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Friday, May 18th, 2018
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In the News:

1) US Senate confirms torturer Gina Haspel as new CIA chief
2) Iran: Deadly protests continue for second day
3) NY: Court denies Trump’s bid to dodge Zervos suit
4) Turkey: Regime to arrest 101 soldiers over alleged links to coup attempt
5) Mueller’s office files unredacted memo outlining scope of Russia probe
6) EU brushes off May’s pitch for customs plan guarantees
7) FDA reveals which company it’s attacking kratom on behalf of
8) Congo confirms first urban Ebola case, raising possibility of “explosive increase in cases”
9) Trump team tries new tactics to discredit Mueller
10) Trump regime flack threatens Germany with sanctions over Russia pipeline
11) HI: New eruption at Kilauea volcano prompts evacuation, produces ash cloud higher than Everest
12) US DoJ inspector general completes long-awaited review of Hillary Clinton probe
13) Scientists: Someone in Asia is making a banned chemical that destroys the ozone layer
14) US births dip to 30-year low; fertility rate sinks further below replacement level
15) Venezuela: Political prisoners “revolt” at Caracas jail
16) NY: Douchenozzle proves that a 70 IQ will get you through law school
17) Twitter is going to make third-party apps worse starting in August
18) Trump dumps cybersecurity tsar role
19) Philippines: Duterte lifts ban on Filipinos working in Kuwait
20) Gap tries to appease Chinese regime over t-shirt map that omits other countries

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) @Twitter: Net Neutrality for thee, but not for we
22) How the FOSTA rules create a “Bootleggers and Baptists” scenario for the 21st century
23) Seattle’s brazen tax grab ignores the unintended economic consequences
24) When social media debunk conspiracy theories
25) Money in a near-cashless society
26) Want to see how biased broken windows policing is? Spend a day in court
27) The success sequence: Normative or disruptive?
28) The human capital purist case against tax-funded college
29) The Europe that can say no?
30) Time to end foreign aid to Israel (and everyone else)
31) Technology kills the state, over and over
32) Donald Trump’s betrayal of American and European diplomacy
33) Google now deindexing some web pages based on FDA’s administrative agency findings
34) Seven reasons why European banks are in trouble
35) Sugar subsidies should go — consumers and candy manufacturers would benefit
36) One year after Mueller’s free-for-all began the costs are incredibly high and Putin is the only real winner
37) Bill Bradley, call your bookie
38) Cowards all around
39) The Korea story: Why is the media getting it so wrong?
40) Socialists and progressives just trounced the Democratic establishment
41) SCOTUS legalizes sports wagering nationally
42) Washington, DC: Where torture is more forgivable than harassment
43) What we talk about when we talk about sanctuary cities
44) Between Gaza and Jerusalem
45) Italy’s hand grenade under the euro — maybe leave, if not at least debt forgiveness
46) The Democrats’ shameful collective silence on Gaza
47) Why demonising Iran is a dangerous game
48) Stablecoins
49) The perils of giving Israel what it wants
50) The heat death of the economic universe

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/17/18
52) Cato Daily Podcast, 05/17/18
53) Reality Check, 05/17/18
54) Scott Adams Says, 05/17/18
55) One Free Family, episode 17
56) Free Talk Live, 05/16/18
57) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 108
58) Ordered Liberty, episode 64
59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1158
60) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 161

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

1) US Senate confirms torturer Gina Haspel as new CIA chief
Source: The Hill

“The Senate on Thursday confirmed Gina Haspel to lead the CIA despite engrained opposition over her involvement in the George W. Bush-era [torture] program. GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.) sided with most Democrats in voting against Haspel. GOP Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), who was captured and tortured during the Vietnam War, also opposes her nomination but is in Arizona battling brain cancer. Several Democrats including Sen. Mark Warner (Va.), the vice chairman of the Intelligence Committee, and red-state Democratic Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) supported the nominee.” (05/17/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/388189-senate-confirms-trump-cia-pick

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2) Iran: Deadly protests continue for second day
Source: Fox News

“Deadly protests in the southern Iranian city of Kazerun continued for a second day following the deaths of two protesters Wednesday. Protesters aimed their wrath at the Iranian regime following a decision to split the city of nearly 150,000 into two townships. ‘After anti-riot forces were dispatched to the city from Shiraz, the people charged at them and hand-to-hand clashes ensued,’ a press release from the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said. NCRI is a coalition of influential Iranian opposition groups. The protests have left at least two people dead and six others injured. The NCRI press release said that protesters had set fire to a trailer belonging to regime security forces and that four police vehicles had also been set ablaze. It said that parts of the city looked ‘war-torn.’ It said smoke had filled the air close to the main square following the burning of tires by protesters. It also noted the Internet and mobile phones have been cut off.” (05/17/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/05/17/deadly-protests-continue-in-southern-iran-for-second-day-streets-look-war-torn.html

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3) NY: Court denies Trump’s bid to dodge Zervos suit
Source: New York Post

“A Manhattan appeals panel has rejected President Trump’s request to stay a defamation claim filed by a former ‘Apprentice’ contestant while he’s in office. ‘The motion is denied,’ five justices from the state’s mid-level Appellate Division wrote in a one-page decision released Thursday. The ruling means the case can move forward. In March, a lower court judge said Trump could not dodge the defamation suit by Summer Zervos, who says he rubbed his crotch against her in 2007 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Trump has denied the allegation. Zervos sued Trump last year after he called her a liar when she went public with the accusation just days before the election.” (05/17/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/05/17/trumps-bid-to-dodge-summer-zervos-lawsuit-denied-by-judge/

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4) Turkey: Regime to arrest 101 soldiers over alleged links to coup attempt
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Turkish prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 101 members of the air force, including one general and several colonels, over suspected links to the organisation of a religious leader blamed for the 2016 coup attempt, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Thirty-three military personnel were taken into custody on Thursday, the Hurriyet daily said, adding that the investigation launched by prosecutors in Ankara spread across 21 other provinces. Ankara blames the movement of Fethullah Gulen, a US-based self-exiled religious leader, for the attempt to take over the government. He denies any involvement. Turkey has been under a state of emergency since July 2016 after about 300 people were killed during the failed coup.” (05/17/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/turkey-arrest-101-soldiers-alleged-links-coup-attempt-180517091145354.html

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5) Mueller’s office files unredacted memo outlining scope of Russia probe
Source: Reuters

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office notified a federal court in Virginia on Thursday it had filed under seal an unredacted memorandum that is expected to shed light on the scope of his wide-ranging probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The filing, made as part of Mueller’s criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was requested by the judge, who told prosecutors earlier this month he wanted to see an unredacted copy of an August 2017 memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein which fleshed out Mueller’s investigative mandate. In a court hearing two weeks ago in the Eastern District of Virginia, Judge T.S. Ellis told Mueller’s office to turn over a copy of the memo under seal to him by this Friday so he could review it before deciding whether or not to dismiss the charges against Manafort.” (05/17/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-memo/muellers-office-files-unredacted-memo-outlining-scope-of-russia-probe-filing-idUSKCN1II2EN

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6) EU brushes off May’s pitch for customs plan guarantees
Source: Bloomberg

“Theresa May used a European Union meeting in Bulgaria to seek assurances that the bloc will accept U.K. proposals to prevent a hard Irish border. She didn’t get the guarantees she wanted. In an unexpected move to kick-start talks that have been stalled since March, the U.K. prime minister pitched her latest plans for post-Brexit customs ties to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and other leaders gathered in Sofia to discuss the EU’s Western Balkans strategy. May was eager to find out what sort of response she can expect when EU leaders assess progress on the Irish border issue at their summit in June, a senior EU official said, asking not to be named because the discussions were private. EU President Donald Tusk told her that it was too early to give any assurances because of the ‘disorientating’ messages the EU was getting from London, the official said.” (05/17/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-17/eu-is-said-to-brush-off-may-s-pitch-for-customs-plan-guarantees

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7) FDA reveals which company it’s attacking kratom on behalf of
Source: NBC News

“Federal regulators have approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. … The pill was approved to treat adults for up to two weeks for common withdrawal symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, muscle pain and agitation. … Privately held US WorldMeds said it had not yet set a price for Lucemyra.” [editor’s note: I’m guessing that the price will depend on whether or not the FDA is successful in suppressing kratom for the same use – TLK] (05/17/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/fda-approves-first-non-opioid-treat-withdrawal-symptoms-n874956

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8) Congo confirms first urban Ebola case, raising possibility of “explosive increase in cases”
Source: Washington Post

“Congo has confirmed a case of Ebola in Mbandaka, a city of 1.2 million, marking the first urban case in the latest outbreak, which is now the most serious since the epidemic that raged across West Africa between 2014 and 2016. Ebola is much harder to contain in urban areas, so this development compounds the risk of contagion. The World Health Organization’s lead response official called the new confirmed case ‘a game changer.’ Previously, confirmed cases had been limited to a remote area more than 100 miles south of Mbandaka, in the rain forest of Congo’s Equateur province.” (05/17/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/first-confirmed-urban-ebola-case-is-a-game-changer-in-congo/2018/05/17/430babce-5890-11e8-9889-07bcc1327f4b_story.html

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9) Trump team tries new tactics to discredit Mueller
Source: Politico

“President Donald Trump and his allies ramped up their pressure campaign against special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday — the one-year anniversary of his sprawling investigation — as they seek to discredit the probe that shows no signs of wrapping up soon. Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor who joined Trump’s legal team last month, did multiple TV interviews in which he claimed Mueller’s team had informed Trump’s lawyers that it has concluded the special counsel cannot indict a sitting president. There was no independent verification that such an assurance was given, and it comes as Giuliani has repeatedly tried to box in Mueller and to publicly negotiate the terms of a potential sit-down interview between the special counsel and Trump. … Mueller’s office declined to comment on whether it could indict the president.” (05/17/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/17/trump-team-push-back-mueller-investigation-595119

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10) Trump regime flack threatens Germany with sanctions over Russia pipeline
Source: ABC News

“Sparks fly and machines whir as workers busily prepare thousands of steel pipes that will become part of a vast undersea pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany’s northeastern Baltic coast. The Nord Stream 2 project will double the amount of natural gas Russia can funnel directly to the heart of Europe from newly tapped reserves in Siberia, intentionally skirting Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine. It also promises much-needed jobs in this poor German backwater, some three hours’ drive north of Berlin. The United States and some other German allies have bristled at the project, warning that it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe. … With [German prime minister Angela] Merkel heading to Sochi on Friday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior U.S. diplomat warned that proceeding with the project could result in sanctions for those involved. ‘We would be delighted if the project did not take place,’ U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Sandra Oudkirk, an energy policy expert in the State Department, told reporters in Berlin on Thursday.” (05/17/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-warns-sanctions-risk-germany-russia-gas-pipeline-55227495

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11) HI: New eruption at Kilauea volcano prompts evacuation, produces ash cloud higher than Everest
Source: ABC News

“A powerful but short-lived explosion occurred at the summit of the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island, producing a massive volcanic cloud, officials said. The cloud reached 30,000 feet above sea level — higher than Mount Everest, officials said at a news conference. Staff from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park were evacuated and officials warned residents in the path of the ash plume to shelter in place. Officials later said the ash fall was mostly localized.” (05/17/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/US/eruption-kilauea-evacuation-dangerous-ash-plume/story?id=55201949

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12) US DoJ inspector general completes long-awaited review of Hillary Clinton probe
Source: Fox News

“The completion of a long-awaited watchdog report on the FBI and DOJ’s Hillary Clinton investigation during the 2016 presidential campaign has put Washington on edge, as the clock counts down to its potentially explosive release. ‘We’re all anxiously awaiting this report,’ Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News'[s] ‘Hannity.’ Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced the draft report was done in a letter to members of Congress on Wednesday. He did not say when the results of the review will be officially released to the FBI, DOJ and congressional committees. … For more than a year, Horowitz has been reviewing the FBI and DOJ’s actions related to its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.” (05/17/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/17/doj-inspector-general-completes-long-awaited-review-hillary-clinton-probe.html

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13) Scientists: Someone in Asia is making a banned chemical that destroys the ozone layer
Source: National Post [Canada]

“Emissions of a banned, ozone-depleting chemical are on the rise, a group of scientists reported Wednesday, suggesting someone may be secretly manufacturing the pollutant in violation of an international accord. Emissions of CFC-11 have climbed 25 per cent since 2012, despite the chemical being part of a group of ozone pollutants that were phased out under the 1987 Montreal Protocol. … The finding seems likely to prompt an international investigation into the mysterious source. Officially, production of CFC-11 is supposed to be at or near zero – at least, that is what countries have been telling the United Nations body that monitors and enforces the Protocol. But with emissions on the rise, scientists suspect someone is making the chemical in defiance of the ban.” (05/17/18)

http://nationalpost.com/news/world/someone-is-making-a-banned-chemical-that-destroys-the-ozone-layer-scientists-suspect

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14) US births dip to 30-year low; fertility rate sinks further below replacement level
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The birth rate fell for nearly every group of women of reproductive age in the U.S. in 2017, reflecting a sharp drop that saw the fewest newborns since 1978, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were 3,853,472 births in the U.S. in 2017 — ‘down 2 percent from 2016 and the lowest number in 30 years,’ the CDC said. The general fertility rate sank to a record low of 60.2 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44 — a 3 percent drop from 2016, the CDC said in its tally of provisional data for the year. The results put the U.S. further away from a viable replacement rate — the standard for a generation being able to replicate its numbers.” (05/17/18)

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/17/611898421/u-s-births-falls-to-30-year-low-sending-fertility-rate-to-a-record-low

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15) Venezuela: Political prisoners “revolt” at Caracas jail
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Relatives of political prisoners held in one of Venezuela’s most notorious prisons say the inmates have staged an uprising. Inmates held at EL Helicoide, the headquarters of Venezuela’s secret service, say they took over part of its cell blocks. They say they did so after a political prisoner was beaten. More than 300 political prisoners are being held in Venezuela, according to pressure group Foro Penal. There is no official information about what happened at the Helicoide, the massive former shopping centre in central Caracas which houses Venezuela’s secret service (Sebin). But people with close links to the political prisoners held there said the uprising had started after Gregory Sanabria was beaten up, allegedly by a non-political prisoner.” (05/17/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44153324

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16) NY: Douchenozzle proves that a 70 IQ will get you through law school
Source: USA Today

“Aaron Schlossberg, a New York-based lawyer, became Internet famous on Wednesday for the worst of reasons: a racist rant that went viral. Schlossberg was captured on a smartphone video yelling at employees in the restaurant Fresh Kitchen in midtown Manhattan. His complaint was that the workers were speaking Spanish to customers. ‘And my guess is they’re not documented,’ Schlossberg said to an employee, who appeared to be a manager. ‘So my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country.’” (05/17/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/05/17/aaron-schlossberg-racist-rant-law-firm-yelp/618406002/

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17) Twitter is going to make third-party apps worse starting in August
Source: The Verge

“Twitter has long had a strange disdain for third-party Twitter apps, but it’s allowed many of them to pass under the radar for the last several years. That’s starting to change this summer, when Twitter will revoke a key piece of access that developers currently have to the service, replacing it with a new access system that limits what they can do. The changes aren’t going to make third-party Twitter clients useless, but they are going to make the apps somewhat worse.” (05/16/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/16/17362138/twitter-api-third-party-apps-changes-explained

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18) Trump dumps cybersecurity tsar role
Source: Infosecurity Magazine

“President Trump has shelved the role of cybersecurity co-ordinator in a move heavily criticized by industry experts and lawmakers as a retrograde step. Reports first emerged last week that new national security advisor, John Bolton, was looking to jettison the role, which was created by President Obama to help harmonize cybersecurity policy at the upper echelons of government. Now it appears the National Security Council (NSC) head has got his way, after the White House chose not to replace Trump’s first appointee to the role, Rob Joyce, whose departure was announced in April.” [editor’s note: Actually, it’s a great move. The LAST thing we should want is to “harmonize cybersecurity policy,” which would amount to “one exploit to hack them all” instead of a variety of approaches such that one exploit doesn’t compromise every system – TLK] (05/17/18)

https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/trump-dumps-cybersecurity-tsar-role/

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19) Philippines: Duterte lifts ban on Filipinos working in Kuwait
Source: The Japan Times [Japan]

“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered on Wednesday the ‘total’ lifting of a ban on Filipinos working in Kuwait after the two countries agreed on measures to regulate employment following a diplomatic row over the alleged abuse of workers. The Philippines suspended the deployment of workers to the Gulf state in January after Duterte said the abuse of Filipino domestic helpers by Kuwaiti employers was continuing unchecked and had driven several to suicide. Duterte’s spokesman Harry Roque told reporters the president would give the instruction to the labor secretary after discussions with his special envoy to Kuwait, Abdullah Mama-o, who recommended the action to normalize the situation.” (05/17/18)

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/05/17/asia-pacific/philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-orders-lifting-kuwait-labour-deployment-ban/

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20) Gap tries to appease Chinese regime over t-shirt map that omits other countries
Source: The Hill

“The clothing retailer Gap has apologized to China for not recognizing its territorial claims on a T-shirt featuring a map of China sold in North America, The Washington Post reported. The shirt featured a map of China that leaves out the self-governing nation of Taiwan and also a region China calls ‘Southern Tibet,’ in the region bordering India. … The company also said it would work to avoid such mistakes [sic] in the future by strengthening its review of products.” (05/16/18)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/387984-gap-apologizes-to-china-for-selling-t-shirt-with-map-that-omitted

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

21) @Twitter: Net Neutrality for thee, but not for we
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Back in 2015, in a blog post titled ‘Why Twitter faves #NetNeutrality,’ Twitter manager William Carty wrote: ‘[T]he Internet provides an almost frictionless experience for an individual to communicate with the world … We need clear, enforceable, legally sustainable rules to ensure that the Internet remains open and continues to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers. This is the heart of Twitter.’ Pretty standard Net Neutrality dogma: ‘Free and Open Internet.’ No ‘fast lanes’ for some people’s data while everyone else gets pushed into the ‘slow lane.’ But on May 16, Twitter announced, you guessed it, a fast lane for itself and a slow lane for third party apps.” (05/17/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13616

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22) How the FOSTA rules create a “Bootleggers and Baptists” scenario for the 21st century
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Paul Matzko

“The motives of anti-sex trafficking activists supporting FOSTA are obvious and well-intentioned (albeit misguided). Yet the legislation also attracted the support of major internet content providers, including Facebook and Amazon. That might seem strange given that regulatory compliance will likely require hiring additional employees. Why would these companies support legislation that could decrease their profit margins and might alienate customers? In part, it is because the burden of regulatory compliance will fall more heavily on newer, smaller companies than it will on larger, more established ones. A company like Facebook, with billions in annual profit and a workforce of more than 25,000, can more readily afford the costs of compliance. … But the equation is very different for an internet startup with only a handful of employees. They simply cannot afford to throw hundreds of bodies and millions of dollars at the problem. Economists call this ‘rent seeking’ behavior, as private interests push for regulations that benefit market incumbents at the expense of market entrants.” (05/17/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/publications/essays/how-fosta-rules-create-bootleggers-baptists-scenario-21st-century

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23) Seattle’s brazen tax grab ignores the unintended economic consequences
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“All actions have consequences, and when those actions are meant to control the economy, the consequences can have far reaching implications. In his essay ‘What Is Seen and What Is Not Seen,’ French economist Frederic Bastiat explained that all government actions have consequences that are both immediately seen, and also consequences that are unseen. … In the instance of the new Seattle employment tax, the ‘seen’ is the revenue generated by the city through this new tax. But City Council members are so blinded by how this money can potentially decrease Seattle’s homeless problem that they fail to see how this tax may also have negative implications.” (05/17/18)

https://fee.org/articles/seattles-brazen-tax-grab-ignores-the-unintended-economic-consequences/

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24) When social media debunk conspiracy theories
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“A few days after the Parkland high school massacre, an aide to a Florida state legislator lost his job for claiming that two survivors were ‘not students here but actors that travel to various crisis [sic] when they happen.’ Such ‘crisis actor’ rumors, which have spread after several recent public tragedies, are a reminder that people are capable of believing bizarre stories that are supported by only the thinnest alleged evidence. But some pundits think they represent something more: a breakdown in the media ecosystem. … The idea that the crisis-actor story is replicating unchallenged in some endless cancerous pattern may play to people’s anxieties about social media. For anti-gun activists, it may also play to the pleasures of highlighting the most idiotic arguments on the other side. But out there in the actual internet, people were knocking these stories down.” (for publication 06/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/05/17/when-social-media-debunk-consp

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25) Money in a near-cashless society
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Brian C Albrecht

“Many models in macroeconomics leave out a seemingly important feature in an economy: money. As Laurence Meyer put it, ‘Money plays no explicit role in today’s consensus macro model. It plays virtually no role in the conduct of monetary policy, at least in the United States.’ This is even true in the field of monetary economics. For example, a popular graduate-level monetary economics textbook, Michael Woodford’s Interest & Prices: Foundations of a Theory of Monetary Policy, is built around a cashless economy. As Woodford writes, the model assumes there are ‘no transactions frictions that can be reduced through the use of money balances.’ Instead, people in the model use credit for trading.” (05/17/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/sound-money-project/money-near-cashless-society

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26) Want to see how biased broken windows policing is? Spend a day in court
Source: The Nation
by Michelle Chen

“If you’re a person of color in New York, one of the country’s most policed cities, you’re disproportionately likely to wind up in court for a minor charge. Though you’re almost certainly going to walk that day, you’ll probably still have to pay a fine, or lose a day of work to muddle through an arraignment hearing. While the inner machinations of the city’s justice system are opaque, the numbers in court don’t lie: A new analysis of court proceedings across the city reveals stark patterns of structural bias that have historically defined the city’s police-civilian power structure. The field research of the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) shows how on any given day a typical city courtroom may see dozens of arrestees, jail virtually none of them, and churn people needlessly through a dysfunctional legal bureaucracy.” (05/17/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/want-to-see-how-biased-broken-windows-policing-is-spend-a-day-in-court/

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27) The success sequence: Normative or disruptive?
Source: Cato Unbound
by Michael D Tanner

“Standard economic theory has long encompassed the idea that individuals make choices subject to constraints. Those faced with different constraints are likely to make different decisions. I think this is something that we would all agree with. I would also argue that it is clear that the poor, women, and racial minorities on average face different constraints than do the wealthy, men, or whites. I don’t think acknowledging this in any way limits the agency of the people involved. It does, however, suggest that changing those choices may require societal changes that alter those constraints. ” (05/15/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/05/15/michael-d-tanner/success-sequence-normative-or-descriptive

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28) The human capital purist case against tax-funded college
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“1. Prospective college students, unlike K-12 students, are adults – both legally and practically. 2. Hence, if they want to invest in themselves, they or their families can and should pay for it. This would be a lot easier than it is today, because government subsidies have greatly inflated tuition. 3. If prospective college students or their families don’t have the money, they can borrow the money on the free market. This will normally be doable as long as the investment is worthwhile. 4. As an added bonus, lenders will provide useful feedback about the wisdom of prospective students’ educational plans.” (05/17/18)

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

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29) The Europe that can say no?
Source: CounterPunch
by Gary Leupp

“According to EU Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulus, the EU is preparing legislation to block U.S. sanctions targeting Iran. Its members know that if Iran reaps no sanctions relief from the agreement it will also withdraw, charging betrayal. France’s Total S.A. and Germany’s Siemens have indicated they may back out of contracts with Iran due to fears of U.S. secondary sanctions. The U.S. strives to use access to its marketplace to shape others’ investment options, in this case options that can lead to war. No matter that this violates the sacred bourgeois principle of Free Trade. … there are all kinds of reasons for Europe to stand up to the U.S. and say, ‘Your sanctions are not our sanctions.’And maybe add: Your intentions for further regime change in the Middle East are not popular in Europe, which fears more waves of refugees. And also add: The sanctions you’ve demanded we impose on Russia following the February 2014 coup in Ukraine and consequent Russian reassertion of sovereignty over the Crimean Peninsula are hurting Europe and should be lifted.” ()5/17/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/17/the-europe-that-can-say-no/

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30) Time to end foreign aid to Israel (and everyone else)
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Given the recent shooting of unarmed Palestinian protestors at the hands of Israeli soldiers, leaving 58 people killed and 2,700 injured, isn’t it time for the American people to be asking the following question about the role of the federal government in the lives of the American people: Why should any American be forced to subsidize the salaries of the Israeli soldiers who did the shooting and the rifles and bullets they used in the massacre? I am referring, of course, to ‘foreign aid,’ the federal program by which American citizens are forced to fund foreign regimes that many would choose not to fund if they had a choice. Even those who support the deadly mayhem in Gaza nonetheless would be hard-pressed to explain why anyone should be forced to fund something that violates his own conscience.” (05/17/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/05/17/time-end-foreign-aid-israel-everyone-else/

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31) Technology kills the state, over and over
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“The state is ‘a bandit gang, writ large,’ wrote economist and historian Murray Rothbard. This is demonstrably true due to the inability for people who call themselves ‘the state’ or ‘government’ to produce any factual evidence that their rules, including the rules to give them money (or else!), apply to anybody they claim to have jurisdiction over. Like any other criminal enterprise, they operate within a certain temporal context. The tools they wield are limited to current state of the art technology. … If we identify a state as not only the particular time and place in which they operate, but also by the tools they use, then what is revealed over and over again are the many ways in which technology has killed the state.” (05/17/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/technology-kills-the-state-over-and-over

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32) Donald Trump’s betrayal of American and European diplomacy
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel R DePetris

“To the 28 member states of the European Union, President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement (formerly called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) was not just a diplomatic catastrophe of the highest order — it was a betrayal of everything America and Europe have worked towards for the past 15 years. … The EU now finds itself in an unenviable position, caught between a nuclear non-proliferation agreement it desperately (and rightly) wants to maintain and an economic behemoth in the United States that could seize tens of billions of dollars in European assets with a stroke of the pen if it does not cater to Washington’s demands.” (05/17/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/donald-trumps-betrayal-of-american-and-european-diplomacy/

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33) Google now deindexing some web pages based on FDA’s administrative agency findings
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Eugene Volokh

“It takes a lot to get Google to deindex a page, and thus hide it from searchers (at least from U.S.-based searchers). Unlike with YouTube, where Google exercises considerable editorial discretion, Google Search is generally aimed at indexing the Web, good and bad. Until recently, there have been only a few categories of content that Google would deindex based on someone’s request (setting aside Google deindexing things itself based on a perception that someone is gaming its search algorithms, or that some site contains malware, and focusing just on Google search within the U.S.): 1. Legal obligation (mostly copyright …. 2. Confidential personally identifying information …. 3. Court orders addressed to third parties (chiefly in libel cases) …. It has just emerged, though, that Google has decided to deindex based on a fourth category: 4. Administrative agency findings that sites illegally distribute material that risks physical harm to consumers …” (05/17/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/05/17/google-now-deindexing-some-web-pages-at

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34) Seven reasons why European banks are in trouble
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Philipp Bagus

“While the euro crisis seems far away as all Eurozone countries ran government deficits below 3 percent of GDP, there is one problem for the euro that quietly keeps growing: the unresolved banking crisis. And this is not a small problem. The Eurosystems’ and euro banks’ balance sheets totaled €30 trillion in January 2018, that is about 291 percent of GDP. European banks are in trouble for several reasons.” (05/17/18)

https://mises.org/wire/7-reasons-why-european-banks-are-trouble

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35) Sugar subsidies should go — consumers and candy manufacturers would benefit
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“U.S agriculture policy, especially the farm bill fiasco that comes up for renewal every five years, is loaded with pork-barrel spending and reminds us of the old Soviet-era ‘five-year plan.’ From billions in subsidies and insurance premium payments for multimillionaire corporate farmers to providing food stamps to the able-bodied — even when they refuse to seek employment — the farm bill is a boondoggle only special interests and the politicians who benefit from their campaign donations could love. No farm group spends more on lobbying to keep its sweet tooth satisfied than the sugar lobby. A relatively small group of sugar cane and sugar beet farmers and processors haul in an inordinate amount of support in nearly every farm bill, which guarantees them a price floor for their product, cheap loans, and tariffs that help keep competitors out of their market. U.S. consumers and candy makers suffer because of this largesse.” (05/17/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/05/sugar-subsidies-should-go-consumers-and-candy-manufacturers-would-benefit/

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36) One year after Mueller’s free-for-all began the costs are incredibly high and Putin is the only real winner
Source: Fox News
by Liz Peek

“One year ago Thursday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dove down a rabbit hole by appointing Robert Mueller as a special counsel to look into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. Specifically, Rosenstein’s order directed the special counsel to look into ‘any links between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump,’ any ‘matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigations’ and ‘any other matters within the scope’ of the Code of Federal Regulations applicable to the special counsel. In other words, Rosenstein launched a free-for-all. Exactly 365 days later, where are we?” (05/17/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/05/17/one-year-after-muellers-free-for-all-began-costs-are-incredibly-high-and-putin-is-only-real-winner.html

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37) Bill Bradley, call your bookie
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Andrew P Napolitano

“In 1992, Congress passed a statute authored by then-Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey, who was a former Princeton University and New York Knicks basketball superstar, prohibiting the states from authorizing sports betting. … I am a longtime fan and friend of Sen. Bradley’s, notwithstanding our general ideological differences over the constitutional role of government in our lives. Bradley is smart, fair and open-minded, and I miss him in the public forum. Yet he ought to have known that the legislation he authored was unconstitutional, and he ought to have known that Congress could have outlawed sports betting had it chosen to do so.” (05/17/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/05/17/bill-bradley-call-your-bookie/

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38) Cowards all around
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Just-retired Scot Peterson is a millionaire, thanks to the generous taxpayers of Broward County, Florida. You know Peterson as the sheriff’s deputy assigned to protect students at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, who, instead of entering the building where the shooter was mowing down 17 unarmed students and teachers, protected himself by waiting outside. … Following the cowardly non-performance of his duty, Peterson promptly retired and began drawing his pension. As the Sun Sentinel newspaper reported Tuesday, his monthly check is for $8,702.35 — an annual salary of $104,428.20. Should the 55-year-old live to the age of 75, he’ll draw more than $2 million.” (05/17/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/05/17/cowards-all-around/

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39) The Korea story: Why is the media getting it so wrong?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“As news of the statement by the North Korean vice minister for foreign affairs Kim Kye Gwan spread, the usual suspects could hardly contain their glee: Trump’s vaunted Korean peace initiative had been a fraud all along! The summit was off! The North Koreans had been faking it, and Mr. Art of the Deal had been taken for a ride! Hurrah! Hurray! From Nicholas Kristof to Bill Kristol, the celebration was loud and the Twitterverse resounded with unrestrained gloating: finally the President’s enemies had earned the right to say ‘We told you so!’ Or so they thought. There’s just one problem, however: the celebrants are wrong. There’s nothing for these war-ghouls to cheer about.” (05/17/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/05/16/the-korea-story-why-is-the-media-getting-it-so-wrong/

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40) Socialists and progressives just trounced the Democratic establishment
Source: In These Times
by Miles Kampf-Lassin

“If members of the Democratic Party establishment weren’t already worried, after Tuesday night, they should be. In primaries across the country, at least eight candidates running on explicitly progressive platforms won out, including open socialists and political newcomers who took out longtime incumbents. These victories are proof that the recent successes of left challengers are no fluke. Rather, the wins show that voters who are tired of the type of milquetoast, means-tested policies pushed by centrist Democrats are willing to embrace candidates running on bold, redistributive policies. And far from being too far left to win, these candidates have the political winds at their backs.” (05/16/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21149/socialism_dsa_pennsylvania_election_may_15_summer_lee_democratic_party

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41) SCOTUS legalizes sports wagering nationally
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“While the decision is the correct one, the decision is entirely for the wrong reasons. I’m not an attorney, so I don’t pretend to understand all the convoluted reasoning in either the opinion or the dissent. But it seems to me that since Congress decided not to regulate the ‘sports wagering industry’ that it could not prohibit the states from doing so. As the WaPo puts it: ‘But the court’s majority Monday said that violated states’ rights to make their own decisions, when Congress has not passed legislation to regulate an activity.’ Sorry, can’t find that in the Constitution. And even if it were, can anyone explain what (besides the muzzle of a gun) gives Congress the power to do that?” (05/17/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/05/16/scotus-legalizes-sports-wagering-nationally/

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42) Washington, DC: Where torture is more forgivable than harassment
Source: Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux

“Less than a month ago, President Trump’s nominee for the VA head chose to withdraw his name from consideration as allegations mounted — which he vehemently denied — of his having created a ‘toxic’ work environment and assorted other peccadillos. Meanwhile, most of us have lost count of how many members of Congress have resigned due to allegations of sexual harassment of various degrees …. Yet the Senate now stands poised to confirm the nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA Director. Ms. Haspel has been accused, not by one or two individuals, but by more than 100 military generals and admirals, of directly overseeing torture, and subsequently covering it up and destroying evidence. And to what do Senators who had earlier expressed opposition to her appointment now attribute their change of heart? Well, it seems she has changed her mind about torture …” (05/16/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/05/16/washington-dc-where-torture-is-more-forgivable-than-harassment/

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43) What we talk about when we talk about sanctuary cities
Source: Niskanen Center
by Will Wilkinson

“President Donald Trump is a wizard capable of conjuring a widespread sense of resentment and distrust by relentlessly repeating the same lie, and then using the mass delusion he has spoken into existence as a cudgel with which to hammer the credibility of anyone who denies it. Trump’s remorseless slander of ‘sanctuary cities’ and those who support them is a powerful example of this dark, demagogic art. … What’s actually going on here is not so hard to see. The point of the president’s indefatigable mendacity about sanctuary cities is to propagate the lie that the first concern of the opposition party is the unhindered freedom of foreign machete rapists, not the welfare of Americans. The immediate implication of this is that Democratic politicians are traitors who imperil the safety of ‘real’ Americans — the ones who don’t live in sanctuary cities. It hardly needs to be said that a politician or party in the business of treasonously selling out ‘the people’ has no moral right to govern. So Trump doesn’t exactly say it. He just incessantly suggests it.” (05/16/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-sanctuary-cities/

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44) Between Gaza and Jerusalem
Source: The American Prospect
by Orli Avi-Yonah

“The two scenes could not have seemed more different. In the mountains, the Israeli prime minister was celebrating the opening of the new U.S. embassy with his chosen allies, the imperious Armageddon crowd, who believe that the entire Jewish state is a mere vehicle to usher in the end of days. On the coastal plain a short 40 miles away, scores of desperate Palestinians lay dying in a vain attempt to storm the barrier separating them from the lands their ancestors lost in Israel’s war of independence, on the same day 70 years ago. There is a common and lethal logic underlying both situations. The prime minister and his Jewish and Christian allies believe in a biblical Israel, with Jews occupying and dominating the entire land from the Jordan to the sea. If Jews cannot rule the mountaintop, where their biblical ancestors lived, what is their right to the coastal plain, where their enemies the Philistines were dominant?” (05/16/18)

http://prospect.org/article/between-gaza-and-jerusalem

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45) Italy’s hand grenade under the euro — maybe leave, if not at least debt forgiveness
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“The new Italian government is preparing something more than just a small explosion under the foundations of the Euro. Sadly, to my taste, it’s not large enough, for they seem to have ruled out actually leaving the currency. Italy leaving the euro being the one thing which would, after a certain amount of chaos to be sure, substantially benefit the Italian economy. Oh, and yes, not to be forgotten, kill off that misbegotten child of Brussels fantasies, the euro itself. Something we should all devoutly wish for, that death, as it’s by a long way the most absurd and damaging economic policy inflicted upon Europe since state socialism circled the u-bend.” (05/17/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/brexit/italys-hand-grenade-under-the-euro-maybe-leave-if-not-at-least-debt-forgiveness/

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46) The Democrats’ shameful collective silence on Gaza
Source: The Daily Beast
by Dean Obeidallah

“The divide between the Democratic base — which is increasingly progressive — and establishment Democrats was on display again this week. We saw it after at least 60 Palestinians were killed, including women and children, and reportedly 2,700 were injured by the Israeli military during protests in Gaza on Monday. Despite this incident marking the biggest loss of life since the 2014 Gaza war, most leading Democrats were silent. It’s time Democrats stop checking their progressivism at the door when it comes to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict because that approach isn’t working for either side. … of the leading Democrats who are expected to run for president in 2020, only one spoke out forcefully: Sen. Bernie Sanders.” (05/17/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-democrats-shameful-collective-silence-on-gaza

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47) Why demonising Iran is a dangerous game
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“Trump’s demonisation of Iran is not just bombast; it carries with it an unstated implication. Because if Trump and his advisers really believe Iran is all those things, then the option cannot possibly be a new deal, as Trump himself indicated it could be in the same speech. After all, how can one strike a deal with a ‘murderous regime,’ ‘the leading sponsor of terrorism,’ without becoming morally tainted? No, if Iran is as near-enough evil as Trump implies, then the only option is the one preferred, in the US, by national security adviser John Bolton, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, and Trump’s attornney, Rudy Giuliani, and in the Middle East by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman: namely, regime change. It is this unstated but extant possibility, over and above the ripping-up of the Iran deal, that threatens to inflame further conflict in the Middle East.” (05/17/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-demonising-iran-is-a-dangerous-game/

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48) Stablecoins
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by JP Koning

“Imagine bitcoin’s price was as boring as that of the dollar. This is the premise behind stablecoins, privately issued cryptocurrencies pegged to an existing currency like the dollar or euro or yen. Stability is an important feature of money. To cope with an uncertain future, people generally hold inventories of highly liquid instruments in anticipation of unplanned payments. When the price of a potential medium of exchange is capable of falling 50 percent overnight, it ceases to be usable as a tool for coping with future uncertainty. Although stablecoins debuted in 2014 with the introduction of NuBits, BitUSD, and Tether, a flood of new entrants has recently emerged, including Basis, Dai, Carbon, and more. There are several ways to stabilize a cryptocurrency. I won’t delve into these techniques and will just assume they work. Even if they operate flawlessly, what role — if any — might stablecoins have to play in the future?” (05/16/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/sound-money-project/stablecoins

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49) The perils of giving Israel what it wants
Source: The New Republic
by Eric Cortellessa

“If President Bill Clinton acted too much like ‘Israel’s lawyer,’ in the famous words of one of his top Middle East peace negotiators, President Barack Obama tried to act more like Israel’s doctor. Whereas Clinton reportedly advocated Israeli ideas in private settings, Obama seemed to believe that inflicting immediate pain could improve the patient’s long-term survivability: hence his very public criticism of Israeli settlements. President Trump is acting more like Israel’s secretary. Since taking office, Trump’s policies from day to day have been unpredictable. The only party he has never displeased is Israel’s Likud Party. While trashing the Iran deal certainly falls into that category, the most visible and concrete culmination of that close relationship transpired on Monday, with the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Trump formally recognized the holy city as Israel’s capital in December, saying the move would propel peace by forcing the Palestinians to ‘recognize reality.’” (05/16/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148436/perils-giving-israel-wants

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50) The heat death of the economic universe
Source: Cobden Centre
by Keith Weiner

“Physicists say that the universe is expanding. However, they hotly debate (pun intended) if the rate of expansion is sufficient to overcome gravity — called escape velocity. It may seem like an arcane topic, but the consequences are dire. If the rate of expansion is too low, then it will get slower and slower until expansion stops entirely, then begin collapsing again in a Big Crunch. That’s bad enough. But the other possible fate of the universe is even worse. If the expansion is fast enough, then the universe will keep expanding forever. Things will get colder and colder, which is the heat death. Our monetary system is based on an irredeemable currency which is backed by debt. Debt at all levels has been growing for decades. This leads to the existential question of the economics universe. Will credit continue to grow, and with it the economy? Or will some law of economics slow and stop it? Is a heat death in our future?” (05/17/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/05/the-heat-death-of-the-economic-universe/

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51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/17/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“EU President Donald Tusk has openly broken with Washington over Trump’s pullout from the Iran deal, Gaza, and looming tariffs, Tweeting recently that ‘with friends like these who needs enemies?’ Will this expanding US/EU rift be the good kind of ‘blowback’ from Trump’s ‘capricious assertiveness’ in foreign policy?” [Flash video] (05/17/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/eu-breaks-with-trump-over-iran-good-blowback

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52) Cato Daily Podcast, 05/17/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Freedom of speech is worth protecting, and Europe is offering the United States lessons in how not to protect it. Jacob Mchangama directs the Danish think tank, Justitia. He spoke at the Cato Institute in April.” [various formats] (05/17/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/lessons-europe-freedom-speech

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53) Reality Check, 05/17/18
Source: Truth in Media

“Millions Wasted ‘Rebuilding’ Afghanistan.” [Flash video] (05/17/18)

http://truthinmedia.com/reality-check-millions-wasted-rebuilding-afghanistan/

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54) Scott Adams Says, 05/17/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams shows you how to guide a victim out of Trump Derangement Syndrome. With coffee.” [Flash video] (05/17/18)

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

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55) One Free Family, episode 17
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Traveling with your kids can be extremely challenging. In this episode, James and Taylor share their story and tips during their recent trip to England.” [Flash audio] (05/17/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/what-we-learned-about-traveling-with-kids-from-8-days-in-england-off017/

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56) Free Talk Live, 05/16/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Seattle Passes Employer Headcount Tax :: Building Regulations Exacerbating Home Supply in Seattle :: Home Tax Inspections :: Pied Piper ICO :: Initial Coin Offerings :: Amicable Divorce :: Speeding Ticket Controversy :: Tucker Carlson :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Conan.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/16/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-05-16

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57) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 108
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 107 welcomes Jared Nordin to the podcast for a chat with Skyler. Topics include: the Pacific northwest, career electrician, second marriage and dating, his political journey, Jack Spirko, Stefan Molyneux, Austrian economics, Lysander Spooner, challenging jurisdiction, Larken Rose, cognitive dissonance, outgroup bigotry, and more.” [various formats] (05/16/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/jareds-journey-spooner-cognitive-dissonance-34m-episode-108

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58) Ordered Liberty, episode 64
Source: National Review

“David and Alexandra break down the Senate Intelligence Committee’s document dump on Russia, discuss Israel’s conflict with Hamas, and how the #MeToo movement is robbing the Left of moral authority.” [various formats] (05/16/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/ordered-liberty/episode-64-more-russia-revelations/

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59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1158
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Joanna Williams, education editor at Spiked, discusses her new book Women vs. Feminism. Topics include education, sexual harassment and assault, and advocacy research masquerading as scholarship.” [various formats] (05/16/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1158-women-vs-feminism-why-we-all-need-liberating-from-the-gender-wars/

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60) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 161
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Matt’s Landing Strip.” [various formats] (05/16/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-161-matts-landing-strip/

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