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In the News:

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1) CFPB battle with Trump regime heads to court
2) SCOTUS: Second Amendment doesn’t apply in Maryland or Florida
3) Pelosi faces backlash for questioning Conyers accusers
4) Honduras: In upset, TV star leads US ally in presidential vote
5) Scaramucci threatens frivolous lawsuit after student op-ed notices that he’s an unethical opportunist
6) SCOTUS takes up pivotal cellphone case
7) US court charges Chinese “hackers” with attacks on three corporations
8) Sarandon Rips “very dangerous” Hillary Clinton: If she’d won, “we’d be at war”
9) TN: Will Cyntoia Brown be paroled?
10) More than 180 women have reported sexual assaults at Massage Envy
11) Former top KKK lieutenant now looking at prison time for running “pill mills”
12) Amazon launches Sumerian, a browser-based tool for building AR, VR experiences
13) HI: Regime, eyeing North Korea, readies nuclear war sirens
14) Boffins pack more info onto photon for faster quantum key distro
15) Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar
16) Daines withholds tax bill support
17) Israel: Netanyahu averts coalition crisis over Sabbath “desecration”
18) SCOTUS divided over legality of patent reviews
19) Pakistan: Law minister resigns, blasphemy protesters disperse
20) Meredith seals $2.8 billion Time Inc. deal with Koch brothers backing

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Consent of the governed, revisited
22) Pining for murderous dictators is not the path to liberty
23) Is North Korea really a “state sponsor of terrorism?”
24) The limits of legalism
25) DRM’s dead canary: How we just lost the Web, what we learned from it, and what we need to do next
26) Pity the sad legacy of Barack Obama
27) Is #TheResistance a CIA front?
28) Nervous about traffic stops? I am. You should be, too
29) America’s bargain with the devil
30) Orrin Hatch’s “bullcrap” on taxes is exactly that
31) Export-led growth?
32) Q&A: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on the future of cannabis legalization
33) The online lynching of a Lynn, Massachusetts coffeehouse
34) Zero tolerance for predators requires zero partisanship
35) What and when went wrong for Ukraine
36) The Iran obsession has been a boon for Iranian hard-liners
37) Book review: The promise of legal pot
38) Dictators fall, but states remain: Zimbabwe’s (already) missed chance
39) Antifa as agorist defense organizations
40) The gay wedding cake case not about free speech
41) Whether it’s John Conyers or bad cops, due process isn’t meant to protect government officials
42) Deflation must be embraced
43) Trial by Peace Circle: How a Chicago community is pursuing jail-free justice
44) Libya “chose” freedom, now it has slavery
45) The future is what we make of it, part 1
46) Nancy Pelosi has been enabling sexual predators for decades
47) Power abuse
48) Here’s why I plan to vote for the Senate tax bill (and my colleagues should step up)
49) Deficit driven by uncontrolled spending
50) Are you a genius or a fraud?
51) Why France is taking sexual harassment seriously this time
52) Stalinesque nightmare is befalling Venezuela
53) Capitalism and the misunderstanding of monopoly
54) Dia de los Vivos
55) Trump notches another win on trade as China slashes tariffs

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Reason Podcast, 11/27/17
57) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/27/17
58) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 323
59) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/27/17
60) The LAVA Spurt, episode 54
61) Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show, 11/27/17
62) In support of freedom of the press
63) Free Talk Live, 11/26/17
64) Editor’s Pick, episode 6
65) The Anarchist Experience, episode 140

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1) CFPB battle with Trump regime heads to court
Source: USA Today

“The battle over leadership of a consumer watchdog created during the Obama administration headed toward a federal court showdown Monday. Leandra English, appointed as deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last week in an 11th-hour move by Richard Cordray, the bureau’s departing chief, filed a lawsuit late Sunday seeking to block President Trump from naming his own pick to head the agency on an interim basis. English argued that she officially became acting director of the consumer bureau following Cordray’s departure pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Act, the sweeping Wall Street reform law that created the watchdog after the financial crisis. Her lawsuit is aimed at blocking Trump’s Friday night appointment of Mick Mulvaney, the federal budget director, to serve as the consumer bureau’s acting director until a new appointee is named and confirmed by the Senate.” (11/27/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/11/27/consumer-financial-protection-bureau-leadership-struggle-heads-court/896949001/

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2) SCOTUS: Second Amendment doesn’t apply in Maryland or Florida
Source: Bloomberg

“The U.S. Supreme Court steered clear of the intensifying gun debate after the mass shootings in Nevada and Texas, turning away two appeals from firearms advocates, including one that sought a constitutional right to own a semiautomatic assault rifle. The justices, without comment Monday, left intact a ruling that upheld Maryland’s ban on assault weapons [sic]. In a separate case, the high court refused to require Florida to let handguns be carried openly in public.” (11/27/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-27/assault-rifle-open-carry-appeals-rejected-by-u-s-supreme-court

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3) Pelosi faces backlash for questioning Conyers accusers
Source: Fox News

“House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is facing a backlash for defending Rep. John Conyers and even questioning those accusing him of sexual harassment during a Sunday interview. Pelosi [D-CA] touted Conyers [D-MI] on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ as an American icon. ‘John Conyers is an icon in our country,’ she said. ‘He has done a great deal to protect women.’ She added: ‘I believe he understands what’s at stake here. He will do the right thing.’ Pelosi said Conyers, and the women accusing him, were entitled to ‘due process,’ but also asked: ‘I don’t know who they are, do you?’ Host Chuck Todd asked whether Pelosi believed the women alleging Conyers treated them inappropriately. ‘That’s for the ethics committee to review,’ she replied.” [editor’s note: The partisanship continues to rule, as it did during Clinton’s regime – SAT] (11/27/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/27/pelosi-faces-backlash-for-questioning-conyers-accusers.html

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4) Honduras: In upset, TV star leads US ally in presidential vote
Source: Reuters

“A TV host took a surprise lead in the Honduran presidential election, initial results on Monday showed, upsetting forecasts of a win for the country’s U.S.-friendly incumbent and raising concerns about instability as both parties claimed victory. Flamboyant entertainer Salvador Nasralla was ahead with an almost 5 point margin at 45 percent, with more than half the ballot boxes counted, according to the first official results, released nearly 10 hours after Sunday’s voting ended. ‘I am the new president-elect of Honduras,’ Nasralla, 64, wrote on Twitter after the results were announced. Earlier, during the long wait for results, he and President Juan Orlando Hernandez had held competing events claiming victory. Further results were expected later on Monday, and Nasralla called on his followers to march to the election tribunal, in an apparent effort to apply pressure on authorities to reveal the final outcome.” (11/27/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-honduras-election/in-upset-tv-star-leads-u-s-ally-in-honduras-presidential-vote-idUSKBN1DQ05K

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5) Scaramucci threatens frivolous lawsuit after student op-ed notices that he’s an unethical opportunist
Source: Newsweek

“An opinion piece in the pages of Tufts University’s student newspaper calling former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci an ‘unethical opportunist’ has him threatening to sue. The Massachusetts institution has canceled a talk by Scaramucci set to take place Monday after his lawyers sent a letter last week to graduate student Camilo Caballero and The Tufts Daily newspaper threatening to sue them for defamation. Scaramucci is demanding an apology from Caballero, the author of an op-ed titled ‘Seeking power of values over power of money,’ and the paper.” (11/27/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/anthony-scaramucci-threatens-sue-university-newspaper-calling-him-unethical-722757

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6) SCOTUS takes up pivotal cellphone case
Source: USA Today

“Timothy Carpenter’s mistake in the armed robberies of cellphone stores in Michigan and Ohio may have been his decision to carry a cellphone. To obtain Carpenter’s conviction and lengthy prison sentence, police relied on data obtained without a warrant from wireless carriers revealing where he had been over a 127-day period. Courts upheld the search of cell tower records under the theory that people who give information to third parties have no expectation of privacy. … Without shedding their affinity for morning coats and quill pens nor their disdain for communicating by email, the justices [of the US Supreme Court] on Wednesday will hear Carpenter’s lawyers argue that the so-called ‘third-party doctrine’ presents a clear and present danger in the digital age.” (11/27/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/27/supreme-court-weighs-privacy-rights-digital-age-pivotal-cellphone-case/889456001/

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7) US court charges Chinese “hackers” with attacks on three corporations
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Three Chinese citizens have been charged by a US court with hacking attacks on international corporations. The three, said to run a cyber security firm in China, targeted Moody’s Analytics, Siemens and GPS maker Trimble, the indictment says. They are alleged to have used email phishing scams and malware to try to steal business secrets. The three are not in custody and it is not clear if they are still in China. The federal indictment, unsealed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, names them as Wu Yingzhuo, Dong Hao and Xia Lei and says they run a cyber security services firm in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. It alleges that between 2011 and this year they launched ‘co-ordinated and unauthorised’ cyber attacks, stealing emails, business and commercial information and sensitive employee information.” (11/27/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42141945

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8) Sarandon Rips “very dangerous” Hillary Clinton: If she’d won, “we’d be at war”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A year after the presidential election that put Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Susan Sarandon said she is still harangued by the left for not supporting Hillary Clinton, whom she continues to call ‘very, very dangerous.’ Sarandon told The Guardian that although she hasn’t ‘exactly’ said that Clinton is more dangerous in the long-run than Trump, she does believe that the former Secretary of State would have the country at war if she had won the election. ‘I did think she was very, very dangerous,’ Sarandon said. ‘We would still be fracking, we would be at war [if she was president]. It wouldn’t be much smoother.’” [editor’s note: The voice of reason, from a confirmed “progressive” – SAT] (11/27/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/the-wrap/article/Susan-Sarandon-Rips-Very-Dangerous-Hillary-12385062.php

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9) TN: Will Cyntoia Brown be paroled?
Source: Fox News

“A high-powered Los Angeles attorney has joined the cadre of lawyers fighting to free Cyntoia Brown from the life sentence she received for shooting a man to death who had solicited her for sex when she was 16 years old. Brown has been behind bars for nearly a decade in the 2004 murder of 43-year-old Johnny Michael Allen, who solicited Brown for sex from a pimp named ‘Kutthroat,’ who himself had repeatedly raped the teenage girl. Brown isn’t eligible for parole until she’s 69. Brown has said she believed Allen, who was a sharp shooter in the U.S. Army, was reaching for his gun when she shot him in the head while the pair was laying in bed. She also claimed she had rebuffed Allen’s sexual advances.” [editor’s note: This story has some odd glitches, but so far it looks like a railroading of a teen who got kidnapped – SAT] (11/27/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/27/ace-lawyer-joins-team-to-free-cyntoia-brown-from-life-sentence-for-killing-john-as-sex-trafficked-teen.html

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10) More than 180 women have reported sexual assaults at Massage Envy
Source: BuzzFeed News

“Massage Envy, the first and by far the largest chain of massage franchises in the country, is a billion-dollar business that promises trustworthy services at an affordable price. But BuzzFeed News found that more than 180 people have filed sexual assault lawsuits, police reports, and state board complaints against Massage Envy spas, their employees, and the national company. Like Susan Ingram, many say their claims were mishandled or ignored by employees and owners of individual Massage Envy spas, and by the national company itself.” (11/26/17)

https://www.buzzfeed.com/katiejmbaker/more-than-180-women-have-reported-sexual-assaults-at

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11) Former top KKK lieutenant now looking at prison time for running “pill mills”
Source: Raw Story

“Kenny Knight managed to stay out of trouble while working as a ‘lieutenant’ and campaign manager for former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, but his role in a Louisiana ‘pill mill’ scheme is likely to get him prison time. According to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Knight faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to selling opioids illegally at Axcess Medical Clinics in the New Orleans area, a chain he owned. In his plea, he admitted to running the operation where patients at the cash-only clinic were prescribed opiates like oxycodone without seeing doctors, but also to ‘telling out of state patients to park away from the clinics so their cars wouldn’t draw suspicion.’ Knight, the report notes, managed Duke’s state office campaign in 1990 and 1991, and also ran the former KKK leader’s European-American Unity and Rights Organization, a white nationalist group.” (11/27/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/former-top-lieutenant-to-ku-klux-klan-chief-is-now-looking-at-prison-time-for-running-pill-mills/

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12) Amazon launches Sumerian, a browser-based tool for building AR, VR experiences
Source: Venture Beat

“Amazon is jumping onto the augmented and virtual reality bandwagon with the launch of Sumerian, a new application that’s supposed to make it easier for people to develop 3D experiences for a wide variety of platforms. The browser-based tool is available in limited preview today. At launch, Sumerian enables developers to put 3D models together in scenes for use in VR and AR applications.” [editor’s note: Can the Nam-Shub of Enki be far behind? – TLK] (11/27/17)

https://venturebeat.com/2017/11/27/amazon-launches-sumerian-a-browser-based-tool-for-building-ar-vr-experiences/

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13) HI: Regime, eyeing North Korea, readies nuclear war sirens
Source: USA Today

“In a throwback to the days of the Cold War with Russia, Hawaii on Friday will begin testing a warning siren to prepare for the possibility of nuclear attack, state officials say. Vern Miyagi, administrator for the state emergency management agency, said the sirens blasting across the islands would notify the public to ‘get inside, stay inside and stay tuned’ for more information. Miyagi likened the warnings to Bert the Turtle, a cartoon character from the 1950s used to warn Americans to ‘duck and cover’ in the event of a nuclear attack. The increased threat from North Korea is the reason behind the warnings, he said. ‘If anybody told me four or five months ago we would be doing this I would have said you are crazy,’ Miyagi said. ‘But stuff happens.’” (11/27/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/11/27/hawaii-eyeing-north-korea-readies-nuclear-war-sirens/898505001

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14) Boffins pack more info onto photon for faster quantum key distro
Source: The Register [UK]

“Researchers have packed extra information onto single photons to speed up quantum key distribution (QKD) systems. QKD uses a characteristic of quantum mechanics to protect keys used to encrypt data using classical crypto schemes: if Eve tries to snoop on the key Alice is sending Bob, the quantum state/s a photon carries are destroyed. Alice and Bob know there’s an eavesdropper, and the key Eve eavesdropped is useless. However, compared to conventional telecommunications systems, QKD is slow: most systems based on photon-by-photon transmission of crypto keys run at speeds of hundreds of kilobits per second. Research from Duke University’s Nurul Taimur Islam, with collaborators from Ohio State University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the National University of Singapore, achieved megabit key distribution rates using off-the-shelf components, meaning existing photonic QKD systems could be adapted to use it their work.” (11/27/17)

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/27/boffins_pack_more_info_onto_photon_for_faster_quantum_key_disto/

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15) Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar
Source: San Antonio Express-News

“Pope Francis has arrived in Yangon for a visit to encourage tiny Catholic communities in Myanmar and Bangladesh. He was greeted by local Catholic officials at the airport Monday afternoon. Thousands of Catholics came from across the country to Yangon, many waving to his car along the road, playing traditional music and wearing attire of their various ethnic groups. Francis will meet separately with Myanmar’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, its powerful military chief and Buddhist monks during his stay in Myanmar. He goes later in the week to Bangladesh where he will greet a delegation of Rohingya Muslims and meet with Bangladesh’s political and religious leadership in Dhaka.” (11/27/17)

http://www.expressnews.com/news/world/article/The-Latest-Myanmar-Catholics-await-arrival-of-12385249.php

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16) Daines withholds tax bill support
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Republican Sen. Steve Daines is withholding support for the GOP tax bill until he sees changes that would help small businesses. That’s the word Monday from the Montana lawmaker. Daines says he wants to ensure that the tax bill doesn’t put small businesses at a competitive disadvantage against large corporations. He says, ‘before I can support this bill, this improvement needs to be made.’ He says he’s optimistic and will continue working with his GOP colleagues on the issue.” [editor’s note: “Changes that would help small businesses?” How about reducing the amount of paperwork they have to do, which this seems to do in part? – SAT] (11/27/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/The-Latest-GOP-seeking-backstop-if-tax-12386181.php

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17) Israel: Netanyahu averts coalition crisis over Sabbath “desecration”
Source: The Daily Star [Lebanon]

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached an agreement with his ultra-Orthodox allies to avert a potential coalition crisis following the resignation of his health minister over a scandal tied to railway infrastructure work on the Sabbath. Netanyahu met with his ultra-Orthodox party allies on Sunday and agreed to a series of measures to limit labor on the Jewish Sabbath and preserve the religious status quo in exchange for their continued allegiance.” (11/27/17)

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2017/Nov-27/427963-netanyahu-averts-coalition-crisis-over-sabbath-desecration.ashx

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18) SCOTUS divided over legality of patent reviews
Source: Raw Story

“U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday appeared divided over whether a federal agency’s in-house process for challenging patents violates the constitutional rights of patent owners, leaving the fate of a system that has led to a high rate of patent cancellations uncertain. In one of the most important patent cases to come before the Supreme Court in years, the nine justices heard an hour of arguments in a dispute over the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s patent review proceeding known as inter partes review (IPR). A decision to strike down the reviews could fundamentally change the way patents disputes are litigated in the United States. While some of the court’s liberal justices voiced support for the process, conservative justices raised concerns that the government might be able to revoke patents too easily. The reviews have become a quick and cheap way for companies to try to invalidate patents owned by competitors and others, and have been especially popular with high technology companies such as such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd that are common targets of patent infringement suits.” (11/27/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/supreme-court-divided-over-legality-of-patent-reviews

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19) Pakistan: Law minister resigns, blasphemy protesters disperse
Source: CNN

“Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN)Protesters in Pakistan are dispersing Monday after the country’s law minister Zahid Hamid resigned under pressure following weekend clashes that killed two people. For weeks, protesters have been demanding Hamid’s resignation because they claimed a change in the wording of the oath of office weakened rules requiring lawmakers to reference the Prophet Mohammed. The government has apologized and denied making the changes, calling them clerical mistakes. The issue came to a head on the weekend, when the government called in Pakistan’s armed paramilitary force to remove protesters who’ve been blocking a key road between Islamabad and the neighboring city of Rawalpindi.” (11/27/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/26/asia/pakistan-law-minister-resigns/index.html

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20) Meredith seals $2.8 billion Time Inc. deal with Koch brothers backing
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

“Time Inc., one of the most influential magazine publishers in U.S. history, will be sold to Iowa-based Meredith Corporation for $2.8 billion, the companies announced Sunday. Meredith, which publishes a wide array of consumer magazines, will pay $18.50 per share of the publicly traded Time Inc., a substantial premium. While Time Inc.’s sale announcement made no mention of Charles and David Koch, the conservative billionaires who are backing Meredith’s purchase of the company, Meredith’s announcement mentioned that $650 million in preferred equity commitment comes from Koch Equity Development. … The announcement said that the Koch brothers would have ‘no influence on Meredith’s editorial or managerial operations.’” (11/26/17)

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/official-meredith-buy-time-28-billion-1061403

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21) Consent of the governed, revisited
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“What gives some people the right to rule others? At least since John Locke’s time, the most common and seemingly compelling answer has been ‘the consent of the governed.’ When the North American revolutionaries set out to justify their secession from the British Empire, they declared, among other things: ‘Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.’ This sounds good, especially if one doesn’t think about it very hard or very long, but the harder and longer one thinks about it, the more problematic it becomes.” (11/27/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/11/27/consent-of-the-governed-revisited/

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22) Pining for murderous dictators is not the path to liberty
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Steve Horwitz

“You’d think the statement in my title should be obvious, but if you were wondering why it’s been so easy for so many supposed libertarians to flip over to the alt-right, you might consider the recent Facebook post of Lawrence Reed, the president of the Foundation for Economic Education, the oldest of the free-market think tanks. Larry, who I’ve known for decades and have always respected, tagged a story on business closures in Venezuela with the following: ‘Venezuela desperately needs a Hayek right now. Short of that, how about a Pinochet?’ As I said on Facebook, I don’t even know what to say about this given my long association with FEE and respect for the work they and Larry have done. I deeply want to believe that it’s a really bad attempt at humor, yet nowhere in that original Facebook thread does Larry give any indication that he was making a horrible joke.” (11/26/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/11/pining-murderous-dictators-not-path-liberty/

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23) Is North Korea really a “state sponsor of terrorism?”
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“President Trump announced last week that he was returning North Korea to the US list of ‘state sponsors of terrorism’ after having been off the list for the past nine years. Americans may wonder what dramatic event led the US president to re-designate North Korea as a terrorism-sponsoring nation. Has Pyongyang been found guilty of some spectacular terrorist attack overseas or perhaps of plotting to overthrow another country by force? No, that is not the case. North Korea is back on the US list of state sponsors of terrorism because President Trump thinks the move will convince the government to give up its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program. He believes that continuing down the path toward confrontation with North Korea will lead the country to capitulate to Washington’s demands. That will not happen.” (11/27/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/north-korea-really-state-sponsor-terrorism

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24) The limits of legalism
Source: Niskanen Center
by Jacob T Levy

“The American willingness to subordinate everything else in politics to the fight for control of judicial appointments is extraordinarily unhealthy. The most conspicuous examples right now are the ongoing opportunistic rewriting of the procedural rules of the Senate and the idea that Alabamians should elect as Senator a child molester who was twice removed from the bench for disregarding the law, in order to ensure a Republican vote for judicial confirmations. But I’m also tremendously troubled by the classical liberal legalists who seem willing to tolerate any amount of substantive authoritarianism in politics for the sake of friendly judicial appointments. The current administration shows why the defense of freedom and of the liberal society can’t be an exclusively legal concern. Rules can be manipulated and danced around by the powerful. Legal proceedings are much slower than changes in political circumstances. And executive power is in its nature somewhat lawless.” (11/27/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/the-limits-of-legalism/

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25) DRM’s dead canary: How we just lost the Web, what we learned from it, and what we need to do next
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cory Doctorow

“EFF has been fighting against DRM and the laws behind it for a decade and a half, intervening in the US Broadcast Flag, the UN Broadcasting Treaty, the European DVB CPCM standard, the W3C EME standard and many other skirmishes, battles and even wars over the years. With that long history behind us, there are two things we want you to know about DRM: 1. Everybody on the inside secretly knows that DRM technology is irrelevant, but DRM law is everything; and 2. The reason companies want DRM has nothing to do with copyright. These two points have just been demonstrated in a messy, drawn-out fight over the standardization of DRM in browsers, and since we threw a lot of blood and treasure at that fight, one thing we hope to salvage is an object lesson that will drive these two points home and provide a roadmap for the future of DRM fighting.” (11/27/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/10/drms-dead-canary-how-we-just-lost-web-what-we-learned-it-and-what-we-need-do-next

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26) Pity the sad legacy of Barack Obama
Source: The Guardian
by Cornel West

“Eight years ago the world was on the brink of a grand celebration: the inauguration of a brilliant and charismatic black president of the United States of America. Today we are on the edge of an abyss: the installation of a mendacious and cathartic white president who will replace him. This is a depressing decline in the highest office of the most powerful empire in the history of the world. It could easily produce a pervasive cynicism and poisonous nihilism. Is there really any hope for truth and justice in this decadent time? Does America even have the capacity to be honest about itself and come to terms with its self-destructive addiction to money-worship and cowardly xenophobia? Ralph Waldo Emerson and Herman Melville — the two great public intellectuals of 19th-century America — wrestled with similar questions and reached the same conclusion as Heraclitus: character is destiny (‘sow a character and you reap a destiny’). The age of Barack Obama may have been our last chance to break from our neoliberal soulcraft. We are rooted in market-driven brands that shun integrity and profit-driven policies that trump public goods. Our ‘post-integrity’ and ‘post-truth’ world is suffocated by entertaining brands and money-making activities that have little or nothing to do with truth, integrity or the long-term survival of the planet. We are witnessing the postmodern version of the full-scale gangsterization of the world.The reign of Obama did not produce the nightmare of Donald Trump — but it did contribute to it. And those Obama cheerleaders who refused to make him accountable bear some responsibility.” (11/27/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jan/09/barack-obama-legacy-presidency

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27) Is #TheResistance a CIA front?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The crackpot conspiracy theorists of #TheResistance — Louise Mensch, Seth Abramson, and that Garland nutbag — are constantly claiming to have ‘inside’ information fed to them by anonymous intelligence officials. Why not take them at their word? While the ‘scoops’ they’re ‘reporting’ to their deluded followers may be complete bullshit, there’s a purpose to spreading manure so thickly — in hopes of raising a profitable crop. In this case, the crop is a substantial number of fanatic conspiracists who think the nation is under the control of Vladimir Putin. I think we have to assume that the CIA and its attendant ‘intelligence community’ have infiltrated our domestic politics as thoroughly as they did during the cold war — if not more so.” (11/27/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/11/26/theresistance-cia-front/

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28) Nervous about traffic stops? I am. You should be, too
Source: OpEdNews
by John W Whitehead

“We’ve all been there before. You’re driving along and you see a pair of flashing blue lights in your rearview mirror. Whether or not you’ve done anything wrong, you get a sinking feeling in your stomach. You’ve read enough news stories, seen enough headlines, and lived in the American police state long enough to be anxious about any encounter with a cop that takes place on the side of the road. For better or worse, from the moment you’re pulled over, you’re at the mercy of law enforcement officers who have almost absolute discretion to decide who is a threat, what constitutes resistance, and how harshly they can deal with the citizens they were appointed to ‘serve and protect.’” (11/27/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Nervous-About-Traffic-Stop-by-John-Whitehead-Police_Police-Brutality_Traffic-Violation-171127-360.html

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29) America’s bargain with the devil
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“When the CIA was established in 1947, the idea was that it would wield the authority to do whatever it deemed was necessary to protect ‘national security.’ Most everyone knew that that meant the commission of what would ordinarily be considered unsavory or immoral actions. That included assassination, which was really nothing more than a fancy word for murder. Not surprisingly, the CIA began specializing in assassination and cover-up practically from the get-go …. Buying into the Cold War anti-communist mindset, most Americans in the 1950s and 1960s went along with all this, but with one big condition to the bargain: that the CIA would keep what it was doing secret from the American people so that they would not have to be concerned with the moral implications of the CIA’s actions.” (11/27/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/11/27/americas-bargain-devil/

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30) Orrin Hatch’s “bullcrap” on taxes is exactly that
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“‘Bullcrap!’ That’s the epithet Orrin Hatch threw at his fellow senator, Sherrod Brown, during a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee. Brown’s offense? He pointed out that Republicans aren’t shooting straight when they say their tax cuts for the rich will help the middle class. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) had called the GOP’s bluff with an amendment to their bill that would have cancelled tax cuts for corporations if middle-class wages don’t rise — something Republicans have promised their tax plan will deliver. Republicans promptly blocked it. As he spoke for Wyden’s doomed amendment, Brown commented upon the obvious. ‘I just think,’ he said, ‘it would be nice, just tonight, before we go home, to just acknowledge, well, this tax cut really is not for the middle class, it’s for the rich.’” (11/26/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20171126/orrin-hatchs-bullcrap

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31) Export-led growth?
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“The people of a country can indeed grow more prosperous by specializing in producing goods and services and then exporting some or all of those goods and services to foreigners.But this increased production and selling makes these producers more prosperous only if these producers eventually spend their earnings, as consumers, on goods and services that they import from foreigners. A people who export more for the sake of importing more grow wealthier; a people who export more only for the sake of exporting more grow poorer.” (11/27/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/11/export-led-growth.html

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32) Q&A: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard on the future of cannabis legalization
Source: Smell the Truth
by Oscar Pascual

“Now in her third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has become a major proponent of marijuana legalization. After previously serving on the Honolulu City Council, and becoming the youngest person ever elected to the Hawaii State Legislature at the age of 21, Gabbard now represents the state’s 2nd district. Gabbard also served in the Hawaii Army National Guard for nearly 15 years, was deployed twice to the Middle East, and continues to serve as a Major. Rep. Gabbard currently sponsors the Congressional bill HR1227 to end prohibition on a federal level, knowing that law reform could help benefit her state’s economy and patients in need, as well as the rest of the nation. Gabbard is also scheduled to present a video introduction at the International Cannabis Business Conference this weekend, Dec. 1-3, in Kauai. Smell the Truth recently spoke with Rep. Gabbard regarding her thoughts on how to legalize cannabis, while breaking down the negative social stigma held onto by the public and lawmakers alike.” (11/27/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/11/27/qa-congresswoman-tulsi-gabbard-on-the-future-of-marijuana-legalization

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33) The online lynching of a Lynn, Massachusetts coffeehouse
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Peter Crowley

“The now defunct White Rose Coffeehouse in Lynn, Massachusetts had offered a space for the city’s poor, often minority youth, to engage with the arts, through offering open mics and featuring local artists’ works on the walls. In an economically-struggling community, the coffeehouse was an uplifting force. It also was frequented by artists and musicians from nearby communities, including several patrons from the more middle class and artsy, college city of Salem. However, the cafe’s fortunes would soon take a downward spiral.” (11/27/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/online-lynching-lynn-mass-coffeehouse/

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34) Zero tolerance for predators requires zero partisanship
Source: USA Today
by Rochelle Riley

“The allegations are coming so fast now, it’s like a wall tumbling down — a wall that existed between painful silence and righteous declaration. But with each new allegation of sexual assault or harassment now comes an attitude that can only be described as stupid: That a person’s guilt should somehow be based on his or her political party. The new parlor game is to compare the latest accused harasser with sexual predator Roy Moore, who not only should be subject to criminal investigation but who should be joined in court by all of the officials, law enforcement officers and mothers in Alabama who thought it was all right for him to date children. … What should come next is an attitude of zero tolerance as victims stop calling news conferences and head straight to police stations and lawyer’s offices. We must move from #Tell to #Act. It’s time to stop looking for excuses for sexual harassers based on political party. We must push for zero tolerance, whether the offense seems prankish or is criminal.” (11/27/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2017/11/27/stop-rating-sexual-predators-party-they-all-deserve-zero-tolerance-rochelle-riley-column/895898001

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35) What and when went wrong for Ukraine
Source: Students For Liberty
by Mariia Chaplia

“After the annexation of Crimea and due to the ongoing war with Russia, Ukraine has been branded as a villain seeking foreign assistance. With €5 billion National Bank reserves and a public debt equal to 80.2 percent of GDP, Ukraine will have to repay €38 billion of EU loans in the next five years. As with humans, assistance from the outside usually brings bad results if there is no incentive to take a responsibility over one’s future by reflecting on past mistakes. So what and when went so wrong for Ukraine? Let’s take a look at some crucial historical events.” (11/27/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/11/27/went-wrong-ukraine/

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36) The Iran obsession has been a boon for Iranian hard-liners
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Hostility from abroad tends to make people side with their own hard-liners, so it should come as no surprise that many Iranians are responding to U.S. and Saudi antagonism in this way. Critics of U.S. Iran policy have warned for a long time that increasingly aggressive rhetoric and actions aimed at Iran will strengthen hard-liners there at the expense of reformers, and this report suggests that this is what has been happening. This is an unfortunate development, and it is made all the more so by the fact that there was an opportunity for improving U.S.-Iranian relations in the wake of the nuclear deal that was completely squandered.” (11/27/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-iran-obsession-has-been-a-boon-for-iranian-hard-liners/

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37) Book review: The promise of legal pot
Source: The New Republic
by Max Holleran

“Marijuana permeated every aspect of hippie culture in the 1960s … Marijuana was not just the iconic substance of a decade, like absinthe in 1920s Paris, or tea in Victorian England. Smoking marijuana was also a formative act. Young people smoked both because they liked getting high and because they felt that marijuana built community, creating a ritual that was political as well as social. It separated them from their elders, who were shocked by the social changes of the era. Most importantly, it was illegal: Taking a toke in public was a micro act of resistance against the state which, at the time, locked young people away for partaking in mood-enhancing THC while encouraging them to dump napalm on Vietnam. Grass Roots: the Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America by Emily Dufton, a new history of the fight to legalize marijuana, is geared toward Americans for whom marijuana increasingly means more than hippie culture, or the African American culture around jazz music before it.” (11/27/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145979/promise-legal-pot

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38) Dictators fall, but states remain: Zimbabwe’s (already) missed chance
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Carmen Elena Dorobat

“Last week, the fall of Robert Mugabe’s regime made headlines across the world, and was greeted with relief and hope by international commentators as well as Zimbabweans. Overall, the general feeling was that of a new beginning, long awaited in a country that had been stuck for four decades under rampant inflation, corruption, and an oppressive rule. There seemed to be little doubt, given how the news was presented, that this is a pivotal and far-reaching transformation for this African nation. And yet, if one looks closely, there are signs that, despite the current sense of hope in Zimbabwe, Mugabe’s removal will not bring the long awaited change.” (11/27/17)

https://mises.org/wire/dictators-fall-states-remain-zimbabwes-already-missed-chance

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39) Antifa as agorist defense organizations
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Richard Tempelhoff

“These days I run a small business and no longer literally wear my politics on my sleeve, but in the late nineties I was a member of a chapter of Anti Racist Action in the Midwest. The politics of ARA members were eclectic, to say the least — a mixture of anarchists, libertarians, liberals, communists, and plenty of unique cranks. But what united us was a certain seriousness about protecting our community from neonazi gangs and stopping their recruitment. If neonazi boneheads tried to force their way into spaces, we’d run them off. If they tried to book shows, we’d get them cancelled. ARA emerged as a means of community self-defense in an era when neonazis would routinely beat bloody random strangers on the street. That such neonazi thuggery has been less prominent for years is the direct result of decades of serious work by antifascists to expose and resist them. Today the media talking heads who have just discovered the term ‘antifa’ read into it their own culture war narratives as a bunch of newly militant SJWs now out to brutally censor anyone with whom they disagree.” (11/27/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/50200

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40) The gay wedding cake case not about free speech
Source: The American Prospect
by Andrew Koppelman

“On December 5, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Masterpiece Cakeshop, the case in which a baker claims that free speech protects his right to refuse to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. Although it is impossible to know how the Court will rule, I can confidently predict that if the baker wins, the justices’ explanation will be incoherent. There’s a lot of confusion, some of it intentional, over what this case is about. Here are the basic facts. Charlie Craig and David Mullins visited the Masterpiece bakery and looked through a photo album of custom-designed cakes. When the owner, Jack Phillips, greeted them, they told him (according to his own testimony) that they ‘wanted a wedding cake for ‘our wedding.” Phillips told them that he did not create wedding cakes for same-sex weddings. They left immediately without discussing any details of their proposed wedding cake. The entire exchange lasted 20 seconds. Craig and Mullins then sued Phillips for violating Colorado’s antidiscrimination statute. Phillips claimed that he was protected by freedom of speech and freedom of religion.” [editor’s note: Freedom of association extended to (private) businesses, vs. “discrimination” that should be enforced only against government entities and their contractors? – SAT] (11/27/17)

http://prospect.org/article/gay-wedding-cake-case-isn%E2%80%99t-about-free-speech

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41) Whether it’s John Conyers or bad cops, due process isn’t meant to protect government officials
Source: Reason
by Ed Krayewski

“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insisted Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) is an ‘icon’ who is ‘entitled to due process’ before facing consequences over accusations by multiple female staffers of sexual misconduct. Conyers is currently the subject of a House Ethics Committee investigation stemming from revelations that he settled a sexual harassment claim with taxpayer money and other the sexual misconduct allegations [sic]. Pelosi’s appeal to due process mirrors the argument made by police brutality apologists, who insist that bad police officers cannot face any consequences absent a criminal conviction and/or an administrative review process where they have ample opportunity to appeal. Pelosi confuses (deliberately or not) the right to due process before government with government’s ability to manage personnel and hold its own officials and representatives accountable.” (11/27/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/11/27/whether-its-john-conyers-or-bad-cops-due

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42) Deflation must be embraced
Source: Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“The simplest definition for deflation is that it is when the quantity of money contracts. This can come about in one or more of three ways. The central bank may reduce the quantity of base money, commercial banks may reduce the amount of bank credit, or foreigners, in possession of your currency from an imbalance of trade, sell it to the central bank. The link with prices is far from mechanical, because the most important determinant of the general price level is the relative appetite for holding money, and not changes of the quantity in issue, as the monetarists would have it. All else being equal, a deflation of the money quantity can be offset by a decline in the public’s desire for cash and deposits in hand, so that the general level of prices is unaffected.” (11/27/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/11/deflation-must-be-embraced/

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43) Trial by Peace Circle: How a Chicago community is pursuing jail-free justice
Source: In These Times
by Sarah Conway

“It’s 9:30 a.m. on a Thursday in late September and four young men in their early 20s sit bundled in gray and black hoodies in the gallery waiting room of a makeshift courthouse in North Lawndale, killing time on their phones. All are charged with nonviolent drug possession, and all are taking a chance on a new restorative justice court that promises a chance to wipe their records clean if they can make amends to their communities. The court opened August 31 and these four are among the first group of 12 defendants, all West Side men ages 18 to 26 charged with low-level nonviolent misdemeanors and felonies. At least we’re not at ’26th and California,’ says 22-year-old Tobias Pierce (all defendant names in this story are pseudonymous, at their request), referring to Chicago’s notorious Cook County Jail, where he was held for two years while on trial for armed robbery. ” (11/27/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20655/Chicago-Cool-County-peace-circle

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44) Libya “chose” freedom, now it has slavery
Source: CounterPunch
by John Wight

“NATO’s military intervention in Libya in 2011 has justifiably earned its place in history as an indictment of Western foreign policy and a military alliance which since the collapse of the Soviet Union has been deployed as the sword of this foreign policy. The destruction of Libya will forever be an indelible stain on the reputations of those countries and leaders responsible. But now, with the revelation that people are being sold as slaves in Libya (yes, you read that right. In 2017 the slave trade is alive and kicking Libya), the cataclysmic disaster to befall the country has been compounded to the point where it is hard to conceive of it ever being able to recover — and certainly not anywhere near its former status as a high development country, as the UN labelled Libya 2010 a year prior to the ‘revolution.’” (11/27/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/27/libya-chose-freedom-now-it-has-slavery/

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45) The future is what we make of it, part 1
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“2017 has been a really strange year for me. As tens of millions of my fellow Americans have experienced mental breakdowns following the election of Donald Trump, an unexpected sense of calm has come over me and I can’t remember the last time I was this optimistic about the future. Importantly, the optimism I feel isn’t the demented, tribal and transient sort that many people experience when their politician of choice wins an election. I strongly disliked both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and I refused to support or vote for either. As such, I already knew going into November 2016, that we’d emerge on the other side with a dangerous authoritarian in power, and I mentally prepared myself to push back against whoever won. Although I think Trump is a terrible President and a fake populist, I think his winning the election might serve as the necessary kick in the ass our society needs in order to evolve.” (11/27/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/11/27/the-future-is-what-we-make-of-it-part-1/

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46) Nancy Pelosi has been enabling sexual predators for decades
Source: Town Hall
by Katie Pavlich

“As Guy has thoroughly exposed, over the weekend House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defended Congressman John Conyers as an ‘icon’ amid allegations he fired a woman on his staff after she refused to give him sexual favors. Over at Vox, Pelosi is being called out as the ultimate enabler of sexual harassers and abusers. ‘That woman.’ She’ll also being held accountable as part of the reason why women don’t come forward more often when they are victims of sexual misconduct. … But that’s exactly what Pelosi is: That woman, a faux feminist who has been enabling sexual predators for decades. We can start with her full throated defense of former President Bill Clinton. She’s been defending his documented and repetitive bad behavior since the 1990s, and did so again on Meet The Press Sunday.” (11/27/17)

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2017/11/27/nancy-pelosis-history-of-defending-sexual-abusers-n2414627

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47) Power abuse
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“At the core of sexual harassment and misconduct is an unchecked power dynamic permitting the abuse. No surprise, then, that our unaccountable Congress is rife with it. What to do? Our sicko congressmen must immediately stop using taxpayer funds to provide ‘hush’ money to keep their victims from telling their stories …. Mandatory anti-sexual harassment training for all congressional employees? Normal folks don’t need special training to avoid acting in despicable ways, and as far as protecting employees goes, such training seems to serve perpetrators more than victims.” (11/27/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/11/27/power-abuse/

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48) Here’s why I plan to vote for the Senate tax bill (and my colleagues should step up)
Source: Fox News Forum
by US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)

“One of the fundamental problems in Washington is the attitude that the money that people make belongs to the government. That’s why you hear arguments about how much a tax cut ‘costs,’ or big government advocates disingenuously and breathlessly complaining about the people who pay taxes getting a tax cut. I believe it is the other way around. Our default position should be that the money you earn belongs to you, and government has to justify why it should take it from you. Currently, there are at least 97 different federal taxes. The tax code that instructs people how they must hand over their hard-earned money to government spans some 74,000-plus pages. This is absurd, and so is the fact that government will collect over $3 trillion from taxpayers next year but still is not satisfied. One of the main differences between Republicans and Democrats is that Republicans, in general, favor less government and more tax cuts. That’s why I’m pleased to see us moving forward on a plan for tax cuts, and why I hope to vote to pass such a cut in the coming weeks.” (11/27/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/27/sen-rand-paul-heres-why-plan-to-vote-for-senate-tax-bill-and-my-colleagues-should-step-up.html

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49) Deficit driven by uncontrolled spending
Source: USA Today
by Adam N Michel

“Does the U.S. deficit matter? Of course it does. It matters a lot. But the Congress hasn’t run up $20 trillion of debt because we haven’t taxed people enough. It’s because we spend too much. Revenue is certainly not the problem. The Congressional Budget Office projects that under current law tax, revenue will continue to grow above the historical norm. In a sane world, this would mean that most taxpayers could expect a sizable tax cut. Alas, we do not live in such a world. Washington’s inability to decrease the growth rate in federal spending constrains every decision Congress makes.” (11/26/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/11/26/deficit-driven-uncontrolled-spending-editorials-debates/108055034

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50) Are you a genius or a fraud?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“One time, when I was a small child, I saw Hank Aaron go to bat. He had already hit his 500th home run. I was looking forward to seeing this genius do his thing. I was devastated when he struck out. Some genius, I recall thinking. As an eight-year-old, my first thought was that I could have done exactly what he did. Of course, Hank knew something that I, at the time, did not. Genius is about averages, not every time at bat. If every time you strike out, you imagine that you might be a fraud, you will make yourself insane.” (11/27/17)

https://fee.org/articles/are-you-a-genius-or-a-fraud/

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51) Why France is taking sexual harassment seriously this time
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Colette Davidson & Sara Miller Llana

“Dominique Strauss-Kahn was considered a probable French presidential contender in 2011 when a maid in a hotel in New York accused him of sexual assault. The charges killed his career at the helm of the International Monetary Fund — and his political aspirations. The case also generated subsequent accusations of sexual misconduct against Mr. Strauss-Kahn, known as DSK. But when feminists tried to capitalize on the moment, they failed. One website called ledire.org, or ‘to say it,’ tried to get women to anonymously come forward with their experiences involving untoward sexual advances, but it didn’t make much of a ripple and eventually fizzled. What a difference six years makes.” (11/27/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2017/1127/The-Weinstein-effect-Why-France-is-taking-sexual-harassment-seriously-this-time

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52) Stalinesque nightmare is befalling Venezuela
Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“There are two explanations for why the Venezuelan opposition, which according to polls was expected to win some 17 of 23 governorships, was flatly defeated by chavismo in recent state elections that had been widely regarded as a plebiscite on a regime that is repudiated by 80 percent of its citizens. According to one thesis, the government committed massive electoral fraud …. The other thesis says the opposition was the victim of two social phenomena that play a growing political role: emigration and disenchantment. … Which explanation is right? Both.” (11/27/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9203

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53) Capitalism and the misunderstanding of monopoly
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“Numerous misunderstanding and mythologies surround the meaning of capitalism and competition, but few match the confusions over the meaning and relevance of ‘monopoly’ in the workings of the market economy. When looked at dispassionately, factually, and historically, monopoly has almost always represented a problem in society only when created, protected or imposed by government intervention.” (11/27/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/capitalism-misunderstanding-monopoly/

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54) Dia de los Vivos
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“Looking for a new holiday film and you’ve had it with watching scripted Hollywood families bicker around the dining table? Pixar’s Coco is one of the best films of the season. Never mind that it’s animated. Grab yourself a niece or a nephew (or just rustle up the courage to go to a ‘kid movie’ without a kid) and enjoy. This film has it all: gorgeous animation, witty characters, wonderful music, rich cultural heritage, and a profound story about life, loss, family, and forgiveness.” (11/26/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1783

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55) Trump notches another win on trade as China slashes tariffs
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Trump’s much-derided Asian tour earlier in the month received widespread criticism in the mainstream media. What they won’t report is that, like it or not, his visit is already paying dividends. Maybe you saw some of the headlines: ‘The ‘Missed Opportunity’ Of Trump’s Asia Trip’ (NPR). ‘Donald Trump’s Asia Tour Leaves Observers Perplexed’ (BBC). ‘Trump Wants America To Be Like China’ (U.S. News). Actually, despite the media snark, the trip was a big success from Trump’s perspective, especially on trade. While Trump was conferring with Chinese President Xi Jinping, U.S. companies announced some $250 billion in deals with China — a clear sign China wants to open its markets even more. A more recent example was China’s decision, announced on Thanksgiving, to slash import taxes on some 187 consumer goods. As Bloomberg News correctly noted, this move ‘promises to boost the prospects of multinationals in the Chinese market,’ in particular big U.S. consumer multinationals like Procter & Gamble Co. and medicine-maker Pfizer.” (11/24/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trump-notches-another-win-on-trade-as-china-slashes-tariffs

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

56) Reason Podcast, 11/27/17
Source: Reason

“On today’s episode of the Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch discuss the Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) sex scandal, last week’s repeal of net neutrality, and Reason’s upcoming Webathon. Support our journalism!” [various formats] (11/27/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/11/27/john-conyers-net-neutrality-podcast

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57) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/27/17
Source: Cato Institute

“The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit is a subsidy to developers, and it’s a credit that creates many opportunities for mischief. Chris Edwards and Vanessa Brown Calder discuss their new report on the subject.” [various formats] (11/27/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/eliminate-low-income-housing-tax-credit

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58) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 323
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s episode, Marc welcomes back one of the most active libertarians he knows, the founder of various organizations including People Against the NDAA (PANDA) and The Solutions Institute, Dan Johnson! Dan returns to the show to discuss his latest venture, We Do Better! Dan presents an idea that people of nearly any politcal persuasion can be open to, and addresses head-on the idea that public services must be provided by government.” [various formats] (11/27/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/11/27/libertarian-solution-public-services-dan-johnson-launches-better/

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59) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/27/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“John Vibes, Shane Buell, and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about Bitcoin being featured on prime time TV, the cryptosphere market cap rising higher than Bank of America, a whistleblowing cop murdered the day before he was to give testimony, and the NYPD intimidating a girl claiming to have been raped.” [various formats] (11/27/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15323

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60) The LAVA Spurt, episode 54
Source: The LAVA Flow

“We did it! You helped me hit my next goal of $250 per episode! And on the day of Thanksgiving! I have yet another reason to be thankful now. This is episode fifty-four of The LAVA Spurt, Thankful 2.0.” [various formats] (11/27/17)

http://thelavaflow.com/thankful-2-0-tls054/

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61) Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show, 11/27/17
Source: Freedom Works / Paul Molloy Show

“Join Paul for a lively Libertarian discussion …” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/27/17)

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62) In support of freedom of the press
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“The First Amendment states, in part, ‘Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press …’ However that was not able to stop the Alien and Sedition Acts from being passed in 1798 — which are still partially in effect today — the creation of the FCC to ‘regulate the airwaves’ or even the prohibitions of journalists from taking cameras or voice recorders into a federal court building. The claim by some is that these are ‘reasonable restrictions’ and in no way intended to abridge the freedom of the press. After all, I’m able to publish a newspaper and multiple podcasts without getting a permission from any government entity. So freedom of the press must be alive and well in the United States, right? Not exactly.” [text, Flash audio, or MP3] (11/26/17)

http://fpp.cc/in-support-of-freedom-of-the-press/

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63) Free Talk Live, 11/26/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Bitcoin — It’s over $9,000! :: What is the Tether? :: Franken Breast Grabbing :: Dave in NY :: Thor Ragnarok :: Chappie :: Girl Sues Atty General over Cannabis :: Fixing Bitcoin? :: Bitcoin’s Competition :: $300 Billion Cryptocurrency Market Cap :: Breaking out Forked Bitcoin :: HOSTS — Ian, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/26/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-11-26

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64) Editor’s Pick, episode 6
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Pick 006 features a talk by Astra Taylor on what it was like for her growing up without school. Raised by independent-thinking bohemian parents, Astra was unschooled until age 13. Join the filmmaker as she shares her personal experiences of growing up home-schooled without a curriculum or schedule, and how it has shaped her educational philosophy and development as an artist.” [various formats] (11/26/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/astra-taylor-unschooled-life-1h10m-editors-pick-006

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65) The Anarchist Experience, episode 140
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“A special holiday round-table discussion with Ken and Li Schoolland on how they’re getting into the crypto-space, Net Neutrality, other problems with State monopolies, and these Headlines: * Innocent Family Raided by SWAT, Held at Gunpoint After Cops Mistook Hibiscus for Weed * Florida court declares it’s ILLEGAL to grow food in your own front yard.” [various formats] (11/26/17)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2017/11/26/the-anarchist-experience-140/

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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST

Editors:
Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

Editors Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
R. Lee Wrights
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