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Thursday, September 28th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Iraqi Kurdistan: Referendum vote overwhelmingly in favor of independence
2) Hugh Hefner, 1926-2017
3) JFK assassination: Lawmakers call on Trump to release all classified documents
4) Coroner: Evidence inconclusive on Otto Warmbier being tortured in North Korea
5) Trump “not happy” with HHS secretary Tom Price after private jet controversy
6) Trump pitches massive tax cuts, seeking win
7) Gravitational wave hunters bag fourth black hole detection
8) MD: Woman removed from plane after claiming allergy, refusing to leave
9) Jared Kushner voted as a woman, according to his registration
10) Trump regime takes another shot at destroying US industries with corporate welfare
11) Russian, US regimes will work together to build moon base
12) Catalonia: Spanish invaders to take over polling stations to thwart independence vote
13) Study: Drinking at least three cups of coffee every day may keep HIV death risk at bay
14) Interpol votes to admit Palestine as full member
15) Ukraine: 30,000 evacuated after ammunition depot explodes
16) Heimatsicherheitsdienst thugs plan to spy on immigrants (and the rest of us) via social media
17) Thailand: Yingluck sentenced to five years in absentia
18) Paul Horner, writer of fake news about 2016 election, found dead
19) SCOTUS halts state employees’ plan to kill a Georgia prisoner
20) Afghanistan: Mattis targeted in Kabul attack

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Trump to athletes: You didn’t build that
22) Mom’s run-in with alleged sex traffickers goes viral. But nothing happened.
23) Reflections on class relations in state-capitalist liberal-democracies
24) Politics rigged game I won’t play
25) Each of us bear the consequences of our choices and our attitudes
26) Don’t become a right-wing snowflake
27) There’s more to Kid Rock than the Confederate flag and Donald Trump
28) The danger of tribalism on a large scale
29) How bourbon barrels went from rubbish to valued resource
30) On tax reform, the GOP buys into the “tax fairness” lie
31) Quantum Vibe, 09/27/17
32) The First Amendment was never designed for the workplace
33) An outdated protectionist law is hurting Puerto Rico
34) The Democrats’ quiet, confused foreign policy
35) No, Russian ads didn’t win the election for Trump
36) More spending does not drive more employment
37) Real tax reform: What it is and what it isn’t
38) The real problem: The militarization of the NFL
39) Cold War then, Cold War now
40) Uber’s London fight a sign of tech battles to come
41) The president who hated to pay his debts bashes storm-struck Puerto Rico
42) I disagree
43) Jonesing for disaster
44) Improve non-consultant doctors’ pay by liberalising their private sector capabilities
45) Birchers in the beer joint: Trump “Resistance” revives old slurs
46) How to defeat populism
47) Buying genocide, part 3
48) Government mandating maximums and minimums is almost always awful
49) We’ll gladly pay you on Tuesday for teaching today
50) The bias of modern art

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Cato Daily Podcast, 09/27/17
52) Essential Libertarianism, episode 6
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/27/17
54) Intercepted Podcast, 09/27/17
55) Electric Libertyland, episode 39
56) Free Talk Live, 09/26/17
57) Editor’s Break, episode 34
58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1009

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

1) Iraqi Kurdistan: Referendum vote overwhelmingly in favor of independence
Source: CNN

“Iraqi Kurds have voted overwhelmingly in favor of declaring independence from Iraq in a historic and controversial referendum that could have wide-ranging implications for the Middle East. More than 92% of the roughly 3 million people who cast valid ballots on Monday voted ‘yes’ to independence, according to official results announced by the Kurdish electoral commission on Wednesday. The outcome represents a step towards independence for the semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq and areas it claims, and puts Kurdish authorities on a collision course with their counterparts in Baghdad. The poll took place despite vehement opposition from the Iraqi government, which described it as unconstitutional and has authorized use of force against Iraqi Kurdistan.” (09/27/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/27/middleeast/kurdish-referendum-results/index.html

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2) Hugh Hefner, 1926-2017
Source: New York Times

“Hugh Hefner, who created Playboy magazine and spun it into a media and entertainment-industry giant — all the while, as its very public avatar, squiring attractive young women (and sometimes marrying them) well into his 80s — died on Wednesday at his home, the Playboy Mansion near Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 91. … A virgin until he was 22, he married his longtime girlfriend. Her confession to an earlier affair, Mr. Hefner told an interviewer almost 50 years later, was ‘the single most devastating experience of my life.’ In ‘The Playboy Philosophy,’ a mix of libertarian and libertine arguments that Mr. Hefner wrote in 25 installments starting in 1962, his message was simple: Society was to blame. His causes — abortion rights, decriminalization of marijuana and, most important, the repeal of 19th-century sex laws — were daring at the time. Ten years later, they would be unexceptional.” (09/27/17)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/27/obituaries/hugh-hefner-dead.html

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3) JFK assassination: Lawmakers call on Trump to release all classified documents
Source: Fox News

“Fifty-four years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, two U.S. lawmakers who lived through the ordeal are calling for the declassification of thousands of pages of long-secret government documents related to his death. The disclosure, they believe, will answer a question that has for half a century plagued the American public: Did anyone help or have knowledge of Lee Harvey Oswald’s plan to kill Kennedy? ‘I believe the American public needs to know the truth,’ said Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., who along with Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is leading a congressional effort to declassify thousands of documents and recordings compiled by the CIA and FBI. … The CIA and other government agencies can postpone disclosure of the remaining documents but only with permission from Trump. A CIA spokeswoman told Fox News the agency ‘continues to engage in the process to determine the appropriate next steps with respect to any previously-unreleased CIA information.’ The Trump administration, meanwhile, said the decision to release the documents is currently under review.” (09/27/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/27/jfk-assassination-lawmakers-call-on-trump-to-release-all-classified-documents.html

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4) Coroner: Evidence inconclusive on Otto Warmbier being tortured in North Korea
Source: ABC News

“Otto Warmbier died on June 19, just six days after he was evacuated from North Korea, where he had been arrested for allegedly trying to steal a propaganda poster in January 2016. … Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to discuss the findings of the coroner’s report on Warmbier’s death, saying that his body was considerably ‘well nourished’ considering he had been bedridden for more than a year, and that the 22-year-old would have had to receive “round-the-clock’ care. But on Tuesday, his parents appeared on Fox News’ ‘Fox & Friends,’ saying he was tortured. ‘It looked like someone had taken a pair of pliers of rearranged his bottom teeth,’ Fred Warmbier said. Sammarco said there was ‘no evidence of trauma’ to Warmbier’s teeth. When asked by a reporter whether he could have been tortured, she responded, ‘We don’t have enough evidence … to draw any complete conclusions.’ Investigators only documented a few smalls scars to his body, and did not find evidence of any healing fractures that would have happened while he was in North Korea, Sammarco said.” (09/27/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/evidence-inconclusive-otto-warmbier-tortured-north-korea-coroner/story?id=50135211

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5) Trump “not happy” with HHS secretary Tom Price after private jet controversy
Source: NBC News

“President Donald Trump told reporters Wednesday that he was ‘not happy’ with his Health and Human Services secretary, Tom Price, after recent reports that Price had spent thousands of federal dollars on private jets for government business. Asked if Price would be fired, Trump left the option open. ‘We’ll see,’ he said. I’m looking at that very closely. I am not happy with him. Price, for his part, has defended the travel as work related while a housing department spokeswoman has insisted the secretary flies commercial when possible. The HHS inspector general’s office says it is reviewing the private flights.” (09/27/17)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-not-happy-price-after-private-jet-controversy-n805231

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6) Trump pitches massive tax cuts, seeking win
Source: The Hill

“President Trump and congressional Republicans rolled out a sweeping tax overhaul proposal on Wednesday that won immediate praise from conservatives, uniting a party that had been divided over how to repeal ObamaCare. Business groups and the far-right House Freedom Caucus both backed the GOP blueprint to slash business taxes and trim the number of individual tax rates as Republicans looked to quickly move on from another failure to repeal the health care law. Trump and his congressional allies are salivating for a major legislative win after a year filled with losses and disappointments, most of them related to a failed effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Their new hope is tax reform, which on the surface at least offers plenty for Republicans to agree upon.” (09/27/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/domestic-taxes/352771-republicans-rollout-sweeping-tax-proposal-seeking-a-win

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7) Gravitational wave hunters bag fourth black hole detection
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Scientists have detected another burst of gravitational waves coming from the merger of two black holes. The collision occurred nearly 2 billion years ago, but it was so far away that its shockwave has only just reached us. This is the fourth confirmed detection made by an international team investigating Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-41420188

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8) MD: Woman removed from plane after claiming allergy, refusing to leave
Source: WBAL TV 11

“A Baltimore woman was removed from a plane after she claimed she had an allergy and then refused to leave. … the woman, who police identified as Anila Daulatzai, 46, of Baltimore, was dragged off the flight after she told flight attendants that she had a life-threatening pet allergy. She had noticed there were two dogs on the plane, one of which was a service animal. Officials then asked Daulatzai for medical proof, which she could not provide. ‘So because she didn’t have that certificate, the Southwest officials said that … she couldn’t fly on the plane with the dogs because if we were in the air and she had a medical reaction and needed medical attention, then they would have to divert the flight to another to another airport,’ Dumas said. The head flight attendant said Daulatzai would have to leave the flight to be booked on another flight without animals. Daulatzai refused. Southwest then had to have police escort Daulatzai off the plane.” (09/27/17)

http://www.wbaltv.com/article/woman-removed-from-plane-after-claiming-allergy-refusing-to-leave/12486324

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9) Jared Kushner voted as a woman, according to his registration
Source: Wired

Since moving into his White House office months ago, Jared Kushner — senior adviser and son-in-law to the President, savior of the Middle East, and possible person of interest in a federal investigation — has amassed a rather extensive project portfolio. The issues under Kushner’s purview include negotiating peace between Israel and Palestine, fixing the opioid crisis, updating technology across the entire federal government, and spearheading criminal justice reform, to name just a few. It seems like a nearly impossible set of challenges for anyone to tackle, and even more so for Kushner. Because in addition to not having any previous government experience, the former real estate exec has demonstrated repeated difficulty filling out simple, routine forms correctly. This includes his own voter registration form. According to the records held by the New York State Board of Elections, Jared Corey Kushner is a woman.” (09/27/17)

https://www.wired.com/story/jared-kushner-voter-registration-woman/

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10) Trump regime takes another shot at destroying US industries with corporate welfare
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“The US Commerce Department has said Canada unfairly subsidized the aircraft maker and announced that it will impose duties of 220 percent on every Bombardier C Series plane imported into the United States. The decision by the US Commerce Department announced on Tuesday, follows a complaint by American manufacturer Boeing, which had claimed that Bombardier unfairly benefited from state subsidies in selling its C Series aircraft below cost to Delta Airlines. … Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau already threatened to call off a $5.2 billion purchase of 18 Boeing Super Hornet jet fighters from the US unless the case was dropped.” (09/27/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/us-slaps-steep-tariffs-on-canadian-planemaker-bombardier/a-40701003

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11) Russian, US regimes will work together to build moon base
Source: Engadget

“There have been rumors that the US and Russia would be teaming up to build a lunar base. Sources within the country told Popular Mechanics that the head of their space organization, Roscosmos, was set to announce a partnership agreement with NASA this week. Now, Roscosmos and NASA have both released statements saying stating the two countries’ shared ‘common vision for human exploration.’ They go on to say that Russia and the US will cooperate on a Moon program, specifically mentioning the Deep Space Gateway by name. That’s the base NASA plans to build in lunar orbit starting in the 2020s (the statement sets a mid-2020s goal for beginning the project). The release also mentions that other international partners are considering signing onto the lunar base.” (09/27/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/27/russia-us-cooperate-on-lunar-base/

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12) Catalonia: Spanish invaders to take over polling stations to thwart independence vote
Source: Antiwar.com

“Despite ever-growing national police operations in his region, Catalonia’s Foreign Minister Raul Romeva has echoed the sentiments of other top Catalan officials, vowing the October 1 referendum on secession will take place as planned. Spanish officials continue to step up the crackdown, and now say it is there intention to have national police physically occupy every voting station in Catalonia to ensure that no votes are cast. How practical this is remains to be seen, as ballot papers have already been passed out en masse for days.” (09/26/17)

http://news.antiwar.com/2017/09/26/catalan-fm-vows-referendum-will-take-place-on-sunday/

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13) Study: Drinking at least three cups of coffee every day may keep HIV death risk at bay
Source: NDTV [India]

“Coffee lovers, looks like you may have a reason to drink up just another cup of coffee today. According to the research published in the Journal of Hepatology, drinking at least three cups of coffee and not smoking daily may half the risk of mortality in patients infected by both human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Patients infected by both HIV and HICV are at specific risk of end-stage liver disease and a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
According to the researchers, HIV-HCV infected patients, drinking three cups of coffee throughout the day halved the risk of mortality.” (09/27/17)

https://www.ndtv.com/food/drinking-at-least-three-cups-of-coffee-every-day-may-keep-hiv-death-risk-at-bay-study-1755703

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14) Interpol votes to admit Palestine as full member
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Interpol has voted to admit Palestine as a full member, dealing a significant diplomatic blow to Israel, which has strenuously lobbied against Palestinian admission. In a secret vote of representatives of the international police organisation’s members in China, Palestinian membership was approved by 75 to 24 votes, with 34 abstentions — exceeding the two-thirds requirement of yes to no votes. ‘The State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands are now Interpol member countries,’ the organisation tweeted after the ballot. … The Palestinian bid was part of a series of efforts to push for membership of international institutions and thereby advance the goal of statehood. Palestine gained observer status at the United Nations in 2012 and since then has joined more than 50 international organisations and agreements, including the international criminal court and the United Nations heritage body, Unesco.” (09/27/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/27/interpol-votes-to-admit-palestine-as-full-member

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15) Ukraine: 30,000 evacuated after ammunition depot explodes
Source: United Press International

“Over 30,000 people were evacuated Wednesday after massive explosions and a fire struck a military ammunition depot in central Ukraine. Blasts at the defense ministry’s arsenal at Kaynivka, about 170 miles west of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, began late Tuesday. Ukrainian Security Services spokeswoman Olena Hitlyanska said Wednesday that investigators are treating the incident as an act of sabotage.” (09/27/17)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/09/27/30000-evacuated-after-Ukrainian-ammunition-depot-explodes/6391506508928/

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16) Heimatsicherheitsdienst thugs plan to spy on immigrants (and the rest of us) via social media
Source: Syracuse Post-Standard

“The Department of Homeland Security is now turning to social media to gather information on all immigrants, including permanent residents and naturalized citizens. The new rule was published in the Federal Register last week, stating that DHS wants to include ‘social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information and search results’ in immigrant files. The requirement is set to take effect on Oct. 18. The news was first reported by BuzzFeed News, who also noted that the new rule would affect U.S. citizens communicating with immigrants on social media by labeling their conversations as a part of government surveillance.” (09/26/17)

http://www.syracuse.com/us-news/index.ssf/2017/09/dhs_plans_to_collect_social_media_information_on_immigrants.html

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17) Thailand: Yingluck sentenced to five years in absentia
Source: Al-Jazeera [Qatar]

“Thailand’s Supreme Court finds former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra guilty of negligence in a rice subsidy case, sentencing her in absentia to five years in jail. … Yingluck has not attended court hearings, and it is believed that she has been in hiding overseas for a month. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters before the verdict that he knew where Yingluck was but would not give more details. Yingluck’s elected government was toppled in a 2014 coup, and she faces up to a decade in jail for negligence over mismanaging a rice subsidy scheme that pumped cash into her family’s rural base in the northeast.” (09/27/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/yingluck-shinawatra-sentenced-years-absentia-170927080338192.html

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18) Paul Horner, writer of fake news about 2016 election, found dead
Source: CBS News

“A leading purveyor of fake news in the 2016 presidential election has died outside Phoenix at the age of 38. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Casey said Tuesday authorities discovered Paul Horner dead in his bed on Sept. 18. Casey said the Maricopa County medical examiner performed an autopsy which showed there were no signs of foul play. He said Horner had a history of prescription drug abuse and that ‘evidence at the scene suggested this could be an accidental overdose.’ Horner was known for writing false stories and disseminating internet hoaxes that often went viral on Facebook and hoodwinked thousands of people. They included a story falsely claiming former President Obama was gay and a radical Muslim, and another saying protesters were being paid thousands of dollars to demonstrate at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies.” (09/27/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/paul-horner-fake-news-writer-found-dead/

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19) SCOTUS halts state employees’ plan to kill a Georgia prisoner
Source: US News & World Report

“The U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay of execution for a black man scheduled to die on Tuesday in Georgia after his lawyers argued that his conviction was tainted by a juror with racist views. Keith Tharpe, 59, was due to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson for the murder of Jackie Freeman, the sister of his wife, Migrisus Tharpe in 1990. The Supreme Court granted a stay of execution after Tharpe’s lawyers filed a last-ditch motion seeking to halt the execution due to what they argued was racial bias on the part of the juror. … ‘After studying the Bible, I have wondered if black people even have souls,’ the juror told Tharpe’s lawyers in an affidavit a few years after the trial, according to Tharpe’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court filed on Saturday.” (09/26/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-09-26/georgia-scheduled-to-execute-man-for-murdering-sister-in-law

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20) Afghanistan: Mattis targeted in Kabul attack
Source: ABC 7 Denver

“Hours after US Defense Secretary James Mattis landed at Hamid Karzai International Airport, multiple rockets hit an open area close to the facility on Wednesday. The rockets were fired from an unknown location, according to Najib Danish, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry. He did not reveal how many rockets were fired. The Taliban has claimed responsibility and said Mattis’ plane was the target of the attack, the Taliban’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid tweeted.” (09/27/17)

http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/us-defense-secretary-mattis-targeted-in-kabul-attack

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

21) Trump to athletes: You didn’t build that
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Mark D Zarella

“An employer should have every right to negotiate the terms of employment with the employee, which may include not being allowed to protest at work. The NFL has made it against the rules for their players to express support for cancer awareness and opposition to domestic violence during games, so it’s not unrealistic to expect them to enact a rule that would forbid their players from other forms of expression like taking a knee during the anthem. However, it should be uncomfortable for libertarians to witness a member of the US government — which already pays the NFL to be a mouthpiece for ‘patriotism’ — to try to leverage his standing to influence an employer to stifle protest. But what should be most offensive about Trump’s statements is the implicit stance that the players owe something to the US government for their fortune, and should therefore consider themselves lucky to be able to entertain people for profit.” (09/27/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/trump-athletes-didnt-build/

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22) Mom’s run-in with alleged sex traffickers goes viral. But nothing happened.
Source: Reason
by Lenore Skenazy

“These close encounters with possible sex-traffickers are like alien abductions. They are shared wildly — gleefully — by people seemingly thrilled to know this horrible scourge is out there so they can be scared and angry. This latest story, from Reno, involves a mom and dad who noticed every detail about a night that sounds outrageously ordinary. They passed by some people they didn’t know. They went into the parking garage and there was a car — with people in it. They felt scared for their kids and compelled to write a Facebook post warning people everywhere about this terrible thing that, as usual, didn’t happen. Or, as the mom put it later: ‘Don’t worry about what it was or wasn’t or what did or didn’t happen, because it could, and it does, happen. Just because it didn’t happen to us that night doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen.’ Um … correct. And just because I have yet to be tapped as Secretary of Energy, doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen.” (09/27/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/09/27/moms-run-in-with-alleged-sex-traffickers

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23) Reflections on class relations in state-capitalist liberal-democracies
Source: Attack The System
by Keith Preston

“States tend to collapse when they can no longer hold the support of the middle class. The middle class generally fears the lower class more than the ruling class (for a range of reasons, e.g. crime, economic competition, perceived cultural threats, status anxiety, etc). So the state will maintain the loyalty of the middle class by ensuring the lower class is effectively suppressed. Political rivalries in liberal democracies either represent different factions of the elite attempting to build constituencies for themselves (e.g. FOX News or MSNBC) or various middle class factions seeking favors and preferential treatment from the state and other elite institutions. For instance, most ‘conservatives’ complain endlessly about ‘big government’ but what they mean is ‘Cut my taxes and balance the budget, but don’t eliminate any social insurance programs I personally benefit from or take away my government job, and by all means arrest those crack smoking colored folks, and military spending can never be high enough!'” (09/27/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/09/27/reflections-on-class-relations-in-state-capitalist-liberal-democracies/

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24) Politics rigged game I won’t play
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“People often describe the things I write as ‘political.’ They may not even intend it as an insult. I prefer to think of my views as post-political; beyond the obsolete sphere of politics. I wish people would recognize politics as the enemy; the opposite of how they should view the world and interact with others. It would be nice if they did, because politics ruins everything it touches.” (09/27/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/09/27/voices/politics-rigged-game-i-wont-play/154166.html

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25) Each of us bear the consequences of our choices and our attitudes
Source: The Jack News
by Jim Gray

“As I said in the first sentence of the introduction of my book on judging, Wearing the Robe: The Art and Responsibilities of Judging in Today’s Courts, ‘The best decision I ever made in my life was choosing my parents.’ I have been the beneficiary of that so-called choice ever since. Obviously, I could have been born to a single mother with AIDS in Nigeria. But I believe that my good fortune has given me the moral obligation to help those people who did not ‘choose’ quite so well. So all of this gets me around to one of my favorite reminders, which is, ‘Who says life is fair?’ My children were raised on that saying. Just ask them. Socrates was forced to drink hemlock. Tchaikovsky was forced to commit suicide when it was discovered publicly that he was gay. Many more innocent men, women and children are also randomly killed and otherwise harmed by terrorists, hurricanes, earthquakes or diseases.” (09/27/17)

https://thejacknews.com/commentary/jim-gray-us-bear-consequences-choices-attitudes

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26) Don’t become a right-wing snowflake
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Here’s a prediction. Right-wing snowflake culture will expand exponentially in the coming years, and its rise will be cynically and intentionally fueled by Donald Trump himself. Having proved himself a fake populist on most issues that actually matter, Trump has no choice but to move more enthusiastically into the culture war to deflect away from his obvious betrayal on economic populism and keep his diehard supporters in heat. In other words, he’ll do exactly what mainstream Democrats and Republicans have been doing for decades, which is distract the public and keep it fighting while oligarchs grab what little is left. This works out just fine for billionaire Trump and the Goldman Sachs guys running his administration.” (09/27/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/09/27/dont-become-a-right-wing-snowflake/

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27) There’s more to Kid Rock than the Confederate flag and Donald Trump
Source: USA Today
by Beverly Keel

“It’s been difficult to process the recent news about Kid Rock’s recent political controversy and potential Michigan Senate candidacy because to many around here, he’s our friend Bobby. The part-time Nashville resident is accepted by the country, pop, rock and rap worlds. Indeed, he befriends cops and criminals and soldiers and sinners alike. He’s quick to pick up the check and gladly shares the spoils of his success with his friends. He doesn’t publicize his many charitable donations. Called ‘America’s wildest red-state’ rocker by Rolling Stone, he is the poster boy for being politically incorrect. And because that behavior fits his bad boy image, when he gets arrested for a Waffle House brawl, we just laugh and say, ‘Oh, that Kid Rock!’ So it’s confusing how this friendly Nashville neighbor has become such a political hot button. Indeed, his Detroit concert drew protesters, those for and against their native son.” [editor’s note: This one is posted for both the odd topic and the fact I know the writer a bit – SAT] (09/27/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/09/27/politically-incorrect-kid-rock-nashville-neighbor-bobby-hes-both-beverly-keel-column/707750001

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28) The danger of tribalism on a large scale
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“When ‘our tribe’ is small, how we consider the outgroup is necessarily tempered by physical proximity and cultural similarity. When ‘our tribe’ is large, the outgroup is more physically distant and culturally foreign, and more easily considered to be subhuman.” (09/27/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/danger-tribalism-large-scale

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29) How bourbon barrels went from rubbish to valued resource
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Tricia Beck-Peter

“From what we know, the evolution of bourbon took place primarily between the 1820’s and the 1870’s. Small distillers, many of Scottish heritage, experimented with replicating whiskey with corn as the base of the mash, instead of more traditional grains like barley and wheat. These early experiments led to improvements in taste and quality, though few of them would be recognized as bourbon today. This may not be because they are inherently different spirits, but because today there are incredibly specific constraints to what qualifies as bourbon. According to the Federal Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits, bourbon made for US consumption must fit narrow criteria. It must be made in the United States, the mash must consist of at least 51% corn, it must be distilled to at least 160 proof, and it must be aged in an unused, charred white oak barrel. It is this last requirement that is the crux of our tale of heroism.” (09/27/17)

https://fee.org/articles/how-bourbon-barrels-went-from-rubbish-to-valued-resource/

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30) On tax reform, the GOP buys into the “tax fairness” lie
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“It is no surprise that the Republican framework for reforming individual income taxes is being attacked as a tax cut for the rich. What’s unfortunate is that the GOP has bought into the left’s rhetoric when putting it together. We know how well this strategy worked when it came to getting rid of ObamaCare. In the ‘framework’ released on Wednesday, Republicans pledge that the ‘reformed tax code (will be) at least as progressive as the existing tax code,’ and that it won’t ‘shift the tax burden from high-income to lower- and middle-income taxpayers.’ But this fixation with ‘fairness’ is based on the lie that the rich don’t pay their fair share. The tax code is already massively progressive and getting more so, with the top 1% now paying 39% of income taxes, while the bottom half pays less than 3%. Even if the tax bill Republicans produce does manage to keep these tax shares the same, it will do Republicans no good.” (09/27/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/on-tax-reform-the-gop-buys-into-the-tax-fairness-lie

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31) Quantum Vibe, 09/27/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser and Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (09/27/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1695

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32) The First Amendment was never designed for the workplace
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Notice that ‘Congress’ is the first word in the First Amendment, not ‘Google’ — or ‘Apple’ or ‘Microsoft’ or ‘Walmart.’ Notice also that the First Amendment doesn’t say that Congress shall grant the freedom of speech; rather, it prohibits Congress from interfering with it. … a corporation, a company, or a business is not a state. The First Amendment was never intended to apply to any entity other than the federal or state governments. To say that it should apply to the workplace is sheer lunacy.” (09/27/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/first-amendment-never-designed-workplace/

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33) An outdated protectionist law is hurting Puerto Rico
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner

“If anyone wants more evidence of how protectionism hurts the poor and most vulnerable among us, Puerto Rico now offers a prime example. The island was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Tens of thousands have been left homeless. Basic goods and services, such as food, water, and fuel, are in short supply. Electricity is out for virtually the entire island, and may not be restored in some places for months. Nearly 85 percent of the island has no cell-phone coverage. Much of the country’s already-shaky economic base, including tourism and agriculture, has been all but wiped out. Yet vital aid to the island is being slowed by the Jones Act, a 100-year-old example of protectionism and corporate welfare. The Jones Act requires that all cargo shipped to Puerto Rico is carried on ships built entirely in the United States, owned by a U.S. citizen, flying a U.S. flag, and staffed by a majority-American crew.” (09/27/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/outdated-protectionist-law-hurting-puerto-rico

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34) The Democrats’ quiet, confused foreign policy
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“President Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations last week, like much of his public remarks on TV and Twitter, went against the advice of the professionals whom he hired to advise him. Speaking of North Korea, he said, ‘No nation on Earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles. The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.’ … Trump has a longstanding habit of bestowing childish nicknames on his political enemies, so it’s no surprise that he would refer to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as ‘Little Rocket Man.’ But provoking an intemperate ruler who controls a nuclear arsenal is, to say the least, risky (which is why his staff advised against it).” (09/27/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145027/democrats-quiet-confused-foreign-policy

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35) No, Russian ads didn’t win the election for Trump
Source: spiked
by Naomi Firsht

“‘A foreign country’s use of Facebook’s vaunted targeting capabilities in an effort to sway a close election is deeply disturbing,’ said an article in Verge. Using a particularly clunky metaphor, a Guardian writer said Zuckerberg’s video was a ‘concerted effort to put lipstick on the pig of Facebook’s role in swaying the 2016 presidential election.’ The general consensus seems to be that Russian sources were able to influence the election thanks to lax Facebook advertising regulations. But just how big is the scope of such ads? Facebook has said 3,000 ads, costing around $100,000 in total, were purchased by 470 phoney accounts. This is minuscule. To put it into perspective, the Trump campaign ran 175,000 versions of the same ad in the space of one day during the campaign. Both Trump’s and Clinton’s campaigns spent tens of millions of dollars on digital advertising, on Facebook and elsewhere.” (09/27/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/no-russian-ads-didnt-win-the-election-for-trump/

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36) More spending does not drive more employment
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Per Bylund

“It is almost universally asserted today that consumer spending drives employment. This thesis gives support to the general Keynesian idea that government should ‘stimulate’ the economy when it is suffering from a recession, whether it is through fiscal or monetary policy. At the core, the idea is that if spending on goods and services goes up, then more people are needed in their production. And, as a consequence, more people are able to get jobs, earn a wage, and thus buy goods and services. In other words, it doesn’t matter if government wastefully increases spending — even if it is borrowed money — because the economic wheels start turning and as growth picks up we’ll be able to deal with debt, deficits, and so on.” (09/27/17)

https://mises.org/blog/more-spending-does-not-drive-more-employment

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37) Real tax reform: What it is and what it isn’t
Source: The American Prospect
by Jared Bernstein

“On the night of President Trump’s upset victory, one of my first forlorn thoughts was ‘There goes health care.’ So far, I’ve been wrong about that. My second thought, however, was ‘Rich people are going to get a big tax cut.’ Given the dysfunction of the congressional majority and the rudderless, chaotic White House, that too may be proven wrong. Still, even more than destroying government-aided health care, cutting taxes is encoded in Republicans’ DNA. In fact, the conservative commentator Robert Novak famously said: ‘God put the Republican Party on earth to cut taxes. If they don’t do that, they have no useful function.’ A very dejected Ross Douthat, conservative columnist for The New York Times, argued in a recent column titled ‘Just. Cut. Taxes.’ that ‘a party that offers nothing, whose ideological sclerosis and internal contradictions allow it to offer nothing, might as well just go pass a tax cut and call it a day.’ A murderers’ row of diehard supply-side trickle-downers, including Art Laffer and Larry Kudlow, made the same point in a Times op-ed, asking the musical question ‘Why Are Republicans Making Tax Reform So Hard?'” (09/27/17)

http://prospect.org/article/real-tax-reform-what-it-and-what-it-isn%E2%80%99t

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38) The real problem: The militarization of the NFL
Source: The American Conservative
by Stephen Beale

“Before 2009, Colin Kaepernick would have had to find some other way to protest racism against African Americans. That’s because until the height of the Iraq War, NFL football players weren’t even required to leave the locker room for the national anthem, much less stand for it. That’s not to say that the national anthem didn’t take place before every game. The singing of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ was mandated during another war, World War II, when the NFL commissioner at the time mandated it for the league. The players were told to stand for it about the same time that the Department of Defense was ramping up massive recruitment and media operations around the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They began paying sports teams millions in U.S. tax dollars for what amounted to ‘paid patriotism,’ or mega-military spectacles on the playing field before the games.” (09/27/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-real-problem-the-militarization-of-the-nfl/

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39) Cold War then, Cold War now
Source: CounterPunch
by William Blum

“The anti-Russian/anti-Soviet bias in the American media appears to have no limit. You would think that they would have enough self-awareness and enough journalistic integrity — just enough — to be concerned about their image. But it keeps on coming, piled higher and deeper. … Just as in the first Cold War, one of the basic problems is that Americans have great difficulty in believing that Russians mean well.” (09/27/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/27/cold-war-then-cold-war-now/

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40) Uber’s London fight a sign of tech battles to come
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“If there’s been one common thread running through almost every industry in the last decade, it has been how a handful of tech firms have revolutionized how the world does business. There’s Google for accessing information; Twitter for sharing opinion and news; Facebook for interacting with friends; Amazon for shopping, AirBnB for places to stay and Uber for getting around. Until relatively recently, most consumers and governments took this as a positive trend. While there were disputes over individual and limited issues (not least the companies’ unwillingness to pay tax or comply with requests from local regulators) they usually were seen as good for the economy and job opportunities. With their slick lobbying and PR operations, the tech entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley were courted by politicians and civil society alike.” (09/27/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-uber-commentary/commentary-ubers-london-fight-a-sign-of-tech-battles-to-come-idUSKCN1C223I

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41) The president who hated to pay his debts bashes storm-struck Puerto Rico
Source: Daily Beast
by Michael Daly

“In the days when he owed Wall Street and the big banks far more than he could ever repay, the man who is now our president followed a basic principle: ‘Don’t pay!’ Of course, even Donald Trump could not just stiff the big banks as he did with any number of contractors in his casino days. Trump sought refuge in bankruptcies that he later insisted were not bankruptcies at all. He thereby became a particular kind of launderer when it came to money, one who laundered not the dough but his self-image. He remains so cleansed in his own mind that he felt free to pass fiscal judgment on Puerto Rico after it had been battered by a hurricane as never before.” (09/27/17)

http://www.thedailybeast.com/the-president-who-hated-to-pay-his-debts-bashes-storm-struck-puerto-rico

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42) I disagree
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Discussion and debate were once considered a cornerstone of education. You were expected to hold your beliefs because evidence had lead you to them and you were therefore also expected to be able to defend your beliefs from critics using the art of debate. In modern times you are expected to have faith in the beliefs dictated to you by your ‘betters.’ Since people who hold beliefs because they were told to do so have not actually researched their beliefs thoroughly, many people today are unable to debate and thus resort to other tactics, which are sometimes violent.” (09/27/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/09/27/i-disagree/

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43) Jonesing for disaster
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

First, do no harm. Second, stop harming. You might think that these would be the Two Commandments of Government. But no. Politicians make a good show of saving us, sure. Sadly, appearance alone suffices. For them. Much easier to announce a new program than get rid of a harmful old one. Latest case? Courtesy of a storm and a new president, we now get to witness hurricane recovery mismanagement all over again, but this time outside the continental United States.” (09/27/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/09/27/jonesing-for-disaster/

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44) Improve non-consultant doctors’ pay by liberalising their private sector capabilities
Source: Cobden Centre
by Vishal Wilde

“Given the ongoing outrage about pay for NHS staff (especially for junior doctors, nurses etc.), one way in which to tackle this could be to liberalise restrictions on private sector work for non-consultant doctors (and healthcare professionals more broadly). This would reduce costs for the NHS, improve non-consultant doctors’ pay and eventually help the NHS afford a staff pay rise. To begin with, by liberalising restrictions around non-consultant doctors’ ability to undertake private sector work, those who do undertake more private sector work would see their incomes increase in absolute terms. Through the increased competition within the private sector, incumbents’ pay would initially decrease and the average cost of private healthcare would decrease.” (09/27/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/09/improve-non-consultant-doctors-pay-by-liberalising-their-private-sector-capabilities/

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45) Birchers in the beer joint: Trump “Resistance” revives old slurs
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“In recent days, a disturbing trope has appeared among the self-declared ‘Resistance’ to Trump. Citing ‘research’ that often has the scientific rigor of Donald’s Trump’s investigations of Barack Obama’s birthplace, they say that Russia is fanning the flames of the Black Lives Matter movement and the ‘Take a Knee’ campaign. Some of these progressive Resisters are taking it a step further, tracing Kremlin perfidy in stirring up trouble in God’s perfect American heaven back to the Sixties. Yes, liberals are now aping the John Birchers and Klan goobers and American Nazi goons of old who claimed the Civil Rights movement was just a Commie plot.” (09/27/17)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/birchers-in-the-beer-joint-trump-resistance-revives-old-slurs-27092017.html

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46) How to defeat populism
Source: Acton Institute
by Zoltan Kesz

“Populists have a strong presence in countries much more successful than Hungary, with much stronger democratic traditions. They are also changing their colors constantly; that’s what makes it true populism. It always appears in a form that is most appealing to voters. In one moment, it is radically left-wing, such as it is in the poverty-stricken Venezuela or other unfortunate South American states, or it is truly Bolshevik like in Belarus. At other times it has some false religious piety like in Turkey, or involves a strong cult of personality like in Kazakhstan. And often, it is radically ‘right-wing,’ xenophobic, and racist, especially towards Europe. Populists are especially dangerous enemies, because they are strategizing in the terms of democratic competition. That is the main principle of populism: gaining power once and never, ever letting it go, reshaping democracy and deconstructing the rule of law step-by-step as if it was made of LEGO bricks …” (09/26/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/09/26/how-defeat-populism

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47) Buying genocide, part 3
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason

“Hitler’s own description of his economic views is at least unclear, if not downright oxymoronic. He said at one point, ‘We are socialists; we are enemies of today’s capitalistic system.’ However, he also held that socialism of the Nazi sort ‘has nothing to do with Marxian socialism … Marxism is anti-property; true socialism is not.’ … He also said, ‘The basic feature of our economic theory is that we have no theory at all.’ One revealing thing that Hitler (after achieving power) said in this regard was, ‘There is no license anymore, no private sphere where the individual belongs to himself. That is socialism, not such trivial matters as the possibility of privately owning the means of production. Such things mean nothing if I subject people to a kind of discipline they can’t escape … what need have we to socialize banks and factories? We socialize human beings.'” (09/26/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1762

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48) Government mandating maximums and minimums is almost always awful
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“Those of us who understand rudimentary economics — and/or those of us who have paid any attention at all to the last half century-plus — know the government mandating maximums and minimums is a ridiculously bad idea. Republican President Richard Nixon imposed (wage and) price controls — maximums on what can be charged. How’d that go?” (09/26/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/09/government-mandating-maximums-and-minimums-is-almost-always-awful/

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49) We’ll gladly pay you on Tuesday for teaching today
Source: Show-Me Institute
by James V Shuls, Ph.D.

“J. Wellington Wimpy, the burger-eating cartoon character from the Popeye series, may have been best known for saying, ‘I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.’ It may sound crazy, but in some ways we are saying the same thing about teachers — we’ll gladly pay you in retirement for teaching today. Nat Malkus, an education policy research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has a terrific piece this week in U.S News & World Report, ‘Beware the Cost of Teacher Benefits.’ In it, he shows that school districts are increasingly spending money on benefits, such as teacher pensions, at the expense of teacher salaries. Nationally, benefits increased from 21 percent of total compensation in 2003 to 28 percent in 2014.” (09/26/17)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/public-pensions/we%E2%80%99ll-gladly-pay-you-tuesday-teaching-today

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50) The bias of modern art
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“For as long as I can remember, the ‘My child could do that’ critique of modern painting and sculpture has resonated with me. Broadly defined, I hasten to add, modernity creates great new visual art all the time; just look at graphic novels over the last forty years. But to my eyes, high-status painting and sculpture — the kind displayed in the ‘modern’ section of museums — almost always looks like junk. When my little boy loudly declared, ‘That’s not art!’ at the modern section of the National Art Gallery, I thought of the Emperor’s New Clothes and proudly smiled. I know that most art aficionados will attribute my philistine position to ignorance. But what’s my theory about where they go wrong? I can hardly call them ignorant; they plainly know vastly more about the art they prize than I do. Instead, I blame their aesthetic errors on some well-known psychological biases.” (09/26/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/09/confirmation_bi_2.html

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51) Cato Daily Podcast, 09/27/17
Source: Cato Institute

“When Customs and Border Patrol search your computer, what rights do you retain? Matthew Feeney comments.” [various formats] (09/27/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/challenging-powerful-exception-fourth-amendment

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52) Essential Libertarianism, episode 6
Source: Essential Libertarianism

“Fundamentals of voluntaryism.” [various formats] (09/27/17)

http://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2017/09/27/fundamentals-of-voluntaryism-el006/

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 09/27/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Dianna Keiler, Jeremy Heisenberg, and Michael W. Dean (1st hour) yak about MWD’s synthesizer obsession, Jeremy getting the shaft from Amazon, how the crying nazi did nothing wrong, an update on Jeremy’s never ending legal issue, and Jeffy Sessions blatantly arguing for and against both free speech and collectivism at the same time.” [various formats] (09/27/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15085

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54) Intercepted Podcast, 09/27/17
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted, physicist David Wright from the Union of Concerned Scientists discusses Donald Trump and the nuclear football and explains how easy it would be for Trump to launch a nuclear strike. We look back at the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, nearly 3,000 Americans — many of them immigrants, workers, dissidents — who tried to stop fascism in the 1930s before it spread in Europe. Professor James Fernandez of NYU explains why these volunteers didn’t just write their members of Congress or campaign for politicians. We speak with the directors of Death in the Terminal, a haunting new film about a terror attack in an Israeli bus station that leads to the brutal mob killing of an innocent Eritrean immigrant wrongly identified as a terrorist. And Donald Trump gets a visit from the two Bobs in his Office Space.” [various formats] (09/27/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/27/intercepted-podcast-for-whom-the-trump-trolls/

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55) Electric Libertyland, episode 39
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian McWilliams is joined by the cast of the Johnny Rocket Launchpad, to talk about the NFL anthem flap, Trump’s tweets that may lead to nuclear war, a Senate vote for an $80B increase in defense spending, Betsy DeVos rescinding Obama’s Title IX ‘Dear Colleague’ letter, and an Ohio bill that would make it illegal to abort babies testing positive for Downs Syndrome.” [various formats] (09/27/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/09/27/electric-libertyland-ep-39-nfl-nuclear-tweeting-johnny-rocket-launchpad/

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56) Free Talk Live, 09/26/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“NH’s First Full-Time Mosque Makes NBC News :: Can a Controlling Religion be Libertarian? :: Atheists and the State :: Muhammad and Peace :: Libertarian Socialists? :: Airplane Company Fight :: Fight Over Web Standards :: Companies Acknowledging Worthlessness of College Degrees :: Crime Rates :: Boiling Coffee :: Conservatives and Welfare :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/26/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-09-26

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57) Editor’s Break, episode 34
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 034 looks at answering questions posed by our children, particularly difficult ones like, ‘Is God real?'” [various formats] (09/26/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/answer-childrens-questions-7m-editors-break-034

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58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1009
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Eric Peters — whom I donate to every month — returns to discuss creepy features in new cars, the government-led demise of the six-cylinder engine, private companies snooping into your information, and decent cars in the new model year.” [various formats] (09/26/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1009-government-keeps-making-your-car-lousier-while-the-market-tries-to-make-them-better/

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