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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Seth Rich, slain DNC staffer, had contact with WikiLeaks, say multiple sources
2) Comey memo says Trump asked him to end Flynn investigation
3) Ukraine’s Poroshenko to block Russian social networks
4) WikiLeaks reveals two CIA malware frameworks
5) Remote island has “world’s worst” plastic rubbish density
6) NASA solves flashing light from Earth mystery
7) Israeli pol calls for Assad’s murder
8) Report: Planet Proxima b “has conditions right for life”
9) MN: City council reverses move to disband police department
10) Gang member gets 49 years in prison in first US transgender hate crime sentence
11) Artist projects “pay Trump bribes here” on Trump International Hotel
12) Ford reportedly plans to cut 10% of its workers
13) Trump says he has “absolute right” to share intelligence with Russia
14) EU judges to tackle idiotic “right to be forgotten” again
15) Thailand: Facebook kowtows to regime censors after threat of ban
16) France’s ATR delivers first planes to Iran as trade grows
17) Denmark: Would-be Islamic State girl recruit planned school bombings, court finds
18) Sears CEO battles with suppliers as shares continue downward spiral
19) Brazil declares end of Zika state of emergency but UK urges caution
20) Mexico: Veteran journalist killed in latest wave of Sinaloa slayings

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Will the Trump fiasco deprogram presidential cultists?
22) Seth Rich, the DNC, and WikiLeaks: The plot thickens
23) Will Trump’s loose lips lead to a military coup?
24) Hate as a rational political category
25) How free money fails
26) How to know you won a political debate on the Internet
27) The bizarre story behind the FBI’s fake documentary about the Bundy family
28) Donald Trump should not fall for Tayyip Erdogan
29) Which story are we sticking to?
30) Managing the risk of cyber security: The Trump administration’s executive order
31) Bitcoin: Decentralized governance put to the test
32) Cyberwar is officially crossing over into the real world
33) A Net Neutrality primer
34) The real meaning of “sensitive intelligence”
35) The opportunity cost of reading “Das Kapital”
36) What progressives [sic] should demand from the FBI
37) Is Arvin right or wrong?
38) The socialist hiding behind the curtain
39) Could Trump become education’s great liberator?
40) Government agencies don’t offer “customer service”
41) Trump putting the country at intolerable risk
42) The “free market multiplier effect”
43) The French soda refill ban: The bitter taste of regulation
44) One incumbent falls
45) Forget Puerto Rico, what about US states’ soaring pension debts?
46) National Orc Week: Celebrating your gaoler, literally
47) Trinity Lutheran and a response to Michael Stokes Paulsen and NRO
48) Labour: The party of the non-working class
49) The Secret Service’s obstruction of justice in the JFK case
50) Secret new European copyright proposal spells disaster for free culture

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Libertarian Angle, 05/16/17
52) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/16/17
53) Free Talk Live, 05/15/17
54) The Tom Woods Show, episode 909
55) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 40
56) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 600
57) Ron Paul on The Scott Horton Show

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

1) Seth Rich, slain DNC staffer, had contact with WikiLeaks, say multiple sources
Source: Fox News

“The Democratic National Committee staffer who was gunned down on July 10 on a Washington, D.C., street just steps from his home had leaked thousands of internal emails to WikiLeaks, investigative sources told Fox News. A federal investigator who reviewed an FBI forensic report — generated within 96 hours after DNC staffer Seth Rich’s murder — detailing the contents Rich’s computer said he made contact with WikiLeaks through Gavin MacFadyen, a now-deceased American investigative reporter, documentary filmmaker, and director of WikiLeaks who was living in London at the time. ‘I have seen and read the emails between Seth Rich and WikiLeaks,’ the federal investigator told Fox News, confirming the MacFadyen connection. He said the emails are in possession of the FBI, while the stalled case is in the hands of the Washington Police Department.” [editor’s note: This is the original Fox story; as you may guess, various outraged denials have been forthcoming, etc. I decided to just post the story’s point of origin and other angles until tomorrow’s edition to grow legs, or not – TLK] (05/16/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/16/slain-dnc-staffer-had-contact-with-wikileaks-investigator-says.html

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2) Comey memo says Trump asked him to end Flynn investigation
Source: New York Times

“President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting. ‘I hope you can let this go,’ the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. The existence of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia. … Mr. Comey shared the existence of the memo with senior F.B.I. officials and close associates. The New York Times has not viewed a copy of the memo, which is unclassified, but one of Mr. Comey’s associates read parts of the memo to a Times reporter. ‘I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,’ Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey, according to the memo. ‘He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.’” (05/16/17)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/16/us/politics/james-comey-trump-flynn-russia-investigation.html

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3) Ukraine’s Poroshenko to block Russian social networks
Source: BBC news [UK state media]

“Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has imposed a ban on Russia’s biggest social media networks and internet services popular with millions. His decision is a significant ramping up of sanctions on Ukraine’s neighbour for its annexation of Crimea and the continuing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Those targeted include social networks VK.com and Odnoklassniki, search engine Yandex and the Mail.ru email service. Ukrainian service providers have been ordered to block access to the sites. The companies’ offices in Ukraine will also face asset freezes and other restrictions although it was not immediately clear how the ban on the services would come into force and whether Ukraine had the technical means to enforce it.” [editor’s note: Translation — Wonder whose competitors he’s shutting out, and how big the bribe is – TLK] (05/16/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39934666

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4) WikiLeaks reveals two CIA malware frameworks
Source: Threatpost [Russia]

“WikiLeaks released details on what it claims are two frameworks for malware samples dubbed AfterMindnight and Assassin, both allegedly developed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The revelations come amid worldwide efforts to squelch variants of the WannaCry ransomware, an offensive hacking tool allegedly developed by the National Security Agency. The release is also the latest from WikiLeaks and part of its ongoing Vault 7 dump of leaks that began in March exposing CIA activities and capabilities. This latest release includes five documents that explain how agents might load and execute malware on targeted computers.” (05/16/17)

https://threatpost.com/wikileaks-reveals-two-cia-malware-frameworks/125701

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5) Remote island has “world’s worst” plastic rubbish density
Source: BBC news [UK state media]

“An uninhabited island in the South Pacific is littered with the highest density of plastic waste anywhere in the world, according to a study. Henderson Island, part of the UK’s Pitcairn Islands group, has an estimated 37.7 million pieces of debris on its beaches. The island is near the centre of an ocean current, meaning it collects much rubbish from boats and South America. Researchers hope people will ‘rethink their relationship with plastic.’ The joint Australian and British study said the rubbish amounted to 671 items per square metre and a total of 17 tonnes. ‘A lot of the items on Henderson Island are what we wrongly refer to as disposable or single-use,’ said Dr Jennifer Lavers from the University of Tasmania.” (05/16/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39931042

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6) NASA solves flashing light from Earth mystery
Source: USA Today

“NASA researchers say mysterious flashes of light erupting from Earth have an explanation rooted not in the supernatural, but in science. A NASA camera on NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), launched in 2015, has caught hundreds of strange flashes over the span of a year. Alexander Marshak, DSCOVR deputy project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., said in a statement he first noticed the strange flashes appearing over oceans as he was examining images from the camera. Marshak and a team of researchers discovered that similar reflections were noticed over the ocean in 1993. Marshak said flashes of light reflected off the ocean could be easily explained as sun reflecting off the ocean, but the researchers noticed flashes in areas where there was no water.” (05/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2017/05/16/nasa-solves-flashing-light-mystery/324587001

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7) Israeli pol calls for Assad’s murder
Source: Raw Story

“An Israeli minister Tuesday called for the assassination of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, likening his regime to the Nazis during World War II. Yoav Galant, Israel’s housing minister, accused the Syrian regime of gassing its own people, burning their bodies and, ultimately, committing crimes against humanity not seen since Adolf Hitler’s party wiped out six million Jews in the Holocaust. ‘The reality in which people are executed in Syria, being hit deliberately by chemical weapons, their bodies being burned, something we haven’t seen in 70 years, we are crossing a red line and it is time to eliminate Assad, literally,’ Galant said Tuesday the Jerusalem Post reported. Galant was reacting to the U.S. government’s statement Monday that said the Assad regime had constructed a crematorium to dispose of dozens of bodies of prisoners near the notorious Sednaya prison on the outskirts of Damascus in a bid to hide evidence of its mass killings.”

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/israeli-minister-it-is-time-to-assassinate-assad/

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8) Report: Planet Proxima b “has conditions right for life”
Source: Raw Story

“A planet orbiting our closest neighboring star ‘may well have’ a climate right for alien life to emerge, a new scientific model indicates. Scientists discovered Proxima b, located 4.2 billion light years away — or 25 trillion miles — in August 2016. It is the closest planet discovered outside the solar system in two decades. What made headlines, however, was its position within its solar system, Alpha Centauri. Scientists said it was within the habitable zone, meaning it was neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist — one of the key conditions believed to be required for life to take hold. Its proximity to Earth makes the prospect of identifying any signs of life even more tantalizing. But not everyone is convinced. Since its discovery, different studies have drawn different conclusions about Proxima b’s potential habitability. For example, some researchers have argued that solar flares from Proxima Centauri, the red dwarf star it orbits, would have stripped away any atmosphere the planet had.” (05/16/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/05/alien-planet-proxima-b-has-conditions-right-for-life

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9) MN: City council reverses move to disband police department
Source: Fox News

“A city council in Minnesota reversed its decision Monday to disband the town’s police department after receiving heavy backlash from residents. Forest Lake City Council members and Mayor Ben Winnick voted 4 to 1 to approve a three-year contract with the Forest Lake Police Department. The deal includes a retiree health-insurance benefit, 2 percent salary raise in 2017 and 2018 and a 3 percent increase in 2019, according to the Star Tribune. The city council and Winnick voted 3 to 2 last week to disband the police department and said the decision would save the town roughly $387,000 per year and expand police service positions from 25 to 27.” (05/16/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/16/minnesota-city-council-reverses-controversial-move-to-disband-police-department.html

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10) Gang member gets 49 years in prison in first US transgender hate crime sentence
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A gang member was sentenced to 49 years in prison on Monday for the murder of a transgender teen, in the first ever transgender hate crime prosecution in the United States. Joshua Vallum pleaded guilty last December to the 2015 murder of his former romantic partner, 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson, because she was a trans person. The 29-year-old man appeared in Gulfport, Mississippi before a federal judge who could have imposed a maximum sentence of life without parole.” (05/16/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/16/first-us-transgender-hate-crime-sentence-mercedes-williamson

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11) Artist projects “pay Trump bribes here” on Trump International Hotel
Source: Newsy

“The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., is getting a lot of attention — but probably not the kind its owner wants. Artist Robin Bell projected a series of messages on the front of the building Monday night. The filmmaker broadcast images like ‘Pay Trump bribes here’ from a van parked across the street. Bell said he wants to bring attention to potential violations of the U.S. Constitution he claims are happening in the hotel.” (05/16/17)

http://www.newsy.com/stories/artist-projects-pay-trump-bribes-here-on-d-c-hotel/

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12) Ford reportedly plans to cut 10% of its workers
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Ford Motor Co. is reportedly planning substantial job cuts in order to boost profits and raise its stock price. The Wall Street Journal reported that the cuts would target salaried employees and would reduce Ford’s global headcount by about 10%. The cuts are said to largely target salaried employees. It’s unclear whether hourly factory workers are included, the newspaper said. Ford did not confirm the report.” (05/16/17)

http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-ford-job-cuts-20170516-story.html

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13) Trump says he has “absolute right” to share intelligence with Russia
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“President Trump is responding to the backlash against the allegations that he shared ‘highly classified’ information with the Russians by saying he had ‘the absolute right to do’ so. … The Washington Post broke the news Monday night, and others confirmed and added to reporting, that Trump revealed to Russian officials in a meeting in the Oval Office details of an ISIS plot to use laptops on aircraft. The information was classified and reportedly came from an ally in the Middle East. NPR has not confirmed the details of the reports.” [editor’s note: Yes, Trump has an “absolute right” to share any information he has, on anything, with anyone. So do Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and Julian Assange – TLK] (05/16/17)

http://www.npr.org/2017/05/16/528598685/trump-says-he-has-absolute-right-to-share-intelligence-with-russia

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14) EU judges to tackle idiotic “right to be forgotten” again
Source: US News & World Report

“In May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled that people could ask search engines, such as Google and Microsoft’s Bing, to remove inadequate or irrelevant information from web results appearing under searches for people’s names — dubbed the -right to be forgotten.’ Google has since received over 720,000 removal requests and accepted about 43 percent of them, according to its transparency report. Four individuals who had asked Google to remove links to webpages about them appealed to the French data protection authority after the search engine company refused their request. The French privacy regulator, the CNIL, agreed with Google’s decision, prompting the individuals to take their case to the French Conseil d’Etat, France’s supreme administrative court, which referred it to the Luxembourg-based ECJ.” (05/16/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/technology/articles/2017-05-16/eu-judges-to-tackle-right-to-be-forgotten-again

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15) Thailand: Facebook kowtows to regime censors after threat of ban
Source: Yahoo! News

“Thai authorities Tuesday backed down on their threat to ban Facebook over posts deemed critical of the royal family after officials said the social networking giant had agreed to expunge such content. … Last week Thailand’s telecom regulator, the NBTC, said it would file a police complaint against Facebook’s Thailand office and shut down the hugely popular site if it did not remove more than 130 ‘illegal’ posts by Tuesday. … ‘Facebook is cooperating with Thailand,’ Takorn Tantasith, secretary general of the NBTC told reporters after the 10am deadline passed.” [editor’s note: Shame on Facebook for giving in. Why not instead encourage Thai Internet users to install tools that let them bypass their would-be masters’ censorship attempts? – TLK] (05/16/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/thailand-backs-down-facebook-ban-over-royal-posts-060140062.html

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16) France’s ATR delivers first planes to Iran as trade grows
Source: Seattle Times

“European plane maker ATR is delivering small passenger jets to Iran, the latest big-budget deal to emerge in the wake of Iran’s 2015 nuclear accord with world powers that ended years of sanctions. The first four ATR 72-600s were handed over to Iran Air in a ceremony Tuesday in Toulouse in southern France, where ATR is based. Iran Air finalized a deal last month with ATR for 20 twin-propeller aircraft, with an option to buy 20 more.” (05/16/17)

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/frances-atr-delivers-first-planes-to-iran-as-trade-grows/

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17) Denmark: Would-be Islamic State girl recruit planned school bombings, court finds
Source: Reuters

“A 17-year-old Danish girl who offered to fight for Islamic State was found guilty on Tuesday of planning bomb attacks at two schools, one of them Jewish, court documents showed. The girl was arrested at her home in January last year, when she was aged 15, and charged with planning the attacks after acquiring chemicals for making bombs, police said. … A jury in the Holbaek district court found the girl — who is white European and was not named — guilty of attempted terrorism, the court said in a statement. Sentencing was deferred to Thursday.” (05/16/17)

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-denmark-security-idUKKCN18C134

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18) Sears CEO battles with suppliers as shares continue downward spiral
Source: Fortune

“Sears Holdings CEO Eddie Lampert is on a roll. Just days after blaming the media for the retailer’s deepening problems, Lampert blasted some suppliers in an unusual blog post, accusing them of taking advantage of Sears’ problems to embarrass it in the press and extort better payment conditions. Shares in Sears, which runs an eponymous department store chain as well as Kmart discount stores, fell 11.4% on Monday. … In his latest post, Lampert took specific aim at one vendor. He said that a subsidiary of China-based Techtronic Industries plans to sue Sears over the terms of their supply agreement. Lampert, a hedge fund manager, said the unit, One World Technologies, which makes power tools for Sears’ Craftsman brand, threatened to end the contract unless Sears agrees to ‘what we believe are unreasonable demands.’ Lampert said the company would take whatever legal action required. A spokeswoman for Techtronic did not immediate respond to a request for comment.” (05/16/17)

http://fortune.com/2017/05/15/sears-ceo-supplier/

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19) Brazil declares end of Zika state of emergency but UK urges caution
Source: Independent [UK]

“The Brazilian government may have declared the end of the state of emergency related to the Zika virus, but UK health authorities still warn travellers of a ‘high risk of Zika virus transmission.’ Zika is a mosquito-borne virus whose symptoms are similar to dengue fever, including headaches and aching joints. Only one in four infected people develops symptoms of the disease, which is rarely life-threatening. There is no vaccination or medication to prevent Zika infection. … In response to the outbreak which took hold in the southern summer of 2015-16, Brazil launched a mosquito eradication campaign. The health ministry claims it has reduced cases of the Zika virus dramatically.” (05/16/17)

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/zika-virus-brazil-travellers-uk-mexico-caribbean-maldives-a7737911.html

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20) Mexico: Veteran journalist killed in latest wave of Sinaloa slayings
Source: CBS News

“Javier Valdez, an award-winning reporter who specialized in covering drug trafficking and organized crime, was slain Monday in the northern state of Sinaloa, the latest in a wave of journalist killings in Mexico. Valdez is at least the sixth journalist to be murdered in Mexico since early March, an unusually high number even for one of the world’s deadliest countries for media professionals. Valdez was shot to death in the early afternoon in the state capital of Culiacan, near the offices of the publication he co-founded, Riodoce.” (05/16/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/veteran-journalist-javier-valdez-killed-mexico-state-sinaloa/

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

21) Will the Trump fiasco deprogram presidential cultists?
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

Has Donald Trump been sent among us to demonstrate the foolishness of placing cult-like faith in the presidency? I don’t mean ‘sent’ in the literal sense, of course. Maybe it’s more like he slipped and fell among us, tumbling backwards down the escalator of history, to land on the presidency just in time to squish the hopes of a political also-ran who thought the office was hers. … Yes, Trump is profoundly and publicly unsuited for the demands of the presidency, but so is every human who might be elected to a post that has become more the object of cult-like veneration than an administrative office of limited and defined power. Trump is the turd we can’t polish, but they’re all turds. We just can’t pretend otherwise with this guy.” (05/16/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/05/16/will-the-trump-fiasco-deprogram-presiden

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22) Seth Rich, the DNC, and WikiLeaks: The plot thickens
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction. In the case of Bill and Hillary Clinton, the right-wing conspiracy theory project of putting every fatal heart attack and accidental traffic death in America on a constantly updated, Internet-circulated ‘Clinton Body Count’ list tends to make the rest of us cautious about just assuming skulduggery on the part of the Clintons and their associates in any given instance. Still, it can’t be denied that Hillary Clinton has, as what her husband called his ‘co-president,’ as a US Senator, and as US Secretary of State, proven herself to have both a sense of political entitlement and a distinctly murderous bent.” (05/16/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/10504

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23) Will Trump’s loose lips lead to a military coup?
Source: The Week
by Noah Millman

“President Trump is alleged to have revealed to Russian officials, in the Oval Office, intelligence of a highly sensitive nature related to ISIS plots, intelligence whose revelation could well compromise not only American intelligence assets but those of our allies who provided the information. … if this new report is accurate, then a rubicon has been crossed that cannot be retraced. And in the absence of ‘tapes’ revealing that no conversation took place, why should anyone believe even the most strenuous denials? America’s military and intelligence services are therefore faced with a difficult dilemma. The only way to preserve America’s assets will be to routinize the violation of the chain of command by cordoning off the president from information that he properly needs to make informed decisions. Moreover, in order to reassure foreign allies, military and intelligence services will need to show their willingness to violate the chain of command in this fashion. It will need to become an open secret that the president of the United States is, in effect, no longer the president. The threat this poses to America’s democratic and constitutional system should not be minimized.” (05/16/17)

http://theweek.com/articles/699130/trumps-loose-lips-lead-military-coup

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24) Hate as a rational political category
Source: CounterPunch
by Kenneth Surin

“Hate, and its ramified and sometimes incompatible modalities, is viewed as the province of those belonging to the extremes of the so-called political spectrum: the typically media-designated “hate groups” tend invariably to be located at these left or right extremes of this spectrum. Thus, Hitler is deemed to have been motivated by hate, but then (for many) so are Stalin, Mao, Saddam Hussain and so forth. The term ‘hate,’ it would seem, is almost too loose to merit any kind properly rational use, and so becomes little more than the expression of disgust or disapprobation, as in ‘I hate broccoli’ or ‘I hate the New York Yankees/Los Angeles Lakers/Manchester United/Chelsea, etc.’ Another conceptual problem is that those deemed by us to hate, in a kind of occultation, are then presented as objects deserving in turn of our own hatred. After all, if hatred is the appropriate response here, how can we not hate someone like Hitler?” (05/16/17)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/16/hate-as-a-rational-political-category/

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25) How free money fails
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“You might think that throwing free money into an economy would create a permanent party, but it never quite turns out that way. And I think it’s important to understand why. After all, we’ve been watching a free-money party since 2008, and if it ends, the morning after figures to be deep and dark.” (05/16/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/free-money-fails/

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26) How to know you won a political debate on the Internet
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“Do you remember the time you changed a stranger’s political opinion on the Internet by using your logic and your accurate data? Probably not. Because that rarely happens. If you were paying attention during the past year, you learned facts don’t matter to our decisions. We think they do, but they don’t. At least not for topics in which we are emotionally invested, such as politics. (Obviously facts do matter to the outcomes. But not to decisions.) So how do you win a political debate on the Internet when people refuse to change their opinions? I propose the Cognitive Dissonance test. If you can trigger your opponent into cognitive dissonance, you win. That’s usually as far as a political debate can go.” (05/15/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/160696999931/how-to-know-you-won-a-political-debate-on-the

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27) The bizarre story behind the FBI’s fake documentary about the Bundy family
Source: The Intercept
by Ryan Devereaux & Trevor Aaronson

“[S]omething seemed off to Ryan [Bundy] about this interview in the Bellagio. While the family’s newfound fame had attracted fresh supporters to their cause, it had also inspired suspicion. With a federal investigation looming, who among these new faces could they really trust? Among the more recent figures in the Bundy orbit was this mysterious documentary film crew. The director, Charles Johnson, was middle-aged, with a silver goatee, slicked-back hair, and a thick southern accent. His assistant, who identified herself as Anna, was tall and blond. A website for their company, Longbow Productions, listed an address in Nashville, Tennessee, but the Bundys could find no previous examples of their work. … Ryan should have trusted his instincts. Johnson and his colleagues were not documentarians. They were undercover FBI agents posing as filmmakers.” (05/16/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/16/the-bizarre-story-behind-the-fbis-fake-documentary-about-the-bundy-family/

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28) Donald Trump should not fall for Tayyip Erdogan
Source: USA Today
by Sarah Margon

“On a hot summer night last July, elements of the Turkish military attempted a coup. It failed, but at least 241 people were killed and about 1,400 injured during related clashes in Ankara, the capital, and Istanbul. A few days later, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a state of emergency, giving him broad and sweeping powers to bypass parliament and ignore the Constitutional Court. In the name of snuffing out the coup plotters, Erdogan’s government has shuttered news outlets, jailed journalists and opposition party members, and purged thousands upon thousands of government employees. The actions intensified a crackdown on free speech and expression that had been underway for quite some time.” (05/16/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/05/16/donald-trump-meets-erdogan-turkey-coup-human-rights-column/101687024

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29) Which story are we sticking to?
Source: The American Spectator
by Debra J Saunders

“President Donald Trump did himself no favor Thursday when he went on NBC News and essentially refuted the reason his team had given the press for why he fired FBI Director James Comey. Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt, ‘I was going to fire Comey’ regardless of what the Department of Justice recommended, which conflicted with the White House’s sketchy version of events. Tuesday night, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the decision to can Comey came from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. ‘It was all him,’ Spicer told reporters. ‘No one from the White House. That was a DOJ decision.’ Wrong. On Wednesday, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Trump asked Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for their recommendation ‘based on the conversation they had on Monday. He asked them to put that recommendation in writing. But they came to him on his own.’ Wrong. That day Vice President Mike Pence also framed Trump’s decision to fire Comey as the result of Rosenstein’s and Sessions'[s] input. Not true. The White House does not look good.” (05/16/17)

https://spectator.org/which-story-are-we-sticking-to/

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30) Managing the risk of cyber security: The Trump administration’s executive order
Source: Niskanen Center
by Brandon Valeriano & Ryan Hagemann

“In the movie The Graduate, Dustin Hoffman gets some sage advice from a family friend. The best way to manage his future? ‘One word: plastics.’ No further explanation is necessary. It’s self-explanatory: everything is going to be about plastics. The future is plastics. His future is plastics. The Trump Administration’s approach to cybersecurity is much the same. Instead of plastics, however, the future of cybersecurity is ‘risk.’” (05/16/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/managing-risk-cyber-security-trump-administrations-executive-order/

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31) Bitcoin: Decentralized governance put to the test
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Max Gulker, PhD

“Bitcoin’s system of radically decentralized governance is facing perhaps the biggest test in the digital currency’s history. As my colleague Patrick Coate described, the code used to run Bitcoin’s blockchain database needs to be updated to transmit more information faster. However, there are two major proposals on the table for how to change the code. The controversy has raged for months and may even result in Bitcoin splitting into two currencies. Many of Bitcoin’s greatest strengths come from its decentralized nature, but if there were somebody at the center of its network making decisions, the current problem would look very different. The governing body would choose one path, and those who didn’t like it could sell their Bitcoins. This structure would resolve the uncertainty much faster, and not result in a split that would likely scare off some potential Bitcoin users. The decentralized structure of Bitcoin is not, alas, a free lunch.” (05/16/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/bitcoin-decentralized-governance-put-test

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32) Cyberwar is officially crossing over into the real world
Source: The Atlantic
by Adrienne LaFrance

“Hospitals, pharmacies, and major corporations like FedEx and the Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica were among the 200,000 victims hobbled by a global ransomware attack on Friday, which locked people’s computers and demanded Bitcoin payment in exchange for access. In the United Kingdom, some hospitals canceled procedures and other appointments as a result. The software security firm Symantec found that people paid ransoms totaling about $54,000 in the attack, though officials strongly caution against paying such ransoms. Among the many questions prompted by the fallout of the attack is an increasingly urgent one: At what point will a cyberattack prompt a more traditional form of retaliation? More importantly: When should it?” (05/16/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/05/cyberwar-is-officially-crossing-over-into-the-real-world/526860/

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33) A Net Neutrality primer
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Jessica Melugin & Ryan Radia

“Net neutrality regulations harm consumers because they prevent ISPs from experimenting with the network configurations and pricing models that serve consumers best. Instead of regulating how broadband service is provided, Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and governments at all levels should promote competition by making more spectrum available for commercial use and by reducing barriers to deploying wireline infrastructure. Past efforts by the FCC to establish net neutrality regulations have repeatedly failed in the courts. Though its latest effort, which was heavily influenced by the Obama White House, has survived, the new chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is moving to repeal it. That is a welcome move because freeing the Internet’s infrastructure from burdensome regulations will allow greater innovation and restore open competition among Internet service providers (ISPs).” (05/16/17)

https://cei.org/content/net-neutrality-primer

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34) The real meaning of “sensitive intelligence”
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“Intelligence agencies and senior government officials tend to use a lot of jargon. Laced with acronyms, this language sometimes does not translate very well into journalese when it hits the media. For example, I experienced a sense of disorientation two weeks ago over the word ‘sensitive’ as used by several senators, Sally Yates, and James Clapper during committee testimony into Russiagate. ‘Sensitive’ has, of course, a number of meanings. But what astonished me was how quickly the media interpreted its use in the hearings to mean that the conversations and emails that apparently were recorded or intercepted involving Trump associates and assorted Russians as ‘sensitive contacts’ meant that they were necessarily inappropriate, dangerous, or even illegal. When Yates and Clapper were using ‘sensitive’ thirteen times in the 86 page transcript of the Senate hearings, they were referring to the medium rather than the message.” (05/16/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-real-meaning-of-sensitive-intelligence/

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35) The opportunity cost of reading “Das Kapital”
Source: Acton Institute
by Kristian Niemietz

“A few years ago, I was invited to a panel discussion on Marxism, to debate against some Marxist professor. I chickened out, and I would chicken out again if I received another invitation of that kind today. I know that my opponent would say something like ‘You clearly have never read the key paragraph on page 857 of Das Kapital, otherwise you would know X, Y and Z,’ and they would be right. I haven’t read page 857 of Das Kapital. I haven’t even read page 1. … The burden of proof should be on those who insist that Marx is still relevant, and that we cannot understand capitalism without him. It should not be on those who believe that Marx has been broadly refuted by events, and that reading Das Kapital is a waste of time. The people who urge us to read Das Kapital may well be right – but their case is not nearly as obvious as they think it is, and reading Marx has opportunity costs.” [editor’s note: If his opponent spoke English, presumably that opponent would have referred to the book by its English title, “Capital.” Just sayin’ – TLK] (05/16/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/05/15/opportunity-cost-reading-das-kapital

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36) What progressives [sic] should demand from the FBI
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“Many Americans are rightfully outraged at the firing of FBI Director James Comey, just as they were shocked at Comey’s ability to influence political events. But what can we do about it? A political movement should do more than just react to the day’s events with outrage, although that’s important. It should also offer the vision of a better world. Donald Trump will nominate the next FBI director. Barring something unexpected, his nominee will almost certainly be approved. But that doesn’t mean the rest of us are powerless. We have the power to imagine a nation run on principles of economic and social justice. We can create a vision so compelling that it brings new people into politics, encourages more activism, and compels our political leaders to fight for it. That vision can, and should, include the FBI.” [editor’s note: Well smart people, “progressive” or not, would merely demand that the FBI stay the hell out of their lives; better yet, go find a real job! – SAT] (05/16/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170516/after-comey-is-a-progressive-fbi-possible

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37) Is Arvin right or wrong?
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“I’m anti-war. However, I’m only ‘anti-war’ in the sense that ‘war’ is not a distinctly existent thing, but is instead merely a label we assign to certain actions that fulfill a specific criteria. It’s not the ‘war’ that I condemn but the actions that earn that label. I don’t condemn ‘war’ because there is nothing there to condemn. In the real world, a ‘war’ never happens. Instead, what happens is that one person fires a bullet or rockets at other people. I condemn this whether it’s a person with state authority at their back who is firing the gun or whether it’s a random psychopath without state authority who is firing the gun. There’s no such thing as a ‘war’ any more than there is such a thing as a ‘stamp collection.’ War is merely a collectivist category, an umbrella term used to denote the nature of certain actions, and the ‘war’ never occurs, though the actions do. There’s also no such thing as this ubiquitous group of ‘veterans’ who all share culpability for actions that have earned the label of ‘war.’” (05/16/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/05/16/is-arvin-right-or-wrong/

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38) The socialist hiding behind the curtain
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“It seems like there’s a socialist hiding behind almost every libertarian. If you prod most libertarians enough you’ll eventually find that one hot topic where they’re willing to put a bullet in the head of individualism and hang its corpse for all to see. For a lot of these libertarians that topic is international socialism. While they claim to be against socialism in all forms they will gladly join the ranks of the national socialists if they’re fighting international socialists. Another one of these topics that’s starting to creep up is universal basic income. A few libertarians have fallen for the automation scare and are using that as justification for why society must implement universal basic income. Interestingly enough, this tendency of self-proclaimed anti-socialists to have very strong socialists sentiments isn’t isolated to libertarians …” (05/15/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/05/16/the-socialist-hiding-behind-the-curtain/

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39) Could Trump become education’s great liberator?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland

“President Donald Trump may receive little or no credit anytime soon from within the public-education establishment for potentially easing the dead weight of federal mandates from the pursuit of learning in classrooms across the country. Eventually, though, he might — if his executive order (EO) of April 26 stays true in making it the executive branch’s policy to ‘protect and preserve State and local control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, and personnel’ of schools and other educational institutions.” (05/16/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/05/could-trump-become-educations-great-liberator/

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40) Government agencies don’t offer “customer service”
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kent Lalley

“Customer service call centers exist primarily to provide product support to consumers. But what about those ‘customer’ call centers where I don’t consider myself an actual customer? The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a toll-free customer service phone line along with the Bureau of Driver Licensing, some municipal authorities, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and a plethora of other organizations created by government force. So, why is being referred to as a customer here so infuriating? Because we have no other choice.” (05/16/17)

https://fee.org/articles/government-agencies-don-t-offer-customer-service/

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41) Trump putting the country at intolerable risk
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“The speed and ease with which an authoritarian engineered a hostile takeover of the Republican Party revived liberal interest last year in the work of the political scientist Juan Linz, whose seminal 1990 essay ‘The Perils of Presidentialism’ theorized that the structure of constitutional democracies like ours doom them to devolve into legitimation crises over time. Linz initially believed that the American system of government was uniquely immune from presidential peril due to the ‘diffuse character of American political parties.’ But by the time he died in October 2013, the parties had polarized into ideologically disciplined, parliamentary-style parties, and under the stress of that polarization, the system was beginning to creak.” (05/16/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/142721/trump-putting-country-intolerable-risk

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42) The “free market multiplier effect”
Source: Cobden Centre
by Vishal Wilde

“One of the basic concepts taught in first-year university economics classes around the world is the intuitively powerful though regularly abused ‘multiplier effect.’ The multiplier effect is predicated on the idea that, for an increase in income, some is saved (based on agents’ marginal propensity to save) and some is spent (based on agents’ marginal propensity to consume) and this leads to extra income on top of the initial ‘injection.’ … It is then argued that both government spending and tax cuts will lead to increases in income that are generally more than proportional to the initial expenditure (depending on how high the marginal propensity to consume is). Indeed, there have been famous attempts to theoretically debunk the multiplier effect but this has largely fallen on deaf, politically-expedient ears. What if, instead, we sought to turn the theoretical weapon of the multiplier effect back onto the interventionists and show how tax cuts can actually induce greater multipliers than government interventions?” (05/16/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/05/the-free-market-multiplier-effect/

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43) The French soda refill ban: The bitter taste of regulation
Source: Students For Liberty
by Bill Wirtz

“In January 2017, the French Parliament passed a bill that effectively banned free soda-refills in restaurants, in an attempt to tackle obesity. Where will its efforts lead us to? Rest assured, if living in France has confirmed one of my stereotypes, then it’s that you eat well. The Republique upholds culinary hedonism, and there are indeed health-related effects to this mindset: between 1997 and 2009, the obesity level has risen from 8.5 to 14.5 per cent. In 2016, Le Monde reports that the amount of obese people has risen to over 15.5 per cent, with 25.3 per cent of women and 41 per cent of men being generally overweight. In order to tackle this situation, consecutive governments have suggested and implemented large-scale government intervention. A Right or Left divide is missing completely in this Nanny-State policy, as the so-called soda tax was introduced by centre-right president Nicolas Sarkozy, only to be raised by following socialist governments.” (05/16/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/05/16/french-soda-refill-ban-bitter-taste-regulation/

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44) One incumbent falls
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“When former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) was indicted last July on 24 felony counts of fraud and obstruction, she suggested that if the FBI hadn’t wasted time investigating her for milking a charity for personal gain, they might have prevented the Orlando massacre. … Last week, the former congresswoman was convicted of 18 felonies related to fraudulently raising $800,000 for the One Door for Education Foundation, which only spent $1,200 on two small college scholarships — 0.0015 of what was raised … for college scholarships. As the Feds put it, Congresswoman Brown and her congressional chief of staff ‘used the vast majority of One Door donations for their personal and professional benefit, including tens of thousands of dollars in cash deposits that [her chief of staff] made to Brown’s personal bank accounts.’” (05/16/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/05/16/one-incumbent-falls/

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45) Forget Puerto Rico, what about US states’ soaring pension debts?
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“Yes, Puerto Rico is broke, and has declared the equivalent of bankruptcy in a federal court. But U.S. states, cities and counties have no reason to feel superior. They, too, are nearly insolvent, running deficits as soaring pension costs threaten the nation’s fiscal health, a new report says. The study by Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Joshua Rauh, ‘Hidden Debt, Hidden Deficits,’ is an update of a report issued last year. It should sound an alarm across the U.S. about the growing crisis of underfunded pensions at the state and local level. Instead, sadly, it will likely be ignored. To put it bluntly, America’s pension systems are being mismanaged, which is hitting state and local budgets hard. The Hoover study looked at 649 pension systems as of 2015. What it found was alarming. The average investment return for pensions was 2.87% for the year, while the discount rate (essentially, the expected investment return) was 7.36%. That means returns are 61% below expectations, a dismal performance to say the least.” (05/16/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/never-mind-puerto-rico-what-about-u-s-states-soaring-pension-debts

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46) National Orc Week: Celebrating your gaoler, literally
Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“Short post to commemorate a singularly perplexing event; today is the first day of the National Police Week. So you sidle up to the statist bar and order the happy hour concoction of a Milgram-Stockholm Syndrome on the rocks. Drink deep because you are quaffing the draught of kings quite literally. No violence broker (politician) on Earth could rob a single man of his liberty if not for the uniformed thug posing as the fabled badged Samaritan.” (05/15/17)

http://zerogov.com/?p=5109

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47) Trinity Lutheran and a response to Michael Stokes Paulsen and NRO
Source: Independent Institute
by William Watkins

“Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, in my opinion, provided a microcosm of what ails us. In modern American politics, every issue is a national issue where the winners take all. We no longer have a functioning federal system where states can serve as laboratories of democracy. Health care, the regulation of ‘controlled substances,’ and marriage are all examples of the one-size-fits-all system. Because of the demise of the federal system, opposing parties fight to the death and give no quarter to opponents. Trinity Lutheran is but another example of this. Much of the chatter on the internet about this case looked at long-term national policy implications of the decision. In general, conservatives wanted the decision of the lower courts overturned in hopes this would further open the door for right-wing pet programs such as use of vouchers in religious schools. The Left, distrustful of the ‘opiate of the masses’ and still believing that more money is the answer to the education crisis, wants to keep children in government schools and preserve a wall of separation between church and state.” (05/15/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/05/15/trinity-lutheran-and-a-response-to-michael-stokes-paulson-and-nro/

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48) Labour: The party of the non-working class
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“While May is donning the proverbial donkey jacket and talking about workers’ rights, what is Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn doing to ‘woo working-class voters,’ as the Guardian inaccurately described his latest policy announcement? He’s promising to save the NHS, of course, with a promised £37 billion cash injection over the course of the next parliament. The recourse to a ‘save our NHS’ gesture is predictable, but it’s revealing, too. It captures a party that knows not how to speak for its one-time social base, only to speak to it, as an agglomeration of the poor and needy, people in want of treatment. Because that’s what the working class is for Labour now: patients in waiting, objects of public-health prohibitions, and sermons about fizzy drinks and fags. That’s why the NHS has become the sacred cow to whose udders Corbyn et al are determinedly attached. Because in Labour’s eyes, it’s what people need: beds and no circuses.” (05/16/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/labour-the-party-of-the-non-working-class/

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49) The Secret Service’s obstruction of justice in the JFK case
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“All the hoopla over President Trump’s ‘obstruction of justice’ over his firing of former FBI Director James Comey Jr. reminds me of the Secret Service’s obstruction of justice relating to the JFK assassination, which, for some reason, failed to produce even a murmur of objection from the mainstream media. The reason I put ‘obstruction of justice’ in Trump’s case in quotation marks is because firing a FBI director does not, in and of itself, constitute the crime of obstruction of justice. The reason I don’t put quotation marks around obstruction of justice with respect to what the Secret Service did is because its actions constituted, without a doubt, the actual crime of obstruction of justice. What did the Secret Service do to obstruct justice? It knowingly, deliberately, and intentionally destroyed official records in the JFK assassination with full knowledge that a law enacted by Congress expressly forbade the destruction of such records.” (05/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/05/16/secret-services-obstruction-justice-jfk-case/

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50) Secret new European copyright proposal spells disaster for free culture
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm

“EFF has learned about a new proposal for European law that takes aim at online streaming services, but which will strike a serious blow to creators and their fans. The proposal, which would effectively ban online streaming services from hosting works under free licenses, could spell an end to services like the Luxembourg-based Jamendo that offers access to free music online, and raise new barriers to offering freely-licensed works on other streaming platforms. This is all part of Europe’s proposed new Digital Single Market Directive, which is presently doing the rounds of the three European institutions (the European Commission, European Parliament, and Council of the European Union) that will have to reach agreement on its final text.” (05/15/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/05/secret-new-european-copyright-proposal-spells-disaster-free-culture

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51) The Libertarian Angle, 05/16/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling talk about the great economist and libertarian Ludwig von Mises.” [various formats] (05/16/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-giants-libertarianism-ludwig-von-mises/

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52) Freedom Feens Radio, 05/16/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“A tiny bit on [the episode post photo]. I think. But mainly, James Weeks and Michael W. Dean pontificate on Ransomware, ‘is protesting useful?’ The Fallacy Fallacy, ‘is arguing on the Internet useful,’ the goofballery of Richard Spencer invoking actual spooks in Charlottesville, and the books of new Feens co-host John Vibes.” [various formats] (05/16/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14497

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53) Free Talk Live, 05/15/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Cop Fired for Not Shooting Suicidal Man :: Secession :: Government Military :: FTL AMP Program Hurting :: Smoking Ban from Plaza :: FCC Chairman Targeted in Neighborhood Over Repealing Net Neutrality :: Russians and Trump :: Print Shop Decision to Not Print Gay Pride Shirts Upheld By Courts :: Heroin Religious Freedom? :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [various formats] (05/15/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-05-15

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54) The Tom Woods Show, episode 909
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Journalist Johann Hari, author of the acclaimed bestseller Chasing the Scream, joins me to discuss the fact-free origins of the War on Drugs, the flawed assumptions that drive it even today, and its grotesque human consequences.” [various formats] (05/15/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-909-what-the-war-on-drugs-really-looks-like-minus-the-propaganda/

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55) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 40
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #40, I discuss the truth about US interventions. US media and politicians never tell the truth about the failures of interventions. Look at US intervention country by country and examine the failures in each case.” [various formats] (05/15/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-40-exposing-the-truth-of-us-foreign-interventions

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56) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 600
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Ann Coulter is, by my account an uglier version of Rachel Maddow. (both inside and out) She makes her living by coming up with the most offensive and shocking way to express a political opinion. Not surprisingly she is also a HUGE Trump supporter. Or at least she was. It turns out she’s not happy we don’t have a wall, or a decent budget or mass deportation. She’s so upset over Trump’s shortcomings she’s considering pulling her support for the President. I’ve never liked Ann. Even what I was a conservative I didn’t like her. She represents the worst qualities in a human being and politics today. But, because she cranks out controversial books as fast as anyone can read them (and I wonder how many people do) she continues to find her way onto the national stage.” [various formats] (05/15/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/600-ann-coulter-the-rights-version-of-rachel-maddow/

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57) Ron Paul on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Former Congressman Ron Paul discusses his argument with Rudy Giuliani during the 2007 Republican presidential debates about the link between US foreign policy and 9/11 (Rudy denied there was such a thing). Paul was the only one of 10 candidates on stage who opposed the Iraq War, and he stuck to his principles even after the crowd’s thunderous approval of Giuliani’s patriotism-laden rebuke. Paul’s debate answer has stood the test of time, and helped popularize the idea that an interventionist foreign policy causes violent blowback.” [various formats] (05/15/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/51517-ron-paul-10th-anniversary-faceoff-rudy-giuliani-south-carolina-presidential-debate/

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