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Volume XV, Issue #3,848
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
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In the News:

1) FCC expected to announce plans to ax corporate welfare for Big Data (aka “Net Neutrality”) this week
2) Report: One Border Patrol thug killed, one injured when victims defend themselves with rocks
3) Alabama news outlet responds to Roy Moore lawsuit threat: Bring it on
4) Trump says US will designate North Korea as just like the US
5) Yellen to step down from Federal Reserve board
6) Dershowitz: Mueller “going well beyond his authority as prosecutor”
7) Elephant advocates sue Trump administration on trophy hunting
8) Trump regime will sue to block AT&T purchase of Time Warner
9) Bizarre shape of interstellar asteroid
10) Tillerson issues statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance
11) New York Times star reporter suspended after sex harassment claim
12) TX: Woman, 18, killed by non-drunk man taking breathalyzer test while driving
13) TX: Woman with “F__k Trump” sticker adds new one: “F__k Troy Nehls”
14) UT: Opening for Romney Senate bid gets wider
15) Keystone XL pipeline gets Nebraska regime’s approval
16) Our ancient Neanderthal relatives went extinct much later than we thought
17) Germany: Regime bans kids’ smartwatches that can be used for eavesdropping
18) Kenya: High court rules on months-long leadership battle
19) Okinawa: US troops restricted to base, alcohol prohibited after deadly crash
20) New allegation against Franken, this time met with silence

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Should the FBI be abolished?
22) The government is not your mom and can’t force you to share
23) Twitter cracking down on promoting violence — with a major exception
24) Voluntary provision of a so-called public good
25) Daily hell of life in the Soviet Bloc
26) People learned to survive disease, we can handle Twitter
27) Disobedience is a virtue
28) Has Mueller abandoned the Trump/Russia collusion investigation?
29) Why are we helping Saudi Arabia destroy Yemen?
30) How corporate income taxation is misunderstood
31) Libertarianism, classical liberalism, right-wing populism, and democracy
32) Barbara Lee’s war on war
33) What happened to the “libertarian moment?”
34) Venezuela’s default disaster
35) It’s different when it’s our guy
36) Trump’s foreign policy, one year in
37) The white paper is dead — here’s what should replace it
38) How a half-educated tech elite delivered us into chaos
39) Top five myths about the Constitution
40) Scandals finally catch up with Clintons
41) How entrepreneurs helped ex-cons turn their lives around
42) As Hillary Clinton hovers, are Democrats moving on?
43) A basic principle about capital
44) Yesterday’s NOW
45) Barnier: UK can have “ambitious” Brexit trade deal — at a price
46) Is a military coup against Trump in the cards?
47) Wiping the stain of capital punishment clean
48) Pretext
49) How the sex scandals might accomplish what Donald Trump and Brexit couldn’t
50) “Brave spaces” are no answer to safe spaces

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Fresh Air, 11/20/17
52) The Bob Zadek Show, 11/19/17
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/20/17
54) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 322
55) Free Talk Live, 11/19/17

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

1) FCC expected to announce plans to ax corporate welfare for Big Data (aka “Net Neutrality”) this week
Source: The Week

“The Trump administration’s Federal Communications Commission is expected to announce its plans to begin dismantling of the Obama-era net neutrality rules this week, with an official rollback anticipated following a mid-December meeting, The Wall Street Journal reports. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai vowed last winter that he would take ‘a weed whacker’ to the regulations. Pai argues that the rules — which prevent internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T from tinkering with the speed of certain websites and applications — are preventing innovation in the industry.” (11/20/17)

http://theweek.com/speedreads/738625/net-neutrality-rollback-expected-begin-week

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2) Report: One Border Patrol thug killed, one injured when victims defend themselves with rocks
Source: Fox News

“Illegal immigrants [sic] reportedly assaulted two U.S. Border Patrol agents with rocks, killing one and seriously injuring another Sunday near the southern border with Mexico. Details around the attack remained murky Monday, however, an FBI spokesperson said Rogelio Martinez and his partner were not shot and a National Border Patrol Council official told KTSM the assailants were ‘undocumented immigrants’ who used likely used rocks to bash the agents.” (11/20/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/20/border-agent-killed-another-injured-during-attack-near-texas-southern-border.html

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3) Alabama news outlet responds to Roy Moore lawsuit threat: Bring it on
Source: The Daily Dot

“The publisher of an Alabama news outlet denied a cease-and-desist from Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore for making ‘false reports’ about his various inappropriate sexual misconduct [sic]. The publisher, AL.com said that it stands by its reporting and, in a letter back to the candidate’s lawyer, says it believes any litigation would ‘reveal other important information’ about Moore. Last week lawyers for Moore sent AL.com the cease-and-desist, claiming that it had published ‘careless reporting’ that ‘adversely affected’ Moore, his wife Kayla Moore, and the Foundation for Moral Law. Moore’s lawyers set a deadline of five days for the news outlet to retract stories the newspaper had published about Moore. Moore has been accused of several inappropriate relationships with women–including an attempted rape of a 16-year-old and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old, among others. Moore has denied what the women have said.” (11/20/17)

https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/roy-moore-newspaper-lawsuit/

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4) Trump says US will designate North Korea as just like the US
Source: CNBC

“President Donald Trump on Monday said the U.S. is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. The designation ‘should have happened a long time ago,’ the president said in remarks made at the start of a Cabinet meeting, citing the regime’s nuclear weapons program, acts of international terrorism, and the death of 22-year-old student Otto Warmbier. The designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on the regime. Trump said that the Treasury Department would be announcing an additional sanction on North Korea tomorrow.” (11/20/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/20/trump-says-he-will-designate-north-korea-a-state-sponsor-of-terrorism.html

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5) Yellen to step down from Federal Reserve board
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Janet Yellen on Monday submitted her resignation from the Federal Reserve board to President Donald Trump, announcing that she will leave the board when her successor is sworn in as Fed chairman. In a letter to the president, Yellen said she would ‘do my utmost’ to make sure that there is a smooth transition to Jerome Powell, who was tapped by Trump on Nov. 2 to become the next Fed leader after the president decided not to offer Yellen a second term. Yellen’s decision gives Trump in his first year in office the chance to fill five positions on the Fed’s seven-member board, in addition to picking Powell to be the next Fed chairman. Board member Lael Brainard will be the only Fed board member not nominated by Trump, meaning his selections will have tremendous influence in setting the country’s future monetary policy.” (11/20/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Yellen-to-step-down-from-Federal-Reserve-board-12371918.php

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6) Dershowitz: Mueller “going well beyond his authority as prosecutor”
Source: Fox News

“Alan Dershowitz warned that the special counsel appointed to investigate the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia is turning constitutional actions into crimes. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is ‘going well beyond his authority as a prosecutor,’ the Harvard law professor emeritus and lifelong Democrat told ‘Outnumbered Overtime’ on Monday. Mueller has requested documents from the Justice Department regarding the president’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the Russia probe. He is scheduled to interview several White House officials.” (11/20/17)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/11/20/alan-dershowitz-special-counsel-going-well-beyond-his-authority-prosecutor

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7) Elephant advocates sue Trump administration on trophy hunting
Source: Raw Story

“Conservation groups sued the U.S. government on Monday over a plan to allow hunters to bring home elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe, following changing statements about the possible move by President Donald Trump’s administration. The lawsuit in federal court in Washington was the latest move in a saga that began last week when a trophy hunting group said at a conference in Africa that the White House was ready to overturn a rule banning the import of elephant trophies, sparking a surge of criticism from wildlife advocates. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council said in a statement that their lawsuit intended to resolve ‘contradictory announcements’ by the Republican administration about trophy imports of the at-risk species.” (11/20/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/elephant-advocates-sue-trump-administration-on-trophy-hunting

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8) Trump regime will sue to block AT&T purchase of Time Warner
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Department of Justice will file a lawsuit later on Monday to block AT&T Inc’s $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday. The legal challenge was expected after AT&T rejected a demand by the Justice Department earlier this month to divest its DirecTV unit or Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting (which contains news network CNN) in order to win antitrust approval. AT&T’s chief executive said then that he would defend the deal in court to win approval if necessary. The No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier struck a deal in October 2016 to buy Time Warner, which also owns the premium channel HBO and movie studio Warner Bros, in order to compete with emerging technology companies by bundling video entertainment on its mobile service.” (11/20/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-time-warner-m-a-at-t/u-s-to-sue-to-block-att-purchase-of-time-warner-source-idUSKBN1DK2HN

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9) Bizarre shape of interstellar asteroid
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“An asteroid that visited us from interstellar space is one of the most elongated cosmic objects known to science, a study has shown. Discovered on 19 October, the object’s speed and trajectory strongly suggested it originated in a planetary system around another star. Astronomers have been scrambling to observe the unique space rock, known as ‘Oumuamua,’ before it fades from view. Their results so far suggest it is at least 10 times longer than it is wide. That ratio is more extreme than that of any asteroid or comet ever observed in our Solar System. Using observations from the Very Large Telescope in Chile, Karen Meech, from the Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu, Hawaii, and colleagues determined that the object was about 400m long, rapidly rotating and subject to dramatic changes in brightness. These changes in brightness were the clue to ‘Oumuamua’s bizarre shape.” [editor’s note: take a look at the picture; is this a cosmic sign from the heavens to “legalize it?” – SAT] (11/20/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42053634

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10) Tillerson issues statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance
Source: Raw Story

“The Trump administration honored transgender people with a well-meaning statement to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance on Monday, a rhetorical flourish that comes despite two dozen anti-LGBT rulings by President Donald Trump and his staff. ‘The United States remains committed to advancing the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons,’ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote in the statement. ‘Transgender persons should not be subjected to violence or discrimination, and the human rights they share with all persons should be respected. The United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence.’” (11/20/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/rex-tillerson-honors-transgender-people-in-statement

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11) New York Times star reporter suspended after sex harassment claim
Source: Fox News

“The New York Times has suspended star White House correspondent Glenn Thrush amid allegations he sexually harassed co-workers, and the journalist is blaming his bad behavior on the bottle. Word of disciplinary action against Thrush, a frequent critic of President Trump who is also an MSNBC contributor, first came in an article detailing his alleged misconduct on the website Vox. Thrush, who made a name for himself at Politico before joining the Times in 2016, has been portrayed on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ by Bobby Moynihan. He told Vox that he hasn’t had any alcohol since June when he ‘upset’ one of his accusers after a night of ‘drinking heavily.’ … ‘I have not taken a drink since June 15, 2017, have resumed counseling and will soon begin out-patient treatment for alcoholism. I am working hard to repair the damage I have done,’ Thrush said.” [editor’s note: So “but I was drunk” is no longer being accepted as an excuse? This could go a lot deeper than a squeeze of the buttocks – SAT] (11/20/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/11/20/new-york-times-star-reporter-suspended-after-sex-harassment-claim-report-says.html

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12) TX: Woman, 18, killed by non-drunk man taking breathalyzer test while driving
Source: USA Today

“A young Texas woman was killed by a man who told police he was taking a court-ordered breathalyzer test while he was driving. Alexis Butler, 18, of Arlington was exiting a driveway on Nov. 10 when her car was hit by a pickup truck, local TV station KXAS reported. According to a police statement quoted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the driver of the truck told detectives he didn’t see Butler’s car because he was performing a DWI test ‘for three to four seconds.’ The device, called an ignition interlock, prevents a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. Police said he was not impaired at the time. The Arlington Police Department said its investigators didn’t find any track marks from the truck driven by the 31-year-old man, whom they did not identify. Such track marks would indicate that he tried to stop his vehicle.” [editor’s note: If the test must be taken ion order to start the car, it should not be happening while the truck was moving; I smell bullshit here – SAT] (11/20/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/11/20/texas-woman-18-killed-non-drunk-man-taking-breathalyzer-test-while-driving/879990001

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13) TX: Woman with “F__k Trump” sticker adds new one: “F__k Troy Nehls”
Source: KHOU

“The owner of the truck with the controversial ‘F__k Trump’ sticker has added a new one: ‘F__k Troy Nehls.’ Karen Fonseca, the truck’s owner, says the photo of the new sticker is real and was made for her. The sticker is slightly smaller and was placed to the right of the Trump one. It states: ‘F__K TROY NEHLS AND F__K YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.’ Nehls serves as the sheriff for Fort Bend County. Fonseca originally made headlines after Nehls threatened to arrest her for the anti-Trump sticker on her pickup. … Fonseca was arrested shortly after for an outstanding warrant from 2014.The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office said they made the arrest after getting a tip about the warrant. She was later released on bond. ‘I’m almost certain it does have to do with this,” she said. ‘People abuse the badge, and in my opinion, money talks. When you’re in politics, people know how to work the system.’” (11/19/17)

http://www.khou.com/news/local/woman-with-f__k-trump-sticker-adds-new-one-f__k-troy-nehls/493107553

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14) UT: Opening for Romney Senate bid gets wider
Source: Politico

“Utah Republican Boyd Matheson is forgoing a 2018 Senate campaign, a decision that further opens the door for Mitt Romney to run. Matheson, a former chief of staff to Utah Sen. Mike Lee and the president of the conservative Sutherland Institute think tank, announced on Monday that he would not run for the seat currently held by longtime Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who is 83 and deciding whether to seek another term. … Romney appears increasingly likely to launch a campaign if Hatch calls it quits. ” (11/20/17)

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/20/mitt-romney-utah-senate-race-250342

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15) Keystone XL pipeline gets Nebraska regime’s approval
Source: Washington Post

“TransCanada’s $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline got the go-ahead from the Nebraska Public Service Commission on Monday, clearing the last regulatory hurdle in a nine-year effort to build a line needed the carry thick crude oil from Alberta’s tar sands region to refineries on the Texas gulf coast. But the five-member commission rejected TransCanada’s preferred route and voted to approve an alternative route that would move the pipeline further east. The new pipeline would carry 830,000 barrels a day of crude. The 3-2 decision comes just four days after a rupture in the existing Keystone pipeline also owned by TransCanada leaked an estimated 5,000 barrels of crude oil in a rural part of northeast South Dakota.” (11/20/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/11/20/keystone-xl-pipeline-gets-nebraskas-approval-clearing-a-key-hurdle-in-9-year-effort-and-allowing-trump-to-claim-a-win/

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16) Our ancient Neanderthal relatives went extinct much later than we thought
Source: Newsweek

“Our ancient relatives survived thousands of years longer than experts previously thought, according to a new study. The research — which is published in the journal Heliyon — found that after Neanderthals died in most regions of the world, some lived in what’s now Spain for an additional 3,000 years. … In other parts of Europe, the Neanderthals are believed to have become extinct between 40,000 and 42,000 years ago, the authors note in their published paper. But, the Neanderthals who lived in what was then called Southern Iberia, lagged behind.” (11/20/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/our-ancient-neanderthal-relatives-went-extinct-much-later-we-thought-716370

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17) Germany: Regime bans kids’ smartwatches that can be used for eavesdropping
Source: TechCrunch

“A German regulator has banned domestic sales of children’s smartwatches that have a listening function — warning that parents have been using the devices to secretly eavesdrop on teachers at their kids’ school. In an announcement on Friday, the Federal Network Agency telecoms watchdog said it had already taken action against some online sellers. The target group for the smartwatches are children between the ages of 5 and 12 years. … The agency has instructed parents to destroy any devices they have bought, and asked schools to be on the look out for smartwatches being used by children — and to request destruction of listening devices they identify.” [editor’s note: Interesting, but the example sees poor to me. If a teacher objects to parents listening in to class, the parents need to get their kids the hell away from that teacher ASAP – TLK] (11/20/17)

https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/20/germany-bans-kids-smartwatches-that-can-be-used-for-eavesdropping/

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18) Kenya: High court rules on months-long leadership battle
Source: CBS News

“Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election in a repeat vote that the opposition boycotted while saying electoral reforms had not been made. The decision appeared to put an end to a months-long political drama never before seen in Africa that has left dozens dead. In a unanimous decision, the court dismissed challenges by human rights activists and a politician who argued that last month’s election was not conducted according to the law. Protests began in response to the court’s decision, though an opposition call for calm appeared to have effect. Anger remained. ‘We will not respect (Kenyatta) even after the court verdict. That was not an election and we will continue opposing him,’ said one resident of the opposition stronghold of Kisumu city, Wycliffe Onyango.” (11/20/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/raila-odinga-kenya-opposition-leader-supreme-court-uhuru-kenyatta-election/

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19) Okinawa: US troops restricted to base, alcohol prohibited after deadly crash
Source: ABC News

“The U.S. 7th Fleet ordered that all U.S. service members on the Japanese island of Okinawa be restricted to base and to their residences and prohibited their consumption of alcohol after a deadly crash involving a U.S. Marine. A U.S. Marine whom police say had a blood-alcohol content three times the legal level was allegedly involved in an accident on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa that left a 61-year-old Japanese man dead. The unidentified Marine was driving a truck that collided with a small truck at an intersection early Sunday morning in Naha, the main city in Okinawa, police said.” (11/20/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/intoxicated-us-marine-crashes-kills-japanese-driver-okinawa/story?id=51256618

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20) New allegation against Franken, this time met with silence
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A woman says Al Franken pulled her in tightly and put his hand on her buttocks in 2010 while posing for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair, the second allegation of improper conduct against the Democrat and first involving his time as a senator. Lindsay Menz told CNN last week for a report broadcast Monday that the interaction with the Minnesota senator made her feel ‘gross.’ She said she immediately told her husband that Franken had ‘grabbed’ her bottom and that she posted about it on Facebook. Menz’s story comes days after a Los Angeles broadcaster, Leeann Tweeden, accused Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour. Franken already faced a Senate ethics investigation over Tweeden’s allegation, but the Menz allegation is potentially more damaging for Franken because it would be behavior that occurred while he was in office. Franken, a Democrat, told CNN he didn’t remember taking the photo with Menz, but said in a statement to the network that he feels badly that she felt disrespected.” (11/20/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/2nd-woman-accuses-Sen-Al-Franken-of-12371178.php

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

21) Should the FBI be abolished?
Source: The American Spectator
by Steve Baldwin

“The FBI was started in 1935, although its predecessor — the Bureau of Investigation — was founded in 1908. In the early 1900s, crime was becoming more nationalized with multi-state mob crime families and the creation of large prostitution smuggling rings that crossed state lines. As a result, advocates of a federalized police force argued that a federal law enforcement agency was necessary in order to keep up with the criminals. The main argument was that the local police forces didn’t have the resources or the flexibility to investigate complex criminal cases or to chase mobsters from state to state. But note that the FBI did not come into existence until 132 years after the country declared its independence. This was because the founders never envisioned a federal role for law enforcement. It is not one of the ‘enumerated’ duties of the federal government listed in the constitution. There were reasons for that.” (11/20/17)

https://spectator.org/should-the-fbi-be-abolished/

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22) The government is not your mom and can’t force you to share
Source: Heartland Institute
by David S D’Amato

“Humankind’s propensity to act selfishly is taken to be an important problem in political theory: an impediment, perhaps, to the utopian dreams of political philosophers. State-organized collectivization is often wrongly believed to provide a way out of the cycle of selfishness, but of course it doesn’t. People remain human, motivated to act according to concrete material incentives, guided by self-interest. And it is natural that it should be so. People want to do what is best for themselves and their families. An entire country, made up of hundreds of millions of people, is too abstract a thing to occasion the kind of fellow feeling with which people regard their friends, families, and neighbors. Compelled cooperation is a contradiction in terms.” (11/20/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/11/the-government-is-not-your-mom-and-cant-force-you-to-share/

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23) Twitter cracking down on promoting violence — with a major exception
Source: Reason
by Ed Krayewski

“Twitter has announced new policies on hate speech and violence that will judge users by their behavior off as well as on the social media site. The rules go into effect December 18. ‘You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people. This includes, but is not limited to, threatening or promoting terrorism,’ the re-written section reads. ‘You also may not affiliate with organizations that — whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.’ The rule is apparently aimed at neo-Nazis and other racists. Government-affiliated accounts will presumably remain safe, even though those rewritten rules describe a lot of them as well. Governments, at their root, promote violence against civilians. Not just autocratic regimes that rely on brute force to maintain their power: all governments.” (11/20/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/11/20/twitter-cracking-down-on-promoting-viole

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24) Voluntary provision of a so-called public good
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“For the past few days, several men and a fair-sized tractor front-end loader have been working on the beach road where I live north of Xcalak. None too soon, either, as the potholes have become immense in the past year or so since the last repairs. A gringo neighbor down the road organized this work, hired the men, and arranged for the equipment and several dozen truckloads of fill soil. So what, you are probably thinking. However, you have just read a first-hand report of something regarded as almost impossible in neoclassical welfare economics. We’re talking about muh roads here, amigos — you know, the primary reason why the rubes suppose that we must have government as we know it.” (11/20/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/11/20/voluntary-provision-of-a-so-called-public-good/

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25) Daily hell of life in the Soviet Bloc
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“Communism’s mortality toll does not capture its full horror — the daily degradation that its victims suffered. In the mid-1980s, there were plenty of Soviet apologists writing in the western media. Practically any Soviet Bloc reform was touted as the turning of the corner to sustained economic progress. I was mystified why people living in freedom would idealize a system of state slavery. In 1986 and 1987, I slipped behind the Iron Curtain a half dozen times to study economic perversity and political slavery, writing articles for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal Europe, Freeman, Journal of Economic Growth, and other publications. My final trip — in November 1987 — began in Budapest, Hungary, before heading on to the most repressive regime in Europe.” (11/20/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/11/20/daily-hell-life-soviet-bloc/

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26) People learned to survive disease, we can handle Twitter
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Society seems to be growing steadily crazier. And maybe it doesn’t just seem to be. Maybe it actually, is growing crazier. I’ve been reading James C. Scott’s Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, and one of the interesting aspects to the earliest civilizations is how fragile they were. A bunch of people and their animals would crowd together in a city, and diseases that weren’t much of a threat when everybody was spread out hunting and gathering would suddenly spread like wildfire and depopulate the town almost overnight. As Scott writes, an early city was more like a refugee resettlement camp than a modern urban area. He observes that ‘the pioneers who created this historically novel ecology could not possibly have known the disease vectors they were inadvertently unleashing.’” (11/20/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/11/20/social-media-threat-people-survived-disease-we-can-handle-twitter-glenn-reynolds-column/879185001

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27) Disobedience is a virtue
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Larken Rose

“There is a world of difference between, on the one hand, someone who complains about what the rulers are doing today, while continuing to believe that there need to be rulers, over him and over everyone else, and, on the other hand, someone who knows that there is no such thing, and can be no such thing, as a legitimate ruler. Only the latter poses any real threat to those in power. Even some anarchists and voluntaryists don’t quite seem to grasp the difference, especially those who are still trying to use the political process to achieve freedom.” (11/20/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/disobedience-is-a-virtue

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28) Has Mueller abandoned the Trump/Russia collusion investigation?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Just as the FBI and Justice Department is telling Congress that they haven’t been able to verify anything of importance in the Trump/Russia collusion dossier, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has decided to cast a much wider net in his fishing expedition. Is this a coincidence? Or is it a sign that Mueller also realizes there’s no there there? Shortly after it came to light that the Clinton campaign and the DNC had secretly paid Fusion GPS to assemble the so-called Steele Dossier, which Fusion then tried to fob off on reporters before the election, the press dismissed this bombshell by saying that the source of its financing was irrelevant because much of the dossier ‘checks out’ or has been ‘proven to be accurate.’ But according to the Washington Examiner’s Byron York, FBI and Justice officials recently told congressional investigators that after spending nearly a year and a half looking into it, ‘they have not been able to verify or corroborate the substantive allegations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign outlined in the Trump dossier.’” (11/20/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trump-russia-dossier-robert-mueller-investigation

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29) Why are we helping Saudi Arabia destroy Yemen?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“It’s remarkable that whenever you read an article about Yemen in the mainstream media, the central role of Saudi Arabia and the United States in the tragedy is glossed over or completely ignored. A recent Washington Post article purporting to tell us ‘how things got so bad’ explains to us that, ‘it’s a complicated story’ involving ‘warring regional superpowers, terrorism, oil, and an impending climate catastrophe.’ No, Washington Post, it’s simpler than that. The tragedy in Yemen is the result of foreign military intervention in the internal affairs of that country.” (11/20/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/helping-saudi-arabia-destroy-yemen

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30) How corporate income taxation is misunderstood
Source: EconLog
by Richard McKenzie

“The corporate tax is, effectively, a means of taxing people hidden ‘behind trees,’ which is one of its chief attractions to politicians interested in garnering additional tax revenues for the government. They don’t have to admit that the corporate tax is a disguised tax hit on median and low-wage workers and low-income consumers and not on just the rich Trumps, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffets of the world. The exact size of the various hits felt by all income classes are literally unknown and unknowable (although many econometricians feign that their statistical equations reveal truth). This means that the proposed corporate-tax-rate reduction will likely pad the pockets of the rich by some undiscernible amount, but it will also increase the disposable income of people all the way down at the bottom of the income ladder.” (11/20/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/11/how_corporate_i.html

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31) Libertarianism, classical liberalism, right-wing populism, and democracy
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Zachary Woodman

“Importantly, what the libertarian populists are trying to do is take the folk democratic intuitions which populist right-wingers have, intuitions upon which most peoples’ beliefs in the legitimacy of democracy rely, and channel those intuitions in a more thinly ‘libertarian’ direction. Unfortunately, this is why many modern right-libertarians in the style of Ron Paul are impotent against white supremacists and often try to cozy up to them: because an important part of their strategy is to regurgitate the vulgar democratic rhetoric in which populists believe. By contrast, modern skeptics of democracy in libertarian circles (or ‘classical liberal’ or ‘cultural libertarian,’ whichever semantic game Wilkinson wants to play to make his argument coherent), such as Ilya Somin, Bryan Caplan, and Jason Brennan, fundamentally undermine those folk democratic intuitions.” [editor’s note: The populism Woodman refers to as “libertarian” populism isn’t libertarian; libertarian populism, like libertarianism, is left-wing – TLK] (11/20/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/11/20/libertarianism-classical-liberalism-right-wing-populism-and-democracy/

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32) Barbara Lee’s war on war
Source: In These Times
by Matthew Cunningham-Cook

“Congressional negotiations over the Pentagon’s annual budget are usually a staid affair, with much of the focus on lawmakers’ favored pork projects. But on June 29, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) won nearly unanimous support on the appropriations committee for her measure to sunset the post-9/11 authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, essentially a blank check for American wars. Though Paul Ryan stripped the measure from the bill later in the summer, Lee singlehandedly launched a debate on the issue in Congress, with Republicans and Democrats alike asking whether the president should have this power. Lee’s success also comes as a vindication; she was the only member of Congress to vote against the AUMF.” (11/20/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/barbara_lee_anti_war_movement_iraq_afghanistan_woke.html

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33) What happened to the “libertarian moment?”
Source: National Review
by Henry Olsen

“A year is an eternity in politics, the saying goes. If that’s true, then two years is an eon. And it seems an eon ago that the common wisdom held that the GOP was entering its ‘libertarian moment,’ when the heirs of Barry Goldwater would finally come into their inheritance and retake the party they had long believed was their one true home. That faction today suffers from PTSD, political-trauma shock disorder. Its champions, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, were decisively routed in the 2016 Republican primaries. The winner, Donald Trump, is about as diametrically opposed to Goldwaterism as is possible in the GOP …” [editor’s note: There was never any chance of a GOP-led “libertarian moment.” It’s not just that conservatism isn’t libertarianism, it’s that conservatism is incompatible with libertarianism apart from occasional momentary and provisional policy coincidences – TLK] (11/20/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453884/libertarian-conservatives-influence-republican-party-shrinking

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34) Venezuela’s default disaster
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Daniel Lacalle

“Socialism always promises heaven and gives hell. In the early hours of Thursday, November 2, the Maduro regime certified its latest failure with what they promised would never happen: technical default. With his usual arrogance, Maduro issued a ‘decree’ demanding ‘the refinancing and restructuring of the debt as of November 3.’ That is, default. The bad news for investors or high-yield hunters is that the likelihood of being swindled again is almost 100%.” [editor’s note: It should be noted that “investors” in state debt are “investing” on a promise that others will be robbed to pay them back with interest. They deserve to lose every dime they “invest” in that kind of enterprise – TLK] (11/20/17)

https://mises.org/wire/venezuelas-default-disaster

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35) It’s different when it’s our guy
Source: Town Hall
by Derek Hunter

“Growing up in Detroit, I was a huge hockey fan. After a long stretch of awful teams, the Red Wings got good, eventually leading to a string of Stanley Cup championships. It was a glorious time to be a Wings fan. In that time there were certain players who annoyed the hell out of me, all of whom played for other teams. Few bothered me more than Chris Chelios …. Chris Chelios was traded to the Red Wings. Suddenly, though not unexpectedly, my hatred for Chelios switched to full-blown fandom. All the animosity I’d carried for years was not only gone, it was forgotten. He was my guy now. This is common among sports fans; their star, hack, goon, utility infielder, quarterback, whatever, is their guy, and their guy can do no wrong, no matter how wrong their guy may be in any given circumstance. This phenomenon was a small part of politics in the Clinton years. Now it has fully taken over both parties. If you’re in someone’s ‘tribe,’ they can do no wrong.” (11/19/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2017/11/19/its-different-when-its-our-guy-n2411438

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36) Trump’s foreign policy, one year in
Source: Cato Institute
by Sahar Khan

“President Trump was elected on the promise to make America great again. As best as one can decipher from a campaign that consistently contradicted itself and was headed by a candidate with no real foreign policy experience, this meant prioritizing U.S. interests and security and improving America’s standing in the world. Russia and China’s growing assertiveness, fears over terrorism and cyber security, and costly military quagmires Afghanistan and Iraq certainly indicated a need to reassess American foreign policy. Yet, after a year in office, it remains unclear how the president’s approach to foreign policy will accomplish this reassessment. The bigger question: what are the core principles of Trump’s foreign policy? And how have these principles affected U.S. interests and status in the world?” (11/20/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trumps-foreign-policy-one-year

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37) The white paper is dead — here’s what should replace it
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“As Wikipedia explains: ‘A white paper is an authoritative report or guide that informs readers concisely about a complex issue and presents the issuing body’s philosophy on the matter. It is meant to help readers understand an issue, solve a problem, or make a decision.’ To many blockchain startups, however, the white paper is little more than the preamble to an adult movie; an inconvenience that’s destined to be skipped. Impatient investors, looking to flip tokens for an easy 2x, don’t care about problem statements and explainers on the untapped market for cryptocurrencies — just show them the token model. Nevertheless, the format persists as the thin veneer of respectability that even the most dubious of ICOs must come wrapped in. … Words that don’t appear in Satoshi’s white paper: decentralized, revolutionary, advanced, innovative, ground-breaking, state-of-the-art. Words that appear in every half-baked ICO white paper: all of the foregoing.” (11/20/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/white-paper-dead-heres-replace/

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38) How a half-educated tech elite delivered us into chaos
Source: The Guardian
by John Naughton

“One of the biggest puzzles about our current predicament with fake news and the weaponisation of social media is why the folks who built this technology are so taken aback by what has happened. Exhibit A is the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, whose political education I recently chronicled. But he’s not alone. In fact I’d say he is quite representative of many of the biggest movers and shakers in the tech world. We have a burgeoning genre of ‘OMG, what have we done?’ angst coming from former Facebook and Google employees who have begun to realise that the cool stuff they worked on might have had, well, antisocial consequences. Put simply, what Google and Facebook have built is a pair of amazingly sophisticated, computer-driven engines for extracting users’ personal information and data trails, refining them for sale to advertisers in high-speed data-trading auctions that are entirely unregulated and opaque to everyone except the companies themselves.” (11/19/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/nov/19/how-tech-leaders-delivered-us-into-evil-john-naughton

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39) Top five myths about the Constitution
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

“What are the most common myths about the Constitution? From the necessary and proper, general Welfare and commerce clauses, to the preamble, federal ‘supremacy’ and more — there are a lot to choose from. The hardest part about putting this list together was keeping it to just the top-five.” (11/20/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/11/20/top-5-myths-about-the-constitution/

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40) Scandals finally catch up with Clintons
Source: Fox News Forum
by Liz Peek

“Imagine: even the New York Times’ Ross Douthat now thinks that Bill Clinton should have stepped down over the Monica Lewinsky affair. Douthat’s mea culpa op-ed in this past weekend’s paper, in which he confesses that he and others may have been wrong to dismiss Bill Clinton’s indefensible behavior, will serve as the official political obituary for Clinton, Inc. Hillary Clinton is done, finished, kaput. Dogged by scandals old and new, out of step politically, her excess baggage has morphed into an entire baggage train, dragging her towards political oblivion. While it is refreshing to consider the landscape unadorned by Clintons, Republicans will miss her. Only Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have contributed as generously to GOP fund-raising efforts in recent years, or so energized voters. Mrs. Clinton is finally being held to account, at least in the court of public opinion, where it may matter most.” (11/20/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/20/hillary-is-toast-scandals-finally-catch-up-with-clintons.html

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41) How entrepreneurs helped ex-cons turn their lives around
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by B the Change

“Ovenly, a New York City retail and wholesale bakery business was founded in 2010 by two female entrepreneurs, Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga. Customers come to Ovenly for the salted chocolate chip cookie and a Brooklyn blackout cake. They may not be aware that they are also supporting a revolutionary way to employ people who might not otherwise have a chance at a job.” (11/20/17)

https://fee.org/articles/how-entrepreneurs-helped-ex-cons-turn-their-lives-around/

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42) As Hillary Clinton hovers, are Democrats moving on?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Linda Feldmann

“In some ways, the Democrats are on a roll. First, they beat expectations by easily winning the Virginia governorship earlier this month and nearly taking over the state legislature’s lower house. Now they have a shot at claiming a much more improbable prize: a US Senate seat in a special election Dec. 12 in deep-red Alabama, following allegations of sexual misconduct by Republican candidate Roy Moore. But Democrats are hardly resting easy. The Clintons have roared back into the headlines, with some in the party now reevaluating former President Bill Clinton’s sexual escapades and Hillary Clinton’s controversial defense of her husband. Mrs. Clinton also caused a recent stir by questioning the legitimacy of President Trump’s election, handing critics an argument that she’s behaving just as she said Mr. Trump would if he had lost.” (11/20/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/1120/As-Hillary-Clinton-hovers-are-Democrats-moving-on

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43) A basic principle about capital
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Imagine a farm in an impoverished country, a farm where the workers are using hoes to do their work in the fields. The farm produces 1000 bushels of wheat a year, which is sold for $10,000. The farmer’s income statement reads as follows …” (11/20/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/11/20/basic-principle-capital/

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44) Yesterday’s NOW
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Once upon a time, the National Organization for Women winked to President Bill Clinton and scorned his accusers Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and others. This all came back to me while discussing powerful men sexually harassing and assaulting women, at Townhall yesterday. NOW’s current president, Toni Van Pelt, spoke with the Washington Examiner regarding recent allegations against liberal Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.). Not to be outdone by the group’s partisan or pusillanimous past (take your pick), Van Pelt offered, ‘We could ask all of the men in Congress to resign, is that what you’re asking me?’ She added, going all in, ‘You know that mostly all men do this kind of thing to women. It’s like saying there’s a good airline or a good bank, saying there’s some entity out there that is not sexist.’ Say what?” (11/20/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/11/20/yesterdays-now/

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45) Barnier: UK can have “ambitious” Brexit trade deal — at a price
Source: euronews [EU]

“The European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said that the union is ready to offer the UK an ‘ambitious’ free trade deal after Brexit. However, the sweetener comes with several significant strings attached. The Commission’s negotiator set out the main condition for the UK: it must respect European regulatory standards. There must be an orderly withdrawal from the EU, he said, respecting the integrity of the single market and establishing a ‘level playing field.’ … There was also a warning from the Commission’s negotiator that EU parliaments might block a Brexit trade deal if the UK decided to diverge too far from the European model, adding that the UK had to decide what it wanted.” (11/20/17)

http://www.euronews.com/2017/11/20/barnier-eu-ready-to-offer-uk-ambitious-post-brexit-trade-deal

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46) Is a military coup against Trump in the cards?
Source: OpEdNews
by Finian Cunningham

“In an extraordinary US Senate hearing this week, lawmakers and military officials rounded on President Trump as being a danger to world peace due to his Commander-in-Chief powers for launching nuclear weapons. The highlight came when the hearing was told military officers have the constitutional right to disobey the president. This was, in effect, an open call to mutiny against the president’s authority.” [editor’s note: The president does not have any authority to give unconstitutional orders. Military personnel are under no obligation to obey unconstitutional orders, and indeed are obligated not to – TLK] (11/20/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Is-a-military-coup-against-by-Finian-Cunningham-Coup_Korea_Military_Trump-Mental-State-171120-121.html

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47) Wiping the stain of capital punishment clean
Source: CounterPunch
by Stephen Cooper

“Since its reinstatement over forty years ago, the death penalty has soiled our justice system and collective moral compass with its racist, arbitrary, and torturous application. Its ignobility and continued existence in the U.S. has not only drawn international opprobrium from human rights activists and religious leaders, it continues to deny us a seat at the table of civilized, just, peaceable people around the world — whose countries long ago rejected capital punishment. So as Thanksgiving preparations thrust into high gear, take to Twitter, to Facebook, to the streets even, and make your voices heard. Tell the Supreme Court you’ve had enough of the state-sanctioned killing of overwhelmingly poor, disproportionately minority men and women — most of whom were condemned as famed death penalty attorney Stephen Bright long ago observed — because they had the worst lawyer, not because they committed the worst crime.” (11/20/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/20/wiping-the-stain-of-capital-punishment-clean/

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48) Pretext
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“It happened again a few days ago: a local police department (this time in Laredo, Texas) thought it would be cute and heartwarming to pull motorists over, lights flashing, and give them some kind of gift, this time Thanksgiving turkeys. Other police departments have pulled similar stunts over the past few years, usually but not always at holidays … behind the smiles and fake goodwill lies the truth: that these are nothing but vulgar publicity stunts dreamed up by tone-deaf sociopaths without the slightest clue how upsetting and stressful it is to be pulled over by a pig, or even worse, by puerile sadists who think it’s funny to pull practical jokes on people who might potentially experience genuine terror from these sophomoric schemes.” (11/20/17)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/pretext/

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49) How the sex scandals might accomplish what Donald Trump and Brexit couldn’t
Source: The Daily Beast
by Liz Mair

“For at least two years now, Western politics has been rocked by attempt after attempt to bring down the establishment and put outsiders of diverse and frequently conflicting political philosophies in charge of government. Those movements have largely failed. The Bernie Bros couldn’t beat the Clinton Machine. The Trump Train did succeed, but only for the Trump administration to fill up with ex-lobbyists and Trump cronies installed prized positions, exerting much influence. … The establishment still reigns, even if the names and faces have been shuffled a bit. But it may well be wiped out thanks to sexually harassing, threatening, assaulting, and predatory behavior it has too long tolerated, and which is now being exposed, ending careers, threatening some members with potential criminal records, and more.” (11/20/17)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/how-the-sex-scandals-might-accomplish-what-donald-trump-and-brexit-couldnt

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50) “Brave spaces” are no answer to safe spaces
Source: spiked
by Dan King

“Through the ideology of ‘safe spaces,’ students divide themselves along racial, sexual and other identity-based lines. It’s gotten to the point where some students are even calling for safe spaces in campus housing, so they will only have to live with those who share the same identity politics as them. A former Harvard professor and dean is currently touting his new idea to fix this safe-space hysteria. John Palfrey has proposed that colleges enact ‘brave spaces.’ He envisions these as areas on campus — such as classrooms or lecture halls — where controversial ideas can be debated rigorously and no topic is off limits. He sees them as coexisting and competing with safe spaces. While well-intentioned, Palfrey’s proposal will likely perpetuate the inability and unwillingness of students to interact with views they find difficult.” (11/20/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/8216brave-spaces8217-are-no-answer-to-safe-spaces/

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51) Fresh Air, 11/20/17
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein helped break the story of the Panama Papers, the leaked documents that detail the offshore tax havens of the super rich. His new book is Secrecy World.” [Flash audio] (11/20/17)

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444908/fresh-air

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52) The Bob Zadek Show, 11/19/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“2016 confirmed what most libertarians suspected: national elections are not the way to roll back big government. But don’t lose hope — yet. Spokane talk radio host G. R. Mobley has a surprisingly sound plan for ‘saving your liberties without a national election.’” [various formats] (11/19/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/11/16/g-r-mobley-on-republic-review

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/20/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell, John Vibes, and Jeremy Heisenberg talk about the monopolies of facebook and Amazon, John’s PSTD from the cops, how there’s lead in the water in more than just Flint, the evils of trademarking, why Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash should live in harmony, and why farmers markets rock.” [various formats] (11/20/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15298

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54) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 322
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode, Marc is joined by the founder of the Libertarian Party’s Mises Caucus, Michael Heise! Michael details how he first became a libertarian, how Ron Paul inspired him to become active in politics, and what inspired his founding of the Libertarian Party’s rapidly-growing Mises Caucus. Can Michael and the Misesians reignite the Ron Paul Revolution? Tune in to find out!” [various formats] (11/20/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/11/20/can-mises-caucus-reignite-ron-paul-revolution-libertarian-party/

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55) Free Talk Live, 11/19/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Space Nation Launches? :: What is a Nation? :: Free-to-Air Satellite :: Police Video :: Ricky’s Arrest :: Economics in One Lesson Book Club Resumes — Unions :: Labor Theory of Value :: Wages :: CEO Pay :: Bank Fee Schedule :: Edgington Post AFTERSHOW with Roger Ver :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/19/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-11-19

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