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In the News:

1) France: Fillon declares victory in presidential primary
2) Kuwaiti: Opposition wins close to half of parliament seats
3) Iraq: Parliament adopts law legalizing Shiite militias
4) Congo: Local militia named in slayings of 37 civilians
5) Trump calls Green Party-driven recount of Wisconsin votes a “scam”
6) NY: NYPD sergeant indicted after ordering mother to molest her own infant on video
7) CA: Bar association considers ban on attorneys having sex with clients; some lawyers object
8) Israeli airstrike kills four Islamic State fighters along Syria frontier
9) Turkey: Officials allege Syrian rebels exposed to “chemical gas”
10) NASA awards SpaceX contract to launch satellite that will study Earth’s water
11) LA: Ten Shot, including one fatally, in New Orleans’s French Quarter
12) Denmark urged to clean up US military waste in Greenland
13) Sheriffs across US refusing to send police and equipment to DAPL as outrage and costs grow
14) Catching up with the parade: Clinton team to take part in vote recounts
15) Study: California marijuana would fail Oregon’s standards
16) Mexico: Nieto denies approaching Trump to renegotiate NAFTA
17) Hungry Venezuelans flee in boats to escape economic collapse
18) ND: Army vows to close anti-DAPL protest camp at Standing Rock
19) TN: Students complained about erratic driving before bus wreck
20) Argentina: Congress ready to approve medicinal marijuana

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Transhumanism is inevitable
22) Some thoughts on identity politics
23) Lamenting the “end” of what never began
24) Untrustworthy journalists left us vulnerable to fake news
25) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 106
26) Conviviality
27) Adios a Fidel
28) Thanks, comrade!
29) How an entitled Clinton and the “politics of resentment” gave us Trump
30) The real reason we have ethanol in our gas
31) Smear-mongering: A mea culpa for the age of McCarthyism 2.0
32) Fidel Castro: A tragic Cold War figure
33) How dangerous is the alt-right to American Jews?
34) In the proud tradition of leftist domestic terrorism …
35) Why populism challenges democracy from within
36) Indoctrination nation
37) Washington Post disgracefully promotes a McCarthyite blacklist from a new, hidden, and very shady group
38) Interview: Jason Bassler
39) About that economic inequality
40) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 109
41) Liberal response to Trump devolving into “outrage porn”
42) Naming, blaming, and lessons learned from the 2016 election
43) The Tom Woods Show, episode 791
44) Curing bias with curiosity
45) Western nihilism, part 2: Victim or beneficiary
46) The amazing immigrants who won the Revolutionary War
47) Free Thoughts Podcast, 11/25/16
48) For Trump, time to put statesmanship over showmanship
49) Ron Paul: Time to end the war on drugs
50) The bureaucracy is now more powerful than Congress

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

1) France: Fillon declares victory in presidential primary
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“Former Prime Minister Francois Fillon has declared victory in France’s first-ever conservative presidential primary, beating a more moderate rival who had warned of encroaching populism. Fillon enjoyed a surprise surge in popularity in recent weeks over longtime favorite Alain Juppe, also a former prime minister.” (11/27/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/ap/france-fillon-declares-victory-in-presidential-primary/article_e997825f-fde7-5b12-96fe-47dcf9b20121.html

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2) Kuwaiti: Opposition wins close to half of parliament seats
Source: Cincinnati Sun

“Making a comeback after four years of protesting the government’s amendment of the key voting system, the Islamist, nationalist and liberal opposition won 24 out of 50 contested assembly seats in the Kuwaiti parliamentary elections, the election authority announced on Sunday. The outgoing parliament members were dealt a heavy blow as over half of them failed to win, while two of three cabinet ministers also failing to secure a re-election win.” (11/27/16)

http://www.cincinnatisun.com/index.php/sid/249727371

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3) Iraq: Parliament adopts law legalizing Shiite militias
Source: Akron Beacon Journal

“Rekindling sectarian rivalries at a sensitive time, Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to fully legalize state-sanctioned Shiite militias long accused of abuses against minority Sunnis, adopting a legislation that promoted them to a government force empowered to ‘deter’ security and terror threats facing the country, like the Islamic State group. The legislation, supported by 208 of the chamber’s 327 members, was quickly rejected by Sunni Arab politicians and lawmakers as proof of the ‘dictatorship’ of the country’s Shiite majority and evidence of its failure to honor promises of inclusion.” (11/26/16)

http://www.ohio.com/news/world/iraq-s-parliament-adopts-law-legalizing-shiite-militias-1.729864

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4) Congo: Local militia named in slayings of 37 civilians
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“A regional administrator says a local militia in Congo’s northeast allegedly has killed at least 37 civilians with machetes and guns. Joy Bokele, administrator of the Lubero territory in the North Kivu province, named the Mai Mai Mazembe militia group as being responsible for the attack early Sunday.” (11/27/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/ap/local-militia-named-in-slayings-of-civilians-in-congo/article_6162b146-99be-5dac-b54d-898151591336.html

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5) Trump calls Green Party-driven recount of Wisconsin votes a “scam”
Source: Raw Story

“U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday called a request for a recount of votes in Wisconsin a ‘scam’ by the Green Party and said even his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton had said the election results should be accepted. ‘This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what (Green Party leader) Jill Stein is doing,’ Trump said in a statement about the recount.” (11/26/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/trump-labels-green-party-effort-to-recount-votes-in-wisconsin-a-scam

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6) NY: NYPD sergeant indicted after ordering mother to molest her own infant on video
Source: Counter Current News

“Federal prosecutors have indicted a Colorado woman on charges of conspiring with an NYPD sergeant on Skype to molest her 1-year-old, the Daily News has learned. Keira Norton and Sgt. Alberto Randazzo each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison if they are convicted of the sickening charges in Brooklyn Federal Court. Randazzo, 38, was busted by the feds in February on charges of downloading kiddie porn while free on bail in connection with state charges that he had solicited women to sexually abuse their children.” (11/27/16)

http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/11/nypd-sergeant-indicted-ordering-mother-molest-infant-video/

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7) CA: Bar association considers ban on attorneys having sex with clients; some lawyers object
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

“The nation’s largest state bar association is overhauling ethics rules for attorneys for the first time in 30 years, and some lawyers are unhappy about a proposal that would open them up to discipline for having sex with clients. California currently bars attorneys from coercing a client into sex or demanding sex in exchange for legal representation. Supporters of an all-out ban say the relationship between a lawyer and client is inherently unequal, so any sexual relationship is potentially coercive. But some attorneys say it’s an unjustified invasion of privacy.” (11/27/16)

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/california/la-me-attorney-sex-ban-20161127-story.html

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8) Israeli airstrike kills four Islamic State fighters along Syria frontier
Source: Antiwar.com

“Israeli and ISIS forces exchanged gunfire today in the Golan Heights, leading to an Israeli military airstrike against what they described as an ISIS vehicle, killing four people within. This is the first time the two sides have exchanged fire during the course of ISIS'[s] expansion across the region.” (11/27/16)

http://news.antiwar.com/2016/11/27/israeli-airstrike-kills-four-isis-fighters-along-golan-frontier/

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9) Turkey: Officials allege Syrian rebels exposed to “chemical gas”
Source: United Press International

“In a statement released Sunday, Turkish officials alleged Syrian rebels were exposed to ‘chemical gas’ during a missile attack launched by the Islamic State. According to Turkey’s state news agency Anadolu, at least 22 soldiers displayed signs of exposure to toxic gas. The attack happened in the Khalidiyah region of northern Syria. The attacked soldiers are Syrian members of Operation Euphrates Shield, a group that includes Turkish military forces and allied rebel groups.” (11/27/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/11/27/Turkey-officials-allege-Syrian-rebels-exposed-to-chemical-gas/2431480269716/

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10) NASA awards SpaceX contract to launch satellite that will study Earth’s water
Source: The Space Reporter

“NASA is contracting with SpaceX for a $112 million launch of its Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite, which will conduct the first ever worldwide study of Earth’s surface water. SWOT will be launched on one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in April 2021. The $112 million cost includes not just the launch but also unspecified support from other private companies to put the satellite into space.” (11/27/16)

https://thespacereporter.com/2016/11/nasa-awards-spacex-contract-launch-satellite-will-study-earths-water/

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11) LA: Ten Shot, including one fatally, in New Orleans’s French Quarter
Source: ABC News

“Two arrests have been made in connection with the shooting of 10 people — including one who died — in New Orleans'[s] French Quarter early Sunday morning, police said. ‘A total of 10 victims were shot in the incident on Bourbon Street. One victim has died from his injuries,’ tweeted the New Orleans Police Department of the incident, which occurred around 1:30 a.m. on Bourbon Street. Police said it is unclear what precipitated the incident.” (11/27/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/10-shot-including-fatally-orleans-french-quarter-police/story?id=43802574

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12) Denmark urged to clean up US military waste in Greenland
Source: Akron Beacon Journal

“Greenland is calling on Denmark to clean up an abandoned under-ice missile project and other U.S. military installations left to rust in the pristine landscape after the Cold War. The 1951 deal under which NATO member Denmark allowed the U.S. to build 33 bases and radar stations in the former Danish province doesn’t specify who’s responsible for any cleanup.” (11/26/16)

http://www.ohio.com/news/world/denmark-urged-to-clean-up-u-s-military-waste-in-greenland-1.729904

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13) Sheriffs across US refusing to send police and equipment to DAPL as outrage and costs grow
Source: The Free Thought Project

“In response to an increasingly furious public outcry, sheriffs from around the country have refused to send personnel and equipment to assist the Morton County Sheriff’s Department in guarding construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. A massive campaign of angry phone calls and indignant emails to departments planning to travel to North Dakota succeeded in persuading multiple sheriffs — elected officials — the brutal tactics used against peaceful Standing Rock Sioux and other water protectors have been a gross abuse of power.” (11/27/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/sheriff-refuse-dapl-outrage/

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14) Catching up with the parade: Clinton team to take part in vote recounts
Source: Reuters

“Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign will take part in a recount of Wisconsin votes in the U.S. presidential race, an effort Republican winner Donald Trump called ‘ridiculous’ on Saturday. Wisconsin’s election board on Friday approved the recount requested by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. She has said she wants to guarantee the integrity of the U.S. voting system since computer hacking had marked the Nov. 8 election. Marc Elias, the Clinton campaign counsel, said the campaign would take part in the recount in Wisconsin as well as in the other battleground states of Pennsylvania and Michigan if recounts were mounted there. Elias said in a statement on the Medium website that the Clinton campaign had not planned to seek a recount since its own investigation had failed to turn up any sign of hacking of voting systems.” (11/26/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-recount-idUSKBN13L0TX

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15) Study: California marijuana would fail Oregon’s standards
Source: Smell the Truth

“Experts have found that the majority of California’s cannabis is not up to the same quality standards that Oregon growers adhere to. According to new data provided by Steep Hill Labs and New Frontier, an overwhelming majority of marijuana grown in California would fail to meet testing standards held by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), reports Civilized. Steep Hill found that 83 percent of California’s cannabis products would not meet the testing standards required by labs certified by the Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ORELAP), which gives Oregon the distinction of incorporating the strictest standards of all states with legal marijuana programs. California’s cannabis products fail largely due to the use of the pesticide myclobutanil, which can turn into toxic hydrogen cyanide during combustion.” [editor’s note: Cyanide? So it’s as healthful as diet soda then? – SAT] (11/23/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/11/23/california-marijuana-would-fail-oregons-standards-study-finds

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16) Mexico: Nieto denies approaching Trump to renegotiate NAFTA
Source: PanAm Post

“It seems that Mexico and the United States won’t commence trade negotiations anytime soon, as President Enrique Pena Nieto said he has yet to approach the team of US president-elect Donald Trump. ‘There is absolutely no appointment by anyone at this time to assume the task of representing the government,’ Nieto said on Wednesday, November 23, but added that such an appointment will be forthcoming once Trump’s administration more clearly defines its policy goals. He further noted that the two nations have always had good geopolitical relations.” (11/25/16)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2016/11/25/mexico-nafta-president-denies-approaching-trump/

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17) Hungry Venezuelans flee in boats to escape economic collapse
Source: New York Times

“”Well over 150,000 Venezuelans have fled the country in the last year alone, the highest in more than a decade, according to scholars studying the exodus. And as Mr. Chávez’s Socialist-inspired revolution collapses into economic ruin, as food and medicine slip further out of reach, the new migrants include the same impoverished people that Venezuela’s policies were supposed to help. ‘We have seen a great acceleration,’ said Tomás Páez, a professor who studies immigration at the Central University of Venezuela. He says that as many as 200,000 Venezuelans have left in the past 18 months, driven by how much harder it is to get food, work and medicine — not to mention the crime that such scarcities have fueled.” (11/25/16)

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/25/world/americas/hungry-venezuelans-flee-in-boats-to-escape-economic-collapse.html

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18) ND: Army vows to close anti-DAPL protest camp at Standing Rock
Source: Counter Current News

“The US Army Corps of Engineers announced it will close the portion of federal land on which water protectors are camping in North Dakota by December 5, to protect the public amid violent confrontations between protesters and law enforcement. The Army Corps of Engineers said it is ‘closing the portion of the Corps-managed federal property north of the Cannonball River to all public use and access effective December 5, 2016,’ according to a statement tweeted by the Young Turks’ Jordan Chariton. … The notice said the Corps of Engineers had established ‘a free speech zone on land south of the Cannoball River for anyone wished to peaceably protest the Dakota Access pipeline project.'” (11/25/16)

http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/11/breaking-news-army-corps-vows-close-anti-dapl-protest-camp-standing-rock-force-dec-5/

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19) TN: Students complained about erratic driving before bus wreck
Source: Fox News

“Students and administrators raised concerns about a Tennessee school bus driver’s behavior behind the wheel in the weeks before a crash that killed six children. Police have charged driver Johnthony Walker with vehicular homicide after the Chattanooga crash. Federal authorities said Walker was driving off the designated bus route when he wrecked on a curvy road while carrying 37 children on their way home from Woodmore Elementary School. Records released by the school district Friday include two written statements by students complaining about Walker’s driving. ‘The bus driver drives fast,’ one student wrote earlier this month. ‘It feels like the bus is going to flip over … When someone is in the aisle he stops the bus and he makes people hit their heads.'” (11/25/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/11/25/students-complained-about-erratic-driving-before-bus-wreck.html

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20) Argentina: Congress ready to approve medicinal marijuana
Source: PanAm Post

“The Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine Congress will discuss Wednesday a bill that will allow the use of cannabis oil for medical treatments. The initiative, if approved by the block of forces that supports the government of Mauricio Macri and a faction of the opposition, would allow the use of cannabis oil to combat diseases such as epilepsy, chronic pain and fibromialgia, among others.” (11/23/16)

https://panampost.com/raquel-garcia/2016/11/23/argentine-congress-ready-approve-medicinal-marijuana/

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

21) Transhumanism is inevitable
Source: Reason
by Ronald Bailey

“One oft-heard concern is that longevity research will result in a nursing-home world where people live longer but increasingly debilitated lives. That’s nonsense: The point of anti-aging research is not to make people old longer but to make them young longer. Another argument holds that transhuman technologies will simply let the rich get richer. [Eve] Herold notes that while the rich almost always get access to new technologies first, prices then come down quickly, making them available to nearly everyone eventually. She is confident that the same dynamic will apply to these treatments. Bioconservatives often assert that enhancement technologies must be banned because people will experience irresistible social pressure to use them just to stay competitive. Herold tartly replies, ‘It’s every individual’s responsibility to make choices that he feels are good for him. It’s not society’s responsibility to limit the freedom of other people so that one can feel good about his choices.'” (for publication 12/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/11/25/transhumanism-is-inevitable

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22) Some thoughts on identity politics
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Fernando Teson

“I have been thinking lately about identity politics. More precisely, why so many people deeply committed to nondiscrimination nevertheless are uncomfortable with identity politics. An initial difficulty is to define identity politics. Here’s the definition in the Google dictionary: Identity politics is ‘a tendency for people of a particular religion, race, social background, etc., to form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics.'” (11/27/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/11/thoughts-identity-politics/

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23) Lamenting the “end” of what never began
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“At Reason, editor Nick Gillespie interviews Dan Griswold of the Mercatus Center (‘Donald Trump and the End of Free Trade,’ Nov. 21) on Trump’s likely abandonment of TPP and his trade policies in general. Trump’s views on economics, like his views on everything else, are obviously nonsense; but they’re not nonsense because TPP embodies ‘free trade.’ If anything, Gillespie and Griswold illustrate why the right-libertarian understanding of ‘free trade’ is nonsense.” (11/24/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/47019

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24) Untrustworthy journalists left us vulnerable to fake news
Source: USA Today
by Steve Deace

“Each January, tens of thousands of pro-lifers descend upon our nation’s capitol to mark the solemn occasion of the Roe v. Wade anniversary. That’s the month in 1973 the Supreme Court used a fake law to create a fake right to kill our own offspring, and a body count that has now reached well over 50 million began. Each January, this mass demonstration of conviction rarely gets more than perfunctory coverage by major U.S. newspapers, cable news networks and the nightly broadcast news. However, last weekend a few blocks away from the site of the march, the meeting of a couple hundred racists trying to rebrand themselves as the ‘alt-right’ received days of coverage. Type ‘March for Life’ into Google News and 4.6 million results come up. That’s a pretty hefty number until you type in ‘alt right’ and see it returns more than 6 million. How come a term most of us hadn’t heard of, until the just-concluded 2016 presidential election, gets more attention than a national protest that is older than Google itself? Talk about your fake news.” [editor’s note: Solid perspective – SAT] (11/26/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/23/fake-news-trump-facebook-journalism-steve-deace-column/94348136

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25) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 106
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanksgiving For Asking! (Ziggy played guitar; Thanksgiving traditions, National Lampoon and National Review); YYYТоварищи, мы обнаружили!YYY.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/27/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-106.html

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26) Conviviality
Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Neil Lock

“Long ago, Aristotle described Man as ‘a political animal.’ What he meant was that humans naturally form communities at various levels, such as families, villages and cities. At the time he wrote, the most evolved type of community was the Greek city state or polis; hence the word ‘political.’ This description has been the subject of much controversy. Aristotle thought that the city state, perhaps because of its claims to self-sufficiency, was ‘prior by nature’ to (or, in my wording, ‘more primitive than’) the households and individuals in it. I can’t agree with this. For me, the fundamental social group is the family.” (11/26/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/11/26/conviviality/

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27) Adios a Fidel
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Jacques Delacroix

“Today, after fifty years, progress is so great that ordinary Cubans easily earn forty or fifty dollars a month. Many earn three times more by renting their bedroom to foreign visitors. Take university professors and medical doctors. They can always make much more than fifty a month by driving a taxi. And meat is now available six days a month instead of the customary four. You can’t argue with this! As Westerners, we must be especially grateful that the Cuban Revolution has made the island into one of the best destinations for sex tourism in the world.” (11/26/16)

https://notesonliberty.com/2016/11/26/adios-a-fidel/

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28) Thanks, comrade!
Source: The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

“Besides the flood of State propaganda that flows from all the major news organizations — see my recent post for a detailed discussion of how these news organizations function as devoted adjuncts of the State — the United States has one further card to play. In fact, the U.S. has been playing it for decades. And the U.S. doesn’t hide it. To the contrary, the U.S. government proudly boasts of its actions and views its actions as entirely honorable. Because our enemies are just that bad. I’m speaking, of course, of the Voice of America. … it’s absolutely hilarious that, in this brouhaha, the U.S. government and a tawdry collection of cognitively impaired liberals mightily puff themselves up in phony moral outrage (now there’s something that is undeniably fake). There isn’t a thing about ‘fake news’ that the U.S. government doesn’t know. Not only does it spend a bloody fortune on it, but it forcibly takes the required funds from its citizens to pay for the ‘fake news’ it disseminates. Ah, freedom!” (11/25/16)

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2016/11/thanks-comrade.html

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29) How an entitled Clinton and the “politics of resentment” gave us Trump
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“Hillary Clinton’s loss has been called many things: a repudiation of progressivism, a mandate to repeal Obamacare, the failure of multiculturalism, the beginning of a GOP crackup, the shattering of the Democratic Party and so on. It’s tempting to find such deep meanings in presidential elections. So much is invested in them and so much is at stake. But the immediate lessons we draw from them are often different than history’s judgment. Consider the 1964 election, when Republicans won just six states and it looked as if the GOP, torn apart by a war between its far-right wing and the establishment, would be in the wilderness for decades. Yet Republicans won five of the next six presidential elections, including a nearly clean sweep in 1972, when the Democratic candidate won only one state.” [editor’s note: Noce to see one “progressive” pundit looking at the reality – SAT] (11/23/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19666/how-an-entitled-clinton-and-the-politics-of-resentment-gave-us-trump

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30) The real reason we have ethanol in our gas
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by William O’Keefe

“To get enough votes to pass the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, Democrats led by Henry Waxman made a deal with the corn lobby. In exchange for its support, Congressman Waxman committed to an oxygenate provision — essentially a mandate to blend corn derived ethanol into gasoline. … Ever since then, motorists have been stuck with higher fuel costs and lower mileage, and consumers have been stuck with higher food prices.” (11/26/16)

https://fee.org/articles/the-real-reason-we-have-ethanol-in-our-gas/

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31) Smear-mongering: A mea culpa for the age of McCarthyism 2.0
Source: CounterPunch
by Chris Floyd

“OK, I guess I’d better come clean. It seems that I must be a paid agent of the Kremlin. After all, I write for CounterPunch Magazine — for money! I used to write regularly for Truthout.org — for money! I’ve contributed articles to the Baltimore Gazette. I’ve often quoted and linked to stories from the Black Agenda Report. I’ve regularly quoted and linked to articles by prize-winning AP/Newsweek reporter Robert Parry for years. According to the Washington Post, all of this makes me either a paid Kremlin propagandist or a Kremlin dupe. There is no other alternative. And who says this? A collection of completely anonymous ‘experts’ from a group no one has ever heard of until it materialized for the Post article.” (11/25/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/25/smear-mongering-a-mea-culpa-for-the-age-of-mccarthyism-2-0/

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32) Fidel Castro: A tragic Cold War figure
Source: spiked
by Frank Furedi

“Judging by much of the social-media reaction to the death of Fidel Castro, you could be forgiven for thinking he was a malevolent monster who bears ultimate responsibility for all the terrible experiences that afflicted his native Cuba, and for many of the problems across Latin America. It is easy to overlook an inconvenient fact: that Castro the monster also inspired millions of people across the world and is still held in high esteem by a substantial minority of Cuban people. To understand the Castro phenomenon, it is not enough to brand him evil, and more importantly we should not confuse the outcome of his revolution with its starting point and original ideals. The Cuban Revolution of 1959 that brought Castro to power had little to do with Marxism, communism, socialism or the Soviet Union.” (11/26/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/fidel-castro-a-tragic-cold-war-figure/

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33) How dangerous is the alt-right to American Jews?
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Claire Wolfe

“The Jew-haters and racial dividers among the alt-right (and for that matter, among the left, which did so much to create the current climate) are always dangerous because, as a spokesperson for the U.S. Holocaust Museum points out, the Nazis’ Holocaust didn’t begin with killings, but with words. And of course, with laws. … we owe it to ourselves, our friends, and our freedom, to make sure that the rising bigots are pushed back — with derision, with strong argument, with cultural marginalization. Even with arms, should it come to that unthinkable pass. If the bigots raise an army, or even a few isolated, terrorizing gangs, we should absolutely be prepared to exercise self- and community-defense against them. But we should never try to ‘disappear’ them by censoring them; we should never sacrifice the First Amendment in their dubious honor.” (11/23/16)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=3971

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34) In the proud tradition of leftist domestic terrorism …
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“Water is wet. The Sun rises in the east. And large swaths of the Left engage in heinous acts of violence in the name of politics. For our purposes here today, we’ll ignore the 94 million or so people Communism has murdered around the world. This is about the domestic Left.” [editor’s note: After which Motley quotes the legal definition of terrorism, then asserts that the Dakota Access Pipeline protests, which appear to fall far outside that definition, fit that definition; it’s becoming clear over time that from a libertarian perspective, watching Heartland has become largely a matter of opposition research – TLK] (11/26/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/11/proud-tradition-leftist-domestic-terrorism/

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35) Why populism challenges democracy from within
Source: The American Prospect
by Marc Fleurbaey

“Populism today has four important aspects: It flourishes in democratic political systems; it represents a radical form of majoritarian action; it flourishes amid social distress and increasing economic inequality; and it presents a threat to constitutional democratic procedures and institutions. Populist movements fight over the meaning of representation in democracies. Because populist politicians present themselves as leaders above party pluralism, and because populist movements make claims in the name of the allegedly unanimous ‘will of the people,’ they challenge and strain constitutional procedures for elections and representative government. Such strains can open the door to regime change in the direction of tyranny or dictatorship.” [editor’s note: Nice to see “regime change” used to describe America for once – SAT] (11/25/16)

http://prospect.org/article/why-populism-challenges-democracy-within

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36) Indoctrination nation
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Does anyone doubt the fact that our government utilizes its vast nationwide network of public schools to indoctrinate children by teaching them what it wants them to think? I’ve said this dozens of times on these pages: Public schools should be teaching the kids how to think, not what to think. But teachers and administrators — government agents — think they have a perfect right to impose their personal values — including politics — upon the captive students in their classrooms. That constitutes indoctrination which violates the First Amendment. It violates the students’ civil rights.” (11/27/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/11/indoctrination-nation.html

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37) Washington Post disgracefully promotes a McCarthyite blacklist from a new, hidden, and very shady group
Source: The Intercept
by Ben Norton and Glenn Greenwald

“In casting the group behind this website as ‘experts,’ the Post described PropOrNot simply as ‘a nonpartisan collection of researchers with foreign policy, military and technology backgrounds.’ Not one individual at the organization is named. The executive director is quoted, but only on the condition of anonymity, which the Post said it was providing the group ‘to avoid being targeted by Russia’s legions of skilled hackers.’ In other words, the individuals behind this newly created group are publicly branding journalists and news outlets as tools of Russian propaganda — even calling on the FBI to investigate them for espionage — while cowardly hiding their own identities. The group promoted by the Post thus embodies the toxic essence of Joseph McCarthy but without the courage to attach their names to their blacklist.” (11/26/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/11/26/washington-post-disgracefully-promotes-a-mccarthyite-blacklist-from-a-new-hidden-and-very-shady-group/

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38) Interview: Jason Bassler
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Jason Bassler, co-founder of Free Thought Project and V Is For Voluntary, and founder of Police the Police, letting the content speak for itself, Cell 411, Cop Block, Peacekeeper, rendering the State obsolete, the age of transparency, Anarcho-Primitivism, the State is highest danger to human life, technological growth is amoral, information age, planting seeds of liberty …” [various formats] (11/26/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/jason-bassler-co-founder-of-free-thought-project-and-founder-of-police-the-police/

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39) About that economic inequality
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Keith Weiner

“I address this essay to two groups. One group is those among the liberty movement, who believe that there’s nothing wrong with inequality. These are often Objectivists, who unknowingly defend a regime that artificially suppresses working people. The other group is those among the Left who still call themselves liberals. They say they don’t like inequality, but nevertheless continue to support this regime, and they often demand more of its interventions. I am talking, of course, about our regime of the Federal Reserve and its zero-interest policy.” (11/25/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/11/about-that-economic-inequality/

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40) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 109
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“On this episode of the Johnny Rocket Launch Pad – Johnny Adams, Heather Nixon, and Curt Nelson look for a little Thanksgiving meal, and crash the Lions Of Liberty’s party with Marc Clair, Brian McWilliams, and John Odermatt!” [various formats] (11/24/16)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-109-lions-of-liberty-special-thanksgiving-show/

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41) Liberal response to Trump devolving into “outrage porn”
Source: The New Republic
by Eric Sasson

“The outrage over Donald Trump’s election has continued unabated on social media for more than two weeks now. It has been a useful and necessary exercise, allowing many on the left to voice their concerns, fears, and anger about the results. Eventually, however, the outrage must serve a greater purpose if progressives expect to have any say in the direction of their government. There has been ample coverage of Trump’s outrageous statements and lies for well over a year. Hours upon hours of airtime and thousands of articles have been devoted to declaring him a danger to the republic. Several prominent newspapers abandoned their long-held impartiality to declare him unfit for office. It didn’t work. The people who supported Trump knew the things he had said and done and were aware of his temperament — and still chose him to be leader of the free world. It is painfully clear that all our outrage didn’t work. And now there’s a danger of getting sucked into a vortex of what I’d like to refer to as ‘outrage porn.'” (11/25/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/138996/liberal-response-trump-devolving-outrage-porn

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42) Naming, blaming, and lessons learned from the 2016 election
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Jordan Ballor

“The inability to sympathize with the concerns that animated a whole set of disaffected and disgruntled citizens was perhaps the greatest contributing factor to the Democratic Party’s losses in this election. When Clinton faced off against an insurgent Bernie Sanders campaign in the primary, her nomination was insulated from competition by a variety of factors, including the superdelegate system and the maneuverings of the party machinery. An undercurrent of populist animus was apparent throughout this entire campaign. On the Republican side, these concerns finally coalesced around Trump. But on the Democratic side, these concerns were marginalized and finally subsumed under the larger identity-politics of ‘I’m With Her.’ In this way we might see the Clinton defeat as the latest iteration of a transformation of liberal and progressive politics over the last half-century.” (11/23/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/11/23/naming-blaming-lessons-learned-2016-election

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43) The Tom Woods Show, episode 791
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“CJ Killmer, host of the Dangerous History Podcast and popularly known as Prof. CJ, joins me to discuss the antiwar views of the fascinating Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, author of War Is a Racket.” [various formats] (11/25/16)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-791-war-is-a-racket-the-life-and-thought-of-maj-gen-smedley-butler/

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44) Curing bias with curiosity
Source: Free Keene
by Ethan Glover

“When an anarcho-capitalist hears a liberal say that guns are dangerous and not a necessity anymore, it probably pisses them off. I know this because it used to piss me off. Now it just annoys the hell out of me. The AnCaps’ response is to look for ways to prove that the liberal is wrong. Fair enough, right? But the liberal isn’t wrong at all. Guns are dangerous. They should be treated with respect, and with safety always in mind. … Both arguments are fair ones to make from their respected perspectives. Here’s the problem. Neither argument has anything to do with the other. In average rhetoric, those two sides may seem like polar opposites, and they may be in some way. But neither shows and ounce of understanding for the other side.” (11/26/16)

http://freekeene.com/2016/11/26/curing-bias-with-curiosity/

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45) Western nihilism, part 2: Victim or beneficiary
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“I’ve talked previously about the extreme nihilism of western society, and how we have become so confused that we hate strength and love weakness, which in turn causes us to glorify victimization — since a victim is, by any measurement, a weak person who was abused by a strong person. The victim, then, is the embodiment of our values — a rejection of reality and a hostile universe that literally kills off the weak — an embrace of undue and universal empty sympathy while genuine sympathy is derided as selfishness. We hate survival of the fittest, and so we hate capitalism, just as we hate all of the underlying socioeconomic, biological, and behavioral characteristics that brought us to this plateau, where we have done nothing but reject those characteristics as backward and archaic, choosing instead to embrace our new ‘progressive’ values that just so happen to be wholly nihilistic.” (11/25/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/11/25/western-nihilism-2/

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46) The amazing immigrants who won the Revolutionary War
Source: Cracked
by Alex Schmidt

“Pretty much an immigrant is the only reason we have an organized military.” [Flash video] (11/26/16)

http://www.cracked.com/video_20281_the-amazing-immigrants-that-won-revolutionary-war.html

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47) Free Thoughts Podcast, 11/25/16
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Richard Vedder joins us this week to discuss what he’s identified as three major problems with the way today’s American higher education system works.” [various formats] (11/25/16)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/college-too-costly-too-little-learning-too-much-underemployment

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48) For Trump, time to put statesmanship over showmanship
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“People live by stories. In our age, these stories are both fashioned by them through social media and for them by the mainstream media. Facebook and Twitter provide them with galaxies of real and virtual characters; other outlets deliver emotional narratives where stories are central, the facts peripheral. The modern politician who succeeds best is the one who grasps enough of that dynamic to be able to exploit it. In the U.S. presidential election, Hillary Clinton did not grasp it. Clinton looks into things: policies, issues, problems. She knows in some detail the possibilities of a settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians, just as she knows the present and future problems of the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare.She could give seminars on both in a minute, without notes. And often did. Donald Trump could not construct a sensible sentence about either (or at least, has not). But like the hedgehog in the Greek parable about that slow-moving animal and the quick, bright fox, the fox knows many things while the hedgehog knows one big thing.” (11/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-stories-commentary-idUSKBN13K271

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49) Ron Paul: Time to end the war on drugs
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Ron Paul

“Watch former Congressman Ron Paul present his perspectives on why America needs to end the war on drugs. This presentation is part of FFF’s Drug War Video Project, whose aim is to accelerate the end of this immoral and destructive government program.” [Flash video]

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/time-end-war-drugs-ron-paul/

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50) The bureaucracy is now more powerful than Congress
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“Who creates federal laws? Civics books say it is Congress, but the real answer today may be the executive branch. Earlier this year, James Gattuso and Diane Katz reported that just the 229 major regulations issued since 2009 added over $100 billion in annual costs (according to the regulatory agencies), $22 billion coming in 2015. With estimates of the total regulatory costs now exceeding income tax burdens at over $2 trillion annually, regulations were far more burdensome for many Americans than legislation. Unfortunately, missing from this process is accountability to citizens.” (11/25/16)

https://mises.org/blog/bureaucracy-now-more-powerful-congress

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