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Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Fifth woman accuses Moore of ephebophilic assault; Republicans threaten expulsion
2) Letter: Sessions considering second special counsel to investigate Republican concerns
3) Menendez trial jury tells judge it’s deadlocked; talks to continue
4) Correspondence revealed: WikiLeaks trolled Trump Jr.
5) Zimbabwe: Military chief Chiwenga in Zanu-PF purge warning
6) Red or blue? SCOTUS to rule on voters’ apparel
7) Legal loophole may help company freeze people alive
8) Army lifts ban on cutters, mentally ill and drug abusers to meet recruiting goals
9) South Africa: Parents sue after son drowns in latrine
10) MA: Second trooper sues over arrest report for judge’s daughter
11) MO: AG launches Google “investigative subpoena” to promote his US Senate campaign
12) Germany: Protesters disrupt US fossil-nuclear event at climate talks
13) RT chooses registering as foreign agent over “criminal case”
14) Bill Gates invests $80 million to build Arizona smart city
15) Ninth Circuit lets Trump’s Muslim ban go into partial effect
16) AZ: Phoenix condo owners fight $15,000-plus HOA assessments, and win
17) UK: 40 Conservative MPs sign letter of no confidence in May
18) Green Beret discovered SEALs’ illicit cash. Then he was killed.
19) WA: Police say woman stabbed man in self-defense after he assaulted her and another woman
20) Trump nominates yet another business as usual establishment insider for HHS post
21) China’s supercomputers race past US to world dominance
22) Former CIA joins NSC staff as agency vows to be more “vicious”
23) American detained trying to enter North Korea, while North Korean soldier escapes
24) Moore threatens frivolous lawsuit against Washington Post for reporting ephebophilia allegations
25) The US’s most secretive intelligence agency was embarrassingly robbed [sic] and mocked by anonymous hackers

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Trump’s fantasy capitalism
27) Why the NSA should delete its trove of data on Americans
28) Education scholarship tax credits help children and advance liberty
29) Does a market economy encourage altruism?
30) I will survive
31) No, Republican tax cuts won’t explode the deficit
32) In France, Jesus is a communist
33) Should we be our children’s friend?
34) Disgust at the LBJ Library
35) The truth behind the US show of force in Asia
36) Money in politics apparently isn’t so bad when Democrats win
37) In defense of bargaining and muddling through
38) I went to buy a gun, and got a lesson instead
39) Criminalizing hate speech causes more problems than it solves
40) Trump’s approach to human rights? It’s personal, critics say
41) An open letter to Brandeis regarding the cancellation of Lenny Bruce-inspired play, “Buyer Beware”
42) Why we need to confront the billionaires’ paradise
43) We don’t need no steenkin’ due process
44) 100 years of colonialism: How Puerto Rico became easy prey for profiteers
45) Free speech dreams and fascist memes
46) Opt out of the lesser of two evils
47) Future sex: A Brave New World
48) Amazingly, government often isn’t very good at doing things
49) Welfare — the alternative
50) Due process is fading away. Thank the national security state
51) Federal prosecutors are running amok
52) Congressional realists “could caucus in a phone booth”
53) The left gets rolled again
54) How to understand JFK conspiracy theories
55) Alone in the world

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1037
57) The Bob Zadek Show, 11/12/17
58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 117
59) Reason Podcast, 11/13/17
60) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 668
61) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 321
62) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/13/17
63) Free Talk Live, 11/12/17
64) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 131
65) Betting on immigration reform

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

1) Fifth woman accuses Moore of ephebophilic assault; Republicans threaten expulsion
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Another woman has charged Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her. In an emotional news conference, Beverly Young Nelson said Moore groped her and tried to force her head onto his crotch in his car behind the restaurant where the then 16 year old worked. Nelson, appearing alongside attorney Gloria Allred, said the incident occurred in 1977. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday, ‘I believe the women’ and called on Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama to ‘step aside.’ … The National Republican Senatorial Committee has pulled out of a joint fundraising agreement with Moore, and the list of prominent Republicans opposing Moore’s candidacy has steadily grown. … NRSC Chairman Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., issued a statement … ‘If [Moore] refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.'” (11/13/17)

https://www.npr.org/2017/11/13/563747648/mcconnell-calls-on-roy-moore-to-step-aside

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2) Letter: Sessions considering second special counsel to investigate Republican concerns
Source: Washington Post

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns — including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia — and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report back to him and his top deputy, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Post. The revelation came in a response from the Justice Department to an inquiry from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.), who in July and again in September called for Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to investigate concerns he had related to the 2016 election and its aftermath.” (11/13/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-considering-second-special-counsel-to-investigate-republican-concerns-letter-shows/2017/11/13/bc92ef3c-c8d2-11e7-b0cf-7689a9f2d84e_story.html

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3) Menendez trial jury tells judge it’s deadlocked; talks to continue
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Jurors considering criminal corruption charges against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez on Monday told the judge overseeing the case they were deadlocked and asked for help on what to do next. … U.S. District Court Judge William H. Walls told them to go home for the day and return Tuesday to continue their talks. … Menendez stands accused of using his office to help co-defendant Salomon Melgen, a wealthy Florida eye doctor and longtime friend, to secure visas for his foreign girlfriends and to intervene in a lucrative port security contract in the Dominican Republic and a multimillion-dollar Medicare dispute. In exchange, prosecutors argued in court, Menendez took bribes in the form of luxury vacations, free flights on Melgen’s private jets and $660,000 in political contributions.” (11/13/17)

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-nation/2017/11/13/Robert-Menendez-trial-jury-tells-judge-it-s-deadlocked-talks-to-continue/stories/201711130167

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4) Correspondence revealed: WikiLeaks trolled Trump Jr.
Source: The Atlantic

“[Wikileaks] asked the president’s son for his cooperation — in sharing its work, in contesting the results of the election, and in arranging for Julian Assange to be Australia’s ambassador to the United States. … The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.’s lawyers to congressional investigators. They are part of a long — and largely one-sided — correspondence between WikiLeaks and the president’s son that continued until at least July 2017. The messages show WikiLeaks, a radical transparency organization that the American intelligence community [claims without evidence] was chosen by the Russian government to disseminate the information it had [allegedly — no evidence yet] hacked, actively soliciting Trump Jr.’s cooperation. WikiLeaks made a series of increasingly bold requests, including asking for Trump’s tax returns, urging the Trump campaign on Election Day to reject the results of the election as rigged, and requesting that the president-elect tell Australia to appoint Julian Assange ambassador to the United States.” [editor’s note: The fun part of this “exclusive” is that The Atlantic’s crack reporters are treating it seriously and don’t seem to have noticed that the whole thing reads like a trolling festival – TLK] (11/13/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/the-secret-correspondence-between-donald-trump-jr-and-wikileaks/545738/

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5) Zimbabwe: Military chief Chiwenga in Zanu-PF purge warning
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Zimbabwe’s army chief has warned those responsible for ‘purging’ the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party to stop, or the military will step in. The rare intervention comes just a week after President Robert Mugabe sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa. General Constantino Chiwenga, who appeared at a news conference with another 90 senior army officers, did not refer to anyone by name. Mr Mnangagwa, once seen as a successor to Mr Mugabe, has fled into exile. Mr Mugabe’s wife Grace, who is now the favourite to succeed her husband, referred to Mr Mnangagwa as a snake which ‘must be hit on the head.’ Mr Mnangagwa, nicknamed the ‘crocodile’ because of his perceived shrewdness, has rebuked Mr Mugabe, saying Zanu-PF is ‘not personal property for you and your wife to do as you please.'” (11/13/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41970317

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6) Red or blue? SCOTUS to rule on voters’ apparel
Source: USA Today

“The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether state laws that prohibit wearing clothes or insignia with political messages at polling places violate free speech rights. The case comes from Minnesota, which forbids apparel that seeks to influence voters, even if it does not name candidates or political parties. It was challenged by Tea Party groups that argued they were targeted. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit upheld the law as being in line with the prohibition on political campaigning at polling places. The court in 1992 upheld a Tennessee law that set up a 100-foot buffer around polling places. Federal appeals courts are split on the issue of political apparel, however, and states have different rules on what can and cannot be worn.” (11/13/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/11/13/red-blue-supreme-court-rule-voters-apparel/763217001

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7) Legal loophole may help company freeze people alive
Source: Raw Story

“In pursuit of life everlasting, some turn to God. Others turn to science. Or rather, something science-ish. If you’ve ever hoped to be cryogenically frozen, you might come across a legal hurdle: while human cryonics is legal in several countries, you have to be dead before going into the cryonics tank. Otherwise, freezing someone alive is tantamount to murder. So, as it is, you can only get your dead body or head frozen–and when thawed, you’d still be dead. This doesn’t deter some people, who simply hope to be cryopreserved until the day comes that humanity masters the art of resurrection, so scientists can reanimate them and cure their ailments. Or upload their consciousness into the cloud. Whichever comes first. But for those of you who would prefer to go on ice before the immutability of brain death takes hold, there may be a legal loophole to help. According to The Telegraph, one company hopes to avoid that legal issue entirely by building a cryonics lab in a country where human euthanasia is legal.” (11/13/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/legal-loophole-may-help-company-freeze-people-alive

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8) Army lifts ban on cutters, mentally ill and drug abusers to meet recruiting goals
Source: Fox News

“Facing low recruitment levels, the U.S. Army quietly lifted its ban on allowing people with a history of mental illness, self-mutilation and drug abuse to serve in the military — despite warnings from the industry about the risks involved. The new rules green-light recruits who have bipolar disorder, depression and issues with cutting (a process in which a person takes a knife or razor to his or her own skin), along with those who bite, hit or bruise themselves intentionally. … The Army signed off on the new policy in August but never announced it, according to USA Today, which first reported the news. The decision to lift restrictions comes as the military looks like it will miss its goal of recruiting 80,000 new soldiers through September 2018.” [editor’s note: Hey, here’s an idea — why not cut the size of the military instead of recruiting the next generation of Texas church shooters? – TLK] (11/13/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/13/army-lifts-ban-on-cutters-mentally-ill-and-drug-abusers-to-meet-recruiting-goals.html

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9) South Africa: Parents sue after son drowns in latrine
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The mother of a five-year-old South African boy who died after falling into a pit latrine at school has broken down in court as she described finding his body. Michael Komape’s mother Rosina took the witness stand on the first day of a civil lawsuit. She and her husband James are suing the Minister of Basic Education after their son drowned. The Department of Basic Education denies responsibility for his death. Michael was a pupil at the Mahlodumela Primary School in the northern Limpopo province. He had gone to the toilet on 20 January 2014 when he disappeared. Mrs Komape told the court that the head teacher called her and said her son was missing. She said a child in the same class told her he had fallen into the toilet.” (11/13/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41968180

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10) MA: Second trooper sues over arrest report for judge’s daughter
Source: The Boston Globe

“A second trooper is suing Massachusetts State Police over the arrest of a judge’s daughter. Trooper Ali Rei filed the federal lawsuit on Friday. Her filing comes days after Trooper Ryan Sceviour alleged in his suit he was ordered to alter a police report to remove embarrassing information about the judge’s daughter, who allegedly failed sobriety tests and indicated she was a heroin addict. Rei claims she was told to shred and redact reports containing crude statements made by the judge’s daughter. She says she didn’t follow the order. State police have defended ordering Sceviour to alter the report, saying he had been asked to remove comments that weren’t relevant to the arrest.” [editor’s note: How many levels of power abuse do you see here? – SAT] (11/13/17)

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/11/12/second-trooper-sues-over-arrest-report-for-judge-daughter/YBKnBgM2qsBxSOOjJpHYfO/story.html

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11) MO: AG launches Google “investigative subpoena” to promote his US Senate campaign
Source: ABC News

“Missouri’s attorney general announced Monday that his office is investigating Google for potential violations of the state’s consumer-protection and antitrust laws. Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley, who also is running for Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill’s seat in 2018, told reporters that he issued an ‘investigative subpoena’ to the tech giant to gather information. Asked whether his Senate bid influenced his decision to investigate, he said the goal is to ‘protect the people of Missouri.’ Hawley’s office is checking into what Google does with the user information it collects and allegations that it inappropriately scrapes information from competitors’ websites. It’s also looking into allegations that the company manipulates search results to favor its own websites over competitors’, which has been the subject of recent scrutiny in Europe.” (11/13/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/missouri-attorney-general-investigating-google-51119122

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12) Germany: Protesters disrupt US fossil-nuclear event at climate talks
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Protesters drowned out speeches by White House advisers and business representatives Monday at an event the U.S. government sponsored at the U.N. climate talks in Germany promoting the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy. About 200 protesters stood up 10 minutes into the event and began singing an anti-coal song to the tune of ‘God Bless the U.S.A.’ They were ushered out of the room without further incident. The event late Monday was the only one the U.S. delegation organized at the ongoing climate talks in Bonn. The American delegates are being closely watched by diplomats from the other 194 nations at the conference because of President Donald Trump’s announcement that he wants to quit the 2015 Paris climate accord.” (11/13/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Climate-talks-enter-2nd-week-as-report-shows-12352427.php

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13) RT chooses registering as foreign agent over “criminal case”
Source: The Hill

“The production company for Russia’s state-funded television channel RT has registered as a foreign agent, according to federal disclosures that appeared on Monday. The company, T&R Productions, is based in Washington and filed paperwork telling the Justice Department that its work benefits ANO TV-Novosti, the arm of the Russian government that broadcasts RT around the globe. … ‘Americans have a right to know who is acting in the United States to influence the U.S. government or public on behalf of foreign principals,’ acting Assistant Attorney General Dana Boente said in a statement.” [editor’s note: No such “right” exists, as I pointed out in a different context in a blog post earlier today (http://tinyurl.com/ybp9gbhe) – TLK] (11/13/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/360110-rt-chooses-registering-as-foreign-agent-in-us-over-criminal-case

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14) Bill Gates invests $80 million to build Arizona smart city
Source: CNN

“A group associated with a Gates investment company has invested $80 million in a high-tech planned development outside Phoenix. The community in Belmont will be designed around high-speed networks, autonomous vehicles, high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and autonomous logistics hubs. It’s unclear how much former Microsoft CEO Gates, who owns Belmont’s parent company Cascade Investment, will be involved in the effort. Belmont Partners, the Arizona-based real investment group that’s leading the project, said it will be similar in size to nearby Tempe, Arizona, which has a population of 182,000.” (11/13/17)

http://money.cnn.com/2017/11/13/technology/future/bill-gates-smart-city-arizona/index.html

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15) Ninth Circuit lets Trump’s Muslim ban go into partial effect
Source: US News & World Report

“A U.S. appeals court in California on Monday let President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban go partially into effect, ruling the government can bar entry of people from six Muslim-majority countries with no connections to the United States. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals partially granted a Trump administration request to block at least temporarily a judge’s ruling that had put the new ban on hold. Trump’s ban was announced on Sept. 24 and replaced two previous versions that had been impeded by federal courts.” (11/13/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2017-11-13/us-court-allows-part-of-trump-travel-ban-to-go-into-effect

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16) AZ: Phoenix condo owners fight $15,000-plus HOA assessments, and win
Source: USA Today

“Francine Hardaway’s bill from her condominium homeowners association arrived unexpectedly by email in May. The air conditioning at Landmark Towers in Phoenix needed a major fix, and her share to pay for it was $18,000. ‘I was horrified and frightened,’ said Hardaway, founder of Phoenix-based Stealthmode Partners. ‘When I bought my condo in 2011, it was at the height of the recession. I bought it for cash thinking that if everything went to hell in a handbasket, I could live there.’ She rents out the condo in the iconic 17-story tower and doesn’t own another home. After getting the email, she immediately called a friend who lives and owns a condo in Landmark. He told her they were all upset and asked her to come to the tower to talk.” (11/13/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/nation-now/2017/11/13/phoenix-condo-owners-fight-hoa-assessments-and-win/858249001

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17) UK: 40 Conservative MPs sign letter of no confidence in May
Source: Yomiuri Shumbun [Japan]

“Forty British members of Parliament from Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party have agreed to sign a letter of no-confidence in her, The Sunday Times newspaper reported. That is eight short of the number needed to trigger a party leadership contest, the mechanism through which May could be forced from office and replaced by another Conservative. May has been struggling to maintain her authority over her party since a snap election on June 8, which she called thinking she would win by a wide margin but instead resulted in her losing her parliamentary majority. … In the event of a leadership contest, if a challenger defeated May he or she would take over as Conservative leader and as prime minister.” (11/13/17)

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004064159

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18) Green Beret discovered SEALs’ illicit cash. Then he was killed.
Source: The Daily Beast

“[Army staff sergeant] Logan Melgar hadn’t had a drink on June 4. The Green Beret sergeant’s dry day became a key to unraveling the narrative spun by the elite Navy commandos whom military investigators now suspect killed him, officials familiar with the case said. … Melgar, two special operations sources say, discovered the SEALs were pocketing some of the money from the informant fund. The SEALS offered to cut him in, but Melgar declined, these sources said. It is unknown what specifically started the June 4 altercation at 5 a.m. but it escalated. Melgar lost consciousness — and, worse, stopped breathing. … With Melgar dead, an apparent panic set in. The SEALs told superiors that Melgar was drunk during so-called combatives — that is, hand-to-hand fighting exercises. … It was the worst excuse the SEALs could have made up. A former AFRICOM official who saw the autopsy report said no drugs or alcohol were found in Melgar’s system.” (11/12/17)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/green-beret-discovered-seals-illicit-cash-then-he-was-killed

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19) WA: Police say woman stabbed man in self-defense after he assaulted her and another woman
Source: KEPTR TV

“Kennewick Police investigated a stabbing that took place at the Heatherstone Apartments on Sunday. According to KPD, officers responded to the apartment complex around 6 P.M. for a disturbance involving a knife. When officers arrived on scene, they identified that one man and two women were involved. KPD says the man, identified Aaron Goedhart, 24, was in a relationship with one of the women. Police say Goedhart first destroyed over $1,000 worth of property before assaulting the women. One of those women then stabbed Goedhart with a knife in self-defense. Police say he then ran off, but was later found and transported to an area hospital.” (11/13/17)

http://keprtv.com/news/local/police-say-woman-stabbed-man-in-self-defense-after-he-assaulted-her-and-another-woman

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20) Trump nominates yet another business as usual establishment insider for HHS post
Source: The Hill

“President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services has a deep knowledge of the regulatory process, those who worked with him said, but Democrats are likely to raise flags. On Monday, Trump tapped Alex Azar to fill the HHS secretary role vacated by Tom Price in late September amid revelations that Price took repeated trips on government and private jets that cost taxpayers over $1 million. … Azar left the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly in January after working there for nearly a decade, most recently serving as the president of Lilly USA. He now runs a consulting firm, according to his LinkedIn. Working in HHS in former President George W. Bush’s administration, he served as the department’s general counsel from 2001 to 2005 and then assumed the role of deputy secretary for the next two years.” [editor’s note: Draining that there swamp, Donny? Yeah, right – TLK] (11/13/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/360081-trump-nominating-azar-as-next-hhs-secretary

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21) China’s supercomputers race past US to world dominance
Source: CNet News

“For years, China has claimed the top spot on a list of the 500 fastest supercomputers. Now it dominates the overall list, too, pushing the United States into second place. For the first time, China has the most systems on the Top500 list, 202, up from 159 six months ago. The US dropped from 169 to 144. And in terms of the total performance of those machines, China also overtook the US, the Top500 supercomputer list organizers said. The news underscores the relentless ascent of China’s supercomputing trajectory in recent years. It also marks a notable shift in the international balance of high-end computing power that’s closely tied to industrial, academic and military abilities.” (11/13/17)

https://www.cnet.com/news/china-surpasses-us-in-supercomputer-usage-on-top-500-list/

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22) Former CIA joins NSC staff as agency vows to be more “vicious”
Source: BuzzFeed

“With CIA Director Mike Pompeo promising to make his agency more ‘vicious,’ the Trump administration has elevated to a key White House position a former CIA officer who, according to two sources, once worked on a secret CIA assassination program meant to target terrorists. At the time, the sources say, the program was contracted to Erik Prince, the controversial security contractor whose sister is Donald Trump’s education secretary. Sources say there is no evidence anyone was ever killed under the program. The official, Michael Barry, became the National Security Council’s chief intelligence officer in September and is the primary liaison between the NSC, which coordinates US national security policy, and the CIA.” (11/13/17)

https://www.buzzfeed.com/aramroston/new-nsc-intel-chief-once-worked-on-a-cia-assassination

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23) American detained trying to enter North Korea, while North Korean soldier escapes south
Source: Washington Post

“The Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas saw an unusual amount of action Monday, with an American man unsuccessfully attempting to cross into the North and a North Korean soldier successfully defecting to the South. … A 58-year-old man from Louisiana was arrested by South Korean forces Monday morning for crossing the Civilian Control Line, just outside the DMZ, as part of an attempt to get into North Korea ‘for political purposes,’ authorities said. … In a separate incident, a North Korean soldier manning a guard post on the northern side of the Joint Security Area — the area with the blue huts straddling the DMZ, where inter-Korean meetings are sometimes held — defected to the South. He was shot by North Korean soldiers while he was escaping across the line and is now being treated in a hospital, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.” (11/13/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/american-detained-trying-to-enter-north-korea-while-north-korean-soldier-escapes-south/2017/11/13/9b9f223c-c84b-11e7-b244-2d22ac912500_story.html

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24) Moore threatens frivolous lawsuit against Washington Post for reporting ephebophilia allegations
Source: CNN

“Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore says he will sue the Washington Post over its report alleging he pursued sexual relationships with teenagers — including a 14-year-old — when he was in his 30s. ‘The Washington Post published another attack on my character and reputation because they are desperate to stop my political campaign. These attacks said I was with a minor child and are false and untrue — and for which they will be sued,’ Moore said Sunday night during a campaign speech in Huntsville, Alabama. The Washington Post declined to comment Monday morning. … The Washington Post report Thursday was based on interviews with more than 30 people. As well as the allegations that Moore had sexual contact with the then 14-year-old when he was aged 32, three other women also told The Post that Moore pursued them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18.” (11/13/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/13/politics/roy-moore-washington-post-lawsuit/index.html

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25) The US’s most secretive intelligence agency was embarrassingly robbed [sic] and mocked by anonymous hackers
Source: Business Insider

“The National Security Agency, the US’s largest and most secretive intelligence agency, has been hacked, robbed [sic], mocked, and deeply infiltrated by anonymous hackers, according to a new New York Times expose. Essentially, the NSA, which compiles massive troves of data on US citizens and organizes cyber offensives against the US’s enemies, was deeply breached by a group known as the ‘Shadow Brokers.’ Those brokers now post cryptic, mocking messages pointed towards the NSA as they sell the cyber weapons, created at huge cost to US taxpayers, to any and all buyers, including the US’s enemies like North Korea and Russia.” [editor’s note: The cyber weapons were likely copied, not stolen. The NSA presumably still has them, unfortunately – TLK] (11/13/17)

http://www.businessinsider.com/nsa-embarrassingly-robbed-mocked-by-shadow-brokers-2017-11

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

26) Trump’s fantasy capitalism
Source: The New Republic
By Corey Robin

“After suffering one humiliating failure after another this year, Republican lawmakers are attempting to get their agenda back on track with a campaign to cut taxes. But once again, they may find in Donald Trump a less-than-effective advocate for their goals. Not because Trump’s views are inconstant — though they are. Not because Trump is a fair-weather friend, though he is. No, Trump may prove a liability on tax reform because he exposes, more clearly than ever before, the fantasy that undergirds the Republican approach to the economy. … Despite the fact that the GOP tax plan would add some $2 trillion to the national debt, Republicans have barely batted an eye. The truth is, being in the red is something the GOP raises concerns about only when Democrats are in power, as an argument against spending on social programs.” (11/13/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/145416/trumps-fantasy-capitalism-president-undermines-republicans-traditional-economic-arguments

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27) Why the NSA should delete its trove of data on Americans
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“The NSA failed to stop Snowden from taking some of its most closely held secrets. It failed to stop the Shadow Brokers from taking some of its most closely held cyber weapons and deploying them against innocents, including Americans. Why expect it to successfully safeguard its most closely held trove of metadata? … To collect and store all this information about U.S. citizens in one place would create a vulnerability even if it was protected by bureaucrats with a good record of data security. To keep it in the hands of the NSA, given its track record, is folly. All data the NSA retains on Americans should be erased now before it falls into the wrong hands.” (11/13/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/the-nsa-should-delete-its-trove-of-data-on-americans/545684/

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28) Education scholarship tax credits help children and advance liberty
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Shutting down the Department of Education and returning control of the education dollar to the American people is the key to improving education. The best way to put the people in charge of education is by shutting down all unconstitutional bureaucracies, repealing the Sixteenth Amendment, and ending the Federal Reserve’s money monopoly. Since Congress is unlikely to restore constitutional, limited government in the near future, supporters of quality education must advance policies aimed at giving Americans control over the education dollar so they can seek alternatives to the federally-controlled system. This is why I have always supported education tax credits and deductions.” (11/13/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/education-scholarship-tax-credits-help-children-advance-liberty

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29) Does a market economy encourage altruism?
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Fred L Smith, Jr.

“Under current law, kidneys can be donated in various ways but may not be bought and sold. Much of the discussion focused on the fact that the current non-compensated donation fails to meet the demand for kidneys. Thousands die as a result. A compensated organ transfer system would reduce that deficit. That utilitarian argument is powerful, but it is really only half the picture, because markets themselves enable altruistic behavior. Markets enhance the moral cooperative aspects of society. Yes, they have quantifiable benefits, but they also increase links between people, making the world a more cooperative place.” (11/13/17)

https://cei.org/content/does-market-economy-encourage-altruism

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30) I will survive
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“My regular readers will have noticed that I’ve skipped more than a couple of columns recently, with no explanation. Well, here’s the explanation: I have been diagnosed with late-stage adeenocaricinoma cancer, and am now undergoing experimental therapy with the new drug Keytruda.” [editor’s note: Best wishes to Justin, and hopes for a full recovery, from the editors and readers of Rational Review News Digest / Freedom News Daily – TLK] (11/13/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/11/12/i-will-survive/

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31) No, Republican tax cuts won’t explode the deficit
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“After eight years of silence during President Obama eight years in office, which saw deficits average $910 billion a year and the national debt explode by $9.3 trillion, Democrats are suddenly fretting about deficits. If only their concern were genuine and not a cynical attempt to derail much-needed tax reform. The Republican plan is a ‘deficit-busting tax cut to benefit the wealthiest Republicans,’ says Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi warns that it would ‘take us so deeply into debt … it will necessitate a trillion dollars being cut out of Medicaid.’ Various other Democrats say the tax cuts would ‘blow a massive hole’ in the budget, while chastising Republicans for suddenly not caring about deficits.” [editor’s note: With no effort at all to cut spending, they just kick the can down the road – SAT] (11/13/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/gop-tax-cuts-federal-deficits

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32) In France, Jesus is a communist
Source: Acton Institute
by Christophe Foltzenlogel

“It’s always astounding to hear people who reject God, and most of His major teachings, lecture believers on the proper understanding of the Bible. We could say that French writer Falk Van Gaver, the author of the new book Christianity vs. Capitalism: The Economy According to Jesus Christ, illustrates that approach perfectly. In a recent interview with a French media outlet, he admits, ‘Since having lost faith, I am today, in the strict sense, atheist, a-thee, ‘without god.” Nonetheless, he accused all churches — but especially the Roman Catholic Church — of having perverted Christianity by participating in the free market.” (11/13/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/11/13/france-jesus-communist

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33) Should we be our children’s friend?
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“You always hear so-called parenting ‘experts’ say something to the effect that, ‘parents are not their children’s friend,’ and ‘children need their parents to be a parent, not a friend.’ Now that my commitment and focus is on raising my children peacefully and respectfully, I can say that this advice as absolutely bananas. Hear me out.” [editor’s note: It certainly sounds bananas. Especially the mixing up of singular with plural 🙂 – TLK] (11/13/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/should-we-be-our-childrens-friend

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34) Disgust at the LBJ Library
Source: Mises Canada
by Patrick Barron

“Recently my wife and I spent a morning at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. The damage done by this big bully is incalculable. His library reminds us of the start of the blizzard of government expansion during Johnson’s presidential term, which lasted from the Kennedy assassination in October 1963 to his decision not to run for a full second term in 1968, which usually is attributed to his failure to end the war in Vietnam. … I called Johnson a big bully in the paragraph above. I believe my assessment is justified by what actually is celebrated at his presidential library. The displays proudly explain and document ‘the Johnson touch’ in print, photograph, and actual recorded telephone interviews.” (11/13/17)

https://www.mises.ca/disgust-at-the-lbj-library/

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35) The truth behind the US show of force in Asia
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“As President Donald Trump tours Asia, three U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier battle groups are exercising together in the Pacific. It’s an awesome display of U.S. military power and reach, a reminder of Washington’s unparalleled ability to project global force. At the same time, however, it’s also a sign of how stretched those forces have become. Getting three carriers to the Pacific has been an intrinsic part of Washington’s strategy to intimidate North Korea. But to do so required pulling forces from a host of other potential conflict areas, including the Gulf. The ever-increasing demand for military resources in a growing number of places is causing increased concern in the U.S. military. In June, a report by the U.S. Army War College described America’s military clout as ‘fraying’ and bluntly concluded that the era of U.S. global military primacy that followed the fall of the Berlin wall was over.” (11/13/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-military-commentary/commentary-the-truth-behind-the-u-s-show-of-force-in-asia-idUSKBN1DD20A

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36) Money in politics apparently isn’t so bad when Democrats win
Source: Reason
by A Barton Hinkle

“Political experts have cited many reasons for Democrat Ralph Northam’s huge win in Tuesday’s elections. Credit has gone to the state’s changing demographics. And to high voter turnout. And to loathing for Donald Trump, which helped drive turnout. Some on the right blamed Republican Ed Gillespie not being Trumpian enough. One explanation was conspicuous by its absence, however: money. In the closing weeks of the campaign, Northam enjoyed a 2-1 advantage in financing: He went into October with $5.7 million in his pocket, compared to Gillespie’s $2.5 million. By the time the polls closed, Northam had spent $32 million to Gillespie’s $23 million. Northam also got a lot of help. The League of Conservation Voters spent more than $1 million to help him out. Planned Parenthood’s Virginia affiliate kicked in $3 million. Environmentalist Tom Steyer threw in another $2 million, Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group added more than $1 million, a group affiliated with Barack Obama added $1 million more, and so on. Why hasn’t this ‘outside money’ been cited as a factor in the race — or as proof that ‘money buys elections?'” (11/13/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/11/13/money-in-politics-apparently-isnt-so-bad

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37) In defense of bargaining and muddling through
Source: Cato Unbound
by Raymond J La Raja

“Olson’s main concern is how gerrymandering entrenches incumbents. By incumbents he means individual officeholders as well as the parties in power. I endorse his broader point even though he overstates his case. Gerrymandering is not necessarily the most significant factor aiding incumbents. Regardless of line-drawing, officeholder advantages emerge from name recognition, cultivating a personal vote, and the ability to raise campaign money easily. To be sure, incumbents try to safeguard their seat through redistricting. However, their self-serving behavior may bump against the collective interests of the party seeking to maximize seats in the legislatures. Incumbents prefer a bipartisan gerrymander that protects incumbents in both parties by increasing the size of their winning coalitions in their respective districts.” (11/13/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/11/13/raymond-j-la-raja/defense-bargaining-muddling-through

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38) I went to buy a gun, and got a lesson instead
Source: USA Today
Nolan Finley

“On the same day as the Texas church massacre, I stopped by a local sporting goods shop intent on purchasing a new shotgun. I’ve had my eye on the nicely built 12-gauge over/under for some time, and when I spotted an ad among my Sunday circulars offering it for an irresistible price, I headed out to the store. The gun was in stock, and after shouldering it, my desire to purchase the weapon was confirmed. I hadn’t yet heard of the slaughter in the Sutherland Springs Baptist Church, nor, apparently, had anyone else at the gun counter. Things were moving along the same way they always have when I’ve bought a firearm. The salesperson placed the shotgun back in the rack and locked it while he retrieved the box and paperwork.” (11/13/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/11/13/stopped-buying-gun-day-texas-shooting-now-im-thankful-nolan-finley-column/856797001

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39) Criminalizing hate speech causes more problems than it solves
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jennifer Maffessanti

“In order to outlaw hate speech, we need to define hate speech. And that’s really hard to do. That’s because people disagree on what the term ‘hate speech’ actually means. Let’s use sexual preference as an example. If a person were to say that gays and lesbians should be physically harmed, is that hate speech? What if they just say that gays and lesbians shouldn’t be allowed to legally marry or adopt children? What if all they say is that gays and lesbians simply make them uncomfortable? Depending on who you talk to, all of that could be construed as hateful. Or none of it.” (11/13/17)

https://fee.org/articles/criminalizing-hate-speech-causes-more-problems-than-it-solves/

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40) Trump’s approach to human rights? It’s personal, critics say
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Howard LaFranchi

“When President Trump spoke to South Korea’s National Assembly last week, his emphasis on the systematic abuses and absence of basic freedoms in the authoritarian state to the north made him sound like a fervent champion of universal human rights. But since landing in the Philippines Sunday on the last stop of his nearly two-week-long Asia trip, Mr. Trump has said nary a word about the flagrant rights abuses of strongman leader Rodrigo Duterte — at least not publicly. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says human rights ‘briefly came up’ in Trump’s meeting with President Duterte Monday, which she said instead focused on ISIS, illegal drugs, and regional security. But Duterte’s spokesman said there was ‘no mention of human rights’ in the 40-minute conversation.” (11/13/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2017/1113/Trump-s-approach-to-human-rights-It-s-personal-critics-say

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41) An open letter to Brandeis regarding the cancellation of Lenny Bruce-inspired play, “Buyer Beware”
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by various

“We are a group of free speech advocates with a resilient interest in comedian Lenny Bruce’s life and legacy. We write to you today because we are concerned by recent reports that a play scheduled to be staged this month at Brandeis University was postponed and subsequently abandoned, in part because it utilized material from the university’s Lenny Bruce archives — material that some within the university found ‘challenging.’ We call upon Brandeis to reaffirm the principles of freedom of expression, inquiry, and debate upon which any institution of higher education must be based, and to commit itself to engaging with the challenging material in the play by staging it as intended — not censoring it.” (11/13/17)

https://www.thefire.org/brandeis-cancel-buyer-beware-lenny-bruce/

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42) Why we need to confront the billionaires’ paradise
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“The concentrated wealth of the global plutocracy is the dark matter of the world economy: it is rarely glimpsed and difficult to measure, yet it reshapes everything around it. Two recent reports (the UBS/PwC report on the ‘new Gilded Age’ of the international billionaire class, and the ‘Paradise Papers”’ released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)) reveal ways corporations and the ultra-wealthy avoid taxes. In doing so, they offer a glimpse into this darkness. Together, these releases tell us a lot about the wealthy few who run the world. We now know that the British royal family has been less than open with the people they rule, who preserve their dubious privilege to monarchy. And we have learned that, by investing in a Lithuanian shopping center as an end run around taxes, U2’s Bono may have finally found what he’s looking for.” (11/13/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20171113/billionaires-paradise-why-we-need-to-strike-back-against-oligarchy

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43) We don’t need no steenkin’ due process
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“‘Extreme risk protective orders’ (ERPO) are the latest fad of the victim disarmers who snidely assure that one more law will save us from ‘gun violence.’ … ERPOs allow — variously in assorted state implementations; typically family, friends, co-workers, cops — people to petition the courts to have someone’s firearms taken away because they fear that person is at risk of harming herself or others. And who could possibly be in favor of hurting people? What they don’t tell you is that protective orders are already available. The tricky part is ‘due process.’ … The accused isn’t told about the hearing until afterwards, when the cops show up to confiscate firearms. Conventional initial protective order hearings may or may not include the accused; ERPOs codify that lack in law.” (11/13/17)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4594

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44) 100 years of colonialism: How Puerto Rico became easy prey for profiteers
Source: In These Times
by Joel Cintron Arbasetti, Carla Minet, Alex V. Hernandez & Jessica Stites

“White men in dark suits stand and fall silent when a black woman enters hearing room No. 3 of the U.S. District Court in San Juan. Federal judge Laura Taylor Swain greets them in Spanish, and the hearing begins, in English. This August 9 session is the third since May, when the government of Puerto Rico began an attempt to restructure its $74.8 billion in bond debt. A fiscal control board appointed by the U.S. government initiated the process, similar to bankruptcy, under Title III of the 2016 Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (aka Promesa), signed by President Barack Obama. Because of its unique colonial history, the U.S. territory may not officially declare bankruptcy and is required to service its debt above all else. The very existence of Puerto Rico as we know it may be at stake.” (11/13/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/puerto_rico_colonialism_hurricane_vulture_funds.html

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45) Free speech dreams and fascist memes
Source: Center for a Statist Society
by Emmi Bevensee and Loga Yershov

“Fascist ideology has crawled its way into the mainstream yet again. Amidst this resurgence is a concomitant escalation of paramilitary brownshirts deploying a rhetoric of ‘free speech’ and using it to justify ever increasing violence against perceived enemies. While the ability to freely express oneself is a critical part of a thriving society, there are other freedoms at play as well. When we discuss the unique memetic qualities of fascism, we see that free speech is of paramount importance, but it comes with both responsibilities and a network of implications for other related freedoms.” (11/13/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/50182

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46) Opt out of the lesser of two evils
Source: National Review
by Michael Brendan Dougherty

“Every social conservative who supports Moore is increasing the cynicism of American society and justifying widespread skepticism about the sincerity of Christian belief among conservatives. People are reminded frequently that Christian conservatives once demanded that Bill Clinton resign in shame for carrying on an affair with a White House intern. Now some of those supposedly godly men, or their sons, defend Moore’s predation of teenaged girls on the grounds that even a child predator is better than a Democrat. This instrumentalism will eventually make it impossible for social conservatives to defend any of their preferred policies. … Choosing the lesser of two evils is a fantastic way to prepare yourself to do worse and worse evils. And following it to the end is a bitter fate indeed.” (11/13/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/453661/roy-moore-republicans-dont-stand-lesser-evil

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47) Future sex: A Brave New World
Source: spiked
by Stephanie Gutmann

“The problem with (fun) sex is there’s emotional risk. In the near future, if men and women still want to have sex with each other, it will be so boring as to not be worth it. Moves will have to be mapped out and approved beforehand (I imagine storyboarding panels); contracts will be signed; protective garments will be donned. To tamp down inhibition, participants will have to have consumed enough intoxicant to anaesthetise a Clydesdale horse. It’s a good thing virtual-reality technology is getting so sophisticated. The next step is self-programmable porn on your virtual-reality headset, like the ‘Feelies’ predicted in Brave New World (only with computers touching you rather than humans). If you find a startup tech company working on virtual-reality porn, buy stock if you can.” (11/13/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/future-sex-a-brave-new-world/20529

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48) Amazingly, government often isn’t very good at doing things
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“We’re quite onside with the idea that there really are things which must be done by government. We’re also entirely happy with the thought that there are things which government should encourage, incentivise, aid markets in doing and so on. We do though think that it’s important to distinguish here. Between those things which must be directly done and those things which need to be encouraged, could be done better with a bit of intervention and so on.” (11/13/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/amazingly-government-often-isnt-very-good-at-doing-things

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49) Welfare — the alternative
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Today, it seems that more and more of government resources here in the Fifty States — federal, state, tribal, and local — go to providing welfare. Although the statistics seem to say otherwise, the cost of helping people with the costs of food, housing, utilities, and more goes up and up. This has been the case for more than half a century, with the proclamation of the Great Society back in the 1960s. … But it wasn’t always this way. Once upon a time, government spent very little on any sort of welfare, and definitely not on providing welfare for women, children, the disabled, the unemployed and others. No, it wasn’t that such things did not exist in the past; as Jesus told His disciples, ‘the poor you will always have with you.’ Here is an example of what can and IS being done.” (11/13/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/11/13/welfare-the-alternative/

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50) Due process is fading away. Thank the national security state
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Equating mere allegations of misconduct with definitive evidence is a growing habit in the United States. That tendency is most prevalent regarding national security matters, and the trend has been building since the onset of the so-called war on terror following the 9-11 attacks. Conservatives are especially prone to assert that ‘terrorists’ are not entitled to constitutional rights, even if they are American citizens. The obvious problem with that argument is that until a fair and impartial trial is held, the individuals in question are merely accused terrorists. The whole point of due process is to determine whether a defendant is guilty or not.” (11/13/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/due-process-fading-away-thank-national-security-state/

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51) Federal prosecutors are running amok
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by William L Anderson

“Whether or not one approves of Donald Trump’s presidency, when a prosecutor staffs his organization with other known partisans that openly supported Trump’s opponent, he is sending a message that his is a political probe, not a legal one. Furthermore, Mueller’s lead prosecutor, Andrew Weissman, while admired by the New York Times for his lack of legal ethics (the NYT long has openly cheered for prosecutors like Weissman, James Comey, and Rudy Giuliani that regularly have broken the law in their prosecutorial quests), is well-known for scorched-earth prosecutorial tactics that at least one time resulted in a fellow federal prosecutor filing ethics complaints against him.” (11/13/17)

https://mises.org/wire/federal-prosecutors-are-running-amok

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52) Congressional realists “could caucus in a phone booth”
Source: The American Conservative
by Finlay Lewis

“They could caucus in a phone booth. They are known as ‘realists,’ and their default position on questions of foreign policy and national security is one of skepticism about the value of interventions abroad and of respect for privacy at home. In a debate largely being litigated within the ranks of the Republican Party on Capitol Hill, the realists don’t have a prayer of prevailing in an up-or-down vote against the neoconservative wing of the party, proponents of an interventionist ethos to embed American values in lands far removed from domestic shores and traditions. And yet the realists soldier on.” (11/13/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/congressional-realists-could-caucus-in-a-phone-booth/

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53) The left gets rolled again
Source: CounterPunch
by Rob Urie

“With Democrats again in political ascendance and progressive candidates winning elections, reforms along the social trajectory that elevated Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama will undoubtedly be moved forward. For all of the hand-waving and heated rhetoric, the ‘age of Trump’ follows this political trajectory discouragingly well. Bill Clinton was the progressive face that saved ‘us’ from the excesses of Reagan / Bush by ‘freeing’ Wall Street, ‘ending welfare as we know it’ and inaugurating the new Jim Crow. If this reads like an alternatively worded exposition of Donald Trump’s program, what form of ‘resistance’ wouldn’t?” (11/13/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/13/the-left-gets-rolled-again/

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54) How to understand JFK conspiracy theories
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The recent October 26 deadline for releasing 50-year-old JFK-assassination records of the CIA and other federal agencies provided an opportunity for people to promote their favorite JFK assassination theories. The Russians did it. Fidel Castro did it. The U.S. national-security establishment did it. The Mafia did it. A lone nut named Lee Harvey Oswald did it. The reaction among some people was predictable: ‘Oh, there are so many JFK assassination theories that I guess we’ll never know what really happened.’ Or It’s all so overwhelming and I just don’t want to be pulled into the rabbit hole.’ Actually, however, understanding the various conspiracy and non-conspiracy theories in the JFK assassination is really not that difficult. All it takes is some critical thinking, analysis, and common sense.” (11/13/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/understand-jfk-conspiracy-theories/

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55) Alone in the world
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Sarah Hoyt

“The people who tend to gravitate left, PARTICULARLY those older than say 25, are the GOOD kids. … They’re the ones who internalized lessons, and explanations, and the ones who want to have a system in which to integrate everything they learn. Everything has to ‘fit’ in their world view. I kind of understand that because I too like ‘grand unified theories.’ It’s just that after the age of fourteen, I started discovery too many things that didn’t fit anything they’d taught me. I think those of us on the conservative/libertarian side are more like that, because though we were raised in the same culture, a culture permeated with the mechanistic view of Marxism, we COULDN’T integrate every fact, and instead of choosing to ignore those facts, we realized it invalidated what we’d been taught. Instead of shutting up and fitting in, we went rogue.” [editor’s note: Hoyt mistakenly conflates libertarianism (the original leftism) with conservatism and defines conservatism as the opposite of what it is (it’s what she’s calling leftism). Interesting piece mostly because of what a royal mess it is – TLK] (11/12/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle948-20171112-03.html

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56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1037
Source: Tom Woods Show

“Scott Horton, our great libertarian foreign-policy expert, joins me to review seven countries and discuss the (grim) outcome of intervention in each.” [various formats] (11/13/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1037-a-war-on-terror-scorecard-with-scott-horton/

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57) The Bob Zadek Show, 11/12/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“It takes courage for a law professor to stand up for her values when she is being publicly condemned by her fellow faculty members, the dean of her law school, student groups, and a media mob. This is what U Penn law professor Amy Wax has done in the wake of her explosive op-ed, ‘Paying the price for breakdown of the country’s bourgeois culture’ (Philadelphia Enquirer, Aug. 9, 2017). … Wax joins Bob for the full hour to describe the anatomy of a campus intimidation campaign, and explain why she continues to speak her mind.” [various formats] (11/12/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/11/9/amy-wax-defends-bourgeois-norms

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58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 117
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #117, I discuss Trump’s trip to Asia. In South Korea, Trump pushed missile defense and weapon sales. In the Philippines, Trump met with Putin and pushed for more weapon sales. Trump rounded out the trip in the Philippines. I also update Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Africa.” [various formats] (11/13/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-117-trumps-asia-trip

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59) Reason Podcast, 11/13/17
Source: Reason

“Since sexual assault and harassment charges have come out against film mogul Harvey Weinstein, there’s been an outpouring of other, similar charges against male entertainment figures, journalists and politicians. Most recently, comedian Louis CK has admitted to masturbating in front on non-consenting women and Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore has been accused of sexual improprieties with a 14 year old girl back in the 1980s. And at least since the outing of Bill Cosby as an alleged serial predator, the dismissal of Fox News chief Roger Ailes, and the Donald Trump tape where he brags about grabbing women by the genitals, sexual harassment has been a major topic of conversation. Is what’s happening the purging of the last vestiges of the old patriarchy? Or is it a long-delayed equalizing of the sexes that has barely gotten started? And is there a risk that a new puritanism will arise that essentially criminalizes workplace banter and romance? To discuss all this and more, Nick Gillespie talks with Cathy Young, a contributing editor to Reason and a columnist for Newsday.” [various formats] (11/13/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/11/13/cathy-young-sexual-harassment

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60) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 668
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I love days like today. We’ve got some interesting articles that allow for some great story and commentary. I also go into a little rant about the 5 Principles of Liberty.” [various formats] (11/13/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/668-killer-robots-floating-cities-and-a-bond-bubble/

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61) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 321
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode, Marc is joined by the the Director of Research and Strategy for Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), Sokeel Park! Marc and Sokeel discuss the perception of North Korea from the current generation of South Koreans, and what they are generally taught about the conflict in schools there. We then dig further ino the mission of LiNK, and how they go about assisting refugees who have fled North Korea, by helping to guide them along an escape route through China and into South Korea.” [various formats] (11/13/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/11/13/can-achieve-liberty-north-korea-sokeel-park-link/

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62) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/13/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell, John Vibes, and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about the Bitcoin/Bitcoin Cash clash, diversifying your crypto funds, John’s article about the Indiana government ignoring environmentalists with a checkbook, the Texas National Guard using cellphone stingrays on steroids, NYC being the cigarette smuggling capital of the US, and Project Loon having a successful run in Puerto Rico.” [various formats] (11/13/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15280

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63) Free Talk Live, 11/12/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Alan Greenspan Attacks Bitcoin :: Bitcoin Network Experiencing Huge Backlog :: Continental Congress Dollar :: DASH to Lower Fees! :: Ease of Use of Bitcoin :: Tulip Fever Not Real? :: Speed of Exiting Currencies :: NJ Corruption :: Lighting and Crime :: MGTOW :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/12/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-11-12

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64) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 131
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“This week is a big one! The long-awaited Liberty Force Radio Drama! This show combines the great talent from Jeff Deist, Jason Stapleton, Robin Koerner, Jeff Berwick, Remso Martinez, and Ryan Martinez with the radio adaption of The Launch Pad’s very own comic book, The Liberty Force! The second half of the show we are joined by Kal Molinet, an outspoken Anarcho Capitalist with a very popular YouTube channel! This is the show of the year for the Johnny Rocket Launch Pad!” [various formats] (11/11/17)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/%E2%80%8Bjohnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-131-liberty-force-radio-drama/

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65) Betting on immigration reform
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Maybe, just maybe, if more Americans knew what all was involved in the immigration process, specifically the Green Card Lottery, they may begin to advocate for an immigration system that doesn’t rely on quotas and luck.” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (11/12/17)

http://fpp.cc/betting-on-immigration-reform/

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