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Volume XVI, Issue #4,123
Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Dow plunges 799 points
2) France: Regime freezes fuel tax hike in face of “yellow vest” protests
3) Corsi files criminal complaint against Mueller, alleges bid to seek false testimony
4) US envoy for Afghan peace in Pakistan for talks on Taliban
5) Senators briefed by CIA torture queen blame Saudi prince for Khashoggi death
6) SpaceX launches swarm of satellites, flies rocket for third time
7) Boy gets Colorado town to overturn snowball fight ban
8) FL: US citizen sues sheriff after he was nearly deported to Jamaica
9) Cracks in Iran deal coalition? Europeans fume over Tehran missile test
10) Report: Manafort discussed brokering deal with Ecuador regime to hand Assange over to US
11) Republicans claims emails stolen [sic] in major hack
12) No you Kant: Russians reject German thinker’s name for airport
13) Gaza: Hamas sentences six to death for collaborating with Israel
14) CA: Tired of waiting for permission slips from gang, migrants from caravan breach turf line
15) FL: Jury selection begins in Epstein suit
16) Aer Lingus passenger gets $300 phone bill after not using airplane mode
17) Biden: “I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president”
18) Israel: Regime forces launch operation against “Hezbollah tunnels”
19) IL: Satanic Temple statue among displays at Capitol
20) Pentagon will send green card holders to recruit training

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) A cashless society — utopia or dystopia?
22) George H.W. Bush: A little Trumpy well before we had Donald
23) Medicare for All: Good decisions depend on good measurement
24) It’s heretics who save the world
25) Trump foreign policy: Doing the same thing and expecting a different result
26) A retreat from reason (with an aside from Rothbard)
27) Changing the rules after the sale
28) All markets are sharing economies
29) Trump is prepping for all-out political war
30) America’s economic health has improved
31) Imperialist in Chief: A critical history of George H.W. Bush’s war on Iraq
32) Regaining trust on money issues
33) Academics’ devotion to the socialist dream looks more like self-interest
34) For G20 leaders, greater problems yet to come
35) When American warmongers unite
36) States need to step up and protect medical marijuana users from federal gun laws
37) The Whitewashing of George H. W. Bush
38) On Liberty: An antidote to identitarianism
39) A nightmare farm bill for conservatives
40) The last president of the old ruling class
41) Why people are so divided on immigration (hint: We speak different political languages)
42) Christmas is coming
43) Poll shows ObamaCare was massive failure
44) Homeland Security will let computers predict who might be a terrorist on your plane — just don’t ask how it works
45) Can this left-wing populist blow up the 2020 election?
46) Beyond girl power: The answer to the commodification of feminism is a women-led socialist movement
47) Installing GPS devices, getting warrants, and the exclusionary rule
48) Mueller is laying siege to the Trump presidency
49) Selling murder as the greater good
50) Uber’s miserable driver wages in India — but that’s what a poor country means

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Freedom Frauds, 12/04/18
52) Geoffrey Stone on free expression and academic freedom
53) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 12/04/18
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/04/18
55) The Great Books, episode 62
56) Postcards from Somalia, episode 22
57) Interview: Prof CJ
58) Stossel: Google and Facebook cross “The Creepy Line”
59) Humans of Bitcoin, 12/04/18
60) Scott Adams Says, 12/04/18
61) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 114
62) Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan, 12/04/18
63) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 85
64) Kick the Puppy, episode 13
65) Free Talk Live, 12/03/18
66) One Free Family, episode 41
67) Nozomi Hayase on The Scott Horton Show
68) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1297
69) Editor’s Break, episode 116
70) Bloggingheads.tv, 12/03/18

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

1) Dow plunges 799 points
Source: CNN

“That was fast. Wall Street’s enthusiasm for the US-China trade truce has completely vanished. The Dow dropped 799 points, or 3.1%, on Tuesday. At one point, the index was down 818 points. The S&P 500 declined 3.2%, while the Nasdaq tumbled 3.8%. Big tech stocks fell sharply. Apple and Alphabet lost more than 4% apiece. Amazon and Netflix plunged more than 5%. The selloff wipes out a chunk of last week’s huge rally. The Dow jumped 288 points on Monday on relief about the ceasefire between the United States and China on trade. But investors are quickly realizing that the US-China trade war is not over. The tariffs already put in place remain. And new tariffs could be implemented if the two sides fail to make progress.” (12/04/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/04/investing/stock-market-today-dow-jones/index.html

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2) France: Regime freezes fuel tax hike in face of “yellow vest” protests
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says the country’s planned fuel tax is now on hold, after weeks of large protests were mounted by people wearing yellow safety vests. In a live TV address, Philippe said, ‘No tax deserves to endanger the unity of the Nation.’ The retreat comes after anti-fuel-tax demonstrations devolved into a riot in Paris, with people looting stores, burning cars and spray-painting their messages on the Arc de Triomphe and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The fuel tax was scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, as part of French President Emmanuel Macron’s environmental policy. But it is now suspended, after nearly a month of protests that resulted in four deaths.” (12/04/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/12/04/673195387/france-freezes-fuel-tax-hike-in-face-of-yellow-vest-protests

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3) Corsi files criminal complaint against Mueller, alleges bid to seek false testimony
Source: Fox News

“Conservative author Jerome Corsi on Monday filed a ‘criminal and ethics complaint’ against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, accusing investigators of trying to bully him into giving ‘false testimony’ against President Trump. The complaint, which Corsi had threatened for days, is the latest escalation between Mueller’s team and its investigation targets. The 78-page document, asserting the existence of a ‘slow-motion coup against the president,’ was filed to a range of top law enforcement officials including Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, D.C.’s U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu and the Bar Disciplinary Counsel. ‘Dr. Corsi has been criminally threatened and coerced to tell a lie and call it the truth,’ the complaint states.” (12/03/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/conservative-writer-corsi-files-complaint-against-mueller-alleges-bid-to-seek-false-testimony

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4) US envoy for Afghan peace in Pakistan for talks on Taliban
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Washington’s special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s bloody 17-year-old war met Tuesday with Pakistani officials, and a Taliban official said four members from the group’s political office in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar were also in the Pakistani capital. But the visit by the Taliban leaders, which included a former Taliban ambassador and a former governor who is also on a United Nations sanctions list, is ‘private,’ the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Pakistan routinely tells a grumbling Washington that its influence over the Taliban is exaggerated, yet in the past have exhibited sufficient sway over the insurgent movement to summon their leaders to Pakistan for quiet talks.” (12/04/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/US-envoy-on-Afghan-peace-in-Pakistan-for-talks-13441053.php

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5) Senators briefed by CIA torture queen blame Saudi prince for Khashoggi death
Source: Reuters

“Leading U.S. senators said on Tuesday they were more certain than ever that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was culpable in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi after receiving a CIA briefing on the matter. ‘The views that I had before have only solidified,’ said Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who has called for a strong U.S. reaction to Khashoggi’s death and backs legislation to end all U.S. support for the Saudi coalition waging war in Yemen. Menendez spoke to reporters as he left a closed-door briefing for some Senate committee leaders and Senate leaders by CIA Director Gina Haspel. Senator Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, shook his head no, when asked if he thought Haspel’s briefing had changed any minds.” (12/04/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-khashoggi-cia/top-senators-briefed-by-cia-blame-saudi-prince-for-khashoggi-death-idUSKBN1O32BR

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6) SpaceX launches swarm of satellites, flies rocket for third time
Source: Spaceflight Now

“Setting new commercial launch and satellite industry records, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket propelled by a first stage booster launched and recovered two times before soared into a clear morning sky over California’s Central Coast on Monday with 64 small satellites, then returned to a pinpoint landing on a vessel parked offshore in the Pacific Ocean, potentially to be flown again. The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket launched Monday became the first commercial booster to accomplish three flights hauling satellites toward orbit, pushing SpaceX closer to its goal of re-flying boosters 10 times without maintenance or refurbishment between missions.” (12/03/18)

https://spaceflightnow.com/2018/12/03/spacex-launches-swarm-of-satellites-re-flies-rocket-for-third-time/

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7) Boy gets Colorado town to overturn snowball fight ban
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A nine-year-old boy from the town of Severance in Colorado has successfully campaigned for the repeal of an archaic ban on snowball fights. The rule was part of an old ordinance outlawing the throwing of missiles, such as stones, at property or people within the town. Dane Best says he took up the cause on behalf of his friends and classmates. He delivered a presentation on the subject to a local town board, who backed his message on Monday night. ‘The children of Severance want the opportunity to have a snowball fight like the rest of the world,’ Dane said during his three-minute presentation, the Greeley Tribune reports.” (12/04/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46439279

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8) FL: US citizen sues sheriff after he was nearly deported to Jamaica
Source: NBC News

“Peter Sean Brown is a U.S. citizen born in Philadelphia. But when he showed up at a Florida sheriff’s office for violating probation after testing positive for marijuana, he was told he would be detained and flagged for deportation after a request from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to a federal lawsuit filed Monday. Brown repeatedly told officers at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Florida that he was a U.S. citizen, offering to produce his birth certificate, according to the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Brown, 50, had been living in Florida for the last decade, according to the suit. … After Brown was turned over to ICE, agents agreed to look at Brown’s birth certificate as proof of his citizenship, which his roommate emailed over and ICE determined he was in fact a U.S. citizen, according to the suit.” (12/04/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/american-born-citizen-sues-sheriff-after-he-was-nearly-deported-n943486

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9) Cracks in Iran deal coalition? Europeans fume over Tehran missile test
Source: Fox News

“Diplomats from European countries on Tuesday blasted a recent Iranian missile test as ‘inconsistent’ with a key U.N. Security Council resolution, as they struggle to keep the Iran deal intact amid U.S. pressure to get tough on the Islamic regime. Iran test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile on Saturday, which the U.S. said had the capability to strike parts of Europe and the Middle East. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the missile was capable of carrying multiple warheads and was in violation of Security Council Resolution 2231 — which calls on Iran to refrain from ‘any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.’ Resolution 2231 was the Security Council’s enshrinement of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) — which the Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from in May. The other signatories were Germany, U.K., France, China and Russia.” (12/04/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cracks-in-iran-deal-coalition-europeans-fume-over-tehran-missile-test

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10) Report: Manafort discussed brokering deal with Ecuador regime to hand Assange over to US
Source: The Hill

“President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, reportedly discussed with Ecauador officials brokering a deal that would result in WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange being handed over to the U.S. The New York Times, citing three people familiar with the discussions, reported on Monday that Manafort traveled to Ecuador in May 2017 to offer his services to Ecuador’s incoming president, Lenin Moreno. … Moreno and his aide reportedly suggested to Manafort that they could hand over Assange in exchange for a concession such as debt relief from the U.S. Manafort reportedly suggested that he could help the country negotiate a deal. Manafort’s final meeting in Ecuador was followed just days later by special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment to lead the investigation into Russian election interference in the 2016 election.” (12/03/18)

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/419573-manfort-suggested-he-could-broker-a-deal-to-help-ecuador-hand

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11) Republicans claims emails stolen [sic] in major hack
Source: Politico

“The House GOP campaign arm suffered a major hack during the 2018 election, exposing thousands of sensitive emails to an outside intruder, according to three senior party officials. The email accounts of four senior aides at the National Republican Congressional Committee were surveilled for several months, the party officials said. The intrusion was detected in April by an NRCC vendor, who alerted the committee and its cybersecurity contractor. An internal investigation was initiated and the FBI was alerted to the attack, said the officials, who requested anonymity to discuss the incident. … Party officials would not say when the hack began or who was behind it, although they privately believe it was a foreign agent due to the nature of the attack.” (12/04/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/04/exclusive-emails-of-top-nrcc-officials-stolen-in-major-2018-hack-1043309

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12) No you Kant: Russians reject German thinker’s name for airport
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Russian vice-admiral has denounced the 18th-Century German philosopher Immanuel Kant as a ‘traitor,’ calling for him to be rejected in a vote to rename Russia’s Kaliningrad airport. Vice-Admiral Igor Mukhametshin’s rant to sailors came after anti-Kant protesters had thrown paint at a statue of the great thinker in Kaliningrad. Kant was easily beaten in the online vote by Empress Elizabeth (1709-1762). Kaliningrad was Kant’s home when the Baltic city was Prussian Konigsberg. The city was renamed Kaliningrad after Soviet forces drove the Nazis out in 1945, at huge cost. It was mostly in ruins after the fighting and its majority ethnic Germans were expelled in 1947. The airport is currently named Khrabrovo, after a nearby village.” [editor’s note: So Ayn Rand wasn’t the only Russian to misread the man from Konigsberg? – SAT] (12/04/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46440713

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13) Gaza: Hamas sentences six to death for collaborating with Israel
Source: ABC News

“A Hamas-controlled military court on Monday sentenced six Palestinians to death for allegedly collaborating with Israel. The court sentenced another eight defendants in Gaza to prison for various periods. It was the most verdicts to be issued on a single day since the Islamic militant group wrested control of the territory from the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority in 2007. Hamas has [killed] 28 Palestinians, the majority on charges of aiding Israeli security and intelligence agencies, since 2007.” (12/03/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hamas-sentences-death-collaborating-israel-59573228

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14) CA: Tired of waiting for permission slips from gang, migrants from caravan breach turf line
Source: Reuters

“Central American migrants stuck on the threshold of the United States in Mexico breached the border fence on Monday, risking almost certain [abduction] by U.S. authorities but hoping the illegal entry will allow them to apply for asylum. … Frustrated and exhausted after weeks of uncertainty, many of the migrants have become desperate since getting stuck in squalid camps in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. So a number opted to eschew legal procedures [sic] and attempt an illegal [sic] entry from Tijuana as dusk fell on Monday at a spot about 1,500 feet (450 meters) away from the Pacific Ocean.” (12/04/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-caravan/tired-of-waiting-for-asylum-migrants-from-caravan-breach-us-border-idUSKBN1O30D5

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15) FL: Jury selection begins in Epstein suit
Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Jury selection is getting started in Florida in a long-running lawsuit involving a wealthy, well-connected financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls. An attorney who represented some victims claims financier Jeffrey Epstein used his own lawsuit to maliciously target the lawyer and damage his reputation. Attorney Bradley Edwards seeks unspecified damages from Epstein in the case beginning Tuesday.” (12/04/18)

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/palm-beach/fl-ne-jeffrey-epstein-civil-suit-20181204-story.html

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16) Aer Lingus passenger gets $300 phone bill after not using airplane mode
Source: Fox News

“Before every flight, passengers are advised to switch off their mobile devices or turn on airplane mode. While safety is a part of it, doing this could also save you from being hit with hefty roaming charges. Depending on the plane and your device, a phone which hasn’t been put in airplane mode could automatically connect to the aircraft’s antenna and rack up the charges without you realizing it. This is because some phones will automatically connect to a roaming network (often using satellite, where charges are much higher) as one traveler flying with Aer Lingus recently found out. The unnamed passenger told The Irish Times that he left his phone on in the overhead compartment while traveling to the U.S. and ended up with almost $300 in charges from his provider AT&T — the bill for which he only received weeks later. AT&T said that the phone had connected to the plane’s antenna and used data that was ‘outside an unlimited international roaming plan,’ which incurred the extra charges.” (12/04/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/aer-lingus-passenger-gets-300-phone-bill-after-not-using-airplane-mode

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17) Biden: “I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president”
Source: USA Today

“Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday he will decide in the next two months whether to run for president in 2020. ‘I’ll be as straight with you as I can: I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president,’ Biden said in Missoula, Montana, according to accounts from CNN and local media. ‘The issues that we face as a country today are the issues that have been in my wheelhouse, that I’ve worked on my whole life.’ Biden will confer with his family before making a decision, he said. He was promoting his book, Promise Me, Dad, at the University of Montana when he made the statement. Biden had previously said he regrets not running for president in 2016.” (12/04/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/04/joe-biden-think-im-most-qualified-person-country-president/2203662002

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18) Israel: Regime forces launch operation against “Hezbollah tunnels”
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“The Israeli forces have launched what they call ‘an operation to expose and neutralise’ tunnels between Lebanon and Israel, allegedly dug by armed group Hezbollah. The operation was announced by the Israeli military on Twitter on Tuesday. Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus told Reuters news agency that the operation would only take place on Israel’s side of the border and that it would not extend into Lebanon.” (12/04/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/israel-launches-military-operation-hezbollah-tunnels-181204060126929.html

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19) IL: Satanic Temple statue among displays at Capitol
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A local chapter of The Satanic Temple has been allowed to place a statue in the Illinois Capitol alongside holiday displays of a Nativity scene and a menorah. The State Journal-Register reports the sculpture depicts the forearm of a woman holding an apple. The statue is called ‘Knowledge is the Greatest Gift.’ In its application for the display, The Satanic Temple-Chicago calls itself a nontheistic organization that aims to ‘encourage benevolence and empathy among all people.’ Secretary of State Spokesman Dave Druker says the group has the same rights as other religious organizations to have a display in the rotunda. Druker says the state can’t censor the contents of the display if they’re not funded by taxpayer dollars because the Capitol rotunda is a public place.” (12/04/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Satanic-Temple-statue-among-displays-at-Illinois-13442220.php

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20) Pentagon will send green card holders to recruit training
Source: The Mercury News

“The Pentagon will begin sending a backlog of thousands of green-card holders to recruit training, suspending a policy adopted by the Trump administration last year that required more-stringent background checks for some immigrants wanting to serve, according to two defense officials and an internal memo. The policy adopted in October 2017 called for each green-card holder to submit to and complete a full background check, and respond to all concerns before they could go to boot camp. That was in addition to standard requirements for green-card applicants, such as biometrics screening. The change put thousands of people in limbo, as their screening languished on average for nearly a year and specific jobs within the military promised to them slipped away.” (12/03/18)

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/12/03/pentagon-will-send-green-card-holders-to-recruit-training/

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

21) A cashless society — utopia or dystopia?
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“From Stockholm to New York, major global hubs are ditching cash for cards. As contactless payment devices including smartphones and smartwatches proliferate, hard currency is falling out of favor. But for all the convenience that touch payments bring, the cashless transition has major ramifications for the most underserved segments of society.” (12/03/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/a-cashless-society-utopia-or-dystopia/

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22) George H.W. Bush: A little Trumpy well before we had Donald
Source: USA Today
by James Bovard

“Tributes are pouring in for former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last week at the age of 94. Bush’s gentlemanly manners and reasonable rhetoric are being lauded by many people repulsed by the current White House occupant. But for all the differences of style between Donald Trump and the first president Bush, the two men have more in common than we’d like to remember. Bush was the most protectionist president since Herbert Hoover. Like Trump, he spoke of the need for level playing fields and fair trade. But Bush-style fairness gave federal bureaucrats practically endless vetoes over Americans’ freedom to choose foreign goods.” (12/04/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/12/04/george-h-w-bush-trump-before-we-had-trump-column/2184857002

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23) Medicare for All: Good decisions depend on good measurement
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“Even before the new Congress has been seated, some emboldened progressives are pushing for votes to establish Medicare for all. Bernie Sanders argues that 70 percent of Americans favor it, so now is the time. Of course, that support plummets when people are told about its astronomical tax bill and its escalation in government control. But Sanders insists that it will happen because, as the Los Angeles Times described his argument, ‘the bottom line is that less money will come out of American pockets to pay for healthcare.’ Unfortunately for that argument, its basis — that turning from an already heavily regulated market in healthcare to far more government control would slash administrative costs — while widely repeated, is false.” (12/04/18)

https://mises.org/wire/medicare-all-good-decisions-depend-good-measurement

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24) It’s heretics who save the world
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“The people who have kept the world from a slide into darkness and pulled it forward have, to a shocking extent, been heretics of one form or another. I’m using ‘heretic’ more broadly than in just a religious context, but please consider this: It’s the punisher who makes the heretic. Without punishers, heretics would be nothing more than people with different ideas. And in our time, the punishers (at least in the West) are very seldom religious. (Some small number of heretic types are goofy or nasty, but I’m flatly ignoring them.) Trace almost any productive development back to its source, and you are likely to find an originator who is anything but obedient and conforming.” (12/04/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/its-heretics-who-save-the-world/

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25) Trump foreign policy: Doing the same thing and expecting a different result
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“US interventionism in Ukraine led to the 2014 coup and many dead Ukrainians. Crimea’s majority-Russian population held a referendum and decided to re-join Russia rather than remain in a ‘pro-West’ Ukraine that immediately began discriminating against them. Why would anyone object to people opting out of abusive relationships? What is most disappointing about President Trump’s foreign policy is that it didn’t have to be this way. He ran on a platform of America first, ending foreign wars, NATO skepticism, and better relations with Russia. Americans voted for this policy. He had a mandate, a rejection of Obama’s destructive interventionism. But he lost his nerve.” (12/03/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/trump-foreign-policy-thing-expexting-different-result

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26) A retreat from reason (with an aside from Rothbard)
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“People who were living at the time of the Enlightenment did not know that, although the enlightened ones sensed that something was happening. Of course, their precursors did not know they lived in the ‘Renaissance’ or the ‘Dark Ages.’ … Similarly, we have problems characterizing the times we are living in, and even more what will follow — and which labels future historians will use. But there are troubling indications that we are experiencing a retreat from reason.” (12/04/18)

https://www.econlib.org/a-retreat-from-reason-with-an-aside-from-Rothbard/

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27) Changing the rules after the sale
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“If you purchased a car and the dealer decided to foist a bunch of restriction on you after you paid for the vehicle but before you drove it off of the lot (i.e. it’s your property but you haven’t gotten into the car since it became your property), would you take them seriously? Most people probably wouldn’t. I certainly wouldn’t. So why is such a practice considered acceptable for intellectual property?” (12/04/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/12/04/changing-the-rules-after-the-sale/

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28) All markets are sharing economies
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Donald J Boudreaux

“A student recently expressed to me what she called her ‘innate distaste’ for markets. In this young woman’s view, ‘when we act through government we all share, but when we act through markets, each of us goes it alone.’ This student’s perception of governments versus markets is widespread. It is also highly distorted. Real-world governments and markets differ greatly from this popular image of them.” (12/03/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/all-markets-are-sharing-economies

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29) Trump is prepping for all-out political war
Source: Fox News Forum
by Michael Goodwin

“As I sat a few feet from President Trump while he ripped special counsel Robert Mueller and warned Democrats he is preparing a devastating counterpunch, the phrase ‘The Gathering Storm’ came to mind. That’s the title of Volume I of Winston Churchill’s masterful history of World War II. It also describes the president’s mood and the vicious game of blood sport playing out in Washington. While our nation’s political battles are hardly as dramatic as the fight with Nazi Germany and Japan, a storm is gathering in America and 2019 is shaping up as an extremely turbulent year. Trump is under siege and girding for a political, legal and public-relations war.” (12/04/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/michael-goodwin-trump-is-prepping-for-all-out-political-war

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30) America’s economic health has improved
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“There are some areas in which it’s best to not be the leader — such as picking the pockets of the investors and businesses that create jobs and build prosperity. The U.S. has thankfully allowed somebody else to assume that role in recent years.” (12/04/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/12/04/tax-reform-makes-us-more-attractive

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31) Imperialist in Chief: A critical history of George H.W. Bush’s war on Iraq
Source: CounterPunch
by Anthony DiMaggio

“Portraits of late-heads of state and other prominent American leaders typically portray them as freedom-loving patriots who sacrificed for the good of their nation and in the fight for freedom, justice, and democracy abroad. For those with a critical awareness of Bush the elder’s time in office, little in this narrative is worth defending. Bush demonstrated a brazen commitment to realpolitik and enhancing American imperial power, particularly in U.S. policy in the Middle East. But this inconvenient truth simply ‘won’t do’ in a sycophantic media system where journalists worship myths about the U.S. as global protector and savior.” (12/04/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/12/04/imperialist-in-chief-a-critical-history-of-george-h-w-bushs-war-on-iraq/

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32) Regaining trust on money issues
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“Republicans need to regain the offensive on the fiscal issues. The GOP has somehow allowed big-spending Democrats to get to the right of them on the issue of financial responsibility and balanced budgets. Polls show that Democrats are now more trusted on balancing the budget than Republicans. That’s like losing an arm wrestling contest to Nancy Pelosi. The big first step for Republicans to regain American trust on fiscal responsibility is for President Donald Trump to deliver a nationally televised prime-time speech from the Oval Office to announce an all-hands-on-deck war on Washington waste. Declare a debt-spending emergency. If Americans believed Trump were seriously committed to this initiative, he would be regarded as a fiscal superhero. His approval ratings would skyrocket. Who better than a businessman president to scrub out the hundreds of billions of useless expenditures that have made Americans so contemptuous of the Washington swamp.” (12/04/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/12/04/regaining-trust-on-money-issues-n2536914

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33) Academics’ devotion to the socialist dream looks more like self-interest
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“It seems there is some underlying force that makes intellectuals more pre-disposed to anti-market feelings. But what? American libertarian philosopher Robert Nozick posited a hypothesis back in 1998. Intellectuals tend to be over-achievers at school and university, he observed. Schools instill in us the idea that rewards should be granted according to our intellectual merit, particularly our ability to talk and write. The intellectual from a young age not only saw higher grades, but the approval of teachers and examiners. But that’s not how rewards are distributed in a market economy.” (12/03/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/academics-devotion-socialist-dream-looks-more-self-interest

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34) For G20 leaders, greater problems yet to come
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“World leaders heading home after the weekend G20 might be justified in breathing brief sighs of relief. Unlike at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit two weeks ago, the heads of state were able to agree on a joint communique. A landmark meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping was claimed a success by both sides, avoiding further escalation of their trade war — at least for now. Those broadly positive headlines, however, are only half the picture.” (12/03/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-g20-commentary/commentary-for-g20-leaders-greater-problems-yet-to-come-idUSKBN1O22FW

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35) When American warmongers unite
Source: Antiwar.com
by Chris Henrikson

“A gross political diversion has found its way onto American mainstream and social media recently, one that stinks of historical manipulation and neoconservative bias. It showed its face during the reaction to the death of John McCain and continued with Joe Biden presenting a farcical award to George W. Bush. It’s the continued white washing of the Bush administration’s horrifying military actions against the people of the Middle East, the reality that the media is more than a willing accomplice in trying to paint over that history, and that other high profile individuals such as Barack and Michelle Obama are lending their reputations to the fight by participating in the rewriting of US history beginning with George W. Bush.” (12/04/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/chris_henrikson/2018/12/03/when-american-warmongers-unite/

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36) States need to step up and protect medical marijuana users from federal gun laws
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Suzanne Sherman

“Nowhere in the Constitution can one find the authority for Congress to regulate any controlled substance. Nor can one find the authority to regulate firearms; further, the Second Amendment was added to instill confidence in the people that the general government would not regulate firearms at all. Why am I raising the issue of firearms? I seem to be the only one raising this issue, but I advise those who may need or have a family member in need of medical marijuana to fully understand the federal government’s views on the matter. I refer you to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives open letter to all Federal Firearms Licensees, henceforth ‘FFL.’ I will sum up their position: if you are lawfully using marijuana, medical or otherwise, the feds say you may not purchase a firearm OR ammunition. Period. Case closed.” (12/03/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/12/03/states-need-to-step-up-and-protect-medical-marijuana-users-from-federal-gun-laws/

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37) The Whitewashing of George H. W. Bush
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“In the last few days, journalistic eulogies have abounded for George H. W. Bush, who died at the age of 94 on Friday night. It’s established tradition for honoring former presidents. But as Jon Allsop points out in The Columbia Journalism Review, the warm remembrances of Bush also display a distinct trend: evaluating the forty-first president specifically as a foil who highlights the perceived failings of the current commander in chief. Coverage of Bush’s life, Allsop notes, has been ‘dominated by favorable comparisons to President Trump.’ Bush’s death, much like McCain’s before him, became a metaphor for the death of civility in politics.” (12/03/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152493/whitewashing-george-h-w-bush

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38) On Liberty: An antidote to identitarianism
Source: spiked
by Andrew Doyle

“Throughout his treatise, Mill advances a cogent vindication of the primacy of the individual and, in doing so, foretells the narrow-mindedness of 21st-century identity politics. In our age of social media, where non-conformist viewpoints are impulsively lambasted and public shaming is used as a tactic to encourage self-censorship, Mill’s endorsement of the value of tolerance in political and social discourse seems especially germane. He understood better than anyone that threats to freedom of speech do not derive solely from the state’s abuse of power.” (12/04/18)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/12/04/on-liberty-an-antidote-to-identitarianism/

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39) A nightmare farm bill for conservatives
Source: Heartland Institute
by Darren Bakst

“We’re in the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean conservative legislators should take a holiday from their conservative principles. Unfortunately, the farm bill devised by House and Senate negotiators would require them to do just that. Farm bills past have repeatedly disappointed those who believe in free markets, reduced dependency on government, and individual freedom. This latest farm bill, according to published reports, would be the worst in recent memory. It doesn’t just ignore these core principles — it flouts them.” [editor’s note: Evidence is lacking for the proposition that conservatives “believe in free markets, reduced dependency on government, and individual freedom” – TLK] (12/03/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/12/a-nightmare-farm-bill-for-conservatives/

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40) The last president of the old ruling class
Source: The American Prospect
by Peter Dreier

“One of the more annoying aspects of Donald Trump’s presidency is that he makes every previous occupant of the White House seem reasonable by comparison. Most of the obituaries about and tributes to George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday at 94, focused on the former president’s basic decency. As many journalists and historians have described him, Bush was a courteous and well-mannered individual. Their focus on Bush’s patrician reserve and quiet self-assurance is understandable in comparison to Trump’s thin-skinned temperament, arrogance, and megalomania. Yet lost in those remembrances is a distinction between Bush the private man and Bush the politician. Looking more closely, the claim that Bush’s decency characterized his presidency falls apart.” (12/03/18)

http://prospect.org/article/last-president-old-ruling-class

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41) Why people are so divided on immigration (hint: We speak different political languages)
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Art Carden

“For liberals, the struggle between oppressors and the oppressed is obvious: armed American border agents are oppressing some of the world’s most vulnerable by closing off points of entry and firing tear gas at women and children trying to cross the border. Clearly, someone can only think otherwise if they are some combination of stupid and corrupt. For conservatives, the struggle between barbarism and civilization is also obvious. If law and order matter, we cannot simply allow anyone who wants to cross the border to do so. … Clearly, someone can only think otherwise if they are some combination of stupid and corrupt. For libertarians, meanwhile, the situation along the border is obviously best interpreted as a struggle between liberty and coercion.” (12/03/18)

https://fee.org/articles/why-people-are-so-divided-on-immigration-hint-we-speak-different-political-languages/

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42) Christmas is coming
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“When I was a kid, every December day was like a rocket-launch countdown ’til Christmas. Republicans in the House of Representatives have fewer days to tick off: the days remaining to do something before Democrats take over. Days left in session? Eight. We know what Trump wants them to do: pass his negotiated replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). … Though Donald Trump has given us some reason to think he might have multilateral free trade in mind as his real goal, the current state of the USMCA does not bolster that. But it could be worse — the Democrats could scuttle the rewrite, just to spite Trump. This would allow Trump to go ‘nuclear’ and withdraw from NAFTA unilaterally without a replacement.” [editor’s note: Without a “replacement,” wouldn’t there simply be a situation of unregulated trade? Would withdrawing from NAFTA automatically re-institute old controls? – TLK] (12/04/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/12/04/christmas-is-coming/

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43) Poll shows ObamaCare was massive failure
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“What’s the biggest concern in the country right now? Health care costs. That tells you everything you need to know about how ObamaCare failed to deliver on its central promise. The latest IBD/TIPP poll shows that health care costs rank at the top of the list of priorities the public has for the new Congress when it convenes in January. Fully 22% listed this as their highest priority and another 18% listed it is their second highest. That’s above immigration, economy/jobs, or national security. It’s way above infrastructure and criminal justice reforms (which were at the rock bottom of the priority list). But wait a minute. Forty percent say health care costs should be a top priority for Congress? Four years after ObamaCare went into effect?” (12/03/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/health-care-costs-obamacare-ibd-tipp-poll

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44) Homeland Security will let computers predict who might be a terrorist on your plane — just don’t ask how it works
Source: The Intercept
by Sam Biddle

“You’re rarely allowed to know exactly what’s keeping you safe [sic]. When you fly, you’re subject to secret rules, secret watchlists, hidden cameras, and other trappings of a plump, thriving surveillance culture. The Department of Homeland Security is now complicating the picture further by paying a private Virginia firm to build a software algorithm with the power to flag you as someone who might try to blow up the plane.” (12/03/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/12/03/air-travel-surveillance-homeland-security/

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45) Can this left-wing populist blow up the 2020 election?
Source: The American Conservative
by Hunter DeRensis

“‘But make no mistake about it [Donald Trump]. You’re going to know my name.’ So said State Senator Richard Ojeda in his concession speech after being defeated in his House bid in West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District. Ojeda lost the open seat to Republican Carol Miller by a 13 percent margin in what on its face wasn’t a particularly noteworthy race. But in context, he had reason to feel triumphant in defeat. In 2016, Donald Trump had carried the district by 49 percent. Making up a 36 percent deficit, Ojeda accomplished the largest voter swing in the 2018 midterms. After he lost, it was expected that he would challenge freshman Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito in the next cycle. What was unexpected was his declaring for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Because Ojeda, a 48-year-old with 36 tattoos and a military-issue buzz cut, does not match a pundit’s sketch of what a national Democratic contender should look like.” (12/04/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/can-this-left-wing-populist-blow-up-the-2020-election/

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46) Beyond girl power: The answer to the commodification of feminism is a women-led socialist movement
Source: In These Times
by Roqayah Chamseddine

“‘If Hillary was president, we’d all be at brunch right now’ became a liberal requiem in the months that followed Clinton’s 2016 presidential loss. The phrase was designed not only to excuse fellow protesters of their political lethargy during the Obama era, which became their modus operandi, but also to infuse a budding movement against Donald Trump with detachment from the legislative consequences produced by Hillary Clinton and their own history of political apathy.” (12/03/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21613/girl_power_feminism_imperialism_hillary_clinton_mj_hegar_year_of_woman

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47) Installing GPS devices, getting warrants, and the exclusionary rule
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Orin Kerr

“Terry was suspected of being involved in the drug trade. The police saw Terry and followed him to a parking lot, where they had a conversation with him. Having identified Terry’s car, an officer secretly placed a GPS device on the car. Later that day, the officers applied for and obtained tracking warrants to ‘ping’ Terry’s phone and to place the GPS on his car. The warrant application did not tell the magistrate judge that the officers had already installed the GPS device earlier that day. Two days later, officers used the GPS data they were receiving to track Terry and to follow him on the highway. Noting that Terry was speeding 5 miles per hour, the officers decided to pull over Terry. The traffic stop led to the discovery of drugs on Terry. Terry was charged with drug trafficking based on that discovery, and he moved to suppress the evidence.” (12/04/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/12/04/warrantless-placing-of-a-gps-device-and

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48) Mueller is laying siege to the Trump presidency
Source: The Atlantic
by Mikhaila Fogel & Benjamin Wittes

“It happens this way every time: A big news event in the Trump-Russia investigation takes place, and commentators talk about it as though a house of cards is collapsing or a row of dominos is falling. Each time it’s the beginning of the end. Each indictment or plea is the ‘big one.’ And then those expectations are disappointed. … We need to stop thinking of it as a fragile structure waiting for the right poke to fall in on itself. Think instead of the myriad investigations and legal proceedings surrounding the president as a multi-front siege on a walled city that is, in fact, relatively well fortified. Siege warfare is not a matter of striking precisely the correct blow at the correct moment at a particular stone in the wall. It is a campaign of degradation over a substantial period of time.” (12/04/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/12/no-single-news-event-will-take-down-trump/577264/?utm_source=feed

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49) Selling murder as the greater good
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Gary D. Barnett

“War is the scourge of mankind, the death of sanity, and oftentimes exists when armies of consenting soldiers band together in a military formed and controlled by those among us bent on killing for profit and power. War can only be justified for actual self-defense in a time of aggressive invasion. Sadly, today’s U.S. wars are pure aggression, offensive in nature, and not waged due to any foreign invasion. What could drive soldiers to kill simply on orders from the state? Why would normal men risk all for the murderous desires of others?” (12/04/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/selling-murder-as-the-greater-good/

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50) Uber’s miserable driver wages in India — but that’s what a poor country means
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Uber is being accused of exploiting its drivers in India. To which Deardrie McCloskey’s comment, that the only thing worse than being exploited by a capitalist is to not be exploited at all, seems appropriate. For the actual complaint is that the drivers, despite working hard all hours, make very little after they’ve paid for the cars and fuel etc. That is, the income accruing to their labour is low. But that’s what it means to be in a poor country. Earnings from labour are very low. That’s actually the definition. A place with high labour rates is a rich place, a poor place has low pay.” (12/04/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/world/asia/india/ubers-miserable-driver-wages-in-india-but-thats-what-a-poor-country-means/

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51) Freedom Frauds, 12/04/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Millennials like Communism?!? I was vaccinated against it when I traveled to Romania, dodging secret agent hookers, surly clerks, and gullible guards with machine guns.” [various formats] (12/04/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/freedom-frauds-my-train-trip-to-communist-hell/

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52) Geoffrey Stone on free expression and academic freedom
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Geoffrey Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, delivered the keynote address at the FIRE Faculty Conference in October. In his keynote, Stone discusses the history of free speech and academic freedom in the United States and the reasons why these principles are vital to higher education. He also answers questions from faculty attendees on the status of free speech on campuses today.” [Flash video] (12/04/18)

https://www.thefire.org/geoffrey-stone-on-free-expression-and-academic-freedom-at-the-fire-faculty-conference/

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53) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 12/04/18
Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“Chris Pacia (Lead backend Software developer for @openbazaar) on the Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork, what happened, and what it means going forward — Tim Picciott (Crypto Self Direct; The Liberty Advisor) does The Trump Report …” [MP3] (12/04/18)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/252315-2018-12-04-12-04-18-chris-pacia-tim-picciott-new-studio-testing.htm

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/04/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Many in Washington who are obsessing over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are silent on the thousands of civilians killed by US drones and are seeking conflict with Iran. Is this about principles … or just politics?” [Flash video] (12/04/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/why-are-we-talking-about-khashoggi-murder-when-us-drones-kill-thousands

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55) The Great Books, episode 62
Source: National Review

“John J. Miller is joined by Elizabeth Samet to discuss The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.” [various formats] (12/04/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-great-books/episode-62-the-personal-memoirs-of-ulysses-s-grant/

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56) Postcards from Somalia, episode 22
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“On this episode Sherry and Alan riff on the latest border debacle.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/04/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/postcards-from-somalia-episode-22-borders-baybay/

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57) Interview: Prof CJ
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy [Danilo Cuellar’s] recent conversation with Prof CJ, host of the Dangerous History Podcast.” [Flash video or Flash audio] (12/04/18)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/prof-cj-history-of-american-slavery-stanley-milgram-experiment-and-stanford-prison-experiment/

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58) Stossel: Google and Facebook cross “The Creepy Line”
Source: Reason

“Companies like Google and Facebook collect information about us and sell it to advertisers. The information they collect and the way they collect it cross the ‘creepy line’ according to a new documentary called ‘The Creepy Line.’ John Stossel asks the writer of the documentary, Peter Schweizer: ‘What’s the big deal? They’re giving me information.’ Schweizer responds ‘to the extent that somebody can do something for you, they can do something to you.’ He goes on to make a powerful case that Google and Facebook abuse their power.” [Flash video] (12/04/18)

https://reason.com/reasontv/2018/12/04/stossel-google-and-facebook-cross-the

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59) Humans of Bitcoin, 12/04/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“CEO of the world’s largest bitcoin payment processor, Stephen Pair has been interested in digital currencies since the 1990’s. Insights on the history AND future of money.” [various formats] (12/04/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e593-BitPay-CEO-on-Digital-Money-History-and-Worldwide-Adoption-Stephen-Pair

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60) Scott Adams Says, 12/04/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams asks Dale to read Mueller porn on CNN.com, healthcare, France, Wall funding, #metoo, coffee.” [Flash video] (12/04/18)

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

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61) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 114
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“Three St. Louis cops eat their own and will hopefully face justice for it. Don’t hold your breath, though. What’s in the News with stories on cryptocurrency to pay taxes, police abuse, legal kidnapping twice, government idiocy, and government murdering children. Plus, and Ask ME Anything segment where I answer questions on a write-in campaign for me for office, my diet, what does it mean when I say ‘keep striking the root,’ and voting on referendums.” [various formats] (12/04/18)

https://thelavaflow.com/bad-boys-tlf114/

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62) Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan, 12/04/18
Source: The Intercept

“The Intercept’s co-founder Glenn Greenwald joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the difference between hagiography and journalism — and to produce a more accurate and fair obituary of the late former-president George H.W. Bush.” [various formats] (12/04/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/12/04/george-h-w-bush-the-inconvenient-truth/

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63) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 85
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Those who profited so much from slave labor, rebuked the Declaration of Independence, but the Southern justification for slavery varied by region.” [various formats] (12/04/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/who-killed-jeffersonianism

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64) Kick the Puppy, episode 13
Source: Attack The System

“Former President George H.W. Bush dies at 94, the ruling classes live longer, suicide rates at a 50 year peak, life expectancy declines, senior citizens replacing teenagers as fastfood workers, the rise of the inter-generational household, ballot initiative for decriminalization of magic mushrooms may be on Oregon ballot in 2020, the Senate’s Yemen vote is a historic first, Rand Paul works to block aid to Israel and gets attacked by Zionist groups, Marc Lamont Hill calls for a ‘free Palestine’ and gets fired from CNN.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/04/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/12/04/kick-the-puppy-episode-13/

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65) Free Talk Live, 12/03/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Radio Station Bans Baby its Cold Outside :: Libertarian Party Futility :: Power Imbalance :: Women Saying No :: Communist Governments :: North and South Korea Update :: Feminist Weighs in On Baby its Cold Outside :: Edgington Post — Jeffrey Tucker :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Michael.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/03/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-12-03

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66) One Free Family, episode 41
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“James and Taylor are back to discuss how self-directed learning looks in their home.” [Flash audio] (12/03/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/how-self-directed-learning-looks-in-our-home-off041/

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67) Nozomi Hayase on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Nozomi Hayase joins the show to talk about Wikileaks, given all the recent news about Julian Assange. Hayase explains Assange’s background and the founding of Wikileaks, arguing that its mission is critical for a free society today. If leakers and whistleblowers aren’t protected, we lose a powerful check on government control of information. She explains that if people think we live under a free democracy, no one will be motivated to reform the things that need changing, and many whistleblowers are working to fight that image.” [various formats] (12/03/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/11-30-18-nozomi-hayase-on-julian-assange/

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68) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1297
Source: The Tom Wood Show

“Allen Mendenhall may hold a Ph.D. in English, but the ideological capture of English departments across American universities means he is essentially barred from that discipline. Today we discuss what happened, and what unsuspecting students are likely to encounter in college English courses.” [various formats] (12/03/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1297-marxism-and-other-weirdness-in-english-departments/

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69) Editor’s Break, episode 116
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 116 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: practicing the Stoic teaching of recognizing your own complicity in your emotional reactions to the speech of others; the insidious institution of schooling and its coercion and manipulation of children; how markets will respond to the grave and dire threat of climate change; the sad state of affairs in his culture toward care for the elderly; and more.” [various formats] (12/03/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/stoicism-schooling-climate-change-elder-care-36m-editors-break-116

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70) Bloggingheads.tv, 12/03/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Diana Fleischman (University of Portsmouth, dianafleischman.com) … What evolutionary psychology says about men and women … Bob: Evolutionary psychology isn’t inherently right wing … The Kavanaugh hearings … Diana’s critique of #MeToo … When men misread women’s social signals … Have some evolutionary psychologists moved to the right? … Diana: Women should be taught the art of rebuffing men.” [Flash video] (12/03/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/54248

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