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Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Rebuking Trump, major powers reaffirm Iran nuclear deal
2) Sweden: Lofven ousted as PM after losing confidence vote
3) Cosby sentenced to three to ten years in prison
4) France: First street sexual harassment fine
5) Trump babbles nonsense at UN, gets some laughs
6) MI: GOP-appointed justice “shunned” by fellow Republicans for ruling against gerrymandering
7) Did a mathematician really solve a million-dollar math problem?
8) Louisiana soldier sentenced to 11 years for detonating chlorine device
9) Report: Newborn syphilis cases in US reach highest level in 20 years
10) Gaza: Israeli troops murder one protester, wound 90
11) Dunkin’ is officially dropping Donuts from its name
12) Philippines: Trillanes arrested
13) US Commerce Department seeks input on privacy rules
14) Former content moderator sues Facebook, claiming the job gave her PTSD
15) GA: Cops steal drugs resembling Hello Kitty, Homer Simpson, other cartoon characters
16) US regime imposes sanctions on Venezuela’s First Lady Cilia Flores
17) Boeing wins $2.4 billion welfare check
18) KY: Davis’s opponent fends off attacks from primary rival
19) IL: Eighteen more men cleared of convictions linked to corrupt Chicago cop
20) NY: Man arrested for 3D printing vaguely gun-shaped piece of plastic

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Suppression
22) Google and privatized authoritarianism
23) The world just laughed at Donald Trump
24) The true vision of Satoshi Nakamoto
25) What Trump gets right on trade
26) Saving the Republican Congress
27) It’s time for a radical populism
28) The Trump boom is real, just ask the global economy
29) In Defense of Andrew Jackson: A book review
30) Why no libertarian Supreme Court justice?
31) Does the United States have a “strong” economy?
32) Seven ways to raise stronger children
33) Are you immune to media mind control?
34) Dear Jeff Sessions and conservatives, don’t mess with Google, Facebook or Twitter
35) The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol: Myth vs. Fact
36) Here we go again — crypto community to deal with another foundation
37) An imperfect UN is still the world’s best hope
38) A real agenda for a renewal of free market liberalism
39) Destroying Yemen as humanely as possible
40) The insignificance of Labour’s worker equity fund proposal
41) All wars are illegal, so what do we do about it?
42) Why Trump doesn’t go after Jeff Bezos
43) Looking left to panarchy
44) New tax plan makes it easier to “ed-exit”
45) What Kavanaugh case means for “innocent until proven guilty”
46) Steve Bannon’s European dream
47) Bloom Energy’s “tangled web”
48) Human rights? Sorry, not here.
49) The future of Digital Proudhonism
50) Let’s talk about Cody Wilson

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 105
52) The Libertarian Angle, 09/25/18
53) Editor’s Break, episode 91
54) Stossel: Leaving the left
55) Humans of Bitcoin, 09/25/18
56) Postcards from Somalia, episode 12
57) Kick the Puppy, episode 6
58) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 75
59) Cato Daily Podcast, 09/25/18
60) Candidates of Liberty, episode 7
61) Free Talk Live, 09/24/18
62) Reason Podcast, 09/24/18
63) Constitutionally Speaking, episode 31
64) William Hartnung on The Scott Horton Show
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 09/24/18

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

1) Rebuking Trump, major powers reaffirm Iran nuclear deal
Source: Politico

“Europe’s big powers joined with Russia and China in reaffirming their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, once again rebuking U.S. President Donald Trump for his unilateral decision to withdraw from [sic] it. Officials from the EU, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia met in New York, where world leaders are gathered at the United Nations, and issued a statement saying they were committed to ‘ensure the full and effective implementation’ of the accord …. The statement also confirmed efforts by the Europeans to create a special corporate entity that would facilitate continued business transactions with Iran. The U.S. has vowed top punish any businesses that violate its sanctions, while the EU has been trying to thwart enforcement of the sanctions, including by adopting a blocking statute.” (09/25/18)

https://www.politico.eu/article/rebuking-donald-trump-major-powers-eu-britain-china-russia-germany-reaffirm-iran-nuclear-deal/

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2) Sweden: Lofven ousted as PM after losing confidence vote
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Sweden’s centre-right parties and the far-right Sweden Democrats have combined to oust the country’s prime minister, Stefan Lofven, in a mandatory no-confidence vote after elections that left neither main political bloc with a majority. The move means Lofven, whose centre-left bloc won 144 seats in parliament on 9 September to the centre-right’s 143, will have to step down eventually but will stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new administration can be formed, which could take weeks.” (09/25/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/25/swedish-pm-stefan-lofven-losing-confidence-vote

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3) Cosby sentenced to three to ten years in prison
Source: ABC News

“His Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, Bill Cosby was led off to prison in handcuffs Tuesday at age 81, sentenced to three to 10 years behind bars for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman. The punishment made him the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison and all but completed the dizzying, late-in-life fall from grace for the comedian, former TV star and breaker of racial barriers. … The punishment, which also included a $25,000 fine, came at the end of a two-day hearing at which the judge declared Cosby a ‘sexually violent predator’ — a modern-day scarlet letter that subjects him to monthly counseling for the rest of his life and requires that neighbors and schools be notified of his whereabouts.” (09/25/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/cosbys-day-reckoning-year-sex-assault-case-58058935

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4) France: First street sexual harassment fine
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A man in France has been given a 300-euro (£270) fine for sexual aggression under a new law against street harassment. He slapped a woman’s bottom on a bus near Paris, and made lewd remarks about her appearance. The fine is the first imposed under the legislation aimed at deterring predatory remarks and harassment such as wolf-whistles. The law, passed in August, allows for on-the-spot fines of up to 750 euros. The man, who was drunk when he boarded the bus in Draveil, Essonne, south of Paris, smacked the 21-year-old woman, and made insulting comments about her and her breasts. This led to a squabble with the bus driver, who trapped the man in the bus while waiting for police to turn up.” [editor’s note: If he “slapped a woman’s bottom” without her prior consent, that’s assault, which is already a crime; I see a “hate crimes” ambiguity here – SAT] (09/25/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45643864

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5) Trump babbles nonsense at UN, gets some laughs
Source: Yahoo! News

“President Trump on Tuesday strode to the podium at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City to ‘share the extraordinary progress’ the U.S. has made during his time in office. The reaction he received from the assembled world leaders wasn’t what he was expecting. ‘In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,’ Trump proclaimed. There was a smattering of audible laughter from the assembled diplomats, representing 193 countries. Trump soldiered on with a speech that seemed more like a campaign speech than an address to the world, touting America’s economy, stock market, his border wall and U.S. military, which he vowed would ‘soon be more powerful than it has ever been before.’” (09/25/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-touts-achievements-u-n-laughs-153255266.html

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6) MI: GOP-appointed justice “shunned” by fellow Republicans for ruling against gerrymandering
Source: Raw Story

“A GOP-appointed Michigan Supreme Court justice said she was ‘shunned’ by her fellow Republicans for ruling against gerrymandering. The Detroit News reported that special interest groups tried to pressure her into voting against a November ballot measure that will allow a nonpartisan outside group to ‘fix’ the state’s gerrymandered legislative districts. When she decided to vote for it, she said the party turned its back on her. In July, Clement was one of two GOP-appointed Michigan Supreme Court justices who backed the ballot proposal 4-3. The ballot proposal was approved soon after Michigan’s Bridge Magazine reported on leaked emails that illustrated the Republican urge to redraw districts that would actively hurt ‘Dem garbage.’ Clement told the News that certain ‘outside interests’ pressured her to vote against the measure while she was deliberating — but refused to identify what those interests were.” (09/25/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/gop-appointed-justice-shunned-fellow-republicans-ruling-gerrymandering-michigan

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7) Did a mathematician really solve a million-dollar math problem?
Source: USA Today

“A world-renowned retired mathematician claims he has proof to solve a math problem dating back to 1859, potentially worth $1 million. Michael Atiyah, a mathematician who has won several awards including the Fields Medal in 1966, spoke during the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, an event created to connect experts in fields such as science and math with the younger generation. During a Monday speech in Heidelberg, Germany, Atiyah claimed to have a potential solution to a problem called the Riemann Hypothesis. ‘It’s so difficult nobody’s proved it, so why should anyone prove it now, unless of course you have a totally new idea,’ said Atiyah. According to the Clay Mathematics Institute, the hypothesis named after German mathematician Bernhard Riemann centers on how prime numbers (which can only be divided by one or themselves) are distributed and how frequently they occur. Riemann’s formula works for the first 10 trillion solutions, said the institute, but not for every single potential prime number.” (09/25/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/09/25/riemann-hypothesis-mathematician-said-he-solved-1-m-math-problem/1418487002

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8) Louisiana soldier sentenced to 11 years for detonating chlorine device
Source: NBC News

“A Louisiana soldier who pleaded guilty to making and detonating a chemical weapon was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Monday, federal authorities said. The blast set off by Ryan Keith Taylor last year emitted chlorine gas, badly injuring two investigators, the Department of Justice said in a news release. It wasn’t clear why Taylor detonated the bomb on the morning of April 12, 2017, in Kisatchie National Forest, east of Fort Polk, where he was stationed. After three soldiers conducting a training exercise heard the explosion — and found Taylor filming it with his cell phone — they reported the incident to military police, the release said.” (09/25/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/louisiana-soldier-who-detonated-chemical-weapon-sentenced-11-years-n912761

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9) Report: Newborn syphilis cases in US reach highest level in 20 years
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The number of U.S. babies born infected with syphilis has reached the highest level in 20 years. It is still rare for babies to get syphilis from their infected mothers, but figures released Tuesday show more than 900 cases were reported last year. That’s more than double the number in 2013. Most cases were in the Southeast and Southwest. The last time the number was that high or higher was in the 1990s. In adults, cases of syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases also are rising. Health officials say possible reasons include a wave of illegal drug use. They say women should be tested during pregnancy so they can be treated with antibiotics. Syphilis can deform or kill babies. At least 77 of last year’s cases were stillborn or died.” [editor’s note: I’m almost afraid to ask, but aren’t people deciding to be prospective parents getting tested for STDs? Or is now a “thing” to have unprotected sex with strangers while pregnant? – SAT] (09/25/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/medical/article/Newborn-syphilis-cases-in-US-reach-highest-level-13257090.php

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10) Gaza: Israeli troops murder one protester, wound 90
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Israeli soldiers have shot dead a Palestinian man during a protest near the Gaza border, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said. Mohamed Abu Sadek, 21, was shot in the head by the Israeli military on Monday and died in hospital. Abu Sadek was one of thousands of people who gathered near the border as part of the Great March of Return protests. At least 90 people were injured in the protests, 10 of them by live rounds fired by Israeli troops, the ministry said.” (09/24/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/palestinian-shot-dead-israeli-army-gaza-border-ministry-180924185614838.html

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11) Dunkin’ is officially dropping Donuts from its name
Source: USA Today

“It’s official: Dunkin’ is dropping Donuts — in name only. The food chain announced Tuesday it will rebrand as simply Dunkin’, with the new branding making appearances at locations and on merchandise starting in January. However, it’s not dropping the breakfast staple that helped make the chain famous. The top retailer of donuts in the U.S. sells 2.9 billion of the sweet treats (along with donut holes called Munchkins’) per year worldwide. ‘While donuts may no longer appear in our logo, we remain committed to serving our signature donuts and will continue to offer new and seasonal varieties to delight donut lovers everywhere,’ Tony Weisman, U.S. chief marketing officer at Dunkin’, said in a statement. Dunkin’ Donuts started testing the name change last year with a location it opened in Pasadena, Calif.” [editor’s note: Full disclosure, I used to think “plain crullers and coffee” was a healthy breakfast, since my grandmother had made them that way – SAT] (09/25/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/09/25/dunkin-donuts-drops-donuts-brand-name/1422584002

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12) Philippines: Trillanes arrested
Source: CNN

“A prominent Philippines lawmaker and critic of President Rodrigo Duterte who has been holed up in the country’s Senate has left accompanied by police officers after an arrest warrant was ordered by a Manila court. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was arrested on charges of rebellion, following an earlier move by the president to revoke an amnesty granted to the senator for his involvement in a number of coup attempts that happened over a decade ago. ‘I will go with the arresting team when there’s a warrant, no matter how unjust that warrant may be,’ Trillanes said, according to CNN Philippines.” (09/25/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/25/asia/philippines-duterte-antonio-trillanes-amnesty-arrest-warrant-intl/index.html

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13) US Commerce Department seeks input on privacy rules
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday said it was seeking comments on how to set nationwide data privacy rules in the wake of tough new requirements adopted by the European Union and California this year. The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a privacy hearing on Wednesday with major companies including Alphabet Inc, AT&T Inc, and Apple Inc. This summer, the Trump administration held more than 50 meetings with tech companies, internet providers, privacy advocates and others. Data privacy has become an increasingly important issue since massive breaches compromised the personal information of millions of U.S. internet and social media users, as well as breaches involving large retailers and credit reporting agency Equifax Inc.” (09/25/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-internet-privacy/u-s-seeks-input-on-privacy-rules-to-protect-consumer-data-idUSKCN1M529E

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14) Former content moderator sues Facebook, claiming the job gave her PTSD
Source: Time

“A content moderator at Facebook filed a class action lawsuit against the company on Friday, claiming it does not protect employees from the mental trauma caused by the graphic images they see online every day. Selena Scola, a content moderator responsible for viewing and removing any Facebook posts that violate the platform’s terms of use, said she suffers from psychological trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of ‘constant and unmitigated exposure to highly toxic and extremely disturbing images at the workplace,’ the complaint reads.” (09/24/18)

http://time.com/5405343/facebook-lawsuit-mental-trauma-content-ptsd/

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15) GA: Cops steal drugs resembling Hello Kitty, Homer Simpson, other cartoon characters
Source: Fox News

“Heads up, Georgians: Officials with the Hapeville Police Department on Friday announced the department’s criminal investigation division made a ‘major drug bust,’ confiscating drugs that resemble candy. In addition to confiscating two guns (one of which was allegedly stolen) officials also seized ‘cash, suspected marijuana, pills, cannabis pops, and suspected powder cocaine,’ the police department said in an online statement. Officials also cautioned residents, particularly adolescents, the pills and cannabis pops are designed to resemble candy, taking on the form of various cartoon characters such as Homer Simpson, Hello Kitty and the minions from the movie ‘Despicable Me.’ ‘Parents, teachers and Coaches please make our young people aware of these dangers,’ officials warned. A spokesperson for the Hapeville Police Department was not immediately available for additional comment when contacted by Fox News on Tuesday.” (09/25/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/09/25/georgia-cops-confiscate-drugs-resembling-hello-kitty-homer-simpson-other-cartoon-characters.html

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16) US regime imposes sanctions on Venezuela’s First Lady Cilia Flores
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The US treasury department has imposed financial sanctions on Venezuela’s First Lady, Cilia Flores. The move comes just over a year after President Nicolas Maduro had his assets frozen by the US government. US treasury chief Steve Mnuchin said the Venezuelan ‘regime systematically plunders what remains of Venezuela’s wealth.’ Mr Maduro later thanked the US in a televised address ‘for surrounding him with dignity.’ In a speech at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said Venezuela was one of the ‘truly bad places’ in the world. He also said Mr Maduro could be toppled ‘very quickly’ if his own military decided to turn on him.” (09/25/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45644074

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17) Boeing wins $2.4 billion welfare check
Source: CNBC

“The U.S. Air Force has selected Boeing to replace the service’s aging fleet of UH-1N Iroquois helicopters, which are currently tasked with security missions as well as protecting America’s nuclear missile arsenal. The long-awaited Pentagon contract is worth $2.4 billion for up to 84 aircraft. The service awarded Boeing approximately $375 million for the first four helicopters on Monday.” (09/24/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/24/boeing-wins-2point4-billion-contract-to-replace-air-forces-aging-iconic-huey-choppers-that-guard-americas-nukes.html

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18) KY: Davis’s opponent fends off attacks from primary rival
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail in 2015 for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, wants a second term in office. Democrat Elwood Caudill Jr. is running against her, and the campaign has predictably turned to allegations of bigotry. But it’s Caudill, not Davis, who has been forced to play defense. Caudill won the Democratic nomination in May to face Davis, a Republican, in November. He defeated David Ermold, a gay man who was denied a marriage license by Davis in 2015. Ermold was the sentimental favorite in the primary, raising more than $300,000 from thousands of donors across the country. But Caudill, a 21-year veteran of local government who ran on a pledge of better service at the clerk’s office, trounced him in the primary.” (09/25/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Kim-Davis-opponent-fends-off-attacks-from-13256285.php

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19) IL: Eighteen more men cleared of convictions linked to corrupt Chicago cop
Source: CBS News

“A judge has cleared 18 more men of drug convictions that resulted from investigations by a corrupt Chicago police sergeant and his crew of tactical officers, reports CBS Chicago. The exonerations brought to 42 the total number of overturned convictions linked to then-Sgt. Ronald Watts since 2016, the Chicago Tribune reported. … The 18 cases dismissed Monday include one in which the defendant alleged that Watts had framed him for narcotics possession because his brother had failed to pay $5,000 in protection money. Many such allegations that Watts and his crew extorted drug dealers and residents swirled around them for years, despite complaints to the police department and statements made during court hearings.” (09/24/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/18-more-men-cleared-of-convictions-linked-to-corrupt-chicago-cop-ronald-watts/

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20) NY: Man arrested for 3D printing vaguely gun-shaped piece of plastic
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“A puppet technician with the Broadway production of The Lion King was using a 3D printer to print a gun at the theater, police say. Officers were called to Manhattan’s Minskoff Theater on Friday, where they say they found 47-year-old puppet technician Ilya Vett in the process of printing a handgun. New York City police Officer James Taylor says that when he arrived at a production and prop room for the musical, he saw a 3D printer producing a hard black plastic object ‘shaped like a revolver in that the object has a hand grip and a pointed, snub-nosed nozzle’ and ‘an empty space where it is customary for a cylinder holding live rounds of ammunition to be placed.’ … Vett was arrested and charged with attempted criminal possession of a firearm.” (09/25/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/09/24/651158206/lion-king-puppet-technician-arrested-after-allegedly-printing-3d-gun-at-theater

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

21) Suppression
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“As I’ve written several times over the past few years, top-down censorship had become very rare in the US; alas, in just the past year since the last Banned Books Week, it has returned with a vengeance. The passage of FOSTA, a law which both authorizes direct federal censorship of the internet (by creating a new category of banned speech) and exerts a powerful chilling effect (by an unconstitutionally vague description of what might be included in that category), is the worst example, but it is by no means the only one. Congress has also conducted an inquisition of Facebook and Twitter over paranoid fantasies and the idiotically-named non-category ‘fake news,’ with several of the inquisitors hinting at the possibility of direct censorship (or as they prefer to call it, ‘regulation’) …” (09/25/18)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/09/25/suppression/

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22) Google and privatized authoritarianism
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Tech giants get a lot of well-deserved flack for playing at partisan politics, picking sides in policy disputes, and suppressing speech and ideas that don’t fit well with their dominant political ideology — or promoting those that do. Even some of the companies’ employees’ find the internal culture stifling, such as the Facebook workers who recently derided the social media behemoth for ‘a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views.’ But for a glimpse of real danger, consider what happens when Google, the dominant search-engine company, teams up with a regime it apparently finds agreeable, and lends its considerable clout to reinforcing authoritarian rulers’ control over their suffering subjects.” (09/25/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/09/25/google-and-privatized-authoritarianism

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23) The world just laughed at Donald Trump
Source: The Atlantic
by David A Graham

“Everyone’s got their own recurring nightmare — naked in class, teeth falling out, whatever. For Donald Trump, that nightmare is that the world is laughing at the United States, and on Tuesday at the United Nations General Assembly, the nightmare came true. … the reaction had to sting. This is, after all, the same man who tweeted about Obama: ‘We need a President who isn’t a laughing stock to the entire World. We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect!’ … The figurative laughter of 2014 has become the literal laughter of 2018.” (09/25/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/09/trump-unga-laughter/571267/

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24) The true vision of Satoshi Nakamoto
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“I had planned to write about the philosophy of Satoshi Nakamoto, based upon his writings. Recently, however, I’ve heard about food fights in the Bitcoin Cash camp, centering on ‘Satoshi’s Vision.’ One thing I’m certain about is that Satoshi would not want to be the subject of fights. Hence today’s article. In it I’m going to explain what Satoshi was really all about, what he/she/they hoped would happen with Bitcoin, and how I think Satoshi would react to the continuing development of cryptocurrencies.” (09/25/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/true-vision-satoshi-nakamoto/

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25) What Trump gets right on trade
Source: The New Republic
by John B Judis

“In April 2016, Presidential candidate Donald Trump promised to ‘surrender this country or its people to the false song of globalism’ no longer. ‘I am skeptical,’ he said in a speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, ‘of international unions that tie us up and bring America down.’ Two months later, campaigning against Hillary Clinton, Trump reiterated: ‘Globalization has made the financial elite who donate to politicians very wealthy. But it has left millions of our workers with nothing but poverty and heartache.’ As president, Trump has made good on his promises, with a variety of actions: He has pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership; announced that he would do the same with the Paris climate agreement; held up nominations to the World Trade Organization; begun renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement; instituted tariffs on steel and aluminum imports; targeted Chinese trade and investment; and threatened to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t fund a great wall with Mexico.” (09/25/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151140/trump-right-free-trade-globalization

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26) Saving the Republican Congress
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“Even at this late hour, President Donald Trump can save the Republican Congress in November — if they want to be saved. To understand how, we need to rewind back to this time last year. That’s when Trump made one of the few policy mistakes of his young presidency by failing to veto the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. One of the Republican Congress’ biggest mistakes was sending him that bloated appropriations bill in the first place. It has only demoralized conservative Trump voters — the same group that hasn’t been showing up in special election races this year. These runaway all-in-one spending bills have left a wake of trillion-dollar deficits and have only reinforced the antipathy that conservatives feel toward Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections. Instead of buying votes, the lack of spending discipline by the Republican Congress has only reinforced a suspicion by voters that it doesn’t really matter who’s in charge: The budget keeps flying into the stratosphere.” (09/25/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/09/25/saving-the-republican-congress-n2522170

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27) It’s time for a radical populism
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“It should be clear to everyone that Labour does not speak for working people, and nor does it aspire to. This party is now the property of an emerging new establishment; of a political set defined by ‘wokeness’ rather than class, by PC rather than populism, and by a belief that clever, ‘aware’ people who become members of Labour deserve a greater democratic say, but those people out there do not. This conference has revealed something extraordinary: for all the Corbyn crew’s Blairphobic bluster, on the big question of our time — national democracy — these two wings are entirely united. Both moderates and radicals believe that the 17.4million’s revolt to take back democratic control from technocratic elites was a destabilising phenomenon. Both want to take back control from us and make political decision-making once more the prerogative of the well-connected.” (09/25/18)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/09/25/its-time-for-a-radical-populism/

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28) The Trump boom is real, just ask the global economy
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Remember when everybody said that the ‘unexpectedly’ strong economy under President Trump had nothing to do with his policies? He was just lucky because the global economy was booming, they said. Well, that attempt to dismiss the Trump boom just fell by the wayside. Every three months, CNBC surveys its Global CFO Council to get their reading of the global economy. The council is comprised of Chief Financial Officers of the world’s largest 113 companies that combined are worth nearly $5 trillion. The latest survey shows that these CFOs see only one economy in the world that is currently improving. The United States. They rate every other nation or region one as either ‘stable’ or ‘declining.’ That includes the UK, the Euro Zone, Canada, Japan, China, Russia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa.” (09/25/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/economic-boom-trump-global-economy

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29) In Defense of Andrew Jackson: A book review
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Dave Benner

“More than anything, Andrew Jackson was a true American enigma. Jackson, who Davy Crockett famously mocked as ‘the great man in the White House,’ occupies an entire epoch in American history. In almost every conceivable way, he was a classic paradox — a benevolent crusader to his friends, and a despotic tyrant to his enemies. As a soldier, he defended his country from British invaders, but as the chief executive, prepared for the bloody invasion of an American state. He openly sympathized with the plight of Indians, but devoted his energies all the same to the forced relocation and oppression of the same. He was a states’ rights advocate with zeal for vengeance against governmental centralization, but one who unambiguously condemned nullification — branding those who defied federal policy as traitors to the union. According to Bradley Birzer’s new work, In Defense of Andrew Jackson, the backwoods dueling ruffian who captivated the country at a pivotal time still deserves modern attention.” (09/25/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/09/25/in-defense-of-andrew-jackson-a-book-review/

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30) Why no libertarian Supreme Court justice?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Regardless of the extreme brouhaha surrounding Brett Kavanaugh, it’s difficult for libertarians to get excited over his nomination to the Supreme Court. For that matter, it was also difficult for libertarians to get excited over Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court. There is a simple reason for that. While conservatives and liberals like to think that there is a big difference between conservative lawyers and judges and liberal ones, for libertarians there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between them, especially when it comes to the most destructive aspects of liberty in our time: the welfare-state/regulated economy way of life and the national-security state apparatus that was grafted onto the U.S. government after World War II, both of which have become permanent features in American political and economic life.” (09/25/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/09/25/why-no-libertarian-supreme-court-justice/

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31) Does the United States have a “strong” economy?
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“Long-time Republican Party political strategists are having fits. If only we could get average Americans to focus in on the economy instead of The Donald, they’re telling all comers, the GOP would do just fine in the upcoming November midterm elections. Those Republican strategists should be careful what they wish for. Getting average Americans to focus in on the economy ought to be the last thing in the world they want voters to do. That economy is doing average Americans no favors. And now we have some powerful new evidence to that effect, from data-rich reports just released by the Census Bureau and one of America’s top independent analysts of household well-being, the Pew Research Center. Both sets of researchers tell the same story: Average Americans have no reason to be celebrating our contemporary economy.” (09/25/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180925/does-the-united-states-have-a-strong-economy

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32) Seven ways to raise stronger children
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeff Minick

“Most of us are familiar with the term ‘helicopter parents,’ those mothers or fathers who hover over their children, obsessing about their welfare, taking an immoderate interest in their decisions, and fretting over even minor tribulations. Enter the ‘lawnmower parent.’ These anxious guardians take helicopter parenting a step farther by trying to anticipate their children’s difficulties, clearing the path for them, seeking to remove obstacles or unpleasantness before they occur. … All too often, such coddling produces young adults who have trouble making decisions, who back away from challenges, and who feel lost without the guiding hand that steered them through their pre-adult lives.” (09/25/18)

https://fee.org/articles/7-ways-to-raise-stronger-children/

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33) Are you immune to media mind control?
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis & Jim Babka

“Richard Viguerie, the famous Republican direct-mail fundraiser, claimed he couldn’t raise money for an issue unless it was featured on the nightly news. We call it the Viguerie Rule. It aligns perfectly with something called Agenda Setting Theory — the media decides what issues will be discussed, and we all follow along, led by the nose. Even libertarians! Most libertarians claim immunity from media mind control. They’re fooling themselves. The Viguerie Rule also applies to their activism.” (09/25/18)

https://downsizedc.org/immune-mind-control/

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34) Dear Jeff Sessions and conservatives, don’t mess with Google, Facebook or Twitter
Source: USA Today
by Daniel Castro & Michael McLaughlin

“Amid escalating complaints about anti-conservative bias on social media, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is meeting with state attorneys general Tuesday to discuss opening a federal investigation over possible consumer protection or antitrust law violations against Google, Facebook and Twitter. Not only are these complaints without merit, but the meeting appears to be designed entirely for political purposes. Sessions’ actions are grossly inappropriate, undermine the free speech rights of tech platforms, and ultimately do a disservice to consumers. A growing chorus of conservative commentators has voiced discontent with ‘Big Tech’ mostly because they believe that these internet platforms are censoring conservatives and conservative ideas. However, the direct evidence of anti-conservative bias on these platforms is sketchy at best, stemming from unscientific studies by conservative blogs and misunderstandings about recent changes to how social media sites display content.” (09/25/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/09/25/jeff-sessions-attorneys-general-facebook-google-twitter-column/1413271002

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35) The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol: Myth vs. Fact
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Ben Lieberman

“Beginning in the 1970s, concerns that the refrigerants used in most air conditioners and refrigerators were leaking into the air and depleting the Earth’s ozone layer led to the negotiation and signing of the Montreal Protocol, a 1987 United Nations treaty phasing out the use of these chemicals. Since then, a number of ozone-safe substitutes have been developed …. However, governments and environmental advocacy groups are now targeting these substitutes for phase-out because of their alleged role as contributors to global warming. … The Kigali Amendment would raise the cost of air conditioning and refrigeration across the board. Some manufacturers of Kigali-compliant refrigerants and equipment stand to benefit from the amendment. They have joined forces with environmental activists to lobby for the Kigali Amendment’s ratification. In doing so, they have made a number of claims that do not stand up to scrutiny.” (09/25/18)

https://cei.org/content/kigali-amendment-montreal-protocol-myth-vs-fact

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36) Here we go again — crypto community to deal with another foundation
Source: Bitcoin News
by Jamie Redman

“This weekend cryptocurrency proponents were surprised to hear about a new association created in order to bolster bitcoin core (BTC) and lightning network (LN) adoption. The astonishment is due to the fact that many cryptocurrency enthusiasts believe foundations mix like oil and water within the ecosystem alongside the controversies tied to the original Bitcoin Foundation. Despite public opinion concerning foundations and bitcoin, a group of self-professed ‘crypto-thought leaders’ has formed a union called the ‘B Foundation.’” (09/24/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/here-we-go-again-crypto-community-to-deal-with-another-foundation/

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37) An imperfect UN is still the world’s best hope
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“Four years after World War Two, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was asked to reflect on what would have prevented the conflict. The greatest mistake after World War One, he said, was not to properly resource the League of Nations, the international forum of countries created in 1919. Doing so ‘would have saved us all.’ The modern United Nations, a more muscular and inclusive body than its predecessor, has survived close on four times longer than the League. But as its General Assembly meets this week in New York, the U.N. (like the League) risks falling increasingly short. Few believe change, while necessary, is imminent or likely. Decades of attempts to reform the U.N. Security Council are (like the Council itself on issues such as Syria, the South China Sea and wider human rights) comprehensively deadlocked. The five permanent members (Britain, France and the United States on one side, Russia and China the other) are increasingly at loggerheads. Other emerging powers such as India and Brazil want permanent access, but there seems little or no road map to obtaining it.” (09/25/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-un-commentary/commentary-an-imperfect-un-is-still-the-worlds-best-hope-idUSKCN1M51TF

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38) A real agenda for a renewal of free market liberalism
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Richard M Ebeling

“To mark its 175th birthday, the highly regarded and widely read British news magazine The Economist published a ‘manifesto’ in its September 15, 2018, issue outlining its agenda for a renewed and relevant political and economic liberalism for the 21st century. But can it restore the liberal ideal at a time when liberalism is under attack from so many directions?” (09/25/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/09/a-real-agenda-for-a-renewal-of-free-market-liberalism/

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39) Destroying Yemen as humanely as possible
Source: CounterPunch
by Charles Pierson

“What a relief to learn that even though Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are bombing the crap out of Yemen, they are doing so humanely. On September 12, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, pursuant to the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 (‘NDAA’), certified that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are ‘undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure’ in their war on Houthi rebels in Yemen. This was demonstrable horseshit. … On September 20, the Wall Street Journal disclosed that Secretary Pompeo had decided to bless the Saudi coalition’s conduct after the State Department’s Bureau of Legislative Affairs advised him that withholding certification could jeopardize future US arms sales, including a pending sale of more than 120,000 precision-guided missiles to the Saudis and UAE.” (09/25/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/09/25/destroying-yemen-as-humanely-as-possible/

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40) The insignificance of Labour’s worker equity fund proposal
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Would be socialists and redistributionists are just clapping their hands with glee at this idea from John McDonnell. Companies with more than 250 employees should be putting 10% of equity into a fund that would go to the workers. Who could then receive up to £500 a year each in dividends, the balance above that going to the State. The problem with this is that upon the one side it’s entirely trivial while on the other it very much ain’t. Given that this is a proposal from McDonnell it’s the benefits which are trivial, the costs which ain’t.” (09/25/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/politics/the-insignificance-of-labours-worker-equity-fund-proposal/

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41) All wars are illegal, so what do we do about it?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Kevin B Zeese & Margaret Flowers

“Every war being fought today is illegal. Every action taken to carry out these wars is a war crime. In 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact or Pact of Paris was signed and ratified by the United States and other major nations that renounced war as a way to resolve conflicts, calling instead for peaceful ways of handling disputes. The Kellogg-Briand Pact was the basis for the Nuremberg Tribunal, in which 24 leaders of the Third Reich were tried and convicted for war crimes, and for the Tokyo Tribunal, in which 28 leaders of the Japanese Empire were tried and convicted for war crimes, following World War II. Such prosecutions should have prevented further wars, but they have not. David Swanson of World Beyond War argues that a fundamental task of the antiwar movement is to enforce the rule of law. What good are new treaties, he asks, if we can’t uphold the ones that already exist?” (09/25/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/kevin-b-zeese/2018/09/24/all-wars-are-illegal-so-what-do-we-do-about-it/

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42) Why Trump doesn’t go after Jeff Bezos
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“On several occasions in the last two years, Donald Trump has made blunt threats against The Washington Post and its multi-billionaire owner, Jeff Bezos. Since buying the Post from the Graham family in 2013, Bezos has reinvested handsomely in the newsroom, while keeping his hands off editorial matters. As the Post has done its job, becoming a thorn in Trump’s side, the president has issued dark warnings against the source of Bezos’s spare billions, Amazon, as a menace to local retailing. But curiously, Trump’s administration has not acted on these threats. And therein hangs a tale.” (09/25/18)

http://prospect.org/article/why-trump-doesnt-go-after-jeff-bezos

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43) Looking left to panarchy
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“The basic concept of panarchy is that governments should be more like churches only with better benefits and less child rape, voluntary stateless communities that people can pick and choose to be a party to and can coexist within the same geographic spaces. This means that my Bookchinite municipality of pot-farming trannies can thrive on the same block as a distributionist Catholic polity or an anarcho-capitalist confederation. As long as all communities agree to a policy of strict non-aggression and cooperation enforced by a coalition of civilian militias the result will be a virtual marketplace of optional utopias. Those that succeed will grow in a decentralized fashion while those that fail will splinter into smaller communities to accommodate every possible lifestyle and way of life. The best part is that a violent upheaval may not even be necessary to achieve this. We can create these communities now as the American dream rots like a two week old jack-o-lantern. Some of us have already started.” (09/24/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/09/looking-left-to-panarchy.html

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44) New tax plan makes it easier to “ed-exit”
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“This week the House of Representatives will vote on a package of bills making the temporary tax cuts contained in last year’s tax reform bill permanent and making additional tax law changes. The bills will likely pass in the House, but will almost certainly be filibustered in the Senate if the Senate leadership tries to bring them to the floor. The GOP tax plan does offset some of the damage caused by federal control of education by making it easier for parents to escape failing government schools or ‘edexit.’ It accomplishes this by allowing money saved in a tax-free 529 education savings account to be used for homeschooling expenses.” (09/24/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/new-tax-plan-makes-easier-ed-exit

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45) What Kavanaugh case means for “innocent until proven guilty”
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Francine Kiefer

“In the Senate standoff over confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, two paradigms are hurtling toward each other in a clash: the age-old legal standard that someone must be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and the new #MeToo social norm that accusers of sexual assault should be believed. One standard would absolve Judge Kavanaugh; the other could doom his nomination. These two views butted heads on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ on Sunday. Sen. Patty Murray (D) of Washington told host Chuck Todd that ‘I think it’s really important, in this time, in this day, that we recognize when women speak out, that we should presume that they are innocent.’ Her Republican colleague, Sen. David Perdue (R) of Georgia, however, sided with the legal standards that go back to Roman criminal law in the second century. ‘This is a democracy. We have a judicial system. But we also have innocent until proven guilty.’ Like ‘any courtroom in our land,’ he said, the Senate needs to get at the truth.” (09/25/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0924/What-Kavanaugh-case-means-for-innocent-until-proven-guilty

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46) Steve Bannon’s European dream
Source: In These Times
by Eleanor Penny

Two years and a hundred political lifetimes ago, a U.K. prime minister offered a spurious referendum on EU membership to quell backbenchers and far-righters causing trouble in the ranks. It was a disastrous game of electoral Russian roulette. A deceptively simple choice–“in or out”–fractured U.K. political culture into unlikely alliances. Pro-remain leftists (from reluctant to distinctly Europhile) found themselves allying with global conglomerates like Goldman Sachs. Older generations of socialists and alter-globalists skeptical of EU membership found themselves aligned with reactionary race-baiters like Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson. It got nasty. A pro-remain Labour member of Parliament, Jo Cox, was slaughtered by a far-right terrorist, a man who went on to declare his motivations in court as ‘death to traitors, freedom for Britain.’” (09/25/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21416/Steve-Bannon-Europe-dream-utopia-Europeanness-Trump-identity-politics

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47) Bloom Energy’s “tangled web”
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“Bloom Energy executives, investment bankers, venture capitalists, politicians, regulators and others involved in advancing Bloom’s business, reputation and financial dealings are living the complicated life that flows from lying. Lies typically start small. Often, they’re small deceptions. But deceptions can metastasize into a tangled web of lies that threatens corporate survival, as truth intrudes over time from all sides.” (09/24/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/09/bloom-energys-tangled-web/

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48) Human rights? Sorry, not here.
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“The recent discussion of the increasing discrimination of ‘major’ social media companies and major information technology companies, against lovers of freedom deserves more discussion. We are condemned as being evil monsters, promoting such things as firearms, disobedience to government, resistance to the ‘wrong kinds of tyranny,’ and as being racist, sexist, exclusivist, and even nationalists and fascists, because of the princip[le]s we seek to follow and teach. I pointed out that we are finding ourselves in (or being pushed into) ghettos and modern technological equivalents. We are finding a need to create enclaves in which we can live and trade. At the same time we are being put into Coventry by the other three corners of the political diamond. These discussions prompt this thought. What are ‘human rights?’” (09/24/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/09/24/human-rights-sorry-not-here/

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49) The future of Digital Proudhonism
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Frank Miroslav

“Gavin Mueller’s recent article for the boundary 2 online journal, ‘Digital Proudhonism’ is a Marxist critique of what Mueller describes as ‘Digital Proudhonism,’ a catchall term for those who believe that technology is lowering class barriers. Digital Proudhonism is not a formal ideology but rather an undercurrent expressed by a variety of individuals from all over the political spectrum. For Mueller, Digital Proudhonism is the unofficial ideology of those who think that simply by removing intellectual property we can destroy concentrated wealth and unjust power structures in society. He sees this as a pro-capitalist position, or at least one that lends itself to use by capitalists. In particular, he claims many of its proponents have capitalist leanings or sympathies.” (09/24/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/51323

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50) Let’s talk about Cody Wilson
Source: Steemit
by Avens O’Brien

“Cody Wilson is a 30-year-old, well-known (in some circles) gun rights activist. Many know him as the 3D printed gun guy. He runs a company called Defense Distributed — they produce files that help individuals with the 3D printing of weapons. As you can imagine, he and his company are not popular with the government (or anti-weapon people). He recently allegedly met a young woman in TX on a website called SugarDaddyMeet(.com) where all members must be over the age of 18. The site boasts ‘member verification’ — however tucked into their service agreement is this …” (09/23/18)

https://steemit.com/codywilson/@avens/let-s-talk-about-cody-wilson

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51) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 105
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed is in trouble, big time. What’s this all about? What’s in the News with stories on Snowden validation, FDA making things worse, cops busted by vice, rape kits, and big money for Space Force. Finally, an Ask Me Anything where I answer your burning questions.” [various formats] (09/25/18)

https://thelavaflow.com/cody-wilson-tlf105/

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52) The Libertarian Angle, 09/25/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Richard Ebeling is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel. He became a libertarian while still in high school and has been involved in the libertarian movement for many decades. Who did he look up to? What books have influenced him the most? Richard and FFF president Jacob Hornberger discuss.” [various formats] (09/25/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-ebelings-10-favorite-books-authors-ayn-rand/

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53) Editor’s Break, episode 91
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 091 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: what it means to discipline a child and whether he’d be okay with other people disciplining his children; what to do about your anger or prejudice toward a loved one who has decided to keep their children home from school; how politics, the use of violence in society, can affect societal and economic development; and more.” [various formats] (09/25/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/discipline-homeschooling-intolerance-politics-and-development-23m-editors-break-091

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54) Stossel: Leaving the left
Source: Reason

“Dave Rubin is a popular YouTube host who was once on the left. He worked for The Young Turks TV show. But Rubin tells John Stossel how he gradually changed his mind and became a classical liberal. For that, Rubin lost friends and gets protested at college campuses. While many leftists are so angry at Rubin that they will no longer talk to him, conservatives are eager to talk. Rubin says that surprised him because, ‘I’m pro-choice. Most of them are pro-life. I’m against the death penalty, most of them are for the death penalty.’” [Flash video] (09/25/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/09/25/rubin-leaving-the-left

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55) Humans of Bitcoin, 09/25/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“He’s been scammed more times than you can imagine. Ernesto [Huerta] is resilient though … His undenying faith in cryptocurrency has changed his life. Instead of lambos, he chose to launch Cryptospace.” [various formats] (09/25/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e455-Ernesto-Huerta-Bitcoin-Freedom-in-Los-Angeles

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56) Postcards from Somalia, episode 12
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“On this episode Sherry and Alan discuss the recent arrest of Cody Wilson and all the fun and games surrounding it.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/25/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/postcards-from-somalia-episode-12-neckbeards-and-baby-sugar-babies/

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57) Kick the Puppy, episode 6
Source: Attack The System

“Cody Wilson catches teen sex assault case, the State loves sexual assault, why US radicalism failed, Florida neighbors horrified by nudist family doing yard work, Florida deputies say woman stole marijuana that washed up on the beach, Ernie and Bert are not gay, college students struggle to vote because they don’t know where to buy stamps, Maine restaurant gets lobsters high on pot before killing them, a parrot returns to British owners speaking Spanish 4 years after disappearing, Inside Edition crew robbed while reporting on Bay Area crime, Senate approves $674 billion defense budget, Democrats control elite colleges, Judge Napolitano says Kavanaugh is an enemy of the 4th Amendment, Christian zealot beheads girlfriend because she refused to repent, being stabbed in the back, 2018’s ‘Happiest States’ in America.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/25/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/09/25/kick-the-puppy-episode-6/

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58) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 75
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Who founded the Republican Party?” [various formats]

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/first-republicans

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59) Cato Daily Podcast, 09/25/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The long slide of the United States in economic freedom appears to have halted. Ian Vasquez comments on the new edition of Economic Freedom of the World.” [various formats] (09/25/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/economic-freedom-world-2018

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60) Candidates of Liberty, episode 7
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In episode #7 of Candidates of Liberty, Brian interviews Lucy Brenton, who is running for Senate in Indiana for the second time. Lucy is taking on the Democratic incumbent Senator Joe Donnelly as well as GOP candidate Braun. Lucy weighs in on her opinion on SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh and the current allegations, Ending the FED, her path to libertarianism, abortion and other hot button issues.” [various formats] (09/25/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/09/25/candidates-of-liberty-ep-07-lucy-brenton-for-indiana-senate/

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61) Free Talk Live, 09/24/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Google Secret China Memo :: Following Orders :: Google is Evil :: Male and Female Intelligence Distribution :: Parenting Roles :: Sub-Optimal Parenting :: UBER Lyft Making Less Money? :: Emulated Favorite NES Games :: Edgington Post — John Lott :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/24/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-09-24

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62) Reason Podcast, 09/24/18
Source: Reason

“In today’s Reason Podcast, Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and I [Nick Gillespie] discuss the fallout of the Kavanaugh hearing not just as it relates to the future of the Supreme Court but to journalistic norms and public discourse. We also talk about the uncertain fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who may be out from his role of overseeing Robert Mueller and the federal probe into Russian influence in the 2016 election. And we talk about what we’ve been reading, watching, and listening to.” [various formats] (09/24/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/09/24/talk-show-9-24-podcast

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63) Constitutionally Speaking, episode 31
Source: National Review

“This week, Jay and Luke dig into the second part of the First Amendment. They show how Congress curtailed Madison’s original protections for free speech and a free press, while taking a look at what these freedoms meant as a practical matter to the founding generation.” [various formats] (09/24/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/constitutionally-speaking/episode-31-freedom-of-speech-plus-press-petition-and-assembly/

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64) William Hartnung on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“William Hartung joins Scott to talk about the reasons for the war in Yemen and its effects in the region. As usual, little attention is being payed to America’s role in supporting Saudi Arabia in waging the war, and even less to the role of powerful lobbying from arms manufacturers, though efforts from some journalists and certain members of congress are looking to change that.” [various formats] (09/24/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/9-21-18-william-hartung-on-the-military-industrial-complex-and-yemen/

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 09/24/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Noah Smith (Bloomberg Opinion, Noahpinion) and Meagan Day (Jacobin, meaganday.com) … The difference between democratic socialism and social democracy … Meagan: The ‘burden of proof’ should be on capitalists, not socialists … Some questions about how a socialist system would function … Noah defends neoliberal incrementalism … A neoliberal case for Medicare for all … Meagan: Capital inevitably subverts the popular political will … Does the average person have a voice in our democracy? … Does racism stand in the way of American socialism?” [Flash video] (09/24/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53691

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