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Volume XVI, Issue #3,984
Wednesday, May 30th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump regime announces new offensive in its war on American consumers and tech firms
2) MO: Greitens resigns
3) Puerto Rico: New study places Hurricane Maria death toll at more than 4,600
4) SCOTUS rejects challenge to Arkansas abortion law
5) North Korea’s Kim Yong-chol heads to US for talks
6) Haley tells Russia to leave Ukraine
7) Starbucks closes stores, asks workers to talk about race
8) Fortnite sued for “copying” rival game PUBG
9) ABC cancels “Roseanne” reboot over Twitter rant
10) Mattis: US will confront China on militarization of islands
11) Ukraine: Prominent Russian journalist who criticized Kremlin shot dead in Kiev
12) UK: Fighter jet, police drone nearly collide
13) Belgium: Three killed, including two cops, in attack near coffee shop
14) China: Regime grants seven new Ivanka Trump trademarks
15) Gaza: Israeli forces conduct airstrikes after alleging mortar fire in response to IDF killing of three
16) Bush 41 hospitalized
17) FL: Cop faces disciplinary action for wishing death on teen demagogue Hogg
18) Nicaragua: Protesters, students seize university in demonstration against Ortega
19) Russia: Regime warns more US troops in Poland “could lead to counteraction”
20) People who sleep in on weekends avoid dying young, study suggests

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Donald Trump: The accidental isolationist
22) Rubio and Warren join forces against working folks
23) The NHS and the spell of the White Witch
24) More revolutionaries are coming
25) TSA secret watchlist targets troublesome travelers
26) DACA: Don’t help only illegal immigrants
27) Inside France’s growing identity war
28) Tyranny and gun control in Venezuela
29) For NFL players, civil (and visible) disobedience the only option
30) A civil rights icon urges law grads to defend free speech
31) Venezuela’s road to serfdom
32) The Obama administration’s hypocritical pretext for spying on the Trump campaign
33) How Trump and the SCOTUS screw workers
34) The putsch in Italy
35) Venezuela’s economic collapse is linked to its socialist policies
36) North Korea talks: In Trump-Xi poker game, who has the better hand?
37) The TSA is making a list and checking it twice
38) Is the FBI trying to bolster its war on cryptography?
39) Corporations profiting from immigrant detainees’ labor, some call it slavery
40) The luck of the gambler
41) Good men with guns
42) America’s incredible shrinking influence
43) The threat to Bitcoin from quantum computing
44) Oh, for crying out loud
45) Savings as the engine of economic growth
46) Dealing with the police, 2018
47) The Giuliani of 1989 would try to lock up the Giuliani of 2018
48) The myth that central banks ensure economic stability
49) Should central banks become banks?
50) Paris jockeying for competitive position, moral superiority begins

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 05/29/18
52) The Pursuit Podcast — Intro
53) Reality Check, 05/29/18
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/29/18
55) Scott Adams Says, 05/29/18
56) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 219
57) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 58
58) Free Talk Live, 05/28/18
59) Interview: Mary Ruwart
60) Lyceum Debate #7: In defense of empires

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

1) Trump regime announces new offensive in its war on American consumers and tech firms
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he would place punitive tariffs on US$50 billion of Chinese imports and restrict investment in the American hi-tech industry, drawing a sharp rebuke from Beijing. … The list of targeted goods will be made public on June 15, and investment restrictions and export controls are to be announced on June 30, the White House said. The tariffs and restrictions will be imposed ‘shortly’ …” (05/29/18)

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2148346/donald-trump-unveil-curbs-chinese-tech-investment-us

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2) MO: Greitens resigns
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens announced on Tuesday he is stepping down effective at 5 p.m. Friday in the face of an impeachment effort, an adverse judicial ruling and and multiple criminal investigations. ‘The last few months have been incredibly difficult for me, for my team, for my friends, and many, many people whom I love,’ he said, saying he was the victim of ‘legal harassment.’ ‘I have not broken any laws or committed any offense worthy of this treatment,’ he asserted. … After the announcement, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat who had lead the prosecution of felony invasion of privacy charges against the governor, said her office had reached a ‘fair and just resolution’ with Greitens'[s] attorneys. While Gardner dropped the invasion of privacy charges earlier this month, Greitens still faces felony data tampering for using a charity donor list to raise campaign contributions.” (05/29/18)

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/embattled-gov-eric-greitens-to-speak-momentarily/article_b3674fa9-5972-529e-b0a2-4c6ca010dc42.html

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3) Puerto Rico: New study places Hurricane Maria death toll at more than 4,600
Source: Aol News

“The number of people killed in Puerto Rico amid Hurricane Maria is at least 70 times higher than the official government death toll, according to a study published Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers in the United States and Puerto Rico estimated more than 4,645 people were killed as a result of the storm, rather than the 64 people included in the official casualty count. Authors of the study, titled ‘Mortality in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria,’ noted their figure is ‘likely to be conservative,’ saying the total could actually be in excess of 5,000. … Calculating the total number of dead in wake of a natural disaster can be difficult, the researchers said, citing a logistically challenging method for certifying death in San Juan. Every disaster-related death must be confirmed by the Forensic Sciences Institute, which requires that bodies be transported to San Juan or that a medical examiner travel to the municipality to verify the death.” (05/29/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/weather/2018/05/29/new-study-places-hurricane-maria-death-toll-at-more-than-4600/23446058/

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4) SCOTUS rejects challenge to Arkansas abortion law
Source: The Hill

“The Supreme Court on Tuesday left in place an Arkansas law that restricts medication-induced abortions, refusing to hear a challenge brought by Planned Parenthood. The court refused to hear the case without providing an explanation. … The Arkansas law imposes criminal penalties on physicians who provide medication-induced abortions unless they have a signed contract with a physician who has ‘active admitting privileges and gynecological/surgical privileges at a hospital designated to handle any emergencies associated with the use or ingestion of the abortion-inducing drug,’ and who agrees to handle complications from medication abortions.” [editor’s note: Does Arkansas’s government place similar restrictions on other types of drugs, used for other purposes, which also potentially result in medical emergencies? – TLK] (05/29/18)

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/389679-supreme-court-rejects-challenge-to-abortion-law

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5) North Korea’s Kim Yong-chol heads to US for talks
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“One of North Korea’s most senior officials is travelling to New York, as preparations for a planned summit gather pace. Former intelligence chief Gen Kim Yong-chol is the most senior North Korean official to visit the US since 2000. US President Donald Trump confirmed the news on Tuesday, saying he had put ‘a great team together’ for the talks. The proposed meeting with Kim Jong-un was thrown into doubt after Mr Trump announced he was pulling out last week. But both sides have been working to get the summit (scheduled for 12 June in Singapore) back on track. It would be the first time a North Korean leader has met a sitting US president.” (05/29/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44286284

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6) Haley tells Russia to leave Ukraine
Source: Raw Story

“US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday called on Russia to withdraw from Ukraine and acknowledge its alleged role in the 2014 downing of a commercial plane, following a recent flare-up of violence in the conflict. ‘We condemn, in the strongest terms, Russia’s involvement in eastern Ukraine [sic] and its purported [sic] annexation of Crimea,’ said Haley, promising US sanctions will remain in place until Russia withdraws from the long-simmering conflict, which she called ‘a textbook example of the direct violation of the sovereignty of one (UN) member state by another member state.’ Haley made the appeal at a UN Security Council meeting on the conflict Tuesday, during which representatives were briefed on recent instability in the region.” [editor’s note: The seceded Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics are not “eastern Ukraine,” nor is Crimea. When you secede, you’re no longer part of the country you were previously part of – TLK] (05/29/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/05/un-ambassador-nikki-haley-tells-russia-leave-ukraine

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7) Starbucks closes stores, asks workers to talk about race
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Starbucks closed thousands of stores Tuesday and asked employees to talk about when they noticed their racial identity, discuss what unconscious bias is and watch videos in which people of color describe feeling unwelcome in stores. It was all part of the coffee chain’s anti-bias training, created after the arrest of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks six weeks ago. But whether the training, developed with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and other groups, will prevent another embarrassing incident remains to be seen. ‘This this is not science, this is human behavior,’ said Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz. ‘This is just the first step of many that we’re going to take.’ The training was personal, asking workers to break into groups of three to five people to talk about their experiences with race. According to training materials provided by the company, they were asked to pair up with a co-worker and list all the ways they ‘are different from each other.’ A guidebook reminds people to ‘listen respectfully’ and tells them to stop any conversations that get derailed.” (05/29/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Starbucks-to-close-over-8-000-stores-for-12949840.php

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8) Fortnite sued for “copying” rival game PUBG
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“The makers of Fortnite, one of the world’s most popular video games, have been accused of copying rival title PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). The studio behind PUBG has asked a court in South Korea to determine whether Epic Games copied its intellectual property. Fortnite and PUBG have both attracted millions of gamers with their huge ‘last player standing’ online battles. Epic Games has not yet commented on the lawsuit. PUBG was first released in March 2017. It was inspired by the Japanese thriller film Battle Royale, in which a group of students is forced to fight to the death by the government. In PUBG, up to 100 players parachute on to an island, search for weapons and kill one another until only one player remains. Fortnite was first released in July 2017 but its Battle Royale mode was not added until September 2017.” (05/29/18)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44287860

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9) ABC cancels “Roseanne” reboot over Twitter rant
Source: Yahoo! News

“ABC has canceled ‘Roseanne’ after Roseanne Barr’s racially charged tweet about Valerie Jarrett Monday morning. ‘Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,’ ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement to TheWrap on Tuesday. ‘muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj,’ Barr said earlier on Tuesday in response to a Twitter thread about Jarrett, a former adviser to Barack Obama. … The ‘Roseanne’ star’s tweet caused swift backlash on Twitter, and consulting producer Wanda Sykes said she would not be returning to the sitcom on Tuesday morning.” (05/29/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/roseanne-canceled-abc-roseanne-barr-repugnant-comments-network-174759145.html

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10) Mattis: US will confront China on militarization of islands
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.S. will continue to confront China’s militarization of manmade islands in the South China Sea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday, arguing that Beijing hasn’t abided by its promise not to put weapons on the Spratly Islands. Mattis said American ships are maintaining a ‘steady drumbeat’ of naval operations around the disputed islands, adding that ‘only one country’ seems to be bothered by the vessels’ routine activities. ‘We are going out of our way to cooperate with Pacific nations, that’s the way we do business in the world,’ Mattis told reporters traveling with him to a national security conference in Singapore. ‘But we are also going to confront what we believe is out of step with international law, out of step with international tribunals that have spoken on the issue.’ The United States has long been critical of China’s sweeping sovereignty claims in the South China Sea, disputed by several neighboring governments. On Sunday, two U.S. warships sailed close to the Paracel Islands, which lie north of the Spratlys, the latest freedom of navigation operation designed to challenge Beijing’s claims. China protested the maneuver.” (05/29/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Mattis-US-will-confront-China-on-militarization-12951977.php

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11) Ukraine: Prominent Russian journalist who criticized Kremlin shot dead in Kiev
Source: Reuters

“A prominent Russian journalist and critic of President Vladimir Putin was shot dead in Ukraine where he had fled into exile following threats, police said on Tuesday. Arkady Babchenko, 41, died of his wounds in an ambulance after his wife found him covered in his blood in their home, police said, adding they suspected the murder was due to Babchenko’s professional activities. Babchenko, a former soldier in the Chechen war who became one of Russia’s best-known war correspondents, had left his homeland fearing for his life after criticizing Russian policy in Ukraine and Syria. He had been denounced by pro-government politicians in Russia over comments on social media about the Russian bombing of Aleppo in Syria’s war, and over his characterization of Russia as an aggressor toward Ukraine.” (05/29/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-russia-journalist/prominent-russian-journalist-who-criticized-kremlin-shot-dead-in-kiev-idUSKCN1IU2K7

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12) UK: Fighter jet, police drone nearly collide
Source: Mirror [UK]

“A police drone operator was forced to quickly steer the device away from the path of an F-15 fighter jet travelling at nearly 520mph, a report has revealed. … The Airprox board, which looks into near-misses, reported the 6kg device was flying at an altitude of around 300ft when the pilot heard a fast jet approaching.” [editor’s note: The article reads as if subtracting two aircraft from the regime’s inventory would have been a bad thing – TLK] (05/29/18)

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/f-15-fighter-jet-travelling-12613767

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13) Belgium: Three killed, including two cops, in attack near coffee shop
Source: Fox News

“A gunman shot and killed three people, including two police officers, and wounded two others near a coffee shop in Belgium, local media reported. The shooting happened near the Cafe de Augustins in Liege, according to public broadcaster RTBF. The gunman, who wasn’t immediately identified, fled the coffee shop, took a cleaning woman hostage at a nearby school, but was later ‘neutralized’ …. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the incident was terror-related, but officials weren’t ruling it out.” (05/29/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/05/29/three-killed-including-2-police-officers-in-attack-near-belgian-coffee-shop-gunman-neutralized.html

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14) China: Regime grants seven new Ivanka Trump trademarks
Source: CNN Money

“Ivanka Trump has scored a batch of new trademarks in China as her father continues trade talks with Beijing. Seven trademarks were officially registered to Ivanka Trump this month with China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce, according to the government’s trademark database. They are for items such as kitchenware, furniture, paper products and cosmetics. The approvals come as President Donald Trump remains engaged in trade negotiations with China on a wide range of issues. Ethics experts say this raises conflict-of-interest concerns, since Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, both serve as senior advisers in the White House.” (05/28/18)

http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/28/news/ivanka-trump-china-trademarks/index.html

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15) Gaza: Israeli forces conduct airstrikes after alleging mortar fire in response to IDF killing of three
Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“The Israeli air force struck targets in Gaza in response to a barrage of 28 mortar shells fired toward southern Israeli communities Tuesday. One of the shells fell into the yard of a kindergarten. Most of the mortars were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system and no injuries were reported. Prior to Israel’s retaliation, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that the military would respond ‘with great force’ and said Hamas is responsible for preventing such an attack. Over the past few days, Israel has been bracing for a response from Islamic Jihad after the Israeli military killed three of its militants and a Hamas member in strikes on the coastal enclave.” [editor’s note: After a certain number of iterations of “rockets/mortars were fired, no one was injured, we’re ‘responding’” the natural reading becomes “we faked up an attack so we would have an excuse to ‘respond’ – TLK] (05/29/18)

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israeli-air-force-strikes-gaza-strip-after-rocket-attack-claims-hamas-1.6131634

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16) Bush 41 hospitalized
Source: Yahoo! News

“The hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush caused him to miss out on a Memorial Day parade in Maine that he traditionally attends. The 93-year-old said in a tweet Monday evening that he regrets missing the event earlier that day in Kennebunkport, down the road from his summer home. … Bush was taken to a hospital Sunday after he experienced low blood pressure and fatigue. A spokesman said he’d likely be in the hospital for a couple of days for observation.” (05/28/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/former-president-george-hw-bush-hospitalized-misses-parade-181542549.html

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17) FL: Cop faces disciplinary action for wishing death on teen demagogue Hogg
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“A Florida police officer has come under fire for posting an offensive comment on Facebook in response to a photo of Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg who organized Friday’s ‘die in’ protest at several Publix supermarkets. Brian Valenti, 45, is a K-9 officer with Coconut Creek who commented: ‘Hope some old lady loses control of her car in that lot. Jus saying …’ under a photo of David Hogg, who organized the anti-NRA event. The comment was posted under a picture of Hogg and two other activists who were standing in the parking area of a Coral Springs Publix store after they painted body outlines in chalk to represent the 17 people killed in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students were laying down in ‘die ins’ at several of the supermarket chains Friday to protest Publix’s support for gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam who aligned with the National Rifle Association.” [editor’s note: I hardly ever sympathize with cops vs. mere mundanes, but I understand how hard it is not to hate on the smarmy little fuckstick – TLK] (05/28/18)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5780439/Florida-cop-facing-disciplinary-action-violent-Facebook-comment-Parkland-student.html

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18) Nicaragua: Protesters, students seize university in demonstration against Ortega
Source: CBS News

“Violence returned to protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s government on Monday when riot police confronted protesters and students seized a university. Students demanding greater democracy and Ortega’s resignation took over the Engineering University in Managua, the capital. Government supporters quickly gathered to end the takeover, but anti-government protesters rallied to support the students. The offices of the pro-government radio station Radio Ya, whose offices are located near the university, were partially set fire during the demonstration. Police were sent to contain the protests and there were reports of people injured.” (05/28/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/engineering-univesity-managua-nicaragua-today-2018-05-28/

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19) Russia: Regime warns more US troops in Poland “could lead to counteraction”
Source: Newsweek

“Kremlin spokesman on Monday responded to reports that Poland offered $2 billion for the U.S. to be stationed permanently within its borders for protection from Russia, saying the move could ‘lead to counteraction from the Russian side.’ Poland’s monetary offer stems from a desire to deter ‘potential Russian aggression,’ according to a Polish Defense Ministry proposal reported by Poland’s Onet.pl news site. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov in a press conference said, ‘When we see the gradual expansion of NATO military structures towards our borders … this of course in no way creates security and stability on the continent,’ according to Reuters.” [editor’s note: The Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact were going to disintegrate regardless, but part of their relatively PEACEFUL disintegration was the US guarantee that NATO would not exploit it as an excuse to expand eastward toward Russia — a promise promptly and thoroughly broken – TLK] (05/28/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/russia-warns-us-expansionist-actions-poland-could-lead-counter-action-kremlin-946359

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20) People who sleep in on weekends avoid dying young, study suggests
Source: The Virginian-Pilot

“Sleeping in on a day off feels marvelous, especially for those of us who don’t get nearly enough rest during the workweek. But are the extra weekend winks worth it? It’s a question that psychologist Torbjorn Akerstedt, director of the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University, and his colleagues tried to answer in a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Sleep Research. … Previous sleep studies asked people to count their hours of sleep for an average night, without distinguishing between workdays and days off. Not in the new study. People under the age of 65 who slept for five hours or less every night, all week, did not live as long as those who consistently slept seven hours a night. But weekend snoozers lived just as long as the well-slept. People who slept for fewer than the recommended seven hours each weekday, but caught an extra hour or two on weekends, lived just as long as people who always slept seven hours, the authors reported.” (05/27/18)

https://pilotonline.com/news/local/health/article_ac0c12b0-5f86-11e8-a125-7b26fddf91a9.html

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

21) Donald Trump: The accidental isolationist
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“In spite of what Trump and his ‘Nobel!’ chanting cheerleaders would have you believe about Korea, Kim did not succumb to Trump’s childish schoolyard threats of nuclear holocaust and finally cave to peace after half a century of only slightly milder American belligerence. The motherfucker kept building ICBMs until he had one capable of deterring an American intervention and then used the leverage to play Gorbachev. I do believe however that Trump’s violent temper tantrums did have an effect on one Korean statesman. South Korean president Moon Jae-In seemed ready and willing to mediate his country’s diplomacy through the traditional American network of do-nothing bullshit until Trump began openly contemplating a second Korean War on social media like Gossip Girl with a red button. It was only after it had become painfully clear that the Donald was more concerned with his dick size than even do-nothing bullshit diplomacy that Moon made the unprecedented decision to get in touch with the North through China and start the ball rolling towards peace without us.” (05/29/18)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/05/donald-trump-accidental-isolationist.html

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22) Rubio and Warren join forces against working folks
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The bad news is that if this bill passes the Senate and is signed into law, sex workers — already pushed to the economic margins in various ways by law enforcement, social stigma, and the poverty that often precedes the sex work career path — are going to have an even harder time opening or keeping checking or savings accounts at traditional banks, and therefore a harder time successfully applying for credit lines or home or car loans. The good news is that the bill, whether it passes or not, will inevitably strengthen the counter-economy. Sex workers will turn to (or remain with) barter, cash, and cryptocurrency rather than trust what wealth they have with institutions subject to regulation by the likes of Warren and Rubio.” (05/29/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13704

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23) The NHS and the spell of the White Witch
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis described the dreary state of Narnia under the curse of the White Witch as ‘always winter but never Christmas.’ His assessment may soon apply to the National Health Service (NHS), whose annually intensifying ‘winter crisis’ threatens to become permanent, according to the UK’s leading doctors’ association. … Each winter, the need for medical care strains the nationalized healthcare infrastructure to the breaking point. This year, the NHS preemptively cancelled all surgeries it deemed ‘non-urgent,’ with some waiting times exceeding 18 weeks; then, it canceled an additional 25,000 surgeries with one day’s notice or less.” (05/29/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/05/29/nhs-and-spell-white-witch

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24) More revolutionaries are coming
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Assange, Ulbricht, Manning, Snowden … we’ve seen a slow stream of revolutionaries over the past decade or so, a few of whom became well-known. More will be coming. The reason I’m sure of this is that the two forces driving it are increasing: On one hand, humanity is becoming better. You’ll never believe that if you watch ‘the news,’ but out here in the real world humans are slowly improving. I’m tempted to say that I’d like the progress to be a bit more rapid, but the truth is that recent progress has sometimes been faster than I expected. On the other hand, elite control, empowered by the internet’s parasitic ‘free stuff’ model, has bypassed all known limits and is riding the numbness and compliance of the past few generations into new territory.” (05/29/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/more-revolutionaries-are-coming/

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25) TSA secret watchlist targets troublesome travelers
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“[T]he New York Times revealed that the Transportation Security Administration has created a secret watchlist for troublesome passengers. The TSA justified the list by saying that its screeners were assaulted 34 times last year, but did not release any details about the alleged assaults. Naturally, the TSA’s official definition of troublemaking goes well beyond punching its officers. According to a confidential memo, any behavior that is ‘offensive and without legal justification’ can land a traveler on the list, as can any ‘challenges to the safe and effective completion of screening.’ Anyone who has ever ‘loitered’ near a checkpoint could also make the list. So could any woman who pushes a screener’s hands away from her breasts. The memo would be more accurate if it stated that anyone who fails to unquestioningly submit to all the TSA’s demands would be found guilty of insubordination.” (05/28/18)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2018/05/28/los-angeles-times-tsa-secret-watchlist-targets-troublesome-travelers/

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26) DACA: Don’t help only illegal immigrants
Source: USA Today
by Roy Beck

“The discharge petition effort is not primarily about helping DACA recipients. Both major sides in the House favor permanent legalization for young adults who illegally crossed the border or overstayed visas as minors. But on one side are Republicans who believe that a legalization bill that adds competitors to the legal workforce should also show concern for American workers by preventing hiring of future illegal workers and by reducing some other immigration. On the other side are the discharge participants who focus on helping only illegal immigrants, and the employers who hire them. Legalization could have passed months ago if discharge signers had been willing to support the ‘Goodlatte bill.’ But they have rejected that compromise, which not only provides the legalization but also mandates E-Verify for all employers to reduce illegal hiring. And it ends the chain migration and visa lottery channels that pour foreign workers into this country.” (05/29/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/29/dont-help-only-illegal-immigrants-editorials-debates/35475875

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27) Inside France’s growing identity war
Source: The New Republic
by Karina Piser

Until recently, Maryam Pougetoux, 19, was an ordinary student at Paris IV, one of the Sorbonne’s campuses, where she studies literature. She is president of the local chapter of France’s student union, UNEF–an important institution in France. She is also Muslim, and wears a hijab. On May 12, Pougetoux appeared on French television channel M6 to discuss some of the protests the student union has been organizing over the country’s educational system. Within an hour, Laurent Bouvet, a political scientist and self-proclaimed public intellectual, posted a screenshot of Pougetoux’s interview on his Facebook page. ‘At UNEF, [the intersectional fight against discrimination] is well underway. The president of the UNEF says so,’ he wrote sarcastically — a jab at a concept embraced by certain French activist circles but overwhelmingly rejected by the country’s mainstream. Shortly thereafter, essayist Celine Pina wrote on Facebook that Pougetoux exemplified the Muslim Brotherhood’s ‘infiltration of student unions,’ perverting their history of advocating for women’s rights.” (05/29/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148570/inside-frances-growing-identity-war

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28) Tyranny and gun control in Venezuela
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“By any reasonable definition of the word ‘tyranny,’ Venezuela’s president Vicente Maduro meets it. His recent reelection was a sham, especially since he banned any opposition candidate or party who would have had any reasonable chance to defeat him. He also disbanded the elected legislature and replaced it with a legislative body stacked with cronies. The courts are also composed of judges who answer to him and do his bidding. Maduro wields omnipotent power. He is a left-wing socialist tyrant and his socialist economic policies have plunged the nation into chaos and crisis, with people on the verge of starvation. Unfortunately for the Venezuelan people, they lack the option that Americans have if a similar situation were ever to arise here in the United States. They lack the ability to violently revolt against the tyranny of their own government. That’s because they, unlike Americans, are disarmed.” (05/29/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/05/29/tyranny-and-gun-control-in-venezuela/

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29) For NFL players, civil (and visible) disobedience the only option
Source: The American Prospect
by Peter Dreier

“Last week, NFL owners capitulated to President Donald Trump by voting to require players to stand on the field for the national anthem. Teams will be subject to a fine if any player disobeys, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The next day, Trump applauded the owners for doing ‘the right thing.’ Players who refuse to stand for the anthem, Trump declared, ‘shouldn’t be in this country.’ Many NFL players have reacted with anger over the league’s new policy and Trump’s comments. ‘It’s disgusting because of our First Amendment rights,’ said Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall. ‘[Trump is] an idiot, plain and simple,’ said Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin. In what the owners described as a ‘compromise,’ the new policy gives players the option of remaining in the locker room during the [anthem]. Some players have discussed the idea of having entire teams stay in the locker rooms as a way to voice their frustration with the new mandate. But what if at least five players on every NFL team defy the league’s new policy and take a knee during the national anthem on opening day and in subsequent games?” (05/29/18)

http://prospect.org/article/nfl-players-civil-and-visible-disobedience-only-option

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30) A civil rights icon urges law grads to defend free speech
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“This month the graduating class at Georgetown Law School marked commencement with a speech by non-voting D.C. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, whose resume is as impressive as any in the House of Representatives. … Norton praised the Parkland teenagers for their activism on the issue of gun control. But she is worried. She believes survey data on free speech shows that today’s college students are no longer willing to defend speech that they don’t like. She proudly cited instances when she personally fought for the rights of racists to speak. And she called on the graduating lawyers of Georgetown to use their knowledge of the law to teach others of their generation that hearing all sides of arguments is still critical in American society.” (05/29/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/05/a-civil-rights-icon-urges-law-grads-to-defend-free-speech/561380/?utm_source=feed

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31) Venezuela’s road to serfdom
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Benjamin Powell

“Venezuela trudged further down its road to serfdom when a sham election on May 20 returned Nicolas Maduro to the presidency for another six-year term. Venezuela’s experiment with democratic socialism has now run its course from early optimism through economic dysfunction and now ever-closer to political tyranny. A mere 20 years ago Hugo Chavez ran for president on a populist campaign promising socialist economic policies. He won the 1998 election with 56.2% of the vote in what was considered a fair election overseen by international observers, including former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Venezuela quickly became the poster child for successful socialism. Unlike the other socialist governments, Venezuela’s was democratically elected and political freedoms were maintained. Incomes rose; poverty, illiteracy, and inequality all fell. Venezuela seemed to deliver socialism’s promise unlike anywhere else in the world. Leftists in the United States praised Chavez after his death in 2013. Salon.com claimed “‘Chavez racked up an economic record that a legacy-obsessed American president could only dream of achieving.’” (05/29/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/venezuelas-road-to-serfdom

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32) The Obama administration’s hypocritical pretext for spying on the Trump campaign
Source: National Review
by Andrew C McCarthy

“In the 2012 campaign, when Mitt Romney portrayed Russia as our principal geopolitical foe, Obama and Democrats mocked him. In the 2016 campaign, Trump’s Russia rhetoric was an echo — in Trumpian bluntness — of the Democrats’ position. … after 30 years of embracing and empowering Moscow, it is not credible — particularly for an administration that was among the worst offenders — to say, ‘We had to use spies and FISA surveillance against the Trump campaign due to suspicion that Trump might embrace and empower Moscow.’” (05/29/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/trump-russia-investigation-obama-administration-spying-hypocritical/

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33) How Trump and the SCOTUS screw workers
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“Many have observed, correctly, that the Supreme Court’s recent 5 to 4 decision upholding forced arbitration for employees is a ‘devastating blow’ to the rights of working people. This decision by the court’s conservative majority will affect an estimated 60 million workers, who will now be unable to band together to fight the legal and financial power of their employers when they have been mistreated in the workplace. Americans have traditionally viewed the Supreme Court as an unbiased, apolitical institution. But today, more than ever, this is an illusion. The court’s conservatives are now an openly partisan cadre. They’re political operatives, not jurists. They’re part of a vast and well-funded Republican machine that seeks to screw American workers so it can further enrich its wealthy patrons. Were it not for some underhanded Republican machinations, they wouldn’t even have a court majority.” (05/29/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180529/the-supreme-courts-conservatives-and-trump-are-part-of-a-vast-gop-machine-that-screws-workers

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34) The putsch in Italy
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“There has been a putsch in Italy. A bloodless putsch, with no guns or jackboots, but a putsch nonetheless. The president’s vetoing of the finance minister put forward by the populist parties that won a huge number of votes in the General Election in March represents a grave assault on the democratic will. It is a technocratic coup, an EU-influenced, big-business-pleasing attempt to isolate and weaken the popular anti-Brussels sentiment that has swept Italy. Indeed, it has brought about the collapse of the talks to form a new populist government and made it necessary to hold fresh elections. Let’s be honest about what has happened here: March’s democratic election has essentially been voided by technocrats who care more about Euro financiers than they do about the ordinary people of Italy.” (05/29/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-putsch-in-italy/

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35) Venezuela’s economic collapse is linked to its socialist policies
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kristian Niemietz

“Maduro was never a political figure in his own right. He was always, first and foremost, a Chavez-loyalist, and he is now following the ‘socialist policies that Chavez developed’ to a tee. (As Chavez knew he would, which is why he appointed him as his successor in the first place.) But when did Venezuela take a wrong turn? How could what was once South America’s richest country end up as such a basket case? While the blame does lie with Chavez, it is important to acknowledge that Chavismo did not suddenly pop up out of nowhere. The seeds were sown earlier.” (05/29/18)

https://fee.org/articles/venezuelas-economic-collapse-is-linked-to-its-socialist-policies/

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36) North Korea talks: In Trump-Xi poker game, who has the better hand?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Howard LaFranchi

“As the United States and North Korea feint and parry toward a proposed summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un on June 12, what role China has been playing in the process is a mystery. Has it been applying the brakes on the diplomatic process so as to maintain maximum leverage with the US? Or is it truly eager for the US and North Korea to come to some agreement on the latter’s nuclear program? What is certainly clear is that Beijing is playing a role, and Mr. Trump last week appeared to be paying President Xi Jinping a compliment by calling him a ‘world-class poker player.’ Though his precise meaning was unclear, he, too, had strategic cards to play. On Tuesday Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports and other limits on Chinese investment in the US.” (05/29/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2018/0529/North-Korea-talks-In-Trump-Xi-poker-game-who-has-the-better-hand

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37) The TSA is making a list and checking it twice
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“When you travel on an airplane in the United States you must first subject yourself to the depravities of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). Usually your options are to either walk through a slave scanner so a pervert can look at your naked body or submit yourself to sexual assault. It turns out that not everybody meekly rolls over when given these options. When air travelers decide to do anything other than shuffle through the security line with a submissive downcast gaze, their name goes on the TSA’s secret naughty list …” (05/29/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/05/29/the-tsa-is-making-a-list-and-checking-it-twice/

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38) Is the FBI trying to bolster its war on cryptography?
Source: Reason
by Andrea O’Sullivan

“Encryption technologies have been a chief bugaboo of America’s top feds for about as long as these security technologies have been available to the public, which is to say for most of you and I’s experiences on the internet. In the 90’s, authorities argued that strong encryption techniques were a kind of munition, and tried to prevent computer scientists from deploying security measures. Thankfully, the computer scientists won the previous battles over public-key encryption. But the question of device encryption has taken on a new political urgency following the high-profile attacks in San Bernardino in December of 2015. With the so-called ‘Going Dark’ problem, authorities argue that the measures that keep our phones secure can prevent them from accessing critical data in an investigation. Thus, they want technology companies to build special government access into our phones, called a ‘backdoor.’ It is easy to sympathize with investigators who work to bring criminals to justice. But unfortunately, with the San Bernardino incident, it looks like FBI leadership was more motivated by a general antipathy to encryption than a specific need to access particular data.” (05/29/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/05/29/is-the-fbi-trying-to-bolster-its-war-on

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39) Corporations profiting from immigrant detainees’ labor, some call it slavery
Source: In These Times
by Victoria Law

“President Donald Trump vowed in March, ‘My administration will focus on ending the absolutely horrific practice of human trafficking. And I am prepared to bring the full force and weight of our government, whatever we can do, in order to solve this horrific problem.’ Trump is using this specter of human trafficking to justify beefed-up border walls and a vicious crackdown on immigrants. Experts say his cure has nothing to do with the disease. ‘It’s a fantasy, what the president is promising,’ says Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, an associate professor at George Mason University who studies trafficking in Mexico and Central America. ‘People will still come, escaping poverty and violence. Trafficking happens when they are forced to work along the route — drug smuggling, sex work. By increasing border enforcement, you’re just making the journey more expensive and longer, and making people more vulnerable to traffickers.’ But some people caught in this sweep say that the federal crackdown itself subjects them to another, pernicious form of trafficking. They say the corporations that operate immigrant detention facilities illegally force detainees to work.” (05/29/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/ice_immigrant_detention_centers_forced_prison_labor_investigation.html

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40) The luck of the gambler
Source: CounterPunch
by Uri Avnery

“We all know the picture from the books and the movies: a gambler sits at the roulette table in a casino. He has luck. A lot of luck. In front of the gambler the pile of chips is growing. Higher and higher. Every spin of the roulette wheel adds to the heap. When the heap reaches the level of his eyes, he could just get up, exchange the chips for money and go home. He winnings are enough to keep him in luxury for the rest of his life. But the man cannot get up. Just cannot. He is glued to his place at the roulette table. And then his luck abandons him. The heap of chips starts to shrink. He could still get up and save a part of his winnings. But he cannot. He is glued to his seat. Until he loses the last chip. In the movies, the man gets up and puts a pistol to his head. Benjamin Netanyahu resembles this man.” (05/29/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/05/29/the-luck-of-the-gambler/

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41) Good men with guns
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“We hear too much about ‘successful’ mass murderers — from news readers, journalists, and so-called experts. And it is hard not to think about the disturbed gunmen who kill as a way to feel powerful for a few seconds as they seek revenge for whatever they hate about their lives. Now families in Sante Fe must deal with the horror. We don’t hear as much about the good men who interrupt such rampages.” (05/29/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/05/29/good-men-with-guns/

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42) America’s incredible shrinking influence
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ron Paul

“It seems the world has grown tired of neocon threats from Washington. Ironically the ‘communist’ Chinese seem to understand better than the US that in capitalism you do not threaten your customers. While the US is threatening and sanctioning and forbidding economic relations, its adversaries overseas are busy reaping the benefits of America’s real isolationism. If President Trump’s canceled meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un remains canceled, North and South Korea have shown that they will continue with their peacemaking efforts. As if Washington was no longer relevant.” (05/29/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/paul/2018/05/28/americas-incredible-shrinking-influence/

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43) The threat to Bitcoin from quantum computing
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“At nearly every lecture I’ve given on blockchain technology, and its most famous use case in Bitcoin, someone stands to ask about quantum computing. What exactly do I propose to do about this terrible threat? My answer has been that I propose nothing personally but the very core of innovation in this sector is about problem solving. If there is a known problem, there are people working on solutions, with tremendous professional awards accruing to the winner. Governance models are designed to implement solutions. It’s this adaptivity that makes this technology so much superior to central planning over money and ledgers. That’s a fine answer but it still leaves the question: just how real is this threat?” (05/28/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/threat-bitcoin-quantum-computing

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44) Oh, for crying out loud
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“A century ago, give or take, it took allegations of rape and rumors that the rape involved a champagne bottle to destroy a big actor’s career or knock a successful show off the screen (big screen back then, smaller as time went on). Now it takes a few hours of outrage over a Twitter rant.” (05/29/18)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2018/05/oh-for-crying-out-loud.html

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45) Savings as the engine of economic growth
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“Most economists concur with the view that what keeps the economy going is consumption expenditure. Furthermore, it is generally held that spending rather than individual saving is the essential condition for production and prosperity. Savings is seen to be detrimental to economic activity as it weakens the potential demand for goods and services. In this framework of thinking, economic activity is depicted as a circular flow of money.” (05/29/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/05/savings-as-the-engine-of-economic-growth/

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46) Dealing with the police, 2018
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“PragerU, the growing internet university, contains a wealth of informative, short (5 minutes or so) lectures presented in a clear, concise, and entertaining manner I only wish that high school teachers of government, current affairs, civics, and history could learn and use. But PragerU’s recent lecture by retired Sheriff David Clarke of Wisconsin doesn’t get it right. Instead he sets up a series of strawmen. He demolishes them, but lets the real heart of the matter get past. And in doing so, does a great disservice to his profession, the public, liberty, and PragerU. He argues that ‘cops are the good guys,’ and he presents his case well. But he does NOT prove his argument. Indeed, he overstates his argument, making matters worse.” (05/28/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/05/28/dealing-with-the-police-2018/

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47) The Giuliani of 1989 would try to lock up the Giuliani of 2018
Source: The Daily Beast
by Michael Tomasky

“Once upon a time, Rudy Giuliani, as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, put crooked politicians in jail. This is 30 years ago now, which is a long time, and time, well, it does things to people. In fact, Giuliani himself delivered a pretty observant remark about time Sunday on CNN, speaking to Dana Bash: ‘Hey, there are a lot of people with decades of service,’ Giuliani said. ‘Some are good, some bad, and some men get consumed with power, and some begin to lie.’ You can say that again, bub. Since becoming Donald Trump’s lead lawyer and defender, Giuliani has piled lie on top of lie– statements the Giuliani of the 1980s would have assembled into a devastating dossier that he would have presented with glee to a grand jury.” (05/28/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/would-the-rudy-giuliani-of-1989-indict-the-rudy-giuliani-of-2018

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48) The myth that central banks ensure economic stability
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“The world has been plagued with periodic bouts of the economic rollercoaster of booms and busts, inflations and recessions, especially during the last one hundred years. The main culprits responsible for these destabilizing and disruptive episodes have been governments and their central banks. They have monopolized the control of their respective nation’s monetary and banking systems, and mismanaged them. There is really nowhere else to point other than in their direction. Yet, to listen to some prominent and respected writers on these matters, government has been the stabilizer and free markets have been the disturber of economic order.” (05/29/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-myth-that-central-banks-assure-economic-stability/

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49) Should central banks become banks?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“The Economist has an article that discusses the possibility of allowing ordinary people to have checking accounts at central banks …. Interesting idea. Let’s start with the effectiveness of distributing new money to depositors, as a method of stimulating the economy during a recession. If the money were paid out in proportion to the current size of deposits at the central bank, then this would be equivalent to paying interest on base money, which is contractionary. But of course there’s much more to be said …” (05/28/18)

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

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50) Paris jockeying for competitive position, moral superiority begins
Source: Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett

“Barely two years into the Paris climate agreement and it is falling apart as countries jockey for a position of competitive economic advantage, and claimed moral superiority.” (05/28/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/05/paris-jockeying-for-competitive-position-moral-superiority-begin/

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51) Reason Podcast, 05/29/18
Source: Reason

“On today’s editor-roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and yours truly [Matt Welch] talk about how bad faith makes bad immigration policy, and also about the NFL/national anthem kerfuffle, Europe’s awful General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and — by request! — our special summer-reading recommendations (which you can find below the podcast) …” [various formats] (05/29/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/05/29/why-cant-anyone-get-their

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52) The Pursuit Podcast — Intro
Source: Libertarianism.org

“What about our right to property?” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/29/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/pursuit/pursuit-pilot

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53) Reality Check, 05/29/18
Source: Truth in Media

“Hollywood Actress Charged with Sex Trafficking for Cult.” [Flash video] (05/29/18)

http://truthinmedia.com/reality-check-hollywood-actress-sex-trafficking-cult/

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/29/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Informed that the Trump/Kim summit was off for next month, North and South Korean leaders did the unexpected: With a phone call they were soon meeting on the border trying to figure out how to keep the diplomatic ball rolling. Will the summit be back on the agenda? Does it really matter?” [Flash video] (05/29/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/in-korea-kim-and-moon-embrace-no-need-for-outsiders

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55) Scott Adams Says, 05/29/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about the Party of Hate. With coffee.” [Flash video] (05/29/18)

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

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56) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 219
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“This episode features a conversation with Nick Bilton, author of American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road. His book, out today in paperback, tells the story of Ross Ulbricht, the libertarian who created the hidden Tor site known as the Silk Road, and rode it to massive wealth, great temptation, and, finally, a life sentence. It’s a fine read in its own right, but for those who know the federal government, the most entertaining parts concern the investigators who bring Ulbricht down. They all have ambitions and flaws that mirror the stereotypes of their agencies, even — or perhaps especially — when the agents go bad.” [various formats] (05/29/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/05/29/rise-and-fall-of-the-silk-road

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57) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 58
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Radical Locofocoism was both implemented and watered down at the same time. New York’s Anti-Rent War and the Revolutionary Constitution of 1846.” [various formats] (05/29/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/down-rent

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58) Free Talk Live, 05/28/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Cuba to Rewrite Constitution :: Failure of Communism :: EU Proposes Straw Ban :: Homesteading Oceans :: Animals and Sentience :: Memorial Day :: Conscientious Objector :: Eating Animals :: Communist Manifesto Planks :: Border Patrol Internal Checkpoints :: Pesky Varmints :: Anarchy and Fear :: Underground City Sarah :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/28/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-05-28

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59) Interview: Mary Ruwart
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Mary Ruwart, author of Death by Regulation. Herein we discussed the 1962 FDA amendments, annihilating innovation, cancer industrial complex, Gerson Therapy, right to try, AIDS tragedy, Dallas Buyer’s Club, the harm of good intentions, appeal to nature fallacy, at least you’ll die safe, life is risky, how surgery began, stem cell therapy tragedy, private drug certification vs State regulation, reputation is king, FDA stifling drug innovation, legal immunity from vaccine harm, VAXXED, pox parties, flu shot for time travelers, Josh Umbehr, Direct Care Physicians, the importance of purpose and more!” [Flash video or Flash audio] (05/28/18)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/mary-ruwart-author-of-death-by-regulation-how-we-were-robbed-of-a-golden-age-of-health/

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60) Lyceum Debate #7: In defense of empires
Source: Attack The System

“Todd Lewis (facetiously) defends the proposition that empires are justifiable and Keith Preston will oppose the proposition.” [Flash video] (05/28/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/05/28/lyceum-debate-7-in-defense-of-empires/

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