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Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Iraq: Regime demands control of airports after Kurdish independence vote
2) AL: Moore crushes Strange in US Senate primary
3) Kenya: Police fire tear gas to disperse election protesters
4) Report: Six Trump officials used personal email accounts for White House business
5) China: Regime blocks WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party gathering
6) Facing defeat, McConnell pulls Senate GOP’s ObamaCare repeal bill from vote
7) Uber threatens to quit Quebec over “severe” new regulations
8) TN: Hero in church shooting proves guns could reduce crime, says expert
9) TN: Corker announces he won’t seek re-election
10) Zinke: One-third of Interior employees not loyal to Trump
11) DEA gang’s top shot-caller asks to be jumped out
12) Irish abortion law: Referendum “to be held next year”
13) Saudi Arabia: In major shift, regime lifts ban on women driving
14) Philippines: Guard killed at Duterte’s presidential palace
15) FICO files patent to power surveillance of Bitcoin exchanges
16) FL: Felony fraud complaints filed against nine suspended Gators
17) Nerve implant “restores consciousness” to man in persistent vegetative state
18) Huge iceberg four times the size of Manhattan breaks off Antarctic glacier
19) SEC gang shot-caller faces questions from Congress after data breach
20) West Bank: Three Israelis killed in attack at squat

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The dangerous misunderstanding at the core of the North Korea debate
22) Privacy and politics: The hypocrisy of the surveillance statists
23) North Korea is the most predictable regime on Earth. The real threat is the erratic US government.
24) The glee over the Uber ban reveals how Corbyn’s economic policy would work
25) Why the Kurdish referendum means the end of Iraq
26) Leaders should set football drama aside & make decisions to protect us
27) Childish things
28) Patriots and protesters should take a knee for the Constitution
29) Selective collectivism
30) Minimum wage proponents continue to believe in free lunches
31) Healthcare reform takes a knee
32) How kneeling athletes reveal the true nature of politics
33) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 10: Truth at the sanitarium
34) Will Fed’s reliance on archaic economic models doom the economy?
35) Explainer: What you need to know about the 2017 German presidential elections
36) Obama redefined patriotism; Trump trying to erase that, too
37) To make their tax cut realistic, the GOP needs the Fed to risk higher inflation
38) Libertarians to Congress: Stop government spying on presidential campaigns — and the rest of Americans
39) The unlikely alliance that could stop Keystone & transform the Democratic Party
40) Quantum Vibe, 09/26/17
41) European or American healthcare system?
42) When the government declared war on the First Amendment
43) The forthcoming global crisis
44) Stop wrapping the flag around pro sports
45) Forced healthcare goodness
46) Selling a bill of goods on PBS about the Vietnam War
47) Ken Burns’s “Vietnam War” is no profile in courage
48) The problem with “taking the knee”
49) Off the field
50) Thoughts on Trump, fake patriotism and “taking a knee”

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 23
52) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 71
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/26/17
54) Activism 101 Podcast, episode 17
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***** In the News *****

1) Iraq: Regime demands control of airports after Kurdish independence vote
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Iraq’s prime minister on Tuesday ordered the northern Kurdish region to hand over control of its airports to federal authorities or face a flight ban, signaling a tough response to a landmark Kurdish independence referendum held the day before. The Iraqi Kurdish leadership billed Monday’s vote as an exercise in self-determination, but the Iraqi government is strongly opposed to any redrawing of its borders, and Turkey and Iran fear the move will embolden their own Kurdish populations. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s ultimatum came the day after the vote and ahead of the release of official results.” (09/26/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-kurdish-independence-vote-iraq-20170926-story.html

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2) AL: Moore crushes Strange in US Senate primary
Source: Politico

“Republican challenger Roy Moore defeated Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama’s Senate primary Tuesday night, riding a wave of rural support over the incumbent backed by President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice, had 55 percent of the vote to Strange’s 45 percent with 95 percent of precincts reporting. Strange, who was appointed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ old seat earlier this year, is the first senator to lose a primary since Indiana Republican Richard Lugar was defeated in 2012.” [editor’s note: America — “Trump as president would sure be hard to top in the annals of American electoral stupidity.” Alabama — “Hold my beer.” – TLK] (09/27/17)

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/26/alabama-senate-results-strange-moore-243175

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3) Kenya: Police fire tear gas to disperse election protesters
Source: The Sun Saily [Malaysia]

“Kenyan police on Tuesday used tear gas to disperse opposition protesters outside the headquarters of the election commission a month before a scheduled re-run of the annulled presidential poll. Opposition leader Raila Odinga is insisting on widespread reforms of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) ahead of the new presidential election scheduled for Oct 26. On Tuesday about 300 Odinga supporters gathered outside the commission’s main offices waving placards and chanting ‘Chiloba out!’, a reference to IEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba whom Odinga wants sacked and prosecuted. After they were confronted by a smaller crowd of pro-government demonstrators, police used tear gas to clear the street, kicking off hours of cat-and-mouse chases around the office complex.” (09/26/17)

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/09/26/kenya-police-fire-tear-gas-disperse-election-protesters

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4) Report: Six Trump officials used personal email accounts for White House business
Source: The Hill

“At least six members of President Trump’s White House have used private email addresses while conducting government business, The New York Times reported Monday evening. Current and former officials say that former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, former chief strategist Stephen Bannon and current advisers Gary Cohn and Stephen Miller sent or received government-related emails on personal email accounts, in addition to two staffers who were previously reported. The news follows reports that White House senior adviser and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has used a private email for White House business.” (09/25/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/352384-six-trump-officials-used-personal-email-accounts-for-white-house

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5) China: Regime blocks WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party gathering
Source: ZDNet

“China has largely blocked Facebook-owned encrypted messaging app WhatsApp ahead of a Communist Party gathering in October, The New York Times has reported. WhatsApp has experienced some disruptions since mid July, with users unable to send audio and video chats, photos, and other files. Users could still send text communications at the time, and the restrictions were lifted after several weeks, according to the publication. However, the report said that WhatsApp users in China can no longer send texts now, though the app is partially accessible to some users in some parts of the country.” (09/26/17)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/china-blocks-whatsapp-ahead-of-communist-party-gathering-report/

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6) Facing defeat, McConnell pulls Senate GOP’s ObamaCare repeal bill from vote
Source: Newsday

“The latest version of the Obamacare repeal bill was pulled from a vote Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the face of certain defeat after at least three Republican senators announced they would vote against it. The collapse of the last-gasp effort by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) served up another setback to McConnell and President Donald Trump, one likely to frustrate supporters expecting them to fulfill their promise to end the Affordable Care Act. McConnell said the Senate would now move on to a federal income tax overhaul, whose principles and outline will be announced Wednesday by Trump, and a federal spending bill for the rest of the fiscal year after the current temporary funding runs out in December. But Graham and Cassidy said they’re not done yet.” (09/26/17)

http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/republican-leaders-senate-won-t-vote-on-obamacare-repeal-1.14277204

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7) Uber threatens to quit Quebec over “severe” new regulations
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Uber is threatening to leave the Canadian province of Quebec because of “severe” new rules aimed at regulating the company like taxis. The ride-sharing company threatened on Tuesday to leave by mid-October if the government implements new regulations. The new rules would require Uber drivers to get police background checks and 35 hours of training, up from 20. The regulations come a year after the provincial government agreed to let Uber operate on a trial basis. ‘We are going to have to cease our operations in Quebec on October 14,’ said Jean-Nicolas Guillemette, director general of Uber Quebec. The company said it could change its mind if the government reconsidered the regulations.” (09/26/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41406850

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8) TN: Hero in church shooting proves guns could reduce crime, says expert
Source: Fox News

“Robert Caleb Engle, 22, did what few would under the circumstances. Though unarmed, he confronted a gunman who randomly opened fire during Sunday services at Nashville’s Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. As the two struggled, the gunman pistol-whipped Engle, then wounded himself in the chest, giving time for Engle, who has a right to carry permit, to run outside and fetch his own weapon. He came back to hold the suspect at bay, potentially sparing further carnage. ‘What if he had pulled the trigger?’ Engle’s father, James, later told a reporter. ‘Because he had the gun pointed at him. I’m proud of him.’ It is unclear whether the suspect, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, was a legal gun owner.” (09/26/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/26/hero-in-tennessee-church-shooting-proves-guns-could-reduce-crime-expert-says.html

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9) TN: Corker announces he won’t seek re-election
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the powerful Foreign Relations Committee and a political force on financial issues, announced Tuesday that he would not seek re-election. The 65-year-old lawmaker, who recently had been encouraged by President Donald Trump to seek a third term, made the surprise announcement hours before a showdown vote in an Alabama Senate runoff that pitted the establishment favorite against firebrand Judge Roy Moore. Corker’s announcement set off intense speculation back home about a suddenly open Senate race. ‘After much thought, consideration and family discussion over the past year, Elizabeth and I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018,’ Corker said in a statement. Corker has chaired the foreign relations panel, playing a significant role on Russia and Iran sanctions, and was considered a possible secretary of state in the Trump Cabinet before the president tapped Rex Tillerson. A member of the Banking Committee, Corker had his hand in major financial legislation.” (09/26/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/GOP-Sen-Corker-announces-he-won-t-seek-12230260.php

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10) Zinke: One-third of Interior employees not loyal to Trump
Source: Associated Press

“Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, adding that he is working to change the department’s regulatory culture to be more business friendly. Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, said he knew when he took over the 70,000-employee department in March that, ‘I got 30 percent of the crew that’s not loyal to the flag.’ … Zinke said he is pursuing a major reorganization that would push much of the agency’s decision-making outside Washington and move several agencies, including the Bureau of Reclamation and Bureau of Land Management, to undetermined Western states.” (09/26/17)

https://apnews.com/570c910d21be41869f76d45a2c55c359

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11) DEA gang’s top shot-caller asks to be jumped out
Source: Washington Post

“Chuck Rosenberg, the acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration who has found himself and his agency at odds with the Trump administration in recent months, told staff members Tuesday that he is planning to step down from his post. Rosenberg, a holdover from the administration of President Barack Obama, wrote that he would leave his position as the DEA’s acting administration [sic] on October 1.” (09/26/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/dea-administrator-plans-to-step-down/2017/09/26/c89d7424-a2fc-11e7-ade1-76d061d56efa_story.html

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12) Irish abortion law: Referendum “to be held next year”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Irish government says it will hold a referendum next year on whether to change the country’s laws on abortion, one of the strictest in Europe. Voters will be asked to decide whether to change the Irish constitution under which abortion is only allowed if the life of the mother is in danger. A woman convicted of having an illegal abortion faces up to 14 years in jail. But they are allowed to travel abroad for terminations. The vote could be held in May or June. The Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution, introduced in 1983, gives an equal right to life to a pregnant woman and an unborn child. However, thousands of women a year go abroad to have an abortion.” (09/26/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-41400836

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13) Saudi Arabia: In major shift, regime lifts ban on women driving
Source: New York Daily News

“Saudi women will soon be allowed to drive, removing one barrier to equality in a kingdom often criticized for its stance on human rights and gender equality. King Salman issued the order on Tuesday, according to news network Al-Arabiya. It was not immediately clear when the new drivers licenses would be available to half of the country’s population, who continue to face harsh rules including the necessity of a male chaperone when they leave the house.” (09/26/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/major-shift-saudi-arabia-women-drive-article-1.3522981

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14) Philippines: Guard killed at Duterte’s presidential palace
Source: Daily Times [Pakistan]

“An officer in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s elite military security force was found shot dead on Tuesday inside the sprawling presidential compound, an official said. Major Harin Gonzaga, 37, was found by his wife with a gunshot wound to the heart inside his room in the Malacanang compound in Manila, said Brigadier General Lope Dagoy, head of the Presidential Security Group. Dagoy said there were no initial signs of foul play or any indication of a struggle but police were still investigating. The incident took place far from Duterte’s residence inside the compound, Dagoy said, adding that even other members of the security force were unaware of the shooting until Gonzaga’s wife found the body.” (09/26/17)

http://dailytimes.com.pk/world/26-Sep-17/officer-shot-dead-at-philippine-presidential-palace

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15) FICO files patent to power surveillance of Bitcoin exchanges
Source: Bitcoin.com

“A new invention patent has been filed by FICO. The invention is a tool that will allow FICO, government, and others to collect financial data from Bitcoin exchanges. The tool is designed to support AML and KYC regulations. The patent is called ‘Advanced Learning System for Detection and Prevention of Money Laundering.’ The patent filing suggested the product was created to curb fraud. Government offices intend to collect data from exchanges to catch criminals and others. They want to ‘centralize’ all the information.” (09/26/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/bitcoin-exchanges-may-be-monitored-for-fraud/

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16) FL: Felony fraud complaints filed against nine suspended Gators
Source: Fort Wayne News-Sentinel

“Florida standout receiver Antonio Callaway used a stolen credit card to add $1,970 to his campus bookstore prepaid account and then used the money to purchase a high-end computer and fancy headphones, according to university police. Now he’s facing two third-degree felony charges and potentially the end of his college football career. According to Alachua County court records, sworn complaints were filed Monday against Callaway and eight teammates. The players were suspended indefinitely in August. The State Attorney’s Office will investigate before deciding whether to formally charge the players.” (09/25/17)

http://www.news-sentinel.com/sports/ap/felony-fraud-complaints-filed-against-9-suspended-gators_20170925

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17) Nerve implant “restores consciousness” to man in persistent vegetative state
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A 35-year-old man who had been in a persistant vegetative state (PVS) for 15 years has shown signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering therapy involving nerve stimulation. The treatment challenges a widely-accepted view that there is no prospect of a patient recovering consciousness if they have been in PVS for longer than 12 months. Since sustaining severe brain injuries in a car accident, the man had been completely unaware of the world around him. But when fitted with an implant to stimulate the vagus nerve, which travels into the brain stem, the man appeared to flicker back into a state of consciousness. He started to track objects with his eyes, began to stay awake while being read a story and his eyes opened wide in surprise when the examiner suddenly moved her face close to the patient’s. He could even respond to some simple requests, such as turning his head when asked — although this took about a minute.” [editor’s note: Will this even elicit an “oops” from the people who supported the killing of Terri Schiavo? – TLK] (09/26/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/sep/25/nerve-implant-restores-consciousness-to-man-in-vegetative-state

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18) Huge iceberg four times the size of Manhattan breaks off Antarctic glacier
Source: Yahoo! News

“A glacier in Antarctica has calved a vast iceberg measuring more than 100 square miles — and it’s the second huge berg in two years. Pine Island is one of the largest glaciers in Antarctica, which has seen major ice loss in recent years. Scientist Peter Neff said on Twitter that the calving was a, ‘Major event, not unprecedented, but this glacier is concerning for future sea level rise.'” (09/26/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/huge-iceberg-four-times-size-manhattan-breaks-off-antarctic-glacier-091321235.html

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19) SEC gang shot-caller faces questions from Congress after data breach
Source: US News & World Report

“The chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission is likely to face an especially tough hearing in front of Congress on Tuesday, after the agency acknowledged that it also was a victim to a hack. News about the breach of an SEC network that delivers company news and data to investors follows the disclosure of the massive data breach from credit company Equifax that allowed hackers to access or steal the personal information of 143 million Americans. Jay Clayton, who has been at the head of the SEC since May, is not likely to face calls for his removal since the breach happened a year ago, before he was sworn in. But he may be questioned about whether the SEC — the federal government’s main arm for enforcing rules and regulations on Wall Street — is up to the task of keeping data secure.” (09/26/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2017-09-26/sec-chairman-faces-questions-from-congress-after-data-breach

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20) West Bank: Three Israelis killed in attack at squat
Source: Bloomberg

“A Palestinian gunman killed three Israelis at a West Bank [squat] near Jerusalem after approaching an entrance gate with a group of day laborers, police said. After being told to halt, the 37-year-old assailant took out a pistol and started shooting, killing two guards and a border policeman and seriously injuring a fourth Israeli, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a text message. Israeli security services identified the assailant as Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal, a father of four, who had a permit to work in the Har Adar [squat].” (09/26/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-26/three-israelis-killed-in-attack-at-jerusalem-area-settlement

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

21) The dangerous misunderstanding at the core of the North Korea debate
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“When he unveiled a new national security strategy in 1955, Dwight Eisenhower similarly insisted that, ‘[t]he United States and its allies must reject the concept of preventive war.’ In explaining John F. Kennedy’s refusal to launch a preventive attack during the Cuban missile crisis, Robert Kennedy explained: ‘My brother is not going to be the Tojo of the 1960s.’ … Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy would likely be appalled to find that in 2017, an American president seems to consider preventive war preferable to deterrence. And linguistic subterfuge helps make that possible. George W. Bush helped initiate the rhetorical deceit. In calling his attack on Iraq ‘preemptive,’ he laundered a term for wars launched in response to imminent attack, and thus considered legitimate under international law. Tragically, his lie has stuck. During the Obama administration, the [New York] Times used the term to describe a potential Israeli strike on Tehran. Now the paper uses it to describe a potential American attack on Pyongyang. In so doing, it normalizes something Americans once rightly considered barbaric.” (09/26/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/09/preemption-prevention-north-korea/541098/

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22) Privacy and politics: The hypocrisy of the surveillance statists
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The New York Times reports that at least six members of the Trump administration used personal email accounts to discuss White House matters. Given president Donald Trump’s campaign and post-campaign harping (as the Times puts it) on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of a private server and mishandling of classified information, it’s unsurprising to hear charges of hypocrisy from Democratic quarters. But the hypocrisy here a matter of political class elitism, not partisan politics. Those in power, regardless of party, want to know what you’re doing, but think what they’re doing is none of your business (except when they send you the bill for all of it).” (09/26/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11513

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23) North Korea is the most predictable regime on Earth. The real threat is the erratic US government.
Source: The Intercept
by Peter Maass

“For an excruciatingly long stretch of time, the North Korean regime has been saying the same thing (sometimes crazy-sounding) and acting the same way (sometimes firing missiles or detonating nuclear devices) and generally doing a bang-up job of going to the brink but never over it. North Korea has had just three leaders in its entire existence: Kim Il-sung, then his son, Kim Jong-il, then his son, Kim Jong-un. It’s crucial to understand that rather than being a wild card, North Korea is perhaps the most predictable regime in the world; they are not the X-factor in today’s unnerving game. … the dynamics have changed, and it’s not due to the Dennis Rodman-loving Kim Jong-un or the nuclear weapons he is fond of detonating (as was his father, who created North Korea’s nuclear program and oversaw its first detonations — the family’s consistency is as crushing as its brutality). We now have Donald Trump and cable news, playing the 24/7 jester on his West Wing wall.” (09/26/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/26/north-korea-donald-trump-kim-jong-un/

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24) The glee over the Uber ban reveals how Corbyn’s economic policy would work
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“On Uber, reactions speak louder than words. Set aside for a moment the issue of Uber’s compliance with the Transport for London (TfL) rules, and whether revoking their licence was justified or proportionate. The celebratory tone of the supposed ‘labour movement’ to news that 40,000 contractors will see their main source of income effectively banned (a higher number than employed in the much-discussed steel industry) was far more eye-opening, and should lead many to question the hard left’s true concern for ‘workers.’ In fact, this whole episode has offered a revealing insight into how a Corbyn-governed Britain might operate when it comes to business and the labour market.” (09/26/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/glee-over-uber-ban-reveals-how-corbyns-economic-policy-would-work

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25) Why the Kurdish referendum means the end of Iraq
Source: Reuters
by Peter Van Buren

“There are many worthy markers that America’s Iraq Wars have been a terrible, terrible waste, but as history loves a signature event, let it be the September 25, 2017 Kurdish independence referendum. While the referendum is non-binding and the final vote tally may not be known for several days (though it will certainly be ‘yes’ to independence), the true results of America’s decades of war in Iraq are already clear. Along with the ongoing decimation of Iraq’s Sunni population, the referendum means that in practice ‘Iraq’ no longer exists. In its place is a Shiite state dominated by Iran, the de facto new nation of Kurdistan, and a shrinking population of Sunnis tottering between annihilation or reservation-like existence, depending on whether the United States uses the last of its influence to sketch out red lines or abandons the people to fate.” (09/26/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-vanburen-kurds-commentary/commentary-why-the-kurdish-referendum-means-the-end-of-iraq-idUSKCN1C125Q

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26) Leaders should set football drama aside & make decisions to protect us
Source: The Jack News
by Gary Johnson

“Millions of people in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and throughout the Caribbean are dealing with a natural disaster of epic proportion. Hospital patients are dying as generators run out of fuel, and the communications infrastructure is so damaged that we can’t even ascertain the full extent of the devastation and the needs for help. Residents, communities and businesses in Texas, Louisiana and Florida are still working to recover from earlier hurricanes. For some, that recovery will require years. North Korea is ‘declaring war’ on the U.S. — the latest escalation in a war of threats that might be entertaining if Kim Jong-un weren’t playing with nuclear fireworks and a very real army. And, once again, our Congress is stumbling over its own feet rather than actually doing anything to avert the train wreck that is Obamacare, a train wreck that involves not just 17 percent of the economy, but millions of Americans left with no clue as to whether health care will actually be accessible, much less affordable.” (09/26/17)

https://thejacknews.com/commentary/gary-johnson-leaders-set-football-drama-aside-make-decisions-protect-us

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27) Childish things
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“When I was a child, I believed some — in retrospect — silly things. Things like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. One Easter morning I happened to wake up unusually early, and caught my parents loading the Easter baskets. I’m no genius, but neither am I an idiot. I told them I knew. And then I generalized … and asked if they were also Santa Claus. Nailed it. … I don’t recall just how old I was; maybe five years old; I don’t think I’d started school yet. I know I’d broken the conspiracy well before a lot of kids my age (some of whom, at school, professed to still believe in Santa until the third or fourth grade). Another childish thing I believed back then was ‘gun control.'” (09/26/17)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4446

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28) Patriots and protesters should take a knee for the Constitution
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by John W Whitehead

“By all means, let’s talk about patriotism and President Trump’s call for’“respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem.’ At a time when the American flag adorns everything from men’s boxers and women’s bikinis to beer koozies, bandannas and advertising billboards (with little outcry from the American public), and the National Anthem is sung by Pepper the Parrot during the Puppy Bowl, this conveniently timed outrage over disrespect for the country’s patriotic symbols rings somewhat hollow, detracts from more serious conversations that should be taking place about critical policy matters of state, and further divides the nation and ensures that ‘we the people’ will not present a unified front to oppose the police state.” (09/26/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/09/26/patriots-and-protesters-should-take-a-knee-for-the-constitution/

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29) Selective collectivism
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“One of the most fascinating characteristics of collectivists is how they tended to individualize bad ingroup behavior and good outgroup behavior but collectivize good ingroup behavior and bad outgroup behavior. … We see this everyday. How many Christians point out that the misdeeds of a handful of Christians aren’t representative of Christianity but then imply or outright claims that Islam is a religion of violence because a handful of Muslims commit violent acts? How many Americans continue to excuse the terrible acts of the country’s politicians as the acts of a few bad apples who aren’t representative of America as a whole but then collectivize all North Koreans because of the acts of the country’s leader?” (09/26/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/09/26/selective-collectivism/

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30) Minimum wage proponents continue to believe in free lunches
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“[W]hile fewer jobs for low-skilled workers is a chief and especially unfortunate result of minimum wages, it isn’t the only negative result. Many other responses to minimum wages are possible instead of, or along with, reduced employment opportunities. My colleague Dan Klein offers some examples: the extent and difficulty of work duties grows; flexibility in employee scheduling declines; fringe benefits and on-the-job training decrease; lockers, free food, and other amenities for workers are cut; workplace safety, comfort, and amiability decline.” (09/26/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/09/minimum-wage-proponents-continue-believe-free-lunches.html

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31) Healthcare reform takes a knee
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“We are left with an amazing reality: the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land, even after the promise to repeal (according to exit polls) provided the margin of victory for the 2016 election itself and even after seven years in which the GOP voted consistently to repeal the terrible legislation that is slowing killing what’s left of the health-insurance marketplace, and even after evidence piles up that the status quo is unsustainable. But here is what is strange about this latest death knell. It hardly sounded. Most of the news last week concerned a chilling escalation of nuclear threats between Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Since last weekend, if you didn’t want to think about the incineration of multitudes, you could weigh in on whether it is sedition or a matter of conscience for professional football players to kneel during the national anthem.” (09/26/17

https://fee.org/articles/health-care-reform-takes-a-knee/

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32) How kneeling athletes reveal the true nature of politics
Source: Princeton University Press Blog
by Jason Brennan

“Much of Puerto Rico may be without power for six months. North Korea is increasingly belligerent. The world’s reaction to coming climate change ranges between empty symbolic gestures and nothing. A just shy of fascist party won 13% of the seats in the German federal election. The U.S. has been at war — and troops have been dying for frivolous reasons — for sixteen years. But what are Americans most outraged about? Whether football players kneeling during the National Anthem, in protest of police brutality toward blacks, is somehow wrongly disrespectful of a flag, ‘the troops!’, or America. Both sides accuse the other side of hypocrisy and bad faith. And both sides are mostly right. Hypocrisy and bad faith are the self-driving cars of politics. They get us where we want, without our having to drive.” (09/26/17)

http://blog.press.princeton.edu/2017/09/26/jason-brennan-how-kneeling-athletes-reveal-the-true-nature-of-politics/

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33) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 10: Truth at the sanitarium
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Last week young Esther asked me back to the sanitarium and told me that the people there ‘wanted to talk.’ I was reasonably sure that the meeting was prompted by Dora’s cancer diagnosis — she seemed to be important to the rest of them, making her passing a turning point — but I also gathered from Esther’s expression that they had more on their minds. And so I did two things that I’ve learned to do over the years in demanding situations.” (09/26/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/rosc-10-truth-sanitarium/

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34) Will Fed’s reliance on archaic economic models doom the economy?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Fed Chair Janet Yellen repeated Tuesday that the Fed wouldn’t let current low inflation keep it from raising rates later this year, saying the central bank should be ‘wary of moving (interest rates) too gradually.’ But moving gradually to where, we wonder? No, we’re not being flip with that question. Yellen now concedes that the Fed has been wrong for nearly 5 years in its inflation expectations. Inflation today remains below 2%, the Fed’s target rate. Theoretically, this shouldn’t be happening. Indeed, with unemployment now at 4.4%, the Yellen and the Fed thought inflation would be running at 3% to 4%. That’s why Yellen believes current low inflation is ‘probably temporary,’ and that ‘over the next few years’ inflation is likely to go higher. Based on the Fed’s inflation model, it’s not hard to understand why Yellen believes that. Many economists and policymakers, including those at the Fed, are wedded to what is called the ‘Phillips curve,’ which posits that employment and inflation are trade-offs; as unemployment falls, inflation ramps up. The basic argument is that low unemployment means labor is scarce, so employers raise wages sharply to attract qualified workers. That fuels inflation across the board.” (09/26/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/will-feds-reliance-on-archaic-economic-models-doom-the-economy

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35) Explainer: What you need to know about the 2017 German presidential elections
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“On Sunday, German voters cast their ballots for members of the national parliament, the Bundestag, and Angela Merkel appears poised to serve a fourth term as chancellor. But with a much-diminished number of supporters, fierce populist opposition, and warring coalition allies, her tenure could prove tenuous. Populism has surged in the nation, carrying into parliament representatives from both the so-called ‘far-Right’ and far-Left. And Merkel faces the prospect of trying to form a new coalition capable of uniting fiscal conservatives and the Green Party.” (09/25/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/09/25/explainer-what-you-need-know-about-2017-german-presidential

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36) Obama redefined patriotism; Trump trying to erase that, too
Source: The New Republic
by Graham Vyse

“Barack Obama delivered the finest speech of his presidency on March 7, 2015. It was the fiftieth anniversary of the civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, and the nation’s first black president stood before the Edmund Pettus Bridge to offer a masterful affirmation–of the heroes who marched for freedom, of their righteous cause, and of the underlying ‘American instinct that led these young men and women to pick up the torch and cross this bridge. It’s the idea held by generations of citizens who believed that America is a constant work in progress, who believed that loving this country requires more than singing its praises or avoiding uncomfortable truths. It requires the occasional disruption, the willingness to speak out for what is right, to shake up the status quo. That’s America.’ The speech was, among other things, a remarkable gift to American liberalism, casting the tradition of progressive protest as core to the nation’s character. It also made clear the president’s conception of American exceptionalism and love of country.” (09/26/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145014/obama-redefined-patriotism-trump-trying-erase-that-too

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37) To make their tax cut realistic, the GOP needs the Fed to risk higher inflation
Source: Niskanen Center
by Karl Smith

“As you may remember from 2008, there was a — shall we say — robust debate among economists over how much, if at all, you can directly stimulate the economy through spending increases and tax cuts. Yet, almost everyone agrees that you can stimulate the economy indirectly through tax cuts, through what are called supply-side effects. Most modelers, however, say that unless taxes are already sky-high, these supply-side effects are likely to be small and take a long time to play out. This is not good, if you’re trying to argue that $1 trillion in corporate tax cuts will all be made up for by the booming economy they create. There may be a way out though, if you are willing to incorporate those direct, otherwise known as demand-side, effects.” (09/25/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/make-tax-cut-realistic-gop-needs-fed-risk-higher-inflation/

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38) Libertarians to Congress: Stop government spying on presidential campaigns — and the rest of Americans
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“It turns out that President Donald Trump’s allegations of campaign-season ‘wiretapping’ by the Barack Obama administration in 2016 are true. Sharyl Attkisson, the former CBS News investigative journalist, now host of Sinclair Television’s Full Measure, wrote in an op-ed for The Hill on Thursday that the FBI indeed wiretapped Trump’s then–campaign head, Paul Manafort, and that Carter Page, Michael Flynn, and at least four others were among the Trump advisors who were also surveilled — as well as every person with whom they communicated. … This is not surprising, and, according to Libertarian National Committee Chairman Nicholas Sarwark, it is not unique to Obama or to Democrats.” (09/26/17)

https://www.lp.org/libertarians-congress-stop-government-spying-presidential-campaigns-rest-americans/

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39) The unlikely alliance that could stop Keystone & transform the Democratic Party
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“Officially, the fate of one of the most high-profile corporate infrastructure projects in a generation now rests with an obscure regulatory body in one of this country’s most sparsely populated states: Nebraska’s Public Service Commission. Unofficially, the homegrown movement that blocked the Keystone XL pipeline once before is ready to stop it again — even if commissioners give it a green light. A ruling isn’t expected until November, but after the commission’s latest hearings adjourned August 10, Jane Kleeb, one of the pipeline’s highest-profile opponents and now the chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party — flanked by landowners who live along its proposed route — made an unconditional pledge: ‘Standing Rock was a dress rehearsal compared to what this will be. We are not going to let an inch of foreign steel touch Nebraska soil.’ A gauntlet had been thrown.” (09/26/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/keystone_nebraska_climate_activism_jane_kleeb.html

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40) Quantum Vibe, 09/26/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (09/26/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1694

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41) European or American healthcare system?
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“The question about socialized medicine can easily be boiled down to one simple question: Would you rather have an expensive cancer cure now, or a free [sic] cancer cure in eighty years? Despite fears that the United States is going to lose its technological and biotechnological edge, the numbers are in, and there’s actually been a 7% increase in the recent years. Beyond that, the United States alone is responsible for forty percent of all biomedical research papers. In fact, the United States produces more medical research papers than the next five countries combined. One might be inclined to think that this is only possible if the United States is producing junk papers, yet this also is proven untrue by the numbers. American research papers are the most cited by an enormous margin, far outstripping even the 40% production line.” (09/25/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/09/25/european-or-american-healthcare-system/

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42) When the government declared war on the First Amendment
Source: Reason
by Damon Root

“One hundred years ago, the U.S. government declared war on the First Amendment. It all started with President Woodrow Wilson. On April 2, 1917, Wilson urged the nation into battle against Germany in order to ‘make the world safe for democracy.’ But the president also set his sights on certain enemies located much closer to home. ‘Millions of men and women of German birth and native sympathy … live among us,’ Wilson observed. ‘If there should be disloyalty, it will be dealt with with a firm hand of repression.’ That firm hand came in the form of the Espionage Act, which Congress passed in June 1917 and Wilson eagerly signed into law. … [It] effectively criminalized most forms of anti-war speech.” (for publication 10/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/09/26/when-the-government-declared-w

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43) The forthcoming global crisis
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“If there is a lesson for us all since the great financial crisis, it is that central banks, even though dealt an appalling hand, are very good at managing local systemic problems, real or imagined. Bearish hedge fund managers, those masters of the universe, are throwing in the towel. Valuations, according to their models, cannot be explained, let alone justified. In truth, these investors have made the same mistake every cycle. They see the bubbles, but fail to fully understand their source. They think bubbles are solely the result of the madness of crowds, irrational bullishness ignoring fundamentals. They fail to dig a little deeper and understand the source is a repeating credit cycle. Only when you understand that financial bubbles are merely visible symptoms, can you begin to understand the underlying disease.” (09/26/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/09/the-forthcoming-global-crisis/

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44) Stop wrapping the flag around pro sports
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“Desperate to fill hours and hours of air time on 24-hour news channels, media corporations have made sure the discussion of the correct posture of National Football League players has been front and center. Apparently, before grown men can chase a little toy around a grassy field for a few hours, it’s absolutely essential that they take part in a variety of pro-government rituals. This was not always the case, though, and prior to the twentieth century, it was hardly expected that a ballgame be preceded by a recitation of the national anthem or any other song of national allegiance. Indeed, the current pantomime in which NFL players are expected to stand at attention for the national anthem is of extremely recent origin.” (09/26/17)

https://mises.org/blog/stop-wrapping-flag-around-pro-sports

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45) Forced healthcare goodness
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“David Lazarus, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, says that there is nothing wrong with Obamacare, which enables him to have his preexisting condition, Type 1 diabetes, paid for by other people. In his article in today’s Times, entitled ‘Republicans Should Gladly Pay for My Preexisting Healthcare Condition,’ he compares Obamacare to a giant insurance program in which many people pay premiums into a big pool in order to ensure against the risk of contracting an illness, having an automobile accident, or suffering some other unfortunate event. His conflation of insurance and Obamacare shows how radically different leftists [sic] are from us libertarians, at least with respect to moral principles.” (09/26/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/09/26/forced-healthcare-goodness/

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46) Selling a bill of goods on PBS about the Vietnam War
Source: CounterPunch
by Howard Lisnoff

“Burns and Novick want viewers to believe that the Vietnam War was a mistake undertaken by those with noble intentions in the U.S. government. We had good intentions going into Vietnam, but The Vietnam War, which aired on PBS, would like viewers to believe that the grotesque consequences of that war … millions dead and wounded … were never really intended. They were in the vernacular, unintended consequences of men with good intentions. It’s the same kind of justification and rationalization that then secretary of defense, Robert McNamara, made in The Fog of War and it’s all bullshit plain and simple. These opinion molders want people to believe that we occasionally stumble on the way to the nirvana that is American Exceptionalism and national purity. But they didn’t stumble and we are most certainly not exceptional.” (09/26/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/26/selling-a-bill-of-goods-on-pbs-about-the-vietnam-war/

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47) Ken Burns’s “Vietnam War” is no profile in courage
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“Burns drinks too deeply from the cup of ‘hate the war, not the warrior.’ Deaths were committed because of a policy that demanded body counts — the number of ‘enemy’ killed — as the borderless war’s only metric of accomplishment. As Turse writes and Burns omits, ‘U.S. commanders wasted ammunition like millionaires and hoarded American lives like misers, and often treated Vietnamese lives as if they were worth nothing at all.’ In 2017 America, where the military is fetishized, personal responsibility is lost. Burns indeed lets all of us off too easy: Us, the American people, the voters, the spectators, the ones who bought the epic story that Vietnam was a struggle between two great forces for the soul of civilization, Communism versus Freedom. The American people in 1962 (or 1965 or 1968 or 1945 or 1954) were not yet cynical. … Vietnam was then our bad childhood, and should have left us with no such excuse for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Libya, etc. Burns lets us off too easy because he does not demand we not let it happen again, and that is his sin: omission.” (09/26/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/ken-burnss-vietnam-war-is-no-profile-in-courage/

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48) The problem with “taking the knee”
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“There’s a well-worn theory that Trump’s theatrics, his 4am Twitter beefs, his forays into stream-of-consciousness braggadocio, are all calculated. The theory goes that whenever healthcare looks like it’s about to hit the skids again, the feds come after another one of his campaign managers, or he reckons he might have overdone it on the North Korean war talk, he decides to gunge up the news cycle with outrageous soundbites, talk of bad face jobs and tirades against comedians — ridiculous outbursts that invite his critics’ righteous condemnation. In short, he shrouds his incompetence with hot air. The obvious flaw here is that Trump can’t be both Machiavelli and the village idiot at the same time.” (09/26/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-problem-with-taking-the-knee/

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49) Off the field
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“At last Friday’s event to rally support for Sen. Luther Strange, the Mitch McConnell-financed establishment candidate in today’s GOP runoff in Alabama, President Donald J. Trump veered — as he is wont to do — off topic: the NFL players refusing to stand for the national anthem.” (09/26/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/09/26/off-the-field/

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50) Thoughts on Trump, fake patriotism and “taking a knee”
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“I believe that sort of myth making is as dangerous as Trump himself, and I’ll never support a preposterous ‘resistance’ strategy which elevates Wall Street CEOs, the CIA, neo-cons, neo-liberals and all sorts of other destructive elements of our society into saviors. These shallow resistance types focus on the symptom of the disease versus the disease itself, and therefore can never offer a constructive path to a batter future. That said, in this instance I completely agree with the view that Trump’s authoritarian tweets with regard to NFL player protests in recent days are extremely dangerous and encourage his supporters to rally around a debased and superficial fake patriotism based on symbolism as opposed to ideals and values.” (09/25/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/09/25/thoughts-on-trump-fake-patriotism-and-taking-a-knee/

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51) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 23
Source: Libertarianism.org

“The New Orleans society we love so much today emerged out of separation, not peaceful coexistence.” [various formats] (09/26/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/creoleness-cruelty-colonial-louisiana

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52) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 71
Source: The LAVA Flow

“I had no idea how far back the history of asset forfeiture goes. Find out all about it in this episode. Also, What’s in the News with stories on private disaster relief efforts, cops getting off with murder, Motel 6 is a bootlicker, kindergartner suspended for imagination, and Maine nullifying federal food laws. I also discuss a new contest I’m running that you can win, and a new podcast project I’ve released for Pax Libertas Productions that you don’t want to miss.” [various formats] (09/26/17)

http://thelavaflow.com/history-of-asset-forfeiture-tlf071/

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/26/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Darrell and James discuss all the news that fits, including the latest in typical sociopath crying nazi Anthony Wiener going to the pokey for a while. Then, some redemption in the third act! Woot!” [various formats] (09/26/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15080

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54) Activism 101 Podcast, episode 17
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“Back on episode #4, I talked about obtaining documents from government agencies through open records requests. You can gather a great deal of information about government departments and their operations by utilizing the formal FOIA request process. But what do you do when the agency denies your request and hides information behind exemptions in the open records laws? You appeal. In this installment of the Activism 101 podcast, I talk about how I appealed and won when the Lexington Police Department denied my request for documents relating to mobile surveillance cameras.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/25/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/09/activism-101-podcast-17-what-do-you-do-when-the-cops-wont-give-up-the-documents/

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55) Free Talk Live, 09/25/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Old Dying Industries :: Cord-Cutters and Cord-Nevers Increasing Faster Than Expected :: Over-the-Top :: American TV Habits :: Renting to Bad Credit Tenants :: Who subscribes to magazines? :: VHS-DVD-BluRay :: Magazines Failing :: Selling Babies :: Media Conspiracy? :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/25/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-09-25

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