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In the News:

1) Senate committee advances GOP tax bill, moving closer to floor vote
2) Federal judge rules that Trump’s choice can remain at head of CFPB
3) Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa offers amnesty for funds stashed abroad
4) Russian general points out that US military jets have no business over Black Sea after
5) House Intelligence Committee subpoenas comedian to interrogate him about Assange
6) CO: Denver coffee shop reopens amid gentrification controversy
7) Germany: Berlin police find radioactive iodine on playing cards
8) Kaspersky CEO says he would leave if Russia asked him to spy
9) Report: Taxpayers funded $50k settlement to aide who complained of House
10) Pelosi seeks fast ethics probe of Conyers
11) FCC’s Pai, addressing Internet rules, calls Twitter biased
12) Schumer, Pelosi cancel meeting with Trump after Twitter attack
13) Report: North Korean regime fires ballistic missile
14) New Zealand: Police win the Internet with new recruitment video
15) VA: Mom faces jail for recording daughter’s bullies
16) Myanmar: Pope Francis wusses out, doesn’t mention Rohingya in speech
17) China: Regime sentences Taiwan activist to five years for subversion
18) NH: Idiot judge denies 84-year-old doctor’s petition for license reinstatement
19) Kenya: Kenyatta sworn in after controversial election rerun
20) O’Keefe’s Project Veritas botches WaPo sting operation; he claims victory anyway

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) “Earth-shattering!” Bah! Humbug!
22) Some thoughts on #MeToo, sex, and consent
23) FCC: Stand strong and implement sound Internet policy
24) The bad faith of James O’Keefe
25) Why doesn’t James Scott want to talk about property?
26) Africans sold at Libyan slave markets; thanks, Hillary Clinton
27) James O’Keefe versus the cardinal rule of “gotcha” journalism
28) The strange case of the insistent suspect
29) The status quo has been a haven for predators
30) In draining the CFPB swamp, Trump finds monsters
31) Invulnerable government
32) Viewing the USSR through red-tinted glasses
33) Net Neutrality: Government can’t know the “correct” price for Internet service
34) Is North Korea resuming full-scale missile testing?
35) Would the founding fathers have tracked your cellphone?
36) Why the US shouldn’t send arms to Ukraine
37) The history of Czech student pro-liberty movement
38) German politics: From boring and stable to unpredictable and volatile
39) What Trump knows about “Pocahontas” and the CFPB
40) The duplicitous superpower
41) Prisoners Trump should have freed
42) How to stop a tax plan rigged for the rich
43) After cheerleading for invasion of Iraq, Tom Friedman glorifies Saudi Arabia’s war criminal
44) The rules of the gun [control] debate
45) Helter Skelter revisited
46) Digital detente: The case for cyber peace with Russia
47) US neocon wars open Pandora’s box in Europe
48) Are markets as calm as they seem?
49) John McDonnell tells us that we’ll all make massive profits from government spending
50) The alt right among other rights
51) Want a choice not an echo in education? Then keep the feds out
52) What good are domestic military bases?
53) Russia still denies the Holodomor was “genocide”
54) The right returns to the religious well
55) A veneer of certainty stoking climate alarm

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The Libertarian Angle, 11/28/17
57) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/28/17
58) Free Talk Live, 11/27/17
59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1047
60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 123

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

1) Senate committee advances GOP tax bill, moving closer to floor vote
Source: CNBC

“The Senate Budget Committee on Tuesday approved the Republican tax bill, a crucial procedural step toward a vote by the full chamber later this week. With the party-line 12-11 vote to advance the plan, Republicans overcame one possible roadblock in their push to chop tax rates for businesses and individuals by the end of the year. … Republican Senate leaders want to pass the plan later this week. As it holds 52 seats, the GOP can lose only two votes and still approve the bill under special budget rules, assuming all Democrats and independents oppose it.” (11/28/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/28/senate-budget-committee-advances-gop-tax-bill-moving-closer-to-floor-vote.html

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2) Federal judge rules that Trump’s choice can remain at head of CFPB
Source: Washington Post

“A federal judge refused to block President Trump’s choice of budget director Mick Mulvaney from serving as acting director of the prominent federal consumer watchdog agency on Tuesday, denying a request by Leandra English, the No. 2 official at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to serve in his stead. In denying English’s request for a temporary restraining order, U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly acknowledged that the case raised consitutional issues. … The hearing followed two chaotic days when the rival appointees claimed to lead the bureau.” (11/28/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/2017/11/28/3aa11fe6-d479-11e7-b62d-d9345ced896d_story.html

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3) Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa offers amnesty for funds stashed abroad
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has offered a three-month amnesty for individuals and companies to surrender public funds illegally stashed abroad. In a statement, he said the government will prosecute those who fail to comply when the amnesty ends in February. ‘Such malpractices constitute a very serious economic crime against the people of Zimbabwe,’ Mr Mnangagwa said. Since taking office last week, he has pledged to crack down on corruption. ‘Huge sums of money and other assets’ have been ‘illegally externalised by certain individuals and corporates,’ the president said in a statement.” (11/28/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42155439

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4) Russian general points out that US military jets have no business over Black Sea after “unsafe” intercept
Source: Newsweek

“After the U.S. accused Russia of buzzing one of its jets in an ‘unsafe’ way over the Black Sea, a decorated Russian general has fired back, saying American airmen had no business flying in these European waters to begin with. The incident involved a dramatic close call between a Russian Su-30 fighter jet and a U.S. P-8A Poseidon, disrupting the routine practice of intercepting non-ally aircraft near national waters. Russia has access to the Black Sea but so do three U.S. allies, as well as occasional military training partners Ukraine and Georgia.” (11/28/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/us-military-jets-have-no-business-black-sea-russia-unsafe-intercept-724079

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5) House Intelligence Committee subpoenas comedian to interrogate him about Assange
Source: Raw Story

“The House Intelligence Committee is preparing to subpoena New York City radio host Randy Credico, who is known as both a leftist advocate for the rights of people imprisoned under draconian drug laws and also an acquaintance to Roger Stone and Julian Assange. According to Alternet, Credico, who hosted a comedic political radio show on New York’s WBAI, has become a strange bedfellow in the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation due to three meetings he had with Assange this fall.” [editor’s note: I don’t see that he’s such a strange bedfellow. Who else WOULD a bunch of clowns subpoena if not a comedian? – TLK] (11/27/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/liberal-activist-and-comedian-subpoenaed-by-house-intel-committee-for-contacts-with-julian-assange/

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6) CO: Denver coffee shop reopens amid gentrification controversy
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A Denver coffee shop has reopened after being targeted by protesters for displaying an advertising slogan that was perceived as making light of gentrification. Ink! Coffee opened Tuesday as a handful of people chanted and held signs. Police officers kept watch. The shop in a historically diverse neighborhood near downtown Denver displayed a sidewalk sign last week saying, ‘Happily Gentrifying the Neighborhood Since 2014.’ Outrage over the message quickly spread on social media, fueled by anger over a city being dramatically transformed by an influx of newcomers. The shop also was vandalized.” (11/28/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Denver-coffee-shop-reopens-amid-gentrification-12389554.php

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7) Germany: Berlin police find radioactive iodine on playing cards
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Police raiding a Berlin restaurant have discovered playing cards which had been laced with a radioactive substance. Detectives believe players could wear a hidden detector on their bodies allowing them to recognise certain cards, giving them an advantage. The scheme was discovered when a routine check at a waste treatment facility uncovered an increased level of radioactivity in a rubbish truck. Police managed to trace the vehicle to a restaurant in Berlin. On raiding it, they found 13 playing cards laced with iodine-125, a substance used in medicine that has a half-life of 60 days. That means it stays radioactive for longer than most other types of radioactive iodine. It’s not clear what type of game the cards were being used for. The venue was not authorised for gambling.” (11/28/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42157129

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8) Kaspersky CEO says he would leave if Russia asked him to spy
Source: Raw Story

“Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab has never been asked by Russian intelligence services to spy on targets in the West and the company’s founder and the chief executive said he would move his company out of the country if he ever faced such a demand. Fears about Kaspersky’s ties to Russian intelligence, and the capacity of its anti-virus software to sniff out and remove files, prompted an escalating series of warnings and actions from U.S. authorities over the past year. They culminated in the Department of Homeland Security this year barring government agencies from using Kaspersky products. ‘Never, Never,’ CEO Eugene Kaspersky told reporters at a media briefing at the company’s offices in London, when asked if Russian intelligence had ever asked him to help them spy on the West. ‘They have never asked us to spy on people. Never.’” (11/28/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/kaspersky-ceo-says-he-would-leave-if-russia-asked-him-to-spy

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9) Report: Taxpayers funded $50k settlement to aide who complained of House Democrat’s drinking
Source: Fox News

“A female aide on Capitol Hill was paid nearly $50,000 in a taxpayer-funded settlement in 2015 after complaining about the drinking and office environment of a Democratic member of Congress, according to a new report. The Washington Times reported this week that an unnamed former congressional aide threatened a lawsuit against Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva two years ago by accusing him of being frequently drunk and fostering a hostile work environment. The House Employment Counsel negotiated a $48,395 severance (the equivalent of five months additional salary) for the aide, the report said. The accuser, who worked for Grijalva for three months, dropped her complaint after the settlement, the newspaper said. In a statement on Tuesday, Grijalva acknowledged a settlement had been paid to a former employee but did not discuss the details of what led to it.” (11/28/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/28/taxpayers-funded-50g-settlement-to-aide-who-complained-house-democrats-drinking-report-says.html

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10) Pelosi seeks fast ethics probe of Conyers
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The top House Democrat is urging the Ethics Committee to move swiftly and fairly in investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against Michigan Rep. John Conyers. In a letter released Tuesday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote that the committee has a great responsibility to ‘proceed expeditiously as well as fairly into any investigation of credible harassment and discrimination allegations.’ Pelosi told the panel that the nation is at a watershed moment in the fight against sexual harassment and if lawmakers need any additional resources to pursue its investigations, please make that need known.” (11/28/17)

www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/The-Latest-Pelosi-seeks-fast-ethics-probe-of-12389537.php

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11) FCC’s Pai, addressing Internet rules, calls Twitter biased
Source: Reuters

“The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, accused social media company Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) of being politically biased on Tuesday as he defended his plan to roll back rules intended to ensure a free and open internet. Pai, a Republican named by President Donald Trump to head up the FCC, unveiled plans last week to scrap the 2015 landmark net neutrality rules, moving to give broadband service providers sweeping power over what content consumers can access. ‘When it comes to an open internet, Twitter is part of the problem,’ Pai said. ‘The company has a viewpoint and uses that viewpoint to discriminate.’ He pointed to Twitter’s refusal to let Representative Marsha Blackburn, a Republican, advertise a campaign video with an anti-abortion message. ‘To say the least, the company appears to have a double standard when it comes to suspending or de-verifying conservative users’ accounts as opposed to those of liberal users.’” (11/28/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-internet-pai/fccs-pai-addressing-internet-rules-calls-twitter-biased-idUSKBN1DS2LB

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12) Schumer, Pelosi cancel meeting with Trump after Twitter attack
Source: Politico

“House and Senate Democratic leaders on Tuesday abruptly withdrew from a scheduled White House meeting about averting a government shutdown after President Donald Trump publicly slammed them and cast doubt on the negotiations. Trump tweeted early Tuesday that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) ‘want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes,’ adding, ‘I don’t see a deal!’ Pelosi and Schumer responded by canceling their plans to meet with Trump and GOP leaders to discuss a deal to keep the government open, raising the prospects of a shutdown as government funding expires next week.” (11/28/17)

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/28/schumer-pelosi-cancel-meeting-with-trump-262853

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13) Report: North Korean regime fires ballistic missile
Source: The Hill

“North Korea has fired an ‘unidentified ballistic missile,’ the South Korean military said Tuesday — the first such launch in more than two months. The missile was fired at dawn, local time, on Wednesday from an area north of Pyongyang and flew eastward, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. The military is working with the U.S. to analyze the launch, according to South Korea’s news agency. A handful of U.S. outlets have also confirmed the launch, citing unnamed U.S. officials.” (11/28/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/international/362151-north-korea-fires-ballistic-missile

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14) New Zealand: Police win the Internet with new recruitment video
Source: USA Today

“New Zealand police released what they are calling ‘the most entertaining recruitment video yet.’ And it will no doubt make you want to go fight crime down under. In the video, 70 real cops, the police band, helicopters, and Police Commissioner Mike Bush take out all the stops and do not disappoint. There’s also a police cat dressed in uniform, a dog stealing a purse, and a vignette from internet celebrity William ‘Waiirua’ Cribb. ‘We want New Zealand to be the safest country in the world, but we can’t do it without your help,’ an officer explains during the beginning of the video.” (11/28/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/11/28/new-zealand-police-win-internet-new-recruitment-video/901057001

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15) VA: Mom faces jail for recording daughter’s bullies
Source: US News & World Report

“A Virginia mother is facing jail time after she put a voice recorder in her daughter’s backpack in an attempt to catch the child’s bullies in the act, CNN reported. Sarah Sims'[s] daugher is in fourth grade at Ocean View Elementary School in Norfolk, Virginia. When she told Sims she was being bullied in school, Sims went to the administrators, but said she got no response, according to CNN. That is when Sims, 47, sent her daughter to school with a voice recorder in her backpack in hopes to catch the bullies in the act. The voice recorder sat in her daughter’s desk all day before being confiscated by school officials. Now, Sims has been charged with intercepting wire, electronic or oral communications, a felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor.” (11/28/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-11-28/mom-faces-jail-for-recording-daughters-bullies

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16) Myanmar: Pope Francis wusses out, doesn’t mention Rohingya in speech
Source: Washington Post

“erhaps as important as what Pope Francis said during his key speech in Burma on Tuesday was what he didn’t say. Speculation had mainly circled around the question of whether the pope would use the term ‘Rohingya’ to describe the country’s Muslim minority, which has been the target of a brutal military ‘clearance operation.’ Rohingya Muslims are not officially recognized as a minority in Burma — also known as Myanmar — even though many have lived there for generations. Burmese officials — and many among the predominantly Buddhist population — reject ‘Rohingya’ and are instead using ‘Bengalis’ to emphasize their disputed argument that the Rohingya migrated illegally to the country from Bangladesh. To the relief of some and the dismay of others, the pope refrained from using the term during an inter-faith meeting and in a subsequent speech on Tuesday which he gave following a meeting with Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi.” [editor’s note: Perhaps he got some behind-the-scenes concessions on behalf of the Rohhingya in return for not using the word? But even then, it’s important to remember that the Pope is an opinion leader. Avoiding the term sanctions the regime’s behavior – TLK] (11/28/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/11/27/the-word-the-burmese-leadership-does-not-want-the-pope-to-say-during-his-visit/

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17) China: Regime sentences Taiwan activist to five years for subversion
Source: Seattle Times

“China sentenced a Taiwanese activist to five years in prison Tuesday for holding online political lectures and helping the families of jailed dissidents in a conviction demonstrating how Beijing’s harshest crackdown on human rights in decades has extended beyond the Chinese mainland. The trial of Lee Ming-che was also China’s first known criminal prosecution of a nonprofit worker since Beijing passed a law last year tightening controls over foreign nongovernmental organizations. Lee’s co-defendant, Peng Yuhua, who is from mainland China, was sentenced to seven years in prison. Peng had also pleaded guilty, saying he had founded an organization called Palm Flower Co. to pressure China to accept a multiparty political system and that Lee was his deputy in charge of education.” (11/28/17)

https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/china-sentences-taiwan-activist-to-5-years-for-subversion/

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18) NH: Idiot judge denies 84-year-old doctor’s petition for license reinstatement
Source: ABC News

“A New Hampshire judge has denied an 84-year-old doctor’s request to regain her license to practice, which she had surrendered partly over her inability to use a computer. The state challenged Dr. Anna Konopka’s record keeping, prescribing practices and medical decision making. It said her limited computer skills prevent her from using the state’s mandatory electronic drug monitoring program, which requires prescribers of opioids to register in an effort reduce overdoses. … Konopka doesn’t have a computer in her office and doesn’t know how to use one. Two file cabinets in a tiny waiting room inside a 160-year-old clapboard house hold most of her patient records. The only sign of technology in the waiting room is a landline telephone on her desk.” [editor’s note: She shouldn’t need a license, or a computer — and the state should be forbidden to require the former or use the latter – TLK] (11/28/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/judge-doctor-computer-regain-license-51418110

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19) Kenya: Kenyatta sworn in after controversial election rerun
Source: CNN

“Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term as Kenya’s president on Tuesday, bringing to a close the protracted electoral saga that has gripped the country in recent months. Supporters cheered as he made his vows at the ceremony in Nairobi’s Kasarani stadium, while outside Kenyan police fired tear gas at some who tried to force their way in, local media reported. This year’s leadership contest has been rife with controversy amid allegations of vote tampering, an unprecedented high court ruling which nullified the initial vote and sporadic bouts of violence in opposition strongholds.” (11/28/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/28/africa/uhuru-kenyatta-inauguration/index.html

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20) O’Keefe’s Project Veritas botches WaPo sting operation; he claims victory anyway
Source: The Daily Beast

“On Monday afternoon, the Washington Post published a stunning account of a conservative organization’s foiled attempt to plant a false story in the paper accusing a Republican candidate of impregnating a teenager in the ’90s. On Monday evening, the organization’s flamboyant chief chair insisted that it was the Post, not him and his agents, who were revealed as duplicitous dupes. Through rigorous due diligence on the part of the Post’s reporters and a baffling lack of stealth on the part of the would-be saboteurs, the story detailed an operation fronted by conservative shit-stirrer James O’Keefe to undermine the paper’s reporting on U.S. Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore. Earlier this month, the Post reported, a woman purporting to work at a lending agency in New York’s Westchester County approached a reporter alleging that Moore, who has been accused of inappropriate sexual behavior towards half a dozen teenage girls, had impregnated her and forced her to get an abortion when she was 15 years old.” (11/27/17)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/james-okeefe-claims-victory-fundraises-off-botched-roy-moore-sting-operation

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

21) “Earth-shattering!” Bah! Humbug!
Source: The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

“Our national discourse is made up of a series of public charades designed to convince the huddled, powerless masses that crucially important issues are being debated, so as to determine the best way forward for our society. Meaningful debate followed by profound change! That’s the ticket or, to be truthful and accurate (unwelcome and unpleasant, but neither I nor you crafted this system), that’s the propaganda. In fact, the debate and change are almost entirely illusory. If there is any alteration in the general state of affairs, it will be to strengthen and enlarge still more the power and wealth enjoyed by the ruling class, and to make certain that those huddled masses are further beaten down and fragmented. In this way, the ruling class’s grip on power is tightened, and the already powerless masses are made still weaker.” (11/28/17)

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2017/11/earth-shattering-bah-humbug.html

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22) Some thoughts on #MeToo, sex, and consent
Source: Disloyal Opposition
by JD Tuccille

“Romantic and sexual interactions are complicated. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t draw bright lines–explicit coercion is entirely beyond the pale. It should be harshly punished. That’s because the use of force to overcome somebody’s unwillingness is clear in a good many situations. But unwelcome advances? Clumsy seduction? Social cluelessness? If you can walk away, or reduce somebody to embarrassment by saying ‘you did not just do that,’ it’s probably not coercion. And nobody knows it’s unwelcome until they try.” (11/28/17)

http://tuccille.com/disloyal/2017/11/28/some-thoughts-on-metoo-sex-and-consent/

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23) FCC: Stand strong and implement sound Internet policy
Source: Heartland Institute
by Bartlett Cleland

“The Federal Communications Commission just released its plan to restore internet freedom, which will bring back the historical light-touch framework that for twenty years instilled regulatory certainty and propelled over a trillion dollars in investments in better broadband services for consumers. Those investments surged even when the broader economy was limping along, even enabling economic productivity across the economy. During the Obama administration, this pro-consumer, pro-investment approach was interrupted by the imposition of the so-called ‘Open Internet Order,’ a dramatic move to regulate the internet with Title II rules in the same archaic way as the monopoly-era rotary phone system. Such regulation harmed consumers as investment decreased and innovation waned. Eliminating the Title II rules will reverse this troubling trend. Instead of that heavy-handed regulation, the open internet should be preserved.” (11/28/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/11/fcc-stand-strong-and-implement-sound-internet-policy/

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24) The bad faith of James O’Keefe
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“If James O’Keefe respected the right-wing populists who make up the audience of Project Veritas, a nonprofit he founded to produce undercover videos skewering the left, he would tell them the truth about all of the organizations that he targets. Instead, Project Veritas operates in bad faith, an attribute it demonstrated again this week in the aftermath of its bungled attempt to trick The Washington Post. … The premise that the newspaper spreads ‘fake news’ is widely held on the populist right. But the premise proved incorrect. … If Project Veritas was operating in good faith — if it was really trying ‘to achieve a more moral and ethical society,’ as it claims on its website — it would have acknowledged that its initial beliefs about the Washington Post were incorrect, and that the newspaper diligently pursued the truth when put to an undercover test.” (11/28/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/james-okeefe/546869/

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25) Why doesn’t James Scott want to talk about property?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“One of the most exciting books of 2017 is James Scott’s Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States (Yale 2017). It deals with all the salient questions (that I care about in any case). In prehistoric times, how did human beings discover how to feed themselves? How did we decide to become settled in one spot rather than move around as hunters and gatherers? And the biggest question: where did the state come and why? … the most frustrating part of reading this otherwise exciting, adventurous, and challenging book: Scott does not seem to have an ear or nose for practical economic considerations, particularly as they pertain to the greatest invention of all, private property. His oversight here simply cannot be deliberate because it is so pervasive. It would appear that he is just not interested in the issue of private property as a technology of production, and that is too bad.” (11/28/17)

https://fee.org/articles/why-doesn-t-james-scott-want-to-talk-about-property/

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26) Africans sold at Libyan slave markets; thanks, Hillary Clinton
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Black Africans are being sold in open-air slave markets, and it’s Hillary Clinton’s fault. But you won’t hear much about that from the news media or the foreign-policy pundits, so let me explain. Footage from Libya, released recently by CNN, showed young men from sub-Saharan Africa being auctioned off as farm workers in slave markets. And how did we get to this point? As the BBC reported back in May, ‘Libya has been beset by chaos since NATO-backed forces overthrew long-serving ruler Col. Moammar Gadhafi in October 2011.’ And who was behind that overthrow? None other than then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Under President George W. Bush in 2003, the United States negotiated an agreement with Libyan strongman Gadhafi. The deal: He would give up his weapons of mass destruction peacefully, and we wouldn’t try to depose him. That seemed a good deal at the time, but the Obama administration didn’t stick to it. Instead, in an operation spearheaded by Clinton, the United States went ahead and toppled him anyway.” (11/27/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/11/27/clinton-ponders-2020-run-lets-not-forget-her-real-libya-scandal-glenn-reynolds-column/895853001

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27) James O’Keefe versus the cardinal rule of “gotcha” journalism
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Investigative journalism, including the ‘sting’ variety of which O’Keefe has made himself one of the 21st century’s acknowledged masters, plays an important role in informing the public. Real stories are broken. Real corruption is revealed. Real institutional flaws are outed. But ‘gotcha’ journalism of the Project Veritas type must, if its practitioners want to remain trusted and relevant, hold itself to even higher standards of truth and disclosure than might be expected in ‘straight news’ coverage.

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12008

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28) The strange case of the insistent suspect
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“The suspect describes his act publicly. The police investigate. The prosecution concludes that the incident never happened. The suspect, adamant, responds that the police botched the investigation. As a criminal case, this is bizarre. You can excuse the Israeli public for being confused by the drama that has played out in recent days on front pages and TV studios. But the case of Dean Issacharoff is only superficially a legal one. It’s political, and the political story line is this: Dean Issacharoff is a former army officer, the kind of all-Israeli guy whom Norman Rockwell would have painted if he’d lived in Tel Aviv. He’s also the spokesperson of Breaking the Silence, an organization of Israeli military veterans that publishes testimony from soldiers about what they experienced while serving in occupied territory. The underlying theme, if I can sum it up, is that even if each individual soldier behaved as he or she needed to in an individual situation, the task that the country gave them is immoral — and the public should be talking about it.” (11/27/17)

http://prospect.org/article/strange-case-insistent-suspect

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29) The status quo has been a haven for predators
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Over the past few weeks scores of people in the highest positions have been exposed as sexual predators, and that’s not likely to be the end of it. Most of their victims remained silent for years, largely because they thought that a. people wouldn’t believe them, or b. the status quo (people with power using media and law) would destroy them. And the victims were right. People didn’t want to hear their stories, and the system very likely would have ruined them. If the enforced silence is cracking (as it seems to be), we should be grateful, but we should also take a step back and make some sense of it all.” (11/28/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/the-status-quo-has-been-a-haven-for-predators/

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30) In draining the CFPB swamp, Trump finds monsters
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“After Consumer Finance Protection Bureau chief Richard Cordray submitted his resignation, President Trump picked a suitable temporary director to replace him: Mick Mulvaney, the current director of the Office of Management and Budget. The swamp didn’t like it. It turns out that Cordray, quite illegally, on his way out named his deputy, Leandra English, as the temporary director. When Mulvaney arrived at work Monday morning, he was forced to issue a memo saying ‘Please disregard any instructions you receive from Ms. English in her presumed capacity as acting director.’ He was being polite. This was nothing more than an attempt at a bureaucratic coup d’etat, or ‘resistance’ in the popular phrase of the far left. The fact is, Trump has every right by law to name a temporary acting director of a federal agency.” (11/27/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/in-draining-the-cfpb-swamp-trump-finds-monsters

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31) Invulnerable government
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“As of this week, there are two heads of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. Two claimants to the throne, so to speak. The bureau’s previous director, Richard Cordray, resigned last week, and as he left he appointed a deputy director, Leandra English. Ms. English sent out a nice Thanksgiving email, billing herself as ‘Acting Director.’ Meanwhile, in advance of Cordray’s exit, President Trump appointed Mick Mulvaney to fill the role. Mulvaney showed up at work yesterday and took possession of the director’s office. He ordered a hiring freeze … and brought donuts. It gets juicier.” (11/28/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/11/28/invulnerable-government/

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32) Viewing the USSR through red-tinted glasses
Source: In These Times
by Jane Miller

“For a good deal of the 20th century, it was difficult to know much about how Russians were getting on in the USSR and what they were making of the extraordinary changes their lives were undergoing. My father started learning Russian at the beginning of the Second World War (‘the Great Patriotic War’ for Russians of his and my generation), partly because the Russians became our allies. He was not a Communist, but many of his friends were. I unsatisfactorily studied Russian in 1952 at Cambridge, mainly in order to read the literature. We didn’t discover very much, though we read Turgenev’s warnings and Tolstoy’s almost impenetrable epilogue to War and Peace, which castigates historians for mapping their versions of the past onto a few ‘great’ men and their victories and defeats. Wasn’t it possible, he wondered, to describe what people thought and felt about their lives and how power and the powerful were experienced and understood by those affected by that power? His answer to that was literature, fiction.” (11/28/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20657/back-in-the-ussr-Svetlana-Alexievich-Soviet-Union

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33) Net Neutrality: Government can’t know the “correct” price for Internet service
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Nicholas Freiling

“The motives of net neutrality advocates differ. But the common thread among them is a general belief that internet service providers (ISPs) face no serious competition, and therefore overcharge both their supply-side (i.e., Netflix) and demand-side (internet users) customers and generally treat customers poorly. In other words, ISPs have ‘natural monopolies’ that allow them to rake in profits without improving service to customers or dealing with different customer-types in an equitable manner. … For convoluted reasons, regulators believe [“Net Neutrality”] will ensure internet service is distributed equitably among all who are willing to pay the going rate — no more up-charging big bandwidth-eaters (like Netflix), even at mutually-agreeable prices. Underlying this perspective is the belief that we can decipher, in some way, the level of service that ought to be offered on the ISP market.” (11/28/17)

https://mises.org/wire/net-neutrality-government-cant-know-correct-price-internet-service

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34) Is North Korea resuming full-scale missile testing?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Peter Grier

“It’s a bit of a mystery: Why did North Korea take a two-month time out from testing missiles? On Tuesday, Pyongyang launched a ballistic missile from South Pyongan Province, according to South Korea’s military. Officials did not immediately disclose any information about missile type. They said only that it traveled to the east. But prior to that, North Korea’s last test launch was in mid-September. It tested at a rapid pace in the summer: seven launches from July through the end of August. Then, for two months, zip, nada. The launch pads were quiet until today. It’s tempting to speculate about possible geopolitical reasons for this pattern. Perhaps President Trump’s rhetoric, such as his vow to use “fire and fury” to counter North Korean nuclear threats, gave Pyongyang pause, and they took time to rethink the issue. Perhaps China leaned on North Korea (finally) to rein in its impetuous behavior.” (11/28/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2017/1128/Is-North-Korea-resuming-full-scale-missile-testing

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35) Would the founding fathers have tracked your cellphone?
Source: The Daily Beast
by Jay Michaelson

“Each year, law enforcement agencies place hundreds of thousands of requests to cellphone companies to turn over people’s ‘cell site location information,’ including pings, which your phone emits regularly and which reveal, with a high degree of precision, where you are at any particular moment. The government does all this without a warrant, meaning they could be surveilling everybody at all times. Pursuant to a 1986 law, law enforcement need only produce ‘specific and articulable facts showing that there are reasonable grounds to believe’ that the requested records ‘are relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation.’ That is much less than the ‘probable cause to believe a crime has been committed’ that’s necessary to get a warrant. … Is any of this constitutional? That’s what the justices will decide.” (11/28/17)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/would-the-founding-fathers-have-tracked-your-cellphone

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36) Why the US shouldn’t send arms to Ukraine
Source: Reuters
by Daniel DePetris

“The National Security Council is reported to be on the verge of recommending the export of $47 million worth of defensive arms to Ukraine. The package will reportedly include a cache of Javelin anti-tank missiles, weapons that would reliably and efficiently disable the hundreds of tanks that the Russian-supported separatists in the country’s east have acquired since the conflict began. To advocates who believe that sending weapons to the Ukrainian government will bloody Russia’s nose and teach President Vladimir Putin a message, this pending decision couldn’t have come soon enough. Arming Kiev is a popular prescription supported by top military officers and many lawmakers in both parties. Popular, however, doesn’t mean smart. Opening up America’s stockpile to Ukraine is not in Washington’s national security interest. In fact, it is bound to make a conflict that is mostly frozen into a more deadly one and it complicates any reasonable chance of a diplomatic resolution.” (11/28/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-depetris-ukraine-commentary/commentary-why-the-u-s-shouldnt-send-arms-to-ukraine-idUSKBN1DS1XZ

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37) The history of Czech student pro-liberty movement
Source: Students For Liberty
by Michal Sindlar

“The history of the Czechoslovak state, which came into existence in the early twentieth century, is marked with a series of bitter memories of totalitarianism that reigned after a very short period of democracy. Twenty years after the new country was established, a parliamentary system was replaced by the Nazi protectorate and soon after the World War II by communism, dominance which lasted for forty long years. Students were always to be found amongst the opponents of such regimes — they played an important role in fighting against them. Though the history of their opposition is full of sad examples of injustice, violence and lost lives, we can also observe countless stories of courage, honor, and self-sacrifice.” (11/28/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/11/28/history-czech-student-pro-liberty-movement/

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38) German politics: From boring and stable to unpredictable and volatile
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“In Germany, as elsewhere in Europe, the political center is collapsing. Four years ago Germany’s two main parties received nearly two-thirds of the votes. This time they barely gained half. Equally worrisome, ‘responsible’ conservatives no longer define the acceptable right of the German electorate. The AfD has emerged to the Right of the CDU/CSU. So far the populists are not dangerously extreme, but the AfD nevertheless remains a malign force. Yet ignoring and isolating the AfD is unlikely to defeat the movement. Especially if doing so makes it harder for Germany to create a stable government majority.” (11/28/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/german-politics-boring-stable-unpredictable-volatile

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39) What Trump knows about “Pocahontas” and the CFPB
Source: Fox News Forum
by Liz Peek

“I admit it, I laughed out loud when I read that President Trump had called out Pocahontas, aka Senator Elizabeth Warren, in the midst of his celebration of Navajo Code Talkers. It was just so outrageous, so Trumpian and unprovoked. It looked like the president ran dry of things to say about the Native American World War II heroes, so inserted his little joke before lauding them for their bravery and service. The allusion to liberal firebrand Warren appeared to have sailed over the veterans’ heads; the same could not be said of the liberal press. I laughed in part because out of nowhere — yet another hum-drum White House ceremony — Trump had again set the world on fire …. What is rich, of course, is that the fury unleashed on Trump for referencing Warren’s pretense to Native American heritage is mountains more intense than the criticism leveled at the Massachusetts senator for making the claim in the first place.” (11/28/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/28/what-trump-knows-about-pocahontas-and-cfpb.html

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40) The duplicitous superpower
Source: The American Conservative
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“For any country, the foundation of successful diplomacy is a reputation for credibility and reliability. Governments are wary of concluding agreements with a negotiating partner that violates existing commitments and has a record of duplicity. Recent U.S. administrations have ignored that principle, and their actions have backfired majorly, damaging American foreign policy in the process.” (11/28/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-duplicitous-superpower/

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41) Prisoners Trump should have freed
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Laurence M Vance

“To get out of jail free you either need to draw the right card in a Monopoly game or be a basketball player who gets caught shoplifting in China. LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley, who are now on indefinite suspension from the UCLA Bruins basketball team, were in China with their team for a basketball game against Georgia Tech. The trio was arrested after allegedly shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China. After being detained for over a week and facing up to ten years in prison, they were released after President Donald Trump intervened on their behalf with Chinese President Xi Jinping. These are not the only prisoners that Trump should have freed. Far more important are the people imprisoned in the United States for victimless crimes.” (11/28/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/11/laurence-m-vance/prisoners-trump-should-have-freed/

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42) How to stop a tax plan rigged for the rich
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“The Earth doesn’t quite shake when lawmakers in Washington, D.C. take one of their periodic votes on tax ‘reform.’ But sometimes history does turn, and this coming week’s expected vote on the Senate version of the GOP tax plan could be one of those rare times that history actually turns for the better. Indeed, this year’s situation bears a remarkable resemblance to the epic tax battle of 1932, a largely forgotten struggle that set the stage for an entire generation of increasing equality. Could this history repeat? It certainly is already echoing. Back in 1932, just as today, conservatives had a lockgrip on the White House and both houses of Congress. Then as now, America’s wealthy lusted for fundamental tax changes that would significantly reduce their already reduced tax burden. Then as now, those wealthy (and the pols they subsidized) framed tax breaks for the rich as our only road to prosperity.” (11/26/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20171126/how-to-stop-a-tax-plan-rigged-for-the-rich

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43) After cheerleading for invasion of Iraq, Tom Friedman glorifies Saudi Arabia’s war criminal
Source: Antiwar.com
by Muhammad Sahimi

“Thomas [Tom] Friedman, the supposedly liberal columnist of the New York Times and the ‘imperial messenger’ of the US establishment, needs no introduction. This is the same man who was the leading cheerleader for the illegal and criminal invasion of Iraq in 2003 that set the Middle East on the path of bloodshed and destruction. … he has learned that it is toxic for the career of the so-called pundits, especially someone like him who is paid handsomely by the New York Times to act as a war cheerleader for war and propagandist for war criminals, to ever admit wrongdoing. So, what does he do instead? He blames everyone and everything, from the people of Iraq to Iran, Arabs, incompetence of the US occupying forces, etc., but never people like himself … Against this background, Friedman suddenly publishes a fictional story — more precisely, a ‘love letter’ — about a ‘great’ Arab ‘reformer,’ none other Mohammad bin Salman or MBS, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who is deeply in trouble, both internally and externally.” (11/28/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/sahimi/2017/11/27/cheerleading-invasion-iraq-tom-friedman-glorifies-saudi-arabias-war-criminal/

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44) The rules of the gun [control] debate
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“The reality of the ‘gun violence’ problem is that 1) it’s man-made by a relatively few bad guys, and 2) the pro-gun folks don’t object to taking measures to protect themselves. In Frum’s water-logged village, we’d be the folks putting up our own houses on stilts, pilings, and mounds, while the anti-flood violence idiots like From pass laws designating the town a flood-free zone. Frum’s ‘rules’ illustrate the usual problems of irrationality on the part of victims disarmers.” (11/28/17)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4613

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45) Helter Skelter revisited
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“What do you get when you take the mentally damaged bastard son of a sixteen year old prostitute and raise him in a series of increasingly authoritarian government institutions before unleashing him onto the streets of San Francisco during the Summer of Love with nothing but an old second hand guitar and the shirt on his back? Well, you get Charles Willis Manson of coarse, the perfect poster beast for the Amerikan gulag archipelago known to those of us in the know as the Prison Industrial Complex. But old Charlie is probably best known as the convenient scapegoat for the damnation of an entire generation of peace loving malcontents, after masterminding a series of bizarre and gruesome mass slayings in the Hollywood Hills.” (11/28/17)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2017/11/helter-skelter-revisited.html

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46) Digital detente: The case for cyber peace with Russia
Source: The New Republic
by Kimberly Marten

“In September 2016, I applied for a Council on Foreign Relations fellowship that would have allowed me to work for the U.S. government during my sabbatical year at Barnard College. I’m a professor of political science there, and I direct the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. I’ve been a close observer of Russian affairs for over 30 years, and I was eager to contribute my expertise to one of America’s most pressing foreign policy challenges. I had expected (and hoped) that Hillary Clinton would win the presidential election, but after receiving the fellowship, I decided to stay the course and serve my country under Donald Trump. In March, I received an offer from the U.S. Mission to the United Nations to help advise on negotiations with Russia in the U.N. Security Council. I received my security clearance in May and then waited all summer as a string of supposed start dates came and went. Finally, in mid-August the offer was withdrawn, because the ‘front office’ at the State Department wouldn’t sign off on it. I don’t think it was personal. And I’m hardly alone.” (11/28/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145911/digital-detente-cyber-peace-russia

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47) US neocon wars open Pandora’s box in Europe
Source: CounterPunch
by Gregory Barrett

“To some on the geopolitical stage, ‘stability’ is something like a sacred word. Of course, the devil is in the details. For decades, the word was used by successive US governments in a sense which did not preclude a certain number of wars — as long as those wars, whether officially declared or merely approved by an American President under the terms of some special Congressional authorization such as the one which is behind most current US military activity, were begun and carried out on American terms. ‘Stability’ was and remains the justification employed in defending United States support for some truly nasty governments, kings and dictators.” (11/28/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/28/us-neocon-wars-open-pandoras-box-in-europe/

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48) Are markets as calm as they seem?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Thorsten Polleit

“Indicators for financial market ‘stress’ have reached their lowest levels in decades. For instance, stock market volatility has never been this low since the early 1990s. Credit spreads have been shrinking, and prices for credit default swaps have fallen to pre-crisis levels. In fact, investors are no longer haunted by concerns about the stability of the financial system, potential credit defaults, and unfavourable surprises in the economy or financial assets markets. How come?” (11/28/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/11/are-markets-really-as-calm-as-they-seem/

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49) John McDonnell tells us that we’ll all make massive profits from government spending
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“We can, dependent upon how Keynesian we want to be, make the argument that in a depression and the like then government spending upon near anything can make us all richer. It’s not a view we subscribe to particularly but we’ll acknowledge that it’s out there. That isn’t where we are though, is it? We’re at or at least about full employment, there’s little to no spare capacity in the economy. Thus a simple and pure increase in spending isn’t the answer to whatever remaining problems we have — that would just cause inflation.” (11/28/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/john-mcdonnell-tells-us-that-well-all-make-massive-profits-from-government-spending

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50) The alt right among other rights
Source: Attack the System
by Keith Preston

“The Alt-Right can be broadly defined as a highly varied and loose collection of ideologies, movements, and tendencies that in some way dissent from the so-called ‘mainstream’ conservative movement, or are in actual opposition to mainstream conservatism. Of course, this leaves us with the task of actually defining mainstream conservatism as well. I would define the conservative movement’s principal characteristics as being led by the neoconservatives, oriented towards the Republican Party, and as a movement for whom media outlets like Fox News, talk radio, and publications like National Review and the Weekly Standard are its leading voices. Outside of the framework of what some here appropriately call ‘Conservatism, Inc.,’ we could say that there is an Alt-Right that can be broadly defined, and an Alt-Right that can be more narrowly defined.” (11/27/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/11/27/the-alt-right-among-other-rights/

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51) Want a choice not an echo in education? Then keep the feds out
Source: Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger

“A provision of the recent House GOP tax plan would allow parents to use up to $10,000 of their 529 college savings plans for K-12 expenses including private school tuition. Parental choice in education is a bedrock Republican principle, and President Trump along with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are leading advocates. Yet even if the proposed federal K-12 education savings account (ESA) does pass, it may benefit a relative handful of parents, but it likely won’t expand non-public educational choice to parents whose children need it most. Even worse, such help would come at the cost of further expanding the federal government into K-12 education.” (11/27/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/11/27/want-a-choice-not-an-echo-in-education-then-keep-the-feds-out/

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52) What good are domestic military bases?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“To get back on the right road, all that America has to do is return to our nation’s founding foreign-policy principle of non-interventionism. That means closing or abandoning all the foreign military bases (including the one in Cuba), bringing all the troops home and discharging them, ending all partnerships and alliances with foreign regimes, including the dictatorships, and putting an immediate end to all foreign aid. What about America’s huge empire of domestic military bases though? Should it remain intact? Important question must obviously be asked, ones that are rarely asked by the mainstream press: What good are all those domestic military bases? What purpose do they serve? What do the military personnel do on those bases?” (11/28/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/11/28/good-domestic-military-bases/

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53) Russia still denies the Holodomor was “genocide”
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“Saturday marked ‘Holodomor Remembrance Day,’ honoring the millions of Ukrainians who died of forced starvation at the hands of the Soviets in the 1930s. Some 80 years later, and a quarter-century after the Soviet Union’s dissolution, the Russian government still denies that this atrocity constitutes a ‘genocide.’ … The archives make Soviet direction of the ‘famine’ undeniable. In a December 1932 directive, Communist officials ordered regions placed on the ‘black list’ to endure the ‘immediate cessation of delivery of goods’ and the ‘complete suspension of cooperative and state trade,’ including ‘farm trade.’ The abundant crops Ukraine had produced were requisitioned or sometimes left to rot. Soldiers ransacked whole villages for their edible goods before blockading their residents and denying them the right to buy food. But does this brutality rise to the level of ‘genocide?’ Yes, according to the man who coined the term.” (11/27/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/11/27/russia-still-denies-holodomor-was-genocide

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54) The right returns to the religious well
Source: OpEdNews
by Bill Moyers & Michael Winship

“In Babylon-on-the-Potomac recently, the brand new, $500 million Museum of the Bible had its grand opening. Donald Trump did not attend, perhaps fearing a fate like the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark when the remnants of the Ten Commandments are unsealed, holy mayhem ensues and miscreants melt like candles. Just a couple of blocks from Capitol Hill, the museum sprawls across eight floors and 430,000 square feet, giving visitors a chance to meet New Testament re-enactors, see a burning bush and Bibles that belonged to Babe Ruth and Elvis …. To be fair, by most accounts, the museum is well designed and executed, high-tech and state-of-the-art. … What has many observers far more concerned are connections among the new attraction’s principal funders and the right wing. Here its mission becomes suspect, more political than religious, although with the right wing, it is always difficult to separate the two, each possessing a will to dominate.” (11/27/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Right-Returns-to-the-R-by-Bill-Moyers-Election_Hypocrisy_Religion_Religion-Politics-171127-82.html

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55) A veneer of certainty stoking climate alarm
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Judith Curry

“While the nations of the world met in Bonn to discuss implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, the Trump administration was working to dismantle President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and to establish a climate ‘red team’ to critically evaluate the scientific basis for dangerous human-caused climate change and the policy responses. The mantra of ‘settled science’ is belied by the inherent complexity of climate change as a scientific problem, the plethora of agents and processes that influence the global climate, and disagreements among scientists.” (11/27/17)

https://cei.org/content/stoking-climate-action

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56) The Libertarian Angle, 11/28/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling talk about Thanksgiving and the free market.” [various formats] (11/28/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-thanksgiving-free-market/

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57) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/28/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Darrel and MWD discuss idiots on the Bitcoin Core Dev Team, self-identified libertarians (including some of the Feenly Departed) who: 1. Talk about the purity and beauty of the free market, but can’t pay their rent. 2. Talk about the importance of contracts and agreements but don’t keep their word. And get mad if you point that out. 3. Talk about how shunning would replace the police in a libertarian paradise, then get mad when you shun bad actors.” [various formats] (11/28/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15329

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58) Free Talk Live, 11/27/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Bitcoin Name Confusion :: Bitcoin Diamond Scam? :: Baltimore Cop Murdered Day Prior to Expected Testimony Against Department in Court :: Forgiveness for Police :: Melanie’s Anti-Cop Rhetoric Offends :: Are all cops bad? :: Dealing With Crime Without Police :: El Caper? :: Robot Wants a Family :: Rapid Transit Boondoggle :: Edgington Post AFTERSHOW with Ryan Bourne :: HOSTS — Ian, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/27/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-11-27

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59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1047
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Rothbardian anarcho-capitalists, who make up a substantial proportion of my audience, are often confused by non-libertarian anarchists, who don’t seem like real anarchists to them. These anarchists, in turn, feel the same way about anarcho-capitalists. In this episode, Professor Gerard Casey reviews the thought of some of the key thinkers associated with anarchism.” [various formats] (11/27/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1047-early-anarchists-from-godwin-to-spooner-what-did-they-believe/

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60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 123
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #123, I smackdown two articles published in the New York Times. The first article I take on is Thomas Freidman’s love letter to MBS. I explain how Freidman is so enchanted by MBS he ignores MBS’s crimes. The second article examines if anyone is committing war crimes in Yemen. In this article, the NYT hides Saudi and US war crimes in Yemen.” [various formats] (11/27/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-123-unmasking-nyts-cover-up-of-crimes

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