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In the News:

1) US Senate defies White House on Saudi support in Yemen
2) Russians send warship to Crimea and prepare S-400 missiles amid Ukraine military tensions
3) Irrational exuberance: Dow jumps more than 600 points on Powell pandering
4) Steemit lays off 70% of its staff, citing crypto bear market
5) Democrats back Pelosi return as House speaker despite calls for fresh leadership
6) KS: Accused man cites state abortion law in sexual assault case
7) Autopsy: Woman abducted by ICE thugs was beaten before death
8) Trump: Manafort pardon “not off the table”
9) CVS plans changes to stores after Aetna deal
10) Mother seeks compensation from US regime for abducted one-year-old’s death
11) South Korea: Regime moves to legalize medical cannabis
12) US FTC gang agrees to try to find a way to rope video game “loot boxes” into Hassan’s extortion schemes
13) Ivanka Trump says her private emails not like Clinton’s
14) Tijuana official slams caravan organizers: Not “coming through” on promises to migrants
15) Trump, Corsi have defense agreement, Giuliani confirms
16) Sri Lanka: Defense chief Ravindra Wijeguneratne held over murders
17) Nielsen: Gang’s chemical attack on migrants was “entirely predictable”
18) Chief Inquisitor Protection Act stalls in US Senate, Flake starts protest
19) UK: McDonald’s customer tries to pay for meal with potato chip package, sock
20) US FDA gang eyes blockchain to enhance food safety in wake of E. coli outbreak
21) Study: Racism against black people in EU “widespread and entrenched”
22) Volvo slows American plant hiring after China hikes tariffs
23) Judge delays decision on unsealing Assange charges
24) Food chain disruption eyed in Hawaii whale sighting decline
25) OK: Homeowner describes shooting, killing intruder

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) The imperial presidency embodies political and economic hubris
27) It is possible Manafort visited Assange. If true, there should be ample video and other evidence showing this.
28) Free market means individual choice
29) The government’s foolish war on vaping
30) There is no left case for nationalism
31) Trump, FDR, and the plight of refugees under immigration controls
32) From campaign trail to corporate boardrooms, messaging matters
33) Polybius and the origins of the separation of powers
34) Black education: What makes sense?
35) The spy who wrote me
36) The beginning of the end of the Korean War
37) MSM like Big Pharma: Rewards of malpractice outweigh penalties
38) The Fed is tightening more than it realizes
39) The correct view on those Chinese gene manipulated babies
40) Republicans caving on spending … again?
41) How Betsy DeVos does the Koch Brothers’ bidding
42) Nationalism is a weird ideology
43) Immigration: Give the private sector a bigger role in deciding who comes here
44) Using tear gas on illegal migrants: No “war crime,” nothing new & saves lives
45) A simple formula to increase learning: Read, write, read more, write more
46) Here’s what Trump needs to do at the G20
47) Knowledge and certainty “laundering” via computer models
48) Jerome Corsi, Roger Stone, and the Austin Powers theory of Russian collusion
49) The shelf life of the self: Arendt on identity politics
50) Survey: Public schools churning out legions of ignorant anti-Americans
51) How one murder could reshape Oklahoma
52) An opportunity to make government debt more transparent
53) UK and Ecuador conspire to deliver Julian Assange to US authorities
54) Trump’s assault on the rule of law
55) French protesters demand: “Death to taxes”
56) Federal judge’s dangerous speech code ruling overshadows promising due process decision
57) Ukraine should not be a member of NATO
58) Trump is crazy, invoke the 25th
59) Marijuana wins again
60) Antitrust FAQ

The Sound and the Fury:

61) Reason Podcast, 11/28/18
62) Political Theater with Jason Dick, episode 46
63) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 11/28/18
64) The Libertarian Angle, 11/28/18
65) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/28/18
66) Blockchain 2025, 11/28/18
67) Electric Libertyland, episode 100
68) Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 11/28/18
69) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 241
70) Essential Libertarianism, episode 52
71) Free Talk Live, 11/27/18
72) Editor’s Break, episode 113
73) Scott Adams Says, 11/28/18
74) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 89
75) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/27/18
76) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 24
77) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 277
78) James Bovard on The Gold Standard Podcast
79) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 113
80) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1293

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

1) US Senate defies White House on Saudi support in Yemen
Source: Politico

“The Senate delivered a stunning rebuke to the Trump administration on Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly to advance a measure yanking U.S. support for Saudi-backed forces at war in Yemen. The 63-37 vote, in which 14 Republicans joined every Democrat in voting to move forward on the bipartisan Saudi resolution, came hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis failed to sway key undecided senators with an appeal to hold off lest they upset progress of nascent talks on a ceasefire in Yemen. … The Senate has to take another vote, expected next week, in order to formally open debate on U.S. policy towards the Saudis that seeks to punish them further for Khashoggi’s killing. But even the success of Wednesday’s initial vote was a jab at the White House — which is defending the Saudis ahead of the G20 summit that Prince Mohammad bin Salman will attend.” (11/28/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/28/senate-pull-saudi-support-yemen-1025657

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2) Russians send warship to Crimea and prepare S-400 missiles amid Ukraine military tensions
Source: Daily Star [UK]

“A Russian navy minesweeper ship, the Vice-Admiral Zakharin, was reportedly spotted heading for the Sea of Azov, where a maritime incident fueled tensions between Kiev and Moscow. Meanwhile, A S-400 ‘Triumph’” missile defence system will be deployed for combat duty by the end of the year in Crimea, which [seceded from Ukraine and re-joined Russia] in 2014. An air defence unit of Southern Military District has started preparing the equipment to be sent by rail to a permanent base on the peninsula, the Russian military has confirmed. … The deployment comes amid a rapidly escalating crisis between Kiev and Moscow over a dramatic shipping incident in the Black Sea over the weekend.” (11/28/18)

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/745030/russia-deploy-s-400-missiles-crimea-ukraine-war-sea-of-azov-update

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3) Irrational exuberance: Dow jumps more than 600 points on Powell pandering
Source: MarketWatch

“U.S. stocks closed higher Wednesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average surging more than 600 points, as investors interpreted Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments on interest rates as dovish. Worries about tighter liquidity, as the Fed maintained a hawkish stance in its bid to normalize the monetary policy, had cast a shadow on the market. The Dow rallied 617.70 points, or 2.5%, to 25,366.43, while the S&P 500 index advanced 61.65 points, or 2.3%, to 2,743.82. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 208.89 points, or 3%, to 7,291.59.” (11/28/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/stock-index-futures-point-to-gains-ahead-of-speech-by-fed-chief-powell-2018-11-28

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4) Steemit lays off 70% of its staff, citing crypto bear market
Source: CoinDesk

“Blockchain startup Steemit has laid off close to 70 percent of its staff, citing the prolonged bear market for cryptocurrency. In a video address posted to YouTube Thursday, Steemit CEO and founder Ned Scott said: ‘While we were building out our team over the last many months we have been relying on projections of basically a higher bottom for the market and since that’s no longer there, we’ve been forced to lay off more than 70 percent of our organization and begin a restructuring.’ … Steemit is a social media platform that leverages blockchain technology to reward publishers and content curators with tokens called STEEM. Launched in March 2016, Steemit was early on one of the six largest cryptocurrencies operating in the blockchain space with an approximate market capitalization of $157 million. Today it ranks 48th among crypto coins, with a market capitalization of roughly $106 million, according to CoinMarketCap.” (11/28/18)

https://www.coindesk.com/steemit-lays-off-70-of-its-staff-citing-crypto-bear-market

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5) Democrats back Pelosi return as House speaker despite calls for fresh leadership
Source: USA Today

“Nancy Pelosi won support from a majority of Democrats on Wednesday to be House speaker, marking an important milestone in her quest to lead the House when her party takes majority control of the chamber in January. The Democratic caucus vote in favor of Pelosi, who served as the first woman speaker from 2007 to 2011, brings her a step closer to the gavel that many expect her to regain. But becoming Madame Speaker might not be easy. Though she ran uncontested, Democrats who oppose her have called for fresh leadership and a change in the ‘status quo’ [sic]. Pelosi faces a final test in January when the full House votes on leadership. To become speaker, she will need support from a majority of the full House — 218, if all members vote.” [editor’s note: Self-immolation of the Dems continues – SAT] (11/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/11/28/nancy-pelosi-faces-test-vote-bid-speaker/2123786002

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6) KS: Accused man cites state abortion law in sexual assault case
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl unsuccessfully argued that he should not be charged with taking advantage of a child because she was actually 16 under a Kansas law that says life begins at fertilization. Defense attorney Cooper Overstreet argued in a motion that Jordan Ross, 21, of Topeka, could not be convicted of aggravated indecent liberties with a child because, under the state’s definition of life, the alleged victim would be 16, rather than 15. The age of consent in Kansas is 16. ‘Because of recent statutory amendments establishing that life begins at fertilization, the alleged victim in this case should be considered by this court as nine months older than her date of birth,’ according to Overstreet’s motion. ‘Because of this, at the time of the alleged incident, the alleged victim would have been 16 years old and thus a charge of aggravated indecent liberties is factually impossible.’ Douglas County District Court Judge James McCabria rejected Overstreet’s motion, The Lawrence Journal-World reported.” [editor’s note: WOW! Points for creative thinking? Of course the real issue would be if she “consented” – SAT] (11/28/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Attorney-cites-state-s-abortion-law-in-sexual-13428161.php

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7) Autopsy: Woman abducted by ICE thugs was beaten before death
Source: Newsweek

“When 33-year-old Roxsana Hernandez, a transgender woman from Honduras, made the decision to flee her home country with a caravan of Central American asylum seekers last spring, she had dreams of opening up a salon in the U.S., where she would be free from persecution and able to send money back home to her family. Her dreams were quickly cut short, however, with the 33-year-old dying within two weeks of being [abducted by thugs from] the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. ICE had previously told Newsweek that the 33-year-old … had died that same month of cardiac arrest after showing ‘symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration and complications associated with HIV.’ However, legal representatives for Hernandez’s family say ICE has not told the full story … with an independent autopsy finding evidence that the transgender woman suffered ‘physical assault and abuse’ before her death. … ‘Specifically, forensic evidence indicates she was handcuffed so tightly as to cause deep tissue bruising and struck repeatedly on the back and rib cage by an asp or similar instrument while her hands were restrained behind her back …’” (11/28/18)

https://www.newsweek.com/who-was-roxsana-hernandez-transgender-woman-who-died-ice-custody-was-beaten-1234721

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8) Trump: Manafort pardon “not off the table”
Source: Fox News

“President Trump said Wednesday he wouldn’t be opposed to a possible pardon for former campaign manager Paul Manafort, whom he called ‘brave,’ days after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office claimed he violated his plea deal by lying to prosecutors. During an Oval Office interview with The New York Post, Trump said that a pardon for Manafort was ‘never discussed’ before but that it might be a possibility. ‘It was never discussed, but I wouldn’t take it off the table. Why would I take it off the table?’ Manafort, 69, has been convicted on multiple counts of financial fraud in work unrelated to his time with the president. He was indicted again on similar charges but entered a plea deal with the government for a more lenient sentence.” (11/28/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-manafort-pardon-not-off-the-table

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9) CVS plans changes to stores after Aetna deal
Source: USA Today

“CVS Health plans to reduce the amount of store space devoted to retail and shift more to health care after its $70 billion acquisition of Aetna. CVS CEO Larry Merlo told USA TODAY that the company will begin using a greater portion of the floor space in its nearly 10,000 locations to provide medical services. ‘I don’t see the size of the store changing from what you would know it to be today, but I do see some space being repurposed,’ Merlo said Wednesday in an interview. The company plans the gradual shift after it finalized its acquisition of Aetna on Wednesday. The deal comes as CVS is aiming to diversify its business, navigate the changing health care industry and fend off Amazon. Merlo said he envisions the ‘CVS Pharmacy evolving from not just a store that happens to have a pharmacy and products’ into ‘more of a health care destination.’” (11/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/11/28/cvs-health-aetna/2137076002

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10) Mother seeks compensation from US regime for abducted one-year-old’s death
Source: Time

“The mother of a toddler who died weeks after being released from the nation’s largest [concentration camp for abducted immigrants] filed a legal claim seeking $60 million from the U.S. government for the child’s death. Attorneys for Yazmin Juarez submitted the claim against multiple agencies Tuesday. Juarez’s 1-year-old daughter, Mariee, died in May. Juarez’s lawyers said Mariee developed a respiratory illness while she and her mother were detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. They accused U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of releasing the pair while Mariee was still sick. The girl died six weeks later in Philadelphia.” (11/27/18)

http://time.com/5465262/lawsuit-yazmin-juarez-toddler-death-detention/

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11) South Korea: Regime moves to legalize medical cannabis
Source: Smell the Truth

“South Korea has earned the distinction of becoming the first East Asian country to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. South Korea’s National Assembly voted to amend the Act on the Management of Narcotic Drugs to allow non-hallucinogenic dosages of medical cannabis, Marijuana Business Daily reports. The updated law comes months after the country’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said it would allow cannabis-based drugs such as Epidiolex, Marinol, Cesamet and Sativex for conditions such as epilepsy, symptoms of HIV/AIDS, and cancer-related treatments. Eligible patients would then be required to apply to the Korea Orphan Drug Center, an organization that allows access to rare medicines. Patients would then be approved on a case-by-case basis.” (11/27/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/11/27/south-korea-moves-to-legalize-medical-marijuana

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12) US FTC gang agrees to try to find a way to rope video game “loot boxes” into Hassan’s extortion schemes
Source: PC Gamer

“The US Federal Trade Commission will investigate loot boxes, chairman Joseph Simmons told a Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Tuesday. Simmons was asked to begin the investigation by Senator Maggie Hassan, who has previously raised concerns about loot boxes. Hassan asked the Entertainment Software Ratings Board to investigate the way it rates games with loot boxes earlier this year, warning that she’d get the FTC involved if it didn’t. There’s been reluctance from the Entertainment Software Association, however, which oversees the ESRB.” (11/28/18)

https://www.pcgamer.com/the-ftc-agrees-to-investigate-loot-boxes/

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13) Ivanka Trump says her private emails not like Clinton’s
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US President Donald Trump’s daughter and adviser Ivanka has defended her use of a personal email account, saying it was nothing like Hillary Clinton’s. ‘There’s no equivalency,’ she said in an ABC interview aired on Wednesday. The first daughter came under fire this month when it emerged that she had used a private email to message officials on White House business last year. Mr Trump had lambasted his presidential opponent Mrs Clinton for her use of a private email server for official work. During his 2016 campaign, Mr Trump suggested the former secretary of state should be jailed after it emerged the FBI had found classified information in some emails from her private server. Chants of ‘lock her up’ were a mainstay at Mr Trump’s rallies — but his daughter told ABC that her case was different. ‘Everything has been preserved, everything has been archived,’ said Ms Trump, 37, who holds the official title of adviser to the president.” [editor’s note: I ma going to guess that this will only bring back the charges against HRC for her email dealings – SAT] (11/28/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46377563

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14) Tijuana official slams caravan organizers: Not “coming through” on promises to migrants
Source: Fox News

“Tijuana Delegate Genaro Lopez Moreno slammed leaders of the migrant caravan in Mexico for selling false promises to those vying to enter the United States. Moreno told Fox News’ Griff Jenkins that caravan leaders ‘aren’t coming through’ on their promises of a ‘great American dream.’ … ‘[The migrants] are noticing that,’ he said. ‘They know they’re gonna be better back home.’ His remarks come as Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum said Tuesday that his city is running out of resources to help those in the caravan. Gastelum said he expects support funds to run out by the end of the week, and Treasurer Ricardo Chavarria said that the caravan is costing Tijuana around $30,000 each day. The situation at the U.S.-Mexico escalated over the weekend, as thousands of migrants arrived at the border near Tijuana and the Mexicali area.” (11/28/18)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/11/28/tijuana-official-slams-caravan-organizers-they-arent-coming-through-promises-migrants

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15) Trump, Corsi have defense agreement, Giuliani confirms
Source: The Daily Beast

“President Donald Trump, who built his political rise on promoting far-right birther claims against President Barack Obama, does in fact have a joint defense agreement with leading birther conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, The Daily Beast has confirmed. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney handling special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, said in a brief phone interview morning that the joint defense agreement that Corsi had earlier claimed existed does actually exist. … Such an agreement, relatively common in criminal cases with multiple witnesses and defendants being investigated by the same prosecutor, allows witnesses and subjects of an investigation to share information about the case.” (11/28/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-and-jerome-corsi-have-a-defense-agreement-giuliani-confirms

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16) Sri Lanka: Defense chief Ravindra Wijeguneratne held over murders
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Sri Lanka’s top military officer has been remanded in custody, accused of covering up civil war-era murders. Chief of Defence Staff Ravindra Wijeguneratne appeared in court after warrants for his arrest were issued. Prosecutors say he protected the main suspect, a naval intelligence officer who allegedly murdered 11 young men in the final stages of the conflict with separatist Tamil rebels in 2008-9. The officer is in custody. Admiral Wijeguneratne denies the allegations. The court in the capital, Colombo, remanded him in custody until 5 December.” (11/28/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46374111

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17) Nielsen: Gang’s chemical attack on migrants was “entirely predictable”
Source: CBS News

“Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen defended the use of tear gas at the southern border against members of the migrant caravan, saying the clashes were ‘entirely predictable.’ She also pushed back against the viral photos of women and children running from the tear gas, and said that ‘the caravan members are predominately male.’ ‘I refuse to believe that anyone honestly maintains that attacking [violent gang members molesting travelers] with rocks and projectiles is acceptable,’ she said in a statement posted to Facebook. ‘It is shocking that I have to explain this, but [thugs] can be seriously or fatally injured in such attacks. Self-defense isn’t debatable for most law-abiding Americans [but when immigrants do it let’s just pretend that they’re the bad guys].” (11/27/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/homeland-security-secretary-kirstjen-nielsen-says-border-clashes-with-migrants-were-entirely-predictable/

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18) Chief Inquisitor Protection Act stalls in US Senate, Flake starts protest
Source: Reuters

“Legislation to protect the special counsel’s office probe into possible Russian election interference stalled in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, spurring Republican Senator Jeff Flake to make good on his threat of opposing judicial nominations until the bill moves forward. Fellow Republican Vice President Mike Pence was called in as president of the senate to break a tie vote on confirming Thomas Farr as a U.S. District Judge in North Carolina, after Flake voted ‘no.’ Flake is a strong advocate for the protection bill, known as the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, which would make it harder for President Donald Trump to undermine the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The measure has already been approved at the committee level with support from both parties. Trump has called Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, which is also looking into possible collusion between Moscow and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, a witch hunt. Russia denies interfering in the 2016 election and Trump has denied any collusion occurred.” (11/28/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-senate/special-counsel-protection-bill-stalls-in-u-s-senate-flake-starts-protest-idUSKCN1NX2KY

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19) UK: McDonald’s customer tries to pay for meal with potato chip package, sock
Source: Fox News

“A drunk British McDonald’s customer tried to barter for his meal — and it cost him hundreds of dollars and seeing the birth of his child. Shamsher Butt, was making a late-night run to the fast food chain in King’s Lynn, UK, earlier this month. However, when Butt, who had driven drunk, got to the drive-thru window, he tried to pay for his order by offering the McDonald’s employee a potato chip package. When that backfired, Butt allegedly tried to pay with a sock. ‘The defendant first asked if he could get a staff discount. He was slurring his words. He tried to pay for his food with a crisp packet and then found a £10 ($12 USD) note,’ prosecutor Jane Walker said, Lynn News reported. The employee asked Butt to wait for his food in the parking lot. Another McDonald’s employee reportedly called the police while he waited.” [editor’s note: Have you ever fumbled in your pockets and come up with lint or an old receipt instead of money? – SAT] (11/28/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/mcdonalds-customer-tries-to-pay-for-meal-with-potato-chip-package-sock

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20) US FDA gang eyes blockchain to enhance food safety in wake of E. coli outbreak
Source: CrypoCoinsNews

“Following an outbreak of E. coli in the United States that was linked to romaine lettuce, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering better track-and-trace methods and this includes the use of blockchain technology. Speaking to business news channel CNBC, FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb announced that the federal agency had hired the vice president of food safety at Walmart, Frank Yiannas, as its foods and veterinary medicine deputy commissioner. Yiannas is expected to introduce new track-and-trace tools to the agency. … According to Gottlieb, whenever there is a food-related outbreak, technologies such as blockchain will assist in tracing the cause to a specific distributor, farm or grower in the supply chain. This will prevent blanket warnings which affect everyone even when the cause is limited to a particular origin.” (11/28/18)

https://www.ccn.com/u-s-fda-eyes-blockchain-to-enhance-food-safety-in-the-wake-of-e-coli-outbreak/

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21) Study: Racism against black people in EU “widespread and entrenched”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“People of African descent are facing ‘widespread and entrenched prejudice and exclusion’ across the European Union, a study suggests. Race-related violence, discriminatory police profiling, and discrimination in the search for jobs and housing were commonplace for many, the EU’s agency for fundamental rights (FRA) said. Finland had the highest rates of race-related harassment and violence while the UK had amongst the lowest. The FRA urged countries to take action. ‘It is a reality both shameful and infuriating: racism based on the colour of a person’s skin remains a pervasive scourge throughout the European Union,’ FRA director Michael O’Flaherty said in the foreword to the report. The Being Black in the EU surveyed nearly 6,000 people in 12 EU countries (including France and Germany) between 2015 and 2016. About 30% of the overall respondents said they had experienced some form of racial harassment in the five years before the survey. This ranged from 63% of respondents in Finland to 21% in the UK and 20% in Malta.” (11/28/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46369046

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22) Volvo slows American plant hiring after China hikes tariffs
Source: USA Today

“Volvo has reduced its hiring plans at its new assembly plant in Charleston, South Carolina, due to increased tariffs from President Donald Trump’s trade dispute with China. Volvo global CEO Håkan Samuelsson told USA TODAY in an interview Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show that the company had throttled its South Carolina expansion plans. Originally, Volvo planned to hire 1,500 workers at the plant by the end of 2018 and 4,000 within a few years. Samuelsson didn’t specify precisely how those figures would change. The Chinese-owned Swedish brand opened the $1.1 billion plant earlier this year — its first U.S. factory — with plans to make vehicles there for the U.S., Europe and China. But after China hiked U.S. vehicle import tariffs from 25 to 40 percent in a dispute with Trump, those plans went awry.” (11/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2018/11/28/volvo-tariffs-south-carolina-donald-trump-china/2141258002

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23) Judge delays decision on unsealing Assange charges
Source: Politico

“A federal judge has postponed a decision on whether to unseal criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange that the government appears to have inadvertently revealed earlier this year. After the error was publicized earlier this month, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press petitioned a federal court in Alexandria, Va., to make any charges against Assange public. The press freedom group argued that there was no valid reason to keep the official charges under seal in light of the government’s disclosure. … In a court filing Monday, prosecutors refused to confirm or deny whether any charges have been brought against Assange, whose organization has posted online hundreds of thousands of government records as well as emails hacked [sic] from Democratic Party accounts during the 2016 presidential election.” (11/27/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/27/judge-unsealing-assange-charges-1018206

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24) Food chain disruption eyed in Hawaii whale sighting decline
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Research into the decline of humpback whale sightings in Hawaii points to a food chain disruption likely caused by warmer ocean temperatures in the whales’ feeding grounds in Alaska, federal officials have said. U.S. and international researchers, wildlife managers and federal officials were meeting in Honolulu Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the decline in sightings of humpbacks that traditionally migrate each autumn from Alaska, where they feed during the summer months, to Hawaii, where they mate and give birth during the winter. Data presented at the meetings shows a strong correlation between warming oceans and the missing whales, said Christine Gabriele, a federal wildlife biologist who monitors humpbacks at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. Three factors have warmed the ocean in Alaska since 2014, the same year scientists noticed a decline in sightings in Hawaii. There was a change in an ocean current known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, a warm El Nino period in 2016, and a massive ‘blob’ of warm water in the region.” (11/28/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Food-chain-disruption-eyed-in-Hawaii-whale-13429098.php

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25) OK: Homeowner describes shooting, killing intruder
Source: News on 6

“A Tulsa man shot and killed a man breaking into his house near 51st and South Lewis Tuesday morning. The same homeowner shot another burglar five years ago. olice said the intruder’s name is Donald Stovall. The homeowner is Charles Sweeney and he said he did what he felt he had to do to protect himself. Charles Sweeney said noises coming from his bathroom woke him up. The first thought that ran through his head was someone was breaking into his house. ‘I grabbed a pistol which is right there where I sleep, and it was only about another three or four seconds and he comes into view and blam boy that 9 millimeter is real loud inside the house,’ said Sweeney. Sweeney said he shot the man in the chest and called police.” (11/27/18)

http://www.newson6.com/story/39548802/tulsa-man-speaks-out-after-shooting-killing-intruder

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

26) The imperial presidency embodies political and economic hubris
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Richard M Ebeling

“Historian Arthur M. Schlesinger coined the term ‘imperial presidency’ in the 1960s. It was meant to indicate that the role of the president of the United States had dramatically grown in the 20th century from being an important but fairly limited position of implementing the laws of the land as specified in the Constitution and congressional legislation to being the national chief executive wielding wide discretionary powers over both domestic and foreign affairs. Most presidents from Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama have relished having and extending such powers.” (11/28/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/imperial-presidency-embodies-political-and-economic-hubris

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27) It is possible Manafort visited Assange. If true, there should be ample video and other evidence showing this.
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“The Guardian today published a blockbuster, instantly viral story claiming that anonymous sources told the newspaper that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort visited Julian Assange at least three times in the Ecuadorian Embassy …. WikiLeaks vehemently and unambiguously denies the claim. … Manafort denies it the claim as well …. the Guardian presents literally no evidence for the reader to evaluate, relying instead on a combination of an anonymous source and a secret and bizarrely vague intelligence document it claims it reviewed (but does not publish), no rational person would assume this story to be true. But the main point is this one: London itself is one of the world’s most surveilled, if not the most surveilled, cities. And the Ecuadorian Embassy in that city — for obvious reasons — is one of the most scrutinized, surveilled, monitored and filmed locations on the planet.” (11/27/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/11/27/it-is-possible-paul-manafort-visited-julian-assange-if-true-there-should-be-ample-video-and-other-evidence-showing-this/

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28) Free market means individual choice
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“I love the free market. The market, liberated from government rules, subject only to the choices of individuals. One of my choices is to not shop on major holidays. If I knew for certain the store let employees volunteer to work on the holiday it would be different. As it stands, no sales or discounts can entice me to shop on Thanksgiving or Christmas when I know the employees were probably coerced into working instead of spending the holiday with their families. I’m also not willing to fight crazed crowds for ‘deals.’ It’s not an experience I enjoy. That’s my choice; yours might be different. I would oppose laws making it illegal for stores to open on major holidays, just as I oppose laws that make Sunday alcohol sales illegal.” (11/28/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/11/28/voices/opinion-free-market-means-individual-choice/160030.html

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29) The government’s foolish war on vaping
Source: Reason
by John Stossel

“E-cigarettes let people get a hit of nicotine without burning tobacco. Avoiding burning tobacco is the single greatest preventative health measure human beings can take, given the diseases conventional cigarettes cause. Unfortunately, our government and media now act as if vaping e-cigarettes is the health crisis.” (11/28/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/11/28/the-governments-foolish-war-on-vaping

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30) There is no left case for nationalism
Source: The Nation
by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

“In the face of far-right extremism, liberals and leftists have been asking themselves about the viability of their politics. This is not a bad thing; a shakeup on the scale we’re seeing today should push us all to think more critically about our beliefs, our tactics, and their broader impact on the world. But this self-reflection, often conducted publicly, has given rise to a tendency for some on the left to play the adults in the room and denounce their more radical comrades. In a recent essay titled ‘The Left Case Against Open Borders,’ Angela Nagle, author of Kill All Normies, takes her fellow leftists to task for advocating for free migration. She characterizes the ideals of the open-borders left as an intransigent and shortsighted form of purism — one that works against other left projects like redistribution, protecting organized labor, and universal programs.” (11/28/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/open-borders-nationalism-angela-nagle

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31) Trump, FDR, and the plight of refugees under immigration controls
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Republican President Trump’s use of tear gas to prevent foreign citizens from entering the United States to claim refugee status under U.S. law brings to mind that Democrat President Franklin Roosevelt did the same thing in the 1930s. Roosevelt, of course, is widely known among both Republicans and Democrats as a great humanitarian and a lover of the poor, needy, and disadvantaged. Unfortunately, those traits did not manifest themselves in FDR’s decision to use America’s system of immigration controls to prevent German Jews from entering the United States during the Adolf Hitler regime.” (11/28/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/11/28/trump-fdr-and-the-plight-of-refugees-under-immigration-controls/

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32) From campaign trail to corporate boardrooms, messaging matters
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by Luka Ladan

“With ballot re-counts all but wrapped up, Election 2018 leaves us with many lessons learned. Grappling with a newly divided government, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had his own take: ‘I think the message is, ‘Figure out what you can do together, and do it.” But there’s an even more important takeaway: Messaging matters. The 2018 midterms came down to a clash of communication, with Republicans praising the Trump economy to keep control of the Senate and Democrats preaching anti-Trumpism to win back the House. While both parties scored victories, neither is a perfect messenger. In fact, Democrats and Republicans proved to be far from perfect in 2018. Let’s start with the Grand Old Party. This year, health care replaced the economy as the electorate’s most important issue, with 60% of Americans describing it as ‘very important.’ This didn’t bode well for Republicans, who have consistently struggled to message the limited-government perspective on healthcare policy.” (11/27/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/messaging-matters-business-politics

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33) Polybius and the origins of the separation of powers
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Paul Meany

“Any American high schooler can tell you that the separation of powers is one of the defining features of American government. The division of political power into the legislative, executive, and judicial branches is a well-known practice in many Western countries. But where did this idea originate? This idea did not derive wholly from Enlightenment or modern thinkers. On the contrary, the division of powers was first proposed by Polybius, a Greek thinker of the second century BC.” (11/28/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/polybius-origins-separation-powers

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34) Black education: What makes sense?
Source: Town Hall
by Walter E Williams

“What do you think of the proposition that no black youngsters should be saved from educational rot until all can be saved? Black people cannot afford to accept such a proposition. Actions by the education establishment, black and white liberal politicians, and some civil rights organizations appear to support the proposition. Let’s look at it with the help of some data developed by my friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell. The Nation’s Report Card for 2017 showed the following reading scores for fourth-graders in New York state’s public schools: Thirty-two percent scored below basic, with 32 percent scoring basic, 27 percent scoring proficient and 9 percent scoring advanced. When it came to black fourth-graders in the state, 19 percent scored proficient, and 3 percent scored advanced.” (11/28/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2018/11/28/black-education-what-makes-sense-n2536464

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35) The spy who wrote me
Source: Austro-Athenian Empire
by Roderick T Long

“I’m a fan of John Le Carre’s George Smiley novels. (I haven’t read any of his non-Smileyverse novels. Nothing against them, just haven’t gotten around to them.) Le Carre, like Ian Fleming, is a spy-fiction writer who had actually been a spy in real life; but Le Carre is not a fan of Fleming, and says he created the pudgy, plodding, aging, bespectacled, self-effacing (but brilliant) Smiley with the chronically unfaithful wife as the anti-James-Bond, stressing seedy realism and moral greyness over Fleming’s romanticised version of spy life. Fair enough, although I would point out … that the early Bond novels (unlike most of the movies, and unlike the later novels where Fleming was starting to imitate the movies) are less stereotypically Bondesque; Fleming’s Bond (whom Le Carre dismisses as a ‘neo-fascist gangster’ who cares only for his endless string of martinis, fast cars, and female conquests) is originally a pill-popping neurotic plagued by bad dreams at night and moral doubts by day; and he doesn’t always get the girl either. … And on the other hand, Le Carré’s work isn’t always as much the antithesis of Bond as one might think.” (11/28/18)

https://aaeblog.com/2018/11/28/the-spy-who-wrote-me/

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36) The beginning of the end of the Korean War
Source: The Atlantic
by Uri Friedman

“In a sense, Donald Trump’s campaign to denuclearize North Korea is bearing fruit: The Korean War is beginning to end — not with the U.S. president achieving a dramatic breakthrough in nuclear negotiations, but with a series of incremental measures barely noticed outside the Korean peninsula. Rather than Kim Jong Un trading in his nuclear weapons for a peace treaty, or the countries that fought each other in the 1950s finally proclaiming the end of the war, Seoul and Pyongyang have been dismantling guard posts, designating no-fly zones, and disarming what was once the most volatile place on the peninsula. … Of course, several of the meatiest measures require U.S. consent and are on hold. … But where Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have freer rein and have arguably made the greatest advances is in enacting various accords to cease military hostilities between their countries.” (11/28/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/11/north-korea-wont-denuclearize-reconciliation-moon-kim/576745/

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37) MSM like Big Pharma: Rewards of malpractice outweigh penalties
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Big pharma has the highest profit margins of any industry in the United States and is also the number one lobbying industry in the United States, a correlation which won’t surprise anyone who knows anything worth knowing about politics in capitalist societies. … Which, if you think about it, is kind of like the business practices we’re seeing implemented by corporate media with the establishment-authorized Russiagate conspiracy theory. If you haven’t heard already, the Guardian has published an article titled ‘Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy.’ The story went insanely viral and dominated the trending topics on Twitter yesterday, despite the fact that it contains zero proof for its central claim that Paul Manafort met multiple times with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, despite the fact that the story defies all logic since there’s no reason there wouldn’t be public record of those meetings, and despite the fact that the story’s central figures are aggressively denying its claims.” (11/28/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/11/28/msm-is-like-big-pharma-the-rewards-of-malpractice-outweigh-the-penalties

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38) The Fed is tightening more than it realizes
Source: Cobden Centre
by Benn Steil & Benjamin Della Rocca

“By historical standards, the Fed’s rate hikes have been cautious. Even with inflation on target and unemployment at historic lows, the Fed has been raising short rates more gradually than in any tightening period going back to the 1950s. We believe, however, that rate hikes understate the degree of tightening the Fed has imposed over the past year. The reason is that the Fed appears to be underestimating the impact of its balance-sheet reduction. Here is why.” (11/28/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/11/the-fed-is-tightening-more-than-it-realizes/

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39) The correct view on those Chinese gene manipulated babies
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“A Chinese scientist claims to have edited the genes of two embryos using Crispr-Cas9 — the scientific world is up in arms about this ethical breach. It shouldn’t be for two rather different reasons. The first being that we decide upon which genes should live every time there’s an abortion for disability reasons. The second being that even if we restrict ourselves to positive actions we still all do such gene editing. The only difference here is the method of doing so and a technology, in and of itself, cannot be moral or not, it’s the action that may or may not be.” (11/28/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/science/the-correct-view-on-those-chinese-gene-manipulated-babies/

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40) Republicans caving on spending … again?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“House and Senate committees continue to work toward a resolution on a farm bill conference report. There is talk the bill may be added to the end-of-year Omnibus package in order to ensure majority support from Republican representatives who do not want their last act of the GOP-controlled House to be a pre-Christmas government shutdown. (Apparently, fighting for principle is a horrible way to go out.)” (11/28/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/red-state-socialism-update-2

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41) How Betsy DeVos does the Koch Brothers’ bidding
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“While the serial outrages of the Trump administration continue to make headlines, the more mundane activities of his cabinet officials and their underlings often fly under the radar. Take U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, for instance, whose nomination drew a history-making opposition and set off an avalanche of ridicule in social media and late-night comedy, but who now operates largely out of public view, behind a security screen that is projected to cost the taxpayers nearly $8 million over the next year. What’s largely been overlooked behind all the lurid headlines and endless insults are all the ways in which officials like DeVos are quietly at work continuing to use our tax money to advance a deeply troubling agenda. Now that Congress is poised to turn from Red to Blue, DeVos’s activities (such as rolling back regulation of for-profit colleges, stalling the forgiveness of student loans and rewriting rules for the treatment of campus sexual assault) are getting increased scrutiny from House Democrats.” [editor’s note: Meanwhile, each of these moves could have positive effects in the long run, as they open options and limit fraud in all three cases? – SAT] (11/28/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20181128/devos-does-koch-brothers-bidding

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42) Nationalism is a weird ideology
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“Nationalism is, among other things, a gigantic aggregation error. It takes a huge, enormously diverse collection of people and imagines that each and every individual in the collection is somehow better than each and every individual in other nation-states. The more you think about it, the more idiotic it becomes.” (11/27/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/11/27/nationalism-is-a-weird-ideology/

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43) Immigration: Give the private sector a bigger role in deciding who comes here
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“I’m not one to argue against freedom of contract and exchange between US citizens and foreign nationals. In other words, if a private employer wishes to offer a job to a foreign national, that foreign national should be free to accept. Similarly, if an American landlord wants to enter into a lease agreement with a foreigner, that ought to be the landlord’s prerogative. Note that in these cases, however, the private parties involved are specific individuals. The landlord and the employer have not entered into agreements with some vague concept of ‘immigrants.’ They’re doing business with certain individuals who happen to be immigrants. At the heart of this reality is a very important fact: immigrants are not homogeneous. Each person has different skills, different needs, and different luck.” (11/27/18)

https://mises.org/wire/immigration-give-private-sector-bigger-role-deciding-who-comes-here

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44) Using tear gas on illegal migrants: No “war crime,” nothing new & saves lives
Source: USA Today
by James S Robbins

“Using tear gas against groups of illegal immigrants charging the U.S. border has been called evil, a war crime and a disgrace. But it is more routine than you think. President Donald Trump’s critics went gonzo after Border Patrol agents used tear gas to disperse members of a Honduran ‘migrant caravan’ who charged the border at the San Ysidro border crossing and attacked agents with rocks and bottles. … Umbrage aside, this is hardly the first time nonlethal chemical weapons have been used at the border. Exactly five years earlier, during the Obama administration, border agents repelled a gang of rock and bottle throwing illegal immigrants using pepper spray. This was just one of 151 uses of pepper spray at the border that year alone, in addition to 27 uses of tear gas, and all without a peep about ‘war crimes’ or the Holocaust.” [editor’s note: Obama didn’t deem immigration an “invasion” and order the military to the border. Trump does and did. He claims to be at war. That makes it a war crime rather than a mere run-of-the-mill atrocity – TLK] (11/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/11/28/tear-gas-use-illegal-migrant-caravan-border-crossing-trump-column/2126309002

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45) A simple formula to increase learning: Read, write, read more, write more
Source: Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland

“The never-ending quest for magic formulae that universally educate all children brings to mind this lyrical lament from a 1980 Johnny Lee country tune: ‘I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places.’ Rarely does anything loveable, or even merely useful, come from wandering the maze of government agencies, huge foundations, textbook publishers, and assorted ed-tech or pedagogical soothsayers. A reviewer of a century’s worth of grandiose schemes, designs, and boondoggles — Common Core being the latest — would be hard-pressed to identify more than a few that have succeeded. By contrast, a spark of inspiration for helping children can emanate from an individual who has no institutional axe to grind and is willing to sacrifice for the cause. Will Fitzhugh fits that mold perfectly.” (11/27/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/11/a-simple-formula-to-increase-learning-read-write-read-more-write-more/

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46) Here’s what Trump needs to do at the G20
Source: Reuters
by David A Andelman

“Last year’s G20 is remembered for the moment when Donald Trump flew off in a huff, leaving differences on issues like climate change unresolved. This year, few Western leaders are likely to have any grand illusions when they arrive in Buenos Aires for this weekend’s 2018 summit. For many, it seems, the U.S. president is operating under one overriding world view. American foreign policy is for sale. The issue is finding just the right price. Now, as Trump heads off for his second G20 conference — the premier gathering of world leaders, at least half of whom have been loyal friends and allies of the United States for a century or longer — it’s time for him, and for much of the world that once counted America as a firm and true partner, to turn the corner. So perhaps it would be worthwhile to give the U.S. president a little cheat sheet he can take into each of his bilateral conferences (or even water-cooler encounters) that will help him work out where the nation’s most fundamental needs and desires really lie.” (11/28/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-andelman-g20-commentary/commentary-heres-what-trump-needs-to-do-at-the-g20-idUSKCN1NX276

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47) Knowledge and certainty “laundering” via computer models
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“Today I want to come back to a topic I have not covered for a while, which is what I call knowledge or certainty ‘laundering’ via computer models. I will explain this term more in a moment, but I use it to describe the use of computer models (by scientists and economists but with strong media/government/activist collusion) to magically convert an imperfect understanding of a complex process into apparently certain results and predictions to two-decimal place precision.” (11/27/18)

http://coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2018/11/knowledge-and-certainty-laundering-via-computer-models-2.html

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48) Jerome Corsi, Roger Stone, and the Austin Powers theory of Russian collusion
Source: National Review
by David French

“At the risk of oversimplifying, there are two broad ‘Russian collusion’ theories. One lacks credibility. The other just got a slight boost yesterday when Jerome Corsi provided to the Washington Post what appears to be a draft statement of offense from the special counsel’s office. Let’s call them the James Bond theory and the Austin Powers theory. The James Bond theory is fading. The Austin Powers theory may well be true. … According to [the James Bond] theory, collusion represented the marriage of a sophisticated Russian intelligence operation with a near-treasonous Trump campaign — apparently full of hyper-competent operatives who could sneak, undetected, into Europe for key meetings with Russian assets. … I’m sorry. I don’t buy it. Not yet. Not without actual, substantial evidence. … But there’s another version of the collusion tale. … Under the Austin Powers theory, the Trump campaign had in its orbit and near-orbit a collection of comically inept crooks and grifters who were looking to gain any advantage they could — without regard for morality, law, or common sense.” (11/28/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/11/jerome-corsi-roger-stone-and-the-austin-powers-theory-of-russian-collusion/

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49) The shelf life of the self: Arendt on identity politics
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Shree Agnihotri

“While identity politics does well to highlight a history of suppression, it also contributes to a further strengthening of political cleavages that prevent us from ever going back to the ideal state that was disturbed by the suppression. Identity politics causes harm to inter-sectionalities because it forces us to choose between conflicting identities. But more importantly, it conflates the many dimensions of our self with the identity that we have thus chosen to speak through, politically. This conflation results in a demonization of everything that does not conform to our sense of identity …” (11/27/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/11/27/the-shelf-life-of-the-self-arendt-on-identity-politics/

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50) Survey: Public schools churning out legions of ignorant anti-Americans
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“Congratulations to the leftists who’ve taken over the nation’s public education system. They’re now producing generations of Americans who know little about their own country, other than that they hate it. That’s what a new survey shows, anyway. A new YouGov poll asked more than 1,000 people aged 14 and up about their knowledge of the country’s history and institutions, and their patriotic feelings toward the U.S. The nationwide survey, sponsored by the Foundation for Liberty and American Greatness, produced some alarming results. Basically, it found younger generations [millennials (age 22-27) and Gen Z (age 14-21)] are less likely to love and respect the country. And they’re less informed about American history, and way more likely to embrace socialism. Is that just evidence of youthful ignorance? Or is it the result of a school system that indoctrinates children in leftist ideology?” (11/28/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/millennials-patriotic-survey

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51) How one murder could reshape Oklahoma
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“Carpenter v. Murphy isn’t one of the more high-profile Supreme Court cases in recent years, but it may lead to one of the most consequential decisions this term. The dispute, for which the court heard oral arguments on Tuesday, is relatively straightforward: Does the Muscogee Creek Nation’s reservation in Oklahoma still legally exist? If the answer is yes, then the result is far but simple: Half of the state could fall under tribal jurisdiction–with significant ramifications for taxes, regulations, and criminal investigations. In a legal twist for the ages, this all proceeds from a murder case. Patrick Murphy, a member of the Creek Nation, was convicted and sentenced to death for murder in McIntosh County, Oklahoma. But his lawyers have argued that because the murder took place within the Creek reservation’s borders, only the federal government, rather than the state government, has the power to sentence him. Now the court faces a quintessential legal dilemma: Should it do what is easy, or what is correct?” (11/28/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152447/one-murder-reshape-oklahoma

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52) An opportunity to make government debt more transparent
Source: The American Spectator
by Johnny Kampis

“Fiscal hawks hope to see reforms in accounting standards for state and local governments that would increase the transparency of their debt. The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) is now considering changes to its reporting recommendations, accepting comments until Feb. 15, 2019, on its plan called ‘Preliminary View on Financial Reporting Model Improvements.’ That proposal would guide governments to add some costs and liabilities to their general fund financial statements, but wouldn’t require them to list some of the biggies such as pension and retiree health-care costs that are largely underfunded. GASB is a private, nonprofit organization formed in 1984 that creates generally accepted accounting procedures (what is known as GAAP standards) followed by most governments.” (11/28/18)

https://spectator.org/government-debt-transparent/

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53) UK and Ecuador conspire to deliver Julian Assange to US authorities
Source: Antiwar.com
by Gareth Porter

“The accidental revelation in mid-November that U.S. federal prosecutors had secretly filed charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange underlines the determination of the Trump administration to end Assange’s asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been staying since 2012. Behind the revelation of those secret charges for supposedly threatening US national security is a murky story of a political ploy by the Ecuadorean and British governments to create a phony rationale for ousting Assange from the embassy. The two regimes agreed to base their plan on the claim that Assange was conspiring to flee to Russia.” (11/28/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/porter/2018/11/27/uk-and-ecuador-conspire-to-deliver-julian-assange-to-us-authorities/

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54) Trump’s assault on the rule of law
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Reich

“The ‘rule of law’ distinguishes democracies from dictatorships. It’s based on three fundamental principles. Trump is violating every one of them. The first is that no person is above the law, not even a president. Which means a president cannot stop an investigation into his alleged illegal acts. Yet in recent weeks Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who at least had possessed enough integrity to recuse himself from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s possible collusion with Russia in the 2016 election. Trump replaced Sessions with an inexperienced loyalist hack, Matthew G. Whitaker, whose only distinction to date has been loud and public condemnation of that investigation. As a conservative legal commentator on CNN, Whitaker even suggested that a clever attorney general could secretly starve the investigation of funds. … The second principle of the rule of law is that a president cannot prosecute political opponents or critics. Decisions about whom to prosecute for alleged criminal wrongdoing must be made by prosecutors who are independent of politics.” (11/27/18)

http://prospect.org/article/trumps-assault-on-rule-law

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55) French protesters demand: “Death to taxes”
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“As satiated Americans gathered around their Thanksgiving tables to count their blessings, incensed protesters gathered in roadways and intersections across France to count the cost of Emmanuel Macron’s punishing gas taxes. A leaderless rebellion propelled hundreds of thousands of people into the streets — on foot, of course — and made France perhaps the least likely site in the world to see citizens demand, ‘Death to taxes.’” (11/27/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/11/27/french-protesters-demand-death-taxes

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56) Federal judge’s dangerous speech code ruling overshadows promising due process decision
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Alex Morey

“Last week, a federal district court issued a ruling in a lawsuit brought by University of Michigan professor Pamela Smock against her institution that is notable for its sharply divided outcomes on several major civil liberties issues facing public university faculty. While the decision is promising with regard to campus due process protections, its holding on freedom of speech and academic freedom threatens faculty rights.” (11/27/18)

https://www.thefire.org/federal-judges-dangerous-speech-code-ruling-overshadows-promising-due-process-decision/

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57) Ukraine should not be a member of NATO
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“While alliances deter, they also ensnare. If war breaks out, then Washington is automatically involved. And war becomes more likely when governments believe they can borrow the U.S. armed forces for their own purposes, which makes them more reckless. It is fine to be ‘pro-Ukrainian,’ as Poroshenko put it. Russia’s various assaults on Ukraine were wrong. However, there is no cause for Washington to go to war. First, Kiev is of little security interest to the West. Ukraine suffered as part of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union, without any meaningful impact on America or Europe. Ukraine’s current travails are unsettling but not threatening to anyone else. Moreover, Kiev, the Europeans, and America are hardly blameless.” (11/28/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/ukraine-should-not-be-member-nato

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58) Trump is crazy, invoke the 25th
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“The reason Trump should be de-presidented has nothing to do with his legislative actions or foreign policy initiatives. Unlike George W. Bush in 2000 (and arguably in 2004), Trump won fairly. Unlike Barack Obama, he has kept his promises. His presidency is legitimate. It has nothing to with his alleged ethical and legal breaches. Impeachment is the proper instrument for charging and possibly removing a sitting president. The 25th Amendment was ratified in 1965 following the Kennedy assassination. It provides a mechanism for replacing a president who has become incapacitated physically — or, as seems to be the case for Trump, mentally.” (11/28/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/28/trump-is-crazy-invoke-the-25th/

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59) Marijuana wins again
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“In the recent election, some Democrats won and some lost. Likewise, some Republicans won and some lost. There is one ‘candidate,’ however, who won on most of the ballots ‘he’ appeared on: marijuana.” (11/28/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/marijuana-wins-again/

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60) Antitrust FAQ
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Jessica Melugin, Ryan Radia, Iain Murray, & Clyde Wayne Crews

“Today’s body of antitrust laws is the culmination of over one hundred years of unclear objectives, contradictory interpretations, and controversial court decisions. At its most basic, antitrust is regulation restricting certain business arrangements and decisions. In the U.S., the stated aim of antitrust law is preserving competition in the marketplace to the benefit of consumers.” (11/27/18)

https://cei.org/test-faq-page

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

61) Reason Podcast, 11/28/18
Source: Reason

“Nick Gillespie, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and Matt Welch [were] taking your questions.” [Flash video] (11/28/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/11/28/be-here-at-1-pm-et-to-watch-a-live-podca

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62) Political Theater with Jason Dick, episode 46
Source: Roll Call

“The results of the Mississippi Senate runoff election were not surprising. The Republican won. The Democrat lost. It is a Republican state. But the fact that we were talking about Mississippi at all in the late stages of the 2018 election season was a surprise. It also brings up questions about political trends in the South, race, history and culture. There is even a Clinton angle! And the not-overwhelming victory of Cindy Hyde-Smith over Democrat Mike Espy portends profound questions for both parties. Roll Call Senior Political Reporter Simone Pathé and Inside Elections Deputy Editor Leah Askarinam go deep about the Deep South in the latest Political Theater Podcast.” [various formats] (11/28/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/going-down-to-mississippi-podcast

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63) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 11/28/18
Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“James Corbett (The Corbett Report) on a variety of world news headlines — Jordan Page (Artist; Musician, Liberty Activist) on the release of ‘The Ballad of LaVoy Finicum (A Cowboy’s Stand for Freedom)’ …” [MP3] (11/28/18)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/251972-2018-11-28-11-28-18-james-corbett-jordan-page-dr-janet-levatin.htm

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64) The Libertarian Angle, 11/28/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Richard Ebeling is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel. He became a libertarian while still in high school and has been involved in the libertarian movement for many decades. Who did he look up to? What books have influenced him the most? Richard and FFF president Jacob Hornberger discuss.” [various formats] (11/28/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-ebelings-favorite-authors-henry-hazlitt/

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65) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/28/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The Fed is raising rates in search of an arbitrary ‘neutral rate’ that they’ve collectively set their sights upon. Then we can all relax, right? Wrong! The damage of the Fed’s manipulation of the economy has been done, and a financial crisis is unavoidable.” [Flash video] (11/28/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/the-feds-impossible-dream-of-fine-tuning-the-economy

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66) Blockchain 2025, 11/28/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Kobe Bryant speaking at their 2019 conference is in line with their style; making big waves. Tron is working to create a new internet. Do they have a chance at pulling it off?” [various formats] (11/28/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e588-Decentralized-Internet-Everything-Tron

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67) Electric Libertyland, episode 100
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In this week’s Electric Libertyland Brian McWilliams looks back on 100 episodes of podcasting and reflects on what he’s learned, where he feels the movement is currently and what libertarianism is lacking: marketable heroes.” [various formats] (11/28/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/11/28/electric-libertyland-100th-episode-the-trouble-with-libertarian-heroes/

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68) Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 11/28/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Decades of CIA death squads, economic warfare, coups, and support for authoritarian rule played a central role in the exodus of refugees from Central America. Donald Trump is now threatening to shoot the fleeing victims. Honduran professor Suyapa Portillo Villeda analyzes how Washington created the crisis. Jeremy Scahill details the history of John Negroponte and the Contra death squads in Nicaragua and the case of a U.S. Jesuit priest murdered in Honduras during Negroponte’s tenure. The Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux and Melissa del Bosque of the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute talk about the militarization of the border, the prosecution of humanitarian volunteers who help immigrants, and the nativist white supremacists driving U.S. policy.” [various formats] (11/28/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/11/28/killing-asylum-how-decades-of-u-s-policy-ravaged-central-america/

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69) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 241
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“This episode’s should be titled ‘Baker’s Law of Evil Technology,’ as it explains Twitter’s dysfunctional woke-ness, Yahoo’s crappy security, and Uber’s deadly autonomous vehicles.” [various formats] (11/28/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/11/28/bakers-law-of-evil-technology

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70) Essential Libertarianism, episode 52
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Taxes no better than slavery, by Carl Watner.” [various formats] (11/28/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/11/28/taxes-no-better-than-slavery-el052/

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71) Free Talk Live, 11/27/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Getting Paid in Crypto :: Allodial Title :: Ohio Government Accepting Cryptocurrency :: Naked Short :: Highly Ignorant Attack Piece Against Bitcoin In Major Newspapers :: Apartments Going Up in Price While Space Goes Down :: HOSTS — Ian, Vincent, Jay.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/27/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-11-27

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72) Editor’s Break, episode 113
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 113 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: the identical and nefarious motivations of colonialism and statism; upgrading confirmation bias to confirmation imperative; the virtue of baby steps toward reducing coercion in society; why humans are naturally egalitarian, how far that goes, and why it’s disastrous as public policy; the voluntaryist solutions to the public benefits to immigrants problem; and more.” [various formats] (11/27/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/colonialism-confirmation-imperative-baby-steps-egalitarianism-immigrants-ii-32m-editors-break-113

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73) Scott Adams Says, 11/28/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about false memories, Chines re-education camps, Facebook racists, and coffee.” [Flash video] (11/28/18)

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

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74) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 89
Source: Roll Call

“This is a special edition podcast to bring you an interview with a key lawmaker, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, about how Democrats will respond to Republican tax cuts.” [various formats] (11/27/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/tax-cuts-revisited-senate-democrat-says

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75) Cato Daily Podcast, 11/27/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The Weyerhaeuser decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court was nominally about protecting a frog’s (potential) habitat. Holly Fretwell of the Property and Environment Research Center says protecting endangered species requires a deeper dive into the workings of the Endangered Species Act. We spoke in October before the decision was handed down.” [various formats] (11/27/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/weyerhaeuser-frog-never-had-chance

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76) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 24
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie examine Anthem by Rush. I shouldn’t need to say much about this one, it’s literally based on an Ayn Rand book’s themes. It’s also a kick ass rock song without being overly complex in lyric or musicality.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/27/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/you-know-everyone-with-alex-shaw-sounds-like-liberty-episode-24/

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77) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 277
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #277, I discuss recent events that resulted in Ukraine declaring Martial Law. Ukrainian ships attempted to navigate Russian waters without following procedures established by Russia. Russian ships rammed a Ukrainian tugboat and fired on two other Ukrainian ships. No one was killed and Russia seized the three ships.” [various formats] (11/28/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-277-ukraine-declares-martial-law

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78) James Bovard on The Gold Standard Podcast
Source: JimBovard.com

“Ever since I scoffed at a few dubious Boy Scout good deeds decades ago, I’ve had the rep of being a cynic. But Alan Mosley, host of the Gold Standard Podcast, has discovered my ‘endless optimism.’ Miracles never cease! We had lots of fun on this 40 minute interview, thumping coverups, federal atrocities, constitutional crimes, the TSA, and lots of other topics, and giving a few whoops for Julian Assange, Wikileaks, and Edward Snowden.” [various formats] (11/27/18)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2018/11/27/my-endless-optimism-the-gold-standard-podcast/

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79) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 113
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“This Thanksgiving holiday, I took time to reflect on what I’m most thankful for in this crazy year of mine, and there is a lot there to be thankful for. What’s in the News with stories on military industrial complex financial news, military industrial complex murder news, military industrial complex border security news, more military industrial complex border news, Julian Assange, and finally, some peace news. Also, a Muh Roads segment on private firefighting is in the spotlight.” [various formats] (11/27/18)

https://thelavaflow.com/thankful-tlf113/

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80) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1293
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, joins me to discuss the Trump phenomenon and what people missed about it (and therefore why they didn’t see his victory coming), plus democracy, persuasion, debating, Hillary Clinton, and plenty more.” [various formats] (11/27/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1293-scott-adams-on-trump-and-persuasion/

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