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Volume XV, Issue #3,849
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
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In the News:

1) Zimbabwe: Mugabe resigns
2) Uber concealed hack of 57 million accounts, paid hackers $100k to delete info
3) Trump endorses Moore
4) Lebanon: Hariri returns home after shock resignation
5) Report: Mueller investigating Kushner’s communication with foreign leaders
6) Pakistan: Islamic schools plagued by cases of sex abuse
7) Palestinian Arab officials freeze communications with Trump regime
8) MD: Spencer humiliated as farm shuts down his event
9) This man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat
10) Germany: Stolen John Lennon items recovered in Berlin
11) Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled
12) VA: Plug pulled on “Coexist” light display
13) CA: Barrators go venue shopping with frivolous Las Vegas shooting lawsuits
14) Big Tobacco to air anti-smoking ads after decadelong fight
15) Activists file lawsuit challenging Trump immigration changes
16) US DoJ threatens to sue Harvard over racist admission practices
17) WA: Bikini baristas turn men into Harvey Weinsteins, city claims
18) Russia: Regime confirms spike in radioactivity in the Urals
19) Conyers denies harassment allegation
20) Nigeria: At least 50 killed in mosque bombing
21) Amazon escalates its participation in war on Americans with “Secret Region” for regime spies
22) Heimatsicherheitsdienst ends protected status for Haitians with an 18-month delay
23) Russia: Putin meets with Assad
24) Germany: Merkel aide gives parties three weeks to find way out of crisis
25) Federal judge rules Trump’s sanctuary city order unconstitutional

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) If Brandeis wants to censor Lenny Bruce, I don’t need college
27) Things I’ve found to be thankful for in 2017
28) Who’s a “foreign agent?”
29) Thanksgiving 2017
30) Will Trump slash federal spending?
31) Putting North Korea on “terrorist list” long overdue
32) Are markets really as calm as they seem?
33) Baffling hostility to free trade
34) What is the true cost of inequality?
35) Freedom is a right, not a gift from the government
36) “Historical preservation” is just market interventionism
37) Book review: Why Stalin starved Ukraine
38) Unhappy anniversary
39) On patriotic correctness
40) Review: The Florida Project shines light on underbelly of American labor market
41) JD Vance: Republican Presidential nominee in 2032?
42) A basic principle about drug laws
43) The generational wheels are turning
44) Two simple ways for Congress to improve the child tax credit
45) Interview: “Colonialism is a crime against humanity”
46) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 14
47) Europe ponders prospect of life after Merkel
48) Why does Hawaii hate American workers?
49) Charles Manson, white nationalist, saw where America was headed
50) The Stupid Party gets smarter
51) US generals might stop Trump from an illegal nuclear strike — but who will save us from a legal one?
52) North Korea and the futility of sanctions
53) Thanksgiving is NOT the time for political debates
Source: Fox News Forum
54) How Coinbase is saving the crypto market
55) “A Marshal Plan for Africa” won’t help Africans; free trade will
56) Sexual harassment and worse will plague politics until we get past tribalism
57) Forced anthem adherence antithetical to justice
58) The Fed could be tightening more than it realizes
59) The nationalist’s delusion
60) Speaking freely, part 4
61) Trouble in transmission
62) “Fix NICS” right
63) Thanksgiving: Celebrating the birth of American free enterprise
64) That’s enough of the Russia blame game
65) Trump’s declaration of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror is just another in a long line of policy flip-flops

The Sound and the Fury:

66) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 674
67) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 31
68) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/21/17
69) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 75
70) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 132
71) Reason Podcast, 11/20/17
72) Editor’s Pick, episode 4
73) Free Talk Live, 11/20/17
74) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 120
75) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1042

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

1) Zimbabwe: Mugabe resigns
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Celebrations erupted in the streets after Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, resigned Tuesday, a stunning end to nearly 40 years of leadership announced in parliament during impeachment proceedings against him. Car horns were blasting across Harare, the capital, as Zimbabweans expressed their joy at Mugabe’s departure. People sang and danced in the streets. The resignation came with Mugabe facing a possible swift removal by parliament through impeachment and after only a handful of Cabinet ministers appeared at a meeting he called Tuesday.” (11/21/17)

http://beta.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-zimbabwe-impeachment-20171121-story.html

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2) Uber concealed hack of 57 million accounts, paid hackers $100k to delete info
Source: Bloomberg

“Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers. Compromised data from the October 2016 attack included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders around the world, the company told Bloomberg on Tuesday. The personal information of about 7 million drivers was accessed as well, including some 600,000 U.S. driver’s license numbers. No Social Security numbers, credit card information, trip location details or other data were taken, Uber said.” (11/21/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-21/uber-concealed-cyberattack-that-exposed-57-million-people-s-data

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3) Trump endorses Moore
Source: NBC News

“President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Alabama voters must elect embattled Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, to prevent ‘liberal’ Democrat Doug Jones from winning next month. … Trump, repeatedly pressed on the accusations against Moore, said he took the GOP candidate at his word — that he did nothing wrong. ‘He totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen. And you know, you have to listen to him also,’ Trump said in response to shouted questions from reporters about the nine women who have made claims against him.” (11/21/17)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-says-republican-roy-moore-must-be-elected-alabama-n823026

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4) Lebanon: Hariri returns home after shock resignation
Source: CBS News

“Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has returned to Beirut more than two weeks after announcing while in Saudi Arabia that he had resigned his post. The shock announcement set off speculation that Hariri had been forced to step down by the Gulf kingdom and was being held there against his will. But he left Saudi Arabia for Paris on Saturday by invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, before traveling on to Beirut by way of Egypt and Cyprus. Hariri arrived in a private jet from Cyprus on Tuesday night, after meeting with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.” (11/21/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/lebanon-prime-minister-saad-hariri-returns-home-after-shock-resignation/

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5) Report: Mueller investigating Kushner’s communication with foreign leaders
Source: The Hill

“Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators are looking into White House senior adviser and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and his contact with foreign leaders, according to a new report. The Wall Street Journal reports that Mueller’s team is probing Kushner’s involvement in the controversy surrounding a U.N. resolution passed in December 2016 that condemned Israeli settlement construction. Trump, who was president-elect at the time, called for the US to veto the resolution, saying the resolution was ‘extremely unfair to all Israelis.’ The UN Security Council passed the resolution days later as the US abstained from vetoing it. The Journal reports that Israeli officials reached out to several top officials involved in Trump’s transition, including Kushner and former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, and that Mueller’s probe is asking questions about those overtures.” [editor’s note: Now THAT is interesting. Usually anything involving Israel gets a free pass from ethics scrutiny – TLK] (11/21/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361471-mueller-investigating-kushners-communication-with-foreign-leaders

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6) Pakistan: Islamic schools plagued by cases of sex abuse
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Kausar Parveen struggles through tears as she remembers the blood-soaked pants of her 9-year-old son, raped by a religious cleric. Each time she begins to speak, she stops, swallows hard, wipes her tears and begins again. The boy had studied for a year at a nearby Islamic school in the town of Kehrore Pakka. In the blistering heat of late April, in the grimy two-room Islamic madrassa, he awoke one night to find his teacher lying beside him. ‘I didn’t move. I was afraid,’ he says. The cleric lifted the boy’s long tunic-style shirt over his head, and then pulled down his baggy pants. ‘I was crying. He was hurting me. He shoved my shirt in my mouth,’ the boy says, using his scarf to show how the cleric tried to stifle his cries. He looks over at his mother. ‘Did he touch you?’ He nods. ‘Did he hurt you when he touched you?’ ‘Yes,’ he whispers. ‘Did he rape you?’ He buries his face in his scarf and nods yes.” (11/21/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/AP-probe-Sex-abuse-pervasive-in-Pakistan-Islamic-12373360.php

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7) Palestinian Arab officials freeze communications with Trump regime
Source: CNN

“The Palestinian leadership has frozen communications with the Trump administration following the White House’s threat to close the office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington. Ashraf Khatib, a spokesman for the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department, confirmed the move to CNN on Tuesday. The decision comes after the Trump administration threatened to shut down the PLO office last week, citing a rarely invoked 2015 law saying that if the Palestinians move against Israel at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the US can close the PLO’s base in the US capital.” (11/21/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/21/middleeast/palestinians-trump-administration-freeze/index.html

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8) MD: Spencer humiliated as farm shuts down his event
Source: Raw Story

“After discovering that Richard Spencer and his National Policy Institute were hosting an event at their farm venue over the weekend, the owners of Rocklands Farm in Poolesville, Maryland kicked the white nationalists out in the middle of their booking. According to the Washington Post, the owners were unaware that Spencer and NPI were at their farm because they booked through a third party, and once they found out who they were hosting, they were not pleased. ‘We didn’t lie, we didn’t deceive, and we certainly did not break any rules while we were there,’ Spencer told the Post. ‘We had sharp words and were obviously disappointed, but there was no confrontation of any kind.’ After kicking NPI out and refunding their money, Rocklands released a statement on their website about the event.” (11/21/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/white-nationalist-richard-spencer-humiliated-as-maryland-farm-shuts-down-his-event

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9) This man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat
Source: Washington Post

“Seeking to prove that a conspiracy of astronauts fabricated the shape of the Earth, a California man intends to launch himself 1,800 feet high on Saturday in a rocket he built from scrap metal. Assuming the 500-mph, mile-long flight through the Mojave Desert does not kill him, Mike Hughes told the Associated Press, his journey into the atmosflat will mark the first phase of his ambitious flat-Earth space program. Hughes’s ultimate goal is a subsequent launch that puts him miles above the Earth, where the 61-year-old limousine driver hopes to photograph proof of the disc we all live on. ‘It’ll shut the door on this ball earth,’ Hughes said in a fundraising interview with a flat-Earth group for Saturday’s flight. Theories discussed during the interview included NASA being controlled by round-Earth Freemasons and Elon Musk making fake rockets from blimps.” (11/21/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/11/21/this-man-is-about-to-launch-himself-in-his-homemade-rocket-to-prove-the-earth-is-flat/

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10) Germany: Stolen John Lennon items recovered in Berlin
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“German police have recovered more than 100 items stolen from John Lennon’s estate, including three diaries. The diaries were put on display at Berlin police headquarters with other items including a tape recording of a Beatles concert, two pairs of glasses, sheet music and a cigarette case. Police said a 58-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. The items were stolen in New York in 2006 from Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono. Detectives said much of the haul was confiscated from an auction house in Berlin in July, sparking an investigation to find the rest of the stolen items. Ono identified the objects from photos she was shown at the German consulate in New York, German media reported.” (11/21/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42072125

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11) Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled
Source: Quartz

“Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card? Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google when they’re connected to the internet, a Quartz investigation has revealed. Since the beginning of 2017, Android phones have been collecting the addresses of nearby cellular towers — even when location services are disabled — and sending that data back to Google.” (11/21/17)

https://qz.com/1131515/google-collects-android-users-locations-even-when-location-services-are-disabled/

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12) VA: Plug pulled on “Coexist” light display
Source: USA Today

“A citizens committee pulled the plug on a light display in a city park here because it wasn’t ‘Christmasy enough,’ the event’s organizer said. The Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Action Movement, a political action committee that started earlier this year, had decided to participate in the Celebration of Holiday Lights that a committee of local residents has organized since 2006 in Staunton’s 214-acre Gypsy Hill Park. Tens of thousands of cars drive through the park from the Monday before Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day to see the various light displays, and the free event is considered a tourist attraction. Groups and businesses pay $25 to participate, and the city of Staunton picks up the tab for the electricity. SAW Action’s message? ‘Coexist,’ spelled out with symbols for world religious movements, such as a Star of David for the ‘x,’ and Islamic crescent for the ‘C’ and a Christian cross for the ‘t.’” (11/21/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/11/21/coexist-light-display-turned-off/884068001

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13) CA: Barrators go venue shopping with frivolous Las Vegas shooting lawsuits
Source: Billboard

“Attorneys who filed one of the first lawsuits after the Oct. 1 mass shooting that killed 58 concert-goers and left hundreds injured on the Las Vegas Strip filed four new negligence cases Monday on behalf of more than 450 victims. This time, however, Houston-based lawyers Chad Pinkerton and Mo Aziz filed the cases in Los Angeles against companies including MGM Resorts International, the corporate owner of both the Mandalay Bay resort and the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert venue. … The company has said through representatives it won’t litigate shooting lawsuits in the media. In statements, it has blamed the massacre on the gunman, Stephen Paddock. Defendants in the new lawsuits also include Live Nation Entertainment, the concert promoter.” (11/21/17)

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/8046121/las-vegas-shooting-victims-file-lawsuits-against-live-nation

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14) Big Tobacco to air anti-smoking ads after decadelong fight
Source: The Hill

“Big Tobacco will begin running ads next week detailing the negative health effects from smoking cigarettes 11 years after they were ordered to do so by a federal court. The ads are the result of a long-running lawsuit the Department of Justice filed against tobacco companies in 1999 in an effort to recoup billions of dollars the government spent caring for those with smoking-related illnesses. In 2006, a federal court ordered the companies to make ‘corrective statements’ that highlight the dangers of smoking after determining they misled the public about the health risks. But the tobacco companies delayed the ads for 11 years through multiple appeals.” [editor’s note: Compelled speech doesn’t sound much like free speech – TLK] (11/21/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/361379-big-tobacco-to-air-prime-time-ads-warning-that-smoking-kills-following

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15) Activists file lawsuit challenging Trump immigration changes
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Nurimaro Park, 26, is one of about 800,000 people who had benefited from an Obama-era program that extended protections to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children. While he knew the significance of the protection he received under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, he had one problem: he didn’t have the money to pay the $495 registration fee required to renew his participation in the program for two more years. Park worked as a private tutor, and money was tight in the late spring and summer months when school was out. He figured he could re-enroll at the end of the year; the rules of the program allowed people to renew lapsed registrations as long as a full year hadn’t passed.” (11/21/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Activists-plan-lawsuit-challenging-Trump-12373524.php

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16) US DoJ threatens to sue Harvard over racist admission practices
Source: New York Post

“The Department of Justice has launched a probe into Harvard University’s use of race in admission practices to determine whether the Ivy League school is discriminating against Asian-American students, according to a report on Tuesday. The department is investigating claims made in a 2014 lawsuit brought by the nonprofit group Students for Fair Admissions that alleges Harvard is limiting the number of Asian students for admission, the Wall Street Journal reported. The suit, filed in Boston, claims the practices violate federal civil rights law and asks a federal judge to ban the school from using race to determine who is admitted, the report said.” (11/21/17)

https://nypost.com/2017/11/21/doj-threatens-to-sue-harvard-over-race-based-admission-practices/

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17) WA: Bikini baristas turn men into Harvey Weinsteins, city claims
Source: Fox News

“It’s a battle of shirts versus skins. Baristas, whose uniforms consist of bikinis, are heading to federal court on Tuesday to argue that their First Amendment rights have been violated by the suit-wearing officials in one Washington city who implemented two ordinances aimed at putting a lid on the coffee business. Two recent directives, which were passed in August but have a moratorium in place until the baristas’ lawsuit is settled, tighten the city’s regulations on what constitutes lewd behavior and institutes a dress code that bans employees from wearing bikinis or showing too much bare skin. The laws are just the final straw in a years-long battle against bikini baristas stands. … The city of Everett, about 30 miles north of Seattle, is home to numerous bikini barista espresso stands, where servers dressed in everything from tasteful two-piece swimsuits to pasties and G-strings serve up lattes and Americanos at a drive-thru window.” (11/21/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/21/bikini-baristas-turn-men-into-harvey-weinsteins-washington-city-claims.html

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18) Russia: Regime confirms spike in radioactivity in the Urals
Source: Washington Post

“Russian authorities on Tuesday confirmed reports of a spike in radioactivity in the air over the Ural Mountains while the suspected culprit, a nuclear fuel processing plant, denied it was the source of contamination. The Russian Meteorological Service said in a statement Tuesday that it recorded the release of Ruthenium-106 in the southern Urals in late September and classified it as ‘extremely high contamination.’ France’s nuclear safety agency earlier this month said that it recorded radioactivity in the area between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains from a suspected accident involving nuclear fuel or the production of radioactive material. It said the release of the isotope Ruthenium-106 posed no health or environmental risks to European countries.” (11/21/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/russia-confirms-spike-in-radioactivity-in-the-urals/2017/11/21/7981f4a8-ce96-11e7-a87b-47f14b73162a_story.html

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19) Conyers denies harassment allegation
Source: Raw Story

“House of Representatives Democrats called for an investigation on Tuesday into allegations of sexual harassment against U.S. Representative John Conyers, who said his office had resolved a harassment case with a payment but no admission of guilt. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in a statement on fellow Democrat Conyers, said, ‘Any credible allegation of sexual harassment must be investigated by the Ethics Committee.’ Earlier on Tuesday, Conyers issued a statement after a BuzzFeed News report cited allegations from former staffers that he made sexual advances to female staff. The congressman from Michigan did not give details of any allegation but said he would fully cooperate in any House investigation. ‘In this case, I expressly and vehemently denied the allegations made against me and continue to do so,’ Conyers said in a statement.” (11/21/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/us-rep-conyers-denies-harassment-allegation

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20) Nigeria: At least 50 killed in mosque bombing
Source: Chicago Tribune

“A teenage suicide bomber detonated as worshippers gathered for morning prayers at a mosque in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 50 people, police said Tuesday, in one of the region’s deadliest attacks in years. Police spokesman Othman Abubakar told The Associated Press they were ‘still trying to ascertain the number of injured because they are in various hospitals.’ While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing in Mubi town in Adamawa state, suspicion immediately fell on the Boko Haram extremist group.” (11/21/17)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-nigeria-mosque-bombing-20171121-story.html

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21) Amazon escalates its participation in war on Americans with “Secret Region” for regime spies
Source: ZDNet

“Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced setting up a “secret” datacentre region targeted towards the US intelligence community and other government agencies working with secret-level datasets. AWS Secret Region is able to host software and data that are classified at the ‘secret’ level, making it applicable to intelligence agencies that typically deal with sensitive information. Secret Region is an extension of the $600 million AWS-Central Intelligence Agency arrangement that led to the creation of Top Secret Region in 2014 specifically for the US intelligence community.” [editor’s note: This calls for a gigantic, cratering hack and leak op, after which government agencies should be forbidden the use of cloud services, Internet connections, processors of more than 8-bit capacity, computers with more than 640k of RAM, and OSes newer than DOS 2.x – TLK] (11/21/17)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/amazon-announces-aws-secret-region-for-intelligence-agencies/

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22) Heimatsicherheitsdienst ends protected status for Haitians with an 18-month delay
Source: Politico

“The Trump administration will terminate a humanitarian status extended to roughly 59,000 Haitians living in the United States, but with an 18-month delay, the Homeland Security Department announced Monday evening. Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke faced a Thanksgiving Day deadline to decide whether to renew so-called temporary protected status for Haitians, who were initially granted that status after a destructive earthquake hit the island nation in 2010.” (11/20/17)

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/20/homeland-security-haitians-haiti-182901

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23) Russia: Putin meets with Assad
Source: ABC News

“Syrian President Bashar Assad met with his Russian President Vladimir Putin in the southern Russian city of Sochi on Monday evening as a part of a ‘working visit,’ the Kremlin said in a statement. Assad reportedly thanked Putin for ‘the efforts that Russia made to save our country,’ according to an English translation of the statement. … Putin said he planned to follow up the meeting with telephone calls to President Donald Trump, and to Middle Eastern leaders including the Emir of Qatar. The two leaders last met on Oct. 20, 2015 in Moscow after Russia launched a military operation against Syrian insurgents and ISIS.” (11/21/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/syrian-president-bashar-assad-meets-russias-putin-sochi/story?id=51292704

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24) Germany: Merkel aide gives parties three weeks to find way out of crisis
Source: US News & World Report

“Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-hand man, Peter Altmaier, appealed to political parties on Tuesday to decide in the next three weeks whether they can form a stable government and drag Germany out of a political impasse. The collapse of talks between Merkel’s conservative bloc, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and environmentalist Greens has thrown Germany into political uncertainty and raised the prospect of new elections. It has also cast some doubt over whether Merkel, Europe’s most powerful leader after 12 years in office, will serve a fourth term after her conservatives won the most seats in a Sept. 24 election.” (11/21/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-11-21/merkel-aide-gives-german-parties-three-weeks-to-find-way-out-of-crisis

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25) Federal judge rules Trump’s sanctuary city order unconstitutional
Source: CNN

“A federal judge has permanently blocked US President Donald Trump’s executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with US immigration authorities. US District Court Judge William Orrick issued the ruling on Monday in lawsuits brought by two California counties, San Francisco and Santa Clara. Orrick said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.” (11/21/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/21/politics/trump-sanctuary-cities-executive-order-blocked/index.html

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

26) If Brandeis wants to censor Lenny Bruce, I don’t need college
Source: USA Today
by Penn Jillette

“I didn’t go to college. I went to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, but that was just a trade school for fools. When I was 18, I chose to eat fire, juggle, do magic, make jokes, and ruin my voice forever rather than pursue a higher education. Now I’m 62, and I spend hunks of my spare time chasing what I forfeited to become carny trash. I spend my spare time reading Moby-Dick and Shakespeare. I read grammar, poetry, philosophy, theology and science books. I watch art movies that I can’t laugh at, and listen to hard classical music that I can’t dance to. I shock myself reading Yuval Noah Harari’s kinda-sorta defense, or at least explanation, of Nazism. It’s all too hard for me. I’m confused. I cringe. It scares me. I don’t get much of it. But I sure enjoy being challenged in the way that I feel college would have challenged me. Like most autodidacts, I don’t really know what I missed, but I feel its absence all the time.” (11/21/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/11/21/penn-jillette-found-real-education-outside-overpriced-safe-spaces-college-penn-jillette-column/879347001

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27) Things I’ve found to be thankful for in 2017
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“It’s that time of year, and like most of you I’m planning on a big meal and a lazy afternoon as America celebrates yet another Thanksgiving. Naturally, I’m also thinking back over the previous year and looking for things to be thankful for. I’ve found some. Here are a few that aren’t about family, spiral cut ham and so forth …” (11/21/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11962

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28) Who’s a “foreign agent?”
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“You know life’s become a joke when the US Department of Justice starts requiring foreign media to register as foreign agents. Will the BBC be forced to issue a disclaimer with every broadcast and web posting: ‘Proceed with caution — British propaganda ahead?’ Don’t bet the ranch on it. Such distinctions are reserved for the current bogeyman of the moment, i.e. typically some marginal outlet with a small-to-minuscule audience, in this case RT, formerly Russia Today, and its companion web site Sputnik. Banned from advertising on Twitter, and the subject of an official investigation by both houses of Congress and a special counsel, these two relatively minor state-sponsored outlets are nonetheless credited with nearly single-handedly putting Donald Trump in the White House.” (11/21/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/11/20/whos-foreign-agent/

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29) Thanksgiving 2017
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“We thank people for opening a door, for giving right of way, for catching our hat when the wind gets it, for buying something from us, and providing us information and service. But a special day like this Thursday is an opportunity to reflect and do more. So here is a baker’s dozen of things I am thankful to God, my family, my friends, and others for giving me. (Not necessarily in order of priority!)” (11/21/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/11/21/thanksgiving-2017/

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30) Will Trump slash federal spending?
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“Donald Trump’s first proposed budget took a step towards draining the swamp in Washington. His proposal was the first one since the Reagan era in which a president has sought a wholesale demolition of boondoggles. On the other hand, Trump’s defense and homeland-security spending increases will squander bounties that should be reserved for taxpayers, not bureaucrats. Regardless of whether Trump can cajole Congress into buying into the cuts, Americans should welcome candor on an array of federal programs that should have been decimated or abolished long ago.” (11/21/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/11/21/will-trump-slash-federal-spending/

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31) Putting North Korea on “terrorist list” long overdue
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Trump says he’ll put Kim Jong Un’s hermit kingdom on the U.S.’ list of state sponsors of terrorism on Tuesday. The move, Trump said, ‘should have happened years ago.’ He couldn’t be more right. The move sends North Korea’s ‘murderous regime,’ as Trump calls it, an unambiguous signal: The U.S.’ tolerance of its escalating acts of aggression against its neighbors and the U.S. is at an end. The diplomatic game of patty-cake is over. The listing of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism isn’t a toothless act: It automatically triggers a host of sanctions, including ‘restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, a ban on defense exports and sales, certain controls over exports of dual-use items, and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions,’ the State Department said. And North Korea joins some bad company on the list: Iran, Sudan and Syria, all states that succor, sponsor and support terrorism in one form or another.” [editor’s note: As does the United States – TLK] (11/20/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/putting-north-korea-on-u-s-terrorist-list-was-long-overdue

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32) Are markets really as calm as they seem?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thorsten Polleit

“Indicators for financial market ‘stress’ have reached their lowest levels in decades. For instance, stock market volatility has never been this low since the early 1990s. Credit spreads have been shrinking, and prices for credit default swaps have fallen to pre-crisis levels. In fact, investors are no longer haunted by concerns about the stability of the financial system, potential credit defaults, and unfavourable surprises in the economy or financial assets markets. How come?” (11/21/17)

https://mises.org/wire/are-markets-really-calm-they-seem

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33) Baffling hostility to free trade
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“You say that you support Pres. Trump’s protectionist policies because of your ‘lifelong allegiance to free markets and limited Government.’ Your confidence in free markets leads you to conclude that the U.S. government ‘should protect us from the interventionist policies of [other] governments … which give them unfair advantages over us.’ With respect, I find your conclusion to be baffling. If you understand that interventions by American politicians and bureaucrats into our economy weaken our economy, why do you suppose that interventions by foreign politicians and bureaucrats into their economies strengthen their economies? Are foreign officials smarter and more ethical than American officials? Are the constitutions of foreign governments superior to that of the U.S. government?” (11/21/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/11/baffling-hostility-free-trade.html

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34) What is the true cost of inequality?
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“The 12 months that ended this past summer, suggests the just-released annual Global Wealth Report from the Swiss bank Credit Suisse, ought to be cause for celebration. The world has never been richer. Credit Suisse’s researchers have discerned ‘a significant increase in wealth across the globe.’ Net worth worldwide has increased by a remarkable $16.7 trillion over just the past year.So why aren’t people worldwide cheering? That “significant increase in wealth,” the new Credit Suisse numbers make clear, has benefited only a precious few. The top 1 percent globally now hold 50.1 percent of the world’s household wealth, up from 45.5 percent at the start of the century. Within that top 1 percent, the really rich — deep pockets with at least $50 million in net worth — are clearly leading the way. Since 2000, Credit Suisse calculates, the wealth of this ‘ultra high net worth’ cohort has multiplied ‘five-fold.’” (11/20/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20171120/what-does-inequality-cost-our-most-typical-households

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35) Freedom is a right, not a gift from the government
Source: PanAm Post
by Jose Azel

“We use the term freedom in political, economic, social, and religious contexts. But what exactly does it mean to be free? The answer to this question is crucial because different conceptions of liberty entail different political ideals, and different models of government. A good starting point to explore what it means to be free is with the distinction introduced by the early 19th century intellectual Benjamin Constant.” (11/21/17)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2017/11/21/freedom-is-a-right/

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36) “Historical preservation” is just market interventionism
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jay Owen

“In Lafayette, Indiana, 11 endangered historic properties have been identified by the Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation (the Trust). The Trust has determined these properties be worthy of preservation. But what should be done and who should do it? The Trust believes the properties have value. What creates value in these properties? Architecture? Location? History? Time? Current market factors? Probably all of the above, but in varying proportions depending on who is doing the valuation. One person has no interest and another an intense interest. Hence the value can range from zero to unquantifiable depending on who is doing the valuation. Set aside the issue of who determines what is ‘Historical.’” (11/21/17)

https://fee.org/articles/historical-preservation-is-just-market-interventionism/

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37) Book review: Why Stalin starved Ukraine
Source: The New Republic
by David Patrikarakos

“History is a battleground, perennially fought over, endlessly contested. Nowhere does this aphorism hold true more than in Russia. A majority of Russians recently voted Joseph Stalin the ‘most outstanding person’ in world history (followed, naturally, by current President Vladimir Putin). No longer the monster of the gulags and purges that killed millions, Stalin now looms in the national consciousness as the giant who defeated the Nazis in World War II. … Pulitzer-prize winning historian Anne Applebaum is one of the world’s pre-eminent chroniclers of the crimes of the Soviet Union. Her previous works, notably Gulag: A History, which detailed the horrors of the Soviet prison system, and Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956, which analyzed the USSR’s imposition of communism in Eastern Europe, have played their part in bringing to light the full extent of Soviet oppression. Her new book, Red Famine — a masterpiece of scholarship, a ground-breaking history, and a heart-wrenching story — turns to the horrors of Soviet policy in Ukraine, specifically Stalin’s mass starvation of Ukraine from 1932 to 1933.” (11/21/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145953/stalin-starved-ukraine

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38) Unhappy anniversary
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“November 7, 2017 marked the 100 year anniversary of one of the most tragic events in human history: the Russian Revolution that brought the totalitarian Bolsheviks (communists), led by Vladimir Lenin, to power, creating the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR or Soviet Union). The Soviet Union was supposed to create a worker’s paradise by replacing the market with government central planning. However, since central planners cannot know the true value of goods and services — as those can only be established in a free-market — central planners would be unable to calculate prices. Therefore central planning would result in widespread poverty and shortages.” (11/21/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/unhappy-anniversary-2

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39) On patriotic correctness
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Logan Chipkin

“While political correctness is typically associated with the American Left, modern conservatism has its own sacred totems that dare not be criticized. Like its progressive counterparts, the Right’s choices of sanctification fit together like an elegant jigsaw puzzle to form an internally consistent worldview. Police, Military, Bible, and Flag are all symbols of the Right — each embodying order, tradition, and Americanism to varying degrees. In response to our president’s provocative tweets, many NFL players are now kneeling during the national anthem. While many conservatives are criticizing their tactic and position, neither concerns me here. Those who have watched NFL games are familiar with jets flying overhead, soldiers touting the American flag, and other such theatrics. Like any other advertisement, this is intended to sell to the American people the most benign view of the product at hand. But in contrast to sellers in the free market, the State takes a brilliant additional step. It has drilled into the American collective consciousness that to reject its product, the military, is ‘un-American’ and therefore immoral.” (11/21/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/on-patriotic-correctness/

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40) Review: The Florida Project shines light on underbelly of American labor market
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“The Florida Project, a brilliant new film by director/screenwriter Sean Baker (Tangerine, Take Out) explores the precarious world of people living just a few dollars short of homelessness through the ears and eyes of six-year olds. Baker balances adult desperation and childlike optimism, an enigmatic blend that creates a gripping story centering on an important if neglected rung of America’s socioeconomic ladder. It also may well earn The Florida Project a spot on the short list for several categories in the next round of major awards.” (11/21/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/11/21/review-the-florida-project-shines-light-on-underbelly-of-american-labor-market/

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41) JD Vance: Republican Presidential nominee in 2032?
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“This seems to be my year for crossing paths with right-wing notables. J.D. Vance is 33. His ideologically ambiguous book, Hillbilly Elegy, reflecting on his hardscrabble life in Appalachia, has been atop the bestseller list for more than a year. My wager is that Vance will be among those who pick up the pieces after Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Roy Moore, and Steve Bannon do each other in. Last year, I wrote a very critical review of Vance’s book. Much of the book, despite some poignant stories, wasn’t an elegy at all, but an exercise in moral superiority. In places, it was downright condescending. Sidestepping the economic devastation of Appalachia, Vance seemed determined to place most of the blame on poor choices and bad behavior by individuals, rather like the right’s favorite pseudo-social scientist, Charles Murray. In the end, Vance was insisting poverty is mostly about values and character.” (11/21/17)

http://prospect.org/article/jd-vance-republican-presidential-nominee-2032

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42) A basic principle about drug laws
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Drug laws bring into existence drug gangs. it’s just a basic principle of economics. If you like drug gangs and the violence that comes with them, then you should support drug laws. if you oppose drug gangs and their violence, you should oppose drug laws.” (11/21/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/11/21/basic-principle-drug-laws/

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43) The generational wheels are turning
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Increasing numbers of people accurately see the institutions that currently manage our lives as outdated and corrupt. More importantly, many of us don’t want to simply replace the current crop of unethical people in charge with a new bunch, we want to completely change the way things are done at a systemic level. This is precisely what lies at the heart of Bitcoin, as well as decentralized, trustless systems in general. If there’s any fundamental lesson from history it’s that human beings cannot be trusted to use power and authority altruistically and wisely. As such, it’s imperative that we distribute those things as much as possible.” (11/21/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/11/21/the-generational-wheels-are-turning/

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44) Two simple ways for Congress to improve the child tax credit
Source: Niskanen Center
by Samuel Hammond

“The Senate tax reform bill, which passed through committee last Thursday, makes significant improvements to the Child Tax Credit (CTC) but still falls short of providing working families with genuine tax relief. Fortunately, the Senate bill contains sufficient resources to enable a restructuring of the CTC without crowding out other priorities, like business tax reform.” [editor’s note: Instead of tinkering around the edges, how about repealing the income tax and replacing it with nothing? – TLK] (11/21/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/two-simple-ways-congress-improve-child-tax-credit/

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45) Interview: “Colonialism is a crime against humanity”
Source: In These Times
by Sophie Drukman-Feldstein

“The devastation of Puerto Rico by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, and the U.S. government’s inadequate response, shed new light on the island’s long-standing exploitation as one of five inhabited, unincorporated U.S. territories — essentially, modern-day colonies. The political and economic subjugation of Puerto Rico is especially damaging now as the island faces a deepening crisis, fueled in part by human-made climate change. As an indifferent Trump administration looks on, the voices of the Puerto Rican independence movement are especially instructive. Ricardo Jimenez offers one such voice. Jimenez is part of a long history of Puerto Rican freedom fighters. Born in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico and raised in Chicago, Ill., he became politically involved at an early age. Some of his first activism as a teenager focused on freeing political prisoners such as Oscar Collazo and Lolita Lebrón, who had been incarcerated for their roles in Puerto Rican nationalist struggles.” (11/21/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20703/Puerto-Rico-Political-Prisoner-anti-colonial-movement

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46) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 14
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“It’s been a strange but recurring theme in my life that when a cluster of bad things hit, something good follows close behind. Often, I learn later that the good thing was initiating just as the bad things struck. But whatever that is and however it works, it happened to me again.” (11/21/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/rosc-14-bitcoin-house

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47) Europe ponders prospect of life after Merkel
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Sara Miller Llana & Rachel Stern

“Earlier this spring, when President Trump threatened to drop out of a major climate accord and berated fellow NATO members on his first trip to Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel rallied the continent. ‘The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over,’ she told a crowd in Munich. ‘We Europeans really must take our fate into our own hands.’ Implicit in that message was the reassurance that it was Ms. Merkel who would shepherd Europe in the reshuffled order. But what if there is no Merkel? Month-long negotiations in Berlin to form a coalition government after September’s federal election collapsed Sunday night. Germany found itself in uncharted waters, facing its worst political crisis since World War II. Many have begun to see Merkel as a weakened caretaker chancellor with an uncertain future.” (11/21/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2017/1121/Europe-ponders-prospect-of-life-after-Merkel

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48) Why does Hawaii hate American workers?
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“In Hawaii, it takes an average of 988 days and $438 in fees to become licensed to perform one of many occupations under the thumbs of state regulators. Given that the average requirement across the United States to enter such fields as painting contractor, landscaper, or manicurist is an already burdensome year of people’s lives and $267 in fees, you have to wonder what officials in the Aloha State have against people trying to make a buck. But Hawaii isn’t the only offender — and in some ways it’s not the worst, given that it licenses ‘only’ 63 of 102 mostly lower-income occupations examined in a recent report from the Institute for Justice. Louisiana and Washington are both the worst offenders in this sense, imposing licensing requirements on people seeking work in 77 of the jobs examined in the report. Or you could combine the worst of both worlds, like California which licenses 76 occupations at an average of $486 in fees and 827 days in time, or Nevada which requires an average $704 in fees and 861 days for 75 jobs.” (11/21/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/11/21/why-does-hawaii-hate-american-workers

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49) Charles Manson, white nationalist, saw where America was headed
Source: The Daily Beast
by Michael Daly

“Back when Mason carved the swastika on his forehead, he seemed to have chosen the vilest of symbols, one everyone would reject, in keeping with the depravity of his murderous deeds. A half-century later, the primary objection among supposedly mainstream adherents of the alt-right regarding Nazism is that it is not politically expedient.” (11/21/17)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/charles-manson-white-nationalist-saw-where-america-was-headed

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50) The Stupid Party gets smarter
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“Republicans have long been known as ‘the stupid party.’ They do stupid things, such as waiting until mid-November to push a must-pass tax cut that should have been done by April. But in recent weeks the GOP is finally showing some brains and some backbone on taxes. They are using their majorities in Congress to roll back and roll over the left, and it’s about time. In a more rational world, tax reform could have been bipartisan. But once Democrats declared they would be unified obstructionists on tax reform, there was no reason to throw a bone to the ‘resistance movement.’ Playing nice with Chuck Schumer won’t buy any votes, so why bother? It’s hard not to be impressed with how Republicans have instead suddenly gotten very smart on the ‘pay fors’ in their tax bill. Three of these revenue raisers are welcome policy changes, and they help defund the left.” (11/21/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2017/11/21/the-stupid-party-gets-smart-n2412087

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51) US generals might stop Trump from an illegal nuclear strike — but who will save us from a legal one?
Source: The Intercept
by Mehdi Hasan

“[D]oes the general really believe the launching of nuclear weapons is ‘not that complicated,’ in terms of the law? Does Hyten, who graduated from Harvard not with a J.D. but with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied sciences, think it is that easy to distinguish a ‘legal’ nuclear strike from an ‘illegal’ one? There are plenty of international lawyers, campaigners and activists who would disagree; who, in fact, believe a nuclear strike under any circumstances would be a violation of international humanitarian law. They would argue that the criteria for a legitimate strike — necessity, distinction, proportionality, unnecessary suffering — as laid out in the U.S. Law of Armed Conflict Deskbook and grandly cited by Hyten in Nova Scotia, can never be met in the case of nuclear weapons.” (11/21/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/11/21/u-s-generals-might-stop-trump-from-an-illegal-nuclear-strike-but-who-will-save-us-from-a-legal-one/

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52) North Korea and the futility of sanctions
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“The U.S. often imposes sanctions to show that it is ‘acting’ in response to an international problem, and it makes no difference to Washington if the sanctions will have any positive effect on the targeted regime’s behavior. Sanctions usually fail to compel the changes in behavior that their advocates claim they will bring about, but that doesn’t stop these same people from insisting on imposing more and more despite their repeated failures to achieve results. Additional punitive measures have typically made authoritarian regimes more intransigent and combative, and in this case that has the potential to be very dangerous for the entire region. North Korea is already the most heavily-sanctioned state on the planet, and as we can all see those sanctions have utterly failed. Piling on more will achieve nothing of value.” (11/21/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/north-korea-and-the-futility-of-sanctions/

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53) Thanksgiving is NOT the time for political debates
Source: Fox News Forum
by Mitzi Perdue

“Thanksgiving should be a time to reconnect with our families and traditions. But this year may be more difficult than usual. After a politically fraught year, you and all the members of your extended family might not (and this is likely an understatement) be seeing eye-to-eye politically. There’s a practical answer to this problem, and it’s one that I’ve seen work over and over again during my life and much of my career observing and studying families. One pattern that repeatedly emerges is that healthy, high-functioning families focus on what unites them, as opposed to picking at what divides them. There’s some good psychological underpinning for this approach: arguing over politics usually doesn’t do any good. As Nobel Prize-winning behavioral economist Daniel Kahneman points out, the chance of you being able to change someone’s mind on a deeply held political view is close to zero.” (11/21/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/21/thanksgiving-is-not-time-for-political-debates-at-your-feast-focus-on-what-unites-your-family.html

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54) How Coinbase is saving the crypto market
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“People like to talk shit about Coinbase. And, in a lot of ways, I get it. They certainly didn’t make it easy for people to retrieve their Bitcoin Cash …. Then there’s the fact that Coinbase holds onto your private keys, but the only people who care about this also know how easy it is to get around–simply send the cryptos to another wallet. A lot of these types would deny that Coinbase is doing anything good, despite how they are attempting to stand up to the IRS to protect their users from invasion by government goons. … But there’s one other thing they do that they’re often criticized for, when, in reality, it’s the best thing that they do: Coinbase is notoriously unwilling to put new coins on its store.” (11/20/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/11/20/how-coinbase-is-saving-the-crypto-market/

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55) “A Marshal Plan for Africa” won’t help Africans; free trade will
Source: Acton Institute
by Angel Manuel Garcia Carmona

“During his two-day official visit to Tunisia in late October, the president of European Parliament Antonio Tajani proposed the establishment of a ‘Marshall Plan’ for Africa. Evoking the plan of subsidies the U.S. transferred to Western Europe following World War II, Tajani estimated the cost of a plan for Africa at €40 billion (or roughly $47 billion U.S.). The objective of these investments will be the building of new infrastructure, support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and boosting youth entrepreneurship and employment in Africa. Besides, Tajani stressed that, without tackling these issues, ‘there are thousands, and in the future millions, of people who could leave their country.’ Nevertheless, the free-market end does not justify the government-transfer means.” (11/20/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/11/20/marshall-plan-africa-wont-help-africans-free-trade-will

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56) Sexual harassment and worse will plague politics until we get past tribalism
Source: USA Today
by Jon Gabriel

“At last, a harsh reckoning has come for sexual harassers and abusers. Last month’s outing of the loathsome Harvey Weinstein triggered an avalanche of accusations, fanning out from Hollywood. Oliver Stone, Ben Affleck, Kevin Spacey, Steven Seagal, George Takei and many lesser-knowns were revealed as alleged sexual predators. The recriminations moved from entertainment to the media at large, as women accused commentator Mark Halperin, editor Michael Oreskes and critic Leon Wieseltier of behavior ranging from the caddish to the criminal. This led to the worlds of sports and gastronomy until finally, right where we all knew it would end: the world of politics. Here in Arizona, several women accused state Rep. Don Shooter of unwanted sexual advances, leading to an official investigation and his suspension as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.” (11/19/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2017/11/19/sexual-harassers-plague-politics-until-transcend-tribalism-moore-clinton-jon-gabriel-column/878654001

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57) Forced anthem adherence antithetical to justice
Source: CounterPunch
by Linn Washington Jr.

“This history-making black Major League Baseball player called out race prejudice in all sectors of American society including prejudice practiced by U.S. presidents, lawmakers, law enforcers and others. This player’s poignant observations about the sinews of the prejudice infecting American society focus antiseptic illumination on toxic stances taken by President Trump on the rights of black pro-football players to protest race-based injustices including police brutality. … This history-making baseball player was Moses Fleetwood Walker. Walker, a University of Michigan graduate, was the first and only black to play in Major League Baseball in the 19th Century before segregation soiled that sport. Walker, a catcher, made his mark on baseball in May 1884, when he played his first MLB game, over sixty years before the barrier shattering feat of Jackie Robinson. Robinson had to break the barrier a second time, because MLB officially banned black players in 1889.” (11/21/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/21/forced-anthem-adherence-antithetical-to-justice/

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58) The Fed could be tightening more than it realizes
Source: Cobden Centre
by Benn Steil

“Ten years ago, before the collapse of Lehman Brothers rocked global financial markets, the Fed’s balance sheet stood at $925 billion — mostly U.S. Treasuries. After fifty-nine months of asset purchases to push down longer-term interest rates, it had ballooned to a peak of $4.5 trillion, including nearly $1.8 trillion in mortgage securities, in October 2014. In October of this year, the Fed at last began a slow slimming-down of the balance sheet, allowing $10 billion in maturing securities to roll off without reinvesting the proceeds. All else being equal, this represents a tightening of monetary policy, as it tends to push up longer-term (10-year) market interest rates.” (11/21/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/11/benn-steil-the-fed-could-be-tightening-more-than-it-realizes/

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59) The nationalist’s delusion
Source: The Atlantic
by Adam Serwer

“Thirty years ago, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why. It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, astonished political observers when he came within striking distance of defeating incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston, earning 43 percent of the vote. … A few days after Duke’s strong showing, the Queens-born businessman Donald Trump appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live. ‘It’s anger. I mean, that’s an anger vote. People are angry about what’s happened. People are angry about the jobs. If you look at Louisiana, they’re really in deep trouble,’ Trump told King. Trump later predicted that Duke, if he ran for president, would siphon most of his votes away from the incumbent, George H. W. Bush — in the process revealing his own understanding of the effectiveness of white-nationalist appeals to the GOP base.” (11/20/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/the-nationalists-delusion/546356/

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60) Speaking freely, part 4
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Kelsey Naughton

“This is the fourth installment in a series of posts delving into the results of FIRE’s ‘Speaking Freely’ report on college students’ attitudes toward expression on American campuses. In this post, we will talk about how the attitudes of community college students and 4-year undergraduate students differ in regard to expression on campus.” (11/20/17)

https://www.thefire.org/speaking-freely-comparing-2-and-4-year-college-students-attitudes-toward-expression/

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61) Trouble in transmission
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Weeks ago, students Brandon Albrecht and Tayler Lehmann hosted a weekly program on their university-funded, 225-watt FM station. But not anymore. … station manager Carter Young, with a UMM policeman in tow, entered the studio and demanded they leave. ‘What happened?’ inquired Lehmann. ‘You said a couple words that break FCC violations [sic],’ she replied.” (11/21/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/11/21/trouble-in-transmission/

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62) “Fix NICS” right
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“In a bipartisan act of insanity, Senator Cornyn and cronies from boith sides of the aisle have come up with a wonderful plan to ‘Fix NICS.’ Basically, it bribes states to report more people. But there’s a ‘penalty,’ too. Sort of. If an agency fails to report properly the politically appointed agency chief bunghole boffer doesn’t get a bonus (presupposing that bureaucrats should by default get bonuses). If we must be saddled with a background check system that forces people to preemptively-prove-your-innocence (PPYI), a clear prior restraint, in order to exercise a constitutionally protected right, then let’s fix NICS properly.” (11/21/17)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4600

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63) Thanksgiving: Celebrating the birth of American free enterprise
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“This time of the year, whether in good economic times or bad, is when Americans gather with their families and friends and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. It marks a remembrance of those early Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the uncharted ocean from Europe to make a new start in Plymouth, Massachusetts. What is less appreciated is that Thanksgiving also is a celebration of the birth of free enterprise in America.” (11/20/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/thanksgiving-celebrating-birth-american-free-enterprise/

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64) That’s enough of the Russia blame game
Source: spiked
by Tara McCormack

“What a time to be Theresa May. Her government is in danger of collapsing, with senior figures resigning because they were off conducting their own foreign policy in Israel, or because they once brushed a journalist’s knee. She’s leading car-crash Brexit negotiations in which it is becoming clearer by the day that neither her nor anyone else in the government has the slightest clue about what to do. Tory bigwigs are plotting to overthrow her. And yet despite all this, what is top of May’s agenda? Russia. Last week, she trotted out the well-worn canards that Russia is seeking to destabilise European states and ‘our free societies’ by sowing discord with fake news and cyber espionage.” (11/21/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/thats-enough-of-the-russia-blame-game/

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65) Trump’s declaration of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror is just another in a long line of policy flip-flops
Source: Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall & Erik Goepner

“President Trump’s objective of getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear arsenal is clear. His strategy for achieving that goal, however, is not. Even less clear are Trump’s communications to the world, and North Korea, about American intentions. He has flip-flopped and changed his tune on North Korea multiple times in just his first 10 months in office, making it impossible for anyone to know what he will do next. Effective foreign policy, on the contrary, requires the president to signal credible and consistent assurances to allies and threats to adversaries.” (11/20/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trumps-declaration-north-korea-state-sponsor-terror-just-another-long-line

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

66) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 674
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I’ve decided to do a short show today since, well, the news sucks. Frankly, I’m sick of hearing about the latest sexual misconduct accusations that are now being levied against everyone you can think of. Even Charlie Rose is being accused of some ridiculous and outrageous behavior. But there is a decent article about the number of older millennials who are still living at home or with relatives. Most commentators would use the story to complain about the younger generation, their lack of ambition, sense of entitlement or some other negative connotation. Instead, I’d like to use it as a teachable moment shed some light on why it’s happening and what can be done to ensure you get a job and keep a job regardless of how old you are.” [various formats] (11/21/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/674-employment-in-america-how-to-position-yourself-to-get-hired-stay-hired-and-move-up/

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67) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 31
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Benjamin Lay was a fearless firework of ‘isms.’ Part Quaker, part philosopher, part sailor, abolitionist, and commoner, Lay was also ‘The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist.’ Joining us this week is Marcus Rediker, one of the most important living historians and Lay’s most recent biographer.” [various formats] (11/21/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/benjamin-lay-was-original-sjw-marcus-rediker

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68) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/21/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Darrell, Lou and Kal discuss the cops who were caught trying to bust each other in the failed state of Detroit. They also discuss the cop fuggey surrounding a truck owner with a ‘Feinstein Trump and Feinstein You for Voting For Him’ sticker, as she finds herself fighting against the forces of the nanny statists near her It seems that Charles Manson recently died, so the boys decide to talk about Charlie and the musicians of the 60s and 70s. Apparently Charlie didn’t murder anyone, but most people seem to think he did.” [various formats] (11/21/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15302

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69) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 75
Source: The LAVA Flow

“Happy Thanksgiving Week! I’m thankful for you, my awesome listeners, but I’m also thankful for so much more. What’s in the News with stories on Bill Weld, debtors prison, fake news news, big brother, Sessions being sued, AUMF, busted for hibiscus, victimless crimes, and libertarian charity. And, and Ancap Apps segment on the best VPN service I’ve ever used!” [various formats] (11/21/17)

http://thelavaflow.com/im-thankful-for-you-tlf075/

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70) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 132
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“This week is the very first episode from Home base One! Join Johnny As he discusses the future of the Libertarian Party with Anthony Welti Chair of the Snohomish Libertarian Party in Washington State. Is the Libertarian Party about winning or is it about educating the public? We finally reveal what the answer is to the age-old question.” [various formats] (11/20/17)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-132-rise-of-the-libertarians-w-anthony-welti/

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71) Reason Podcast, 11/20/17
Source: Reason

“On this week’s Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch discuss everything that’s wrong with the Republican tax reform bill, what it would mean for Obamacare, whether the neverending stream of sexual-assault revelations will turn America into a desert wasteland of fierce Beyonce woman warriors, gubernatorial candidate and Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill’s announcement that ‘in the last 50 years’ he has been ‘sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females,’ and whether Harvey Weinstein is the ‘Charles Manson’ of the 21st century.” [various formats] (11/20/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/11/20/tax-reform-sexual-assault-manson-podcast

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72) Editor’s Pick, episode 4
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Pick 004 features a presentation by Kirby Ferguson demonstrating how our most celebrated creators borrow, steal, and transform. He explores creativity in a world where ‘everything is a remix.’” [various formats] (11/20/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/kirby-ferguson-everything-remix-10m-editors-pick-004

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73) Free Talk Live, 11/20/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Outrageous Lockdown in Baltimore Neighborhood over Cop Killing :: Checkpoints in Your Neighborhood :: Banking Complaints :: Cemetery Records :: Cryogenics :: Consciousness :: Robot Gets Citizenship :: Singularity :: Sex Slave Kills Captor, Sent to Prison for Life? :: Edgington Post AFTERSHOW with Jim Bovard :: HOSTS — Ian, Melanie, Mike.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/20/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-11-20

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74) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 120
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #120, I look at the 60 Minutes segment on Yemen. The segment was one of the first times the crisis and war in Yemen has gained MSM attention. The 60 Minutes crew was denied access to Yemen by Saudi Arabia. The segment has several problems that I address. I also update Lebanon, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.” [various formats] (11/20/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-120-yemen-gets-msm-attention

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75) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1042
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Jo Ann Cavallo, who chairs the Department of Italian at Columbia University, found herself drawn to libertarianism and the Austrian School of economics because of — who else? — Ron Paul. She’s now bringing these ideas into her scholarly work, with outstanding results. Also, I can’t resist asking her about Machiavelli, a figure I’ve never been sure I’ve gotten quite right.” [various formats] (11/20/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1042-ivy-league-professor-turns-libertarian-and-we-also-discuss-machiavelli/

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