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Tuesday, December 4th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Qatar: Regime to quit OPEC after more than 57 years, denies decision related to Saudi-led boycott
2) SCOTUS snubs environmental challenge to Trump’s border wall
3) Two months after mishap, Russian Soyuz rockets back into space with crew
4) Spain: Far-right party emerges as force in regional elections
5) Trump to attend Bush funeral, but won’t deliver eulogy
6) Ark of the Covenant may be hidden in Africa, biblical scholars believe
7) Sri Lanka: Court denies Rajapakse authority to act as PM
8) Hungary: Soros University “forced out” from Budapest
9) American Airlines investigating after passenger’s family says she was abandoned in wheelchair
10) OH: Cleveland radio station bans “Baby it’s cold outside”
11) CA: Cannabis museum reportedly coming to Los Angeles in 2019
12) Georgia: Protesters demand new polls after “bought” election
13) Huawei Cloud announces global launch of blockchain services
14) Attenborough: Climate change “our greatest threat”
15) Trump tweets China to cut tax on US-made cars, revs up auto stocks
16) Curiosity rover spots “‘shiny” object on Mars; NASA unsure what it is
17) MI: Detroit woman leaving for church shoots, kills intruder
18) Tumblr to ban all adult content beginning Dec. 17
19) Egypt: Regime rejects naming of suspects in researcher’s killing
20) Dark web dealers voluntarily ban deadly fentanyl

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Toxic entitlement
22) Why I am grateful to George Herbert Walker Bush
23) The Joe Arpaio of Florida thinks weed is “killing people every day”
24) Who I am, where I stand & what I’m trying to do here
25) Food recalls may soon be a thing of the past — thanks to blockchain
26) Leveling up and down
27) Foreign policy, part 3: AnCapistan
28) Why can the CIA assassinate people?
29) Physicians have responsibility to patients to talk about cost of care, Rx
30) The New McCarthyism is ruining public life
31) Democracy is sacred — except when it isn’t
32) Poppy lit the fire: Bush and Iraq
33) Sexual assault: Who to believe?
34) The many transitions of George H.W. Bush
35) The bizarro world of trade wars
36) Republicans against democracy
37) The rank reality of math
38) Brexit defenestrated — but is it doomed?
39) Quantum Vibe, 12/03/18
40) The typical workplace is a dictatorship, but doesn’t have to be
41) It’s a snap to abolish the Fed
42) Trump and Xi step back from trade war, but for how long?
43) The Amazon deal shows why we must end corporate welfare
44) Criminal history: BCCI, the Bushes … and Mueller
45) War with Russia?
46) Increased US oil production means cheap oil ain’t so good no more
47) Bitcoin history, part 2
48) The dog that isn’t barking
49) The only good Republican is a dead Republican
50) San Francisco’s wealthy leftists are making homelessness worse

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 10/03/18
52) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 189
53) Focus on Freedom: Get Government out of health
54) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 130
55) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 242
56) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/03/18
57) Scott Adams Says, 12/03/18
58) The Last Nighters, episode 48
59) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 90
60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 279
61) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 376
62) Ordered Liberty, episode 101
63) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 190
64) Free Talk Live, 12/02/18
65) Sheldon Richman on The Scott Horton Show

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

1) Qatar: Regime to quit OPEC after more than 57 years, denies decision related to Saudi-led boycott
Source: CNBC

“Qatar announced plans to pull out of OPEC on Monday, just days before a crucial meeting between the influential oil cartel and its allies. Speaking at a news conference, Qatar’s Energy Minister Saad al-Kaabi said the country would withdraw from OPEC on January 1, 2019, ending a membership which has stood for more than half-a-century. … While Qatar is one of OPEC’s smallest oil producers, especially when compared to the likes of de facto leader Saudi Arabia, it is one of the world’s largest producers of liquefied natural gas (LNG).” (12/03/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/03/qatar-to-withdraw-from-opec-as-of-january-2019.html

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2) SCOTUS snubs environmental challenge to Trump’s border wall
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed a challenge by three conservation groups to the authority of President Donald Trump’s administration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a victory for Trump who has made the wall a centerpiece of his hardline immigration policies. The justices’ declined to hear the groups’ appeal of a ruling by a federal judge in California rejecting their claims that the administration had pursued border wall projects without complying with applicable environmental laws. The groups are the Center for Biological Diversity, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Defenders of Wildlife. Their lawsuits said construction operations would harm plants, rare wildlife habitats, threatened coastal birds like the snowy plover and California gnatcatcher, and other species such as fairy shrimp and the Quino checkerspot butterfly. Brian Segee, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said he was disappointed that the court would not hear the case.” (12/03/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-border/u-s-top-court-snubs-environmental-challenge-to-trumps-border-wall-idUSKBN1O21QI

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3) Two months after mishap, Russian Soyuz rockets back into space with crew
Source: Ars Technica

“Less than two months after a booster separation issue with a Soyuz rocket caused a dramatic, high-gravity landing, the Russian vehicle soared back into space on Monday at 6:31 ET (11:31 UTC). The launch from Kazakhstan, under mostly clear, blue skies, was nominal as each of the rocket’s first, second, and third stages fired normally. The launch sent NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian David Saint-Jacques, and Russian Oleg Kononenko into space aboard their Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft.” (12/03/18)

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/12/two-months-after-mishap-russian-soyuz-rockets-back-into-space-with-crew/

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4) Spain: Far-right party emerges as force in regional elections
Source: Time

“Spain’s Socialists suffered a setback in regional elections in the country’s south Sunday, the first electoral test for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s party since he took power in June. The blow to the Socialists contrasted with the eruption of the anti-immigrant, extreme right Vox party, which claimed 12 seats in the 109-member regional parliament of Andalusia. Vox had not previously held any seats in any legislative body in Spain since its founding four years ago, and now it has the key to forming a government in Spain’s most populated region.” (12/02/18)

http://time.com/5469026/spain-vox-elections-far-right-andalusia/

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5) Trump to attend Bush funeral, but won’t deliver eulogy
Source: New York Times

“President Trump will attend but not speak at this week’s funeral service for former President George Bush, seemingly a compromise intended to respect tradition while avoiding an awkward moment given the animosity between the current president and the Bush family. Instead, eulogies will be delivered by former President George W. Bush, Mr. Bush’s son, and two friends, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney of Canada and former Senator Alan Simpson, Republican of Wyoming. Rounding out the speakers will be Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer-winning historian and author of the definitive biography of the 41st president. Mr. Trump, who has been sharply critical of the Bush family in the past, has offered nothing but praise for the former president since his death at age 94 on Friday and made no complaint about being left off the roster of funeral speakers.” (12/03/18)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/us/politics/trump-george-bush-capitol.html

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6) Ark of the Covenant may be hidden in Africa, biblical scholars believe
Source: Fox News

“Bible scholars believe the legendary Ark of the Covenant may have landed in Africa after it was taken out of Israel. The Ark is said to be a gold-covered wooden chest containing two stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments (which Moses brought down from Mount Sinai) are written. It is also said to contain other biblical items such as Aaron’s rod, which is thought to have magical powers. Since it vanished there have been several theories as to where the Ark is now, including Mount Nebo in Israel, southern Africa, Ethiopia, Egypt and even several locations in Europe. While the idea that the Ark was taken to Ethiopia is not new, there has been renewed interest after evidence was unearthed by the Bible Archaeology, Search & Exploration Institute (BASE). Christian monks in the African country have long claimed the Ark is being kept under guard at the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum.” [editor’s note: But … but … won’t their faces melt if they find and open it? – SAT] (12/03/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/science/ark-of-the-covenant-may-be-hidden-in-africa-biblical-scholars-believe

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7) Sri Lanka: Court denies Rajapakse authority to act as PM
Source: Yahoo! News

“A Sri Lanka court on Monday suspended Mahinda Rajapakse’s powers as prime minister and ruled that his cabinet could not function until its legitimacy was established. The court of appeal said ‘irreparable damage’ could be done to Sri Lanka if Rajapakse, whose controversial appointment as prime minister a month ago sparked a political crisis, was allowed to remain as head of government. Sri Lanka has been in crisis since October 26 when the president sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister and appointed Rajapakse — who was voted out twice by parliament last month but refuses to step down.” (12/03/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/sri-lanka-court-denies-rajapakse-authority-act-pm-105810542.html

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8) Hungary: Soros University “forced out” from Budapest
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A university in Hungary now formally accepts that it ‘has been forced out’ from its Budapest base – after a weekend deadline to reach a deal with the government passed without any last-minute agreement. ‘We can no longer operate as a free institution in the city and country we call home,’ said the president of the Central European University (CEU), Michael Ignatieff. He described it as a ‘tragic and serious violation of academic freedom in the heart of Europe.’ The Hungarian government has rejected claims that it is an issue of academic freedom — arguing that the university has failed to comply with higher education regulations. The university, founded by liberal philanthropist George Soros to foster democracy in post-Communist Central Europe, is now moving many of its courses to Vienna.” (12/03/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/education-46427810

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9) American Airlines investigating after passenger’s family says she was abandoned in wheelchair
Source: USA Today

“An American Airlines passenger, whose family says she has Parkinson’s and difficulty communicating, was abandoned in her wheelchair overnight Friday after her flight was canceled, a CBS affiliate in Chicago reports. The family of Olimpia Warsaw told CBS Chicago she was traveling with the airline Friday to attend the funeral of her son’s father and was left at O’Hare International Airport after her flight to Detroit was canceled. American Airlines told USA TODAY the company is ‘deeply concerned about what occurred.’ … ‘This is not the level of service we aspire to provide to our customers, and we apologize to Ms. Warsaw and her family for letting them down,’ the airline’s emailed statement read. ‘We have launched an investigation with our Chicago team and the vendor we utilize that provides wheelchair services at O’Hare.’” (12/03/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2018/12/03/american-airlines-passenger-wheelchair-chicago-ohare/2191054002

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10) OH: Cleveland radio station bans “Baby it’s cold outside”
Source: Entertainment Weekly

“‘I really can’t stay,’ intones one half of the ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ duet — and it seems one Cleveland radio station agrees with the sentiment. WDOK Christmas 102.1 in Cleveland, Ohio pulled the song from its 24-hour Christmas rotation this week, citing listener complaints, according to local Fox 8 news. … Over the last several years, many have called the song ‘date-rapey’ in reference to the lyrics ‘Say, what’s in this drink?’ The song details a back-and-forth, traditionally between a man and a woman, where the man tries to convince a woman to stay the night despite her continued protests, saying, ‘The answer is no.’” (12/02/18)

https://ew.com/music/2018/12/02/baby-its-cold-outside-banned-by-cleveland-radio-station/

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11) CA: Cannabis museum reportedly coming to Los Angeles in 2019
Source: Smell the Truth

“A newly planned Los Angeles museum hopes to enlighten visitors on the history of cannabis. The cannabis directory website Weedmaps is teaming up with the creative agency Virtue to open the Museum of Weed in Los Angeles by early 2019, reports Adweek. The Museum of Weed aims to educate visitors through interactive installations, art exhibits, archival footage and historical artifacts. The museum will consist of seven exhibits, six of which will be dedicated to specific time periods of cannabis history and its policies, such as the eras of ‘Reefer Madness’ and Reagan’s War on Drugs. The last exhibit will focus on the cannabis plant itself, including medical research and scientific facts.” (12/03/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/11/30/marijuana-museum-reportedly-coming-to-los-angeles-in-2019

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12) Georgia: Protesters demand new polls after “bought” election
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Thousands of Georgians have staged a mass protest over the results of the country’s presidential runoff vote, alleging widespread electoral fraud and demanding snap parliamentary elections. About 25,000 opposition supporters demonstrated in the capital, Tbilisi, on Sunday, days after the former Soviet nation elected its first woman president, Salome Zurabishvili. An independent candidate backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, Zurabishvili claimed almost 60 percent of the vote to beat the opposition candidate Grigol Vashadze on Wednesday. But opposition leaders including Vashadze have refused to accept the result, pointing to instances of alleged vote-buying, voter intimidation and ballot-stuffing in the election’s second round.” (12/02/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/georgians-demand-polls-bought-election-181202143953218.html

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13) Huawei Cloud announces global launch of blockchain services
Source: CryptoCoinsNews

“Huawei Cloud, the cloud services arm of Huawei Global, has announced the launch of its Blockchain Service (BCS), according to an official press release. The BCS was launched for commercial use in China earlier this year, and it is now available to a global audience on Huawei Cloud’s international website. The service allows global entrepreneurs and developers to create, deploy and manage blockchain applications on Huawei Cloud, at a blistering pace and cheaper cost. Per the announcement, the global launch of BCS will also lay the groundwork for a soon to be released distributed global blockchain platform.” (12/02/18)

https://www.ccn.com/huawei-cloud-announces-global-launch-of-its-blockchain-services/

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14) Attenborough: Climate change “our greatest threat”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The naturalist Sir David Attenborough has said climate change is humanity’s greatest threat in thousands of years. The broadcaster said it could lead to the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of ‘much of the natural world.’ He was speaking at the opening ceremony of United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Katowice, Poland. The meeting is the most critical on climate change since the 2015 Paris agreement. Sir David said: ‘Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.’ The naturalist is taking up the ‘People’s Seat’ at the conference, called COP24. He is supposed to act as a link between the public and policy-makers at the meeting.” (12/03/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46398057

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15) Trump tweets China to cut tax on US-made cars, revs up auto stocks
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump said China had agreed to cut import tariffs on American-made cars, buoying shares in BMW and Daimler AG who manufacture in the United States for export to the world’s biggest auto market. Shares of Chinese car dealers also perked up on hopes that such a move could revitalize the domestic auto market that is poised for its first annual sales contraction in decades amid cooling economic growth and a debilitating U.S.-China trade war. Trump, fresh from agreeing a 90-day cease-fire in his trade war with China at the meeting of the G20, said on Twitter ‘China has agreed to reduce and remove tariffs on cars coming into China from the U.S. Currently the tariff is 40%.’ The move, if realized, would bolster U.S. carmakers who were hit hard when China ramped up levies on U.S.-made cars in July as part of a broad package of retaliatory tariffs amid the sprawling trade war between Washington and Beijing.” (12/03/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-autos/trump-tweets-china-to-cut-tax-on-u-s-made-cars-revs-up-auto-stocks-idUSKBN1O208X

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16) Curiosity rover spots “‘shiny” object on Mars; NASA unsure what it is
Source: Fox News

“Last month marked a new pinnacle for space exploration, as the InSight lander became NASA’s first probe to reach Mars and land successfully since the Curiosity rover did in 2012. But the Curiosity is not going quietly into the night, letting its new brother steal all the attention; the seven-year-old rover has detected a ‘shiny’ object which may indeed be a meteorite. In a mission update posted on Nov. 28, NASA noted Curiosity is drilling at the Highfield site and will give a further look at four samples, including one known as ‘Little Colonsay’ because of its startling looks.” (12/03/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/science/curiosity-rover-spots-shiny-object-on-mars-and-nasa-isnt-sure-what-it-is

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17) MI: Detroit woman leaving for church shoots, kills intruder
Source: Fox 2 News

“Three women ages 75, 55 and 29 were leaving for church when a man lurking outside forced them back in. The 55 year old retrieved a gun firing twice at the intruder, hitting him at least once in the chest … a fatal shot. … The woman who pulled the trigger won’t face any charges; Detroit Police say it was self-defense.” (12/02/18)

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/woman-leaving-for-church-shoots-and-kills-intruder-on-detroit-s-west-side

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18) Tumblr to ban all adult content beginning Dec. 17
Source: USA Today

“Tumblr, the online blogging site owned by Verizon since its July 2016 acquisition of Yahoo, will ban adult content beginning Dec. 17, 2018. The site, founded in 2007, makes the move about three weeks after its app was removed from Apple’s App Store following some child sex abuse content appearing on Tumblr. Even though the site works with groups including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to screen uploaded material, some content got on the site. After it was spotted, ‘we immediately removed this content,’ Tumblr said in an update posted on its site. ‘Content safeguards are a challenging aspect of operating scaled platforms. We’re continuously assessing further steps we can take to improve and there is no higher priority for our team.’ Now, Tumblr says it will move to ban all adult content as of Dec. 17, including photos of genitalia, as well as photos, videos, illustrations and GIFs of sex acts.” (12/03/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/12/03/tumblr-ban-all-adult-content-site-beginning-dec-17/2193156002

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19) Egypt: Regime rejects naming of suspects in researcher’s killing
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Egyptian prosecutors have rejected an Italian request to treat several policemen as suspects in the 2016 killing of an Italian graduate student in Cairo, saying there is not enough evidence to warrant such a move, according to Egypt’s state-run news agency. The report, published Monday in Egypt’s state-run newspapers, said the request was made during talks in Cairo last week between Italian and Egyptian prosecutors. It said the Egyptians turned down a similar request a year ago. The policemen in question are the same ones assigned surveillance of the student, Giulio Regeni, because of his research into independent trade unions in Egypt, said the Middle East News Agency report, which quoted an unnamed judicial official. The MENA report said the Egyptian prosecutors asked the Italians to investigate why Regeni had entered on a tourist visa. It was not clear what bearing that would have on the case.” (12/03/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Egypt-rejects-naming-of-suspects-in-researcher-s-13439049.php

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20) Dark web dealers voluntarily ban deadly fentanyl
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Major dark web drug suppliers have started to voluntarily ban the synthetic opioid fentanyl because it is too dangerous, the National Crime Agency has said. They are ‘delisting’ the high-strength painkiller, effectively classifying it alongside mass-casualty firearms and explosives as commodities that are considered too high-risk to trade. Fentanyl can be up to 100 times stronger than heroin and can easily cause accidental overdoses, particularly when mixed with heroin. Vince O’Brien, one of the NCA’s leads on drugs, told the Observer that dark web marketplace operators appeared to have made a commercial decision, because selling a drug that could lead to fatalities was more likely to prompt attention from police.” [editor’s note: Or perhaps for the far more obvious business reason (the dark web seems to be doing fine vs. Keystone Kops) — that dead customers aren’t repeat customers? – TLK] (12/01/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/01/dark-web-dealers-voluntary-ban-deadly-fentanyl

_____ Today’s Freedom Commentary _____

1) Qatar: Regime to quit OPEC after more than 57 years, denies decision related to Saudi-led boycott
Source: CNBC

“Qatar announced plans to pull out of OPEC on Monday, just days before a crucial meeting between the influential oil cartel and its allies. Speaking at a news conference, Qatar’s Energy Minister Saad al-Kaabi said the country would withdraw from OPEC on January 1, 2019, ending a membership which has stood for more than half-a-century. … While Qatar is one of OPEC’s smallest oil producers, especially when compared to the likes of de facto leader Saudi Arabia, it is one of the world’s largest producers of liquefied natural gas (LNG).” (12/03/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/03/qatar-to-withdraw-from-opec-as-of-january-2019.html

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2) SCOTUS snubs environmental challenge to Trump’s border wall
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed a challenge by three conservation groups to the authority of President Donald Trump’s administration to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a victory for Trump who has made the wall a centerpiece of his hardline immigration policies. The justices’ declined to hear the groups’ appeal of a ruling by a federal judge in California rejecting their claims that the administration had pursued border wall projects without complying with applicable environmental laws. The groups are the Center for Biological Diversity, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Defenders of Wildlife. Their lawsuits said construction operations would harm plants, rare wildlife habitats, threatened coastal birds like the snowy plover and California gnatcatcher, and other species such as fairy shrimp and the Quino checkerspot butterfly. Brian Segee, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity, said he was disappointed that the court would not hear the case.” (12/03/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-border/u-s-top-court-snubs-environmental-challenge-to-trumps-border-wall-idUSKBN1O21QI

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3) Two months after mishap, Russian Soyuz rockets back into space with crew
Source: Ars Technica

“Less than two months after a booster separation issue with a Soyuz rocket caused a dramatic, high-gravity landing, the Russian vehicle soared back into space on Monday at 6:31 ET (11:31 UTC). The launch from Kazakhstan, under mostly clear, blue skies, was nominal as each of the rocket’s first, second, and third stages fired normally. The launch sent NASA astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian David Saint-Jacques, and Russian Oleg Kononenko into space aboard their Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft.” (12/03/18)

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/12/two-months-after-mishap-russian-soyuz-rockets-back-into-space-with-crew/

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4) Spain: Far-right party emerges as force in regional elections
Source: Time

“Spain’s Socialists suffered a setback in regional elections in the country’s south Sunday, the first electoral test for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s party since he took power in June. The blow to the Socialists contrasted with the eruption of the anti-immigrant, extreme right Vox party, which claimed 12 seats in the 109-member regional parliament of Andalusia. Vox had not previously held any seats in any legislative body in Spain since its founding four years ago, and now it has the key to forming a government in Spain’s most populated region.” (12/02/18)

http://time.com/5469026/spain-vox-elections-far-right-andalusia/

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5) Trump to attend Bush funeral, but won’t deliver eulogy
Source: New York Times

“President Trump will attend but not speak at this week’s funeral service for former President George Bush, seemingly a compromise intended to respect tradition while avoiding an awkward moment given the animosity between the current president and the Bush family. Instead, eulogies will be delivered by former President George W. Bush, Mr. Bush’s son, and two friends, former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney of Canada and former Senator Alan Simpson, Republican of Wyoming. Rounding out the speakers will be Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer-winning historian and author of the definitive biography of the 41st president. Mr. Trump, who has been sharply critical of the Bush family in the past, has offered nothing but praise for the former president since his death at age 94 on Friday and made no complaint about being left off the roster of funeral speakers.” (12/03/18)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/us/politics/trump-george-bush-capitol.html

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6) Ark of the Covenant may be hidden in Africa, biblical scholars believe
Source: Fox News

“Bible scholars believe the legendary Ark of the Covenant may have landed in Africa after it was taken out of Israel. The Ark is said to be a gold-covered wooden chest containing two stone tablets on which the Ten Commandments (which Moses brought down from Mount Sinai) are written. It is also said to contain other biblical items such as Aaron’s rod, which is thought to have magical powers. Since it vanished there have been several theories as to where the Ark is now, including Mount Nebo in Israel, southern Africa, Ethiopia, Egypt and even several locations in Europe. While the idea that the Ark was taken to Ethiopia is not new, there has been renewed interest after evidence was unearthed by the Bible Archaeology, Search & Exploration Institute (BASE). Christian monks in the African country have long claimed the Ark is being kept under guard at the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum.” [editor’s note: But … but … won’t their faces melt if they find and open it? – SAT] (12/03/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/science/ark-of-the-covenant-may-be-hidden-in-africa-biblical-scholars-believe

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7) Sri Lanka: Court denies Rajapakse authority to act as PM
Source: Yahoo! News

“A Sri Lanka court on Monday suspended Mahinda Rajapakse’s powers as prime minister and ruled that his cabinet could not function until its legitimacy was established. The court of appeal said ‘irreparable damage’ could be done to Sri Lanka if Rajapakse, whose controversial appointment as prime minister a month ago sparked a political crisis, was allowed to remain as head of government. Sri Lanka has been in crisis since October 26 when the president sacked Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister and appointed Rajapakse — who was voted out twice by parliament last month but refuses to step down.” (12/03/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/sri-lanka-court-denies-rajapakse-authority-act-pm-105810542.html

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8) Hungary: Soros University “forced out” from Budapest
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A university in Hungary now formally accepts that it ‘has been forced out’ from its Budapest base – after a weekend deadline to reach a deal with the government passed without any last-minute agreement. ‘We can no longer operate as a free institution in the city and country we call home,’ said the president of the Central European University (CEU), Michael Ignatieff. He described it as a ‘tragic and serious violation of academic freedom in the heart of Europe.’ The Hungarian government has rejected claims that it is an issue of academic freedom — arguing that the university has failed to comply with higher education regulations. The university, founded by liberal philanthropist George Soros to foster democracy in post-Communist Central Europe, is now moving many of its courses to Vienna.” (12/03/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/education-46427810

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9) American Airlines investigating after passenger’s family says she was abandoned in wheelchair
Source: USA Today

“An American Airlines passenger, whose family says she has Parkinson’s and difficulty communicating, was abandoned in her wheelchair overnight Friday after her flight was canceled, a CBS affiliate in Chicago reports. The family of Olimpia Warsaw told CBS Chicago she was traveling with the airline Friday to attend the funeral of her son’s father and was left at O’Hare International Airport after her flight to Detroit was canceled. American Airlines told USA TODAY the company is ‘deeply concerned about what occurred.’ … ‘This is not the level of service we aspire to provide to our customers, and we apologize to Ms. Warsaw and her family for letting them down,’ the airline’s emailed statement read. ‘We have launched an investigation with our Chicago team and the vendor we utilize that provides wheelchair services at O’Hare.’” (12/03/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/news/2018/12/03/american-airlines-passenger-wheelchair-chicago-ohare/2191054002

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10) OH: Cleveland radio station bans “Baby it’s cold outside”
Source: Entertainment Weekly

“‘I really can’t stay,’ intones one half of the ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ duet — and it seems one Cleveland radio station agrees with the sentiment. WDOK Christmas 102.1 in Cleveland, Ohio pulled the song from its 24-hour Christmas rotation this week, citing listener complaints, according to local Fox 8 news. … Over the last several years, many have called the song ‘date-rapey’ in reference to the lyrics ‘Say, what’s in this drink?’ The song details a back-and-forth, traditionally between a man and a woman, where the man tries to convince a woman to stay the night despite her continued protests, saying, ‘The answer is no.’” (12/02/18)

https://ew.com/music/2018/12/02/baby-its-cold-outside-banned-by-cleveland-radio-station/

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11) CA: Cannabis museum reportedly coming to Los Angeles in 2019
Source: Smell the Truth

“A newly planned Los Angeles museum hopes to enlighten visitors on the history of cannabis. The cannabis directory website Weedmaps is teaming up with the creative agency Virtue to open the Museum of Weed in Los Angeles by early 2019, reports Adweek. The Museum of Weed aims to educate visitors through interactive installations, art exhibits, archival footage and historical artifacts. The museum will consist of seven exhibits, six of which will be dedicated to specific time periods of cannabis history and its policies, such as the eras of ‘Reefer Madness’ and Reagan’s War on Drugs. The last exhibit will focus on the cannabis plant itself, including medical research and scientific facts.” (12/03/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/11/30/marijuana-museum-reportedly-coming-to-los-angeles-in-2019

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12) Georgia: Protesters demand new polls after “bought” election
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Thousands of Georgians have staged a mass protest over the results of the country’s presidential runoff vote, alleging widespread electoral fraud and demanding snap parliamentary elections. About 25,000 opposition supporters demonstrated in the capital, Tbilisi, on Sunday, days after the former Soviet nation elected its first woman president, Salome Zurabishvili. An independent candidate backed by the ruling Georgian Dream party, Zurabishvili claimed almost 60 percent of the vote to beat the opposition candidate Grigol Vashadze on Wednesday. But opposition leaders including Vashadze have refused to accept the result, pointing to instances of alleged vote-buying, voter intimidation and ballot-stuffing in the election’s second round.” (12/02/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/georgians-demand-polls-bought-election-181202143953218.html

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13) Huawei Cloud announces global launch of blockchain services
Source: CryptoCoinsNews

“Huawei Cloud, the cloud services arm of Huawei Global, has announced the launch of its Blockchain Service (BCS), according to an official press release. The BCS was launched for commercial use in China earlier this year, and it is now available to a global audience on Huawei Cloud’s international website. The service allows global entrepreneurs and developers to create, deploy and manage blockchain applications on Huawei Cloud, at a blistering pace and cheaper cost. Per the announcement, the global launch of BCS will also lay the groundwork for a soon to be released distributed global blockchain platform.” (12/02/18)

https://www.ccn.com/huawei-cloud-announces-global-launch-of-its-blockchain-services/

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14) Attenborough: Climate change “our greatest threat”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The naturalist Sir David Attenborough has said climate change is humanity’s greatest threat in thousands of years. The broadcaster said it could lead to the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of ‘much of the natural world.’ He was speaking at the opening ceremony of United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Katowice, Poland. The meeting is the most critical on climate change since the 2015 Paris agreement. Sir David said: ‘Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.’ The naturalist is taking up the ‘People’s Seat’ at the conference, called COP24. He is supposed to act as a link between the public and policy-makers at the meeting.” (12/03/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46398057

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15) Trump tweets China to cut tax on US-made cars, revs up auto stocks
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump said China had agreed to cut import tariffs on American-made cars, buoying shares in BMW and Daimler AG who manufacture in the United States for export to the world’s biggest auto market. Shares of Chinese car dealers also perked up on hopes that such a move could revitalize the domestic auto market that is poised for its first annual sales contraction in decades amid cooling economic growth and a debilitating U.S.-China trade war. Trump, fresh from agreeing a 90-day cease-fire in his trade war with China at the meeting of the G20, said on Twitter ‘China has agreed to reduce and remove tariffs on cars coming into China from the U.S. Currently the tariff is 40%.’ The move, if realized, would bolster U.S. carmakers who were hit hard when China ramped up levies on U.S.-made cars in July as part of a broad package of retaliatory tariffs amid the sprawling trade war between Washington and Beijing.” (12/03/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-autos/trump-tweets-china-to-cut-tax-on-u-s-made-cars-revs-up-auto-stocks-idUSKBN1O208X

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16) Curiosity rover spots “‘shiny” object on Mars; NASA unsure what it is
Source: Fox News

“Last month marked a new pinnacle for space exploration, as the InSight lander became NASA’s first probe to reach Mars and land successfully since the Curiosity rover did in 2012. But the Curiosity is not going quietly into the night, letting its new brother steal all the attention; the seven-year-old rover has detected a ‘shiny’ object which may indeed be a meteorite. In a mission update posted on Nov. 28, NASA noted Curiosity is drilling at the Highfield site and will give a further look at four samples, including one known as ‘Little Colonsay’ because of its startling looks.” (12/03/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/science/curiosity-rover-spots-shiny-object-on-mars-and-nasa-isnt-sure-what-it-is

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17) MI: Detroit woman leaving for church shoots, kills intruder
Source: Fox 2 News

“Three women ages 75, 55 and 29 were leaving for church when a man lurking outside forced them back in. The 55 year old retrieved a gun firing twice at the intruder, hitting him at least once in the chest … a fatal shot. … The woman who pulled the trigger won’t face any charges; Detroit Police say it was self-defense.” (12/02/18)

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/woman-leaving-for-church-shoots-and-kills-intruder-on-detroit-s-west-side

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18) Tumblr to ban all adult content beginning Dec. 17
Source: USA Today

“Tumblr, the online blogging site owned by Verizon since its July 2016 acquisition of Yahoo, will ban adult content beginning Dec. 17, 2018. The site, founded in 2007, makes the move about three weeks after its app was removed from Apple’s App Store following some child sex abuse content appearing on Tumblr. Even though the site works with groups including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to screen uploaded material, some content got on the site. After it was spotted, ‘we immediately removed this content,’ Tumblr said in an update posted on its site. ‘Content safeguards are a challenging aspect of operating scaled platforms. We’re continuously assessing further steps we can take to improve and there is no higher priority for our team.’ Now, Tumblr says it will move to ban all adult content as of Dec. 17, including photos of genitalia, as well as photos, videos, illustrations and GIFs of sex acts.” (12/03/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/talkingtech/2018/12/03/tumblr-ban-all-adult-content-site-beginning-dec-17/2193156002

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19) Egypt: Regime rejects naming of suspects in researcher’s killing
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Egyptian prosecutors have rejected an Italian request to treat several policemen as suspects in the 2016 killing of an Italian graduate student in Cairo, saying there is not enough evidence to warrant such a move, according to Egypt’s state-run news agency. The report, published Monday in Egypt’s state-run newspapers, said the request was made during talks in Cairo last week between Italian and Egyptian prosecutors. It said the Egyptians turned down a similar request a year ago. The policemen in question are the same ones assigned surveillance of the student, Giulio Regeni, because of his research into independent trade unions in Egypt, said the Middle East News Agency report, which quoted an unnamed judicial official. The MENA report said the Egyptian prosecutors asked the Italians to investigate why Regeni had entered on a tourist visa. It was not clear what bearing that would have on the case.” (12/03/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Egypt-rejects-naming-of-suspects-in-researcher-s-13439049.php

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20) Dark web dealers voluntarily ban deadly fentanyl
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Major dark web drug suppliers have started to voluntarily ban the synthetic opioid fentanyl because it is too dangerous, the National Crime Agency has said. They are ‘delisting’ the high-strength painkiller, effectively classifying it alongside mass-casualty firearms and explosives as commodities that are considered too high-risk to trade. Fentanyl can be up to 100 times stronger than heroin and can easily cause accidental overdoses, particularly when mixed with heroin. Vince O’Brien, one of the NCA’s leads on drugs, told the Observer that dark web marketplace operators appeared to have made a commercial decision, because selling a drug that could lead to fatalities was more likely to prompt attention from police.” [editor’s note: Or perhaps for the far more obvious business reason (the dark web seems to be doing fine vs. Keystone Kops) — that dead customers aren’t repeat customers? – TLK] (12/01/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/01/dark-web-dealers-voluntary-ban-deadly-fentanyl

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

21) Toxic entitlement
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“Sex work prohibitionism is entirely based in negative emotions such as envy, resentment, and bigotry, plus the most common and destructive of all sexual perversions: the need to inflict one’s own will on non-consenting individuals. As I and others have explained, this is why sex workers can’t help ‘incels’: it isn’t sex that they want, it’s ownership. If they just wanted sex they could pay for it like any other man, but that isn’t enough for them; they want to own women like slaves because they believe themselves to be entitled to unlimited sexual access like the successful men they call ‘alphas’ (whom they imagine get sex without paying). The reason I’m mentioning this is because these are the emotions and twisted cognitive processes behind last week’s ‘thot audit,’ a trollfest in which deeply-pathetic manbabies tried to make themselves feel powerful and frighten ill-informed sex workers by threatening to report them to the IRS for tax evasion.” (12/03/18)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/12/03/toxic-entitlement/

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22) Why I am grateful to George Herbert Walker Bush
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“I am grateful for Bush and for his presidency for two major and positive changes in my life for which he deserves at least partial credit (or, if you prefer, bears at least partial responsibility).” (12/03/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14109

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23) The Joe Arpaio of Florida thinks weed is “killing people every day”
Source: Reason
by Joe Setyon

“A Florida sheriff believes that marijuana is killing people daily. No, really. ‘There absolutely is a price to pay for pot,’ Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd declared on Fox & Friends this morning. ‘It’s not a minor, nonviolent felony. It’s ruining families and killing people every day across the United States.’ Judd did not provide any evidence to back up his claim, probably because there isn’t any. … it’s all par for the course for Judd, who’s been the subject of more than one Reason article since assuming office. Last year, Judd threatened to imprison Hurricane Irma refugees with active warrants. In 2016 his department arrested and jailed a man for having a milk crate attached to his bike. In 2015 he publicly mocked the appearances of sex workers arrested for engaging in consensual sex. In 2014 he brought felony charges against two girls — ages 12 and 14 — accused of cyberbullying a girl who had committed suicide. (The charges were later dropped.)” [editor’s note: This guy is so deficient in the brains and morals departments that even the legendary Florida Man considers him a pariah – TLK] (12/03/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/12/03/floridas-joe-arpaio-claims-weed-is-ruini

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24) Who I am, where I stand & what I’m trying to do here
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Every so often I like to write an article describing exactly what I’m about in the interests of transparency, and for the benefit of any new followers who aren’t quite sure what they’re looking at here. It’s a good exercise for me because it allows me to clarify for myself exactly why I got into this gig and what specifically I’m trying to get out of it, and it lays all my intentions on the table so readers can decide if I’m their cup of tea or not. Brief bio: I am Australian, lived in Melbourne nearly all of my life, two kids, twice married and once divorced. I got a journalism degree in 2003 but figured out long before completing the course that the media deck is stacked so far against truth that I wouldn’t be able to do the kind of work I wanted to do, so I did some environmental activism while paying the bills with corporate work. … [T]hen in 2016 I got a job at a self-publishing news outlet where I quickly gained an audience for my opinion articles about the Bernie Sanders movement.” (12/03/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/12/03/who-i-am-where-i-stand-and-what-im-trying-to-do-here

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25) Food recalls may soon be a thing of the past — thanks to blockchain
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Phil Haunschild

“Tracking produce on a blockchain could dramatically reduce the time spent tracing contaminated produce back to the source and put a cap on how often industry-wide recalls are even required. If health officials and retailers can pinpoint the exact sources of contamination and pull only the product at risk off the shelves, the danger to the public and the costs to the guiltless producers would be significantly diminished.” (12/03/18)

https://fee.org/articles/food-recalls-may-soon-be-a-thing-of-the-past-thanks-to-blockchain/

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26) Leveling up and down
Source: Our Future
by James Mumm

“Massive, disruptive change is happening in the world economy. Up to half of all current workers, both white and blue collar, could be driven into unemployment by technology. Automation, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are fueling a new industrial revolution. Once again, as in the past when steam, fossil fuels and biotechnology upended lives and fortunes, workers are getting the short end of the stick — this time robots may come for our jobs. Unless, as science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson warns, we become the robots ourselves, first. Instead of tinkering around the edges, several recent authors make a forceful case for a bold solution to our society’s growing levels of inequality and economic insecurity: a universal basic income (UBI).” (12/03/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20181203/leveling-up-and-down

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27) Foreign policy, part 3: AnCapistan
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Elijah Henry

“What would foreign policy look like in a territory with no government? To someone yet infected with vestiges of statist philosophy, the question is absurd. Such a one may believe foreign policy is the exclusive province of governments. Strictly speaking, in current political science parlance, this may be true. Britannica defines foreign policy thus: ‘General objectives that guide the activities and relationships of one state in its interactions with other states.’ In the absence of a state, this definition takes us nowhere. However, practically, an individual can engage in all the usual foreign policy domains: diplomacy, trade, military action, and humanitarian action.” (12/03/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/foreign-policy-iii-ancapistan

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28) Why can the CIA assassinate people?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Given that we have all been born and raised under a regime that has the CIA, hardly anyone questions the power of the CIA to assassinate people. The CIA’s power of assassination has become a deeply established part of American life. Yet, the Constitution, which called the federal government into existence and established its powers, does not authorize the federal government to assassinate people. If the proponents of the Constitution had told the American people that the Constitution was bringing into existence a government that wielded the power to assassinate people, there is no way that Americans would have approved the deal, in which case they would have continued operating under the Articles of Confederation.” (12/03/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/12/03/why-can-the-cia-assassinate-people/

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29) Physicians have responsibility to patients to talk about cost of care, Rx
Source: USA Today
by Deb Gordon

“Going to the doctor in the United States is like dining at a restaurant where the menus don’t list prices. At this restaurant, the chef decides what you should eat, and someone else entirely calculates the bill. The chef is considered an artist unencumbered by financial details so he or she can focus on preparing the best food possible. Yet with no consideration of cost, the chef decisions could result in a surprising and shocking bill that you cannot afford and which potentially goes unpaid, bankrupting the restaurant in the process. Many health care consumers face a similar dilemma: We want our doctors to make critical health care decisions and provide us with the best quality care, but we also increasingly want to be able to (though can’t always) find out from our providers how much that care will cost. Without price information or a culture that enables explicit exploration of financial factors, consumers have limited ability to make good decisions about how best to meet both their clinical and financial needs.” (12/03/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/12/03/doctors-providers-provide-patients-treatment-cost-information-health-care-column/2077749002

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30) The New McCarthyism is ruining public life
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“One of the most regrettable features of public life today is the crisis of good faith. The refusal to accept that people say the things they say because they really believe them, and the hunt, instead, for the real reason people hold and express certain beliefs. Who put them up to it? Who are they a front for? What’s the hidden agenda? Do they know someone or get funding from someone and might this explain why they hold the views they hold? What is the story — the true, dark, shadowy story — behind their points of view and their political activity? This mainstreaming of the conspiracy-theory imagination, so that the search is always on for Dark Money or sinister puppeteers, infects both the right and the left.” (12/03/18)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/12/03/the-new-mccarthyism-is-ruining-public-life/

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31) Democracy is sacred — except when it isn’t
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“On both sides of the Atlantic the regnant elites have launched a furious regime change campaign not all that different from the ones they started in the former Soviet republics. The formula seems to go like this: hold an election in which the full resources of the EU states and their upper classes are brought to bear on one side of the question. Vilify dissenters as more than likely agents of Vladimir Putin.” (12/03/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/12/02/democracy-is-sacred-except-when-it-isnt/

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32) Poppy lit the fire: Bush and Iraq
Source: CounterPunch
by Barry Lando

“The media has been filled today with tributes to the late President George H.W. Bush. He is portrayed as a smart, pragmatic leader, who chose wise counsellors like James Baker–very different from his wilful son, George W. Bush, who led the U.S. into a disastrous attack on Iraq in 2013, the most fateful foreign policy blunder ever made by an American leader. The fact, however, is that it was the blundering of George H. W. Bush and Baker in 1990 that set the stage for George W. Bush’s calamitous move thirteen years later.” (12/03/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/12/03/poppy-lit-the-fire-bush-and-iraq/

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33) Sexual assault: Who to believe?
Source: The New Republic
by Benjamin Rachlin

“One evening in January 2015, a mental health counselor named Foad Afshar met with a twelve-year-old boy inside his office in Concord, New Hampshire. Afshar was 55, a gregarious man with eyeglasses, thinning hair, and plans to retire that spring. As a teenager in 1977 he had emigrated alone from Tehran to Massachusetts, fleeing religious persecution. (His family was Baha’i, a non-Muslim religious sect.) ‘I had $500 and 50 words of English,’ he said. He studied psychology and in 1984 moved to New Hampshire. Since then, he had worked at drug treatment centers and psychiatric hospitals, as a school guidance counselor, a special education and ESL director, and in 2005 he opened a private practice, working mostly with children. In 2010, he was elected president of the New Hampshire Psychological Association. When the family of the twelve-year-old first approached him, in November, Afshar had demurred; he had a full caseload and retirement on the horizon. He shared a list of colleagues he recommended. Weeks later, the family called again. The holidays were nearing, and they couldn’t find anyone else. Afshar agreed to provide ‘a short-term intervention’ until the new year, when the family could try again.” (12/03/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152305/who-to-believe-sexual-assault

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34) The many transitions of George H.W. Bush
Source: The American Conservative
by W James Antle III

“George H.W. Bush will be remembered as a transitional figure in American and world politics. He presided over the shift of power within the Republican Party from the moderate Eastern Establishment to its activist conservative wing, the end of the Cold War, and a major acceleration of globalization. It does no disservice to the memory of the man to conclude that he handled some of these transitions better than others.” (12/03/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-many-transitions-of-george-h-w-bush/

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35) The bizarro world of trade wars
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“During truces in shoot-’em-up wars, each side agrees to temporarily stop inflicting damage on the other side. And in the subsequent negotiations, each side bargains for a peace in which it gets as much wealth as possible from the other side and gives up as little wealth as possible to the other side. Truces in trade wars are very different. During truces in trade wars, each side agrees to temporarily stop inflicting damage on itself. And in the subsequent negotiations, each side bargains for a peace in which it gets as little wealth as possible from the other side and gives up as much wealth as possible to the other side.” (12/03/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/12/bizarro-world-trade-wars.html

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36) Republicans against democracy
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“‘Can we really get away with this?’ It’s a question I’ve often wondered if Republicans ask themselves, but all evidence suggests that if it comes up, the answer they give is, ‘Sure, why the hell not?’ And with good reason. Since Donald Trump became president we’ve heard a lot about norms, the informal expectations and patterns of behavior that govern much of the political world. We’ve discussed them because Trump so often breaks them, in ways small and large. There’s no law saying the president has to release his tax returns, or can’t publicly demand that the Justice Department investigate his political opponents — it’s just how everyone accepted that things would work. But Trump, who has spent a lifetime being taught that he can do whatever he wants, determined upon entering politics that he wouldn’t pay a price for flouting norms of presidential behavior or even basic human decency. But it didn’t start with him.” (12/03/18)

http://prospect.org/article/republicans-against-democracy

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37) The rank reality of math
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) doesn’t like Ranked Choice Voting. Last week, I suggested that’s because he lost his re-election to Congress in his state’s first use of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). Perhaps I spoke too quickly? Congressman Poliquin argues that RCV is a ‘black-box voting system.’ ‘We heard from countless Maine voters who were confused and even frightened their votes did not count due to computer-engineered rank voting,’ read a campaign statement. Who wants frightened voters?” (12/03/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/12/03/the-rank-reality-of-math/

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38) Brexit defenestrated — but is it doomed?
Source: The American Spectator
by Jed Babbin

“By the terms of her withdrawal agreement May has literally thrown the concept of Brexit out the window. Brexit was supposed to end the EU’s control over the UK’s laws, regulations, trade relations, and the other aspects of power that make a nation sovereign. May’s agreement accomplishes none of that but still requires the UK to pay the EU a lump-sum alimony of about £39 billion (about $50 billion) to cover its supposed debts to the EU through 2020. The UK parliament will debate May’s withdrawal deal this week and vote on it around December 11. May is reportedly far short of the votes she needs and the outcome is anything but certain. The withdrawal deal was not the inevitable product of the 2016 Brexit referendum in which 52 percent of UK voters supported the UK’s exit from the EU. It is a masterful understatement to say that a better deal could have been made.” (12/03/18)

https://spectator.org/brexit-defenestrated-but-is-it-doomed/

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39) Quantum Vibe, 12/03/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (12/03/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1881

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40) The typical workplace is a dictatorship, but doesn’t have to be
Source: In These Times
by staff

“‘If you believe in democracy, then how in the world can you justify not instituting it in the place where we spend most of our adult lies?’ — Richard Wolff, author of Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism … Are workers really qualified to run a business? Here’s a better question: Are bosses? Top-down businesses have brought us overpaid executives, terrible working conditions, environmental destruction and, often, poorly made products. Meanwhile, a 2016 study found that, overall, worker cooperatives — where employees own the business and decisions are made one-worker, one-vote — are more productive than their capitalist counterparts. In politics, we take for granted that unaccountable elites can’t be trusted and that everyone deserves a say. The same, socialists argue, should go for the workplace.” (12/03/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21479/workplace-democracy-dictatorship-worker-run-democracy-socialism-progressive

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41) It’s a snap to abolish the Fed
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“There is a disconnect between what the Fed says and what it does simply because the system is too complex to be run from the center. Money in circulation is determined by a combination of depositor/borrowing behavior and the risk tolerance of banks themselves. There is no money wizard in Washington who can operate the whole like some precision machine. Which raises the topic: why do we need the Fed?” (12/02/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/its-snap-abolish-fed

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42) Trump and Xi step back from trade war, but for how long?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Howard LaFranchi

“When President Trump sat down to his much-anticipated Buenos Aires dinner with Xi Jinping Saturday night, he praised the personal relationship he’s developed with the Chinese leader and predicted it would lead to good things for both countries. ‘The relationship is very special … that I have with President Xi,’ Mr. Trump said, flanked by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and other senior aides, and seated directly across from a smiling Xi. ‘Indeed, that special relationship was the “primary reason,”‘ Trump added, [stating] that he expected the two of them would agree on something ‘that would be good for China and good for the United States.’ Two-and-a-half hours later, the dinner meeting that stole the show at the weekend’s G20 summit concluded with a deal: a suspension of the intensifying trade war between the world’s two largest economies that international economists have said is beginning to threaten global economic growth.” (12/03/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2018/1203/Trump-and-Xi-step-back-from-trade-war-but-for-how-long

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43) The Amazon deal shows why we must end corporate welfare
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by James Devereaux

“Sadly, Amazon is but one example of local governments bestowing special favor on the few at the expense of those less able to petition for tax dollars. At times, popular support rallies behind these bad deals because they appear beneficial on the surface. And since the costs are diffused and the benefits concentrated, political opposition is more difficult to rally. Some even believe they will reel in the benefits of property values or a growing economy.” (12/02/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-amazon-deal-shows-why-we-must-end-corporate-welfare/

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44) Criminal history: BCCI, the Bushes … and Mueller
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“As the newly dead George Herbert Walker Bush luxuriates in the accolades of America’s bipartisan political/media establishment, I thought it meet to look again at the article below, which I wrote in 2006, detailing one of the great glories of his great and glorious reign: the thwarting of the investigation into BCCI, ‘one of the largest criminal organizations in history.’ Strangely enough, I saw a now-familiar name popping up as one of the key figures in this nefarious cover-up operation by the Bush crime family (who make the Trump Gang look like the two-bit pikers they are): one Robert Mueller, champion of the Resistance and incorruptible shield of the Republic.” (12/02/18)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/criminal-history-bcci-the-bushes-and-mueller-02122018.html

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45) War with Russia?
Source: The Nation
by Stephen F Cohen

“War With Russia??, like the biography of a living person, is a book without an end. The title is a warning (akin to what the late Gore Vidal termed ‘a journalistic alert-system’) not a prediction. Hence the question mark. I cannot foresee the future. The book’s overarching theme is informed by past and current facts, not by any political agenda, ideological commitment, or magical prescience. To restate that theme: The new US-Russian Cold War is more dangerous than was its 40-year predecessor that the world survived. The chances are even greater that this one could result, inadvertently or intentionally, in actual war between the two nuclear superpowers. Herein lies another ominous indication. During the preceding Cold War, the possibility of nuclear catastrophe was in the forefront of American mainstream political and media discussion, and of policy-making. During the new one, it rarely seems to be even a concern.” (12/03/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/cold-war-russia

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46) Increased US oil production means cheap oil ain’t so good no more
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“This is one of those obvious little things — as the US increases oil production from those unconventional, fracked, fields then the impact of lower oil pries on the US economy becomes less and less favourable. It always does catch people by surprise though when the background to economic decisions changes like this. Take exports for example. The only time, even possibly, when the aim of trade is to increase exports is if you’re trying to defend a fixed exchange rate. We’ve not been doing that for near five decades now. And yet we’ve an entire administration — at least the President and some advisers — dedicated to that idea that the purpose of trade is exports. They’re 50 years out of date.” (12/02/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/economy/increased-us-oil-production-means-cheap-oil-aint-so-good-no-more/

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47) Bitcoin history, part 2
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“When Satoshi published his whitepaper a decade ago, and then mined the genesis block a little over two months later, there was still a lot of Bitcoin to build. There were no wallets, no block explorers and no exchanges — in fact there wasn’t even an exchange rate. Nor was there a symbol to represent the bitcoin currency. The first attempt at a logo was designed by Satoshi himself for the first Bitcoin client and comprised a gold coin containing the letters BC. By early 2010, however, around the time that a small community was beginning to form, talk was underway to replace it, complete with a unicode character to represent the maiden cryptocurrency.” (12/02/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/bitcoin-history-part-2-the-bitcoin-symbol/

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48) The dog that isn’t barking
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“The most revealing comments are often those that seem obviously appropriate, but no one ever makes. In this post, I’ll discuss one such example, the economic profession’s strange reluctance to come to grips with the failure of Bush’s 2008 stimulus package. It’s not that people don’t recognize that the stimulus failed, rather that they are unable or unwilling to admit to the reason why it failed.” (12/02/18)

https://www.econlib.org/the-dog-that-isnt-barking/

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49) The only good Republican is a dead Republican
Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“The death of President George H. W. Bush provided liberals and their Fredocon houseboys yet another opportunity to lament the fact that all Republicans aren’t dead. Their feigned amnesia about what libs were saying while Bush 41 was still in the arena, and their latest hack attempt to tsk tsk tsk tsk about how the Bad Orange Man isn’t like [Insert Name of Dead Republican Here] serves to justify the prophylactic cynicism that we Normals should strive to cultivate. President Bush was an imperfect man and a frustration to hardcore conservatives like me, but he was also a WW II hero and patriot, and he was my Commander-In-Chief when I went to war for the first time. I knew he would stand behind my troops and he did, and the good things I have to say about him on the occasion of his passing are proper and sincere. Patriot, war hero and my commander: that is how I choose to remember him.” (12/03/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2018/12/03/the-only-good-republican-is-a-dead-republican-n2536850

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50) San Francisco’s wealthy leftists are making homelessness worse
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gregory Morin

“I recently had the opportunity to visit San Francisco for the first time. Coastal towns tend to be a bit more interesting in terms of cuisine (seafood being one of the more varied palate options) as well as architecture (steep hill structures are ever a testament to human ingenuity) and San Francisco scores high in both categories. However one area where it currently scores quite low is in the aroma zone. At first I thought perhaps they had a very inefficient sewer system near the shoreline retail sector, but as we explored deeper toward the city center it became clear something was amiss. I learned shortly thereafter that San Francisco has a poop crisis. To be blunt — people are literally crapping on the sidewalks. Not the tourists, mind you, but the local homeless population. The situation has come to a head (or to the head to employ a nautical metaphor) primarily as a result of progressive conservatism primed with the power of centralized (governmental) authority.” (12/01/18)

https://mises.org/wire/san-franciscos-wealthy-leftists-are-making-homelessness-worse

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51) Reason Podcast, 10/03/18
Source: Reason

“What else can we say about the departed George H.W. Bush, other than that he wasn’t the worst president in our lifetimes but otherwise left little for libertarians to cheer about aside from not freaking out while communism collapsed? On the latest editors’ roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward and Peter Suderman add their contributions to the pool already populated by co-podcasters Nick Gillespie and [Matt Welch]. Hint: involves supermarket scanners.” [various formats] (12/03/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/12/03/darts-and-laurels-for-george-h-w-bush

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52) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 189
Source: Free Man Beyond the Wall

“The Truth of the Russia/Ukraine Conflict w/ Scott Horton.” [various formats] (12/03/18)

http://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-189-the-truth-of-the-russianukraine-conflict-w-scott-horton

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53) Focus on Freedom: Get Government out of health
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Who controls the rights to your body? Are individuals obligated to to provide health services to others? Catherine Bleish explores these issues.” [Flash video] (12/03/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/focus-on-freedom-get-government-out-of-health-video/

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54) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 130
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Julian Assange, NJ Marijuana. Saudi Support, War and Debt, RI Marijuana.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/03/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/december/03/five-minutes-five-issues-julian-assange-nj-marijuana-saudi-support-war-and-debt-ri-marijuana/

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55) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 242
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“This episode features an interview with Michael Tiffany, the co-founder and president of White Ops and a deep student of how to curtail adtech fraud. Michael explains the adtech business, how fraudsters take advantage of its structure, and what a coalition of law enforcement and tech companies did to wreck one of the most successful fraud networks, known as 3ve.” [various formats] (12/03/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/12/03/nobody-trolls-like-the-russians

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56) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/03/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The G20 summit in Argentina has concluded. Are we better off? Will the temporary pause on new US/China tariffs hold? Anything positive from the brief Trump/Putin meet and greet? Missed opportunities? We break it all down in today’s Liberty Report.” [Flash video] (12/03/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trade-war-on-hold-trump-xi-and-the-g20-summit

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57) Scott Adams Says, 12/03/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about trade deals with China, and nothing else interesting. With coffee.” [Flash video] (12/03/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1MnxnNbvqkexO

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58) The Last Nighters, episode 48
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“It’s December so come in and cozy up by the fires of Mount Doom. We venture into Mordor with the Anarchist Mom (www.AnarchistMom.com) to talk about one of her favorites in novel and film lore, the Lord of the Rings.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/03/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/the-lord-of-the-rings-the-last-nighters-episode-48/

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59) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 90
Source: Roll Call

“Lawmakers are racing against the clock to pass seven more spending bills, but their efforts are likely to be a struggle amid President Trump’s insistence for $5 billion for the border wall that Democrats don’t want to give him, says CQ budget editor Peter Cohn. And CQ tax writer Doug Sword brings us up to date with the latest GOP effort to pass new tax legislation that would renew some tax breaks while making corrections to last year’s massive tax overhaul.” [various formats] (12/03/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/spending-talks-hit-wall-new-tax-plan-doubt

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60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 279
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #279, I discuss events surrounding the G20 Summit. I break down the importance of Trump’s canceling a meeting with Putin and how the incident in the Kerch Strait played a role. Before a G20 meeting with Xi and Trump, the US sailed a destroyer through the Taiwan Strait. MbS received a lot of media attention at the G20 because of the Khashoggi murder. I also look at the failure of the Zumwalt Class Destroyers.” [various formats] (12/03/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-279-g20

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61) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 376
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s flagship Lions of Liberty podcast, it’s a special edition of ‘Libertarians in Living Rooms Drinking Liquor’ featuring the return of The Liberty Draft! We revisit last year’s draft results in our liberty fantasy league, choose keepers for this next draft, and JB and Howie partake in a supplemental draft featuring some surprising picks!” [various formats] (12/03/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/12/03/the-liberty-draft-returns-keepers-picks-and-expansion-draft/

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62) Ordered Liberty, episode 101
Source: National Review

“David and Alexandra do a live podcast, discuss the Marc Lamont Hill firing, intersectionality as religion, and double standards for speech on the Left and the Right.” [various formats] (12/03/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/ordered-liberty/episode-101-live-in-florida/

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63) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 190
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Smith Goes Elon.” [various formats] (12/03/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-190-smith-goes-elon/

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64) Free Talk Live, 12/02/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Are kids getting dumber? :: Government sterilization :: GOP hates women, some Dem says :: David yells at Mark about child custody :: Welfare :: Universal Basic Income :: Mark, Darryl and Jackie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/02/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-12-02

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65) Sheldon Richman on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Sheldon Richman talks about the latest with the migrant caravan and President Trump’s reaction to it. He points out how odd it is for Trump supporters to justify all the bad things he does by saying ‘Obama did it too.’ Wouldn’t that mean they should either love Obama or hate Trump?” [various formats] (12/02/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/11-30-18-sheldon-richman-on-immigration-and-the-drug-war/

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