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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Trump regime fires Comey
2) South Korea: Moon declares win in presidential election
3) Political prisoner Chelsea Manning speaks out ahead of release
4) Bitcoin soars above $1,700 as market cap adds $1 billion in just 24 hours
5) Syria: US to arm Kurds fighting Islamic State despite Turkish opposition
6) Islamic State video shows beheading of alleged Russian spy
7) Mexico now considered second deadliest conflict zone after Syria
8) Study: That full-fat dairy stuff isn’t bad for you
9) Will Sally Yates run for elected office in Georgia?
10) TX: Border town sues over state law to punish “sanctuary cities”
11) Irish police drop Stephen Fry blasphemy probe
12) Study: Cannabis may improve memory
13) Laptop ban coming to Europe flights?
14) WA: Tunnel containing nuke waste collapses at Hanford site
15) UK: Corbyn says elites trying to “hijack” Brexit
16) Snowden: Use cloud services at your own peril
17) Palestinian Arabs call for Pizza Hut boycott after Facebook post “mocked hunger strikers”
18) Carter reveals he voted for Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton
19) US Senate confirms Wilson as Air Force secretary
20) Russia: On Victory Day, Putin calls for international unity
21) OK: House passes resolution calling on officials to treat abortion as murder
22) US officials say mystery Liberia outbreak may be meningitis
23) Trump advisers propose “surge” to save Afghanistan occupation
24) Indonesia: Jakarta’s Christian governor jailed for two years for blasphemy
25) Security theater meets economic protectionism: US intel bureaucrats v. Kaspersky

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) If you hate the state, you should love immigration
27) Congress should just say no to Trump’s Afghanistan surge
28) Disentangling democracy from geography
29) Could Trump’s deregulation be a lifeline for struggling entrepreneurs?
30) Can you go to jail for “assisting” your undocumented neighbor?
31) Why Trump should dump The Paris climate deal
32) From Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert
33) A misleading claim
34) In France, neoliberalism defeats neofascism … for now
35) What free speech isn’t
36) Duterte’s murder model is the US government
37) Fifty years later: The Six-Day War teaches where brinkmanship leads
38) Puerto Rico’s $123 billion bankruptcy is the cost of US colonialism
39) How much training? And why?
40) “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” is bullshit
41) War, and those who make it
42) What Sally Yates knew
43) A moral imperative in east Europe
44) Optometrists’ cronyist assault on online eye exams
45) Trump voters’ message: We exist
46) The EPA fires a bunch of scientists; it’s just political theater … for now
47) Only the bad marry young? National child bride laws explored
48) So here it is: The Pentagon’s plan for Europe
49) Breaking the chain
50) Trump says Congress has too much power; he’s wrong
51) Stephen Fry and the new blasphemy laws
52) Neocon Anne Applebaum: Give me money to fight “Russian disinformation!”
53) Doug Casey on the end of western civilization
54) Danger ahead: The government’s plan for vehicle-to-vehicle communication threatens privacy, security, and common sense
55) No rich no more

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 61
57) Tenther Tuesday, episode 17
58) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 597
59) The Back Story, episode 16
60) The Libertarian Angle, 05/09/17
61) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 3
62) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/09/17
63) Free Talk Live, 05/08/17
64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 904
65) The limits of coercing states with federal funding threats

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

1) Trump regime fires Comey
Source: Washington Post

“FBI Director James B. Comey has been dismissed by the president, according to White House spokesman Sean Spicer — a startling move that officials said stemmed from a conclusion by Justice Department officials that he had mishandled the probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails. ‘The president has accepted the recommendation of the Attorney General and the deputy Attorney General regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,’ Spicer told reporters in the briefing room. Spicer also said that Comey was ‘notified a short time ago.’ This is effective ‘immediately,’ he said. Officials said Comey was fired because senior Justice Department officials concluded he had violated Justice Department principles and procedures by publicly discussing the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of private email.” [editor’s note: I’m looking forward to his tell-all “yes, Hillary Clinton is a felon but I couldn’t touch her because she’s Hillary Clinton” book – TLK] (05/09/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/comey-misstated-key-clinton-email-evidence-at-hearing-say-people-close-to-investigation/2017/05/09/074c1c7e-34bd-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html

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2) South Korea: Moon declares win in presidential election
Source: Bloomberg

“Moon Jae-in declared victory in South Korea’s leadership race, pledging to unify the nation after nine years of conservative rule that culminated in the country’s biggest street protests since the 1980s. With 90 percent of ballots counted in Tuesday’s presidential election, Moon received 40.4 percent of votes, leading conservative Hong Joon-pyo, who had 25 percent. Centrist Ahn Cheol-soo was third with 21.5 percent. The winner needs a plurality of votes.” (05/09/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-09/moon-poised-to-win-south-korea-s-presidency-exit-poll-shows

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3) Political prisoner Chelsea Manning speaks out ahead of release
Source: US News & World Report

“A transgender soldier has issued her first statement since former President Barack Obama commuted her 35-year prison sentence for [embarrassing Washington by leaking intelligence on American war crimes], saying on Tuesday she wants to help others after her release from prison next week. … ‘For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea. I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world,’ Manning said in a statement released by the American Civil Liberties Union. ‘I hope to take the lessons that I have learned, the love that I have been given, and the hope that I have to work toward making life better for others,’ she added, giving thanks for her upcoming release.” (05/09/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2017-05-09/intelligence-leaker-chelsea-manning-speaks-out-ahead-of-prison-release

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4) Bitcoin soars above $1,700 as market cap adds $1 billion in just 24 hours
Source: CNBC

“The price of bitcoin rose above $1,700 Tuesday morning, according to a price index by industry website Coindesk. With the price so high, analysts are contemplating what risks could scuttle its recent surge. The digital currency has been rallying significantly in recent weeks. Over one month, the price has increased by 43 percent, according to Coindesk figures. Over one year, the market capitalization for bitcoin has increased massively, from around $7.16 billion in May 2016 to $27.9 billion today. In just the last 24 hours its market capitalization has risen by over $1 billion, according to the website’s price index.” (05/09/17)

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/09/bitcoin-price-record-high.html

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5) Syria: US to arm Kurds fighting Islamic State despite Turkish opposition
Source: ABC News

“President Trump has authorized the U.S. military to arm Syrian Kurdish rebel forces to support the future offensive on Raqqa, the de facto capital in Syria for ISIS. The move has been long opposed by Turkey which sees the groups as an extension of Kurdish terrorist organizations that have conducted attacks inside Turkey. ‘Yesterday, the president authorized the Department of Defense to equip Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces as necessary to ensure a clear victory over ISIS in Raqqa, Syria,’ said Dana White, the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson, in a statement.” (05/09/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/us-arm-syrian-kurds-fighting-isis-turkish-opposition/story?id=47305995

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6) Islamic State video shows beheading of alleged Russian spy
Source: Fox News

“In a gruesome new video released by ISIS'[s] propaganda wing on Monday, a Russian intelligence officer is apparently coerced into calling on his country to abandon its bombing campaign in Syria — moments before he’s beheaded by a Jihadi killer. The footage, released by ISIS’ Furat media arm, is believed to show the death of Capt. Yevgeny Petrenko, 36, who’s been held by ISIS since at least September. In the latest release, Petrenko is shown in the same black clothing he’s seen wearing in a September video, with a white name badge over his right breast bearing the word ‘infidel’ on it, according to a translation from Threat Matrix.” (05/09/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/05/09/isis-video-shows-beheading-alleged-russian-spy.html

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7) Mexico now considered second deadliest conflict zone after Syria
Source: Fox News

“Mexico is the second-most deadly conflict zone on the globe, according to a new study. The country has surpassed both Iraq and Afghanistan to become the world’s most violent country after Syria, the study by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) says.” (05/09/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/05/09/mexico-now-considered-second-deadliest-conflict-zone-after-syria-study-says.html

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8) Study: That full-fat dairy stuff isn’t bad for you
Source: USA Today

“Pass the cheese, please. And the cream and that carton of full-fat yogurt and a big glass of non-skimmed milk. And, yes, eat it to your heart’s content. That’s the finding of an international team that analyzed 29 studies and found that dairy products (even high-fat ones) does not increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The study, published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, concluded that consumption of the creamy comestibles has a ‘neutral’ effect on our health, according to a report in the United Kingdom’s Guardian newspaper. One of the researchers, Ian Givens, a professor of nutrition at England’s Reading University, told the paper that ‘there’s quite a widespread but mistaken belief among the public that dairy products in general can be bad for you, but that’s a misconception. While it is a widely held belief, our research shows that that’s wrong.'” (05/09/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2017/05/09/full-fat-dairy-stuff—cheese-yogurt-and-so—isnt-bad-you-study-finds/101461372

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9) Will Sally Yates run for elected office in Georgia?
Source: Raw Story

“Wise mentors advise people to avoid burning bridges with former employers after departing from jobs. That guidance may not necessarily apply to Sally Yates. The former deputy attorney general, who was fired by President Donald Trump’s administration after deeming a travel ban on seven Muslim-majority nations was unlawful, received a wave of newfound support on Monday after delivering her testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, with many on Twitter calling on the Georgia-native to run for elected office.” (05/09/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/will-sally-yates-run-for-elected-office-in-georgia

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10) TX: Border town sues over state law to punish “sanctuary cities”
Source: Reuters

“A small Texas town on the Mexico border filed suit in federal court on Tuesday seeking to throw out on U.S. constitutional grounds a new Texas law that aims to punish so-called ‘sanctuary cities.’ El Cenizo, near Laredo, said it has offered refuge since before Texas, the largest Republican-controlled state, was part of the United States. It said the new law forces it and other localities to forgo their duties to serve and protect at home to become de facto immigration agents. ‘The use by the state of city and county resources for federal immigration enforcement breeds distrust of local government and officials, who have no power to change federal laws, and can also wrench apart family and community structures,’ said the lawsuit. The Texas law signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday takes effect on Sept. 1. It comes as Republican U.S. President Donald Trump has made combating illegal immigration a priority. Texas, with the longest border with Mexico of any U.S. state, has been at the forefront of the immigration debate.” (05/09/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-texas-idUSKBN18523Q

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11) Irish police drop Stephen Fry blasphemy probe
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Police in the Republic of Ireland are no longer investigating a claim that British comedian Stephen Fry uttered blasphemous remarks on a TV show. Irish media say the Garda dropped the case as there was no injured party. A viewer had complained about comments made by Fry on a TV show in 2015. Fry had asked why he should ‘respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid god who creates a world …. full of injustice.’ He later said he was not ‘offensive towards any particular religion.’ News of the Irish investigation on Saturday caused a big stir on social media. The clip of Fry’s interview was watched more than seven million times on YouTube.” (05/09/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39857543

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12) Study: Cannabis may improve memory
Source: Smell the Truth

“Although the stereotype of the forgetful stoner persists, a new scientific study suggests that marijuana might actually help retain memories. In a study published Monday in Nature Medicine, researchers from the University of Bonn, Germany found that marijuana’s psychoactive compound THC significantly benefits mature mice by improving cognitive functions such as memory, reports Newsweek. Scientists studied the effects of THC by administering small doses to mice at three different life stages, with the latter two groups representing mature and old age. The mice were then given a series of tasks to exercise their memory functions, such as walking through a maze or locating a specific object.” (05/08/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/05/08/study-marijuana-may-be-able-to-improve-memory

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13) Laptop ban coming to Europe flights?
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Reports are spreading that the White House could be on the verge of announcing a broad expansion of its so-called ‘laptop ban,’ extending it to U.S.-Europe routes. The ban was introduced in late March, prohibiting U.S.-bound travelers on flights out of 10 Middle Eastern and African airports from bringing laptops and tablets into the passenger cabin. The U.K. adopted a similar ban shortly thereafter. But now, according to CBS News, the U.S. is said to be considering an expansion of the ban to include flights coming to the U.S. from continental Europe and possibly the U.K. Not good news as we enter the peak season for transatlantic flying.” (05/09/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/cmcginnis/2017/05/09/laptop-ban-coming-to-europe-flights

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14) WA: Tunnel containing nuke waste collapses at Hanford site
Source: USA Today

“Hundreds of workers at Hanford Nuclear Reservation were evacuated Tuesday after part of a tunnel, which stores rail cars filled with radioactive waste, collapsed. Officials detected no radiation release, and no workers were in the tunnel when it caved in, said Randy Bradbury, a spokesman for the Washington state Department of Ecology. Around 11 a.m. PT, a robot was being used to sample contamination in the air and on the ground and had not found evidence of a release of contamination two hours later. Hanford contractors working nearby were removed from the area while those farther away on the the 586-square-mile site were told to remain indoors, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.” (05/09/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-no

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15) UK: Corbyn says elites trying to “hijack” Brexit
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Jeremy Corbyn has said wealthy elites are trying to ‘hijack’ Brexit as he formally launched Labour’s campaign. Speaking in Manchester, the Labour leader said the question of whether the UK would leave the EU had been ‘settled’ and the task was to protect the national interest not show ‘who can be toughest with Brussels.’ He promised a reckoning for ‘tax cheats and greedy bankers’ after the election. ‘We have four weeks to show what kind of country we are,’ he said. In the run-up to the speech, Mr Corbyn insisted he would stay on as Labour leader even if the party loses at the general election.” (05/09/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-2017-39852719

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16) Snowden: Use cloud services at your own peril
Source: Fortune

“NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden warned that using cloud services from Amazon, Google, and Microsoft may be convenient, but that it comes at a high price in terms of lack of visibility and control over what those cloud providers are doing on the back end. People should not use technology mindlessly, Snowden noted. … ‘You’re giving them your data and giving up control,’ he told attendees of the OpenStack Summit 2017 in Boston on Tuesday via a satellite link, ostensibly from Russia where he is in exile. Public clouds like AWS are increasingly used by businesses that don’t want to build more of their own data centers, saving on upfront costs and headaches. Cloud vendors typically say they cannot see or access encrypted user data. But the fact remains that public cloud is all about customers running their operations on hardware and software managed by another company, and that gives Snowden pause.” (05/09/17)

http://fortune.com/2017/05/09/snowden-danger-of-cloud/

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17) Palestinian Arabs call for Pizza Hut boycott after Facebook post “mocked hunger strikers”
Source: Newsweek

“Palestinians want to take a slice out of Pizza Hut’s profits in Israel, launching a boycott campaign against the American chain after it allegedly mocked the leader of a mass hunger strike in Israeli prisons in a Facebook post on Monday. According to Palestinian social media users, Pizza Hut posted a picture of strike leader Marwan Barghouti in his cell, taken from footage the Israeli Prison Service released on Sunday, alleging that he had broken the hunger strike on two occasions to eat cookies and a candy bar. Text accompanying the post on Pizza Hut’s 100,000-strong Israeli Facebook account is alleged to have read: ‘Barghouti, if you’re going to break a strike, isn’t pizza better?'” (05/09/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/palestinians-launch-pizza-hut-boycott-after-facebook-post-mocked-hunger-605652

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18) Carter reveals he voted for Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton
Source: NBC News

“Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter revealed Monday night that he backed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in last year’s Democratic presidential primary. ‘Can y’all see why I voted for him?’ the 92-year-old Carter said of Sanders, who was seated next to him during a discussion hosted by the Carter Center on Human Rights in Atlanta. Carter kept his preference quiet during last year’s heated race between Clinton and Sanders, but his distaste for Hillary and Bill Clinton is an open secret. Carter would be Sander’s highest-ranking supporter in the Democratic Party.” (05/09/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/democrats-vs-trump/jimmy-carter-reveals-he-voted-bernie-sanders-over-hillary-clinton-n756846

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19) US Senate confirms Wilson as Air Force secretary
Source: Politico

“The Senate confirmed Heather Wilson to be Air Force secretary Monday, making her only the second of President Donald Trump’s nominees to be approved for a Pentagon post. The vote was 76-22. Only Democrats opposed Wilson, a former Republican congresswoman from New Mexico. Her confirmation was a rare victory for the Trump administration in its long slog to fill senior vacancies at the Pentagon.” (05/08/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/08/trump-air-force-nominee-confirmed-238131

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20) Russia: On Victory Day, Putin calls for international unity
Source: Washington Post

“Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday told the annual Victory Day parade on Red Square that the horrors of World War II demonstrate the necessity of countries working together to prevent war. Russia celebrates the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany every May 9 to honor those who fought and died for their country. ‘This monstrous tragedy was not able to be prevented primarily because of the connivance of the criminal ideology of racial superiority and due to the lack of unity among the world’s leading nations,’ he said. ‘To effectively combat terrorism, extremism, neo-Nazism and other threats, consolidation of the entire international community is necessary.'” (05/09/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russias-victory-day-parade-marred-by-thick-clouds/2017/05/09/61e3a016-3491-11e7-ab03-aa29f656f13e_story.html

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21) OK: House passes resolution calling on officials to treat abortion as murder
Source: Tulsa World

“A resolution essentially calling on state officials to ignore U.S. Supreme Court decisions legalizing abortion passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on a voice vote Monday afternoon. No discussion or debate was allowed on House Resolution 1004, by Rep. Chuck Strohm, R-Jenks. Afterward, Strohm was allowed a few minutes of personal privilege, during which he said the Supreme Court had violated ‘every act of decency and law’ and the nation’s founding documents by ‘forcing the murder of unborn children on our society’ through abortion. He called on state officials to fulfill their oaths to uphold the Constitution and ‘to exercise their authority as appropriate in their respective jurisdictions to stop the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion.’ As a simple resolution, HR 1004 is considered a statement of policy and does not carry the weight of law.” (05/08/17)

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/capitol_report/house-passes-resolution-calling-on-oklahoma-officials-to-treat-abortion/article_71f15546-e771-5151-86f7-3c49668d4ca4.html

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22) US officials say mystery Liberia outbreak may be meningitis
Source: Newsweek

“U.S. health officials said that contagious bacteria linked to meningitis could be behind a mysterious disease outbreak in Liberia that has already killed 13 people. The West African country has reported 31 cases of the disease, most of which struck in Sinoe County, around 200 miles outside the capital Monrovia, NBC News reported. Liberian health authorities quickly ruled out a return of Ebola, the virus that killed more than 11,000 people across three West African countries between 2014 and 2016, but requested assistance from global health bodies in determining the cause of the outbreak.” (05/09/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/liberia-meningitis-ebola-605708

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23) Trump advisers propose “surge” to save Afghanistan occupation
Source: The Hill

“President Trump’s top military and foreign policy advisers reportedly proposed a new military strategy in Afghanistan which would put deploy U.S. troops to fight against the Taliban, according to a Monday Washington Post report. Such a decision would mark a major shift in government’s approach, if approved. The goal for an expanded military presence would be to fight back against the Taliban to the point that they will negotiate, U.S. officials tell the Post. Trump has yet to approve the plan, but his top Cabinet officials reportedly support it.” (05/08/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332464-top-trump-advisers-propose-expanding-military-efforts-against-taliban

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24) Indonesia: Jakarta’s Christian governor jailed for two years for blasphemy
Source: Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]

“In a shock verdict the Christian Governor of Jakarta has been jailed for two years for blaspheming against Islam despite the prosecution requesting only a suspended sentence for the lesser offence of inciting hatred. The five-judge panel of the North Jakarta District Court ordered the arrest of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, saying he had been found convincingly guilty of blaspheming against religion. The trial, which has been widely seen as a litmus test for Indonesia’s much-vaunted religious tolerance, derailed Ahok’s bid for re-election and ignited sectarian tension across Indonesia.” (05/09/17)

http://www.smh.com.au/world/jakartas-christian-governor-ahok-jailed-for-two-years-for-blasphemy-20170509-gw0t4y.html

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25) Security theater meets economic protectionism: US intel bureaucrats v. Kaspersky
Source: Buzzfeed

“US intelligence officials are expressing concern over a Russian cybersecurity company’s access to US government systems and pushing the General Services Administration for answers on how long it has been approved for use by US agencies. Three US intelligence officials told BuzzFeed News they were concerned by what they categorized as a close relationship between the company, Kaspersky, and the Russian government, and what giving the company access to US government systems could mean. All of the officials who spoke with BuzzFeed News requested anonymity to discuss internal intelligence community conversations about Kaspersky.” [editor’s note: Translation — an American cybersecurity company or companies are spreading money around the US intelligence community in the hope of snatching contracts from Kaspersky – TLK] (05/08/17)

https://www.buzzfeed.com/alimwatkins/us-officials-are-warning-about-a-russian-cybersecurity

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

26) If you hate the state, you should love immigration
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Ilya Somin

“Conservative and libertarian critics of immigration like to cite Milton Friedman’s observation that ‘[y]ou cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state,’ which co-blogger Ken Anderson recently endorsed. The fear is that, given relatively open borders, immigrants from poor countries will flock to wealthy ones and undermine their economies by consuming huge amounts of welfare benefits. I am a great admirer of Friedman and his scholarship. But he was not an expert on immigration, and, as far as I can tell, he never systematically studied the evidence on the impact of immigration on political support for the welfare state. That evidence overwhelmingly shows that ethnic heterogeneity greatly reduces support for welfare state spending because voters are less willing to support welfare programs if they believe that a large percentage of the money is going to members of a different racial or ethnic group.” (05/09/17)

https://fee.org/articles/if-you-hate-the-welfare-state-you-should-love-immigration/

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27) Congress should just say no to Trump’s Afghanistan surge
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“With the US occupation of Afghanistan well into its sixteenth year and the country no closer to becoming a stable democracy than it was in late 2001, Antiwar.com reports that this isn’t an ‘all options are on the table’ scenario. President Donald Trump seems to have rejected the idea of withdrawing US troops and ending the war. Instead, he intends to become the third president in a row to roll the dice on a ‘surge’ — that is, to send in more troops (the initial estimate is anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 more in addition to the current 8,400) and hope for the best. That idea has never worked before and it’s not going to magically start working now.” (05/09/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/10474

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28) Disentangling democracy from geography
Source: The Atlantic
by Alexis Lloyd

“[T]he American democratic system is structured in a way that effectively equates political interest with geography. Our interests as citizens are meant to be represented by members of our towns, cities, and states. This is the case because for much of history, geographic communities were people’s primary communities. Political interest was shaped by the people you knew (who were mostly local to you), the characteristics of urban or rural environments, local industries, and so on. But the internet has allowed for communities of interest to form independent of geography. That creates dissonance because we don’t have a mechanism for our online communities to be represented in our political system.” [editor’s note: This guy seems to be fumbling toward the idea of panarchy! – TLK] (05/09/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/05/disentangling-democracy-from-geography/524124/

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29) Could Trump’s deregulation be a lifeline for struggling entrepreneurs?
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“‘The nation’s underground sector has grown to as much as $2 trillion of the nearly $19 trillion economy,’ a Sage BusinessResearcher report estimated last month. That doesn’t include drugs or other criminal activity — it’s all off-the-books work that would be legal if licensed and taxed. Many economists believe ‘working off the books may be the only way many cash-strapped entrepreneurs and home-based businesses get their ideas off the ground.’ Why would people feel compelled to work off the books and risk legal penalties? Because taxes and regulations, no matter how prettily they’re framed or how ‘necessary’ their advocates consider them, create difficult and expensive hurdles to starting businesses. And the situation is getting worse, crippling the employers of the future — or, often, driving them to operate out of sight of tax collectors and regulators.” (05/09/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/05/09/could-trumps-deregulation-be-a-lifeline

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30) Can you go to jail for “assisting” your undocumented neighbor?
Source: Niskanen Center
by Kristie de Pena

“Among the new ‘charging practices’ that Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced earlier this month — ostensibly to help establish lawfulness in our immigration system — is the prosecution of individuals aiding or assisting criminal aliens entering the United States. Despite what the administration wants Americans to believe, the law is not new, although prioritized enforcement of the policy is. In fact, there is no reason these laws need prioritization, since they are well-known and regularly used. Publicizing enforcement of the laws serves mainly to chill the behavior of Americans, and to isolate their undocumented neighbors, family members, and fellow community members.” (05/09/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/op-ed-can-go-jail-assisting-undocumented-neighbor/

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31) Why Trump should dump The Paris climate deal
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“We keep hearing that the ‘science is settled,’ yet once again data emerge showing that there has been no appreciable warming now for 19 years. Memo to global warming advocates: People are starting to notice. Of course, it is pretty clear from the record that temperatures have risen in the past 150 years or so. But that should hardly be surprising, given that the period lasting into the early 19th century was known as the “Little Ice Age.’ But more recently, alarms were sounded over the rise in 2015 and 2016 of global temperatures, even though the rise was a result of a temporary phenomenon (the ‘El Nino’ effect of warming seawaters in the Pacific that create higher temperatures and weather disruptions around the world.” (05/08/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/science-unsettled-why-trump-should-dump-the-paris-climate-deal

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32) From Johnny Carson to Stephen Colbert
Source: Town Hall
by Dennis Prager

“In a monologue considered witty by teenagers, teenagers in adult bodies and those who hate President Trump, CBS ‘Late Show’ host Stephen Colbert said about President Trump, ‘The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c*** holster,’ and ‘You’re turning into a real prick-tator.’ Witty? Not to many of us. And not just not witty but obscene, which is particularly disturbing because it was broadcast on network television, not cable television. But more than anything, it exemplified a trend in American life that one could identify without any exaggeration as the unraveling of civil society. To anyone — liberal or conservative — who grew up watching Johnny Carson on late-night TV, the descent from Carson to Colbert is as breathtaking as it is heartbreaking.” (05/08/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2017/05/09/from-johnny-carson-to-stephen-colbert-n2324008

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33) A misleading claim
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“It is often said that ‘money is a claim’ on goods and services. I myself have said and written this, or a very similar, statement many times — and I’ll likely continue to do so. This statement about money is typically offered to dispel the mercantilist myth that money itself is wealth. (‘No,’ says the economist, ‘money is not wealth. Money is a claim on wealth.’) As with all language and its familiar phrases, if the context in which this statement about money is understood, then the statement is correct and useful. But also as with all language and its familiar phrases, it can potentially mislead in significant ways. In strict fact, money is not a claim on anything except whatever its issuer is contractually obliged to redeem it for.” (05/09/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/05/a-misleading-claim.html

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34) In France, neoliberalism defeats neofascism … for now
Source: Our Future
by Miles Mogulescu

“While France has a different system from the U.S. for choosing its President, their run-off election bore an uncanny similarity to America’s 2016 contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. French voters were offered a binary choice between Le Pen, a neofascist with an enthusiastic populist base, and Emmanuel Macron, a neoliberal investment banker with a largely disillusioned and unenthusiastic base. While Macron swayed two-thirds of French voters, a majority of these seem to have supported him to stop fascism, rather than because they like his policies. … The failure of neoliberal elites (whether they be Clintonite pro-corporate liberals in the U.S., or pro-austerity ‘socialists’ in Europe) to address the needs of the working and middle classes is a major cause of Donald Trump’s victory, and of Le Pen’s rise. … And without an alternative, if Macron’s brand of neoliberalism fails, it could further fuel the rise of neofascism.” (05/08/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170508/in-france-neoliberalism-defeats-neofascism-for-now

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35) What free speech isn’t
Source: National Review
by Karol Markowicz

“As a free society, we must protect speech in the public square. That’s why the Westboro Church lunatics are accompanied by a sizable police force when they protest military funerals. It is our job as a society to permit speech, even and especially speech we find repugnant, and to protect the speaker from violent reactions to that speech. Additionally, speakers must not face repercussions from the government for what they say. If Donald Trump doesn’t like it when Saturday Night Live makes fun of him, he can tweet about it. He can’t send a police force to arrest Alec Baldwin. This does not, however, mean that speech comes without consequences. If Westboro Church leader Fred Phelps applied for a job at your company, you would be fully within your rights to turn him down because he is a vile, hateful person whom you do not wish to employ.” (05/09/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447433/free-speech-rights-offensive-speech-can-get-you-fired-not-jailed-feds

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36) Duterte’s murder model is the US government
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“What’s the media’s beef with Duterte? No, not that he is waging the war on drugs. Most members of the U.S. mainstream media believe in the war on drugs, just as he does. They want it to be waged. They believe that people who ingest harmful substances should be arrested, prosecuted, jailed, fined, and punished by the state. They want to win the war on drugs as much as Duterte does, and they have wanted to win it since its inception some 50 years ago or so. Their beef is with the way that Duterte is waging the war on drugs. He’s trying to win the war by purportedly ordering his forces to kill drug-law violators — both dealers and users — without going through the hassles of judicial proceedings.” (05/09/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/05/09/dutertes-murder-model-u-s-government/

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37) Fifty years later: The Six-Day War teaches where brinkmanship leads
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“The word ‘brinkmanship’ is popular on news pages in these days of Donald Trump. Sometimes it’s half-figurative, as when Trump threatens a shutdown of the U.S. government over his budget demands. But often it’s used in the original sense: willingness to go to the brink of war — as when North Korea’s Kim Jong Un shows off his missiles and Trump threatens a ‘major, major conflict with North Korea’ while moving his missiles around. Merriam-Webster reports a rise in searches for ‘brinkmanship’ since about April 8 (matching the since-debunked news that a U.S. flotilla was sailing toward Korea). Seeing Trump and Kim Jong Un go to the brink is like watching two high school guys with large muscles and small brains prepare to race their pickups at each other — except that the whole world is riding in the back of the trucks. And yet, brinkmanship still enjoys a JFK-esque cachet rooted in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.” (05/08/17)

http://prospect.org/article/fifty-years-later-six-day-war-teaches-where-brinkmanship-leads

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38) Puerto Rico’s $123 billion bankruptcy is the cost of US colonialism
Source: The Intercept
by Juan Gonzalez

“Puerto Rico is the largest overseas territory still under the sovereign control of the United States, and it is the most important colonial possession in this nation’s history. That relationship produced uncommon profits for American subsidiaries on the island for more than a century, even as the federal government kept claiming that the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, created in 1952, was a self-governing territory. But now, with a Washington-appointed board directly overseeing the island’s economy, and with a pivotal Supreme Court decision last year affirming that Congress continues to exercise sovereign power over Puerto Rico, the mask of self-governance has been removed. The old commonwealth is effectively dead. Absent a huge infusion of U.S. public dollars to prop up its collapsing economy, a scenario that is nearly impossible with a Trump White House and a Republican-controlled Congress, that relationship cannot be revived.” (05/09/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/09/puerto-ricos-123-billion-bankruptcy-is-the-cost-of-u-s-colonialism/

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39) How much training? And why?
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“When I got my driver license 40 years ago, I had to pass a ten question — as best I recall — written test and a five minute road test. There was no mandatory classroom or road training back then. My truck has several controls. Steering wheel, shifter, clutch pedal, accelerator pedal, brake pedal, parking brake, headlight switch, hi/lo switch, wiper switch, turn signal switch, dash light dimmer switch, emergency flasher switch. … ten questions and five minutes on the road. … My usual carry gun has a trigger, magazine release, and a slide lock/release. Note the lack of a steering wheel, because if you can point your finger you can point a pistol. For that, gun controllers — when they deign to allow us to be armed at all — want us to — just as examples from bills I’ve seen over the years — 1) get a license to purchase a firearm, 2) undergo forty hours of classroom training, 3) sixteen hours of range training, 4) pass a hundred question written test, 5) pass a fifty round range test, 6) get fingerprinted, 7) get photographed, 8) pass a background check, and 9) get a judge’s permission to carry. In some places, not others.” (05/09/17)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4297

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40) “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” is bullshit
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Apologies to those who are bothered by strong words; I feel that science deserves an especially strong defense. I think we’ve all heard the pseudo-scientific phrase, ‘Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.’ It’s the kind of thing people throw out at parties to make themselves sound smart. Except that this slogan isn’t scientific at all; in fact, it’s a perversion of science. Here’s why …” (05/09/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/extraordinary-claims-require-extraordinary-evidence-bullshit/

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41) War, and those who make it
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“What is it with people glorifying war and those whom governments use to make war? War isn’t manly, heroic, or honorable. It is childish. Allowing a government to send you to someone else’s territory to make war is stupid. That doesn’t mean you are childish to defend yourself from any childish invaders who come to you to pick a fight. If a kid walks up to kick you in the shins, I’m not going to fault you for shoving him away, and if an invader comes to your town, violating people and their property, I support you doing anything you need to to stop him.” (05/09/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/05/war-and-those-who-make-it.html

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42) What Sally Yates knew
Source: Reuters
by Tim Weiner

“It’s been 70 years since Congress has heard testimony about the Kremlin’s influence on America akin to what former acting Attorney General Sally Yates just delivered. You’d have to go back to March 1947, when J. Edgar Hoover charged that Moscow was burrowing into the pillars of the U.S. government – and that President Harry Truman was failing to take the threat seriously. In secret, the FBI was pursuing cases of the utmost gravity: Spies had penetrated the State Department and the project to build the atomic bomb. In public, Hoover pledged ‘unrelenting prosecution’ of subversives and asked Congress for ‘public disclosure of the forces that threaten America.’ Judging from Yates’ testimony, the Justice Department and the FBI determined in January that Moscow had a potential agent of influence inside the Oval Office: the national security adviser, retired Lt. General Michael T. Flynn. They had decided that Flynn’s conduct )his repeated lying, his deepening secrecy, his shady finances) were a threat to America. ‘The national security adviser essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians,’ Yates testified.” (05/08/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sally-yates-commentary-idUSKBN18522U

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43) A moral imperative in east Europe
Source: Students For Liberty
by John Zaleski

“We often talk about blow-back: when a military adventurism goes sour because of foreign retaliation. But we never apply it in the other direction: foreign governments facing consequences for their adventurism. In essence, this is what has happened in Eastern Europe. Russia invaded Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, and NATO deployed more troops to Eastern Europe in response. This wasn’t just a predictable response to aggression, it was also the right thing to do. We should not mistake failure to impose liberal ideals in a Middle East which rejected them forthright, with doom in an East Europe which embraced those ideals independently.” [editor’s note: Well, except that Russia invaded neither Ukraine nor Crimea. Russia accepted Crimea’s popular decision to secedd from Ukraine and become part of Russia, and assisted the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in their own secessions from Ukraine. The thing about secession is that once an area has seceded, it is no longer part of the state it was previously part of – TLK] (05/09/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/05/09/moral-imperative-east-europe/

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44) Optometrists’ cronyist assault on online eye exams
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Ferrara

“The rise of new technology often brings new opportunities and benefits to consumers, who save time, money, and everything in between as a result. But the outdated industries, such as the taxi industry in the age of Uber/Lyft, never leave without putting up a fight. This pattern is holding true with the recent rise of ocular telemedicine, a relatively new innovation that allows consumers to use a cellphone or tablet app, in conjunction with a virtual sign-off from a board-certified ophthalmologist, to test their eyes for lens prescriptions. The optometrists and their lobbyists want this innovation restricted simply because it threatens the profitability of their industry. In order to preserve their market share, they are going state-by-state seeking to enact legislation that will restrict consumers’ access to this technology.” (05/09/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/optometrists-cronyist-assault-on-online-eye-exams/

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45) Trump voters’ message: We exist
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“Day after day, the citizens of Dayton and Flint and Milwaukee opened their newspapers and flipped the cable news channels. Never, ever was there anyone talking about, much less interested in solving, their problems. As far as the elites — and that included Democratic politicians like Hillary — were considered, victims of rapacious global capitalism didn’t exist and didn’t matter. Until Trump. Trump didn’t offer credible solutions. He hasn’t lifted a finger to help Rust Belters as president. What he did do was acknowledge their existence.” (05/09/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/09/trump-voters-message-we-exist/

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46) The EPA fires a bunch of scientists; it’s just political theater … for now
Source: The New Republic
by Emily Atkin

“The ‘war on science’ notched another apparent victory late last week, as the Environmental Protection Agency fired at least five scientists on the Board of Scientific Counselors, an 18-member committee that advises the agency’s main science division. The New York Times reported that the agency was considering replacing the fired BOSC members with representatives from polluting industries. ‘The administrator believes we should have people on this board who understand the impact of regulations on the regulated community,’ J. P. Freire, a spokesman for Administrator Scott Pruitt, told the Times.” (05/09/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/142547/epa-fired-bunch-scientists-its-just-political-theaterfor-now

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47) Only the bad marry young? National child bride laws explored
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Paul Meekin

“In the last 32 years, New Hampshire [sic] has married nearly 800 minors. In the last five years, a girl as young as 13 was married. … New Hampshire isn’t the only state with marriage laws like this; Hawaii, Indiana, Massachusetts,Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Utah, all have laws that allow people as young as 15 to be married, based on various circumstances, be it pregnancy, probate court approval, or parental consent. My reaction, and yours, is probably a shudder and a feverish desire to wash your mouth out with bourbon flavored soap. I am for limited government and keeping them out of my bedroom, but if that bedroom has a One Direction poster in it, perhaps there’s an exception to be made.” [editor’s note: No, “New Hampshire” didn’t marry anyone. New Hampshire’s government gave legal recognition to the marriages. If you’re married you’re married whether the state licenses the marriage or not, just like if you’re driving you’re driving whether the state has licensed you to or not – TLK] (05/09/17)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/child-bride-laws/

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48) So here it is: The Pentagon’s plan for Europe
Source: Voltaire Network
by Manlio Dinucci

“The plan is clear and is already underway: to transform Europe into the firing line for yet another confrontation with Russia. The announcement made on 4 May, confirms this: that the US Army in Europe had built a new headquarters at Poznan, Poland, to command more than 6,000 US soldiers that have been lined up in Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria in order to ‘strengthen Nato’s Eastern flank, serving as a deterrence to Russia.’ In this lining up on the Eastern flank, which includes armoured forces, fighter bombers, war ships and missile units (including nuclear ones) — are participating Nato European powers. This is demonstrated by France sending her troops and Britain her tanks, to Estonia.” (05/09/17)

http://www.voltairenet.org/article196297.html

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49) Breaking the chain
Source: Cobden Centre
by Tim Price

“There’s a phrase that Warren Buffett has used on numerous occasions that appears to have come via Dr Johnson: ‘The chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken.’ The shorter version: certain longstanding habits can be intensely dangerous. As Niels Jensen of Absolute Return Partners points out, growth stocks have outperformed value stocks for many years, leading many investors to assume that this outperformance has now become a permanent feature of the stock market. This assumption overlooks the power of the relationship between stocks and the bond market …” (05/09/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/05/breaking-the-chain/

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50) Trump says Congress has too much power; he’s wrong
Source: USA Today
by Christian Schneider

“Throughout his life, progressive paragon Woodrow Wilson sneered at a system of government that vested so much power with Congress. Wilson, who enjoyed pointing out that the president was the only person elected by all the people of America, was frustrated by this disequilibrium. ‘The Senate always has the last word,’ he complained. A century later, Wilson’s enthusiasm for consolidation of power within the presidency has a powerful new fan. Last week, President Trump offered a Wilsonesque critique of the U.S. Senate, arguing he should be given more authority because he’s ‘a closer.'” (05/09/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/05/09/trump-congress-too-much-power/101404282

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51) Stephen Fry and the new blasphemy laws
Source: spiked
by Andrew Doyle

“I love a good blasphemy trial. Unfortunately they’re about as common these days as red squirrels or UKIP councillors. Imagine my delight, therefore, when police in Ireland decided to launch an investigation into Stephen Fry for remarks he made about the almighty deity during an televised interview for RTE in early 2015. During the course of the programme Fry expressed the view that if God exists he must be ‘utterly, utterly evil,’ ‘totally selfish,’ and ‘quite clearly a maniac.’ ‘Why,’ Fry asked, ‘should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?’ … The Irish authorities have now made clear they won’t be pursuing Fry, and it’s easy to see why. The case would be over in five minutes. All Fry’s defence would have to establish is that we no longer live in a society which should be subject to medieval canon law. A copy of this year’s calendar ought to do the trick. Even so, a trial would be a wonderful thing.” (05/09/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/stephen-fry-and-the-new-blasphemy-laws/

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52) Neocon Anne Applebaum: Give me money to fight “Russian disinformation!”
Source: Antiwar.com
by Daniel McAdams

“Neocon Anne Applebaum has never seen a bed she did not expect to find an evil Russian lurking beneath. More than a quarter of a century after the end of the Cold War, she cannot let go of that hysterical feeling that, ‘The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming!’ In screeching screed after screeching screech, Applebaum is, like most neocons, a one trick pony: the US government needs to spend more money to counter the threat of the month. Usually it’s Russia or Putin. But it can also be China, Iran, Assad, Gaddafi, Saddam, etc. There is no doubt that Applebaum is a true believer that Putin wants to destroy our democratic institutions, but there is also a more pedestrian way to understand her endless obsession: it pays well to hype up big threats.” (05/08/17)

https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2017/05/08/neocon-anne-applebaum-give-me-money-to-fight-russian-disinformation/

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53) Doug Casey on the end of western civilization
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Nick Giambruno

Casey: “It’s been said, correctly, that a civilization always collapses from within. World War 1, in 1914, signaled the start of the long collapse of Western Civilization. Of course, termites were already eating away at the foundations, with the writings of people like Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Karl Marx. It’s been on an accelerating downward path ever since, even though technology and science have been improving at a quantum pace. They are, however, like delayed action flywheels, operating on stored energy and accumulated capital. Without capital, intellectual freedom, and entrepreneurialism, science and technology will slow down. I’m optimistic we’ll make it to Kurzweil’s Singularity, but there are no guarantees.” (05/09/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/05/nick-giambruno/end-western-civilization/

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54) Danger ahead: The government’s plan for vehicle-to-vehicle communication threatens privacy, security, and common sense
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jamie Williams

“Imagine if your car could send messages about its speed and movements to other cars on the road around it. That’s the dream of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which thinks of Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication technology as the leading solution for reducing accident rates in the United States. But there’s a huge problem: it’s extremely difficult to have cars ‘talk’ to each other in a way that protects the privacy and security of the people inside them, and NHTSA’s proposal doesn’t come close to successfully addressing those issues. EFF filed public comments with both NHTSA and the FTC explaining why it needs to go back to the drawing board — and spend some serious time there — before moving forward with any V2V proposal.” (05/08/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/05/danger-ahead-governments-plan-vehicle-vehicle-communication-threatens-privacy

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55) No rich no more
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Connecticut has a budget problem. There’s not enough money to spend. WTNH-TV in New Haven paraphrased the situation along with the response of Connecticut’s very progressive governor: ‘Income tax revenue collapses; Malloy says taxing the rich doesn’t work.'” (05/08/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/05/09/no-rich-no-more/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

56) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 61
Source: The LAVA Flow

“Pope Frankie is running his mouth about libertarianism from his gilded throne of socialism. What’s in the News with stories on court sentencing software, tortured to death in jail, the federal drug war, and no more 5th Amendment. Also, a How to Live a LAVA Lifestyle on Praxis and a Herding Cats with your chance to win two free tickets to Porcfest.” [various formats] (05/09/17)

http://thelavaflow.com/pope-frankie-hates-libertarians-tlf061/

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57) Tenther Tuesday, episode 17
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“Today is the 110th day the GOP has failed to repeal Obamacare. We’re not sure what exactly passed the U.S. House last week — but it certainly wasn’t a repeal. Nevertheless, we continue to see wins for the Constitution and liberty at the state level. This week on Tenther Tuesday, Michael Boldin and Mike Maharrey talk about bills moving forward to encourage sound money and nullify the Fed, to expand firearms freedom, to end Common Core and to take on federal asset forfeiture. Plus there’s a blue state where bureaucrats are working to help Jeff Sessions violate the Constitution.” [Flash video] (05/09/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/05/tenther-tuesday-episode-17-more-wins-for-the-nullification-movement/

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58) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 597
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Take a look around. North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Russia, Syria, Yemen, South Korea, China, Japan and the United States (just to name a few) are all either involved in an ongoing war or making preparations for one. You combine the threat of war with the looming economic problems in China, the EU and here at home and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. But before you start digging holes in your backyard or teach your kids to ‘duck and cover’ might I suggest we all take a breath and recognize the risks for what they are.” [various formats] (05/09/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/597-a-world-on-a-war-footing/

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59) The Back Story, episode 16
Source: Everything Voluntary

“The Back Story 016 looks at taxation from a slightly different perspective than those who conclude it’s theft.” [various formats] (05/09/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/back-story-016-dont-think-taxation-theft-might-right-2m

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60) The Libertarian Angle, 05/09/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss how they came to libertarianism.” [various formats] (05/09/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-became-libertarians/

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61) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 3
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Everything you were taught about why the world is the way it is was planted in your mind to promote a particular narrative of our world.” [various formats] (05/09/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/history-above-below

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62) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/09/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“James and MWD invent ‘anarchy with adult supervision,’ then discuss Max Stirner, accidentally breaking an[d] entering, and how your religious ideas ain’t no damn good if they require laws to protect them from criticism. … In the second hour, Lou and Phil discuss how successful businesses operate. They talk about James J Hill of the Great Northern Railroad and also talked about how Marx was an idiot and lazy.” [various formats] (05/09/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14466

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63) Free Talk Live, 05/08/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Brownshirts of Venezuela :: Bitcoin and Backing :: Banking Network vs Bitcoin Network :: Fiat Currency :: Health Care Bill Compromise :: Mayor vs Soda Tax :: Talk Host Fan Names :: Rand Paul Spied On :: Racist Ralph :: More on Collectivos :: Cannabis Freedom Festival :: Freedom from Want :: Animal Agriculture :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3]

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-05-08

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64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 904
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The Republican Liberty Caucus exists to inject a libertarian perspective (and officeholders) into the GOP. Is this a viable strategy?” [various formats] (05/08/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-904-can-liberty-be-promoted-within-the-republican-party/

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65) The limits of coercing states with federal funding threats
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“Can the federal government just withhold all money to get state and local governments to do things? The short answer is no.” [Flash video]

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/05/the-limits-of-coercing-states-with-federal-funding-threats/

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