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Thursday, October 18th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Mueller said to be ready to deliver key claims in Russiagate witch hunt
2) Trump says he’ll ask cabinet to cut [sic] department budgets by 5 percent
3) White House notifies Congress of trade talks with EU, Japan, UK
4) Arpaio finds himself reduced to filing frivolous libel suits
5) Spain to lead Japan in global life expectancy, US continues to to slide
6) Texas uses $100 million from 2010 oil spill settlement for coast
7) Advertisers allege Facebook hid the fact that no one watches video ads
8) Why courts abruptly tossed 9,000 deportation cases
9) MA: Mayor charged with fraud to fund lavish lifestyle refuses to step down
10) Russia: At least 18 dead, 40 injured in bomb, shooting attack at Crimea college
11) Study: Cannabis can help treat symptoms from multiple sclerosis
12) Conservatives fear Trump will cut immigration deal
13) CA: Kavanaugh chaos hangs over Feinstein’s all-Democrat Senate race
14) Israeli jets pound Gaza after rocket hits home
15) Kiah Morris: Vermont’s only black woman lawmaker says she quit due to racism
16) Google, burned by $5 million bribe demand, tells EU that phone makers will have to pay to preload apps
17) VA: Employee allegedly urinates on production line, costs company 50,000 pounds of product
18) Guatemala: Former Honduran lawmaker who helped arrange massive migrant caravan is abducted
19) IL: Pritzker pumps $146 million of his own cash into governor bid
20) FL: Next governor, not Scott, to pick three state Supreme Court justices

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Independent media gets Zucked
22) Badge doesn’t grant extra rights
23) How gerrymandering reform can win in the states
24) The easy way to end the Federal Reserve monopoly
25) Before the law
26) Facial recognition scanning in schools has arrived, fueling privacy concerns
27) More on the long run
28) US & Saudi Arabia: Getting away with murder for years
29) When social media platforms block conservatives
30) Nick Saban, Brett Kavanaugh, and the Maine boycott
31) The UN “sheriff”: Nikki Haley elevated Israel, damaged US standing
32) Sanders’s ‘Stop BEZOS Act’ boosts government, not worker prosperity
33) There is no British gender pay gap — not really
34) The Democrats’ incredible shrinking message
35) Will the Trump fuel economy reform proposal create deadly air pollution?
36) A fraction of a reaction
37) How much do your prescription drugs cost? Transparency in TV ads is overdue
38) Quantum Vibe, 10/17/18
39) Criminally confidential
40) I once wrote mandatory minimum laws … I know they must end
41) Unleash the Zuckerberg inquisition
42) Saudi Arabia considers itself untouchable due to oil and money
43) Today I met a space alien(a play)
44) How Bitcoin can help nuclear reactors
45) Who should we thank for all those wonderful fruits and vegetables? “Not Mother Nature”
46) US job boom [sic] got its JOLT from Trumponomics
47) Worst in seven years: Trump administration posts massive budget deficit
48) Not all cultures are created equal
49) Open borders and the welfare state
50) In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, civil society and voluntary action saved lives

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/17/18
52) Editor’s Break, episode 101
53) Essential Libertarianism, episode 48
54) The Libertarian Angle, 10/16/18
55) Blockchain 2025, 10/17/18
56) Libertarian Larry Sharpe brings new ideas to New York
56) Scott Adams Says, 10/17/18
58) Radio Free California, episode 47
59) Free Thoughts Podcast, 10/17/18
60) Electric Libertyland, episode 94
61) Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 10/17/18
62) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 18
63) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 259
64) Free Talk Live, 10/16/18
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 10/16/18

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

1) Mueller said to be ready to deliver key claims in Russiagate witch hunt
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two U.S. officials. Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry: whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice, according to one of the officials, who asked not to be identified speaking about the investigation. … The regulations governing Mueller’s probe stipulate that he can present his findings only to his boss, who is currently Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The regulations give a special counsel’s supervisor some discretion in deciding what is relayed to Congress and what is publicly released. … Mueller’s work won’t be concluded ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections, when Democrats hope to take control of the House and end Trump’s one-party hold on Washington.” (10/17/18)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-mueller-trump-russia-probe-findings-20181017-story.html

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2) Trump says he’ll ask cabinet to cut [sic] department budgets by 5 percent
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would cut the budget with the help of his Cabinet. ‘We’re going to ask every Cabinet secretary to cut 5 percent for next year,’ Trump told reporters prior to a Cabinet meeting at the White House. Trump’s ask comes as the Treasury Department reports that the federal budget deficit rose this year to $779 billion. That amounts to a 17 percent increase over the previous year, and is the highest deficit in six years. Trump has previously called for deep, double-digit percentage reductions for some federal departments that were ultimately rejected by Congress. His first proposed budget last year included the complete elimination of 62 agencies, which lawmakers ignored. But the president has also come under fire on two fronts recently: Conservatives have grown increasingly restive about budget deficits, an issue that has received far less attention from Republicans lately than it did during the Obama administration.” [editor’s note: If this actually represents a cut from existing numbers, rather than a reduction of a built-in increase, it might actually make a small dent in the deficit – SAT] (10/17/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/17/donald-trump-budget-cuts-cabinet/1670371002

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3) White House notifies Congress of trade talks with EU, Japan, UK
Source: Bloomberg

“The Trump administration officially notified Congress that it will start trade negotiations with Japan, the European Union and the U.K. as soon as three months from Tuesday. … The notification is a procedural step under U.S. trade law that is required 90 days before the U.S. enters into negotiations with other countries. The White House cannot engage in official talks before the three-month window is over and needs to closely consult with Congress during that period to ensure it’s fulfilling the objectives laid out in the law.” (10/16/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-16/white-house-notifies-congress-of-trade-talks-with-eu-japan-uk

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4) Arpaio finds himself reduced to filing frivolous libel suits
Source: Politico

“Joe Arpaio, the controversial former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, has filed a libel suit against The New York Times and a member of its editorial board. … the ex-lawman takes issue with a Times opinion piece published just after Arpaio’s loss in the state’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate. … Arpaio argues in the court filing that ‘[w]hile the Defamatory Article is strategically titled as an opinion piece, it contains several false, defamatory factual assertions.’ The claims made in the article, Arpaio says, were ‘carefully and maliciously calculated to damage and injure’ his reputation among the law enforcement community, as well as among GOP donors who could help bankroll his intended run for the late Sen. John McCain’s seat in 2020, currently held by Sen. Jon Kyl. Arpaio is seeking $147.5 million in damages from Cottle and The Times, as well as payment to cover his attorneys’ fees and costs.” (10/16/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/16/joe-arpaio-sues-new-york-times-909885

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5) Spain to lead Japan in global life expectancy, US continues to to slide
Source: CNN

“Spain will overtake Japan’s long-held position at the top of the world’s life expectancy table by 2040, while the United States is set to take a big fall in rankings, new research finds. People in Spain will live for 85.8 years on average, marginally edging out expected lifespans in Japan (85.7), Singapore (85.4) and Switzerland (85.2). The United States will take the biggest drop in ranking of all high-income countries, falling from 43rd in 2016 to 64th by 2040, with an average life expectancy of 79.8. … The study, published in the journal Lancet on Tuesday, analyzed data from the 2016 Global Burden of Diseases project, to generate predictions from 2017 to 2040.” (10/17/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/17/health/life-expectancy-forecasts-study-intl/index.html

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6) Texas uses $100 million from 2010 oil spill settlement for coast
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Officials say more than $100 million from a settlement after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been spent on restoring Texas coastal habitats. The Houston Chronicle reports details were announced Monday night during a public meeting in Galveston. Trustees of the Texas Implementation Group offered the update on how the overall $238 million in damages were being spent. The money comes from a 2016 settlement with BP, which leased the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded in April 2010. The accident killed 11 workers and dumped millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf. Texas funds so far have been used to restore sea turtle, bird, and oyster coastal and wetland habitats, plus recreational improvements such as artificial reefs for fishing and diving.” (10/17/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Texas-uses-100M-from-2010-oil-spill-settlement-13314383.php

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7) Advertisers allege Facebook hid the fact that no one watches video ads
Source: Ars Technica

“According to a newly public filing in an ongoing lawsuit, a group of advertisers now says that Facebook has been willfully withholding information about how much time its users spend watching paid ads — if more people spend more time watching ads, then those ads can command higher rates. The case of LLE One LLC et al. v. Facebook, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal, was filed two years ago and is currently pending in federal court in Oakland, California. In it, the plaintiffs say that, as part of the discovery from their lawsuit, they have learned that Facebook’s ‘action rises to the level of fraud and may warrant punitive damages.’” (10/17/18)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/10/advertisers-allege-facebook-hid-the-fact-that-no-one-watches-video-ads/

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8) Why courts abruptly tossed 9,000 deportation cases
Source: Reuters

“Liliana Barrios was working in a California bakery in July and facing possible deportation when she got a call from her immigration attorney with some good news. The notice to appear in court that Barrios had received in her deportation case hadn’t specified a time or date for her first hearing, noting that they would be determined later. Her lawyer was calling to say that the U.S. Supreme Court had just issued a ruling that might open the door for her case, along with thousands of others, to be dismissed. The Supreme Court case involved Wescley Fonseca Pereira, a Brazilian immigrant who overstayed his visa and was put into deportation proceedings in 2006. The initial paperwork he was sent did not state a date and time of appearance, however, and Pereira said he did not receive a subsequent notice telling him where and when to appear. When he failed to show up in court, he was ordered deported. The Supreme Court ruled that paperwork failing to designate a time and place didn’t constitute a legal notice to appear in court. The ruling sparked a frenzy of immigration court filings.” (10/17/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-terminations/u-s-courts-abruptly-tossed-9000-deportation-cases-heres-why-idUSKCN1MR1HK

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9) MA: Mayor charged with fraud to fund lavish lifestyle refuses to step down
Source: Fox News

“An embattled Democratic mayor from Massachusetts, who was arrested last week on suspicion of fraud and tax charges, is refusing to step down, calling his arrest ‘politically motivated’ hours before city councilors pushed back a debate on how to handle the matter. ‘I am presumed innocent until proven otherwise,’ Mayor Jasiel Correia told reporters at a press conference at Fall River’s City Hall. ‘I will not allow political enemies to remove me from office.’ He said the attack began shortly after assuming office because he was ‘challenging the norms’ in the town. ‘Not arrogantly, not selfishly, but humbly, I will continue to every day show how hard working your mayor is, and I will not resign,’ he continued. The nine-member Fall River City Council adjourned a special meeting after an hour of public input Tuesday before discussing the indictment against Correia, MassLive.com reported. He has pleaded not guilty and vowed to fight the charges.” (10/17/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/massachusetts-mayor-charged-with-fraud-to-fund-lavish-lifestyle-refuses-to-step-down

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10) Russia: At least 18 dead, 40 injured in bomb, shooting attack at Crimea college
Source: ABC News

“At least 18 people, most of them young, were killed and over 40 injured in a bomb and shooting attack at a college in Crimea that local officials said was carried out by a student. The attack occurred at a state polytechnic college in the Black Sea city of Kerch on Crimea eastern coast. Investigators said a lone 18 year-old student at the college entered the school on Wednesday afternoon armed with a gun and began shooting people, before killing himself. A homemade bomb, packed with metal objects, also exploded in the college’s cafeteria, police said. Russia’s Investigative Committee, the equivalent of the FBI, said it believed the attacker was Vladislav Roslyakov, a fourth-year student at the college.” (10/17/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/International/18-dead-including-teenagers-blast-college-crimea-russia/story?id=58553597

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11) Study: Cannabis can help treat symptoms from multiple sclerosis
Source: Smell the Truth

“Multiple sclerosis (MS) could be yet another illness that could benefit from medical marijuana, according to new research. A study published this week in the journal JAMA Network Open found that ‘cannabinoids produce a limited and mild reduction of subjective spasticity, pain, and bladder dysfunction in patients with MS.’ Spanish researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 17 existing clinical trials, all of which involving 3,161 patients with MS, who took products containing some form of cannabinoids, the compounds found within cannabis. ‘The results suggest a limited efficacy of cannabinoids for the treatment of spasticity, pain, and bladder dysfunction in patients with MS. Therapy using these drugs can be considered as safe,’ the researchers wrote. The new findings build upon a 2015 study by Tel Aviv University that found THC and CBD compounds found in marijuana can treat inflammation associated with MS.” (10/17/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/10/16/marijuana-can-help-treat-symptoms-from-multiple-sclerosis-study-finds

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12) Conservatives fear Trump will cut immigration deal
Source: The Hill

“Conservatives are growing worried that President Trump and GOP leaders will strike a slimmed-down immigration deal during the lame-duck session if Democrats win back the House in November. Republicans fear that Trump, who relishes in the role of dealmaker, will be eager to provide protections for hundreds of thousands so-called Dreamers in exchange for a $25 billion border wall, and that he might do so without getting any other concessions from Democrats if he thinks it’s his last chance to secure funding for the wall. … ‘Personally, I would oppose that deal, but it would not surprise me to see some kind of wall, DACA deal,’ said Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), a member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. ‘It’s hard for me to imagine that would play well with the base.’ A GOP aide said one concern is that retiring lawmakers may make a deal on immigration.” (10/17/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/411763-conservatives-fear-trump-will-cut-immigration-deal

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13) CA: Kavanaugh chaos hangs over Feinstein’s all-Democrat Senate race
Source: Fox News

“For many Republicans nationally, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., became public enemy No. 1 for her leading role in the Democrats’ failed bid to keep Justice Brett Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court. Supporters at a recent President Trump rally even made her the new target of the familiar ‘lock her up’ chant. Meanwhile, her progressive challenger in California’s all-Democrat Senate race, state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, faults her for doing too little to stop the confirmation. The chorus of criticism from both sides shows how the aftermath of the Kavanaugh fight is weighing uniquely on the senior Democrat’s political race back home. While most Democrats who opposed Kavanaugh were cheered by the base, Feinstein ended up with a lose-lose scenario — condemned by the right for airing the sexual-assault allegations and by the left for not doing so sooner. She faces a Democrat next month because California’s ‘jungle primary’ advances the top two vote-getters to the general election regardless of party — in this case, both Democrats. … The incumbent and her challenger are set to face off at a debate Wednesday.” (10/17/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/kavanaugh-chaos-hangs-over-feinsteins-all-democrat-senate-race

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14) Israeli jets pound Gaza after rocket hits home
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Israel says its fighter jets have struck 20 targets in the Gaza Strip, killing one Palestinian and injuring eight others. According to Gaza’s Health Ministry, Naji Ahmad al-Zaneen, 25, was killed in the attack in northern Gaza early on Wednesday. Among the wounded are six children who were on their way to school in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza. … The Israeli army stated that it carried out air raids in response to a rocket that hit a home in Beersheba in southern Israel, causing damage but no injuries.” (10/17/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/rocket-fired-israel-gaza-israeli-army-181017023920229.html

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15) Kiah Morris: Vermont’s only black woman lawmaker says she quit due to racism
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Kiah Morris, the only black woman in the Vermont legislature, shocked the US state when she resigned last month, citing ongoing racial harassment. Even in one of the most progressive states in America, she says white supremacy and a toxic political discourse are serious, unacknowledged problems. Kiah Morris was puzzled. Why did friends on social media keep sending her links to a Saturday Night Live comedy video? Then she watched it. In the sketch, which aired the last weekend of September, a group of Southern neo-Confederates discuss resettling in place with ‘no immigrants and no minorities — an agrarian community where everyone lives in harmony because every single person is white.’ One member, played by actor Adam Driver, raises his hand. ‘Yeah, I know that place,’ he says. ‘That sounds like Vermont.’ The studio audience laughs as the Vermont jokes continue, but for Ms Morris the lines had a bite. … In 2014 Ms Morris became only the second black female member ever elected to the Vermont state legislature.” (10/17/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45661176

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16) Google, burned by $5 million bribe demand, tells EU that phone makers will have to pay to preload apps
Source: Gizmodo

“In response to the record-setting $5 billion fine recently levied against Google by the European Union, the search giant is making some changes. On Tuesday, it announced that manufacturers will soon have to pay a licensing fee to ship devices into the European Economic Area (EEA) with Google apps pre-installed. … the full-featured version of the Android OS has required device makers to pre-install a package of Google’s apps like Search and Chrome. This helped cement Google’s massive ad business, because users often just accept the stock apps that come with their phones. But European regulators successfully argued that Google’s practices gave it an unfair advantage against competitors. In July, a court ordered it to change its practices.” (10/16/18)

https://gizmodo.com/google-burned-by-5-billion-fine-tells-europe-that-ph-1829793120

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17) VA: Employee allegedly urinates on production line, costs company 50,000 pounds of product
Source: Fox News

“Smithfield Foods has reportedly disposed of 50,000 pounds of product after an employee allegedly relieved himself while working on the production line. The company says the male employee has since been suspended pending an investigation. Surveillance video on the incident, which happened over the weekend, was shared with 10 On Your Side news. The worker, who is dressed in a hair cap, face mask, white jacket and gloves, can be seen moving product along the conveyer belt. He then pauses to take off his gloves, appears to unzip his pants and leans forward as he seemingly relieves himself. He then puts his gloves back on and returns to work a few seconds later.” [editor’s note: When ya gotta go, ya gotta go! My question is how long had it been since he had had a break? – SAT] (10/17/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/smithfield-foods-employee-urinates-while-working-on-production-line-costs-company-50000-pounds-of-product

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18) Guatemala: Former Honduran lawmaker who helped arrange massive migrant caravan is abducted
Source: Fox News

“A former Honduran lawmaker traveling with a caravan of migrants heading toward the U.S.-Mexico border was [abducted] by authorities in Guatemala on Tuesday as President Trump threatened to [abduct] anyone entering the country illegally [sic]. Ex-legislator Bartolo Fuentes, who is said to have organized the march, was [abducted] by Guatemalan authorities after failing to register with migration officials upon entering the country. Wilmer Simon Gomez and Michael Fajardo were among two others [abducted] from the migrant group. … News of the caravan, which is said to comprise some 2,000 migrants, prompted Trump to double down on threats to cut off aid to Honduras if the mass migration continues.” (10/16/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/honduran-ex-lawmaker-who-helped-arrange-massive-caravan-to-us-is-detained

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19) IL: Pritzker pumps $146 million of his own cash into governor bid
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker is showing no reluctance to pour his own money to unseat multimillionaire Republican Bruce Rauner from the Illinois governor’s office. New state campaign reports show Pritzker has pumped $146.5 million into his campaign. Pritzker’s self-funding and $50 million that Rauner gave his campaign in 2016 have fueled a combined $234 million fundraising total through September. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Hyatt Hotel fortune heir Pritzker has broken the national self-financing mark Republican Meg Whitman set by giving $144 million of her fortune toward an unsuccessful 2010 campaign for California governor. Rauner is a former private equity investor who’s given $95 million to his campaigns since 2013. The Chicago Tribune reports that since early 2017, Pritzker’s campaign has spent $135.9 million compared to $71.5 million by Rauner.” (10/17/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Pritzker-pumps-146M-of-his-cash-into-Illinois-13314541.php

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20) FL: Next governor, not Scott, to pick three state Supreme Court justices
Source: NorthEscambia.com

“The next governor, and not Gov. Rick Scott, has the authority to appoint three new justices to the Florida Supreme Court, the court ruled. Scott, who will leave office in January and is running for U.S. Senate, had repeatedly asserted the right to appoint replacements for justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince, who will leave the court in January because they have reached a mandatory retirement age. … In its decision, the Supreme Court said the winner of the Nov. 6 election between Republican Ron DeSantis and Democrat Andrew Gillum ‘has the sole authority’ to fill the court vacancies based on at least two premises. One premise is that the retiring justices, Pariente, Lewis and Quince, do not leave prior to the end of their terms on the midnight that falls between Jan. 7 and Jan. 8. … The second premise is that the new governor follows the precedent of recent newly elected governors and takes the oath of office prior to Jan. 8, the inauguration day, meaning he officially becomes governor at midnight at the same time the retiring justices’ terms end.” (10/17/18)

http://www.northescambia.com/2018/10/next-governor-not-scott-to-pick-three-supreme-court-justices

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

21) Independent media gets Zucked
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“Libertarians recognize that the right to free expression protects us from government censorship, but it doesn’t entail the right to use other people’s platforms and websites without their permission. Powerful social media companies like Facebook and Twitter, though, have increasingly blurred the lines between private standards of speech and government pressure to marginalize unpopular views. After a Facebook spokesperson told the New York Times that it deletes accounts that have been placed on a U.S. government sanctions list, investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote, ‘the U.S. government — meaning, at the moment, the Trump administration — has the unilateral and unchecked power to force the removal of anyone it wants from Facebook and Instagram by simply including them on a sanctions list.’ … The definition of fascism includes ‘a capitalist economy subject to stringent governmental controls,’ and deplatforming controversial social media users is now one of the methods that government officials can use to silence controversial voices.” (10/17/18)

https://www.lp.org/independent-media-gets-zucked/

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22) Badge doesn’t grant extra rights
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“A badge doesn’t grant extra rights. When the law acts as though it does by treating people differently based on whether or not they wear a badge, the law undermines its appearance of legitimacy. No job can grant extra rights because there’s no such thing as an ‘extra right.’ All humans have equal and identical rights, whether or not the local law respects those rights equally and identically for all people. If one person is given a pass because of his job, then everyone must be given the same pass. When police are allowed to do something you or I would be punished for doing you have a police state.” (10/17/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/10/17/voices/opinion-badge-doesnt-grant-extra-rights/159568.html

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23) How gerrymandering reform can win in the states
Source: The American Prospect
by Sam Wang, Ben Williams & Rick Ober

“Despite severe gerrymandering, Democrats stand a strong chance this November of regaining power in statehouses across America. If they realize those gains nationwide, they can use the resulting pro-reform climate to level the playing field for the next decade. Increasingly, voters live near politically like-minded neighbors, a geographic pattern of population clustering that serves as the raw material for constructing gerrymanders. In 2010, Republicans used this raw material to create the most gerrymanders in modern history and consequently, a large political advantage. Even if Republicans lose the national popular vote by as much as 6 percentage points, we estimate that they still have an even-odds chance of retaining control of the House of Representatives. A good half of that advantage comes from creative districting in a handful of states. As a result, several dozen House seats in those states are nearly guaranteed to be occupied by Republicans in nearly any political climate. This advantage is like a levee, built to withstand waves of public opinion that favor the other side.” [editor’s note: Fix the gerrymandering, then decentralize the Electoral College to those Congressional districts; “democracy” problem solved – SAT] (10/17/18)

http://prospect.org/article/how-gerrymandering-reform-can-win-states

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24) The easy way to end the Federal Reserve monopoly
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka & Perry Willis

“Many libertarians think in terms of abolishing state agencies. That’s difficult. But what if we could achieve essentially the same result by simply changing an agency’s behavior? If agencies no longer initiated force and had to compete for their funding, there would be no reason to abolish many of them. Imagine HUD having to compete with Habitat for Humanity or the FDA having to compete with Underwriters Laboratory, or the Federal Reserve having to compete with free market forms of money. That’s the purpose of the Free Competition in Currency Act. It would end the Federal Reserve’s monopoly control over what we can legally use for currency …” (10/17/18)

https://downsizedc.org/against-federal-reserve-monopoly/

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25) Before the law
Source: CounterPunch
by John Steppling

“Watching the Kavanaugh circus the last few weeks I kept thinking about the way in which the general public now views law and justice. I suspect most Americans think of law and legality in terms they have learned from Hollywood TV. Perhaps there is no other area in which the general public relies so extensively on assumptions and cliche as the judicial system. But it also raises questions about the law that I suspect even relatively well-educated people never ask themselves.” (10/17/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/17/before-the-law-2/

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26) Facial recognition scanning in schools has arrived, fueling privacy concerns
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Chloe Anagnos

“RealNetworks, a leader in digital media software known for introducing streaming technology about two decades ago, is in the news for offering free facial recognition technology to the more than 100,000 K-12 schools across the United States. The technology is advertised as a state-of-the-art solution to safety concerns, especially after the latest school shootings, but some privacy advocates are concerned the technology could eventually be abused.” (10/17/18)

https://fee.org/articles/facial-recognition-scanning-in-schools-has-arrived-fueling-privacy-concerns/

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27) More on the long run
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Two or three days ago on the radio — I think NPR, but I don’t recall with certainty — I heard a report on climate-change research. This report was prompted by William Nordhaus being named co-winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences. The reporter mentioned, correctly, that estimates of the size of the optimal tax on carbon emissions depend on the rate of discount — that is, on the rate at which we today discount well-being in the future relative to well-being today. In practical terms, the higher the rate of discount, the greater the value we attach to consumption today relative to consumption tomorrow. Someone with an infinitely high ‘time preference’ (as economists sometimes call it) cares nothing about even the nearest future and only about the now.” (10/17/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/10/more-on-the-long-run.html

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28) US & Saudi Arabia: Getting away with murder for years
Source: In These Times
by Roqayah Chamseddine

“March 2015 marked a decisive phase in what is now a more than three-year war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, in coordination with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, initiated a military operation against Yemen’s capital of Sana’a in an effort to dislodge any fragment of Houthi presence while also fomenting a tide of psychological warfare that would signal the ruthless course of action to come. Yemen’s infrastructure was so thoroughly upended by coalition attacks that within a year and a half of the initial salvo, the local population was struck by the worst cholera outbreak ever recorded in modern history. Today, with an aerial and naval blockade choking off aid supplies, the number of Yemenis who are entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance is over 22 million. The catastrophic impact on mental health in Yemen has resulted in psychological trauma, including a surge in suicide rates. Despite worldwide condemnation, U.S.-backed coalition airstrikes have continued — targeting hospitals, medical facilities, religious sites, and even gatherings of mourners.” (10/16/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21513/saudi-arabia-united-states-war-yemen-jamal-khashoggi

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29) When social media platforms block conservatives
Source: Reason
by John Stossel

“Conservatives claim social media companies are quicker to censor conservative speech. That’s probably true. The people who work for social media companies lean left. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted that, telling CNN, ‘We need to constantly show that we are not adding our own bias, which I fully admit is more left-leaning.’ … But I haven’t seen enough data to convince me that the sites actively limit conservative speech alone.” (10/17/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/10/17/when-social-media-platforms-block-conser

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30) Nick Saban, Brett Kavanaugh, and the Maine boycott
Source: Medium
by James Leroy Wilson

“I understand shunning people or businesses that publicly promote viewpoints or support candidates you find obnoxious. But ballots are secret; if you don’t know the politics of the person you’re dealing with, why should it matter? Boycotting entire states, making all the people in that state guilty by association for the Senators they have, is ludicrous. Maine fisherman are not responsible for Collins, any more than Texas restaurant owners are responsible for Cornyn and Cruz.” (10/17/18)

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31) The UN “sheriff”: Nikki Haley elevated Israel, damaged US standing
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ramzy Baroud

“US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has made her post a ‘more glamorous’ position than her predecessors — as President Donald Trump described Haley’s 2-year term at the UN, following her resignation announcement. We may never know the nature of Haley’s purported ‘glamour’ at the UN, but we certainly know that, during her relatively brief stint, Haley has further diminished her country’s struggling reputation, entrenching US isolation in the world’s most vital international political body.” (10/17/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/ramzy-baroud/2018/10/16/the-un-sheriff-nikki-haley-elevated-israel-damaged-us-standing/

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32) Sanders’s ‘Stop BEZOS Act’ boosts government, not worker prosperity
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Jesse Hathaway

“Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders recently introduced legislation — Senate Resolution 3410, officially titled the ‘Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies (BEZOS) Act’ — meant to coerce Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and other CEOs into enhancing the benefits and wages of their employees. Despite much support from the Left, this legislation would do little to benefit workers. In fact, it will probably end up harming many of them. Sanders and Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., the sponsor of the House version, say the bill would end corporate welfare. … the bill would tax employers for the government benefits their employees receive. As with most other proposals spun by Sanders, the BEZOS Act addresses problems in the wrong manner.” (10/16/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/sanders-stop-bezos-act-workers

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33) There is no British gender pay gap — not really
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Whether or not there is a gender pay gap — women being paid less than men — depends upon our terms of reference. Women do, on average, receive less money in their wage packets than men. That is not, by any means, the end of the story.” (10/17/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/culture/feminism/there-is-no-british-gender-pay-gap-not-really/

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34) The Democrats’ incredible shrinking message
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“In the summer of 2017, when the midterm elections were more than a year away but already on everyone’s mind, Democrats seemed to have an embarrassment of riches. President Donald Trump was historically unpopular and engulfed in myriad scandals, from the tawdry … to the corrupt … to the existential. … Some of Trump’s cabinet members were similarly engulfed. … Presented with so many gifts, Democrats’ only question was whether they should focus on one issue or try to synthesize them all into a single, winning message. ‘That message is being worked on,’ Congressman Joseph Crowley, the number-four Democrat in the House, told the Associated Press. ‘We’re doing everything we can to simplify it, but at the same time provide the meat behind it as well. So that’s coming together now.’ It did not come together — not then, not ever. The midterms are less than three weeks away. The Democratic Party still hasn’t found its message, and the issues that many thought would feature prominently on the campaign trail (impeachment, Russia, corruption, #MeToo) have largely been relegated to subtext.” (10/17/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/151754/democrats-incredible-shrinking-message

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35) Will the Trump fuel economy reform proposal create deadly air pollution?
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by staff

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have proposed to partially roll back the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards issued in 2012. The proposal, called the Safe Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, is partly justified on the basis that it will reduce traffic fatalities by about 1,000 deaths per year or about 12,000 deaths in total by model year 2029. Opponents of SAFE are claiming that the proposal’s lives-saved claim should be offset by deaths resulting from the increased emissions of allegedly deadly air pollutants associated with the rollback of mileage standards.” (10/17/18)

https://cei.org/content/will-trump-fuel-economy-reform-proposal-create-deadly-air-pollution

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36) A fraction of a reaction
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘A little dab’ll do ya.’ That was from Brylcream, not 23andme. President Donald Trump has been mocking Senator Warren, relentlessly, for her claims to native American heritage, calling her ‘Pocahontas.’ Some have dubbed him ‘racist’ for doing this, but his point was plausibly anti-racist. In 1995, Harvard Law School ballyhooed her as its first ‘first woman of color’ hire. Some argue Warren benefited from this racial categorization, but that’s not been shown. Warren has ceased labeling herself Native American and defended her belief that she was of Cherokee or Delaware descent based on family lore as well as her physiognomy …” (10/17/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/10/17/warrendna/

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37) How much do your prescription drugs cost? Transparency in TV ads is overdue
Source: USA Today
by staff

“Drugmakers spend billions selling prescription drugs on TV to the public, sometimes turning a new drug into a blockbuster. You probably know from TV ads that Nexium is the ‘little purple pill,’ that pro golfer Phil Mickelson treats his psoriatic arthritis with Enbrel and that Cialis, a drug for erectile dysfunction, ‘helps you be ready anytime the moment is right.’ What you don’t know from the commercials is how much these drugs cost; prices that can be staggering. But that could soon change. On Monday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar proposed a huge change in drug advertising, requiring that drugmakers disclose the list price of drugs in their TV spots. The proposed transparency is as welcome as it is overdue. Health care is the only consumer commodity where sellers get to hide the price. Drugmakers have been pitching prescription drugs to consumers for decades, using pleasant music, happy faces, sexy scenes and visuals of people leading better, more fulfilling lives all because they’re taking a prescription drug.” (10/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/16/prescription-drugs-price-transparency-overdue-editorials-debates/1662979002

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38) Quantum Vibe, 10/17/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (10/17/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1861

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39) Criminally confidential
Source: Cato Institute
by Jonathan Blanks

“The rules for using confidential (also called ‘criminal’) informants in criminal investigations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, but generally speaking, employing CIs introduces three systemic flaws into the criminal justice system. First, the use of confidential informants definitionally requires secrecy and opacity, which shields CIs and officers alike from sufficient oversight and accountability. Second, the informant system relies on bad inputs — namely, drug-addicted individuals and other people immersed in criminal activity to act as agents of the government — and thus effectively becomes a subsidy for criminal behavior. Third, the use of confidential informants creates some bad incentives for law enforcement actors and the CIs themselves, which skew toward case production and away from public safety and security.” (10/16/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/criminally-confidential

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40) I once wrote mandatory minimum laws … I know they must end
Source: USA Today
by Kevin Ring

“Three months into my federal prison sentence, my cellmate Santos saw that I was struggling. I couldn’t stop thinking about my young daughters at home. I would imagine them getting ready for school, or watching TV on the couch, or playing basketball on the team I used to coach. My eyes would fill with tears. Do your time in here and let them do theirs out there, Santos told me, in far more colorful language. As a former Washington lobbyist who worked for Jack Abramoff, I was serving time for honest-services fraud and was facing more than a year in prison in Cumberland, Maryland — more than a year away from my kids. ‘Your kids will be fine,’ Santos said. ‘Keep your head in here or you will go crazy.’ I was reminded of Santos’ good advice when I had the opportunity to see an advanced screening of ‘The Sentence,’ a moving documentary released this week on HBO that follows the lives of three girls after their mother, Cindy Shank, begins serving a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence for a drug conspiracy.” (10/17/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/policing/spotlight/2018/10/16/abramoff-lobbyist-mandatory-minimums-prison-reform-policing-usa/1652192002

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41) Unleash the Zuckerberg inquisition
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“As of this writing, Cop Block’s main Facebook page has been unpublished along with a number of its state affiliate pages. Gun Laws Don’t Work, V for Voluntary, Punk Rock Libertarians, and many other anti-state pages were also found guilty of heresy. This is where most libertarians flip their shit about Facebook’s censorship … on Facebook. I won’t debase myself in such a manner. Instead I will point out that it was foolish for so many anti-statists to centralized their content on a site owned and operated by a statist. While I recognize how easy Facebook makes it to reach a large audience, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” (10/16/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/10/16/unleash-the-zuckerberg-inquisition/

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42) Saudi Arabia considers itself untouchable due to oil and money
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Donald Trump and CNN don’t agree that often, but on this issue they’re on the exact same page. This is telling and highlights the increasingly obvious fact the Saudis believe they can get away with anything they want as long as they keep oil priced in dollars and money flowing into the coffers of our country’s incomprehensibly corrupt status quo. The Saudis have had U.S. leaders by the balls for many decades — a historical reality birthed by the petrodollar — but the monarchy’s untouchable position became more explicit after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Despite deep Saudis ties to this mass murder of American civilians, the royal family faced zero consequences. Instead, the U.S. government just went ahead and started invading other countries to advance imperial ambitions.” (10/16/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/10/16/saudi-arabia-considers-itself-untouchable-due-to-oil-and-money/

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43) Today I met a space alien (a play)
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“CHARACTERS: HUMAN Any gender, any age; ALIEN Any gender, any age … SETTING: The play is set by a river. HUMAN is dressed in casual clothes, ALIEN is wearing a hoodie and a baseball cap so its face is obscured. …. TIME: Daytime. … (Lights up, sound of a burbling creek. HUMAN sits beside a river with a stack of paper and a pen dressed casually. She is writing thoughtfully but with intensity. ALIEN appears behind her, its face obscured by a hoodie and baseball cap, hands in pockets, watching her write. HUMAN does not notice. She finishes writing a page, reads it back, and then tosses it in the water.) … ALIEN: That’s probably bad for the environment. … HUMAN: (Without looking up:) Environment’s fucked anyway. If it makes you feel better though, they’re biodegradable papers containing sodium carboxyl methyl cellulose.” [editor’s note: This is the dramatic treatment; her main page also has the narrative “short story” – SAT] (10/17/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/10/17/today-i-met-a-space-alien%e2%80%8a-%e2%80%8aa-play-by-caitlin-johnstone

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44) How Bitcoin can help nuclear reactors
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Lubomir Tassev

“The most economical, technically simple and safe way to operate nuclear power plants is to generate electricity at a constant rate and as close to full capacity as possible, according to the Nuclear Energy Agency. Bitcoin mining can help by utilizing the excess energy that reactors typically generate outside peak periods of consumption, reducing the stress of powering such facilities up and down.” (10/16/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/how-bitcoin-mining-can-help-nuclear-reactors/

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45) Who should we thank for all those wonderful fruits and vegetables? “Not Mother Nature”
Source: Heartland Institute
by Amanda Maxham

“Each vegetable that we enjoy has been transformed through thousands of human decisions into highly advanced products. In other words, into pieces of technology, much like an iPhone. But this isn’t something we celebrate, let alone acknowledge. In the grocery store, natural mythology reigns supreme. And anything that upsets that narrative is likely to be passed over by customers. When we see a smartphone or a computer, the curved lines of metal bezels and high-gloss black plastic immediately signal that this is something created by humans for humans. But with food it’s different. When we see the succulent curves of a tomato or the cheery and convenient yellow peel of a banana, we give the credit for these attractive qualities to the wrong thing entirely.” (10/16/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/10/who-should-we-thank-for-all-those-wonderful-fruits-and-vegetables-not-mother-nature/

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46) US job boom [sic] got its JOLT from Trumponomics
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“How extraordinary is this job boom? The government says that the number of jobs available has never been higher. There were 7.14 million jobs in August ready to be filled, an increase from July’s 7.1 million, which was also a record. This is the best time in decades to be seeking a job, even if you’re unemployed. That’s the easily drawn conclusion from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Job Openings and Labor Turnover (JOLTs) report, which is important but gets much less attention than the monthly payroll jobs and unemployment numbers. The JOLTs data say many things about our economy right now. For one thing, economic growth is blazing hot. August was the fifth month in a row in which the number of jobs exceeded the official number of unemployed. The 7.14 million of open jobs in August exceeded the number of unemployed, now at 5.96 million, by about 1.2 million. That’s never happened in the history of the series, which dates back to the end of 2000. Moreover, the number of new hires, at 5.78 million, is also a record.” (10/16/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/us-job-boom-jolts-trumponomics

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47) Worst in seven years: Trump administration posts massive budget deficit
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Interest payments on the national debt already approach $500 billion annually. Every uptick in the interest rate increases that number. At the current trajectory, the cost of paying the annual interest on the U.S. debt will equal the annual cost of Social Security within 30 years. American consumers face a similar problem in this rising interest rate environment. Total consumer credit rose to a record $3.94 trillion in August, according to the latest numbers from the Federal Reserve. The Trump administration brushed off the skyrocketing deficit. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said economic growth spurred by the tax cuts will eventually close the budget gap. … But will we actually get the promised growth as the debt continues to swell?” (10/16/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/10/16/worst-in-seven-years-trump-administration-posts-massive-budget-deficit/

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48) Not all cultures are created equal
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“There is a presumption in modern liberalism which seems to go hand in hand with liberalism’s embracing of multi-culturalism, that all cultures are created equal, but in fact, this view is wrong. I will argue that human progress is an ideal that goes hand in hand with a commitment to reason, science and humanism, and that while some aspects of multi-culturalism certainly are worth enjoying and even celebrating, others must be rejected out of hand.” [editor’s note: Even assuming a conflation of “liberalism” with “progressivism,” I’m unaware of any reason to believe that such a presumption actually exists – TLK] (10/16/18)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2018/10/not-all-cultures-are-created-equal.html

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49) Open borders and the welfare state
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“One might argue that we libertarians should join up with conservatives and liberals and support drug prohibition until Medicaid is abolished. The idea is that if we were to legalize drugs today, many drug addicts could use Medicaid to support their drug habit or rehab program, which would mean higher taxes for the rest of us. I hold that libertarians must continue hewing to principle and calling for the immediate end to the drug war, even if the potential exists for higher taxes. In other words, we should continue focusing on ending the wrongdoing — ie, the welfare state (and the taxation that funds it) — and continue standing on principle by steadfastly standing in favor of open borders and drug legalization.” (10/17/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/10/17/open-borders-and-the-welfare-state/

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50) In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, civil society and voluntary action saved lives
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Tho Bishop

“I was able to visit Bay County this past weekend to bring supplies to friends and family. For all the horror the storm brought, it’s also demonstrated the best of what society has to offer. In the face of incomprehensible hardship is a community that has rallied around each other for strength, comfort, and survival. While Federal, state, and local governments have been quick to respond to the storm’s aftermath, much of this work has been the spontaneous action of residents both in and outside of the impacted areas. The aftermath of Hurricane Michael is the perfect illustration of the importance of civil society and voluntary action given the inherent limits of state action.” (10/16/18)

https://mises.org/power-market/aftermath-hurricane-michael-civil-society-and-voluntary-action-saved-lives

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51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 10/17/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The attacks on free speech are not coming from uniformed government officials shutting down newspapers. But that doesn’t mean they are not coming from the government. How are ‘social media’ companies and government working together to turn us into a nation of sheep?” [Flash video] (10/17/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/the-corporatist-war-on-free-speech-are-we-a-nation-of-sheep

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52) Editor’s Break, episode 101
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 101 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: his thoughts on the practice of whistleblowing; whether people have a right to be an asshole and where; what it means to get ‘red-pilled’ and why this isn’t a terribly useful concept; and more.” [various formats] (10/17/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/whistleblowing-assholes-getting-red-pilled-22m-editors-break-101

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53) Essential Libertarianism, episode 48
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Harry Brown — Have You Forgotten? ‘The Lesser of Two Evils is Still Evil.’” [various formats] (10/17/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/10/17/the-lesser-of-two-evils-is-still-evil-el048/

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54) The Libertarian Angle, 10/16/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“What does the bankruptcy of Sears, Roebuck, and Company say about the free market? What does the purported assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi say about a supposed free society? Richard and FFF president Jacob Hornberger discuss.” [various formats] (10/16/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-khashoggi-murder-sears-bankruptcy/

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55) Blockchain 2025, 10/17/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Trust Machine by Alex Winters (Part 1): A blockchain documentary by the renouned Alex Winters narrated by Rosario Dawson with Joe Lubin as exec producer. We preview the Los Angeles screening which is less than 48 hours away.” [various formats] (10/17/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e507-Trust-Machine-by-Alex-Winters-Part-1

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56) Libertarian Larry Sharpe brings new ideas to New York
Source: Reason

“In New York, Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo wants to raise taxes. But John Stossel interviews an interesting candidate with a different plan–Libertarian Larry Sharpe. He proposes alternative ways to raise money. One idea is to lease naming rights on public infrastructure.” [Flash video] (10/17/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/10/17/stossel-larry-sharpe-a-candidate-with-be

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57) Scott Adams Says, 10/17/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks to Dr. Shiva — U.S. Senate candidate running against Warren — about DNA and more. With coffee.” [Flash video] [editor’s note: If you live in Massachusetts, or know someone who does, send them this link and tell them to watch. This guy is not only the perfect contender for Fakeahontas, he would be a real breath of fresh air in the Senate! (and yes, he does have some libertarian tendencies…) – SAT] (10/17/18)

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

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58) Radio Free California, episode 47
Source: National Review

“Will and guest Luke Thompson consider President Trump’s picks for the infamously liberal Ninth Circuit; express dismay at the tech billionaire who hopes to aid San Francisco’s homeless through higher taxes; and cheer the California civil rights activists who are (at last) fighting America’s most powerful climate bureaucracy, the California Air Resources Board. Intro music by Metalachi, the LA-based mariachi/metal band.” [various formats] (10/17/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/national-reviews-radio-free-california-podcast/episode-47-arise-ye-california-workers/

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59) Free Thoughts Podcast, 10/17/18
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Free Thoughts fan favorite Peter Van Doren joins us for a bonus episode to discuss the latest issue of Regulation Magazine.” [various formats] (10/17/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/regulation-magazine-fall-2018-peter-van-doren

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60) Electric Libertyland, episode 94
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland, Brian welcomes in Rodger Paxton of The Lava Flow podcast, PaxLibertas.com, and organizer of PORCFEST, where all of the Lions got absolutely hammered among libertarian brethren this past spring.” [various formats] (10/17/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/10/17/electric-libertyland-94-kanye-facebook-and-the-saudis-with-the-lava-flows-roger-paxton/

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61) Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 10/17/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Glenn Greenwald is host and he breaks down the rise of the most extreme right-wing candidate in the democratic world and explains why Brazil’s young and fragile democracy leaves it far more susceptible to a return of military rule than the older and more established democracies of Europe and North America. … Journalist Sarah Aziza gives an in-depth analysis of the alleged brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi that has rocked the journalistic world and started a debate over the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia.” [various formats] (10/17/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/10/17/upheaval-brazil-on-the-brink-the-saudi-regime-under-fire/

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62) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 18
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie begin by taking a look at Rabbit’s Revenge by Tom Morello featuring Bassnectar, Big Boi & Killer Mike.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/17/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/how-dare-you-with-antony-sammeroff-sounds-like-liberty-episode-18/

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63) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 259
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #259, Will Porter joins the show to cover the Turkish/Russian agreement that has delayed the Syrian offensive of rebel-held Idlib. The agreement had a deadline for all rebels to be out of the buffer zone by October 15th. The deadline has passed, but Russia, Syria, and Turkey continue to work towards implementing the agreed steps. Will explains why he is optimistic about recent developments in Syria. We also discuss Nikki Haley and Yemen.” [various formats] (10/17/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-259-progress-in-syria-guest-will-porter

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64) Free Talk Live, 10/16/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Profanity Ban :: Saudi Journalist Killed in Turkey :: UPS Union Scam :: NH Crypto Mecca :: Quitting Facebook :: Shirts :: Gary Johnson Wins NM Debate? :: Canadian Cannabis Legalization :: Irwin Schiff :: US Border Patrol’s Statement on Canadian Cannabis Users :: Voting :: NPC Meme :: Edgington Post — Travelogue 4 :: HOSTS — Ian, Vincent, Michael.” [Flash audio or MP3] (10/16/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-10-16

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 10/16/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

Phoebe Maltz Bovy (The Perils of ‘Privilege,’ What Would Phoebe Do?, The New Republic) and Kat Rosenfield (Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, Vulture) … White feminism, women’s anger, and Taylor Swift … Women as victims vs. women as oppressors … The viral ukulele song about women’s (supposed) fears … The men of the ‘Shitty Media Men’ list start to speak out (and sue) … Phoebe: #MeToo has been three different things, two good and one bad … Debating the ‘Grievance Studies’ academic hoax … Recommendations for what to stream tonight.” [Flash video] (10/16/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53890

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