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Thursday, September 27th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump caves on yet another “minibus” spending bill to avert fake government shutdown
2) China: Regime cancels US warship visit to Hong Kong amid military sanction backlash
3) Trump: Two-state Middle East solution would work best
4) Avenatti client makes accuses Kavanaugh, Judge of participating in gang rapes
5) Fed raises rates for third time this year
6) FL: Nelson, Gillum have edge in races according to poll
7) Uber pays $148 million in bribes to 50 state regimes
8) US regime won’t label atrocities against Rohingya “genocide”
9) Dame Judi Dench criticizes Kevin Spacey’s removal from film
10) Man sentenced to two years in prison for sabotaging US Army servers with “logic bomb”
11) Hackett: Trump’s China tariffs will cost Ford $1 billion
12) Merkley pushes for safe banking in the legal cannabis industry
13) AZ: Poll has Democrat up by three points for Flake’s US Senate seat
14) Mexico: Marines swoop on Acapulco as entire city’s police force placed under investigation over cartel infiltration
15) Newly crowned Miss Ukraine yanked of title after pageant officials discover she is a divorced mom
16) Add divorce to the list of trends Millennials are “killing”
17) Twitter considers ban on “dehumanizing language,” seeks user input
18) CT: Feds investigate allegations of discrimination at Yale
19) Pakistan: Court summons former PM and orders arrest of journalist
20) CA: San Francisco officials shut down new $2 billion transit terminal after discovering crack in beam

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Supreme Court: The dog that didn’t bark
22) Why isn’t President Trump proud of American trade deficits?
23) Hard to believe in “accusation market”
24) If society understood sovereignty, it would end rape culture, imperialism & propaganda
25) Why Americans choose socialism
26) Discounting identity
27) Kavanaugh is a test for the conservative legal movement
28) The critical lessons of the Kavanaugh battle
29) Codifying “soft law” governance in statute
30) Being skeptical of data, even when it supports your position — fire edition
31) The government wants airlines to delay your flight so they can scan your face
32) Who will win Europe’s energy cold war? Russia and USA
33) Now the EU wants to turn off the Sun
34) The coming Sino-American Internet schism
35) Google goes bad
36) UN speech: Can new “Trump doctrine” remake the world?
37) Quantum Vibe, 09/26/18
38) To boldly go nowhere?
39) Bloomberg and Trump share a love of stop and frisk
40) Trump and Rouhani flip scripts at the UN
41) Do immigrants fraudulently use public benefits?
42) Incentivizing law enforcement
43) How red states stifle blue cities
44) Your first job: Real costs of the minimum wage
45) These are the times Bitcoin was made for
46) Time to go further to end the opioid crisis
47) The US surges in economic freedom: Global report
48) Once again, economic growth cannot continue because of resource limitations
49) Sham audit of DMV will leave Californians in the dark
50) So many cars: Why American life expectancy falls short

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Electric Libertyland, episode 91
52) Editor’s Pick, episode 92
53) Blockchain 2025, 09/26/18
54) Political Research Digest, 09/26/18
55) Libertarian Postmodernism: A Reply to Jordan Peterson and the Intellectual Dark Web
56) CQ Roll Call Podcast, 09/26/18
57) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 15
58) Intercepted, 09/26/18
59) Scott Adams Says, 09/26/18
60) Essential Libertarianism, episode 45
61) Foreign Policy Focus, 09/26/18
62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1247
63) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 09/25/18
64) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 09/25/18`
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 09/25/18

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

1) Trump caves on yet another “minibus” spending bill to avert fake government shutdown
Source: Yahoo! News

“Congress has approved a bill keeping the government open through Dec. 7, as lawmakers move to avert a government shutdown looming next week. The $854 billion bill also funds the military and a host of civilian agencies for the next year. The House approved the bill, 361-61, on Wednesday, a week after the Senate approved it, 93-7. The measure now goes to President Donald Trump, who said he will sign it. … Trump made the pledge despite his frustration that the bill does not pay for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — a fact Trump called ‘ridiculous.’ The wall was a centerpiece of Trump’s 2016 Republican presidential campaign, when he repeatedly promised that Mexico would pay for it. Now, as president, Trump says it is ‘ridiculous’ that Congress has yet to fully fund the project.” (09/26/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/ryan-confident-trump-sign-bill-avert-shutdown-174634333–finance.html

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2) China: Regime cancels US warship visit to Hong Kong amid military sanction backlash
Source: CNN

“The Chinese government has blocked a US Navy ship from docking in Hong Kong amid a growing diplomatic feud between the two countries over strict military sanctions imposed by Washington. The USS Wasp, an amphibious assault ship comparable to a baby aircraft carrier, with a crew of more than 1,000 sailors, was scheduled to make a port call in Hong Kong next month according to two US officials. It isn’t the first time Beijing has canceled a visit by a US warship in protest. Most recently, China denied the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis access to Hong Kong in 2016 after the ship hosted then US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on a visit to the South China Sea.” (09/25/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/25/asia/uss-wasp-us-china-sanctions-intl/index.html

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3) Trump: Two-state Middle East solution would work best
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US President Donald Trump believes a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would ‘work best.’ Mr Trump moved away from decades of US policy calling for an independent Palestinian state last year, when he said he would be happy with a one-state solution if both parties wanted it. But after meeting Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday, he declared: ‘I like [the] two-state solution.’ He also said he wanted to unveil a plan for a final peace deal within months. ‘It is a dream of mine to get that done prior to the end of my first term,’ he added. However, there have been no substantive Middle East peace talks since 2014.” (09/26/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45653921

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4) Avenatti client makes accuses Kavanaugh, Judge of participating in gang rapes
Source: USA Today

“Julie Swetnick, a client of attorney Michael Avenatti, alleged in a signed statement released Wednesday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would drink to excess and ‘engage in abusive behavior’ toward teenage girls while he was in high school. In an explosive statement released by Avenatti, Swetnick claimed that in the 1980s, she witnessed efforts by Kavanaugh and his classmate, Mark Judge, to get teenage girls ‘inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys.’ … ‘I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh,’ she alleged in the statement, naming Kavanaugh’s high school classmate.” (09/26/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/09/26/brett-kavanaugh-confirmation-michael-avenatti-julie-swetnick/1431133002

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5) Fed raises rates for third time this year
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Federal Reserve has raised a key interest rate for the third time this year in response to a strong U.S. economy and signaled that it expects to maintain a pace of gradual rate hikes. The Fed on Wednesday lifted its short-term rate (a benchmark for many consumer and business loans) by a quarter-point to a range of 2 percent to 2.25 percent. It was the eighth hike since late 2015. The central bank stuck with its previous forecast for a fourth rate increase before year’s end and for three more hikes in 2019. The Fed dropped phrasing it had used for years that characterized its rate policy as ‘accommodative’ by favoring low rates. In dropping that language, the central bank may be signaling its resolve to keep raising rates.” (09/26/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Fed-raises-rates-for-3rd-time-this-year-with-1-13260074.php

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6) FL: Nelson, Gillum have edge in races according to poll
Source: CNBC

“Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson has a slim edge in his battle for re-election in Florida against Republican Gov. Rick Scott, according to an NBC News/Marist poll released Tuesday. Meanwhile, the survey found progressive Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has a solid lead over GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis in the contest for Florida governor. President Donald Trump is backing DeSantis. The swing state Senate and gubernatorial races are among the most closely watched in the country. Nelson garners 48 percent of support among likely voters, while 45 percent back Scott and 6 percent are undecided …. On the gubernatorial side, 48 percent of likely voters back Gillum, versus 43 percent who support DeSantis.” (09/25/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/25/bill-nelson-and-andrew-gillum-lead-in-florida-senate-and-governor-races.html

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7) Uber pays $148 million in bribes to 50 state regimes
Source: Reuters

“Uber Technologies Inc has settled with the top legal officers in all 50 U.S. states over a massive data breach it failed to disclose in 2016, one of the biggest embarrassments and legal tangles the ride-hailing company has suffered over the last couple of years. State attorneys general said on Wednesday that Uber will pay $148 million to settle the matter, with payments distributed in varying amounts across the states and Washington, D.C. The amount is precedent setting for attorneys general settlements in privacy cases. By comparison, the multi-state settlement with Target Corp in 2017, over a breach in which 41 million people had their data stolen, was just $18.5 million.” (09/26/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-databreach/uber-settles-for-148-million-with-50-u-s-states-over-2016-data-breach-idUSKCN1M62AJ

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8) US regime won’t label atrocities against Rohingya “genocide”
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The U.S. has issued a report condemning the violent crackdown on the Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar military as ‘extreme, large-scale, widespread.’ But the report, issued by the State Department on Monday, notably did not label the mass killings a genocide. That distinction is an important legal one governing how and whether the International Criminal Court may act in these cases. ‘We rarely make atrocity determinations,’ a State Department official told NPR, and ‘when we do it is only because we judge such a conclusion is warranted after a thorough review of the available facts … and because we assess that to do so at a particular time will help advance our policy objectives.’” (09/25/18)

https://www.npr.org/sections/newsandviews/2018/09/25/651528946/u-s-wont-label-atrocities-against-rohingya-genocide

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9) Dame Judi Dench criticizes Kevin Spacey’s removal from film
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Dame Judi Dench has said it was wrong to remove her ‘good friend’ Kevin Spacey’s performance in a recent film. ‘I can’t approve, in any way, of the fact (whatever he has done) that you then start to cut him out of films,’ she said at a film festival in Spain. She said Spacey was ‘an inestimable comfort’ when they worked on a film shortly after her husband’s death. A number of allegations of sexual misconduct have been made against the Oscar-winning actor, which he denies. The scandal prompted Sir Ridley Scott to excise his performance as oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty from ‘All the Money in the World’ and reshoot his scenes with Christopher Plummer. Plummer went on to be nominated for an Oscar, a Bafta and a Golden Globe for his contribution to the film.” (09/26/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-45649671

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10) Man sentenced to two years in prison for sabotaging US Army servers with “logic bomb”
Source: ZDNet

“A US judge has sentenced an Atlanta man to two years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for sabotaging one of the US Army’s payroll databases with a ‘logic bomb.’ … According to court documents, Mittesh Das, 49, of Atlanta, Georgia, was hired by a company that was contracted by the US Army to manage one of the databases part of the country-wide RLAS system. The third-party company contracted Das to work on its RLAS maintenance contract since 2012 due to his extensive expertise with the system. But two years after it won the RLAS contract, this company failed to secure an extension and was later scheduled to hand over the RLAS database management duties to another contractor in November 2014. According to investigators, Das didn’t appear to take this handover lightly, and at some time before the changeover, he placed malicious code on the RLAS database …” (09/25/18)

https://www.zdnet.com/article/man-gets-two-years-in-prison-for-sabotaging-us-army-servers-with-logic-bomb/

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11) Hackett: Trump’s China tariffs will cost Ford $1 billion
Source: USA Today

“Ford CEO Jim Hackett told Bloomberg Television on Wednesday that his company faces $1 billion in lost profits from President Donald Trump’s tariffs. ‘The metals tariffs took about $1 billion in profit from us — and the irony is we source most of that in the U.S. today anyways,’ Hackett said. ‘If it goes on longer, there will be more damage.’ A Ford spokesman told the Free Press that Hackett was referencing Ford internal forecasts of an increase of about $1 billion in steel and other metal costs in 2018 and 2019 due to tariffs. Hackett described business as stalled by the uncertainty over Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum from China and Canada, which have led to a range of retaliatory tariffs.” (09/26/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/09/26/china-tariffs-donald-trump-ford-ceo-jim-hackett/1433220002/

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12) Merkley pushes for safe banking in the legal cannabis industry
Source: Smell the Truth

“Jeff Merkley is no stranger to cannabis law reform in America. The Oregon lawmaker came out as the first U.S. senator to vote for a legal marijuana bill when his state voted to pass Measure 91 in 2014. He has since worked on further marijuana law reforms to provide lawfully-run businesses with federal banking services, and once famously helped an Oregonian cannabis producer pay taxes by personally delivering their $70,000 cash payment to the Department of Revenue. He now supports the SAFE Banking Act, as well as a landmark bill to legalize cannabis on a federal level. With a scheduled appearance at the International Cannabis Business Conference in Portland this weekend, Smell the Truth caught up with the senator for his thoughts on the current state of cannabis banking, as well as any possible federal actions to end marijuana prohibition.” (09/25/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/09/25/qa-oregon-sen-jeff-merkley-pushes-for-safe-banking-in-the-legal-marijuana-industry

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13) AZ: Poll has Democrat up by three points for Flake’s US Senate seat
Source: The Hill

“Arizona’s closely watched Senate race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R) is neck and neck between Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Martha McSally (R) according to a new NBC News/Marist poll released Tuesday. In the survey, Sinema has the support of 48 percent of likely voters, while 45 percent back McSally, a 3-point difference that falls within the poll’s margin of error.” (09/25/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/408238-poll-dem-leads-arizona-race-for-flakes-senate-seat-by-3-points

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14) Mexico: Marines swoop on Acapulco as entire city’s police force placed under investigation over cartel infiltration
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“Mexico’s military arrested three top police officers in the resort city of Acapulco on Tuesday and took control of the entire police force in the scenic but violent port. Fearing the Acapulco police force had been infiltrated by drug cartels, Mexican marines, together with state and federal police, deployed in a massive ground and air operation around the Pacific coast city’s police headquarters, said Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez. Two police commanders were arrested on murder charges, and the highway police chief for carrying unlicensed weapons, he said.” (09/26/18)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/26/marines-swoop-acapulco-entire-citys-police-force-placed-investigation/

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15) Newly crowned Miss Ukraine yanked of title after pageant officials discover she is a divorced mom
Source: Fox News

“Veronika Didusenko, who was recently named Miss Ukraine at the country’s national beauty pageant, was stripped of her title after pageant officials learned that she lied about being a divorced mother in her application. Didusenko was crowned the winner of the Miss Ukraine pageant in the country’s capital of Kiev on September 20. But her reign as queen didn’t last long after the pageant committee decided that she was to be disqualified on Monday. The Miss Ukraine organization released a statement regarding the 23-year-old’s disqualification which said, ‘In accordance with the Rules for conducting the National Beauty Contest Miss Ukraine, a person who wishes to take part in the National Beauty Contest ‘Miss Ukraine’ must comply, among other things, with the following requirements (valid for the period of the Contest): – not / was not married; – has no children.’ The pageant statement continued, ‘The same requirements are indicated in the official form, which is contained in the unified rules and conditions of participation in Miss World contest 2018.’” [eitor’s note: Seems like a new target for “feminists” … but they hate pageants anyway – SAT] (09/26/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/09/26/newly-crowned-miss-ukraine-yanked-title-after-pageant-officials-discover-is-divorced-mom.html

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16) Add divorce to the list of trends Millennials are “killing”
Source: USA Today

“Bras, top sheets, sleeping with clothes and now … divorce. Millennials get blamed for ‘killing’ many trends, and the latest example might mean everyone’s favorite generation to hate is in it for the long haul after tying the knot, according to a new study. University of Maryland professor Philip Cohen found that from 2008 to 2016, the U.S. divorce rate dropped by 18 percent. What’s causing this downward trend? ‘The overall drop has been driven entirely by younger women,’ Cohen writes. The study, which has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal, has been submitted for presentation at the 2019 Population Association of America meeting, an annual conference for demographers and sociologists to present research. To measure the divorce rate, Cohen compared the number of divorces to married women. When controlling for other factors like an aging population, the results show only an 8 percent drop, ‘but the pattern is the same,’ Cohen notes.” (09/26/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/09/26/millennials-blame-lower-us-divorce-rate-study/1429494002

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17) Twitter considers ban on “dehumanizing language,” seeks user input
Source: NBC News

“Twitter is working on a policy to prohibit the use of ‘dehumanizing language,’ a move that would be the most recent in a series of steps the company has taken to crack down on harassment and hate speech. The company announced its intentions in a blog post Tuesday, noting that the change will include remarks made to ‘identifiable groups,’ not just individual targets. The ban, however, will not go into effect until early next year in order to give the company time to tweak the policy based on user input, according to company spokesperson Raki Wane.” (09/25/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/twitter-considers-ban-dehumanizing-language-seeks-user-input-n913026

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18) CT: Feds investigate allegations of discrimination at Yale
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Federal authorities are investigating allegations of discrimination against Asian-American applicants to Yale University. The Education Department said in a letter to the Asian American Coalition for Education on Wednesday that it will investigate a 2016 complaint the group filed against the Ivy League school. The Justice Department will join in the investigation. Yale President Peter Salovey confirmed the investigation but strongly denied that Yale discriminates against any racial group. The complaint from the New Jersey-based coalition says Yale, Brown University and Dartmouth College unfairly denied Asian-American applicants by treating them differently based on their race. The Education Department said it had enough information to investigate Yale. Coalition President Yukong Zhao says he’s ‘very excited’ by the response. The Justice Department is also investigating similar allegations at Harvard University.” (09/26/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Feds-investigate-allegations-of-discrimination-at-13259996.php

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19) Pakistan: Court summons former PM and orders arrest of journalist
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“A Pakistani court has summoned former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to appear before it over a treason case, while issuing arrest warrants for a prominent journalist who interviewed the former premier, according to a court order. The Lahore High Court on Monday summoned Sharif to appear for the next hearing on October 8, in a case relating to an interview with prominent journalist Cyril Almeida. In the interview, published in May, PML-N party chief Sharif implied that Pakistan’s powerful military and intelligence services had allowed attackers involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which killed more than 160 people, to operate with impunity.” (09/25/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/pakistan-court-summons-pm-orders-arrest-journalist-180925073350343.html

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20) CA: San Francisco officials shut down new $2 billion transit terminal after discovering crack in beam
Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

“San Francisco officials shut down the city’s celebrated new $2.2 billion transit terminal today after discovering a crack in a support beam under the center’s public roof garden. Coined the ‘Grand Central of the West,’ the Salesforce Transit Center opened in August near the heart of downtown after nearly a decade of construction. It was expected to accommodate 100,000 passengers each weekday, and up to 45 million people a year. Authorities in green vests immediately began moving people out of the building this afternoon and rerouted buses to a temporary area about two blocks away that had been used during the center’s construction.” (09/25/18)

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/09/25/breaking-news/san-francisco-officials-shut-down-new-2b-terminal-after-discovering-crack-in-beam/

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

21) Supreme Court: The dog that didn’t bark
Source: James Bovard
by James Bovard

“The furor over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh is spurring many commentators to bewail that the Supreme Court has become too powerful. But the real problem is that the Court is now often little more than a fig leaf to provide legitimacy for a Leviathan that would have mortified the Founding Fathers. The Court’s betrayal of its constitutional role has vastly increased the stakes for the current and any future Justice nomination. Kavanaugh’s owes his credibility as a nominee to the Supreme Court dodging key issues in recent decades.” (09/26/18)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2018/09/26/supreme-court-the-dog-that-didnt-bark/

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22) Why isn’t President Trump proud of American trade deficits?
Source: Roanoke Times
by Donald J Boudreaux

“No economic artifact is as responsible for more confusion and bad policy as is the so-called ‘trade deficit.’ President Donald Trump, of course, frequently rails against the U.S. trade deficit, citing it as evidence of economic weakness at home, of nefarious trade practices abroad, and of the need for trade restrictions. Yet nearly everything Trump asserts about the trade deficit is wrong and often the opposite of the truth. But to be fair, the president’s confusion isn’t unique to him; it’s widespread. We need to bust a few myths about the trade deficit …” (09/25/18)

https://www.roanoke.com/opinion/wire/why-isn-t-president-trump-proud-of-american-trade-deficits/article_c89be374-b03f-5426-bdcb-ef440fe88700.html

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23) Hard to believe in “accusation market”
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“I don’t want to be cynical, but the emergence of a market in politically convenient accusations of sexual misconduct, made at just the right moment, is making me cynical. It’s as though people collect and save these accusations in hopes that someday the person they are prepared to accuse will seek a political position, when the accusation can be whipped out, shined up, and presented as a tactic to derail the ambition. If the accuser and accused support different wings of the political vulture, anyway. I assume anyone inclined to seek political power is probably more likely than the average person to have bad behavior skeletons in their closet, but it all seems too predictable, too convenient, and too politically one-sided as well.” (09/26/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/09/26/voices/hard-to-believe-in-accusation-market/159315.html

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24) If society understood sovereignty, it would end rape culture, imperialism & propaganda
by Caitlin Johnstone

“I get a lot of men whining at me whenever I say the words ‘rape culture,’ but I don’t really know what else to call this sort of thing. A man is applauded for joking about sneaking substances into a woman’s drink which rob her of her sexual sovereignty, is catapulted into the highest echelons of fame, is seen decades later yukking it up with the nation’s most prominent interviewer about that same subject, and nothing is done about it until much, much later when he’s dragged to court and convicted at the age of 81 for actually drugging and assaulting a woman. … I bring up rape culture from time to time not just because it’s an inherently toxic dynamic which destroys lives and has impacted me personally, but because I see it as inseparable from the constant transgressions of powerful people who seek to undermine the sovereignty of entire populations and nations. I truly believe that if our culture had a better understanding of what sovereignty is and how it works, everyone from serial rapists to imperialists to mass media propagandists would lose the societal framework in which they operate.” (09/26/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/09/26/if-society-understood-sovereignty-it-would-end-rape-culture-imperialism-and-propaganda/

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25) Why Americans choose socialism
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“There is no question but that the 20th and, so far, the 21st centuries have been the centuries of socialism for the American people. Yes, I know, many Americans don’t like to consider themselves socialists and prefer to think of the United States as ‘free enterprise.’ But the fact is that Americans have chosen to live under the variation of socialism called a ‘welfare state.’ The best manifestation of this phenomenon is Social Security and Medicare, the two crown jewels of the welfare state. They involve using the force of the state to take money from one group of people and giving it to another group of people. Contrary to popular opinion, especially among seniors, there is no ‘fund’ into which people have placed their retirement funds of healthcare funds. From the very beginning, Social Security and Medicare have been straight-out welfare programs, no different from food stamps, farm subsidies, foreign aid, and aid to the arts. Immigration controls are another example of American socialism.” (09/26/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/09/26/why-americans-choose-socialism/

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26) Discounting identity
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“I recently remarked: ‘Appealing to your identity is a reason to discount what you say, not a reason to pay extra attention.’ Why do I believe this? Well, suppose you want to make people agree with you. You’ve got two main routes. 1. Offer arguments in favor of your view to change what listeners sincerely think. 2. Make continued disagreement feel uncomfortable so listeners pay you lip service. Only #1 is epistemically respectable. But it has a major downside: Good arguments are scarce. #2 is epistemically sleazy, but it has a major upside: It is open to everyone, regardless of the merits of their views.” (09/26/18)

https://www.econlib.org/discounting-identity/

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27) Kavanaugh is a test for the conservative legal movement
Source: The Atlantic
by Emma Green

“Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination was secured by a conservative legal movement that takes a very particular form. It is strongly aligned with pro-life groups. Many of its leaders are Catholic. And, contrary to common stereotypes on the left, a significant number of its architects are women. As the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to hear testimony on Thursday from Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of three women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, the movement that put Kavanaugh in place is facing its own series of tests: how it treats alleged victims of abuse, how reflexively it aligns with the Trump administration, and whether it’s more committed to securing the truth or securing a win for the Republican Party.” (09/26/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/09/kavanaugh-hearing-confirmation-conservative-pro-life/571363/

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28) The critical lessons of the Kavanaugh battle
Source: Fox News Forum
by Laura Ingraham

“President Trump gave Republicans a master class in retaliating against the tactics of the left on Tuesday, and GOP senators would do well to take notes. Undoubtedly weary of watching the daily smear storm buffeting his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, Mr. Trump decided it was time to do what he does best: fight back. … ‘The Democrats are playing a con game, C-O-N. A con game,’ he said. ‘They know it’s a con game. They know he’s high quality. And they wink at each other. They are winking. They know it’s a con game.’ President Trump is never going to be content to hang back and play defense when he sees his agenda in jeopardy. He tried that a little bit for a few days last week when Christine Ford’s allegation Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s when they were in high school was dropped, and he won praise for being measured and presidential. … Getting back to Kavanaugh, Trump’s approach offers a stark contrast to that of the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. They walked right into the trap set by the left-wing smear squad.” (09/26/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/09/26/laura-ingraham-critical-lessons-kavanaugh-battle.html

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29) Codifying “soft law” governance in statute
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ryan Hagemann

“Bills that attempt to tackle the many complex and difficult issues issues related to emerging technologies – such as autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence (AI) — very often take on an amorphous character, providing little in the way of discernible, concrete steps towards action. While some may claim the AIGA fits that nature, it is actually a far more monumental and noteworthy proposal than many will give it credit for. The reason? This legislation would, in many important respects, codify some of the most crucial elements of ‘soft law’ governance in emerging technologies — an important issue that the Niskanen Center has repeatedly emphasized as the defining system of how emerging technologies are currently, and should continue to be, governed in the Digital Age.” (09/26/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/codifying-soft-law-governance-in-statute/

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30) Being skeptical of data, even when it supports your position — fire edition
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“This is the, uh, whateverth installment in a series on using your common sense to fact check data, even when the data is tantalizingly useful for the point one is trying to make. For the last decade or so, global warming activists have used major fires as further ‘proof’ that there is a global warming trend. Often these analyses are flawed, for a variety of reasons that will be familiar to readers …” (09/26/18)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2018/09/being-skeptical-of-data-even-when-it-supports-your-position-fire-edition.html

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31) The government wants airlines to delay your flight so they can scan your face
Source: The Intercept
by Sam Biddle

“Omnipresent facial recognition has become a golden goose for law enforcement agencies around the world. In the United States, few are as eager as the Department of Homeland Security. American airports are currently being used as laboratories for a new tool that would automatically scan your face — and confirm your identity with U.S. Customs and Border Protection — as you prepare to board a flight, despite the near-unanimous objections from privacy advocates and civil libertarians, who call such scans invasive and pointless. According to a new report on the Biometric Entry-Exit Program by DHS itself, we can add another objection: Your flight could be late.” (09/26/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/09/26/airport-facial-recognition-flight-delay/

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32) Who will win Europe’s energy cold war? Russia and USA
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Mark P Mills

“Like an impetuous Prospero, President Trump stirs up tempests seemingly with little concern for the consequences. Speaking at the United Nations yesterday, Mr. Trump doubled down on the assertion he made this past summer at the NATO summit in Brussels when he warned that Germany could become ‘captive to’ Russia because of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Diplomatic style aside, there was method behind the U.S. president’s perceived madness. Mr. Trump knows Europe needs natural gas, and by playing on fears (merited or otherwise) that Russia is once again a threat to peace in Europe, he’s hoping Germany and the European Union will import more of it from the U.S. Russian President Vladimir Putin has countered with a diplomatic charm offensive that’s included two meetings in the past four months with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (one last month lasting three and a half hours) and a recent visit to Austria where he brought a troupe of Cossack singers and danced arm-in-arm with Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl at her wedding.” (09/26/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/eu-energy-russia-dependence-trump

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33) Now the EU wants to turn off the Sun
Source: spiked
by Mick Hume

“The European Commission has come up with a new way to prevent people backing Brexit – not by winning the argument, but by curbing press freedom. They want to stop the British press encouraging ‘hatred’ of EU leaders and judges, and impose a ‘European approach’ of ‘smart regulation’ to control the views expressed by the tabloids and their supposedly non-smart readers. European justice commissioner Vera Jourova stuck the stiletto into the Sun and Co in her big speech at something called the Fundamental Rights Forum in Vienna, organised by the EC’s Fundamental Rights Agency. One ‘fundamental right’ these Eurocrats despise is the freedom of the press to criticise, insult and ridicule the pompous pro-EU elites. They believe instead in the fundamental right of Europe’s unelected courts and commissions to decide which ‘responsible’ opinions are fit for publication.” (09/26/18)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/09/26/now-the-eu-wants-to-turn-off-the-sun/

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34) The coming Sino-American Internet schism
Source: The American Conservative
by James P Pinkerton

“To historians, the split between the churches of Rome and Constantinople in the year 1054 is known as the Great Schism. What emerged from that schism, of course, was the Roman Catholic Church in the west and the Orthodox Church in the east. … Today, another great schism seems to be happening, and it, too, has an ideological cause that may be seen through an almost theological lens. The flashpoint is the internet, that planetary hive-mind. As such, the internet, also known as the World Wide Web, is making a bid, in its way, to be compared to all the other transcendent belief systems — sacred, profane, and in between — that we’ve seen in human history. And yet it, too, seems headed for a schism.” (09/26/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-coming-sino-american-internet-schism/

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35) Google goes bad
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Good Google’s evil twin, Bad Google, is at it again. In addition to doing bad things to advance its political agenda, Google is willing to work with bad governments do bad things. For example, the authoritarian Chinese government. Google is working on a mobile version of its search engine, code-named Dragonfly, which would censor search results the way the Chinese government wants.” (09/26/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/09/26/bad-google/

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36) UN speech: Can new “Trump doctrine” remake the world?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Trump no doubt didn’t get the reaction he would have liked from the United Nations to his speech. The assembled diverse-ocrats seemed to largely ignore the substance of his speech. Too bad. The outlines of his new Trump Doctrine that he unveiled at U.N. headquarters will have a major global impact. Gone are the days of President Obama’s kowtowing to foreign despots and pretending that all nations are the same. They aren’t. And Trump, while willing to live and let live, is the first president since Ronald Reagan to tell the U.N. that our country will no longer tolerate the tyrants and dictators whose nations make up much of the U.N.’s General Assembly. Trump has been tough on the U.N., so it’s not surprising that his speech wasn’t exactly greeted with politeness. When he began his speech boasting of his administration many undoubted accomplishments, the assembled ‘diplomats’ laughed.” (09/26/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/u-n-speech-trump-doctrine

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37) Quantum Vibe, 09/26/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (09/26/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1852

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38) To boldly go nowhere?
Source: Antiwar.com
by William D Hartung & Tom Engelhardt

“On the cultural front, the Space Force was roundly ridiculed on late night TV. And even Fox News gave air time to critics like former astronaut Scott Kelly, who called the move ‘political’ and indicated that ‘adding another layer of government bureaucracy [to the military] … is probably not a good use of our taxpayer dollars.’ David Cloud and Noah Bierman of the Los Angeles Times summed up the president’s decision-making process as a prime example of ‘the chaotic way Trump sometimes makes key decisions, often by bypassing the traditional bureaucracy to tout ideas that work well as applause lines but aren’t fully thought out.’ If, however, the skeptics have their doubts, one thing is clear: Donald Trump loves the idea of boldly going where no president has gone before in the same way a child might cherish his favorite toy.” (09/26/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/william-d-hartung/2018/09/25/to-boldly-go-nowhere/

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39) Bloomberg and Trump share a love of stop and frisk
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Michael Bloomberg is once again threatening to run for president, this time as a Democrat. In the unlikely event that he seeks and wins the nomination, he will face off against a fellow New York billionaire who enthusiastically agrees with him about one of the most contentious law enforcement issues of the last two decades. Like Bloomberg, Donald Trump credits the police strategy officially known as ‘stop, question, and frisk’ (SQF) with the historic decline in crime New York has seen since the 1990s. Both men think that success justified the program and recommends it to other cities. They are wrong on both counts.” (09/26/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/09/26/bloomberg-and-trump-share-a-misguided-lo

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40) Trump and Rouhani flip scripts at the UN
Source: Reuters
by David E Wade

“The traditional scripts were flipped during Tuesday’s dueling addresses by U.S. President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly — the second of the Trump presidency. That should trouble anyone who cares not just about the United States’ global standing, but about the prospects for multilateral diplomacy to address the world’s very real problems with Tehran. Put aside the delegates’ laughter after Trump boasted of his administration’s ‘extraordinary’ achievements. For a president who authored the bestselling ‘Art of the Deal’ and his foil Rouhani, the strikingly different tone of their speeches and the way they were received should be a wakeup call. For all of Trump’s promises about improving the nuclear agreement he called ‘the worst deal ever’ and negotiating an end to Iran’s malign activities in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and elsewhere, the U.S. president finds himself deprived of leverage, while Rouhani is the one invoking the legitimacy and legality of the international system the United States built. This is no happy occurrence.” (09/26/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wade-iran-commentary/commentary-trump-and-rouhani-flip-scripts-at-the-u-n-idUSKCN1M62KE

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41) Do immigrants fraudulently use public benefits?
Source: Niskanen Center
by Kristie De Pena

“For well over 100 years, the United States has denied entry to immigrant applicants who may become primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, on the grounds that they will likely become a ‘public charge.’ To reduce the likelihood, all family visa applicants must have a sponsor provide an Affidavit of Support that makes the sponsor liable to the government and the immigrant for failure to support the immigrant financially; failure to provide this affidavit will result in an inadmissibility determination. Similarly, an individual can be deported if he becomes a public charge within five years of entering the United States. In recent months, the Trump administration has indicated a renewed interest in cracking down on the fraudulent use of immigration benefits that the administration alleges is rampant. Is it? By one metric — prosecutions for fraud — the answer is no.” (09/25/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/do-immigrants-fraudulently-use-public-benefits/

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42) Incentivizing law enforcement
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“There are many ways to encourage and discourage desired behavior. The two most common methods are rewards and punishments. You reward behavior you want and punish behavior you don’t want. These two methods are used in every walk of life, even law enforcement. Many municipalities have been encouraging their law enforcers to pursue fines. Unfortunately, an individual can only do so much so when law enforcers are encouraged to pursue fines, they necessarily must put less time into other activities such as solving crimes …” (09/25/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/09/25/incentivizing-law-enforcement/

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43) How red states stifle blue cities
Source: The New Republic
by Sophie Kasakove

“In 2014, years before he became the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, Andrew Gillum was targeted by two gun-rights organizations, Florida Carry and the Second Amendment Foundation, which threatened to remove him from his post as Tallahassee city commissioner over a pair of local regulations prohibiting residents from shooting firearms in public parks. Despite the fact that these regulations, which were passed in 1957 and 1988, were no longer being enforced, the lobbyists argued that they violated a 2011 state law barring local governments from passing their own gun regulation ordinances. With the full weight of the National Rifle Association behind them, the gun groups sued the city of Tallahassee.” (09/26/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151401/red-states-stifle-blue-cities

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44) Your first job: Real costs of the minimum wage
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Peter C Earle

“[T]he minimum wage is derived arbitrarily and imposed politically on an indiscriminate ‘one size fits all’ basis: it doesn’t take into account the size of a given firm, the specific business it is engaged in, or the goals of the entrepreneur (the risk-free rate, after all, is only a baseline), all of which directly impact profit margins. Second, costs of the minimum wage are more easily borne by large enterprises which tend to have more pricing power than small firms do. For these reasons the minimum wage falls disproportionately hard upon small businesses, the engine of economic growth in the United States. Yet the impact of the minimum wage is not only a matter of the ‘seen,’ which is to say the explicit hourly wage stipulated; it also includes numerous and sizable unseen costs: opportunity costs, foregone earnings, and others.” (09/25/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/your-first-job-real-costs-minimum-wage

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45) These are the times Bitcoin was made for
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“There are two crucial attack vectors being targeted when it comes to punishing the transgressions of American thought criminals; money and communications, and we need to understand that Alex Jones is our cultural guinea pig. The tech giants started by kneecapping his voice by simultaneously deplatforming his presence from many of today’s dominant communications platforms. Now PayPal’s moved in to make payments more difficult, thus threatening his ability to earn money. You don’t have to like anything Alex Jones does to see how dangerous this is. What’s being done to him can and will be to done to others deemed undesirable by Silicon Valley oligarchs should they get popular enough. What’s emerging is a playbook on how to exert pressure and encourage self-censorship in the digital age and you better pay attention.” (09/25/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/09/25/these-are-the-times-bitcoin-was-made-for/

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46) Time to go further to end the opioid crisis
Source: The American Prospect
by Christopher Dale

“Shortly after the Centers for Disease Control issued the sobering news that an estimated 72,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year (the most ever) the Senate passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018. Approved with bipartisan support on September 17, the bill takes reasonable measures to combat the over-prescription of opioid painkillers and slow the flow of illicit drugs, such as the hyper-lethal fentanyl, entering the country. The measure includes improved detection and testing technology at the border; grants for comprehensive treatment recovery centers in the hardest-hit communities; first-responder training; and support services for children and families affected by the crisis. But the legislation also has vague language about setting more stringent requirements for manufacturers and distributors, including a provision allowing the Food and Drug Administration to require drug makers to package smaller quantities of controlled substances like opioids, and initiatives to educate and raise awareness about proper pain treatment among health-care providers. And given Washington’s coziness with Big Pharma, these provisions are unlikely to have much of an impact.” (09/26/18)

http://prospect.org/article/its-time-go-further-end-opioid-crisis

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47) The US surges in economic freedom: Global report
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“The Fraser Institute brought good news as it released its annual ‘Economic Freedom of the World’ report this morning. The United States has surged in the rankings compared to two years ago. ‘Canada has gone from being a top five country two years ago, to barely hanging in the top 10 on this year’s index,’ said Fred McMahon of the Fraser Institute. ‘On the other hand, the United States has improved from 13th to sixth.’ The institute defines economic freedom as how freely resources change hands by personal choices instead of centralized state planning.” (09/25/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/09/25/us-surges-economic-freedom-global-report

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48) Once again, economic growth cannot continue because of resource limitations
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“We have another entrant in the argument over economic growth. It simply cannot continue because of resource use. There’s a limited amount of Earth, a limit to the resources which can be used to feed economic growth, therefore economic growth must stop. If we are to assume that economic growth is indeed a physical process, something that requires the processing of physical items, then this is true at some limitation, of course it is. There’s a limited number of copper atoms on the planet, we cannot use, absent leaving the planet, more than this number of copper atoms. The problem with the argument however is the assumption that economic growth is indeed a physical process requiring those physical resources to be consumed.” (09/25/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/environment/once-again-economic-growth-cannot-continue-because-of-resource-limitations/

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49) Sham audit of DMV will leave Californians in the dark
Source: Independent Institute
by K Lloyd Billingsley

“Wait times at the Department of Motor Vehicles are up more than 60 percent, forcing some Californians to stand in line for more than six hours. While Californians wait, the DMV has retained employees who slept on the job for years instead of performing actual work. Complaints prompted politicians to demand an audit, but DMV boss Jean Shiomoto was opposed. … Last week Governor Jerry Brown announced an audit of the DVM, which Shiomoto duly welcomed. That is no surprise because Brown did not deploy the California State Auditor, an independent agency of great effectiveness.” (09/25/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/09/25/sham-audit-of-dmv-will-leave-californians-in-the-dark/

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50) So many cars: Why American life expectancy falls short
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“Often, when pundits and activists look at life expectancy data, they often find that the US has a lower life expectancy at birth than other wealthy countries.The common response is to then immediately assume that the United States must have lower life expectancy rates because it lacks so-called ‘socialized medicine.’ Never mind, of course, that government spending on health services is higher in the US than in nearly every other country, and is anything but a ‘free-market’ health care system. The fact that the role of the private sector is relatively larger in the US, however, often serves as a point of fixation for those who favor even greater government intervention in the US health-care markets than already exists.” (09/25/18)

https://mises.org/wire/so-many-cars-why-american-life-expectancy-falls-short

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51) Electric Libertyland, episode 91
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland host Brian McWilliams laughs at the U.S. hypocrisy on foreign aggression when spouting rhetoric on Iran to the United Nations, including Nikki Haley’s statements following a terrorist attack and President Trump’s UN speech. Brian then moves on to discuss the latest allegation against SCOTUS nominee Brent Kavanaugh, the abandonment of due process, and Sen. Mazie Hirono’s statements telling all men to ‘Shut up, and Step up.’ Finally, Brian takes aim at Twitter shutting out James Woods from his account over a months-old tweet cited as ‘election influencing’ propaganda.” [various formats] (09/26/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/09/26/electric-libertyland-ep-91-u-s-a-tells-iran-look-in-the-mirror-while-ignoring-its-own-reflection/

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52) Editor’s Pick, episode 92
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 092 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: his new primer on challenging jurisdiction; whether intelligent foreigners should remain in their home countries or immigrate for better prospects; the benefits of the voluntaryist lifestyle to others; the source of property rights and the implication of non-aggression; whether unschooled kids will act virtuously; and more.” [various formats] (09/26/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/intelligent-immigrants-voluntaryist-lifestyle-property-rights-22m-editors-pick-092

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53) Blockchain 2025, 09/26/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“At listeners request, we will periodically highlight some of the world’s goofiest ICOs. Like a really bad episode of Shark Tank. EyeGlob is using blockchain to make healthier eyes. Yeah, that’s right!” [various formats] (09/26/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e459-Eye-Health-Stupidest-ICO-Series-EyeGlobnet

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54) Political Research Digest, 09/26/18
Source: Niskanen Center

“As politicians polarize, Americans are also sorting into clearer partisan camps who dislike the other side. What reinforces that cycle? Perhaps both our social relationships and our increasingly unequal society. Tobias Konizter finds that Americans are increasingly selecting spouses based on partisanship and then passing on our political views to our children. But John Kuk finds that economic inequality is increasingly tied to divisions on social and racial issues, which in turn are driving dislike of the other party. Our social ties, resources, and racial views are all dividing us into two partisan sides.” [various formats] (09/26/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/how-marriage-and-inequality-reinforce-political-polarization/

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55) Libertarian Postmodernism: A Reply to Jordan Peterson and the Intellectual Dark Web
Source: Reason

“People of many political persuasions have identified postmodernism as a major threat to civilization. The most notable recent attacks have come from Jordan Peterson and other members of the so-called ‘Intellectual Dark Web.’ Reason Editor-at-Large Nick Gillespie has a problem with that. He sat down with Zach Weissmueller, video journalist for Reason TV, to discuss and defend postmodernism — a term he says has been widely mischaracterized by its most vociferous critics — from a libertarian perspective.” [Flash video] (09/26/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/09/26/libertarian-postmodernism-a-reply-to-jor

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56) CQ Roll Call Podcast, 09/26/18
Source: Roll Call

“Minnesota is suddenly the center of the political universe and voters there are more focused on health care and the economy than the latest scandal in Washington. And they’ll have a lot to say in the midterms because the Land of 10,000 Lakes is hosting a governor’s race, two Senate races and four competitive House races that will go a long way to determine the congressional majority next year. Roll Call Senior Political Reporter Simone Pathe spent six days covering six races and 12 candidates there and explains on this week’s Political Theater podcast why both Republicans and Democrats consider Minnesota a bellwether state.” (09/26/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/minnesota-political-universe-podcast

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57) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 15
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie make a contentious decision on Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On during analysis time.” [Flash audio] (09/25/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/lets-go-to-the-movies-with-nicky-and-liz-sounds-like-liberty-episode-15/

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58) Intercepted, 09/26/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Famed dissident Noam Chomsky breaks down the Trump presidency; the defeat of the U.S. in Afghanistan; what he believes is a just position on Syria’s civil war; and the agenda of Vladimir Putin and Russia. He also discusses the impact of big social media companies and explains why a life of resisting and fighting is worth it. Jeremy Scahill analyzes Trump’s U.N. speech and gives context to the seldom-discussed bipartisan support for much of Trump’s global agenda. Dallas hip-hop artist Bobby Sessions talks about police killings and this political moment. We also hear music from his new EP, ‘RVLTN (Chapter 1): The Divided States of AmeriKKKa.’” [various formats] (09/26/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/09/26/trump-united-nations-noam-chomsky/

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59) Scott Adams Says, 09/26/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Kavanaugh, corroboration, Korea, and coffee.” [Flash video] (09/26/18)

https://www.pscp.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1ZkKzNepXgwKv

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60) Essential Libertarianism, episode 45
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“We have to do something! by John Pugsley.” [various formats] (09/26/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/09/26/we-have-to-do-something-el045/

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61) Foreign Policy Focus, 09/26/18
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #251, I discuss the goals set by CIA Director Gina Haspel. I explain some of Haspel’s and the CIA’s dark History. Many of Haspel’s goals call for expanding the CIA. I update the Syrian Civil War, Yemeni Civil War, Afghan War, and US arms sales.” [various formats] (09/26/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-251-haspels-cia

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62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1247
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Rick DeJesus of the band Adelitas Way says musicians are dead wrong to oppose or fear Spotify, and they’re definitely wrong to think they need a major label. His own band had more than one of those, but then, when they realized the label was absorbing all the revenue, struck out on their own. What happened next is what we discuss in this episode …” [various formats] (09/25/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1247-band-tells-major-label-to-take-a-hike-prospers/

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63) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 09/25/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Dr. Paul returns to the hot seat to answer viewer questions on topics of the day. Who was the worst president? Watch today’s Liberty Report!” [Flash video] (09/25/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/china-tariff-military-spending-worst-president-askronpaul

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64) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 09/25/18`
Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“James Babb (Libertarian Activist; FIJA) on a variety of liberty issues such as censorship, Cody Wilson and the #MeToo Movement, Elections, Pirate Stuff, etc. … — Davi Barker (Pirates without Borders; The Muslim Agorist) in studio — Dr. Phranq Tamburr.” [MP3] (09/25/18)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/248122-2018-09-25-09-25-18-james-babb-davi-barker-m-k-lords.htm

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 09/25/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Anand Giridharadas (anand.ly, Winner Takes All) … Anand’s new bestseller, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World … How the targets of Anand’s book have reacted to it … Why Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk aren’t saving the world … Anand explains why it’s not enough for zillionaires to ‘give back’ to society … What exactly is wrong with American capitalism? … Bob takes a courageous stand on behalf of Cinnabon … Anand says the developing world is worse off under Trump … When Anand dropped a bomb at the Aspen Institute.” [Flash video] (09/25/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53709

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