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Volume XV, Issue #3,799
Monday, September 18th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Facebook handed Russia-linked ads over to Mueller under search warrant
2) Juggalos outnumber Trump supporters on Washington rally day
3) Tillerson says US weighing closing embassy in Cuba over sonic attacks
4) Gaza: Hamas says it is ready to hold first elections since 2006
5) Trump Jr to testify before Judiciary Committee in fall
6) Georgia Tech campus police shoot, kill barefoot student holding “tiny” knife
7) NJ: Christie to announce $200 million to fight “opioid crisis”
8) NY: College puts professor who tweeted about teaching “future dead cops” on administrative leave
9) Security theater: British Airways flight held at Paris airport
10) CA: Napolitano pledges to uphold UC’s free-speech tradition
11) North Korea: South Korea sees fall in defectors
12) Fight over electoral district boundaries heads to SCOTUS
13) Ahead of UN meetings, Trump aides call for more pressure on North Korea
14) Biblical prophecy predicts the world will end on September 23, Christian numerologist claims
15) France: Four US tourists attacked with acid in Marseille
16) The Loopix anonymity system wants to be a more secure alternative to Tor
17) The Pirate Bay briefly mines Monero to experiment with alternative revenue solutions
18) Federal judge blocks DoJ’s attempt to punish cities for supporting Constitution
19) MO: Protesters pour into streets after judge lets yet another killer cop skate
20) UK: Regime on highest terror alert as police “chase down” London Tube bomb suspects

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Harvard disgraces itself to appease CIA crybullies
22) Yes, Hillary, the media did help Trump win. So did you
23) Let’s get back to having peace officers, and away from law enforcers
24) Answer to the “unanswerable challenge”
25) Are we too ignorant to save our constitutional republic?
26) Can resilience planning be disentangled from climate politics?
27) A fascinating result from China about economic mobility
28) Labor reform in France’s Macron economy
29) Trump’s New Deal
30) Quantum Vibe, 09/15/17
31) Today I am pissed at Black Lives Matter. They aren’t doing the hard detailed work change requires
32) Explaining the persuasion techniques President Trump is using on the Wall and DACA
33) The Constitution and funding relief after natural disasters
34) Discerning the “spirit” of the nuclear deal
35) The American Fuhrerprinzip
36) Issue with DACA is not deportation
37) Brexit is the start, not the end, of the process
38) Hillary happened
39) The human cost of the EU’s anti-GMO policy
40) How Democrats can wage war on monopolies, and win
41) Crazy like a … spoiler
42) Liberty activism aims at long-term goals
43) Immigrants will play a crucial role in hurricane recovery efforts
44) The Vietnam War: A conversation with Ken Burns
45) Hillary is what happened
46) To combat “hate,” make government weaker
47) National Idolatry and Constitution Day
48) Conservatives should want to preserve the Iran nuclear deal
49) Is Trump destroying the GOP?
50) Why no indictment for conspiring to murder Castro?

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Juggalos march on Washington
52) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 93
53) The AnCap Barber Shop, episode 24
54) spiked podcast, 09/15/17
55) The Scott Horton Show, 09/15/17
56) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 650
57) Editor’s Break, episode 32
58) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 205
59) Felony Friday, episode 89
60) Anarcho Agenda, episode 36

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

1) Facebook handed Russia-linked ads over to Mueller under search warrant
Source: CNN Money

“Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team are now in possession of Russian-linked ads run on Facebook during the presidential election, after they obtained a search warrant for the information.
Facebook gave Mueller and his team copies of ads and related information it discovered on its site linked to a Russian troll farm, as well as detailed information about the accounts that bought the ads and the way the ads were targeted at American Facebook users, a source with knowledge of the matter told CNN. The disclosure, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, may give Mueller’s office a fuller picture of who was behind the ad buys and how the ads may have influenced voter sentiment during the 2016 election.” (09/15/17)

http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/15/media/facebook-mueller-ads/index.html

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2) Juggalos outnumber Trump supporters on Washington rally day
Source: Columbus Dispatch

“There were a few tense moments Saturday at a demonstration in Washington in support of President Donald Trump, but the event was peaceful overall after it attracted fewer participants than expected. The rally, which had been advertised as the ‘mother of all rallies,’ drew only a few hundred people after police prepared by blocking off streets with dump trucks and fencing off a grassy area near the Washington Monument in anticipation of a large turnout. Meanwhile, in an unrelated event held nearby, more than 1,000 fans of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse rallied to protest the FBI’s classification of them as a gang.” (09/17/17)

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170917/juggalos-outnumber-trump-supporters-on-washington-rally-day

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3) Tillerson says US weighing closing embassy in Cuba over sonic attacks
Source: Reuters

“The United States is considering closing its embassy in Havana in response to an alleged sonic attack on U.S. personnel in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday. ‘We have it under evaluation,’ Tillerson said on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ program. ‘It’s a very serious issue with respect to the harm that certain individuals have suffered.’ Five Republican senators on Friday called for the Trump administration to retaliate against the Cuban government by expelling Cuban diplomats and possibly shuttering the U.S. embassy there over attacks that began in late 2016. The State Department said in August that Americans linked to the U.S. embassy in Havana had experienced physical symptoms from ‘incidents’ involving sound waves. Five Canadians were also affected. Symptoms included nausea, dizziness and temporary loss of hearing or memory.” (09/17/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cuba-diplomacy/tillerson-says-u-s-weighing-closing-embassy-in-cuba-over-sonic-attacks-idUSKCN1BS0PP

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4) Gaza: Hamas says it is ready to hold first elections since 2006
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Palestinian militant group Hamas says it is ready to dissolve the committee that rules Gaza and hold a general election for the first time since 2006. It also said it was aiming for more talks with rivals Fatah as it aims to end a decade-long split. Representatives from both groups have been meeting senior Egyptian officials in Cairo. Fatah welcomed the statement and thanked Egypt for its efforts. Azzam al-Ahmad, head of the Fatah delegation to Egypt, said: ‘This step strengthens the unity of the Palestinian political echelon and ends the abysmal division that resulted in the suffering of our people.’ Fatah’s deputy leader Mahmoud al-Aloul gave a tentative welcome to the news and called for other issues to be resolved, including control of border crossings.” (09/17/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-41297016

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5) Trump Jr to testify before Judiciary Committee in fall
Source: Raw Story

“Donald Trump Jr. will give public testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee as soon as this fall, to discuss the meeting he held with a Russian lawyer who allegedly promised him damaging information on Hillary Clinton. According to Senator Diane Feinstein, who was interviewed by CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Trump Jr.’s testimony will be taken soon. ‘It’ll be this fall, I know that for sure,’ Feinstein told CNN. ‘Things keep changing. Not by design, but by the press of other business on the committee,’ she added. Trump Jr. previously told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he would be willing to testify to ‘all of it’ when asked if he would share details of the meeting under oath.” (09/17/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/trump-jr-to-testify-before-judiciary-committee-in-fall

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6) Georgia Tech campus police shoot, kill barefoot student holding “tiny” knife
Source: New York Daily News

“Georgia Tech campus police fatally shot a barefoot student heavily involved in LGBTQ activism late Saturday in a tense scene that was captured on video. The shooting victim — identified by relatives as Scout Schultz, 21, a four-year engineering student — was seen walking toward police and ignored numerous orders to drop what was believed to be a knife.” (09/17/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/georgia-tech-campus-cops-shoot-kill-student-holding-tiny-knife-article-1.3501857

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7) NJ: Christie to announce $200 million to fight “opioid crisis”
Source: Raw Story

“Gov. Chris Christie will announce this week $200 million in new initiatives to target the opioid crisis, primarily designed to overhaul addiction services, as he makes a final push on the issue he hopes will define his legacy. In a 90-minute interview with NJ Advance Media on Friday, Christie said the funding will be targeted toward underserved populations — the uninsured, individuals on Medicaid, babies born with addiction and their mothers. The money will come out of the budgets of eight state departments, he said. The governor said he hopes the initiative will significantly improve the way New Jersey approaches substance abuse treatment and prevention by putting more emphasis on making sure care is geared toward sustained sobriety. That will be done by standardizing data collection and building seamless channels for holistic care for addicts through incentive-based programs that reward providers who focus on the long-term.” (09/17/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/chris-christie-to-announce-200-million-to-fight-opioid-crisis

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8) NY: College puts professor who tweeted about teaching “future dead cops” on administrative leave
Source: Fox News

“A New York professor who tweeted that teaching ‘future dead cops’ is a ‘privilege’ (provoking outrage from the city’s police leaders) was placed on administrative leave on Saturday by his employer. Michael Isaacson, an adjunct professor at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice and self-proclaimed anti-fascist activist, was disciplined because of the three-week-old tweet that caught fire after Isaacson’s Thursday appearance on Fox News'[s] ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’ His Aug. 23 tweet said: ‘Some of y’all might think it sucks being an anti-fascist teaching at John Jay College but I think it’s a privilege to teach future dead cops’ … ‘Michael Issacson harbors total disdain for the active and future police officers that he teaches at John Jay College,’ Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said in a Friday press release.” (09/17/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/16/college-puts-professor-who-tweeted-about-teaching-future-dead-cops-on-administrative-leave.html

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9) Security theater: British Airways flight held at Paris airport
Source: Independent [UK]

“A British Airways flight was held on the ground at a Paris airport and surrounded by police and fire vehicles because of a suspected bomb threat. The Airbus A320 was due to depart Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 7.25am (local time) on Sunday, but passengers were informed shortly before takeoff that a ‘direct threat’ had been made against the airport. French police have since declared that the evacuation of the plane was triggered by a ‘false alarm.'” (09/17/17)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/british-airways-flight-held-tarmac-security-threat-police-fire-vehicles-a7951126.html

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10) CA: Napolitano pledges to uphold UC’s free-speech tradition
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The University of California will uphold its free-speech tradition by hosting provocateurs such as Milo Yiannopoulos, regardless of their message, unless they resort to personal threats or attacks on audience members, UC President Janet Napolitano says. ‘If we at UC unreasonably limit the ability of speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter to safely express themselves on our campuses, we are telling the world that we would accept suppression of our own speech,’ Napolitano told a legal conference Friday in Sacramento. She spoke a day after conservative commentator Ben Shapiro gave a speech at UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall under heavy security, while several hundred protesters held a rally nearby but were kept from entering the campus. Yiannopoulos, Coulter and another right-wing commentator, Steve Bannon, former chief strategist for President Trump, are scheduled to appear at UC Berkeley during a four-day event, starting Sept. 24, that sponsors are calling ‘Free Speech Week.'” (09/16/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Napolitano-vows-to-uphold-UC-s-free-speech-12202087.php

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11) North Korea: South Korea sees fall in defectors
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The number of North Koreans defecting to South Korea has dropped by 13% this year, officials in Seoul say. From January to August, 780 North Koreans escaped to South Korea, the Unification Ministry said. Most of the defectors were workers and farmers thought to be fleeing poverty. The fall is believed to be a result of tighter government surveillance and reinforced border security by both North Korea and China, to where most people go before reaching South Korea. Seoul says more than 30,000 North Koreans have defected to the South since the end of the Korean War, in 1953. Both countries are still technically at war since the conflict ended with a truce, rather than a formal peace treaty.” (09/17/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41299670

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12) Fight over electoral district boundaries heads to SCOTUS
Source: Reuters

“It is a political practice nearly as old as the United States (manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts to help one party tighten its grip on power in a move called partisan gerrymandering) and one the Supreme Court has never curbed. That could soon change, with the nine justices making the legal fight over Republican-drawn electoral maps in Wisconsin one of the first cases they hear during their 2017-2018 term that begins next month. Their ruling in the case could influence American politics for decades. Wisconsin officials point to the difficulty of having courts craft a workable standard for when partisan gerrymandering violates constitutional protections. Opponents of the practice said limits are urgently needed, noting that sophisticated technological tools now enable a dominant party to devise with new precision state electoral maps that marginalize large swathes of voters in legislative elections.” (09/17/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-election/fight-over-electoral-district-boundaries-heads-to-top-u-s-court-idUSKCN1BS0FR

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13) Ahead of UN meetings, Trump aides call for more pressure on North Korea
Source: USA Today

“President Trump and top aides warmed up for this week’s series of United Nations meetings by calling for more global pressure on North Korea and to at least talk about global efforts to address climate change. After a late-night phone call between Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the White House said the two leaders will meet at the U.N. and remain ‘committed to continuing to take steps to strengthen deterrence and defense capabilities and to maximize economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea.’ In tweeting about the call with Moon, Trump referred to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as ‘Rocket Man’ and appeared to refer to economic sanctions by saying that ‘long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!'” (09/17/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/17/trump-aides-call-more-pressure-north-korea/674844001

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14) Biblical prophecy predicts the world will end on September 23, Christian numerologist claims
Source: Fox News

“A Christian numerologist claims that the world will end next Saturday when a planet will, supposedly, collide with Earth. According to Christian numerologist David Meade, verses in Luke 21:25 to 26 are the sign that recent events, such as the recent solar eclipse and Hurricane Harvey, are signs of the apocalypse. The verses read: ’25: There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. … 26: Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.’ Sept. 23 is a date that was pinpointed using codes from the Bible, as well as a ‘date marker’ in the pyramids of Giza in Egypt.” (09/17/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/09/15/biblical-prophecy-claims-world-will-end-on-sept-23-christian-numerologists-claim.html

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15) France: Four US tourists attacked with acid in Marseille
Source: New York Daily News

” Four young female U.S. tourists were attacked with acid in Marseille’s main train station, an official said. The tourists — who are all in their 20s — were hospitalized, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor told the Associated Press. The alleged attacker was arrested.” (09/17/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/tourists-attacked-acid-marseille-france-article-1.3501718

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16) The Loopix anonymity system wants to be a more secure alternative to Tor
Source: BleepingComputer

“Loopix is a new anonymity network developed by a group of researchers from University College London (UCL) that comes with all the good parts of previous systems and new additions to improve security. Both Loopix and Tor are based on the concept of mix networks and are meant to provide a way to send anonymous messages through a complex network. The way Tor achieves this is through its circuit-based onion routing protocol. On the other hand, Loopix uses a classic message-based architecture combined with Poisson mixing — adding random time delays to each message.” (09/16/17)

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/technology/the-loopix-anonymity-system-wants-to-be-a-more-secure-alternative-to-tor/

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17) The Pirate Bay briefly mines Monero to experiment with alternative revenue solutions
Source: NewsBTC

“Visitors of The Pirate Bay may have noticed the computer resource usage go up a few days ago. The team used JavaScript code to successfully mine cryptocurrency through visitors’ browsers. The currency mined mine is Monero, which has appreciated in value quite a bit. Moreover, the JavaScript code itself is quite easy to implement and does not cause any major issues for the visitors’ computer. All it does is take a fair bit of processing power for as long as the user stays on The Pirate Bay. The reason for this experiment is pretty straightforward. After all, even TPB needs to make a profit from advertisements in one way or another. Unfortunately, that is not the case, as most advertisers oppose The Pirate Bay in this regard.” [editor’s note: Actually a good way to monetize a “free” service; MUCH better than turning the customer into the product! – TLK] (09/17/17)

http://www.newsbtc.com/2017/09/17/pirate-bay-briefly-mines-monero-experiment-alternative-revenue-solutions/

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18) Federal judge blocks DoJ’s attempt to punish cities for supporting Constitution
Source: Politico

“A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to use Justice Department public-safety grant programs to discourage so-called sanctuary city policies aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants. Acting on a lawsuit brought by the City of Chicago, U.S. District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber issued a nationwide preliminary injunction Friday prohibiting the Justice Department from adding new grant conditions requiring cities to allow immigration agents access to local jails and insisting that local authorities give advance notice when suspected illegal immigrants are about to be released from custody.” (09/15/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/15/judge-blocks-justice-department-move-against-sanctuary-cities-242783

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19) MO: Protesters pour into streets after judge lets yet another killer cop skate
Source: Reuters

“Hundreds of protesters poured into St. Louis’ streets and some scuffles broke out as they voiced their anger after a Missouri judge on Friday ruled a white former St. Louis police officer was not guilty of murder in the 2011 shooting of a black man. … Jason Stockley, 36, was acquitted of first-degree murder for killing Anthony Lamar Smith, 24. The former policeman, who was arrested in May 2016, was accused of planting a gun in Smith’s car but testified he acted in self-defense.” (09/15/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-missouri-crime/protesters-pour-into-st-louis-streets-after-murder-acquittal-for-ex-cop-idUSKCN1BQ161

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20) UK: Regime on highest terror alert as police “chase down” London Tube bomb suspects
Source: Kidderminster Shuttle [UK]

“Britain is on the highest terror alert with the military set to bolster security as police hunt the Parsons Green bomb ‘suspects.’ Prime Minister Theresa May has raised the threat level to critical, meaning another attack is expected imminently. A manhunt is under way after the improvised explosive device (IED) sent a fireball through a packed London Underground train carriage in south west London during the Friday morning rush-hour. … The Islamic State (IS) terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency, according to the US-based Site Intelligence. … Although it released a formal communique for the attacks, which injured 29 people, it provided no details on who the attacker or attackers were, Site said.” (09/15/17)

http://www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/national/15539246.Britain_on_highest_terror_alert_as_police____chase_down____London_Tube_bomb_suspects/

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

21) Harvard disgraces itself to appease CIA crybullies
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The Washington Post reports that Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government has rescinded its offer of a visiting fellowship to whistle-blower Chelsea Manning. Following tantrums from Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo (who withdrew from a planned speech) and Michael Morell, a former CIA deputy director (who resigned his own fellowship at the school), Dean Douglas W. Elmendorf issued a statement calling the invitation a ‘mistake’ and denying any intent to ‘honor [Manning] in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds.’ Harvard is a private university (to the extent possible in a mixed economy featuring various sorts of government funding for students, researchers, etc.). Its leaders are entitled to discriminate as they wish regarding faculty and curriculum. But the Kennedy School’s action and Elmendorf’s statement are a stain on the nearly 400-year-old university’s honor.

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11426

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22) Yes, Hillary, the media did help Trump win. So did you
Source: Reason
by David Harsanyi

“When supporting Trump seemed advantageous, the media — not only left-leaning outlets like CNN or the Washington Post but also rating chasers like NBC’s Joe Scarborough–did much to help lift the fortunes of the soon-to-be president. This was obvious to anyone observing coverage of the primaries. But for those who need confirmation, a study by the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy found that during the year 2015, major news outlets covered Trump ‘in a way that was unusual given his low initial polling numbers — a high volume of media coverage preceded Trump’s rise in the polls.’ A big chunk of this coverage, the report found, was positive in tone. Of course, that tone would drastically change as soon as Trump won. It was curious happenstance, but somehow, the preponderance of ugly stories regarding his past only began pouring forth after he captured the nomination. The man didn’t change at all; the coverage did. While all this is true, the problem is that Clinton and her advisers were part of the same effort.” (09/15/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/09/15/yes-hillary-the-media-did-help-trump-win

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23) Let’s get back to having peace officers, and away from law enforcers
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“There is something seriously wrong with the state of policing in the United States. I’m not sure it’s anything new, just more apparent thanks to the growth of personal recording technology. But I also don’t think it’s always been this way. Sure cops were naughty from time to time in the distant past, but so was everyone else (so is everyone else). Having that kind of power is bound to cause flawed human beings to abuse it here and there. Power corrupts, right? I think perhaps the beginning of the end occurred with the initiation and expansion of the War on Drugs.” (09/15/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/lets-get-back-peace-officers-away-law-enforcers

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24) Answer to the “unanswerable challenge”
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“A prominent gun rights blogger calls this his ‘challenge no one has been able to answer.’ There’s a reason no one has been able to answer it: it is unanswerable by design. … I knew the answer almost immediately, but kept quiet for a long time for the sake of politeness. But it just keeps being brought up over and over, and it’s a little embarrassing. It’s almost as bad as a supposedly knowledgeable gun owner lecturing a newbie about the ‘shoulder thing that goes up’ and why it should be ‘illegal.’ So here is my answer, and I know it won’t win me any friends.” (09/16/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/09/answer-to-unanswerable-challenge.html

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25) Are we too ignorant to save our constitutional republic?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“This weekend marks the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, perhaps the world’s greatest political document. But what should be a rousing celebration is darkened somewhat by Americans’ ignorance of the source of their own freedoms. The Constitution’s beauty lies in the fact that it not only delineates our rights as Americans, but expressly limits and defines the government’s ability to interfere in our private lives. This exquisite equipoise between citizens’ duties, responsibilities and rights make it the defining document of our nation’s glorious freedom. But sadly, as numerous recent surveys show, Americans know little about the document that has enabled them to have greater freedom and to create more wealth than any nation in history. The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s recent poll depressingly found that ‘Only 26% of respondents can name the three branches of government,’ way below 2011, when 38% got the answer right. And 33% couldn’t name even one of the branches of government, the same as in 2011, the first time the test was administered. Perhaps worse, ‘More than a third of those surveyed can’t name any of the rights guaranteed under the First Amendment.'” (09/15/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/are-we-too-ignorant-to-save-our-constitutional-republic

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26) Can resilience planning be disentangled from climate politics?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Amanda Paulson

“After hurricane Harvey hit Texas (and in the lead-up to hurricane Irma) Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, made clear his feelings about discussing climate change in the context of the storms. Such discussions about the role climate change might have played were ‘insensitive’ and ‘misplaced,’ he said, since all attention should be on helping people in need. A host of critics (including the Republican mayor of Miami) disagreed. But if climate change has become such a politicized topic that discussing its role in intensifying storms like Irma and Harvey is only likely to lead to more polarization and policy gridlock, there is another topic that is getting not just traction, but meaningful action across the political spectrum: resilience planning.” (09/17/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0915/Can-resilience-planning-be-disentangled-from-climate-politics

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27) A fascinating result from China about economic mobility
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“As we all know the Chinese communist revolution entirely appropriated all private wealth. As we all also know it has been possible once again, for these past few decades, to make private wealth again. We’ve thus a good test of that old question, is it simply happenstance that some people have more wealth than others or not? That is, once the redistribution has happened do we get the same old people accumulating the wealth again or is it some completely different group that then prospers? A claim at least of an answer out of China …” (09/17/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/a-fascinating-result-from-china-about-economic-mobility

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28) Labor reform in France’s Macron economy
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Protestors against President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed liberalization of French labor laws were on the streets of the country’s cities on Tuesday. The marchers, chanting slogans and brandishing placards, halted traffic as they moved slowly through the streets. A fringe of anarchists broke windows; police responded by firing tear gas. But this was no rerun of the mass marches of past years, let alone the semi-revolutionary eruptions of 1968. France’s second-largest union, the Conféderation Générale du Travail (CGT) was the only one of the three main workers’ organizations that took part. Another protest, this one organized by the far-left France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party is scheduled for Sept. 23. This week’s marching columns numbered, nationwide, in the few hundred thousand rather than the many millions hoped for — the police claimed 223,000, the organizers 400,000. There was little effect on production, services or transport.” 09/15/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-macron-commentary/commentary-labor-reform-in-frances-macron-economy-idUSKCN1BQ2DJ

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29) Trump’s New Deal
Source: National Review
by Ramesh Ponnuru

“President Obama had given an amnesty to the illegal immigrants who came here as minors. Republicans had criticized him at the time: some because they object to any amnesty on principle, but most because they considered it beyond the president’s legitimate power to act without congressional authorization. President Trump said he would halt Obama’s policy in six months, giving Congress time to enact an amnesty the right way. Since Democrats wanted the amnesty more than Republicans while Republicans could live with it, a deal was possible: Congress could grant the amnesty and fund the wall. A deal was not inevitable, since Democrats could decide that they cannot live with a wall, or work with Trump. But the need to secure Republican cooperation on the amnesty could bring them to the table.” (09/16/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451433/donald-trump-triangulation-democratic-dealmaking-could-backfire

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30) Quantum Vibe, 09/15/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser and Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (09/15/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1685

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31) Today I am pissed at Black Lives Matter. They aren’t doing the hard detailed work change requires
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“[Jason] Stockley was acquitted of all charges today. Just read the above and remember that Smith was not some terrorist about to detonate a nuclear weapon, he was involved in a drug sale. And here is this police officer chasing him in gunzerker dual-wield mode, crashing his car into him and shooting him after stating his intention to do so over the radio. But I am also pissed off at BLM. … For years many lone voices have tried to point out issues with police violence and the lack of accountability for it. BLM did a great job of substantially raising awareness of these issues through protests and disruptions. But protest and disruption (and collecting donations) is all they seem to be able to do. The time is long past that they need to be leading the hard work of renegotiating police union contracts and changing local laws.” (09/15/17)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2017/09/today-i-am-pissed-at-black-lives-matter-they-arent-doing-the-hard-detailed-work-change-requires.html

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32) Explaining the persuasion techniques President Trump is using on the Wall and DACA
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“You might enjoy my Periscope playback from this morning in which I describe the several persuasion techniques President Trump is using on the topic of The Wall and DACA. Here’s the quick summary: Visual Persuasion: President Trump describes border security (a concept) with the word ‘wall’ because you can visualize it. Our visual sense is our most persuasive path for influence. It would be weak persuasion to talk about border security as a concept without a visual. Simplicity: Border security is a big topic, and the method you use to secure it will depend on the terrain and other factors. If President Trump mentioned all of that complexity each time he talked about border security it would be a big yawn. Simple messages such as ‘build a wall’ always beat complicated (but accurate) conceptual arguments. Strategic Ambiguity: In hypnosis class we learned to omit any details the subject might find objectionable. Following good form, President Trump doesn’t get too specific about the type of wall he wants. He lets us see the wall that makes the most sense to us.” (09/14/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/165334092961/i-explain-the-persuasion-techniques-president

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33) The Constitution and funding relief after natural disasters
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by KrisAnne Hall

“Patrick Henry, a designer of our Constitutional Republic said, ‘I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past.’ What history lessons about the design of our republic can we learn from natural disasters? As Americans we believe in helping each other in time of need, so the question is not should we help, but where should disaster help come from? Looking at the design of our Republic, here are some hard observations.” (09/15/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/09/15/the-constitution-and-funding-relief-after-natural-disasters/

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34) Discerning the “spirit” of the nuclear deal
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“In the last two and a half years, the U.S. has ‘stepped up’ support for Iran’s regional rivals, it has enabled an atrocious war on Yemen that Washington’s clients dishonestly claim is intended to combat Iranian influence, and it has launched attacks on Iranian allies in Syria. Does any of that mean that the U.S. is violating the ‘spirit’ of the deal? No. While those policies may be bad (and in some cases they are indefensible), they have nothing to do with whether or not the U.S. is keeping up its end of the bargain. So it is frankly ridiculous to use other Iranian behavior to claim that it is somehow violating the ‘spirit’ of the deal when it is fulfilling its actual obligations on the nuclear issue.” (09/17/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/discerning-the-spirit-of-the-nuclear-deal/

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35) The American Fuhrerprinzip
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Putatively proud Americans look to the president, of all people, for much more than the faithful execution of the laws passed by Congress. (That would be bad enough!) He’s also expected to comfort people stricken by the weather and other tragedy. Worse, he’s routinely called the ‘leader of the free world,’ as if countries could be neatly divided into two categories — free and unfree — rather than placed along a continuum ranging from thoroughly unfree to a long way from really free). He’s also routinely called ‘commander-in-chief,’ although that constitutional title refers only to his relationship with the military. He is not our commander-in-chief, but few people know that. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Pundits often say the president’s job is to ‘run the country’ or the economy. Really?”

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/daily-featured-articles/tgif-american-fuhrerprinzip/

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36) Issue with DACA is not deportation
Source: USA Today
by Steve Deace

“First, let’s make clear what the issue actually is and is not. The issue on the Obama program known as DACA is not deportation. That is a distraction from the real issue. Almost no one advocates deporting people who have roots here now and are contributing members of society. And every time we debate this political non-starter, we distract from the real reason that passions run so high on this issue. The real issue is compassion. See, millions of Americans believe their government no longer represents their interests. They’re happy to see people escape poverty, come here and get educated and employed like their ancestors did. However, at the same time they’ve seen lots of their jobs shipped overseas and their wages stagnant for more than 20 years. What they want to know is, where is the compassion for them?” (09/14/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/09/14/steve-deace-issue-daca-not-deportation-editorials-debates/105611336

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37) Brexit is the start, not the end, of the process
Source: Cato Unbound
by Ryan Bourne

“Though economics was not the deciding factor in the referendum, it is clearly the area where bad negotiations could mess things up now. Theresa May’s government desires a comprehensive free-trade agreement with the EU to replace its current trading relationship, but this may take longer to agree than the 2-year formal negotiations allow. For that reason, most sensible Brexiteers accept the need for a period of transition — a glide path from one set of trading arrangements to another. The frequent question we ‘Economists for Brexit’ get asked though is whether the UK can be an economic success outside of the European Union in the longer-term. That this is even asked seriously is bizarre.” (09/15/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/09/15/ryan-bourne/brexit-start-not-end-process

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38) Hillary happened
Source: CounterPunch
by Jeffrey St. Clair

“So someone has ghost-written another Hillary Clinton memoir. My biggest question when I picked it up was: Did Hillary stiff the writer out of the final payment as she did Barbara Feinman, the real author of It Takes a Village? You don’t have to read any further than the cover of the book to answer the question posed by its title: What Happened: Hillary Clinton. Glutton for punishment, I took a masochistic dive into its dark pages anyway. It soon became apparent that Hillary shouldn’t have treated Feinman so churlishly. What Happened would have greatly benefited from her stylistic enhancements.” (09/15/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/15/hillary-happened/

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39) The human cost of the EU’s anti-GMO policy
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Commentators have long said that banning genetically modified food (GMOs) harms human flourishing. Thanks to a new study, that harm can now be quantified. A study published in late July studies the impact of delaying the approval of GMOs in five nations: Benin, Kenya, Niger, Nigeria, and Uganda.” (09/15/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/09/15/human-cost-eus-anti-gmo-policy

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40) How Democrats can wage war on monopolies, and win
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“A little more than a decade ago, I attended an advance screening of Maxed Out, a documentary about the boom market in predatory consumer-lending practices, exposed through the stories of unsuspecting victims. As the housing bubble had not yet popped, the event didn’t generate much buzz, even in a city as wonky as Washington, D.C. The audience was overrepresented by people like me and my peers: interns and junior political professionals whose antennae were constantly alert to free food and entertainment. But that night we had an additional reason to be excited: The film was followed by a Q&A with a Harvard Law School bankruptcy expert named Elizabeth Warren. Five years later, Warren would become a Democratic senator and a household name, but her academic work, online writing, and advocacy had already placed her on a glide-path to progressive-icon status.” [editor’s note: To the extent that “progressives” commprehend the fact that “monopolies” are a factor of crony-corporate gov’t playing favorites, this is a good analysis – SAT] (09/16/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144675/democrats-elizabeth-warren-can-wage-war-monopolies-and-win

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41) Crazy like a … spoiler
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Seven Republican members of Congress — three in the last two weeks — have announced their retirement. The Democrats, needing 24 additional seats to gain a majority, see an opening. Steve Kornacki, MSNBC’s national political correspondent, calls these seven ‘pure retirements.; That is, these politicians aren’t seeking another office, they suffer from no scandal, and are ;pretty good at getting re-elected;’ they’re ‘just deciding to leave.'” (09/15/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/09/15/crazy-like-a-spoiler/

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42) Liberty activism aims at long-term goals
Source: Students For Liberty
by Mariia Chaplia

“The question of whether libertarians have to be involved in politics always remains on the agenda in liberty movements and keeps provoking harsh debates. It seems to me the question goes deeper than that and the primary reason for this misunderstanding lies in whether a libertarian should expect to see the fruits of her labour during her own lifetime or not. Should we focus on changes here and now or should we aim for long-term goals, the outcomes of which we may not see during our lifetime?” (09/15/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/09/15/liberty-activism-aims-long-term-goals/

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43) Immigrants will play a crucial role in hurricane recovery efforts
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Horwitz

“After Hurricane Katrina, grocery and big box stores all over the Gulf Coast found themselves having to create whole aisles devoted to Latino food. Mexican food trucks were everywhere in New Orleans. What caused this transformation of the food scene? Immigrants coming north to help rebuild after the storm. With the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, it is all the more important to understand why immigration matters at times like these. As areas of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida face a long and historically expensive recovery from Harvey and Irma, they need to learn all they can from Katrina. One of those lessons was the importance of immigrant labor in the rebuilding process.” (09/17/17)

https://fee.org/articles/immigrants-will-play-a-crucial-role-in-hurricane-recovery-efforts/

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44) The Vietnam War: A conversation with Ken Burns
Source: The American Prospect
by Gabrielle Gurley

“The Vietnam War is the product of a more than decade of work by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick who brought together soldiers on all sides, family members, policymakers, diplomats, journalists, antiwar protestors, and others to unpack their searing memories and examine the haunting contradictions of this mistaken war. Americans, like the Vietnamese, have never wholly come to terms with the conflagration. For many Americans, the 10-part, 18-hour series on PBS will be the deepest dive ever into the policies, politics, and personalities of a war that led to the deaths of 58,000 Americans and several million Vietnamese. It also may open a window on contemporary America. Rivaling The Civil War, Burns’s 1990 documentary, in its scope and impact, The Vietnam War illuminates, energizes, comforts, and infuriates. No viewer will be left unmoved. Ken Burns spoke with The American Prospect by phone from New York.” (09/15/17)

http://prospect.org/article/vietnam-war-conversation-ken-burns

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45) Hillary is what happened
Source: spiked
by Sean Collins

“In the famous ‘Festivus’ episode of Seinfeld, Frank Costanza kicks off his alternative to Christmas with the Airing of Grievances: ‘I got a lot of problems with you people! And now you’re gonna hear about it!’ If you want to get an idea of what Hillary Clinton’s new book is like, think of Frank Costanza. As What Happened reveals, Hillary has a lot of problems with a lot of people who, she believes, cost her the 2016 election. She doesn’t care if you don’t want to hear it (apparently many close to her advised against her writing the book), she is going to spend 512 pages letting you know how she really feels. When Clinton writes about ‘the deep currents of anger and resentment flowing through our culture,’ you can’t help think that this is actually an apt description of her own feelings.” (09/15/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/hillary-is-what-happened/

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46) To combat “hate,” make government weaker
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Justin Murray

“When a major villain like, say, Donald Trump, manages to get a hold of a very powerful political organization like, say, the US federal government, people are bound to become fearful for their way of life if they supported a different politician for the role. As I noted previously in an open letter to Clinton supporters, this anxiety is entirely the fault of the anxious since they were the ones that insisted on building those powerful institutions that would inevitably be taken over by individuals that you may not support and used in ways that were not intended. This is how politicians, who are angling to generate a much more powerful government, so long as you vote for them, are able to paint groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the National Socialist Movement, the two largest white supremacist groups in the country, as major threats to the safety of minorities. And by largest, I mean that the KKK has around 3,000 members nationally (out of 320 million people) and the second largest, the NSM, has around 400.” (09/15/17)

https://mises.org/blog/combat-hate-make-government-weaker

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47) National Idolatry and Constitution Day
Source: Independent Institute
by William Watkins

“By federal statute, September 17 is designated as a holy day in the American civic religion. On that day in 1787, the delegates to the Philadelphia Convention affixed their signatures to the document that they had created and that governs us today. The website constitutionday.com encourages public demonstrations of love for the Constitution and features a picture of smiling and diverse citizens waving American flags and looking up as if a god is about to descend. Exactly what we are supposed to celebrate is not clear. A national debt above $20 trillion? A president and Congress with few, if any, limits on their power? A Supreme Court that dares to hold that the antediluvian definition of marriage is unconstitutional?” (09/17/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/09/17/national-idolatry-and-constitution-day/

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48) Conservatives should want to preserve the Iran nuclear deal
Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

“Following the Obama administration’s signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program and imposed rigorous limitations on it for the foreseeable future, Congress passed legislation requiring the president to certify every 90 days that Iran is complying with its obligations under the agreement. President Trump has done this twice so far. But he has given strong indications that he will refuse to do it a third time. With the next 90-day deadline approaching on October 15, the survival of the Iran deal hangs in the balance. The problem with Trump’s stated intention to refuse to certify Iranian compliance is that Iran is, in fact, fully complying.” (09/15/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/conservatives-should-want-preserve-iran-nuclear-deal

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49) Is Trump destroying the GOP?
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“Many politicos thought that President Donald Trump would be more open and inclusive once most Republicans backed their presidential nominee. Clearly, Trump’s actions during his first year in office have shown little willingness to drift from his message or his base. He has successfully trumpeted his presidency and election win as a mandate to implement populist priorities and has been tone deaf to dissenting voices outside his cabal of loyalists. Perhaps Trump believes that the rest of the GOP will see the error of their ways and fall in line behind him. More likely, he will continue to divide the GOP as he and his supporters consciously shake the party from any moorings in principled conservatism. This does not bode well for the Republican Party.” (09/15/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/09/15/is-trump-destroying-the-gop/

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50) Why no indictment for conspiring to murder Castro?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“During the Church Committee hearings in the 1970s, Congress and the American people learned that the CIA, in partnership with the Mafia, conspired to assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Ever since then, the U.S. mainstream media has poked fun at the various ways the CIA and the Mafia intended to kill Castro — e.g., via an exploding cigar or an infected scuba suit. In the process, however, the media has failed to ask a deadly serious question: Why weren’t the CIA and the Mafia ever indicted for conspiring to assassinate Castro?” (09/15/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/09/15/no-indictment-conspiring-murder-castro/

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51) The Juggalos march on Washington
Source: Reason

“‘We have the right to listen to any kind of music we want without being labeled a gang,’ says Nellie Aldred, a Juggalo and mother of two. Aldred and family traveled from South Carolina to the D.C. area to participate in the Juggalo March on Washington. Juggalos are the fans of the Detroit horrorcore rap group Insane Clown Posse (ICP) and they are protesting a gang classification given to them by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2011.” [Flash video] (09/17/17)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/09/17/juggalos-and-insane-clown-posse-march-on

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52) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 93
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #93, I discuss the US and Russia relations. A new story said Russia offered to reset relations with the US in March. While that offer was passed on, Russia’s Foreign Ministry and the US State Department now agree there is no need to continue in the downward spiral in relations. I also update Syria, Yemen, North Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan.” [various formats] (09/15/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-93-russia-reset

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53) The AnCap Barber Shop, episode 24
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Hey, everyone! In this episode, we are joined by Jim Jesus of the Lolberts! We discuss the origins of the group’s name, as well as the correct pronunciation of ‘General Tso’s chicken.’ We move on to Jim’s sophisticated taste in beer as well as his parking lot masturbatory practices. Jim does not waste an opportunity to compare the Ancap Barber Shop to Christopher Cantwell’s ‘Radical Agenda.'” [various formats] (09/15/17)

http://www.ancapbarbershop.com/abs-vs-lolberts/

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54) spiked podcast, 09/15/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast: Tom Slater on the campus protests at Reed, Ben Pile on environmentalists’ use and abuse of hurricanes, and Cathy Young on Betsy DeVos and the battle to reform Title IX.” [various formats] (09/15/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/whats-wrong-with-a-eurocentric-curriculum1/

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55) The Scott Horton Show, 09/15/17
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Famed whistleblower John Kiriakou, the former chief of counter-terrorism operations in Pakistan, returns to the show to discuss his latest book on Abu Zubaydah ‘The Convenient Terrorist’ which he co-authored with Guantanamo whistleblower Joseph Hickman. Kiriakou retells his history at the CIA and explains why the crux of the Abu Zubaydah saga were Zubaydah’s lies about supposed ties between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, which helped the U.S. spin the lies that led to the Iraq War.” [various formats] (09/15/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/91517-john-kiriakou-blowing-whistle-cia-torture-network/

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56) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 650
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“This morning there was an attack in London. If you’re at all up to speed on current affairs, you know that already. North Korea also fired another missile over Japan. The question I want to discuss today is, ‘What the heck do we do about it?’ Most people think we need to do ‘something.’ I’m not entirely convinced we do. Many wars could have been prevented by just not acting. On the flip side, a lot of wars ended up being worse because someone was too cautious. It’s a delicate dance, and today we’ll talk it through.” [various formats] (09/15/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/650-a-world-on-fire/

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57) Editor’s Break, episode 32
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 032 looks at Skyler’s trying-hard-but-failing-commitment to Socratic dialog and to always be challenging the claims that laws apply to anyone and that people calling themselves ‘government’ have jurisdiction.” [various formats] (09/16/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/editors-break-032-always-challenging-jurisdiction-17m

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58) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 205
Source: Libertarianism.org

“William J. Watkins, Jr. joins us for a discussion on the Articles of Confederation and the ideas of the Anti-Federalists.” [various formats] (09/15/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/lessons-anti-federalists

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59) Felony Friday, episode 89
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode recent clemency recipient Ramona Brant joins the show to share her powerful story. In 1995, Ramona was sentenced to life in prison for a cocaine offense related to her then-boyfriend’s drug dealing. At her sentencing the judge said he was ‘shocked at the severity of the sentence,’ BUT he had no legal discretion to sentence her to less time. Ramona spent 20 years in prison, before finally receiving a commutation from President Obama in 2015, and was released to a halfway house in February 2016.” [various formats] (09/15/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/09/15/felony-friday-089-first-time-drug-charge-lands-mother-prison-life/

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60) Anarcho Agenda, episode 36
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Ian Freeman, one of the hosts of Free Talk Live joins me to talk about his path to liberty, Free Talk Live’s origins, and much more.” [various formats] (09/15/17)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-36-2017-09-15

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