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In the News:

1) Colombia: Government and rebels sign modified peace agreement
2) Trump gives Priebus, Bannon, key regime roles
3) South Korea: Prosecutors want to question president over scandal
4) Australia and US reach deal to resettle asylum seekers
5) Clinton blames defeat on FBI director
6) NY: Cuomo vows to protect Muslims, LGBTQ communities in post-election letter
7) Iraq: Regime forces retake ancient Assyrian village of Nimrud
8) Argentina: Macri rethinks US relations after backing Clinton
9) Cuba: Castro regime prepares military for hostile Trump regime
10) Trump decision on chief of staff “imminent”
11) New Zealand: Domino’s tests pizza delivery drones
12) Facts about CalExit and Democrat “secession movement”
13) Trump protesters’ resounding message: No national mandate
14) Some Republicans see attacking Obamacare through regulation
15) NH: State Representative re-elected, arrested on same day
16) Facebook buys leaked passwords from black market
17) Turkey: Regime extends ongoing purge to NGOs
18) IMF approves $12 billion loan to Egyptian regime
19) Pakistan: At least 25 killed in explosion at Sufi shrine
20) Zuckerberg: Facebook fake news didn’t sway election

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Welcome to new boss, same as old boss …
22) To-do list for a Trump presidency
23) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 104
24) Will the Democrats learn anything at all from defeat?
25) Surveillance self-defense against the Trump administration
26) Trump won because college-educated Americans are out of touch
27) Google Fiber cashing government checks — bypassing poor neighborhoods anyway
28) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 107
29) Democrats should lie like Donald Trump
30) The LAVA Spurt, episode 21
31) Free Talk Live, 11/12/16
32) Raw numbers, real people
33) Dangers awaiting Trump: Trade, North Korea, Iran
34) Why Trump triumphed
35) What, me worry?
36) And the award for schmuckiest schmuck goes to … Ethan Coen!
37) We can heal the divide. Here’s how.
38) Democrats were the disarray party
39) Thoughts from Maharrey Head, episode 67
40) Basic economic thinking would fix the broken US health care system
41) Is TPP really dead?
42) The Hillary loss, are libertarians to blame/thank?
43) spiked podcast, 11/12/16
44) How China has created its own TPP
45) Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump will have terrifying powers. Thanks, Obama.
46) You’re afraid of power, not Trump
47) “Not my president” — no matter who he is
48) Owl of Athena
49) Perilous government finances
50) Five ways president Trump could jump-start economic growth

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

1) Colombia: Government and rebels sign modified peace agreement
Source: Westfield Republican

“Colombia’s government and its largest rebel group signed a new, modified peace accord in Havana on Saturday following the surprise rejection of an earlier deal by voters in a referendum. The latest agreement aims to address some of the concerns of opponents of the original accord, who said the deal was too lenient on a leftist rebel group that had kidnapped and committed war crimes.” (11/13/16)

http://www.westfieldrepublican.com/page/content.detail/id/2194863/Colombia-s-government–rebels-sign-modified-peace-agreement.html

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2) Trump gives Priebus, Bannon, key regime roles
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US President-elect Donald Trump has awarded key roles in his incoming team to a top Republican party official and a right-wing media chief. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), will be his chief of staff. In this role, he will set the tone for the new White House and act as a conduit to Congress and the government. Stephen Bannon, from the Breitbart News Network, will serve as Mr Trump’s chief strategist.” (11/14/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37970146

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3) South Korea: Prosecutors want to question president over scandal
Source: Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot

“South Korean prosecutors want to question President Park Geun-hye this week over suspicion that she let a shadowy longtime confidante manipulate power from behind the scenes, an official said Sunday. It would be the first time that a sitting South Korean president has been questioned by prosecutors. The explosive scandal is the most serious challenge for Park, whose public apologies have done little to calm public anger.” (11/13/16)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SKOREA_POLITICS_ASOL-?SITE=VANOV&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-11-13-06-22-31

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4) Australia and US reach deal to resettle asylum seekers
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Australia and the US have reached a resettlement deal for asylum seekers held in offshore detention centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. Under the agreement, the migrants there will be assessed and the most vulnerable will be resettled in the US. About 1,200 people are being held in the asylum centres on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and on Nauru island. Australia’s policy of sending migrants who arrive by boat to offshore facilities has been criticised. Announcing the deal with the US on Sunday, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the resettlement process would be gradual.” (11/13/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-37965528

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5) Clinton blames defeat on FBI director
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Hillary Clinton has blamed her defeat in the US presidential election on interventions by the FBI director. James Comey’s announcement of a new inquiry into her use of email while secretary of state shortly before election day had stopped her campaign’s momentum, Mrs. Clinton said. The Democratic candidate was speaking to top party donors in a phone call, which was leaked to the media.” (11/13/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-3796396

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6) NY: Cuomo vows to protect Muslims, LGBTQ communities in post-election letter
Source: CBS New York

“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo published an open letter to the residents of New York State regarding the results of the presidential election, promising to ‘fight against the targeting of Muslims, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and for the rights of all Americans.’ … The letter was first published in the New York Daily News, and later released as a statement by the Cuomo Administration. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio mirrored Cuomo’s sentiments earlier this week, saying he will have an open-handed policy with regard to Trump, but not without limits.” (11/13/16)

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/11/13/andrew-cuomo-election-letter/

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7) Iraq: Regime forces retake ancient Assyrian village of Nimrud
Source: CNN

For centuries, the massive Assyrian city in Northern Iraq lay buried beneath the sands of time, forgotten by history. Archeologists first began excavating Nimrud — built nearly 3,000 years ago — in the 1840s. … Last year, ISIS blew up the ancient walled city. The terror group released disturbing footage of the destruction. … UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, described the deliberate destruction of Nimrud as a ‘war crime.’ On Sunday, Iraqi forces liberated the village of Nimrud and the site of the ruins as part of the ongoing battle for Mosul, ISIS’ last major stronghold in Iraq, according to Col. Mohammed Ibrahim, a spokesman for Iraq’s Joint operations command.” (11/13/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/13/middleeast/iraq-retakes-nimrud/

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8) Argentina: Macri rethinks US relations after backing Clinton
Source: PanAm Post

“After the victory of Republican Donald Trump, Argentina officials are looking at new strategies for improving relations with the US. President Mauricio Macri and his administration reportedly focused all of their time on Democrat Hillary Clinton, and now must figure out how to get close with Donald Trump’s administration. Critics are calling the choice to put all of their eggs in Clinton’s basket a ‘diplomatic error’ that must be addressed in the face of the shocking outcome of Tuesday’s election.” (11/11/16)

https://panampost.com/raquel-garcia/2016/11/11/argentinas-macri-rethinks-us-relations-after-backing-clinton/

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9) Cuba: Castro regime prepares military for hostile Trump regime
Source: PanAm Post

“In the wake of Trump’s victory in the US presidential election and his promises to get tough on Cuba, officials on the island have raised concern about the future of relations between the two countries. Raul Castro sent a brief message of congratulations to Trump, but hours later the communist adminstration announced a strategic military exercise between Novemeber 16 and 18.” (11/11/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/11/11/cuban-regime-prepares-its-military-for-hostile-trump-government/

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10) Trump decision on chief of staff “imminent”
Source: Fox News

“President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of his chief of staff is “imminent,” his campaign manager and transition team senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters late Saturday. A significant White House job, the chief of staff likely will set the tone for Trump’s White House and serve as a main communications channel to Capitol Hill and Cabinet agencies. Conway said the announcement would not come Saturday, but added, ‘It’s imminent. Soon.’ Trump is said to be considering Steve Bannon, his campaign chairman and a conservative media executive, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus for the job. Neither has significant policy experience, though Priebus is well-liked in Washington and has ties with lawmakers.” (11/12/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/12/trump-decision-on-chief-staff-imminent-adviser-says.html

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11) New Zealand: Domino’s tests pizza delivery drones
Source: Reason

“The latest entity to nudge humanity along that path is not a tech behemoth or a university research team but, of all things, a pizza company. In New Zealand, Domino’s has started to test the delivery of food to customers via a drone called DomiCopter. ‘It doesn’t add up to deliver a two kilogram package in a two-ton vehicle,’ Scott Bush, a general manager for Domino’s Pizza Enterprises, which is independent of the U.S. chain and operates in seven countries, told CNN Money last August. ‘In Auckland, we have such massive traffic congestion it just makes sense to take to the airways.'” (11/13/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/11/13/new-zealand-has-pizza-delivery

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12) Facts about CalExit and Democrat “secession movement”
Source: Raw Story

“California and Oregon residents are so distraught over Donald Trump’s election to the White House, some are considering leaving the United States to form their own republics. While voters in rural, conservative areas overwhelmingly backed Trump for president, liberal communities on the West Coast went hard for Clinton. More than 61 percent of voters in California, for example, choose Clinton, the highest Democratic turnout for a presidential nominee since President Franklin D. Roosevelt won re-election in 1936, the New York Times reported. In King County, home to Seattle and the most populous in Washington state, Clinton got more voters than President Barack Obama did in 2012. The show of support for Clinton came as voters in California also voted for legal marijuana, joining Washington and Oregon to create a Western wall of recreational pot.” (11/12/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/will-california-and-oregon-leave-the-union-facts-about-calexit-and-democrats-secession-movement

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13) Trump protesters’ resounding message: No national mandate
Source: USA Today

“They come in all ages and walks of life, unflinching and determined to be heard. Mothers with young children, hoping to impart an up-close lesson in history. Animated college students stretching their political vocal cords for the first time. Aging Baby Boomers who haven’t toted a protest sign since their anti-war days in the 1970s. Street demonstrations that started as a release of anger, frustration and disbelief after Democrat Hillary Clinton conceded to Republican Donald Trump have mushroomed into a rolling movement that has engulfed the country for four days and counting. From New York to Miami to Olympia, Wash., to Iowa City, the election results have touched a nerve. Shouts of ‘Dump Trump’ and ‘Not My President’ are the battle cry punctuating gatherings along Fifth Avenue, outside the White House and in front of small-town city halls. Most have been peaceful; a few have teetered toward violence; many have been emotional.” (11/12/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/11/12/trump-protesters-resounding-message-no-national-mandate/93712268

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14) Some Republicans see attacking Obamacare through regulation
Source: Reuters

“Congressional Republicans are looking for the quickest ways to tear down Obamacare following Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president, including rapidly confirming a new health secretary who could recast regulations while waiting for lawmakers to pass sweeping repeal legislation. Trump’s victory on Tuesday means Republicans will control the White House, Senate and House of Representatives. But congressional Democrats are expected to put up a huge fight against Republican efforts to repeal the 2010 law considered President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement. The Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare, has provided 25 million previously uninsured Americans with health coverage. Republicans have launched repeated legal and legislative efforts to dismantle the law, which they call a government overreach.” (11/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-obamacare-idUSKBN1370AV

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15) NH: State Representative re-elected, arrested on same day
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A New Hampshire lawmaker wanted by police for failing to show up for a court hearing was re-elected and arrested on the same day. New Hampshire Public Radio reports that Republican state Rep. Dick Marple was sitting outside a polling place with his campaign signs on Election Day when an officer recognized him. Marple was charged with driving without a valid license in December 2014. Authorities had issued a bench warrant for his arrest after he failed to show up for a court hearing in October. Police say Marple drove himself to the police station and was arrested. He also was re-elected to a fifth term.” (11/11/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/New-Hampshire-lawmaker-re-elected-arrested-on-10608481.php

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16) Facebook buys leaked passwords from black market
Source: The Hacker News

“Facebook is reportedly buying stolen passwords that hackers are selling on the underground black market in an effort to keep its users’ accounts safe. On the one hand, we just came to know that Yahoo did not inform its users of the recently disclosed major 2014 hacking incident that exposed half a billion user accounts even after being aware of the hack in 2014. On the other hand, Facebook takes every single measure to protect its users’ security even after the company managed to avoid any kind of security scandal, data breach or hacks that have recently affected top notch companies.” (11/10/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/facebook-acccount-password.html

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17) Turkey: Regime extends ongoing purge to NGOs
Source: Reuters

“Turkey has halted the activities of 370 non-governmental groups including human rights and children’s organizations over their alleged terrorist links, the government said as it widens purges following a failed coup in July. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus defended the ban on the activities of the NGOs operating across the country, which was announced by the Interior Ministry late on Friday. ‘The organizations are not shut down, they are being suspended. There is strong evidence that they are linked to terrorist organizations,’ Kurtulmus said.” (11/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-idUSKBN1370DP

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18) IMF approves $12 billion loan to Egyptian regime
Source: Al Jazeera

“Egypt has won International Monetary Fund approval for a three-year, $12bn bailout programme aimed at reviving the struggling economy, bringing down public debt and controlling inflation. The IMF said its executive board’s approval on Friday immediately disbursed an initial loan tranche of $2.75bn to Egypt’s central bank. The remainder will be phased out over the next three years and are subject to five reviews on required reforms.” (11/12/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/egypt-imf-approves-12bn-loan-161112051416720.html

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19) Pakistan: At least 25 killed in explosion at Sufi shrine
Source: CBC News [Canadian state media]

“An explosion at a Muslim shrine in southwestern Pakistan killed at least 25 people and wounded dozens of others, local officials said. Hashim Ghalzai, a local district commissioner, told Reuters that the death toll was an initial report, and could rise further. The blast occurred at the Shah Noorani shrine, located in Baluchistan province, about 100 kilometres north of the port city of Karachi. It took place while hundreds of people were inside, said Ghalzai.” (11/12/16)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/pakistan-shrine-explosion-1.3848338

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20) Zuckerberg: Facebook fake news didn’t sway election
Source: USA Today

“Mark Zuckerberg addressed growing criticism of Facebook’s ascendant power to sway public opinion, saying the ‘small amount of fake news that spread on the social network during the election did not influence the outcome. ‘To think it influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea,’ Zuckerberg said Thursday evening during the Techonomy conference in Half Moon Bay, Calif.” (11/11/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/11/10/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-fake-news-didnt-sway-election/93622620/

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

21) Welcome to new boss, same as old boss …
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“The media, internet and neighborhood conversations are filled with every sort of commentary, boasting, celebrations, protests, analysis, predictions and general hand wringing. I’ve lived through a great many national elections, starting with Eisenhower, and pretty much all the same things have gone on each time, by someone. That this year’s political circus has been more vicious, filled with more stupidity, lies and hubris, I won’t deny. But it is a difference in intensity, not of kind. The real problem is that all electoral politics are the enemy to individual liberty.” (11/12/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10083

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22) To-do list for a Trump presidency
Source: Antiwar.com
by Lucy Steigerwald

“At some point during Tuesday night, MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews, strangely enough, was a momentary voice of reason and calm when he sarcastically pointed out that Gitmo remains open in spite of President Obama’s campaign promise to shut it down. That it an easy way of pointing out that presidential candidates say a lot, and they don’t necessarily do it once they’re elected. That’s either preparation for disappointment or relief when it comes to President Trump, and probably a mixture of both.” (11/11/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/lucy/2016/11/10/list-trump-presidency/

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23) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 104
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (birthday; rain; running for office versus other outreach; why Trump won; Trump v. ObamaCare; the Libertarian Party — What is to be Done?); Weekly rant (wrecking the election).” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/13/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-104-not.html

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24) Will the Democrats learn anything at all from defeat?
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“Bernie Sanders warned during the primaries when competing against Clinton that he could get voters out and that the Democrats tend to win when more people go to the polls. But the Democratic establishment won the primaries, Clinton campaigned on being President Barack Obama’s third term, and they went down in flames. The Democratic Party identity crisis that started becoming increasingly visible back during the 2014 midterms has arrived. The Democratic Party will not be able to govern on the basis of popular support for Obama any longer. So what happens next? What will the Democratic Party stand for after it stops being the ‘Obama Is Great’ club? According to Politico, Clinton’s circle is still in denial. To them, losing is a thing that happened for reasons that had nothing to do with them, and they’re sure they made the right decisions …” (11/11/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/11/11/will-the-democrats-learn-anything-at-all

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25) Surveillance self-defense against the Trump administration
Source: The Intercept
by Micah Lee

“Thanks to 16 years of relentless and illegal expansion of executive power under Presidents Bush and Obama, Trump is about to have more tools of surveillance at his disposal than any tyrant ever has. Those preparing for the long fight ahead must protect themselves, even if doing so can be technically complicated. The best approach varies from situation to situation, but here are some first steps that activists and other concerned citizens should take.” (11/12/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/11/12/surveillance-self-defense-against-the-trump-administration/

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26) Trump won because college-educated Americans are out of touch
Source: Washington Post
by Charles Camosy

“As the reality of President-elect Donald Trump settled in very early Wednesday morning, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes summed up an explanation common to many on the left: The Republican nominee pulled ahead thanks to old-fashioned American racism. But the attempt to make Trump’s victory about racism appears to be at odds with what actually happened on Election Day. Consider the following facts. Twenty-nine percent of Latinos voted for Trump, per exit polls. Remarkably, despite the near-ubiquitous narrative that Trump would have deep problems with this demographic given his comments and position on immigration, this was a higher percentage of those who voted for GOP nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. … The most important divide in this election was not between whites and non-whites. It was between those who are often referred to as ‘educated’ voters and those who are described as ‘working class’ voters.” (11/09/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/11/09/trump-won-because-college-educated-americans-are-out-of-touch

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27) Google Fiber cashing government checks — bypassing poor neighborhoods anyway
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has a current market cap value of $544 billion. The entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Taiwan is $524 billion. So Google is bigger than … Taiwan. So why is the United States federal government giving monster Google so many unequal-before-the-law policy preferences — via executive branch fiat?” (11/12/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/11/google-fiber-cashing-government-checks-bypassing-poor-neighborhoods-anyway/

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28) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 107
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“Who is the dollar vigilante? Jeff Berwick joins the JRLP to discuss his story on becoming a libertarian, his adventures exploring the world, his views on the state, and his predictions of the upcoming economic collapse. Jeff also talks about how he has spread liberty through The Dollar Vigilante, and his widely popular YouTube interview show The Anarchast. This is a no-holds-barred conversation about liberty’s greatest enemy, the state.” [various formats] (11/12/16)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-107-jeff-berwick-the-dollar-vigilante/

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29) Democrats should lie like Donald Trump
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Newt Gingrich, one of president-elect Donald Trump’s closest political allies, said on Thursday that Trump will ‘spend a lot of time controlling the border. He may not spend very much time trying to get Mexico to pay for it, but it was a great campaign device.’ This is an astonishing claim, given that one of Trump’s signature promises, made in his first speech announcing his presidential run and repeated countless times, was that he ‘will build a great, great wall on our southern border. And I will have Mexico pay for that wall.’ Now we discover it was probably just a ‘campaign device,’ which is a craven’s way of saying it was an intentional over-promise, if not a lie. Nor was this the only such device Trump used. We’re discovering that some of his most famous promises may have been made with his fingers crossed.” [editor’s note: Newsflash — they already do! – SAT] (11/11/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/138698/democrats-lie-like-donald-trump

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30) The LAVA Spurt, episode 21
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“The Electoral College has differed from the popular vote yet again. This has happened in 7% of presidential elections now. Is it still relevant? Thank you for joining me on the twenty-first episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Electoral College Edition.” [various formats] (11/12/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/electoral-college-edition-tls021/

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31) Free Talk Live, 11/12/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Liberal Talker Flips Formats :: Trump Protestors :: Protestors Damaging Property :: French Revolution :: Offensive Protest Tactics :: Angry Protestors :: Dodd Frank :: Lord of the Flies? :: Best Form of Government :: Accounting Costs of Voluntary Government :: Trump’s Huge Powers Came From Democrats :: Bussed-in College Students Bussed in to Protest :: Freest Country? :: Love it or Leave it :: Protection.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/12/16)

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32) Raw numbers, real people
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jim Davidson

“Some of us were alive and remember directly that in the late 1960s, as part of the protests against the Vietnam war, many young Americans protested that 18 year olds were being drafted, but were not eligible to vote. Yet another amendment was passed to bring about a lower age limit. But, given the injustice of trying teenagers as adults, and taxing them as adults without representation, where are the protests? Why aren’t young people asking for the vote, when it is clearly unjust for someone capable of conceiving a child, being tried as an adult, working a regular job, and paying taxes to be denied the same ‘rights, benefits, and privileges’ as other adults? You can ask them. But I will tell you what I think.” (11/13/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle898-20161113-05.html

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33) Dangers awaiting Trump: Trade, North Korea, Iran
Source: Reuters
by Andrew Hammond

“Barack Obama met with Donald Trump at the Oval Office on Thursday following his spectacular election upset on November 8. While the president-elect promptly promised to “put America’s interests first, but deal fairly with everyone”, many U.S. allies are nervous about what his win will mean for U.S. policy. That means he now has to begin a major campaign of re-assurance, and prepare for a host of challenges in a world full of potential danger. Trump is starting to receive enhanced intelligence briefings and his in-tray is vast. In the Middle East, key offensives are underway against Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria. In Asia, political tensions are growing in South Korea, where President Park Geun-hye faces pressure to resign at the same time the nuclear stand-off with North Korea has intensified. In Europe, the migration crisis is adding to concern in the continent over the future of the European Union post-Brexit.” (11/11/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-hammond-trade-commentary-idUSKBN1361PD

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34) Why Trump triumphed
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Donald J Trump triumphed. He overcame all the odds. His opponents were shocked. The pollsters and pundits were flummoxed. There is rioting in the streets, crying and gnashing of teeth among the inconsolable losers. What happened? How did he do it? Why?” (11/13/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/11/why-trump-triumphed.html

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35) What, me worry?
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Robert H Miller

“I couldn’t believe the spring in my step that morning, the sunny disposition that overwhelmed my otherwise dry-verging-on-the-cynical humor, the optimism that still refuses to let go of me. Some of it was relief that it was over; but I know some of it was schadenfreude. Watching the supercilious, condescending Left eat crow is extremely gratifying — Obama’s ‘Men, get over your sexism and vote for Hillary’ to the fore. I’d hoped for divided government, with a narrow Clinton win and a Republican Congress, with a nod to Ted Cruz’s glimmer of hope for a reduced Supreme Court. … Still, knowing my candidate would never win, I look for the silver lining: goodbye Obamacare, hello Supreme Court.” (11/12/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1625

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36) And the award for schmuckiest schmuck goes to … Ethan Coen!
Source: The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

“Given the impenetrably thick air of moral self-love that suffocates any and all attempts at cleverness in this piece, Coen’s first two points are perhaps the most objectionable. He mocks all those who voted for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson for their feelings of ‘moral superiority’ and ‘warm self-approval,’ feelings which he knows — he just knows, don’t ask him how — are far more important to them than what he considers to be the disastrous political consequences of their choice. It is apparently impossible in Coen’s world for anyone to hold political views in a principled and serious manner when those views differ from his. Coen’s sneering condescension toward those who dare to disagree with him is utterly sickening. As for his defense of Hillary Clinton … well.” (11/12/16)

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2016/11/and-award-for-schmuckiest-schmuck-goes.html

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37) We can heal the divide. Here’s how.
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“As long as we have a Federal Government with the power to rule so completely over all fifty states, the secession petitions are here to stay. If the Federal Government abode the Constitution, the secession petitions would not be necessary. I’m no Constitutionalist, but we suddenly have Democrats who are in favor of small government, the Second Amendment to fight against the state, and other libertarian-ish positions. Great! Now accept that you don’t want to be tyrannized, so forego the opportunity to tyrannize others. Start seeking peace. Stop seeking revenge. Conservatives, don’t seek revenge now that you control the Federal Government. Liberals, don’t seek revenge when you take it back.” (11/12/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/11/12/we-can-heal-the-divide-heres-how/

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38) Democrats were the disarray party
Source: USA Today
by Christian Schneider

“So much for all that bleating about Republicans. Turns out they were not the ones in crisis. For months we couldn’t take our eyes off the 2016 reality show that was the Donald Trump campaign. Political rubberneckers just had to slow down for an extended look at the damage Trump was evidently inflicting on civility, democracy and the Republican Party. But for all the declarations that the GOP was in crisis (this columnist certainly not exempted from such bleating) Tuesday ended up being a transformational night for Republicans. It turns out it wasn’t the Republican Party that was in disarray. It was the Democrats all along.” (11/11/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/11/democrats-were-disarray-party-christian-schneider/93612024

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39) Thoughts from Maharrey Head, episode 67
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mikel Maharrey

“In this episode of Thoughts from Maharrey Head, I take apart [Keith] Hughes'[s] nullification video and use it as an example of why we can’t trust the history we learned in school.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/13/16)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/11/podcast-bad-historians/

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40) Basic economic thinking would fix the broken US health care system
Source: Heartland Institute
by David S D’Amato

“In the realm of public policy, a bit of economic thinking can go a long way. Obamacare is seemingly grinding to a half as a result of being fundamentally at odds with basic economic principles. Today, real, acting human beings are much less the object of economics than are complex mathematical models, abstracted away from reality and setting aside the most central ideas of traditional political economy. And that’s unfortunate, because economics as the study of human beings, their wants, and their means of acquiring them has much to teach about health care policy in general and the failures of Obamacare in particular.” (11/11/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/11/basic-economic-thinking-would-fix-the-broken-us-health-care-system/

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41) Is TPP really dead?
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) dead or not? The President-elect says he is against TPP. TPP may be the thing that cost Clinton the election. The voters obviously were against it. The head of the Senate says he won’t bring it up for a vote. But House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t said a thing. And, of course, Wall Street and the giant multinational corporations want TPP and they want it bad. Donald Trump campaigned and won on opposition to past trade agreements and the upcoming TPP. Because of this the leaders of the Senate are saying there won’t be a TPP vote in Senate during the ‘lame duck’ session of Congress. This week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Obstruction) said that there will be no Senate vote on TPP before next year. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-Wall Street), who is expected to be the next Senate Minority Leader, told the AFL-CIO executive council the same.” (11/11/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161111/is-tpp-really-dead

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42) The Hillary loss, are libertarians to blame/thank?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“O, the Trump win was a thing to behold! Maybe you are like us here at Common Sense, and did not vote for the man. But you did not vote for Hillary Clinton, either. So, are you to blame? Er, thank?” (11/12/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/11/12/the-hillary-loss-are/

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43) spiked podcast, 11/12/16
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast, Nick Gillespie, Wendy Kaminer and Sean Collins discuss Donald Trump’s victory and the aftermath of the election.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/12/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/president-trump-revolter-or-autocrat/18968

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44) How China has created its own TPP
Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“We’ve heard repeated attacks during the presidential campaign against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the commercial treaty signed by the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and seven additional countries from Asia and Latin America. Much of the opposition — and even the occasional support — has focused on China. Supporters of the proposed treaty see it less as an economic accord and more as a strategic accord, necessary to contain China. Opponents see it as a threat, another bad trade deal which, after ratification by the U.S. Senate, might embolden signatories to let China in through ‘the back door,’ resulting in new calamities for American workers. The truth is: Both views are wrong — and for the same reason. TPP will do little, if anything, to slow the growth of China’s economic and political power. And it will have little effect on American workers.” (11/11/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8921

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45) Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump will have terrifying powers. Thanks, Obama.
Source: The Intercept
by Alex Emmons

“President Obama has spent much of his time as commander in chief expanding his own military power, while convincing courts not to limit his detention, surveillance, and assassination capabilities. Most of the new constraints on the security state during the Obama years were self-imposed, and could easily be revoked. It is too early to tell what Trump will actually do. But if his campaign promises are anything to go on, he will flex all the powers Obama accrued and more, while cutting through Obama’s self-imposed restraints like tissue paper. And the silence of Democrats during the Obama years will play a major role in facilitating his abuses.” (11/11/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/11/11/commander-in-chief-donald-trump-will-have-terrifying-powers-thanks-obama/

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46) You’re afraid of power, not Trump
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jason Stapleton

“You aren’t scared of Trump the person. Trump has been on this earth for 70 years and other than a general distaste for him, no one ever feared for their life because Trump walked the earth. He could do what he wanted because he didn’t affect your life. He had no control over you. What you fear is the power he now wields.” (11/11/16)

https://fee.org/articles/youre-afraid-of-power-not-trump/

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47) “Not my president” — no matter who he is
Source: The Libertarian Institute
by William Norman Grigg

“It is difficult for me to comprehend a life so sterile that it becomes meaningless unless it finds validation through the election of a presidential candidate, yet lives of that kind are quite commonplace. This is proven by the flood-tide of pathos resulting from the nation-wide meltdown of campus-dwelling leftist snowflakes — and by the triumphalist gloating from collectivists of a different flavor who believe that the ‘greatness’ of the United States is defined by the identity of the federal government’s executive figurehead.” (11/11/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/justice/not-president-no-matter/

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48) Owl of Athena
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Grant A Mincy

“The Owl of Athena awakes from her slumber to view a sea of ominous clouds stretching bleakly across the horizon. As dusk falls she contemplates the current era of human civilization. Her thoughts are tragic, questions abound. Who are the masters of humankind? Who owns the Earth and all her wildness, order, breath, and water? Who will defend her and uphold the rights of nature? Will the masters of humankind continue their dominance and lay waste to the commons?” (11/11/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46856

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49) Perilous government finances
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Alasdair MacLeod

“President-elect Trump stated in his victory speech that he intends to make America great again by infrastructure spending. Unfortunately, he is unlikely to have the room for manoeuvre to achieve this ambition as well as his intended tax cuts, because the Government’s finances are already in a perilous state. It is also becoming increasingly likely that the next fiscal year will be characterised by growing price inflation and belated increases in interest rates, against a background of rising raw material prices.” (11/11/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/11/perilous-government-finances/

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50) Five ways president Trump could jump-start economic growth
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray

“President-elect Donald J. Trump now has a huge opportunity to make some big changes that improve people’s lives and livelihoods. Over the last eight years, the Obama administration heaped piles of regulation on top of businesses and their financiers. Trump can help get the economy moving again by implementing some meaningful regulatory relief, by himself and with Congress. Here are five simple ways he can do that …” (11/11/16)

https://cei.org/content/five-ways-president-trump-could-jump-start-economic-growth

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