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Volume XVI, Issue #4,117
Wednesday, November 28th, 2018
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In the News:

1) MS: Hyde-Smith defeats Espy in US Senate race
2) Afghanistan: Three US occupiers killed
3) GA: Lawsuit claims voting rights trampled in governor’s race
4) Guardian claims Manafort met secretly with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
5) Trump ramps up GM threats, considers “cutting subsidies”
6) Russia: Regime whines that mean ol’ Google isn’t censoring search results for it
7) GA: Woman who spent months in jail over cotton candy mistaken for meth sues police department
8) Russia: Regime starts prosecuting Ukrainians after sea clash
9) FL: Woman shoots, kills boyfriend in self-defense
10) France: Senate employee suspected of spying for North Korea
11) China: Regime reveals new aircraft carrier under construction
12) Appeals court upholds most convictions in “Bridgegate” case
13) MD: Walter Reed “active shooter” report was “false alarm”
14) CA: Driver accused of trying to hit men leaving synagogue
15) “Siberian unicorn” walked Earth with humans
16) Mueller accuses Manafort of lying, tries to withdraw plea agreement
17) Ex-employee: Facebook has a problem with black people
18) Argentina: War crimes allegations filed against Saudi terror kingpin ahead of visit
19) CA: Oakland homeless encampment eviction order sparks legal battle
20) NJ: Marijuana legalization heading to final vote by lawmakers

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Doing justice to Trump’s “invasion” claim
22) The true face of human trafficking for sex work
23) The FDA is blocking a new e-cigarette that won’t explode in your face
24) Forget “just deserts” and keep your nose out of other people’s pay
25) Leaked transcript “proves” Russiagaters have been right all along
26) Why President Trump may want a “good shutdown”
27) A tax on Christmas? Bah, humbug!
28) The recession myth
29) Trump’s Saudi First foreign policy strikes again
30) Evaluating Paul Manafort’s alleged violation of his plea agreement
31) In Azov Sea, Putin plays a deadly Ukraine game
32) The ECB and the feds are treating Bitcoin very differently
33) On the limits of “just being polite”
34) The art of the spectacle
35) CPS may both over- and under-protect
36) “Our president”
37) John Roberts (the tortoise) is outrunning Trump (the hare)
38) A revolt of the ignored
39) The dark side of the New Deal: FDR and the Japanese-Americans
40) AOC’s push for a Green New Deal: Not just good policy, but political genius
41) Play with competitive forces at your peril
42) There you go again, IRS
43) The war in Yemen is not a war — it is a massacre
44) Why Britain doesn’t want Trump to declassify Obamagate docs
45) The Pentagon’s massive accounting fraud exposed
46) Easy monetary policy and the pattern of consumption
47) The new cash? Why governments don’t like cryptocurrency
48) Reduce ethanol subsidies to clean the environment
49) Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act has been critical
50) Malice in Plunderland

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Freedom Frauds, 11/27/18
52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/27/18
53) We Are Libertarians Daily, episode 28
54) Kick the Puppy, episode 12
55) The Great Books, episode 61
56) Humans of Bitcoin, 11/27/18
57) Stossel: Socialism leads to violence
58) Scott Adams Says, 11/27/18
59) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 84
60) Postcards from Somalia, episode 21
61) Praise of Folly Podcast interview #16: David Friedman
62) Free Talk Live, 11/26/18
63) What can Special Economic Zones do for us?
64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1292
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 11/26/18

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

1) MS: Hyde-Smith defeats Espy in US Senate race
Source: CBS News

“Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated challenger Mike Espy, a Democrat, in the runoff election for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi, CBS News projects. Hyde-Smith was appointed earlier this year by GOP Gov. Phil Bryant after Sen. Thad Cochran, also a Republican, stepped down. Hyde-Smith is the first woman elected to the Senate from Mississippi, and the Republican majority in the Senate will grow to 53-47.” (11/27/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/mississippi-senate-race-election-results-cindy-hyde-smith-wins-beats-mike-espy-live-updates/

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2) Afghanistan: Three US occupiers killed
Source: CNN

“Three US service members were killed Tuesday by an improvised explosive device near the city of Ghazni, Afghanistan, the US military announced. Three US service members and an American contractor were also wounded in the blast, the military said. The names of those killed were not immediately disclosed pending the notification of next of kin. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the ambush, claiming that a tank was ‘completely destroyed.’” (11/27/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/27/politics/afghanistan-service-members-us/index.html

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3) GA: Lawsuit claims voting rights trampled in governor’s race
Source: Reuters

“Advocates for Democrat Stacey Abrams filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday alleging far-reaching U.S. voting rights violations during the Georgia governor’s contest she lost this month to a Republican who ran the election as secretary of state. Abrams, who vied to become the nation’s first female African-American governor, pledged to fight for electoral changes after a protracted vote count saw Brian Kemp win the race by little more than 1 percent of the nearly 4 million votes cast. Kemp resigned as secretary of state after the Nov. 6 election. The lawsuit filed by Fair Fight Action, a voting advocacy group headed by Abrams’ campaign manager, said state election officials ‘grossly mismanaged an election that deprived Georgia citizens, and particularly citizens of color, of their fundamental right to vote.’ The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court, cited issues from sweeping purges of the voter rolls to shuttered precincts, voting equipment failures and late absentee ballots.” (11/27/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-georgia/u-s-voting-rights-trampled-in-georgia-governors-race-lawsuit-idUSKCN1NW2B8

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4) Guardian claims Manafort met secretly with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
Source: USA Today

“Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort held secret meetings with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, the Guardian reported Tuesday, citing unnamed sources. The British publication said Manafort went to see Assange in 2013, 2015 and then around the time he joined the campaign. The Guardian said, according to a ‘well-placed source,’ a casually dressed Manafort met with Assange for about 40 minutes around March 2016. Ecuadorian sources said the visit would normally have been logged, but they told the Guardian the 2016 visit was not. The paper said it was ‘unclear why Manafort wanted to see Assange and what was discussed.’ Manafort, 69, told the newspaper the story is ‘100 percent false.’ In a separate statement, Manafort, now in jail awaiting sentencing on two financial fraud convictions, went on to characterize the article as ‘deliberately libelous.’” (11/27/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/11/27/manafort-meetings-assange/2125595002

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5) Trump ramps up GM threats, considers “cutting subsidies”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US President Donald Trump has escalated his attack on General Motors (GM) a day after the carmaker announced major job cuts. Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that he was ‘very disappointed’ and ‘looking at cutting all GM subsidies, including … for electric cars.’ It was not immediately clear what specific subsidies he had in mind. GM’s decision to halt production at factories in the US and Canada has angered many politicians. For Mr Trump in particular, the cuts are a blow, as he has made rebuilding the US auto industry one of his administration’s priorities.” [editor’s note: Cutting subsidies might be a good first step – SAT] (11/27/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46365240

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6) Russia: Regime whines that mean ol’ Google isn’t censoring search results for it
Source: The Verge

“Russian state officials today formally accused Google of breaking the law by not removing links to websites that are banned in the country. Roskomnadzor, the state communications agency, said in a statement that the company had not connected to a database of banned sources in the country, leaving it out of compliance. … Russia has passed a series of laws in recent years that give the government more power to censor the web, and has clashed with major websites like Wikipedia over the rules.” (11/26/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/11/26/18112528/russia-google-civil-case-search-results

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7) GA: Woman who spent months in jail over cotton candy mistaken for meth sues police department
Source: Fox News

“A woman in Georgia who spent three months in jail after police thought blue cotton candy in her car was methamphetamine due to a faulty drug test has now filed a federal lawsuit against officials who stopped her and the manufacturer of the test kits. Dasha Fincher spent three months in jail with bond set at $1 million after she was accused of trafficking drugs when she was pulled over on Dec. 31, 2016, and authorities saw a bag with a blue substance on the floor, FOX5 reported. The grandmother told Monroe County Deputies Cody Maples and Allen Henderson that the bag contained cotton candy, but when officers tested the bag with a roadside kit it gave a positive result for methamphetamine. In a copy of an incident report obtained by WMAZ-TV, police said they tested the bag because of the ‘packaging and crystal like feature.’” (11/27/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/georgia-woman-who-spent-months-in-jail-over-cotton-candy-mistaken-for-meth-sues-police-department

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8) Russia: Regime starts prosecuting Ukrainians after sea clash
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Russia on Tuesday began prosecuting the crew of Ukrainian navy vessels captured over the weekend in a confrontation off Crimea, putting some of the seamen on camera, where they confessed to intruding into Russian waters. Ukraine demanded that Russia stop using ‘psychological and physical pressure’ on the sailors, as tensions between the two neighbors escalated. Ukraine’s top diplomat called the men ‘prisoners of war,’ telling The Associated Press that displaying them on TV was a crime. Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other for Sunday’s clash in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.” (11/27/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Putin-concerned-about-Ukraine-after-13424039.php

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9) FL: Woman shoots, kills boyfriend in self-defense
Source: WPBF 25 News

“Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said a Treasure Coast man who was shot and killed by his girlfriend Sunday afternoon was shot in self-defense. The incident took place in the 100 block of Southeast Trafalgar Terrace near Stuart at 4:48 p.m. Snyder said the woman had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend, Brock Dion. Snyder said Dion threw a rock at the woman and then tried to grab her throat. ‘The suspect began advancing on the victim with his hands out and she described it as he was going to put his hands around her throat, in a choking hold,’ Snyder said. The victim could be heard on 911 asking for an ambulance and telling the operator her boyfriend was coming at her with a big rock and tried to throw it at her head. She then told the operator she had a conceal-carry permit and had shot him in the chest.” (11/26/18)

https://www.wpbf.com/article/sheriff-woman-shoots-kills-boyfriend-in-self-defense/25310591

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10) France: Senate employee suspected of spying for North Korea
Source: Time

“An employee of the French Senate is in custody on suspicion of spying for North Korea. A judicial official says that the man was detained Sunday in an investigation open since March into ‘collecting and delivering information to a foreign power susceptible to harming fundamental interests of the nation.’ France’s domestic intelligence agency DGSI is leading the investigation.” (11/27/18)

http://time.com/5464289/french-official-arrested-spy-north-korea/

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11) China: Regime reveals new aircraft carrier under construction
Source: CNN

“The Chinese government has revealed for the first time it has started construction on a new domestically-made aircraft carrier, the third overall in the People’s Liberation Army Navy fleet. In an article celebrating the sixth anniversary of China’s first carrier, the Liaoning, state-run news agency Xinhua teased the future of the country’s fleet. … China’s second aircraft carrier, the unnamed Type 001A, was the country’s first domestically made vessel of its type and has been running through sea trials over the course of 2018. But rumors had been circulating in the past year that another, more advanced vessel, was already under construction in China.” (11/27/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/26/asia/china-third-aircraft-carrier-intl/index.html

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12) Appeals court upholds most convictions in “Bridgegate” case
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A federal appeals court upheld most of the convictions Tuesday against two former allies of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing case, a scandal that helped derail Christie’s presidential hopes in 2016. Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni were convicted in 2016 in the alleged plot to cause traffic jams to punish a mayor for not endorsing Christie’s re-election bid. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia dismissed a count of civil rights conspiracy for each defendant, but upheld convictions for wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy and misapplying property of an organization receiving federal funds. Baroni and Kelly had sought to have all counts dismissed.” (11/27/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Appeals-court-tosses-some-convictions-in-13424752.php

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13) MD: Walter Reed “active shooter” report was “false alarm”
Source: Fox News

“Reports of an active shooter at Walter Reed military hospital in Bethesda, Maryland on Tuesday were a ‘false alarm,’ officials tweeted. Naval Support Activity of Bethesda tweeted that after investigating the origin of the active shooter report that caused the hospital to go on lockdown, officials ‘determined that this was a false alarm and not part of a scheduled drill as has been reported.’ Army Lt. Col. Audricia Harris, a Pentagon spokesperson, previously told Fox News that the incident was part of a drill. After the ordeal, employees at the hospital, which is the ‘world’s largest military medical center,’ tweeted confirmation there was no active shooting incident, and their Code White alarm, used to tell those within the hospital to shelter in place, was lifted.” (11/27/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/walter-reed-active-shooter-report-was-false-alarm-officials-say

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14) CA: Driver accused of trying to hit men leaving synagogue
Source: New York Post

“Authorities arrested a motorist suspected of trying to run down two men leaving a Los Angeles synagogue, and detectives are investigating the case as a hate crime …. The driver yelled anti-Semitic remarks at the men Friday night, made a U-turn and drove at the pair, who took cover behind a car and an electrical box, said Deputy Chief Horace Frank. The suspect made another U-turn and targeted the men, then tried to speed away but crashed into another car …. The suspect, Mohamed Mohamed Abdi, was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, but is now a U.S. citizen, officials said.” (11/27/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/11/27/driver-tried-to-hit-men-leaving-la-synagogue-cops/

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15) “Siberian unicorn” walked Earth with humans
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A giant rhino that may have been the origin of the unicorn myth survived until at least 39,000 years ago — much longer than previously thought. Known as the Siberian unicorn, the animal had a long horn on its nose, and roamed the grasslands of Eurasia. New evidence shows the hefty beast may have eventually died out because it was such a picky eater. Scientists say knowing more about the animal’s extinction could help save the remaining rhinos on the planet. Rhinos are in particular danger of extinction because they are very picky about their habitat, said Prof Adrian Lister of the Natural History Museum, London, who led the study.” (11/27/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46358789

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16) Mueller accuses Manafort of lying, tries to withdraw plea agreement
Source: Salt Lake Tribune

“Special counsel Robert Mueller is accusing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of lying to federal investigators in the Russia probe in breach of his plea agreement, an extraordinary allegation that could expose Manafort to a lengthier prison sentence — and potentially more criminal charges. The torpedoing of Manafort’s plea deal, disclosed in a court filing Monday, also results in Mueller’s team losing a witness from the top of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign …. In the new filing, Mueller’s team said that after Manafort agreed to truthfully cooperate with the investigation, he ‘committed federal crimes’ by lying about ‘a variety of subject matters.’ Prosecutors said they will detail the “nature of the defendant’s crimes and lies” in writing at a later date to the judge. Through his attorneys, Manafort denied lying, saying he ‘believes he provided truthful information’ during a series of sessions with Mueller’s investigators. He also disagreed that he breached his plea agreement.” (11/27/18)

https://www.sltrib.com/news/nation-world/2018/11/27/mueller-says-paul/

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17) Ex-employee: Facebook has a problem with black people
Source: USA Today

“Facebook has a problem with black people. That’s the assessment of Mark S. Luckie, a former employee who says racial discrimination is real, both on the company’s Silicon Valley campus and on the social media giant’s platform. A Facebook post he shared with management and employees earlier this month and released publicly on Tuesday exposes racial fault lines that Luckie says should be a matter of grave public alarm, with the lack of representation and agency of black people inside Facebook directly affecting how black people on Facebook are treated. ‘I wish I didn’t have to write it. I was determined to stay there and build,’ Luckie told USA TODAY in an interview Tuesday. ‘I had to write what all the black employees are saying and feeling and we don’t feel empowered to speak up about.’” (11/27/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/11/27/facebook-has-problem-black-people-former-employee-says/2126056002

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18) Argentina: War crimes allegations filed against Saudi terror kingpin ahead of visit
Source: Forbes

“Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may find that his travel options are curtailed in the future, after Human Rights Watch pushed for an international investigation into his alleged war crimes. The rights group says it has filed a submission with an Argentine federal judge, Ariel Lijo, which sets out allegations of crimes committed by Saudi forces during the war in Yemen. The crown prince — usually known by the acronym MBS — is also defence minister and is in charge of his country’s military forces and could be criminally liable for their actions, according to Human Rights Watch.” (11/26/18)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/dominicdudley/2018/11/26/war-crimes-allegations-saudi-crown-prince-argentina/

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19) CA: Oakland homeless encampment eviction order sparks legal battle
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Whether a group of homeless people in Oakland have a constitutional right to camp on a fenced-off piece of vacant land owned by the city will soon be decided by a federal judge. In late October, the homeless group and their advocates erected the Housing and Dignity Village at Clara Street and Edes Avenue, about a mile and a half southeast of the Coliseum. The move was a continuation of a fight that began in January 2017 when some of the same people took over Grove Shafter Park in North Oakland before the city kicked them off the property. City officials accused them of breaking a lock to access the East Oakland site and trespassing as an Occupy Oakland-style force, and ordered them to leave. But two weeks ago, U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. granted their request for an order that has temporarily barred the city from carrying out the eviction.” (11/27/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Oakland-homeless-encampment-eviction-order-sparks-13423494.php?t=7e5e75e7c4

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20) NJ: Marijuana legalization heading to final vote by lawmakers
Source: Bloomberg

“New Jersey moved closer to becoming the 11th U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use after legislative committees approved bills to end the prohibition and wipe out the criminal records of some drug offenders. The action puts the bills on track for all-but-certain passage by the Assembly and Senate on Dec. 17. While Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, campaigned in part on easing marijuana laws, he has criticized the legislation’s tax rate of 14 percent, which would be among the lowest in the U.S., making it unclear whether he will sign the bills or send them back to lawmakers with suggested changes.” (11/26/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-26/n-j-marijuana-legalization-heading-to-final-vote-by-lawmakers

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

21) Doing justice to Trump’s “invasion” claim
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“As a popular conservative radio host frequently reminds us, ‘words mean things.’ It’s perverse to characterize a migrant ‘caravan’ — a group of civilian non-combatants, many of them women and children, moving from one place to another in search of safety, freedom and livelihood — as an ‘invasion.’ Is the morning commute of millions of workers into every major American city an ‘invasion?’ More than 1 in 10 Americans move each year — often across city, county, even state ‘borders.’ Are they ‘invaders?’ An invasion is a violent military operation. Moving from Tegucigalpa to Topeka to find a job and rent an apartment isn’t anything like that. But Trump used the word, and even promised a military response. So, for the sake of argument, let’s take him seriously. There’s a war on at the border, at least in his fevered imagination.” (11/27/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14092

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22) The true face of human trafficking for sex work
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“We hear much about how women are trafficked into the UK to then be rented out as sex slaves. This would be, and is if it happens, appalling. It would be and is repeated rape. It’s also one of these things which, if it does happen at all, is thankfully extremely rare. We actually had every police force in the country searching for it over 6 months, in Operation Pentameter, and they found precisely no one in the country they could prosecute for it. What is more common is people who are entirely happy to be doing sex work arriving in, or being aided into, the UK in order to do sex work. … We can, if we so wish, complain about both. But we still must distinguish.” (11/27/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/civil-liberty/the-true-face-of-human-trafficking-for-sex-work/

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23) The FDA is blocking a new e-cigarette that won’t explode in your face
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“‘Vaping’ has been adopted by an estimated 10.8 million Americans. But as its use has become more widespread, there have been several instances of device batteries exploding, causing harm to both users and their physical property. And in rare instances, these explosions have even been fatal. Regulators, all too eager to meddle in as many markets as possible, have used these explosions as an excuse to regulate the industry. Innovators, on the other hand, have already recognized the need for safer products in the e-cig market. Joytech, a leading e-cigarette manufacturer, has stepped up to fill this void by creating safer devices that meet new industry standards. But rather than celebrating Joytech for providing a solution, the FDA has made it impossible to bring its new product to market. And anyone looking to buy these safer devices will have to look outside the US.” (11/27/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-fda-is-blocking-a-new-e-cigarette-that-won-t-explode-in-your-face/

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24) Forget “just deserts” and keep your nose out of other people’s pay
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“Two decades ago, it was considered rude and crass in Britain to openly discuss wages and salaries. Now, everyone seems to have an opinion on how much others should earn. There has always the been broad lament about footballers’ wages being ‘ridiculous,’ of course, or that nurses and teachers were ‘undervalued.’ And after the financial crisis, fury at bankers obtaining bonuses despite being bailed out with taxpayer money was perhaps inevitable. But the scope of judgment in the court of public opinion ever widens.” (11/27/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/forget-just-deserts-keep-nose-out-other-peoples-pay

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25) Leaked transcript “proves” Russiagaters have been right all along
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“A transcript of exchanges between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been leaked to National News Conglomerate by an anonymous source within the Kremlin. We here at NNC have confirmed the authenticity of this document using the same rigorous verification process we’ve been using to authenticate the evidence for all our other reporting on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 US elections over the last two years. These verification methods include hunches, gut intuitions, and an introspective assessment of the way our feelings feel. The following exchanges revealed in this transcript provide the clearest evidence yet that the President of the United States has been in collusion with the Russian government for years. This introduction has been authored by the editorial board of the National News Conglomerate. Obey.” [editor’s note: In case you missed the winks, this is of course satire – SAT] (11/27/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/11/27/leaked-transcript-proves-russiagaters-have-been-right-all-along

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26) Why President Trump may want a “good shutdown”
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Linda Feldmann

“Since the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump has been talking about shutting down the very institution he campaigned to lead: the federal government. Sometimes he frames such a move as a ‘good shutdown,’ much the way people used to talk about a child needing a ‘good spanking.’ The goal of a ‘good shutdown,’ President Trump tweeted last year, was to fix the ‘mess’ in Washington. Since then, the federal government has shut down twice, as congressional funding has lapsed, but so briefly as to be hardly noticeable. And certainly, Washington still isn’t performing as Mr. Trump would like. For one, Congress still hasn’t funded his long-promised border wall with Mexico. Now, as the final, lame-duck portion of the 115th Congress begins, and the Republicans enter their waning days in control of the House, the possibility of a partial shutdown looms.” (11/27/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/1127/Why-President-Trump-may-want-a-good-shutdown

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27) A tax on Christmas? Bah, humbug!
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Nathan Nascimento

“Last holiday season, American families were given the gift of tax reform. Not only did it put more money in their pockets, but it kickstarted the economy after a decade of stagnation. As a result, Americans are enjoying a booming job market, rising wages and soaring consumer confidence. But while there is much to celebrate, a chill is in the air. As Reason’s Eric Boehm noted on Halloween, tariffs drove up the cost of costumes and candy. As we now head toward what is expected to be a busy Christmas shopping season, tariffs on billions of dollars of imported items — effectively a sales tax increase — are threatening to further dampen the holiday cheer. Thousands of potential holiday gifts, large and small, could cost more this year because they are now subject to tariffs: toys and phone chargers, computers and travel bags, even those socks the kids toss over their shoulders the moment after they open them. Andin a truly Scrooge-like development, it’s not just the things inside the packages that will cost more.” (11/26/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/tariffs-tax-christmas-bah-humbug

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28) The recession myth
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“There’s an old saying that Wall Street economists have predicted eight of the last two recessions. The bears in the economics profession keep getting paid a lot of money misreading the nation’s economic weather vanes — whether it was the power and durability of the Reagan expansion in the 1980s, the ferocious bull market of the late 1990s, the after-effects of the 9/11 attacks, or most recently the phenomenal revival of growth in President Donald Trump’s first years in office. Most of Wall Street’s top economic gurus thought Trump would crash the stock market and the world economy, and here we are with near 4 percent growth over the past six months and a prediction for the year of close to 3.5 percent. That’s not a crash. A stopped clock is right twice a day, but the Keynesians on Wall Street are hardly any better than that. All of this is to say the recent frightening claims by Goldman Sachs chief economist Jan Hatzius and other scribes that the economy is likely to slide into recession or a serious skid next year, with growth of 1.6 to 1.8 percent, should be greeted with a collective yawn.” (11/27/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/11/27/the-recession-myth-n2536525

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29) Trump’s Saudi First foreign policy strikes again
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“U.S. policy in Yemen has been dictated by Saudi and Emirati preferences for years, but Trump and his administration have taken this disgraceful subservience to new lows since he came to office. Trump’s outrageous Saudi propaganda statement from last week confirmed that he would happily lie to defend Saudi Arabia from any and all criticism, and now he is shielding them from international scrutiny and pressure at the U.N. He is not just serving as a Saudi mouthpiece, but acts as their lackey as well.” (11/27/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trumps-saudi-first-foreign-policy-strikes-again/

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30) Evaluating Paul Manafort’s alleged violation of his plea agreement
Source: National Review
by Andrew C McCarthy

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office has informed a federal court that Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement by repeatedly lying to investigators. Prosecutors thus consider the agreement null and void and have asked the court to set a sentencing date immediately. … prosecutors acknowledge that Manafort ‘believes he has provided truthful information and does not agree with the government’s characterization or that he has breached the agreement.’ On the surface, it doesn’t seem that Manafort’s dispute can get him very far. But when we look closer, we realize that this is about more than a plea; it is about a pardon.” (11/27/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/11/evaluating-paul-manaforts-alleged-violation-of-his-plea-agreement/

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31) In Azov Sea, Putin plays a deadly Ukraine game
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“When Vladimir Putin opened a new bridge linking Crimea to the rest of Russia across the Azov Sea in May, Russian officials said it was intended to integrate the disputed peninsula – seized by Moscow from Ukraine in 2014 – into Russia’s transport infrastructure. By limiting ships transiting the Kerch Strait beneath the giant central span of the bridge, however, it also gave the Kremlin the ability to control maritime access to an area of water roughly the size of Switzerland. On Sunday, Moscow turned the key in that door by using a cargo ship to block entry to the Azov Sea. As warplanes and combat helicopters flew overhead, Russian border patrol boats seized three Ukrainian naval ships after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors. On Monday, Russia’s FSB security service said that the confrontation came after the Ukrainian vessels illegally entered Russian waters; Ukraine denied its ships had done anything wrong.” (11/27/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-ukraine-commentary/commentary-in-azov-sea-putin-plays-a-deadly-ukraine-game-idUSKCN1NV2JY

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32) The ECB and the feds are treating Bitcoin very differently
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Having been involved with digital currencies for quite a long time, I get more information on the subject than most people, and that includes information on what regulators are doing. I’ve been seeing differing strategies among the central banks for some time. But some information I obtained recently made the Euro–American difference very plain to me, and I think I should pass it along. … The model developing in the US is to take advantage of cryptocurrencies (that is, Bitcoin and its children), rather than trying to kill them outright. And there are serious advantages to this strategy. … The strategy across the Pond is quite different. There, aggressive subversion is under way, mainly by the ECB (European Central Bank). Laws have been passed in some countries to explicitly make every tiny transaction a taxable event. This will have unintended consequences, but its goal is simply fear.” (11/27/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/ecb-feds-treating-bitcoin-differently/

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33) On the limits of “just being polite”
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Lynn James

“Max Stirner, a 19th century German philosopher, wrote extensively about the relationship between individualism and society. He emphasized the way certain social constructs are insubstantial, saying notably that ‘Man, you see, is not a person, but an ideal, a spook.’ … One day, though, someone brought up the alternative connotations of ‘spook.’ ‘Spook’ has been used to refer to dark skinned black people as a derogatory slur. … In this specific FB group, moderators called for a thread discussing whether calling various socio-political themes spooky was allowed or whether people who used it would then be banned. Eventually, the group decided that ‘spook,’ ‘spooky,’ and ‘spooks’ would all be banned …. Depending on your pre-held beliefs here, you may either think this sounds fairly reasonable or completely insane. If you think it’s reasonable, you might believe in what many advocates of political correctness maintain: that these restrictions pose no burden and that following them is ‘just being polite.’ After all, no one has a right to be in a FB group. Follow the rules and use a different word. But there are limits to just being polite.” (11/27/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/51473

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34) The art of the spectacle
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“For any authoritarian government, defining reality is crucial to exercising power. History becomes a series of myths that justify and animate the regime’s actions; truth becomes a weapon to be wielded against enemies; lies become a shield for supporters and sympathizers to escape scrutiny. Trump has adopted one authoritarian trick after another to his playbook over the years. But obscuring truth with theater will always be his signature act. On Sunday, after a peaceful march protesting U.S. immigration policies on Sunday, some members of a Central American migrant caravan tried to cross the border at the closed San Ysidro port of entry. Border Patrol agents responded by firing tear gas at the crowd to drive them away. Among those caught up in the incident were young children traveling with their parents. Liberals were shocked. But conservative media outlets eagerly devoured the imagery.” (11/27/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152431/art-spectacle

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35) CPS may both over- and under-protect
Source: Cato Unbound
by Walter Olson

“A quarter century ago, there was a famous study on medical negligence in which experts reviewed a large random sample of treatment records to determine how often substandard care had harmed patients. They found a lot of bad, injurious care — in fact many more instances of it than there were lawsuits. In other words, most times that doctors committed negligent harm, they were not sued. As you can imagine, trial lawyers crowed about that part of the study. But they did not crow about the other part, in which the check was done in the reverse direction: looking at the cases where doctors were sued, the reviewers in the great majority of instances did not find substantiation of negligent harm. (Many of the unsubstantiated claims nonetheless obtained settlements.) The combined findings of error in both directions do not somehow balance out to show that the malpractice-suit system was working well as a whole. Quite the reverse.” (11/27/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/11/27/walter-olson/cps-may-both-over-underprotect

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36) “Our president”
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Does it grate on you when some government extremist utters the silly phrase ‘our president?’ … I will never have a president for the exact same reason I will never have a Grand Wizard or a Pope. I am not a participant in that particular religion or club. That you have one is your problem, not mine. It’s your responsibility. If you try to act as though your social club offices and rituals apply to me, you are being rude and presumptuous. Or worse.” (11/27/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/11/our-president.html

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37) John Roberts (the tortoise) is outrunning Trump (the hare)
Source: The American Prospect
by Peter Dreier

“Chief Justice John Roberts is a much smarter politician than Donald Trump. Because he has a lifetime appointment, and a consistent conservative ideology, Roberts understands that his job can help reverse the gains of the consumer, feminist, civil rights, gay rights, environmental, and labor movements through a series of incremental court rulings. But to carry out his reactionary agenda, he knows it helps if Americans view the Supreme Court as a neutral arbiter of the law rather than a partisan body, much less a tool of the current occupant of the White House. That is why he issued a statement last week rebuking Trump for attacking a federal judge who ruled against his administration’s asylum policy as ‘an Obama judge.’ That was Trump’s characterization of Judge Jon Tigar of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, who ordered the administration to resume accepting asylum claims from migrants.” (11/27/18)

http://prospect.org/article/john-roberts-tortoise-outrunning-trump-hare

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38) A revolt of the ignored
Source: spiked
by Fraser Myers

“The yellow vests take their name from the hi-vis jackets that all French drivers are required to own by law, which protesters have fashioned into their symbol of resistance. The movement is spontaneous, leaderless and not connected to any existing political party, union or organisation. Its ad-hoc demonstrations are organised on social media. What began as a protest against an environmentalist hike in fuel taxes has come to encapsulate a more general anger with the status quo. … The protests also speak to the divide between the left-behind periphery of France and the metropolitan centre, embodied by the distant, technocratic rule of President Emmanuel Macron.” (11/27/18)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/11/27/a-revolt-of-the-ignored/

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39) The dark side of the New Deal: FDR and the Japanese-Americans
Source: CounterPunch
by Louis Proyect

“Ever since the election of Barack Obama, there has been a tendency for some on the left to hearken back to the New Deal as some kind of Golden Age. Early hopes placed in Obama becoming the reincarnation of FDR were soon dashed after he put the needs of ‘too big to fail’ banks over that of distressed of homeowners whose mortgages these banks treated as chips in a gambling casino. The next FDR waiting in the wings was Bernie Sanders …. In reality, the New Deal did very little to put people back to work outside of the WPA that consisted mostly of make-work projects at low pay. Instead, it was WWII that put millions back to work — and at a terrible cost.” (11/27/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/27/the-dark-side-of-the-new-deal-fdr-and-the-japanese-americans/

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40) AOC’s push for a Green New Deal: Not just good policy, but political genius
Source: In These Times
by Jim Pugh

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t yet been sworn in as a representative in Congress, but she’s already making waves in Washington, D.C. Earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez joined a group of protesters from the climate justice group Sunrise Movement at the D.C. offices of Nancy Pelosi. The protesters were demanding that the likely next Speaker of the House create a Select Committee with a mandate to draft legislation for a bold Green New Deal to tackle climate change by 2020. Ocasio-Cortez followed up the action by releasing a specific resolution for the creation of the Select Committee. While protests targeting members of Congress are not unusual, it is extremely uncommon for them to include fellow elected representatives, particularly someone fresh to their office. Many liberal pundits reacted negatively to Ocasio-Cortez’s participation, accusing her of grandstanding rather than engaging in productive collaboration with her new colleagues.” (11/27/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21584/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-green-new-deal-nancy-pelosi-democrats-climate

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41) Play with competitive forces at your peril
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“In post-war Germany, Ludwig Erhard made the restoration of free trade a top priority. Above all, this meant getting rid of tariff walls.” (11/27/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/play-competitive-forces-your-peril

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42) There you go again, IRS
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The old keywords were ‘Constitution,’ ‘Patriot’ and ‘Tea Party.’ The new ones? ‘Marijuana,’ ‘oxycodone,’ and ‘legalization.’ Paul Caron, the TaxProf blogger, calls attention to another IRS scandal — again about denying tax-exempt status to organizations because of their political views.” (11/27/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/11/27/irs-again/

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43) The war in Yemen is not a war — it is a massacre
Source: Antiwar.com
by Cesar Chelala

“The numbers are mind-blowing: Since the beginning of the conflict in Yemen, an estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger and disease, according to the last analysis by Save the Children, the international health and human rights organization. Although children are the most affected by the conflict, 14 million people are at risk of famine, according to data compiled by the United Nations.” (11/27/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/cesar_chelala/2018/11/26/the-war-in-yemen-is-not-a-war-it-is-a-massacre/

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44) Why Britain doesn’t want Trump to declassify Obamagate docs
Source: The American Spectator
by George Neumayr

“‘UK spy chiefs in fight to stop Trump exposing their sources,’ ran the headline on a Sydney Morning Herald story last week. ‘MI6 chiefs are secretly battling Donald Trump to stop him publishing classified information linked to the Russian election meddling investigation,’ according to the story. ‘The UK is warning he will undermine intelligence gathering if he releases pages of an FBI application to wiretap one of his former campaign advisers.’ … All of the British spy chiefs’ ostensibly high-minded anxieties are designed to distract attention from an enormous transatlantic scandal, one that has yet to be fully plumbed: that the only real collusion during the 2016 election took place between London and Langley. … British spies were in on the ground floor of Obamagate. Long before even the first Republican primary, they had been passing conjecture disguised as ‘intelligence’ to John Brennan about the Trump campaign.” (11/27/18)

https://spectator.org/why-britain-doesnt-want-trump-to-declassify-obamagate-docs/

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45) The Pentagon’s massive accounting fraud exposed
Source: The Nation
by Dave Lindorff

“On November 15, Ernst & Young and other private firms that were hired to audit the Pentagon announced that they could not complete the job. Congress had ordered an independent audit of the Department of Defense, the government’s largest single cost center–the Pentagon receives two of every three federal tax dollars collected–after the Pentagon failed for decades to audit itself. The firms concluded, however, that the DoD’s financial records were riddled with so many bookkeeping deficiencies, irregularities, and errors that a reliable audit was simply impossible. Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan tried to put the best face on things, telling reporters, ‘We failed the audit, but we never expected to pass it.’ Shanahan suggested that the DoD should get credit for attempting an audit, saying, ‘It was an audit on a $2.7 trillion organization, so the fact that we did the audit is substantial.’ The truth, though, is that the DoD was dragged kicking and screaming to this audit by bipartisan frustration in Congress, and the result, had this been a major corporation, likely would have been a crashed stock.” (11/27/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/pentagon-audit-budget-fraud

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46) Easy monetary policy and the pattern of consumption
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“With meagre resources at his disposal, an individual is likely to allocate these resources i.e. his wealth towards essentials such as food, clothing and a roof over his head. He is unlikely to allocate his meagre wealth to less essential goods as far as life and wellbeing is concerned. His variety of consumer goods is likely to be very limited. As his real wealth begins to expand, the individual is likely to expand the variety of goods consumed thereby raising his living standard. Instead of being limited to basic essentials, he can now afford a bit of luxury, or less essential goods, so to speak. It follows then that one would expect an increase in personal wealth to be associated with a tendency to expand the variety of goods and services consumed. The key to the expansion in real wealth is savings.” (11/27/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/11/easy-monetary-policy-and-the-pattern-of-consumption/

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47) The new cash? Why governments don’t like cryptocurrency
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by anonymous

“The 21st century is one in which it is almost impossible to fly under the radar. When it comes to preventing and solving crime, that’s one thing, but the line between public safety and civil liberty is a fine one. In his speech in Washington, [US Treasury Secretary Steve] Mnuchen came right out and said it — Bitcoin transactions are difficult to track and the government doesn’t like that. In India, we have already seen, through the disastrous demonetization strategy of 2016, that the government will take any measures it can to bring financial transactions into public view — even if it plunges the economy into chaos and costs lives.” (11/26/18)

https://thelibertarianrepublic.com/the-new-cash-why-governments-dont-like-cryptocurrency/

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48) Reduce ethanol subsidies to clean the environment
Source: Independent Institute
by Craig Eyermann

“President Trump’s new rules for boosting ethanol production represent a big step backwards for the U.S. consumers, both economically and environmentally. That won’t come as a shock to Beacon readers, since William Shughart and Arthur Wardle provided an excellent overview of ethanol’s many problems shortly after President Trump issued those rules in October. What may be a surprise is how much more damaging ethanol production and consumption are proving to be from new evidence.” (11/26/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/11/26/reduce-ethanol-subsidies-to-clean-the-environment/

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49) Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act has been critical
Source: USA Today
by Wendy Young

“The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 provides critical protection for children from Central America fleeing brutal violence by gangs and narco traffickers, widespread sexual and gender-based violence, human trafficking and devastating abuse from which their governments cannot protect them. Most of these children (toddlers to teenagers) are deeply affected by the experiences that drove them to take the life-threatening journey thousands of miles to the United States, the journey itself and detention by Customs and Border Protection. Held in large, cold, windowless rooms without beds, these children are terrified of the CBP officials holding them and of what will happen to them. The 2008 law says unaccompanied children except those from Mexico must be transferred within three days to the Department of Health and Human Services because of the agency’s expertise in child welfare.” (11/26/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/11/26/trafficking-victims-protection-reauthorization-act-critical-editorials-debates/2120972002

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50) Malice in Plunderland
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“This administration is, of course, a friend to the relatively few politically powerful businesses that profit behind high tariffs at the larger expense of the American public. But by purposefully decreasing Americans’ expected profitability of investing abroad, the Trump administration intentionally damages the general interests of American businesses and investors. How is such a policy ‘pro-business,’ ‘pro-market,’ or ‘pro-growth?’” (11/26/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/11/malice-in-plunderland.html

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51) Freedom Frauds, 11/27/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Truth will out? Really? Truth will out is the biggest fairy tale in Washington. From the Warren Commission, to the Gulf of Tonkin, to WMD in Iraq, the truth has not accomplished much.” [various formats] (11/27/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/freedom-frauds-the-truth-will-out-fairy-tale/

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52) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/27/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The Russian seizure of two Ukrainian warships sailing through the Kerch Strait has flared up tensions almost to the point of war. Are special interests pushing Ukraine to provoke Russia? Is Kiev operating all on its own? Are Washington neocon fingerprints on this little operation? Will it spin out of control?” [Flash video] (11/27/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/black-sea-face-off-is-ukraine-provoking-war-with-russia

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53) We Are Libertarians Daily, episode 28
Source: We Are Libertarians

“One quandary libertarians face is the conundrum of the free market: If the market is free, won’t the evil big corporations be in charge? Not exactly. Hodey Johns and Paul Copeland explain how bad cronyism, bribery, and nepotism are in our current state, then guide you into what the free banking system would look like.” [various formats] (11/27/18)

https://wearelibertarians.com/wal-daily-28-tough-questions-wouldnt-cronyism-take-over/

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54) Kick the Puppy, episode 12
Source: Attack The System

“Trump lets the cat out of the bag on Israel and Saudi Arabia, American missionary killed by natives on North Sentinal Island, Trump’s Playboy model wife to speak at Christian university event, young people leaving religion, churches starting to close, number of witches growing in US as Christianity declines, social dislocation and dysfunction, identity issues, the wealth gap in the USA, Latin American-looking Californication, bullshit jobs and the yoke of managerial feudalism, suicide increasing among American workers, Republican governor blames mass shootings on Zombie television, George Soros, mainstream paranoia.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/27/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/11/27/kick-the-puppy-episode-12/

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55) The Great Books, episode 61
Source: National Review

“John J. Miller is joined by Christopher Scalia to discuss Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe.” [various formats] (11/27/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-great-books/episode-61-ivanhoe-by-walter-scott/

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56) Humans of Bitcoin, 11/27/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Recently featured in the WSJ, the Bitcoin family has been a media sensation since 2017 when they sold their house for bitcoin, began a minimalist lifestyle, and started to travel the world.” [various formats] (11/27/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e584-Taking-The-Leap-Didi-of-The-Bitcoin-Family

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57) Stossel: Socialism leads to violence
Source: Reason

“Socialism is now cool in some circles. Newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praises ‘Democratic Socialism’ and told comedian Stephen Colbert, ‘in a modern, moral and wealthy society, no person in America should be too poor to live.’ Colbert ate it up. ‘Seems pretty simple!’ he replied, to cheers from his audience. But socialism shouldn’t be cool, Gloria Alvarez reported recently, noting that it wrecks economies. In this video she points out that it also leads to government using force against its own citizens.” [Flash video] (11/27/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/11/27/stossel-socialism-leads-to-violence

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58) Scott Adams Says, 11/27/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about the steep drop in racism, climate change reporting, and human shields. With coffee.” [Flash video] (11/27/18)

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

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59) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 84
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Southerners strategically supported a small & limited national government, but their motives for doing so were appalling.” [various formats] (11/27/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/constitution-castle-walls

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60) Postcards from Somalia, episode 21
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“On this episode Alan and Sherry discuss the murder of security guard and would be cop, Jemel Roberson, by one more thug with a badge.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/27/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/postcards-from-somalia-episode-21-murder-by-blue-gang-member-and-we-don%E2%80%99t-mean-the-crips/

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61) Praise of Folly Podcast interview #16: David Friedman
Source: Attack The System

“Todd Lewis will be interviewing David Friedman on his work Law Very Different than our Own both his lectures and upcoming book.” [Flash video] (11/27/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/11/27/praise-of-folly-podcast-interview-16-david-friedman/

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62) Free Talk Live, 11/26/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Rich Paul Criminal Charges Update :: Incels Reporting Sex Workers to IRS :: Sex Market Rigged? :: Junk Food Ad Ban? :: Bitcoin Critic :: Snitching to the IRS :: Esports Stadium :: Parents Hiring Video Game Coaches for Kids :: HOSTS — Ian, Melanie, Rich.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/26/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-11-26

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63) What can Special Economic Zones do for us?
Source: American Institute for Economic Research

“Sven Schutt is a visiting scholar at AIER and a MA student in the PPE program at Cevro, specializing in Austrian Economics and behavioral policy making. He is writing his MA thesis on Special Economic Zones and how they can help our nation’s wealth.” [Flash video] (11/26/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/what-can-special-economic-zones-do-us-video

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64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1292
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“James Tooley has both chronicled and contributed to the extraordinary phenomenon, unknown to almost everyone, of low-cost private schools in the developing world. He’s now bringing this model to England itself, his home country, and he’s already got people talking. Of course, the usual suspects are trying to throw obstacles in his way, because his low-cost model is obviously an embarrassment to them. A truly wonderful discussion.” [various formats] (11/26/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1292-the-heroic-no-frills-private-school-and-its-enemies/

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 11/26/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Mickey Kaus (kausfiles, The End of Equality) … What’s the real reason Trump is appeasing Mohammad bin Salman? … Mickey: The establishment keeps Trump’s authoritarian tendencies in check … Why Congress hasn’t given Trump his border wall … Media tribalism and Max Boot’s miracle conversion … Which Democratic presidential candidates does the GOP fear? … Give Trump some credit for illuminating Middle American despair.” [Flash video] (11/26/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/54195

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