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In the News:

0) Fundraiser update, 11/17/16
1) Putin withdraws Russia from International Criminal Court
2) MN: Cop charged with manslaughter in Castile shooting
3) Twitter suspends alt-right accounts
4) PA: Pizza shop customer shoots two robbers, killing one
5) Pre-installed backdoor on 700 million Android phones sending users’ data to China
6) Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador team up to fight organized crime
7) AZ: VA whistleblower resigns, citing retaliation
8) TBS renews Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal” for 2017 season
9) Trump denies trying to get security clearance for his children
10) CA: Judge rejects pimping charges against Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer
11) Canada: Labatt brewery ends free beer allotment for retirees
12) Belgium: Protesting soldiers teargassed, hit with water cannon by police
13) Schumer succeeds Reid as Senate Minority Leader
14) CO: Denver approves cannabis use in bars and restaurants
15) PA: Judge rejects latest Bill Cosby bid to dismiss criminal sexual assault case
16) McConnell re-elected as US Senate majority leader
17) Canada considers reimposing visas for Mexicans over asylum requests
18) Pakistan displays military might in drill near India border
19) Turkey: Erdogan could rule until 2029 under plans to change constitution
20) MN: Six sentenced in Islamic State case
21) “Project Blue” space telescope launches crowdfunding campaign
22) US mortgage applications tank 9% as post-election rates soar
23) Kenya: Regime extends Dadaab refugee camp closure by six months
24) NY: Tens of thousands of dead fish found in canal
25) Undetected Ebola infections suggest the disease spread more widely than thought

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) This is your medical system on government
27) Backpage.com: Dismissal is insufficient — charge Harris
28) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/16/16
29) Americans need to fall in love with freedom again
30) Trump or no Trump
31) No, the Electoral College won’t give Clinton the Presidency
32) In California, a tax-the-rich triumph
33) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/16/16
34) If Hillary Clinton belongs in prison, so does Rudy Giuliani
35) Here’s how to reform Obamacare
36) The Electoral College can be stolen, but it won’t
37) The Milton Friedman agenda
38) Stop blaming immigrants, start punishing the employers who exploit them
39) Nuclear warheads as hostages
40) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 83
41) Showdown at Standing Stone Camp
42) Yield curve control — the road to infinite QE
43) The Tom Woods Show, episode 783
44) The Trump meltdown begins
45) Trump’s election may strain the euro to the breaking point
46) This article could be grounds for a libel lawsuit under Trump
47) Trump needs good advice
48) TPP: A post-mortem
49) Virtually useless
50) Quality and value in health care explained
51) Breaking conformity equilibria: The case of Mormon polygamy
52) In politics, innovation isn’t always progress
53) Thinking about George W Bush — or not thinking about George W Bush — eight years after
54) Time to end the war on drugs, part 1
55) Free Talk Live, 11/15/16

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1) Putin withdraws Russia from International Criminal Court
Source: Florence Times Daily

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to withdraw Russia from the International Criminal Court, which rules on such grave charges as genocide and crimes against humanity. Putin’s decree, published Wednesday on the Kremlin’s website, comes a day after the U.N. General Assembly’s human rights committee approved a resolution condemning Russia’s ‘temporary occupation of Crimea’ and condemned Russia for rights abuses such as discrimination against some Crimeans.” (11/16/16)

http://www.timesdaily.com/news/nation/putin-withdraws-russia-from-international-criminal-court/article_efa1a773-cae8-5548-990f-331f89cfc193.html

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2) MN: Cop charged with manslaughter in Castile shooting
Source: Los Angeles Times

“When Philando Castile was pulled over in July near St. Paul, Minn., he calmly told the officer he had a gun and was licensed to carry it, according to prosecutors. Moments later, the officer fired on the motorist, and a bleeding Castile uttered his last words: ‘I wasn’t reaching for it.’ On Wednesday, that officer was charged with second-degree manslaughter following an investigation by prosecutors, who concluded that Jeronimo Yanez was wrong to use his weapon in the traffic stop, part of which was seen by millions after Castile’s girlfriend streamed his final gruesome moments live on Facebook.” (11/16/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-minnesota-officer-charged-philando-castile-20161116-story.html

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3) Twitter suspends alt-right accounts
Source: USA Today

“Twitter suspended a number of accounts associated with the alt-right movement, the same day the social media service said it would crack down on hate speech. Among those suspended was Richard Spencer, who runs an alt-right think tank and had a verified account on Twitter. The alt-right, a loosely organized group that espouses white nationalism, emerged as a counterpoint to mainstream conservatism and has flourished online. Spencer has said he wants blacks, Asians, Hispanics and Jews removed from the U.S.” (11/16/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/11/15/twitter-suspends-alt-right-accounts/93943194/

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4) PA: Pizza shop customer shoots two robbers, killing one
Source: ABC News

“A pizza shop customer armed with a gun shot and killed one robber and injured another as they tried to hold up the Pennsylvania restaurant, according to police. The shooting happened late Tuesday night at Porfirio’s Pizza and Pasta, located in a shopping plaza in Levittown, about 25 miles northeast of Philadelphia. The customer took out a gun and shot both men after they allegedly pistol-whipped him, Middletown Police Chief Joe Bartorilla told reporters. One suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The second suspect was taken to a hospital. His condition was not immediately available.” (11/16/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/police-pizza-shop-customer-shoots-robbers-killing-43568823

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5) Pre-installed backdoor on 700 million Android phones sending users’ data to China
Source: The Hacker News

“Do you own an Android smartphone? You could be one of those 700 Million users whose phone is secretly sending text messages to China every 72 hours. You heard that right. Over 700 Million Android smartphones contain a secret ‘backdoor’ that surreptitiously sends all your text messages, call log, contact list, location history, and app data to China every 72 hours.” (11/15/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/hacking-android-smartphone.html

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6) Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador team up to fight organized crime
Source: PanAm Post

“Honduras Guatemala El Salvador team up fight organized crime. The presidents of El Salvador, Salvador Sanchez, Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, and Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, will launch the Trinational Task Force that will be responsible for fighting gangs and organized crime in the Northern Triangle of Central America. The Minister of the Interior, Francisco Rivas, told the Guatemalan News Agency that ‘Among the measures to be implemented will be an operational border security plan to fight against organized crime, the smuggling of arms and drugs.'” (11/15/16)

https://panampost.com/ysol-delgado/2016/11/15/honduras-guatemala-el-salvador-team-up-fight-organized-crime/

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7) AZ: VA whistleblower resigns, citing retaliation
Source: Fox News

“A Department of Veterans Affairs employee who told Congress the agency was using unauthorized wait lists for mental health care in Colorado has resigned, saying he was subjected to retaliation for speaking out. Brian Smothers told The Associated Press Wednesday the VA had opened two separate inquiries into his actions and tried to get him to sign a statement saying he had broken VA rules. He said he refused. Smothers also said the VA reassigned him to an office with no computer access, no significant duties and no social contact. He called the VA’s actions punitive and his working conditions intolerable. He said he resigned as of Tuesday.” (11/16/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/16/va-whistleblower-resigns-citing-retaliation.html

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8) TBS renews Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal” for 2017 season
Source: Raw Story

“Time Warner Inc’s U.S. cable network TBS has renewed its late-night satirical comedy series ‘Full Frontal With Samantha Bee’ for a second season next year, moving the show to a new night. ‘Full Frontal,’ which premiered in February, is the only late-night show hosted by a woman on U.S. television, as the industry faces criticism for its lack of diversity. The late-night slot, popular with younger viewers that appeal to advertisers, has seen several channels launch new shows in the past two years. TBS is moving the show from Monday to Wednesday, beginning Jan. 11. The cable network said the show currently averages 3.3 million viewers for each episode, which includes DVR and video-on-demand viewing.” [editor’s note: With the fading of the Comedy Central shows, this is also the only half-decent “political coverage” on the air – SAT] (11/16/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/tbs-renews-samantha-bees-full-frontal-for-2017-season

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9) Trump denies trying to get security clearance for his children
Source: Reuters

“Republican President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was not trying to get security clearance for his children, which would allow them access to classified government information. ‘I am not trying to get “top level security clearance” for my children. This was a typically false news story,’ the New York real estate magnate said in a Twitter post. Trump was referring to media reports that he was seeking security clearance for his three oldest children (Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka) as well as Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner. Trump spokesman Jason Miller said Trump also was not trying to get clearance for Kushner. ‘No paperwork has been completed or sent,’ he said. Clearances for the family members would allow Trump to discuss matters of national security with them.” (11/16/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-clearances-idUSKBN13B1GB

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10) CA: Judge rejects pimping charges against Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer
Source: New York Daily News

“Charges against classifieds site Backpage.com controversial CEO have been rejected by a California judge over free speech concerns. Carl Ferrer was arrested last month in Texas on child pimping charges, with authorities alleging that his website gained millions from posts involving sex trafficking. … Sacramento-based judge Michael Bowman said that a federal law grants website operators immunity from being prosecuted over user-posted content.” (11/16/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/calif-judge-rejects-pimping-charges-backpage-ceo-article-1.2876175

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11) Canada: Labatt brewery ends free beer allotment for retirees
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“It is the end of the free-beer era for Canadian retirees of a major brewery. Labatt announced it is cutting off the allotment of free beer for its former employees by 2019. The perk has been part of the company’s retirement package for more than half a century. Labatt was founded in Canada but was sold in 1995, and is now owned by Belgium-based beer powerhouse Anheuser-Busch InBev. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation first reported that Labatt was phasing out the retirement benefit. In a letter sent to employees 28 October, the company cited the rising costs of maintaining the full benefits package, including its healthcare coverage, as the reason for the cut.” (11/16/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37991714

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12) Belgium: Protesting soldiers teargassed, hit with water cannon by police
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“Riot police in Brussels turned water cannons and tear gas on scores of angry military personnel protesting government plans to raise the retirement age from 56 to 63. According to local reports, an 8,000-strong crowd of servicemen and women took to the streets of the Belgian capital to express their disapproval at the proposal. Trouble broke out as unions met with Minister of Defence Steven Vandeput and resulted in nearby roadways and tunnels being closed off for a number of hours, according to HLN Nieuws.” (11/16/16)

https://www.rt.com/news/367103-belgium-soldiers-protest-police/

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13) Schumer succeeds Reid as Senate Minority Leader
Source: Washington Post

“Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) was elected as the next leader of Senate Democrats on Wednesday, establishing him as one of his party’s most senior officials in Washington and Democrats’ primary partisan counterweight to a Trump administration. The New York Democrat had hoped to become Senate majority leader if Democrats recaptured the Senate majority this year, working closely with a Hillary Clinton administration. Yet the former head of the Senate campaign arm may agree with some of the new president’s priorities, including an infrastructure proposals to rebuild the country’s roads, tunnels and bridges.” (11/16/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/11/16/schumer-elected-senate-democratic-leader/

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14) CO: Denver approves cannabis use in bars and restaurants
Source: Smell the Truth

“A voter-approved measure has made Denver the first U.S. city to legalize marijuana use in a social setting. Denver’s Proposition 300 was declared victorious on Tuesday after last week’s election, allowing bar and restaurant owners to include designated marijuana use sections, reports the Associated Press. The measure allows private businesses to apply to include designated marijuana areas, making Denver the first city in the country where citizens can publicly enjoy cannabis without fear of arrest.” (11/16/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/11/16/denver-approves-marijuana-use-in-bars-and-restaurants

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15) PA: Judge rejects latest Bill Cosby bid to dismiss criminal sexual assault case
Source: Hollywood Reporter

“On Wednesday, Bill Cosby was handed two big defeats by a Pennsylvania judge overseeing a criminal case that charges him with sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Judge Steven O’Neill rejects Cosby’s motion to dismiss the charges based on an alleged deprivation of defendant’s due process rights. … Meanwhile, Cosby experienced a second loss when O’Neill wouldn’t let him conduct a competency hearing to examine 13 women who prosecutors wish to call to the witness stand to testify about alleged prior bad acts. Those accusers are expected to discuss being given drugs and sexually assaulted by Cosby from decades past. Cosby had hoped to have a psychologist investigate their capacity to observe and remember events.” (11/16/16)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/judge-rejects-latest-bill-cosby-bid-dismiss-criminal-sexual-assault-case-948040

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16) McConnell re-elected as US Senate majority leader
Source: The Hill

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is keeping his spot as the Senate’s top Republican. The Kentucky Republican on Wednesday was reelected as the GOP leader ‘by acclimation [sic] by his colleagues with a standing ovation,’ McConnell spokesman Don Stewart said. Stewart said the decision was unanimous.” (11/16/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/306332-mcconnell-reelected-as-senate-majority-leader

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17) Canada considers reimposing visas for Mexicans over asylum requests
Source: PanAm Post

“Visas in Canada may not be going away after all, as officials worry about the rise in Mexican asylum requests from the United States. President-elect Donald Trump‘s pledge to deport over three million immigrants has caused many Mexicans to look for new options, many of which lay north of the border. Canada’s Minister of Migration John McCallum said the decision to not ask Mexicans to register for a visa could be temporary if asylum applications continue.” (11/16/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/11/16/canada-reimpose-visas-for-mexicans/

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18) Pakistan displays military might in drill near India border
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Pakistan put its military might on display Wednesday with the country’s prime minister and the army chief traveling to a strategic area close to the border with archrival India to observe a military drill. The exercise, which showed off both ground forces and Pakistan’s air power, comes amid escalating tensions between Islamabad and New Delhi over the disputed Kashmir region.” (11/16/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/ap/pakistan-displays-military-might-in-drill-near-india-border/article_79d17e75-963d-5fd2-b19c-5185d227a9b7.html

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19) Turkey: Erdogan could rule until 2029 under plans to change constitution
Source: Reuters

“President Tayyip Erdogan could govern Turkey until 2029 with expanded executive powers under proposals the ruling AK Party hopes will go to a referendum next spring, officials who have seen the latest draft told Reuters on Wednesday. Erdogan and his supporters argue Turkey needs the strong leadership of an executive presidency, akin to the system in the United States or France, to avoid the fragile coalition governments that hampered its development in the past. Opponents see the proposed change as a vehicle for Erdogan’s ambition, and fear it will bring increasing authoritarianism to a country already under fire from Western allies over its deteriorating record on rights and freedoms, especially after widespread purges in the wake of a failed military coup in July.” (11/16/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-politics-idUSKBN13B1BK

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20) MN: Six sentenced in Islamic State case
Source: Faribault County Register

“Three men were sentenced to prison Tuesday for plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group, as a federal judge concluded the second day of sentencings in a case that shined a light on terror recruiting in the state. Adnan Farah, 20, and Hanad Musse, 21, were each sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Hamza Ahmed, 21, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for that count and another count of financial aid fraud. All three were also given at least 20 years of supervised release. … Their sentencings come a day after three of their co-defendants were sentenced, including two who cooperated with authorities and were given lighter penalties. Farah, Musse, Ahmed, and the other man sentenced Monday all pleaded guilty but did not cooperate with prosecutors.” (11/15/16)

http://www.faribaultcountyregister.com/page/content.detail/id/2198420/6-Minnesota-men-sentenced-in-Islamic-State-case.html?isap=1&nav=5050

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21) “Project Blue” space telescope launches crowdfunding campaign
Source: Space.com

“Project Blue, an ambitious initiative to directly image planets around the double suns of Alpha Centauri, has started crowdfunding for its space telescope. The initiative would launch a small space telescope designed specifically to look at Alpha Centauri, which, along with Proxima Centauri, is the nearest stellar neighbor to Earth’s solar system. Because of the star system’s closeness, that small telescope would be able to take a ‘pale blue dot’ image of any potentially Earthlike planets orbiting there — a photo of a small blue speck like the one the Voyager spacecraft 1 took of Earth from afar. A blue hue would indicate potential oceans or atmosphere surrounding the planet. The project’s team hopes to raise at least $1 million through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter by Dec. 21, 2016, to lay the technical groundwork for the project, representatives said in a statement.” (11/15/16)

http://www.space.com/34724-project-blue-telescope-begins-crowdfunding.html

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22) US mortgage applications tank 9% as post-election rates soar
Source: CNBC

“A sharp spike in interest rates following the election of Donald J. Trump last week threw icy cold water on the mortgage market. Total mortgage application volume fell 9.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. Applications, however, were 12 percent higher than one year ago. The drop was expected, given how quickly mortgage interest rates rose. The average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($417,000 or less) increased to 3.95 percent, from 3.77 percent, with points increasing to 0.39 from 0.38 (including the origination fee) for 80 percent loan-to-value ratio loans.” (11/16/16)

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/16/mortgage-applications-tank-as-post-election-rates-soar.html

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23) Kenya: Regime extends Dadaab refugee camp closure by six months
Source: The Star [Kenya]

“The government has extended the closure of Dadaab refugee camp by six months to May 2017, following a request last week by a special UNHCR envoy on the Somali situation. Kenya had vowed to shut Dadaab camp this month, saying it was being used by al Shabaab militants who continue to sporadic attacks in several parts of the country. But rights groups criticised the decision saying it would hurt Somalis fleeing violence and poverty, and further accused Kenya of forcibly sending them back to a war zone.” (11/16/16)

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2016/11/16/state-extends-dadaab-refugee-camp-closure-by-six-months_c1456972

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24) NY: Tens of thousands of dead fish found in canal
Source: Seattle Times

“Tens of thousands of dead fish have been found floating in a canal on New York’s Long Island and authorities are investigating what caused the massive die off. Scores of bunker fish were seen floating near the water’s edge on the Shinnecock Canal in Hampton Bays on Monday morning. Regional Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Bill Fonda tells Newsday the die-off was most likely caused by usual reasons and not chemicals or pollutants. Fonda says fish kills happen when a large number of fish get trapped in a confined area and the oxygen levels go down, leading to suffocation.” (11/16/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/tens-of-thousands-of-dead-fish-found-in-new-york-canal/

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25) Undetected Ebola infections suggest the disease spread more widely than thought
Source: Los Angeles Times

“As many as 25% of those infected with the Ebola virus during the recent four-year outbreak in West Africa may have experienced few if any symptoms and lived on without ill effects, new research suggests. Indeed, the immune systems of these people — the telltale sign of their infection — would allow them to withstand reinfection with the Ebola virus. That finding has emerged from a study that tested 187 men, women and children in the rural village of Sukudu, Sierra Leone, where 28 of the West Africa outbreak’s roughly 11,000 Ebola deaths occurred.” (11/16/16)

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-ebola-unseen-infections-20161115-story.html

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

26) This is your medical system on government
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The Obamacare blowup is hard to understand in detail, because its impact is so disparate. The extent of the price increases depend on your age, location, family status, and employment. The quality of the results depend on what doctors and clinics in your area are willing to accept. After all, you can have the most awesome medical insurance plan in the country, but no medical provider is actually required to accept it. That only adds to the anger. To get a sense of specifics on the ground, I asked some people on my Facebook page to tell their stories. I received many hundreds of responses. Here are just a few.” (11/16/16)

https://fee.org/articles/this-is-your-medical-system-on-government/

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27) Backpage.com: Dismissal is insufficient — charge Harris
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“On November 1, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Bowman dismissed pimping charges against Carl Ferrer, the CEO of Backpage.com, as well as the site’s controlling shareholders, Michael Lacey and James Larkin, on free speech grounds. The ruling is a victory against Internet censorship, but it’s just a start. It’s time to send a strong message to grandstanding prosecutors who abuse the justice system for self-promotional purposes. When California Attorney General (now US Senator-elect) Kamala Harris ordered the arrests, she knew better.” (11/16/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8438

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28) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/16/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“We’re less than a week removed from the election, and the Republicans are already passing new regulation and tax legislation. If this is any indication of how Republicans will govern I think a lot of Americans are going to be a bit disappointed.” [various formats] (11/16/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/three-stories-that-tell-us-what-to-expect-from-the-new-congress/

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29) Americans need to fall in love with freedom again
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Kitty Testa

“As a presidential candidate, Gary Johnson was very much a liberaltarian. Many Libertarians complained that Johnson, and to a greater degree his running mate, Bill Weld, hyped their liberalism over their libertarianism, and thus alienated libertarian-minded conservatives. I continue to see a Libertarian-Conservative alliance as a more natural coalition. The libertarian-leaning conservatives are already half-way there. They simply need to take their already strong beliefs about personal freedom and apply them rationally to all aspects of behavior. To do this, they must conquer a few fears, namely drug legalization and marriage equality, and the possibility of not getting re-elected. The problem with a romance between libertarians and Democrats is that Democrats have ceased to be liberals.” [editor’s note: I didn’t know horror was a “strong belief;” I thought it was just a feeling – TLK] (11/16/16)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/americans-freedom

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30) Trump or no Trump
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“We’re hopeful about some things Donald Trump has said. Yet we anticipate, in part because some of his stated policies are already disconcerting to us, that we’ll be quite critical. Therefore, if our judgments and objections bother you, please note two things … * We’re remaining consistent. When the new President does something right, and he likely will, we’ll salute those efforts. We’re not picking on anyone. We’re not simple-minded partisans with axes to grind. We’re continuing to advocate the same principles we always have. We hope you can respect and appreciate that. * It’s unreasonable to expect any organization to agree with you 100%.” (11/16/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/trump-or-no-trump

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31) No, the Electoral College won’t give Clinton the Presidency
Source: Town Hall
by Matt Vespa

“Yes liberals, we hear you: Clinton is winning the plurality of the popular vote, while Donald Trump took the Electoral College handily. It’s not fair (to you). So, we’re all watching with disgust as you take your temper tantrum to the streets, vandalizing buildings, and setting things on fire. Do I empathize? Hey, I know how it felt to lose in 2012, but I never thought, as did my fellow Republicans, to riot in the streets. Sometimes you lose — and sometimes those losses can be shocking, especially when you indulge in ultraliberal sites, like The Huffington Post, which had Clinton’s chances of winning the presidency at over 90 percent.” [editor’s note: Show this to your Killary-fanatic friends (we all have them) if they are still that delusional – SAT] (11/16/16)

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2016/11/16/vox-no-the-electoral-college-wont-give-clinton-the-presidency-and-its-not-going-away-either-n2246425

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32) In California, a tax-the-rich triumph
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“If you want to see the future, political analysts used to say, look at California today. That certainly held true back in the Reagan years. In 1964, after arch-conservative Barry Goldwater’s colossal defeat in the 1964 Presidential election, Californian Ronald Reagan deftly organized a winning ‘New Right’ that swept first to state and then national power. The ‘Reagan Revolution’ of tax cuts, privatization, and deregulation (and virulent union busting) would leave the United States the most unequal developed nation in the world. That inequality has, in turn, left tens of millions of Americans in debt, insecure, and incensed. And now that same inequality has ushered in the Epoch of the Donald. But no one can credit, or blame, California for President-elect Trump.” [editor’s note: This time, Maine was a far better model for a sane future – SAT] (11/16/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161116/in-california-a-tax-the-rich-triumph

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33) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/16/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Weird friends Dianna Keiler, Jeremy HizenNword and Michael W. Dean talk about MWD’s weirder friends and acquaintances from back in the day. This includes MWD’s labelmate (Boner Records and Wingnut Records) Sammytown from Fang. Sammytown is a nice guy and a murderer who outdoes GG Allin in everything. And unlike GG Allin, Sammy lived to tell the tale.” [various formats] (11/16/16)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=12823

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34) If Hillary Clinton belongs in prison, so does Rudy Giuliani
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“During the presidential campaign, Rudy Giuliani argued (correctly) that Hillary Clinton could be charged with a federal felony for mishandling classified information through her sloppy email practices as secretary of state even if she did not intend to break the law. But there is also a strong case to be made that the former New York City mayor, who reportedly is in the running for attorney general or secretary of state in the Trump administration, committed multiple federal felonies by assisting Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), an Iranian opposition group that the State Department listed as a terrorist organization until September 2012. ‘My ties to them are very open,’ Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney, recently told The New York Times. ‘We worked very hard to get them delisted.’ But under the broad understanding of the federal ban on ‘material assistance’ to terrorist groups that the Supreme Court upheld in 2010, that work was pretty clearly a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison.” (11/16/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/11/16/if-hillary-clinton-belongs-in-prison-so

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35) Here’s how to reform Obamacare
Source: USA Today
by Marc Siegel

“Back in the 1930s, at the heart of the Great Depression, the biggest health concern of poor Americans was how they were going to pay for their sudden and severe illnesses. Then the American Hospital Association created the Blue Cross plan for hospital costs in 1933 and followed it up in 1939 with the Blue Shield program, which covered medical and surgical costs. This was a major breakthrough in terms of health care because health insurance in those days was used to underwrite lifesaving care, and was based entirely on an illness-oriented hospitalization-covering model. But times have changed. These days the focus is more on prevention, and health insurance is frequently fear-driven and is used routinely to cover non-essential services for the worried well. It’s one thing for patients to be aware that uncontrolled cholesterol and blood pressure can lead to heart disease, or that without a screening colonoscopy or mammogram cancer can go undetected.” (11/16/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/16/obamacare-trump-health-savings-insurance-doctor-column/93816438

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36) The Electoral College can be stolen, but it won’t
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Allan Stevo

“In private life, one may mostly do as one wishes. In public life, there are some limits to what one can get away with. A public servant in America will not successfully betray such a trusted confidence as the Electoral College, and get away with it. Maybe one or two electors defect and no one bats an eye. If more defected, enough to change the outcome of the election, a protest from the right would almost certainly take place. It wouldn’t be about crying on YouTube or knocking over garbage cans. It wouldn’t be about property destruction, melees with police, or Molotov cocktails. It wouldn’t be about pithy slogans, rhythmic drums, or empty threats loosely thrown around. No. Nothing like that. No one will see the protest coming from the right when the right stands up. The faithless electors in that situation won’t survive through Christmas.” (11/16/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/11/allan-stevo/electoral-college-can-stolen/

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37) The Milton Friedman agenda
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Sam Bowman

“When I was younger, I used to think of Milton Friedman, who died on this day ten years ago, as a great man who’d changed the world but gotten a few things wrong. His books, Youtube clips and Free to Choose series made me a liberal. But my liking for Austrian economics persuaded me that he had been wrong about monetary policy and economic methodology; my belief in private charity made me think his negative income tax was unnecessary. The arrogance of youth! The older I get, the more I realise that Friedman was right about pretty much everything, and I wrong.” (11/16/16)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-milton-friedman-agenda

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38) Stop blaming immigrants, start punishing the employers who exploit them
Source: In These Times
by Buzz Malone

“Illegal immigration. It’s apparently one of the key issues that moved the working class electorate to vote for Trump, so I feel compelled to offer my two cents on the subject based on my own thoughts and experiences. It’s not a terribly well kept secret to anyone who has ever travelled across Iowa and passed the heavy noxious air of a hog confinement along the interstate, that Iowa has more hogs than people. It’s always been that way. The Midwest I call home has long been a bastion of all things agricultural; of corn and beans and hogs and cattle, and all of the industries that spawn from them. In the 1970’s, long before we had rounded up all of our free range pigs and chickens and crammed them into huge stinking corporate confinements, the Midwest was also home to much of the nation’s meat packing industry.” (11/15/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/19634/stop_blaming_immigrants_and_start_punishing_the_employers_who_exploit_them

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39) Nuclear warheads as hostages
Source: Strike The Root
by Paul Bonneau

“In earlier times, victors in a war would take the sons of the vanquished rulers back home, to raise them as their own. This provided incentive for the rulers of the now-vassal states not to raise Hell any more (after all, it is the rulers, not the people, who start wars). I wonder if a modification of this hostage concept could not be applied to nuclear warheads, as a way to similarly reduce incentives for strife?” (11/16/16)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/nuclear-warheads-as-hostages

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40) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 83
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we were joined again by Donnie Gebert. Herein we discussed how the BipCot No Government License is like slut shaming, how to reach members of the military, police vs. military, if Killary will actually see the inside of a cell, Dave’s descent into shit with a Hillary to Beiber to Nickelback maneuver, the NSA’s classified lunch menu, how Trump’s ego could drive him to be the president — the best president, and more!” [various formats] (11/15/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-83-a-hillary-tears-based-economy/

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41) Showdown at Standing Stone Camp
Source: The American Prospect
by Jason Mark

“As a seasoned Beltway lawyer and lobbyist representing Native peoples, Tara Houska is no stranger to public conflicts. A member of the Couchiching First Nation and Ojibwe tribe, Houska represents tribal interests on Capitol Hill on a range of land-use and environmental issues. But when she saw a Facebook post in mid-July from a Standing Rock Sioux member named LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Houska knew she had to act fast. An oil conduit known as the Dakota Access Pipeline was threatening traditional Native American burial sites, and if it ruptured, would pollute the Missouri River. Allard was putting out a call for people to take action on the North Dakota banks of the Missouri River.” (11/16/16)

http://prospect.org/article/showdown-standing-stone-camp

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42) Yield curve control — the road to infinite QE
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Colin Lloyd

“10yr JGB yields have not exceeded 2% since 1998. At that time the base rate was 0.20% — that equates to 180bp of positive carry. Today 40yr JGBs yield 0.57% whilst maturities of 10 years or less trade at negative yields. Little wonder that monetary velocity is declining. The tightening of bank reserve requirements in the aftermath of the great financial recession has further impeded the provision of credit. It is hardly optimal for banks to lend their reserves to the BoJ at negative rates but they also have scant incentive to lend to corporates when government bond yields are negative and credit spreads are near to historic lows.” (11/16/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/11/yield-curve-control-the-road-to-infinite-qe/

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43) The Tom Woods Show, episode 783
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The conventional wisdom holds that mortgage-backed securities, credit-default swaps, and the like were responsible for the fragility, uncertainty, and ultimate collapse of 2008. Is that true? Professor Ed Stringham offers a revisionist account.” [various formats] (11/15/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-783-did-crazy-financial-instruments-bring-down-the-economy/

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44) The Trump meltdown begins
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“President Barack Obama will leave office with historically high approval ratings, a low unemployment rate, incomes and wages rising across the country, and a record-low uninsurance rate, so it’s perversely fitting that House Speaker Paul Ryan is heralding the transition as a ‘dawn of a new unified Republican government.’ It is shaping up to be a dawn of some sort, but not the normal kind where things get brighter and people return to waking life. This isn’t purely a statement of ideological foreboding, though the Republican Party will in all likelihood do significant damage to progressive functions of our government. It is also a testament to the likelihood that critical measures of political health (presidential approval, corruption, transparency) are likely to collapse very quickly after Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20.” (11/16/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/138781/trump-meltdown-begins

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45) Trump’s election may strain the euro to the breaking point
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thorsten Polleit

“Many would not have discounted the notion that financial markets would take kindly to the announcement that Donald J. Trump won the election. But when the news broke on 9 November that he will indeed be the 45th president of the United States of America, prices on international stock exchanges climbed, the US dollar exchange rate soared, and interest rates went up. All this suggests that international financial markets’ take on Trump’s presidency is much more cheerful than the gloomy outlook many would have predicted. Mr. Trump has made no bones about his thoughts on US foreign and economic policy, but it remains to be seen if and how he will put these thoughts into action.” (11/16/16)

https://mises.org/blog/trumps-election-may-strain-euro-breaking-point

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46) This article could be grounds for a libel lawsuit under Trump
Source: CounterPunch
by Howard Lisnoff

“Marching up Fifth Avenue on Saturday, November 12th with about 10,000 other protesters was both familiar and surreal. It was familiar because it’s been happening for decades: antiwar marches, the Nuclear Freeze Movement, campaigns for human rights, and movements to stop the political right from taking away human rights. The protest marches go on and on with millions of people, but we have never faced the potential for fascism and repression as we do now. The end of a habitable world is possible.” (11/16/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/16/this-article-could-be-grounds-for-a-libel-lawsuit-under-trump/

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47) Trump needs good advice
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“I would very much like to see the White House revert to a George Marshall type of foreign policy, in which the United States would use its vast power wisely rather than punitively. As Donald Trump knows little of what makes the world go round, senior officials and cabinet secretaries will play a key role in framing and executing policy. One would like to see people like Jim Webb, Chas Freeman, Andrew Bacevich, or even TAC’s own Daniel Larison in key government positions, as one might thereby rely on their cool judgment and natural restraint to guide the ship of state. But that is unfortunately unlikely to happen. Instead, by some accounts, we will quite possibly be getting Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton, Sarah Palin, Jose Rodriguez, Michael Ledeen, and Michael Flynn.” (11/16/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trump-needs-good-advice/

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48) TPP: A post-mortem
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm

“The death of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that EFF called last week has since been confirmed by White House officials. This marks the end of a long-running campaign against the secretive agreement that EFF began back in 2012. Make no mistake; although the proximate cause of the TPP’s demise was the U.S. Presidential election result, the TPP faced long odds in Congress even if the election had gone the other way. This in turn was due to broad opposition to the agreement from many sectors of society across the political divide, including from members of the digital rights community. So as we survey the fallout from the TPP’s demise, EFF and its supporters are entitled to feel proud of the part we played.” (11/15/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/11/tpp-post-mortem

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49) Virtually useless
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“[c]omputers opened up brave new worlds for us, but, did you notice? Bad guys were right there from the beginning, making ‘viruses’ and ‘spyware’ and ‘malware’ of all kinds. Destroying billions of dollars of data and equipment, robbing us of the most important thing of all: time. And what did the United States government do? Nothing, or next to it. Belatedly, and haphazardly, it scraped together a digital defense for its own infrastructure, and began to cook up ways to surveil us all. But did it offer to help? What programs did it provide the public, or the states, to assist us with bad guys trying to steal our savings, credit, and virtual identities? I haven’t seen anything. And our local governments have stood around useless, too. Yet I haven’t heard anyone complain.” (11/16/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/11/16/virtually-useless/

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50) Quality and value in health care explained
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jane M Orient, MD

“Politicians seem to think that payment for value is an original think-tank inspiration, instead of the way things always have worked, at least outside of medicine. There was the BMW, the Mercedes-Benz, and the Citroen SM (early 1970s), and then my grandpa’s car, of which he said ‘it beats walking.’ The difference is the answer to the question: value to whom? Now Medicare and soon all ‘health plans’ want to pay only for ‘value,’ instead of for doctors doing work, and it all has to be ‘high quality.’ Grandpa can just walk, or stay home, if he can’t get the highest quality — but he’ll still have to pay into the ‘health plan.’ Despite all the promises of Medicare and ObamaCare, the reformed system is like taking away Grandpa’s reliable old Chevy, with its stick shift and hand choke.” (11/15/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/11/quality-and-value-in-health-care-explained/

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51) Breaking conformity equilibria: The case of Mormon polygamy
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Polygamy was Mormonism’s most controversial theological novelty. Critics casually equated it with slavery, dubbing them ‘the twin relics of barbarism.’ Whatever you think about the wisdom of polygamy, its emergence in 19th-century Mormonism raises a deeper question. Given human conformity, how did such a radical break from social convention ever get off the ground?” (11/16/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/11/breaking_confor.html

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52) In politics, innovation isn’t always progress
Source: Independent Institute
by William Watkins

“Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton called for innovative solutions for what ails America. For the former it was a new fence on our southern border that will supposedly be funded by Mexico; for the latter it was free (i.e., taxpayer subsidized) college tuition. Fresh ideas, they told us, could ‘make America great again’ and render us ‘stronger together.’ Neither campaign stopped to consider that it was an innovation that led to our current woes, one that most Americans view as their country’s greatest contribution to political science: the U.S. Constitution.” (11/15/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/11/15/in-politics-innovation-isnt-always-progress/

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53) Thinking about George W Bush — or not thinking about George W Bush — eight years after
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“The evening before election day, Ava and I walked down to the estuary, sat on a pier, and watched the fishing boats come in. The sky was cloud-studded but dry, the weather shirt-sleeve warm. The light resembled a luminist painting. The morning of election day, we walked down and watched the boats go out again under the same low, dry, radiant sky, while sharing a buttery croissant from the local tea shop. I thought, not for the first or last time, ‘It doesn’t matter whose butt gets planted in the Oval Office. This doesn’t change. This is my place and my life and it’s a blessing to be here.’ Of course, it does matter. When I read last night that Trump might be considering the horrific John Bolton for Secretary of State, my gut clenched.” (11/15/16)

http://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2016/11/15/thinking-about-george-w-bush-or-not-thinking-about-george-w-bush-eight-years-after/

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54) Time to end the war on drugs, part 1
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

Laurence M. Vance and Jacob G. Hornberger launch a new video series. [Flash video] (11/16/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/laurence-m-vance-time-end-war-drugs/

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55) Free Talk Live, 11/15/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Clothing We Wear When Happy or Depressed :: Astrology Debate :: Linux and the Free Software Movement :: FCC :: Voting and Violence :: War on Cash Eliminating 500 and 1000 Rupee Notes :: Credit Card Chips :: Drugged Driving :: Sorrority and Fraternity Hazing.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/15/16)

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