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Volume XVI, Issue #3,983
Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Report: US regime pauses new North Korea sanctions as officials try to reset summit
2) UK: May refuses to relax Northern Ireland abortion rules
3) FBI: Reboot your router to help defeat malware attack
4) France: “Spiderman” granted citizenship after rescuing child from Paris balcony
5) ACLU sues ICE gang for license plate reader records
6) McDonald’s, other chains respond to demand for higher-quality burgers
7) EU proposes ban on straws and other single-use plastics
8) Study: Cannabis users want Hollywood to end stoner stereotypes
9) VA: Garrett drops bid for re-election, cites alcoholism
10) China to host Iran to avoid project disruption amid nuclear deal doubt
11) Germany: Far-right supporters outnumbered by protesters in Berlin
12) Swaraj: India only recognises UN sanctions, will trade with Iran
13) Italy faces new elections after populist government bid fails
14) Pakistan: Former judge named as caretaker PM
15) OCPW: Syria regime may not have declared entire chemical arsenal
16) CA: Two flight school instructors accused of kidnapping student, trying to deport him to China
17) TX: Border Patrol gang’s account of woman’s killing begins to unravel
18) CA: Patron shoots robbery suspect through drive-thru window
19) Congo: New Ebola death confirmed
20) Clapper: Spying on presidential campaigns is “most benign form of information gathering” and also words don’t mean things

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) This is where I came in
22) WikiLeaks calls QAnon a likely “Pied Piper” operation
23) The case against deporting immigrants convicted of crimes
24) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 8, part 3
25) Your tax dollars bankroll Afghan child molesters
26) Partial Dodd-Frank reform good, total repeal better
27) The Korea summit: Skeptics gloated too soon
28) The silencing of schoolteachers is out of control
29) Cynthia Nixon takes on the test-and-punish regime
30) Israel’s premature celebration: Gazans have crossed the fear barrier
31) The long nightmare of the Dreamers
32) The EU’s Italian nightmare
33) Is life getting better?
34) Jordan Peterson’s ignorance of postmodern philosophy
35) Holy Pole Quilt or else!
36) Trump won’t hesitate to tear it all down
37) Italy can have any election it likes, it just can’t have a eurosceptic government
38) The stoic case against reading the news
39) Lessons from the first Palestinian Intifada
40) Missing children: The Pottery Barn rule revisited
41) Feds building giant surveillance network on America’s transportation system with state and local help
42) Bizarre reasoning, indeed — free speech?
43) Spy name games
44) Defending the freedom to be awful is true tolerance
45) Involuntarily celibate: Clever rhetorical trick
46) Ross is wrong yet again on trade
47) How instant coffee became wonderful
48) The abused Jews of Iraq
49) How Trump can still win his Nobel on Korea
50) The ex-explosion

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 349
52) Scott Adams Says, 05/28/18
53) Cato Daily Podcast, 05/28/18
54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 199
55) Anarcho Agenda, episode 68
56) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 147
57) Free Talk Live, 05/27/18
58) Five Minutes, Five Issues, episode 107
59) The Anarchist Experience, episode 166
60) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/27/18
61) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 241
62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1166
63) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/25/18
64) Deconstructed, 05/25/18
65) In The Tank Podcast, episode 141

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

1) Report: US regime pauses new North Korea sanctions as officials try to reset summit
Source: The Hill

“The U.S. will hold off on applying major new sanctions against North Korea while it tries to put back on track a June meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. A U.S. official told the Journal that the White House had been set to announce the sanctions as soon as Tuesday but will now delay them indefinitely as negotiations with North Korea continue. American officials are currently in North Korea to meet with their counterparts in the village of Panmunjom on demilitarized land near the South Korean border. The officials are meeting through Tuesday attempting to get the June 12 summit in Singapore back in motion.” (05/28/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/389645-us-pauses-new-north-korea-sanctions-as-officials-try-to-reset-trump

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2) UK: May refuses to relax Northern Ireland abortion rules
Source: Yahoo! News

“British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a showdown with ministers and lawmakers in her Conservative party after refusing to back reform of Northern Ireland’s highly restrictive abortion rules after neighboring Ireland’s vote to liberalize its laws. Voters in Ireland, a once deeply Catholic nation, backed the change by two-to-one, a far higher margin than any opinion poll in the run up to the vote had predicted. … Since the collapse of a power sharing administration in Northern Ireland, British officials have been taking major decisions in the region and this means the government could legislate directly despite health being a devolved issue. But any moves to change the law could destabilize the British government by antagonizing the socially conservative Democratic Unionist Party, which May depends on for her parliamentary majority.” (05/28/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/britains-may-refuses-relax-northern-ireland-abortion-rules-143114055.html

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3) FBI: Reboot your router to help defeat malware attack
Source: San Jose Mercury News

“U.S. law enforcement is trying to seize control of a network of hundreds of thousands of wireless routers and other devices infected by malicious software and under the control of a Russian hacking group that typically targets government, military and security organizations. FBI Special Agent in Charge Bob Johnson said: ‘These hackers are exploiting vulnerabilities and putting every American’s privacy and network security at risk.’ Johnson encouraged people and businesses to take several steps: First, reboot the device, which can disrupt the malware if it is present. Second, update network equipment and change passwords — though he cautioned ‘there is still much to be learned about how this particular threat initially compromises infected routers and other devices.’” [editor’s note: Unfortunately, given the US government’s own record, there’s no particular reason to believe that this isn’t just a clever FBI scam aimed at installing US regime malware when the devices update – TLK] (05/28/18)

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/05/28/fbi-reboot-your-router-to-help-defeat-malware-attack/

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4) France: “Spiderman” granted citizenship after rescuing child from Paris balcony
Source: CNN

“A young Malian migrant who rescued a child dangling from a balcony will be made a French citizen and has been offered a job by the Paris fire brigade, the office of the French presidency said. Video of the rescue showed 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama climbing up four floors of the apartment building in just seconds to rescue the child, to cheers from onlookers. By the time Parisian emergency services arrived at the building, he had already pulled the child to safety.” (05/28/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/28/asia/paris-baby-spiderman-rescue-intl/index.html

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5) ACLU sues ICE gang for license plate reader records
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for records about the agency’s use of license-plate reader technology, after ICE apparently failed to turn over records after multiple requests. In December, ICE purchased access to two databases of automated license-plate reader data, the complaint states. One of those databases is managed by Vigilant Solutions, which has contracts with more than two dozen Bay Area law enforcement agencies. ‘We believe the other is managed by Thomson Reuters,’ said Vasudha Talla, an ACLU attorney. The ACLU and other privacy advocates have expressed concern about how the data will be stored and used for civil immigration enforcement.” (05/28/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/ACLU-sues-ICE-for-license-plate-reader-contracts-12937712.php

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6) McDonald’s, other chains respond to demand for higher-quality burgers
Source: USA Today

“On one of the biggest burger-grilling weekends of the year, fast-food chains are ready. Not only is it Memorial Day, the traditional start of summer, but Monday is National Burger Day when many will roll out deals, discounts and other offers to mark the occasion. Hamburgers are big business. And the offerings are getting better. The industry is contending with pressure from the so-called ‘better burger’ places, such as Smashburger, Five Guys and In-N-Out.” (05/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2018/05/27/mcdonalds-upscale-burgers-national-burger-day/648809002

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7) EU proposes ban on straws and other single-use plastics
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“The European Union is proposing a ban on single-use plastics to help protect marine life. The proposals are aimed at outlawing many commonplace plastic items including straws, cotton buds, cutlery, balloon sticks and drink stirrers. The governing body also wants almost all plastic bottles to be collected for recycling by 2025. The plan will need to be approved by the 28 member states and the European Parliament before it can be passed.” (05/28/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-44280532

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8) Study: Cannabis users want Hollywood to end stoner stereotypes
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Consumers of both cannabis and entertainment believe that Hollywood needs to ditch the stoner stereotype. A new study conducted by the research agency Miner and Company found that 72 percent of marijuana users say too many TV shows and movies portray stoners as ‘silly and forgetful,’ reports Forbes. 90 percent of those surveyed describe themselves as professional and engaged, and 77 percent earn an annual salary of $75,000. Around 80 percent marijuana users would prefer to see that level of maturity and success portrayed in entertainment media.” (05/28/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/05/25/study-cannabis-users-want-hollywood-to-end-stoner-stereotypes

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9) VA: Garrett drops bid for re-election, cites alcoholism
Source: USA Today

“Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va., announced Monday he’s quitting his race for re-election, citing problems with alcohol. The congressman representing Virginia’s 5th District recently was the subject of a Politico article in which staffers said Garrett and his wife, Flanna Garrett, treated them like servants. The former and current staff members alleged the Garretts asked them to run errands, including caring for their dog. On Wednesday, Garrett, 46, told associates he was thinking of retiring from Congress, according to Politico. Then on Thursday he told reporters he would seek re-election in November during a ‘rambling, roughly half-hour news conference,’ Politico reported. ‘There is no way in heck that I’m not going to be back here in 2019 as a member of the Congress representing the 5th District of Virginia. Too darn much is at stake,’ Garrett said, according to the article.” (05/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/05/28/congress-rep-tom-garrett-drops-re-election-bid/650002002

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10) China to host Iran to avoid project disruption amid nuclear deal doubt
Source: Reuters

“China will host Iranian President Hassan Rouhani next month at a regional summit aimed at avoiding disruption of joint projects, its foreign ministry said on Monday, as major powers scramble to save Iran’s nuclear deal after the United States pulled out. Rouhani will pay a working visit to China and attend the summit of the China and Russia-led security bloc the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the ministry said. It did not give exact dates for his visit, but the summit is scheduled to be held on the second weekend of June in the northern Chinese city of Qingdao. Iran is currently an observer member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, though it has long sought full membership.” (05/28/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-sco-iran/china-to-host-iran-to-avoid-project-disruption-amid-nuclear-deal-doubt-idUSKCN1IT04K

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11) Germany: Far-right supporters outnumbered by protesters in Berlin
Source: Raw Story

“Some 5,000 supporters of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) marched through Berlin on Sunday, but they were heavily outnumbered by anti-AfD demonstrations, including one from the city’s club scene which blasted techno music across the capital. The AfD’s anti-immigration, anti-European Union and anti-Muslim messages helped it become the third largest party in the German Bundestag in last September’s vote but it has had little impact on parliamentary debate since then. The AfD demonstrators, bussed in from around Germany, marched from Berlin’s main station, down the banks of the Spree river to the Brandenburg Gate near the German parliament. But there were around 20,000 anti-AfD protesters (according to police estimates) most of them younger people, highlighting the divisions that have emerged in Germany since the 2015 refugee crisis.” (05/28/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/germanys-far-right-supporters-outnumbered-protesters-berlin

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12) Swaraj: India only recognises UN sanctions, will trade with Iran
Source: NDTV [India]

“Responding to a question on whether the sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran and Venezuela will affect India’s oil imports from the two countries, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today that India only recognises sanctions imposed by United Nations. ‘We only recognise UN sanctions. We do not recognise any country-specific sanctions,’ Ms Swaraj said today in a press-conference. Mr Swaraj added that the country doesn’t make its foreign policy under pressure from any other country.” (05/28/18)

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/india-only-recognises-un-sanctions-will-trade-with-iran-sushma-swaraj-1858959

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13) Italy faces new elections after populist government bid fails
Source: New York Daily News

“Rome wasn’t built in a day, and after nearly three months of trying to form a government the Italian capital will need to wait even longer for new leaders. Political factions in the country, Europe’s fourth largest economy, likely face new elections after two leading parties for prime minister abandoned their proposed coalition. The Five Star Movement, an 8-year-old party centered around the idea of populism, gained the most votes in the election in early March, and teamed with the far-right Lega, also anti-establishment, to select political novice Giuseppe Conte as a prime minister. However, Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella refused the nomination of a finance minister known for opposition to the European Union’s euro currency, and Conte backed out over the weekend. Financial markets reacted positively to the rejection, a rare move used only three times before, though it also throws Italy’s political system into even further chaos, with Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio saying Mattarella should be impeached.” (05/28/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/italy-faces-new-elections-populist-government-bid-fails-article-1.4013489

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14) Pakistan: Former judge named as caretaker PM
Source: Al Jazeera

“The Pakistani government and opposition named former chief justice Nasir-ul-Mulk the country’s caretaker prime minister, ending weeks of political wrangling and giving the former judge the responsibility of holding a general election by the end of July. Mulk, 68, served as chief justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court for just over a year in 2014, and holds a reputation for being politically neutral. … Pakistan is due to hold a general election on July 25. Mulk will take over as caretaker prime minister on June 1, as the ruling PML-N government completes its five-year term. Assuming elections are held without incident, this would be only the second time in Pakistan’s history that a civilian government will complete its term and hand over power to a succeeding civilian government.” (05/28/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/pakistan-names-judge-caretaker-prime-minister-180528094649314.html

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15) OCPW: Syria regime may not have declared entire chemical arsenal
Source: NBC News

“The head of the world’s chemical weapons watchdog has questioned whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared his entire arsenal. Ahmet Uzumcu, director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), highlighted that attacks involving chlorine barrel bombs and deadly nerve agent sarin have continued despite the landmark agreement that won the group a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.” (05/28/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/syria-may-not-have-declared-entire-chemical-arsenal-opcw-says-n877526

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16) CA: Two flight school instructors accused of kidnapping student, trying to deport him to China
Source: Time

“California police say they have arrested two people for abducting and attempting to deport a 21-year-old foreign flight school student. Tianshu ‘Chris’ Shi, was being driven to the airport on Friday morning when his family called the police. … According to a police statement, pilot Jonathan McConkey and his assistant Kelsi Hoser arrived at Shi’s dorm around 11 pm last Thursday and told him to pack his things. When McConkey, reportedly the school’s manager, and Hoser came back at dawn the next day, Shi recorded the altercation. ‘If you cannot speak English, you are not going to be able to stay here,’ a woman’s voice says on the audio recording, according to Searchlight. A man is then heard heard cursing at Shi and threatening to break his arm.” (05/28/18)

http://time.com/5293011/chinese-flight-student-kidnapped-deportation/

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17) TX: Border Patrol gang’s account of woman’s killing begins to unravel
Source: NBC News

“Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez, 19, was killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent on Wednesday near the Mexican border in Rio Bravo, Texas, about 10 miles south of Laredo. … The family’s mourning comes as U.S. Customs and Border Protection changed their original account of what led to Gomez[s’] death in an updated statement on Friday.” [editor’s note: In the original account, the thug was preemptively attacked with “blunt objects.” In the updated account the group he was harassing and presumably intending to abduct rushed him unarmed after he ordered them to get on the ground. Later on we’ll presumably find out whether he was actually brandishing his weapon before they rose in self-defense, or if they were just responding to his gang colors and threatening demeanor/demands – TLK] (05/27/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/border-patrol-changes-account-migrant-woman-s-killing-her-family-n877891

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18) CA: Patron shoots robbery suspect through drive-thru window
Source: New York Post

“A 60-year-old man was shot twice during a robbery attempt at a fast food restaurant in California. The shooting happened about 12:45 a.m. Saturday in Santa Ana, Calif., when the unnamed masked robber threw a bag at the cashier at the Cozy Corner Drive-In and demanded she fill it with money. After the man grabbed the bag, a customer at the drive-thru window reportedly took out a gun and started shooting at the robbery suspect. … The shooting suspect drove off following the incident. The robber tried to flee, but collapsed outside the restaurant, where police apprehended him. … A cook who was interviewed at the scene said he did not believe the shooting suspect knew the robber or had any connection to the incident. ‘Al mejor el carro quizo ayudar,’ employee Acevedo said to CBSLA, believing the people in the car were trying to help, at best.” (05/27/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/05/27/patron-shoots-robbery-suspect-through-drive-thru-window/

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19) Congo: New Ebola death confirmed
Source: ABC News

“Another person has died in Congo of a confirmed case of Ebola, bringing the number of fatalities from the latest outbreak to 12, the country’s health ministry said Sunday. The death happened in Iboko, a rural area in northwestern Equateur province, the health ministry said in a statement. There are also four new suspected cases in the province, the statement reported. Congo now has 35 confirmed Ebola cases.” (05/27/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/ebola-death-confirmed-congo-bringing-total-12-55468215

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20) Clapper: Spying on presidential campaigns is “most benign form of information gathering” and also words don’t mean things
Source: CBS News

“Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper says the use of human sources is ‘the most benign form of information gathering’ amid President Trump’s persistent outcry over the FBI’s use of an informant during its investigation into connections between Russians and members of the Trump campaign. ‘I have an aversion to the use of the word ‘spy,” Clapper said, referring to Mr. Trump’s use of the moniker ‘spygate.’ ‘But let’s just for the sake of discussion use that term, which conventionally means the use of tradecraft using a formally trained case officer who would mask identity, who would attempt to recruit. So none of the classical attributes of spycraft, if can use that term, were present here. This is the most benign form of information gathering. So to characterize it as a spy or spygate is of course part of the narrative,’ Clapper told ‘Face the Nation’ on Sunday.” (05/28/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/james-clapper-face-the-nation-fbis-trump-informant-was-most-benign-form-of-information-gathering/

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

21) This is where I came in
Source: The Libertarian Entrprise
by L Neil Smith

“It’s happening again. And again and again and again. Goblins and mutants of various descriptions and apparent motivations invade a public school or some other unprotected crowd somewhere, with whatever the politically incorrect Gun-of-the-Month happens to be, killing or wounding pupils, teachers, or others by the dozen. Immediately (sometimes even before the fact, when the script girl gets her cues wrong), selected mouthpieces begin bleating that certain types of perfectly legal firearms must be outlawed, confiscated, or even that the Second Amendment itself be repealed. The national ‘news’ media take up the cry, unimaginatively repeating each other word for word, and individuals like me, writers and activists who thought their struggle was happily over with the passage of Some Law or the election of Some Guy, have to go back to work again.” (05/27/18)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle975-20180527-02.html

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22) WikiLeaks calls QAnon a likely “Pied Piper” operation
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“A few months back I started having bizarre interactions on social media of a kind I’d never experienced previously. Suddenly, whenever I’d write about President Trump’s nonstop warmongering and capitulations to longstanding neoconservative agendas like implementing aggressive new cold war escalations against Russia along multiple fronts, the illegal occupation of Syria with the stated goal of effecting regime change, increasing troop presence in Afghanistan, unprecedented civilian deaths in drone strikes, facilitating the slaughter of civilians in Yemen, or the administration’s open regime change policy against Iran, I’d get all these weird accounts telling me things like ‘Trust the plan’ and ‘This is the Art of the Deal, Trump is playing 4-D chess,’ and saying I should research something called ‘QAnon’ or ‘Q.’” (05/28/18)

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23) The case against deporting immigrants convicted of crimes
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“Donald Trump recently described at least some immigrants as ‘animals’ who must be deported. There has been much controversy over whether Trump meant to condemn undocumented immigrants generally, or just those who are members of the MS-13 gang. But few if any commentators question the basic idea that it is entirely justifiable to deport immigrants who are gang members, or commit other crimes. That view is common ground to almost everyone in mainstream politics, not just Trumpist immigration hawks. But, however popular it may be, that conclusion is wrong. Immigrants who commit offenses worthy of retribution should be punished. But they should not be subjected to any more punishment than native-born Americans who commit the same crimes. That means they should not be deported, unless deportation is also imposed on natives.” (05/27/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/05/27/the-case-against-deporting-immigrants-co

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24) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 8, part 3
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Cryptocurrency confronts the banality of an economic system for which the word ‘evil’ is not too strong a word. Opening with Arendt may seem like hyperbole, but it captures something important. The central banking system and the other economic controls imposed by government seem benign because they are so familiar; people grew up with them. And bank clerks can be very pleasant as they demand Know Your Customer data; if the customer objects, they answer ‘I am doing my job, and it is the law.’ Nothing benign occurs in the system. Hard-working people are robbed of their wealth through measures like inflation and the monopoly of fiat currency; food is taken from the mouths of children; innovators who could produce a better world are shackled; in some nations, people die for want of nourishment or medical care.” (05/26/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-the-centralization-of-crypto-and-the-banality-of-evil/

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25) Your tax dollars bankroll Afghan child molesters
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“Since 2002, the United States has spent more than $70 billion financing Afghan security forces, including the Afghan military and police. A law sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) prohibits the Pentagon from bankrolling any foreign military units if there is ‘credible information that the unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.’ But members of Congress have finagled to allow the U.S. military to continue bankrolling Afghan units who are committing atrocities.” (05/25/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/your-tax-dollars-bankroll-afghan-child-molesters/

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26) Partial Dodd-Frank reform good, total repeal better
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The repeal of President Obama’s signature financial reform effort by a bipartisan 258-159 margin is a big victory for President Trump. But, while reformed, Dodd-Frank still lives. First, the bill is an improvement on the job-killing, business-strangling Dodd-Frank law. A Democrat-dominated Congress passed it in 2010 with only a few Republican votes. The new law exerted unprecedented and sweeping controls over U.S. consumer financial markets — even though the consumer financial industry wasn’t implicated at all in the 2008-09 financial crisis. The new law somewhat reduces Dodd-Frank’s role.” (05/25/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/dodd-frank-refrom

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27) The Korea summit: Skeptics gloated too soon
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The Singapore Summit is far from canceled. The participants may even keep to the previously announced June 12 schedule. Our preening ‘experts’ and yapping Trump-haters gloated too soon — displaying not only their inveterate wrongness, but also revealing their cruel arrogance in disdaining the determination of the Korean people to get out from under the shadow of nuclear annihilation. These people are brazen sociopaths. And yet even if the summit doesn’t happen — or if it happens but doesn’t live up to its billing as the world-shaking event the President and all those who want peace are hoping for — the significance of what has so far transpired cannot be overemphasized.” (05/27/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/05/27/the-korea-summit-skeptics-gloated-too-soon/

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28) The silencing of schoolteachers is out of control
Source: spiked
by Gareth Sturdy

“The perilous state of free speech in universities is today well-known. Although less visible, there is an equally censorious atmosphere among schoolteachers. The classic, 1950s sci-fi flick The Blob is a particularly apposite metaphor for the highly politicised groupthink of the teaching profession. It features a massive, amorphous creature that devours all with which it comes into contact, getting bigger, angrier and redder the more it does so. My friend Aisling discovered the power of the blob firsthand just after the Brexit vote. Around 70 per cent of teachers were estimated to be pro-EU. Once Aisling’s primary-school colleagues found out she had voted Leave, she had to stop going to the staffroom because of the daily haranguing she received. She started sitting in the IT room instead, until the day she was ‘forced out’ and ‘pursued from room to room by the IT manager.’ ‘The sense of consensus was total,’ she says.” (05/28/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-silencing-of-school-teachers-is-out-of-control/

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29) Cynthia Nixon takes on the test-and-punish regime
Source: Our Future
by Jake Jacobs

“Cynthia Nixon’s upstart challenge to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic Party Primary highlights a major theme of the 2018 midterms: progressive candidates forcing establishment Democrats further left on education. One way Nixon is moving the needle? Pushing to end the unfair and inaccurate rating of teachers based on how their students score on standardized tests. Nixon blasted the state’s embattled test-based teacher evaluation system, issuing a statement in late April signed by dozens of New York educators, calling for a full repeal of the evaluation policy. The statement also called for ‘a rich and balanced curriculum, rather than one oriented around standardized tests,’ delivering on long-promised aid to needy schools, and restoration of cuts to state universities.” (05/28/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180528/cynthia-nixon-takes-on-the-test-and-punish-regime

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30) Israel’s premature celebration: Gazans have crossed the fear barrier
Source: CounterPunch
by Ramzy Baroud

“60 Palestinians were killed in Gaza on May 15, simply for protesting and demanding their Right of Return as guaranteed by international law. 50 more were killed since March 30, the start of the ‘Great March of Return’, which marks Land Day. Nearly 10,000 have been wounded and maimed in between these two dates. … When Gazan youth stood bare-chested at the border fence, falling one drove after the other, they crossed a fear barrier that no generation of Palestinians has ever crossed. And when people are unafraid, they can never be subdued or defeated.” (05/28/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/28/israels-premature-celebration-gazans-have-crossed-the-fear-barrier/

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31) The long nightmare of the Dreamers
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“A lot has happened in America since April 25, 2001 — the 9/11 attacks, two major wars, the Great Recession, the first black president, the iPhone, a Cubs World Series title, and Donald Trump. That was the day the Dream Act, to protect young immigrants brought here illegally as children, was first introduced in Congress. Seventeen years later, they are still waiting for protection. The fate of those immigrants, known as Dreamers, is stark evidence of the mind-numbing irrationality and dysfunction of our system of government. They did nothing wrong; they have contributed to American society; and they can be accommodated without harmful side effects.” (05/28/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/05/28/the-long-nightmare-of-the-dreamers

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32) The EU’s Italian nightmare
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“In 1972, a time of great stress in the White House and in the Italian economy, President Richard Nixon asked to reflect on the fate of Italy’s currency, famously snapped: ‘I don’t give a shit about the lira!’ His line, recorded amid his Watergate travails, points to Italy being of peripheral concern to the world’s great ones. It isn’t now. The lira has gone; the country’s entry into the eurozone on January 1, 1999, has made it a country that the great powers do have to care about. After Brexit it will be the third-largest economy in the European Union, eighth largest in the world with a nominal GDP of nearly $2.2 trillion, a population of 60 million, a member of NATO and of the Group of Seven. Were it to default on its more than $2.6 trillion public debt, it could not be ‘saved’ like Greece. Yet now, the matter of saving Italy (from itself) is squarely in front of its fellow members of the EU.” (05/25/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-italy-commentary/commentary-the-eus-italian-nightmare-idUSKCN1IQ29A

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33) Is life getting better?
Source: PanAm Post

“According to Betteridge’s Law of Headlines, any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered with the word ‘no.’ The ‘law,’ named after British journalist Ian Betteridge, is intended to be humorous rather than a literal truth. And, in the case of my title ‘Is Life Getting Better?’ a negative answer would certainly be wrong. Life is definitely getting better.” (05/28/18)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2018/05/28/is-life-getting-better/

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34) Jordan Peterson’s ignorance of postmodern philosophy
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Zachary Woodman

“Up until this point, I’ve avoided talking about Jordan Peterson in any serious manner. In part because I thought (and continue to hope) that he’s the intellectual version of a fad diet who will shortly become irrelevant. My general impression of him is that when he’s right, he’s saying rather banal, cliche truisms with an undeserved bombastic air of profundity, such as his assertions that there are biological differences between men and women, that many religious myths share some similar features, or that taking personal responsibility is good. When he’s wrong, he’s talking way out of the depth of his understanding in his field (like the infamous lobster comment or this bizarre nonsense). Either way, it doesn’t make for a rather good use of time or opportunity for interesting, productive discussion — especially when his galaxy-brained cult-like fanboys are ready to pounce on anyone who criticizes their dear leader. However, since everyone seems to be as obsessed with Jordan Peterson as he is with himself, I guess it’s finally time to talk about one example of him ignorantly bloviating that particularly annoys me as a philosophy student: his comments on postmodernism.” (05/27/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/05/27/jordan-petersons-ignorance-of-postmodern-philosophy/

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35) Holy Pole Quilt or else!
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“A guy who lives across the street from my parents assumed I would be on his side. A new convenience store/truck stop in the area apparently doesn’t fly Holy Pole Quilt. This offends the man. He told me he’s going to go in, fill up a basket with expensive items, and when he gets to the register, ask why they aren’t flying ‘The Flag.’ Then when the cashier says they ‘aren’t allowed to,’ he’s going to leave the full basket and say he can’t spend money with them if they can’t fly the flag of the country he ‘fought for.’ Ugh. Seriously? Does he only spend money with businesses which prominently display Holy Pole Quilt? I don’t remember one flying over most of the grocery stores in the area, Walmart being the exception.” (05/27/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/05/holy-pole-quilt-or-else.html

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36) Trump won’t hesitate to tear it all down
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

The feverish tweets of President Donald Trump are now so familiar they’ve become background noise. Yet if we pay attention to the literal meaning of his words, they are often startling. Last Thursday, he tweeted: Trump is accusing ‘the top ranks’ of the FBI of corruption, an outburst that would cause controversy for any other president but now barely rates a yawn. But Trump’s rhetoric is an important clue as to how he plans to steer his way through the scandals that plague his administration, particularly the slow-dripping revelations from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia inquiry. ‘Trump’s language is getting darker and more ominous, suggesting the FBI’s activities during the 2016 elections were ‘bigger than Watergate,’ and yesterday claiming a ‘criminal deep state’ conspiracy to get him,’ Mike Allen wrote in Axios. ‘We might be numb to so many attacks on so many groups so often that it obscures how President Trump has torched virtually every institution that could one day hold him accountable.’” (05/28/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148557/trump-wont-hesitate-tear-down-republican-party

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37) Italy can have any election it likes, it just can’t have a eurosceptic government
Source: Continental Breakfast
by Tim Worstall

“This is a potentially dangerous move by the Italian establishment here. Italy can have any election result it likes but it cannot actually change policy concerning the European Union. That’s the right — to my mind — way to read what they’ve done here and it’s a dangerous thing to be doing. Because it’s always possible, no not necessary but possible, that the electorate keep on insisting upon their desires and eventually breach those establishment rules about what is possible as a course of action.” (05/28/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/brexit/italy-can-have-any-election-it-likes-it-just-cant-have-a-eurosceptic-government/

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38) The stoic case against reading the news
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Javier Hidalgo

“The ancient Stoics believed that philosophy is a way of life. Like other ancient philosophers, the Stoics thought that philosophical principles could make your life better if applied appropriately. What were the main Stoic lessons? Stoics like Epictetus emphasized focusing on what’s in your control and ignoring the rest.” (05/27/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/05/the-stoic-case-against-reading-the-news/

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39) Lessons from the first Palestinian Intifada
Source: In These Times
by Mason Herson-Hord

“On Dec. 9, 1987, four Palestinian workers were killed in a collision with an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) truck. Within days, protests spread throughout Gaza and the West Bank demanding justice for the victims. The demonstrations snowballed into one of the most powerful popular uprisings in history, demanding an immediate end to the military occupation of Palestine. Thirty years later, the First Intifada — an Arabic word meaning ‘shaking off’ — continues to hold a powerful place in the conflict’s history. The enormous demonstrations and general strikes drew media attention from around the world, and the Intifada is frequently credited with forcing the Israeli government to negotiate with the Palestinian Liberation Organization, initiating the peace process.” (05/25/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21167/first-palestinian-intifada-israel-gaza-democracy-feminism-community-council

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40) Missing children: The Pottery Barn rule revisited
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“If one in five American parents couldn’t figure out where their kids were, most people would rightly see the phenomenon as a crisis and a national scandal. Grandstanding prosecutors with visions of gubernatorial campaigns dancing in their heads would conduct mass parental perp walks. Legislators would boost their presidential aspirations by co-sponsoring legislation requiring universal implantation of GPS trackers at birth. But when the same US government that postures as a better parent than real parents, crows over ‘extreme vetting’ of immigrants, and announces separation of undocumented families as policy, loses track of 19% of unaccompanied refugee children placed in homes by the Office of Refugee resettlement, ORR is ‘not legally responsible.’ So says Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families. That’s par for the course when it comes to government and responsibility.” (05/27/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13644

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41) Feds building giant surveillance network on America’s transportation system with state and local help
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The federal government is in the process of using America’s transportation system as a platform to create a massive surveillance network. A recent announcement by a municipal transit authority in Virginia sheds light on this plan and exposes how the feds develop partnerships with state and local governments, along with private organizations, to spy on millions of Americans.” (05/26/18)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/05/26/feds-building-giant-surveillance-network-on-americas-transportation-system-with-state-and-local-help/

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42) Bizarre reasoning, indeed — free speech?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“If I ask for a personal interview, of just a few seconds, with Donald Trump, and I am refused that, then my rights of free speech have been violated? If I make a phone call to the White House and ask to speak to him, and am refused, then my right to petition the government for redress of grievances has been denied? … give me a break. And for that matter, give Trump a break. Forty-four presidents did not even have or use Twitter to communicate with the people of the Fifty States. The people still have many, many ways to communicate with Trump, so they are NOT denied any right of free speech or petition.” (05/26/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/05/26/bizarre-reasoning-indeed-free-speech/

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43) Spy name games
Source: National Review
by Andrew C McCarthy

“In the Trump–Russia affair, officials of the Obama-era intelligence agencies suggest that there are grounds to believe that the Trump campaign was in a traitorous conspiracy with the Kremlin. What grounds? They’d rather not say. You’ll just have to trust them as well-meaning, non-partisan pros who (all together now) can’t be expected to divulge methods and sources. … ‘Trust us’ is not cutting it anymore. In the end, it is not about who the spies are. It is about why they were spying. In our democratic republic, there is an important norm against an incumbent administration’s use of government’s enormous intelligence-gathering capabilities to — if we may borrow a phrase — interfere in an election.” (05/26/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/obama-administration-politicized-intelligence-law-enforcement-apparatus/

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44) Defending the freedom to be awful is true tolerance
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Peter Bowerman

[T]here’s nothing inherently undesirable about diversity, tolerance, inclusion, and openness as concepts; they’re how I live my life. But, that’s my choice, and in this country — last I checked — we get to choose. They become a problem when they become the de facto governing principles of a country — which, for all intents and purposes, they have. When an increasingly larger and more influential segment of society — concentrated in the media, government, academia, and the popular culture — essentially demonizes and shuts down anyone who doesn’t fully, loudly, publicly, and continuously embrace and espouse these ideals, true freedom takes a serious body blow.” (05/26/18)

https://fee.org/articles/defending-the-freedom-to-be-awful-is-true-tolerance/

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45) Involuntarily celibate: Clever rhetorical trick
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“I heard the phrase ‘involuntarily celibate’ recently as a way of describing oneself. It was on the context of a man who had a grievance against women for not sleeping with him. … As he puts it, his celibacy is completely involuntary. The women he’s encountered, and I suppose propositioned, have made it clear that he’s not worth their while. And since that’s an injustice, Mr. Involuntarily Celibate is a victim. What a clever rhetorical trick! I must admit he had me feeling sympathy for his plight. That poor, poor man can’t find any woman on the face of the earth to sleep with him. I’m sure he’s tried convincing a prostitute for an agreeable sum of his hard earned money, all to no avail. What is wrong with people? Why won’t they sleep with this man?! And then it occurred to me just how often this rhetorical trick is employed.” (05/26/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/involuntarily-celibate-clever-rhetorical-trick

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46) Ross is wrong yet again on trade
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“You rightly denounce what you call ‘Trump’s Trade Confusion’ (May 25). Confirmation of that confusion is Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s recent declaration that ‘there is evidence suggesting that, for decades, imports from abroad have eroded our domestic auto industry.’ Ignore the question of whether or not Mr. Ross’s statement about the auto industry is correct empirically. Focus instead on the fact that he apparently doesn’t realize that ‘eroding’ domestic industries that compete against imports is precisely what free trade is supposed to do.” (05/26/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/05/ross-wrong-yet-trade.html

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47) How instant coffee became wonderful
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The hotel room in Sydney, Australia, didn’t have a coffee pot. But there was a water heater and some packages of instant coffee. Blech, right? That’s what I remember from the old days, meaning some uncertain point in the past. But desperation forced experimentation. I heated the water, poured the packet of Moccona ‘Indulgence’ in the cup. No stirring. You know what? It was just wonderful. Ok, sure, it was not as great as you might get from fresh-brewed coffee, but this does just fine in a pinch. Not just fine. I could get used to this. It was not as I remembered from years ago, all bitter and hard to take, something you force down if only to get the caffeine injection. This instead was truly enjoyable. And it’s not just this brand; there are now great instant coffees everywhere. I got curious about this whole thing we call instant coffee. It turns out that product predates the American revolution.” (05/25/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/how-instant-coffee-became-wonderful

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48) The abused Jews of Iraq
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“From April 1950, nearly two years after the Zionists in Palestine unilaterally declared independence for the state of Israel, to March 1951, three bombs exploded among Jews in Baghdad, Iraq: one each outside a cafe on Abu Nawwas Street; at the US Information Centre, a popular reading place for young Jewish Iraqis; and outside the Mas’uda Shemtov synagogue, where Kurdish Jews were awaiting transit to Israel. Fortunately, only one person, a boy, was killed and one, an old man, injured. Suspicion was immediately directed at ‘an extremist Iraqi organization’ … Those acts of terrorism, however, ‘were the work not of Arab extremists,’ Hirst continues, ‘but the very people who sought to rescue [the Jewish Iraqis]’ — that is, ‘a clandestine [pro-Israel] organization called ‘The Movement.”” (05/25/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-abused-jews-iraq/

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49) How Trump can still win his Nobel on Korea
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“All is not lost. Despite the fact that President Trump has cancelled his much-ballyhooed summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un, the president and his army of Trumpsters and Trumpistas need not despair. There is still an opportunity for him to win his Nobel Prize for Peace.” (05/25/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/05/25/how-trump-can-still-win-his-nobel-on-korea/

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50) The ex-explosion
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“When I was a kid, the trendy worry was ‘the population bomb.’ Now we are supposed to worry about a population … fizzle? ‘The U.S. birth rate has hit a new record low,’ writes Peter Dockrill in Science Alert, ‘with women in nearly every age group giving birth to fewer babies than a year ago.’ Titled ‘U.S. Fertility Rates Have Plummeted Into Uncharted Territory, And Nobody Knows Why,’ Dockrill’s article fails to mention that diminishing population by reduced reproduction is an old worry. It fanned the flames of eugenics and racism in Europe and America in the first half of the 20th century. Progressivism was full of this concern, in its heyday.” (05/25/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/05/25/the-ex-explosion/

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51) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 349
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode, Marc is joined by four of the candidates for the Vice Chairmanship of the Libertarian National Committee to make their case for why they should be voted by Libertarian Party delegates into the Vice Chair role at the Libertarian National Convention in New Orleans. Arvin Vohra, Alex Merced, Joe Hauptmann and Steve Scheetz explain why the Libertarian Party is their chosen vehicle to advance the ideas of liberty and lay out their vision of how they would operate in the role of the Vice Chair.” [various formats] (05/28/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/05/28/the-lnc-vice-chair-debate/

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52) Scott Adams Says, 05/28/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about the new Democrat LKS for Trump. With coffee.” [Flash video] (05/28/18)

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

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53) Cato Daily Podcast, 05/28/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Overcharged: Why Americans Pay Too Much for Health Care details, among other things, how Medicare fails and why it costs so much. Charles Silver is a coauthor of the book.” [various formats] (05/28/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/overcharged-why-americans-pay-too-much-health-care

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54) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 199
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #199, joins the show Antony Sammeroff discusses the nature of war. Antony presents his views through the libertarian philosophy. During the show, Antony explains the morality of war and the impacts of the war at home.” [various formats] (05/28/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-199-the-nature-of-war-guest-antony-sammeroff

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55) Anarcho Agenda, episode 68
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Seattle taxes Amazon and other businesses to help the homeless, and a Kellogg plant shuts down in Venezuela, plus much more.” [various formats] (05/28/18)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-68-2018-05-28

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56) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 147
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“This week we focus in on foreign policy. Why are we the policeman of the world? Why is The United States constantly at war? This week we bring on the legendary Scott Horton the libertarian foreign policy expert. Scott Horton is the author of Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, and the host of the podcast the Scott Horton Show. This week we find out why we are at war and the corruption behind foreign wars.” [various formats] (05/27/18)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-147-fool%E2%80%99s-errand-w-scott-horton/

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57) Free Talk Live, 05/27/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Seattle demands you lock up your guns :: San Fran bans e-scooters :: Texting and driving, new tech :: Safe Zones :: Perverted Fireman :: 4-day a week schoolin’:: Government school rants :: Mark, Jonny Ray and Chris.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/27/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-05-27

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58) Five Minutes, Five Issues, episode 107
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Kim Meeting, Empire, Venezuela Threat, Campaign Spying, Utah Marijuana.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/27/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/may/27/five-minutes-five-issues-kim-meeting-empire-venezuela-threat-campaign-spying-utah-marijuana/

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59) The Anarchist Experience, episode 166
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss MC’s plan for a new Universal Basic Income crypto-token, why he thinks it’s necessary in order to prevent more wars. Rich is skeptical on the practical application of the token, but is in full support of Peace.” [various formats] (05/27/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/the-anarchist-experience-166/

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60) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/27/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Darrell vs. the Hawaii Volcano, part 2 of 2.” [various formats] (05/27/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15873

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61) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 241
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Mike Munger joins us to discuss his new book and the future of the sharing economy.” [various formats] (05/25/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/tomorrow-30-uberizing-economy

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62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1166
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“This episode begins with my five-minute opening statement from a FreedomFest debate on abolishing the Federal Reserve System, and then proceeds to discuss further problems with the Fed (as well as problems with the so-called Greenbackers, whose critique of the Fed is that they’d prefer to see the Treasury inflate the currency instead). Plus a very funny story that you shouldn’t miss.” [various formats] (05/25/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1166-everyone-is-wrong-about-money-except-the-austrian-school/

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63) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/25/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The central planners at The Federal Reserve released their most recent minutes, and guess what they want? Higher prices! They want inflation to run hot. So while Americans clock into their jobs (for the same amount of money) the central planners are manipulating the economy to drive the costs of everything up! Isn’t that nice of them? Ron Paul weighs in on the central bank that should not exist.” [Flash video] (05/25/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/inflation-is-a-vicious-tax-the-fed-wants-more-of-it

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64) Deconstructed, 05/25/18
Source: The Intercept

“On this week’s episode of Deconstructed, Edward Snowden joins Mehdi Hasan from Moscow to discuss surveillance, tools that can help protect people’s privacy, and the likelihood of a Trump-Putin deal to extradite him.” [various formats] (05/25/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/05/25/deconstructed-the-edward-snowden-interview/

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65) In The Tank Podcast, episode 141
Source: Heartland Institute

“Donny Kendal is joined by Heartland Research Director Edward Hudgins to present episode #141 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from Reason, Heritage Foundation, the Rand Corporation, and the Cato Institute.” [Flash audio] (05/25/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/05/in-the-tank-ep141-driverless-cars-automation-artificial-intelligence-transhumanism/

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