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Volume XVI, Issue #4,069
Monday, October 1st, 2018
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In the News:

1) Macedonia: Zaev vows to press on with name change despite referendum failure
2) White House obstructs FBI’s Kavanaugh investigation
3) Trump regime moves hundreds of young migrant abductees to concentration camp
4) Facebook hacker stole login information for 50 million accounts
5) North Korea “won’t disarm if sanctions continue,” says minister
6) Someone tells the public where US Senators live; panic ensues
7) Lohan tries to abduct children, gets smacked by mom
8) DEA reschedules epilepsy drug derived from cannabis
9) Sarah Palin’s brat arrested for beating up on women (again)
10) Amal Clooney calls on Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to pardon Reuters reporters
11) HIV/Aids: China reports 14% surge in new cases
12) CA: Brown signs unconstitutional anti-gun law
13) Brazil: Tens of thousands say “not him” to leading candidate
14) Warren says that after the midterms, she’ll consider getting beat like a drum in 2020
15) Musk caves to SEC gang — agrees to $40 million in extortion payments, quits as Tesla chairman

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Economic realities and government “jobs”
17) Brett Kavanaugh is the swamp
18) Jeff Flake and the hated — yet vital — libertarian center
19) The Republican Party abandons conservatism
20) The enemy of humanity will never, ever look like this again
21) Behind tariff chaos, a world rethinking trade ties
22) Spinoza — a man for our troubled times
23) History and ideology are back in a polarized Britain
24) Casualties of the drug war
25) The Trump two-state plan? Don’t make me laugh
26) Euro MPs misunderstand why people watch Netflix and Amazon in the first place
27) Postpone Kavanaugh confirmation until FBI can investigate accusations against him
28) Open letter to the media: Stigmatizing gun owners
29) Democrats their own worst enemy in Kavanaugh fight
30) Brett Kavanaugh: A black mark on the Supreme Court?
31) The enduring scam of corporate tax breaks
32) Kavanaugh and the (mostly) useless Supreme Court
33) Assaulting Kavanaugh
34) Binge spending by government bureaucrats
35) It’s profit, not greed, that is good
36) The McDonald case was an originalism failure
37) Dems spend millions to mislead voters about pre-existing conditions
38) Seven reasons you should care about economic liberty
39) Church not forced to encourage sin
40) The abolitionist case for prosecuting killer cop Jason Van Dyke
41) All Libertarians say no to sexual assault
42) Human beings, not governments, trade; so why do governments make it harder?
43) Elementary approaches on freedom
44) Kavanaugh accuser believable, but can’t corroborate her story
45) Free people do not get permission

The Sound and the Fury:

46) AnarchoChristian, episode 19
47) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 15
48) Free Talk Live, 09/29/18
49) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 180
50) The Anarchist Experience, episode 184
51) Anarcho Agenda, episode 82
52) CQ on Congress Podcast, 09/28/18
53) Free Thoughts Podcast, 09/28/18
54) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 14
55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1250
56) Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show
57) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 09/28/18
58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 252
59) In The Tank Podcast, episode 159
60) Bloggingheads.tv, 09/28/18

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

1) Macedonia: Zaev vows to press on with name change despite referendum failure
Source: Reuters

“Macedonia’s prime minister pledged on Sunday to press on with a vote in parliament to change the country’s name to resolve a decades-old dispute with Greece, despite failing to secure the 50 percent turnout at a referendum required to make it valid. The proposed name change is part of an agreement reached in June by pro-Western Prime Minister Zoran Zaev with Greece to resolve the dispute over the country’s name, which had prevented Macedonia from joining NATO or the EU. With 85 percent of votes counted, official turnout was just 36 percent, and election officials made clear there was no chance the threshold would be cleared. … The people who did vote overwhelmingly backed the name change — more than 90 percent voted yes with 63 percent of polling stations reporting. But that had never been in doubt, since opponents of the change had urged followers not to vote, rather than vote no.” (09/30/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-macedonia-referendum/macedonia-leader-vows-to-press-on-with-name-change-despite-referendum-failure-idUSKCN1M90U1

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2) White House obstructs FBI’s Kavanaugh investigation
Source: NBC News

“The White House is limiting the scope of the FBI’s investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, multiple people briefed on the matter told NBC News. While the FBI will examine the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, the bureau has not been permitted to investigate the claims of Julie Swetnick, who has accused Kavanaugh of engaging in sexual misconduct at parties while he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s, those people familiar with the investigation told NBC News. A White House official confirmed that Swetnick’s claims will not be pursued as part of the reopened background investigation into Kavanaugh.” [editor’s note: That was not the deal that US Senator Jeff Flake conditioned his final confirmation vote on. Is the White House trying to protect Kavanaugh or to intentionally torpedo his confirmation? – TLK] [additional editor’s note: Extending this circus to deal with the claims of a woman who should be up for her own crimes (if ten parties and she returned even after being raped herself, but just “avoided the spiked punch” is she not an accomplice?), is ludicrous – SAT] (09/29/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/white-house-limits-scope-fbi-s-investigation-allegations-against-brett-n915061

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3) Trump regime moves hundreds of young migrant abductees to concentration camp
Source: The Hill

“Hundreds of migrant children in recent weeks have been moved from private foster homes or shelters to a tent city in south Texas, according to The New York Times. The children were reportedly placed on buses in the middle of the night to move from shelters in locations ranging from New York to Kansas to the facility in Tornillo, Texas. The children are now housed in groups of 20, sleeping in lines of bunk beds and receiving no schooling and minimal access to legal services, the newspaper reported, adding that in private shelters and foster homes, the children slept two or three to a room, received formal schooling and had regular visits with legal representatives.” (09/30/18)

https://thehill.com/latino/409140-hundreds-of-young-migrants-moved-to-tent-city-report

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4) Facebook hacker stole login information for 50 million accounts
Source: The Verge

“[Friday] morning, Facebook disclosed a widespread security flaw that could have allowed hackers or other malicious third parties to access an affected user’s account by gleaning their security token. The flaw affected as many as 50 million people, and Facebook says it’s forcibly making around 90 million users log back into their accounts in full today to be safe. The company says that’s because in addition to the impacted accounts, around 40 million additional people simply used the exploitable feature since the exploit was active starting in July of 2017. It also says it’s fixed the issue and alerted law enforcement, indicating that this is not an engineering mistake, but a purposeful exploit discovered and used by some third-party organization or hacker.” (09/28/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/28/17914524/facebook-bug-50-million-affected-security-token-access-view-as-feature

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5) North Korea “won’t disarm if sanctions continue,” says minister
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“North Korea’s foreign minister has warned that there is ‘no way’ his country will disarm while the US continues to enforce sanctions. Ri Yong-ho told the UN General Assembly the sanctions were deepening North Korean mistrust of the US. Pyongyang has repeatedly appealed for UN and US sanctions to be lifted and has support from Russia and China. But the Trump Administration has said that sanctions should stay in place until North Korea denuclearises. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met at a landmark summit in June, which saw Mr Kim pledge to work towards nuclear disarmament. Tangible progress since then though has been scant.” (09/30/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45695654

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6) Someone tells the public where US Senators live; panic ensues
Source: Politico

“The personal information of several Republican senators who sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee was published online in the middle of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony before the panel Thursday. The information — including home addresses, phone numbers, and personal email addresses — appeared on the Wikipedia pages of Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee of Utah, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. … ‘It’s shocking that someone would post Senator Hatch and other Judiciary Committee Republican’s personal information, including home addresses, putting their families in danger,’ said Matt Whitlock, communications director for Hatch.” [editor’s note: Public figures on taxpayer salaries in positions requiring them to live in certain places shouldn’t get to hide their addresses – TLK] (09/27/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/27/kavanaugh-hearing-republicans-doxed-850279

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7) Lohan tries to abduct children, gets smacked by mom
Source: Yahoo! News

“Lindsay Lohan is under fire once again after a bizarre incident involving a Syrian family that she broadcast live on Instagram. … Lohan laughed and smiled at the family’s son, who cheekily smiles back. But things soon escalated when Lohan encouraged the little boys and their mother to accompany her to a hotel. ‘Thirty seconds — run. You shouldn’t be sleeping on the floor. You’re a good little boy, and this is not fair. You should not have them on the floor,’ she tells the parents. … the confrontation soon turned ugly when Lohan realized the family wouldn’t be joining her. ‘Look what’s happening. They’re trafficking children. I won’t leave until I take you,’ Lohan says while trailing the family …. The family’s mother responded by yelling at Lohan, and delivering a smack that knocked the actress and her camera to the ground.” (09/29/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/lindsay-lohan-accuses-family-trafficking-children-instagram-live-getting-smacked-mom-162723798.html

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8) DEA reschedules epilepsy drug derived from cannabis
Source: Smell the Truth

“A drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) containing an ingredient found in cannabis will be reclassified for medical use. The Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday placed the marijuana-derived drug Epidiolex in Schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act, reports CNBC. Epidiolex contains cannabidiol (CBD), a therapeutic compound found in cannabis known to treat severe forms of epilepsy. The molecule is linked to several medical applications, and is also non-psychoactive. ‘Now that Epidiolex has been approved by the FDA, it has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States for purposes of the [Controlled Substances Act],’ DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon wrote. ‘Accordingly, Epidiolex no longer meets the criteria for placement in Schedule I of the CSA.’ The DEA’s decision comes months after the FDA approved the drug in June, paving the way for the UK-based GW Pharmaceuticals to distribute the drug to epilepsy patients. The DEA’s reclassification will not apply to CBD products other than Epidiolex, however, according to the Federal Register filing.” (09/28/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/09/27/dea-reschedules-epilepsy-drug-derived-from-marijuana

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9) Sarah Palin’s brat arrested for beating up on women (again)
Source: New York Daily News

“Track Palin, the son of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, was arrested for domestic violence Friday — his third such arrest in less than three years, according to AJC.com. Responding to a disturbance call Friday night, a female victim disclosed Palin swiped her cell phone when she attempted to call for help after he allegedly assaulted her, according to a news release. ‘Investigation revealed (Palin) assaulted an acquaintance at his residence. When the acquaintance attempted to call authorities, he prevented her by taking away her phone. While being placed under arrest, Palin physically resisted troopers,’ according to the police report.” (09/29/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-news-track-palin-domestic-violence-20180929-story.html

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10) Amal Clooney calls on Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to pardon Reuters reporters
Source: Reuters

“The families of two Reuters reporters imprisoned in Myanmar have asked for a pardon, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney told a press freedom event at the United Nations on Friday as she pressed the country’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to agree. Clooney is a member of the legal team representing Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who were convicted on Sept. 3 under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison. She said the reporters’ wives wrote ‘a really heartfelt letter’ to the government about a week ago pleading for a pardon, not because their husbands had done anything wrong, but because it would allow them to be released from prison.” (09/30/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-journalists-un/amal-clooney-calls-on-myanmars-suu-kyi-to-pardon-reuters-reporters-idUSKCN1M82C1

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11) HIV/Aids: China reports 14% surge in new cases
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“China has announced a 14% jump in the number of its citizens who are living with HIV and Aids. More than 820,000 people are affected in the country, health officials say. About 40,000 new cases were reported in the second quarter of 2018 alone. The vast majority of new cases were transmitted through sex, marking a change from the past. Traditionally, HIV spread rapidly through some parts of China as a result of infected blood transfusions. But the number of people contracting HIV in this way had been reduced to almost zero, Chinese health officials said at a conference in Yunnan province. Year-on-year, however, the number of those living with HIV and Aids in China has risen by 100,000 people.” (09/29/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45692551

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12) CA: Brown signs unconstitutional anti-gun law
Source: Aol News

“Most people under 21 won’t be able to buy guns in California starting next year under a law Gov. Jerry Brown announced signing Friday. It will prevent people under 21 from buying rifles and other types of guns. State law already bans people under 21 from buying handguns. The new law exempts law enforcement, members of the military and people with hunting licenses from the restriction.” (09/29/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/09/29/california-bans-gun-sales-to-people-under-21/23545989/

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13) Brazil: Tens of thousands say “not him” to leading candidate
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets Saturday in protest against the presidential front-runner, a far-right congressman whose campaign has exposed and deepened divisions in Latin America’s largest country. The protests came the same day that Jair Bolsonaro was discharged from a Sao Paulo hospital where he received treatment after being stabbed during a campaign rally on Sept. 6. On Saturday evening, after flying home to Rio, he tweeted that there was “no better feeling” than to be close to his family. In Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, people flooded avenues and squares to sing, dance and shout ‘Not him!’ — the rallying cry of groups who are trying to prevent Bolsonaro from taking office in October elections.” (09/29/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Leading-Brazil-candidate-leaves-hospital-after-13268524.php

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14) Warren says that after the midterms, she’ll consider getting beat like a drum in 2020
Source: The Hill

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said at a town hall today she would consider running for president in 2020 once the midterm elections are done. ‘After November 6, I will take a hard look at running for president,’ she told a crowd in Holyoke, Mass., which garnered an extended standing ovation, according to CBS News. … The comments are among the firmest of any prospective Democratic presidential hopeful that they could seek the party’s nomination. The only other Democrat to announce a firmer stance on running for president is Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), who already formally announced his campaign.” (09/29/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/409095-warren-i-will-consider-running-for-president-after-the-midterms

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15) Musk caves to SEC gang — agrees to $40 million in extortion payments, quits as Tesla chairman
Source: CNN

“Elon Musk agreed Saturday to step down as chairman of Tesla and pay a $20 million fine in a deal to settle charges brought this week by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Under the settlement, which requires court approval, Musk will be allowed to stay as CEO but must leave his role as chairman of the board within 45 days. He cannot seek reelection for three years, according to court filings. He accepted the deal with the SEC ‘without admitting or denying the allegations of the complaint,’ according to a court document. Separately, Tesla agreed Saturday to pay $20 million to settle claims it failed to adequately police Musk’s tweet. ‘The $40 million in penalties will be distributed to harmed investors under a court-approved process,’ the SEC said in a press release.” (09/29/18)

https://money.cnn.com/2018/09/29/technology/business/elon-musk-tesla-sec-settlement/index.html

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

16) Economic realities and government “jobs”
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I recently heard the claim that the economy is ‘going great.’ This doesn’t match with the reality I’m experiencing, although I might not be representative. Nor is it what I’m seeing in some others I know. Some of them have even settled for government ‘jobs’ because that’s the only thing they could find. I think it’s a terrible shame when the economy is so bad that people are reduced to looking for, or accepting, government ‘jobs.’ And I see this a lot.” (09/30/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/09/economic-realities-and-government-jobs.html

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17) Brett Kavanaugh is the swamp
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“President Donald Trump was elected at least in part on a promise to ‘drain the swamp.’ As a populist pledge, that would amount to smashing DC’s system of rule by entrenched, ‘connected’ bureaucrats like Brett Kavanaugh. With the exception of a couple of years as partner in a large law firm (doing political work even there), Kavanaugh’s spent his entire career in government and politics. Law clerk. Working on Kenneth Starr’s investigations of Bill Clinton. Bush campaign lawyer during the 2000 Florida fiasco. Associate White House counsel. Assistant to the President. White House Staff Secretary. Federal appeals court judge. Kavanaugh is ‘in the club’ and has been from birth. His arrogant and even angry demeanor in the Senate hearings seems less about the sexual battery allegations than about the gall and temerity of anyone to question his entitlement to a Supreme Court throne.” (09/30/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13981

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18) Jeff Flake and the hated — yet vital — libertarian center
Source: Reason
by Matt Welch

“There is no place more despised in American politics right now than the center. Not the ideological center, necessarily, but the temperamental center. That space inhabited by people who recoil instinctively from bloody-knuckled partisanship and the collectivist demonization it requires, who lament the erosion of democratic norms and the delegitimization of mediating institutions. At a moment of intense polarization, when the time for choosing was yesterday, who has the patience for such scoldy fence-sitters? You can find a lot of libertarians in this unhappy camp, averse as they usually are to the tribal political hysterics of the day.” (09/29/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/09/29/jeff-flake-and-the-hatedyet-vitalliberta

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19) The Republican Party abandons conservatism
Source: The Atlantic
by Eliot A Cohen

“Ignoring the dictum that if one is not of the left as a young person one has no heart, and not of the right in middle age one has no head, I have always been a conservative. I voted Republican most of the time, affiliated with the GOP, and served proudly as a political appointee under two Republican presidents. I bitterly opposed Donald Trump’s candidacy and dropped my Republican affiliation once he won in 2016, figuring that the party would soon fall in line. I said as much in public, and my predictions were borne out. But it is only now that I have concluded that the break between conservative beliefs and the party that claimed to uphold them is complete and irreversible.” (09/30/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/09/republican-party-conservative/571747/

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20) The enemy of humanity will never, ever look like this again
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“There will never, ever be another Adolf Hitler. History doesn’t repeat itself. Human behavior patterns repeat themselves, because humans are deeply conditioned animals, but history doesn’t repeat itself. Anyone who says it does is confused about how time works. Consumers of mainstream culture have been trained to watch out for the next Hitler the way evangelical Christians are trained to watch for the second coming of Jesus. … A genocidal dictator leading humanity into world war with the explicit agenda of totalitarian global domination is indeed as stark an example of an evil human being as you could possibly imagine, and serves as a philosophically unassailable ‘NOT THIS WAY’ sign for our species. The saturation of our culture with that sign is why Godwin’s law (‘As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1’) is a thing. … But history doesn’t repeat itself. No one will ever show up acting like the thing we’ve all been taught all our lives to never, ever act like and saying the things we’ve all been taught to never, ever say and be elevated by the masses the way Hitler was.” (09/29/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/09/29/the-enemy-of-humanity-will-never-ever-look-like-this-again

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21) Behind tariff chaos, a world rethinking trade ties
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Mark Trumbull & Sara Miller Llana

“If it’s not a trade war yet, it sure is trade chaos. Thanks to US tariffs, Walmart and other retailers are warning of price hikes this holiday season. Beijing is accusing the US of using a trade war to slow China’s rise as a world power. And America’s president just said, ‘We don’t like [Canada’s trade] representative very much.’ Behind the chaos, though, is a rethinking of global trade rules and relationships. In the face of President Trump’s aggressive push to reset US trade relations with all its major partners, those partners are recalibrating their own relationships. It’s a two-track strategy. Nations are responding to Trump’s demands by engaging in direct talks with the US, but also by resetting ties with one another. And they’re using his approach of elevated bilateralism: casting doubt both on the relevance of the World Trade Organization and on the potential for larger-scale deals that can bolster the concept of a rules-based global trading system.” (09/28/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2018/0928/Behind-tariff-chaos-a-world-rethinking-trade-ties

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22) Spinoza — a man for our troubled times
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“In these interesting times, we all need someone to admire. I have found such a one in Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677), the 17th-century rationalist liberal philosopher who advocated freedom of thought and expression, toleration, and simple kindness.” (09/28/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-spinoza/

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23) History and ideology are back in a polarized Britain
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“The British prime minister and the leader of Her Majesty’s opposition gave speeches on the same day this week, outlining their vision for their country’s economy — and by implication, its society. They had little in common. It’s hardly surprising. Prime Minister Theresa May is to the right of her Conservative Party; Jeremy Corbyn is on the far left of his Labour Party. But there is more than that: the antagonistic visions of May and Corbyn indicate a great disruption in the politics of the world, where the forecasts of a convergence around free-market liberalism as history ends (Francis Fukuyama), and an end of ideology (Daniel Bell) have been exploded. Britain, where the political party system first developed from the struggle between monarch and parliament in the 17th century, makes the clash of philosophies and practices most clearly visible. On Wednesday, at his conference in left-voting Liverpool, Corbyn told the wildly supportive hall that ‘the whole edifice of greed-is-good deregulated financial capitalism, lauded for a generation as the only way to run a modern economy, came crashing to earth, with devastating consequences.’” (09/28/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-britain-commentary/commentary-history-and-ideology-are-back-in-a-polarized-britain-idUSKCN1M82B3

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24) Casualties of the drug war
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“White Boy Rick is a rough and complex biopic based on the story of Richard Wershe, Jr., the youngest (at 14) undercover drug informant ever to be recruited by the feds to help them go after the kingpins in the drug trade. At times touching, as when Rick (Richie Merritt) scavenges a stuffed animal from a neighbor’s trash to take home for his sister Dawn (Bel Powley), and at times enraging, the film shows the dark underside of the war on drugs in all its ugly glory: corrupt cops, heartless investigators, violent turf wars, strung-out druggies, and the poverty and despair that often lead people into the trade.” (09/28/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1899

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25) The Trump two-state plan? Don’t make me laugh
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“Diplomats are trained in decorum. They call a bitter argument a ‘frank and cordial exchange of views.’ They don’t laugh out loud at national leaders addressing the UN General Assembly. Or at least they didn’t until Tuesday. Because there’s a point when honesty overcomes the most practiced professional self-control, and that point came when Donald Trump claimed that his administration has ‘accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.’ The polite diplomats laughed in unison. Who could blame them? I have a harder time understanding reporters who didn’t respond in the same way the next day, when Trump spoke before his meeting at the United Nations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump said that he would publicize his plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace ‘over the next two to three to four months,’ and that he now supports a two-state solution. With due respect for the reporter’s pose of being a disinterested observer, a fly on the wall, this time all the flies on the wall should have guffawed.” (09/28/18)

http://prospect.org/article/trump-two-state-plan-dont-make-me-laugh

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26) Euro MPs misunderstand why people watch Netflix and Amazon in the first place
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“If they’ve enough brains to get yourself elected onto the European gravy train — something I failed to do and therefore don’t have — then you would assume, wrongly, that these people had enough brains to understand why people use on demand video services like Netflix and Amazon. Because, obviously enough, they prefer the offerings on Netflix and Amazon to those on the more traditional and more regulated channels. Customer preferences have spoken that is. OK, if you’ve got yourself onto the European gravy train you probably don’t think that the people out there should just be allowed to do whatever they desire, that’s not the point at all, is it? They should do what they’re told. And thus we get this demand for percentages of local content to be available on these services. Because Europeans should be force fed European bilge, right? This still fails of course, as even bears of very little brain would realise, because it is still the consumers who get to decide what they watch. It’s an on demand service, see?” (09/30/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/box-office/euro-mps-misunderstand-why-people-watch-netflix-and-amazon-in-the-first-place/

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27) Postpone Kavanaugh confirmation until FBI can investigate accusations against him
Source: Fox News Forum
by Alan Dershowitz

“The Senate Judiciary Committee needs to slow down and postpone its vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court until the FBI can investigate accusations of sexual misconduct leveled against him by three women. The accusers and other witnesses should be questioned by the FBI and then be summoned to testify before the Judiciary Committee. All sides have an interest in a full and thorough examination of these serious charges. Maybe we can get closer to the truth, although that is not certain. But right now there are too many unanswered question to bring the confirmation of Kavanaugh (currently a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia) to a vote of the Judiciary Committee as scheduled on Friday, much less to a vote of the full Senate.” (09/28/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/09/27/alan-dershowitz-postpone-kavanaugh-confirmation-until-fbi-can-investigate-accusations-against-him.html

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28) Open letter to the media: Stigmatizing gun owners
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“WBST22 ran a story which annoyed me: Impacted by Guns: 2nd Amendment advocates look to shed stigma. The story purports to be friendly to gun owners, to demonstrate that we shouldn’t be stigmatized by the actions of a few. I’d like to thank them for their story, which presented at least part of the case for honest gun owners. That’s a rare thing in the vast majority of the media. But if gun owners bear a stigma, that is on you, the media outlets like you that let baseless claims, about firearms ownership and firearms owners, go unchallenged.” (09/29/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=5535

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29) Democrats their own worst enemy in Kavanaugh fight
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
by Willie Brown

“I’m not sure they had a shot at winning, now or ever — but Democrats seriously dropped the ball in their fight to stop the Senate confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.” (09/29/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/williesworld/article/Democrats-their-own-worst-enemy-in-Kavanaugh-fight-13267746.php?t=35e75f4419

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30) Brett Kavanaugh: A black mark on the Supreme Court?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Like many others, I watched the congressional hearing yesterday involving President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, who currently serves as a judge on the D.C. federal court of appeals. My conclusion after watching both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testify? Congress should either conduct a more extensive investigation into Ford’s accusation or refuse to confirm Kavanaugh’s nomination.” (09/28/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/09/28/brett-kavanaugh-a-black-mark-on-the-supreme-court/

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31) The enduring scam of corporate tax breaks
Source: The New Republic
by Bryce Covert

“In June, Donald Trump traveled to Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Taiwanese electronics company Foxconn’s new manufacturing plant–a 20 million-square-foot complex that state officials say will create 13,000 jobs for southeastern Wisconsin over the next 15 years. By the time Trump visited the site, however, those claims were already in doubt. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican, had offered Foxconn CEO Terry Gou nearly $3 billion in tax credits and exemptions to move his company to the state. But Wisconsin won’t get any of that money back until 2042, only breaking even then (according to a report released by the state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau last August) if Foxconn gives all 13,000 jobs to Wisconsin residents. Thus far, the company has only committed to 3,000. And it has reneged on these kinds of promises before. In 2013, the company said it would hire 500 workers and spend $30 million on a plant in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and then never built it.” (09/28/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151133/enduring-scam-corporate-tax-breaks

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32) Kavanaugh and the (mostly) useless Supreme Court
Source: Medium
by James Leroy Wilson

“If hell is a state of mind, that’s where partisans of both parties are right now. No matter where you look, there are lots and lots of angry, bitter people. That’s because the Brett Kavanaugh scandal brought forth even greater animosity than usual in the Trump era, as #MeToo was piled on to a Supreme Court fight we’d expect anyway. I’ve avoided the hostilities. The conflict doesn’t serve me. I don’t want to be in hell. And do you know what else doesn’t serve me? The Supreme Court.” (09/29/18)

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33) Assaulting Kavanaugh
Source: Town Hall
by Michael Reagan

“… [B]y the end of Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, I [concluded] that both Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford had told the truth. I believed Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh never sexually assaulted Ford in 1982. … I also believed Ford really was sexually assaulted at age 15 — but not by Kavanaugh. … When you are sexually assaulted, as I was repeatedly as a boy by a camp counselor in 1954, it can permanently mess up your memory. The last time it happened to me, when I was 8 or 9, it occurred in the apartment of the man who abused me. I don’t remember how I got home that night. … But I can tell you in detail what it was like being in his dark room where he developed the photos he took of me. It does a giant disservice to Dr. Ford and the rest of us who’ve been sexually assaulted to distrust our imperfect memories of such a traumatic event. But the greatest disservice to Dr. Ford (and Judge Kavanaugh) has been done by the Senate Democrats who sat on her allegation for weeks and then leaked it to the national media at the last minute.” (09/29/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelreagan/2018/09/29/assaulting-kavanaugh-n2523554

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34) Binge spending by government bureaucrats
Source: Independent Institute
by Craig Eyermann

“Every September, U.S. government bureaucrats go on a spending spree to burn through all of the money that they’ve been approved to spend by the U.S. Congress before the federal government’s fiscal year ends at the end of the month. 2018 is no different, except for the magnitude of this year’s federal spend-a-thon, where the bipartisan budget deal signed by President Trump in February authorized a lot more spending than would have happened without the deal. Given that kind of license to spend, a lot of bureaucrats are now making a lot of really questionable purchases using your tax dollars and money they’ve had to borrow just to spend as much as they’re now allowed to spend.” (09/29/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/09/29/binge-spending-by-government-bureaucrats/

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35) It’s profit, not greed, that is good
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Michael Munger

“In the movie Wall Street, Gordon Gekko delivers an iconic speech: ‘Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures, the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind.’ But few defenders of free markets, not even the oft-maligned Ayn Rand, can be read as defending greed. In fact, if greed or selfishness is understood as exploiting others, then greed is impossible in a system of voluntary exchange. It is more accurate to say that some form of self-interest is always lurking in the background, contingent on the rules and norms of a society.” (09/28/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/its-profit-not-greed-good

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36) The McDonald case was an originalism failure
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Suzanne Sherman

“Justice Scalia has been touted as a ‘textualist’ when it comes to interpreting the Constitution, meaning, he looked to the ‘plain words’ of the document when determining what it means. However, as I pointed out in another article, his opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, Scalia shows how textualism can result in an improper interpretation of the Constitution. In Heller, Scalia properly held that the District of Columbia’s restrictive firearms laws were unconstitutional. However, his ‘textual’ analysis went astray when he decided to explain exactly what the Second Amendment meant; in so doing, he actually ignored the text of the amendment and concluded that its ‘protections’ by implication were limited to handguns, due to their popularity and ease of use for self-defense.” (09/29/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/09/29/the-mcdonald-case-was-an-originalism-failure/

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37) Dems spend millions to mislead voters about pre-existing conditions
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Democrats want health care to be a major deciding issue in the midterm elections and are spending a fortune running campaign ads. Too bad most of the ads make the false claim that Republicans would take away protections for pre-existing conditions. From January to July, Democrats spent some $17 million for 56,000 health care ads on behalf of Senate candidates, according to USA Today. The Wesleyan Media Project reported that 44% of all the ads for congressional Democrats focused on health care. In Senate races, half of the ads were on health care, and another 16% on prescription drug costs. ‘Democrats are really focusing the bulk of their messaging on health care as their signature issue,’ said Erika Franklin Fowler, WMP co-director.” (09/28/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/pre-existing-conditions-democrats-campaign-ads-november-elections

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38) Seven reasons you should care about economic liberty
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Christians who support the free market often find ourselves accused of worshiping, in the words of the New York Times, ‘a false idol’ — a thought, shared by a disconcerting number of evangelical Christians and Roman Catholics alike. Yet irrefutable proof to the contrary issued from two very different venues and literally echoed all over the world this week.” (09/27/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/09/27/7-reasons-you-should-care-about-economic-liberty

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39) Church not forced to encourage sin
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“In Hawaii, those who would compel others to promote abortion have suffered a well-deserved setback. A U.S. District Court tossed a law requiring pregnancy centers to post ads for abortion clinics. Among the centers that would have been affected was one run by a church opposed to abortion. Of course, whether we’re religious or non-religious, we have the same rights. … You shouldn’t be forced in any way to abet any conduct that you regard as morally wrong — not if the rest of us respect your rights as a moral agent.” (09/28/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/09/28/churchandsin/

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40) The abolitionist case for prosecuting killer cop Jason Van Dyke
Source: In These Times
by Aislinn Pulley & Frank Chapman

“We must show up and demand that Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke be held accountable for the 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald — right now in this capitalist, imperialist, heterosexist, transphobic, violent country. To pursue the ambitious goals of police and prison abolition, people’s movements must force the system, as it exists right now, to be held accountable to its own rules–because this is part of its undoing. Maintaining constant pressure and resistance to police and prison legitimacy is an intervention. It is a challenge of power. Looking away is, in effect, an act of complicity in the ruling order of police impunity. Abolition, the belief that the current policing and prison system is inherently unequal, brutal, torturous and violent and therefore must no longer exist, requires that the entire system of capitalism be eradicated.” (09/28/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21466/laquan-mcdonald-jason-van-dyke-chicago-police-shooting-abolition

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41) All Libertarians say no to sexual assault
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“Whenever somebody joins the Libertarian Party, they first thing they are asked to do is to check the box next to these words: ‘I certify that I oppose the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals.’ This is often called the non-aggression principle. Libertarians are unalterably opposed to using force or fraud in personal relationships, or to prevail in disputes. Sexual assault is near the top of anyone’s list of prohibited initiations of force. Unlike Republicans and Democrats, Libertarians take it a step further. We oppose electing or appointing politicians, bureaucrats, or judges whose policies and decisions will hurt people or take from them through war, government-run welfare, crony capitalism, and consensual crime laws.” (09/28/18)

https://www.lp.org/all-libertarians-say-no-to-sexual-assault/

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42) Human beings, not governments, trade; so why do governments make it harder?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Steve Forbes & Tim Phillips

“China doesn’t buy enough American cars. Canada doesn’t buy enough American dairy. Britain doesn’t buy enough American airplanes. You’ve been hearing this argument for years. But the passage of time hasn’t made it any more valid, because it’s based on a faulty premise. Nations such as China, Canada and the U.K. don’t buy things from America. Individual Chinese, Canadian and British individuals and businesses buy things from Americans, and Americans buy from them. These are people and businesses making individual choices about what they want to buy and sell, and with whom. While trade is conducted at this individual level, what we read and hear is more along the lines of ‘the U.S. goods trade deficit with the EU was $146.8 billion in 2016.’ What that means in the real world is that together Americans bought $146.8 billion more stuff from Europeans than Americans sold to them.” (09/28/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/trade-tariffs-governments-barriers

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43) Elementary approaches on freedom
Source: Cobden Centre
by Michael Messal

“‘Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.’ This quote from the song ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ by Kris Kristofferson is just one of many approaches to define the hard to understand concept of ‘Freedom.’ But is freedom just this? Is freedom another word for nothing left to lose? Is this point of view not just narrow-minded and false? Freedom is more than this, or not? Of course, it is not the objective of the above mentioned song, which got famous in the cover-version of Janis Joplin, to define or to explain ‘freedom.’ A lot more it is intended to remember to enjoy the happiness of the moment, while you hitchhike, not through the galaxy, but the United States, the land of freedom.” (09/28/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/09/elementary-approaches-on-freedom/

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44) Kavanaugh accuser believable, but can’t corroborate her story
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal
by Debra Saunders

“Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in 1982 when they were high school students, came across as genuine and believable as she testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Maybe Ford was telling the truth, but she offered no substantial corroboration for her charge against Kavanaugh. Ford cannot say when the alleged incident occurred or where. She named three people whom she put at the house party where the misconduct allegedly occurred. All three have denied knowing anything about the incident under penalty of felony. (Ford also testified under penalty of felony.) Ford has accused Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s friend, of participating in the incident, so she suggested it’s no surprise if Judge denied her charge. But the other two, P.J. Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, issued statements denying any knowledge as well. Through her attorney, Keyser, a longtime friend of Ford’s from high school, also stated that she does not know Kavanaugh.” (09/28/18)

https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/opinion-columns/debra-saunders/kavanaugh-accuser-believable-but-cant-corroborate-her-story

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45) Free people do not get permission
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Free people do not go to the State to get permission to pursue a profession. They simply pursue the profession …. Free men and women aren’t required to submit to mandatory government in order to earn the right to use their God-given talents and abilities. They simply use those God-given talents and abilities. Free people are — get this — free to use their God-given talents and abilities to pursue professional activities knowing that other free men and women will test, judge, reward, and/or punish them according to standards of quality and honesty freely established in the free market. See how this freedom thing works?” (09/28/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/09/28/free-people-do-not-get-permission/

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46) AnarchoChristian, episode 19
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“‘Can a Christian be an Anarchist?’ with Mance Rayder.” [various formats] (09/30/18)

https://www.anarchochristian.com/can-a-christian-be-an-anarchist-with-mance-rayder-ac019/

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47) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 15
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Yemen.” [Flash audio] (09/30/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/927-2/

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48) Free Talk Live, 09/29/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Town Gang Threatening Free Talk Live Listener and State Rep Over Living in Own Property :: Zoning :: Home Owner’s Association :: Caller Defends Zoning :: Zoning Nightmares :: Art Exemption :: Cavanaugh Hearings :: Permissive Society? :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (09/29/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-09-29

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49) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 180
Source: The Daily Liberator

“President Vit Jedlicka joins us in Anarchy Basement to discuss his country, Liberland, a sovereign state located between Croatia and Serbia on the west bank of the Danube river.” [various formats] (09/29/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-180-president-vit-of-liberland/

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50) The Anarchist Experience, episode 184
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss more Facebook battles, getting bogged down in the Kavanaugh conflict, crossing the Canadian border, and this HEADLINE: Some Are More Equal Than Others in Socialist Venezuela.” [various formats] (09/29/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/09/30/the-anarchist-experience-184/

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51) Anarcho Agenda, episode 82
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“CO2 is greening earth’s vegetation, but there’s a drawback, and Cody Wilson has been accused of sexual assault and kicked out of Taiwan, plus is the iPhone Xs sexist?” [various formats] (09/29/18)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-82-2018-09-29

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52) CQ on Congress Podcast, 09/28/18
Source: Roll Call

“Legal analyst Stuart Taylor Jr., a well known critic of the fairness of rape investigations, to men, says Christine Blasey Ford was credible enough, and Brett Kavanaugh evasive enough, to give senators reason to vote against Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.” [various formats] (09/28/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/anita-hill-skeptic-doubts-kavanaugh

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53) Free Thoughts Podcast, 09/28/18
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Jesse Norman leads our discussion of Adam Smith as the the father of both economics and social psychology.” [various formats] (09/28/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/many-myths-about-adam-smith-jesse-norman

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54) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 14
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Eric Peters Is Coming for Muh Roads! Johnny and Raylene have a great time talking with Auto-enthusiast, Eric Peters. His knowledge of the industry and government evils pair perfectly with his no-nonsense candor and sense of humor. When he talks about the cronyist protectionist policies, unnecessary regulations, and privacy concerns we are affected by, it’s difficult to not be fired up! This guy is a road warrior for liberty, and when you listen to this show, you’ll know why.” [Flash audio] (09/28/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-14-the-road-warrior-w-eric-peters/

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55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1250
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Today Hillsdale College’s Brad Birzer joins me to discuss his new book, In Defense of Andrew Jackson. We discuss Indian policy, the national bank, nullification, and more.” [various formats] (09/28/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1250-in-defense-of-andrew-jackson/

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56) Jason Ditz on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Jason Ditz is on the show to review the status of the Syrian conflict. The potential offensive in Idlib is discussed, as well as the deal struck between Syria, Russia and Turkey on the status of Idlib and the pause of hostilities there. Ditz gives an overview of the recent developments and the background to the events unfolding.” [various formats] (09/28/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/9-26-18-jason-ditz-on-the-syrian-conflict/

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57) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 09/28/18
Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“Paul Rosenberg (Freeman’s Perspective) on Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Cryptocurrencies; #MeToo Movement — Dr. Phranq Tamburri, NMD = Trump Report — In Studio to discuss the testimony in the Kavanaugh-Christine Blasey Ford hearing.” [MP3] (09/28/18)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/248309-2018-09-28-09-28-18-paul-rosenberg-dr-phranq-tamburri-nmd-trump.htm

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58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 252
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #252, I discuss how to fight war in Congress. Two different methods have been proposed to end wars, passing a more restrictive AUMF or by invoking the War Powers Act. I argue the War Powers Act method is more effective. I also break down an article by Turkey’s President on how to fix the UN.” [various formats] (09/28/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-252-how-to-fight-war-in-congress

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59) In The Tank Podcast, episode 159
Source: Heartland Institute

“Donny Kendal is without John Nothdurft in episode #159 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. This week’s episode features work from the Tax Foundation, the Mises Institute, the Pacific Research Institute, and The Heartland Institute.” [various formats] (09/28/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/09/in-the-tank-ep159-2019-state-business-tax-climate-socialism-is-evil-and-trump-or-obamas-economy/

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60) Bloggingheads.tv, 09/28/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Bill Scher (Real Clear Politics, Politico) and Matt K. Lewis (The Daily Beast, MattLewis.org) … Matt: Kavanaugh vs. Ford was a tie, which means he’ll be confirmed … Was Kavanaugh’s emotional testimony heartfelt or cynical? … Why ‘deny, deny, deny’ usually works … Bill reviews the history of the judicial wars … If Kavanaugh replaces Kennedy, how will the Court change? … Bill asks Matt: Is this worth it?” [Flash video] (09/28/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53747

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