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Volume XVI, Issue #4,115
Monday, November 26th, 2018
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In the News:

1) US thugs fire tear gas as travelers try to cross gang turf line
2) Tensions escalate between Ukrainian, Russian regimes after Black Sea confrontation
3) Syria: Regime blames rebels for Aleppo gas attack
4) UK: Government could fall if Brexit deal fails, says Hunt
5) Judge rejects Papadopoulos’s bid to stall jail sentence
6) Hamas publishes images of “Israelis involved in Gaza covert unit”
7) Trump asks SCOTUS for review of transgender military ban
8) CA: Mother injured by gang’s turf line booby traps
9) Germany: Alleged SS guard charged as accessory to 36,000 deaths at Nazi camp
10) European Union authorizes first US cannabis company to operate in Malta
11) Researchers: Promising Alzheimer’s vaccine draws closer to human trials
12) Brexit: Donald Tusk tells European Union to approve deal
13) Protesters march for man killed at Alabama mall
14) “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” criticized as racist
15) MI: Brewery fires dishwasher over “repulsive” social media post
16) Taiwan: Voters back marriage apartheid in referendum
17) New lander will add to humans’ long fascination with Mars
18) Judge: NY AG’s suit against Trump Foundation can proceed
19) ICE thugs abduct man after he leaves church for appointment with immigration bureaucrats
20) Afghanistan: US occupation soldier killed

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) “Red Flag laws”: Rights can’t be “suspended,” only violated
22) Marbury, crackpots, and judicial supremacy
23) Don’t let Mitch McConnell foil bipartisan prison reform
24) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 11, part 6
25) In praise of expertise
26) Wilson and the USPS
27) Lucrative law enforcement will become lawless
28) Libertarians, Kaepernick and the boundaries of order
29) Transforming America’s “hidden tribes” into a progressive majority
30) Notes on the Khashoggi case
31) The only Brexit deal worth having is no Brexit deal at all
32) How fracking turned OPEC into the walking dead
33) Why no one is even talking about raising payroll taxes to fund Social Security
34) The trouble with white guilt
35) Monica Lewinsky’s very long road to vindication
36) Dear TSA, please stop molesting kids at the airport
37) The Iran obsession and “useful fictions”
38) For governments right and left, a season of discontent
39) Twenty things Republicans could have done but didn’t
40) The liberal plantation
41) In defense of consumer sovereignty
42) Liberal media tell us: The left is right, and the right is wrong
43) After Florida recount, ballot signature issue remains a concern
44) Why a carbon tax is the wrong solution
45) Washington’s erroneous notion that the Persian Gulf is an American lake
46) How social media is becoming an arm of the state
47) Stagflation: Can it happen again?
48) Whatever happened to resigning on principle?
49) To achieve mass adoption we must fight for “blockchain inclusion”
50) Coffee sellers are not fundamentally different from banks

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 22
52) Scott Adams Says, 11/25/18
53) Free Talk Live, 11/24/18
54) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1291
55) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 22
56) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/23/18
57) Felony Friday, episode 151
58) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/23/18
59) Ray McGovern on The Scott Horton Show
60) The Law with DK Williams, episode 13

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

1) US thugs fire tear gas as travelers try to cross gang turf line
Source: Yahoo! News

“Hundreds of migrants approaching the U.S. border from Mexico were enveloped with tear gas Sunday after several tried to make it past fencing and wire separating the two countries. Earlier in the morning, a group of Central Americans staged a peaceful march to appeal for the U.S. to speed up the asylum claims process, but their demonstration devolved as they neared the crossing with the U.S. and some saw an opportunity to breach the border. U.S. [gang memnbers] shot several rounds of gas, according to an Associated Press reporter on the scene, after migrants attempted to penetrate several points along the border. Migrants sought to squeeze through gaps in wire, climb over fences and peel back metal sheeting to enter.” (11/25/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/migrants-march-toward-us-border-show-force-191030971.html

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2) Tensions escalate between Ukrainian, Russian regimes after Black Sea confrontation
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Russia has fired on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels off the Crimean Peninsula in a major escalation of tensions between the two countries. Two gunboats and a tug were captured by Russian forces. A number of Ukrainian crew members were injured. Each country blames the other for the incident. On Monday Ukrainian MPs are due to vote on declaring martial law. The crisis began when Russia accused the Ukrainian ships of illegally entering its waters.” (11/25/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46338671

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3) Syria: Regime blames rebels for Aleppo gas attack
Source: Reuters

“More than 100 people were wounded in Syria’s Aleppo late on Saturday in a suspected toxic gas attack which the government and its ally, Russia, blamed on insurgents. A health official in Aleppo said victims suffered breathing difficulties, eye inflammation and other symptoms suggesting the use of chlorine gas. Rebel officials denied the allegations and said their forces did not possess chemical weapons. … State news agency SANA said on Sunday 107 people were injured, including children, after militants hit three districts with projectiles containing gases that caused choking.” (11/25/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-aleppo/more-than-100-injured-in-aleppo-in-suspected-rebel-gas-attack-idUSKCN1NU0AM

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4) UK: Government could fall if Brexit deal fails, says Hunt
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The odds of Theresa May getting her Brexit deal through parliament are ‘looking challenging,’ Jeremy Hunt has said, adding that it was possible the government could collapse if this failed to happen. Speaking as the prime minister was in Brussels, where EU leaders agreed the Brexit plan, the foreign secretary declined to predict whether the proposals would make the UK better off, saying only that it ‘mitigates most of the negative impacts’ of leaving the EU. Hunt was the second cabinet minister to make such a statement on on Sunday, with the communities secretary, James Brokenshire, also refusing to assert that he believed the plan would be better for the UK than staying in the EU.” (11/25/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/25/government-could-fall-if-brexit-deal-fails-says-jeremy-hunt

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5) Judge rejects Papadopoulos’s bid to stall jail sentence
Source: The Hill

“A federal judge on Sunday rejected former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos’s effort to delay his prison term for lying to the FBI. Politico reported that U.S. District Court Judge Randy Moss ruled Papadopoulos must report to prison on Monday after his argument to justify delaying his sentence failed. The judge cited Papadopoulos’s decision not to appeal his sentence, and wrote that the defendant’s challenge of special counsel Robert Mueller’s authority was unlikely to succeed.” (11/25/18)

https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/418127-judge-rejects-papadopoulos-bid-to-stall-jail-sentence

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6) Hamas publishes images of “Israelis involved in Gaza covert unit”
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“The armed wing of the Hamas group has published photos of what it says are members of an Israeli covert operations unit that infiltrated the Gaza Strip on November 11. The Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades posted pictures of eight alleged members of the Israeli force, including two women, on its official website, as well as pictures of two vehicles used by the force during the botched operation. In a statement, the group called on Palestinians to communicate to them any information they might have regarding the persons but provided no further details on the identities of those pictured. Israel’s army censor issued a statement shortly afterwards calling on the public and news media not to distribute the photos or information relating to them.” (11/24/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/hamas-publishes-images-israelis-involved-gaza-covert-unit-181123082803175.html

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7) Trump asks SCOTUS for review of transgender military ban
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“President Trump’s administration is asking the US Supreme Court to consider its proposed restrictions on transgender military members. It is requesting that the top court review lower court rulings blocking a military ban on transgender people. Federal courts have prevented the military from implementing a policy barring some transgender Americans from service. The administration wants the court to hear the dispute this term. The president announced on Twitter in 2017 that the country would no longer ‘accept or allow’ transgender Americans to serve in the military, citing ‘tremendous medical costs and disruption.’ The administration has since limited the policy to transgender individuals with a history of gender dysphoria.” [editor’s note: Seriously, doesn’t everyone want a clear ruling, so that some future POTUS lacks the power to rule on it? (Frankly, I consider anyone who chooses to participate in the current empire-building scam to be “dysfunctional” …) – SAT] (11/24/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46321543

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8) CA: Mother injured by gang’s turf line booby traps
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“A mother-of-two was impaled after she tried to scale a US-Mexico border fence in San Diego on Friday night. According to US Border Patrol, the 26-year-old woman from Guatemala was with her two children, aged three and five, when she climbed the fence near the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that she climbed a fence east of the port and where construction crews were putting up a new barrier to replace the old fencing. The mother lost her balance and fell, and pieces of rebar pierced her side and buttocks.” (11/25/18)

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6426655/Migrant-mother-impaled-attempting-scale-fence-Mexico-border-two-children.html

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9) Germany: Alleged SS guard charged as accessory to 36,000 deaths at Nazi camp
Source: CBS News

“A 95-year-old man has been charged with more than 36,000 counts of being an accessory to murder on allegations that he served as a guard at the Nazis’ Mauthausen concentration camp, Berlin prosecutors said Friday. Hans Werner H., whose last name wasn’t released because of privacy regulations, is accused of serving as an SS guard in the camp in northern Austria from mid-1944 to early 1945. During that time, 36,223 people were killed at Mauthausen, primarily by gassing, but also by lethal injection, shootings, starvation or exposure, prosecutor Martin Steltner said. The suspect isn’t accused of a specific killing, but prosecutors argue that as a guard he helped the camp function. Overall, about 95,000 people are believed to have died in the Mauthausen camp system including 14,000 Jews, but also Soviet prisoners of war, Spaniards who had fought against Gen. Francisco Franco, and others.” (11/24/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nazi-guard-hans-werner-h-charged-over-36000-deaths-at-mauthausen-concentration-camp/

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10) European Union authorizes first US cannabis company to operate in Malta
Source: Smell the Truth

“An American cannabis company will now enter the European market. Columbia Care LLC, one of America’s top medical marijuana companies, has become the first US cannabis firm licensed to operate in the European Union, reports Grizzle. The company recently established a base in Malta, where they will be able to import, expert, cultivate, process and distribute medical cannabis throughout Europe. ‘With a desire to realize our mission regardless of geography, we look forward to disrupting the status quo outside the U.S. and bringing our expertise to the rest of the world,’ Nicholas Vita, chief executive at Columbia Care, told Grizzle. Vita says his company is also planning to further expand into Europe and South America after speaking to patients, medical leaders, and policymakers in those regions.” (11/21/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/11/21/european-union-authorizes-first-u-s-marijuana-company-to-operate-in-malta

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11) Researchers: Promising Alzheimer’s vaccine draws closer to human trials
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A DNA vaccine shown to reduce the accumulation of toxic proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease in mice could be moving closer to human trial, according to researchers University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. A team with the center’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute tested the vaccine, which researchers say prompts an immune response that reduces the build-up of toxic tau and beta-amyloid proteins. Their findings were published this week in the medical journal Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy.” (11/25/18)

https://www.ajc.com/news/national/promising-alzheimer-vaccine-draws-closer-human-trials-researchers-say/4mvCk7tpRlUPQbpeno0p9I/

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12) Brexit: Donald Tusk tells European Union to approve deal
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“European Council President Donald Tusk has recommended that the EU approve the Brexit deal at a summit on Sunday. It comes after Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez received assurances from the UK government over Gibraltar, and dropped his threat to boycott the summit. He said he had received the written guarantees he needed over Spain’s role in the future of the British territory. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has arrived in Brussels and held talks with top EU officials, ahead of the summit. Meanwhile, former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said the UK would become a ‘satellite state’ under the deal.” (11/24/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-46330380

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13) Protesters march for man killed at Alabama mall
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A man was shot and killed by a police after a fight at an Alabama mall resulted in gunfire that injured a teen and a 12-year-old girl. A police statement said the shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, outside Birmingham. The statement said two Hoover officers in the mall confronted a 21-year-old man from Hueytown with a gun and one of the officers shot and killed him. His name has not been released. An 18-year-old was taken to a Birmingham hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Capt. Greg Rector said in a news conference a 12-year-old girl struck by gunfire was hospitalized. She was reported in stable condition at Children’s Hospital. A mall security officer said the mall reopened at 6 a.m. Friday.” (11/24/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/The-Latest-Police-looking-for-2nd-gunman-in-mall-13417727.php

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14) “Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” criticized as racist
Source: Fox News

“Critics are slamming ABC’s ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ for seating its only black character, Franklin, alone on one side of the holiday table — in a rickety old law nchair. Meanwhile, white friends (including Peppermint Patty, Charlie Brown, Sally and even Snoopy) were all seated across from him in real chairs as they feasted, Twitter users pointed out. The special, which debuted Nov. 20, 1973, aired again on Wednesday, prompting social media outrage over the gang’s highly unwoke picnic table arrangement. ‘Why is Franklin in Charlie Brown Thanksgiving sitting all by himself at the table. Man. Things that I did not notice as a child,’ @Asharp52 blasted on Twitter. Others said good grief over a seating chart that would have thrilled George Wallace. ‘Not watching Charlie Brown Thanksgiving anymore, until they sit some people on the same side of the table as Franklin,’ another critic tweeted, along with two black power-style fist emojis. The scene in question centers on an impromptu holiday feast (of toast, jelly beans and ice cream) in Charlie Brown’s backyard.” [editor’s note: SMH – SAT] (11/24/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/charlie-brown-thanksgiving-criticized-as-racist

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15) MI: Brewery fires dishwasher over “repulsive” social media post
Source: USA Today

“A Michigan brewery announced Friday that it fired an employee after he made an ‘intolerant’ social media post. Dark Horse Brewing Co., located in Marshall, Michigan, said in a statement that the employee’s ‘repulsive’ post was not a reflection of the establishment and that he was terminated immediately. Screenshots of the post appeared to show Tanner Thompson, a former dishwasher at Dark Horse, and a friend hunting with a racial slur written in a text box. The screenshot seemed to be taken by many users. Thompson said in a statement to the Free Press that his post ‘should not have resulted in me losing my job since the post was non-work-related’ and that Dark Horse fired him ‘poorly’ and over the phone without giving him any information about what was going on. Thompson said the phrase in question was one an ‘old boss (…) used to call hunting of any kind’ and ‘wasn’t posted to be taken in any racial way at all.’ Dark Horse’s post has received hundreds of likes, with many comments praising the brewery for its action.” (11/24/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/11/24/dark-horse-brewery-fires-employee-social-media-post/2100696002

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16) Taiwan: Voters back marriage apartheid in referendum
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Taiwan has rejected same-sex marriages, in a blow to the island’s reputation as a rights trailblazer in Asia. The results in referendums come despite a high court ruling in March 2017 in favour of such unions. The court also gave parliament two years to amend laws or pass new ones. It is unclear how Saturday’s voting will affect legislation. Meanwhile, President Tsai Ing-wen quit as leader of Taiwan’s governing party after defeats in local elections. Her pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is set to lose more than half of the 13 cities and counties it won in 2014, Taiwanese media report. Taiwan’s relations with China have deteriorated since Ms Tsai came to power in 2016. Beijing has refused to deal with her because she does not recognise an agreement reached between the two sides in 1992 that both sides are part of one China.” (11/24/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46329877

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17) New lander will add to humans’ long fascination with Mars
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“In our solar system family, Mars is Earth’s next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia. The attraction is sure to grow with Monday’s arrival of a NASA lander named InSight. InSight should provide our best look yet at Mars’ deep interior, using a mechanical mole to tunnel 16 feet (5 meters) deep to measure internal heat, and a seismometer to register quakes, meteorite strikes and anything else that might start the red planet shaking. Scientists consider Mars a tantalizing time capsule. It is less geologically active than the twice-as-big Earth and so retains much of its early history. By studying the preserved heart of Mars, InSight can teach us how our solar system’s rocky planets formed 4 1/2 billion years ago and why they turned out so different.” (11/24/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/New-lander-will-add-to-humans-long-fascination-13418095.php

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18) Judge: NY AG’s suit against Trump Foundation can proceed
Source: CNN

“The New York state attorney general’s civil lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation, President Donald Trump and his three eldest children can proceed after a state court judge on Friday denied their motion to dismiss the case. … The suit, filed in June, names as defendants the foundation, Trump and his children Eric, Donald Jr. and Ivanka Trump, all of whom sat on the charity’s board. It alleges that they violated federal and state charities law with a ‘persistent’ pattern of conduct that included unlawful coordination with the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.” (11/23/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/23/politics/trump-foundation-new-york-state-lawsuit/index.html

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19) ICE thugs abduct man after he leaves church for appointment with immigration bureaucrats
Source: ABC News

“An undocumented immigrant who has been taking sanctuary in a North Carolina church for more than a year was [abducted] on Friday as he left the church for a meeting at the U.S. Immigration office. Samuel Oliver-Bruno, a 47-year-old Mexican national, had recently submitted a petition for deferred action and was complying with a ‘procedural biometrics appointment for a background check’ with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration office in Morrisville, North Carolina, when he was [abducted], according to a statement from immigrant advocacy group Alerta Migratoria NC.” (11/23/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/US/undocumented-man-arrested-leaving-sanctuary-appointment-us-immigration/story?id=59378153

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20) Afghanistan: US occupation soldier killed
Source: Reuters

“A U.S. service member was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement, bringing the U.S. combat death toll this year to eight. The identity of the service member and details about the incident will be shared at a later stage, said Debra Richardson spokesperson for the Resolute Support in Afghanistan. The Pentagon says there are about 14,000 U.S. service members in Afghanistan.” (11/24/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-nato/us-service-member-killed-in-afghanistan-nato-idUSKCN1NT06P

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

21) “Red Flag laws”: Rights can’t be “suspended,” only violated
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Maryland’s version of ‘Red Flag’ went into effect on October 1. As of November 20, at least 172 complaints had been filed under the ‘law,’ which allows courts and police to steal a victim’s guns and keep them until a judge decides whether or not that victim is ‘at risk of violent behavior or suicide.’ In one case, Maryland’s ‘law’ has already put the victim at more than ‘risk’ of violent behavior. Police officers in Ferndale, Maryland murdered 61-year-old Gary Willis when they showed up to steal his guns and he declined to cooperate. Neither the cops who killed Willis, nor the judge who sent them to do so, will likely be held accountable for the killing of a man accused of no crime and minding his own business on his own property. That’s the very definition of lawlessness.” (11/25/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14086

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22) Marbury, crackpots, and judicial supremacy
Source: Independent Institute
by William Watkins

“[A]lthough judicial review naturally flows from principles of popular sovereignty, judicial supremacy does not. In fact, the modern concept of judicial supremacy would shock the Founding generation, including John Marshall himself. (Judicial review, as used in my argument, is the power of courts to review decisions of another department or level of government. Judicial supremacy holds that courts are the final arbiters of the meaning of the Constitution.) It is hard to summarize the argument in a blog post, but Marbury simply took account of popular sovereignty and affirmed that the judiciary is a co-equal branch of government that must consider the Constitution when presented with an actual case or controversy.” (11/24/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/11/24/marbury-crackpots-and-judicial-supremacy/

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23) Don’t let Mitch McConnell foil bipartisan prison reform
Source: USA Today
by Jon Gabriel

“Americans just survived a midterm campaign that featured little but attacks and counterattacks. Considering the acrimony, many voters consider bipartisanship a bygone dream. But Republican leadership in the lame-duck Senate has an exceptional opportunity to improve the lives of thousands of Americans. All they need to do is show some common sense. And spine. Back in May, the House passed the First Step Act, a modest effort to reform our broken criminal justice system. Prominent Republicans and Democrats urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass the legislation before this Congress runs out of time. Yet he continues to balk. Criminal justice reform is one of the few issues pushed by well-meaning people on both sides of the partisan divide. That’s because the United States has a serious prison problem.” (11/24/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/11/24/first-step-act-prison-reform-mitch-mcconnell/2100708002

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24) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 11, part 6
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“With the blockchain, the centralization of justice is reversed immediately; control is taken from the state and returned to the individual, without blood or votes or revolution. But if Locke is correct about justice requiring a trusted third party, then the state’s monopoly over justice is likely to establish itself again. What can transparent ledgers do to prevent this? A definition of justice is a place to start answering. Justice is far too closely associated with police officers, lawyers, courts, and prisons. Such state employees are not justice; they are the ones who come into play when justice breaks down; they are there to protect the state, not individuals or the peace.” (11/24/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-how-the-blockchain-provides-private-justice/

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25) In praise of expertise
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“It was a helpless feeling. I’m standing next to my pretty car that won’t move because the clutch slipped (it was my fault entirely but the story is too embarrassing to tell). I had to get my car one half mile down the road to the dealership to get it fixed. That meant getting it towed. It was a holiday. How is this going to happen? Then I dialed Gordon’s Towing. Gordon answered. I explained my problem. He said no problem. He was there in less than 10 minutes. He drove up in a huge flat-bed truck. What happened then confuses but impresses me mightly.” (11/24/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/praise-expertise

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26) Wilson and the USPS
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“[Wilson] wasn’t getting some things in the mail he was expecting. Like the catalog he had requested from a freeze-dried survival food outfit in Utah. In fact, he wasn’t getting any mail at all. He wouldn’t use the internet, so catalogs in the mail were very important to him. Then his mom said she’d sent him something, but he never got that, either. He was getting pretty upset, and I didn’t blame him. We didn’t get home delivery, but had multi-box units along the highway. He saw the mail carrier stuffing mail in the boxes and stopped to ask her about his missing mail.” (11/24/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/11/wilson-and-usps.html

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27) Lucrative law enforcement will become lawless
Source: National Review
by George Will

“Tyson Timbs made a mistake, but not one as important as Indiana’s Supreme Court made in allowing to stand the punishment the state inflicted on him. He was a drug addict — first with opioids prescribed for a work-related injury, then heroin — when his father died. He blew the $73,000 insurance payout on drugs and a $41,558 Land Rover, which he drove when selling $225 worth of drugs — two grams of heroin — to undercover police officers. Timbs’s vehicle was seized and kept, which amounted to a fine more than 184 times larger than the sum involved in his offense. Come Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments concerning whether this violated the Eighth Amendment, which says: ‘Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.’” (11/25/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/11/vil-asset-forfeiture-excessive-fines-supreme-court-case/

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28) Libertarians, Kaepernick and the boundaries of order
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“Now that most of the rabid pro and con raving over Colin Kaepernick has finally died down it might be possible to take a more unruffled review of the Kaepernick kerfuffle. For those who mostly ignored the whole commotion Colin Kaepernick is the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who famously/infamously took a knee during pregame playings of the national anthem as a protest against cops killing black people and other racially related oppressions. To understand the issues swirling around this seemingly simple, peaceful, non-violent act, below is a nutshelled Sports Illustrated timeline of events as of this writing. To understand how libertarians in a free society would deal with this issue requires more than a nutshell understanding of property rights and the non-aggression principle.” (11/21/18)

https://hubpages.com/politics/Libertarians-Kaepernick-and-the-Boundaries-of-Order

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29) Transforming America’s “hidden tribes” into a progressive majority
Source: The American Prospect
by Frank Sharry

“Since progressives are only a slice of the larger body politic in America, is it possible to build a sustainable governing progressive majority by appealing to the majority of voters who are fed up with the polarized political climate? I have been pondering that question in light of the recent midterm elections and in light of a groundbreaking, recently-released study of American political attitudes. The research was conducted by a group called More in Common, an international group of progressive political operatives, thinkers, and researchers based in London and New York who are working to address the growth of political polarization and the rise of ethno-nationalist populism in France, Germany, Italy, and the United States. Over the past year, the More in Common team conducted extensive surveys with 8,000 Americans as well as in-depth interviews with a smaller sample.” [editor’s note: it should not be necessary to point this out, but this “strategery” is of course applicable for libertarian recruiters as well – SAT] (11/22/18)

http://prospect.org/article/transforming-america%E2%80%99s-hidden-tribes-progressive-majority

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30) Notes on the Khashoggi case
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity
by Peter Van Buren

“The Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi story will someday be seen by historians (not in the US) as a near-perfect example of the failure of American policy in the Middle East begatting more failure. Only ignorance of history and the amazing sheepishness of the American people to have their opinions spoon fed to them will make things ‘work out.’” (11/24/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/november/24/notes-on-the-khashoggi-case/

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31) The only Brexit deal worth having is no Brexit deal at all
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“There is much mumbling in the world of public opinionating that Theresa May’s deal with the European Union is the only one worth having as Britain looks to leave the bloc. This is incorrect — the only deal worth having is no deal at all. Come 29 March the UK should crash out to WTO terms and thus be done with the mess. Entirely agreed, I am an extremist on this matter, I am perhaps the only person who believes that the EU itself is a bad idea, one that no one at all should belong to. I am thereby more extremist than my colleagues in Ukip — a party I have worked for and stood as a candidate for — most of whom are quite happy for everyone else to do as they wish as long as Brits don’t have to.” (11/25/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/brexit/the-only-brexit-deal-worth-having-is-no-brexit-deal-at-all/

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32) How fracking turned OPEC into the walking dead
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“The river of oil now hitting the market from U.S. fracking has stunned global energy markets. The U.S. has already leapfrogged both Russia and Saudi Arabia as the No. 1 producer. Will U.S. oil lead to OPEC’s demise? For the first time since World War II, the U.S. is on the verge of being a net oil exporter — something that, just five years ago, would have been considered impossible. This, of course, has caught the 28-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries by surprise. Even just a few years ago, the consensus was that fracking and its related technologies would add a decent amount of oil to the market, but nothing like what’s happening now. Now, as OPEC prepares to meet on December 6, its original hope of major output cuts to bolster prices has become a problem. A suddenly booming and opportunistic U.S. oil industry is raising output faster (and producing oil more cheaply) than its competitors. Prices are plunging.” (11/23/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/opec-fracking-oil-prices-falling

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33) Why no one is even talking about raising payroll taxes to fund Social Security
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brenton Smith

“Losing money on average with Social Security is a massive economic obstacle for those looking for reform. If people on balance were making money, Social Security financing gaps would disappear, as lawmakers could increase the cost or reduce benefits such that voters would simply make less money. That was the case back in 1983, and politicians reached a popular reform to postpone imminent insolvency. Now we face a much different situation, one in which average workers face the prospect of losing money. This prospect is a serious problem for Social Security for two reasons: Financially, the strategy of losing money isn’t a sound way to prepare for retirement. Politically, it means there is less room to find political agreement on tax increases. At this point, it is entirely possible that we have reached a peak-revenue scenario.” (11/23/18)

https://fee.org/articles/why-no-one-is-even-talking-about-raising-payroll-taxes-to-fund-social-security/

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34) The trouble with white guilt
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“White Guilt is a very serious affliction in this country. Its symptoms include cultural appropriation, political correctness, and obsessive NPR consumption. Fall is peak White Guilt season, wedged between our country’s most cherished celebrations of genocide, Columbus Day and Thanksgiving. A common misconception is that White Guilt is a mental illness. While it can cause delusions in more severe cases, White Guilt is actually a completely natural response to conspicuous consumption, particularly when this addiction to material garbage is built on an ancient Indian burial ground.” (11/25/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/11/the-trouble-with-white-guilt.html

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35) Monica Lewinsky’s very long road to vindication
Source: The New Republic
by Rachel Syme

“For three consecutive days in April of 2001, a then 27-year-old Monica Lewinsky sat on the stage of New York’s Cooper Union auditorium, answering questions from a packed audience composed of law students and graduate students in women’s studies and American history. Lewinsky and a team of two documentarians — Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, the founders of World of Wonder Productions, the company behind ‘Party Monster’, ‘Inside Deep Throat’, ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye Baker’, and more recently ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ — stocked the public Q&A with a thoughtful crowd and then informed them that they had permission to ask her anything. For the first time, she was legally allowed to speak publicly not only about the Clinton affair, but also about Linda Tripp, who secretly recorded Lewinsky talking about her interactions with the President and then slipped those tapes to Kenneth Starr’s team.” (11/22/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152366/monica-lewinskys-long-road-vindication

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36) Dear TSA, please stop molesting kids at the airport
Source: Reason
by David Harsanyi

“The other day — after slogging through a check-in line at one of the nation’s busiest airports, dutifully removing my shoes and belt, and checking my bag and pockets for other potentially dangerous items (water and loose change) — I was pulled aside by a crack Transportation Security Administration agent so he could further investigate the contents of my carry-on. While waiting, I witnessed what looked to be a 10-year-old boy being molested by a 250-pound man. Now, normally I would have reported this incident to the proper authorities. Inappropriate contact with a child, inside or outside his clothing, is a criminal act. But in this case, the proper authorities were the ones feeling up the kid, and the father had already protested the frisking — although, like all of us, he probably understood that no matter how vociferously he objected to this bit of state-sanctioned criminality, it wasn’t going to change anything.” (11/23/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/11/23/dear-tsa-please-stop-molesting-kids-at-t

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37) The Iran obsession and “useful fictions”
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Mike Doran and Tony Badran offer up a predictable rationalization of the president’s piece of pro-Saudi propaganda: ‘But Mr. Trump understands the centrality of Riyadh in the effort to counter a rising Iran and he is rightly unwilling to allow the murder of Mr. Khashoggi to imperil that strategy.’ To call Trump’s Iran obsession a ‘strategy’ is already far too generous, but this does sum up the ends-justify-the-means reasoning behind the administration’s indefensible embrace of the Saudis and their allies throughout the region.” (11/23/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-iran-obsession-and-useful-fictions/

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38) For governments right and left, a season of discontent
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Democratic governments are rarely popular for extended periods, and often have to scrape by with low polls, noisy demonstrations and constant pressure from the media. And though authoritarian regimes can squash dissent and muzzle the news, they too face rising discontent. These patterns aren’t new, but now they happen as administrations of every kind are under increasing, and new, pressures — and the challenge of recession looms. In the democratic world, France is the present exhibit A. Some 300,000 of its citizens wearing yellow safety jackets came out in force last weekend to protest quite hefty fuel price rises. The numbers went down to around 10,000 after several days of demonstrations, but a planned blockade of Paris this weekend will show if the protests are deeply felt enough to last, or have been a one-off show of dissatisfaction. French President Emmanuel Macron is presently held in low esteem: an early November poll showed the candidate he beat to become president, Marine Le Pen of the right-wing National Rally, formerly known as the National Front, is two points above him in voting intentions for the European parliament elections next May.” (11/24/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-governments-commentary/commentary-for-governments-right-and-left-a-season-of-discontent-idUSKCN1NS1ZE

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39) Twenty things Republicans could have done but didn’t
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Laurence M Vance

“Another Republican majority has come and gone. And with nothing to show for it. … In baseball it is three strikes and you’re out, but not in politics. In the months before the next election, Republicans will tell Americas that they should vote Republican so they can regain the House of Representatives in order to rein in government spending, reduce the size of the government, restore the Constitution, cut government waste, eliminate unnecessary regulations, fix the economy, and make America great again. And millions of Americans will believe them, vote for them, and give them yet another chance to not only do none of these things, but to make things even worse.” (11/23/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/11/23/20-things-republicans-could-have-done-but-didnt/

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40) The liberal plantation
Source: Town Hall
by John C Goodman

“Donald Trump was right. When asked why black voters should vote for him, he answered, ‘What have they got to lose?’ Virtually every major city in the country is controlled by Democrats. In every one of those cities, low-income, most black families are forced to send their children to the worst public schools. They are forced to live in the worst housing. And they are subjected to the worst environmental hazards. The more liberal the city, the worse things are. New York City has the most segregated schools in the country and some of the worst public schools. California has the highest number of homeless people in the nation (although per capita homelessness is actually higher in two other liberal states: New York and Hawaii). In San Francisco, the number of people who are homeless, hungry, drug-addicted and poverty stricken has become a national disgrace. New York City has the oldest public housing system in the country. It is also one of the worst.” (11/24/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johncgoodman/2018/11/24/the-liberal-plantation-n2536410

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41) In defense of consumer sovereignty
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“[T]he success of any economy should be judged ultimately by how well it enables us to thrive as consumers rather than by how well it enables us to thrive in the particular roles we play today as producers.” (11/23/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/11/defense-consumer-sovereignty.html

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42) Liberal media tell us: The left is right, and the right is wrong
Source: Fox News Forum
by Dan Gainor

“Many journalists argue that there is no such thing as liberal media bias. But polls show that most Americans disagree. Even a recent survey of financial journalists shows self-described liberals outnumbering conservatives 13-to-1. The result is a national press that attacks those on the right for anything and downplays everything awful done by the left. That was especially true this week as the media slammed supporters of President Trump as being ‘racist’ just for voting for him, accused AR-15 owners of being mass murderers, and deployed synonyms from the dictator handbook to describe President Trump — from ‘authoritarian’ to ‘Stalinist.’ The sports site Deadspin actually used a documentary about the Ultimate Fighting Championship to describe the president as ‘a racist, misogynist, litigious grifter buffoon.’ Then, on the other side of the coin, the media showed their liberal loyalties. They called former first lady Michelle Obama a ‘superstar.’ They celebrated how democratic socialist Rep.-elect Alexandria ‘Ocasio-Cortez’s shoes are making history.’ And journalists did their collective best to bury every uncomfortable story about the left from liberal anti-Semitism to a congressman tweeting about nuking … Americans.” (11/23/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/liberal-media-tell-us-the-left-is-right-and-the-right-is-wrong

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43) After Florida recount, ballot signature issue remains a concern
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Warren Richey

“When Grace Hidalgo went to the polls in Florida’s Broward County on Election Day, everything seemed routine. ‘I was basically in and out,’ she says. ‘I was thinking my vote went through.’ She was wrong. At the very end of the voting process, instead of feeding her ballot into an electronic tabulator at her precinct, an election official placed her ballot in an envelope and asked her to sign her name across the sealed flap. Ms. Hidalgo didn’t know it at the time, but that little bit of hasty penmanship would end up disqualifying her vote. ‘If I had known, I would have made sure it looked like my driver’s license signature,’ she says. ‘I’m shocked that it is all because of a signature that my vote didn’t count.’ Hidalgo was one of 5,686 Florida voters who cast ballots in the state’s hotly-contested 2018 midterm elections only to have their votes declared invalid because of a signature mismatch.” [editor’s note: Whereas I, an aging white guy, scribble a scrawl when asked for a signature (I do have to show my license), and nobody ever challenges it! – SAT] (11/23/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/1123/After-Florida-recount-ballot-signature-issue-remains-a-concern

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44) Why a carbon tax is the wrong solution
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by William O’Keefe

“The release of the National Climate Assessment this year and the recent formation of the new bipartisan, pro-business advocacy group Americans for Carbon Dividends have given new life to promoting a carbon tax as the best approach to reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Climate change activists will endorse any policy that they believe will reduce fossil fuel use. But others should be cautious in embracing a complicated and unnecessary tax scheme. The goal of Americans for Carbon Dividends is to advocate for the ‘Baker-Shultz carbon dividends plan,’ a proposal put together by the Climate Leadership Council and, specifically, two of its founding members, former Secretary of the Treasury James Baker and former Secretary of State George Shultz. The plan would impose a tax on carbon-based fuel wherever it first enters the economy, whether it’s the oil refinery, the mouth of a mine or the port of entry. The starting fee would be $40 per ton of carbon dioxide, which would gradually increase as the tonnage increased. The revenue generated would be returned to all Americans monthly on an equal basis.” (11/23/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/carbon-tax-global-warming/

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45) Washington’s erroneous notion that the Persian Gulf is an American lake
Source: Antiwar.com
by David Stockman

“The terrorist threat that has arisen from the Sunni side of the Islamic divide is largely of Washington’s own making; and it is being nurtured by endless US meddling in the region’s politics and by the bombing and droning campaigns against Washington’s self-created enemies. At the root of Sunni based terrorism is the long-standing Washington error that America’s security and economic well-being depends upon keeping an armada in the Persian Gulf in order to protect the surrounding oilfields and the flow of tankers through the straits of Hormuz.” (11/23/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/david_stockman/2018/11/22/washingtons-erroneous-notion-that-the-persian-gulf-is-an-american-lake/

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46) How social media is becoming an arm of the state
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jose Nino

“Should libertarians fear social media de-platforming? Or is this a case of private actors exercising their legitimate property rights by excluding those they wish to no longer do business with? … Although private entities are within their rights to decide with whom they do business, libertarians should not completely dismiss concerns about social media censorship. The first question we must ask: How separate from the State are these social media giants in the first place?” (11/23/18)

https://mises.org/wire/how-social-media-becoming-arm-state

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47) Stagflation: Can it happen again?
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Antony Mueller

“All Keynesian roads lead to stagflation. This happened in the 1970s. Will it also be the case in the 2020s? Stagflation signifies the combined appearance of stagnation and inflation. In the 1970s, the main industrialized countries suffered from the combination of low economic growth, high rates of price inflation, persistent underemployment, and widening budget deficits. In the United States, the price inflation rate and the unemployment rate reached double digits from the 1970s until the early 1980s. Fiscal and monetary expansion prepared the way for the outbreak of the stagflation. Over the past 10 years, as a reaction to the crisis of 2008, governments and the monetary authorities applied similar policies. Will the result this time too be a global stagflation?” (11/23/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/stagflation-can-it-happen-again

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48) Whatever happened to resigning on principle?
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“This past spring the president met with his White House counsel to discuss an idea. Donald Trump wanted to order the Justice Department to prosecute Hillary Clinton and James Comey, the FBI director he fired. ‘It is not clear which accusations Mr. Trump wanted prosecutors to pursue,’ reported The New York Times. The counsel, Don McGahn, argued against it. He won the day. Trump shelved his boneheaded plan to Lock Them Up. Hillary remains free to collect six-figure speaking fees from ethically-challenged organizations and threaten to run for president again. That worked out OK. After all, it would be hard to overstate the political crisis that would result if a precedent were established in which the perils of running for political office were to include getting thrown into prison should you lose. But what about what was supposed to come next: the principled resignation? Don McGahn stared into the face of the Leader of the Free World and Keeper of the Launchcodes and saw — there’s really no more precise way to put it — a lunatic.” (11/23/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/23/whatever-happened-to-resigning-on-principle/

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49) To achieve mass adoption we must fight for “blockchain inclusion”
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Alexander Vasylchenko

“If we are to see mass adoption of distributed ledger technologies, we need to make them as accessible as possible for every person — from unbanked communities in emerging economies to populations with established financial infrastructure. Blockchain inclusion — the idea that the technology will only make a meaningful difference when everyone, regardless of their culture, demographic or technical know-how is empowered to use it — must be the industry’s focus.” (11/23/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/op-ed-to-achieve-mass-adoption-we-must-fight-for-blockchain-inclusion/

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50) Coffee sellers are not fundamentally different from banks
Source: Cobden Centre
by Joakim Book

“With the 2007-8 financial crisis came a splendid alphabetical soup of central bank interventions to stimulate financial markets, lower interest rates, provide astonishing amounts of liquidity to banks and, allegedly, prevent another Great Depression. Likening the failure of big banks to falling elephants crushing even the smallest grass, former Fed Chairman Bernanke argued that consequences from bank failures would have caused much more havoc to the economy than the liquidity provision and bailouts his Fed oversaw. Now, do banks really deserve special consideration in this sense? Let me illustrate by comparing the fates of two imaginary entrepreneurs …” (11/22/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/11/coffee-sellers-are-not-fundamentally-different-from-banks/

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51) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 22
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“The problem with political correctness and incorrectness.” [Flash audio] (11/25/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/the-problem-with-political-correctness-and-incorrectness-ep-22-nice-guys-finish-free/

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52) Scott Adams Says, 11/25/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams teaches the first class of Troll College. Bring a beverage.” [Flash video] (11/25/18)

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

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53) Free Talk Live, 11/24/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Secessionist Movements :: Bitcoin Price Drop :: Gun Laws in NY vs CT vs NH :: Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme? :: Government School Failure :: Libertarian Dad Bod Calendar :: Overstock CEO to Sell Company, Go Full Crypto :: Blockchain Tech :: Edgington Post — Randal O’Toole :: HOSTS — Ian, Chris R., Michael.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/24/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-11-24

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54) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1291
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Scott Horton and I discuss World War I and its hideous legacy. Also: why the Progressives favored intervention, what the Social Gospel clergy had to say, where Hitler came from, and a lot more.” [various formats] (11/23/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1291-the-war-that-destroyed-a-civilization/

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55) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 22
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket welcomes the coolest libertarian podcasters (Lions of Liberty) you know to toss back some adult beverages and bullshit about all sorts of liberty and non-liberty related topics …” [various formats] (11/23/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-22-butterballs-deep-w-lions-of-liberty-2/

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56) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/23/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The Federal Reserve isn’t ‘federal’ and it has no ‘reserves.’ Is it a public institution? No. Is it private? No again. Is it Constitutional? Absolutely not! Who owns The Fed, and does it even matter?” [Flash video] (11/23/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/who-owns-the-feddoes-it-even-matter

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57) Felony Friday, episode 151
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today on Felony Friday Rocky Ferrenburg joins John to talk about prison reform, namely the First Step Act.” [various formats] (11/23/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/11/23/prison-reform-could-save-lives-with-rocky-ferrenburg/

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58) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/23/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Do the claims that drove teacher protests in 2018 bear scrutiny? Victor Riches is President of the Goldwater Institute. He discusses some of the data on teacher compensation.” [various formats] (11/23/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/teacher-outrage-teacher-compensation

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59) Ray McGovern on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Scott interviews Ray McGovern about James Clapper’s new memoir, Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence.” [11/23/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/11-21-18-ray-mcgovern/

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60) The Law with DK Williams, episode 13
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“This case [County of Santa Clara v. Southern Pac. Railroad] is sometimes cited for the proposition that corporations are ‘persons’ pursuant to the 14th Amendment. It does not say that. But how should corporations be treated? Aren’t they nothing more than a collection of individuals in a voluntary association?” [Flash audio] (11/22/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/the-law-ep-13-county-of-santa-clara-v-southern-pac-railroad-the-14th-amendment-corporations-and-reading-cases-correctly/

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