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Thursday, May 11th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Sources: Comey told lawmakers he wanted more resources for Russia probe
2) South Korea: Moon willing to visit the North
3) Bid to revoke Obama methane rule fails in surprise US Senate vote
4) Four US states sue Interior Department over coal leases on public lands
5) USPS monopoly, citing losses, seeks higher stamp prices
6) Fox News: We need a special prosecutor … for Hillary
7) “Paedophile advice” on Arizona radio station causes fury
8) FL: DeVos met with protests at historically black college’s graduation
9) CA: Feds searching passenger cell phones at SFO
10) AP: Probe of our Nazi ties shows we acted “forthrightly”
11) SpaceX test fires Falcon Heavy rocket that will one day carry humans to Mars
12) Trump meets with Lavrov, Kislyak at White House
13) Hungarian, Slovakian regimes take EU refugee quota scheme to court
14) Nevadans can begin selling recreational cannabis as soon as this summer
15) Trump delaying decision on Paris climate deal
16) CERN launches new accelerator to help boost data output
17) US government posts $182 billion surplus in April
18) Julian Assange offers James Comey a job because he “knows where bodies are buried”
19) UK: No charges for Tory MPs over election expenses
20) Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI’s Russia investigation
21) EU to launch more e-commerce antitrust extortion schemes
22) Thompson resigns as director of US Census Bureau
23) WV: Reporter arrested for asking Trump caporegime a question
24) NE: Democrats again fall short in a closely watched election
25) Indonesia: Prosecutors seek caning for gay couple

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) The Comey firing
27) The case for free range kids
28) Trump’s uncontrolled foreign policy
29) Government shouldn’t be in medicine
30) Don’t bring back Glass-Steagall
31) Sally Yates “as lost as Alice in Wonderland”
32) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #81: Renew your brilliance
33) You are the true Guardians of the Galaxy
34) The voting technology we really need? Paper
35) What do leftists celebrate?
36) Why was James Comey fired? Donald Trump can’t find the words.
37) Time to rethink North Korean sanctions
38) To address poverty, countries must reward economic growth, not punish it
39) Spending like there’s no tomorrow
40) Why Trump was dead right to tell Comey, “You’re fired”
41) Why Trump’s industrial policy will fail
42) Where house prices come from
43) The taxpayers are funding America’s “shadow bureaucracy”
44) Embrace your intellect, even if it alienates you
45) The Korea crisis: Beyond the smoke and mirrors
46) Pat Buchanan a bigot, just like Donald Trump
47) The JFO doctrine
48) The fight against general warrants to hack rages on
49) Impeach Trump for right reasons
50) Hotel Afghanistan
51) Libertarianism and imagination
52) What will Trump deliver on trade?
53) The tyranny of “reproductive freedom”
54) Would you lease-to-own a pair of sneakers?
55) To fight poverty, Oxfam must measure what matters
56) Meet the Pittsburgh Mayoral candidate who wants to end inequality
57) Some ideas to guide your thoughts on health care
58) Where is the 48 per cent?
59) Was the Cold War constitutional?
60) Curtains for Comey: Rocketing through the looking-glass with the Troller-in-Chief61) Electric Libertyland, episode 19
62) The Intercepted Podcast, 05/10/17
63) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/10/17
64) Free Talk Live, 05/09/17
65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 905
66) David D’Amato on The Scott Horton Show

The Sound and the Fury:

61) Electric Libertyland, episode 19
62) The Intercepted Podcast, 05/10/17
63) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/10/17
64) Free Talk Live, 05/09/17
65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 905
66) David D’Amato on The Scott Horton Show

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

1) Sources: Comey told lawmakers he wanted more resources for Russia probe
Source: Politico

“Ousted FBI Director James Comey recently told Senate Intelligence Committee leadership that he had requested more resources for the ongoing investigation into allegations Russia meddled in the U.S. election and into contacts between President Donald Trump’s campaign aides and Russian officials, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the conversation. Another official familiar with the briefing — which included Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr and Mark Warner along with Comey — said it came after weeks of bipartisan pressure from the two leaders for the FBI to speed up the Russia probe. This official said the conversation was nuanced and that Comey told the senators that the inquiry had been effectively stalled due to a lack of access to prosecutors and because there was no one at the Justice Department to guide the probe forward.” (05/10/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/10/james-comey-wanted-more-resources-russia-investigation-238216

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2) South Korea: Moon willing to visit the North
Source: CBS News

“New South Korean President Moon Jae-in said as he took office Wednesday that he is open to visiting rival North Korea under the right conditions to talk about its aggressive pursuit of nuclear-tipped missiles. Moon’s softer stance on North Korea could create friction with Washington, which has swung from threats of military action to hints of dialogue as it seeks to formulate a policy under President Donald Trump. South Korea’s first liberal leader in a decade, Moon also said he’ll ‘sincerely negotiate’ with the United States, Seoul’s top ally, and China, South Korea’s top trading partner, over the contentious deployment of an advanced U.S. missile-defense system in southern South Korea. The system has angered Beijing, which says its powerful radars allow Washington to spy on its own military operations.” (05/10/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/south-korea-president-moon-jae-in-north-korea-talk-us-china/

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3) Bid to revoke Obama methane rule fails in surprise US Senate vote
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a resolution to revoke an Obama-era rule to limit methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump’s efforts to free the drilling industry from what he sees as excessive environmental regulation. The Congressional Review Act resolution received just 49 votes after Republican leaders scrambled for weeks to secure the 51 needed to pass it. The resolution would have revoked the rule and prevented similar regulations from being introduced. Getting the Trump administration to repeal the BLM rule had been a top priority of the oil and gas industry. Companies said it was unnecessary, would could cost them tens of thousands of dollars per well and hinder production. But not all Republicans supported the measure, in part because it would have made regulating methane waste more difficult in the future.” (05/10/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-idUSKBN18620F

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4) Four US states sue Interior Department over coal leases on public lands
Source: Raw Story

“Four U.S. states have sued Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, the Interior Department and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to block new leases of public lands for coal mining, according to papers filed on Tuesday in Montana federal court. State prosecutors for California, New Mexico, New York and Washington are arguing new coal extraction would exacerbate global warming and violate the federal government’s statutory duty to use public lands ‘n a manner that will protect the quality of scientific, scenic, historical, ecological, environmental, air and atmospheric, water resource, and archaeological values,’ according to the filings. The move was one of several recent attempts to block a broad pledge by U.S. President Donald Trump to roll back environmental regulations put in place under former President Barack Obama. The former president placed a moratorium on new coal mining leases on public lands more than a year ago, in January 2016. On March 29, Zinke, whom Trump appointed Interior secretary, formally lifted the ban.” (05/10/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/four-us-states-sue-interior-department-over-coal-leases-on-public-lands

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5) USPS monopoly, citing losses, seeks higher stamp prices
Source: Fox News

“The U.S. Postal Service is hoping it can soon raise stamp prices by a penny or more. The postal service on Wednesday reported a quarterly loss of $562 million, despite growth in package delivery, due to continued erosion in the use of first-class mail as well as expensive mandates for its retiree health care obligations. It also attributed losses to a forced reduction in stamp prices last year. The postal service’s report shows earnings of more than $12 million for the three months that ended on March 31. But when taking into account expenses to prefund retiree health care and other items described as beyond the management’s control, it posted a loss. Operating revenue came to $17.3 billion, a decrease of $474 million from the same time last year. The postal service continued to notch double-digit growth in its package business, boosted by the strength of Amazon and other Internet retailers. But that wasn’t enough to offset losses in both first-class mail and marketing mail, also known as “junk mail,” which make up the bulk of revenue.” (05/10/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/10/postal-service-citing-losses-seeks-higher-stamp-prices.html

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6) Fox News: We need a special prosecutor … for Hillary
Source: Raw Story

“On Wednesday, Fox News tried to redirect the course of the news around President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and its apparent connection to the investigation of the Trump campaign and transition team’s relationship with Russia. They began by attacking Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who has called for a special prosecutor to investigate the matter. ‘You know, John, hypocrisy in Washington is endemic,’ said Fox anchor Gregg Jarrett, ‘and memories are quite fleeting. Yes, it was several months ago that Schumer roundly denounced James Comey for reopening the Hillary Clinton investigation just before the election.’ He went on, ‘And Schumer said he’s lost all confidence in Comey, which in Washington-speak means, ‘Fire the guy,’ but now all of a sudden fast-forward a couple of months and Comey’s fired and suddenly Chuck Schumer is outraged.'” (05/10/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/fox-news-tries-to-bait-and-switch-we-need-a-special-prosecutor-alright-for-hillary/

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7) “Paedophile advice” on Arizona radio station causes fury
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“An online petition has been launched by residents of the town of Benson in the US state of Arizona against a radio station which broadcast advice late at night on how to hide child pornography. Statements aired by the station over a two-year period gave tips on how to disguise viewing such images. The petition accuses the station of broadcasting ‘a sickening message.’ Cave 97.7 FM owner Paul Lotsof has publicly stated he disagrees with Arizona’s laws on child pornography. He told KVOA News 4 Tucson that he had performed a public service by broadcasting the advice, which recently has been taken off air.” (05/10/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39869769

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8) FL: DeVos met with protests at historically black college’s graduation
Source: The Hill

“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was met with protests Wednesday while giving a commencement speech at a historically black college in Daytona Beach, Fla. Students and faculty at Bethune-Cookman University loudly booed DeVos when she was presented with an honorary doctorate degree before she began her address. In response, faculty on the stage stood and applauded to show their support for DeVos. … The protests come as DeVos and President Trump are under fire for potential changes to a federal program that helps historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to finance construction on their campuses.” (05/10/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332768-devos-met-with-protests-at-historically-black-colleges-graduation

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9) CA: Feds searching passenger cell phones at SFO
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Imagine returning to the U.S. from a long trip and having a customs agent demand your mobile phone password so he or she can inspect its contents. Sounds appalling, but it’s happening these days right here at SFO. Anecdotal reports suggest that U.S. Customs & Border Protection is becoming more adamant about examining the cell phones of some arriving travelers (including U.S. citizens), and now the American Civil Liberties Union is challenging that practice. The ACLU has taken up the case of a U.S. artist named Aaron Gach, who returned to the U.S. at San Francisco International from an exhibition in Europe, and was pulled aside by CBP officers and ordered to unlock his iPhone for a search of its contents. Gach resisted, but finally gave in when he was told that if he didn’t, CBP would keep his phone for an indefinite period.” (05/10/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/cmcginnis/2017/05/10/feds-searching-passenger-cell-phones-at-sfo

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10) AP: Probe of our Nazi ties shows we acted “forthrightly”
Source: New York Post

“The Associated Press has conducted an in-depth review of its operations in Nazi Germany, concluding the news agency acted as ‘forthrightly and independently as possible.’ The review was undertaken after an article published last year by German historian Harriet Scharnberg. It contended the AP allowed Nazi propagandists to exert some influence over its news photo report in the 1930s by maintaining a photo subsidiary in Germany that was registered under a restrictive Nazi press law.” (05/10/17)

http://nypost.com/2017/05/10/ap-probe-of-our-nazi-ties-shows-we-acted-forthrightly/

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11) SpaceX test fires Falcon Heavy rocket that will one day carry humans to Mars
Source: Mirror [UK]

“Elon Musk’s aerospace company SpaceX has successfully completed a test fire of its Falcon Heavy — the world’s most powerful rocket booster, which will one day carry humans to Mars. A video of the test fire at SpaceX’s development facility in McGregor, Texas, shows the rocket’s engines being ignited while the vehicle is strapped down. Black and white smoke pour out from beneath the rocket, giving an indication of how powerful the engines are. The Falcon Heavy is essentially a souped up version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket booster, which is regularly used to carry supplies to the International Space Station. It is composed of three Falcon 9s strapped together, with a total of 27 engines generating more than 5 million pounds of thrust — equal to approximately eighteen 747 aircraft.” (05/10/17)

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/spacex-test-fires-engine-falcon-10394725

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12) Trump meets with Lavrov, Kislyak at White House
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak at the White House Wednesday amid the swirling investigation of Russian contacts with Trump campaign and transition officials in 2016 and Tuesday’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was handling the probe. Kislyak has been a central figure in the controversy, as then-national security adviser Michael Flynn was fired after it emerged that he had misrepresented conversations with Kislyak to others in the White House. Flynn is now one of the key figures in the investigation. The Russian Embassy tweeted a photo of Trump shaking the hand of Russia’s ambassador in what appears to be the Oval Office. Current and former US intelligence officials have accused Kislyak of being a top spy and recruiter of spies, a notion that Russian officials have dismissed.” (05/10/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/10/politics/trump-lavrov-tillerson-meeting/

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13) Hungarian, Slovakian regimes take EU refugee quota scheme to court
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Representatives of the two nations addressed the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Wednesday in a bid to dispute the EU’s decision to distribute migrants throughout the bloc on a quota basis. Faced with hundreds of thousands of migrants sailing to Italian and Greek shores, the EU Council decided to lighten the load by distributing newcomers among the remaining members states. However, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic all voted against the move. Bratislava and Budapest decided to take the decision to court, disputing its legal basis.” (05/10/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/hungary-and-slovakia-take-eu-refugee-quota-scheme-to-court/a-38781422

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14) Nevadans can begin selling recreational cannabis as soon as this summer
Source: Smell the Truth

“Summer trips to Las Vegas and Reno are about to get way more lit. The Nevada Tax Commission on Monday voted to allow qualifying licensed medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling pot for recreational purposes as early as July 1, reports the Las Vegas Sun. The commission has a Jan. 1 deadline to draft rules for recreational marijuana sales, but decided to issue early temporary licenses to qualifying shops in an effort to test regulations before the program goes into full effect in 2018. Officials stressed the urge to adopt regulations early in order to meet Gov. Brian Sandoval’s budget request to generate $70 million from recreational marijuana taxes over the course of two years.” (05/09/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/05/09/nevada-can-begin-selling-recreational-marijuana-as-soon-as-this-summer

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15) Trump delaying decision on Paris climate deal
Source: ABC News

“President Donald Trump is delaying a decision on whether to withdraw from a landmark climate deal until after an international summit later this month. The move means the president will head to the G7 summit in Italy at the end of May amid continued global uncertainty over whether the United States will remain in the emissions-cutting deal struck in Paris under the Obama administration. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Trump wants to ‘continue to meet with his team,’ seeking advice from both an economic and an environmental perspective as he works to make a decision.” (05/10/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/trump-delaying-decision-paris-climate-deal-47318164

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16) CERN launches new accelerator to help boost data output
Source: Business Insider

“Scientists at the world’s biggest atom smasher have inaugurated their newest particle accelerator, a key step toward churning out greater amounts of data that could help explain many lingering mysteries of the universe. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced Tuesday the completion of Linac 4, a 90-meter-long (295-foot-long) underground machine that took nearly a decade to build and will deliver proton beams for many experiments.” (05/10/17)

http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-cern-launches-new-accelerator-to-help-boost-data-output-2017-5

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17) US government posts $182 billion surplus in April
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. government had a $182 billion budget surplus in April, confounding market expectations for a deficit, according to Treasury Department data released on Wednesday. The budget surplus was $106 billion in April 2016, according to Treasury’s monthly budget statement. The fiscal 2017 year-to-date deficit was $344 billion compared with $353 billion in the same period of fiscal 2016.” (05/10/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-budget-idUSKBN1862KV

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18) Julian Assange offers James Comey a job because he “knows where bodies are buried”
Source: International Business Times

“Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, has reacted to the shock firing of FBI director James Comey by jokingly offering him a job. He also warned the dismissal will be an ‘extraordinary boon for transparency’ as a tsunami of leaks is now expected. ‘WikiLeaks would be happy to consider hiring James Comey to help lead its DC office should he like to properly investigate the US government,’ Assange said. … The FBI director made headlines last week (3 May) after describing WikiLeaks [as] ‘intelligence porn’ after it leaked sensitive data from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Comey had brushed off the suggestion press freedom would be at risk should Assange be arrested by US authorities for publishing classified material.” (05/10/17)

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/julian-assange-offers-james-comey-job-because-he-knows-where-bodies-are-buried-1620937

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19) UK: No charges for Tory MPs over election expenses
Source: Yahoo! News

“British prosecutors said Wednesday they will not bring criminal charges against the ruling Conservative party for breaching election spending rules, in a reprieve for Prime Minister Theresa May ahead of next month’s vote. After considering files of evidence from 14 police forces across England, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that ‘no criminal charges have been authorised.’ The elections watchdog in March issued the Conservatives with its largest ever fine — £70,000 (80,000 euros, $86,000) — for misreporting expenses for the 2015 general election and three by-elections in 2014.” (05/10/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/no-charges-british-pms-party-over-election-expenses-113927187.html

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20) Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI’s Russia investigation
Source: CNN

“Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn seeking business records, as part of the ongoing probe of [alleged] Russian meddling in last year’s election, according to people familiar with the matter. CNN learned of the subpoenas hours before President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey. The subpoenas represent the first sign of a significant escalation of activity in the FBI’s broader investigation begun last July into possible ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia. The subpoenas issued in recent weeks by the US Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia, were received by associates who worked with Flynn on contracts after he was forced out as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014, according to the people familiar with the investigation.” (05/10/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/grand-jury-fbi-russia/

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21) EU to launch more e-commerce antitrust extortion schemes
Source: Reuters

“The European Union plans to launch more antitrust investigations into e-commerce companies after a two-year inquiry uncovered practices that restrict competition, the European Commission said on Wednesday. In its report following the initial inquiry, the European Commission said there was an increased use of contractual restrictions to control product distribution, which could be in breach of EU antitrust rules.” (05/10/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-competition-geoblocking-idUSKBN186143

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22) Thompson resigns as director of US Census Bureau
Source: The Hill

“The director of the U.S. Census Bureau has resigned as the bureau ramps up work for its once-a-decade tally. The Commerce Department announced Tuesday that John Thompson will leave on June 30. The news reportedly surprised census experts, coming amid a funding crisis for the agency. Thompson, who has led the bureau since 2013, previously worked at the bureau for 27 years, between 1975 and 2002. The bureau did not announce a successor for Thompson.” (05/09/17)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/332668-director-of-us-census-bureau-abruptly-resigns

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23) WV: Reporter arrested for asking Trump caporegime a question
Source: Raw Story

“During a speech in West Virginia given by Health Secretary Tom Price in West Virginia, journalist Dan Heyman was reportedly arrested for asking Price about the GOP’s new healthcare bill. ‘My colleague Dan Heyman was arrested today for trying to ask Tom Price questions about the Republican health-care bill,’ tweeted Eric Tegethoff, Heyman’s colleague at Public News Service. Price’s speech was about the opiod epidemic, but according to Tegethoff he was arrested when asking a supposedly off-topic question about the bill.” (05/09/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/watch-reporter-arrested-for-trying-to-ask-tom-price-questions-about-gops-obamacare-repeal/

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24) NE: Democrats again fall short in a closely watched election
Source: Washington Post

“Democrats again fell just short in a closely-watched election as Heath Mello lost the Omaha mayoral race on Tuesday after a fierce debate within the national party over his anti-abortion views. His loss was a setback for supporters who argued that the Democratic National Committee and abortion rights groups were wrong to attack the anti-abortion former state senator. It was also another near miss for Democrats fighting in typically Republican territory since Donald Trump’s presidential election victory. Democrats lost a special election for a House seat in Kansas and narrowly missed an outright win in a special election in Georgia. … Republican Jean Stothert, a 63-year-old former nurse and city council member elected in 2013, was elected to a second term.” (05/10/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/omaha-mayor-election-a-symbol-for-democrats/2017/05/09/e06f249e-3515-11e7-ab03-aa29f656f13e_story.html

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25) Indonesia: Prosecutors seek caning for gay couple
Source: Fox News

“Shariah prosecutors in Indonesia’s Aceh province say two men accused of having gay sex should each receive 80 lashes. … If found guilty, the men will be the first to be caned for gay sex under a new Shariah code implemented in Aceh two years ago.” (05/10/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/05/10/prosecutors-seek-caning-for-gay-couple-in-indonesia-aceh.html

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

26) The Comey firing
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“The news coverage of Comey’s firing has become excellent entertainment. This is the biggest cognitive dissonance cluster bomb we’ve seen since election night. This one has everything. For starters, the topic is too complicated for the public, and even the pundits. That creates a situation in which we’ll all invent our own version of the movie in our heads. Where there is confusion, complexity, and emotion there is usually lots of cognitive dissonance. We got all of that. My cursory understanding of the topic is that Trump’s critics say he fired Comey to put a chill on the FBI’s investigation of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. This theory sort-of-almost makes sense, in a hypothetical and indirect way. I could see how taking out the top dog would make the underdogs at the FBI worry about going hard at the President. On the other hand, the people doing the actual investigation are professionals, and there would be too many witnesses if they did a bad job. So that doesn’t pass my sniff test. But I can’t rule it out, either.” (05/10/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/160515646406/the-comey-firing

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27) The case for free range kids
Source: The American Conservative
by Lenore Skenazy

“So, how scared has America become? To see for yourself in a non-parenting realm, try taking an unopened can of Coke through airport security. Of course you can’t. After all, it could be a bomb. It doesn’t matter how infinitesimally small the odds are. All that matters is that something could happen, we can imagine how awful it could be, and someone could be blamed. So let’s not take any chances, period. That goes double, triple, infinituple for kids. Now, if you’re like most adults today, you grew up before America became infected with this all-consuming fear. So if I asked you (as I do in my lectures) to think back on something you loved doing as a kid that you don’t see kids doing today, you would probably talk about getting on your bike and riding around till the streetlights came on while ‘our parents never knew where we were!’ That’s the childhood many of us would like to give our kids, but we can’t, because our country freaks out at even the tiniest hint of risk.” (05/10/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-case-for-free-range-kids/

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28) Trump’s uncontrolled foreign policy
Source: National Review
by Michael Brendan Dougherty

“Trump was always going to have trouble taking possession of the executive branch upon his election. Doing so requires hiring thousands of people and top officials who are committed to your vision. As a populist outsider who did not command deep loyalty from his own party, Trump was never going to have that kind of bench. Foreign policy in particular was going to be a challenge when dozens of Republican-leaning foreign-policy scholars and wonks signed an open letter denouncing Trump during his campaign. I know what you’re thinking. You’d rather have Haley, McMaster, and (gulp) Jared Kushner than Trump leading on these matters. Fair enough. But some clarity about U.S. intentions is going to matter. This week, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the leader of U.S. ally Turkey, is picking a rhetorical fight with U.S. ally Israel. If those allies get into a larger fight, do you want American policy to turn on whether or not hotel investors from Istanbul or Ramat Gan have the right phone number for Ivanka? Until the Trump administration effectively sets priorities and finishes hiring cabinet under-secretaries, it just might.” (05/10/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447460/trump-foreign-policy-confusion-jared-kushner-nafta-mcmaster-haley

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29) Government shouldn’t be in medicine
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“It’s 2017, ObamaCare is morphing into TrumpCare, and it’s still not about ‘care.’ Instead, it’s about government controlling a huge segment of the economy, taking away choice, and robbing people to pay for things they may not want. Government has no business meddling in medicine.” (05/10/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/05/10/voices/government-shouldnt-be-in-medicine/152328.html

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30) Don’t bring back Glass-Steagall
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“Folklore is powerful. Scarcely examined stories are repeated for generations and accepted as true, influencing people’s worldviews and often driving government policy. For example, everyone ‘knows’ that the free market, and specifically the combination of commercial and investment banking, helped cause the Great Depression, that the heroic Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 (the banking reform of Franklin Roosevelt’s that separated the two kinds of banking) prevented a recurrence of a major depression for decades, and that the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999 during the Clinton administration prepared the ground for the Great Recession of 2008. … But as someone once said (we really don’t know who), ‘It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble. It’s what we know that ain’t so.'” (05/10/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/don%E2%80%99t-bring-back-glass-steagall

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31) Sally Yates “as lost as Alice in Wonderland”
Source: USA Today
by Jonathan Turley

“Sometimes congressional hearings bring clarity to controversies. Many times they do not. Controversies can become ‘curiouser and curiouser,’ as they did for Alice in Wonderland. That was the case with the testimony of fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week discussing her unprecedented decision to order the entire Justice Department not to assist President Trump in defending the first immigration order. Yates was lionized by Democratic senators as a ‘hero’ and has been celebrated in the media for her ‘courageous stand.’ However, for those concerned about constitutional law and legal ethics, there is little to celebrate in Yates’ stand. Indeed, her explanation before the Senate only made things more confusing. It was a legal wonderland moment for the new Alice of the Beltway Wonderland: ‘Curiouser and curiouser!’ cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).” (05/10/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/05/09/sally-yates-ted-cruz-muslim-ban-jonathan-turley-column/101465522

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32) Baltasar Gracian’s aphorism #81: Renew your brilliance
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“[T]his aphorism captures why I decided to alter the course of the second half of my life in terms of intellectual focus, new interests and risks. It is not applause I want, however; a woman doesn’t live on a farm down a gravel road in rural Ontario because she seeks glory. For one thing, glory and fame depend on the reactions of other people. And locating your happiness outside of your own control doesn’t seem prudent.” (05/10/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?item.7996.22

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33) You are the true Guardians of the Galaxy
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“Those coming of age today will face some of the greatest obstacles ever encountered by young people. They will find themselves overtaxed, burdened with excessive college debt, and struggling to find worthwhile employment in a debt-ridden economy on the brink of implosion. Their privacy will be eviscerated by the surveillance state. They will be the subjects of a military empire constantly waging war against shadowy enemies and government agents armed to the teeth ready and able to lock down the country at a moment’s notice. As such, they will find themselves forced to march in lockstep with a government that no longer exists to serve the people but which demands they be obedient slaves or suffer the consequences. It’s a dismal prospect, isn’t it? Unfortunately, we who should have known better failed to guard against such a future.” (05/10/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/true-guardians-galaxy/

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34) The voting technology we really need? Paper
Source: The Atlantic
by Lawrence Norden

“Security experts and voting-machine vendors are already exploring what’s needed to make the next generation of machines more secure. Among the wide variety of solutions being explored or proposed are use of encryption, blockchain, and open source software. While each of these technologies can offer a path to more secure voting, the most important technology for enhancing security has been around for millennia: paper. Specifically, every new voting machine in the United States should have a paper record that the voter reviews, and that can be used later to check the electronic totals that are reported.” (05/10/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/05/the-voting-technology-we-really-need-paper/524820/

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35) What do leftists celebrate?
Source: Town Hall
by Walter E Williams

“May Day celebrations were held all across the fruited plain, with leftist radicals and unionists worshipping the ideals of communism. Communism is an ideology calling for government control over our lives. It was created by Karl Marx, who — along with his collaborator, Friedrich Engels — wrote a pamphlet called ‘Manifesto of the Communist Party.’ In 1867, Marx wrote the first volume of Das Kapital. The second and third volumes were published posthumously, edited by Engels. Few people who call themselves Marxists have ever even bothered to read Das Kapital. If one did read it, he would see that people who call themselves Marxists have little in common with Marx. For those who see Marx as their hero, there are a few historical tidbits they might find interesting.” (05/10/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2017/05/10/what-do-leftists-celebrate-n2323695

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36) Why was James Comey fired? Donald Trump can’t find the words.
Source: The Intercept
by Mattathias Schwartz

“We know that Donald Trump fired James Comey, his F.B.I. director and perhaps the greatest threat to his presidency, yesterday afternoon. What we don’t know, at least not in any official way, is why. Almost as striking as Trump’s sudden decision to dismiss Comey are the wildly disparate reasons that he and his administration have put forth for taking such drastic action, and the presumption that Trump does not owe the country a substantive explanation. ‘He’ll do it when he wants to,’ said White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on CNN this morning. Having this president hand-pick his own F.B.I. director, as many have noted, poses a serious threat to our democracy. So does the notion that he can fire the old one and never have to say why.” (05/10/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/10/why-was-james-comey-fired-donald-trump-cant-find-the-words/

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37) Time to rethink North Korean sanctions
Source: Students For Liberty
by James Paek

“Earlier this year, TV stations all over South Korea were ablaze with scenes of Pyongyang’s latest missile tests. It’s now clear that North Korea remains firmly resolute on pursuing a dangerous mission, even after nearly ten years of suffering the world’s disapproval on tests like this and on its human rights record. Yet, sanctions continue. The Obama Administration has issued newer, tougher sanctions, some of which have been approved by the U.N. Security Council. Supporters of sanctions hold onto the conviction that there’s a ‘tipping point’ for the North Korean government. When that tipping point is reached, they’ll be forced to negotiate with the U.N. Nonetheless, there is no evidence which even hints North Korea will ever fold along these lines.” (05/10/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/05/10/time-rethink-north-korean-sanctions/

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38) To address poverty, countries must reward economic growth, not punish it
Source: PanAm Post
by Ivan Carrino

“A couple walks along the streets of Buenos Aires. They see a person sleeping on a sidewalk with some blankets that the kind people of the neighborhood have provided. They lament the sad situation and begin a dialogue on the subject of poverty. But why did they start talking about the topic? That is, how did they perceive that the person who slept on the sidewalk was poor? The question may seem trivial and the answer too obvious. The homeless man’s poverty is because of a lack of material goods.” (05/10/17)

https://panampost.com/ivan-carrino/2017/05/10/economic-growth-the-best-way-to-overcome-poverty/

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39) Spending like there’s no tomorrow
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux

“Each elected official’s political lifespan ends at the next election. And a politician fast approaching his political death has little incentive to worry about matters such as government’s long-term solvency or the consequences 10 years from now of regulatory reform today. Costs and benefits that play out only over long spans of time are of little concern. What is of great concern to the politician is today, the present, the here and now. The more the politician improves today’s state of affairs for his constituents, the greater are his chances of surviving politically past the next election. But improving today too often involves ignoring the future. This reality is why, for example, politicians love to spend borrowed money.” (05/09/17)

http://triblive.com/opinion/donaldboudreaux/12253428-74/spending-like-theres-no-tomorrow

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40) Why Trump was dead right to tell Comey, “You’re fired”
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Trump, perhaps surprising no one, fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday. The only question in most people’s minds, both Democrats and Republicans, was no doubt: ‘What took you so long?’ More than one media outlet called the firing a ‘shock.’ Not really. No matter what you think of Comey, his bad timing seemed impeccable. During the last campaign season, he repeatedly made announcements about investigations of both leading candidates’ behavior and campaigns. It became a running issue for Comey in Washington with both parties. NBC accurately called him a ‘Washington lightning rod,’ for both parties.” [editor’s note: His waffling on Hillary is the real reason – SAT] (05/10/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trump-was-right-to-tell-comey-youre-fired

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41) Why Trump’s industrial policy will fail
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Richard B McKenzie

“President Trump has not yet proposed adoption of the Democrats’ full industrial policy agenda. However, as Democrats proposed in the 1980s, Trump has indicated his intention to use state and federal treasuries to pay firms not to close their U.S. plants and move production abroad. Even before inauguration, Trump and Vice President Pence used a $7 million payout from the State of Indiana to persuade Carrier to cancel plans to move production of air conditioners to Mexico. The logic undergirding Trump’s policy agenda appears to be primitive …” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (05/10/17)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26752

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42) Where house prices come from
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Ben Southwood

“In the UK, housing is mostly provided by the market. But supply and demand are not the only concepts you need if you want to understand why London house prices are so high, and indeed why they have been rising. You also need to think about expectations and about interest rates. When you rent housing, you’re just consuming the value of the housing: you get a spot to live somewhere. But property also has an investment value: if you buy it, then it will provide you housing services every year until you sell it.” (05/10/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/where-house-prices-come-from

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43) The taxpayers are funding America’s “shadow bureaucracy”
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Daniel J Mitchell

“As Ronald Reagan pointed out many years ago, Washington is a company town. But rather than being home to a firm or industry that earns money by providing value to willing consumers, the ‘company’ is a federal government that uses a coercive tax system to provide unearned wealth to various interest groups. And the beneficiaries of that redistribution zealously guard their privileges and pay very close attention to any developments that might threaten their access to the public trough.” (05/10/17)

https://fee.org/articles/the-taxpayers-are-funding-americas-shadow-bureaucracy/

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44) Embrace your intellect, even if it alienates you
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Gregory V Diehl

“There is no more powerful, more praised, and more detested quality than a healthy intellect. From intellect, all other things become possible. Because the unintellectual do not understand how this happens, they fear its power. Under this tainted influence, you will never reach your full intellectual potential. Advantages easily fade. Physical skill, social influence, and financial wealth are powerful indeed, but they are slaves, nonetheless, to entropy. Intellect rages on against the dying of the light. It builds and builds because it can create structure out of chaos. Your intellect will amplify the power of every other part of your life, and spread to those who are ready for it.” (05/10/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/embrace-intellect-even-alienates

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45) The Korea crisis: Beyond the smoke and mirrors
Source: CounterPunch
by Thomas Hon Wing Polin

“Some outsiders to Asia are painting a skewed scenario of the current Korea tensions that casts China as co-villain (with the US), if not chief villain. This represents a serious misleading of what’s going on in Northeast Asia. The real, core story here is not Donald Trump’s attention-grabbing aircraft carrier diplomacy, which is a headline-hogging sideshow that is not designed to result in war. The main story is the steadily worsening relationship between China and North Korea, which accelerated with Kim Jong Un’s rise to power five years ago and reached boiling point recently. Washington, of course, knows this and senses an opportunity to push through a decisive change in the geopolitical landscape of Northeast Asia. Trump is naturally trying to exploit it to maximum (US) advantage.” (05/10/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/10/the-korea-crisis-beyond-the-smoke-and-mirrors/

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46) Pat Buchanan a bigot, just like Donald Trump
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Pat Buchanan has a new book out on President Richard Nixon, and veteran political analyst Joe Klein uses it as an occasion to make grand, and ultimately myopic, claims about Buchanan’s own importance. Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Klein argues that Buchanan is ‘one of the most consequential conservatives of the past half-century. Indeed, he’s a reactionary who was also an avatar: the first Trumpist.’ This is an accurate assessment: Buchanan’s mixture of ‘America First’ isolationism, Christian tribalism, white identity politics, and autarkic economics prefigured Trumpism. Yet Klein botches his analysis of both Buchanan and President Donald Trump by whitewashing Buchanan’s bigotry, presenting it as a form of trolling designed to enrage liberals.” (05/10/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/142597/pat-buchanan-bigot-just-like-donald-trump

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47) The JFO doctrine
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“Once upon a time, every successive White House administration had its one big war. Sometimes these wars were traded down from regime to regime and, of coarse, there was always a plethora of bloody little side projects, you know, coup d’tats and the like, but each administration had their defining war to justify their shallow existence, their Korea, their Vietnam, their Persian Gulf. But lately, over the last couple of decades or so, America has been hoarding wars like a geriatric shut-in who can’t seem to adopt enough hissing feral cats. Administrations start wars and nobody ever finishes them. The next administration just adds more wars as if an ever elusive successful conflict will somehow cancel out the shitty ones they refuse to end. But inevitably each new conflict just becomes yet another shitty conflict stuffed inside another shitty conflict stuffed inside another shitty conflict like some kind of imperial turducken baked in white phosphorous.” (05/09/17)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-jfo-doctrine.html

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48) The fight against general warrants to hack rages on
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Kate Tummarello

“The federal government thinks it should be able to use one warrant to hack into an untold number of computers located anywhere in the world. But EFF and others continue to make the case that the Fourth Amendment prohibits this type of blanket warrant. And courts are starting to listen. Last week, EFF pressed its case against these broad and unconstitutional warrants in arguments before a federal court of appeals in Boston, Massachusetts. As we spelled out in a brief filed earlier this year, these warrants fail to satisfy the Fourth Amendment’s basic safeguards.” (05/09/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/05/fight-against-general-warrants-hack-rages

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49) Impeach Trump for right reasons
Source: OpEdNews
by David Swanson

“We laid out the clear Constitutional violations of Trump’s financial and business interests on the day he became president (in the real sense, not the media event months later when ‘He finally became president’ by bombing enough people) at ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org. Since the later hours of Day 1 back in January through the present instant, the clear and documented (when not openly bragged about) Constitutional offenses have been piling up. … Of course there is one charge against Trump that has not been proven, risks confrontation with a nuclear armed government, and needlessly adds a xenophobic excuse to the dozens of solid reasons that last year’s U.S. election was illegitimate. So of course this is the one everybody wants to focus on: blaming Russia for exposing the Democratic Party’s slanting of its own primary against its strongest candidate. Let’s remember that the people who have most vigorously pursued this approach are the same people who nominated possibly the only candidate who could have lost to Donald Trump.” (05/10/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Impeach-Trump-for-Right-Re-by-David-Swanson-IMPEACHMENT-OFF-THE-TABLE-PELOSI_Impeach-Obama_Impeach-Trump_Impeached-170510-901.html

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50) Hotel Afghanistan
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Obama feared that if we pulled out completely from the longest war in our history, the Afghan government would soon collapse and the Taliban would rush back to power. Last year the Taliban controlled more of the country than at anytime since 2001, when we first … ‘won.’ Now President Trump, the purported isolationist, stares at a report from military commanders on what to do. Their answer, according to the Washington Post, is to send ‘at least 3,000’ more soldiers to Afghanistan, in addition to the 8,500 currently stationed there. And to allow US troops to engage in greater combat.” (05/10/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/05/10/hotel-afghanistan/

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51) Libertarianism and imagination
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Zack Sorenson

“Human society is and always has been a decentralized give and take. Norms and habits are emergent phenomenon [sic], as are our historical and social narratives. The state and its violence represents a dominant forcing factor upon the emergent order. It’s very easy to identify and criticize the state’s abuses. It is difficult to talk about the alternatives. Alternatives surely can exist, but they represent an unseen order. How do we deal with such intangibility? Beyond playing with counter-factuals, we can look at opportunity costs, and frame our critique of the state in terms of the damage the state imposes upon alternatives. But what would these alternatives be? This is where we need imagination.” (05/09/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/libertarianism-and-imagination/

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52) What will Trump deliver on trade?
Source: The American Prospect
by Kevin P Gallagher

“President Trump appears to be serious about changing the terms of U.S. trade deals, having recently drawn up an executive order to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to show that he means business about renegotiating the deal. But will President Trump change trade deals to make North American citizens and workers better off — or just business? NAFTA, which drastically cut tariffs and liberalized financial flows, but did not harmonize social standards, was sold to the American public as a deal where, according to the Peterson Institute for International Economics, “U.S. exports to Mexico will continue to outstrip Mexican exports to the United States,” where Mexico would finally “export goods, not people” and all parties would be better off.” (05/10/17)

http://prospect.org/article/what-will-trump-deliver-trade

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53) The tyranny of “reproductive freedom”
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Instead of forcing employers to express their religious objections in forms filed with their insurers or the government, the [US Supreme] Court proposed, why not treat their purchase of health plans that do not include contraceptives as the signal for insurers to provide that coverage separately? … If Trump’s order results in a solution along these lines, it will have no perceptible impact on women’s contraceptive coverage, even if it includes businesses as well as religious organizations. But you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise if you saw the alarmist statements issued by the order’s critics. … The ‘basic right to prevent pregnancy’ does not imply a right to free contraception, any more than the right to freedom of speech implies a right to free Internet service or the right to armed self-defense implies a right to free guns.” (05/10/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/05/10/the-tyranny-of-reproductive-freedom

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54) Would you lease-to-own a pair of sneakers?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by George Pickering

“During the course of their lives, most people will at some point borrow money at interest in order to spread the cost of a major purchase. This has been true for decades in the case of mortgages to buy a house, and similar borrowing and deferred payment methods have been introduced for an increasing number of high-price products, such as cars and electrical appliances, over the intervening years. However, a recent viral article tends to suggest that the next frontier for this type of debt-financed consumption is represented by a somewhat different kind of product: sneakers.” (05/10/17)

https://mises.org/blog/would-you-lease-own-pair-sneakers

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55) To fight poverty, Oxfam must measure what matters
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“If people of faith want to reduce global poverty, they must begin by accurately measuring the problem. But a well-publicized report on international poverty distorts the problem and promotes solutions that would leave the world’s poorest people worse off, according to two free market experts.” (05/09/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/05/09/fight-poverty-oxfam-must-measure-what-matters

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56) Meet the Pittsburgh Mayoral candidate who wants to end inequality
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“John Welch says appearances are deceptive when it comes to his beloved hometown. Pittsburgh regularly ranks as one of the nation’s ‘most livable’ cities, but it’s marked by stark inequalities. ‘Many of the people who live here don’t see how that label translates to their lived experiences,’ Welch says. The city’s mayor, Democrat Bill Peduto, has benefitted from a similar sleight of hand, according to Welch, who will be on the ballot in Pittsburgh’s Democratic mayoral primary on May 16. When Peduto ran and won four years ago, Welch supported him. Four years later, he thinks Peduto’s administration hasn’t lived up to its promises. ‘I don’t think he’s as progressive as has been reported,’ Welch says, pointing to the rapid gentrification on the city’s east side. ‘We’ve become a city of inequity, rather than a livable city.'” (05/10/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20126/meet-the-pittsburgh-mayoral-candidate-who-wants-to-end-inequality

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57) Some ideas to guide your thoughts on health care
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Rick Weber

“This post is meant to help my non-economist friends think more clearly about how we pay for health care. I’ll talk about markets, but the truth is that the American system is built of deeply bastardized markets. If our car markets worked like our health markets, most of us would walk to work. I’m trying to focus on the essential logic of the situation which is going to sound Utopian because Congress isn’t going to give us any sort of logical policy any time soon. But we aren’t going to get a logical solution until we as voters understand the logic of health care finance.” (05/09/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/05/09/some-ideas-to-guide-your-thoughts-on-health-care/

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58) Where is the 48 per cent?
Source: spiked
by Jacob Furedi

“With the snap election approaching, some Brexit-bashing politicians maintain that galvanising the support of the 48 per cent is a surefire means to electoral victory. Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has announced that the ‘Lib Dems are the only choice for the 48 per cent.’ Gina Miller, the self-appointed leader of spurned Remainers, has launched a new campaign to ensure anti-Brexit MPs don’t lose their seats. The businesswoman hopes that tactical voting will ensure the 48 per cent will have their voice heard. But do a bit of digging and it becomes clear that the 48 per cent is nothing more than a myth. Yes, 16.1 million people voted to Remain in the EU last June. And yes, that did represent 48 per cent of people who turned out to vote. After referendum day, however, the 48 per cent ceased to exist. Rather than respond to the result with a unified squeal, as Gina and her band would have you think, the vast majority of those who voted Remain accepted the result and moved on.” (05/10/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/where-is-the-48-per-cent/

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59) Was the Cold War constitutional?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“For 45 years, the United States was engaged in a Cold War against the Soviet Union and communism. In the 1960s, the war brought the country to the edge of nuclear war. It brought about the deaths of more than 100,000 American soldiers in Korea and Vietnam. It brought ever-increasing budgets, power, and influence for the military, the military-industrial complex, the CIA, and the NSA. The Cold War held America in its grip until it suddenly and unexpectedly came to an end in 1989. Through it all, most everybody just accepted it.” (05/10/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/05/10/cold-war-constitutional/

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60) Curtains for Comey: Rocketing through the looking-glass with the Troller-in-Chief
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“Whatever else you can say about Trump (don’t get me started), he’s a first-class troll: citing Comey’s handling of the Clinton email probe in the last days of the campaign as his reason for firing him! The very action Trump had long praised as a ‘gutsy’ move by Comey, one which redeemed him in Trump’s eyes. That’s some high-grade mendacity there, transparently false, yet told with a straight face, and pretending it was on advice of the Attorney General. People will say it’s a bad move by Trump, drawing even more attention to the Russian probe the FBI was carrying out. And in conventional terms, it is a stupid, self-defeating act. But it could also be seen as part of a long-term Trump team strategy to tear everything down, rendering the nation’s institutions, laws and established procedures to piles of ruin, covered with steaming piles of bullshit, absurdity and chaos. And what happens to nations and societies in ruins? Why, ‘strong leaders’ must step in, with a strong hand — a free hand — to ‘do what it takes’ to ‘restore order.'” (05/10/17)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/curtains-for-comey-rocketing-through-the-looking-glass-with-the-troller-in-chief-10052017.html

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

61) Electric Libertyland, episode 19
Source: Lions of Liberty

On today’s Electric Libertyland, host Brian McWilliams discusses the American Health Care Act and all of the trumpeting, hand-wringing and idiocy that has surrounded its passing the House, plus the ACLU’s ridiculous hackery on the topic. He then turns to some other topics including South Korea’s new president, the socialist implosion of Venezuela, progressive’s selective reading of ‘1984,’ California’s plan to tax rocket miles for space travel, a new documentary on men’s rights called ‘The Red Pill,’ and FBI Director James Comey getting canned.” [various formats] (05/10/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/05/10/ell19/

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62) The Intercepted Podcast, 05/10/17
Source: The Intercept

“Next week, U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning will be released from Fort Leavenworth prison. In an Intercepted exclusive, we will hear Manning in her own voice, describing her imprisonment and why she blew the whistle. Journalist Alexa O’Brien takes us inside the trials and triumphs of the junior soldier who shook the world. The defeat of Marine Le Pen in France’s election was celebrated globally as a rejection of fascism. But who is Emmanuel Macron? French human rights and civil liberties activist Yasser Louati says many of Le Pen’s ideas have long been seeping into the mainstream of French politics. And the exclusive premiere of a brand new track from the hip-hop artists MC Sole and DJ Pain 1.” [various formats] (05/10/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/10/intercepted-podcast-james-comey-chelsea-manning-and-the-secrets-america-keeps/

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63) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/10/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Randy England, Jeremy Heisenberg, and Michael W. Dean yak about guns, bison farming, what liberty means to them, and the Pope’s scarecrow laced critique of libertarianism. In the second hour, MWD explains the Karel rule and the significance of Alpha Centauri, and Randy and Jeremy clear up misconceptions about libertarianism while showing how government just getting out of the way would solve so many problems.” [various formats] (05/10/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14473

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64) Free Talk Live, 05/09/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“FBI Director Fired :: NSA Continues Illegal Spying :: Obese Poor People :: Both Political Sides Claiming Victory at Hand :: Political Fundraising :: Clay Pot Refrigerator :: Welfare Sarah :: Walmart and Government Regulation :: Headshop Raided, Jury Nullifies :: Liberal Callers :: Nudity in the Streets :: Shooting Flashers :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (05/09/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-05-09

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65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 905
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“When Pat Buchanan was barely 30 years old, a U.S. president would regularly ask, ‘What does Buchanan think about this?’ Pat shares some interesting stories of his years inside the Nixon White House.” [various formats] (05/09/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-905-pat-buchanans-inside-story-of-the-nixon-years/

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66) David D’Amato on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“David D’Amato, an adjunct law professor and policy advisor at the Future of Freedom Foundation, discusses the 1953 Supreme Court case United States v. Reynolds, and how the decision gave the State Secrets Privilege formal recognition, effectively removing judicial oversight and allowing the government to withhold evidence and exempt itself from lawsuits by claiming they endanger national security.” [various formats] (05/08/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/5817-david-damato-legal-origin-us-governments-state-secrets-doctrine/

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