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In the News:

1) UK: “Snooper’s charter” becomes law, extending surveillance state
2) Syria: US forces investigate themselves, clear themselves in “mistaken” airstrikes
3) Trump tweets idiotic jail threat vis a vis brightly colored pieces of cloth
4) North Dakota law dogs to block pipeline protesters’ supplies
5) Egypt: Parliament passes new law clamping down on rights groups
6) Haiti: Jovenel Moise apparently wins presidential vote
7) Syria: With Aleppo poised to fall, Assad is set to rise
8) SCOTUS sympathetic to death row inmate on “intellectual disability”
9) Netherlands: Idiot pols approve partial face veil ban
10) California targets dairy cows to combat global warming
11) Canada: Trudeau approves two proposed pipelines, rejects one
12) US students lag peers in East Asia in math, science
13) Cyber Monday hauls in $3.45 billion in online purchases, smashing the single-day sales record
14) No shots fired! 2 EU nations exchange territory as friends
15) Kashmir: Three Indian troops killed in attack on army base
16) Thailand: Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn named king
17) Cyber attack knocks nearly a million routers offline
18) Wikileaks releases half a million Carter era US diplomatic cables
19) Trump names Price to head HHS
20) Germany: Intel chief tries to reproduce US panic propaganda over Russian election influence

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Politics is poison
22) America’s plunge from Republic to Empire
23) The tyranny at Standing Rock: The government’s divide-and-conquer strategy is working
24) White identity politics gave us Trump. But did the left give us white identity politics?
25) The Loco-Foco movement: A lost chapter in the history of liberalism, part 1
26) The danger of doubting Donald Trump’s legitimacy
27) In defence of “the poorest hee”
28) Why I’m not freaking out
29) Abolish corporations
30) Will Marine le Pen become France’s next President?
31) The Tom Woods Show, episode 792
32) Open letter to Jared Bernstein
33) The rise of political correctness
34) The high price of Turkey’s “witch-burning” crackdown
35) How Donald Trump could fix our healthcare system while cutting our taxes
36) Burn a flag for Donald Trump
37) Donald Trump flag-burning tweet inflames, distracts, offends the Constitution
38) Three Democratic delusions
39) Prestige, Trump & the media
40) It was going to happen eventually
41) Relax, liberals, the Third Reich isn’t on the way
42) Regime change abroad, fascism at home: How US interventions paved the way for Trump
43) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/29/16
44) Will faithless electors cause a constitutional crisis?
45) The Washington Post “blacklist” story is shameful and disgusting
46) Education advocacy in the time of Trump
47) “Justice has no expiration date”: The continued wrongful imprisonment of Chris Tapp
48) The homo economicus is “the body” of the agent
49) It’s a great time to be a homeschooler
50) Congress is duty-bound to probe Trump’s finances
51) Monetary freedom would strengthen Britain’s position in trade negotiations
52) Don’t normalize the IRS — abolish it!
53) Free Talk Live, 11/28/16
54) The problem is foreign interventionism, not Muslims
55) Immigration: The left again embraces nullification of federal laws

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

1) UK: “Snooper’s charter” becomes law, extending surveillance state
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The ‘snooper’s charter’ bill extending the reach of state surveillance in Britain was given royal assent and became law on Tuesday as signatures on a petition calling for it to be repealed passed the 130,000 mark. The home secretary, Amber Rudd, hailed the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 as ‘world-leading legislation’ that provided ‘unprecedented transparency and substantial privacy protection.’ But privacy campaigners claimed that it would provide an international standard to authoritarian regimes around the world to justify their own intrusive surveillance powers.” (11/29/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/29/snoopers-charter-bill-becomes-law-extending-uk-state-surveillance

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2) Syria: US forces investigate themselves, clear themselves in “mistaken” airstrikes
Source: St. Augustine Record

“The U.S. military on Tuesday blamed human error for what it called a mistaken coalition air assault Sept. 17 that reportedly killed dozens of Syrian soldiers. Targeters believed they were directing attacks on Islamic State fighters, and because this was an honest mistake the strikes did not violate the international law of armed conflict, U.S. military investigators concluded.” (11/29/16)

http://hosted2.ap.org/FLAUG/2e515285f07040df999bd6b670db791c/Article_2016-11-29-US–United%20States-Syria/id-299f66ca120143889b47f09d81603c27

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3) Trump tweets idiotic jail threat vis a vis brightly colored pieces of cloth
Source: Politico

“Burning an American flag should be a crime, President-elect Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning, punishable by a forfeiture of U.S. citizenship or a year in jail. … A constitutional amendment that would allow the government to ban flag desecration has been proposed multiple times but has never passed.” (11/29/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/trump-flag-burning-231920

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4) North Dakota law dogs to block pipeline protesters’ supplies
Source: Reuters

“North Dakota law enforcement will begin to block supplies from reaching protesters at a camp near the construction site of an oil pipeline project in an effort to force demonstrators to vacate the area, officials said on Tuesday. Activists have spent months protesting plans to route the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline beneath a lake near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, saying the project poses a threat to water resources and sacred Native American sites. Supplies, including food and building materials, will be blocked from entering the main camp following Governor Jack Dalrymple’s signing of an ’emergency evacuation’ order on Monday, said Maxine Herr, a spokeswoman from the Morton County Sheriff’s Department. … The order was effective immediately. As of Tuesday morning, however, no vehicles carrying supplies had been turned back, said Cecily Fong, a spokeswoman for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services.” (11/29/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-north-dakota-pipeline-idUSKBN13O2FD

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5) Egypt: Parliament passes new law clamping down on rights groups
Source: Idaho Press-Tribune

“The Egyptian parliament on Tuesday approved a new law regulating non-governmental organizations that gives security agencies extensive power over the financing and activities of NGOs and rights groups. Rights organizations condemned the law as one of Egypt’s most repressive ever on civil society, saying it would effectively shut down many such groups.” (11/29/16)

http://www.idahopress.com/news/world/egypt-passes-new-law-clamping-down-on-rights-groups/article_e17619ac-d0f3-5515-a41d-7f19c614ae4d.html

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6) Haiti: Jovenel Moise apparently wins presidential vote
Source: Westfield Republican

“Jovenel Moise, the hand-picked candidate of Haiti’s previous elected leader, apparently won the presidential election outright against 26 rivals, according to preliminary results announced late Monday that gave him 55.6 percent of the votes. Moise was the leading contender in first-round presidential balloting last year and headed for a runoff. But the second round was repeatedly derailed amid fraud allegations and the results were eventually annulled after a Haitian commission reported finding what appeared to be significant irregularities and misconduct.” (11/29/16)

http://www.westfieldrepublican.com/page/content.detail/id/2207849/Haiti–Jovenel-Moise-apparently-wins-presidential-vote.html?isap=1&nav=5073

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7) Syria: With Aleppo poised to fall, Assad is set to rise
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“The expected fall of Aleppo to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could prove a decisive moment in Syria’s grueling civil war, granting potential momentum for the Syrian Army and its multinational allies to roll back rebel forces from other areas of the war-torn country. The Syrian Army has been dogged by manpower shortages from early on in the war due to casualties, defections, and desertions. More than once, those have threatened doom for the Assad regime. But the deployment of foreign, Iran-supported Shiite paramilitaries, the creation of numerous loyalist militias and, in the past year, the arrival of Russian firepower may have finally tipped the military balance in Assad’s favor.” (11/29/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2016/1129/With-Aleppo-poised-to-fall-Syria-s-Assad-is-set-to-rise

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8) SCOTUS sympathetic to death row inmate on “intellectual disability”
Source: Reuters

“A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared ready to side with a man sentenced to death for a 1980 Houston murder who is challenging how Texas gauges whether a defendant has intellectual disabilities that would preclude execution. The Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that the execution of people who are intellectually disabled violates the U.S. Constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. At issue in the arguments the eight justices heard on Tuesday was whether Texas is using an obsolete standard to assess whether a defendant is intellectually disabled.” (11/29/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/us-justices-sympathetic-to-death-row-inmate-on-intellectual-disability

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9) Netherlands: Idiot pols approve partial face veil ban
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The Dutch parliament has overwhelmingly voted to ban face veils in some public places, a law the government said was essential for security, but which opponents said pandered to anti-Muslim sentiment. The law, passed by the lower house but still requiring the senate’s approval, bans veils and other items that hide the face such as ski masks and helmets in places including government buildings, public transport, schools and hospitals.” (11/29/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/dutch-parliament-approves-partial-face-veil-ban-161129182036899.html

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10) California targets dairy cows to combat global warming
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. The nation’s leading agricultural state is now targeting greenhouse gases produced by dairy cows and other livestock. Despite strong opposition from farmers, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills. Cattle and other farm animals are major sources of methane, a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide as a heat-trapping gas. Methane is released when they belch, pass gas and make manure. ‘If we can reduce emissions of methane, we can really help to slow global warming,’ said Ryan McCarthy, a science adviser for the California Air Resources Board, which is drawing up rules to implement the new law.” [editor’s note: So they are finally admitting that controlling cow farts is part of the problem? Can’t wait to see the bureaucracy for that one – SAT] (11/29/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/California-targets-dairy-cows-to-combat-global-10641403.php

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11) Canada: Trudeau approves two proposed pipelines, rejects one
Source: Bloomberg

“Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved pipeline proposals by Kinder Morgan Inc. and Enbridge Inc., while rejecting a third project in a series of decisions Tuesday aimed at balancing environmental protection with expanded market access for oil producers. Trudeau, at a press conference in Ottawa, approved Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline with conditions, aimed at boosting crude shipments from Alberta’s oil sands to U.S. and Asian markets. Canada also approved Enbridge’s Line 3 with conditions, while killing the company’s separate Northern Gateway pipeline, which proposed to carry crude through the Great Bear Rainforest in northern British Columbia. The government will also enact restrictions on tanker shipments along that remote region’s pristine coastline.” (11/29/16)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-29/canada-s-trudeau-approves-kinder-morgan-s-trans-mountain-line

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12) US students lag peers in East Asia in math, science
Source: Washington Post

“American students have strides to make when it comes to math and science, where they lag behind a solid block of East Asian countries, according to results released Tuesday from an international exam. … Singapore topped the rankings, taking first place in both grades for math and science on the tests, known as the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, or TIMSS. The tests are administered every four years to a random sampling of students in dozens of countries. Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan also dominated the lists for each grade in both subjects. The United States placed 10th in fourth-grade science as well as in eighth-grade math. In eighth-grade science, the U.S. tied with Ireland in 10th place. It ranked 14th for fourth-grade math, just behind Portugal and Kazakhstan.” (11/29/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/us-students-lag-peers-in-east-asia-russia-in-math-science/2016/11/29/f0d41628-b612-11e6-939c-91749443c5e5_story.html

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13) Cyber Monday hauls in $3.45 billion in online purchases, smashing the single-day sales record
Source: TechCrunch

“As people continue to hunt for bargains online, we are more seeing more record-breaking marquee online sales days. Cyber Monday — coming the first day after the long Thanksgiving break — racked up $3.45 billion in sales in the U.S., pipping past the previous record of $3.34 billion spent on Black Friday just a few days earlier. Sales were up 12.1 percent compared to Cyber Monday a year earlier. … Cyber Monday caps off a five-day period that unofficially signals the start of the holiday shopping season, the busiest time of the year for online retailers, and a bellwether for the general health not just of the e-commerce industry but the wider economy and consumer confidence. All told, $12.81 billion was spent between November 24 and November 28, up 16.4 percent on a year ago, after Black Friday became the first day to break $3 billion in single-day sales.” (11/29/16)

https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/29/cyber-monday-hauls-in-3-39b-of-online-purchases-smashing-the-single-day-sales-record/

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14) No shots fired! 2 EU nations exchange territory as friends
Source: Epoch Times

“The Netherlands and Belgium, with their royals in attendance, on Monday signed a deal for a peaceful exchange of land between them for the mere fact that it makes sense to do so. While the globe is littered with pieces of territory that are jealously held or fought over for historical reasons, the two neighboring nations signed away tiny plots of their land to the other because they were too much of a practical and jurisdictional bother.” (11/28/16)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2191603-no-shots-fired-2-eu-nations-exchange-territory-as-friends/

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15) Kashmir: Three Indian troops killed in attack on army base
Source: The Express Tribune [Pakistan]

“Armed militants stormed a major Indian army base near the Pakistani border early Tuesday, killing three soldiers. Police said four militants had also been killed in a stand-off with security forces inside the command centre in Indian-occupied Kashmir that lasted most of the day. It was the most audacious attack on an Indian military base since September, when 19 soldiers were killed in an assault.” (11/29/16)

http://tribune.com.pk/story/1247754/two-indian-soldiers-killed-attack-army-base/

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16) Thailand: Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn named king
Source: US News & World Report

“Thailand’s parliament on Tuesday named Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn as the new king, completing a formal step for the heir to take the throne following the death of his father last month. The Cabinet, following a 1924 law on succession, submitted Vajiralongkorn’s name to the National Assembly after a brief meeting, where members formally acknowledged him as the new monarch.” (11/29/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-11-28/thailands-parliament-starts-process-of-naming-new-king

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17) Cyber attack knocks nearly a million routers offline
Source: The Hacker News

“Mirai Botnet is getting stronger and more notorious each day that passes by. The reason: Insecure Internet-of-things Devices. Last month, the Mirai botnet knocked the entire Internet offline for a few hours, crippling some of the world’s biggest and most popular websites. Now, more than 900,000 broadband routers belonging to Deutsche Telekom users in Germany knocked offline over the weekend following a supposed cyber-attack, affecting the telephony, television, and internet service in the country.” (11/28/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/11/mirai-router-offline.html

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18) Wikileaks releases half a million Carter era US diplomatic cables
Source: The Hill

“WikiLeaks on Monday released more than 500,000 diplomatic cables from President Jimmy Carter’s administration. The cables, all of which were sent by State Department officials in 1979, could offer additional insight to researchers and journalists about the United States'[s] activity in a momentous year that saw the Iranian Revolution and the political rise of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. ‘If any year could be said to be the ‘year zero’ of our modern era, 1979 is it,’ WikiLeaks head Julian Assange said in a statement.” (11/28/13)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/307715-wikileaks-releases-thousands-of-diplomatic-cables

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19) Trump names Price to head HHS
Source: United Press International

“President-elect Donald Trump has chosen one of the biggest critics of the Affordable Care Act to run the Department of Health and Human Services, according to his transition team. Trump is expected to nominate Rep. Tom Price, a six-term Republican from Georgia, to run the HHS, which is also responsible for Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, the FDA and various federal medical research agencies. Price is a former orthopedic surgeon who has been one of the fiercest critics of President Barack Obama’s effort to reform health insurance, the main result of which was the 2010 Affordable Care Act.” (11/29/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2016/11/29/Trump-picks-Rep-Tom-Price-to-be-secretary-of-health/4241480411009/

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20) Germany: Intel chief tries to reproduce US panic propaganda over Russian election influence
Source: Yahoo! News

“Germany warned Tuesday of a rise in cyber attacks orchestrated by Russia in a bid to disrupt next year’s election, a day after Europe’s top economy suffered its biggest hacking strike. ‘Europe is in the focus of these disturbances, and Germany particularly so,’ foreign intelligence service chief Bruno Kahl told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily in an interview. There are indications that ‘cyber attacks are taking place with no reason other than to sow political uncertainty,’ said Kahl. The spy chief’s assessment came a day after Germany’s biggest telecommunications group Deutsche Telekom said hackers knocked almost one million of its clients offline.” (11/29/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/germanys-spy-chief-warns-russian-cyberattacks-could-hit-085503405.html

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

21) Politics is poison
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Let’s be honest about something we see nonstop but seldom appreciate: Politics makes life ugly. Politics turns people you disagree with into twisted, cartoon images of what they really are, and it pushes you into degrading and hating them. In short, it’s vile, corrosive, and hate-filled. These things are not ‘necessary evils;’ they’re just evil. We’ve been programmed to believe that politics is how we rule ourselves … that politics is what saves us from tyranny … that our political system is the necessary and ultimate end of human civilization. All of that is false, and future generations will either laugh at such thoughts, shake their heads in disbelief, or perhaps cry. As they should.” (11/29/16)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/politics-is-poison/

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22) America’s plunge from Republic to Empire
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Wendy McElroy

“It is difficult to pinpoint the moment at which America crossed from Republic into Empire but guidelines exist for doing so. In his treatise Rise of Empire (1952), the libertarian journalist Garet Garrett declared the ‘first requisite of Empire’ to be ‘the executive power of government shall be dominant.’ Arguably, the power most intimately connected to Empire or imperialism is conducting foreign policy, especially war. America’s plunge into imperialism is evident in its abandonment of a constitutional clause. Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 11 (the ‘War Powers Clause’) reads, ‘[The Congress shall have power …] To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water.’ The form of the declaration is not specified but the need to go through Congress is.” (11/29/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/americas-plunge-republic-empire/

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23) The tyranny at Standing Rock: The government’s divide-and-conquer strategy is working
Source: OpEdNews
by John W Whitehead

“What we’re witnessing at Standing Rock, where activists have gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline construction on Native American land, is just the latest incarnation of the government’s battle plan for stamping out any sparks of resistance and keeping the populace under control: battlefield tactics, military weaponry and a complete suspension of the Constitution. Militarized police. Riot and camouflage gear. Armored vehicles. Mass arrests. Pepper spray. Tear gas. Batons. Strip searches. Drones. Less-than-lethal weapons unleashed with deadly force. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Concussion grenades. Arrests of journalists. Intimidation tactics. Brute force. This is what martial law looks like, when a government disregards constitutional freedoms and imposes its will through military force. Only this is martial law without any government body having to declare it.” (11/29/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Tyranny-at-Standing-Ro-by-John-Whitehead-Protest_Standing-Rock-161129-431.html

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24) White identity politics gave us Trump. But did the left give us white identity politics?
Source: Reason
by Robby Soave

“[W]e shouldn’t be surprised to see people vote in keeping with the ill-defined interests of their designated identity group: that’s the game the Lena Dunham Left has been playing with increasing fervency for years. But identity politics — and the backlash they inspired in the form of Trump — are not just a problem for the left: they concern us all. That’s because the idea that one’s interests are tied to one’s tribal affiliation is anathema to the libertarian worldview. In fact, there’s nothing less libertarian than the tribe — and the more tribal our politics become, the less respectful of individual liberty they will be.” (11/29/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/11/29/white-identity-politics-gave-us-trump-bu

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25) The Loco-Foco movement: A lost chapter in the history of liberalism, part 1
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Anthony Comegna

“The Locofocos were liberal-republican, anti-corporate ideologues and political activists located throughout the United States from the 1820s to the 1870s. Their history has never truly been written. The Locofoco movement began with the workingmen’s and Jacksonian movements in the late 1820s, and by 1835, New York City political conflict birthed the Loco-Foco Party. The Loco-Focos battled Tammany Hall and fought for control over the Democratic Party, continuing the work of many from the days of the Workingmen’s Party. Over the course of several decades following this formative period in New York, individuals and movements either self- or peer-identified as ‘locofoco’ deeply influenced life in the United States and related corners of the world.” (11/29/16)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/loco-foco-movement-lost-chapter-history-liberalism-part-one

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26) The danger of doubting Donald Trump’s legitimacy
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“It’s strange that the impending recount of votes in Wisconsin has driven President-elect Donald Trump to a nervous breakdown, because the process will almost certainly show that his Electoral College victory was legitimate. All elections, even blowouts, give rise to scapegoating and conspiracy theory. In 2008, when the outgoing GOP president was historically loathed, and the economy had begun to collapse under his watch, some conservatives still couldn’t accept that the election had been fair. After a Democratic landslide, they alleged widespread fraud and cited the practically non-existent New Black Panther Party as evidence of voter intimidation. In this year’s election, the winner came up 2.3 million votes (and counting) short in the popular ballot. Trump won the Electoral College by 100,000 votes over three states — too many for the result of the election to be overturned, in all likelihood, but tiny in any statistical sense.” (11/29/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/139039/danger-doubting-donald-trumps-legitimacy

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27) In defence of “the poorest hee”
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“The Levellers were not an especially coherent group on the parliamentarian side in the Civil War. They were also not the most radical body in this most brilliant and tumultuous of periods in English history. The Diggers, for example, a collection of Protestant radicals who called themselves True Levellers, went further in terms of agitating for a wholly open politics and even economic equality. But the Levellers’ case for democracy, and for the thing that is essential to democracy, freedom of the press, stands as the most articulate and long-lasting cry of the Civil War. It’s also an unanswered cry. It helped to raze tyrannies, and moved millions, yes, but it remains unfulfilled.” (11/29/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/in-defence-of-the-poorest-hee/

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28) Why I’m not freaking out
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Until recently, I thought I’d steered clear of what Scott Alexander calls, ‘the toxoplasma of rage.’ Now, sadly, I’m at the point where people are getting angry at me for failing to be properly angry about Trump’s election. This will probably only make them angrier, but in case anyone’s genuinely curious, here’s my thinking.” (11/29/16)

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

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29) Abolish corporations
Source: The Daily Bell
by staff

“The efficacy and necessity of corporations is a fundamental elite meme. Capitalism naturally gives rise to corporate power, or so we are told. When corporations behave badly, that is a ‘market failure.’ This is one reason we need equally big governents. But even a cursory look at history — especially US history, as the US began without corporate might — gives us a clear insight into how corporations evolved within the context of modern technocracy. Without a series of judicially enforced decions, corporations likely would not exist, certainly not as they are.” (11/29/16)

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/abolish-corporations/

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30) Will Marine le Pen become France’s next President?
Source: The American Prospect
by Arthur Goldhammer

“Yesterday, François Fillon won the primary of the French Republican Party (Les Republicains, known as LR). As I predicted last week, Fillon handily eliminated his lone remaining rival, Alain Juppe, by a margin of 2-1. How does this stunning victory affect the handicapping of next spring’s presidential election? The short (and perhaps surprising) answer is that it makes the election of the Front National’s Marine Le Pen more likely. I will explain why in a moment. But first a word about Fillon.” (11/29/16)

http://prospect.org/article/will-marine-le-pen-become-france%E2%80%99s-next-president

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31) The Tom Woods Show, episode 792
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The left’s goals and strategies have changed over the years. Nikos Sotirakopoulos helps us make sense of all these terms — New Left, Old Left, etc. — and discusses the shift in emphasis from economics to culture.” [various formats] (11/28/16)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-792-old-left-new-left-frankfurt-school-and-today/

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32) Open letter to Jared Bernstein
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Mr. Bernstein: In your Washington Post essay ‘A proposal to the incoming administration to lower the trade deficit’ (Nov. 28) you simply assert that the U.S. trade deficit is ‘a significant drag on growth and manufacturing jobs.’ Because you devote not a single word to explain why you believe this assertion to be correct, you clearly suppose that it is too obvious for words that the U.S. trade deficit harms the American economy. Yet as you must know, for America to run a trade deficit with non-Americans is for America to receive a net inflow of capital from non-Americans. In light of this reality, I’ve a few questions for you about a number of transactions, each of which causes the U.S. trade deficit to swell …” (11/29/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/11/open-letter-to-jared-bernstein.html

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33) The rise of political correctness
Source: Independent Institute
by Angelo M Codevilla

“The notion of political correctness came into use among Communists in the 1930s as a semi-humorous reminder that the Party’s interest is to be treated as a reality that ranks above reality itself. Because all progressives, Communists included, claim to be about creating new human realities, they are perpetually at war against nature’s laws and limits. But since reality does not yield, progressives end up pretending that they themselves embody those new realities. Hence, any progressive movement’s nominal goal eventually ends up being subordinated to the urgent, all-important question of the movement’s own power.” (11/29/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8932

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34) The high price of Turkey’s “witch-burning” crackdown
Source: Reuters
by David Kaye

“Necmye Alpay greeted me warmly. Dressed casually in a workout-style jacket and sneakers, her spirit of optimism stood in stark contrast to the spareness of the setting: the Bakirkoy Women’s Prison in Istanbul. Alpay has been held in Bakirkoy since the beginning of September. I met with her when I was in Turkey this month on an official mission as the United Nations’ monitor for freedom of opinion and expression worldwide. The government invited me to visit back in February, before the July 15 coup attempt, before the state of emergency declared by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that same month, but well after a crackdown on government criticism had begun. Alpay is a prominent translator, linguist and writer based in Istanbul. She was detained along with her friend, Asli Erdogan, one of Turkey’s most accomplished novelists and essayists. The government refused my request to meet with Erdogan (no relation to the president), but allowed me to spend an hour with Alpay on Nov. 17.” (11/29/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-crackdown-commentary-idUSKBN13O20Q

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35) How Donald Trump could fix our healthcare system while cutting our taxes
Source: Cato Institute
by Michael F Cannon

“If Donald Trump and the Republican Congress have a mandate to do anything, it is to repeal Obamacare. The law is already cratering. Sick enrollees, former president Bill Clinton laments, are seeing ‘their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half.’ Even supportive economists admit the program is in a death spiral. Repeal won’t be easy. But if Trump sets for Congress the same agenda he laid out during the campaign, he could become America’s greatest health-care reformer, all while cutting taxes more than Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush combined.” (11/29/16)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-donald-trump-could-fix-our-health-care-system-while-cutting-our-taxes

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36) Burn a flag for Donald Trump
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Trevor Hultner

“I’ve heard a lot of folks say that we should ignore the wacky things Donald Trump says in public and on Twitter. Their justifications usually revolve around two main planks: that Trump is a richer, now-more-powerful version of an internet troll in that if you ignore him he’ll find something else to focus on and stop saying bonkers things about freedom of speech, dissent, etc.; and that he’s saying this stuff because he knows the media will focus more on his wild proclamations than on his failed business empire, his myriad conflicts of interest and his general myopia about becoming president. At this point I think the evidence bears itself out nicely that internet trolls don’t just go away if you starve them of attention.” (11/29/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/47077

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37) Donald Trump flag-burning tweet inflames, distracts, offends the Constitution
Source: The Intercept
by Alex Emmons

“Given Trump’s history of manipulating the news cycle with intentionally provocative tweets, it is difficult to know whether the tweet was a serious sign of his intentions to crack down on political dissent — or simply an attempt to incite left-wing critics and distract from other stories, like the recent coverage of his and his son-in-law’s extraordinary conflicts of interest. But the tweet combines two deeply unconstitutional ideas long repudiated by the Supreme Court: criminalizing flag burning and stripping Americans of citizenship without their consent.” (11/29/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/11/29/donald-trump-flag-burning-tweet-inflames-distracts-offends-the-constitution/

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38) Three Democratic delusions
Source: USA Today
by Michael Medved

“As Democrats try to regroup after their recent presidential defeat, they tend to delude themselves on three crucial points. First, they seek comfort in Hillary Clinton’s popular vote margin of more than two million, marking the sixth election of the last seven in which a Democrat won more raw votes than his or her Republican rival. But this meaningless ‘winning streak’ masks a far more serious losing streak: in the last 50 years, over the course of thirteen presidential elections, Barack Obama is the only Democratic nominee to reach a solid popular vote majority of 51% or more — and he did it twice. Going beyond Lyndon Johnson’s landslide against Barry Goldwater in 1964, you’d need to reach all the way back to Franklin D. Roosevelt to find another Democratic nominee who connected with an unmistakable majority of his fellow citizens.” [editor’s note: I don’t usually care much for Medved, but he pretty much nails this one – SAT] (11/29/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/29/popular-vote-clinton-democrats-trump-medved-column/94545452

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39) Prestige, Trump & the media
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Elizabeth Economy, with the Council on Foreign Relations, found it ‘disturbing’ that Donald Trump thinks ‘he can be his own media, he can simply tweet out whatever he wants, he can make his homegrown videos and sort of impart his information directly to the American public, without the mediating influence of the media.’ Let’s welcome Elizabeth to America.” (11/29/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/11/29/prestige-trump-the-media/

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40) It was going to happen eventually
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“This is the second major incident where a knife was one of the weapons used by the attacker. A few months ago a guy went on a rampage with a knife in St. Cloud (and the police were good enough to lockdown the mall so people were trapped inside with the attacker). But this is the first time, at least in recent history, that this type of attack was perpetrated in part with one of the most dangerous commonly available weapons, an automobile. … So far people have been fortune that most of these attackers have opted for firearms on foot rather than using a vehicle. Even in this case the amount of damage the attacker could have caused was reduced because he opted to exit the vehicle and continue is rampage on foot with a knife.” (11/29/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/11/29/it-was-going-to-happen-eventually/

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41) Relax, liberals, the Third Reich isn’t on the way
Source: Town Hall
by Bernard Goldberg

“Perhaps you’ve noticed that some of the most illiberal people in America these days … are liberals. Liberals are the ones who pride themselves on being open-minded. But who are the ones on college campuses stifling speech they don’t like? It’s not conservative students. In 1944, college-age men were storming the beach at Normandy. Today, more than a few liberal cupcakes on campus are demanding ‘safe spaces’ and ‘cry rooms’ to protect them from the bogeyman we just elected president — and from any ideas that don’t conform to their own. And hasn’t it been liberals who say they don’t want to be lectured about morality, especially if it’s by a bunch of smug conservatives? But it was smug liberals who rudely lectured the vice president-elect from a Broadway stage recently about how he and Donald Trump should behave when they take office.” (11/29/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/11/29/relax-liberals-the-third-reich-isnt-on-the-way-n2251990

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42) Regime change abroad, fascism at home: How US interventions paved the way for Trump
Source: CounterPunch
by Rebecca Gould

“During most of the regime changes it has coercively organised around the world, the US has largely succeeded in suppressing freedom abroad while upholding freedom at home. Citizens from the affected countries have long ago learned to suspect US claims to serve the interest of world peace, as the Iranian TV show demonstrated. Outside the US, few believe the country’s claims to moral superiority. Yet before 2016 most of its citizens saw the US as a force for good in the world. In the aftermath of 8 November 2016, the facade of democracy promotion around the world no longer holds in the center that espouses this ideology. Citizens of the USA are getting a taste of their own medicine. The authoritarianism they have exported since the beginning of the Cold War has suddenly, and unprecedentedly, been transported home. ” (11/29/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/29/regime-change-abroad-fascism-at-home-how-us-interventions-paved-the-way-for-trump/

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43) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/29/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“The election of Donald Trump is not just a signal that America is shifting away from globalism, the entire world seems to be souring to the idea. The latest example is French presidential nominee Francois Fillon who is being described as a Margaret Thatcher-style conservative. His election would mean a rejection of socialist rule in France and evidence the French people are tired of collectivist policies. But the move way from globalism comes with a lot of negatives.” [various formats] (11/29/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/the-world-goes-nationalist/

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44) Will faithless electors cause a constitutional crisis?
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Jenkins

“Donald Trump’s lead in the college was so substantial — probably 306 to 232 — that a handful of ‘faithless electors’ should not affect the overall result, which could be overturned only through the concerted efforts of dozens of pro-Hillary activists. That is extremely unlikely to happen, but all the credentialed experts dismissed as unthinkable so many other things that actually have happened in this turbulent year. For the sake of argument, imagine that enough electors go rogue to flip the election. Think through the likely consequences of such an outcome — in which Hillary Clinton is inaugurated in January, rather than Donald Trump. It is inconceivable that a Republican Congress would accept this result.” (11/29/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/will-faithless-electors-cause-a-constitutional-crisis/

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45) The Washington Post “blacklist” story is shameful and disgusting
Source: Rolling Stone
by Matt Taibbi

“Forget that the Post offered no information about the ‘PropOrNot’ group beyond that they were ‘a collection of researchers with foreign policy, military and technology backgrounds. Forget also that the group offered zero concrete evidence of coordination with Russian intelligence agencies …. Forget even that in its Twitter responses to criticism of its report, PropOrNot sounded not like a group of sophisticated military analysts, but like one teenager …. Any halfway decent editor would have been scared to death by any of these factors. Moreover the vast majority of reporters would have needed to see something a lot more concrete than a half-assed theoretical paper from such a dicey source before denouncing 200 news organizations as traitors. But if that same source also demanded anonymity on the preposterous grounds that it feared being ‘targeted by Russia’s legions of skilled hackers?’ Any sane reporter would have booted them out the door. You want to blacklist hundreds of people, but you won’t put your name to your claims? Take a hike.” [hat tip — Angela Keaton] (11/29/16)

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/washington-post-blacklist-story-is-shameful-disgusting-w452543

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46) Education advocacy in the time of Trump
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“‘At the count of three, SCREAM.’ That’s what John Jackson suggested public education advocates do in response to the surprise election of Donald Trump. Jackson, president and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education was one of the headliners at an event in Boston celebrating the organization’s twenty-fifth anniversary. The event included a panel discussion titled, ‘Addressing Racism — Strategies for Systemic Change: A Post-Election Analysis.’ This was the nation’s first prominent event addressing the election outcome from an education justice perspective, and few, if any, of the panel participants had anticipated a discussion about the incoming Trump administration.” (11/28/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161128/education-advocacy-in-the-time-of-trump

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47) “Justice has no expiration date”: The continued wrongful imprisonment of Chris Tapp
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“There were about twenty people gathered in an Idaho Falls courtroom on November 22 for a hearing about Christopher Tapp’s appeal for post-conviction relief. That Tapp is serving a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit was known by everyone in that room. Two of them, Bonneville County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Clark and deputy Prosecutor John Dewey, were there in an attempt to convince Judge Alan Stephens that the truth didn’t matter, and that justice must be subordinated to ‘process.'” (11/29/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/11/justice-has-no-expiration-date.html

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48) The homo economicus is “the body” of the agent
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Federico GM Sosa Valle

“The model of the decision-making agent known as homo economicus is a trivial truth, but not a misconception. All agents are supposed to maximize the utility of their resources — that is true in every geography and in every age. But because it is a tautology, it is a mistake to give to the deductions brought about from this sole model the value of a description of a particular reality. As Wittgenstein had pointed out in his Tractatus, the tautologies do not convey any relevant information of any particular world, but of every possible world. The error consists on qualifying a common note to every possible situation as a distinctive characteristic of a particular set of events.” (11/28/16)

https://notesonliberty.com/2016/11/28/the-homo-economicus-is-the-body-of-the-agent/

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49) It’s a great time to be a homeschooler
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kerry McDonald

“A lot has changed for homeschooling and education choice since the late-90s. Homeschooling has become much more mainstream. There are numerous resources for homeschooling families, including community-based, self-directed learning centers scattered across the country. Education choice is in high demand and family empowerment grows. With President-elect Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, the umbrella of education choice promises to widen for more families. As The New York Times reports: ‘Ms. DeVos will probably be a boon to the relatively small, growing population of families that home-school their children.'” (11/29/16)

https://fee.org/articles/its-a-great-time-to-be-a-homeschooler/

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50) Congress is duty-bound to probe Trump’s finances
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Will President Trump ever put his business interests or the entrepreneurial efforts of his children, who plan to run his company, ahead of the American public’s interests? Journalistic organizations will try to play watchdog to guard against the possibility. But as the New York Times itself acknowledges, ‘the true extent of Mr. Trump’s global financial entanglements is unclear, since he has refused to release his tax returns and has not made public a list of his lenders.’ The president-elect’s refusal to meet the same transparency standards as every other recent inhabitant of the Oval Office, and his ascent to power at a time when foreign-reporting budgets are being slashed, suggest that the Fourth Estate will be unable to uncover all relevant conflicts. That’s why a congressional inquiry is especially necessary.” (11/29/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/congress-is-duty-bound-to-probe-trumps-finances/508826/

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51) Monetary freedom would strengthen Britain’s position in trade negotiations
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Vishal Wilde

“Given the ongoing concerns regarding the strength of Britain’s position in trade negotiations, many alternative policy suggestions that may have previously been politically infeasible or even thought to be unrealistic should be considered if one wants to maximise Britain’s expected, subsequent prosperity. Proposals for Free(r) Banking in terms of Monetary Freedom have been gaining momentum and renewed interest amidst the ongoing, heated debate regarding the need for significant monetary policy reform. Therefore, it is worth considering the potential benefits of Free Banking with respect to trade negotiations. Indeed, trade negotiations will (for Britain, at the very least) will be a hot topic for many years to come (before, during and beyond the upcoming Brexit negotiations).” (11/29/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/11/monetary-freedom-would-strengthen-britains-position-in-trade-negotiations/

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52) Don’t normalize the IRS — abolish it!
Source: The Libertarian Institute
by Jared Labell

“If you’re a sensible person, then nothing can be much worse than the thought of more collusion between corporations and the State to track your financial transactions, wealth accumulation, and in essence, your every move. Normalizing the practices of the IRS isn’t the answer. Making the process smoother and more efficient should not be the goal whatsoever.” (11/28/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/dont-normalize-irs-abolish/

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53) Free Talk Live, 11/28/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Wikileaks Releases Half-a-Million 1979 Diplomatic Cables :: College Takes Down US Flag :: College Funding from Governments :: Zen Magnets Win Court Appeal :: Communist Sarah :: Military Aggression :: Agnostic :: Castro Supporters :: Cop in the Road.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/28/16)

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54) The problem is foreign interventionism, not Muslims
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“After the end of the Cold War, interventionists didn’t know what to do. Many of them held on the communists and communism as their official enemy and undoubtedly would have continued doing so if the 9/11 attacks had never happened. But then came 9/11, which began as an anti-terrorist crusade but quickly morphed into an anti-Muslim crusade. Soon, interventionists transferred all their fears, anxiety, and negativity that they had had for commies to Muslims. But what the interventionists have never wanted to confront is that the 9/11 attacks had nothing to do with religion. They were instead rooted in anger and rage over what the Pentagon and the CIA were doing to people in the Middle East, most of whom happened to be Muslims.” (11/29/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/11/29/problem-foreign-interventionism-not-muslims/

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55) Immigration: The left again embraces nullification of federal laws
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“With Donald Trump set to be sworn in as President in January, many leftists have suddenly discovered a new love for political decentralization. The most notable example, of course, is the effort by some Californians and Oregonians to secede from the United States and set up independent republics. While secession is perhaps the most visible and ‘extreme’ manifestation of political decentralization, nullification serves a similar purpose. And, not surprisingly, the left has embraced nullification in recent weeks when faced with Trump’s proposed policies on immigration.” (11/28/16)

https://mises.org/blog/immigration-left-again-embraces-nullification-federal-laws

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