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In the News:

0) A note from the publisher …
1) Security theater, west coast “missile defense” edition
2) US pulls out of Global Compact on Migration
3) Arab League: Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital would fuel violence
4) FBI agent removed from Mueller probe for anti-Trump messages
5) US Senate Bill S.1241 to criminalize concealed ownership of Bitcoin
6) Yemen: War shifts as Saudi invaders back Saleh loyalists against Houthis
7) US DoJ offers up key witness for Russia theatrical production after Nunes threatens new tantrums
8) Germany: Police say Potsdam explosive package not “terrorism”
9) DC: White nationalists, antifa protesters face off outside White House
10) Retired NHL pro says half of all hockey players use cannabis
11) McMaster: Potential for war with North Korea increases “every day”
12) Ford sues actor, WWE superstar John Cena for selling his car
13) ABC News suspends Brian Ross for a month with no pay over “error” in Flynn story
14) India: Pols consider jail for triple-talaq “instant divorce”
15) KY: GOP rejects governor’s call for resignations
16) MI: Levin retiring from House, no 19th term sought
17) Democratic leaders call on Nevada congressman to resign
18) Generals say GOP tax bill will hurt US military
19) Egypt: Lawyer jailed for saying women in ripped jeans should be raped
20) Poll: Cannabis slightly safer than texting while driving

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Your tax dollars fund Afghan child rape
22) Inside the minds of two anarchists trying to take down democracy
23) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 3, part 2
24) Shocking verdict! Really?
25) The ObamaCare mandate is a tax, so the Senate bill is correct
26) Money is not wealth
27) Antifascism and historical memory
28) Trump against the world
29) Two clashing meanings of “free speech”
30) The 21st century is becoming the 19th century: Repeating tragedy as farce
31) The “intelligence” fraud, part 1
32) Will Trump’s deregulatory push save lives?
33) Tu quoque: The dictators might misuse you objection to Against Democracy
34) House bill >>>>>>>>> Senate bill
35) Happy Holidays. Yes, all of them.
36) Expect desperate and insane behavior from government in 2018, part 1
37) What Flynn’s guilty plea could mean for Mueller probe, and for Trump
38) Resist Trump’s Hillary-style foreign policy
39) Illinois’s chicken-and-fish Supreme Court
40) Liberty, democracy, and the right
41) Private sector sexual misconduct punished while politicians let off easy
42) Assumption of risk, where art thou?
43) No American is willing to die for South Korea
44) Trump discovers the painful limits of loyalty
45) We are more than our gender
46) Trump owns these quagmires: Despite being skeptical about foreign entanglements, he’s getting America bogged down overseas
47) “Witch!”
48) An open letter to the Libertarian Party
49) Will Trump’s anti-Muslim retweets destroy US-UK special relationship?
50) Flyover country? Alternatives for Korea

The Sound and the Fury:

51) US withdrawal from New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants is wrong move
52) Reason Podcast, 12/03/17
53) Free Talk Live, 12/02/17
54) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 138
55) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/02/17
56) The Scott Horton Show, 12/01/17
57) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 98
58) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 678
59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1051
60) FIREside Chats, episode 1
61) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 216
62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 125
63) The Anarchist Experience, episode 141
64) Felony Friday, episode 100
65) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/01/17

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0) A note from the publisher …

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1) Security theater, west coast “missile defense” edition
Source: Newsweek

“As North Korea continues to prod the international community [sic], the Department of Defense is scouting for sites along the West Coast to deploy new anti-missile defense systems, two Congressmen told Reuters on Saturday. … According to Congressman Mike Rogers of Alabama, who heads the Strategic Forces Subcommittee, which oversees missile defense, it’s only a matter of time before the Missile Defense Agency decides where and when to deploy [the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense System] on the West Coast. … Rogers’ comments were confirmed by Congressman Adam Smith of Washington …. The Missile Defense Agency did not confirm the Defense Departments’ plans to deploy THAAD along the West Coast. ‘The Missile Defense Agency has received no tasking to site the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense System on the West Coast,’ MDA Deputy Director Rear Admiral Jon Hill said in a statement.” [editor’s note: As Nathan Barton points out at The Price of Liberty (see today’s commentaries), the flight characteristics of ICBMs implicate Canada and the US east coast, not the west coast – TLK] (12/03/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/12/03/flyover-country-alternatives-for-korea/

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2) US pulls out of Global Compact on Migration
Source: The Hill

“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday announced the Trump administration is pulling out of a United Nations-led Global Compact on Migration (GCM), claiming it could undermine the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws. ‘The United States has decided to end participation in the UN process to develop a Global Compact on Migration (GCM),’ Tillerson said in a statement. The U.S. has participated in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, a 2016 agreement to manage international migration, which was in the process of being adopted as a global compact in 2018. Tillerson, however, said that the compact, which aims to protect the rights of migrants as well as help them resettle, ‘contains a number of policy goals that are inconsistent with U.S. law and policy.’” (12/03/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/363014-us-pulls-out-of-global-compact-on-migration

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3) Arab League: Trump recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital would fuel violence
Source: Reuters

“Any move by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would fuel extremism and violence, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Saturday. He spoke a day after a senior U.S. administration official said U.S. President Donald Trump was likely to make the announcement next week. The Palestinians want Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and the international community does not recognize Israel’s claim on all of the city, home to sites holy to the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions. Word of Trump’s planned announcement, which would deviate from previous U.S. presidents who have insisted the Jerusalem’s status must be decided in negotiations, has already drawn criticism from the Palestinian Authority.” (12/02/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-arabs-israel-usa/trump-recognition-of-jerusalem-as-israeli-capital-would-fuel-violence-arab-league-idUSKBN1DW0P5

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4) FBI agent removed from Mueller probe for anti-Trump messages
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A veteran FBI counterintelligence agent was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russian election meddling after the discovery of an exchange of text messages seen as potentially anti-President Donald Trump, a person familiar with the matter said Saturday. The removal of the agent, who also had worked on the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, occurred this summer. The person who discussed the matter with The Associated Press was not authorized to speak about it publicly by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, said Mueller removed the agent, Peter Strzok, from the team ‘immediately upon learning of the allegations.’ He would not elaborate on the nature of the accusations.” (12/02/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/FBI-removed-agent-from-Russia-probe-for-12400611.php

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5) US Senate Bill S.1241 to criminalize concealed ownership of Bitcoin
Source: BTCManager

“On November 28, 2017, the US Senate, Committee of the Judiciary held a hearing regarding bill S.1241: Modernizing AML Laws to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. Despite little attention being given to digital currencies during the hearing, bill S.1241 itself would amend the definition of ‘financial institution’ in the United States Code to include … ‘an issuer, redeemer, or cashier of prepaid access devices, digital currency, or any digital exchanger or tumbler of digital currency.’ Currently, the definition [only] includes banks, trust companies, credit unions, currency exchanges, etc. In her introduction, Mrs. Feinstein, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, said (31:35), ‘The bill criminalizes intentionally concealing ownership or control of a bank account.’ Although, during the hearing, no further clarifications were given as to the effects this would have on the cryptocurrency community, based on the amended definition of ‘financial institution,’ it seems clear enough that the bill would ‘criminalize [those] intentionally concealing ownership or control of a [digital currency or digital exchange] account.’” (12/01/17)

https://btcmanager.com/us-senate-bill-s-1241-criminalize-concealed-ownership-bitcoin

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6) Yemen: War shifts as Saudi invaders back Saleh loyalists against Houthis
Source: Deutsche Well [Germany]

“A military coalition led by Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes against Shiite rebel targets on the outskirts of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on Sunday in an apparent move to bolster forces loyal to ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh against their former allies, the Houthis. On Saturday, Saleh said he is open to discussing the conflict with Saudi leaders, after his alliance with Iran-aligned Shiite rebels known as Houthis collapsed earlier this week, marking a major turning point in the conflict. … Saudi Arabia entered the conflict in March 2015 to prop up [the Saudi puppet regime] of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.” (12/03/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/yemens-war-shifts-as-saudi-led-airstrikes-back-saleh-loyalists-against-houthis/a-41633073

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7) US DoJ offers up key witness for Russia theatrical production after Nunes threatens new tantrums
Source: CNN

“The Justice Department has agreed to allow congressional investigators to interview a key FBI employee believed to have served as the main contact, or ‘handler’ of, former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, who compiled the so-called ‘dossier’ of allegations about President Donald Trump’s connections to Russia, according to a department spokesperson. … Fox News had just aired a report indicating a senior counsel for House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes had recommended he pursue ‘contempt of Congress citations’ against the top leadership at the Justice Department and FBI due to their purported failure to comply with subpoena requests regarding the dossier.” (12/03/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/03/politics/justice-department-house-intel-russia-investigation/index.html

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8) Germany: Police say Potsdam explosive package not “terrorism”
Source: US News & World Report

“German authorities investigating the delivery of a package containing powerful firecrackers, wires and nails to a pharmacy near a Christmas market in the city of Potsdam said on Sunday it was criminal activity rather than ‘terrorism.’ Karl-Heinz Schroeter, interior minister of the state of Brandenburg where Potsdam is located, told a news conference criminals were behind the package which they had used to try to extort millions of euros from logistics firm DHL, which had delivered the package. Police said it was highly likely that the package could have exploded.” (12/03/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-12-03/german-police-say-potsdam-explosive-package-not-terrorism

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9) DC: White nationalists, antifa protesters face off outside White House
Source: Jamaica Observer [Jamaica]

“Rival groups of white nationalists and ‘antifa’ (anti-fascist movement) protesters faced off in front of the White House Sunday, shouting slogans at each other until they were escorted away by police. Police on bikes and horseback managed to separate the groups, and no clashes broke out before the incident was defused, an AFP reporter at the scene said. About 25 white nationalists — including white supremacist Richard Spencer — assembled on Pennsylvania Avenue, carrying American flags, placards and chanting ‘build the wall,’ according to a pool report. They were confronted by around 50 ‘antifa’ protesters shouting, ‘Nazi scum, off our streets!’ and holding signs with slogans such as ‘Stop Racial Scapegoating,’ the report added.” (12/03/17)

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/White_nationalists_antifa_protesters_face_off_outside_White_House

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10) Retired NHL pro says half of all hockey players use cannabis
Source: Merryjane

“In a new interview with Canadian outlet Sportsnet, former Philadelphia Flyers enforcer Riley Cote details how prevalent cannabis use is in the NHL, and yet how much work still needs to be done before the hyper-violent league actually acknowledges weed as a solution, instead of a minor problem to be swept under the rug. ‘Good people break bad laws, I guess,” Cote told Sportsnet. ‘At least half of those guys [I competed with and against] consumed, and a fraction of those guys consumed regularly. Like, every day…. And that number is probably higher.’ Because it is not classified as a ‘performance enhancing substance,’ cannabis is not banned in the NHL, but players are tested for THC, and given a stern phone call from league officials if they fail a cannabis screening. Still, cannabis use is generally not disclosed to press or the public, creating a public image of bearded brawlers on ice skates chugging beer after 0-0 ties, instead of relaxing with post-game pre-rolls while putting ice on their limbs.” (12/01/17)

https://merryjane.com/culture/riley-cote-cannabis-in-professional-hockey-nhl-drug-policy

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11) McMaster: Potential for war with North Korea increases “every day”
Source: Fox News

“H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s national security adviser, said Saturday that the possibility of war with North Korea increases every day the problem over its nuclear program isn’t solved. ‘I think it’s increasing every day,’ McMaster told Fox News’ Bret Baier at the Reagan National Security Forum in California. ‘It means we’re in a race. We’re in a race to be able to solve this problem.’ Added McMaster: ‘There are ways to address this problem short of armed conflict, but it is a race because he’s getting closer and closer and there’s not much time left.’ Last week, North Korea fired its highest-ever intercontinental ballistic missile, flying 1,000 miles higher than during its first ICBM launch in July. McMaster told Baier that North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un’s nuclear ambitions are the gravest national security threat that America faces.” (12/02/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/02/h-r-mcmaster-potential-for-war-with-north-korea-increases-every-day.html

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12) Ford sues actor, WWE superstar John Cena for selling his car
Source: USA Today

“Ford Motor is trying to bodyslam actor and WWE wrestling superstar John Cena for selling his 2017 Ford GT supercar to net a profit soon after taking possession in violation of his purchase agreement. In a case filed in U.S. District Court in Michigan, Ford says Cena promised in his application to own the supercar, for which he paid $463,376, for at least two years. He signed an agreement for the 2017 car in January, the lawsuit says. Ford discovered that he had sold, or ‘flipped’ it, soon after taking possession. Cena is a rising star in the movie world, having followed in the footsteps of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in making the transition from the ring to the big screen. He made headlines earlier this year when he proposed in the ring to fellow wrestler Nikki Bella during WrestleMania.” (12/02/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2017/12/02/ford-sues-actor-wwe-superstar-john-cena-over-his-car/915846001

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13) ABC News suspends Brian Ross for a month with no pay over “error” in Flynn story
Source: Raw Story

“ABC News has suspended investigative reporter Brian Ross after he mistakenly reported on Friday that President Donald Trump directly instructed now-ousted national security adviser Mike Flynn to make contact with the Russian government In a statement published at ABCNewsGo.com, the network said, ‘We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error we made yesterday. The reporting conveyed by Brian Ross during the special report had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process. As a result of our continued reporting over the next several hours ultimately we determined the information was wrong and we corrected the mistake on air and online.’ The statement continued, ‘It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience –- these are our core principles. We fell far short of that yesterday. Effective immediately, Brian Ross will be suspended for four weeks without pay.’” [editor’s note: So purveying “fake news” no longer requires sexual harassment as a side issue to get punishement? – SAT] (12/02/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/abc-news-suspends-brian-ross-for-a-month-with-no-pay-over-error-in-flynn-story

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14) India: Pols consider jail for triple-talaq “instant divorce”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Husbands who attempt ‘instant divorce’ could be sentenced to three years in prison under draft legislation being considered in India. The traditional practice involves a Muslim man saying ‘talaq’ (divorce) three times — in any form, including email or text message. It was declared unconstitutional by India’s Supreme Court in August, but officials say it has continued since. The proposed law also provides for fines and support for affected women. The draft Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill has now been sent to regional governments for consultation.” (12/02/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42207171

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15) KY: GOP rejects governor’s call for resignations
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Kentucky’s Republican governor asked his party on Saturday to call for the resignation of four GOP lawmakers who signed a secret sexual harassment settlement, but party leaders rejected it in a move the governor said ‘speaks to the fact that we’ve got real problems.’ The Republican Party of Kentucky’s Central Committee held its regular meeting on Saturday. Party Chairman Mac Brown introduced a resolution that condemned ‘proven sexual harassment in any form committed by any public servant in the state of Kentucky.’ Gov. Matt Bevin tried to amend the resolution so it would also call for the resignation of any lawmaker who paid to settle a sexual harassment claim. Four Republican lawmakers settled such a claim in October. But Bevin’s amendment failed by a vote of 48-38.” (12/02/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Kentucky-GOP-rejects-governor-s-call-for-12400853.php

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16) MI: Levin retiring from House, no 19th term sought
Source: Fox News

“Democratic Rep. Sandy Levin, Michigan, announced Saturday that he will not seek a 19th term in 2018. ‘I have been incredibly honored to serve the people of Michigan in Congress and to work on so many issues important to our communities, our state and our nation,’ Levin, the top Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee, said in announcing his retirement. ‘I have tried to live up to the trust given to me by my constituents by following the values of my parents and family.’ The 86-year-old Levin said he will join University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the end of this term. Levin listed among his accomplishments during his 35 years in Congress his votes to help pass the Affordable Care Act and ‘preserving America’s automobile industry,’ which has for decades been an essential part of his Detroit-area congressional district and the entire state economy.” [editor’s note: Poster boy for term limits – SAT] (12/02/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/02/democrat-sandy-levin-retiring-from-house-wont-seek-19th-term-in-2018.html

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17) Democratic leaders call on Nevada congressman to resign
Source: USA Today

“U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., is facing calls from top Democratic leaders to resign amid allegations he sexually harassed a woman who worked on his 2016 congressional campaign. Kihuen, 37, made repeated, unwanted sexual advances toward the then-25-year-old staffer, according to a report published Friday by BuzzFeed News. ‘In light of these upsetting allegations, Congressman Kihuen should resign,’ Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said, according to the Associated Press. The California lawmaker said she spoke to the 37-year-old congressman Friday night. The woman, identified only as Samantha, told BuzzFeed that Kihuen twice touched her thighs without consent. She did not know what to do with her complaint, and didn’t feel comfortable bringing it to the campaign’s leadership, so she quit the campaign, according to the online news outlet.” (12/02/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/12/02/democratic-leaders-call-nevada-congressman-resign/915854001

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18) Generals say GOP tax bill will hurt US military
Source: Raw Story

“America’s fiscal strength is inextricably linked to its military power, and the Senate tax bill, which passed at two in the morning on Saturday, will diminish the United States’ fiscal stability by adding between $1 trillion and $1.4 trillion to the Federal debt over the next decade, according to the non-partisan Coalition for Fiscal and National Security. The Coalition, which consists of a group of 21 leaders in military defense including Mike Mullen, Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, Chuck Hagel, Bob Gates and Leon Panetta, has long warned that America’s long-term debt is the single greatest threat to its national security. The U.S. national debt recently surpassed $20 trillion, and is on track to add an additional $10 trillion more over the next decade. While Republicans insist that their tax plan will pay for itself, Congressional Budget Office and Joint Taxation Committee analysis shows that the national debt will increase considerably under their plan.” (12/02/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/gop-tax-bill-will-hurt-u-s-military-say-top-generals

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19) Egypt: Lawyer jailed for saying women in ripped jeans should be raped
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“An Egyptian lawyer has been sentenced to three years in prison for saying that women who wear ripped jeans should be raped in punishment. Nabih al-Wahsh, a prominent conservative, was also fined 20,000 Egyptian pounds (£839; $1,130). The lawyer made the remarks on a TV panel show in October, during a debate on a draft law on prostitution. ‘Are you happy when you see a girl walking down the street with half of her behind showing?’ he said. He added: ‘I say that when a girl walks about like that, it is a patriotic duty to sexually harass her and a national duty to rape her.’ Mr Wahsh said that women who wore revealing clothing were ‘inviting men to harass them,’ and said ‘protecting morals is more important than protecting borders.’ The prosecutor brought charges against Mr Wahsh after a public outcry.” (12/02/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42209755

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20) Poll: Cannabis slightly safer than texting while driving
Source: Smell the Truth

“While both activities are quite risky while driving, a recent survey finds that more Americans believe texting is worse than smoking pot. A survey conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America found that more respondents considered using social media on mobile phones in comparison to marijuana use, reports the U.S. News. … The survey asked over 2,000 adults how dangerous they perceived certain activities and factors were when combined with driving. 99 percent of Americans thought using social media was dangerous while behind the wheel. 98 percent said texting would be a negative factor, while only 91 percent believed that driving while stoned would be problematic.” (12/01/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/12/01/poll-americans-say-marijuana-is-safer-than-texting-while-driving

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

21) Your tax dollars fund Afghan child rape
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“Americans are rightly outraged over revelations that Congress spent $17 million since 1997 to pay off and muzzle victims of congressional sexual misconduct and other abuses. But the U.S. government has spent vastly more effectively bankrolling far more worse sexual atrocities in Afghanistan — in brazen violation of U.S. law. Since 2002, the U.S. has spent more than $70 billion financing Afghan security forces, including the Afghan military and police. A law sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) prohibits the Pentagon from bankrolling any foreign military units if there is ‘credible information that the unit has committed a gross violation of human rights.’ The Pentagon ignored the abuse until a 2015 New York Times expose of American soldiers who were punished for protesting atrocities against young boys. The Times reported that U.S. troops were confounded that ‘instead of weeding out pedophiles, the American military was arming them in some cases and placing them as the commanders of villages — and doing little when they began abusing children.’” (12/03/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/12/03/the-hill-your-tax-dollars-fund-afghan-child-rape/

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22) Inside the minds of two anarchists trying to take down democracy
Source: The Daily Beast
by Lewis Beale

“If you’re seeking the real-life equivalent of the critically acclaimed TV series Mr. Robot, in which a group of hackers attempt to take down corporate America, look no further than The New Radical, a documentary featuring two of the scariest libertarian/anarchist activists you’ve ever seen — Arkansas native Cody Wilson, who wants to destroy the whole concept of gun control by making printable 3D gun blueprints available online, and Amir Taaki, a Brit whose involvement with bitcoin and Dark Wallet, an application that could easily be used for money laundering, is an attempt to subvert the world financial order.” (12/03/17)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-dark-minds-of-two-anarchists-trying-to-take-down-democracy

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23) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 3, part 2
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“A dangerous legal cloud on the horizon has edged closer. On Tuesday, November 28, Senate Bill 1241 was heard by the U.S. Congressional Committee on the Judiciary. Whether or not the bill passes, it expresses the direction of government’s increasingly aggressive interest in cryptocurrency.” (12/02/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/the-satoshi-revolution-chapter-3-bad-news-government-takes-cryptocurrency-seriously-part2/

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24) Shocking verdict! Really?
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“The rabid media mob, pundits, politicians and most Americans are in a state of angry apoplexy over the ‘shocking verdict’ in the San Francisco Kate Steinle ‘murder’ case where a jury acquitted an ‘undocumented immigrant.’ Shocking verdict! Really? Well, no, of course not. The defendant was grossly over charged, and the angry mob was focused upon facts which had nothing whatever to do with his guilt or innocence. This was not a murder or manslaughter case. There was virtually no evidence of violent propensities, intent or motive to kill Kate Steinle.” [editor’s note: Yep. A jury of 12 heard all the evidence and unanimously agreed that the state had not proven its case. People who heard a couple of sound bites and are outraged that that jury didn’t just rubber stamp their knee-jerk reaction should think about which kind of jury THEY would want if accused of a crime – TLK] (12/02/17)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2017/12/shocking-verdict-really.html

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25) The ObamaCare mandate is a tax, so the Senate bill is correct
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The Washington Post is outraged. The New York Times even more so. Commentators are going nuts. ‘Using a tax bill to abolish the individual mandate amounts to a backdoor way of sabotaging Obamacare,’ writes John Cassidy. ‘Republicans, and Donald Trump, have counted on that (as well as your limited outrage bandwidth) in slipping an Affordable Care Act mandate repeal inside their insidious tax bill,’ writes Bridget Read. All this howling is due to how the GOP-controlled Senate used a tax bill to repeal a health bill. The implication is that this is something shady and duplicitous, like an exercise in false pretense. Actually, there is absolutely nothing shady about the repeal of the Obamacare mandate. There is no back door here. No bait and switch. Obamacare’s much-despised individual mandate is, in fact, a tax. It is properly dealt with in a tax bill. Don’t take my word for it. This is precisely what the Supreme Court itself ruled in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius (2012).” (12/02/17)

https://fee.org/articles/the-obamacare-mandate-is-a-tax/

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26) Money is not wealth
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Suppose that you work hard for Amazon and that Amazon pays you in Amazon gift cards. An officious neighbor who says that he wants to ensure that you grow richer successfully uses threats of violence to prevent you from spending any but a tiny fraction of your gift cards. As a result, after fifteen years you have in your closet a cache of gift cards worth $1 million — cards that you earned by selling your labor services to Amazon. Your meddlesome neighbor knocks on your door expecting to be thanked for his role in making you rich, and he reminds you, with much self-satisfaction, that he will continue to enrich you by continuing to obstruct your efforts to spend your gift cards. Have you really been enriched by your neighbor?” (12/02/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/12/money-not-wealth.html

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27) Antifascism and historical memory
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Aurora Apolito

“I came to the US from Europe as a scientist. As such, I could not help thinking of all the European scientists that had fled to America in the 1930s and 1940s to escape a continent ravaged by fascism. They made the the US into a geopolitical power in an epoch where primacy in science and technology largely determined political supremacy. The Cold War benefited (on both fronts) from the profound incompatibility between science and fascism, or for that matter the incompatibility of fascism with any kind of intellectual activity. Having worked for years for some of the major players in the science scene in the US, I have seen first hand all the benefits and privilege that this country has reaped from the devastation of Europe brought over by fascism. Now it is the US that is on a path towards fascism, and that path is a familiar one: a fake adherence to the rules of democracy, while simultaneously undermining them from within.” (12/03/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/50206

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28) Trump against the world
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“It’s been another week crammed with President Donald Trump duking it out on Twitter. This week he sparred with Democratic congressional leaders, two national news organizations and even mixed it up with British Prime Minister Theresa May to a point that put a chill on the U.S.’ vaunted ‘special relationship’ with the U.K. People who live in the bubble of Washington have theories about why Trump finds himself in so many feuds that he can appear at war with the world. Some believe it is a deliberate strategy. Others see a man who thrives on chaos and loves the fight. And still, others see a president with little impulse control.” (12/02/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/12/02/trump-against-the-world-n2416964

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29) Two clashing meanings of “free speech”
Source: The Atlantic
by Teresa M Bejan

“Little distinguishes democracy in America more sharply from Europe than the primacy — and permissiveness — of our commitment to free speech. Yet ongoing controversies at American universities suggest that free speech is becoming a partisan issue. While conservative students defend the importance of inviting controversial speakers to campus and giving offense, many self-identified liberals are engaged in increasingly disruptive, even violent, efforts to shut them down. Free speech for some, they argue, serves only to silence and exclude others. Denying hateful or historically ‘privileged’ voices a platform is thus necessary to make equality effective, so that the marginalized and vulnerable can finally speak up — and be heard. The reason that appeals to the First Amendment cannot decide these campus controversies is because there is a more fundamental conflict between two, very different concepts of free speech at stake. The conflict between what the ancient Greeks called isegoria, on the one hand, and parrhesia, on the other, is as old as democracy itself.” (12/02/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/two-concepts-of-freedom-of-speech/546791/

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30) The 21st century is becoming the 19th century: Repeating tragedy as farce
Source: Attack The System
by Keith Preston

“The present era of globalization in the early 21st century is very similar to the era of industrialization in the early 19th century, in the sense of both the way that it is transforming the world, as well as the conflicts that it is generating. The primary political conflict in the early to middle 19th century was the battle between the rising bourgeoisie and the Ancient Regime. The present day equivalent of that conflict is the emerging conflict between the ‘national bourgeoisie’ (represented by, for example, the declining WASP elite in the United States), who are the contemporary equivalent of the throne and altar traditionalists of earlier times. This declining ruling class sector is pitted against the globalist techno-oligarchs, financiers, and information/managerial class professionals that comprise the New Elites (the present equivalent of the 19th century bourgeoisie).” (12/01/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/12/01/the-21st-century-is-becoming-the-19th-century-repeating-tragedy-as-a-farce/

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31) The “intelligence” fraud, part 1
Source: The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

“An issue I will return to is whether the ‘failures’ Carden lists are, in fact, failures. As but one example, ‘the lack of WMD in Iraq’ was entirely clear to millions of people around the world before the invasion, including me and you (I hope). A great deal of evidence compels the conclusion that the Bush administration was also well aware of this fact. But the Bush administration was determined to have its war. It wanted a massive military presence in the Middle East for strategic reasons (including, but not limited to, access to natural resources), and nothing was going to stop it. This is a textbook example of the manner in which the ‘intelligence’ does not matter. That is the central fact, which must never be forgotten: You must never, ever argue in terms of ‘intelligence.’ That is playing the State’s game, on the State’s terms. Guess what: the State will win.” (12/02/17)

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2017/12/the-intelligence-fraud-1.html

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32) Will Trump’s deregulatory push save lives?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“By all accounts, President Trump is moving aggressively to lighten the regulatory burden on the economy. While the discussion has focused on saving businesses money, could the effort also be a lifesaver? For decades, free-market conservatives have pointed out that federal regulations can easily backfire, costing lives rather than saving them. The auto fuel economy mandate, for example, forced automakers to build smaller cars, which led to more highway deaths from crashes because smaller cars provide less protection. The FDA’s cumbersome and costly approval process for new drugs can cause needless deaths from people denied new treatments that could have been on the market sooner. Increasing airport security can be deadly if, by making air travel more inconvenient, it prompts people to drive instead of fly.” (12/01/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/will-trumps-deregulatory-push-save-lives

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33) Tu quoque: The dictators might misuse you objection to Against Democracy
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“A few times, political theorists — most recently Jeff Isaac at Indiana’s Ostrom Workshop — have raised a particular objection to Against Democracy. (I mention political theorists because I think it’s interesting that theorists, rather than philosophers, are the ones who always make this objection. I think it reflects differences in attitudes about what theorists and philosopher see themselves as doing.) … Let’s write [The Dictators Might Misuse You Objection] out in premise-conclusion form. The objection contains both an empirical claim and a normative claim: Empirical premise: Bad people will use your rhetoric to justify their bad behavior. Normative premise: If bad people will misuse your rhetoric to justify their bad behavior, then it’s wrong to write what you wrote. Normative conclusion: Therefore, it’s wrong to write what you wrote.” (12/02/17)

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34) House bill >>>>>>>>> Senate bill
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Let’s hope the House wins at least a few battles in committee, because the Senate tax bill has a number of disappointing features …. I wonder if this partly reflects the characteristics of the two leaders. Paul Ryan has a reputation as being someone who cares about public policy, whereas Mitch McConnell is often described as someone who likes to make deals.” (12/02/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/12/house_bill_sena.html

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35) Happy Holidays. Yes, all of them.
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“It’s ‘War on Christmas’ time again. In a November 30 speech in St. Charles, Missouri, US president Donald Trump mounted a stage festooned with Christmas trees to kick off the annual Airing of the Fake Grievance …. When I was younger, the Annual Grievance was that Christmas had become too commercialized and that stores were starting to ‘celebrate’ it far too early in their sales campaigns. These days, it’s that Americans don’t focus exclusively on one, and only one, December holiday.” (12/02/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12134

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36) Expect desperate and insane behavior from government in 2018, part 1
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“As we head into 2018, I believe governments around the world will become increasingly insecure about their positions of power and control, which will result in increased paranoia about whether or not they have the consent of the governed. Being a global empire in decline, the U.S. power structure has the most to lose, making it particularly vulnerable to such panic. I suspect forces within the U.S. government are likely to engage in various attempts to reestablish authority via desperate and authoritarian moves as 2018 unfolds. I don’t say this to spread fear; rather, I think such moves will result in considerable pushback from the population at large, particularly from younger generations who are intimately aware of how spectacularity the status quo has failed them. Panic and desperation from those in control shouldn’t be feared, it should be expected and contemplated ahead of time.” (12/01/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/12/01/expect-desperate-and-insane-behavior-from-government-in-2018-part-1/

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37) What Flynn’s guilty plea could mean for Mueller probe, and for Trump
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Peter Grier

“Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has flipped and struck a deal to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller. What does that say about the direction of Mr. Mueller’s investigation into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 US presidential election? One word provides a powerful hint. It’s near the bottom of the Statement of Offense released by Mueller’s office Friday in the Flynn case. That word is ‘very.’ It’s used in the phrase ‘very senior member of the Presidential Transition Team.’ What it indicates is that Mr. Flynn will testify in court that a top transition official (‘very senior’) directed him to contact officials from foreign governments, including Russia, to try and defeat a UN vote condemning Israeli settlements in December 2016. Who was that person? The circle at the top was small, centered on President-elect Trump and members of his family. All have denied such contact. All presumably are now aware that meddling in foreign affairs while someone else remains president is, at least technically, illegal.” (12/01/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/1201/What-Flynn-s-guilty-plea-could-mean-for-Mueller-probe-and-for-Trump

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38) Resist Trump’s Hillary-style foreign policy
Source: Downsize DC
by Perry Willis & Jim Babka

“You campaigned on the idea of doing less foreign intervention. But now you’re endangering my security through constant overseas meddling. I want you to reverse your stands on North Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.” (12/01/17)

https://downsizedc.org/trump-hillary-foreign-policy/

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39) Illinois’s chicken-and-fish Supreme Court
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“A constitution is the law of the land only to the extent that it’s enforced. And in Illinois, the right of citizen initiative — provided for in the state constitution — is not enforced. The constitution’s wording is explicit: ‘Amendments … may be proposed by a petition signed by a [specified number of electors]. … Amendments shall be limited to structural and procedural subjects contained in Article IV.’ Does that Article IV discuss the subject of election procedures, including eligibility requirements, thereby opening the door to a citizen-initiated term limits amendment? Yes, it does. Section 2, subsection (c), for example, specifies citizenship, age, and residency requirements. Yet the Illinois Supreme Court has repeatedly chucked the results of effective petition drives to get a state legislative term limits question on the ballot. The justices rely on the venerable Fallacy of Tortured Misreading.” (12/01/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/12/01/illinoiss-chicken-and-fish-supreme-court/

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40) Liberty, democracy, and the right
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“I am mystified by the claim that the long-standing libertarian critique of democracy furnishes aid and comfort to conservatives who display a taste for populist authoritarianism. Let me say at the outset that the libertarian critique has nothing to offer those who would impose legal or social disabilities on racial, ethnic, religious, and other minorities. If white supremacists see something helpful here, they are mere opportunists who would find something helpful to their cause in anything they looked at. Right off the top we may ask where is this right-wing antipathy to democracy. On the contrary, I see a right-wing embrace of democracy even in the age of Trump. … Which branch of government have conservatives all of all stripes railed against most vigorously for decades? It’s the judiciary, especially the U.S. Supreme Court. And what have the courts done to make conservatives so angry? They have invalidated actions of legislators — the supposed elected representatives of the people.” (12/01/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/daily-featured-articles/tgif-liberty-democracy-right/

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41) Private sector sexual misconduct punished while politicians let off easy
Source: Libertarian Party
by Eric D Dixon

“Sexual misconduct has long been a problem in both the public and private spheres, but today there is a stark difference between intolerance of sexual misconduct in the world of business and tolerance in the world of politics. Private-sector organizations have begun taking decisive action to cut ties with sexual predators, while political institutions continue to tolerate and even celebrate them.” (12/01/17)

https://www.lp.org/private-sector-sexual-misconduct-punished-politicians-let-off-easy/

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42) Assumption of risk, where art thou?
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“One of the major lessons we learn growing up is understanding the concept of risk, that is, the possibility of getting hurt. Different activities have more or less risk as it concerns our physical safety. When we join a gym, our assumption of risk is explicit in the form of a written and signed waiver. This protects the gym from being sued when we injure ourselves. Less explicit though no less of an assumption is going for a hike in the mountains. If we get injured, there’s no one to blame but ourselves. We take protective precautions in order to mitigate the risks that we have assumed. Does this concept have any place in the current discussion on sexual harassment and sexual assault? Can we say that men and women take on the assumption of risk of these sorts of dangers when they put themselves in certain situations?” (12/02/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/assumption-risk-art-thou

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43) No American is willing to die for South Korea
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Let’s assume that U.S. troops come home and then North Korea attacks South Korea. … South Korea calls on every American from 18-70 years old to come to its assistance. South Korean officials announce that immediately upon arrival in South Korea, such American volunteers would become soldiers in the South Korean military and subject to being immediately sent anywhere in the conflict, including the front lines. Given that scenario, how many Americans would volunteer to go? Answer: Zero. Not one single American would go to South Korea, join the South Korean military, and be willing to give his life in the defense of South Korea. That includes every single proponent of U.S. interventionism in Korea.” [editor’s note: It’s not often that Hornberger is just completely, flatly, totally wrong on something. This is one of those rare cases – TLK] (12/01/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/12/01/no-american-willing-die-south-korea/

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44) Trump discovers the painful limits of loyalty
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“In a now infamous private dinner on January 27, President Donald Trump allegedly told James Comey, the FBI director at the time, ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.’ Comey, by his own account, tried to wriggle out of the uncomfortable situation by promising ‘honest loyalty,’ but not every government official has so successfully resisted the mob boss’ expectations. Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor, was one of Trump’s prime loyalists — and Trump repaid Flynn in kind, depending him well after anyone thought it politically sensible. But now their bond has been broken, as Flynn has flipped.” (12/01/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146080/trump-discovers-painful-limits-loyalty

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45) We are more than our gender
Source: spiked
by Joanna Williams

“[I]s gender simply a matter of belief? If someone believes they are a woman, does that make them a woman? Assumptions once taken for granted are now called into question — we are told not to assume that a child who looks like a girl is a girl. But although gender is becoming ever more detached from biological sex, gendered personality traits and attributes, so-called ‘male mechanisms,’ are increasingly presented as entrenched characteristics of a person — either determined by our genetic make-up or a product of a malignant society. Challenging the restrictions of biology and questioning sexist stereotypes allowed men and women greater freedom to determine the course of their own lives. Today’s new orthodoxies risk imposing new limitations on our sense of what men and women are capable of being.” (12/01/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-problem-with-gender/

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46) Trump owns these quagmires: Despite being skeptical about foreign entanglements, he’s getting America bogged down overseas
Source: Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall & Eric Goepner

“As North Korea’s nuclear weapons continue to dominate the headlines, President Trump has quietly sunk the United States ever more deeply into a series of foreign policy quagmires. In Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, the United States is trying to influence the course of civil conflicts that have nothing to do with the United States and little to no impact on America’s national security. None of these situations will end soon, nor will any of them end well for the United States. That this is happening with a new commander-in-chief who as a candidate urged America to get smart about foreign engagements is ironic but hardly surprising.” (12/01/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trump-owns-these-quagmires-despite-being-skeptical-about-foreign

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47) “Witch!”
Source: Kent McManigal’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Am I the only one who sees the current pageant of accusations of sexual misconduct as a witch hunt? … why is the act of making accusations suddenly so trendy? Maybe it’s just a snowball effect, or jumping on the bandwagon. The more who accuse, the easier it is to come forward with your own accusations. To me, it has become such an avalanche that it lessens the impact of each individual accusation, and maybe that’s the reason behind it anyway. Get it all out of the way, then forget it and move on to the next crisis — letting those ‘betters,’ or the new ones who replace them, continue telling the rest of us how we should be living; which liberties we need to give up for the common good.” (12/01/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/12/witch.html

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48) An open letter to the Libertarian Party
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Russell Hasan

“Why can’t the Libertarian Party win elections? The answer is, obviously, that the two major parties get all the power, incumbents, media coverage, and donor money, as well as activists from among the liberals and conservatives, who make up the vast majority of all political activists. It really is a simple answer that is not hard to understand and is a necessary and sufficient explanation. The real question is: what can we do about it? These are some answers to that second, tougher question.” [editor’s note: Interesting piece, but his first suggestion is for the LP to do something it’s been doing for decades (make membership free with premium features for people who pay) – TLK] (11/30/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1785

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49) Will Trump’s anti-Muslim retweets destroy US-UK special relationship?
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“British Prime Minister Theresa May’s temptation must have been to counterpunch after receiving Donald Trump’s advice to concentrate her mind on the Islamist threat to Britain rather than reacting to his retweeting of British far-right anti-Islam videos. ‘@theresamay, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom,’ the U.S. president tweeted to his 40 million-plus followers. ‘We are doing just fine.’ ‘Two of America’s worst mass shootings (Las Vegas concert/ Texas church) have happened on your watch,’ she might have tweeted back. ‘Shouldn’t POTUS focus on gun laws?’ She didn’t do that, of course. Her actual response was brusque. ‘It is wrong for the president to have done this,’ she concluded — a comment within the bounds of diplomatic protocol. What one frank friend might say to another.” (12/01/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-retweets-commentary/commentary-will-trumps-anti-muslim-retweets-destroy-u-s-u-k-special-relationship-idUSKBN1DV5U5

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50) Flyover country? Alternatives for Korea
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“By now, I’m sure everyone has heard that Illustrious Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has successfully launched their latest and greatest ICBM. As reported in Zero Hedge, the Hwasong-15 apparently does have the range to be fired from North Korea to hit targets in all parts of the Fifty States. Zero Hedge republished this map from the Hawai’i Emergency Management agency, showing what is now possible. … ICBMs have to follow the Great Circle routes as they leave the atmosphere and then re-enter in a blaze of glory. That last map is one of those lying airline type maps, and does NOT show the way the missile (or transcontinental airlines) fly. This next one shows the real route of Illustrious Leader’s Yankee-killing ‘super-heavy’ warhead.” (12/03/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/12/03/flyover-country-alternatives-for-korea/

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51) US withdrawal from New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants is wrong move
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“On September 19, 2016 all 193 Member States of the United Nations — including the United States — met at the Summit for Refugees and Migrants, and unanimously adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. … Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, announced on December 2, 2017 that the United States would be withdrawing from the agreement. Haley said, ‘Our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone. We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country.’ Aside from the nationalistic undertones of her statement, Haley’s statement ignores the role of the American government in creating the refugee crisis.” [text, Flash audio, or MP3] (12/03/17)

http://fpp.cc/us-withdrawal-from-new-york-declaration-for-refugees-and-migrants-is-wrong-move/

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52) Reason Podcast, 12/03/17
Source: Reason

“In the latest Reason Podcast, Nick Gillespie talks with [Sarah Rose] Siskind and [Andrew] Heaton about what it’s like to loiter at the lonely crossroad of libertarianism and comedy; how they came to their beliefs in small, small government and big, big laughs; and what’s in store for viewers of Mostly Weekly.” [various formats] (12/03/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/12/03/andrew-and-sarah-podcast

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53) Free Talk Live, 12/02/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Mall Owner Gets Court Order to Force Teavana Stores to Stay Open! :: Simon Property Group :: Failing, Desperate Malls :: Reason to Go to Malls :: Mall Santas :: Chilling Effects on Mall Business :: Sex Abuse Allegations’ Damage to Society? :: Affirmative Consent :: Divide and Conquer :: Banned from College :: Don’t Ask Permission :: Female Army Inspectors Attempt to Coerce Sex :: College Sorority Sisters and Porn :: College Hazing :: HOSTS — Ian, Chris R.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/02/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-12-02

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54) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 138
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Crypto-currencies, net neutrality, gun purchases under Trump and more.” [various formats] (12/02/17)

http://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-138-bitcoin-boom/

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55) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/02/17
Source: Cato Institute

“What does it mean to be a ‘cooperating witness’ in an FBI investigation, especially one looking into potential collusion between a campaign and the Russian government? Michael Flynn is finding that out. Clark Neily comments.” [various formats] (12/02/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/flynn-plea

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56) The Scott Horton Show, 12/01/17
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Dr. Ron Paul returns to the show to discuss his most recent book ‘The Revolution at Ten Years.’” [various formats] (12/01/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/12-1-17-ron-paul-new-book-revolution-ten-years/

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57) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 98
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 098 welcomes Jessica Burden back to the podcast for an important and lively conversation on what people should do stop the epidemic of sexual assault. Topics include: pedofilic neighbors, sex offender registries, community vigilance, hitting children, what trauma is and what causes it, adult connections with children, childhood autonomy, sexual drives, puberty, personal responsibility for one’s security, double standard on inebriated responsibility, institutional analysis, false accusations, Trutheum, and more.” [various formats] (12/01/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/stop-raping-people-1h44m-episode-098

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58) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 678
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I’m so sick the media not doing its job. First, they spend most of their time covering news that doesn’t matter like the mountain of sex scandals that make headlines every day. I’m not saying you shouldn’t cover that stuff; it’s news for crying out loud. But we don’t need wall to wall coverage and discussion of it. Then when an important story like the Flynn Guilty Plea is announced the media chooses to sensationalize or outright distort the truth. The facts don’t matter, just the soundbites.” [various formats] (12/01/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/678-what-the-flynn-guilty-plea-really-means/

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59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1051
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Hunter Lewis, in an amazing book called Economics in Three Lessons & One Hundred Economic Laws, concisely reviews the crucial economic ideas that can help people see the world in a whole new way.” [various formats] (12/01/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1051-want-to-be-poorer-defy-these-economic-laws/

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60) FIREside Chats, episode 1
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“In our first episode of FIREside Chats, Will Creeley moderates a discussion about the Anthony Scaramucci controversy at Tufts University with Brynne Madway and Adam Steinbaugh. Afterward, they are joined by Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon for a conversation about student surveillance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.” [Flash video] (12/30/17)

https://www.thefire.org/announcing-a-weekly-fire-video-series-fireside-chats/

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61) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 216
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Dr. Frank of The Mr. T Experience joins us to talk about the politics of punk rock. What is punk rebelling against? Is it inherently political?” [various formats] (12/01/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/punk-rock-politics

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62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 125
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #125, I explain the recurring failure of US foreign policy through the lens of the massacre in Bariire. In the missions that lead to the massacre, the SEALs allied themselves with former al-Shabaab fighters and used a translator know for giving false information. The SEALs failed to understand the local politics and warring tribes complicated the situation on the ground. In the end, the mission ended in a massacre, and a terror attack in October is possible blowback. These are just a few of the several reasons this mission, like all COIN operations, failed.” [various formats] (12/01/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-125-why-americans-foreign-policy-fails

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63) The Anarchist Experience, episode 141
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“Early recording this week, talking about Bitcoin and crypto, but what else is new. Rich solves the problem self-driving cars will potentially have in the future when deciding who lives and who dies, and these headlines: — Coinbase Ordered to Turn Over Identities of 14,355 Cryptocurrency Traders to the IRS — Kellogg’s claims Frosties is an ‘adult cereal’ to get around children’s sugar rules.” [various formats] (12/01/17)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/the-anarchist-experience-141/

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64) Felony Friday, episode 100
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today’s 100th episode of Felony Friday is a special treat. Host John Odermatt is joined by three former police officers. Raeford Davis, Michael Wood Jr and Dominick Izzo joined the show for a round table discussion to share their views on the Drug War, gun rights, Black Lives Matter, comply or die, and so much more!” [various formats] (12/01/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/12/01/felony-friday-100-can-3-ex-cops-find-common-ground-liberty/

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65) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/01/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“From ‘Yakin’ With Nick Podcast.’ Nick Sez: I had one of my mentors and friends, Michael W Dean, the man who started my podcasting career, on the podcast this time. Michael has lived a very interesting life, and I really enjoy talking to him and hearing the stories and life lessons he has learned.” [various formats] (12/01/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15349

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