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Wednesday, September 5th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Chaos grips Senate hearing on Trump Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh
2) Ukraine: Poroshenko plans to notify Russia of treaty termination
3) White House fires back at “fabricated” Woodward book
4) Kyl to replace McCain in US Senate
5) Egypt: Man accused of botched attack on US embassy
6) Trump whines a little about Nike’s Kaepernick ad
7) China: Regime doubles financial pledges to Africa and vows to waive debt for poorest nations
8) CA: LA DA declines sex crime cases against Spacey, Anderson, Seagal
9) NASA offers $750k in prizes for ways to turn CO2 into other molecules on Mars
10) EU will require streaming services to make more European content
11) Microwaves may be culprit in mysterious sonic attacks on US diplomats in Cuba
12) Philippines: Duterte orders arrest of critic over 2003 mutiny
13) FL: Manslaughter defendant in “stand your ground” case said he felt scared in altercation
14) Dread Pirate Roberts whale wallet activity hints toward $800 million Bitcoin market dump
15) Afghanistan: Founder of Haqqani network is dead, Taliban says

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) The problem with prohibitions on electronic contraband like 3D-printed gun designs
17) What is an “impeachable offense?”
18) It’s not only about markets vs. the state
19) Vote Free Stuff Millennial Party: Chelsea in 2020
20) Still dying for nothing in Afghanistan
21) Education waste leaves taxpayers no choice
22) Amazon is far more dangerous and powerful than you want to admit
23) Brett Kavanaugh will follow in Anthony Kennedy’s collegial Supreme Court footsteps
24) The moral harm of “pro-fertility” economics
25) The Lyft or Uber ride is the new marketplace for ideas
26) Decoding “the first twitter president”
27) The people who decide legality
28) The other political correctness
29) Israel, Zionism, and the (((JEWS)))
30) Endangerment Finding “delenda est”
31) The terror of people being employed where they are productive
32) Grub first, then ethics
33) The Internet doesn’t need a Fairness Doctrine
34) What Kavanaugh will say today, and what he’ll actually mean
35) Voluntary or barbaric?
36) New NAFTA is just old protectionism and bad economics
37) Ooga Booga Time
38) The Day the Justice Department accused me of jury tampering
39) Populism revisited
40) Where’s the outrage?
41) Can’t we just leave Syria alone?
42) The west has no moral authority in Syria
43) Cody Wilson and strategy for nullification
44) More on ghettos and refuges
45) Mugged by regulation

The Sound and the Fury:

46) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 09/04/18
47) Reason Podcast, 09/04/18
48) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 09/04/18
49) Scott Adams Says, 09/04/18
50) Humans of Bitcoin, 09/04/18
51) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, 09/04/18
52) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 241
53) Postcards from Somalia, episode 9
54) Free Talk Live, 09/03/18
55) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 176
56) Cato Daily Podcast, 09/03/18
57) Leading Liberty Podcast, 09/03/18
58) Kick the Puppy, episode 3
59) One Free Family, episode 30
60) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 364

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

1) Chaos grips Senate hearing on Trump Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh
Source: Reuters

“Chaos engulfed the U.S. Senate confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, as Democrats on Tuesday complained bitterly about Republicans withholding documents about the nominee’s past White House service and shouting protesters were arrested in droves. More than seven hours went by during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing before Kavanaugh, the conservative federal appeals court judge Trump selected for a lifetime job on the top U.S. judicial body, got to deliver his opening statement. … If confirmed, Kavanaugh, 53, is expected to move the court — which already had a conservative majority — further to the right. Senate Democratic leaders have vowed a fierce fight to try to block his confirmation.” (09/04/18)

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-court-kavanaugh/chaos-grips-senate-hearing-on-trump-supreme-court-pick-kavanaugh-idUKKCN1LK102

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2) Ukraine: Poroshenko plans to notify Russia of treaty termination
Source: TASS [Russian state media]

“Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko said on Monday he plans to notify Russia about expiration of the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between Ukraine and Russia by September 30. … Ukraine and Russia inked the Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership in May 1997. The Treaty came into force in April 1999 for a term of ten years with automatic extension for further ten-year periods if neither of the sides decides otherwise. The sides are to say whether they plan either to extend or terminate the Treaty before October 2018.” (09/03/18)

http://tass.com/world/1019799

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3) White House fires back at “fabricated” Woodward book
Source: New York Post

“The White House on Tuesday furiously pushed back at an explosive new tell-all by Watergate journalist Bob Woodward, which depicted an administration in chaos and led by a president who is consumed with the Russia probe and has little knowledge of or interest in policy details. ‘This book is nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees, told to make the President look bad. While it is not always pretty, and rare that the press actually covers it, President Trump has broken through the bureaucratic process to deliver unprecedented successes for the American people,’ administration spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.” (09/04/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/09/04/white-house-fires-back-at-fabricated-woodward-book/

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4) Kyl to replace McCain in US Senate
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Former Republican Sen. Jon Kyl has been tapped to replace the late Sen. John McCain in the Senate. Kyl, 76, served three terms in the Senate, rising to become the No. 2 Republican before retiring in 2013. He has been helping guide Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh through the Senate and has been a lobbyist at a Washington law firm. He also previously served in the U.S. House. … Kyl will serve through the remainder of this year and will be able to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.” (09/04/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/04/644553849/kyl-to-replace-mccain-in-senate

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5) Egypt: Man accused of botched attack on US embassy
Source: Fox News

“An Egyptian man was arrested Tuesday outside the U.S. Embassy in Egypt after chemicals in his backpack caught fire, an episode authorities labeled a botched attack. The man, Abdullah Ayman Abdel-Sameea, 24, had a backpack full of flammable chemicals outside the embassy, in the Garden City neighborhood of the capital city, Cairo, the Interior Ministry said.” (09/04/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/04/man-carrying-explosive-device-arrested-outside-us-embassy-in-cairo-officials-say.html

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6) Trump whines a little about Nike’s Kaepernick ad
Source: USA Today

“President Trump responded to a Nike ad campaign that features Colin Kaepernick, saying the company is sending a ‘terrible message’ by featuring the free agent quarterback. In an interview Tuesday with The Daily Caller, Trump said ‘there’s no reason’ for Nike to use Kaepernick in its marketing campaign. … Late in August 2016, Kaepernick started his protests — first sitting, then kneeling — during the playing of the [super special excellent song that everyone should use as an aid in conspicuously displaying their nationalist idolatry]. Several players have followed his lead. Trump has been an outspoken critic of Kaepernick’s and other players who have protested during the anthem, at times calling for players to be suspended or even fired for demonstrating.” (09/04/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2018/09/04/nike-colin-kaepernick-president-donald-trump-protest/1196111002/

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7) China: Regime doubles financial pledges to Africa and vows to waive debt for poorest nations
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“China has doubled its financial aid and investment pledges to Africa and promised to waive the debt of the continent’s least-developed nations as Beijing seeks to extend its economic and political reach in the region. President Xi Jinping announced US$60 billion in support on Monday as leaders from more than 50 African countries met in Beijing for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. The commitment comes on top of another US$60 billion announced at the summit three years ago.” (09/04/18)

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2162590/no-political-strings-attached-china-doubles-financial-pledges

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8) CA: LA DA declines sex crime cases against Spacey, Anderson, Seagal
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

“The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced that it declined to prosecute sex crime cases against actors Kevin Spacey, Anthony Anderson and Steven Seagal. In the matter of the Spacey and Seagal cases, the statute of limitations had passed, according to authorities. For Anderson’s case, the reporting party declined to be interviewed by authorities for the case. … The D.A.’s office is still reviewing cases against Harvey Weinstein, whose massive scandal created the #MeToo movement. ” (09/04/18)

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kevin-spacey-anthony-anderson-steven-seagal-sex-crime-cases-declined-by-la-district-attorney-1139588

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9) NASA offers $750k in prizes for ways to turn CO2 into other molecules on Mars
Source: Yahoo! News

“When NASA launches manned missions to space they have to bring just about everything along with them. You can’t reach out into space for resources when you’re cruising in orbit aboard the International Space Station, and the Apollo missions to the Moon didn’t attempt to turn anything on the lunar surface into anything useful for the trip. When NASA sends humans to Mars, that’s going to have to change. Missions to Mars will need to be as lean as possible, meaning that using any available resources on the Red Planet will be of utmost importance. With that in mind, NASA just announced the CO2 Conversion Challenge, which asks teams of scientists and inventors to come up with a way to turn CO2 into molecules that can be used to produce all manner of things. And there’s big prize money on the line.” (09/03/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/nasa-pay-750-000-come-way-turn-co2-183428634.html

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10) EU will require streaming services to make more European content
Source: Engadget

“Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will likely soon have to ensure at least 30 percent of their libraries are dedicated to local content in the European Union. A preliminary agreement on the rules is already in place, and Roberto Viola, who oversees the European Commission department in charge of networks, content and technology, said the quota is set to become law in December. He indicated to Variety that the vote is ‘a mere formality.’ The streaming companies will have to commission European-made shows and movies, buy them or contribute to national film funds. The services will also likely have to make sure the local content has prominent placement in their libraries.” (09/04/18)

https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/04/netflix-amazon-european-content-quota-eu-law/

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11) Microwaves may be culprit in mysterious sonic attacks on US diplomats in Cuba
Source: MarketWatch

“The American diplomats and family members who mysteriously fell ill while stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Havana may have been zapped by microwaves that can cause brain injuries, according to a frightening report Saturday. Doctors and scientists examined 21 of the more than three dozen people affected at the now-abandoned building, concluding that microwaves are ‘a main suspect’ in their medical conditions, a story in The New York Times says. … Analysts cite the Frey effect, named after an American scientist who discovered that microwaves can make victims think they’re hearing loud noises like ringing and buzzing — or human voices.” (09/02/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/microwaves-may-be-culprit-in-mysterious-sonic-attacks-on-us-diplomats-in-cuba-2018-09-02

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12) Philippines: Duterte orders arrest of critic over 2003 mutiny
Source: Bloomberg

“Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the arrest of one of his top critics over a failed mutiny more than a decade ago, in what observers see as his latest move to silence political opponents. In a proclamation dated Aug. 31 that was published in the Manila Times'[s] classifieds Tuesday, Duterte revoked an amnesty granted to Senator Antonio Trillanes for 2003 and 2007 coup attempts against former leader Gloria Arroyo. The order said the military and police should ’employ all lawful means’ to apprehend the former naval officer so he can be detained and stand trial. … Trillanes told reporters on Tuesday that amnesty is an act of Congress that can’t be revoked through executive order.” (09/04/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-04/duterte-orders-arrest-of-top-philippine-critic-over-2003-mutiny

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13) FL: Manslaughter defendant in “stand your ground” case said he felt scared in altercation
Source: CNN

“Michael Drejka, the Florida man who shot dead Markeis McGlockton after McGlockton [knocked him to the ground in a sudden and unprovoked assault], said he feared for his life during the parking lot altercation. ‘I was very scared. I’ve never been confronted like that, never been assaulted like that, if you will, ever,’ Drejka said in a recent jailhouse interview. Drejka fatally shot McGlockton after an argument with McGlockton’s girlfriend over a handicapped parking space in July. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri initially declined to arrest Drejka, citing the state’s ‘stand your ground’ law. But Pinellas and Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe charged Drejka with manslaughter in August.” (09/03/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/03/us/michael-drejka-stand-your-ground-jailhouse-interview/index.html

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14) Dread Pirate Roberts whale wallet activity hints toward $800 million Bitcoin market dump
Source: CryptoSlate

“Almost $800 million worth of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash has been withdrawn from wallets associated with defunct cryptocurrency ‘black market’ Silk Road marketplace and linked to Silk Road owner Ross ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’ Ulbricht, signaling a potential large-scale Bitcoin market dump. The Silk Road-related cryptocurrency wallet activity, first observed by cryptocurrency community members on Aug. 30, has seen over 111,000 BTC and BCH distributed into smaller chunks, with the total amount scattered across 80 wallets — potentially to be dumped onto the cryptocurrency market.” (09/03/18)

https://cryptoslate.com/dread-pirate-roberts-whale-wallet-activity-hints-toward-800-million-bitcoin-market-dump/

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15) Afghanistan: Founder of Haqqani network is dead, Taliban says
Source: New York Post

“The Taliban say the Afghan Haqqani network founder, Jalaluddin Haqqani, an ex-U.S. ally turned fierce enemy, has died after years of ill health. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday that Haqqani died on Monday inside Afghanistan. The elderly founder of Afghanistan’s outlawed Haqqani network had been paralyzed for the past 10 years.” (09/04/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/09/04/founder-of-haqqani-network-is-dead-taliban-says/

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

16) The problem with prohibitions on electronic contraband like 3D-printed gun designs
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Watching the battle over downloadable gun designs play out is a lot like following the controversy around Napster and shared music files. And both remind me of early-internet efforts by the French government to suppress Le Grand Secret, a tell-too-much (said officials) confessional by President Francois Mitterand’s personal physician. The earlier efforts at restrictions failed spectacularly, and the latest is bound to flounder, too — for the same reasons. Increasingly, in this digital age, prohibitions and restrictions are running up against the limits of state authority, as officials test their power over things which have no form, shape, or fixed location — things that can often be infinitely reproduced once control slips even a little. … efforts to restrict the distribution of digital contraband have a pretty lousy track record. Once the stuff is out there, it stays readily available so long as anybody makes an effort to hand it around. Not that officials seem aware of that sad history — or to know much at all about what they’re doing when it comes to the internet.” (09/04/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/09/04/can-prohibitions-ever-be-effective-again

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17) What is an “impeachable offense?”
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“In a Labor Day tweet, President Donald Trump took Attorney General Jeff Sessions to task over the indictments of two Republican congressmen — one for insider trading, the other for misusing campaign funds. ‘Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff …’ CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin responded on the network’s ‘New Day’ program: ‘This tweet alone may be an impeachable offense,’ because it is ‘so contrary to the traditions of the Department of Justice.’ Can a presidential tweet — and especially this tweet in particular — be an impeachable offense? Short answer: Yes.” (09/04/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13946

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18) It’s not only about markets vs. the state
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Michael Munger

“Many of us operate using a false dichotomy: everything that is not a for-profit market process is ‘the state.’ That’s logically wrong, and concedes far too much too the state. It leaves us defending the ‘perfection’ of the market, which is a fool’s errand. The best argument for markets is not the perfection of the price mechanism; it’s the imperfection of the world. Everything is in the wrong place, and information about how to make things better is dispersed and hard to obtain. Decentralized, voluntary mechanisms for organizing humans socially are the key to solving those problems. The ‘state’ depends on centralized, coercive means of organizing people socially. That’s almost always a mistake. But it may also be a mistake to insist that market processes, using explicit prices, are the answer.” (09/04/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/its-not-only-about-markets-vs-state

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19) Vote Free Stuff Millennial Party: Chelsea in 2020
Source: Global Liberty Media
by Garry Reed

“A candidate doesn’t have to be a Republican to run as a Republican. Trump was a Reagan Republican, switched to the Reform Party, then became a Democrat, then a Republican, then an Independent and is now a Republican President. A candidate doesn’t have to be a Democrat to run as a Democrat. As a University of Chicago student Bernie Sanders joined the Young People’s Socialist League, later joined the Liberty Union Party, then became Independent, then a Democrat, identified as a socialist while mayor of Burlington, Vermont in the 1980s and again during his 2016 bid as a Democratic Party presidential nominee. Even Hillary was a Republican once. Hillary Rodham canvassed for Richard Nixon at age 13 and later campaigned for Barry Goldwater. … it’s even true that a candidate doesn’t have to be a libertarian to run as a Libertarian. Both the Presidential and VP Libertarian Party candidates were Republicans before claiming to be Libertarians.” (09/04/18)

http://globallibertymedia.com/vote-free-stuff-millennial-party-chelsea-in-2020

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20) Still dying for nothing in Afghanistan
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Over the past weekend, another U.S. soldier was killed in Afghanistan and another was wounded in what the media calls an ‘insider attack.’ That means that a member of the Afghan military or police was the one who killed and wounded those two soldiers. At the risk of belaboring the obvious, it is rather difficult to protect against an attack from your friends. That was the sixth U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan this year, bringing the total death toll to 2,200. What did the latest soldier die for? The U.S. national-security establishment delivers the same line that it has used since the inception — that he, like all the others, died protecting his country. At the man’s funeral, there will undoubtedly be people who say that the soldier died protecting our freedom. Both are flat-out, unequivocal, ridiculous lies. No one in Afghanistan, including the Taliban, is threatening our country or our freedom. No matter how discomforting it might be, that soldier died for nothing, just as all the rest have.” (09/04/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/09/04/still-dying-for-nothing-in-afghanistan/

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21) Education waste leaves taxpayers no choice
Source: Independent Institute
by K Lloyd Billingsley

“[T]he county offices of education are another layer of absorbent bureaucratic sediment though which taxpayer dollars must trickle down before reaching the classroom. These offices tend to be holding tanks for bureaucrats between jobs. Like school districts, they tend to get active when education spending is on the ballot, the Proposition 30 tax hikes of 2012, for example. In this collective farm of mediocrity and failure, more money is always the answer. If parents opt for independent schools, their tax dollars still go directly to the government system. Like veterans on the G.I. Bill, parents and students deserve full educational choice, with the dollar following the scholar, as a matter of basic civil rights.” (09/04/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/09/04/education-waste-leaves-taxpayers-no-choice/

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22) Amazon is far more dangerous and powerful than you want to admit
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Rampant ignorance has plagued the U.S. population when it comes to the deployment of technology, which has allowed the platform monopolies of Facebook, Google and Amazon to rise to dominance with disturbingly little scrutiny. Specifically, these companies have been able to take advantage of a massive knowledge arbitrage between themselves and their users. In other words, these companies have been so far ahead of the general public when it comes to technology, they were able to create incredibly profitable surveillance companies without anybody noticing or caring until very recently.” (09/04/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/09/04/amazon-is-far-more-dangerous-and-powerful-than-you-want-to-admit/

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23) Brett Kavanaugh will follow in Anthony Kennedy’s collegial Supreme Court footsteps
Source: USA Today
by Nick Harper, Travis Lenkner, Richard Re, Caroline Van Zile, & Justin Walker

“It was a quarter-century ago when Brett Kavanaugh first met Anthony Kennedy, during an interview for a job as one of the justice’s law clerks. Now a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and nominated to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court, Judge Kavanaugh likely tried to remember the lessons he later would teach his own students and clerks: Be yourself, smile in spite of your nerves, and show what you know without looking showy. As former clerks to both Kavanaugh and Kennedy, we have heard that advice time and again. In Justice Kennedy, Kavanaugh found an unfailingly polite lawyer’s lawyer with disarming warmth who just happened to be a pivotal voice on the Supreme Court of the United States. For his part, Kennedy found just what he was hoping for in a young law clerk: a whip-smart go-getter who shared his boss'[s] love for baseball, U.S. history and the law. As young lawyers who clerked first for Kavanaugh and then for Kennedy, we frequently heard Kennedy sing Kavanaugh’s praises.” (09/04/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/09/04/brett-kavanaugh-confirmation-hearings-supreme-court-justice-nominee-kennedy-column/1185799002

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24) The moral harm of “pro-fertility” economics
Source: Acton Institute
by Marcin Chmielowski

“Poland has been undergoing a demographic implosion for some time, and this threatens the house of cards created by government intervention in the economy. In 2015, the fertility rate in Poland was 1.29. This is far below replacement level, which is roughly 2.1 children per couple. The government offered as a solution its ‘Family 500+’ policy — a financial incentive paid each month to parents of underage children. But the cost of the policy is enormous, in financial and moral terms. While the ineffective program is paid for by all taxpayers, it serves only politicians, who can attempt to outbid each other with taxpayer subsidies.” (09/04/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/09/04/moral-harm-pro-fertility-economics

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25) The Lyft or Uber ride is the new marketplace for ideas
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by James Walpole

“Lyft and Uber bring different people and different cultures together. And they also bring together different ideas in a one-of-a-kind environment. Lyft and Uber create special conditions that make dialogue easy. Both sides have an incentive to be polite (Lyft’s ratings apply to both drivers and riders). They provide an easy exit option for both rider and driver since drives are time-bound. They provide relative anonymity — you’re never going to see your driver or rider again (probably) so you might as well speak your mind. And finally, because of the rating system, both sides have an implicit trust in each other to be 1) financially good for the ride and 2) not a crazy ax murderer. All of these things together allow for open, honest, and friendly conversation about big questions. It’s interesting to watch (and participate in) what can happen in a philosophical or political conversation on one of these rides.” (09/04/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-lyft-or-uber-ride-is-the-new-marketplace-for-ideas/

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26) Decoding “the first twitter president”
Source: Salon
by Chauncey De Vega

“New research by Ryerson University mathematics professor Anthony Bonato and his colleague Lyndsay Roach explains the repeated themes and concepts that Donald Trump channels on Twitter, how they relate to one another, and the potential implications for American democracy. Their research also reveals how Trump uses Twitter to shape the news media’s coverage as the latter struggles to come to terms with his enduring appeal — and with the way he has turned his public against the very concept of a free press. I recently spoke with Anthony Bonato about his groundbreaking research into Donald Trump’s us of Twitter.” (09/04/18)

https://www.salon.com/2018/09/04/decoding-the-first-twitter-president-mathematician-anthony-bonato-on-the-science-of-trump-tweets/

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27) The people who decide legality
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Anybody who has looked into the history of the politics and legalities of firearms knows that the people who write and interpret laws regarding firearms are generally clueless about the subject matter. The same is true for technology (and possibly more so). The people who write and interpret laws regarding technology are almost always completely clueless about the subject matter. But what happens when you combine firearms and technology? An entirely new level of ignorance is unlocked …” (09/04/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/09/04/the-people-who-decide-legality/

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28) The other political correctness
Source: The New Republic
by Isaac Stone Fish

“There is an epidemic of self-censorship at U.S. universities on the subject of China, one that limits debate and funnels students and academics away from topics likely to offend the Chinese Communist Party. This epidemic stems less from the hundreds of millions of dollars Chinese individuals and the Chinese Communist Party spend in U.S. universities, or the influx of students from mainland China — roughly 350,000 in the United States, up more than fivefold from a decade ago. Rather, it is that some people in American academia, too eager to please Beijing or too fearful of offending China and the Chinese people, have submitted to a sophisticated global censorship regime. This weakens not only their scholarship and integrity, but also their negotiating power with Beijing over issues such as access for research, conferences and other academic collaborations, and joint programs between American and Chinese institutions.” (09/04/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150476/american-elite-universities-selfcensorship-china

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29) Israel, Zionism, and the (((JEWS)))
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“I didn’t want to write about this. I don’t want to write about this. But circumstances give me little choice. The ancient poison has been spreading, and the last major pogrom (this one industrialized) ended 73 years ago. The pogrom cycle is coming around again. Most people, thankfully, are no longer susceptible to the poison. But others still are, and they are being openly encouraged. I can’t be sure how much this article will help, but neither can I watch in silence.” (09/04/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/israel-zionism-jews

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30) Endangerment Finding “delenda est”
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“As the Punic Wars dragged on, Cato the Elder reportedly concluded every speech to the Roman Senate by proclaiming ‘Carthago delenda est’ — ‘Carthage must be destroyed.’ Ample evidence suggests that the Obama era Environmental Protection Agency’s ‘Endangerment Finding’ was devised in violation of basic scientific and transparency principles that ignored or excluded extensive evidence that contradicted its preordained outcome. The EF was then used to justify anti-fossil fuel rules that seriously harmed the energy security, jobs, health and welfare of millions of Americans. The Finding must be reexamined. If these contentions are validated, it must be reversed and demolished.” (09/04/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/09/endangerment-finding-delenda-est/

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31) The terror of people being employed where they are productive
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“The argument in favour of the universities — government funded of course — doing all the research is that it’s all so long term, so much of a public good, that the private sector, private actors, just won’t do it. Takes far too long, it’s all far too risky, to do that research in a private company. Now we’ve the complaint that everyone capable of doing this research is in a private company — wherefore our universities now? Well, clearly, the argument that only universities, only the government, can do that research has something of a dent in it, doesn’t it?” (09/04/18)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-terror-of-people-being-employed-where-they-are-productive

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32) Grub first, then ethics
Source: PanAm Post
by Jose Azel

“The German playwright Bertolt Brecht, when asked what he thought about ethics, dismissed the importance of ethics replying, ‘Grub first, then ethics.’ Brecht was a committed Marxist who, after living in the United States during World War II, went on to live in East Germany after the war ended. … His countryman, the political scientist Christian Welzel, explores rigorously the human quest for freedoms and historical changes in values in his 2013 book ‘Freedom Rising: Human Empowerment and the Quest for Emancipation.’ Welzel argues that, as a society progresses, citizens become less concerned with physical needs and shift their values toward what he calls ’emancipatory values.’ He defines emancipation as the universal human desire for an existence free from domination. That is, freedom becomes more important to us than security. We give more importance to diversity than to uniformity. Creativity wins over discipline. And we much value autonomy over authority, and individuality over conformity.” (09/04/18)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2018/09/04/grub-first-then-ethics/

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33) The Internet doesn’t need a Fairness Doctrine
Source: National Review
by Eric Peterson

“Republicans are calling for government action to correct ‘bias’ online. It wasn’t so long ago that the GOP rejected such arguments.” (09/04/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/09/internet-censorship-fairness-doctrine-not-needed/

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34) What Kavanaugh will say today, and what he’ll actually mean
Source: The Nation
By Nan Aron

“The curtain goes up today on the Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh. Given the importance of the job at hand, the hearings deserve the widest possible audience — but, like many arcane rituals, the proceedings can be hard to follow if you don’t know the key code words and signals. We understand. That’s why we’ve come up with a handy guide (based on experience with a few other recent (mostly Republican) confirmation hearings, as well as Kavanaugh’s own comments) to help in the challenging process of decoding Kavanaugh. After all, your rights (and those of millions of your fellow Americans) are at stake. If He Says: ‘If confirmed to the Supreme Court, I will uphold precedent.’ It Means: A handy dodge that sounds great, especially in those situations when somebody asks if you think seminal rulings people really care about, such as Brown v. Board of Education, should stand.” [editor’s note: Not even hiding the “mind reading” now – SAT] (09/04/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/what-kavanaugh-will-say-today-and-what-hell-actually-mean/

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35) Voluntary or barbaric?
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“There are some terribly confused people out there. I’ve been hearing some ideas expressed lately that show just how bad this confusion is. Here are some hints that could clear it up, if they’d listen: If it’s voluntary, it’s not taxation. It’s giving. If it’s voluntary, it’s not socialism. It’s sharing. If it’s voluntary, it’s not political government (the State). It’s cooperation. Taxation, socialism, and political government are not voluntary but are barbaric offenses against humanity. You can’t hide this truth by calling the coercive act by the voluntary act’s name. Why does this seem so hard for government supremacists to understand?” (09/04/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/09/voluntary-or-barbaric.html

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36) New NAFTA is just old protectionism and bad economics
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Carmen Elena Dorobat

“A new North-American trade deal is in the works between the U.S. and Canada, after a tentative agreement was reached with Mexico last week. The deal would replace the almost 25-year-old NAFTA accord between the three countries. The media and industry alike are suffering from ‘deal fever,’ as they eagerly await the results of negotiations. There is not much known about what this new deal will involve exactly. However, the few things we do know indicate there’s no need for any excitement. The new trade agreement will be simply an amalgamation of the old NAFTA, the previously-rejected TPP, and some new protectionist measures. Is it likely to be a win for free trade? Not by a mile.” (09/04/18)

https://mises.org/wire/new-nafta-just-old-protectionism-and-bad-economics

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37) Ooga Booga Time
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Two tribes — On the left, we see both iconoclasm (razing of Confederate memorial statuary) and a fixation on surface meaning (defending the actions of antifa by fixating on its name: ‘it just means ‘anti-fascism!”). On the right, rallying around the flag and MAGA hats has reached fever heat. — Welcome to Ooga Booga Time. In other words: tribalism.” (09/04/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/09/04/moontribes/

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38) The Day the Justice Department accused me of jury tampering
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In the 1970s, criminal-defense lawyers in Laredo were making a killing representing drug-war defendants. … A client or his relatives would come into our office and deposit thousands of dollars for attorney’s fees, carefully counting out each $100 bill. But not the client who Judge O’Connor appointed me to represent. Since he was indigent, he received a free legal defense. The big problem for him was that it came in the form of a lawyer who had just started practicing law. This was my very first jury trial. … during a recess in the middle of the trial, the assistant U.S. Attorney asked me to come into his office. A DEA agent was sitting in there. In a nice, friendly tone of voice, the assistant U.S. Attorney said to me, ‘We have received information that you have been in touch with one of the jurors. We don’t want to make a big deal out of it. If you’ll agree to excuse the juror, we can just advise the judge and tell him that we have agreed to having one of the alternates take the place of that juror.’” (09/04/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-day-the-justice-department-accused-me-of-jury-tampering/

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39) Populism revisited
Source: CounterPunch
by Adrian Kuzminski

“It is the corrupt elites, populists argue, who are to blame for the insecurities and troubles of the middle-class. If you’ve lost your job, are over your head in debt, can’t pay your bills, don’t have adequate health care, lack a decent pension, and feel that your values are being undermined, populists say, it’s because of them. The elitist agenda, they say, is what drives inequality, including the outsourcing of jobs, corporate globalization, union-busting, deregulation, and the machinations of the deep state. All this, in their view, represents the tyranny of the one percent, not the welfare of the ninety-nine percent. It doesn’t require a demagogue to convince people that these are real problems, not paranoid fears. The trouble with modern left and right wing demagogues is their unwillingness or inability to get at the root of the problems which they try to leverage for votes.” (09/04/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/09/04/populism-revisited/

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40) Where’s the outrage?
Source: Town Hall
by Sally C Pipes

“How can you tell if competition is working in a given market? Generally speaking, prices go down while quality goes up. Productivity increases as more efficient methods are discovered. Shortages are rare to nonexistent. And, most important, consumers win. Government intervention, monopolies, and other market distortions can disrupt the normal rules of supply and demand, fostering competition that’s actually pernicious to consumers. These distortions are now a major problem in healthcare. With respect to medicines, the problem is that ‘everybody wins when list prices rise, except for the patient,’ as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told PBS earlier this month. Azar was describing the role of so-called Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), pharmaceutical drug middlemen with major market clout and who play a causal role driving up drug prices.” (09/04/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/sallycpipes/2018/09/04/wheres-the-outrage-n2515700

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41) Can’t we just leave Syria alone?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ron Paul

“Assad was supposed to be gone already. President Obama thought it would be just another ‘regime change’ operation and perhaps Assad would end up like Saddam Hussein or Yanukovych. Or maybe even Gaddafi. But he was supposed to be gone. The US spent billions to get rid of him and even provided weapons and training to the kinds of radicals that attacked the United States on 9/11. But with the help of his allies, Assad has nearly defeated this foreign-sponsored insurgency. … with the Syrian military and its allies prepare to liberate the final Syrian province of Idlib, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo again warns the Syrian government against retaking its own territory. ” (09/04/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/paul/2018/09/03/cant-we-just-leave-syria-alone/

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42) The west has no moral authority in Syria
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“[N]o one doubts that the Syrian offensive against HTS and its jihadi frenemies will be horrific, with many civilians likely to be killed and whole towns reduced to rubble. This is what happens when ground forces deploy heavy artillery from afar, and fighter jets bomb from on high. It is what happens when relatively small rebel groups deliberately thread themselves through a civilian populace. It is what happens when troops do move in to clear out areas, but only after the aerial bombardment has all too literally paved the way. We know this because it has happened before in the countless, drawn-out sieges that have marked the decisive phases of the conflict in Iraq and Syria. Yet all those in the US and the UK now wringing their hands over what Russia-backed Syrian forces threaten to do in Idlib, just as they did in Aleppo or Eastern Ghouta, seem to ignore the fact that the US-led coalition did exactly the same in Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. The tactics and strategy were near identical. The bombing was merciless, the ruination near total.” (09/04/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-west-has-no-moral-authority-in-syria/

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43) Cody Wilson and strategy for nullification
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Nullification starts with individuals figuring out ways to do what the government says they can’t. Cody Wilson did just that when he came up with an end-run around a federal judge’s injunction that was intended to keep blueprints for 3-D printed guns out of the public’s hands.” (09/03/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/09/03/cody-wilson-and-strategy-for-nullification/

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44) More on ghettos and refuges
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“It is natural to want to associate with ‘your own’ in language and culture. Jeff’s comparison to gated communities is a good one, but we usually don’t think of those as actual fortified, defensible sites. It is also natural to have certain districts in which you have noisy, dirty, stinking industrial activities going on. ‘We stay over here, away from your noses and ears and all, and you let us do things that are needed and therefore make money.’ The problem comes when the controllers, when governments, make such things mandatory, rather than voluntary. And when they give any degree of control over who lives where, who does what where, and what gets built where, to the community at large, or to the government bodies themselves. Although the special zone or district might have been a blessing — a way of being good neighbors — up to then, it now becomes a trap. A large, open prison of sorts.” (09/03/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/09/03/more-on-ghettos-and-refuges/

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45) Mugged by regulation
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“It’s often claimed that conservatives are liberals who have been mugged, and liberals are conservatives who have been indicted. (BTW, President Trump’s remarks about his indicted friends often resemble the comments of far left extremists — i.e. suggestions that there is a deep state at the Justice Department, out to get people with heterodox political views.) So why aren’t there more libertarians? My theory is that some types of evil are easy to see.” (09/03/18)

https://www.econlib.org/mugged-by-regulation/

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46) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 09/04/18
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff to discuss his new co-authored book with New York University professor Jonathan Haidt, ‘The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.’ It’s a social science detective story that seeks to explain ‘the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines’ — and in this discussion, Greg points us toward all the clues.” [various formats] (09/04/18)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/

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47) Reason Podcast, 09/04/18
Source: Reason

“The New Yorker invites Steve Bannon to its festival, then doesn’t. California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman demands a boycott of In-N-Out Burger over political contributions, then doesn’t. A wave of sports-apparel self-destruction greets Nike’s new advertising campaign starring anthem-kneeler Colin Kaepernick. Or does it? Could it be that people are just performatively overreacting to the funhouse partisan mirror that is social media? That question — including President Donald Trump’s use of the format — dominates today’s editor-roundtable version of the Reason Podcast, featuring Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, and me [Matt Welch]. Other topics include the awfulness of Congress, the loneliness of centrism, the awesomeness of Reason’s latest great-debates issue, and the blatant Johnson-blocking being engineered by the Democratic Party of New Mexico.” [various formats] (09/04/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/09/04/maybe-social-media-outrage-is-lazy

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48) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 09/04/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Bubbles bubbles. What caused the financial collapse of 2008? How might the next collapse be far worse? How does the Fed play a major role in the coming collapse? Tune in!” [Flash video] (09/04/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/the-everything-bubble-with-special-guest-graham-summers

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49) Scott Adams Says, 09/04/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Nike, the upcoming false flag attack in Syria, Jeff Sessions, and coffee.” [Flash video] (09/04/18)

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

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50) Humans of Bitcoin, 09/04/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“[Daniel Krawisz] has never lived a traditional life. His curiosity for reading and exploring has led him down many paths. Today, he is a leading thinker in the bitcoin world. A tough one describe, you just have to hear his story.” [various formats] (09/04/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e416-The-Emperor-of-Bitcoin-Daniel-Krawisz

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51) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, 09/04/18
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Our lengthy debate about who Van Buren really was as a person and as a President continues with new thoughts from Jeff Hummel.” [various formats] (09/04/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/van-buren-friend-or-foe-jeff-hummel

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52) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 241
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #241, I discuss the US role in continuing the Syrian Civil War. David Ignatius of the Washington Post reports that a Trump official said the US policy is to draw Syria and Russia into a quagmire in Idlib. Ignatius argues for the US to do more to assist the rebels. I explain the results of the US arming the Sunni resistance to Assad under Obama and why the policy will fail again.” [various formats] (09/03/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-241-extending-the-syrian-war

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53) Postcards from Somalia, episode 9
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“On this episode Sherry and Alan discuss the hellish U.S. supported war in Yemen.” [Flash audio] (09/04/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/postcards-from-somalia-episode-9-bombs-and-bastards-in-yemen/

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54) Free Talk Live, 09/03/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Bombing Innocents and Rule of Law :: FTL’s NH Anniversary :: Salina Innovation Foundation Controversy :: Boards of Directors :: College Frustrations :: Dumbing Down :: 52% Welfare Kids :: Pwn Noobs :: 40 Hour Work Week :: Unions and Government :: Edgington Post — Laura Edgington :: HOSTS – Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/03/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-09-03

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55) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 176
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Slick Willy Funeral Boner.” [various formats] (09/03/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-176-slick-willy-funeral-boner/

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56) Cato Daily Podcast, 09/03/18
Source: Cato Institute

“How should we think about impeachment? Does it require a crime? What are the cases for and against a payoff to an adult film star being criminal and/or an impeachable offense? Gene Healy comments.” [various formats] (09/03/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/two-sides-potential-stormy-impeachment

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57) Leading Liberty Podcast, 09/03/18
Source: Leading Liberty

“Nobody wants to be sold something, but everybody wants to buy something. Just like nobody likes asking for money, but everybody likes getting it. And there’s the Libertarian Catch 22. We can’t win if we don’t get it; but we can’t get it if we don’t win. In the past 11 years, Jenn has raised millions for pro-liberty causes and campaigns — and in the next 40 minutes, you’ll learn how.” [various formats] (09/03/18)

http://heyjenngray.com/3-fundraising-habits-turn-little-lot/

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58) Kick the Puppy, episode 3
Source: Attack The System

“Mass shootings and rare risk/overreactions in America, shooting statistics, gang culture and burned bodies, murder clearance USA, American tourists stabbed in Amsterdam, NC cop put on leave for 3 Percenter tattoo, military defection, pregnant lady who killed intruder in justified killing now faces gun charge, law & order second amendment clowns, decapitation, Florida is so screwed up, drive-thru drug dealers, completely stupid people, Israel threatens Iran and Syria with nuclear weapons, racist gorilla statue removed from playground, PETA wanted roadside memorial for lobsters killed in a truck crash, Red State calls Antifa a domestic terrorist organization, Antifa can’t even fight, left/right street fights in the US, NRA & ACLU file joint brief against Governor of New York, left/right populism in Italy, a town in Mexico overthrew their local government, police in West Virginia took $10000 from pregnant woman and husband, don’t carry large amounts of cash on you, don’t carry large amounts of money loaded on prepaid cash cards.” [Flash audio] (09/03/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/09/04/51394/

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59) One Free Family, episode 30
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Humans have evolved over many millions of years to feel bored sometimes. Whether we’re on a long plane ride, or just sitting around the house with ‘nothing to do,’ our minds are clearly hard-wired to occasionally send us the signal that we are bored. So why are conversations around boredom so painful between parents and kids? In this episode, James and Taylor discuss how they approach these different types of ‘boring’ situations with their kids. They talk about how to validate children’s feelings of boredom, how to help kids work through their boredom peacefully and productively, and more!” [Flash audio] (09/03/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/boredom-off030/

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60) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 364
Source: Lions of Liberty

“I get a lot of questions about how to start a podcast and how to make an impact in a libertarian direction at the local level. In today’s show, my guest addresses both of these subjects in depth.” [various formats] (09/03/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/09/03/sarah-brady-wagner-on-starting-a-libertarian-podcast/

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