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Volume XVI, Issue #4,082
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Ecuador: Assange back online after seven month communications ban
2) Trump: MbS claims not to know what his own regime is up to, promises full and complete whitewash
3) Trump threatens to cut aid to Honduras over migrants
4) Page sues DNC for defamation over Steele dossier
5) Canada ready to open door wide to legal cannabis
6) Dennis Hof, Nevada brothel owner, dead at 72, amid run for State Assembly seat
7) TN: As governor, Lee wouldn’t use “biblical” victim witness standard
8) Air India flight attendant falls out of plane, injures legs on tarmac
9) Germany: VW’s Audi unit settles Munich diesel probe with $926 million bribe
10) CA: Students may have been given cookies baked with grandma’s ashes
11) CA: Man wrongfully convicted of 1998 murder exonerated, two others charged
12) MD: Cop charged with raping woman during traffic stop
13) Study: Nearly all unique comments to FCC supported continuing corporate welfare for Big Data
14) Defendants reference 1851 maritime law to deny liability in duck boat deaths of 17
15) Trump has already raised more than $100 million for 2020
16) US senator Elizabeth Warren faces mockery over indigenous DNA claim
17) Delayed Obama for-profit school fraud protection ordered into force
18) Former Senate aide pleads guilty to lying to FBI
19) Bolton’s chief of staff out at National Security Council
20) US regime’s budget deficit expands to $779 billion in fiscal 2018 as spending surges

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Self-censorship: Where the real damage is being done
22) Death, suffering, and an immigration police state
23) Facebook slams independent voices with latest political purge
24) The value of uncensorable technology in an age of censorship
25) One libertarian’s free (well, nearly free) college plan
26) How to crush the gold cartel
27) So, Senator Warren: You’re clearly running for president
28) The return of rent control
29) America must realize it has no say in Syria’s future
30) Trump’s space force is no joke
31) Rent control and minimum wage laws harm those who are supposed to benefit
32) Climate agnosticism vs. insurance companies
33) It was vulture capitalism that killed Sears
34) How to fix [sic] the Supreme Court: Weaken it
35) Diplomatic deadlock: Can US-North Korea diplomacy survive maximum pressure?
36) In the pudding
37) Will Khashoggi case bring down Saudi’s crown prince?
38) Empty threats — Saudi Arabia cannot damage the global economy
39) The founders take on Masterpiece Cakeshop
40) Witkin is zoned out
41) Ultra-left’s “free-for-all” agenda not selling to most Democrats
42) The credit cycle is on the turn
43) Gaza: The most important story not covered in the MSM
44) Trump’s North American trade triumph
45) Why we shouldn’t fear being alone
46) Liberals [sic] discover the dangers of a powerful Supreme Court
47) Michael Bloomberg can buy popularity, but can he buy the presidency?
48) Sears is dead, long live Sears!
49) Facebook and the corruption of power
50) The relationship with Saudi Arabia no longer serves US interests
51) Signs mount of a fundamental shift in US-China ties
52) My shitlist 2018
53) The IPCC’s latest climate hysteria
54) Seven implications of protectionism
55) How do rental scooters fit into the transit paradigm?

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 78
57) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 108
58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1262
59) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 10/16/18
60) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/16/18
61) The Remnant, episode 206
62) Scott Adams Says, 10/16/18
63) Humans of Bitcoin, 10/16/18
64) Kick the Puppy, episode 9
65) Candidates of Liberty, episode 11
66) Postcards from Somalia, episode 15
67) Free Talk Live, 10/15/18
68) WAL Daily 5, 10/15/18
69) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1261
70) Bloggingheads.tv, 10/15/18

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

1) Ecuador: Assange back online after seven month communications ban
Source: Daily Express [UK]

“WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been camped out in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for six years, has had his internet access partly restored after seven months of isolation. The Ecuadorian government revoked his internet and phone access in March after he breached an agreement ‘not to issue messages that might interfere with other states.’ Only members of his legal team have been allowed to visit during this period. However, Wikileaks yesterday announced that his ‘isolation regime’ was over after talks between UN officials and Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno on Friday.” (10/15/18)

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/1031497/Wikileaks-julian-assange-ecuador-embassy-london-United-Nation-talk

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2) Trump: MbS claims not to know what his own regime is up to, promises full and complete whitewash
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince told him he did not know what had happened in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing two weeks ago. ‘Just spoke with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish Consulate,’ Trump said on Twitter, referring to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. … Trump wrote on Twitter that the crown prince was with Pompeo during the phone call with the president ‘and told me that he has already started, and will rapidly expand, a full and complete investigation into this matter. Answers will be forthcoming shortly.’” (10/16/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-politics-dissident-investigatio/turkish-police-leave-saudi-consulate-in-istanbul-witness-idUSKCN1MQ05C

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3) Trump threatens to cut aid to Honduras over migrants
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“President Donald Trump has threatened to cut financial aid to Honduras over a large group of migrants heading towards the US border. In a Tweet posted on Tuesday, Mr Trump said the country’s president was told funds would be cut ‘immediately’ if the group was not stopped and returned. Honduras has a long history of poverty and corruption. It also has one of the highest murder rates in the world. The group of at least 1,500 migrants grew rapidly in size over the weekend. About 160 people originally set off on Friday from San Pedro Sula, a notorious Honduran crime hotspot. They pushed across the border into Guatemala on Monday, despite a heavy police presence and government order attempting to block their route.” (10/16/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45880621

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4) Page sues DNC for defamation over Steele dossier
Source: New York Post

“Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page is suing the Democratic National Committee for defamation over the Christopher Steele dossier. Page claims in a lawsuit filed in Oklahoma federal court on Monday that from June 2016 through at least September 2016, the DNC, its law firm Perkins Coie and two of the firm’s partners, Marc Elias and Michael Sussmann, intentionally spread the contents of the dossier to media organizations and to entities in the US government. Page says he wants to hold them accountable for ‘funding and distributing to the media an extensive series about him they knew to be false.’” (10/16/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/10/16/carter-page-suing-dnc-for-defamation-over-steele-dossier/

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5) Canada ready to open door wide to legal cannabis
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Tom Clarke has been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for 30 years. He wrote in his high school yearbook that his dream was to open a cafe in Amsterdam, the Dutch city where people have legally smoked weed in coffee shops since the 1970s. Turns out, Clarke didn’t have to go nearly so far to open his own retail cannabis outlet. On Wednesday, Canada becomes the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. Uruguay was first. Clarke, 43, will be among the first to legally sell recreational marijuana when his shop opens at midnight in Newfoundland, Canada’s easternmost province. ‘I am living my dream. Teenage Tom Clarke is loving what I am doing with my life right now,’ he said. At least 111 legal pot shops are planning to open across the nation of 37 million people on the first day, according to an Associated Press survey of the provinces. That is a small slice of what ultimately will be a much larger marketplace.” (10/16/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Canada-is-ready-to-open-the-door-wide-to-legal-13311279.php

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6) Dennis Hof, Nevada brothel owner, dead at 72, amid run for State Assembly seat
Source: Raw Story

“Dennis Hof, a Trump-loving brothel owner running for a seat in Nevada’s State Assembly, has died. Campaign manager Chuck Muth on Tuesday announced news of Hof’s passing on his Twitter account. … County Commissioner John Koenig said that Hof died in his sleep at his Love Ranch South brothel, according to the Las Vegas Sun. The cause of death is under investigation. The 72-year-old Hof had said that he was inspired to run for public office after watching President Donald Trump’s successful 2016 presidential campaign. ‘This really is the Trump movement,’ [he] told Reuters earlier this year. ‘People will set aside for a moment their moral beliefs, their religious beliefs, to get somebody that is honest in office. Trump is the trailblazer, he is the Christopher Columbus of honest politics.’” (10/16/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/10/trump-loving-nevada-brothel-owner-dennis-hof-suddenly-dies-amid-run-congress

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7) TN: As governor, Lee wouldn’t use “biblical” victim witness standard
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A pastor who’s an adviser to Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee says the Bible requires victims of sexual misconduct and other offenses to have at least two or three witnesses. Steve Berger, pastor of Franklin-based Grace Chapel, made the remarks during a Sept. 30 sermon that focused on the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against the judge. Berger’s sermon started off saying the requirement applied to accusations against church elders, but he later applied the requirement to Kavanaugh and stated Ford was not meeting biblical requirements. … Berger is one of Lee’s advisers on engaging and recruiting faith-based organizations to address state issues. … Lee describes the governor’s office as a ‘calling.’ However, his campaign said Monday the biblical requirement cited by Berger would not become the state standard if Lee is elected governor on Nov. 6.” (10/16/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Lee-won-t-use-biblical-victim-witness-standard-13311167.php

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8) Air India flight attendant falls out of plane, injures legs on tarmac
Source: USA Today

“In a scary pre-flight turn of events, Air India flight attendant Harsha Lobo fell out of a plane before it was set to take off. Lobo, 53, was seriously injured when she fell from the plane while closing the back door of a Boeing 777 as AI Flight 864 prepared to depart Mumbai for New Delhi, senior airline manager Pravin Bhatnagar told the Agence France Press wire service. According to Boeing technical manuals, depending on the model, the aft door on a 777 can be between 17½ to 18 feet off the ground. (For comparison’s sake, that’s a little more than half the height of the highest Olympic diving platform.) ‘In an unfortunate incident, one of our cabin crew (members), Harsha Lobo, fell down on the tarmac from the Boeing 777 aircraft door while closing it,’ the airline later told India’s Press Trust news service in a statement. ‘She sustained injuries to her legs and has been taken to the Nanavati Hospital for further treatment.’ The airline is currently investigating the incident.” (10/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2018/10/16/india-air-flight-attendant-falls-out-plane-injures-legs-tarmac/1656841002

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9) Germany: VW’s Audi unit settles Munich diesel probe with $926 million bribe
Source: Bloomberg

“Volkswagen AG’s Audi unit agreed to pay an 800 million-euro ($926 million) fine for its role in the diesel-cheating scandal that has disrupted the car industry for more than three years and landed Audi’s longtime leader in jail. The penalty consists of the maximum fine of 5 million euros and the seizure of 795 million euros in profits the company made selling rigged engines, Munich prosecutors said in a statement. As part of the deal, Audi admitted that it had deviated from regulatory requirements.” (10/16/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-16/audi-agrees-to-pay-927-million-fine-to-settle-emission-case

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10) CA: Students may have been given cookies baked with grandma’s ashes
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Police are investigating a report that a Davis high school student brought cookies baked with her grandmother’s ashes to school and passed them around. At least nine students were given the sugar cookies, Davis police told the CBS 13. It’s not clear how many ate the allegedly tainted treats; apparently no one got sick or was physically harmed, Lt. Paul Doroshov said. A student at Da Vinci Charter Academy High School told FOX40 on Monday that a schoolmate made the cookies two weeks ago and gave them to other Da Vinci students. ‘This girl is going around telling everyone, basically at this point, that she had brought in these cookies to school with human ashes in them,’ he said. The boy and his family spoke to the station on the condition of anonymity because they feared retaliation from the Davis Joint Unified School District.” [editor’s note: Could it be that her Grammy had it in her will how she wanted to “go?” And was it Grammy’s best recipe? – SAT] [additional editor’s note: The police say “apparently no one got sick or was physically harmed,” so why are they “investigating” it? – TLK] (10/16/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Davis-students-may-have-been-given-cookies-baked-13311520.php

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11) CA: Man wrongfully convicted of 1998 murder exonerated, two others charged
Source: NBC 7 San Diego

“A Temecula man convicted more than 19 years ago in the death of a woman whose was body was dumped near a lake in the Temescal Valley was exonerated after a review of forensic evidence, culminating in his release from prison and the filing of murder charges against two other men, Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin announced Monday. … The California Innocence Project, which took on [Horace] Roberts'[s] case in 2004, alleges the exonerated man was made to appear guilty by the victim’s husband, now-62-year-old Googie Rene Harris of Jurupa Valley, and his nephew, now-51-year-old Joaquin Latee Leal of Compton. Both men were arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder.” (10/15/18)

https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/california/Man-Wrongfully-Convicted-of-1998-Murder-Exonerated-Two-Others-Charged-Man-Wrongfully-Convicted-of-1998-Murder-Exonerated-Two-Others-Charged-497633041.html

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12) MD: Cop charged with raping woman during traffic stop
Source: Fox News

“A Maryland police officer has been suspended without pay after allegedly raping a woman during a traffic stop. Six-year veteran officer Ryan Macklin was taken into custody Monday following the alleged Thursday morning incident, according to the Prince George’s County Police Department. ‘The charges against this officer are highly troubling,’ Chief Hank Stawinski said in a statement. ‘Officers take an oath to protect others, not to abuse their authority in order to victimize someone.’ Police say a preliminary investigation revealed Macklin pulled over a driver and then forced her ‘to perform a sexual act while they were both seated in her car in a nearby parking lot.’” (10/16/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/maryland-officer-accused-of-raping-woman-during-traffic-stop

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13) Study: Nearly all unique comments to FCC supported continuing corporate welfare for Big Data
Source: The Hill

“Nearly 100 percent of unique comments made on net neutrality to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year were in opposition to the agency’s eventual move to repeal the regulations, according to a new study by a Stanford University researcher. After sifting through 22 million comments filed with the FCC and filtering out all duplicates and fakes, Ryan Singel, a media and strategy fellow at Stanford, found that commenters overwhelmingly supported the now-repealed 2015 Open Internet [sic] Order.” (10/15/18)

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/411518-study-nearly-all-unique-comments-to-fcc-opposed-net-neutrality-repeal

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14) Defendants reference 1851 maritime law to deny liability in duck boat deaths of 17
Source: USA Today

“The Indiana woman who lost nine family members in the sinking of a duck boat in Missouri over the summer, expressed outrage at a court filing Monday by two companies facing multiple lawsuits in the tragedy. The companies, Branson Duck Vehicles and Ripley Entertainment, cited an 1851 maritime law to limit or eliminate liability for the tragedy that killed 17 people in July, according to Tia Coleman’s lawyers. In a filing in federal court in Missouri, the defendants denied negligence in the sinking of the boat. But the filing said that if a court does find negligence, their liability is zero. That’s because ‘the Vessel was a total loss and has no current value. No freight was pending on the Vessel.’” (10/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/16/missouri-duck-boat-accident-companies-cite-1851-law-liability/1657962002

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15) Trump has already raised more than $100 million for 2020
Source: New York Magazine

“At this point in their first terms, the last five presidents had raised a combined $0 for their own reelection campaigns. But like so many other norms, Donald Trump has smashed that one, raising more than $100 million toward his own bid for a second term in office, Federal Election Commission filings show. Between his own campaign committee and the two joint fundraising efforts he has with the Republican National Committee, Trump has raised $106 million since taking office. He brought in $18.1 million in the last quarter and had $35 million on hand at the end of September.” (10/16/18)

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/10/trump-has-already-raised-more-than-usd100-million-for-2020.html

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16) US senator Elizabeth Warren faces mockery over indigenous DNA claim
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is facing a backlash after revealing a DNA test, which she says validates her claims of Native American heritage. The Cherokee Nation slammed the results for showing trace amounts of native DNA. US President Donald Trump later took to Twitter to taunt Ms Warren. Many analysts speculate that Ms Warren, whose heritage Mr Trump has often mocked, is running for president. Ms Warren has not claimed to be a citizen of any US tribal nation. ‘Even they don’t want her,’ Mr Trump said on Tuesday in response to the statement by the Cherokee Nation, the largest tribal nation in the US. ‘Thank you to the Cherokee Nation for revealing that Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, is a complete and total Fraud!’ he wrote on Twitter, referencing the daughter of the 17th-Century indigenous chief. Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr said in a statement on Monday that ‘a DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship.’” [editor’s note: Does this just help sink her next month? Dr Shiva, the “real Indian,” awaits – SAT] (10/16/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45869804

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17) Delayed Obama for-profit school fraud protection ordered into force
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Students defrauded by for-profit colleges scored an important victory on Tuesday, when a court cleared the way for an Obama-era policy that will make it easier for them to get their student loans forgiven. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had said the regulation, known as borrower defense, made discharging loans too easy and was unfair to taxpayers. The rule was due to take effect in July 2017, but DeVos froze it while she worked on devising a new regulation. But U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss ruled last month that DeVos'[s] delay was unlawful. On Tuesday, he denied a request by an organization representing for-profit colleges in California, to further postpone the rule, thus paving the way for borrower defense to enter into force. ‘The rule is finally in effect. No more excuses. No more delays,’ said Julie Murray, an attorney with Public Citizen, who is representing the defrauded students in their suit against DeVos.” (10/16/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Delayed-Obama-for-profit-fraud-protection-ordered-13311544.php

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18) Former Senate aide pleads guilty to lying to FBI
Source: New York Times

“A former Senate Intelligence Committee aide pleaded guilty on Monday to lying to the F.B.I. about his contacts with an unidentified journalist during an investigation into leaks of classified information related to coverage of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The former aide, James A. Wolfe, 57, agreed to plead guilty, without a trial, to one count of making a false statement to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in an interview in December, when he flatly denied contacts with various reporters whose articles were under scrutiny in the leak investigation. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop two other false-statement charges and to recommend a low offense level under which federal sentencing guidelines would call for zero to six months in prison.” [editor’s note: Nobody owes the truth to the FBI – TLK] (10/15/18)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/us/politics/james-wolfe-guilty-fbi.html

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19) Bolton’s chief of staff out at National Security Council
Source: CNN

“A top National Security Council aide is leaving the White House after serving just a few months as national security adviser John Bolton’s chief of staff. Fred Fleitz, who joined the administration this summer, will soon return to the Center for Security Policy, the conservative [sic] think tank where he worked as vice president for policy prior to leaving for the NSC post. … Critics have [noticed that] the Center for Security Policy [is an anti-Muslim hate group].” (10/15/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/15/politics/fred-fleitz-john-bolton-national-security-council/index.html

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20) US regime’s budget deficit expands to $779 billion in fiscal 2018 as spending surges
Source: CNBC

“The U.S. federal budget deficit rose in fiscal 2018 to the highest level in six years as spending climbed, the Trump administration said Monday. The deficit jumped to $779 billion, $113 billion or 17 percent higher than the previous fiscal period, according to a statement from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. It was larger than any year since 2012, when it topped $1 trillion. The budget shortfall rose to 3.9 percent of U.S. gross domestic product.” (10/15/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/15/us-budget-deficit-expands-to-779-billion-in-fiscal-2018-as-spending-surges.html

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

21) Self-censorship: Where the real damage is being done
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“I was going to write another article today about a different topic, but I backed down because I didn’t think I could deliver the kind of fiery, forceful, unmitigated argument it would need to be without risking getting banned from social media and blogging platforms. The article I was planning on writing, which you’ll just have to imagine now, would have been titled, “Assange Can Leave Whenever He Wants!’ No, Idiot, He Can’t.’ The feature image was going to be a screen shot of a blue-checkmarked empire loyalist named Greg Olear tweeting the infuriatingly dopey argument that Assange is free to just waltz out the embassy doors whenever he wants, so therefore he isn’t actually being imprisoned by an Orwellian power establishment for publishing authentic documents about powerful people. Never mind the fact that you can say exactly the same thing about literally anyone under political asylum: they are all free to leave the political asylum they’ve been granted at any time. … People don’t want to believe that their government imprisons journalists, so whenever Assange is in the news you see this argument making the rounds.” (10/16/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/10/16/self-censorship-where-the-real-damage-is-being-done

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22) Death, suffering, and an immigration police state
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Ever since the libertarian movement began attracting conservatives, the movement has grown by leaps and bounds. Not surprisingly, some of these conservatives have come with baggage consisting of conservative positions that some of them have simply been unable to let go of. Rather than simply accept the fact that their conservative views are contrary to those of the movement which they have decided to join, some of these conservative libertarians have instead tried to get the libertarian movement to abandon its libertarian principles and embrace conservative positions instead. There is no better example of this phenomenon than the issue of immigration.” (10/16/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/10/16/death-suffering-and-an-immigration-police-state/

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23) Facebook slams independent voices with latest political purge
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“Facebook has long faced charges of political bias — with evidence to support the accusations. In 2016, former employees of the social media giant told Gizmodo that co-workers regularly prevented stories of interest to conservatives and libertarians from appearing in the ‘trending’ news section while boosting other stories. Such selective treatment was reportedly a result not of official policy, but of workers marinating in a shared mindset that affected their judgment. Concern over that shared mindset inspired senior Facebook engineer Brian Amerige to complain in an August 2018 message to co-workers that ‘We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views.’ He added, ‘We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs –anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.’ Interestingly, Amerige quit shortly before the purge, informing co-workers in a memo, ‘I care too deeply about our role in supporting free expression and intellectual diversity to even whole-heartedly attempt the product stuff anymore, and that’s how I know it’s time to go.’” (10/16/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/10/16/facebook-slams-independent-voices

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24) The value of uncensorable technology in an age of censorship
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Sterlin Lujan

“Governments and corporations have deployed censorship to limit speech and deprive people of vital communication channels. The ruling elite are trying to shush activists and freethinkers, but they are losing control and lashing out in frustration. This is why the emergence of decentralized tools and uncensorable money is more vital than ever.” (10/16/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/the-value-of-uncensorable-technology-in-an-age-of-censorship/

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25) One libertarian’s free (well, nearly free) college plan
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“With college as we know it becoming less valuable and online/distance learning becoming more viable, change is coming whether we like it or not. Why not seize an opportunity for ‘free college’ as we wind down the existing system? A great deal of government spending on higher education goes to the maintenance of increasingly unnecessary physical plant, as well as on paying professors to deliver the same live lectures over and over to students in physical classrooms (with those students paying big bucks for new editions of textbooks on subject matter which doesn’t change — college-level algebra, for example). Record the lectures. Make them freely available on streaming video, with accompanying online textbooks. Allow anyone seeking an undergraduate degree (or just taking a class or two) to register for a small per-semester fee, with small additional fees for proctored exams, required lab work, etc. Call it $100 per semester, give or take — less than a thousand dollars for a bachelor’s degree, versus the current $90,000 (average for in-state tuition, books, room/board, etc. at a public college or university) or more.” (10/16/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14015

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26) How to crush the gold cartel
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“I have friends who are convinced that a cartel is manipulating the gold and silver markets. I have other friends who disagree, but today I’ll hang with the former. And they plead a good case, with there being 100 times more paper gold than physical and a small group in full control of daily price setting … among other things. Accordingly, many holders of gold and silver go on about breaking this cartel, even though nothing ever really changes. Today, however, I’m going to tell everyone exactly how to break the cartel.” (10/16/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/how-to-crush-the-gold-cartel/

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27) So, Senator Warren: You’re clearly running for president
Source: The Nation
by Andrew J Bacevich

“Dear Senator Warren: As a constituent, I have noted with interest your suggestion that you will ‘take a hard look’ at running for president in 2020, even as you campaign for reelection to the Senate next month. Forgive me for saying that I interpret that comment to mean, ‘”I’m in’ Forgive me, as well, for my presumption in offering this unsolicited (and perhaps unwanted) advice on how to frame your candidacy. You are an exceedingly smart and gifted politician, so I’m confident that you have accurately gauged the obstacles ahead. Preeminent among them is the challenge of persuading citizens beyond the confines of New England, where you are known and respected, to cast their ballot for a Massachusetts liberal who possesses neither executive nor military experience and is a woman to boot. Voters will undoubtedly need reassurance that you have what it takes to keep the nation safe and protect its vital interests. And yes, there is a distinct double standard at work here.” (10/16/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/so-senator-warren-youre-clearly-running-for-president

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28) The return of rent control
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has long been an admirer of the Sandinistas, the revolutionary political movement that overthrew the government of Nicaragua and brought to that unhappy country its Marxist ideal of justice, which turned out to be rather heavy on mass executions. But Mayor de Blasio’s roving eye seems to have settled for the moment on Venezuela. Mayor de Blasio proposes to expropriate the property of New York City’s commercial landlords. Of course, he wouldn’t put it quite like that, just as Senator Warren wouldn’t use the same blunt honest language to describe her daft proposal to put corporate boards under political discipline. (To be fair, Senator Warren is only 1/1024th a Leninist.) But that’s what his proposal amounts to: Commercial landlords would no longer have the power to set their own rents, to evict undesirable tenants, to determine deposit amounts, etc. The property would remain formally titled to them, but they would in effect lose control of it.” (10/16/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/rent-control-bill-de-blasio-new-york-city-venezuela-disaster/

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29) America must realize it has no say in Syria’s future
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“At long last, the conflict is winding down. Assad has won, and Washington has lost. However, the war’s impact will linger for years, perhaps decades. I just spent a week in the war-ravaged state (at my organization’s expense). America’s approach has been a disastrous failure. Like Lebanon decades ago, the Syria conflict was an unusually complicated civil war. The fighting was brutal all around, with multiple warring forces to blame for an estimated half-million deaths. Indeed, past casualty breakdowns, admittedly of unknown accuracy, reported more combat than civilian deaths and more government than insurgent deaths. Assad survived because he had — and still has — serious, even fervent support.” (10/16/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/america-must-realize-it-has-no-say-syrias-future

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30) Trump’s space force is no joke
Source: In These Times
by Branko Marcetic

“In the rush to heap scorn upon the Trump administration, the president’s critics sometimes miss the forest for the trees. Such was the case in June when Donald Trump announced the creation of the socalled Space Force, a sixth branch of the U.S. military. Critics mocked the idea as ‘ridiculous,’ ‘stupid’ and part of an ‘imaginary space war.’ … ‘There’s no threat in space! Who are we fighting?’ asked Stephen Colbert. Vox wondered if the Space Force would carry lightsabers. It was easy to miss that the idea is not uniquely Trumpian — and poses a real threat. For all intents and purposes, a space force already exists in the form of the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), a 36,000-person division of the Air Force that’s been operating since 1982. Where Trump’s proposal differs is that it forms an entirely new military branch devoted to space, something James Clay Moltz, associate professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and author of The Politics of Space, says is ‘largely unprecedented.’” (10/16/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21480/space-force-trump-militarize-space-war-china-russia

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31) Rent control and minimum wage laws harm those who are supposed to benefit
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“Jacob Bronowski wrote, in The Common Sense of Science, that ‘at the basis of human thought lies the judgment of what is like and what is unlike.’ That is, useful analysis requires treating that which is like similarly, and that which is unlike, differently. Unfortunately, public policies often mistakenly treat people that are unlike in crucial ways as if they are like, and people who are alike in crucial ways as if they are unlike. There are several issues in housing policy alone that illustrate this point.” (10/16/18)

https://mises.org/wire/rent-control-and-minimum-wage-laws-harm-those-who-are-supposed-benefit

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32) Climate agnosticism vs. insurance companies
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“If climate change were an imminent danger, one would expect the firms for which money is at stake to take notice. Apparently, they are now taking notice, which seems to contradict part of my climate agnosticism. In 2016, an unprecedented forest fire in the oil-sands region of Alberta (a Canadian province) roared over an area larger than Delaware, burned down a large part of the town of Fort McMurray forcing its evacuation, and caused $3 billion in damages. The Wall Street Journal explains how this natural catastrophe is leading the insurance industry to reevaluate the risks of climate change: ‘Climate Change Is Forcing the Insurance Industry to Recalculate,’ runs the title of the story.” (10/16/18)

https://www.econlib.org/climate-agnosticism-vs-insurance-companies/

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33) It was vulture capitalism that killed Sears
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“If you’ve been following the impending bankruptcy of America’s iconic retailer, as covered by print, broadcast, and digital media, you’ve probably encountered lots of nostalgia, and sad clucking about how dinosaurs like Sears can’t compete in the age of Amazon and specialty retail. But most of the coverage has failed to stress the deeper story. Namely, Sears is a prime example of how hedge funds and private-equity companies take over retailers, encumber them with debt in order to pay themselves massive windfall profits, and then leave the retailer without adequate operating capital to compete. Part of the strategy is to sell off valuable real estate, the better to enrich the hedge fund, and stick the retail company with costly rental payments to occupy the space that it once owned. In the case of Sears, the culprit is a hedge-fund operator named Edward Lampert, once a senior merger guy at Goldman Sachs. In 2005, Lampert merged Sears with Kmart, loaded both up with debt, and used some of the debt on stock buybacks to pump up the share price and enrich shareholders, notably himself and his hedge fund.” (10/16/18)

http://prospect.org/article/it-was-vulture-capitalism-killed-sears

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34) How to fix [sic] the Supreme Court: Weaken it
Source: The New Republic
by Lawrence Goldstone

“The confirmation of a Supreme Court justice never should matter as much as Brett Kavanaugh’s did, and that’s because the Supreme Court itself shouldn’t matter as much as it does today. That’s the conclusion of many legal observers–me included–after witnessing the partisan warfare in Washington over the past three months. In a New York Times op-ed last week, Pepperdine University law professor Barry P. McDonald wrote that the Kavanaugh hearings reflected the ‘unfortunate fact’ that the ‘court has become a political actor that wields excessive power in our democracy.’ … ‘Americans have become so used to having the Supreme Court decree the country’s policy on such vital matters as abortion, gun rights, same-sex marriage and campaign finance that they assume this is how the court is supposed to function. But that assumption is mistaken. Our nation’s founders would blanch to see how different the court is today from their conception of it.’” [editor’s note: I’m just guessing, but I suspect this writer would have the exact opposite message if the current SCOTUS makeup featured more “activist” judges bent on rewriting the Constitution – SAT] (10/16/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151728/fix-supreme-court-weaken

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35) Diplomatic deadlock: Can US-North Korea diplomacy survive maximum pressure?
Source: CounterPunch
by Gregory Elich

“For Koreans on both sides of the border and in the diaspora, the Pyongyang Declaration was an encouraging development on the path to peace and reconciliation. The mood in Washington, though, was far from celebratory. Livid over South Korean plans to establish a no-fly zone and demilitarize the inter-Korean border, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo phoned South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha before the Moon-Kim summit and harangued her, accusing her of not knowing what she was doing. … Alarmed at the prospect of an improvement in relations between the two Koreas, as soon as the summit was over the U.S. Treasury Department emailed several South Korean banks and warned them not to engage in business with North Korea.” (10/16/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/16/diplomatic-deadlock-can-u-s-north-korea-diplomacy-survive-maximum-pressure/

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36) In the pudding
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Republicans have made much hay of the Mercatus Center map of our United States, colored by fiscal condition. Why? Well, nine out of the ten least financially stable state governments are run by Democrats. But there’s another way to look at it. ‘Only 15 state legislatures in the U.S. are term limited,’ U.S. Term Limits President Philip Blumel writes in a letter to the Mercatus folks. ‘However, four of your top five fiscally healthy states are term limit states.’ And how many of Mercatus'[s] bottom five states possess term limits? Zero.” (10/16/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/10/16/mercatusmap/

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37) Will Khashoggi case bring down Saudi’s crown prince?
Source: Reuters
by David A Andelman

“Saudi Arabia and especially its young crown prince (who has been variously portrayed as naive, venal and blood-thirsty) appear to have vastly misjudged the reaction to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who opposed the new heir’s unchecked efforts to reshape the kingdom and the entire Middle East region with his own vision. The 33-year-old Mohammed bin Salman has gotten away with quite a lot since his elevation just 16 months ago to the role of heir-apparent to the throne. … the Khashoggi affair could prove to be quite an existential threat to MbS’s plan to succeed to the Saudi monarchy and break the stranglehold on power so long held by his elders. Indeed, this weekend, it was his father, 82-year-old King Salman who called Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, seeking a solution.” (10/16/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-andelman-khashoggi-commentary/commentary-will-khashoggi-case-bring-down-saudis-crown-prince-idUSKCN1MP2I2

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38) Empty threats — Saudi Arabia cannot damage the global economy
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“There’s an idea that if we’re all beastly to Saudi Arabia over the killing — as alleged — of a dissident then they’ll somehow take it out on the world economy. This isn’t going to happen for the simple reason that Saudi Arabia just isn’t important enough to the global economy to be able to take things out on it. Yes, sure, they’re a big supplier of oil. But they’re no longer the swing supplier. That’s the American frackers who are. We could most certainly have some temporary glitches but Saudi just doesn’t have power even into the medium term, let alone the long.” (10/16/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/economy/empty-threats-saudi-arabia-cannot-damage-the-global-economy/

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39) The founders take on Masterpiece Cakeshop
Source: Libertarianism.org
by David Edwards

“To bake or not to bake? — What would those who actually ratified the First Amendment do?” (10/16/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/the-founders-take-on-masterpiece-cakeshop

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40) Witkin is zoned out
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“This little piece of witlessness made the rounds last week: ‘Can zoning laws settle the gun debate? If there could be a ‘right’ to be free of guns, the logical question is then how it should be asserted. The answer may be in zoning. Because gun rights are tied to personal security, there appears to be room for citizens to exclude guns in their immediate surroundings as one means of protecting themselves.’ No. The[re] is no ‘right’ to be free of guns owned by other people. Your rights do not extend to denying other people’s rights. One can choose to be free of guns by not owning one. One cannot choose to make anyone else not own a gun. You do not have a right to my property.” (10/16/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=5563

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41) Ultra-left’s “free-for-all” agenda not selling to most Democrats
Source: USA Today
by Anne Kim

“Candidates affiliated with the Democratic Socialists and the progressive left have pushed hard this cycle for a campaign agenda heavy on government giveaways, such as free health care (‘Medicare for All’), free college, guaranteed jobs and perhaps even free money (‘universal basic income’). Few of these candidates, however, will be on the ballot this fall. Rather, the insurgent left has been broadly rejected in one primary after another — and by Democrats theoretically predisposed to this pitch. … The Democratic Socialist agenda both misdiagnoses the nature of Americans’ economic anxiety and misunderstands their aspirations. Rather than a plusher safety net to catch them when they fall, Americans would rather see a stronger, taller ladder so they can keep climbing.” (10/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/16/democrats-rejected-socialists-medicare-all-free-college-column/1646760002

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42) The credit cycle is on the turn
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair Macleod

“We are on the verge of moving into an era of high interest rates, so markets will behave differently from any time since the early-1980s. There are enough similarities with the post-Bretton Woods era of the 1970s to give us some guidance as to how markets are likely to evolve in the foreseeable future.” (10/16/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/10/the-credit-cycle-is-on-the-turn/

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43) Gaza: The most important story not covered in the MSM
Source: Antiwar.com
by Major Danny Sjursen, USA

“The Israelis military is killing kids in the Gaza Strip — like, on the regular. You wouldn’t know it though; not unless you watch the BBC or Al Jazeera, that is. The uncomfortable truth is this: most Americans, frankly, don’t care. Most of the populace and a bipartisan coalition of nearly all policymakers are so reflexively pro-Israel that any critique of Israeli militarism is immediately labeled as anti-Semitism. Nevertheless, Americans should start paying attention.” (10/16/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/danny_sjursen/2018/10/15/gaza-the-least-reported-most-important-story-not-covered-in-the-msm/

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44) Trump’s North American trade triumph
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“For those on the left and right who were certain that President Donald Trump’s presidency meant the end of global free trade … think again. Though Trump’s critics have dismissed the significance of the new Mexico and Canada trade deal, it’s hard to deny that it is a welcome advance for the economy of the entire continent. The pact will extend for years a (mostly) tariff-free North American trade zone. This was Ronald Reagan’s vision nearly four decades ago — and that legacy can now live on for hopefully many years to come. Here’s just one example of the importance of this agreement. In the area of energy production, the integration of our economies and the freer flow of energy investment capital across our southern and northern borders means more pipelines, more LNG terminals, more oil refineries and more exploration. North America is poised to be the new Middle East for energy production for the next 50 years, with all the related economic advantages that confers on our region.” (10/16/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/10/16/trumps-north-american-trade-triumph-n2528738

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45) Why we shouldn’t fear being alone
Source: spiked
by Frank Furedi

“The British government has decided to turn the problem of loneliness into a political issue. Ministers have announced that doctors will tell lonely people to get stuck into social activities. Postmen will be instructed to chat to their lonely elderly customers. These initiatives are part of the new loneliness strategy unveiled by prime minister Theresa May earlier this year. Loneliness has been rebranded as a deadly disease and a risk to public health. Judging by the numerous alarmist reports and studies published recently, it seems that soon the fear of being alone will displace the fear of death as the dominant anxiety of our time.” (10/16/18)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/10/16/why-we-shouldnt-fear-being-alone/

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46) Liberals [sic] discover the dangers of a powerful Supreme Court
Source: The American Spectator
by Doug Bandow

“Who knew? Leftists [sic] have discovered to their horror that judicial government might not be good for them. Turning power over to judges might be a bad idea. Jurists can work for the other side. They can impose hostile values. They can undermine democracy. Someone needs to do something! Slate recently hosted a debate among analysts over what to do about the looming threat posed by the horrid angry partisan Brett Kavanaugh. Having dominated the court for decades and relied on it to impose policy outcomes without popular support, they appear shell-shocked. … Given the fact that it has taken a half dozen GOP presidents decades to create a seemingly ‘conservative’ majority, which has its own divisions over such issues as executive power and civil liberties, liberals [sic] shouldn’t whine. They have long enjoyed the benefits of an activist judiciary which only slowed down in recent years.” [editor’s note: By “liberals” and “leftists,” Bandow seems to mean the Democratic Party wing of the center-right – TLK] (10/16/18)

https://spectator.org/liberals-discover-the-dangers-of-a-powerful-supreme-court/

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47) Michael Bloomberg can buy popularity, but can he buy the presidency?
Source: The Atlantic
by Edward-Isaac Dovere

“Here’s the premise: A white, by then 78-year-old New Yorker, who built his fortune on Wall Street and is one of its most vocal defenders, and who’s had issues with African Americans and women, is the answer to what’s going on in the Democratic Party right now. Oh, and he’s a former Republican. And he’s a terrible campaigner whose signature move is awkwardly asking kids to give him high fives. And he says he’s not sure how true all the accusations against Charlie Rose are. But … he does have close to $50 billion. And he did spend Saturday night in New Hampshire. So Mike Bloomberg can maybe run for president as a Democrat? Or, as so many politicos and reporters have been reacting to the talk: Are we really doing this again?” (10/15/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/10/bloomberg-2020-democrats-republicans/572872/

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48) Sears is dead, long live Sears!
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Bowing to the inevitable, Sears'[s] owners on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Yes, it’s a sad day for the 126-year-old company. But it’s not a tragic story, for it underscores the underlying vibrancy, innovation and creativity of American capitalism. Monday’s filing came as Sears faced a deadline for payment of $134 million on its debt. It didn’t have the money, so it filed for protection from its creditors. Eddie Lampert (the largest shareholder in the company, with nearly half its shares) stepped down as CEO. By the end of this year, Sears will be a much-diminished company. From more than 4,000 stores as recently as 2011, it now has about 700. It will close 142 more stores by year’s end, leaving it a remnant of its former self. Already shorn of its Craftsman tools brand and looking for a buyer for its Kenmore appliances unit, there’s little left now but a famous name with few assets other than semi-empty stores and real estate.” (10/15/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/sears-ch-11-bankruptcy-retailing

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49) Facebook and the corruption of power
Source: Medium
by James Leroy Wilson

“I believe the founders of Youtube had idealistic intentions. I believe the founders of Google, which once had the motto ‘Don’t be evil’ and eventually bought Youtube, also started with idealistic intentions. Same for Twitter. I’m not sure about Facebook, but I think they all envisioned platforms of completely free expression. I don’t think any of them imagined cracking down on any non-porn content that violated no copyrights. But as they became the dominant social media platforms, they became powerful. And powerful corporations, sooner or later, become willing or unwilling collaborators with the most powerful entity of them all: the United States government.” (10/15/18)

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50) The relationship with Saudi Arabia no longer serves US interests
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“By any measure, the signature policies of the current Saudi leadership over at least the last three and a half years have been bad for U.S. interests and America’s reputation, and they have failed on their own terms as well. The Saudi government has not done anything significantly constructive or helpful for the U.S. in at least the last decade, but it has been racking up quite the list of costly, destructive errors in that same period. This so-called ‘alliance’ is bringing the U.S. nothing but problems, grief, and liabilities, and it yields hardly any discernible benefits.” (10/15/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-relationship-with-saudi-arabia-no-longer-serves-u-s-interests/

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51) Signs mount of a fundamental shift in US-China ties
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Ned Temko

“It began as a trade dispute, but it’s becoming much more: a fundamental shift between the United States and China, the single most important great-power relationship in today’s world. Even, conceivably, a new ‘cold war.’ We’re not there yet. One wild card (the initially warm, now decidedly cooler, relationship between President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping) could yet exert a restraining effect. The two men are due to meet in a few weeks’ time at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires. Yet with efforts to resolve the tit-for-tat tariff battle in limbo, Vice President Pence this month served public notice that the US sees trade as just one grievance among many against China’s economic, military, geopolitical, and human rights policies. And he explicitly questioned a core assumption of US policy over the past two decades: that support for modernization in China and its integration into the world economy would temper Chinese leaders politically and provide the basis for a relationship of cooperation. Mr. Pence said, in effect, that ship had now sailed.” (10/16/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/2018/1016/Signs-mount-of-a-fundamental-shift-in-US-China-tie

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52) My shitlist 2018
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“This blog is a lot of things to me. It’s art. It’s therapy. It’s a bullhorn from which I can shout my radical diktats to a small horde of loyal followers whom I lovingly refer to as my dearest motherfuckers. Hopefully it’s a launching pad for a future revolution that will liberate poor people once and for all from the shackles of big government and big business (or do I repeat myself.) But when it all comes down to it, lets face it, I’m here to bitch. That’s why once a year I drop all artistic and political pretenses and simply make a list of all the people who piss me off the most.” (10/15/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/10/my-shitlist-2018.html

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53) The IPCC’s latest climate hysteria
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report 15 claims the latest disaster ‘tipping point’ is just 12 years away. If governments around the world fail to make ‘rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,’ human civilization and our planet face cataclysm, the IPCC asserts. MIT Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Physics Richard Lindzen accurately called the hysteria-laden report and press releases from this power-grabbing agency ‘implausible conjecture backed by false evidence and repeated incessantly … to promote the overturn of industrial civilization.’” (10/15/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/10/the-ipccs-latest-climate-hysteria/

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54) Seven implications of protectionism
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Protectionism has, of course, always had its defenders. In fact, the United States is very protectionist even though it is often viewed as a bastion of free trade. If in doubt, one look at the massive 3,713-page Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States published by the U. S. International Trade Commission’s Office of Tariff Affairs and Trade Agreements should convince you otherwise. Even if Trump reversed course and completely renounced his protectionism, even if Barack Obama had not imposed tariffs on tires imported from China, and even if George W. Bush had not imposed tariffs on imported steel, protectionism would still have its defenders. But there are a number of implications of protectionism that should be considered.” (10/16/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/seven-implications-of-protectionism/

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55) How do rental scooters fit into the transit paradigm?
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Ishmael

“Could this ‘Uber, but for scooters’ thing catch on? And if it does, how would it fit into our short-term, or even long-term, public transit future? For Kansas Citians and St. Louisans, whether scooters catch on is an important question in light of the rail plans that both cities have pursued in recent years and may yet continue to pursue. As we know, streetcar lines are fixed, stop often, and can be dramatically impacted by traffic. Scooters are much more tailored to the user’s needs, though heaven help you if it rains. But that said, during my Nightcrawler-esque scooter-gathering pursuits it has been fascinating to see so many people using rental scooters zip past Kansas City’s streetcar as the publicly financed, free-to-ride trains trundle on their tracks, from stop to stop, at roughly the same speed.” (10/15/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/transportation/how-do-rental-scooters-fit-transit-paradigm

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56) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 78
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Kevin Carson joins us to discuss the depths of capitalism and if the possibility for a post-capitalism world exists.” [various formats] (10/16/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/libertarian-anti-capitalism

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57) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 108
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“The national Libertarian Party has screwed up yet again, tweeting nonsense about the Federal Reserve. Why should we End the Fed? What’s in the News with stories on trick or treating is a crime, Florida man faces prison for making grills, do it for the children in California, Afghanistan War less and less popular, inflation in Venezuela, and cops home invasion. And, a Statists Gonna State segment on Facebook censoring information by purging 800 accounts and pages.” [various formats] (10/16/18)

https://thelavaflow.com/end-the-fed-tlf108/

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58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1262
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The great Eric Peters returns with further updates from the world of automobiles. You don’t have to be a car aficionado to benefit from Eric’s knowledge, and as always we have an entertaining and informative conversation!” [various formats] (10/16/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1262-whats-the-deal-with-elon-musk-and-other-car-news-for-libertarians/

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59) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 10/16/18
Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“Scott Nelson and Christian Fioravanti (MarketAngel.io) Course on Cryptocurrency For Beginners: How to Invest in the Future of Money and the Internet, Without Losing Your Shirt — Dr. Phranq Tamburri, NMD = Trump Report.” [MP3] (10/16/18)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/249430-2018-10-16-10-16-18-scott-nelson-christian-fioravanti-dr-phranq-tamburri.htm

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60) Cato Daily Podcast, 10/16/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Unions will not go gently following the Janus Supreme Court decision. Robert Alt of the Buckeye Institute discusses a few cases that follow on the Janus ruling.” [various formats] (10/16/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/union-fees-after-janus

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61) The Remnant, episode 206
Source: National Review

“The Part-Cherokee Episode.” [various formats] (10/16/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/mad-dogs-englishmen/episode-206-the-part-cherokee-episode/

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62) Scott Adams Says, 10/16/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams interrogates Dale with a bone saw, checks his DNA, and drinks coffee.” [Flash video] (10/16/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1jMJgEBvNXmKL

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63) Humans of Bitcoin, 10/16/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Jose is the cofounder of EatBCH, a charity that feeds Venezuelans using Bitcoin Cash donations from around the world. What is life like in Venezuela today? How does commerce work and what money is used?” [various formats] (10/16/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e502-Feeding-Venezuelans-with-Bitcoin-Jose-of-EatBCH

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64) Kick the Puppy, episode 9
Source: Attack The System

“Keith & R.J. talk about tribalism in America.” [Flash audio] (10/16/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/10/16/kick-the-puppy-episode-9/

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65) Candidates of Liberty, episode 11
Source: Lions of Liberty

“n today’s episode of Candidates of Liberty John interview New Jersey Libertarian U.S. Senate Candidate Dr. Murray Sabrin. Murray is a professor of finance in the Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College. Dr. Sabrin has an incredible personal story being an immigrant and the son of Holocost survivors. Murray is fighting for peace, liberty and prosperity for the people of New Jersey and the United States.” [various formats] (10/16/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/10/16/candidates-of-liberty-ep-11-dr-murray-sabrin-for-u-s-senate/

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66) Postcards from Somalia, episode 15
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In this go-round, Sherry and Alan replay their short on the recent facebook purge on political content that doesn’t suit their overlords, The State.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/16/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/what-the-zucc-post-cards-from-somalia-ep15/

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67) Free Talk Live, 10/15/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Super-Controlling Relationship Contract :: Left Libertarians and Property Rights :: Deadbeat Tenants :: Deliberate Societies :: Twitch Chat :: Ross Ulbricht :: Airplane Mandatory Tracking :: More Rules from Crazy :: Pollution and Government :: Edgington Post — Choo Choo Ride Part Three :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl, Jackie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/15/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-10-15

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68) WAL Daily 5, 10/15/18
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Hodey Johns and Paul Copeland get you the answer on why libertarians are better on the issue of environmental preservation and protection than anybody else. Listen in and find out how the government uses the EPA to extort money to damage the environment and how libertarians can offer a better protection in keeping your water and air clean.” [various formats] (10/15/18)

https://wearelibertarians.com/wal-daily-5-tough-questions-who-speaks-for-the-trees/

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69) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1261
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Philosopher Jim Otteson and I discuss his book Actual Ethics (Cambridge University Press), which advances a vigorous moral defense of the classical liberal, or libertarian, political tradition. We also discuss the claims of Peter Singer, who claims it is morally obligatory on each of us to give substantial aid to peoples overseas.” [various formats] (10/15/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1261-is-there-a-moral-obligation-to-help-the-poor-abroad-and-other-moral-questions-asked-of-libertarians/

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70) Bloggingheads.tv, 10/15/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Stephen Walt (Harvard University, Foreign Policy) … Steve’s new book, The Hell of Good Intentions … Steve: ‘Liberal hegemony’ has been almost a complete failure … Why foreign policy watchers were so optimistic in 1993 … Bill Clinton’s foreign policy blunders: Expansion of NATO and ‘dual containment’ of Iran and Iraq … Steve: Within the foreign policy establishment, failure has no consequences and dissent is punished … How both Obama and Trump were captured by the foreign policy ‘blob’ … Why are so many think tanks interventionist? … Steve’s proposal for a smarter foreign policy: ‘offshore balancing.’” [Flash video] (10/15/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53879

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