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Friday, December 1st, 2017
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In the News:

1) Russia: Putin regime declines to participate in Trump regime’s latest North Korea security theatrics
2) Moore: LGBT socialists are behind accusations that he sexually assaulted teenagers
3) Conyers hospitalized as top House Democrat calls for his resignation
4) Trump weighs plan to replace Tillerson with CIA’s Pompeo
5) Kushner questioned about Michael Flynn in Mueller’s Russia probe, reports say
6) Ukraine: Father of murder victim detonates grenades in court, killing at least two
7) CA: Man who served as Trump “sanctuary city” punching bag acquitted of murder
8) IL: Judge orders masturbating detainees handcuffed during Chicago courthouse appearances
9) Man claims he contracted eye-eating parasite from amusement park water ride
10) Bernie Sanders’s wife blasts MSNBC host Joy Reid
11) Scary prediction for US kids: 57% could be obese by age 35
12) Gaza: Israeli airstrikes after mortar volley
13) TX: Student newspaper blasted over “Your DNA is an abomination” column
14) Bitcoin recovers from sudden selloff as large swings persist
15) Argentina: Court sentences 48 in “dirty war” trial
16) Wrong May: “I’m just waiting for a call from the White House with an apology.”
17) Jim Nabors, 1930-2017
18) Venezuela: Two top oil officials arrested in corruption probe
19) NV: Bundy rejects release opportunity
20) Senate GOP votes to begin debate on tax bill

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) And now, A Prairie Home Sexual Harassment Complaint
22) Deep in the heart of taxes
23) Censorship comes to Google
24) Imperial politicians and their outrageous slush fund for despicable behavior
25) Trump wants more money for corrupt Border Patrol
26) Consumption is the purpose of production
27) Libertarians: “Our rulers are wearing no clothes”
28) A morally rudderless America
29) Fraud is the status quo for government agencies
30) The right’s Islamophobia has nothing to do with national security
31) Sexual harassment: Overdue backlash mustn’t turn into sexual McCarthyism
32) Second Amendment — prohibited by law?
33) The CFPB and absence versus regulation
34) Sex and power in Washington
35) Peel back the Onion
36) Everybody is wrong about Net Neutrality
37) GOP takes “war on learning” into Senate tax plan, states
38) As we’ve been saying, there is no Brexit divorce bill
39) Of presidents and economies
40) The real reason Democrats hate losing the SALT deduction
41) The case against the Volcker Rule
42) Totalitarian regimes aren’t the only bloodthirsty ones
43) Federal college aid programs: A $150 billion disaster, but there is hope
44) It was THIS big
45) Bitcoin for beginners: how to safeguard your cryptocurrency holdings
46) Internet ad rules bring together strange bedfellows
47) Japan’s imperial eclipse
48) Rising China signals “historic” power transition
49) The Pentagon, CIA, and NSA are in charge
50) The blue-collar hellscape of the startup industry

The Sound and the Fury:

51) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 11/30/17
52) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 30
53) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/30/17
54) Free Talk Live, 11/29/17
55) Editor’s Pick, episode 9

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

1) Russia: Putin regime declines to participate in Trump regime’s latest North Korea security theatrics
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has rejected the US call to cut ties with North Korea after Pyongyang launched ballistic missiles on Wednesday. ‘We perceived this negatively,’ Lavrov told journalists in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, commenting on Washington’s statement on the need to cut ties with North Korea. US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, on Wednesday called on all countries to sever relations with Pyongyang, including cutting trade links and expelling North Korean workers. … The Russian foreign minister in September urged ‘hot heads’ to calm down, calling the war of words ‘a kindergarten fight.’” (11/30/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/russia-rejects-call-cut-ties-north-korea-171130104441729.html

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2) Moore: LGBT socialists are behind accusations that he sexually assaulted teenagers
Source: ABC News

“U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore rejoined the campaign trail Wednesday night, making fiery claims about who is to blame for the sexual assault allegations bogging down his campaign. … ‘They’re liberals. They don’t hold conservative values,’ Moore said of the people he says are trying to ruin his campaign with allegations. “They are the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender who want to change our culture. They are socialists who want to change our way of life and put man above God and the government is our God.” [editor’s note: In the video, Moore refers to God “needing” him in the Senate race. Hubris much? I wonder what his co-religionists think of his low opinion of God’s power and his high opinion of his own value – TLK] (11/30/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/roy-moore-accuses-lgbt-people-socialists-spreading-sexual/story?id=51481777

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3) Conyers hospitalized as top House Democrat calls for his resignation
Source: Reuters

“U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called on Democratic Representative John Conyers to resign, saying sexual harassment allegations against him were serious and credible, and that ‘zero tolerance means consequences for everyone.’ ‘The brave women who came forward are owed justice,’ Pelosi told reporters. ‘Congressman Conyers should resign.’ Earlier on Thursday, an attorney for Conyers, 88, said the congressman, who returned to Detroit, Michigan, on Tuesday, had been hospitalized. He declined to provide details, but local media, citing a family spokesman, said his ailments were ‘stress-related. Congressman John Conyers has taken ill and is currently hospitalized,’ attorney Arnold Reed said on Twitter. Reed said he would release more details later on Thursday.” (11/30/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-conyers/conyers-hospitalized-as-top-house-democrat-calls-for-his-resignation-idUSKBN1DU21D

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4) Trump weighs plan to replace Tillerson with CIA’s Pompeo
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The White House is discussing a plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in a major shake-up of President Donald Trump’s national security team, administration officials said Thursday. The move would put Pompeo, a former congressman who has grown close to Trump during his tenure atop the CIA, in charge of U.S. diplomacy. Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil CEO, has had a rough first year characterized by tensions with Trump in several foreign policy areas and overwhelmingly negative publicity over Tillerson’s planned overhaul of the State Department. Putting Pompeo at the State Department would create a vacancy at the CIA, which U.S. officials and other individuals familiar with White House thinking said could be filled by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, one of Trump’s staunchest defenders on foreign policy in Congress. Cotton’s office wouldn’t comment other than to say: ‘Senator Cotton’s focus is on serving Arkansans in the Senate.’” [editor’s note: Same swamp, juggling lizards? – SAT] (11/30/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/White-House-considers-replacing-Secretary-of-12395007.php

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5) Kushner questioned about Michael Flynn in Mueller’s Russia probe, reports say
Source: CNBC

“President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has been questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators about former national security adviser Michael Flynn, a person familiar with the investigation confirmed Wednesday to The Associated Press. The person said the questioning of Kushner earlier this month took about 90 minutes or less and was aimed in part at establishing whether Kushner had any information on Flynn that might be exculpatory. … The confirmation of Kushner’s interview came as prosecutors working for Mueller postponed grand jury testimony related to Flynn’s private business dealings.” (11/30/17)

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/30/jared-kushner-questioned-about-michael-flynn-in-muellers-russia-probe-reports-say.html

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6) Ukraine: Father of murder victim detonates grenades in court, killing at least two
Source: New York Daily News

“An angry father of a murder victim detonated two grenades in a Ukrainian court Thursday, killing himself and at least one other person. The blast went off at a courthouse in Nikopol, a town in southern Ukraine, the BBC reported citing local news sources. Those present during the explosion were attending a hearing for a murder trial from a February 2016 shooting that appeared to stem from a territorial struggle in connection with a known drug trafficking area. Three of those on trial were wounded in the blast, the BBC reports. The defendants were accused of firing on a vehicle with an assault rifle and fatally striking two of the passengers.” (11/30/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/father-murder-victim-detonates-grenades-ukraine-court-article-1.3667680

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7) CA: Man who served as Trump “sanctuary city” punching bag acquitted of murder
Source: CBS News

“A jury on Thursday found a Mexican man not guilty of murder in the killing of a woman on a San Francisco pier that set off a national immigration debate two years ago. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was wanted for a sixth deportation when Kate Steinle was fatally shot in the back while walking with her father on the pier. Garcia Zarate did not deny shooting Steinle but said it was an accident. … Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a statement Thursday night that mentioned Garcia Zarate wouldn’t have been on San Francisco streets had the city [ignored the Constitution and] honored an ICE detainer.” (11/30/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kate-steinle-trial-jose-ines-garcia-zarate-not-guilty-fatal-pier-shooting/

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8) IL: Judge orders masturbating detainees handcuffed during Chicago courthouse appearances
Source: USA Today

“A federal judge has ordered that detainees with a history of exposing themselves and masturbating in front of courthouse personnel must be handcuffed and wear special jumpsuits during appearances at Chicago-area courthouses. The preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly on Tuesday comes weeks after female public defenders and Cook County Sheriff’s deputies filed three separate federal lawsuits alleging that authorities have not done enough to stop male detainees from exposing themselves and masturbating at courtroom lockups and the Cook County jail.” (11/30/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/11/29/judge-orders-masturbating-detainees-handcuffed-during-chicago-courthouse-appearances/906026001

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9) Man claims he contracted eye-eating parasite from amusement park water ride
Source: Fox News

“A Pennsylvania man and his wife have filed a lawsuit against an amusement park over claims that he contracted an eye-eating parasite after going on one of the water rides. Robert Trostle, who claims he was splashed while riding on Kennywood Park’s Raging Rapids on July 2, said the parasite could not be removed entirely through surgery, and has left him with painful symptoms, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Trostle and his wife, Krystsina, claim they noticed that the ride’s water supply was ‘dirty, stagnant and sludge-like,’ while waiting in line. He alleges that he was splashed near the end of the ride, which imitates a white-water rafting trip, and initially suffered from symptoms similar to conjunctivitis which were treated with antibiotics on July 5.” (11/30/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/11/30/man-claims-contracted-eye-eating-parasite-from-amusement-park-water-ride.html

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10) Bernie Sanders’s wife blasts MSNBC host Joy Reid
Source: Raw Story

“Senator Bernie Sanders’s wife slammed MSNBC host Joy Reid for a tweet claiming that her husband’s ‘attitudes toward women’ make him a ‘dubious’ figure amid the many sexual harassment allegations being lodged against men in positions of power. ‘Don’t ever use me to demean my husband,’ Jane Sanders told Reid via Twitter. Reid’s tweet was a response to a Twitter user’s comment recommending Bernie Sanders as an example of a white male authority figure who had yet to ‘crumble’ or be accused in the current #metoo campaign spreading on social media. That came after Reid tweeted: ‘The ‘voice of God’ in media and politics has been male (and mostly white) for forever. These men are given not just moral authority but the power to shape the national narrative. We’re watching that authority crumble as we learn how many have used their power to press for sex.’ In her reply to the Twitter user, Reid tagged Bernie Sanders and said that the 2016 presidential candidate had ‘weird early writings’ and was dismissive of women, ‘including his own wife.’ Jane Sanders came to her husband’s defense on Twitter, saying she was ‘very happy’ and ‘proud to be Bernie’s wife.’” [editor’s note: The food fight continues, now between the “progressives” – SAT] (11/30/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/bernie-sanderss-wife-blasts-msnbc-host-joy-reid

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11) Scary prediction for US kids: 57% could be obese by age 35
Source: USA Today

“A whopping 57% of the nation’s children and teens will be obese by age 35 if current trends continue, according to a sobering new study out Wednesday. The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, goes beyond previous studies suggesting unhealthy childhood weights often lead to adult obesity. It suggests that while heavy children face the highest risk, even those who make it to age 20 in good shape face substantial peril in a world where obesity could soon be the new normal. ‘This study is the first to make precise predictions for today’s generation of children,’ and the news is not good, said lead author Zachary Ward, a researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The findings, he said, show the need for stepped-up prevention efforts from infancy through young adulthood.” (11/29/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/11/29/scary-prediction-u-s-kids-57-could-obese-age-35/906474001

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12) Gaza: Israeli airstrikes after mortar volley
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Israeli aircraft and tanks struck a number of militant targets in the Gaza Strip on Thursday in response to a volley of mortar fire emanating from the Palestinian territory, in a spike of violence a month after Israel demolished a militant tunnel dug from Gaza. Earlier, in an unrelated incident, a Jewish West Bank settler fatally shot a 47-year-old Palestinian villager in a clash that occurred under disputed circumstances. The Health Ministry in Gaza said three civilians were lightly wounded in one of the Israeli strikes. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the 12 mortar shells launched, which the Israeli military said targeted a military post near where a construction crew was working on ‘important security infrastructure’ along the border. No one was injured on the Israeli side.” (11/30/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Israeli-army-Settlers-attacked-Palestinians-12394398.php

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13) TX: Student newspaper blasted over “Your DNA is an abomination” column
Source: Fox News

“A Texas college’s student newspaper is apologizing after coming under fire for running an opinion column called ‘Your DNA is an abomination’ that accuses white people of being oppressors who ‘shouldn’t exist.’ The apology from Texas State’s University Star came just hours after the column was printed in the paper’s Tuesday edition, sparking a backlash. ‘Whiteness will be over because we want it to be,’ the article reads, according to a photograph sent to Fox News by multiple viewers. ‘And when it dies, there will be millions of cultural zombies aimlessly wandering across a vastly changed landscape.’ In addition to stating ‘white death will mean liberation for all,’ the columnist also says whiteness is ‘a construct used to perpetuate a system of racist power’ and white people are ‘an aberration.’” [editor’s note: I guess it’s time for me to declare myself as “Native American” (1/8 by heritage); it sure worked for Liz W. – SAT] [additional editor’s note: I’m 100% Native American (born in Memphis, Tennessee). I’m also, by heritage, 1/8 Cherokee and 1/8 Blackfoot> not sure why it matters, though … – TLK] (11/30/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/30/texas-student-newspaper-blasted-over-anti-white-your-dna-is-abomination-column.html

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14) Bitcoin recovers from sudden selloff as large swings persist
Source: Bloomberg

“Bitcoin held onto most of its gains from late Wednesday, easing concern that an abrupt selloff hours earlier might spiral into something deeper. The digital currency, after rallying as much as 20 percent from its low yesterday, was down 4.3 percent at $9,755.66 at 12:14 p.m. in London Thursday, according to prices compiled by Bloomberg. It set record highs during the past three sessions. The relative calm in the European afternoon ensued after a 21 percent intraday slump on Wednesday coincided with intermittent outages at cryptocurrency exchanges that stopped fluid trading. That came just hours after bitcoin had soared to a record of more than $11,000, and on the same day that Coinbase Inc., one of the world’s largest virtual currency exchanges, lost a bid to block an Internal Revenue Service probe into whether some of the company’s customers haven’t reported their cryptocurrency gains.” (11/30/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-30/bitcoin-recovers-from-sudden-selloff-as-large-swings-persist

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15) Argentina: Court sentences 48 in “dirty war” trial
Source: Yahoo! News

“An Argentine court sentenced 48 former military personnel to prison on Wednesday for involvement in so-called ‘death flights’ and other crimes committed at a notorious torture center when a junta ruled the country. The trial is part of an effort to probe torture and crimes against humanity committed at the ESMA Naval Mechanics School. Only a fraction of an estimated 5,000 opponents of the regime, which ruled from 1976-1983, survived being sent there. … Among those who received life [sentences] were Mario Daniel Arru and Alejandro Domingo D’Agostino, two ex-pilots convicted of involvement in ‘death flights’ in which people were killed by being thrown out of airplanes into the Rio de la Plata or the sea.” (11/30/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/former-military-officials-convicted-argentinas-dirty-war-trial-053401261.html

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16) Wrong May: “I’m just waiting for a call from the White House with an apology.”
Source: Washington Post

“President Trump got the wrong woman, and Twitter users were there to screen-grab the evidence. Trump’s tweet came about 1 a.m. Thursday London time, when many Brits were fast asleep. The past 24 hours had been unusual in Britain, with the U.S. president having retweeted several videos from the far-right group Britain First on Wednesday. Taking aim at Prime Minister Theresa May’s sharp rebuke of his actions, Trump wanted May to know he was unhappy with her response. In Trump fashion, he took to Twitter to air his grievances. But he targeted the wrong Theresa May. The Theresa May targeted by Trump turned out to be not the British prime minister but a woman named Theresa May Scrivener, who had just six Twitter followers and a protected account.” (11/30/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/11/30/donald-trump-blasted-theresa-may-on-twitter-unfortunately-he-got-the-wrong-woman/

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17) Jim Nabors, 1930-2017
Source: Variety

“Jim Nabors, whose name is synonymous with the genial bumpkin Gomer Pyle, whom he played on TV, died on Thursday morning, his husband told the Associated Press. He was 87. Nabors died at his Hawaii home. He brought the words ‘golly’ and ‘shazam’ into the vernacular as the naive, well-intentioned Pyle, a regular character on ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ that was later the focus of spinoff ‘Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.’ Pyle was a loving caricature of a Southern rube, completely out of step with the ’60s and all the more lovable for it.” (11/30/17)

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/jim-nabors-dead-dies-gomer-pyle-1202627122/

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18) Venezuela: Two top oil officials arrested in corruption probe
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Venezuelan authorities on Thursday arrested two former top officials in a widening corruption probe into the state-run oil industry that some see as an attempt by President Nicolas Maduro to consolidate power within his socialist party ahead of next year’s presidential elections. Former Oil Minister Eulogio del Pino and Nestor Martinez, ex-president of state oil company PDVSA, were arrested just four days after being removed by Maduro in a surprise cabinet shake-up. Both are accused of embezzling state funds, conspiracy and money laundering, Tarek William Saab, who took over as chief prosecutor following the ousting of one of Maduro’s top critics, said at a press conference in Caracas.” (11/30/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Venezuela-arrests-2-top-oil-officials-in-12394962.php

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19) NV: Bundy rejects release opportunity
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal

“A judge ordered Cliven Bundy’s release on Wednesday, but the Bunkerville rancher rejected the conditions and is expected to remain in custody. Bundy has been behind bars for nearly two years. U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro made her ruling about two weeks into testimony of the trial for Bundy, two of his sons and an independent militiaman. Under the judge’s order, Bundy would have been mostly restricted to the home of a family friend. ‘Cliven Bundy is a man of principle,’ his attorney, Bret Whipple, told reporters. ‘And the terms of being released under these circumstances would violate those principles.’ The lawyer said those circumstances include the fact that others awaiting trial continue to be held without bail.” (11/29/17)

https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/bundy-blm/nevada-rancher-cliven-bundy-rejects-release-opportunity/

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20) Senate GOP votes to begin debate on tax bill
Source: The Hill

“The Senate voted to begin debate on its tax cut bill Wednesday, edging Republicans closer to their first major legislative victory under President Trump as they seek to finish the chamber’s work on the measure by the end of the week. Senators voted 52-48 to take up the House-passed legislation, which is being used as a vehicle for the Senate bill. … The vote starts the clock on 20 hours of additional debate on the tax legislation before a freewheeling ‘vote-a-rama.’ During that process, any senator can demand a vote on any amendment, with hundreds of potential changes typically being filed.” (11/29/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/362447-senate-gop-votes-to-begin-debate-on-tax-bill

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

21) And now, A Prairie Home Sexual Harassment Complaint
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On November 29, MPR announced that it had fired [Garrison] Keillor and severed all contractual relationships with him over allegations of ‘inappropriate behavior’ with a co-worker. Keillor might, like so many others, have donned a hair shirt and beat his chest while screaming public apologies for a few days before conspicuously entering rehab. As a liberal of his age (75), he’d probably have been quickly forgiven by his admiring public, who would award him a moral golf handicap for being from way back when. Instead, he shrugged off the firing (‘I’m just fine. I had a good long run and am grateful for it and for everything else.’) and politely explained himself without pillorying himself …” (11/30/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12058

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22) Deep in the heart of taxes
Source: J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman

“What is the national debt today? Somewhere around 23 trillion bucks? And if you figure in future obligations — Social Security, Medicare, promises made to veterans for wounds sustained in endless undeclared wars — I hear the debt comes to somewhere around 160 trillion bucks. President Donald Trump is calling for significant tax cuts to attract foreign investment, give corporations reason to build new factories in America, bring jobs back to America. Of course I noted in Alongside Night — published in 1979 — that if the government keeps spending more money than it collects in taxes and tariffs the only way to pay for that spending is for the Federal Reserve to make each dollar worth less, a hidden tax. So anyone who claims that tax cuts ‘have to be paid for’ — while making the obnoxious claim that anything the people say they own has a lien from the goddam guvmint — they are in fact pointing to a basic principle of reality: you can’t get something out of nothing. What’s a libertarian to do? How about this? Tell the truth.” (11/30/17)

http://jneilschulman.rationalreview.com/2017/11/deep-in-the-heart-of-taxes/

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23) Censorship comes to Google
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by John Samples

“At Saturday’s Halifax International Security Forum, Eric Schmidt announced that Google will alter its search algorithm to ‘de-rank’ results from Russia Today. Why did Google do this? Perhaps they were concerned about Russia meddling in American elections or they thought their customers wished to see less of Russia Today. It matters not. Generally, Google has broad power to police its platform. We might not like the decision, but it is not ours to make. There is a second possibility. Government officials may have threatened Google to bring about this ‘de-ranking’ of Russia Today. If so, the First Amendment poses questions for us. … [US Senator Dianne] Feinstein rather boldly asked Google to take action to hamper RT’s ability to communicate its views to American audiences. This demand came after an opening speech in which she proclaimed that internet platforms must ‘do something about it, or we will.’ It is difficult to interpret this as anything but a threat.” (11/30/17)

https://fee.org/articles/censorship-comes-to-google/

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24) Imperial politicians and their outrageous slush fund for despicable behavior
Source: The Jack News
by Gary Johnson

“Ours is supposed to be a government ‘of the people.’ Yet, increasingly, our leaders (particularly in Washington) seem to have lost all touch with how the rest of us live, work and conduct our business. Thanks to the fact that a number of high-profile and apparently chronic sexual harassers and abusers have recently had their exploits become known, we have now learned that Congress has its own secret fund from which to pay settlements to the victims of such despicable behavior. That’s right. For more than two decades, victims of harassment and discrimination on Capitol Hill have been forced into a closed, secret process for filing a complaint — and if their complaints led to a financial settlement, we taxpayers paid that settlement out of an equally secret fund. That’s outrageous.” (11/29/17)

https://www.thejacknews.com/commentary/gary-johnson-imperial-politicians-outrageous-slush-fund-despicable-behavior

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25) Trump wants more money for corrupt Border Patrol
Source: Reason
by Alex Nowrasteh

“President Donald Trump doesn’t just want to build a wall along the southern border, he also wants Congress to hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents — a 25% increase — to patrol it. However, Border Patrol suffers from worse discipline, performance, and corruption problems than any other federal law enforcement agency, my study for the Cato Institute found. Congress should fix those problems before even considering any new request for more agents. Stories of Border Patrol misconduct and corruption have dribbled into the press for years. They range from ordinary corruption to brutal crimes. On the ordinary side, Border Patrol agents Raul and Fidel Villarreal were convicted of smuggling in around 1,000 illegal immigrants in exchange for $1 million. On the brutal side, Border Patrol agent Esteban Manzanares kidnapped, assaulted, and raped three illegal immigrant women he apprehended while on the job in 2014.” (11/30/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/11/30/trump-wants-more-money-for-corrupt-borde

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26) Consumption is the purpose of production
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“Judging by much business news, you’d forget that the consumer is the raison d’etre for economic activity. If consumer goods fell free from the sky, many people would happily quit their jobs and devote themselves to the things they love more. But goods don’t come free, so people work to earn money to pay for the things they want. Competition delivers attractive bargains, and it doesn’t matter if those things are made across a political boundary.” (11/29/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/consumption-purpose-production

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27) Libertarians: “Our rulers are wearing no clothes”
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Craig Cantoni

“Libertarians have always said that our rulers are wearing no clothes. Now it’s turning out that this figure of speech is the literal truth. A day doesn’t go by without it being exposed that some ruling elite in the media or politics has exposed himself to some underling female. This doesn’t surprise libertarians, who know that media and political power go hand in hand with such creepy behavior as standing with one’s genitals in hand in front of a female. That’s because being an influential person in both the media and politics requires a high degree of phoniness, hypocrisy, outright lying, and overall amorality or immorality.” (11/30/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/libertarians-rulers-wearing-no-clothes/

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28) A morally rudderless America
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Scott McPherson

“A U.S. Navy pilot flying over far north Okanogan County, Washington, is in hot water for leaving contrails in the sky in the shape of a penis. According to a report from CBS News affiliate KREM, people on the ground saw the image and complained. One mother was ‘upset because she might have to explain the drawings to her kids.’ The reporter assured listeners that ‘we’re deliberately not showing you those drawings because they’re offensive.’ For over half a century the U.S. government has sent our military (and plenty of military aid) to foreign countries, to kill and maim and torture, to overthrow democratic governments and shore up corporate dominance, to prop up brutal dictators, and ultimately to protect America’s global hegemony. … Such absurdity reminds us of the angry rant from Colonel Kurtz at the end of the film Apocalypse Now, when he marveled over the shameless hypocrisy of military commanders who ‘train young men to drop fire on people’ but bristle at the sight of expletives written on the sides of airplanes.” (11/30/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/morally-rudderless-america/

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29) Fraud is the status quo for government agencies
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“What do you do when you’re a postal service that, in spite of enjoying a legal monopoly on delivering certain types of mail, has troubles making ends meet but also enjoy the immunity that generally comes with being a government agency? You commit fraud, of course …” (11/30/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/11/30/fraud-is-the-status-quo-for-government-agencies/

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30) The right’s Islamophobia has nothing to do with national security
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“When asked by reporters on Wednesday about President Trump’s retweets of anti-Muslim videos, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, ‘what the President is talking about is the need for national security, the need for military spending.’ Her talking points are out of date. The videos are not about ‘national security’ at all. … None involves terrorism against the United States or even Europe. None could have been prevented by more ‘military spending.’ Sanders is behind the times. Trump’s tweets show that, increasingly, America’s purveyors of anti-Muslim bigotry no longer need terrorism as a rationalization. Islamophobia is finding new justifications, which don’t rely on ISIS or Al Qaeda detonating bombs in London or Chicago. And in that way, it’s embedding itself more deeply in America’s political terrain.” (11/30/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/11/the-new-islamophobia/547130/

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31) Sexual harassment: Overdue backlash mustn’t turn into sexual McCarthyism
Source: USA Today
by staff

“Tolerance of sexual misconduct by powerful men in America has shifted with stunning swiftness, a change as healthy as it is long past due. The dizzying reversal leaves Americans wondering who might be next to fall — and why this is happening now. After all, Donald Trump was elected president a little over a year ago despite being caught on tape boasting about groping women and being accused by 13 women of inappropriate touching. And former president Bill Clinton became an elder statesman of the Democratic Party despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, including Juanita Broaddrick’s charge that he raped her in 1978. A national reckoning on sexual harassment seemed a long way off. Yet a backlash was building. Something in the graphic, detailed allegations by multiple women against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein (followed closely by evidence of misbehavior by other celebrities, politicians and media figures0 shifted the terrain dramatically.” (11/29/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/11/29/sexual-harassment-reckoning-editorials-debates/905898001

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32) Second Amendment — prohibited by law?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Bloomberg tells us that the Supreme Court has decided that the Second Amendment doesn’t apply in Maryland or Florida, based on two very recent decisions. ‘The U.S. Supreme Court steered clear of the intensifying [sic-NAB] gun debate after the mass shootings in Nevada and Texas, turning away two appeals from firearms advocates, including one that sought a constitutional right to own a semiautomatic assault rifle. The justices, without comment Monday, left intact a ruling that upheld Maryland’s ban on assault weapons [sic]. In a separate case, the high court refused to require Florida to let handguns be carried openly in public.’ In other words, state law trumps both the freedom given us by God AND the freedoms supposedly guaranteed by the US Constitution. According to the FedGov judicial system.” (11/30/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/11/30/second-amendment-prohibited-by-law/

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33) The CFPB and absence versus regulation
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael D Ramsey

“In the on-going debate over who now heads the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the focus has been on whether the statute establishing the CFPB (the Dodd-Frank Act) overrides the Vacancy Reform Act (VRA). … The debate highlights a broader point about textualism (and, by extension, originalism).” (11/30/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/11/the-cfpb-and-absence-versus-resignation/

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34) Sex and power in Washington
Source: The New Republic
by Elizabeth Drew

“Washington has all the ingredients for inappropriate sexual adventuring. For one thing, it’s full of lonely people (in particular men disconnected from their families). We owe this to Newt Gingrich, who upon becoming Speaker of the House in 1995 told incoming Republican freshmen to leave their families back home so that the members could concentrate on their jobs in Washington. Washington is also full of ambitious people—young things (male and female both) setting out on what they hope is an ever-rising path to more important jobs, whether it is the lobbyist who sets his sights on becoming head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (I knew one who did, but he didn’t make it), or the lowly congressional aide who longs to one day take the seat of the congressman or senator whom he or she is currently serving. Washington is the land of opportunity for sexual conquest, with members of Congress working late nights (yes, they often do) or traveling with aides on supposedly essential business. And, finally, it’s a city stuffed with people who have power over others.” [editor’s note: … and people who DESIRE power over others, which is the deeper problem – SAT] (11/29/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146055/sex-power-washington

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35) Peel back the Onion
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Yesterday, an Onion title caught my attention: ‘Hooded Members of Congress Drown Another Love Child in the Potomac to Prevent Affair from Getting Out.’ This is not funny because it is true, but because it is so close to the truth. Too close for comfort. … But sex scandals are easy. If The Onion were seriously in the satire biz, the farcical-on-the-surface nonsense of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brouhaha that I wrote about on Tuesday would get incisive treatment as well.” (11/30/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/11/30/peel-back-the-onion/

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36) Everybody is wrong about Net Neutrality
Source: The American Spectator
by Jon Cassidy

“There are all sorts of claims being made, from the dishonest to the hysterical, but if you want to know what the law is actually supposed to do, and why repeal will be just fine, it’s worth looking at what its advocates are trying to make it do. One of the main things they’re doing is filing lawsuits to prevent special offers like the one AT&T gives its customers: DirecTV streamed to your phone that doesn’t even count against your wireless data caps. The so-called consumer advocates want to take that away. The one thing we’re all told about net neutrality is that it’s meant to keep internet service providers from discriminating between websites, speeding access to some and throttling it to others. In theory, according to the ubiquitous fans of net neutrality, evil ISPs would charge content providers more to provide fast access to their sites, while also charging customers more, for reasons that are never made exactly clear. The truth is that ISPs have been doing the exact opposite …” (11/29/17)

https://spectator.org/everybody-is-wrong-about-net-neutrality/

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37) GOP takes “war on learning” into Senate tax plan, states
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“As the Republican-controlled Congress continues to advance tax plans that slash funding from public education, a new report reveals how state and local government officials, especially where GOP leadership dominates, have continued a decade-long campaign to keep school funding below levels that preceded the Great Recession. There’s little doubt that deep and persistent cuts to education take a toll on student learning opportunities and end the American Dream for millions of young people, especially those who are not white or who are at the bottom of the economic ladder. Research studies often show a strong correlation between increased education spending and improved student achievement (finding, for instance, that states forced by court order to increase education spending consequently experienced gains in student achievement). And surveys show Americans are generally willing to pay higher taxes for education. Yet efforts to cut education continue unabated at all levels of government, especially where Republicans have full control.” (11/29/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20171129/gop-war-on-learning-continues-in-senate-tax-plan-state-funding-cuts

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38) As we’ve been saying, there is no Brexit divorce bill
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Recall what the EU’s position is. You have agreed to pay this as a part of your membership. If you leave you should still pay the amount you agreed to pay. OK. Or maybe not OK to taste. But quite obviously, if we pay whether we go or stay then it’s not a cost of either going or staying, is it? It’s a sunk cost, a result of decisions taken in the past and decisions made now won’t alter it in the slightest.” (11/30/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/as-weve-been-saying-there-is-no-brexit-divorce-bill

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39) Of presidents and economies
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“We like to think that we have left behind such ancient notions as divinely sanctioned kingship and rule by chieftains who propitiate the gods and therefore make the fields fertile and the livestock fecund — or else displease the gods and bring upon us drought and plague. But we haven’t. One of the great enduring stupidities of the American presidential cult is the belief, rooted in invincible ignorance, that the state of the U.S. economy at any given moment is a reflection of the intelligence and wisdom of the chief executive of the federal government and a result of the excellence or insufficiency of his administration. ‘Sure, Bill Clinton may have been an intern-diddling hillbilly and maybe even a violent rapist, but, man, my IRA kicked ass in the 1990s!’ It’s dumb, but it rules politics.” (11/30/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454176/presidents-do-not-control-economies-or-gdp

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40) The real reason Democrats hate losing the SALT deduction
Source: Town Hall
by Bob Barr

“If you have ever wondered why leaders of liberal cities and states become giddy at any new spending opportunity (investments into light rail infrastructure, social programs for illegal aliens, public schools that look like palaces, billion-dollar sports stadiums) it is not because they are more public-minded than Republicans, or possess an innate sense of altruism. It is because such projects get them re-elected, especially when people other than their constituents are picking up the tab. And, thanks largely to the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction for federal income tax purposes, that is exactly what is happening. In the current federal tax code, SALT deductions allow individuals to deduct state and local taxes, including property taxes, from their federal returns. On the surface, this seems like a great idea, as it generally reduces tax burdens, especially for those living in high-tax localities. At its core, however, the deduction is more a clever burden-shifting scheme to make it easier for state and local governments to over-spend, than it is a way to ease the burden on federal taxpayers.” [editor’s note: Normally I would not post anything from this fellow, but blind squirrel … acorn – SAT] (11/29/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/bobbarr/2017/11/29/the-real-reason-democrats-hate-losing-the-state-and-local-tax-deduction-n2415299

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41) The case against the Volcker Rule
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Daniel Press & John Berlau

“The Volcker Rule impacts everyone in the financial system, from banks and investors to small businesses and consumers. It threatens market liquidity by making it harder for banks to trade securities. When capital markets are less liquid and dynamic, small businesses, which are the lifeblood of the economy, struggle to access the capital they need to expand. Consumers who hold credit cards, mortgages, or car loans see their costs of obtaining credit rise. For local economies, this can be the difference between growth and stagnation. The Volcker Rule may have been aimed at Wall Street, but it has hit Main Street the hardest.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (11/30/17)

https://cei.org/content/case-against-volcker-rule

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42) Totalitarian regimes aren’t the only bloodthirsty ones
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Justin Murray

“Lately, there has been a buzz of stories attempting to discredit one form of government philosophy over another as being more dangerous. Some organizations are pointing to the horrors of Communism. Others are claiming that the greatest threat to humanity is Fascism. The conclusion we’re meant to draw is that if we only avoid a particular type of totalitarian government, then things will be fine. Unfortunately, even if we do avoid the worst totalitarian regimes — those that existed under famous despots like Hitler and Stalin — we still find that states have a particular penchant for killing immense numbers of innocent people.” (11/29/17)

https://mises.org/wire/totalitarian-regimes-arent-only-bloodthirsty-ones

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43) Federal college aid programs: A $150 billion disaster, but there is hope
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Thanks to years of extremely bad public policies, the federal higher education programs dump tens of billions of dollars a year in grants and aid, only to produce an ocean of debt and millions of graduates ill-suited for the workforce. House Republicans are set to introduce a sweeping reform plan that would start to repair this wreckage. The House Republican reform plan, previewed by The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, would revamp the student loan program by among other things capping loans, putting colleges on the hook for defaults, and removing various Obama-era loan forgiveness programs. Community colleges would also get more funding to better coordinate courses with job requirements, and the bill would expand apprenticeship programs. It will no doubt face incredibly stiff opposition from Democrats and the college lobby. But there is also no doubt that reform of federal college aid programs is desperately needed.” (11/29/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/republican-higher-education-reform-bill-revamp-150-billion-dollar-federal-college-aid-spending

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44) It was THIS big
Source: Cobden Centre
by Sean Corrigan

“A theme which frequently pops up in current financial and economic commentary is that of the burgeoning levels of outstanding debt under which all too many nations are said to groan. Typically, reference will be made to the percentage of GDP which this mountain of obligations entails, usually by way of putting it into a context which is deliberately slanted to be alarming. But how valid is this comparison?” (11/30/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/11/it-was-this-big/

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45) Bitcoin for beginners: how to safeguard your cryptocurrency holdings
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“There was once a time when a bitcoin was worth about as much as the spare change down the back of your sofa. Now, one bitcoin is worth your sofa, your armchair, and every other item of furniture in your living room. Gone are the days when maintaining military grade opsec was the preserve of bitcoin whales and the ultra-paranoid. As digital currencies soar, safeguarding your cryptocurrency is imperative, no matter how humble your holdings. Here’s how.” (11/30/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/bitcoin-beginners-safeguard-cryptocurrency-holdings/

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46) Internet ad rules bring together strange bedfellows
Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

“The conservative backlash against proposals on Capitol Hill and at the Federal Election Commission to shed more light on internet political ads has been swift and predictable. When the FEC moved unanimously this month to clear the way for a rulemaking that would require small, online political ads to include disclaimers saying who paid for them, GOP election lawyer Dan Backer raised the alarm that such rules “will do nothing but keep law-abiding Americans away from political speech.” When lawmakers on Capitol Hill introduced a bipartisan bill to expand disclosure for online campaign ads, Institute for Free Speech President David Keating warned that it ‘would shut off an indispensable outlet for small grassroots groups to get their message out.’ It’s the same line of attack that First Amendment champions on the right have deployed to tear down all but a few of the nation’s political money rules.” (11/30/17)

http://prospect.org/article/internet-ad-rules-bring-together-strange-bedfellows

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47) Japan’s imperial eclipse
Source: CounterPunch
by Tom Clifford

“The Japanese government is preparing for a rare event, an imperial eclipse, an emperor’s abdication and ascension. April 30, 2019, is the date set for the abdication of Emperor Akihito, clearing the way for his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, to become the 126th occupant of the Chrysanthemum Throne. Akihito, turns 84 on Dec 23 has had heart surgery and treatment for prostate cancer and highlighted his desire to step down last year when he said that age might make it hard to fulfill his duties. Since the Meiji Restoration of 1868, when the shogunate collapsed and the emperor was plucked from relative political obscurity in Kyoto to reside in Tokyo, there have only been four emperors. The succession, when it comes, will provide Japan with symbols of its past, though some will try to hijack them as markers for the future.” (11/30/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/11/30/japans-imperial-eclipse/

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48) Rising China signals “historic” power transition
Source: The American Conservative
by Christopher Layne

“Earlier this month, President Donald Trump stopped in Beijing to meet with his ‘friend,’ Chinese President Xi Jinping. At the top of Trump’s agenda was persuading Xi to tighten the economic screws on North Korea, in order to compel Pyongyang to give up all its nuclear weapons. There is nothing inherently wrong with the leaders of great powers developing cordial relations with their counterparts — as long as they bear in mind the dictum of the great 19th-century British statesman Lord Palmerston, who famously said that great powers do not have permanent friends. Instead, they have permanent interests.” (11/30/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/rising-china-signals-historic-power-transition/

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49) The Pentagon, CIA, and NSA are in charge
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“What is a national security state? It’s a particular type of governmental structure, one that is inherent to totalitarian regimes. North Korea is a national-security state. So is China. So is Egypt. So is the United States. A national-security state consists of three primary components, all of which can be centralized into one entity or divided into separate departments and agencies. One component is a massive military establishment, one that plays a dominant role in society, both economically and sociologically. Another component consists of covert state-sponsored assassinations and cover-ups. The third component is secret monitoring of the citizenry — e.g., secretly listening in on telephone conversations, secretly reading people’s emails, secretly watching what people do on the Internet, and keeping secret files on people. In the United States, these three components are divided into three entities — the military establishment, the CIA, and the NSA.” (11/30/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/11/30/pentagon-cia-nsa-charge/

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50) The blue-collar hellscape of the startup industry
Source: In These Times
by Julianne Tveten

“On November 13, Marcus Vaughn filed a class-action lawsuit against his former employer. Vaughn, who’d worked in the Fremont, California factory for electric automaker Tesla, alleged that the manufacturing plant had become a ‘hotbed for racist behavior.’ Employees and supervisors, he asserted, had routinely lobbed racial epithets at him and his fellow Black colleagues. Vaughn said he complained in writing to the company’s human resources department and CEO Elon Musk, but Tesla neglected to investigate his claims. In true tech executive fashion, Musk deflected Vaughn’s misgivings, shifting the blame to the assailed worker. ‘In fairness, if someone is a jerk to you, but sincerely apologizes, it is important to be thick-skinned and accept that apology,’ he wrote in a May email. In late October, according to Vaughn’s suit, he was fired for ‘not having a positive attitude.’ The news of rancorous working conditions for Tesla employees is merely the latest in a series. Vaughn’s case signals the broader social and physical perils of couching traditional factory models within the frenzied, breakneck tech-startup framework of high demand, long hours and antipathy toward regulation.” (11/29/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/20718/Google-Tesla-Facebook-workers-startups-tech-industry-racism-abuse

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

51) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 11/30/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we revisit Masses v. Patten with University of Washington School of Law Professor Ronald Collins and feature a reargument of the case (min. 40) at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.” [various formats] (11/30/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-revisiting-masses-v-patten-1917/

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52) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 30
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“In this episode, we discuss PC culture in comedy. But first, make sure to check out our Facebook page which just received its 500th like! Our Patreon campaign is in full swing, featuring Super duper secret patron only episodes, live streams, the credit of ‘Executive Producer of The Ancap Barber Shop’ and much, much more …” [various formats] (11/30/17)

http://www.ancapbarbershop.com/pc-culture-comedy-abs030/

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53) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/30/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou flies solo for the first hour and does the show with the hamster in his head. He talked about the exodus from New Yorkistan to friendlier environments, The Search For The Elusive BTC Billionaires, and the Silk Road Appeal. Kal finally decides to grace us with his presence and they close out with the anniversary of Fidel Castro finally becoming a good commie one year ago.” [various formats] (11/30/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15338

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54) Free Talk Live, 11/29/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Bitcoin Rollercoaster :: State Control of Bitcoin :: Nobel Prize Winner Says Bitcoin Should be Banned :: Bitcoin Manipulation? :: Coinbase Loses Case Vs IRS :: Another Banker Attacks Bitcoin :: Smoking at the Bus Stop :: Venezuela Currency Death Spiral? :: HOSTS — Ian, Will, Mike.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/29/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-11-29

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55) Editor’s Pick, episode 9
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Pick 009 features a lecture by Daniel Lapin on the ethics underlying voluntary trade, entrepreneurship, and overall economic freedom.” [various formats] (11/29/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/daniel-lapin-morally-right-economic-freedom-51m-editors-pick-009

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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST

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Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

Editors Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
R. Lee Wrights
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