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Saturday, September 29th, 2017
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In the News:

0) A note from the publisher
1) Feds demand information on anti-Trump protesters from Facebook
2) US regime suspends all visas for Cubans, withdraws most staff from embassy in Havana
3) Price resigns as health secretary over private plane uproar
4) S&P Nasdaq wrap up third quarter with record highs
5) Jury awards $274.5 million in billboard defamation case
6) LA: US school district cracks down on anthem protests
7) She refuses to vaccinate her son. Now, she has a week to change that — or go to jail
8) In private dinner, George W. Bush criticizes Trump decision to add North Korea to travel ban
9) Report: More Americans arrested for cannabis than for all violent crimes
10) Devos faces largely silent protest at Harvard speech

Everybody Has An Opinion:

11) Lying for the national security state
12) How not to cut welfare spending
13) Michael Southern: Triumphs and tragedy
14) None of your business
15) The shifting politics of free speech in America
16) O that wacky gerrymandering
17) Trump and GOP’s new tax plan: A giant gift to the 1%
18) Transcending government — a future of competitive governance driven by “governance entrepreneurs”
19) How would “Medicare for All” help healthcare workers?
20) Thanks and RIP, Hugh Hefner

The Sound and the Fury:

21) Felony Friday, episode 91
22) Free Talk Live, 09/28/17

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0) A note from the publisher

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1) Feds demand information on anti-Trump protesters from Facebook
Source: NBC News

“The Justice Department is demanding that Facebook turn over information from three accounts that could provide access to the personal details of thousands of activists who expressed interest in anti-Trump rallies. The department obtained search warrants targeting three Facebook accounts that were used to organize Inauguration Day protests against Donald Trump, the ACLU said late Thursday. But accessing those accounts would provide information on thousands of other users who ‘liked’ an anti-Trump Facebook page, the group explained. The ACLU’s Washington, D.C., office said in a statement it would fight the enforcement of the search warrants. … The warrants were issued as part of an ongoing case by the Justice Department against people who allegedly broke laws while protesting Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration in Washington. Prosecutors have said the website, DisruptJ20.org, was used to organize ‘a violent riot.'” (09/29/17)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/feds-demand-facebook-share-information-anti-trump-protesters-n805801

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2) US regime suspends all visas for Cubans, withdraws most staff from embassy in Havana
Source: Miami Herald

“Cuban Americans seeking to have their relatives join them from the island will not be able to do so — at least for the time being — as a result of a significant withdrawal of staff from the U.S. Embassy in Havana announced on Friday. It is not known how long the suspension of the visa reunification program will last. The suspension is the result of the withdrawal of more than half of the American staff from its the embassy in Havana following mysterious sonic attacks that have caused several health problems to about 20 diplomats, officials in Washington announced Friday. Additionally, Washington will issue a new alert warning Americans not to travel to the island due to the attacks.” (09/29/17)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article176086411.html

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3) Price resigns as health secretary over private plane uproar
Source: Reuters

“U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned under pressure from President Donald Trump on Friday in an uproar over Price’s use of costly private charter planes for government business. His abrupt departure was announced an hour after Trump told reporters he was disappointed in Price’s use of private aircraft and did not like the optics of it.” (09/29/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-price-resignation/under-pressure-from-trump-price-resigns-as-health-secretary-over-private-plane-uproar-idUSKCN1C42ZB

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4) S&P Nasdaq wrap up third quarter with record highs
Source: Nasdaq

“The last day of the third quarter was positive for stocks, though the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) spent most of the day trading modestly lower. The S&P 500 Index (SPX), on the other hand, roared to fresh record highs, as did the Nasdaq Composite (COMP), thanks to a major rebound in large-cap tech stocks. Traders continued to consider the Trump administration’s tax plan, while also digesting somewhat disappointing inflation data . But even with today’s tepid price action, the Dow managed to extend its quarterly win streak to eight.” (09/29/17)

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/sp-nasdaq-wrap-up-third-quarter-with-record-highs-cm853315

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5) Jury awards $274.5 million in billboard defamation case
Source: US News & World Report

“The owner of a New Hampshire mortgage company who used electronic billboards to accuse three businessmen of crimes is liable for $274.5 million in damages in a defamation lawsuit against him, a jury found Friday. The plaintiffs’ lawyer said he believes the jury award is the largest in the state’s history. In 2013, a jury found Exxon Mobil must pay $236 million to help clean groundwater contaminated with a gasoline additive known as MTBE. Michael Gill, head of The Mortgage Specialists, has targeted other businessmen, politicians, lawyers, and judges in his electronic signs through the years. He put up images of an auto dealer CEO, a banker and a developer, accompanied by the words ‘drug dealer’ and ‘extortion,’ on a large billboard outside his Manchester office off a busy highway. He also made similar references to them online and on radio and television.” (09/29/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/new-hampshire/articles/2017-09-29/jury-awards-over-274m-in-billboard-defamation-case

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6) LA: US school district cracks down on anthem protests
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A school district in Louisiana has vowed to punish players who refuse to stand for the US national anthem, as other schools weigh in on the debate. In their decision, the Bossier Parish School Board cited ‘respect and reverence’ for the military, a spokesperson told the BBC. A number of National Football League (NFL) players have protested after being attacked by the US president. Activists say the law bans schools from punishing non-disruptive protesters. In Louisiana, the head of Parkway High School wrote a letter on Thursday morning to parents and students vowing to suspend or remove from sports teams anyone who demonstrates while the national anthem is played. ‘Failure to comply will result in a loss of playing time and/or participation as directed by the head coach and principal. Continued failure to comply will result in removal from the team,’ principal Waylon Bates wrote.” (09/28/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41419906

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7) She refuses to vaccinate her son. Now, she has a week to change that — or go to jail
Source: Miami Herald

“Rebecca Bredow doesn’t want to vaccinate her son — and she might face time behind bars because of it. The Michigan mother of two told WXYZ that an Oakland County judge ordered her to vaccinate her son within a week or spend time in jail. But she’s not backing down, arguing that it’s a choice every person has to make for themselves. ‘I would rather go to jail for standing up for what I believe in than vaccinating my child,’ Bredow told ABC News. ‘I choose not to vaccinate, but that’s my choice.’ … The local courts had already issued a decision in November 2016, ordering Bredow to vaccinate her son, according to documents reviewed by ABC News. But she still hasn’t — leading the judge to give her just one more week to change that.” [editor’s note: If the state wants to force vaccination, why doesn’t it just force vaccination? Instead, as with a recent Florida circumcision case, the judge seems to be demanding that the parent “consent” under threat – TLK] (09/29/17)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article176148726.html

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8) In private dinner, George W. Bush criticizes Trump decision to add North Korea to travel ban
Source: The Hill

“Former President George W. Bush at a private dinner on Thursday criticized President Trump’s decision to add North Korea to his administration’s revised travel ban, according to sources from the dinner. … Bush spoke ‘in broader strokes, welcoming and supporting dissidents, as he has for years, and referred to the Bush Institute’s longstanding and ongoing work in that area,’ according to the spokesman, Freddy Ford. Another source at the dinner told Business Insider that Bush suggested that the recent move to add North Korea to the list of countries under the travel restrictions would discourage dissidents from escaping the country and fleeing to the U.S.” (09/29/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/353139-in-private-dinner-george-w-bush-criticizes-trumps-decision-to-add

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9) Report: More Americans arrested for cannabis than for all violent crimes
Source: Smell the Truth

“Despite the further spread of marijuana legalization throughout the U.S., pot-related arrests are on the rise. According to FBI data released on Monday, arrests made for marijuana-related offenses increased by 1.6 percent in 2016. The rise also comes after hitting a two-decade low in 2015. The report indicates that 653,249 arrests were made for pot last year, making for about 42 percent of the total drug busts accounted for. Those total arrests were more than those related to violent crimes including murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery, the Washington Post noted. ‘Arresting and citing [more than] half a million people a year for a substance that is objectively safer than alcohol is a travesty,’ said Morgan Fox, director of communications at the Marijuana Policy Project, in a written statement.” (09/28/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/09/26/more-americans-arrested-for-marijuana-than-all-violent-crimes-federal-data-finds

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10) Devos faces largely silent protest at Harvard speech
Source: Raw Story

“U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was confronted by largely silent protesters carrying signs opposing a Trump administration move to change how colleges handle sex assault allegations at a speech at Harvard University on Thursday. DeVos ignored the protesters and did not directly address a White House move to reverse Obama-era guidance on how colleges should handle sex assault allegations during her remarks, which focused on promoting school choice. More than a dozen protesters stood in the crowd holding signs reading ‘protect survivors’ and ‘our students are not 4 sale.’ … ‘Like education, we all need food to grow and thrive, but we don’t all need the exact same thing at the exact same time,’ DeVos said, appearing to stick to her prepared remarks. She compared the choice between public and private schools to the options Americans face in dining, saying, ‘we choose how to get the food that meets our unique needs.'” [editor’s note: Until the elf is put on the shelf, this woman should be a very low priority for protestors with a clue – SAT] (09/28/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/education-secretary-betsy-devos-faces-largely-silent-protest-at-harvard-speech

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

11) Lying for the national security state
Source: The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

“The particular subject that engages me here is the arrival, after what is reported to be the largest advertising and PR campaign in PBS’s history, of the 18-hour, 10-episode, Ken Burns-Lynn Novick series, ‘The Vietnam War.’ I’m not watching it, even though it is available for free (for the moment) at pbs.org. After reading many articles about it, I have to conclude that watching the series would constitute an unusually painful and enraging experience. I don’t choose to go through that, not right now. Life is too short; what remains of my life in particular is definitely too short for this kind of noxious, dangerous bullshit. What interests me is not an evaluation of the series per se (whether it is well-written and directed, how effective its presentation is in aesthetic terms, etc.), which would require a viewing, but rather the purpose of the series in our culture at this particular moment, which does not.” (09/29/17)

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2017/09/lying-for-national-security-state.html

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12) How not to cut welfare spending
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“The latest scheme by Republicans to cut welfare spending without actually cutting welfare spending is to expand drug testing for recipients of unemployment-compensation benefits and deny benefits to those who fail. This scheme is possible only because the federal government’s drug war has so demonized drugs that the state can do practically anything in the name of combating drug use. But in this case, fighting the drug war is just a means to an end. That end is the political grandstanding by Republicans to make their conservative base think that they are cutting welfare by making it tougher for applicants to qualify for benefits.” (09/29/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/not-cut-welfare-spending

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13) Michael Southern: Triumphs and tragedy
Source: Notablog
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

[editor’s note: This is one of those very few essays that I simply can’t do justice to with an excerpt — not because it’s poorly written, but because there’s just too much of worth in it to bear cutting a piece out of. Sciabarra’s heartfelt remembrance of a late friend – TLK] (09/29/17)

https://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/notablog/archives/002364.html

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14) None of your business
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“California may be the second state to allow denizens to list ‘X’ as their gender on government documents. I first heard about this when a self-described libertarian posted it in outrage. This particular libertarian is socially conservative so I can’t say that I was surprised that he was upset about this. However, I appreciate this change … Even socially conservative libertarians should be able to appreciate the ability to opt out of having information printed on government documentation. There’s no reason why government documents should list a gender.” (09/29/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/09/29/none-of-your-business/

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15) The shifting politics of free speech in America
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Jessica Mendoza

“The First Amendment again drew national attention this week as two high-profile right-wing personalities appeared at prestigious universities on separate coasts to denounce what they say is an attack on free speech at college campuses across the country. On Sunday, right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos addressed a crowd at the University of California, Berkeley’s historic Sproul Plaza. The 20-minute speech was a decidedly truncated version of the four-day ‘Free Speech Week’ Mr. Yiannopoulos had been touting since his last scheduled appearance here was canceled in April. (According to reports, the necessary permits and fees were not filed this time.) Still, his presence drew dozens of counter-protesters who decried racism and white supremacy and whose shouts, Yiannopoulos later wrote on Facebook, ‘made it impossible for any of our speakers to be heard.'” (09/28/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/0928/The-shifting-politics-of-free-speech-in-America

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16) O that wacky gerrymandering
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Hillary Clinton: always wrong. Oh, I’m sure that when she tells the maid ‘We need milk,’ she’s accurate enough. Otherwise — forget it. Her latest howlers pertain to the movement to convene a Convention of States. If two thirds of the states call for the convention, it ‘will be’ convened, per the U.S. Constitution. If 38 states approve a convention-proposed amendment, it will be added to the Constitution. Different pro-convention groups support different amendments, on everything from a balanced budget to spending limits to term limits. U.S. Term Limits is promoting a Term Limits Convention to propose an amendment for congressional term limits. A great idea. Clinton, though, sees calamity …” (09/29/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/09/29/35949/

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17) Trump and GOP’s new tax plan: A giant gift to the 1%
Source: In These Times
by Robert Reich

“When Barack Obama was president, congressional Republicans were deficit hawks. They opposed almost everything Obama wanted to do by arguing it would increase the federal budget deficit. But now that Republicans are planning giant tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, they’ve stopped worrying about deficits. Senate Republicans have agreed to cut taxes by $1.5 trillion over the next decade, which means giant budget deficits. Unless Republicans want to cut Social Security, Medicare, and defense, that is. Even if [they] eliminated everything else in the federal budget (from education to Meals on Wheels) they wouldn’t have nearly enough to pay for tax cuts of the magnitude [they’re] now touting. But Republicans won’t cut Social Security or Medicare because the programs are overwhelmingly popular. And rather than cut defense, Senate Republicans want to increase defense spending by a whopping $80 billion (enough to fund free public higher education that Bernie Sanders proposed in last year’s Democratic primary, which deficit hawks in both parties mocked as being ridiculously expensive).” (09/28/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20556/trump_and_the_republicans_new_tax_plan_is_a_lie

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18) Transcending government — a future of competitive governance driven by “governance entrepreneurs”
Source: Independent Institute
by Lawrence J McQuillan

“Dubai was once a sandy desert. Today it is a leading center of international finance, commerce, and research, and one of the wealthiest places on earth. Dubai has the fifth-fastest growing economy in the world thanks to its many ‘free zones’ that place virtually no taxes or restrictions on foreign trade. Dubai studied and adopted ‘best practices’ in global financial governance, embracing English common law and global trade. This has attracted private capital and entrepreneurs, lifting countless others out of crushing poverty. ‘Governance entrepreneurs’ would create thousands of Dubai-style zones around the world if allowed to experiment with new ways of solving social problems and discovering ‘best practices’ that could be transplanted elsewhere.” (09/28/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/09/28/transcending-government-a-future-of-competitive-governance-driven-by-governance-entrepreneurs/

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19) How would “Medicare for All” help healthcare workers?
Source: The Nation
by Michelle Chen

“If you get a check-up at any health clinic in America today, you may have no idea how much it will cost, but two things are virtually certain: The bill will be too high, and the nurse who saw you will be paid too little. The sickening paradox at the root of the American health-care system is that despite skyrocketing costs for patients, front-line workers like medical assistants and home-care aides are shockingly underpaid — while insurers and health-care corporations pocket the difference. The health-care-reform debate in Washington is finally starting to grapple with the equity gap in the health system for consumers, and momentum is gaining for a fairer government-run single-payer system. Yet, for all the promise of the ‘Medicare for All’ proposal, there’s surprisingly little discussion on how an overhaul of our health-care system would affect the people delivering our care.” (09/28/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/how-would-medicare-for-all-help-healthcare-workers

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20) Thanks and RIP, Hugh Hefner
Source: JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard

“I wrote for Playboy from 1994 to 2002. In a 1995 memo to my editor, Jim Petersen, Hefner said that I was a writer who has a clear voice. I appreciated that and appreciated even more that Playboy did not balk at controversial pieces on no-knock raids, racial profiling, Ruby Ridge, asset forfeiture, war on drug absurdities, Janet Reno, Waco, and other topics. Some of the Washington/East Coast publications I dealt with in those years seemed paranoid of my ideas (as opposed to my investigative reporting). Not so with Playboy.” (09/28/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/09/28/thanks-and-r-i-p-hugh-hefner/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

21) Felony Friday, episode 91
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Join host John Odermatt as he goes it alone for this episode of Felony Friday. During this episode John plays America’s fastest growing podcast game show ‘Is it a Crime, and Should they do Time’ throughout the entirety of the show. John covers trending news topics from Bikini baristas to the NCAA basketball scandal.” [various formats] (09/29/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/09/29/felony-friday-091-bikinis-basketball/

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22) Free Talk Live, 09/28/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Jones Act has been temporarily waived to help Puerto Rico recover from Hurricane Maria :: Jones Act is all about protectionism :: Utah Police upset that video of assault on Nurse was made public :: Thin Blue Line :: Caller suggests we underestimated the situation in Utah :: Cato survey reveals 61% of Americans oppose firing NFL players who don’t stand for National Anthem :: Sarah has a theory about drinking & driving :: HOSTS — Darryl, Chris & Heather.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/28/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-09-28

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