday obtained an April 18-dated letter verifying the existence of the investigation — unrelated to his representation of Daniels. ‘The complaint against attorney Michael J. Avenatti has been reviewed and forwarded to the Enforcement Unit for further investigation and prosecution, if warranted,’ said the letter from the state bar, written by Supervising Attorney Anand Kumar and reviewed by Fox News. The letter also provided the names of the investigators reviewing the complaint.” (05/15/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/16/michael-avenatti-being-investigated-by-california-state-bar.html

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7) Study: More Americans try vaping, but fewer take it up
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“More adults are trying e-cigarettes but fewer are sticking with the habit, suggests US research. The number of adults who tried vaping rose between 2014 and 2016 but ongoing use fell, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says. E-cigarettes (which deliver nicotine but not tar) have been marketed as a way to help smokers quit the habit. Separate research suggests use by young Americans may be declining after rising continuously from 2011-2015. It is illegal to sell vaping equipment to those under 21 years old in the US, but vaping has become so popular among schoolchildren that the name of one e-cigarette, the Juul, is now commonly used as a verb (‘to Juul’). Some fear that vaping is turning many schoolchildren who would never have smoked into nicotine addicts.” [editor’s note: Wake me when they do a study on vaping not related to nicotine – SAT] (05/15/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44139389

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8) Is there a doctor on board? US surgeon general gives aid on plane
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“When the call went out for a doctor on board, the U.S. surgeon general says he gladly stepped in to help with a medical emergency on a commercial flight. Dr. Jerome Adams says he gave assistance to someone on a Delta Air Lines jet headed Wednesday to Jackson, Mississippi. Adams tweeted the call went out requesting a doctor. He didn’t give details about the emergency, but says the person is now doing well and like a good public health service doctor, he was happy to assist. A Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman confirmed the tweet came from Adams.” (05/15/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/medical/article/Any-doctor-on-board-US-surgeon-general-gives-aid-12920476.php

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9) FL: Disgraced Parkland school officer Scot Peterson collecting $100,000 annual pension
Source: USA Today

“The Florida deputy sheriff condemned by his boss and President Trump for failing to confront a gunman who killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland has begun collecting a lifetime pension of more than $100,000 a year. Scot Peterson, the resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High during the shootings on Valentine’s Day, began receiving his monthly check for $8,702.35 in April, the Florida Department of Management Services said in a statement. ‘Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz verified that there were no charges filed against Mr. Peterson that would cause him to forfeit those benefits per Florida law,’ the statement said. It said the department would monitor a state investigation into law enforcement’s response to the assault.” (05/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/05/16/parkland-school-shooting-disgraced-deputy-scot-peterson-has-100-k-pension/615868002

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10) Comic book legend Stan Lee, 95, sues old company for a cool billion
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Stan Lee is suing the entertainment company he co-founded for $1 billion, according to legal documents. The comic book legend alleges he was coerced into a fraudulent sales agreement when he was in an emotionally and physically fragile state. The complaint, filed in LA on Tuesday, claims Pow! Entertainment made Lee, 95, sign over his name and image rights. Pow! later issued a statement insisting that Lee had ‘clearly understood’ the terms of the agreement. ‘The allegations are completely without merit,’ a company representative told the Hollywood Reporter. ‘In particular, the notion that Mr Lee did not knowingly grant Pow! exclusive rights to his creative works or his identity is so preposterous that we have to wonder whether Mr Lee is personally behind this lawsuit.’” (05/15/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-44137839

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11) Michigan State agrees to pay $500 million to settle Nassar claims
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history, officials announced Wednesday. The deal surpasses the $100 million-plus paid by Penn State University to settle claims by at least 35 people who accused assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexual abuse, though the Nassar agreement involves far more victims. ‘We are truly sorry to all. We recognize the need for change on our campus and in our community around sexual assault awareness and prevention.’ It is not clear how much each victim will receive, although the money will not be divided equally. It is also unclear where the money will come from. University spokeswoman Emily Guerrant said school leaders will now work on a way to pay the bill.” (05/15/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Michigan-State-and-Nassar-victims-reach-500M-12919200.php

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12) Six more states join frivolous litigation parade vs. drug companies
Source: Fortune

“Lawsuits filed against Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma and other drugmakers by Tennessee and Florida cast more doubt about the viability of settlement talks aimed at addressing the U.S. opioid epidemic. Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery and Florida’s Pam Bondi on Tuesday accused executives of Purdue and other opioid makers and distributors of fueling a public-health crisis by falsely claiming that the synthetic pain medicine wasn’t addictive. They joined more than 20 other states that have sued companies including Purdue, Johnson & Johnson and McKesson Corp. over the products.” (05/16/18)

http://fortune.com/2018/05/16/oxycontin-purdue-pharma-lawsuit-tennessee-florida-opioid-epidemic/

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13) Russia: Cat steals a march on Putin
Source: Newsweek

“Russian President Vladimir Putin looked set to be the first to cross the controversial multibillion bridge linking Russia to Crimea [sic] — but a cat seems to have beaten him to it. Putin drove across the newly built bridge to Crimea — a territory Russia annexed from Ukraine [sic] in 2014 — to officially open its road lanes for car traffic. His truck led about a dozen others from Russia’s Krasnodar region to Crimea, as TV cameras showed him to be the first to make the 12-mile trip, as he inspected the construction that will continue until next year. A local feline gave his seal of approval a full day before the Russian leader, however, after apparently making the journey by foot. ‘First to run the 19 kilometers (12 miles). Everything is ready!’ Mostik the cat, a mascot for the bridge builders, posted on Instagram on Monday. ‘Tomorrow I am ceremonially opening the bridge with the builders and the president. And starting May 16th you can come yourselves.’” [editor’s note: Russia did not annex Crimea “from Ukraine.” Crimea seceded from Ukraine and became an “autonomous republic” before holding a referendum resulting in a request for annexation by Russia – TLK] (05/15/18)

http://www.columbian.com/news/2018/may/15/putin-opens-bridge-linking-southern-russia-with-crimea/

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14) Scientists believe alien life may exist in other universes after discovering a mysterious “force”
Source: New Zealand Herald [New Zealand]

“Alien life could be widespread across numerous other universes, scientists suggest. Researchers came to the startling conclusion while studying dark energy, a mysterious ‘force’ that is accelerating the expansion of the universe. Current theories suggest our universe contains the ‘perfect’ amount of dark energy to sustain life, the Daily Mail reports. Any more or less of it would tear apart the fabric of reality and stop planets and stars from forming. But a new study suggests this limit is far more generous than experts once thought, meaning that the conditions needed to sustain existence may not be that rare. If our universe is one of many versions of the cosmos — a concept known as the ‘multiverse’ — then life could be common throughout it, they say.” (05/16/18)

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=12052709

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15) Revealed: Ecuador’s regime spent millions on security for political prisoner Assange
Source: Guardian [UK]

“Ecuador bankrolled a multimillion-dollar spy operation to protect and support Julian Assange in its central London embassy, employing an international security company and undercover agents to monitor his visitors, embassy staff and even the British police, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Over more than five years, Ecuador put at least $5m (£3.7m) into a secret intelligence budget that protected the WikiLeaks founder while he had visits from Nigel Farage, members of European nationalist groups and individuals linked to the Kremlin.” [editor’s note: They should bill the UK regime for the costs of holding its political prisoner – TLK] (05/15/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/15/revealed-ecuador-spent-millions-julian-assange-spy-operation-embassy-london

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16) Turkey: Regime expels Israeli consul over Gaza murders
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Turkey’s foreign ministry has asked Israel’s consul-general in Istanbul to leave the country ‘for some time,’ after Israeli forces [murdered] more than 60 Palestinians during protests in the Gaza Strip. On Tuesday, the ministry made a similar call to Israel’s ambassador to Ankara, which got reciprocal response from Israel on the same day. Elton Naeh, the ambassador, had only been in his post since December 2016, after a reconciliation deal earlier that year ended a dispute over the May 2010 deadly storming of a Turkish ship by Israeli [pirates] that saw relations downgraded for more than half a decade.” (05/16/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/turkey-expels-israeli-consul-spat-gaza-violence-180516063533535.html

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17) Report: FBI tries to re-invigorate Russiagate hysteria with Cambridge Analytica probe
Source: New York Daily News

“After earning the ire of Facebook’s 2 billion users, political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica is now under investigation from the FBI and Justice Department, according to a report. The consultancy, which worked for Republicans including Sen. Ted Cruz and President Trump, has swirled around the edges of the investigation into alleged Russian meddling, though the New York Times reported Tuesday that there is a probe into Cambridge itself. It was not immediately clear why the firm was being investigated, though the Times report said that witnesses have been questioned and told there is an open investigation into the firm and ‘associated U.S. persons.’” (05/16/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/cambridge-analytica-investigation-fbi-report-article-1.3992475

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18) Malaysia: Anwar freed, pardoned
Source: US News & World Report

“Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim was freed from custody Wednesday after receiving a royal pardon, transforming a political prisoner into a prime minister-in-waiting following his alliance’s stunning election victory. Anwar, 70, was convicted of sodomy in 2015 in a case he said was aimed at crushing his alliance, which was making gains against Malaysia’s long ruling coalition government. His sentence was set to end June 8 but last week’s unexpected election win, which ended the National Front’s 60-year rule, led to his swift release. Dressed in a suit, Anwar waved to reporters as he was whisked from a hospital, where he was recovering from shoulder surgery, to an audience with Malaysia’s king. The royal palace said in a statement that the monarch had given Anwar a full pardon following advice from the Pardons Board. Anwar is prime minister-in-waiting but unlikely to take over quickly from Mahathir Mohamad, who after leading Anwar’s alliance in the election campaign has become the world’s oldest leader at 92.” (05/16/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-05-15/malaysias-reformist-icon-anwar-freed-given-royal-pardon

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19) CA: Woman killed in “suspicious” explosion at Aliso Viejo office building
Source: Los Angeles Times

“A woman was killed in an explosion that rocked an Aliso Viejo medical office building Tuesday afternoon. Authorities called the explosion suspicious but did not reveal many further details. Both federal and local investigators were on the scene. Two law enforcement sources told The Times the expolsion was likely caused by a package that was delivered to the location, but cautioned that it would be speculative to say the blast was intentional. Local authorities are leading the investigation. At least one person died inside the building and three others were injured, said Tony Bommarito, a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority. The explosion occurred about 1:10 p.m.” (05/15/18)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-aliso-viejo-explosion-20180515-story.html

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20) NE: Libertarian incumbent Ebke advances to general election
Source: Lincoln Journal Star

“Incumbent Sen. Laura Ebke ran second in her District 32 bid to return to the Nebraska Legislature. She said Tuesday night she expects a tussle in the next few months leading up to the general election. Jefferson County farmer Tom Brandt led the pack of three candidates in that district by a good margin and will challenge Ebke in November. District 32 encompasses five counties and includes the southwest corner of Lancaster County. Gov. Pete Ricketts'[s] pick, Al Riskowski, finished last and will not advance.” [editor’s note: Ebke switched from Republican to Libertarian during her current term and the GOP is pulling out all stops to unseat her – TLK] (05/15/18)

http://journalstar.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elections/ebke-runs-second-in-district-race-where-governor-s-pick/article_3564dad1-ba43-5a01-8ec2-c9627b645c89.html

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

21) Don’t trust government to keep deals
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“President Trump has decided to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and his critics are enjoying their opportunity to show concern. You can debate whether the deal had any legitimacy, whether it was a good idea, and what breaking the deal means, but you’d be missing the point. Agreements are meaningless to governments.” (05/16/18)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/05/16/voices/dont-trust-government-to-keep-deals/157714.html

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22) Spare me claims Gina Haspel will “speak truth to power.” Real truth-tellers go to jail.
Source: USA Today
by James Bovard

“In the Senate Intelligence Committee secret vote today on whether to confirm Trump nominee Gina Haspel as chief of the CIA, she will likely again be praised for promising to ‘speak truth to power.’ This has recently become one of the favorite accolades in the least trusted city in America. But will Americans be as gullible this time around? … The notion that some official will stalwartly tell the truth is supposed to spur Americans’ faith that Washington can be redeemed — as if we are only two or three nominations away from honest government. This is why ‘speaks truth to power’ is lathered onto almost any nominee without multiple perjury convictions. But it remains the political equivalent of a used car dealer swearing a vehicle was previously owned by a grannie who only drove on Sunday afternoons.” (05/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/16/gina-haspel-vote-confirmation-cia-column/613147002/

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23) Don’t blame immigrants for bloated welfare state
Source: Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh & Robert Orr

“he Trump administration is in the process of writing new regulations to guarantee that certain immigrants won’t consume too many welfare or entitlement benefits. The welfare state is certainly a problem, but it’s a home-grown one, not an imported one. Welfare’s benefits are too large and too many people receive them. But the Trump administration should not blame this problem on immigrants. In fact, immigrants use fewer welfare and entitlement benefits in than native-born Americans.” (05/16/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/dont-blame-immigrants-bloated-welfare-state

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24) How rhetoric on the left fuels bigotry on the right
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Few questions divide opponents of President Donald Trump more than this one: Should those who hope to defeat the president exercise more care in how they talk about the American right to avoid fueling the most bigoted strains of populism? Lots of liberals think so. Dozens of variations on that advice appear in books, newspaper op-eds, magazine articles, lectures, and conversation threads on social media. And while many of those variations are unconvincing, and ought to be refuted and rejected, even the strongest variations on the theme are met with hostility from the left. Such arguments are more likely to be mischaracterized (always uncharitably) and dismissively mocked than debated.” (05/16/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/can-rhetoric-on-the-left-fuel-bigotry-on-the-right/560285/

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25) The beauty of trade
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“I ordered a ThinkPad laptop from Lenovo, a Chinese company that bought the ThinkPad line from IBM in 2005. … The customized ThinkPad I had ordered online on April 26 was manufactured in China and … was tendered to the shipping company on May 4. … From Heifei in China, it traveled over the week-end to Shanghai, then Japan, and landed in Anchorage, Alaska, on Monday morning May 7. … Very early the next day, the package was scanned in Louisville, Kentucky …. UPS then flew my package to Manchester, New Hampshire, after which it made a little detour to Chelmsford, Massachusetts. From there, it was sent to South Portland, Maine, probably by truck. A few hours later, in the early morning, it was ‘loaded on delivery vehicle,’ and the UPS truck appeared in my driveway six hours later. The last 30 miles took nearly as much time as from Japan to Alaska. Despite the interference of two customs bureaus, one in China and one in the United States, not to mention the mountains of regulations in each place, trade had worked its magic.” (05/16/18)

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

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26) Amazon fights back
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“Seattle is worried about the well-being of the poor and mentally ill people living there, so it’s going to drive businesses out of town. OK, that’s not how the politicians describe their plan, but that’s probably how it will work out. Members of Seattle’s city council want all big Seattle businesses to pay a tax of $500 per employee. In response, Amazon stopped building a new complex. Construction workers joined Amazon in protesting the new tax. On the other side are city council members like Kshama Sawant. She and members of her political party, Socialist Alternative, demonstrated in support of the tax. They chanted, ‘Housing is a human right!’ Seattle does have large encampments of street people. Some are mentally ill. Some are young people looking to get stoned and live free. Some are homeless simply because they cannot afford apartments. There are many reasons for that, but one is that Amazon and other companies have brought so many new jobs to Seattle that the demand for housing exceeds the supply.” (05/16/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2018/05/16/amazon-fights-back-n2481034

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27) So you wanna get involved with crypto … here’s what you need to know
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“After several quiet months, I’m hearing of more and more people who want to get involved with cryptocurrencies, and not just buying and selling. I’m hearing about people who want to start crypto-related businesses, even things like crypto-themed bars. These people need some orientation and most long-time crypto advocates are simply too overwhelmed to help much. So, if you’re thinking of getting involved with cryptocurrencies, I’d like to give you the lay of the land, because crypto is not like other kinds of business. Here are five things you should understand …” (05/16/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/so-you-wanna-get-involved-with-crypto-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

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28) Want to understand why Trump keeps winning? Look at Democratic hysteria
Source: Fox News Forum
by Marc Thiessen

“If you want to understand why Donald Trump is president today (and why he could very well win a second term), look to the Democrats’ hysterical response to two of Trump’s major foreign policy achievements over the past week. Last Thursday, the president traveled to Joint Base Andrews to greet three American hostages whose release he had secured from North Korea. Unlike his predecessor, Trump did it without sending the offending regime an unmarked plane loaded with hundreds of millions in hard currency. The return of these American captives should have been a moment of celebration and bipartisan unity. So how did Democrats respond? By blasting Trump for the way he welcomed the U.S. hostages home.” (05/16/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/05/16/want-to-understand-why-trump-keeps-winning-look-at-democratic-hysteria.html

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29) Closed borders and black market economics
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Emmi Bevensee

“While homicide rates oscillate rapidly and at mortifying levels in Mexico, they remain relatively stable (actually decreasing) on the U.S. side as the U.S exports the violence of its repressed demand. This discrepancy was most pronounced in 2010 when the ratio of the murder rate average in the borderlands (per 100,000 people) was 6:55, U.S. to Mexico. Since the arrest of Sinaloa Cartel boss, El Chapo, violence has soared nation-wide amidst inter and intra-narco warfare. Violence levels in 2017 were at an all-time high with 12,500 homicide cases from just January to June. These statistics are representative of the crisis of violence in the borderlands caused by the drug war, border militarization, and the constant race for monopoly amongst a variety of both state and non-state actors. The reality of the borderlands black market is that nationalism and the militarized borders, coupled with the Mexican and U.S. American drug wars, have distorted the markets so perversely that monopoly is actually the safest thing for civilians.” (05/15/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/50806

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30) The sock slider, it turns out, is a godsend
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“A friend sent me an image of a hilarious product he found in the aisle of some store. I laughed hard. It immediately struck me as something ridiculous. It is a plastic contraption that helps you put on your socks. Like we really need that. My immediate thought was: this is surely a rip off. Some people will make anything to ply a few bucks from your wallet. My mind went back to my childhood fascination with Ronco kitchen gadgets like the hotdogger and patty melt maker. These are things we buy based on our fascination with convenience but they only end up junking up our cabinets. Surely the SockSlider was the same. Lol, as they say. Some commentators caught the spirit. ‘Is this what Foucault and Baudrillard meant by late capitalism?’ one person asked. ‘Peak capitalism,’ another commented. But then others introduced a slight complication. ‘I got one for my mom with mobility issues. I love capitalism.’ ‘If you’ve ever been injured and unable to move, you’d understand how useful these things are.’” (05/16/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/sock-slider-it-turns-out-godsend

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31) Profiteering from the opioid crisis
Source: USA Today
by staff

“Almost like magic, the drug naloxone can bring victims of opioid overdoses back from the brink of death. With more than 115 people dying each day from opioid overdoses across the country, the drug could save thousands of lives each year. Except for one problem. The prices of naloxone set by drug makers have skyrocketed, putting it beyond the reach of some police, first responders, community groups, and families and friends of overdose victims. Though the drug has been around in generic form for more than 30 years (which ought to make it cheap), the price for one injectable form more than tripled since 2012. Another, according to a study set to be published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, rose 244% since 2006. Naloxone is not a cure for addiction, but much like a defibrillator for heart attack victims, it revives people so they can live long enough to get treatment. While price gouging in the drug industry has spurred major scandals, until recently naloxone’s price hikes weren’t getting much attention. That’s changing.” (05/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/16/opioid-crisis-drug-makers-jack-up-naloxone-prices-putting-beyond-reach-those-trying-rescue-overdose/611871002

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32) How much does the FDA really do to promote public health?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Lindsey Stroud

“According to its mission statement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ‘advancing public health’ by providing oversight to the drug development process. FDA has been tasked with helping to ensure there are ‘effective, safer, and more affordable’ health products in America’s market, which helps individuals ‘maintain and improve their health.’ In recent years, FDA has become increasingly more involved in ‘protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security’ of numerous products, including prescription medications, tobacco, and food and cosmetic products. In many cases, the agency has proven itself to be exceptionally biased against harm reduction devices and services, while at other times, FDA has failed to protect the public from potentially dangerous substances.” (05/16/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/05/how-much-does-the-fda-really-do-to-promote-public-health/

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33) “Mexico First” frontrunner uses Trump playbook in crunch election
Source: Reuters
by Andres Martinez

“It’s crunch time for Mexico, where the course of the next two months will determine whether the country turns its back on a generation-long project of opening its economy to the world and its political system to the winds of democratic change. The decision ultimately rests with Mexican voters — and, to some extent, with U.S. President Donald Trump. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the populist former mayor of Mexico City and twice-defeated presidential candidate, has a comfortable lead in the polls. The prospect of his victory has rattled financial markets, as well as those in Mexico concerned about democratic niceties and the rule of law. Though many people both inside and outside Mexico passionately argue about whether or not AMLO, as he is known, is the Mexican incarnation of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, the debate seems a bit off-point. AMLO might well be no Chavez, and still be a dreadful prospect. AMLO would almost certainly represent a return to the country’s more authoritarian, statist past. With an inward- and backward-looking view of the world, his slogan may not be ‘Make Mexico Great Again,’ but it might as well be.” (05/16/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-martinez-mexico-commentary/commentary-mexico-first-frontrunner-uses-trump-playbook-in-crunch-election-idUSKCN1IH260

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34) Europe’s counterpunch to America over the Iran deal
Source: The American Conservative
by Barbara Slavin

“Donald Trump may have inadvertently done Europe a favor. By unilaterally and definitively violating the Iran nuclear deal, the Trump administration is galvanizing Europeans in unprecedented ways to challenge the capricious use of U.S. secondary sanctions and American dominance of the global financial system. These sanctions — which threaten to penalize non-U.S. companies for commerce that would otherwise be legal — are returning with a vengeance after the president’s announcement on May 8 that America is walking out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In response, Britain, France, and Germany, in conjunction with the European Union, are working with Iran — and potentially Russia and China — to salvage the agreement and institute countermeasures.” (05/16/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/europes-counterpunch-to-america-over-the-iran-deal/

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35) Real corruption: The Scott Pruitt story
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“Question: Which of these scandals should result in EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s removal from office? A) his cushy, poorly documented, below-market rental deal on a lobbyist friend’s Capitol Hill townhouse; B) his extensive use of first-class air travel (to Europe, among other places), purportedly to avoid ‘vulgar’ interactions with the lowly citizenry; C) his extravagant $43,000 soundproof phone booth, seemingly inspired by the ‘Cone of Silence’ in television’s ‘Get Smart’ series; D) his overspending on personal security, and then lying about it; E) his dinner at 5-star restaurant with a Roman Catholic cardinal who doesn’t believe in climate change and was under investigation for child abuse; or F) his misuse of the Safe Drinking Water Act to give two aides massive raises, bypassing White oversight. Answer: None of the above. Yes, Pruitt seems to be a terrible, self-centered person, who spares no expense on himself as long as someone else foots the bill. But the real reason Scott Pruitt should be removed from office is because he is causing lasting harm to current and future generations.” (05/16/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180516/real-corruption-the-scott-pruitt-story

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36) Hold that Nobel on North Korea for now
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Trumpistas and President Trump himself are undoubtedly pacing the floor over whether the president will receive his Nobel Prize for securing peace in Korea after all, given North Korea’s threat yesterday to cancel the planned June 12 summit between North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and Trump. Until yesterday, all that was left was the uncorking of the champagne bottles. Will Trump secure a deal with North Korea that will get him his Nobel? Anything is possible. But I’ve got my doubts.” (05/16/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/05/16/hold-nobel-north-korea-now/

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37) Getting stuck working for Uncle Sam
Source: National Review
by Charles Hughes

“Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) will soon announce his jobs-guarantee proposal. A host of potential 2020 Democratic nominees, such as Senators Cory Booker (D., N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.), and Kamala Harris (D., Calif.), have introduced a separate pilot proposal, which would establish a jobs-guarantee program in 15 high-unemployment areas in the country for three years. Everyone who applied would be guaranteed a job. … Previous research has found that public-sector-employment programs teach few skills, leading to minimal or negative effects for employees. Once people enter the program, they might never be able to find a way to leave, and the rolls of participants would grow inexorably year after year.” (05/16/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/democrat-job-guarantee-proposal-costly-ineffective/

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38) SCOTUS feigns federalism in sports betting decision
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“This week seven members of the Supreme Court agreed that Congress exceeded its powers when it passed a law that prohibited states from legalizing sports betting. But the ruling was not quite the vindication of state sovereignty that it appeared to be, since almost all of the justices also seemed to agree that Congress could have achieved the same result by passing a slightly different law …. New Jersey, which wanted to legalize sports betting at casinos and racetracks, argued that PASPA violated the ‘anticommandeering rule,’ which says Congress cannot order state officials to carry out its policies. The Supreme Court agreed. … According to the Court, PASPA’s command regarding state law does not qualify as a ‘valid preemption provision’ because it is addressed to legislators rather than ‘private actors.’ It is an attempt to ‘regulate state governments’ regulation’ of their citizens, Alito observes, and ‘the Constitution gives Congress no such power.’ By contrast, Alito takes it for granted that the Constitution gives Congress the power to ban sports betting. Writing in dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg identifies the source of this supposed power: the authority to ‘regulate commerce … among the several states.’” (05/16/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/05/16/scotus-feigns-federalism-in-sports-betti

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39) Palestinians forcing the world to see their humanity
Source: In These Times
by Phyllis Bennis

“We watch a split screen. On one side: celebrations of the new U.S. embassy opening in Jerusalem. The president’s daughter, son-in-law, cabinet officials, Congress members, all smiling, proud. The U.S. ambassador, longtime settlement financier David Friedman, joins Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, his family, cabinet officials, Knesset members — all waiting for President Trump to join their festivities. The other screen: solemn faces, tears, teenagers splayed across makeshift stretchers carried by other teenagers to waiting ambulances. Tear gas so thick one can’t see through it even on a television or computer screen. Sharpshooters, with live fire coming so fast that casualty counters can’t keep up. It’s 38 dead–just in one day. No, it’s 40. And then it turns out it’s nearly 60. Another 1,500 injured, no it’s more than 2,000 already. Twenty-four hours later it turns out to be more than 2,400. Not a single Israeli has been killed; the dead are all Palestinians. The killers, the maimers, the shooters, the gassers, are all Israeli soldiers. And Jared Kushner says that the Palestinian protesters, whom he defines as ‘those who provoke violence,’ are ‘part of the problem, not part of the solution.’” (05/16/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21148/palestinians-gaza-israel-massacre-jerusalem-embassy-donald-trump

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40) Re-assessing the morality of blackmail in the age of social media
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by John Lancaster

“The recent congressional hearing of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg illuminates the complicated questions raised by our ever evolving technologically immersed society. The idea of a person or entity being able to track the digital viewing habits of innumerable individuals posits concern about the permissibility of encroaching on private lives. Fortunately, the concept of invading the intimacy of another person’s day to day dealings for financial gain has been addressed before, in the form of blackmail. Blackmail is often perceived as contemptable [sic] due to the devastating economic and social impact it wreaks upon its victims. Loss of reputation, estrangement, and financial ruin are among numerous consequences that await those who have unflattering information held against them. As heart wrenching as the outcomes of blackmail may appear, this is not to say that it infringes upon individual rights.” (05/16/18)

https://mises.org/wire/re-assessing-morality-blackmail-age-social-media

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41) Quantum Vibe, 05/16/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (05/16/18)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1795

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42) Can psychedelic drugs do good?
Source: The New Republic
by Jason Diamond

“On October 29, 1966, the Austin-based band 13th Floor Elevators performed their psych-rock hit, ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ on American Bandstand. It’s an incredible song, but not one of the greatest performances. The band is lip-synching and obviously high off their asses. … What makes the clip memorable is when Dick Clark thrusts the microphone in the face of the band’s jug player, Tommy Hall. Clark, America’s preeminent cool old guy at the time, asks, ‘Who is the head of the group, gentlemen?’ Hall replies: ‘We’re all heads.’ Author Michael Pollan was eleven years old when that episode of Bandstand aired. It hit the airwaves just six months after Life magazine released an editorial boldly titled ‘LSD: Control, not Prohibition.’ … But Pollan wasn’t paying much attention to any of that. As he writes in the prologue to his latest book, How to Change Your Mind, he was born ‘halfway through the decade that psychedelics first burst onto the scene,’ but he considers himself ‘less a child of the psychedelic 1960s than of the moral panic psychedelics provoked.’” (05/15/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148420/can-psychedelic-drugs-good

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43) Cities in capitalism are more beautiful
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Bruno Goncalves Rosi

“Most foreigners I know have difficulty to answering correctly, when asked, ‘What is Brazil’s national capital?’ Most people answer Rio de Janeiro, but it is actually Brasilia. Many people say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but I am very inclined to say that this is not so. I am still not 100% sure about this, but I believe that there is something objective about beauty. Maybe it is not something so strict, like a point. Maybe it is something broader, like an area. But still, I am inclined to say that there is something objective about it. At least for me, Brasilia is one of the ugliest cities conceivable.” (05/15/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/05/15/cities-in-capitalism-are-more-beautiful/

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44) The strange economics of crop insurance
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ed Dolan

“Insurance plays an essential role in any market economy. By spreading losses among members of a group with similar exposure, insurance encourages people to take prudent risks while protecting them from financial ruin in case they are the unlucky ones. But not all insurance is equal. Sometimes, rather than representing the public interest, a public insurance program can come to represent a special interest subsidy in disguise. Crop insurance, the multi-billion-dollar government subsidy that lies at the heart of the farm bill that is now working its way through Congress, is a case in point.” (05/15/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/the-strange-economics-of-crop-insurance/

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45) Stop playing politics with student suicides
Source: spiked
by Joanna Williams

“Today, almost half of all young adults go to university. If we isolate suicide in students, rather than suicide rates in the general population, it can appear as if going to university is, in itself, a causal factor in someone deciding to take their own life. Recent reports suggest that making the transition from home to university can be emotionally challenging for some young adults. This is no doubt true. But we need to keep a sense of perspective. Well over two million students go to university and do not attempt suicide. Most have a great time. We can never know why someone chooses to commit suicide. Sadly, some troubled young adults do reach this decision, whether they are at university or not.” (05/16/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/stop-playing-politics-with-student-suicides/

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46) Why the empire never sleeps: The indispensable nation folly, part 1
Source: Antiwar.com
by David Stockman

“Like the case of Rome before it, the Empire is bankrupting America. The true fiscal cost is upwards of $1.0 trillion per year (counting $200 billion for veterans and debt service for wars), but there is no way to pay for it. That’s because the 78-million strong Baby Boom is in the driver’s seat of American politics. It plainly will not permit the $3 trillion per year retirement and health care entitlements-driven Welfare State to be curtailed. The Trumpite/GOP has already sealed that deal by refusing to reform Social Security and Medicare and by proving to be utterly incapable of laying a glove politically on Obamacare/Medicaid. At the same time, boomers keep voting for the GOP’s anti-tax allergy, thereby refusing to tax themselves to close Washington’s yawning deficits. More importantly, the generation which marched on the Pentagon in 1968 against the insanity and barbarism of LBJ’s Vietnam War has long since abandoned the cause of peace. So doing, boomers have acquiesced in the final ascendancy of the Warfare State, which grew like topsy once the US became the world’s sole superpower after the Soviet Union slithered off the pages of history in 1991.” (05/16/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/david_stockman/2018/05/15/why-the-empire-never-sleeps-the-indispensable-nation-folly-part-1/

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47) The delusion of rent controls
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Richard

“Rent control is one of those policies so simple that politicians are drawn to it in every generation. No matter how many times its practical results are seen, they are still seduced by its promise. Rents are too high, people complain, so politician pass laws to limit them. It’s very straightforward and very wrong. When rents are limited by law, landlords sell up and move their investment to where it brings greater returns. The supply of rental properties decreases. Since returns are limited, they try to cut costs by economizing on maintenance. Plumbing and electrical faults take longer to be fixed, broken windows to be replaced. The quality of rental properties declines. The latest lesson is from California …” (05/15/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/politics/the-delusion-of-rent-controls/

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48) This mother of women’s suffrage supported free-market economics
Source: Acton Institute
by Kate Andrews

“Last month, a statue of Millicent Fawcett has been erected in Westminster, to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of (some) women gaining the right to vote. Fawcett was a prominent and effective campaigner for women’s suffrage, and played a large role in helping British women secure the vote in 1918. What is well-known about her — her fearless efforts to promote equal treatment of the sexes — makes her ideally suited to stand alongside some of history’s most noble figures. But what is less well-known makes her all the more inspiring to me. In addition to being a committed campaigner, Fawcett was also an economist. Her book, Political Economy for Beginners, published in 1870, was extremely successful.” (05/15/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/05/15/mother-womens-suffrage-supported-free-market-economics

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49) Is there safety in numbers?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Ron Paul recently discussed the latest report by the NSA on their domestic surveillance program: they monitored half-a-billion domestic phone calls and text messages in 2017. Now, that sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? But after all, there are 330 million of us living here in the Fifty States. So that is less than one and a half messages or phone calls for each one of us. … We like to think that the numbers will protect us. ‘Who wants to listen to me as a small-mouthed pacifist rabble-rouser when they’ve got five million Islamists and two million neo-Nazis and whole Democratic delegation to Congress to listen to? They don’t have ten thousand guys wearing earbuds and glued to computer screens with feeds from Verizon and T-Mobile.’ But the truth is, the technology is there to filter out whatever they want.” (05/15/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/05/15/is-there-safety-in-numbers/

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50) EFAIL
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“I generally recommend against using e-mail for secure communications in any capacity. OpenPGP and S/MIME are bandages applied to an insecure protocol. Due to their nature as a bolted on feature added after the fact, they are unable to encrypt a lot of data in your e-mail (the only thing they can encrypt is the body). However, if you are going to use it, I generally recommend against allowing your client to automatically decrypt your encrypted e-mails. Instead at least require that your enter a password to decrypt your private key …. Better yet, have your system setup in such a manner where you actually copy the encrypted contents of an e-mail into a separate decryption program, such as the OpenPGP command line tools, to view the secure contents. Finally, I would recommend disabling the ability to display HTML e-mails in your client if you are at all concerned about security. If you perform the above practices, you can mitigate this attack … on your system. The real problem is, as always, other people’s systems.” (05/15/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/05/15/efail/

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51) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 05/16/18
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Is there a campus free speech crisis? In March, FIRE staff discussed the question. On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we put the question to others and feature audio from a live debate that occurred on May 8 in New York City.” [various formats] (05/16/18)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-debating-is-there-a-campus-free-speech-crisis-with-sullivan-haidt-nossel-sachs-foster/

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52) Reason Podcast, 05/16/18
Source: Reason

“Tune in to hear about why [Mary Katharine] Ham doesn’t show her kids’ faces in photos online, her love of Waffle House (and that time people tried to get her fired for tweeting about it), CVS coupons, and her recently sullied Star Wars virginity.” [various formats] (05/16/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/05/16/mary-katharine-ham-podcast

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53) The Libertarian Angle, 05/16/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Are vouchers the answer for introducing market forces into public education, or is a free market in education the libertarian answer? FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss.” [various formats] (05/16/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-school-vouchers-versus-educational-liberty-video/

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54) Cato Daily Podcast, 05/16/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Questions remain about the White House Office of Legal Counsel and CIA attorneys over the approval of torture programs. Gina Haspel’s nomination to head CIA was an opportunity to clear them up. Patrick Eddington makes his case.” [various formats] (05/16/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/legal-authority-governing-torture-remains-unclear

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55) Scott Adams Says, 05/16/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Laurel, Yanny, Cillizza, Kim, and Hamas. With coffee.” [Flash video] (05/16/18)

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

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56) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/16/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“President Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton was bombastic on the Sunday talk shows, demanding essentially a North Korea surrender rather than setting the stage for mutually beneficial talks. As we predicted just a week ago, Bolton is making his move to blow up Trump’s North Korea breakthrough.” [Flash video] (05/16/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/the-bolton-effect-from-breakthrough-to-breakdown-with-north-korea

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57) Electric Libertyland, episode 72
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In a jam-packed Electric Libertyland, Brian discusses ‘best practices’ for engaging in discourse on Facebook, in particular looking at the rent control issue, before getting into more intense issues including the latest on North Korea and the Gaza strip. Brian also takes a good long look at Seattle’s City Council and union groups best efforts to destroy the city’s prosperity, and a CA legislator who wants to make a socialist holiday that saw mass violence occur in France this past week a paid day off for everyone in the state. Brian then wraps it up with thoughts on the federal legalization of sports gambling, ‘Mansplaining’ in Congress, and the grand news that Rick and Morty have been re-upped for 70 more episodes.” [various formats] (05/16/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/05/16/how-quickly-can-seattle-cronies-dismantle-the-citys-economic-success/

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58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 194
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to discuss the Nakba and the protests in Gaza. Will gives the historical background for the Great Return March Protests. We discuss the Israeli reaction to the protest and review the morality of using lethal force against the protesters.” [various formats] (05/16/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-194-catastrophe-day-guest-will-porter

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59) Free Talk Live, 05/15/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Senior Citizen Bullying :: North Korea to Back Out on US Peace Talks? :: Special Protection Law for Police :: Mythical Good Cop :: Bias Response Teams :: Net Neutrality :: Bike Sharing :: HOSTS — Ian, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/15/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-05-15

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60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1157
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who suffered from some kind of neurodegenerative disorder, were told they could not take their child for treatment in Rome, where doctors stood willing to assist them. Dr. Michel Accad joins me for a libertarian analysis of this horrific episode.” [various formats] (05/15/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1157-baby-alfie-a-guide-for-libertarians/

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