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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
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In the News:

1) Venezuela: Maduro expels top US diplomat
2) FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public
3) Trump: “Substantial chance” summit with Kim will not go ahead
4) FDA gang continues kratom crackdown to boost crony-approved US WorldMeds product
5) Huma Abedin email horror returns to haunt FBI brass in IG report on Clinton case
6) SC: Publix supermarket censors HS grad’s “Summa cum Laude” cake
7) Google drops “don’t be evil” motto
8) SpaceX launches for two customers, misses a fairing recovery
9) NY: Syracuse parents sue 30-year-old son who refuses to move out
10) Small banks trump Wall Street on Dodd Frank rewrite
11) Judge orders Avenatti’s law firm to pay $10 million to ex-colleague
12) TX: Dad says Santa Fe school shooter was bullied; school rejects claim
13) MO: Judge appoints special prosecutor to decide on Greitens case
14) China: Regime to cut import duty on cars to 15% after truce with Trump
15) WV: Blankenship launches third party bid for US Senate
16) Pol hopes there are enough easy marks out there to crowdfund Trump’s border wall scam
17) Afghanistan: Policemen killed in deadly Taliban attacks
18) US rattles sabers as Trump-Kim summit nears
19) OR: Teen who started massive wildfire with fireworks must pay $36 million, judge rules
20) An Ebola vaccine gets its first real-world test

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) America bullies the world
22) Why “gig work” is attractive to companies and workers alike
23) Stupid, ugly swamp monster pretends to care about Iranian human rights
24) A second passport to an island paradise does sound pretty sweet
25) Spying on Trump: Was Obama behind CIA/FBI plan to elect Hillary?
26) Want to know how to fix Facebook? Listen to “Black Twitter”
27) How science became an idol
28) Johns Hopkins University: Launching pad for my fifty years as a professional economist
29) Against international law’s economic agnosticism
30) Bush’s wrong-headed view on foreign policy
31) Real corruption: Mick “pay and we’ll talk” Mulvaney
32) One percent
33) Congress’s Dodd-Frank fix is no fix at all
34) A reality check on Korea nuclear talks
35) Go for it
36) Don’t mention the (Libyan) war
37) A fitting end to Paul Ryan’s fraudulent political career
38) Yet another letter to the scarcityist-in-chief
39) John Brennan’s plot to infiltrate the Trump campaign
40) Did the Supreme Court just gut the New Deal?
41) Enough: Earned Income Tax Credit’s failure wasn’t because “corporate interests” were prioritized
42) How the feds use transportation funds to spy on you
43) May Day
44) James Damore was right, brains are gendered — but we mustn’t say or act so
45) The fantasy of Russia’s dirty money
46) The constitutional case for California’s sanctuary state laws
47) November’s “revolution” will not be televised
48) What to do
49) Germany/Israel/Palestine: A Demonology In E-Minor
50) Is it the government’s duty to control weeds? Part 1

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 91
52) Bloggingheads.tv, 05/22/18
53) The Tom Wood Show, episode 1163
54) Reality Check, 05/22/18
55) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/22/18
56) Anarchist Barber Shop, episode 42
57) Scott Adams Says, 05/22/18
58) The Libertarian Angle, 05/22/18
59) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 57
60) Free Talk Live, 05/21/18

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

1) Venezuela: Maduro expels top US diplomat
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Venezuela has expelled the senior US representative in the country amid an international backlash against Nicolas Maduro’s re-election as president. Mr Maduro announced the expulsion of charge d’affaires Todd Robinson as his victory in Sunday’s vote was being proclaimed officially. He accused Mr Robinson of conspiring against his socialist government. The vote was marred by an opposition boycott and allegations of fraud, which led the US to tighten sanctions. US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to limit the Venezuelan government’s ability to sell off state assets. Fourteen countries including Argentina, Brazil and Canada recalled their ambassadors from Caracas in protest. The US has not had a serving ambassador in Venezuela for eight years and Mr Robinson is its most senior representative.” (05/22/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44218956

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2) FBI repeatedly overstated encryption threat figures to Congress, public
Source: Washington Post

“The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed by encrypted cellphones, claiming investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year when the correct number was much smaller, probably between 1,000 and 2,000, The Washington Post has learned. Over a period of seven months, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray cited the inflated figure as the most compelling evidence for the need to address what the FBI calls ‘Going Dark’ — the spread of encrypted software that can block investigators’ access to digital data even with a court order. … The FBI said that despite the phone-counting errors, ‘Going Dark remains a serious problem for the FBI, as well as other federal, state, local and international law enforcement partners. … The FBI will continue pursuing a solution that ensures law enforcement can access evidence of criminal activity with appropriate legal authority.’” [editor’s note: Hopefully the ability to encrypt phones will remain ahead of the FBI’s ability to decrypt them; that’s assuming they’re not lying about the whole thing from top to bottom, which is NOT a safe assumption – TLK] (05/22/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-repeatedly-overstated-encryption-threat-figures-to-congress-public/2018/05/22/5b68ae90-5dce-11e8-a4a4-c070ef53f315_story.html

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3) Trump: “Substantial chance” summit with Kim will not go ahead
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“US President Donald Trump has done little to quell mounting uncertainty surrounding a hallmark meeting with North Korea’s leader planned for next month, as he held key talks with his South Korean counterpart at the White House. Trump is scheduled to meet Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12, but in recent weeks there have been growing concerns that the summit will not go ahead as scheduled. ‘If it doesn’t happen, maybe it will happen later,’ Trump said of the planned meeting, addressing reporters alongside Moon Jae-in. … Last week, after a period of seemingly warming relations on the Korean peninsula, marked by a historic inter-Korea summit in April, Pyongyang suspended talks with Seoul due to its hosting of a joint military drill with the US. North Korea, which has reportedly started dismantling its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, also threatened to pull out of the Singapore summit if the US continues to demand it gives up its nuclear arsenal unilaterally.” (05/22/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/trump-substantial-chance-summit-kim-180522154850000.html

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4) FDA gang continues kratom crackdown to boost crony-approved US WorldMeds product
Source: MarketWatch

“In its latest crackdown on the controversial dietary supplement kratom, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued warning letters to three companies for marketing and distributing the substance as a treatment for opioid addiction, pain treatment and other symptoms. ‘Despite our warnings that no kratom product is safe, we continue to find companies selling kratom and doing so with deceptive medical claims for which there’s no reliable scientific proof to support their use,’ said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. The FDA has determined that kratom, or Mitragyna speciosa, a plant-based supplement that grows naturally in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, [is natural and inexpensive competition for a recently approved US WorldMeds product, Lucemyra, and we can’t have competition, can we?]” (05/22/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/fda-continues-crackdown-on-controversial-supplement-kratom-2018-05-22

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5) Huma Abedin email horror returns to haunt FBI brass in IG report on Clinton case
05/23/2018 News, PND News No comments

Source: Fox News

“Ever since she lost the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton has repeatedly blamed her defeat on the FBI’s decision to reopen the probe into her email use after messages were found on the laptop of confidante Huma Abedin’s estranged husband. But now that laptop and those emails are back in the spotlight, this time causing problems for FBI leaders as part of a forthcoming inspector general report. The probe is expected to fault bureau officials for sitting on those emails in the first place. The finding underscores how the laptop continues to play a recurring part in the Clinton case saga, haunting everyone from the Democratic nominee to the FBI officials who examined it.” (05/22/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/22/huma-email-horror-returns-to-haunt-fbi-brass-in-ig-report-on-clinton-case.html

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6) SC: Publix supermarket censors HS grad’s “Summa cum Laude” cake
Source: USA Today

“Well, we’re guessing the folks at this particular Publix supermarket didn’t graduate [with top honors]. The story starts with a proud mom ordering a cake online for her son’s graduation party. On it she wanted the words ‘Congrats Jacob! Summa Cum Laude Class of 2018.’ But then she found that the software at the Publix near their home in West Ashley, S.C., refused to include the word ‘Cum’ in the decoration on top of the cake because it considered it to be profane. Undaunted, Cara Koscinski used a special-instructions box to explain that the offending word was part of a Latin phrase for academic honors and meant ‘with’ (laude translates as ‘honors’ or ‘distinction’ and summa as ‘highest’), according to a report by local TV station WCIV. She even included a link to a website explaining the meaning, reported the Washington Post.” (05/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/05/22/publix-market-south-carolina-censors-grads-summa-cum-laude-cake/631829002

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7) Google drops “don’t be evil” motto
Source: Fox News

“‘Don’t be evil.’ The three words that have been part of Google’s motto for the last 17 years also encapsulate how much of Silicon Valley sees itself — doing what is right and just, but a bit edgier than previous stodgy titans of capitalism. However, the ubiquitous search engine has now removed ‘Don’t be evil’ from its official code of conduct. According to a Gizmodo reporter who used the Wayback machine to check time stamps, at some point between late April and early May, references to the slogan in the document were removed except for one brief mention.” (05/22/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/05/21/google-drops-dont-be-evil-motto.html

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8) SpaceX launches for two customers, misses a fairing recovery
Source: Ars Technica

“SpaceX [made] its 10th launch of the year on Tuesday, a mission serving two different customers. The Falcon 9 rocket [carried] five communications satellites for the Iridium NEXT constellation, along with two gravity-measuring satellites for NASA and the German Research Centre for Geosciences. … The Falcon 9 rocket launch went off smoothly, with the second stage deploying the two gravity measuring satellites for NASA about 11 minutes after liftoff. Then, following a coast phase to a higher altitude, the second stage deployed five Iridium communications satellites. SpaceX said it ‘came very close’ to catching the fairing, but missed again.” (05/22/18)

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/05/the-spacex-rocket-used-for-the-ill-fated-zuma-mission-to-fly-again-today/

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9) NY: Syracuse parents sue 30-year-old son who refuses to move out
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The parents of a 30-year-old man have resorted to drastic measures in an effort to get their son to fly the coop: they are suing him. Court documents say Michael Rotondo does not pay rent or help with chores, and has ignored his parents’ offers of money to get him settled. Despite doling out five eviction letters, Christina and Mark Rotondo say their son still refuses to move out. Michael is arguing that legally, he was not given enough notice to leave. Mr and Mrs Rotondo filed their case with the Onondaga County Supreme Court, near Syracuse, New York, on 7 May, after months of unsuccessfully urging their son to leave. The would-be empty nesters’ lawyer, Anthony Adorante, told Syracuse.com the couple did not know how else to get their adult son out of their house. ‘We have decided that you must leave this house immediately,’ reads the first letter, dated 2 February, according to court filings.” [editor’s note: Variation on the old closing-time bar line: “You don’t have to find a home, but you can’t stay here!” – SAT] (05/22/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44215648

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10) Small banks trump Wall Street on Dodd Frank rewrite
Source: Reuters

“Congress on Tuesday rolled back some of the restraints imposed on banks after the 2007-2009 global financial crisis, but big players like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase, will not be breaking out the champagne. While Wall Street banks lobbied hard for a range of provisions that would have weakened the 2010 Dodd-Frank reform law and boosted their profits, they got trumped by their smaller rivals, according to lobbyists, Congressional staff, bankers and disclosure records. For example, the bill reduces federal oversight of banks between $50 billion and $250 billion in assets, and eases lending, capital and trading rules for smaller lenders, but big bank lobbyists and analysts agree it does little to help the nation’s largest lenders. Large banks sought to raise that oversight threshold to $500 billion, or adopt a more flexible approach to big bank scrutiny, but small banks fought to fix the cap at $250 billion, concerned about alienating Democrats whose votes were needed to pass the bill in the Senate.” (05/22/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-house-banks-lobbying/small-banks-trump-wall-street-on-dodd-frank-rewrite-idUSKCN1IN328

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11) Judge orders Avenatti’s law firm to pay $10 million to ex-colleague
Source: Fox News

“A law firm managed by Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump and his personal attorney, was ordered to pay $10 million Tuesday to a lawyer who claimed that the firm had misstated its profits and that he was owed millions. The Los Angeles Times reported the judgment by a U.S. bankruptcy court in southern California against the Eagan Avenatti law firm. ‘At this point, that’s what’s appropriate,’ Judge Catherine Bauer said of the award, according to the paper. Attorney Jason Frank, who worked at Eagan Avenatti under an independent contractor agreement, alleged in court papers that the law firm failed to pay a $4.85 million settlement he had reached in December. He added that Avenatti had personally guaranteed the settlement.” (05/22/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/22/michael-avenattis-law-firm-ordered-by-judge-to-pay-10m-to-ex-colleague.html

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12) TX: Dad says Santa Fe school shooter was bullied; school rejects claim
Source: USA Today

“The father of the teen accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school last week says his son was a ‘good boy’ who was a victim of bullying. Antonios Pagourtzis told the Wall Street Journal his 17-year-old son, Dimitrios, was ‘mistreated’ at Santa Fe High School where the teen opened fire Friday, killing eight students and two teachers. More than a dozen other people were injured. ‘I believe that’s what was behind the shooting,’ he said. Pagourtzis told Greece’s Antenna TV that he wished he could have prevented the tragedy. He said he had asked police to allow him to go into the school during the standoff so his son could kill him instead of students. ‘Something must have happened now, this last week,’ he told the station. ‘Somebody probably came and hurt him, and since he was a solid boy, I don’t know what could have happened. I can’t say what happened. All I can say is what I suspect as a father.’” (05/22/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/05/22/santa-fe-shooting-autopsies-show-whether-kids-died-crossfire/631807002

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13) MO: Judge appoints special prosecutor to decide on Greitens case
Source: Fox News

“A St. Louis judge on Monday appointed the prosecutor in Jackson County as the special prosecutor who will decide whether to refile an invasion-of-privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. … Greitens was indicted by a grand jury in February. He is accused of taking a compromising and unauthorized photo of a woman during an extramarital affair in 2015, before he was elected. The charge was dismissed May 14 during jury selection after the court said it would allow Greitens’ lawyers to question Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner under oath. Gardner said it would have been improper for her to be a witness in a trial her office was prosecuting. … Greitens also faces a second charge in St. Louis accusing him of misusing a charity donor list for his gubernatorial campaign. A trial date in that case has not been set.” (05/22/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/21/judge-appoints-special-prosecutor-to-decide-on-greitens-case.html

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14) China: Regime to cut import duty on cars to 15% after truce with Trump
Source: Yahoo! News

“China will cut the import duty on passenger cars to 15 percent, boosting auto makers such as BMW AG and Ford Motor Co. just as the immediate threat of a trade war with the U.S. recedes. The Finance Ministry said Tuesday the levy will be lowered effective July 1 from the current 25 percent that has been in place for more than a decade. Bloomberg News had reported last month that China was weighing proposals to reduce the car import levy to 10 percent or 15 percent. A reduction in import duty follows a truce between President Donald Trump’s administration and Chinese officials as they seek to defuse tensions and avert an all-out trade war.” (05/22/18)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-cut-import-duty-cars-065632656.html

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15) WV: Blankenship launches third party bid for US Senate
Source: CNN

“Ex-convict and coal baron Don Blankenship says he’s running for the Senate in West Virginia as a third-party candidate after he lost in the Republican primary race two weeks ago. In a statement Monday, Blankenship said he had accepted the Constitution Party’s nomination. And he again took aim at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — the man he’d called ‘Cocaine Mitch’ while maligning McConnell’s ‘China family’ — decrying ‘false ads against me by a Mitch McConnell controlled super PAC’ that he said cost him the Republican nomination. … West Virginia has a ‘sore loser’ law that prohibits candidates who lose primaries from running in general elections. A source familiar with Blankenship’s plans said Blankenship will try run with a minor party affiliation and argue the sore loser law was poorly written.” [editor’s note: Bad man, bad party — but if they manage to get a sore loser law voided, they will have done the public a service – TLK] (05/21/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/21/politics/west-virginia-don-blankenship-third-party-senate-run/index.html

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16) Pol hopes there are enough easy marks out there to crowdfund Trump’s border wall scam
Source: Fox News

“Those who want to see President Trump’s border wall built may get a chance to help fund the project if a recently introduced bill is passed. The legislation, introduced by Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., last week, would create a ‘border wall trust fund.’ People could donate any amount of money to it, with the funds specifically designated for ‘whatever it takes to build the wall’ — from supplies to salaries. It would be overseen by the Treasury Department, according to Black.” (05/22/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/21/trump-border-wall-crowdfunding-possible-under-tennessee-lawmakers-trust-fund-bill.html

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17) Afghanistan: Policemen killed in deadly Taliban attacks
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The Taliban has launched a series of attacks in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, killing police officers, including a district police chief and a reserve unit’s commander, Afghan officials have said. The deadly attacks that claimed the lives of at least 14 policemen come days after the armed group announced conditional amnesty to Afghan security forces. Taliban fighters stormed several security checkpoints in Dih Yak and Jaghatu district of the Ghazni province late on Monday setting off a battle with the security forces that continued through Tuesday.” (05/22/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/afghanistan-policemen-killed-deadly-taliban-attacks-ghazni-180522085446606.html

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18) US rattles sabers as Trump-Kim summit nears
Source: Reuters

“The USS Milius, one of the U.S. Navy’s most advanced guided missile destroyers, arrived in Japan on Tuesday to reinforce defenses against any ballistic missile attacks by North Korea, or anyone else in East Asia. The warship’s arrival at Yokosuka Naval Base comes three weeks before an unprecedented meeting is supposed to take place in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The show of force is a reminder of the military pressure that can be brought to bear on North Korea as the United States seeks to press it to abandon its nuclear weapons and its ballistic missile program.” (05/22/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-milius-japan/us-bolsters-asia-ballistic-missile-defense-as-trump-kim-summit-nears-idUSKCN1IN0O9

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19) OR: Teen who started massive wildfire with fireworks must pay $36 million, judge rules
Source: Washington Post

“When a teenager hurled fireworks into a parched canyon near one of Oregon’s most scenic hiking trails, sparking a cloud of smoke to rise up toward him and his friends, some in the group reportedly giggled and recorded video, oblivious to the danger. What came next was a wildfire that raged through the Columbia River Gorge and, eight months later, a court order mandating the teen pay more than $36 million in restitution. Hood River County Circuit Judge John A. Olson, in an opinion released Monday, acknowledged that the teen could not pay that full amount. … The court could authorize a supervising authority to create a payment plan, he wrote. He also said it was possible for the teen to pay restitution for just 10 years if he successfully completed his probation, complied with payment plans and did not commit any other offenses.” (05/22/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/05/21/teen-who-started-massive-oregon-wildfire-with-fireworks-must-pay-36-million-judge-rules/

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20) An Ebola vaccine gets its first real-world test
Source: Wired

“The Ebola virus kills half the people who get it, and it’s a tragically familiar disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since scientists first characterized the disease in 1976, Congo has had nine outbreaks. Now it’s happening again: To date the country has seen 46 possible or confirmed cases, and 26 people are dead. But this time is different. Four cases are in a city–Mbandaka, with more than a million people and easy transport to the megacity of Kinshasa. That has chilling implications for the potential spread of the infection. … Beginning Monday, health care workers and other people on the front lines of the outbreak will receive a recombinant Ebola vaccine called rVSV-ZEBOV. After that, people who’ve been in contact with those infected with Ebola, and the contacts of those contacts, will get shots, too. It’s a strategy called ring vaccination, tailored to put the brakes on in-progress outbreaks. While the vaccine itself is still technically experimental, it’s also the first time one has ever been deployed to fight a disease like Ebola during an outbreak.” (05/21/18)

https://www.wired.com/story/an-ebola-vaccine-gets-its-first-real-world-test/

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

21) America bullies the world
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“I’ve done several previous posts about FATCA, which forces foreign banks to reveal information about Americans to the IRS. The US and Eritrea are the only two countries crazy enough to tax people based on their citizenship, not their residency. As a result, Americans living overseas often have difficulty finding a bank willing to take their business. (We’ll see how Princess Markle copes with this.) Of course FATCA is not the only way that America bullies other countries. The US is not satisfied with imposing sanctions on foreign countries. It insists that other countries adhere to our sanctions policy, even if experts both within and outside the US overwhelming oppose the policy (as with Iran sanctions.) This has been a problem for many years, but it’s getting worse …” (05/22/18)

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

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22) Why “gig work” is attractive to companies and workers alike
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Trey Kovacs

“Sharing economy companies couldn’t allow drivers to work as many hours as they’d like because, as employees, they would be entitled to overtime pay. No company can afford to pay for unlimited overtime. Liability for sharing economy companies would increase with a shift to employment status. With greater responsibility for the actions of drivers, ridesharing companies would screen potential drivers closely. Many drivers who earn money on the side today may be let go in the future due to stricter hiring practices. Being out of a paying gig is not the kind of flexibility that individuals who currently drive for Uber and Lyft are looking for. These added costs and liabilities would likely force employers to take control over other aspects of work — what routes drivers take, how they interact with customers, and what they wear.” (05/22/18)

https://fee.org/articles/why-gig-work-is-attractive-to-companies-and-workers-alike/

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23) Stupid, ugly swamp monster pretends to care about Iranian human rights
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“A year ago, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson received a memo from a top adviser explaining to the political outsider how things are done in DC when it comes to human rights. With adversaries of the United States like China, Russia, North Korea and Iran, the memo explained, the human rights violations of those governments should be used to criticize and undermine them to advance US agendas against them. Human rights violations of US allies like Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Philippines, however, should be overlooked in the interest of maintaining positive relationships with those governments. For DC insiders, human rights are nothing other than a tool of manipulation and control. They have no intrinsic value in and of themselves as far as these depraved swamp creatures are concerned; they’re only valuable insofar as they advance the interests of the US power establishment.” (05/22/18)

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24) A second passport to an island paradise does sound pretty sweet
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“We tend to think of “industries” as steel, information delivery, and stuff like financials. What I had not realized is that citizenship itself, in particular, the acquisition of an additional passport, has become a real commodity and the basis of a $2 billion industry of its own. And yet, when I was in the Caribbean recently, reporters kept asking about my opinion regarding the Citizenship by Investment Program. It has emerged as the top export of the gorgeous St. Kitts and Nevis islands. Before attending this event, I didn’t really have an opinion. Now I do. I absolutely love it. The market for second passports is one of the bright lights of freedom in the world today. It is legal. It is acceptable. And it is being used ever more. Rightly so.” (05/22/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/second-passport-island-paradise-does-sound-pretty-sweet

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25) Spying on Trump: Was Obama behind CIA/FBI plan to elect Hillary?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“As Robert Mueller’s chimerical Russia-Trump collusion probe grinds on, a real possible crime has been revealed: the collusion between the Justice Department, the FBI, the Clinton campaign and, possibly, the Obama administration, to plant a spy in the Trump campaign. If so, as some say, it’s bigger than Watergate. The spy’s name is Stefan Halper, a professor at Cambridge University who has high-level ties to both U.S. and British intelligence, as Daily Caller New Foundation investigative reporter Chuck Ross discovered. The revelation made Trump livid, and rightly so, as his tweet on Sunday afternoon plainly showed: ‘I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the (FBI and Department of Justice) infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political purposes — and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!’ Both the New York Times and Washington Post knew the professor’s name, but coyly decided not to reveal it, citing intelligence officials’ warnings that to do so would might endanger him or other intelligence contacts.” (05/22/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/did-obama-spy-on-trump

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26) Want to know how to fix Facebook? Listen to “Black Twitter”
Source: In These Times
by Kimberly C Ellis

“Twitter should target the domestic terrorism of white supremacists (the single greatest threat to American democracy), who use social media to gain a greater platform and notoriety. In their 2002 book The Miner’s Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy, Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres warned, ‘Those who are racially marginalized are like the miner’s canary: Their distress is the first sign of a danger that threatens us all.’ This metaphor holds true on social media, in particular among the online communities making up the cultural phenomenon known as ‘Black Twitter.’ Issues from fake news to trolling have long affected Black Twitter users, and we have long been raising the alarm and fighting back. After Trayvon Martin was killed in February 2012, white supremacists took to social media to send pictures of his dead body to Black users. Some went further and turned his tragic murder into a game they called ‘Trayvoning.’ They would dress up in clothes vaguely similar to Martin’s, and then pose in his death position, often with a can of soda and Skittles.” (05/22/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21106/black-twitter-social-media-racism-listen-canaries-coalmine

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27) How science became an idol
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“I do not oppose science. In fact I advocate for it. But it’s also clear to me that science has been turned into a social weapon. More than that, it has been turned into an idol, and today I’m going to explain (briefly) how that happened. But before I do, I want you to understand what idolatry really is. Whenever you hold something above critique — above reality — you place it as your god. An idol is that which may not be questioned.” (05/22/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/how-science-became-an-idol/

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28) Johns Hopkins University: Launching pad for my fifty years as a professional economist
Source Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“The fifty years that have ensued since I completed my doctoral work at Hopkins have been the occasion for many changes in my knowledge, interests, outlooks, and aspirations. I have taught at several institutions as either a member of the regular faculty or a visiting professor or lecturer. Since 1994 I have been Senior Fellow in Political Economy for the Independent Institute, and for seventeen years I was the editor of the institute’s quarterly journal The Independent Review. I have traveled widely in many countries for professional activities. I have worked as a consultant or expert witness in a variety of areas, ranging from government regulation of the Pacific fisheries to some large Superfund cases in the federal courts. I have lectured for dozens of organizations and had opportunities to express my professional views in many media outlets. Of course, I have also done a great deal of research and writing along the way, producing a number of articles and books for both professional and lay audiences. But it all began at Hopkins.” ()5/22/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/05/22/johns-hopkins-university-launching-pad-for-my-fifty-years-as-a-professional-economist/

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29) Against international law’s economic agnosticism
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Fernando Teson

“International law does not generally protect economic liberties. By economic liberties I mean private property rights and freedom of contract, including the individual right to trade. Even if we could say that international law encourages inter-state capitalism (to an extent, given the protectionist exceptions embedded in the WTO system), international law has remained largely silent about domestic capitalism. It does not recognize any right of individuals to engage in trade, domestic or international. Moreover, international instruments repeatedly affirm the right of ‘peoples’ to choose their own economic system. This translates into the power of states to curtail or suppress private property and freedom of contract if they judge that such action is required by the national welfare or the public good.” (05/22/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/05/against-international-laws-economic-agnosticism/

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30) Bush’s wrong-headed view on foreign policy
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“What conservatives favor is a federal government that wields the omnipotent power to do whatever it wants in foreign countries and to foreign citizens. Invasions, occupations, coups, regime-change operations, foreign aid, torture, rendition, kidnapping, assassination, indefinite detention, denial of due process of law, denial of trial by jury, denial of speedy trial, foreign military bases, support of dictatorial regimes, involvement in foreign conflicts and wars, and so forth. For the conservative, there should be no limitations on the powers of the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA in foreign affairs or even here at home if they consider it necessary to protect ‘national security.’ All that is what we libertarians refer to as a foreign policy of interventionism. Conversely, a foreign policy in which the federal government is prohibited from intervening and meddling in the affairs of other countries constitutes a foreign policy of non-interventionism. Non-interventionism is what the conservative movement calls ‘isolationism.’” (05/22/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/05/22/bushs-wrong-headed-view-on-foreign-policy/

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31) Real corruption: Mick “pay and we’ll talk” Mulvaney
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

It’s not just that Mick Mulvaney has no scruples; he has no shame. It has become commonplace to see Trump administration officials, up to and including the president, abuse public resources for personal gain and comfort. But private planes, $31,000 dining room sets, and other lavish expenditures at public expense are the petty rewards of narcissists. The corruption that matters most is the kind that hurts millions of Americans to enrich the tiny class of billionaires that is this regime’s true constituency. When it comes to this kind of deep corruption, which perverts government’s role for the benefit of the privileged few, Mick Mulvaney is a master of the art. In fact, he’s made it his ideology. Mulvaney is Trump’s Budget Director. He is also doing double-duty as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the agency created under President Obama to protectconsumers from being ripped off by predatory and criminally inclined banks. As a member of Congress, Mulvaney once called the agency he now leads ‘sick, sad,’ and a ‘joke.’ Even if Mulvaney uses his position at the CFPB to serve banks, it’ll still cost them. He pretty much said so, in a speech he recently gave to the American Bankers Association.” (05/22/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180522/real-corruption-mick-pay-up-and-well-talk-mulvaney

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32) One percent
Source: Strike the Root
by Alex R Knight III

“Senator Rand Paul, son of the infamous quasi-libertarian ex-congressman Ron Paul, recently brought a proposal before the governmental body of which he is a member. It moved that — other than the sacred cow of so-called ‘Social Security’ — one percent (1%) of all other fedgov spending, right across the board be cut. That’s one percent. Just one penny out of every confiscated federal tax dollar. One cent. No more. It likely will not surprise anyone reading this that the measure did not pass. No Democrats — those heroes always allegedly fighting for the working class — were in support of it, and fewer than half of the supposedly less government, lower taxes Republicans voted with Paul. We’re talking about one percent of spending. An amount that would in practice produce virtually no noticeable effect whatsoever in terms of government reduction.” (05/22/18)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/one-percent

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33) Congress’s Dodd-Frank fix is no fix at all
Source: Cato Institute
by Diego Zuluaga

“Congress is looking to make changes to the post-financial crisis regulatory system, but it’s not going to ‘roll back’ Dodd-Frank. Don’t take it from me, but from one of the former congressmen after whom the Obama-era financial regulation is named. Barney Frank has expressed opposition to S. 2155, the banking reform bill slated to be passed this week with Republican and minority Democratic support. But he doesn’t believe the bill will ‘make a serious dent’ in post-crisis financial rulemaking. Frank may view this as a good thing, but the bill’s timidity is precisely its chief weakness.” (05/21/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/congress-dodd-frank-fix-no-fix-all

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34) A reality check on Korea nuclear talks
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“When President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in first agreed to meet in Washington Tuesday, they seemed to genuinely believe they might be on the brink of a major rapprochement with the North. Now, there are concerns over whether the much-touted summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un scheduled for Singapore on June 12 will happen at all. With hindsight, Pyongyang’s announcement last week that it might pull out of the meeting should have been less of a surprise. North Korea has spent decades using similar tactics to shape the diplomatic agenda with the South and Washington, raising hopes of a breakthrough — then sparking a crisis and moving the goal posts. It’s still less than a month since Moon and Kim engaged in what appeared a successful summit in the demilitarized zone, both pledging to work toward the complete denuclearization of the peninsula. Last week, however, Pyongyang furiously denounced Washington for demanding the North’s unilateral disarmament, particularly as a precondition for potential U.S. economic aid.” [editor’s note: Part of “negotiating” is being willing to walk away for a time, just sayin’ – SAT] (05/22/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-korea-commentary/commentary-a-reality-check-on-korea-nuclear-talks-idUSKCN1IN21N

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35) Go for it
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“For fifty years you haven’t been able to disarm the criminals. 64% of firearms-wielding murderers have prior felony convictions, yet mysteriously got around of fifty years of laws meant to prevent just that. Nearly 91% of firearms used in murders are stolen (just like the guns used in Santa Fe, stolen from a locked cabinet). Well, that’s one way around NICS (which has been in place for two decades). Somehow, despite knowing exactly who they are (because everyone knows how accurate NICS is), you haven’t managed to get guns out of the hands of those already stripped of Second Amendment rights through adjudication. But now you want to go after … everyone else.” (05/22/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=5212

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36) Don’t mention the (Libyan) war
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Repeatedly bringing up the 2011 Libyan war in connection with North Korea diplomacy is either proof of the administration’s ineptitude or an attempt at deliberate sabotage of the negotiations. When Pence says that ‘this will only end like the Libyan model ended’ if Kim doesn’t make a deal, he is repeating a threat to attack, overthrow, and kill Kim unless he surrenders his government’s nuclear weapons. Kim assumes that Gaddafi’s error was in agreeing to dismantle his much less advanced nuclear program in exchange for normalization and security guarantees, so he is not going to take his chances by handing over nuclear weapons. He certainly won’t do that when he is being threatened with an attack if he doesn’t play ball. The threat is as obnoxious as it is crazy, and if it were carried out could even lead to a nuclear exchange.” (05/22/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/dont-mention-the-libyan-war/

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37) A fitting end to Paul Ryan’s fraudulent political career
Source: The New Republic
by David Dayen

“The House of Representatives has become The Lord of the Flies. Republicans, despite being in the majority, lost a vote on major legislation (the Farm Bill) put forward by its leaders. The leadership might also lose control of the floor agenda, through an unusual maneuver that would force a series of uncomfortable votes on immigration. The speaker of the House could get booted in a nearly unprecedented insurrection right before the midterm elections. Moderates on the left and hardliners on the right are in open revolt. This is not how Paul Ryan wanted to leave office. But his decision to retire at year’s end, prompted by a desire to protect himself from a tough election, caused this debacle–and it’s imperiling the political project he spent a career building. Ryan, who was elected in 1998 and became speaker in 2015, has long advocated for cutting programs for the poor, an agenda he cloaks in the language of “reform” and justifies with performative concern over the budget deficit. The more credulous members of the media too often bought that act. But his was always just a reverse–Robin Hood redistribution project, an Ayn Randian anti-government paradise where the welfare state was quietly strangled for the benefit of the wealthy.” (05/22/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148497/fitting-end-paul-ryans-fraudulent-political-career

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38) Yet another letter to the scarcityist-in-chief
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Mr. Trump: You and your trade triumvirate regularly insist that China’s trade surplus with the U.S. reveals that China is taking unfair advantage of America and thereby damaging our economy. So tell me, is America taking unfair advantage of Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Australia, the United Kingdom, Guatemala, and the several other countries with the U.S. is now running trade surpluses? Are we Americans abusing the citizens of these countries and damaging their economies by selling more goods to each of them than each of them sells to us?” (05/22/18)

http://cafehayek.com/2018/05/yet-another-open-letter-scarcityist-chief-3.html

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39) John Brennan’s plot to infiltrate the Trump campaign
Source: The American Spectator
by George Neumayr

“As Trump won primary after primary in 2016, a rattled John Brennan started claiming to colleagues at the CIA that Estonia’s intelligence agency had alerted him to an intercepted phone call suggesting Putin was pouring money into the Trump campaign. The tip was bogus, but Brennan bit on it with opportunistic relish. Out of Brennan’s alarmist chatter about the bogus tip came an extraordinary leak to the BBC: that Brennan had used it, along with later half-baked tips from British intelligence, as the justification to form a multi-agency spy operation (given the Orwellian designation of an ‘inter-agency taskforce’) on the Trump campaign, which he was running right out of CIA headquarters. The CIA was furious about the leak, but never denied the BBC’s story. To Congress earlier this year, Brennan acknowledged the existence of the group, but cast his role in it as the mere conduit of tips about Trump-Russia collusion …” (05/22/18)

https://spectator.org/john-brennans-plot-to-infiltrate-the-trump-campaign/

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40) Did the Supreme Court just gut the New Deal?
Source: The American Prospect
by Simon Lazarus

“Yesterday, the Supreme Court’s five-justice conservative bloc empowered employers to require employees, as a condition of employment, to forego any joint legal remedy for unlawful abuse. It did so despite the core guarantee of two landmark New Deal statutes, that workers have a federal right to engage in ‘concerted activity’ for their ‘mutual aid or protection.’ During the oral argument in the case, as I noted in the Prospect on January 4, some members of the conservative bloc seemed to be considering tempering or qualifying a result so blatantly at odds with the 1932 Norris-LaGuardia Act (NLGA) and the 1935 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and with 75 years of subsequent court decisions interpreting those laws. But Monday’s decision (in the opinion written by Justice Neil Gorsuch) reflects no such caution. In their briefs and in oral arguments, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its allies, including the Trump Justice Department, spun their side of the case as simply a modest extension of the conservative majority’s well-established, if notoriously business-friendly precedents interpreting the Federal Arbitration Act.” [editor’s note: We can only hope so – SAT] (05/22/18)

http://prospect.org/article/did-supreme-court-just-gut-new-deal

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41) Enough: Earned Income Tax Credit’s failure wasn’t because “corporate interests” were prioritized
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Ishmael

“In the last few days, several Missouri editorial boards have published pieces bemoaning the income tax cuts passed by the Missouri legislature, particularly the omission of an earned income tax credit (EITC.) As our readers know, Show-Me Institute writers have been strong proponents of a non-refundable EITC, and I supported its inclusion in the comprehensive tax reform packages that were filed this year. The program has the potential to help low-income Missourians, and is a far superior reform to bad ideas like minimum wage increases. … the cookie-cutter characterizations of the EITC ordeal by some Missouri news outlets is so off-putting. First, to portray tax reform as an either-or proposition — that you’re either ‘for corporations’ or ‘for working families’ — is fundamentally wrong as a framework for understanding tax policy. But secondly, to offer that portrayal with respect to the tax reform push of 2018, which included an EITC up until the final hours of the session, is especially misleading.” (05/22/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/taxes-income-earnings/earned-income-tax-credit-was-cards-until-left-dumped-deck

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42) How the feds use transportation funds to spy on you
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Mike Maharrey

“A recent announcement by a local transit authority in Virginia sheds light on how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are building a massive, intrusive surveillance network built on America’s transportation system. The Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC) recently announced plans to install more than 100 live surveillance cameras at stops along a rapid transit line. According to a WTVR report, GRTC plans to install approximately four cameras at 26 Pulse stops along Broad Street. The system will be live 24 hours a day and directly connected to the city’s 911 facility. The ACLU of Virginia opposes the system. The organization’s director of strategic communications said constant monitoring changes the nature of a community.” (05/22/18)

https://mises.org/wire/how-feds-use-transportation-funds-spy-you

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43) May Day
Source: Cobden Centre
by Tim Price

“There are weeks when decades happen, and this past week feels like one of them. While US inflation expectations touched a four-year high and 10-year US Treasury yields reached seven-year highs, the voters of Italy — or rather its anti-establishment Five Star Movement and its far-right League — delivered a resounding raspberry to the EU and any lingering hopes for faster and smoother European integration. Two years ago, in this commentary, we were conveying our relief that the UK had finally elected to sever its political ties with a failing totalitarian socialist economic bloc. Now, displaying — if possible — even more political incoherence, the Italians are having a go.” (05/22/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/05/may-day/

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44) James Damore was right, brains are gendered — but we mustn’t say or act so
Source: Continental Breakfast
by Tim Worstall

“James Damore was the engineer at Google who pointed out that gender differences in brain structure led to a difference in predisposition about how to make a living. No, he didn’t say that women couldn’t code nor anything so stupid. Rather, that given the manner in which brain types are differently distributed across then genders there will be, in certain occupations, a disproportionate number of people of one or another gender. Or even sex, if you care to make the differentiation there. This was quite obviously howled down as BadThink. Which is a bit of a problem as GoodThink requires that we agree that there are women trapped in male bodies, men in female. It being the brain, and the differences in it, which determine that gender, physical happenstance apparent sex. … Brain differences are large enough that we can tell who has a female brain, a female brain in a male (pre-pubertal but still) body. But we’re also adamant that such differences make no difference about life choices.” (05/22/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/culture/james-damore-was-right-brains-are-gendered-but-we-mustnt-say-or-act-so/

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45) The fantasy of Russia’s dirty money
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“Seeing Russia as the source of the world’s ills really has become the all-too-acceptable, go-to conspiracy theory for Britain’s political establishment. How else to explain the announcement earlier this month that British diplomats plan to use the G7, the G20, NATO and the EU summits this year to try to deepen the alliance against Russia? And, more pertinently, how else to explain the appearance this week of Moscow’s Gold: Russian Corruption in the UK, a foreign affairs select committee report, which asserts that the ill-gotten gains of Putin and the Kleptocrats, to use their band name, are laundered through the UK’s financial markets, and then used to, and I quote, ‘subvert the international rules-based system, undermine our allies, and erode the mutually reinforcing international networks that support UK foreign policy.’” (05/22/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-fantasy-of-russias-dirty-money/

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46) The constitutional case for California’s sanctuary state laws
Source: Reason
by Damon Root

“The Justice Department has taken California to court over its status as a ‘sanctuary state,’ a term that refers to places where state and local officials refuse to participate in the enforcement of federal immigration laws. In a speech announcing the suit, Attorney General Jeff Sessions accused the Golden State of creating ‘an open borders system,’ something he denounced as ‘a radical, irrational idea that cannot be accepted.’ Unfortunately for Sessions, his case appears to suffer from a significant constitutional defect.” (for publication 06/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/05/22/the-constitutional-case-for-ca

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47) November’s “revolution” will not be televised
Source: CounterPunch
by Andrew Levine

“If, as is widely predicted, Democrats trounce Republicans in the 2018 mid-term elections, the political scene in the United States could become a tad less awful. That is the good news. The bad news isn’t news at all; it is that Democrats worth supporting for reasons other than Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and the odiousness of House and Senate Republicans, Republican governors, and Republicans at all levels of state and local government, are few and far between. As candidates emerge from this spring’s and the coming summer’s primaries, the situation may become less bleak, but it will still not be good. The reason is plain: Democrats are odious too, and even if that wretched party is ultimately salvageable, this is not going to happen over the next few months.” (05/22/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/22/novembers-revolution-will-not-be-televised/

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48) What to do
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Another school shooting — more dead and injured, many more terrified by the violence. And, in its wake, more demands for gun control, schools as hardened targets, and mental health initiatives. Oh, and finger-pointing at video games, too. So what should we do?” (05/22/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/05/22/what-to-do/

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49) Germany/Israel/Palestine: A Demonology In E-Minor
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“Two children are brought up in a tumultuous household. Both parents are deeply in debt and traumatized by their own demons and they chose to take it out on their children. The oldest is humiliated, scapegoated, and blamed for all his parent’s misfortunes. The youngest is left to the mercy of the oldest who in turn blames the younger sibling for his own abuse and torments him with horrors that shock even his derelict parents. Outside forces chose to intervene and the youngest is separated from the violence of his family. But the youngest child can’t escape the demons of his violent past. He’s placed with a new family in a new home in a new town. But the wounds remain open and with no abusers left to confront, the child takes on the role of the abuser and seeks to settle the score with his new siblings.” (05/21/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/05/germanyisraelpalestine-demonology-in-e.html

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50) Is it the government’s duty to control weeds? Part 1
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“A correspondent recently asked me an interesting question. Is it government’s duty to protect us from weeds? Is it government’s job to control weeds? Although he was asking the question regarding a particular subject, in reality, there are several ways that we can answer this question.” (05/21/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/05/21/is-it-governments-duty-to-control-weeds-part-i/

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51) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 91
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Freedom of speech is supposedly the law of the land unless you’re anti-Semitic in some states. What’s in the News with stories on FDA is clueless, socialism sucks, device security, stupid cops, and coward cops. And, New Hampshire, It’s Like This Too on a judge ruling federal border patrol checkpoints unconstitutional.” [various formats] (05/22/18)

http://thelavaflow.com/freedom-of-speech-tlf091/

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52) Bloggingheads.tv, 05/22/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Glenn Loury (Brown University) and Amy Wax (Race, Wrongs, and Remedies, University of Pennsylvania) … Why even the ‘hard sciences’ are vulnerable to identity politics intrusion … Glenn and Amy interpret Raj Chetty’s study on race and social mobility … Is the proverbial ‘boys’ club’ limiting women’s professional opportunities? … Amy: Students have a choice in how they react to challenges … Amy’s take on maternal leave and professional parity … Should university funders influence class curricula?” [Flash video] (05/22/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/52849

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53) The Tom Wood Show, episode 1163
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The Spanish-American War anticipated important themes in the interventionist foreign policy that was to come over the next century. The host of the Dangerous History Podcast joins me to discuss its causes and long-term significance.” [various formats] (05/22/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1163-the-spanish-american-war-watershed-in-u-s-foreign-policy/

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54) Reality Check, 05/22/18
Source: Truth in Media

“The FBI Planted a Spy In the Trump Campaign?” [Flash video] (05/22/18)

http://truthinmedia.com/reality-check-fbi-spy-in-trump-campaign/

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55) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/22/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Secretary of State Michael Pompeo threatened Iran with annihilation in a speech yesterday at the neoconservative Heritage Foundation. His twelve demands of Iran read like the demands made of Serbia in 1914 — they are designed not to reduce tensions but to lead to war. But is all the bombast in the Trump Administration on Iran just a sign of weakness? The claims in Pompeo’s speech are demonstrably false. Why lie when the lies are so easy to refute?” [Flash video] (05/22/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/pompeos-bombastic-iran-threats-a-sign-of-weakness

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56) Anarchist Barber Shop, episode 42
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“The British are Cumming.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/22/18)

https://www.ancapbarbershop.com/the-british-are-cumming-abs042/

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57) Scott Adams Says, 05/22/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams teaches you how ‘obstructing justice’ is thinking past the sale. Plus Iran, North Korea, and coffee.” [Flash video] (05/22/18)

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

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58) The Libertarian Angle, 05/22/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss the purpose of the United States'[s] founding documents.” [various formats] (05/22/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-the-purpose-of-the-constitution-and-the-bill-of-rights-video/

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59) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 57
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Frances Whipple was born into the quintessential American aristocratic family. But Frances supported herself through odd jobs and self-education. She became a very different sort of Whipple, and over her lifetime, she helped make America a very different sort of place.” [various formats] (05/22/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/possession-frances-whipple

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60) Free Talk Live, 05/21/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“FTL Ranks at #27 in the TALKERS Heavy Hundred :: Military Loses 21 Trillion :: National Debt Breaking Point? :: Government and Slavery :: Largest Theft? :: Inflation :: 46% Would Support Guaranteed Government Jobs :: Mandatory Smiling :: Bible Study :: Superintendent Repeatedly Poops on School Track :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/21/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-05-21

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