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Volume XVI, Issue #4,061
Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
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In the News:

1) US regime slashes number of refugee admissions to 30,000
2) Germany: Domestic intelligence head relieved of duties, but promoted
3) China: Regime punishes its own workers and consumers in “retaliation” for US tariffs
4) Federal judge won’t force Georgia to use paper ballots despite concerns
5) Cuba: Diaz-Canel backs same-sex marriage
6) Ross: Americans won’t feel trade-war sting
7) Expert: K2 use among inmates a “disaster waiting to happen”
8) Report: 2.1 million US teens have vaped marijuana
9) ACLU complaint to EEOC: Facebook lets advertisers advertise to the people they want to reach
10) WI: Democrat Randy Bryce hit over criminal record, police comments in ad featuring brother
11) Pakistan: Khan to grant citizenship to 1.5 million Afghan refugees
12) Grassley: Trump court nominee’s accuser has not agreed to testify
13) UN investigators renew call for Myanmar military officials to face genocide charges
14) McDonald’s workers strike over sexual harassment policy
15) Government can spy on journalists in the US using invasive foreign intelligence process
16) Russia: Woolly mammoths could return to roam in “Ice Age Park” within 10 years thanks to cloning project
17) Trump orders FBI documents, texts from Russia probe declassified
18) Michael Moore: Trump could “absolutely” be re-elected
19) Japanese billionaire buys every seat on SpaceX’s first passenger flight to the moon
20) Russian minister blames Israel after military aircraft shot down over Syria with loss of 15 lives

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Two cheers for Trump’s declassification order
22) Republicans’ responsibility for socialism’s comeback
23) More trade sanctions: A bad approach to Russia
24) Paul Manafort and LBJ, influence peddlers
25) Why did the chicken cross the road? To encounter a 25% tariff.
26) Kavanaugh twist shows rising influence of MeToo
27) How solar & wind mandates tax the poor and middle class
28) Why Congress must stop deferring its authority to the executive branch
29) Minimum wage hikes: Economic poison for Venezuela
30) The Strategic Case for Refugee Resettlement
31) Rival gang violence against peaceful traders
32) “You are fueling this war, so stop fueling this war”
33) Abp Justin Welby compared Amazon to leaches — but it built his church
34) The unpopularity of free speech in public schools
35) It’s not Trump’s America or Trump’s flag; liberals, take back our most enduring symbol
36) An evil ism
37) The GOP wants Trumpism … without Trump
38) Trump tariffs only a weak blow to China
39) A birthday tale
40) The unequal burden of climate change
41) Unicorn socialism
42) The plague of superfluous intellectuals
43) Big Tech: We won’t display Alex Jones content, but we will work with Chinese government
44) How capitalism makes us more humane
45) Kavanaugh accusation lacks details, evidence
46) Why the Fed denied The Narrow Bank
47) Top Dems claim concern over Yemen war, why aren’t they backing a measure to end it?
48) The machinery of death is back on the docket
49) Scooter Nation
50) As usual, World Economic Forum gets robots and AI wrong over jobs

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Big L Podcast, episode 1
52) Cato Daily Podcast, 09/18/18
53) Reason Podcast, 09/18/18
54) The Libertarian Angle, 09/18/18
55) Scott Adams Says, 09/18/18
56) Humans of Bitcoin, 09/18/18
57) Reality Check, 09/18/18
58) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 104
59) Candidates of Liberty, episode 6
60) Kick the Puppy, episode 5
61) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 73
62) Free Talk Live, 09/17/18
63) Anarcho Agenda, episode 81
64) Postcards from Somalia, episode 11
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 09/17/18

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

1) US regime slashes number of refugee admissions to 30,000
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The US says it will cap the number of refugees allowed into the country next year at a near record low of 30,000. It compares with a 45,000-refugee limit set by President Donald Trump for 2018 and 50,000 the year before. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced ‘the new refugee ceiling,’ adding the US would also process more than 280,000 asylum seekers in 2019. The refugee cap is the lowest since the aftermath of 9/11, when 27,131 refugees were allowed into the US in 2002. Over the past decade, the number of refugees admitted to the US has fluctuated from a low of 48,282 in 2007 to a high of 84,995 in 2016.” (09/18/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45555357

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2) Germany: Domestic intelligence head relieved of duties, but promoted
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“The latest quarrel within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government about refugee policy has ended with a somewhat surreal compromise. Hans-Georg Maassen, the under-fire head of the domestic intelligence agency — formally known as the ‘Office for the Protection of the Constitution’ (BfV) — will be stripped of his current job but gain a theoretically better one as a deputy head of the Interior Ministry. The move is a deal between junior coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), who demanded Maassen’s removal, and conservative Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, who had backed the controversial BfV head. … On Monday, reports emerged that Merkel had decided to bow to SPD demands to remove Maassen, who has been accused several times of harboring sympathy for the far right.” (09/18/18)

https://www.dw.com/en/german-domestic-intelligence-head-relieved-of-duties-but-promoted/a-45547719

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3) China: Regime punishes its own workers and consumers in “retaliation” for US tariffs
Source: CNN

“China has fired back at the United States after President Donald Trump ramped up the trade war with his biggest wave of tariffs yet. The Chinese government said Tuesday that it would impose tariffs on US goods worth $60 billion following the Trump administration’s announcement that it was hitting $200 billion worth of Chinese goods with new tariffs. The US tariffs start at a rate of 10%, before rising to 25% at the end of the year. … China’s new tariffs will be levied at rates of 5% or 10%, depending on the product, from the same date, China’s state council said.” (09/18/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/18/politics/china-us-tariffs/index.html

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4) Federal judge won’t force Georgia to use paper ballots despite concerns
Source: Reuters

“A federal judge will not force Georgia to use paper ballots for the November election, citing the potential for last-minute confusion, but expressed concern that the state’s electronic machines could be vulnerable to hacking. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said in a ruling late on Monday that while it is important for citizens to know their ballots are properly counted, voters also must rely on a smooth process, especially in a fast-approaching election race. ‘Ultimately, any chaos or problems that arise in connection with a sudden rollout of a paper ballot system with accompanying scanning equipment may swamp the polls with work and voters — and result in voter frustration and disaffection from the voting process,’ Totenberg said in a 46-page decision.” (09/18/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-georgia-election/u-s-judge-will-not-force-georgia-to-use-paper-ballots-despite-concerns-idUSKCN1LY26L

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5) Cuba: Diaz-Canel backs same-sex marriage
Source: NBC News

“Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said in his first interview since taking office in April that he supports a proposed change to the constitution to allow same-sex marriage. ‘I defend there being no kind of discrimination,’ he said, although he added that it is up to the Cuban people to decide whether to include the change. The interview with the Venezuela-based television station Telesur aired on Sunday evening. Cuba is currently drafting a new constitution that is being debated at community meetings throughout the Caribbean island nation. The document will replace Cuba’s Cold War-era constitution.” (09/18/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/cuba-s-new-president-backs-same-sex-marriage-n910196

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6) Ross: Americans won’t feel trade-war sting
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is downplaying the economic impact of the US-China trade war on consumers. When asked Tuesday morning on CNBC how tariff increases will impact American families, Ross said: ‘Because it’s spread over thousands and thousands of products, nobody’s going to actually notice it at the end of the day.’ China on Tuesday said it will retaliate with higher tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods after President Donald Trump announced new U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.” [editor’s note: Umm … if you buy stuff “made in China” it’s gonna cost more, as long as there are tariffs – SAT] [editor’s note: Yep. And if you buy the same stuff “made in the USA” it’s going to cost more too, since the tariffs mean US producers can raise prices and stay competitive – TLK] (09/18/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/The-Latest-China-vows-counter-measures-to-US-13237493.php

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7) Expert: K2 use among inmates a “disaster waiting to happen”
Source: Fox News

“In Florida, the past two years have been the deadliest in prison history. In Pennsylvania, 50 staffers became sick recently and 33 inmates were hospitalized, triggering a 12-day statewide prison lockdown. The culprit: synthetic marijuana, or K2. The drug is flowing into prisons across the country, and has become one of the leading causes of death among inmates, experts say. Law enforcement officials call it one of the most dangerous drug problems the correctional system has ever seen. ‘This is a national phenomenon (Ohio, Mississippi, Arkansas and others) have all seen a spike in occurrences and drug-related overdoses,’ said Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. ‘And now it’s our turn.’ On August 29, Wetzel closed 25 prisons to visitors and halted most mail service for its 46,768 inmates after what correction officials believe was a mass exposure to K2.” (09/18/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/18/synthetic-marijuana-use-among-inmates-disaster-waiting-to-happen-expert-says.html

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8) Report: 2.1 million US teens have vaped marijuana
Source: CBS News

“A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new popularity of vaping among teens. E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but many of the battery-powered devices can vaporize other substances, including marijuana. Results published Monday mean 2.1 million middle and high school students have used them to get high. … A different survey from the University of Michigan in December found similar results when it asked for the first time about marijuana vaping. In that study, 8 percent of 10th graders said they vaped marijuana in the past year.” (09/18/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/2-million-u-s-teens-are-vaping-marijuana-report-finds/

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9) ACLU complaint to EEOC: Facebook lets advertisers advertise to the people they want to reach
Source: CBS News

“Facebook engages in widespread discrimination in job ads that it uses and provides for others, the ACLU and a major labor union allege. In a complaint filed Tuesday with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the ACLU and the Communication Workers of America say Facebook allows those placing job ads to target potential applicants based on their gender, including women or those who do not identify as either men or women–violating state and federal anti-discrimination laws. The complaint also list 10 employers that supposedly have placed discriminatory ads, including Abas USA, the City of Greensboro, North Carolina, and Nebraska Furniture Mart. Facebook requires its 2 billion users to select a gender when they first create an account, and provides ad-targeting tools that allow a potential employer to exclude a particular gender from ever seeing an ad. And Facebook’s dominance as a job-search tool means it acts more like a recruitment agency than an ad service, the ACLU alleges.” (09/18/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/facebook-discriminates-against-women-job-seekers-aclu-alleges/

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10) WI: Democrat Randy Bryce hit over criminal record, police comments in ad featuring brother
Source: Fox News

“The race to replace Rep. Paul Ryan in Wisconsin just got even more heated as a Republican group released a new attack ad targeting the Democratic candidate — using his own brother. In the ad, James Bryce discusses his brother Randy’s criminal record and past comments about police officers. Randy is a Democrat who faces Republican Bryan Steil in Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district. James Bryce, who has been a police officer for more than 23 years, talks about an increase in attacks on law enforcement officials in recent years. The ad was released by the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), a super PAC with ties to Ryan.” (09/18/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/18/wisconsin-democrat-randy-bryce-hit-over-criminal-record-police-comments-in-ad-featuring-brother.html

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11) Pakistan: Khan to grant citizenship to 1.5 million Afghan refugees
Source: The Hill

“Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a surprise announcement that he would grant citizenship to roughly 1.5 million Afghan refugees. Khan made the pledge during a public event in Karachi on Sunday, The Guardian reported. ‘Afghans whose children have been raised and born in Pakistan will be granted citizenship inshallah [God willing] because this is the established practice in countries around the world,’ Khan said. ‘They are humans. How come we have deprived them and have not arranged for offering them national identification card and passport for 30 years, 40 years?’ Pakistan has hosted refugees fleeing Afghanistan since the Soviet Union invaded in 1979, the outlet noted.” (09/17/18)

https://thehill.com/regulation/international/406974-pakistani-prime-minister-to-grant-citizenship-to-15-million-afghan

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12) Grassley: Trump court nominee’s accuser has not agreed to testify
Source: Reuters

“A Republican U.S. Senate committee chairman said on Tuesday the woman who has accused President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago has not yet agreed to appear at a public hearing planned for Monday. Senator Chuck Grassley said Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California whose allegations have put Kavanaugh’s once-safe nomination in serious jeopardy, has not responded to attempts by the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the confirmation process, to contact her. The hearing represents a potential make-or-break moment for the conservative federal appeals court judge’s confirmation chances for the lifetime post on the top U.S. court, as Trump seeks to continue his goal of moving the federal judiciary to the right. Kavanaugh, who has denied the assault allegation, met with officials at the White House on Tuesday for a second straight day.” [editor’s note: This would seem to indicate she knows it’s all a lie – SAT] [editor’s note: You forgot to preface that with “in my imagination,” Steve – TLK] (09/18/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-kavanaugh/trump-court-nominees-accuser-has-not-agreed-to-testify-senator-idUSKCN1LY2E4

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13) UN investigators renew call for Myanmar military officials to face genocide charges
Source: Time

“U.N. investigators renewed their call on Tuesday for the investigation and prosecution of Myanmar’s top military officials for genocide and war crimes, publishing an exhaustive account of atrocities allegedly committed against the country’s Rohingya Muslims and other minorities. More than 700,000 Rohingya, a persecuted and mostly stateless minority, have fled across the border into Bangladesh since August last year when the Myanmar military launched a brutal crackdown in response to an attack by Rohingya insurgents. Refugees say they fled a campaign of arson, rape and murder that saw entire villages burned to the ground.” (09/18/18)

http://time.com/5399251/myanmar-rohingya-genocide-fact-finding-mission-report/

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14) McDonald’s workers strike over sexual harassment policy
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Staff at McDonald’s restaurants in 10 US cities will walk out on Tuesday over claims the fast food giant is not doing enough to prevent sexual harassment. The strike comes after 25 women filed complaints against the chain, alleging it failed to enforce company rules against abuse. The women said they were ignored after reporting incidents including groping, indecent exposure and lewd comments. McDonald’s said there was ‘no place for harassment’ at its restaurants. Organisers said the strike would target multiple restaurants in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. It is thought several hundred staff will walk out. ” (09/18/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45558428

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15) Government can spy on journalists in the US using invasive foreign intelligence process
Source: The Intercept

“The U.S. government can monitor journalists under a foreign intelligence law that allows invasive spying and operates outside the traditional court system, according to newly released documents. Targeting members of the press under the law, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, requires approval from the Justice Department’s highest-ranking officials, the documents show. … The documents were turned over by the Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy to the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Knight First Amendment Institute as part of an ongoing lawsuit seeking the Trump administration’s rules for when and how the government can spy on journalists, including during leak investigations. Freedom of the Press and Knight shared the documents with The Intercept.” (09/17/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/09/17/journalists-fisa-court-spying/

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16) Russia: Woolly mammoths could return to roam in “Ice Age Park” within 10 years thanks to cloning project
Source: Daily Mirror [UK]

“Scientists are hoping to clone woolly mammoths that will roam freely in a Siberian ice age park within 10 years. They will use DNA material from remains of the giants found in permafrost. And elephants could act as surrogate mums to carry the baby mammoths. The regional government in far eastern Yakutia has given experts the go-ahead to try to clone the beasts for the Jurassic Park-style reserve. Researchers are working with Russian, South Korean and Japanese scientists.” (09/18/18)

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/woolly-mammoths-could-return-roam-13267645

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17) Trump orders FBI documents, texts from Russia probe declassified
Source: New York Post

“President Trump on Monday ordered the Justice Department to release documents and emails from four former FBI officials and one current Justice Department official as well as documents that led to the surveillance of his former aide Carter Page. … Trump also ordered the release of ‘all FBI reports of interviews with Bruce G. Ohr prepared in connection with the Russia investigation; and all FBI reports of interviews prepared in connection with all Carter Page FISA applications,’ it continued. ‘In addition … Trump has directed the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to publicly release all text messages relating to the Russia investigation, without redaction, of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.’” (09/17/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/09/17/trump-orders-fbi-documents-texts-from-russia-probe-declassified/

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18) Michael Moore: Trump could “absolutely” be re-elected
Source: USA Today

“How the heck did we get here? Provocateur Michael Moore attempts to answer that question with his urgent documentary ‘Fahrenheit 11/9’ (in theaters nationwide Friday), which examines the events leading up to and after President Donald Trump’s surprise election on Nov. 9, 2016. A follow-up of sorts to Moore’s 2004 box-office hit ‘Fahrenheit 9/11,’ which took a critical look at President George W. Bush’s presidency and the War on Terror, the new film cynically drives home the point that the media and a complacent public are responsible for ‘creating’ Trump and that the American people will need more than hope if they want a different outcome in 2020.” [editor’s note: He predicted it the first time, too, and months in advance – TLK] (09/18/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2018/09/18/michael-moore-new-documentary-how-trump-could-absolutely-get-reelected/1337939002

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19) Japanese billionaire buys every seat on SpaceX’s first passenger flight to the moon
Source: People

“Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is taking a trip to outer space! On Monday, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced during a press conference at the company’s headquarters in Los Angeles that Maezawa, 42, will be the first paying customer on its BFR rocket on a trip around the moon. ‘This is my lifelong dream,’ Maezawa, who founded the online fashion destination Zozotown, began. ‘Ever since I was a kid I have a loved the moon, just staring at the moon fueled my imagination.’ However, the wealthy art collector went on to explain that he doesn’t want to have this experience alone, but instead wants to share it with others in hopes of providing inspiration. ‘I choose to go to the moon with artists,’ Maezawa continued. ‘I choose to invite artists from all around the world on my journey.’ For the trip, which Maezawa is calling #DearMoon, the billionaire intends to bring six to eight artists with him to create work that ‘reflects their experience.’ Each guest will then be asked to create something after they return to Earth.” (09/18/18)

https://people.com/human-interest/japanese-billionaire-yusaku-maezawa-buys-every-seat-first-private-moon-spacex-flight-passenger/

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20) Russian minister blames Israel after military aircraft shot down over Syria with loss of 15 lives
Source: Aol News

“Russia is blaming Israel for the loss of one of its planes — and 15 people onboard — over Syria. Russian state television says Defense Ministry Sergei Shoigu in a phone call to his Israeli counterpart has said Israel is responsible for the shooting down of the Russian military aircraft. The Russian military said on Tuesday that the reconnaissance aircraft was brought down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean late on Monday, killing all on board. It said the plane was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighters attacked targets in northwestern Syria.” (09/18/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/09/18/russian-minister-blames-israel-after-military-aircraft-shot-down-over-syria-with-loss-of-15-lives/23530834/

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

21) Two cheers for Trump’s declassification order
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On September 17, Politico reports, US president Donald Trump partially declassified a government surveillance application targeting former campaign consultant Carter Page and directed the US Department of Justice to publicly release text messages relating to the ‘Russiagate’ probe between former FBI Director James Comey and other DoJ/FBI personnel. Whether or not this is a SMART on Trump’s part remains to be seen, but in my opinion it’s the RIGHT move. I’m giving it two cheers, not three, only because I’d like to see more stuff declassified and publicly released.” (09/18/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13970

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22) Republicans’ responsibility for socialism’s comeback
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Many Republican politicians — and even conservative intellectuals — will say they are being pragmatic by not fighting progressives on first principles, but instead limiting the damage done by the welfare state. The problem with this line is that, by accepting the premise that government can and should solve all of life’s problems, conservatives and Republicans will inevitably get into a ‘bidding war’ with progressives and Democrats. The only way Republicans can then win is to join Democrats in continually increasing spending and creating new programs. This is why the so-called ‘conservative welfare state’ ends up as bloated and expansive as the progressive welfare state. Refusing to question the premises of the welfarists and socialists is not a pragmatic way to advance liberty.” (09/17/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/republicans-responsibility-socialisms-comeback

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23) More trade sanctions: A bad approach to Russia
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Gary Clyde Hufbauer

“Before Donald Trump ever stepped foot in the Oval Office, it was clear that the issue of how to deal with Russia would be a central issue of his administration. President Trump entered office grappling with the question of whether sanctions against Russia would do anything to stop the old arch-rival from meddling in U.S. political affairs. Now, Congress has taken up debate over the same fundamental question: can it legislate Russia into playing nice? Senators Marco Rubio and Chris Van Hollen have introduced the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act in an attempt to compel better Russian behavior, by threatening sanctions against American investments in Russia.” (09/18/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/trade-sanction-laws-russia

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24) Paul Manafort and LBJ, influence peddlers
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The mainstream press and the progressive movement are shocked — shocked! — over Paul Manafort’s influence peddling and political corruption schemes. Their reaction to Manafort’s conviction and guilty plea remind me of the scene in the movie Casablanca, where the police chief is ‘shocked’ to learn that there is gambling in Rick’s establishment, followed by someone bringing the police chief his gambling winnings. The fact is that influence peddling, political corruption, and being on the take have always been an inherent part of the welfare-warfare state way of life. With trillions of taxpayer dollars flooding into the federal government’s coffers, there will always be people who are doing their best to get their sticky little fingers on a part of all that welfare-warfare largess. Why do you think the Pentagon has long refused to permit a financial audit of its operations?” (09/18/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/09/18/paul-manafort-and-lbj-influence-peddlers/

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25) Why did the chicken cross the road? To encounter a 25% tariff.
Source: The American Spectator
by Paige Lambermont

“Free trade is a win-win arrangement when Americans buy goods from other countries, they are deriving benefits from those transactions while strengthening the relationship between those nations, making war less likely, and in so doing aiding the national defense. Raising tariffs against these countries does not derive any real benefit for the United States. Although it seems as though doing so would protect American jobs, the opposite is true because more Americans are employed by industries that use steel and aluminum as inputs than by those that produce the metals themselves. All of this zero-sum game trade talk is reminiscent of another 25% tariff. The Chicken Tax. What is the Chicken Tax? It’s what happens when consumer goods get really, cheap really fast. It is class A evidence of the sort of retaliatory rent-seeking that a few high cost, low efficiency producers engage in when faced with a more cost-effective imported version of their product. In this case, the tax was a tariff levied by first France, and then West Germany, after the price of poultry fell dramatically across the European Economic Community due to imported American poultry.” (09/18/18)

https://spectator.org/why-did-the-chicken-cross-the-road-to-encounter-a-25-tariff/

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26) Kavanaugh twist shows rising influence of MeToo
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Francine Kiefer

“‘She should not be ignored or insulted. She should be heard.’ That the president’s senior counselor, Kellyanne Conway, swiftly advocated listening to the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault points to the power of the #MeToo movement — and of women in politics. Just one day after the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, revealed her identity to The Washington Post, Ms. Conway on Monday said she had it straight from President Trump that Professor Ford should be allowed her say — and with dignity. Ford is willing to appear before Congress, and Conway urged the Senate Judiciary Committee to hear her testimony under oath. Judge Kavanaugh has also said he is willing to testify. It is not what one might have expected from a president who has faced allegations of sexual misconduct from more than a dozen women and who blew off candid remarks about groping women as ‘locker room talk.’” [editor’s note: Once again, the timing, the vagueness of details, and the multiple cries from those denying this ever happened make this all suspect – SAT] (09/18/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0917/Kavanaugh-twist-shows-rising-influence-of-MeToo

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27) How solar & wind mandates tax the poor and middle class
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“Liberals [sic] love to talk about helping the poor and the middle class, and they are obsessed with reducing income inequality. So why is it that across the country they are pushing one of the most regressive taxes in modern times? I am talking about the fad ‘green’ initiative in states such as California, Arizona and New Jersey that require local utilities to buy expensive renewable energy. These renewable energy standards require that utilities to buy expensive wind and solar power. They then pass these costs onto the poor and working class who get stuck paying the tab. In Sacramento, California, the legislature is speeding ahead with one of the most absurd proposals of modern times by mandating 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. This would mean no coal, no natural gas and no nuclear power. Meanwhile in Arizona, voters will decide on a ballot initiative funded by billionaire Tom Steyer that would increase renewable mandates to 50 percent over the next decade or so.” (09/18/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/09/18/how-solar-and-wind-mandates-tax-the-poor-and-middle-class-n2519934

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28) Why Congress must stop deferring its authority to the executive branch
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Mitchell Nemeth

“The growth of the administrative state has prompted debate about the constitutional duties delegated to the branches of government. Congressional oversight authority derives from the implied powers and from various express powers in the U.S. Constitution. However, Congress must reinstate their constitutional authority and hold executive branch agencies accountable. As such, members of Congress should work to rein in excessive government bureaucracy.” (09/18/18)

https://fee.org/articles/why-congress-must-stop-deferring-its-authority-to-the-executive-branch/

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29) Minimum wage hikes: Economic poison for Venezuela
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“If you believe minimum-wage hikes actually make workers better off, maybe you should consider the case of Venezuela. There, a frantic series of minimum-wage hikes have led not to higher wages, but business closures, mass layoffs and widespread misery. Minimum-wage hikes enjoy widespread popularity here in the U.S., despite overwhelming evidence from both experience and academic studies that they have an economically pernicious impact. By artificially raising the price of labor, politicians merely encourage businesses to replace labor with machines or to lay off workers who no longer produce enough to justify their cost. We’ve often discussed in this space (here, and here) the impact minimum-wage hikes have on domestic labor markets. But for a really terrifying display of how they work, Venezuela’s the place.” (09/17/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/minimum-wage-hikes-venezuela

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30) The Strategic Case for Refugee Resettlement
Source: Niskanen Center
by Idean Salehyan

“The Trump administration has dramatically reduced the number of refugees resettled to the United States. For Fiscal Year 2018, the cap on the number of resettled refugees was lowered to 45,000, although the actual number of admissions is likely to be far lower. These cuts were predicated on the notion that refugees could potentially pose a security risk to the U.S. However, these fears are misplaced, as vetting procedures for refugees are quite robust. In addition, refugee resettlement is a useful tool for achieving broader U.S. foreign policy objectives.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (09/18/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/new-research-paper-the-strategic-case-for-refugee-resettlement/

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31) Rival gang violence against peaceful traders
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“To treat foreign-governments’ trade restrictions as illegitimate is to assume that foreign governments do not carry out the will of their citizens. This assumption is surely valid. But given this fact, we cannot then legitimately assume that the U.S. government carries out the will of the American people. I thus see no good reason to excuse Uncle Sam’s use of force to prevent us Americans from trading as we choose just because other governments use force to prevent non-Americans from trading as they choose. We both agree that evil and economic harm would be unleashed if a violent gang were to take over our next-door neighbor’s home and obstruct our neighbors’ trade with us. But would our welfare improve if, in response, a rival gang took over our home and obstructed whatever trades each of us chooses to make with our next-door neighbors?” (09/18/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/09/rival-gang-violence-peaceful-traders.html

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32) “You are fueling this war, so stop fueling this war”
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The CNN-Mwatana report confirms what everyone following this war has known for years. American-made weapons are used by the Saudi coalition in their frequent attacks on civilian targets, and the coalition’s use of these weapons implicates the U.S. in the war crimes committed with them. Mwatana is a respected, independent human rights organization that has been working on behalf of Yemeni civilians while their political leaders have abused and failed them, and its findings should be taken seriously as evidence of the crimes being committed against Yemeni civilians with our government’s support. When confronted with the evidence of the repeated use of American-made weapons in the slaughter of innocent Yemenis, we have to demand an end to all military assistance and arms sales to the Saudis and their allies.” (09/18/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/you-are-fueling-this-war-so-stop-fueling-this-war/

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33) Abp Justin Welby compared Amazon to leaches — but it built his church
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“In a recent speech, the Archbishop of Canterbury likened Amazon executives to leaches and ancient Aztec rulers who ‘ate the flesh of human sacrifices.’ However, in reality Amazon has generated such prosperity for its shareholder, the Church of England, that it has financially built up the body of Christ. In a harsh address to the Trades Union Congress last week, Welby said that Amazon ‘leached off the taxpayer,’ since its low tax bill proves ‘they don’t pay for our defence, for security, for stability, for justice, for health, for equality, for education.’ … the Church of England owns millions of pounds in Amazon stock — so much that the company is listed as one of the 20 most valuable investments in the church’s £8.3 billion investment fund.” (09/18/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/09/18/abp-justin-welby-compared-amazon-leaches-it-built-his-church

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34) The unpopularity of free speech in public schools
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Justin Driver

“In Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, the Supreme Court, by a 7–2 margin, vindicated the right of students to express their views in school. Justice Abe Fortas’s majority opinion used a turn of phrase that not only became a staple of judicial opinions but even entered the larger national culture: ‘It can hardly be argued that … students … shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.’ That language established the fundamental terms of debate for students’ rights cases. … Justice Hugo Black’s heated dissent made little effort to conceal his deep displeasure. ‘It may be that the Nation has outworn the old-fashioned slogan that ‘children are to be seen not heard,’ but one may, I hope, be permitted to harbor the thought that taxpayers send children to school on the premise that at their age they need to learn, not teach,’ he wrote. For Black, Tinker marked ‘the beginning of a new revolutionary era of permissiveness in this country.’” (09/18/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/09/18/the-schoolhouse-gate-the-unpopularity-of

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35) It’s not Trump’s America or Trump’s flag; liberals, take back our most enduring symbol
Source: USA Today
by Bruce Watson

“A week after the Fourth of July, I planted the stars and stripes on our front porch. Ever since, a 3×5-foot flag on a 6-foot pole has waved on Main Street in Montague, Massachusetts. In my American town, American flags are rare. Much of western Massachusetts remains Bernie Sanders country and although the pickups that roar through my town each morning sometimes sport flags, homes generally don’t. Those charming folk art flags common in red states, with the stars and stripes painted on industrial pallets, are rarely seen here. And that’s the problem. The American flag is not the flag of a single party or point of view. Even if it festoons every Trump rally, the flag belongs to all of us. It is the symbol of ‘we, the people,’ and people like me, who staunchly oppose the president’s policies and behavior, should display it as proudly as his staunchest supporters.” [editor’s note: This seems as hysterical as the conservative flag-waving extremists, but please draw your own conclusions – SAT] (09/18/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2018/09/18/liberals-take-back-american-flag-conservatives-column/1333994002

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36) An evil ism
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“With ‘democratic socialism’ again on the rise, a refresher course in history seems apt: socialism has demonstrated the strong tendency to end up in totalitarian tyranny, poverty, and genocide.” (09/18/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/09/18/an-evil-ism/

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37) The GOP wants Trumpism … without Trump
Source: CounterPunch
by John Feffer

“Anonymous wants a president who acts more like a conventional leader and, on such issues as free trade, more like a conventional conservative. The internal resistance knows that Trump’s days in office are limited — by his own incompetence and criminal venality, by the prospect of impeachment hearings, or by the actions of voters. These semi-critics want to safeguard their supposed achievements and detach them somehow from the stigma of Trump himself. The Anonymous op-ed is a call not for a coup within the administration — for instance, through the invocation of the 25th amendment — but rather for a schism within the Republican Party. … Despite Trump’s obvious failings, such a schism is no easy task. What Anonymous finds appalling — the qualities that make the president a populist and not just a right-wing conservative looking out for number one (percent) — is precisely what endears Trump to his hardcore supporters.” (09/18/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/09/18/the-gop-wants-trumpism-without-trump/

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38) Trump tariffs only a weak blow to China
Source: Reuters
by David A Andelman

“China is fully prepared to win any kind of tariff war that Donald Trump can throw at it with some quite simple stratagems that might all be grouped under a single rubric: Autocratic Capitalism. After U.S. markets closed on Monday, Trump announced he would impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese exports to the United States — half the level previously contemplated, but still designed to move Beijing toward bilateral talks. As an added incentive to come to the table, he announced that figure would surge to 25 percent at the end of the year, after the U.S. holiday selling season. Yet, this autocratic capitalism that China has effectively embraced will make it harder for Trump to cause the kind of economic pain that might produce any kind of victory for the White House.” [editor’s note: The “blow” is in the form of a tax increase on Americans – TLK] (09/18/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-andelman-china-commentary/commentary-trump-tariffs-only-a-weak-blow-to-china-idUSKCN1LX2HN

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39) A birthday tale
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“A couple of weeks ago, I booked a laser tag party for my younger son, who just turned 9. When we arrived at the venue Sunday, it seemed completely closed. I nervously checked my confirmation, but all was in order. Then I double-checked the hours on Yelp and discovered, to my dismay, that the firm that booked the party sold this location long ago. Frankly, it looked like full-blown fraud. The website was selling parties it had no ability to supply. At that moment, anti-libertarian laughter erupted all over the internet: ‘Ha ha, Bryan trusted the free market. Now his son’s party is ruined!’ By this point, my wife was rushing to book another party at a competing laser tag place, but it wasn’t open yet. Kids were arriving from all over the area, and we were stuck in the parking lot. When all seemed grim, the door of the laser tag place opened up. I explained to the puzzled gentleman inside what had befallen us. While his firm had nothing to do with the website that sold me a phantom party, he was eager to help.” (09/17/18)

https://www.econlib.org/a-birthday-tale/

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40) The unequal burden of climate change
Source: The New Republic
by Emily Atkin

“Two massive tropical cyclones made landfall on separate ends of the globe on Friday. But they were, as the Associated Press put it, ‘as different as water and wind.’ The wind storm was Super Typhoon Mangkhut. Deemed the strongest cyclone of 2018, it brought 165 mile-per-hour gusts and 20-foot storm surges to the Philippines, and a bit less of both to Hong Kong. The water storm was Hurricane Florence. The slow-moving storm brought only 90 mile per hour winds to North and South Carolina, but also torrential rainfall that set a record for both states. These differences illustrate what one disaster preparedness expert told me last week. ‘Every single storm has its own identity, it’s own footprint,’ he said. ‘No two are ever alike.’ But cyclone’s identities are not just shaped by wind speeds and rainfall totals. They’re defined by the communities they target.” (09/18/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151269/hurricane-florence-typhoon-mangkhut-unequal-burden-climate-change

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41) Unicorn socialism
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Christopher Freiman

“[T]he idea that others will have a say over your life applies to all societies, including socialist ones. To see why, consider a society that has implemented a system of collective ownership of the means of production. Perhaps this is a society of worker-run cooperatives. Or maybe the government, acting as a representative of the people, controls the means of production. The important thing to notice is that these are not societies without bosses. Your bosses might be government officials or you might have a collection of ‘co-bosses’ at the co-op. These bosses, much like capitalist bosses, can worsen your well-being on a whim, compel your subjugation at work, or demand that you smile for your supper. In short, the problem [Corey] Robin identifies is a problem with human beings living together. His mistake is implicitly assuming that the bosses in socialism will be better. (As the case of Venezuela — among others — illustrates, living under a socialist regime does not guarantee liberation from bosses who dominate, subjugate, and compel submission.)” (09/17/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/09/unicorn-socialism/

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42) The plague of superfluous intellectuals
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Recently I was drawn into the consideration of intellectuals by reading Eric Hoffer’s The Ordeal of Change. I thought parts were dated (it was written almost 60 years ago), but many of his insights interest me. And then, over the past few days, I realized what was happening with intellectuals in our time. What we have in the West is a plague of superfluous intellectuals: college graduates who’ve been trained to be the overseers and thought leaders of the world and who are finding no place for their skills. They are desperate to enlighten the world but have found all the jobs taken. And so, predictably, many of them are working doubly hard to get attention in any way possible … and that means pushing the edge of their current beliefs that much farther. These people, an army of them, are running amok, causing all sorts of mayhem.” (09/18/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/the-plague-of-superfluous-intellectuals/

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43) Big Tech: We won’t display Alex Jones content, but we will work with Chinese government
Source: PanAm Post
by David Unsworth

“Google has a major hypocrisy problem. Apparently, as the new moral guardians of what we are allowed to see and hear, it is their duty to ban the content of Alex Jones and his Infowars site. YouTube, which is owned by Google and is a major platform for viewing all types of media content, has removed Jones and content from all of his affiliated channels. However, recent reports suggest that Google has no qualms about working with the Chinese Communist government, which is by a lightyear, the greatest abuser of human rights in the world today. Specifically, Google is helping to design a search engine that will meet the ideologically restrictive demands of the totalitarian regime in Beijing.” (09/18/18)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2018/09/18/big-tech-we-wont-display-alex-jones-content-but-we-will-work-with-chinese-government/

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44) How capitalism makes us more humane
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“In the midst of high winds and flooding as a result of Hurricane Florence, we hear of a truck driver who saved 53 dogs and 11 cats from flood waters. And then there is the case of a woman who saved 18 dogs from a flooded house and its fenced in pen. This, mind you, was occurring in the midst of a natural disaster. On an ordinary day, animal shelters in the United States are widespread and animal adoption in common. But even as floods rage, residents of North Carolina are taking time to rescue someone else’s pets. In contrast, just a few months ago, we heard about how dogs were being eaten by famished Venezuelans.” (09/18/18)

https://mises.org/wire/how-capitalism-makes-us-more-humane

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45) Kavanaugh accusation lacks details, evidence
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
by staff

“The allegations leveled by Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are serious. The way Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., handled the charges hasn’t been. Over the weekend, Ford accused a drunk Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in the early 1980s when they were both high school students. If true, that would appropriately derail Kavanaugh’s nomination. Kavanaugh ‘categorically’ denied the allegation immediately. This isn’t just a he said/she said. Ford said another boy, Mark Judge, was in the room at the time of the event. Judge said that he ‘never saw Brett act that way.’” (09/18/18)

https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-kavanaugh-accusation-lacks-details-evidence

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46) Why the Fed denied The Narrow Bank
Source: Cobden Centre
by Keith Weiner

“A company called TNB applied for a Master Account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Their application was denied. They have sued. First, let’s consider TNB. It’s an acronym for The Narrow Bank. A so called narrow bank is a bank that does not engage in most of the activities of a regular bank. It simply takes in deposits and puts them in an account at the Fed. The Fed pays 1.95%, and a narrow bank would have low costs, so it could pass most of this to its depositors. This is pretty attractive, and without the real estate and commercial lending risks — not to mention derivatives exposure — it’s less risky than a regular bank. According to Bloomberg’s Matt Levine, saving accounts for large depositors average only 0.08% interest. So it’s easy to see why many believe that the Fed’s reason to refuse an account to TNB is unsavory: to protecting the crony too-big-to-fail banks. That is a plausible explanation for sure, but there is much more.” (09/18/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/09/why-the-fed-denied-the-narrow-bank/

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47) Top Dems claim concern over Yemen war, why aren’t they backing a measure to end it?
Source: In These Times
by Shireen Al-Adeimi & Sarah Lazare

“Despite claiming concern over U.S.-backed atrocities in Yemen, some of the most influential Democrats in the U.S. House are refusing to publicly endorse the latest political effort to end the U.S. role in the Saudi-led war. That effort would attempt to put a stop to American participation in the devastating military intervention by invoking the War Powers Resolution. For more than three years, the United States has provided intelligence, arms and mid-air refueling for the Saudi-led bombing campaign as it has hit hospitals, weddings and schools–and killed tens of thousands. Announced September 6, the resolution (expected to be formally introduced in the coming days) will aim ‘to withdraw U.S. Armed Forces from unconstitutional hostilities alongside Saudi Arabia in Yemen,’ according to a statement from Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.)” (09/17/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21442/yemen-engel-hoyer-pelosi-war-powers-saudi-arabia-uae

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48) The machinery of death is back on the docket
Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

“‘From this day forward,’ Justice Harry Blackmun announced in 1994, ‘I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.’ Blackmun had voted to restore the death penalty and even to approve mandatory death sentences. But after 25 years, he said, ‘I feel morally and intellectually obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed … the problems that were pursued down one hole with procedural rules and verbal formulas have come to the surface somewhere else, just as virulent and pernicious as they were in their original form.’ Another quarter-century has passed, and the machinery of death chugs on, patched with judicial duct tape and legislative Crazy Glue. … Two cases this fall may require the Supreme Court to tinker further. Madison v. Alabama, to be argued on October 2, asks whether states can execute demented murderers who no longer remember their crimes; Bucklew v. Precythe asks when, if ever, a prisoner’s individual physical condition makes execution by lethal injection ‘cruel and unusual.’” (09/18/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/09/tinkering-with-the-machinery-of-death/570421/

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49) Scooter Nation
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“You have to travel around a bit to discover the astonishing way the dockless electric scooter has transformed urban life in America. Where I live in Atlanta, Georgia, their presence is growing by the day, so that they can actually be used as a reliable means of daily transport. … What I admire most is how these companies are responding to market signaling. They know where their scooters are picked up and where they are dropped off. They know when there are too many at one location and not at another. Their supply is responding to the demand, on a day-by-day basis, meeting the needs that consumers demonstrated on a daily and hourly basis. And look how quickly all of this is taking place! A year ago, hardly anyone could have predicted that our cities would be flooded with electric scooters that work through mobile apps, are not docked in any particular place, and are available to anyone with a smartphone. Lots of things had to come together to make this possible but it is finally here.” (09/17/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/scooter-nation

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50) As usual, World Economic Forum gets robots and AI wrong over jobs
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“The World Economic Forum is that gathering of the Great and the Good that takes place at Davos each year. One good explanation for why the world is in the state it is is that the WEF, thus the Great and the Good, don’t actually understand the world we’re all in. This new report about jobs, AI and robots is a good example of this. They’re claiming that the new technologies will create as many, or more, jobs than they destroy. Thus we’ll all be saved and still be able to earn our crust. This is to entirely misunderstand the process of automation. For if such created more jobs than it destroys then we’d all be poorer from the process. As that’s clearly not true, we get richer by automating work, then the assumption about the jobs must be wrong too. Which leads to the correct answer — automation allows us to go off and do other things, that being what makes us richer.” [editor’s note: Historically, automation HAS “created more jobs” — by doing one thing faster, it creates jobs doing surrounding things that can’t (yet) be automated – TLK] (09/18/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/economy/as-usual-world-economic-forum-gets-robots-and-ai-wrong-over-jobs/

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51) The Big L Podcast, episode 1
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“In this introductory episode, Caryn Ann Harlos, the Pink Flame of Liberty, tells you about her, about the show, and what to expect going forward.” [Flash audio] (09/18/18)

http://biglpodcast.com/big-l-introduction-bl001/

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52) Cato Daily Podcast, 09/18/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The NIFLA Supreme Court case could undo a substantial amount of regulation governing ‘professional speech’ in the coming years. Robert McNamara of the Institute for Justice comments.” [various formats] (09/18/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/professional-speech-distinction-without-difference

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53) Reason Podcast, 09/18/18
Source: Reason

“Earlier this year, Rachel Goldsmith became executive director of the Free State Project, which describes itself as ‘a mass migration of more than 20,000 people who have pledged to move to New Hampshire.’ By concentrating themselves in one state, the Free Staters plan to become a bloc pushing New Hampshire toward more libertarian policies. In the latest Reason Podcast, Goldsmith, an MBA originally from Albany, New York, tells [Nick Gillespie] that the number of year-over-year ‘movers’ to New Hampshire has doubled, and that many of the people associated with the movement who have run in the state’s primaries have won.” [various formats] (09/18/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/09/18/meet-rachel-goldsmith-the-woman-running

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54) The Libertarian Angle, 09/18/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling are pleased to have as a guest Cato Institute senior fellow Ted Galen Carpenter to discuss foreign policy.” [various formats] (09/18/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-interventionism-and-national-security-statism/

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55) Scott Adams Says, 09/18/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about prediction versus reality, and facts don’t matter. With coffee.” [Flash audio] (09/18/18)

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

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

“Chris [DeRose] has been involved with Bitcoin for many years and has an idea of where things are going and how to get there. Listen for a fresh perspective on the crypto craze.” [various formats] (09/18/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e436-Financial-Wisdom-from-a-Crypto-Media-OG-Chris-DeRose

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57) Reality Check, 09/18/18
Source: Truth In Media

“Bernie’s ‘Stop Bezos Act’ Doesn’t Work, Here’s Why!” [Flash video] (09/18/18)

http://truthinmedia.com/bernies-stop-bezos-act-will-not-work-heres-why/

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58) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 104
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“The European Union is trying to break the internet by passing sweeping “copyright” laws. What is this all about? What’s in the News with stories on government relief, Catalonia secession, bad cops, avoiding WWIII, and a murdering cop.” [various formats] (09/18/18)

https://thelavaflow.com/eu-copyright-tlf104/

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59) Candidates of Liberty, episode 6
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s ‘Candidates of Liberty,’ Marc is joined by Libertarian CA State Assembly candidate, Brandon Nelson! Brandon is just 21 years old, and is now the sole challenger to a Democrat incumbent in his race!” [various formats] (09/18/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/09/18/candidates-of-liberty-ep-06-brandon-nelson-for-ca-state-assembly/

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60) Kick the Puppy, episode 5
Source: Attack The System

“Crooked cop pimps, border patrol serial killer, off-duty female cop shooter, U.S. Brazilian-like economy is booming, pot shop clerk fights off robbers with a bong, British MP wants to ‘fight hate,’ former boxer Oscar De La Hoya wants to be president of the United States, successful psychopaths, self-mutilation, the future of electoral politics, the permanent power elite, Las Vegas professor shoots himself in the arm to protest Trump, self-immolation, Congress sneaking through $38B to Israel, Trump and Israel, secession talk in California, death count in Puerto Rico, ‘one million water bottles’ in Puerto Rico, never trust a government during an emergency evacuation, author of ‘how to murder your husband’ charged with murdering her husband, transgender group says gulags were very compassionate institutions, Tim Allen is ‘kind of an anarchist,’ Anne Hathaway is kind of dead inside.” [Flash audio] (09/18/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/09/18/kick-the-puppy-episode-5/

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61) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 73
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Who was Stephen Douglas and, more importantly, what did his political attitude represent in a time defined by scheming politicians?” [various formats] (09/18/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/kansas-changes-everything

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62) Free Talk Live, 09/17/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“First-Ever Transgender Candidate for Sheriff :: Free Stater Restaurant Robbed :: Presidential Cell Phone Alerts :: Trump Judge Appointee Rape Allegations? :: Statute of Limitations :: Financial Abortions :: Female Sex Drive :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/17/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-09-17

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63) Anarcho Agenda, episode 81
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“The world changed forever on 9/11, and I reflect on that day in my life; and I also discuss what we have learned from the events of September 11th, if anything. Also, the United States joins four other nations in calling for back doors to encryption in order to spy on people.” [various formats] (09/17/18)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-81-2018-09-17

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64) Postcards from Somalia, episode 11
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“On this episode Alan and Sherry prove their terribleness and talk about how price gouging is a useful market signal.” [Flash audio] (09/17/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/price-gouge-activate-ep-11/

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 09/17/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Mickey Kaus (kausfiles, The End of Equality) … So what’s the deal with Mickey and Trump? … Trump the authoritarian, or Trump the pathetic? … Mickey defends the GOP tax cut … Bob: Trump’s team wants regime in Iran, which is a terrible idea … Bad news for Trump from the New York primary … Trump Derangement Syndrome at the NYT? … Is Russiagate a nothingburger? … Mickey sees an immigration deal, but fears Trump is too incompetent to push it … Mickey endorses Medicare for All.” [Flash video] (09/17/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53628

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