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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Brexit: UK and EU “agree text” of draft withdrawal agreement
2) CNN sues Trump, top White House aides for barring Acosta
3) Saudis scramble to stop oil price slide
4) Reports: Trump eyes post-midterm shakeup
5) NJ: Supreme Court rules more than 20,000 DWI convictions could be tossed
6) GA: Federal judge orders election officials to preserve, count provisional ballots
7) Mysterious “creature” spotted in Jupiter’s clouds stuns NASA
8) Trump blames Secret Service for canceling cemetery trip in France
9) MT: Trump administration sides with tribes in drilling dispute
10) Marshall Islands: Heine faces challenge over national cryptocurrency plan
11) WI: School staff members file grievance over assaults by students
12) Food taste “not protected by copyright” rules EU court
13) Report: Boeing didn’t disclose possible fault in flight safety feature suspected in Lion Air crash
14) Melania Trump calls for ouster of top national security aide
15) TN: Incoming state house rep calls residents “racist,” GOP voters “uneducated”
16) Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Amnesty honour over “failure to condemn rights abuses”
17) Child left “heartbroken” after stuffed-animal snake confiscated at Johannesburg airport
18) Ireland: UFO spotted by multiple pilots prompts investigation
19) ME: Sore potential loser sues over ranked-voting system
20) AZ: McSally concedes defeat to Sinema in US Senate race

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Talkin’ Jim Acosta Hard Pass Blues
22) Beltway baloney on “speaking truth to power”
23) In Florida, recount fuels widening electoral distrust
24) Why we’ll win
25) Be especially careful when media and pundits “teach” you the history of Nazi Germany
26) Changes the GOP should love
27) PayPal’s corporate censorship
28) Amazon and America’s real divide
29) The left already winning the 2020 presidential race
30) Will Trump check his executive privilege?
31) Is a categorical denial of bail for accused sex offenders constitutional?
32) CA: Brown again blames fires on global warming; he couldn’t be more wrong
33) Legal immigration into the United States, part 19
34) Anti-porn Republicans haven’t gone anywhere
35) Feasibility Claims in the Debate over Anarchy versus the Minimal State
36) Is the attorney general unconstitutional?
37) Whistleblowers: The new “insider threat”
38) What next for US climate and energy policies?
39) Dems should drop “subpoena cannon” talk about Trump, learn from GOP mistakes
40) Does a falling money supply cause economic slumps?
41) A disarming new governor greets a more dangerous state
42) Il Duce Cuomo
43) Count every vote in Florida
44) Events
45) President Trump’s Iran policy — is it “normal?”
46) America should have skipped the war, not just the ceremony
47) We need a deal with China, not a trade war
48) Polly Toynbee tells us why government isn’t the way to run the country
49) The Korean War: The moral bankruptcy of interventionism
50) The charming luxury of train travel

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/13/18
52) Reality Check with Jeanne Allen, episode 45
53) Stossel: Why some capitalists are the worst enemies of capitalism
54) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 86
55) Scott Adams Says, 09/13/18
56) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 11/13/18
57) Postcards from Somalia, episode 19
58) Humans of Bitcoin, 11/13/18
59) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 111
60) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 82
61) Kick the Puppy, episode 11
62) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/13/18
63) Free Talk Live, 11/12/18
64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1282
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 11/12/18

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

1) Brexit: UK and EU “agree text” of draft withdrawal agreement
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“UK and EU officials have agreed the draft text of a Brexit agreement after months of negotiations. A cabinet source told the BBC that the document has been agreed at a technical level by officials from both sides after intensive discussions this week. A special cabinet meeting will be held at 14:00 GMT on Wednesday as Theresa May seeks ministers’ backing. The PM has been meeting ministers in Downing Street for one-to-one talks on the draft agreement. The pound surged against the dollar and the euro following the breakthrough — but analysts warned it could be short-lived, with the cabinet and Parliament yet to agree to the plans.” (11/13/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-46188790

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2) CNN sues Trump, top White House aides for barring Acosta
Source: CNN

“CNN has filed a lawsuit against President Trump and several of his aides, seeking the immediate restoration of chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s access to the White House. The lawsuit is a response to the White House’s suspension of Acosta’s press pass, known as a Secret Service ‘hard pass,’ last week. The suit alleges that Acosta and CNN’s First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban.” (11/13/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/13/media/cnn-sues-trump/index.html

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3) Saudis scramble to stop oil price slide
Source: RT [Russian state media]

“Saudi Arabia is moving quickly to halt the slide in oil prices, telegraphing a production cut intended to erase some of the re-emerging supply surplus. Saudi oil minister Khalid al-Falih said on Monday that the kingdom would slash oil exports by 500,000 bpd in December, a move that would go a long way to reversing the 1 million-barrel-per-day increase in output agreed to by OPEC+ in June. … The production cut would come just after crude oil officially entered bear market territory, falling 20 percent from its October peak. But it is unclear at this point if the rest of the OPEC+ coalition, including Russia, will join the Saudis.” (11/13/18)

https://www.rt.com/business/443828-saudis-oil-price-slide/

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4) Reports: Trump eyes post-midterm shakeup
Source: The Hill

“President Trump appears poised to make high-level staff changes in his administration, including replacing White House chief of staff John Kelly, as he gears up for his reelection campaign in 2020. The next top official on Trump’s chopping block could be Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, according to multiple media reports. Nielsen is a close ally of Kelly and speculation has mounted that her ouster could trigger the chief of staff’s departure. Kelly has reportedly fought to save Nielsen’s job when she has come under fire from Trump. Trump did not answer questions from reporters on Tuesday about Nielsen’s possible departure and other staff changes.” (11/13/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/416487-trump-eyes-post-midterm-shakeup

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5) NJ: Supreme Court rules more than 20,000 DWI convictions could be tossed
Source: Fox News

“More than 20,000 Breathalyzer tests might be tossed out after it was discovered the machines were apparently not properly calibrated. New Jersey State Police Sgt. Marc Dennis allegedly mishandled the devices that determine a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC), the state’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, according to NJ Advance Media. The justices unanimously found that criminal charges pending against Dennis — who oversaw the calibration of the devices as a coordinator with the State Police Alcohol Drug Testing Unit — made breath-testing device test results from five counties inadmissible as evidence. Livingston Reserve Officer Joe Cruz was patrolling the perimeter of the town’s Cinco de Mayo festival when he spotted an SUV driving erratically. The sergeant pleaded not guilty in January 2017 to official misconduct and records tampering charges after he was accused in 2016 of lying about the Breathalyzer machines on official documents. Authorities have alleged he skipped a required step in the calibration process.” (11/13/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/nj-supreme-court-rules-more-than-20000-dwi-convictions-could-be-tossed

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6) GA: Federal judge orders election officials to preserve, count provisional ballots
Source: The Hill

“A federal judge ordered state election officials in Georgia to preserve and count provisional ballots filed in the state’s midterm elections for the state’s outstanding gubernatorial contest. The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg ruled late Monday that Georgia’s secretary of state office must take steps to preserve provisional ballots and begin counting them, as well as set up a website or other official system to notify voters whether their ballots were or were not accepted. The judge also ruled that Georgia election officials cannot certify the election until Friday at 5:00 p.m., two days after the AP reports Georgia officials planned to call the race.” (11/13/18)

https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/416386-georgia-ordered-to-protect-provisional-ballots

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7) Mysterious “creature” spotted in Jupiter’s clouds stuns NASA
Source: Fox News

“Space enthusiasts have spotted what they claim is a mythical ‘creature’ hidden in the swirls of Jupiter’s cloud system. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently revealed a new, stunning image from its Juno spacecraft, which is currently circling the giant planet. The photo was snapped around 5 p.m. ET on Oct. 29 as the spacecraft made its 16th close flyby around Jupiter, according to a recent news release. At that time, Juno was just 4,400 miles from the floating clouds. ‘A Dragon’s Eye? What do you see within the swirling clouds of Jupiter?’ the NASA lab asked on Twitter. The question prompted a flurry of responses — with many allowing their imaginations to wander.” (11/13/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/science/mysterious-creature-in-jupiters-clouds-stuns-nasa-space-enthusaists

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8) Trump blames Secret Service for canceling cemetery trip in France
Source: USA Today

“Still fighting political flaps that arose during his weekend in France, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the Secret Service nixed a visit to a cemetery in the rain because the motorcade would have shut down Paris: ‘By the way, when the helicopter couldn’t fly to the first cemetery in France because of almost zero visibility, I suggested driving,’ he Tweeted. ‘Secret Service said NO, too far from airport & big Paris shutdown. Speech next day at American Cemetary in pouring rain! Little reported-Fake News!’ … The statement said nothing about a possible motorcade. Trump, who traveled to Paris for a series of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, spent Saturday afternoon out of the public eye. ommy Vietor, a spokesman for the National Security Council for President Barack Obama, called Trump’s second-guessing of the Secret Service ‘a lie.’ The Secret Service ‘advises on security but the President makes the final call,’ Vietor said on Twitter. ‘He chose to skip the memorial.’” (11/13/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/11/13/donald-trump-secret-service-cemetery-trip-france/1986252002

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9) MT: Trump administration sides with tribes in drilling dispute
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Trump administration plans to appeal a federal court ruling that would allow oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to Native American tribes in Montana and Canada, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday. Zinke said it would be inappropriate to allow drilling in northwestern Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine area, site of the creation story for the Blackfoot tribes. He’s asked government attorneys to appeal a September ruling that reinstated a nearly 10-square-mile (26-square-kilometer) oil and gas lease in the area bordering the Blackfeet Reservation and Glacier National Park. The lease had been cancelled under President Barack Obama at the urging of the tribes and environmentalists before it was reinstated by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon. ‘I have tremendous respect for the Blackfeet Nation and strongly believe resource development in these most sacred of lands would be inappropriate,’ Zinke said in a Tuesday interview with The Associated Press. An appeal will pit Zinke’s agency against an oil and gas company’s development plans — a relatively uncommon position for the pro-energy Trump administration. Lease owner Solenex LLC of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had urged Zinke to uphold its drilling rights.” (11/13/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Trump-administration-sides-with-tribes-in-13388193.php

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10) Marshall Islands: Heine faces challenge over national cryptocurrency plan
Source: Bitcoin.com

“The president of the Marshall Islands, Hilda Heine, has narrowly survived a no-confidence vote. One of the principal catalysts for the challenge to Heine’s leadership has been opposition to her plan to introduce a national virtual currency. … Despite the lack of formal political parties in the Marshall Islands, Heine’s opposition appears to have been led by Casten Nemra, the country’s former president. Nemra has argued that Heine’s plans to introduce a state-backed digital currency, the Sovereign, have tarnished the government’s international reputation. Eight Marshallese senators supported this claim against Heine before the no-confidence vote was brought to parliament.” (11/13/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/marshall-islands-national-cryptocurrency-plan/

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11) WI: School staff members file grievance over assaults by students
Source: Racine Journal Times

“In a grievance filed with the Racine Unified School District administration, Mitchell Middle School staff members describe a difficult teaching/learning environment, with reports of 15 staff injured by students, including one who was stabbed by a sharp object in the hall. The purported pandemonium is detailed in an Oct. 11 grievance filed with Unified titled ‘Mitchell Middle School is in Crisis.’ It is signed by more than 70 Mitchell staff members and depicts a school out of control. The grievance states that it resulted from a series of ’emergency meetings’ on Oct. 10.” [hat tip — Dave Kristopeit] (11/13/18)

https://journaltimes.com/news/local/grievance-mitchell-middle-school-in-crisis-staff-injured-by-students/article_8e4acde7-7efe-5cd6-8187-9f8bf6a45f26.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-2

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12) Food taste “not protected by copyright” rules EU court
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The taste of a food cannot be protected by copyright, the EU’s highest legal authority has ruled in a case involving a Dutch cheese. The European Court of Justice said the taste of food was too ‘subjective and variable’ for it to meet the requirements for copyright protection. The court was asked to rule in the case of a spreadable cream cheese and herb dip, Heksenkaas, produced by Levola. Levola argued another cheese, Witte Wievenkaas, infringed its copyright. The firm claimed that Heksenkaas was a work protected by copyright; it asked the Dutch courts to insist Smilde, the producers of Witte Wievenkaas, cease the production and sale of its cheese. The Court of Justice of the European Union was asked by Netherlands’ court of appeal to rule on whether the taste of a food could be protected under the Copyright Directive.” (11/13/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46193818

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13) Report: Boeing didn’t disclose possible fault in flight safety feature suspected in Lion Air crash
Source: CNBC

“Boeing failed to warn the airline industry about a potentially dangerous feature in its a new flight-control system that is suspected of playing a role in the fatal Lion Air crash in Indonesia last month, The Wall Street Journal reported late on Monday. … The system in question is designed to help pilots avoid raising a plane’s nose too high, which can cause it to stall, according to the report. The potential fault in the system is that it can push the plane’s nose down ‘unexpectedly and so strongly’ that pilots can’t pull it back up even when flying manually, the report said. It added that when that happens, the plane could dive or crash. Boeing revealed the possible fault in a bulletin to airlines about a week after the Lion Air crash, the report indicated.” (11/13/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/13/lion-air-crash-boeing-withheld-information-on737-max-planes-wsj-says.html

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14) Melania Trump calls for ouster of top national security aide
Source: CNN

“First lady Melania Trump, in a remarkable move carried out by her spokeswoman, publicly pushed for the ouster of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel. ‘It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that (Ricardel) no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,’ the first lady’s communications director Stephanie Grisham said in a statement on Tuesday. The statement amounted to a stunning public rebuke by a first lady of a senior official serving in her husband’s administration. It came after reports surfaced earlier Tuesday indicating Ricardel would be pushed out of her post after less than seven months on the job.” (11/13/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/13/politics/melania-trump-mira-ricardel/index.html

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15) TN: Incoming state house rep calls residents “racist,” GOP voters “uneducated”
Source: Fox News

“A newly-elected Tennessee state lawmaker is apologizing after a video surfaced of the Democrat calling her state ‘racist’ and claiming that most of its residents who ‘voted Republican are uneducated.’ The eyebrow-raising comments from London Lamar, a Democrat who is set to take office in January after running uncontested in the state’s House District 91 in the Memphis area, were made last week in a Facebook Live video posted the morning after the midterm elections. ‘Let’s just call a spade a spade. Tennessee is racist. Period,’ Lamar says in the video, which has been uploaded on several news websites after being taken off Facebook. ‘Most of the Tennesseans who voted Republican are uneducated. So, they don’t even know that they showed up to the polls to vote against their own interest,’ Lamar says at another point in the video. ‘They literally voted on color lines.’ On Monday, Lamar, in a Facebook post addressing the footage, described it as a ‘statistical analysis of the midterm elections based on my numerous years of political experience.’” (11/13/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/london-lamar-incoming-tennessee-state-rep-calls-residents-racist-republican-voters-uneducated

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16) Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Amnesty honour over “failure to condemn rights abuses”
Source: Metro [UK]

“Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of another prestigious honour because of human rights violations in Myanmar. Amnesty International has withdrawn its Ambassador of Conscience Award, citing a ‘shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for.’ Suu Kyi’s international reputation as a rights icon is in pieces and Amnesty’s move is the latest in a string of rescinded accolades. … Institutions that once showered Suu Kyi with titles are rapidly distancing themselves from a leader they argue is doing little in the face of alleged genocide and ethnic cleansing against its Rohingya minority.” (11/13/18)

https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/13/aung-san-suu-kyi-stripped-of-honour-over-her-failure-to-condemn-rights-abuses-8134148/

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17) Child left “heartbroken” after stuffed-animal snake confiscated at Johannesburg airport
Source: USA Today

“A five-year-old boy’s stuffed animal snake was allegedly confiscated at the airport, leaving him ‘heartbroken,’ according to Fox News and South African newspaper The Times. The plush snake, which was a recent birthday from his grandmother, was taken at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport Friday. In a series of tweets, the boy’s mother, Nicole Fritz, showed an image of the toy in question and explained what happened as they were going through security. ‘This is the soft toy python taken from my son by @Airports_ZA . He is heartbroken,’ she wrote. ‘It was his fifth birthday present, given only last week, from his grandmother.’ She continued, ‘The justification from @Airports_ZA is that it is a replica but as you can tell only a half-wit would mistake it for the real thing. It looks only like what it is: a child’s plush toy.’” (11/13/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2018/11/13/child-heartbroken-after-stuffed-animal-snake-confiscated-airport/1986418002

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18) Ireland: UFO spotted by multiple pilots prompts investigation
Source: CNet News

“Pilots flying over Ireland on Friday reported seeing an unidentified flying object, or possibly objects, spurring an investigation into the UFO (or UFOs) by the Irish Aviation Authority. The sighting was recorded over radio traffic between air traffic control in Shannon, Ireland, and multiple pilots.” (11/12/18)

https://www.cnet.com/news/ufo-spotted-by-multiple-pilots-prompts-investigation/

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19) ME: Sore potential loser sues over ranked-voting system
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Fighting for political survival, Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin joined a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to overturn Maine’s new voting system, used for the first time last week in U.S. House and Senate elections. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to stop the vote tabulations and to declare ranked-choice voting to be unconstitutional, clearing the way for Poliquin to be declared the victor. The secretary of state declined a separate request to stop the election process without a court order. The first round of voting on Election Day ended with Poliquin and Democrat Jared Golden both collecting 46 percent of the vote in Maine’s huge, largely rural 2nd Congressional District, with Poliquin maintaining a slim edge of about 2,000 votes in unofficial returns. ‘I won the election fair and square,’ Poliquin said Tuesday, declaring the lawsuit is necessary to test the constitutionality of the voting system.” (11/13/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Lawsuit-targets-Maine-s-ranked-choice-voting-13387678.php

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20) AZ: McSally concedes defeat to Sinema in US Senate race
Source: CBS News

“Republican Rep. Martha McSally has conceded Arizona’s Senate race to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. McSally made the announcement in a video posted to Twitter. She said: ‘I just called Kyrsten Sinema and congratulated her on becoming Arizona’s first female senator after a hard-fought battle.’ The race between Sinema and McSally was one of the most closely watched in the nation. Sinema was declared the winner Monday as her lead grew insurmountable during Arizona’s lengthy vote-count, The Associated Press reports.” (11/13/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/arizona-senate-race-kyrsten-sinema-defeats-martha-mcsally-to-become-states-first-female-senator-election-results-vote-count/

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

21) Talkin’ Jim Acosta Hard Pass Blues
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“The First Amendment protects not only a free press but freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of peaceable assembly to petition the government for redress of grievances. Does this mean that anyone who wants to report, speak, pray or just have a non-violent political get-together must be allowed to do so at the White House, on demand?” (11/13/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14062

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22) Beltway baloney on “speaking truth to power”
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“Lying and piety go together in Washington like ham and eggs. After 9/11, a profusion of government falsehoods on Iraq and other topics ravaged official credibility. The political class responded with an endless profusion of promises to ‘speak truth to power.’ Unfortunately, there are far more Washingtonians praising honesty than there are honest politicians.” (11/13/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/beltway-baloney-on-speaking-truth-to-power/

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23) In Florida, recount fuels widening electoral distrust
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Warren Richey & Linda Feldmann

“There are 27,195 reasons why Republicans in Florida distrust Brenda Snipes. And there are at least the same number of reasons Democrats are standing by her. Broward County’s supervisor of elections has been at the center of a number of election controversies in her 15 years on the job. But there has never been anything quite like this. On election night, Gov. Rick Scott (R) appeared headed for victory in his bid to oust incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D). Then something unusual started to happen. In the days after the election, a steady influx of votes from heavily Democratic Broward County began to appear in the Scott-Nelson race. By Friday, the influx totaled 27,195 more votes for Senator Nelson. Scott’s lead in the race diminished to fewer than 13,000 votes. A similar tightening took place in the closely watched gubernatorial contest between Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D) and former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R).” (11/13/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/1113/Vote-counts-In-Florida-recount-fuels-widening-electoral-distrust

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24) Why we’ll win
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“A free, post-scarcity world will not be prevented by archaic systems scratching and clawing to retain their domination. We will evolve freely, unburdened by an unfortunate past. This will happen, and today I’m going to tell you why. But more than that, I want you to understand that we deserve to win, and that the future — the world of our children, grandchildren, and so on — very much needs us to win. Our culture stands for — and supports in action — the things that make life thrive on Earth.” (11/13/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/why-well-win/

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25) Be especially careful when media and pundits “teach” you the history of Nazi Germany
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“I once was taking a course on the history of the Roman Empire … in which the lecturer at the end of the course engaged the ever-popular topic of ‘why did the Roman Empire fall?’ He made an interesting observation that could equally well be applied to many of the great questions of history — that many explanations said more about the time the explanations were made in than they necessarily said about the historical period being studied. Edward Gibbon was part of an 18th century anti-religious enlightenment movement and thus concluded the Roman Empire was brought down by Christianity …. Victorians found the Romans fell due to moral dissipation, Marxists discovered it was due to class warfare, and modern academics steeped in environmental sustainability have found that the Empire collapsed due to various man-made environmental disasters (e.g. lead drinking water pipes). I have found that a lot of what is said about Nazi Germany follows much the same rule. Because Nazi Germany represents for most the single greatest national embodiment of evil in history, people are always looking to associate what they don’t like with Nazi German and Hitler.” (11/13/18)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2018/11/be-especially-careful-when-media-and-pundits-teach-you-the-history-of-nazi-germany.html

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26) Changes the GOP should love
Source: The American Spectator
by William Murchison

“Complacency of any sort buries the complacent. In politics — as the events of last week should remind us — the digging in of heels and the pious recitation of creeds doesn’t win elections. Activity wins elections. Intelligent repositioning wins elections. Reassessments win elections. And, brother, we’d better hope the Republicans catch on fast to that ageless truth.” (11/13/18)

https://spectator.org/changes-the-gop-should-love/

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27) PayPal’s corporate censorship
Source: spiked
by Fraser Myers

“Last week, PayPal froze the account of Tommy Robinson after receiving a 60,000-strong petition from campaign group SumOfUs calling for him to be struck off its books. The group’s executive director, Hannah Lownsbrough, wrote in the Guardian that PayPal’s decision ‘will send an earthshaking message to the global far right: huge corporations will not enable your hatred.’ The ban was ‘proof that people can take on big corporations and win,’ she said. But while politicians, the Twitterati and much of the old media see themselves as ‘taking on’ the internet giants, the pressure piled on them to purge their platforms of ‘extreme’ political views is actually handing them vast amounts of unchecked power. Where tech companies were once keen to present themselves as neutral platforms, Silicon Valley is now expected to decide which political views it considers acceptable or beyond the pale.” (11/13/18)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/11/13/paypals-corporate-censorship/

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28) Amazon and America’s real divide
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Reich

“While America was fixated on the most tumultuous midterm election in modern history, Amazon reportedly decided that its much-vaunted ‘second headquarters’ would be split between Long Island City in Queens and Crystal City, across the Potomac from Washington, D.C. What does Amazon’s decision have to do with America’s political tumult? Turns out, quite a lot. Amazon’s main headquarters is in Seattle, one of the bluest cities in the bluest of states. New York and metropolitan Washington are true-blue, too. Amazon could have decided to locate its second headquarters in, say, Indianapolis, Indiana. Indianapolis vigorously courted the firm. Indianapolis is also a Republican city in a bright red state. Amazon’s decision wasn’t based on political partisanship, but it reveals much about the real political and economic divide in America today.” (11/13/18)

http://prospect.org/article/amazon-and-america%E2%80%99s-real-divide

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29) The left already winning the 2020 presidential race
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“The day after democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her Democratic primary last June, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary reported a 1,500 percent increase in searches for the word ‘socialism’ on its website. Overall, socialism and fascism have become its most-searched words — a telling commentary. In the midterm elections, Ocasio-Cortez and another charismatic democratic socialist, Rashid Tlaib (D-Mich.), won seats in the House, and universal healthcare emerged as a potent, unifying issue that helped deliver Democrats control of that chamber. The cornerstone of the passing era is hostility toward taxes, regulation and public investment. The era began with the election of President Ronald Reagan in 1980, but it was a Democratic president, Bill Clinton, who expressed its motto most memorably. ‘The era of big government is over,’ Clinton proclaimed in his 1996 State of the Union. The white flag of surrender has flown over the Democratic Party ever since, with an all-too-brief interlude during Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign.” [editor’s note: This guy often has good insights; I’ll leave it to you to decide if this is one of those times or not – SAT] (11/13/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/2020_presidential_race_progressive_left_policy_single_payer.html

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30) Will Trump check his executive privilege?
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“While pundits debate whether there was a blue wave in last week’s midterm elections–there was–the White House is bracing for an onslaught from the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. Democrats are preparing to subpoena the Trump administration on at least 85 different matters. The list of targets include trivial and weighty subjects alike, the latter including Trump’s tax returns, the Russia investigation, the migrant family separation policy, the travel ban, and whether Trump is using the presidency to enrich his personal businesses. Two opposing forces will shape these investigations: Congress’s power to oversee the executive branch, and the executive branch’s power to keep certain documents from Congress. Though executive privilege is not mentioned in the Constitution, the courts consider its use by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to be the next best thing. Presidents from both parties have, with varying degrees of success, invoked the separation of powers to keep the executive branch’s internal deliberations hidden from the federal judiciary and from Congress.” (11/13/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152214/will-trump-check-executive-privilege

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31) Is a categorical denial of bail for accused sex offenders constitutional?
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Paul Cassell

“The Supreme Court will soon consider whether to grant a certiorari petition filed by Arizona, which involves a voter-approved amendment to the Arizona Constitution rendering a defendant categorically ineligible for bail if ‘the proof is evident or the presumption great’ that he committed sexual assault. In a 4-3 divided opinion, the Arizona Supreme Court concluded that this amendment was unconstitutional. Arizona has sought review of that decision. Along with counsel of record Allyson Ho and her colleagues at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Steve Twist at Arizona Voice for Crime Victims, I have filed an amicus brief urging the Court to grant review. Our brief argues that nothing in the Constitution prohibits the States from empowering trial courts to protect crime victims by denying defendants bail when — as determined by a trial judge after a full and fair adversarial process — the proof is evident that the defendant committed a sexually violent offense.” [editor’s note: Why file an amicus brief arguing that the Constitution doesn’t prohibit what it clearly prohibits? – TLK] (11/13/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/11/13/are-categorical-denials-of-bail-constitu

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32) CA: Brown again blames fires on global warming; he couldn’t be more wrong
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“California once again is burning, with hundreds of thousands of tinder-dry acres going up in flames. Gov. Jerry Brown says it’s global warming. President Trump blames forest mismanagement. Who’s right? On Saturday, Trump tweeted: ‘There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor. Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!’ Brown’s take was, well, different: ‘Managing all the forests in everywhere we can does not stop climate change,’ he said. ‘And those who deny that are definitely contributing to the tragedies that we’re now witnessing, and will continue to witness in the coming years.’ Neither politician will get any points for political delicacy in their remarks. It seems to be part and parcel of today’s politics. But Trump seems to know more about the causes of the California conflagration than Brown.” (11/12/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/californias-gov-brown-global-warming-blame

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33) Legal immigration into the United States, part 19
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Jacques Delacroix

“Admitting immigrants legally for the benefit of American society need not be bureaucratically demanding. The existing H-1B visa program could fairly easily be turned into a merit system. It would require only minor tweaking. The main tweak would be to forbid or, at least, to restrict severely employers’ reliance on labor contractors through which most of the abuses occur, I believe. (See, for example, the infamous Disney case, described below.) Let each employer applying for such visas be squarely on record as vouching for the individual beneficiaries’ quality.” (11/13/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/11/13/legal-immigration-into-the-united-states-part-19-how-to-go-about-it/

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34) Anti-porn Republicans haven’t gone anywhere
Source: Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“There’s been a ‘total abandonment of pornography as a battleground in America’s culture war,’ writes Politico reporter Tim Alberta in ‘How the GOP Gave Up on Porn.’ He couldn’t be more wrong. The flashpoints have shifted certainly since the 1970s and ’80s, when Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority teamed with second-wave feminists to take on Playboy and Hustler. And social conservatives’ embrace of President Donald Trump does present a stark contrast to earlier eras. … But such hypocrisy should not be mistaken for a radical repositioning of Republican dogma on ‘obscenity.’ The dreams of Falwell Sr. and his radfem counterparts are still very much alive in the Republican Party.” (11/13/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/11/13/porn-panic-in-politics-never-left

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35) Feasibility Claims in the Debate over Anarchy versus the Minimal State
Source: Libertarian Papers
by Brad Taylor

“Accusations of infeasibility or utopianism are common in debates over libertarian institutions, but exactly what we mean when we say an idea is ‘utopian’ or ‘infeasible’ is often left unspecified. After reviewing recent philosophical work attempting to clarify the concept of ‘feasibility,’ I consider how the concept has been deployed in the debate among libertarians over anarchy and the minimal state.” [abstract — full paper available as PDF download] (11/12/18)

http://libertarianpapers.org/taylor-feasibility-anarchy-minimal-state/

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36) Is the attorney general unconstitutional?
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael D Ramsey

“In the New York Times, Neal Katyal and George Conway argue that the President’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General is unconstitutional: the problem, they say, is that Whitaker, who was Attorney General Sessions’ chief of staff, was never confirmed by the Senate; thus he’s not eligible to fill a position that requires Senate confirmation. At NBC News, Steve Vladeck argues persuasively that the appointment complies with the Federal Vacancies Reform Act …. But maybe the 1792 Act was unconstitutional. Katyal and Conway cite Justice Thomas’ opinion in NLRB v. Southwest General, where he argued that appointment of the acting General Counsel of the NLRB required Senate approval …” (11/12/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/11/12/is-the-attorney-general-unconstitutional/

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37) Whistleblowers: The new “insider threat”
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington

“Thanks to information recently released by the Senate Judiciary Committee, we now have fresh, incontrovertible evidence that elements of the Intelligence Community (IC) have monitored the communications of employees or contractors seeking to report waste, fraud, abuse or potential criminal conduct by IC agencies — including communications to House and Senate committees charged with oversight of the IC. And based on the available public evidence, we also know that nobody in the IC responsible for such domestic spying has lost their job or faced a criminal referral to the Justice Department. The implications of this are multiple and chilling, but first, some background.” (11/12/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/whistleblowers-new-insider-threat

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38) What next for US climate and energy policies?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“The ‘Blue Wave’ never really reached shore, the U.S. Senate is still in Republican hands, the House of Representatives flipped to Democratic control, Trump era deregulation and fossil fuel production efforts continue, several governorships and state houses went from red to blue — and almost all state renewable energy and carbon tax ballot initiatives went down in flames.” (11/12/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/11/what-next-for-u-s-climate-and-energy-policies/

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39) Dems should drop “subpoena cannon” talk about Trump, learn from GOP mistakes
Source: USA Today
by Kurt Bardella

“‘I want seven hearings a week, times 40 weeks.’ Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., my former boss, famously declared that in the days after Republicans won the House majority in 2010, as he prepared to become chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Internally, it was a cringe-worthy moment. Why? Because, we were unnecessarily setting up impossible-to-meet expectations for ourselves. The combination of our own enthusiasm for finding ourselves in the majority, the news media hype (which we stoked), and the hyper politicization of just about everything during the campaign, had created an environment in which the only way we could be successful was if we ‘got the goods’ on our investigative targets right away. Anything short of immediate success would enable our detractors to claim our lack of success was proof that we were all talk. That our investigations were nothing but political witch hunts and there was no ‘there’ there to discover. This really was a case of us not knowing what we didn’t know. In retrospect, we’d have been so much better off if we had just said nothing and let the process naturally take its course.” (11/13/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/11/13/democrats-investigate-donald-trump-subpoenas-last-resort-column/1976001002

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40) Does a falling money supply cause economic slumps?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak

“In his writings, Professor Milton Friedman blamed central bank policies for causing the Great Depression. According to Friedman, the Federal Reserve failed to pump enough reserves into the banking system to prevent a collapse in the money stock. In response to this failure, Friedman argued the money stock M1, which stood at $28.264 billion in October 1929; fell to $19.039 billion by April 1933 — a decline of almost 33%. … Contrary to Friedman’s conclusions, the fall in the money stock was a result — and not the cause — of the shrinking pool of wealth brought about by the previous loose monetary policies of the central bank.” (11/13/18)

https://mises.org/wire/does-falling-money-supply-cause-economic-slumps

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41) A disarming new governor greets a more dangerous state
Source: Independent Institute
by K Lloyd Billingsley

“Hours after Ian David Long murdered 12 people in Thousand Oaks last week, California governor-elect Gavin Newsom pledged to ‘raise the bar’ on gun control when he takes office in January. Outgoing governor Jerry Brown had vetoed ‘a number of things that I would have not vetoed,’ Newsom told reporters. He offered no specifics, but some clues are at hand.” (11/12/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/11/12/a-disarming-new-governor-greets-a-more-dangerous-state/

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42) Il Duce Cuomo
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“A federal judge has ruled that the National Rifle Association has a plausible case against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo; the NRA’s lawsuit, alleging that the organization’s rights have been violated by the governor, is going ahead. … What has Cuomo done? ‘I am directing the Department of Financial Services,’ he commanded, ‘to urge insurers and bankers statewide to determine whether any relationship they may have with the NRA or similar organizations sends the wrong message to their clients and their communities.’ Is this just regulatory business as usual, as defenders of Cuomo harrumph? Or is it a real violation of rights? It can be both.” (11/13/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/11/13/il-duce-cuomo/

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43) Count every vote in Florida
Source: Fox News
by Douglas E Schoen

“The 2018 election results in Florida are bringing back memories from the state’s recount following the 2000 presidential election. My position today remains unchanged from what it was then: count every vote. A week has passed since Floridians cast their ballots for governor and U.S. Senate, yet the close margins in both races continue to prevent the races from being called. Despite Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum initially conceding the election, Gillum’s decision to rescind his concession underscores that uncounted ballots may swing this race to either candidate. At question in the gubernatorial race is primarily Broward County. Broward County has been a focus of controversy over the past week due to claims from current Governor, and Senate candidate, Rick Scott who says that Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes has been involved in a wide variety of unlawful acts. I disagree with Governor Scott’s assessment and I firmly oppose all calls to end counting because, fundamentally, every vote should be counted. And since the gubernatorial election remains within less than one-half a percent, there should be a recount, too.” (11/13/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/doug-schoen-count-every-vote-in-florida

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44) Events
Source: Cobden Centre
by Tim Price

“Two hypothetical events currently hang over the UK economy and financial markets like the distended bowels of a hugely overfed dog. One is what is popularly referred to, by the Quisling press, as a ‘no-deal Brexit’ (variations on this theme include the ridiculous cliches ‘crashing out’ and ‘cliff-edge’), all of which could more fairly and accurately be described as simply a UK exit from the EU on World Trade Organisation terms, saving us £40 billion in the process. The other is a Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell ‘government.’ These hypotheticals are not mutually exclusive. The former could plausibly give rise to the latter.” (11/13/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/11/events/

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45) President Trump’s Iran policy — is it “normal?”
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“It’s not often that US Government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a ‘liberation.’ The 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a ‘humanitarian intervention.’ And so on. So, in a way, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was refreshingly honest last week when, speaking about newly-imposed US sanctions, he told the BBC that the Iranian leadership ‘has to make a decision that they want their people to eat.’ It was an honest admission that new US sanctions are designed to starve Iranians unless the Iranian leadership accepts US demands.” (11/12/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/president-trumps-iran-policy-normal

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46) America should have skipped the war, not just the ceremony
Source: Antiwar.com
by David Stockman

“[T]he 100-year anniversary of the Armistice of November 11, 1918 is not about just another historical date passing a big round number. Instead, it is a reminder that the Great War and the Carthaginian Peace which followed was the incubator for almost all the ills of the next 100 years — and not just the Stalinist nightmare in Russia, Nazi Germany and the holocaust or the long gray night of Cold War during which the Nuclear Sword Of Damocles hung precariously over the planet. It also gave rise to the Big Government interventionist state in America; turned the Federal Reserve from a decentralized ‘bankers’ bank’ into an all-powerful fiscal arm of Washington and eventually the monetary central planner for the nation; and most insidiously of all, generated the baleful notion of America as the Indispensable Nation and the follies of Empire which have flowed therefrom. Needless to say, amidst all it harrumphing about the Donald’s ‘no show’ at Belleau Wood, Imperial Washington is showing it true colors.” (11/13/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/david_stockman/2018/11/12/america-should-have-skipped-the-war-not-just-the-ceremony/

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47) We need a deal with China, not a trade war
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by Gary Shapiro

“President Donald Trump is right to address unfair practices by China as it re-emerges as a global economic and political leader. China has forced American technology transfer, stolen business secrets and intellectual property, and used ambiguous laws to hurt American companies. While President Xi has reduced corruption and strategically targeted technologies for investment, he has also imprisoned huge numbers of Chinese citizens, eliminated data privacy and expanded social control to accelerate a Chinese advantage in future data-driven industries. China’s big-picture economic strategy relies on investment, data and restricting individual liberty. President Trump has continued the strategy of his predecessors by attacking China’s unfair economic practices. While President Trump seems to have ignored China’s human rights abuses and expanding territorial claims, Vice President Pence recently spoke at the Hudson Institute directly and critically on these issues.” (11/13/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/trade-war-china-deal

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48) Polly Toynbee tells us why government isn’t the way to run the country
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Not that Polly Toynbee will realise this of course but she’s just told us why government, politics, isn’t the way to run the or a country. Sure, we’ve the Hayekian point that no one can ever know enough, in detail and in time, to be able to actually run something as complex as the interactions of 66 million people. But over and above that we’ve the incentives and desires of those who would be doing the running.” (11/13/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/politics/polly-toynbee-tells-us-why-government-isnt-the-way-to-run-the-country/

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49) The Korean War: The moral bankruptcy of interventionism
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“An article in Sunday’s New York Times entitled ‘Remembering the Forgotten War’ demonstrates perfectly the moral bankruptcy of the philosophy of foreign interventionism. Calling for the Korean War to become more highly remembered, the author, Hampton Sides, extols some of the popular justifications for subjecting U.S. troops to death, injury, and maiming in the Korean War. … Sides ignores the fact that the Korean War was actually a civil war, not a war between two independent and sovereign nations. … Another aspect of the Korean War that Sides fails to mention is conscription. The U.S. military didn’t have enough men to intervene against the North Korean regime, and not enough American men were volunteering for ‘service.’ So, Truman and the military resorted to conscription. That means that they were forcing American men, against their will, to go to Korea and kill or be killed.” (11/13/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/11/13/the-korean-war-the-moral-bankruptcy-of-interventionism/

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50) The charming luxury of train travel
Source: American Institute for Economy Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“[P]lane travel these days is enormously frustrating. Old timers will tell you that it is entirely ruined. The security searches, being treated like a criminal, the long lines, the crowds, the unreliable schedules, the cuts in amenities, the nonstop demands for proof of identity, the high cost of everything in the airport — it all adds up. The time you spend in the apparatus of travel is two, three, or four times as long as the travel itself. … I have my answer: the railroad.” (11/12/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/charming-luxury-train-travel

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51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/13/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The International Atomic Energy Agency has again found Iran in compliance with the JCPOA nuclear deal — despite the US re-imposition of sanctions. Trump’s National Security Advisor, John Bolton, said this week he would ‘squeeze hard’ until the ‘pips squeak.’ Will sanctions after sanctions work … or are they just isolating the US?” [Flash video] (11/13/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/iran-again-found-in-complianceyet-bolton-vows-to-squeeze-hard

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52) Reality Check with Jeanne Allen, episode 45
Source: National Review

“Denise Gallucci, chief executive officer of GEMS Education Americas, works tirelessly within and outside of her own company to help build a global citizenry among learners at all levels who can contribute positively and make real change in their own lives and for the world. Denise joins Jeanne on Reality Check to discuss her experiences as an award-winning educator, successful businesswoman, and chief executive that have led her to believe education is ‘the link between people all over the world.’” [various formats] (11/13/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/reality-check-with-jeanne-allen/episode-45-putting-education-in-reach-of-every-child/

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53) Stossel: Why some capitalists are the worst enemies of capitalism
Source: Reason

“Sen. Bernie Sanders recently came up with a new business to attack: Amazon. Sanders said Amazon didn’t pay its workers enough and because of that, many qualified for government assistance. At first, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos defended his company. That was the right thing to do, says John Stossel. … Bezos caved. He declared that all Amazon workers would now all be paid $15 an hour or more. That higher wage sounds good to most people, but Stossel point out that while the higher minimum is good for workers who have jobs now, it can shut out beginners.” [Flash video] (11/13/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/11/13/stossel-enemy-of-capitalism-capitalists

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54) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 86
Source: Roll Call

“Democratic Rep. Nita M. Lowey of New York is expected to lead the powerful House appropriations panel in the new Congress and she already has a list of priorities she will be pursuing. CQ’s budget and appropriations reporter Kellie Mejdrich gives us a rundown of what those are and where Lowey may find common ground or clash with the Trump administration.” [various formats] (11/13/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/democrat-reshape-priorities-spending-panel

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55) Scott Adams Says, 09/13/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about CNN teaming up with White Supremacists, anti-science Democrats, Macron, and coffee.” [Flash video] (11/13/18)

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

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56) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 11/13/18
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we speak with ‘Bodied’ director Joseph Kahn. Kahn is a filmmaker and Grammy-award-winning music video director who has directed videos for Taylor Swift, Imagine Dragons, Blink-182, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, and many other best-selling artists.” [various formats] (11/13/18)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-bodied-with-director-joseph-kahn/

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57) Postcards from Somalia, episode 19
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“On this episode we discuss the solemn and sacred rituals of that most hallowed institution, The American State.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/13/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/postcards-from-somalia-episode-19-the-religion-of-the-masses/

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58) Humans of Bitcoin, 11/13/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Rory [MacDonald] has become the defacto ‘Bitcoin Guy’ in the MMA circuit. The current Bellator Welterweight World Champion, we talk about his life as a pro fighter and thoughts on cryptocurrency.” [various formats] (11/13/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e553-Rory-MacDonald-MMA-and-Bitcoin

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59) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 111
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Did the latest election make you or your fellow citizens more free? Find out all the details here. What’s in the News with stories on government murder, Jeff Sessions is gone, jury nullification, Right to Bear Arms, taxation is theft, and bad cops. And, a Statists Gonna State segment on a bevy of news from the FDA.” [various formats] (11/13/18)

https://thelavaflow.com/election-update-tlf111/

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60) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 82
Source: Libertarianism.org

“During the speakership crisis, political party lines were strictly defined by the slavery issue, which only inched the country closer to civil war.” [various formats] (11/13/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/libertypublicans

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61) Kick the Puppy, episode 11
Source: Attack The System

“Mass shooting in California, Thousand Oaks was ranked third safest city in America, ‘we don’t know how to stop mass shootings,’ overnight celebrity, midterm elections, how great the U.S. economy is doing, the Antifa at Tucker Carlson’s home, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she can’t afford to move to DC before job in Congress starts, Girl Scouts sue Boy Scouts over name change, dueling culture, gangsters and librarians, all U.S. National Parks free to enter on Sunday, Bring Your Own Knife, surgery students losing dexterity to stitch patients, kids’ apps are crammed with ads, government workers, cryptocurrency millionaire wants to build a utopia in Nevada, thousands of Swedes are inserting microchips under their skin, cashless world.” [Flash audio] (11/11/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/11/13/kick-the-puppy-episode-11/

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62) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/13/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Some of the large drivers of financial problems facing consumers are the regulators who are trying to protect us. New Cato senior fellow Todd Zywicki comments.” [various formats] (11/13/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/debt-credit-consumer-protection

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63) Free Talk Live, 11/12/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Dayna Martin, co-organizer of Anarchapulco joins us to discuss the 2019 event. :: Why Start Homeschooling Now :: Racism? :: Socialism and Fascism :: Sexual Attraction and Conversion Therapy :: Child Sex Dolls :: Govt Schools :: Freedom and Intelligence :: Code Enforcement Nightmare :: Amtrak :: Edgington Post — Adam Andrzejewski :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/12/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-11-12

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64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1282
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Elliot Resnick and Gene Epstein debate the resolution: ‘Israel should keep every inch of land it currently possesses.’” [various formats] (11/12/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1282-debate-should-israel-give-up-territory/

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 11/12/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Tim Wu (Columbia Law School, timwu.org, The Master Switch) … Tim’s new book, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age … Tim: We’re approaching a Standard Oil–like consolidation in tech … Some subtle negative effects of monopoly … Type in ‘batteries’ on Amazon, and the first result is batteries made by Amazon … Tim critiques Robert Bork’s famous critique of antitrust law … Why Bob is worried about monopoly in artificial intelligence … Mark Zuckerberg as the ‘bad king’ of tech … How Google and Amazon might be broken up.” [Flash video] (11/12/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/54103

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