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Volume XV, Issue #3,802
Thursday, September 21st, 2017
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In the News:

1) Catalonia: Spanish invaders abduct secessionist politicians
2) Mueller casts broad net in requesting extensive records from Trump White House
3) Hurricane Maria strikes Puerto Rico
4) Treaty banning nuclear weapons opens for signature at UN
5) CA: Becerra sues Trump regime over border wall plan
6) Hill Dems vow to probe Price’s private flights
7) Poll: Trump’s approval rating hits 43 percent
8) Nikki Haley on “Rocket Man” label: “It worked”
9) Jimmy Kimmel: Senator “lied right to my face” on healthcare
10) OECD report: Rise in female workers suppressing wages
11) MO: St. Louis cop calls Black Lives Matter “the klan with a tan”
12) Report: Trump has made decision on Iran nuclear deal but will not reveal it yet
13) Trump blames Clinton for North Korea nuke weapons program
14) Report: Iran group hacks aviation, petrochemical industries
15) OK: Cop murders deaf man
16) Fed to shrink assets next month, boost rates by year-end
17) Turkey: Erdogan claims Trump apologized to him for indictments of Erdogan’s thugs
18) Kenya: Supreme Court nixed poll because it couldn’t see data
19) WHO: Antibiotic-resistant infections are a “global health emergency”
20) EU pols push for faster Internet censorship implementation

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Libertarianism is more than just market fundamentalism
22) We are all prisoners of the police state’s panopticon Village
23) Many misunderstand Declaration of Independence
24) “The Vietnam War”: Past all reason
25) Don’t be fooled by Merkel’s aura of invincibility
26) Can you maintain both your integrity and your fan base?
27) Elections: A libertarian perspective on the electoral system of the US
28) Bernie Sanders Medicare-for-all plan is all wrong for America
29) Does prosperity make us utilitarian?
30) Realism about democracy
31) How you can help small businesses thrive
32) Why Iran hawks (and Trump) hate the JCPOA
33) How the UN covers for US aggression
34) Now Hillary wants to challenge the election? Someone please strike the gong
35) Could legalizing all drugs solve America’s opioid epidemic?
36) Detoured by government
37) Banning “hate speech” in America will only make it more popular
38) Title IX: The sexual inquisition on campus
39) Despair is not an option
40) Quantum Vibe, 09/20/17
41) Afghanistan again? The American military’s repetition-compulsion complex
42) Wabbit season — or duck responsibility season?
43) Congress does not want its war power
44) We can’t fight Trump-style hate with the surveillance state
45) Jewish author makes case for befriending neo-Nazis
46) The Zombie Party
47) The bright side of white genocide
48) Is Russia part of western civilization?
49) The worst mistake in US history
50) People are complaining about iPhone X because that’s how innovation works

The Sound and the Fury:

51) We Are Libertarians, episode 229
52) PanAm Podcast, 09/20/17
53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1005
54) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/20/17
55) Electric Libertyland, episode 38
56) Intercepted, 09/20/17
57) Free Talk Live, 09/19/17
58) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 652

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

1) Catalonia: Spanish invaders abduct secessionist politicians
Source: Reuters

“Spanish police raided Catalan government offices and arrested officials on Wednesday to halt a banned referendum on independence, an action the regional president said meant Madrid had effectively taken over his administration. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the regional government offices in the center of Barcelona’s tourist district, waving the red-and-yellow Catalan flag and chanting ‘Occupying forces out’ and ‘Where is Europe?’ … A dozen high-ranking local officials were arrested, La Vanguardia newspaper said. The police confirmed they were carrying out raids connected with the banned referendum, but did not give details.” (09/20/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-catalonia/police-arrest-high-ranking-catalan-officials-in-raids-idUSKCN1BV0U0

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2) Mueller casts broad net in requesting extensive records from Trump White House
Source: Washington Post

“The special counsel investigating [alleged] Russian election meddling has requested extensive records and email correspondence from the White House, covering everything from the president’s private discussions about firing his FBI director to his White House’s handling of a warning that the Trump national security adviser was under investigation, according to two people briefed on the requests. White House lawyers are now working to turn over internal documents that span 13 different categories which investigators for the special counsel have identified as critical to their probe, the people said. … Both insisted on anonymity in order to discuss a sensitive investigation.” (09/20/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mueller-casts-broad-net-in-requesting-extensive-records-from-trump-white-house/2017/09/20/3c5cfbe2-9e2e-11e7-8ea1-ed975285475e_story.html

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3) Hurricane Maria strikes Puerto Rico
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Hurricane Maria, the second major hurricane to hit the Caribbean this month, has struck the US territory of Puerto Rico, flooding streets, damaging buildings and bringing down telecommunication towers and power lines. Leaving at least nine people dead in its wake across the region, Maria blew ashore in the morning in the southeast coastal town of Yabucoa as a Category 4 storm with winds of 250km per hour (kph). … Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher, reporting from San Juan, said at least one million people were already without power as Puerto Rico’s ailing electricity grid is still recovering from Hurricane Irma. ‘This time, power could be out for months,’ he said.” (09/21/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/hurricane-maria-tears-puerto-rico-170920173813081.html

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4) Treaty banning nuclear weapons opens for signature at UN
Source: UN News Centre [United Nations state media]

“The world’s first legally-binding treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons opened for signature today at United Nations Headquarters in New York at a ceremony at which speakers from international organizations, governments and civil society hailed this milestone in achieving a world free of such arsenals as well as the work that remains to be done. ‘The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is the product of increasing concerns over the risk posed by the continued existence of nuclear weapons, including the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences of their use,’ UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the ceremony, held on the margins of the General Assembly’s high-level debate. … nuclear-armed States and most of their allies stayed out of the negotiations. Immediately following its adoption, the United States, the United Kingdom and France issued a joint press statement saying that they ‘have not taken part in the negotiation of the treaty … and do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it.'” (09/20/17)

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57588

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5) CA: Becerra sues Trump regime over border wall plan
Source: Bloomberg

“The state of California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against President Trump’s proposed plan for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Xavier Becerra, the state’s attorney general, announced in a statement that he has filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The lawsuit argues that the Department of Homeland Security improperly waived the National Environmental Policy Act and other laws pertaining to immigration and the environment to expedite construction of the border wall in two California counties. The lawsuit also claims that the DHS violated the 10th Amendment of the Constitution and the separation of powers doctrine.” (09/20/17)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/351547-california-to-sue-over-trumps-border-wall

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6) Hill Dems vow to probe Price’s private flights
Source: CNN

“Democrats say they are planning to look into a report about Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price taking five work-related trips on private jets last week. Politico on Tuesday reported that Price — who has vowed to cut wasteful spending in his agency — traveled to a resort in Maine where he was part of a discussion with a health care industry CEO, as well as community health centers in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. The flights cost tens of thousands of dollars more than had he flown commercial, according to the report. … Price’s office has not yet responded to CNN’s request for comment. The agency declined to confirm details of the flight and who paid for them to Politico, only saying that Price travels on a private jet when commercial flights aren’t feasible.” (09/20/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/20/politics/tom-price-health-and-human-services-secretary-private-jets-report/index.html

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7) Poll: Trump’s approval rating hits 43 percent
Source: Raw Story

“It took nearly a month, thus far well-received responses to two major hurricanes and a show of bipartisanship, but it appears President Donald Trump’s approval rating has rebounded following his ‘both sides’ comments on the Charlottesville, Virginia protests. The president’s approval rating shot back up to 43 percent, according to Politico/Morning Consult’s latest poll released Wednesday, and several other major polls found Trump had largely improved across the board. Numerous polls had Trump’s approval rating ranging from as low as 34 to about 38 percent throughout August and most of September. Polls earlier this month showed a slight rise, but Trump still had to climb back from historic lows during the second-quarter of his first year.” (09/20/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/poll-trumps-approval-rating-hits-43-percent

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8) Nikki Haley on “Rocket Man” label: “It worked”
Source: USA Today

“U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday defended President Trump’s new nickname for North Korea’s leader. During an appearance on Good Morning America, Haley was asked whether it was appropriate for the president to call Kim Jong Un (who has conducted nuclear tests despite warnings from Trump) who has upped his missiles tests in recent weeks, ‘Rocket Man.’ Haley’s response? ‘It worked,’ she said. ‘I was talking to a president of an African country yesterday, and he actually cited ‘Rocket Man’ back to me… This is a way of getting people to talk about him, but every other international community is now referring to him as ‘Rocket Man.”‘” [editor’s note: So schoolyard nicknames have replaced diplomacy? WTF? – SAT] (09/20/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/09/20/nikki-haley-president-trump-calling-kim-jong-un-rocket-man-it-worked/684312001

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9) Jimmy Kimmel: Senator “lied right to my face” on healthcare
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Jimmy Kimmel sharply criticized U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy on his late-night show, saying the Louisiana Republican ‘lied right to my face’ by going back on his word to ensure any health care overhaul passes a test named for the host. Kimmel said that a health care bill co-sponsored by Cassidy fails the ‘Jimmy Kimmel test.’ The phrase was coined by Cassidy after Kimmel announced in May that his baby son, Billy, had surgery for a birth defect and argued that all American families should be able to get life-saving medical care. ‘This new bill actually does pass the Jimmy Kimmel test, but a different Jimmy Kimmel test,’ Kimmel said on Tuesday’s show. ‘With this one, your child with a pre-existing condition will get the care he needs if, and only if, his father is Jimmy Kimmel.'” (09/20/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/medical/article/Jimmy-Kimmel-Senator-lied-right-to-my-face-on-12214376.php

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10) OECD report: Rise in female workers suppressing wages
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A rise in the employment rate for women since 2008 is holding back wage growth globally, the OECD has told the BBC. Chief economist Catherine Mann said women were paid less in general, while male employment rates remained weak, and that this had skewed the figures. She also blamed poor productivity and workers and unions for putting more emphasis on job security than wages. The think tank has raised its outlook for global growth for 2018 from 3.6% to 3.7%. Ms Mann told the BBC World Service: ‘Employment rates for women have grown faster and are above where they were in 2008, but employment rates for men have not even gotten back to where they were. That [must be seen] in conjunction with what we know about women’s wages: that women are paid less than men. You’ve got more women employed, as compared to men, so the algebra works out to be a downward pressure on wage growth.'” [editor’s note: This is the usual self-fulfilling prophecies perpetuated by gov’t agencies – SAT] (09/20/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41335002

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11) MO: St. Louis cop calls Black Lives Matter “the klan with a tan”
Source: Raw Story

“A St. Louis police officer who called Black Lives Matter activists ‘the klan with a tan’ and ‘domestic terrorists’ on Facebook is reportedly under an internal investigation by the police department. On Saturday morning, the day after a white former St. Louis cop was acquitted of shooting a black motorist, the officer posted the comments as a meme on a stranger’s Facebook page, and did not attempt to conceal his name. Social media users quickly connected him to his job through a Google search and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department launched an investigation, the Belleville News-Democrat reported.” [editor’s note: On some aspects of BLM, he is more correct than not – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Postcard from Earth to Steve — “wish you were here” – TLK] (09/20/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/st-louis-cop-calls-black-lives-matter-the-klan-with-a-tan

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12) Report: Trump has made decision on Iran nuclear deal but will not reveal it yet
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he had made his decision on whether the United States will remain in the 2015 Iran nuclear pact but declined to reveal it as Iran vowed not to be the first to violate the accord. ‘I have decided,’ Trump told reporters when asked if he had made up his mind after having criticized the accord between Iran and world powers under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions. In a pugnacious speech on Tuesday at the U.N. General Assembly, Trump described the deal as ‘an embarrassment’ and accused Iran of exporting ‘violence, bloodshed and chaos.’ Responding in his own address before the annual gathering of world leaders, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would not be intimidated by threats even as he promised to stick with the nuclear accord.” (09/20/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-un/trump-made-decision-on-iran-nuclear-deal-but-does-not-reveal-it-idUSKCN1BV1OC

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13) Trump blames Clinton for North Korea nuke weapons program
Source: USA Today

“The morning after his aggressive speech to the United Nations, President Trump on Wednesday blamed his predecessors (and previous political rival Hillary Clinton) for North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. ‘After allowing North Korea to research and build Nukes while Secretary of State (Bill C also), Crooked Hillary now criticizes,’ Trump tweeted, using an insulting nickname for his Democratic challenger in the 2016 presidential election and her husband, former president Bill Clinton. In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the U.S. was forced to defend itself or its Asian allies. He denounced Pyongyang’s ‘reckless’ pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and taunted North Korea leader Kim Jong Un with a campaign-style nickname. ‘Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,’ he said.” (09/20/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/20/trump-blames-hillary-clinton-north-korea-nuclear-weapons-program/684183001

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14) Report: Iran group hacks aviation, petrochemical industries
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A group of hackers suspected of working in Iran for its government is targeting the aviation and petrochemical industries in Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and South Korea, a cybersecurity firm warned Wednesday. The report by FireEye also said the suspected Iranian hackers left behind a new type of malware that could have been used to destroy the computers it infected, an echo of two other Iran-attributed cyberattacks targeting Saudi Arabia in 2012 and 2016 that destroyed systems. Iran’s office at the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday and its state media did not report on the claims. However, suspected Iranian hackers long have operated without caring if people found it was them or if there would be consequences, making them incredibly dangerous, said Stuart Davis, a director at one of FireEye’s subsidiaries.” (09/20/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/business/technology/article/Report-Iran-group-hacks-aviation-petrochemical-12214496.php

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15) OK: Cop murders deaf man
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man who was approaching them holding a metal pipe apparently didn’t hear witnesses yelling that the man was deaf, the department said Wednesday. Police Capt. Bo Mathews said 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez wasn’t obeying the officers’ commands before one shot him with a gun and the other with a Taser on Tuesday night. He said witnesses were yelling ‘he can’t hear you’ before the officers fired, but the officers didn’t hear them. Sanchez died at the scene. The officer who fired the gun, Sgt. Chris Barnes, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.” (09/20/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-oklahoma-city-police-shooting-20170920-story.html

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16) Fed to shrink assets next month, boost rates by year-end
Source: Bloomberg

“Federal Reserve officials set an October start for shrinking their $4.5 trillion stockpile of assets, moving to unwind a pillar of their crisis-era support for the economy. They continued to forecast one more interest-rate hike later this year, saying storm damage will have only a temporary impact on the economy. … U.S. central bankers are counting on steady growth and low unemployment to raise inflation closer to their goal, which would support their policy of gradual tightening through interest-rate increases and a reversal of quantitative easing.” (09/20/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-20/fed-asset-shrinking-to-start-next-month-rate-hike-seen-in-17

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17) Turkey: Erdogan claims Trump apologized to him for indictments of Erdogan’s thugs
Source: Express Tribune [Pakistan]

“Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed US President Donald Trump called him to apologise for the indictment of 15 Turkish security officials in Washington earlier this year. In an interview with Judy Woodruff on PBS, Erdogan said Trump had called him a week ago to apologise and ensured to follow up on the incident. … The Turkish leader’s statement, however, was denied by a White House official who told the Guardian that the two leaders ‘discussed a wide range of issues but there was no apology.’ Earlier this month, a US grand jury indicted 19 people, including 15 Turkish security officials over a brawl described by Washington’s police chief as a brutal attack on peaceful demonstrations outside the Turkish ambassador’s resident in Washington in May.” (09/20/17)

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1511478/trump-apologised-indictment-turkish-officials-washington-claims-erdogan/

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18) Kenya: Supreme Court nixed poll because it couldn’t see data
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Kenya’s Supreme Court said Wednesday it nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election largely because the electoral commission refused scrutiny of its computerized voting system. The court judges said because the electoral commission refused to allow scrutiny of its computer servers it had no option but to agree with the claim by Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga that the computerized data of the August presidential elections had been interfered with. The court annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election earlier this month saying there were irregularities and illegalities.” (09/20/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Kenya-Supreme-Court-says-why-it-annulled-12213950.php

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19) WHO: Antibiotic-resistant infections are a “global health emergency”
Source: CBS Miami

“There is a serious lack of new antibiotics being developed to fight infections that are becoming resistant to treatments — something WHO says is a ‘global health emergency.’ That’s according to a new analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) released on Tuesday. … One of their major concerns is drug-resistant tuberculosis which kills around 250,000 people each year, according to the organization. They’re even concerned about common infections like pneumonia and urinary tract infections that are growing increasingly more resistant to existing antibiotics. The group is urging for more research in order to give people around the globe more options if they encounter a drug-resistant infection.” (09/19/17)

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/09/19/who-antibiotic-resistant-infections-are-a-global-health-emergency/

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20) EU pols push for faster Internet censorship implementation
Source: CNet News

“British Prime Minister Theresa May will be joined by the leaders of France and Italy in calling for [non-Theresa-May-approved] content to be removed from the internet within one to two hours after it has been posted. World leaders and internet giants including Facebook, Google and Microsoft are set to meet at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday to discuss preventing [people they don’t like from using] the internet. … The British government, along with the EU and other political institutions, have repeatedly called upon internet companies to do more in the fight against [people on the Internet saying things politicians don’t like].” (09/20/17)

https://www.cnet.com/au/news/politicians-push-for-faster-cull-of-online-terrorist-content/

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

21) Libertarianism is more than just market fundamentalism
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Libertarian critics and supporters alike often characterize our approach to social problems as ‘let the market take care of it.’ If the government would just stop taxing and regulating us, so the narrative goes, all our troubles would be left behind. This oversimplification of libertarian policy proposals understandably turns off potential allies while lending opponents a powerful club with which to bash us. A better characterization of libertarian policy is that we believe individuals can generally achieve better results by cooperating voluntarily within a just system of property rights than by allowing an elected or unelected elite to apportion resources. Thinking about it this way highlights three points missing from the ‘let the market handle it’ construction.” (09/20/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/libertarianism-just-market-fundamentalism/

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22) We are all prisoners of the police state’s panopticon Village
Source: CounterPunch
by John W Whitehead

“The American Police State, much like The Prisoner’s Village, is a metaphorical panopticon, a circular prison in which the inmates are monitored by a single watchman situated in a central tower. Because the inmates cannot see the watchman, they are unable to tell whether or not they are being watched at any given time and must proceed under the assumption that they are always being watched. Eighteenth century social theorist Jeremy Bentham envisioned the panopticon prison to be a cheaper and more effective means of ‘obtaining power of mind over mind, in a quantity hitherto without example.’ Bentham’s panopticon, in which the prisoners are used as a source of cheap, menial labor, has become a model for the modern surveillance state in which the populace is constantly being watched, controlled and managed by the powers-that-be and funding its existence.” (09/20/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/20/we-are-all-prisoners-of-the-police-states-panopticon-village/

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23) Many misunderstand Declaration of Independence
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“The US government has become far more tyrannical than was the government of King George III. Eighteenth Century Americans were bothered enough by the king’s violations to divorce Great Britain; backing their decision with deadly force when their right of self-determination was opposed. Less than 100 years later, these lessons had already been forgotten. They had become an inconvenience to the ambitions of a home-grown tyrant.” (09/20/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/09/20/voices/many-misunderstand-declaration-of-independence/154065.html

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24) “The Vietnam War”: Past all reason
Source: The Nation
by Andrew J Bacevich

“Well-intentioned and artfully executed, The Vietnam War, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s 10-part, 18-hour-long documentary series on PBS, is not history, but rather story-telling and remembrance. Balanced, exhaustive, and relentlessly solemn, it glides along the surface of things, even when that surface is crowded with arrogance, miscalculation, deceit, and bloodletting on an epic scale. According to one promotional trailer prepared for the series, ‘In war there is no single truth.’ Embedded within every war (as in other forms of human endeavor) are multiple truths — some of them trivial, others very important indeed. The purpose of history is to unearth and engage with those truths that have something to teach us. This requires a willingness to interpret and render moral judgments. Yet Burns and Novick have an aversion to interpretation and steer clear of judgments.” (09/20/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-vietnam-war-past-all-reason

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25) Don’t be fooled by Merkel’s aura of invincibility
Source: Reuters
by Paul Wallace

“Unlike the nerve-jangling elections earlier this year in the Netherlands, France and Britain, Germany’s has been notably dull. The country that invented ‘Sturm und Drang’ is showing a distinct lack of storm and stress as Angela Merkel heads towards a fourth term as chancellor. That seemingly inexorable outcome on Sept. 24 has raised hopes that she will push through greater integration within the euro area, in partnership with French president Emmanuel Macron, while also championing the rules-based international order that America has forsaken under Donald Trump. But Merkel will find it hard to satisfy such expectations, since she will face new political constraints at home, while the basis for her authority, German economic strength, will come under increasing strain. A string of polls suggests that the politics of Merkel’s fourth term will be tricky.” (09/19/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-wallace-germany-commentary/commentary-dont-be-fooled-by-merkels-aura-of-invincibility-idUSKCN1BU2BJ

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26) Can you maintain both your integrity and your fan base?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Many of my friends are going through the same problem. They have built up a certain following on social media. Could be YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram. Their fans expect a certain line, a tone, an approach, the voice of a cause they favor. Then one day, the message changes because time and circumstances change. Their friends denounce them and unfollow. Panic ensues, followed by real depression. This is true especially if one’s following is rooted in politics or religion. You take a position that your fan base does not expect, your posting spreads with a fury, and people start throwing tomatoes. You loved the love when it was there, but now you face the hate. It can be debilitating. There isn’t a person who hasn’t self censored in order to avoid it. No one wants that kind of negativity in life. But how much are we willing to compromise to avoid it?” (09/20/17)

https://fee.org/articles/can-you-maintain-both-your-integrity-and-your-fan-base/

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27) Elections: A libertarian perspective on the electoral system of the US
Source: Students for Liberty
by Satchel Park

“While the Electoral System has been an overlooked issue, I find it hard to believe that we have not yet discovered that the system of party dominance, disenfranchisement, and misinformation has become the root of the electoral crisis for third parties and the American People. The Electoral College has been in need of reform for decades. While some third parties made strides, others have not.” (09/20/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/09/20/elections-libertarian-perspective-electoral-system-us/

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28) Bernie Sanders Medicare-for-all plan is all wrong for America
Source: USA Today
by Marc Siegel

“My 93-year-old father recently came home from the hospital proudly harboring a life-saving $50,000 aortic valve paid for by Medicare, though he rode home in a wheelchair that Medicare didn’t pay for. This gap in services is growing, as Medicare struggles to cover emerging technologies that are not one-size-fits all while at the same time continuing to provide basic care. If Medicare is converted to single-payer or Medicare for all, as Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont proposes, tens of millions more patients will be added to an already faltering system, and the gap between the promise of care and actual care delivered will widen.” (09/20/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/09/20/bernie-sanders-medicare-for-all-plan-all-wrong-for-america-marc-siegel-column/679134001

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29) Does prosperity make us utilitarian?
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“I agree that societies that value the utilitarian package — hard-headed pursuit of general happiness — tend to prosper. But I don’t see much sign that the reverse mechanism works well.” (09/19/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/09/does_prosperity_1.html

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30) Realism about democracy
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux

“What’s the point of democracy? Is it an end in itself? Or is democracy a means to a higher end, such as preserving individual liberty? America’s history seems unequivocal that the Founders did not promote democracy because they had a fetish for group decision-making or distrusted markets. Instead, they believed in democracy as the form of government least likely to lead to tyranny.” (09/19/17)

http://triblive.com/opinion/donaldboudreaux/12738963-74/realism-about-democracy

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31) How you can help small businesses thrive
Source: Our Future
Josh Crandell

“Banks are trying to score another victory over hardworking Americans, this time by refusing to lend to minorities, women, and rural residents who own and run small businesses. When President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law in 2010, it required the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to collect information from banks on the types of customers who received loans. This data now shows that businesses run by women, minorities and in rural areas don’t have the same access to capital as other businesses. But there’s still not enough being collected on small businesses, and without quality data, it is difficult to formulate and advocate for policy solutions to support them.” [editor’s note: Mostly, you deregulate them and get out of the way – SAT] (09/19/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170919/how-you-can-help-small-businesses-thrive

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32) Why Iran hawks (and Trump) hate the JCPOA
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The JCPOA certainly is one-sided, but it is entirely in favor of the U.S. and the rest of the P5+1: Iran has agreed to restrict its nuclear program significantly for at least a decade and a half far more than it is required to by the NPT, and in exchange it will cease to be punished severely by other states only on this one issue. The nuclear deal is one of the most unambiguous ‘wins’ for U.S. diplomacy in the last twenty years, so it is more than a little amusing that a president so obsessed with winning regards it as a huge loss. The simple explanation is that he has no idea what he’s talking about, but the better explanation is that he is simply echoing the hard-line rhetoric of Iran hawks.” (09/20/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/why-iran-hawks-and-trump-hate-the-jcpoa/

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33) How the UN covers for US aggression
Source: Antiwar.com
by JP Sottile

“[T]he UN has basically been the complete opposite of what its angriest critics claim. It is not out to get the US Rather, it has largely been America’s tool since its inception and, in particular, it has repeatedly covered Uncle Sam’s overly-exposed butt as he (a.k.a. ‘the royal we’) has gone around the world on a three decade-long military bender since the end of the Cold War.” (09/20/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/jp-sottile/2017/09/19/un-covers-us-aggression/

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34) Now Hillary wants to challenge the election? Someone please strike the gong
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Have you noticed that even the most ardent Trump haters haven’t been pining for a Hillary Clinton presidency? In case anyone had any doubts as to why, her post-loss antics have cleared it up. In a lengthy interview with National Public Radio (one of countless she’s given to promote her 512-page finger-pointing new book) the host asked Clinton if she would ‘completely rule out questioning the legitimacy of this election.’ Her answer: ‘No, I would not.’ She lamented that ‘I just don’t think we have a mechanism’ to do so. But then she went on to spin a rather bizarre conspiracy theory that attracted little attention.” (09/20/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/hillary-clinton-says-she-might-challenge-her-election-loss-during-what-happened-book-tour

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35) Could legalizing all drugs solve America’s opioid epidemic?
Source: Cato Institute
by Jeffrey Miron

“Drug policy in the U.S. is at a crossroads. On one hand, at least 22 states have decriminalized recreational marijuana, eight of which have gone a step further by legalizing it altogether. At least 29 states permit medical marijuana for qualifying patients. … On the other hand, the opioid epidemic creates pressure in the other direction. Many proposals for taming the epidemic involve further constraining access (for example, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines restricting prescriptions or state laws limiting access to painkillers). In addition, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems intent on reversing marijuana liberalizations, calling marijuana ‘only slightly less awful’ than heroin.” (09/19/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/could-legalizing-all-drugs-solve-americas-opioid-epidemic

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36) Detoured by government
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“Michelle Freenor’s business almost failed before it began. That would have been a loss, since her Savannah, Georgia, walking tour gets only good reviews from customers. ‘Top notch tour guide giving us a lot of history of Savannah’s Historic District,’ said one five-star Yelp review. ‘Great, informative,’ said another. But that didn’t matter to Savannah politicians. They said she had to get a government license if she wanted to charge people for tours. And getting the license was difficult. She had to pay $100 and then “pass a college-level history exam with tons of obscure gotcha questions,’ Freenor told us. Passing required ‘three to five months of studying because it was about 120 pages. I had to map out where I was standing, what I was saying.'” (09/20/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2017/09/20/detoured-by-government-n2383777

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37) Banning “hate speech” in America will only make it more popular
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Free speech defenders such as myself tend to focus most heavily on the idea that if we allow free speech to be whittled away, before long, government will be able to stifle dissent by placing increasingly expansive swaths of speech into the banned category. As such, the more narrowly we define the First Amendment, the more susceptible our society becomes to a totalitarian state down the road. While I completely agree with this argument and think it’s central to why free speech is so important, there’s another less discussed threat. Specifically, I believing banning certain types of speech will actually make them more powerful and subversive. Hateful thought which is pushed underground can fester and strengthen without the light of day and public debate exposing it for the demented ideology it is.” (09/19/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/09/19/banning-hate-speech-in-america-will-only-make-it-more-popular/

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38) Title IX: The sexual inquisition on campus
Source: spiked
by Ella Whelan

“When it was first passed, Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 stated that every educational programme which receives federal funding must give men and women equal opportunities. It was most effective in making sure women were not discriminated against when it came to sports scholarships. In its infancy, it was a mere 37 words. But since 1972, it has been continually interpreted and stretched so that it now covers far more than making a legal defence against discrimination. It now serves to police students’ private lives on campus, covering everything from misplaced jokes or comments to allegations of rape and physical assault.” (09/20/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/title-ix-the-sexual-inquisition-on-campus/

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39) Despair is not an option
Source: The American Prospect
by Randall Kennedy

“Devotees of racial justice continue to be appalled by the Trump administration. Heather Heyer, the anti-racist demonstrator murdered in Charlottesville, was right: ‘If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.’ A great many Americans, especially African Americans, are in a mood of despair upon witnessing a president of the United States winking at neo-Confederates, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klansmen, and doing everything in his power to expunge the achievements of his predecessor, a man who came to be known less for his race than for his decency, dignity, and honor. Yet despair is not an option. And in fact, good people of all races are putting their anger to good use through activism on the ground. Sometimes, though, their efforts are taken for granted and receive too little praise even within their own camp.” (09/20/17)

http://prospect.org/article/despair-not-option

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40) Quantum Vibe, 09/20/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (09/20/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1690

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41) Afghanistan again? The American military’s repetition-compulsion complex
Source: TomDispatch
by Ann Jones

“Here we go again! Years after most Americans forgot about the longest war this country ever fought, American soldiers are again being deployed to Afghanistan. For almost 16 years now, at the command of three presidents and a sadly forgettable succession of generals, they have gone round and round like so many motorists trapped on a rotary with no exit. This time their numbers are officially secret, although variously reported to be 3,500 or 4,000, with another 6,000-plus to follow, and unknown numbers after that. But who can trust such figures? After all, we just found out that the U.S. troops left behind in Afghanistan after President Obama tried to end the war there in 2014, repeatedly reported to number 8,400, actually have been ‘closer to 12,000’ all this time. The conflict, we’re told, is at present a ‘stalemate.’ We need more American troops to break it, in part by ‘training’ the Afghan National Army so its soldiers can best their Taliban countrymen plus miscellaneous ‘terrorist’ groups. In that way, the U.S. military — after only a few more years of ‘the foreseeable future’ in the field — can claim victory. But is any of this necessary? Or smart? Or even true?” (09/19/17)

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176328/tomgram%3A_ann_jones%2C_when_will_they_ever_learn

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42) Wabbit season — or duck responsibility season?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Venezuelans are starving. The country’s children are malnourished and — if something is not done soon — ‘it will be very difficult for these children ever to get back onto their nutritional growth curve.’ That is the testimony of the director of Caritas Venezuela. Clearly, ‘Bolivarian’ socialism has failed. And yet, dictator Nicolas Maduro blames American ‘sanctions’ for ‘exacerbating’ the situation.” (09/20/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/09/20/wabbit-season-or-duck-responsibility-season/

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43) Congress does not want its war power
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“The short-lived CBS series Brain Dead, now available on Netflix, is a science-fiction satire about an invasion of Washington, D.C., by extraterrestrial bugs that crawl into people’s ears and hijack their minds as part of a plot to conquer the world. But the most implausible aspect of the story is a dramatic Senate committee vote on whether to authorize military action in Syria. In the real world, of course, no such vote is necessary, because the president does whatever he wants with the armed forces he controls while Congress abdicates its constitutional responsibility to decide when the country should go to war. Last week 61 senators showed they are happy with that situation by tabling an amendment that would have forced a debate about endless, metastasizing wars that cost trillions of dollars and thousands of lives without making Americans any safer.” (09/20/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/09/20/congress-does-not-want-its-war-power

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44) We can’t fight Trump-style hate with the surveillance state
Source: In These Times
by Debbie Southorn

“How do we effectively challenge organized white supremacists? Post-Charlottesville, the spotlight focused on the work of an organization of former white supremacists that helps turn neo-Nazis away from racism: Life After Hate. Interviews with the group’s co-founders captured headlines on outlets from Mother Jones to The Intercept to Democracy Now — and even caught the attention of comedian Samantha Bee. Much of this coverage decried cuts to the funding of Life After Hate, implemented earlier this year, when the Trump administration decided to roll back funding of an Obama-era program aimed at fighting ‘extremism.’ The organization’s online, crowd-sourced fundraiser has raised more than $330,000 since it launched in June, demonstrating immense popular support for the group’s work in this moment.” (09/19/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20531/CVE-surveillance-donald-trump-life-after-hate-islamophobia

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45) Jewish author makes case for befriending neo-Nazis
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Zach Greenberg

“Through the cacophony of repressive responses to hateful speech, ranging from banning ‘hate speech’ to violently assaulting speakers, Forward columnist Bethany Mandel strikes a hopeful tone in her piece ‘We Need To Start Befriending Neo Nazis.’ She asserts that the answer to bigotry is not censorship, but respectful and constructive dialogue with the bigoted. Mandel’s argument is rooted in three extraordinary examples of those who ‘convinced individuals committed to a life of hatred to turn away from that hate. Through the power of listening, and treating these people with their heinous views as humans first and foremost, they were able to alter the destinies of those they encountered.'” (09/19/17)

https://www.thefire.org/jewish-author-makes-case-for-befriending-neo-nazis/

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46) The Zombie Party
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Ninety seconds is almost no time at all — shorter than a pop song, not even enough time to finish a cigarette. Yet that’s all the time that the Senate will have to debate the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill, which, if passed, will radically overhaul health care and roll back the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of coverage. … The bill is under a tight deadline: The Republican majority in the Senate has only until September 30 to pass the bill with 50 votes (plus Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote). After that deadline, it’ll be subject to the filibuster and require an impossible 60 votes. And it’s impossible to know what the full impact of the Graham-Cassidy bill will be because the Congressional Budget Office doesn’t have enough time to do provide a full score before that deadline.” (09/19/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/144870/zombie-party-republican-graham-cassidy-repeal-bill-proves-political-nihilism

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47) The bright side of white genocide
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“The white race is under attack! The government and the liberal media are engaged in a conspiracy to ethnically cleanse European Americans through a campaign of miscegenation and mass immigration! If they succeed then white people may be rendered to minority status or, even worse, cease to exist altogether! They call it progress, multiculturalism and anti-racism but what we’re really looking at here folks is a white genocide! … This is the new favorite conspiracy theory of those lovely trolls in the Alt-Right. Most sane people find it to be offensive. I happen to think it’s a great idea.” (09/19/17)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-bright-side-of-white-genocide.html

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48) Is Russia part of western civilization?
Source: Acton Institute
by Matthew Franklin Cooper

“Are Russia and America bound by the same ties that unite us with Europe? Or is Russia something other, a stranger to the international order crafted by the ascendancy of European culture? The answer? Well … it’s complicated.” (09/19/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/09/19/russia-part-western-civilization

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49) The worst mistake in US history
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The worst mistake in U.S. history was the conversion after World War II of the U.S. government from a constitutional, limited-government republic to a national-security state. Nothing has done more to warp and distort the conscience, principles, and values of the American people, including those who serve in the U.S. military.” (09/20/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/worst-mistake-u-s-history/

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50) People are complaining about iPhone X because that’s how innovation works
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray

“The iPhone X has not even been released and people are already complaining about it. That shouldn’t be surprising. It is one of the hallmarks of disruptive innovation is that the innovation isn’t quite as good as you might expect at doing certain things. Rather, disruptive innovation opens up new, previously unforeseen opportunities, and that’s where we need to look for its full effect.” (09/19/17)

https://cei.org/content/people-are-complaining-about-iphone-x-because-thats-how-innovation-works

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51) We Are Libertarians, episode 229
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle and Harry Price detail Rand Paul’s return to the news in his opposition to war funding and Trumpcare, Trump’s lawyers revealing secret information to a reporter on accident, and the St. Louis protest against the acquittal of a white police officer killing a black man.” [various formats] (09/20/17)

http://wearelibertarians.com/229-rand-paul-returns-stage-trumps-lawyers-st-louis-riots/

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52) PanAm Podcast, 09/20/17
Source: PanAm Post

“This week’s bombshell revelations that the FBI opened, suspended, and then reopened an investigation involving wiretapping and surveillance of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort have dominated political headlines. The ‘re-opening’ of an investigation sounds all too familiar … in fact Hillary Clinton claims that she would be president today, were it not for James Comey’s controversial decision to reopen the Clinton email investigation mere days before the election.” [Flash video] (09/20/17)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2017/09/20/manafort-angle-complicates-trump/

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53) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1005
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Is it really true that the American standard of living is falling, and that our children will be worse off than we are? Martin Feldstein challenged this view in the Wall Street Journal. Jeff Herbener joins me to discuss it.” [various formats] (09/20/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1005-are-we-richer-and-better-off-than-we-think/

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54) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/20/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Jeremy Heisenberg and Michael W. Dean talk Gary Numan, hippie deodorants, and the similarities and differences between Asperger’s and Narcissistic Personality Disorder.” [various formats] (09/20/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15064

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55) Electric Libertyland, episode 38
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In this week’s episode of Electric Libertyland, host Brian McWilliams gives his take on the Trumpian circle-jerk that was the 2017 Emmy Awards, and how politics and entertainment need to take a break from each other. He then turns towards more serious topics including the utter failure of the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing programs, the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare (kind of) with the Graham-Cassidy plan, the state of the 1st Amendment, new climate research and an idiotic idea in the UK to limit voting rights based on internet trolling.” [various formats] (09/20/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/09/20/electric-libertyland-39-end-fed-graham-cassidy-plan/

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56) Intercepted, 09/20/17
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted, Jeremy weighs in on Trump’s threats and the massive military budget the Democrats just gave him. Journalist Gary Rivlin takes us deep inside the world of Goldman Sachs and how Trump’s top economic adviser helped fuel the subprime mortgage catastrophe that crashed the economy. Poet Aja Monet performs and discusses her ideas of justice, womanhood, and racism. The Intercept’s Alice Speri investigates the militarization of police and how Israel is training American cops. Plus, Donald Trump stars in American Psycho.” [various formats] (09/20/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/20/intercepted-podcast-merican-psycho/

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57) Free Talk Live, 09/19/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Cops Chanting ‘Whose Streets Our Streets’ :: Cleaning out the Future MALIC Center :: Will’s Vision for the Community :: Haters Already Hating :: The Respectables and the Police :: Blocking Streets :: Get a Job :: Buying Cryptocoin :: Ricky :: First Bitcoin-Accepting Mosque :: Catalonia Secession :: More on the MALIC Center :: Scientology :: Muslims and Tolerance :: Sharia Law :: HOSTS — Ian, Johnson, Will Coley.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/19/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-09-19

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58) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 652
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I had intended to talk about Facebook today, but I ran off in so many different directions that I never got around to it. Today we’re going to talk about Trump’s recent speech at the UN, Hillary’s continuous campaign to blame everyone but herself for the election loss and we’re going to chat about a San Diego professor who handed out extra credit to anyone who’d take a white privilege survey.” [various formats] (09/19/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/652-check-your-white-privilege/

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