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Volume XV, Issue #3,847
Monday, November 20th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Zimbabwe: Mugabe faces impeaches after balking at retirement
2) Germany: Merkel’s fourth term in doubt after coalition talks collapse
3) EU cuts Turkey funding after “democratic deterioration”
4) Israel: Police interrogate Netanyahu for four hours in graft probes
5) Chinese military aircraft conduct exercises in East China Sea
6) CA: Black market LA pot shop busted after posing [sic] as a church
7) Charles Manson, 1934-2017
8) FL: Church sign lets everyone know it’s not a “soft target”
9) Britain to submit “Brexit bill” proposal before December EU meeting
10) FBI releases 1971 letter that DB Cooper sleuth says could be from the hijacker
11) London buses to be powered by coffee grounds
12) Security theater: Secret Service apprehends attempted White House fence jumper
13) Study: Dog ownership linked to living longer
14) Russia, Turkish, Iranian officials meet to discuss Syria
15) Ireland: Adams steps down as Sinn Fein president
16) Honda recalls 900,000 Odyssey minivans
17) NE: Keystone pipeline leak won’t affect XL’s last regulatory hurdle
18) Argentina: Missing submarine tried contacting bases
19) LA: Cantrell elected as first female mayor of New Orleans
20) Top US general says he would resist “illegal” nuke order from Trump

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) How to stop a rogue president from ordering a nuclear first strike
22) Libertarian origins, libertarian influence, and the ruling American right
23) Parasite perks
24) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 2, part 5
25) Assertions versus facts
26) Thanksgiving dinner costs less, thanks to the free market
27) Roy Moore and the Alabama paradox: Vote for him to get rid of him
28) No victory dance yet for Trump after House passes tax bill
29) Congress has “et tu?” moment as it grapples with sexual harassment
30) Lessons from Zimbabwe’s coup
31) The “Keller defense”
32) Things not to do: Renationalize the utilities
33) Menendez mistrial a relief to Democrats … for now
34) We’re living in the age of capital consumption
35) Nationalize the fossil fuel industry
36) Movie review: Murder on the Orient Express
37) Why we love farmers markets
38) Shut up, FFS — Arvin Vohra is NOT why the LP loses
39) Would revived civics end up being progressive ed redux?
40) Repeating a key point about the non-uniqueness of international trade
41) Moore, Franken, creepy Biden and other horrendous media fiascos
42) Christie redux
43) Trump’s HHS pick Alex Azar the worst Pharma Bro of all
44) #NotI
45) Thanksgiving travel: Trump’s holiday gift is more invasive airport security
46) The Republican tax plan is very swampy
47) Brennan and Clapper: Elder statesmen or serial fabricators?
48) Desert royalty
49) A basic principle about trade
50) The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act restricts Congress, not surveillance

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Anarchist Experience, episode 139
52) American Foreign Policy, episode 8
53) Free Talk Live, 11/18/17
54) Editor’s Pick, episode 2
55) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 214
56) Felony Friday, episode 98
57) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 672
58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 119
59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1041
60) Anarcho Agenda, episode 45

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

1) Zimbabwe: Mugabe faces impeaches after balking at retirement
Source: Bloomberg

“Zimbabwean lawmakers are set to begin impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe on Monday, after he defied a ruling party directive to end his 37-year rule. The 93-year-old Mugabe was widely expected to announce that he was stepping down in a televised address on Sunday night to enable Emmerson Mnangagwa, who he had fired as vice president earlier this month, to take over. Mugabe instead delivered a rambling and largely incoherent speech, in which he pledged to preside over a ruling party congress that’s due to take place in December. Three senior party officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said Mugabe deviated from an agreed-upon-text and he’ll now be forced from office by the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. An impeachment motion may be filed as early as Tuesday, when Parliament is due to resume sitting. He had earlier been given a deadline by his own party of midday today to resign or face impeachment.” (11/20/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-20/zimbabwe-s-mugabe-faces-impeachment-after-balking-at-retirement

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2) Germany: Merkel’s fourth term in doubt after coalition talks collapse
Source: CNBC

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s efforts to form a three-way coalition government that would secure her a fourth term hit a major setback on Sunday after a would-be coalition partner pulled out of exploratory talks, citing irreconcilable differences. The pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) unexpectedly walked out of the talks with Merkel’s conservatives and the Greens, saying that the three parties could not find compromises on key issues like immigration and the environment. Merkel could seek to form a minority government with the Greens, or new elections will be called.” (11/19/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/19/german-coalition-talks-collapse.html

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3) EU cuts Turkey funding after “democratic deterioration”
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The European Union will cut funds allocated to Turkey due to the ‘deteriorating situation in relation to democracy, rule of law and human rights’ there, according to a European Parliament (EP) statement. The bloc will shrink the so-called ‘pre-ascension funds’ for Turkey by 105m euros ($124m) and suspend an additional 70m euros in the 2018 budget, the statement said on Saturday. Ankara is entitled to receive 4.45 billion euros from the EU between 2014 and 2020 in the framework of the bloc’s ‘Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance.’ … Many of the EU member states have been in condemnation of the Turkish government’s arrests and purges of tens of thousands of people after a failed coup attempt in July 2016. Local and international rights groups have accused the government of using the coup attempt as a pretext to silence opposition in the country.” (11/19/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/eu-cuts-turkey-funding-democratic-deterioration-171119093145715.html

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4) Israel: Police interrogate Netanyahu for four hours in graft probes
Source: Times of Israel [Israel]

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was grilled by police on Sunday for over four hours in a pair of criminal investigations involving suspicions he received illegal gifts and favors from businessman for advancing their business interests. … Channel 10 reported that police confronted Netanyahu with evidence from the driver and personal assistant of Arnon Milchan, an Israeli film producer suspected of giving the Netanyahus tens of thousands of shekels worth of gifts. Last week, Netanyahu was also grilled by police for over four hours at the Prime Minister’s Residence, in his first questioning in the investigation since March.” (11/19/17)

https://www.timesofisrael.com/police-interrogate-netanyahu-for-4-hours-in-graft-probes/

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5) Chinese military aircraft conduct exercises in East China Sea
Source: Japan Times [Japan]

“China on Sunday again sent bombers and intelligence-gathering aircraft through international airspace between the islands of Okinawa and Miyako in the East China Sea, part of what Beijing has called continued ‘regular’ exercises in the area. Japan scrambled fighters in response, though no violation of Japanese airspace was detected. Four H-6 bombers and two intelligence-gathering aircraft flew a route that took them through the Miyako Strait and back. The flight was believed to be the first through the passageway since August, when six Chinese bombers flew near Kansai’s Kii Peninsula for the first time.” (11/19/17)

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/11/19/national/china-sends-bombers-intelligence-gathering-planes-international-airspace-near-okinawa/

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6) CA: Black market LA pot shop busted after posing [sic] as a church
Source: Smell the Truth

“An illegal marijuana dispensary was raided by Southern California cops for turning to God instead of turning legit. The unlicensed pot shop was busted by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies after operating disguised as ‘The Citadel Church of La Puente,’ reports SF Gate’s Ted Andersen. The self-professed church did not offer spiritual redemption, but rather approximately five pounds of flowers and a selection of concentrates and edibles with a combined estimate of up to $30,000. Police began a three-week investigation after receiving complaints about the ‘church,’ which operated with a La Puente city permit to repair cell phones.” [editor’s note: A “church” is pretty much whatever the people running it want it to be. As are its sacraments – TLK] (11/17/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/11/17/black-market-la-pot-shop-busted-after-posing-as-a-church

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7) Charles Manson, 1934-2017
Source: Rolling Stone

“Charles Manson, the cult leader of the Manson family who masterminded the Tate-LaBianca killings of 1969 and one of the most reviled and fascinating figures in American pop culture, died Sunday night, CBS Los Angeles reports. He was 83. Manson had been rushed to a Bakersfield, California hospital from Corcoran State Prison earlier this month for an undisclosed medical issue. Manson died of natural causes at Kern County hospital, according to a California Department of Corrections statement. A career criminal, amateur musician, enigmatic cult leader and unrepentant racist, Manson became synonymous with the dark underbelly and ominous end of the Sixties.” (11/20/17)

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/charles-manson-dead-at-83-w458873

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8) FL: Church sign lets everyone know it’s not a “soft target”
Source: Raw Story

“Members of one Florida church congregation will not turn the other cheek to those who might wish them harm. They are armed and ready to retaliate. That is according to a sign outside the River of Tampa Bay Church in Tampa, which warns in all capital letters that the sanctuary ‘is not a gun-free zone.’ The sign continues with a deadly warning: ‘We are heavily armed — any attempt will be dealt with deadly force. Yes we are a church and we will protect our people.’ It is signed by ‘The Pastors.’ The sign at the 21-year-old church was erected about a year ago, Associated Pastor Allen Hawes told The Tampa Bay Times.” (11/19/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/we-are-not-a-soft-target-florida-church-sign-is-letting-everyone-know-its-not-a-gun-free-zone

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9) Britain to submit “Brexit bill” proposal before December EU meeting
Source: Reuters

“Britain will submit proposals on how to settle its divorce bill with the European Union before an EU summit next month and is expected to negotiate hard, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday. The EU told Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday that there was more work to be done to unlock the Brexit talks, repeating its early December deadline for her to flesh out Britain’s opening offer on the financial settlement. ‘We will make our proposals to the European Union in time for the Council,’ Hammond told the BBC, referring to the Dec. 14-15 meeting of EU heads of government. He was speaking three days before he sets out Britain’s budget plan, where he will have to find room within tight fiscal constraints to help May convince voters that the Conservative government is tackling Britain’s domestic problems at the same time as negotiating its exit from the EU.” (11/19/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-hammond/britain-to-submit-brexit-bill-proposal-before-december-eu-meeting-idUSKBN1DJ0BG

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10) FBI releases 1971 letter that DB Cooper sleuth says could be from the hijacker
Source: Fox News

“Newly released FBI documents pertaining to the D.B. Cooper hijacking case include a letter that may only deepen the mystery surrounding the notorious unsolved crime which marks its 46th anniversary this week. ‘I knew from the start that I wouldn’t be caught,’ says the undated, typewritten letter from a person claiming to be the man who said he had a bomb and commandeered a Northwest Airlines flight from Portland to Seattle on Nov. 24, 1971. After releasing passengers and crew members, the man then ordered the pilots to fly to Mexico, only to parachute out the back door somewhere over Washington’s rugged wooded terrain with $200,000. ‘I didn’t rob Northwest Orient because I thought it would be romantic, heroic or any of the other euphemisms that seem to attach themselves to situations of high risk,’ he said. ‘I’m no modern-day Robin Hood. Unfortunately (I) do have only 14 months to live.’” (11/19/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/19/fbi-releases-1971-letter-that-d-b-cooper-sleuth-says-could-be-from-notorious-hijacker.html

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11) London buses to be powered by coffee grounds
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Waste coffee grounds will be used to help power some of London’s buses from Monday, it has been revealed. A biofuel created by blending oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel is to be added to the public transport fuel supply. Technology firm bio-bean says it has produced enough coffee oil to power one bus for a year. Transport for London (TfL) has increasingly turned to using biofuels to reduce transport emissions. Biofuel made using waste products such as cooking oil and tallow from meat processing is already used in many of the capital’s 9,500 buses.” (11/19/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-42044852

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12) Security theater: Secret Service apprehends attempted White House fence jumper
Source: Washington Post

“The U.S. Secret Service says an individual has been taken into custody after attempting to jump a security barrier on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House. President Donald Trump was inside the White House during the Sunday morning incident. The Secret Service tweeted at about 8 a.m. Sunday that someone tried to jump a row of metal bike racks that are being used to create a second row of fencing outside the executive mansion.” [editor’s note: So much for the guff about the White House being “public property” or “the people’s house” – TLK] (11/19/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/secret-service-apprehends-attempted-white-house-fence-jumper/2017/11/19/3e0d1a42-cd33-11e7-a87b-47f14b73162a_story.html

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13) Study: Dog ownership linked to living longer
Source: Independent [UK]

“Owning a dog could lengthen your life, according to a new study. Researchers studying cardiovascular disease came to the conclusion after examining data from 3.4 million Swedes aged between 40 and 80. Everything from registering a dog to visiting a hospital requires presentation of a unique identification number in Sweden, so the team from Uppsala University were able to access an anonymised set of data from national registries. … They found that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease or other causes.” (11/17/17)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/dog-ownership-owners-live-longer-pets-cardiovascular-health-active-walking-research-study-finds-a8059976.html

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14) Russia, Turkish, Iranian officials meet to discuss Syria
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to host his Iranian and Turkish counterparts at his official residence in the coastal city of Sochi to discuss the Syrian conflict. The event on Wednesday will be preceded by a meeting on Sunday in Turkey’s resort city of Antalya between the three countries’ foreign ministers. It comes days after Russia vetoed a US-initiated draft United Nations Security Council resolution on extending the mandate of the UN’s mission for investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and the Japan-initiated draft on a provisional extension of the mission’s mandate. US Ambassador Nikki Haley accused Moscow of dealing a ‘deep blow’ to international efforts to deter chemical attacks, saying it bodes ill for Russia’s future role in Syrian peace efforts.” (11/19/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/turkey-russia-iran-meet-discuss-syria-171119063213540.html

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15) Ireland: Adams steps down as Sinn Fein president
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Gerry Adams has announced he is stepping down as president of Sinn Fein after 34 years in charge of the party that was once closely linked to the IRA. Adams also confirmed that he will not seek re-election to the Irish parliament, the Dail, in the next general election. The 69-year-old-republican played a pivotal role in shifting the IRA to a permanent ceasefire in the 1990s and nudging Sinn Fein towards embracing power sharing with its former unionists enemies in Northern Ireland.” (11/18/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/nov/18/gerry-adams-steps-down-as-sinn-fein-president

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16) Honda recalls 900,000 Odyssey minivans
Source: Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

“Honda is recalling about 900,000 of its Odyssey minivans because the second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched. The recall announced Saturday covers vehicles from the 2011-17 model years. About 800,000 of the affected minivans were sold in the United States. Honda says it has received 46 reports of minor injuries related to the issue.” (11/19/17)

http://www.lockportjournal.com/news/honda-recalls-odyssey-minivans/article_3132cf79-7b47-55e3-97ac-53c485e209a7.html

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17) NE: Keystone pipeline leak won’t affect XL’s last regulatory hurdle
Source: Klamath Falls Herald and News

“Discovery of a 210,000-gallon oil leak from the Keystone pipeline would seem to be poor timing four days before regulators in Nebraska decide whether to allow a major expansion of the system, but officials say state law does not allow pipeline safety to be a factor in their decision. The Nebraska Public Service Commission was scheduled to rule Monday if a Keystone XL expansion pipeline proposed by TransCanada Corp. can cross the state. The commission’s decision is the last major regulatory hurdle for a project that has faced numerous local, state and federal reviews and lawsuits since it was announced in 2008.” (11/19/17)

https://www.heraldandnews.com/news/nation_world/keystone-pipeline-leak-won-t-affect-last-regulatory-hurdle/article_2a0e34b2-6e8a-5a78-8ceb-a8f01c1e39b7.html

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18) Argentina: Missing submarine tried contacting bases
Source: CNN

“A missing Argentine submarine attempted to contact naval bases via satellite seven times, but communication with the vessel was not established, the nation’s defense ministry said. The calls came to different bases between 10:52 a.m. and 3:42 p.m. Saturday, and lasted between four and 36 seconds, the ministry said in a statement to CNN en Espanol. … The military is working with a US company that specializes in satellite communication to determine the location of the submarine that vanished three days ago.” (11/19/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/19/americas/argentina-missing-submarine/index.html

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19) LA: Cantrell elected as first female mayor of New Orleans
Source: Politico

“LaToya Cantrell, a City Council member who first gained a political following as she worked to help her hard-hit neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina, won a historic election Saturday that made her the first woman mayor of New Orleans. The Democrat will succeed term-limited fellow Democrat Mitch Landrieu as the city celebrates its 300th anniversary next year.” (11/19/17)

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/19/cantrell-new-orleans-female-mayor-247680

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20) Top US general says he would resist “illegal” nuke order from Trump
Source: CBS News

“The top U.S. nuclear commander said Saturday he would push back against President Trump if he ordered a nuclear launch the general believed to be ‘illegal,’ saying he would look to find another solution. Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saturday that he has given a lot of thought to what he would say if a president ordered a strike he considered unlawful. … Hyten was responding to a question about testimony by former STRATCOM commander retired Gen. Robert Kehler before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this week. Kehler said that nuclear operators would refuse to implement an unlawful order. Hyten agreed, and argued that the process in place to launch a nuclear strike would prevent such a situation from arising in the first place. As head of STRATCOM, Hyten is responsible for overseeing the U.S. nuclear arsenal.” (11/18/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/u-s-strategic-command-gen-john-hyten-resist-illegal-nuke-order-from-trump/

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

21) How to stop a rogue president from ordering a nuclear first strike
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On November 15, US Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and US Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced one of the shortest bills in the histories of their two parliamentary bodies. Shorn of the obligatory ‘be it enacted, blah, blah, blah’ boilerplate, the bill’s content comes to 14 words: ‘It is the policy of the United States to not use nuclear weapons first.’ It’s a short bill and it’s a good bill, but it could be made both shorter and better by eliminating the word ‘first.’ What America needs is a ‘”no use of nukes, period’ policy, followed quickly by an ‘elimination of the nuclear arsenal’ policy.” (11/19/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11942

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22) Libertarian origins, libertarian influence, and the ruling American right
Source: Niskanen Center
by Will Wilkinson

“I’ve told a historical story, which Somin doesn’t really address, that tries to say something about what distinguishes libertarianism from classical liberalism. In my story, there’s speciation in the intellectual lineage. Libertarianism branches off from classical liberalism, and the speciation event is the emergence of property-rights absolutism. It’s true that, as a matter of history and political sociology, classical liberals and libertarians continued to make common cause, and that, as a matter of linguistic usage, it became common to refer to classical liberals as ‘libertarians.’ But in the context of a historical claim that a radical view about the inviolability of property rights accounts for the emergence of libertarianism as a philosophical and political stance distinct from classical liberalism, it begs the question to casually lump classical liberals and libertarians together.” (11/17/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/libertarian-origins-libertarian-influence-ruling-american-right/

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23) Parasite perks
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Did you know that, among the numerous overly generous government perks enjoyed by our parasitical elected lawmakers in Congress, are confidentiality and immunity from the financial consequences of their own egregious illegal discrimination and sexual harassment conduct with employees and staff at the office? That’s right! We the taxpayers pay the price for it. It’s not the parasite’s problem. It’s our problem. And it’s all kept a secret.” (11/19/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/11/parasite-perks_19.html

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24) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 2, part 5
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Technical explanations of the White Paper abound and are available online for free. The following analysis, therefore, focuses on the most important non-technical aspect of Bitcoin; Bitcoin resolves the trusted third party problem, which is the White Paper’s raison d’etre. The paper opens: ‘Commerce on the Internet has come to rely almost exclusively on financial institutions serving as trusted third parties to process electronic payments.’ But inherent problems attend trust-based traditional financial systems, including corrupt politics and practices. Due to the strictly technical nature of white papers, however, Satoshi does not discuss the political problems, foremost of which is the alliance of government and banking, stripping individuals of freedom and security.” (11/18/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/the-satoshi-revolution-chapter-2-satoshis-white-paper-breaks-your-economic-chains-part-5/

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25) Assertions versus facts
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“CNN is running a house commercial that on its face is a plea for respect for demonstrable facts. ‘This is an apple,’ a voice says over an image of a bright red apple. ‘Some people might try to tell you that it’s a banana. They might scream, ‘Banana, banana, banana,’ over and over and over again. They might put ‘BANANA’ in all caps. You might even start to believe that this is a banana. But it’s not. This … is an apple.’ The commercial closes with the text ‘Facts First’ and the CNN logo. CNN has aired several variations of this commercial, all with the theme that someone is trying to make you think an apple is not an apple. … the commercial is also deceptively self-serving because CNN, like other news outlets, doesn’t merely show or describe fruit to its audience. Most of what CNN talks about is more complicated.” (11/17/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/daily-featured-articles/tgif-assertions-versus-facts/

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26) Thanksgiving dinner costs less, thanks to the free market
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“As families sit down for Thanksgiving meals this year, there’s one thing few will bother to thank. Yet it’s the reason the meal is more affordable than ever. The American Farm Bureau Federation released its latest price survey of items typically found on the dinner table at Thanksgiving. What it found is that the cost of providing all the usual trimmings went down this year. Feeding 10 will run an average $49.12, down from $49.87 last year. The report also notes that the cost of Thanksgiving, when adjusted for inflation, is 23% less expensive today than it was in 1986. Economist Mark Perry notes that, when you look at it from the perspective of how many hours a person would have to work to pay for a family Thanksgiving dinner, the price drop is 31%. An average hourly worker today would have to put in 2.21 hours to afford the meal, compared with 3.21 hours in 1986.” (11/18/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/thanksgiving-dinner-costs-less-than-it-did-30-years-ago-thanks-to-the-free-market

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27) Roy Moore and the Alabama paradox: Vote for him to get rid of him
Source: USA Today
by Christian Schneider

“At this point, there’s no conceivable rumor about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore that can be dismissed as too far-fetched. If asked if he was a vampire during his early 30s, Moore would likely answer ‘not generally, no,’ and claim innocence because he asked permission from the parents of his victims before he dined on their flesh. But the Moore imbroglio has set up an interesting contradiction for Republicans nationally: Their best-case scenario if Moore refuses to exit the race actually demands that Alabamans vote for an alleged pedophile. In fact, the worse things get for Moore, the better the chance that incumbent Republican senators can escape this horrific episode with dignity.” (11/17/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/11/17/roy-moore-and-alabama-paradox-vote-him-get-rid-him/871842001

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28) No victory dance yet for Trump after House passes tax bill
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“When the GOP House voted to repeal Obamacare in May, President Donald Trump invited supporters to the Rose Garden to celebrate with him and to pat themselves on the back for making history in record time. Thursday, when Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act there was no talk of orchestrating a public victory lap. In the fall of his first year in office, Trump has come to understand that passing the halfway mark is no guarantee you’ll cross the finish line. Yes, there are 52 Republicans in the Senate — as well as a GOP vice president who can break a 50-50 tie vote. Yet it took only three dissenting Republicans (Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Rand Paul of Kentucky and John McCain of Arizona) to announce their opposition to a Senate bill before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided not to bring it to the floor in September. This go round, Trump is wiser to the ways of the swamp.” (11/19/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/11/19/no-victory-dance-yet-for-trump-after-house-passes-tax-bill-n2411205

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29) Congress has “et tu?” moment as it grapples with sexual harassment
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Francine Kiefer

“First it was the military. Then college campuses. Then the media and Hollywood. Now, it’s the US Capitol — where a wave of complaints about sexual abuse and harassment have flooded the stately halls and engulfed a sitting senator, Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota. Women lawmakers and aides say inappropriate sexual behavior has long been “pervasive” on the Hill, largely kept in the shadows amid an insular, old-boys-club culture that persists to this day. But there’s a growing sense that that may be about to change. ‘I was of a generation of survivors that never said a word,’ Rep. Ann McLane Kuster [D-NH] told reporters after she and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation to make it easier to file sexual harassment complaints in Congress. By not talking about their own experiences, Congresswoman Kuster said, she felt that she and others were ‘complicit’ in today’s environment of ‘rampant sexual assault and harassment.’” (11/17/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/1117/Congress-has-an-et-tu-moment-as-it-grapples-with-sexual-harrassment

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30) Lessons from Zimbabwe’s coup
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“The speed of events in Zimbabwe this week has taken even experienced Africa watchers by surprise. An effective army takeover; President Robert Mugabe placed under house arrest and his wife — and would-be successor — reportedly fleeing the country. It’s still unclear who will end up running Zimbabwe. But whoever prevails will need the backing of both the military as well as China, Zimbabwe’s primary foreign investor. By Thursday, reports indicated the 93-year-old Mugabe was still trying to persuade top generals that he should be allowed to serve out his presidential term until elections next year. The generals were believed to favor handing power to Mugabe’s former deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Here are some key lessons from what we now know.” (11/16/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-zimbabwe-commentary/commentary-lessons-from-zimbabwes-coup-idUSKBN1DG2YA

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31) The “Keller defense”
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Mike Blessing

“Maybe We The Great Unwashed can use this defense when accused of wrongdoing? Let’s give that a try, hypothetically speaking, right here — Traffic cop: Can I see your license, insurance, and registration? Me (or you): What’s this all about, officer? Traffic cop: You do realize that you were doing 50 in a 30? Me (or you): But officer, I acted in good faith and did not intend to violate the rules. … Maybe the IRS agent who shows up at your door to audit you or your business might be more sympathetic to you? Who wants to give that one a ‘good faith’ run up the flagpole?” (11/19/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle949-20171119-02.html

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32) Things not to do: Renationalize the utilities
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Dr. Madsen Pirie

“Most of those who advocate renationalizing the utilities can have no idea what the utilities were actually like when they were publicly-owned. The term itself is an illusion, because the public could exercise no ownership rights; these were exercised by politicians, civil servants and labour unions. When telecoms, energy and water were state-owned, they were characterized by high costs, high prices, inefficiency, lack of modernity and under-investment. In the absence of competition, customers were effectively captive, so their needs and wants did not have to be addressed.” (11/19/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/things-not-to-do-4

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33) Menendez mistrial a relief to Democrats … for now
Source: The American Prospect
by Victoria Sheridan

“The bribery trial of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial on Thursday, quelling Democrats’ fears about an open Senate seat being filled by a Republican. If Menendez, a Democrat who was indicted on 18 counts of corruption, had been convicted and subsequently resigned or been expelled before January 16, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would have had the authority to appoint a senator to serve in his place until December 2018. Presumably, Christie would have appointed a Republican to the position (some speculated that he might have even appointed himself), tilting the balance of power to GOP even further: As Vox recently reported, a 53rd Republican senator would have the potential to breathe new life into the Obamacare repeal effort.” (11/17/17)

http://prospect.org/blog/tapped/menendez-mistrial-relief-democrats-now

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34) We’re living in the age of capital consumption
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ronald-Peter Stoferle

“When capital is mentioned in the present-day political debate, the term is usually subject to a rather one-dimensional interpretation: Whether capital saved by citizens, the question of capital reserves held by pension funds, the start-up capital of young entrepreneurs or capital gains taxes on investments are discussed — in all these cases capital is equivalent to ‘money.’ Yet capital is distinct from money, it is a largely irreversible, definite structure, composed of heterogeneous elements which can be (loosely) described as goods, knowledge, context, human beings, talents and experience. Money is ‘only’ the simplifying aid that enables us to record the incredibly complex heterogeneous capital structure in a uniform manner. It serves as a basis for assessing the value of these diverse forms of capital.” (11/18/17)

https://mises.org/wire/were-living-age-capital-consumption

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35) Nationalize the fossil fuel industry
Source: In These Times
by Carla Skandier

“We are sitting on a time bomb: more than 500 gigatons of carbon dioxide in the United States completely under the control of unaccountable fossil fuel corporations. These companies have so many incentives to turn their reserves into profitable returns on investment–are we really ready to stake our collective future on the hope that these companies go green in time to avert climate catastrophe? As the Trump administration continues to run down the carbon clock as quickly and as irresponsibly as it can, the time has come to promote solutions that can deal with this massive private control of fossil fuel reserves. A future government may have no choice but to de-privatize control of these reserves, which would detach them from single-minded profit interests and take fossil fuel companies, powerful forces of climate opposition, out of the equation as we genuinely figure out the rest of the green transition.” [editor’s note: File this one under “how some progressives think” – SAT] (11/17/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20700/nationalize-the-fossil-fuels-industry-carbon

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36) Movie review: Murder on the Orient Express
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“In some ways I am lucky in that I had never read Agatha Christie’s novel nor did I see the 1974 film which featured an all-star cast that included Albert Finney, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Baccall, and Sean Connery among others. So I had no preconceptions or even a vague awareness of the plot. This new production, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Branagh as Christie’s Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot, is a lush masterpiece. It also has an all-star cast which includes Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, and Michelle Pfeiffer. In an age when nearly everything is filmed digitally, this production was shot on 70 mm film. This widescreen format gives it a luxuriously rich texture. The cinematography is brilliant.” (11/17/17)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2017/11/movie-review-murder-on-orient-express.html

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37) Why we love farmers markets
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“I have friends who visit or move from foreign countries. I’ve always been proud of American food markets, but these typically denounce what they find in stores. They think our food is terrible: processed, fake, tasteless, boring, expensive. For this reason, my friends from Turkey, Israel, and Brazil dread going to the store. They scour through our supermarkets in disgust, and can’t understand why we have it so bad — and that we don’t even know it. And they blame our food system for dreadful US health problems and obesity. Then these people finally discover the out-of-the way farmers markets and come back saying: ok this what food is supposed to be, more or less. But these markets are not mainstream and not entirely accessible. You have to drive the drive and deal with many other inconveniences. I became curious why this huge wall separates regular grocery stores from farmers markets. There is surely more than marketing going on here.” (11/19/17)

https://fee.org/articles/why-we-love-farmers-markets/

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38) Shut up, FFS — Arvin Vohra is NOT why the LP loses
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“The Libertarian Party’s reach is a tiny, tiny fraction of what the GOP and Democratic Party’s reaches are. And the vice chairs in these parties have tiny fractions of their parties’ reaches. The only people who pay any attention to what the vice chair of the party says are members of that party. John Q. Public has no fucking idea who Arvin Vohra is, nor does he give a shit what Arvin Vohra is saying on Facebook during a non-election year. We need to step back and get over ourselves. The core idea here is that the LP has a tremendous reach, and that Arvin Vohra, being the vice chair, has a nearly equal reach. This is stupid and incorrect. The only people who know who Arvin is are members of the party.” (11/18/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/11/18/shut-up-ffs-arvin-vohra-is-not-why-the-lp-loses/

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39) Would revived civics end up being progressive ed redux?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Robert Holland

“The good news is that civics education, which teaches children the basics of good citizenship, is quickly gaining fans after being dormant for decades. There is a growing recognition that democracy cannot endure if three fourths of American students don’t know what makes their country tick. The big unknown is whether revived civics coursework will become a means of teaching kids that they live in an exceptional republic whose founders molded a constitutional system within which citizens can find their niche and enjoy the blessings of liberty. Or will it be a vessel for something else entirely? The bad news is that education progressives and the political left appear to be determined to make civics a playground for their pet causes.” [editor’s note: The point of “civics education” has ALWAYS been to indoctrinate kids into life-long worship of the existing system – TLK] (11/19/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/11/would-revived-civics-end-up-being-progressive-ed-redux/

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40) Repeating a key point about the non-uniqueness of international trade
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Competition from sellers located in foreign jurisdictions is only one of innumerable specific manifestations of competition that destroys (and creates) jobs in the domestic economy. Therefore, to say that ‘trade with foreigners — competition from foreigners — destroys jobs’ is no more or less true than to say that ‘trade with Arizonans destroys jobs’ or that ‘trade with blue-eyed people destroys jobs’ or that ‘trade with women destroys jobs.’ You can say such a thing, and it will have in it a kernel of truth — but the impression conveyed will be wholly false.” (11/18/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/11/repeating-key-point-non-uniqueness-international-trade.html

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41) Moore, Franken, creepy Biden and other horrendous media fiascos
Source: Fox News Forum
by Dan Gainor

“The Roy Moore story was going exactly the way the left and the media wanted. Every day brought new allegations against the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, followed by new controversy and further division within the GOP on a key election. Then something happened to flip the script: Sen. Al Franken [D-MN]. Franken, a longtime comedian and ‘Saturday Night Live’ regular before entering politics, had his former life come back to haunt him. KABC radio anchor Leeann Tweeden said Franken had assaulted her, kissing her aggressively during a USO Tour in 2006, and then groping her for a humiliating photo while she was asleep on a plane. … The photo [showed] a sleeping Tweeden with Franken appearing to grope her breasts. Franken issued a lame apology and then another more-detailed one. Suddenly, the tidal wave of sexual misconduct claims once more shifted toward the left.” (11/18/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/18/moore-franken-creepy-biden-and-other-horrendous-media-fiascos.html

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42) Christie redux
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“In 1931, renowned mystery writer Agatha Christie was traveling on the Orient Express when a flash flood suddenly washed some of the track away. The passengers were stranded while repairs were made. This was not the first time the Orient Express had been stranded; two years earlier a blizzard had halted the train for six days. While other passengers fumed, Christie began to muse: ‘What a delicious location for a murder!’ The setting for Murder on the Orient Express was established. Now she just needed a plot.” (11/17/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1780

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43) Trump’s HHS pick Alex Azar the worst Pharma Bro of all
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“Nominating Alexander Azar to run Health and Human Services is like pinning a sheriff’s badge on Billy the Kid. For all his polish and small-town charm, when it comes to pharmaceutical predation, the mild-mannered Azar puts blowhard ‘pharma bros’ like Martin Shkreli to shame. Shkreli is the pharmaceutical exec people love to hate. That’s understandable. He sought out rights to drugs for rare diseases so he could extort outrageous prices from those whose lives depended on these treatments. Shkreli became wealthy through his shameful strategy for extortion, but was convicted of defrauding investors in August. His smug narcissism and openly corrupt bullying made him an easy target, and a poster boy for pharmaceutical industry greed.The guy’s face tells the whole story. He even reportedly paid $2 million for the only copy of a Wu-Tang Clan album just so that the group’s millions of fans could never hear it.” (11/17/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20171117/alex-azars-the-worst-pharma-bro-of-all-and-hes-trump-health-pick

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44) #NotI
Source: Independent Institute
by Mary Theroux

“On this National Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, I hereby declare a counter-movement: one rooted in women who hold themselves in such a manner that any mere man would cower at the thought of treating her as a sexual object. No, I am not blaming the victims of the numerous accounts now coming to light. Yes, I am calling for women to claim their dignity.” (11/17/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/11/17/noti/

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45) Thanksgiving travel: Trump’s holiday gift is more invasive airport security
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“On the campaign trail last year, Donald Trump derided the Transportation Security Administration as a ‘total disaster.’ But his administration is making TSA more intrusive and abusive while its 42,000 screeners remain as incompetent as ever. New TSA screening guidelines will likely make Thanksgiving travel a disaster for legions of Americans — and the worst is yet to come.” (11/17/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/11/17/usa-today-tsa-even-more-intrusive-abusive-under-trump/

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46) The Republican tax plan is very swampy
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Unsurprisingly, the Republican tax plan moving forward in the U.S. Congress and championed by Donald ‘Drain the Swamp’ Trump, is very swampy. … For example, there’s the fact that the corporate tax rate cut is permanent, while the individual cut is temporary. … if you’re still in denial that this ‘tax reform’ was written for oligarchs and mega corps, take a look at the reaction of former Goldman Sachs executive and Trump’s White House Economic Council director, Gary Cohn, when his audience of corporate executives were asked a simple question.” (11/17/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/11/17/the-republican-tax-plan-is-very-swampy/

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47) Brennan and Clapper: Elder statesmen or serial fabricators?
Source: CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney

“On Sunday, Former CIA Director John Brennan and Former National Intelligence Director (NID) James Clapper appeared on CNN’s morning talk show, State of the Union, to discuss Donald Trump’s brief meeting with Vladimir Putin in Vietnam. The two ex-Intel chiefs were sharply critical of Trump and wondered why the president did not ‘not acknowledge and embrace’ the idea that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections. … after an arduous 12 month-long investigation involving both Houses of Congress, a Special Counsel, and a small army of high-paid Washington attorneys, the only straw Brennan has found to hold on to, is a few innocuous advertisements posted on Facebook and Twitter that had no noticeable impact on the election at all. That’s a very weak foundation upon which to build a case for foreign espionage or presidential collusion. It’s hard not to conclude that the public has been seriously misled by the leaders of this campaign. The Intel bosses continue to believe that they can overcome the lack of evidence by repeating the same claims over and over again.” (11/17/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/17/brennan-and-clapper-elder-statesmen-or-serial-fabricators/

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48) Desert royalty
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“I know people who are trying to set up their own countries. Folks at the Seasteading Institute, run by Milton Friedman’s grandson, Patri, are preparing for a floating civilization. But that scheme depends on homesteading the open sea. Land would be easier, no? Trouble is, there is not much land on the planet unclaimed by any modern state. But there is at least one. Which is where Suyash Dixit comes in.” (11/17/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/11/17/desert-royalty/

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49) A basic principle about trade
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In every trade, both sides benefit, from their own individual perspective. The reason is simple: Each side is giving up something he values less for something he values more. That means, then, that trade, in and of itself, raises people’s standard of living. At the moment of the trade, both traders are better off than they were before the trade.” (11/17/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/11/17/basic-principle-trade/

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50) The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act restricts Congress, not surveillance
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by David Ruiz

“The FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 — legislation meant to extend government surveillance powers — squanders several opportunities for meaningful reform and, astonishingly, manages to push civil liberties backwards. The bill is a gift to the intelligence community, restricting surveillance reforms, not surveillance itself.” (11/17/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/11/fisa-amendments-reauthorization-act-restricts-congress-not-surveillance

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51) The Anarchist Experience, episode 139
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“THE RETURN OF MC!!! He updates us on his recent vacation, whether or not regulation is necessary when serving street food, all that talk about the crypto space. Rich is beginning a new adventure into Legal Land, and these headlines: — Cards Against Humanity buys plot of land on U.S./Mexico border to block border wall — Trump’s Border Wall Is No Match For Mexican Drug-Shooting Bazooka.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/19/17)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/the-anarchist-experience-139/

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52) American Foreign Policy, episode 8
Source: Attack The System

“Todd Lewis and I will wrap up our eight part series on US foreign policy covering the ‘End of History’ and the War on Terror.” [Flash video] (11/19/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/11/19/american-foreign-policy-8-end-of-history-and-the-war-on-terror/

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53) Free Talk Live, 11/18/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Americans Still in Debt from Last Holiday Season :: Roy Moore Controversy :: Religion, Morality, Government :: Prayer in School :: Trump :: Ricky is Jefferson Davis? :: Supervised Child Exchange :: Mom and Daughter Charged With Incest AFter Marriage :: Rednecks a Race? :: Old Financial System vs Cryptocurrency :: Hillary Hypocrisy :: Venezuela Defaults on Debt :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [various formats] (11/18/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-11-18

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54) Editor’s Pick, episode 2
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Pick 002 features a talk by Regent University law professor James Duane. He gives listeners startling reasons why they should always remain silent when questioned by government officials.” [various formats] (11/18/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/james-duane-dont-talk-police-45m-editors-pick-002

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55) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 214
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Elizabeth Anderson joins us to talk about her new book, Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk About It).” [various formats] (11/17/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/do-employers-rules-our-lives

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56) Felony Friday, episode 98
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode the host of our Monday show, Marc Clair, pops into the Felony Friday studio to discuss some important criminal justice issues with host John Odermatt. Marc and John weighed in on the Louis C.K. and Roy Moore scandals that have been dominating the headlines over the past week.” [various formats] (11/17/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/11/17/felony-friday-098-crime-louis-c-k-roy-moore-edition/

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57) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 672
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Last night while I was trolling the interwebs looking for good stories I ran across the infamous picture of Al Franken ‘groping’ a young actress and model back in 2006. Up until then, I’d only heard the conservative commentary about the incident on the radio. To listen to them tell it, Franken fondled some poor woman while she was sleeping and had some idiot take pictures of it but the image itself shows a very different story. When I saw the photo I got angry … really angry and I started doing some research, and it turns out the real tragedy, the real crime wasn’t what’s shown in the photo but what happened before, and after the incident.” [various formats] (11/17/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/672-the-al-frankin-story-pisses-me-off/

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58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 119
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #119, I discuss the coup to remove Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe. The military commander behind the coup has insisted that this is not a coup. The former Vice President is poised to take power as the 93-year-old Mugabe is ousted. The AU and UN have said they are looking for a peaceful transition of power. I also update the imprisonment of Lebanon’s Prime Minister, the Afghan opium market, and North Korea.” [various formats] (11/17/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-119-zimbabwe-coup

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59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1041
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Seamus Coughlin, creator of Freedom Toons, has mastered the art of using animation to convey libertarian ideas in a way that’s genuinely funny, and not at all preachy. I catch up with him on what he’s been up to lately, what the animation process is really like, and where he’d like to take his growing empire.” [various formats] (11/17/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1041-how-to-make-funny-two-minute-arguments-against-statism/

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60) Anarcho Agenda, episode 45
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Mark Edge of Free Talk Live fame joins me to talk about Free Talk Live, Bitcoin, secession, and much more.” [various formats] (11/17/17)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-45-2017-11-17

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