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In the News:

0) Fundraiser update, 11/21/16
1) Syria: Aleppo pounded by “heaviest bombardment” since war began
2) South Korea: Impeachment threat grows as prosecutors say Park was accomplice in corruption scandal
3) Erdogan: EU not everything, Turkey may join Shanghai Five
4) WHO: Zika virus no longer international public health emergency
5) Haiti: Presidential redo goes well, long vote count begins
6) Catholic bishops apologize for role in Rwanda genocide
7) Brazil: Congress to protect politicians from campaign corruption
8) iPhone secretly sends your call history to Apple even if iCloud backups are turned off
9) New crew arrives at space station for six-month stay
10) Tanzanian rats will train to sniff out trafficked pangolins
11) Vatican: Pope Francis closes the door on Jubilee year in Sunday mass
12) China: Regime apes US propaganda to justify increased Internet censorship
13) Trump settles suit over “university” scam
14) Bolivia: Water supply talks result in officials held hostage
15) US regime authorizes F-15 fighter jet deal with Qatar

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) The Grudge Report
17) When are safe places OK?
18) America called bullshit on the Cult of Clinton
19) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 105
20) Federal funding: Libertarian Party will take the money and run
21) Trump’s victory a wake-up call to the left
22) Who is Chicken Little?
23) Electorally collegial: Clearing the ground
24) Free Thoughts Podcast, 11/18/16
25) At least Thanksgiving is cheaper this year
26) Can we do for vinpocetine what we did for kratom?
27) spiked podcast, 11/19/16
28) Why the left and the right should oppose government registries
29) The Venezuela chaos
30) Stay alert, America: The worst is yet to come
31) The Washington Post vs. “fake news”: Pot, meet kettle
32) Economy-boosting tax reform may finally be in sight
33) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/18/16
34) Compulsory education exacerbates automation’s job loss
35) Libertarianism without the magic
36) Pay for bone marrow, save lives
37) Trump’s fascism picks up where Obama’s left off
38) “Drain the swamp”: Why are some Republicans still looking to further fill it?
39) The LAVA Spurt, episode 22
40) When the imaginary causes trouble
41) The Tom Woods Show, episode 786
42) The space aliens have finally come
43) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 108
44) Fallujah, My Lai, and the fifty states
45) Free Talk Live, 11/19/16

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1) Syria: Aleppo pounded by “heaviest bombardment’ since war began
Source: CNN

“Syrian regime forces pounded eastern Aleppo Sunday with airstrikes for a sixth day straight, bringing the death toll to around 300 in the most intense bombing since the war began five years ago, rescuers say. The Syrian regime resumed heavy bombardment over eastern Aleppo on Tuesday after a three-week lull, killing at least 289 people by Saturday, according to the Syrian Civil Defense, also known as White Helmets, who said the past six days marked the most forceful bombardment they had seen. … on Sunday, the bloodshed continued — four children and their parents were killed in a suspected chemical attack as a barrage of barrel bombs struck their neighborhood, al-Sakhour, according to the UK-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Aleppo Media Center activist group.” (11/20/1

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/20/middleeast/syria-aleppo-airstrikes/

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2) South Korea: Impeachment threat grows as prosecutors say Park was accomplice in corruption scandal
Source: Japan Times [Japan]

“South Korean prosecutors said Sunday that they believed President Park Geun-hye was an accomplice in a corruption scandal that has rocked her administration, in a heavy blow to her fight for political survival. The prosecutors’ comments, which came as they indicted a close friend of Park’s and two of her former aides, are likely to spur stronger calls for her to step down or be impeached. … South Korea’s parliament has approved a bill to appoint a special prosecutor, who will take over from state prosecutors and conduct a separate and a more wide-reaching probe. The special prosecutor is expected to begin work next month.” (11/20/16)

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/11/20/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/south-korean-prosecutors-say-park-conspired-friend/

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3) Erdogan: EU not everything, Turkey may join Shanghai Five
Source: Hurriyet Daily News [Turkey]

“Turkey should not be ‘fixated’ on the idea of joining the European Union and should look at other opportunities, such as the Russia-led Shanghai Pact, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. ‘Turkey should first of all feel relaxed about the EU and not be fixated’ about joining it, Erdogan told reporters on the presidential plane returning from Uzbekistan, daily Hurriyet reported. ‘Some may criticize me but I express my opinion. For example, I have said ‘why shouldn’t Turkey be in the Shanghai 5?” he said. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), also known as the ‘Shanghai 5,’ is a loose security and economic bloc led by Russia and China. The other formal members are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Erdogan said he had already discussed the idea with Russian President Vladimir Putin and with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.” (11/20/16)

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/eu-not-everything-turkey-may-join-shanghai-pact-president-erdogan.aspx?pageID=238&nID=106321&NewsCatID=338

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4) WHO: Zika virus no longer international public health emergency
Source: United Press International

“The World Health Organization declared Friday the Zika virus is no longer an international public health emergency. The WHO’s Emergency Committee on Zika and microcephaly met for a fifth time and determined the mosquito-borne disease was no longer a global health threat under International health regulations. … WHO Dr. Pete Salama said the Zika virus will now be treated as a chronic problem and could return seasonally like other mosquito-borne diseases, the New York Times reported.” (11/20/16)

http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/11/19/WHO-declares-Zika-virus-no-longer-international-public-health-emergency/8241479564142/

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5) Haiti: Presidential redo goes well, long vote count begins
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Haiti’s repeatedly derailed presidential election finally went off relatively smoothly Sunday as the troubled nation tries to get its shaky democracy on a firmer foundation after nearly a year of being led by a provisional government. Polls closed late in the afternoon, and election workers set to work on an archaic and time-consuming process of counting paper ballots in front of political party monitors. The schools serving as voting centers where they gathered were lit by lanterns, candles and flashlights. No official results were expected to be issued for eight days, and Provisional Electoral Council executive director Uder Antoine has said it might take longer than that.” (11/20/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/After-lengthy-drift-Haiti-votes-for-new-leader-10626017.php

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6) Catholic bishops apologize for role in Rwanda genocide
Source: Raw Story

“The Catholic Church in Rwanda has apologised for its role in the 1994 genocide, saying it regrets the actions of those who participated in the massacres. A church statement acknowledged on Sunday its members planned, aided, and executed the genocide, in which more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus were killed by Hutu hardliners. ‘We apologise for all the wrongs the church committed. We apologise on behalf of all Christians for all forms of wrongs we committed. We regret that church members violated [their] oath of allegiance to God’s commandments,’ said the statement by the Conference of Catholic Bishops, which was read out in parishes across the country.” (11/20/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/catholic-bishops-apologise-for-role-in-rwanda-genocide

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7) Brazil: Congress to protect politicians from campaign corruption
Source: PanAm Post

“Following evidence of massive fraud at the state oil company Petrobas that has involved lawmakers, governors and politicians, the Brazilian Congress has decided to consider legislation to protect its members from various anti-corruption investigations. ‘The closer the investigations come to those in power, the more reaction there will be. If impunity loses force, those who imagined themselves immune to criminal jurisdiction will seek to create mechanisms that impede the continuity of the investigation,’ said Roberto Veloso, president of the Association of Federal Judges of Brazil.” (11/18/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/11/18/brazil-congress-seeking-to-protect-corrupt-politicians-lava-jato-case/

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8) iPhone secretly sends your call history to Apple even if iCloud backups are turned off
Source: The Hacker News

“In the fight against encryption, Apple has positioned itself as a staunch defender of its user privacy by refusing the federal officials to provide encryption backdoors into its products, as well as implementing better encryption for its products. However, a new report from a security firm suggests Apple’s online syncing service iCloud secretly stores logs of its users’ private information for as long as four months — even when iCloud backup is switched off.” (11/17/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/icloud-backup.html

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9) New crew arrives at space station for six-month stay
Source: Space.com

“The International Space Station (ISS) received three new crewmembers today (Nov. 19), with the arrival of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos, astronaut Peggy Whitson of NASA and French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency (ESA) arrived at the space station at 4:58 p.m. EST (2158 GMT), docking their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft to the orbiting laboratory’s Rassvet module.” (11/19/16)

http://www.space.com/34778-international-astronauts-arrive-at-space-station.html

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10) Tanzanian rats will train to sniff out trafficked pangolins
Source: Albuquerque Journal

“The pangolin, a scaly anteater coveted by poachers, might have a new champion: rats that will be trained to sniff out trafficked pangolin parts in shipments heading from Africa to Asia. A pilot project to turn African giant pouched rats into conservationist sleuths is literally in its infancy — the 10 to 15 rodents being reared in Tanzania to detect pungent pangolin remains as well as smuggled hardwood timber are just a few weeks old and most are still with their mothers.” (11/20/16)

https://www.abqjournal.com/892968/tanzanian-rats-will-train-to-sniff-out-trafficked-pangolins.html

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11) Vatican: Pope Francis closes the door on Jubilee year in Sunday mass
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Pope Francis along with the Vatican’s cardinals celebrated Sunday mass in St Peter’s Basilica, bringing to an end the 11-month Jubilee of Mercy. As part of the celebration, Francis closed the Holy Door, which he opened at the start of the Catholic festival to offer believers a chance to seek a general pardon for their sins. In his homily, 79-year-old Francis said that while the year of special prayers and gatherings has ended, people should never close ‘the doors of reconciliation and pardon.’ What is important to know is ‘how to go beyond evil and differences,’ he said. The Holy Year, which started on December 8, 2015, drew roughly 20 million pilgrims to Rome, where they passed through the open Holy Door at the Vatican and at other Rome basilicas. Catholics worldwide could also do so in churches closer to home.” (11/20/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/pope-francis-closes-the-door-on-jubilee-year-in-sunday-mass/a-36456503

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12) China: Regime apes US propaganda to justify increased Internet censorship
Source: Business Insider

“China’s ambitions to tighten up regulation of the Internet have found a second wind in old fears — terrorism and fake news. Chinese officials and business leaders speaking at the third World Internet Conference held in Wuzhen last week called for more rigid cyber governance, pointing to the ability of militants to organise online and the spread of false news items during the recent U.S. election as signs cyberspace had become dangerous and unwieldy.” (11/19/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-china-says-terrorism-fake-news-impel-greater-global-internet-curbs-2016-11

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13) Trump settles suit over “university” scam
Source: NBC News

“Donald Trump has agreed to a $25 million settlement to end the fraud cases against his now-defunct Trump University …. The settlement likely means that Trump will avoid becoming possibly the first sitting president to testify in open court. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called the settlement on Friday ‘a major victory for the over 6,000 victims of his fraudulent university.’ Lawyers involved in the cases say the settlement applies to all three lawsuits against Trump University including two cases filed in California.” (11/19/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/25-million-settlement-reached-trump-university-lawsuit-n686026

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14) Bolivia: Water supply talks result in officials held hostage
Source: PanAm Post

“In Bolivia, water supply talks turned into a hostage situation when some officials failed to attend planning meetings multiple times. Local police reportedly rescued Deputy Minister of Water Rubén Méndez, Regional Director of Epsas Roberto Rojas and at least six other officials who were being held by local leaders at meeting to complete a water project.” (11/18/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/11/18/bolivia-water-supply-talks-result-in-officials-held-hostage/

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15) US regime authorizes F-15 fighter jet deal with Qatar
Source: Russia Today [Russian state media]

“A $21.1 billion sale of 72 F-15 tactical fighter jets to Qatar has been approved by the US State Department, according to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Congress was notified Thursday of the official certification of the international weapons deal, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement. Aside from the F-15QA jets and an ‘associated weapons package,’ the $21.1 billion deal also includes flight training in the continental US, ground support, ‘mission critical resources and maintenance support equipment,’ weapons support and ‘test equipment spares,’ as well as other logistical support and training programs.” (11/18/16)

https://www.rt.com/usa/367324-f-15-fighter-jet-qatar-deal-approved/

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

16) The Grudge Report
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“My wife’s family had a schism going, back when I first met her, thirty-six years ago. One side had voted for and ardently supported President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The other side wanted mothing to do with the man. But the real family split came when Roosevelt expired during his fourth term in office. One grandfather came into the other grandfather’s shop and proclaimed, ‘Boy, am I ever glad that sonofabitch is finally dead!’ Neither side ever spoke to the other side again. My science fiction writer’s instinct is telling me that this month’s historic Presidential election is going to be like that.” (11/20/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle899-20161120-02.html

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17) When are safe places OK?
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Michelangelo Landgrave

“Am I sad that Trump won? Yes, but Hillary wasn’t an angel either. Before Trumpistas we had to fight Communists, Fascists, and every other type of ‘ists’ imaginable. After the Trumpistas are defeated we will have new enemies pop up. I am optimistic that in the grand scheme of things the future is better than the past, but I don’t think we will ever be rid of anti-liberal thought. Equilibrium is an illusion. But I digress. I went back to work after my crying session, but many others around me didn’t. They couldn’t. And we shouldn’t try to force them to. I still think safe places are a bad idea in so far that we are concerned about promoting free discussion and would never want to go into one. However maybe I can tolerate one or two of them if they help others improve their mental health.” (11/19/16)

https://notesonliberty.com/2016/11/19/when-are-safe-places-okay/

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18) America called bullshit on the Cult of Clinton
Source: Reason
by Brendan O’Neill

“If you want to see politics based on emotionalism over reason and a borderline-religious devotion to an iconic figure, forget the Trump Army; look instead to the Cult of Clinton. … By the Cult of Hillary Clinton, I don’t mean the nearly 62 million Americans who voted for her. I have not one doubt that they are as mixed and normal a bag of people as the Trumpites are. No, I mean the Hillary machine — the celebs and activists and hacks who were so devoted to getting her elected and who have spent the past week sobbing and moaning over her loss. These people exhibit cult-like behavior far more than any Trump cheerer I’ve come across.” (11/20/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/11/20/america-called-bullshit-on-saint-hillary

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19) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 105
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Paulie’s health; if not for the courage of the fearless crew, the C4SS Minnow would be lost; blobs; Brito; Monty Hall; Trump’s cabinet); Concerning my predisposition to profanity. Trigger warning: Profanity.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/20/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-105.html

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20) Federal funding: Libertarian Party will take the money and run
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“A few thoughts on the 2016 election before putting it in the rearview mirror and driving on. 1. Blind devotion to authoritarianism is clearly alive and well in America. Whining petulant government-worshipers protested in the streets for several days because the statist corporatist politician they wanted for their master lost an election to a statist corporatist politician they didn’t want for their master. They will likely protest again during the swearing-in ceremony of the master they didn’t want for the same blind reason.” (11/19/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/Federal-Funding-Libertarians-Will-Take-the-Money-and-Run

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21) Trump’s victory a wake-up call to the left
Source: In These Times
by Lynn Koh

“There is simply no other way to put it: The election of Donald Trump was a disaster for the Left and for all those struggling against exploitation and oppression in the United States. We face an energized white nationalist movement, a right-wing-controlled legislature and executive branch, and soon, a Supreme Court hostile to labor and progressive causes. One of the things we desperately need at this moment is hope. Real hope. As in, ‘we’re going to freaking win’ hope. And there is a lot of fodder for hope, despite what we will be up against in the next four years. Millions of people, including many who have never attended a protest, are asking what they can do to change our country’s politics.” [editor’s note: Right for all the wrong reasons; if this awakens the peace movement it may have been a blessing – SAT] (11/18/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19648/a-call-to-the-left

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22) Who is Chicken Little?
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Sometimes the smartest people come to the dumbest conclusions. Professor Stephen Hawking, of all people, the brilliant theoretical physicist, cosmologist and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University at Cambridge, England, has concluded essentially that the sky is falling. Stephen Hawking is Chicken Little. He actually believes, and has said so during a recent speech at Oxford University, that the whole of humanity has less than 1,000 years left to exist on Earth before a mass extinction occurs, and that the only way our species can avoid dying out is to find another planet to inhabit.” (11/20/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/11/who-is-chicken-little.html

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23) Electorally collegial: Clearing the ground
Source: Unqualified Offerings
by Thoreau

“The absolute worst argument in favor of keeping the electoral college is an argument that has nothing to do with how the electoral college actually functions. It’s an argument premised on the electors deciding for us. In practice, of course, electors are not independent agents. Yes, yes, in theory they can be, and from time to time one of them casts a vote for someone other than the candidate whom to whom they were pledged. Until the day comes when such an act is consequential, we can discard that argument.” (11/20/16)

http://highclearing.com/index.php/archives/2016/11/20/19359

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24) Free Thoughts Podcast, 11/18/16
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Dr. Ryan Neuhofel joins us this week to talk about his practice, NeuCare, which is a very different way to approach primary care medicine in the United States.” [various format] (11/18/16)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/why-cant-you-email-doctor

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25) At least Thanksgiving is cheaper this year
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Mark J Perry

“Compared to the cost last year of $50.11 for a classic Thanksgiving Day dinner for 10 people, this year’s cost of $49.87 is about 0.50% (and 63 cents) lower (see dark blue line in top chart). That compares to increases over the last year of 1.65% for overall consumer prices and 2.4% for average hourly earnings.” (11/19/16)

https://fee.org/articles/at-least-thanksgiving-is-cheaper-this-year/

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26) Can we do for vinpocetine what we did for kratom?
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka and Perry Willis

“Remember kratom? It’s the non-opioid painkiller with no side effects, no addiction risk, and no reports of adverse reactions. So naturally the DEA wanted to outlaw it. Please remember that we opposed this. And the DEA backed down! Now we need to apply the same pressure with … Vinpocetine … This substance, extracted from Periwinkle, has been used as a dietary supplement for decades. It improves blood circulation in the brain. If you’re not taking it you probably should be. Alas … The FDA wants to take if off the supplement market. Why? Well, it seems like some pharmaceutical company wants to turn it into a drug, thereby placing in under patent. The patent would allow said company to charge monopoly prices for what now costs mere pennies.” (11/18/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/can-we-do-for-vinpocetine-what-we-did-for-kratom

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27) spiked podcast, 11/19/16
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast, Bill Leak tells the story of his run-in with the Australian Human Rights Commission, and why he’s still standing up for free speech.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/19/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/meet-the-cartoonist-being-punished-for-giving-offence/

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28) Why the left and the right should oppose government registries
Source: Cato Institute
by Adam Bates and Alex Nowrasteh

“Politically unpopular and minority communities have long had good reason to fear government registration efforts. In the 1950s, the state of Alabama tried to force the NAACP to turn its membership lists over to the government. The NAACP refused, and eventually won in the Supreme Court. The court cited ‘the vital relationship between freedom to associate and privacy in one’s associations,’ when it ruled that revealing the NAACP’s membership lists would impermissibly infringe on the members’ constitutional rights. The war on terror has created similar registration fears in the Muslim community, which has been subjected to extensive surveillance and data basing efforts.” (11/18/16)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-left-right-should-oppose-government-registries

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29) The Venezuela chaos
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Here’s what we know for sure: socialism, when really tried, is so awful that it makes anarchy-as-chaos sound good. The latest socialist horror is Venezuela, which is getting worse every day. Now hospitals place newborns in cardboard boxes. There are no other supplies. But that’s not all. The special program for feeding everybody? It’s now mainly for feeding just those close to the government — precisely as my anarchist friends say all government is …” (11/18/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/11/18/the-venezuela-chaos/

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30) Stay alert, America: The worst is yet to come
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“Stay alert, America. This is not the time to drop our guards, even for a moment. Nothing has changed since the election to alter the immediate and very real dangers of roadside strip searches, government surveillance, biometric databases, citizens being treated like terrorists, imprisonments for criticizing the government, national ID cards, SWAT team raids, censorship, forcible blood draws and DNA extractions, private prisons, weaponized drones, red light cameras, tasers, active shooter drills, police misconduct and government corruption. Time alone will tell whether those who put their hopes in a political savior will find that trust rewarded or betrayed. Personally, I’m not holding my breath.” (11/18/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/stay-alert-america-worst-yet-come/

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31) The Washington Post vs. “fake news”: Pot, meet kettle
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“The Post’s editors, mining the bottomless pit of mainstream media excuses for not predicting Donald Trump’s victory in November’s presidential election, think they’ve hit the mother lode with their newfound focus on ‘fake news’ stories going viral in social media. The Post coming out against ‘fake news?’ That’s rich, especially given the last few months, during which the Post’s reporters went all in for Hillary Clinton even to the extent of manufacturing ‘news’ that Trump, and Julian Assange of Wikileaks, were in bed with Vladimir Putin and the Russian government. Neither the Post nor its sources have publicly revealed so much as a crumb of actual evidence for the assertion. The case for the claim consists entirely of rumor and innuendo. But since doing so seemed to benefit Clinton’s campaign, the Post unreservedly ran with that rumor and innuendo, helpfully packaged for it by the Obama administration and the Democratic National Committee.” (11/19/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8478

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32) Economy-boosting tax reform may finally be in sight
Source: Independent Institute
by William F Shughart II

“After a nearly six-week recess, Congress returned this week for a brief lame-duck session to wrap up final legislative items on its plate before adjourning for the year. The top priority will be to pass a government funding bill, although whether to do so through an omnibus spending bill or yet another continuing resolution remains up in the air. The inclination appears to favor the latter, expedient course. If that is the case, lawmakers would do well to listen to Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and keep such a continuing resolution ‘as clean as possible.’ Talk has been heard of extending various renewable energy tax credits left out of last December’s $680 million revenue package. Doing so simply would open up a Pandora’s Box, with members debating over an untold number of other expiring tax provisions. That discussion has its place, but it’s not with a funding bill that must pass to avoid a government shutdown; it belongs in the context of comprehensive tax reform.” (11/21/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8930

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33) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/18/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Each and every week I take one day make the show about you. The questions you have that I haven’t answered, the news stories I haven’t covered … ask away!” [various formats] (11/18/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/ama-friday-answering-the-questions-on-your-mind/

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34) Compulsory education exacerbates automation’s job loss
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Vishal Wilde

“There has been much speculation and justified anxiety concerning how advances in Computer Science (in the field of Artificial Intelligence — AI — in particular) and Robotics could result in mass unemployment due to automation. However, the fact that compulsory education exacerbates this especially problematic aspect of technological progress is largely neglected in such discussions. Although AI does indeed pose a threat for many jobs that can be automated (in manufacturing, for example), there are many more ‘jobs’ that require human creativity and imagination.” (11/20/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/46983

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35) Libertarianism without the magic
Source: The Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“The problem with many hypothetical questions about an anarchist legal system is that they never provide enough information. Such matters cannot be resolved a priori, simply by applying basic moral principles. Too much depends on the evolved customary law of the particular society. But this is true of any alternative system. Questions can be answered broadly, but often not precisely. That’s just the way it is. It must also be pointed out that no guarantees of perfect justice can be given. Perfection is not on the menu. But again, this is true of any alternative.” (11/17/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/libertarianism/tgif-libertarianism-without-magic/

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36) Pay for bone marrow, save lives
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Peter Jaworski

“There is no question that wrongful exploitation is a legitimate worry. If it were true that compensating bone marrow donors were wrongfully exploitative, that would be a significant objection. However, the compensatory model would not be wrongfully exploitative. Unlike aspiration, apheresis is a non-invasive procedure. While there are risks, the procedure is not dangerous. In most cases, recovery, which is generally minimal or non-debilitating, lasts one week. In addition, hematopoietic stem cells quickly regenerate. Donors do not permanently ‘lose’ a part of themselves. Given that the burdens are not significant, they provide no grounds for concern about wrongful exploitation. There is also no evidence that compensation for bone marrow donations would be low, or that only poor or desperate people would be willing to donate for compensation.” (11/19/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/11/pay-bone-marrow-save-lives/

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37) Trump’s fascism picks up where Obama’s left off
Source: CounterPunch
by Ted Rall

“Donald Trump wants to deport three million illegal [sic] immigrants, and he’s willing to split up families to do it. Expect resistance: street protests, networks of safe houses, American citizens willing to risk prison to hide undocumented workers. Barack Obama deported two million — more than any other president. Thousands of kids lost their parents. Yet demonstrations were few. Anglo solidarity was nowhere to be found. Same action, different reaction. Why? As we’ve seen under Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, progressives go to sleep when Democrats are in the White House.” (11/18/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/18/trumps-fascism-picks-up-where-obamas-left-off/

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38) “Drain the swamp”: Why are some Republicans still looking to further fill it?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“Washington, D.C. is a $4-trillion-a-year cronyism-infested cesspool. Where elites operate on our money — but by their own rules. And with that the American people have had it. And Trump’s ‘Drain the Swamp’ was a catchy pledge to address it. These statements and sentiments helped deliver Trump an unprecedented, historic victory. And his electoral coattails saved several down-ballot Republicans from what appeared to be certain defeat. So certainly the Republicans have finally, once-and-for-all learned that cronyism-as-usual must end, right? Right? Sadly, no.” (11/19/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/11/drain-the-swamp-why-are-some-republicans-still-looking-to-further-fill-it/

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39) The LAVA Spurt, episode 22
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“Our system of voting makes us much more divisive. Is there a better way to vote? This is the twenty-second episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Better Way to Vote Edition.” [various formats] (11/17/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/better-way-vote-edition-tls022/

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40) When the imaginary causes trouble
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Politics, government, and ‘laws’ are like a battle between leprechauns and fairies. The leprechauns and fairies can’t hurt you, but those who believe in them can. And do. Their whole struggle is based on imaginary things and conflicts between those imaginary things. And yet, the believers are willing to see you harmed over their hallucinations. Government (or more accurately, The State) doesn’t exist outside the human mind. This firing of neurons that makes government seem real to some people inspires the afflicted to steal money and erect buildings, send others to murder and die on the other side of the planet, and make up unnecessary or harmful ‘laws.'” (11/19/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/11/when-imaginary-causes-trouble.html

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41) The Tom Woods Show, episode 786
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Ever since the election of Donald Trump, the electoral college has been in the left’s crosshairs. Why, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote! She should be the winner! Kevin Gutzman, Brion McClanahan, and I discuss what’s so dreadfully wrong with this conventional way of thinking.” [various formats] (11/18/16)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-786-why-the-electoral-college-is-great-and-no-one-should-even-think-about-abolishing-it/

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42) The space aliens have finally come
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Jo Ann Skousen

“Movie reviews took a back seat at Liberty while the election dominated our pages. This was the most divisive election in recent history, with three flawed candidates being nominated by the three major parties. (Yes, I consider the LP a major party at this point, even if the chance of winning is still nonexistent.) The divisiveness only worsened after the surprise election of Donald Trump, with protests that quickly escalated into riots and derisive epithets of ‘Racist! Homophobe! Sexist!’ that escalated into accusations (sometimes false) of personal attacks. College students, whimpering and wailing, were issued blankets, tissues, and even puppies by administrators more anxious to comfort their fears than to teach them how to cope with disappointment. Sheesh. As I decided to write my first review for Liberty in over a month, I wondered: which current film would provide the best opportunity to address these issues? Arrival seemed like a sure bet.” (11/17/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1627

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43) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 108
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“She hates to see the country she loves, becoming more like the country she left. This week we are proud to feature 2016 Colorado Libertarian Nominee for U.S. Senate Lily Tang Williams! Lily comes on the show to discuss her experiences in China under Mao’s Regime, and how she found liberty in a little pocket sized constitution. Lily comes on the show to tell her story, and most importantly illustrates how communism and socialism cannot work. Let’s blast off — and rock some Liberty with Lily!” [various formats] (11/19/16)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-108-lily-tang-williams/

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44) Fallujah, My Lai, and the fifty states
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“It appears that at least some groups, some people, believe that it is time to do a Be’n Tre or Fallujah on the Fifty States. Or at least parts of it. Again, not even looking at the evil events of the Indian Wars, here on North America we’ve had our share of such things, from the French and Spanish wars of the 1700s to … the Branch Davidian compound. … All involved needless deaths, massive destruction of private (and sometimes public) property, and claims that ‘we had no choice.’ So now we have the agonized screams of pain, fear, and panic by Trump-haters, who appear to be willing to destroy their cities and their states in an attempt to burn the idea of a Trump presidency out of their minds. And to overthrow the ‘racist, sexist’ system which allowed such to happen.” (11/20/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10147

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45) Free Talk Live, 11/19/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Silk Road Creator Ross Ulbricht’s Mother, Lyn, Joins Us :: Free Ross-a-Thon :: Convicted for Running a Website :: Unfair Trials :: Sentencing Ross and Fourth Amendment Issues :: Locating Silk Road Server :: Giving Up Info About Yourself :: Proposed Muslim Registry :: Shawshank Redemption :: Rounding Up Japanese Americans :: George Takei’s Internment :: Cashless Soceity :: Civil War :: Black Lives Matter :: Oxytocin and Bonding.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/19/16)

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