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Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Trump forges ahead on recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli capital despite warnings
2) SCOTUS deeply divided over exception to 13th Amendment for enslaving bakers
3) Rohrabacher to testify in Russiagate/WikiLeaks witch hunt
4) Report: FBI stole more than 4,000 guns from people not initially caught in unconstitutional “background check” scheme
5) Trump lawyer denies financial record subpoena
6) Tiny moon circling Saturn has more oil and gas than Earth
7) US Interior Department recommends changes to boundaries of six national monuments
8) Trump impeachment vote to be forced on Wednesday
9) Study: Sweden child migrant tests “reveal many adults”
10) India: Two doctors fired after “dead” baby wakes up on way to funeral
11) Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed by US Senate to head Heimatsicherheitsdienst
12) OH: Ex-CBPD honcho pledges to run government “the Ohio way”
13) White House says government shutdown “always a possibility”
14) Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang
15) Google is pulling YouTube off the Fire TV and Echo Show as feud with Amazon grows
16) Report: Army now allowing more recruits who used cannabis
17) Austria: Constitutional Court ends marriage apartheid
18) Trump administration: US border abductions at lowest since 1971
19) UN human rights chief: Myanmar regime forces may be guilty of genocide against Rohingya
20) Google will enlist 10,000 employees to make YouTube less useful
21) Spain: Judge withdraws arrest warrant for exiled Catalan pols
22) Russia: Regime designates Radio Free Europe, Voice of America “foreign agents”
23) World’s first 3D-printed euthanasia machine ends life with a click
24) SCOTUS hears sports betting case
25) Conyers says he’s “retiring today” amid sexual misconduct allegations

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Don’t register anything
27) A pizza problem: Why those third party polls don’t pan out
28) The private option
29) Trump & GOP promised America an anti-Washington party; where is it?
30) Orwellian Newspeak and the Six Conundrums of Socialism
31) Establishment Democrats lack will to fight GOP tax plan; time for an alternative
32) The mainstream media’s deference to authority in the JFK assassination
33) The environmental case against Bitcoin
34) Single payer? How about a profit-driven single provider?
35) State intervention is more of a hindrance than a help to growth
36) Tax plan is a cut for everyone
37) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 15
38) What’s really behind the CVS-Aetna merger? (It’s not Amazon)
39) Get government out of the welfare business
40) Learning to cheat
41) Why Iraq should limit Islamic State trials
42) Predator alert or witch hunt? Part 1
43) Trump’s another in a long line of fiscally irresponsible Republican presidents
44) The way economic freedom indexes measure regulation is deeply flawed
45) Religious liberty or right to discriminate?
46) A new Republican strategy to dramatically expand [sic] gun rights
47) We must defeat fascism by any means necessary
48) Why is there no “Saudi-gate?”
49) When will Republicans in Congress start restraining Trump?
50) The drama over “Rexit” is all about Iran
51) God, Brexit, and EUtopia, part 1
52) Wrong Ross
53) Time for our biannual complaint that British Rail tickets are too cheap
54) Truth in advertising
55) UN agency to Congress: Drop dead

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1053
57) Celebrate Repeal Day with an old fashioned Old Fashioned
58) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 33
59) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/05/17
60) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 680
61) Fresh Air, 12/04/17
62) The Libertarian Angle, 12/05/17
63) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/05/17
64) Free Talk Live, 12/04/17
65) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 126

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

1) Trump forges ahead on recognizing Jerusalem as Israeli capital despite warnings
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump forged ahead Tuesday with plans to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially violent protests. Trump also told the leaders of the Palestinian Authority and Jordan in phone calls that he intends to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It remains unclear, however, when he might take that physical step, which is required by U.S. law but has been waived on national security grounds for more than two decades. Trump is to publicly address the question of Jerusalem on Wednesday. U.S. officials familiar with his planning said he would declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a rhetorical volley that could have its own dangerous consequences. The United States has never endorsed the Jewish state’s claim of sovereignty over any part of Jerusalem and has insisted its status be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiation.” (12/05/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Abbas-aide-warns-Jerusalem-move-would-harm-US-in-12405853.php

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2) SCOTUS deeply divided over exception to 13th Amendment for enslaving bakers
Source: USA Today

“The Supreme Court appeared divided down the middle Tuesday over a Colorado baker’s refusal to design a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, the latest test in the continuing legal battle between gay rights and religious expression. In one of the most animated oral arguments the high court has held, justices on both sides peppered four lawyers with questions to illustrate how their decision might affect other merchants, such as chefs and florists, and other minority groups, such as Catholics and African Americans. While the court’s liberal justices said the ‘cake artist’ likely cannot refuse to serve gay couples, and conservative justices said his religious and free speech rights should be respected, Justice Anthony Kennedy once again was the man in the middle.” (12/05/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/12/05/speech-religion-lgbt-rights-collide-supreme-court/921458001/

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3) Rohrabacher to testify in Russiagate/WikiLeaks witch hunt
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Orange County Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) will testify before the House Select Intelligence Committee this month about a meeting with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in which the two discussed who stole [sic] emails from the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 presidential election. … WikiLeaks published the emails before voters elected a new president in November of last year. U.S. intelligence officials have said Russia was involved in the theft [sic] of Democratic Party emails and tried to influence the election to benefit then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. Rohrabacher said in an August statement after he met with Assange in London that the WikiLeaks founder ’emphatically stated that the Russians were not involved.’” (12/05/17)

http://beta.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-updates-rohrabacher-to-testify-before-1512421761-htmlstory.html

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4) Report: FBI stole more than 4,000 guns from people not initially caught in unconstitutional “background check” scheme
Source: CBS News

“The FBI issued 4,170 orders last year to [steal] guns from buyers who should [sic] have been blocked by the federal background check system, according to a new report from USA Today. The purchasers include people with criminal records, mental health issues or other red flags. The report said that’s the largest number of gun [theft] requests in 10 years, up from 2,892 requests the year before. It was not immediately clear how many of the guns were successfully [stolen]. Once the FBI issues a gun [theft] request, it’s up to agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to actually [steal] the weapons.” [editor’s note: In a just world, any ATF agent attempting to steal someone else’s weapon would be the subject of a functionality test of said weapon – TLK] (12/05/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fbi-issues-requests-seize-guns-buyers-who-failed-background-checks-report/

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5) Trump lawyer denies financial record subpoena
Source: Washington Post

“A lawyer for President Donald Trump says it’s not true that special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed financial records relating to the president. In a statement Tuesday, attorney Jay Sekulow says such reporting is ‘false’ and says ‘no subpoena has been issued or received.’ He says he’s confirmed ‘this with the bank and other sources.’ Sekulow was responding to a report from German business newspaper Handelsblatt that Mueller had subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank as part of his investigation into possible Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential election campaign.” (12/05/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/the-latest-manafort-told-to-prove-he-didnt-violate-order/2017/12/05/0cb3577a-d9d8-11e7-a241-0848315642d0_story.html

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6) Tiny moon circling Saturn has more oil and gas than Earth
Source: USA Today

“Imagine a place with hundreds of times more natural gases and other liquid hydrocarbons than all of the known oil and gas reserves on our bountiful planet. As it turns out, that place is a comparatively small, smoggy and perpetually drizzly moon in our very own solar system, happily orbiting around Saturn. On Titan, the largest of Saturn’s 62 moons, hydrocarbons naturally rain down from the skies in a ‘dreary drizzle’ and collect in the form of vast lakes and dunes. This has long been known or at least surmised, but now we have proof and quantitative data thanks to NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Whereas the majority of the earth’s surface is covered in water, the greater part of Titan is covered in lakes, seas, and flooded river valleys full of liquid methane and ethane, while the dunes are made up of not sand, but likely of tholins, a category of organic materials formed by carbon-containing compounds (CO2, methane, ethane, and more) and solar ultraviolet irradiation or other cosmic rays.” (12/05/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/energy/2017/12/05/new-energy-source-tiny-moon-circling-saturn-has-more-oil-and-gas-than-earth/920299001

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7) US Interior Department recommends changes to boundaries of six national monuments
Source: Raw Story

“U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Donald Trump change the boundaries of six national monuments designated by past administrations, according to a copy of the recommendations seen by Reuters. The recommended changes include reductions already ordered by Trump to Utah’s sprawling Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante monuments, which have kicked off legal challenges by tribes and environmental groups. The four other monuments are Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon and California, Gold Butte in Nevada, and the Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll marine national monuments, according to the document.” [editor’s note: Reversal of overreach from Obama’s EO on 12/28/16; any more questions? – SAT] (12/05/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/interior-dept-recommends-changes-to-boundaries-of-six-us-national-monuments

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8) Trump impeachment vote to be forced on Wednesday
Source: Raw Story

“A vote to impeach President Donald Trump will happen on the House of Representatives floor on Wednesday, a Democrat has vowed. Rep. Al Green of Texas in a House speech Tuesday said he would bring articles of impeachment against Trump and force a vote the following day, after three prominent Democrats asked to meet with him to discuss the matter. ‘I will tell them that impeachment is not about Democrats, that it’s not about Republicans. I will tell them that it is about democracy,’ Green said of the Democrats he plans to meet with in his office. ‘It is about government of the people, by the people, for the people. I will tell them it is about the republic, it is about what (Benjamin) Franklin said, “We have a republic if we can keep it.” I refuse to sit on the sidelines while the world is considering one of the greatest issues of our time.’” [editor’s note: Democracy? Republic? Choose, please! You cannot have both – SAT] (12/05/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/trump-impeachment-vote-to-be-forced-wednesday

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9) Study: Sweden child migrant tests “reveal many adults”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Swedish investigation into migrants claiming asylum as children suggests that three-quarters of those tested were over the age of 18. Sweden’s national forensic medicine agency checked the age of nearly 8,000 people and found that some 6,600 were 18 or over. The checks were only carried out in cases where there were doubts as to the person’s age. Child migrants are less likely to be sent back to their country of origin. Between mid-March and late October, the agency (Rättsmedicinalverket) carried out a total of 7,858 age assessments. Of those, examinations suggested 6,628 were 18 or older (84%), and 112 ‘possibly’ 18 or older, The Local newspaper reports.” (12/05/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42234585

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10) India: Two doctors fired after “dead” baby wakes up on way to funeral
Source: USA Today

“A hospital in India fired two physicians and promised an investigation after a baby who was declared dead woke up in a bag while the family was driving to his funeral. The case has sparked outrage across the country, police are involved, and the New Delhi health minister has threatened to cancel the hospital’s license. Max Healthcare in New Delhi issued a statement saying the ‘unfortunate incident’ occurred Thursday following a premature delivery of twins after a five-month pregnancy. The second child was stillborn; the first was declared dead a short time later. The babies were placed in plastic bags and the family was driving to the crematorium when they saw movement. They opened the bag to find the live child. The baby was placed on life support, the hospital said.” (12/05/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/12/04/two-doctors-fired-after-dead-baby-wakes-up-way-funeral/919346001

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11) Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed by US Senate to head Heimatsicherheitsdienst
Source: Fox News

“Deputy White House Chief of Staff Kirstjen Nielsen has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to oversee the Department of Homeland Security. The nomination for Nielsen, a former Homeland Security official, from President Trump passed in the Senate with a 62-37 vote on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Nielsen understands that department’s daily operations, due to her previous experience, and is ready to lead on her first day. Meanwhile Democrats said Nielsen lacks the experience needed to run a major agency with 240,000 employees. They also cited concerns about possible White House interference in a recent DHS decision to send home thousands of Nicaraguans that have long been granted U.S. protection.” (12/05/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/05/senate-confirms-deputy-white-house-chief-staff-kirstjen-nielsen-to-lead-department-homeland-security.html

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12) OH: Ex-CBPD honcho pledges to run government “the Ohio way”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Former consumer watchdog Richard Cordray said Tuesday that he will focus his campaign for governor on improving the lives of Ohio’s families and maintain a tone unlike the one he encountered in Washington. At a hometown diner called Lilly’s Kitchen Table crowded with press and supporters, Cordray, 58, said he will focus on ‘kitchen table issues,’ including the costs of health care and college, finding a better job and saving for retirement. He also pledged to restore power to local governments that have seen cuts from Ohio’s Republican-led Legislature.” [editor’s note: I suppose that means ruling any opposition as “illegal?” – SAT] (12/05/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Democrat-Richard-Cordray-to-join-crowded-12405620.php

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13) White House says government shutdown “always a possibility”
Source: Raw Story

“As the U.S. Congress worked to reach agreement on a short-term spending measure to keep the federal government open, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Tuesday a shutdown could still happen. ‘It is always a possibility but it’s certainly not what we hope for,’ she said at a media briefing, adding that the top Democrats in Congress, Senator Charles Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi, would meet with Trump this week.” (12/05/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/white-house-says-government-shutdown-always-a-possibility

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14) Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang
Source: Yahoo! News

“Citing ‘systematic manipulation’ of anti-doping rules, the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday it has banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. An 14-person panel had been mulling a confidential IOC report that detailed Russia’s official doping program during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and the extensive cover-up. As a result of this ban, no Russian officials will be allowed to attend the games. Their flag will be excluded from any display, and if any ‘clean’ Russian athletes are given permission to attend, they won’t be competing under the Russian flag.” (12/05/17)

https://sports.yahoo.com/russia-banned-2018-winter-olympics-pyeongchang-183735604.html

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15) Google is pulling YouTube off the Fire TV and Echo Show as feud with Amazon grows
Source: The Verge

“Three months ago, YouTube pulled its programming from Amazon’s Echo Show device — the first skirmish in what is apparently an ongoing war. Shortly after, Amazon stopped selling the Nest E Thermostat, Nest’s Camera IQ, and the Nest Secure alarm system. Two weeks ago, Amazon got YouTube back on the Echo Show by simply directing users to the web version, a workaround that left a lot to be desired. But even that version won’t be available after today. In a statement this afternoon, a YouTube spokesperson announced that the company was withdrawing support for its service on both the Echo Show and, more importantly, Amazon’s Fire TV … YouTube will be pulled from the Echo Show today. Customers who own an Fire TV will start seeing a notification today warning them that the service will be unavailable as of January 1st, 2018.” (12/05/17)

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/5/16738748/google-amazon-feud-youtube-pulled-off-fire-tv-echo-show-nest-devices

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16) Report: Army now allowing more recruits who used cannabis
Source: Smell the Truth

“As cannabis laws continue to reform, one branch of the U.S. military is lifting its ban on enlisting marijuana users. The Army is now granting hundreds of waivers to recruits excusing them from a history of using marijuana, reports the AP. More than 500 waivers have been granted by the active-duty Army for marijuana use this year, representing a massive increase from 191 waivers in 2016. No such waivers were granted three years ago. The increase in allowing pot users is one way Army officials are using to fulfill orders to expand their ranks. ‘Provided they understand that they cannot do that when they serve in the military, I will waive that all day long,’ said Maj. Gen. Jeff Snow, head of the Army’s recruiting command. The Army’s new leniency towards marijuana use comes at a time when an overwhelming majority of American military veterans now support legalizing medical marijuana.” [editor’s note: They need more cannon fodder to protect the CIA heroin trade – SAT] (12/05/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/12/04/the-army-is-allowing-more-recruits-who-used-marijuana

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17) Austria: Constitutional Court ends marriage apartheid
Source: ABC News

“Austria’s Constitutional Court has ruled that same-sex couples will be allowed to marry by the beginning of 2019, bringing the country in line with more than a dozen other Western European nations. In a ruling announced Tuesday, the court said that the words ‘two people of different sex’ will be removed from the law on marriage at the end of 2018 on the grounds that the distinction is discriminatory. Same-sex couples will be able to marry after that, unless the government decides to change the laws earlier.” (12/05/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/austrian-court-rules-sex-couples-marry-51582205

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18) Trump administration: US border abductions at lowest since 1971
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The number of arrests made at the US border has dropped to a 46-year low, according to figures released by the Trump administration. Despite the decline in Border Patrol arrests, officials at Immigration and Customs (ICE) report a significant increase in arrests within the US. Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke praised the ‘successful results.’ President Donald Trump has pledged to target illegal immigration, and build a wall on the southern border. Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said on Tuesday that ‘overall removals are down because the border is under better control than it has been in 45 years.’” (12/05/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42241671

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19) UN human rights chief: Myanmar regime forces may be guilty of genocide against Rohingya
Source: Reuters

“Myanmar’s security forces may be guilty of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, the United Nations’ top human rights official said on Tuesday, adding that more were fleeing despite an agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to send them home. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that none of the 626,000 Rohingya who have fled violence since August should be repatriated to Myanmar unless there was robust monitoring on the ground. Myanmar’s ambassador Htin Lynn said that his government was working with Bangladesh to ensure returns of the displaced in about two months and ‘there will be no camps.’ Zeid, who has described the campaign in the past as a ‘textbook case of ethnic cleansing,’ was addressing a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva called by Bangladesh.” (12/05/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-rohingya-un/myanmar-forces-may-be-guilty-of-genocide-against-rohingya-u-n-says-idUSKBN1DZ14J

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20) Google will enlist 10,000 employees to make YouTube less useful
Source: Engadget

“YouTube had its hands full lately, dealing with disturbing channels and videos masquerading as family-friendly offerings. Now, YouTube chief Susan Wojcicki has explained how the platform plans to keep a closer eye on the videos it hosts going forward by applying the lessons it learned fighting [sic] violent extremism content. Wojcicki says the company has begun training its algorithms to improve child safety [sic] on the platform and to be better at detecting hate speech. To be able to teach its algorithms which videos need to be removed and which can stay, though, it needs more people’s help. That’s why it aims to appoint as many as 10,000 people across Google to review content that might violate its policies.” (12/05/17)

https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/05/youtube-google-army-to-review-videos/

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21) Spain: Judge withdraws arrest warrant for exiled Catalan pols
Source: Houston Chronicle

“A Spanish judge on Tuesday withdrew the European arrest warrants for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four members of his former cabinet who have been fighting extradition from Belgium. A Supreme Court spokesman said that the five could still be arrested if they go back to Spain, however, because they are still being sought for crimes related to the independence bid in northeastern Catalonia. … Supreme Court magistrate Pablo Llarena said on Tuesday that individual European warrants don’t apply anymore because evidence has emerged that the alleged crimes were committed as part of a wider group. He also said that the probed politicians have shown their ‘intention to return to Spain’ in order to run for elections in Catalonia.” [editor’s note: Presumably they intend to return to Catalonia, not to Spain – TLK] (12/05/17)

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/crime/article/Spanish-judge-withdraws-arrest-warrant-for-12405979.php

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22) Russia: Regime designates Radio Free Europe, Voice of America “foreign agents”
Source: US News & World Report

“Russia designated Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Voice of America (VOA) as ‘foreign agents’ on Tuesday, a move aimed at complicating their work in retaliation for what Moscow says is unacceptable U.S. pressure on Russian media. Russia’s broadside is likely to further sour battered U.S.-Russia relations and is part of the fallout from allegations that the Kremlin meddled in the U.S. presidential election last year in Donald Trump’s favor, something Moscow denies. U.S. intelligence officials accused the Kremlin of using Russian media it finances to influence U.S. voters, and Russian state broadcaster RT last month reluctantly complied with a U.S. request to register a U.S.-based affiliate as a ‘foreign agent’ under the Foreign Agent Registration Act.” [editor’s note: RFE/RL are US state media, just like RT is Russian state media, so the tit for tat is only to be expected – TLK]] (12/05/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-12-05/russia-designates-rfe-rl-and-voice-of-america-as-foreign-agents

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23) World’s first 3D-printed euthanasia machine ends life with a click
Source: International Business Times

“Did you ever think you could end your life by just the press of a button? Well, there is no dearth in the advancement of technology, and when it comes to euthanasia, it sparks more interest. Dr. Philip Nitschke, the founder and director of Exit International has developed a hi-tech euthanasia device named the Sarco capsule. It is a reusable 3D-printed euthanasia machine which would let anyone end their life by the press of a button. … The device is designed in two parts. One part is a reusable machine base and the other is a capsule that can be detached and used as a coffin.” (12/05/17)

http://www.ibtimes.com/sarco-capsule-worlds-first-3d-printed-euthanasia-machine-ends-life-click-2623856

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24) SCOTUS hears sports betting case
Source: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

“In a case being closely watched by states interested in allowing betting on sports, the Supreme Court indicated a willingness Monday to side with New Jersey’s effort to permit sports gambling. The justices heard arguments in a case where New Jersey is challenging a federal law that bars gambling on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states. If the justices strike down the law, 32 states would likely offer sports betting within five years, according to a report by a California research firm. Courts, citing the federal law, have blocked New Jersey’s repeated attempts to allow sports betting at its racetracks and casinos.” (12/05/17)

http://www.journalgazette.net/news/20171205/high-court-hears-sports-betting-case

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25) Conyers says he’s “retiring today” amid sexual misconduct allegations
Source: The Hill

“Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), who for weeks has been the target of sexual misconduct allegations, announced on Tuesday that he will retire from the House. Conyers, the lower chamber’s current longest-serving member, told a Detroit-area radio station that he is endorsing his son, John Conyers III, for his seat. He said he was ‘retiring today.’” (12/05/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/363282-conyers-announces-retirement-amid-sexual-misconduct-allegations

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

26) Don’t register anything
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“If we needed yet another demonstration that getting yourself on the government’s radar is just a bad idea, Hawaii handed it to us in spades last week. That’s when we learned that the Honolulu Police Department was putting the screws to people so honest — and trusting — as to comply with state laws requiring registration of certain goods and activities. They shouldn’t have been so honest and trusting. Like too many jurisdictions, Hawaii requires gun owners to register their firearms. Also like an excess of other control-freaky places, the state requires medical marijuana users to register themselves with the state Department of Health. As it turns out, those who dutifully abide by both requirements find themselves in trouble.” (12/05/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/12/05/dont-register-anything

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27) A pizza problem: Why those third party polls don’t pan out
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“In every presidential election, pluralities or majorities say they’re ‘willing to vote for’ or ‘interested in seeing’ a third party candidate. In between, pluralities or majorities proclaim the ‘need’ for a third party. That excites third party activists like me (I’m a long-time Libertarian). But in election after election, the actual voting returns Republicans and Democrats to Congress and the White House. Why? For part of the answer, consider pizza toppings.” (12/05/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12187

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28) The private option
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“Coca-Cola is able to provide excellent benefits to its employees because the sugar-water business is wildly profitable and because the company carefully manages its program. Coca-Cola is big enough to act as its own insurer through what’s known as a ‘captive,’ a separate company that exists only to insure (or reinsure) the risks of the parent company. Coca-Cola uses its captive, Red Re, to handle its worldwide health-insurance benefits, life insurance, and, under an agreement with the Labor Department, its domestic accidental-death and -dismemberment policies. That allows the company to pay the ‘real cost of providing benefits’ … rather than funding a profit for a third-party insurer. … Bernie Sanders may call himself a socialist, but there’s a slightly different shade of red that might be of some interest to him and to likeminded progressives, one that symbolizes the best that capitalism has to offer. Why not buy the American people a Coke?” (12/05/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454346/health-reform-private-public-options-back-square-one

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29) Trump & GOP promised America an anti-Washington party; where is it?
Source: USA Today
by Andrew Cline

“Looking over the remnants of the Virginia Republican Party after last month’s electoral devastation, pundits largely agreed on one thing. A backlash tsunami is coming for the GOP in 2018, and the seismic event that triggered the wave, like a colossal, gold-plated luxury hotel crashing into the sea, is Donald Trump. The left’s eagerness to ‘resist’ Trump showed in Virginia’s turnout figures and, although unlikely to be a factor in next week’s special Senate election in Alabama, could make winning elections in swing states and swing districts very challenging for Republicans in 2018. Trump’s low approval ratings are considered to be gathering clouds on the horizon, which raises a fun question. Which elected official in Washington has a worse job approval rating than President Trump? The answer: All of them.” (12/05/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/12/05/trump-republicans-promised-america-anti-washington-party-where-andrew-cline-column/902290001

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30) Orwellian Newspeak and the Six Conundrums of Socialism
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“Collectivists insist that the ‘problem’ with capitalism is still the private ownership of property. But that is just another manifestation of the collectivist’s own greed, the desire to seize collectively what they’re incapable of earning individually. Since all rights are individual that’s why, without property rights, no other rights are possible. By disassociating monopolistic power from society — abolishing the state and all other forms of coercion, intimidation and fraud in favor of voluntary forms of private sector ‘governance’ — the result is a free marketplace for all people in all things from goods and services to ideas and opinions.” (12/04/17)

https://hubpages.com/politics/Orwellian-Newspeak-and-the-Six-Conundrums-of-Socialism

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31) Establishment Democrats lack will to fight GOP tax plan; time for an alternative
Source: In These Times
by Joel Bleifuss

“Despite opposition from 52 percent of the American public according to a CNN poll, tax ‘reform’ has now passed both the House and the Senate largely on party line votes. All that remains is for the GOP Congress to reconcile the two bills. The exact details are yet to be determined, but what is not in doubt is that the Republicans are set to deliver lavish tax breaks to the 1 percent. This giveaway to the rich will be accompanied by major cuts in the 2018 federal budget (another piece of legislation that must be reconciled before the end of the year) for initiatives that help the rest of us, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (aka SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). In 2016, SNAP fed many of the 41 million Americans — including 12.9 million children — who suffered from food insecurity and hunger.” (12/04/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20724/GOP-Tax-Plan-Democratic-Party-Leadership-Progressive-Candidates

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32) The mainstream media’s deference to authority in the JFK assassination
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“[O]rdinarily you would think that it would be enterprising reporters who would be investigating a story that is riddled with contradictions, anomalies, inconsistences, secrecy, mysteries, and lies by federal and state officials and that everyone else would be content to read the results of their investigations. In the JFK assassination, it was (and is) the exact opposite. The mainstream media rolled over, and a group of self-selected individuals has done the investigating and ferreting out of the truth. Of course the obvious question arises, one that the film does not answer or try to answer: Why? Why did the reporters and the mainstream media simply roll over and accept the official story from the very start? Why didn’t they consider the possibility that they were being lied to?” (12/05/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/12/05/mainstream-medias-deference-authority-jfk-assassination/

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33) The environmental case against Bitcoin
Source: The New Republic
by Emily Atkin

“‘Bitcoin is the World’s Hottest Currency, but No One’s Using It,’ the Wall Street Journal proclaimed on Saturday. The day prior, the digital currency had surged past $10,000 per coin — and then past $11,000, too. But despite Bitcoin’s value, the paper explained, brick and mortar stores have been slow to accept it as a method of payment. Thus, some observers are becoming pessimistic about whether this tech-hipster cryptocurrency, which everyone has heard of but most people don’t truly understand, will ever replace traditional currency. ‘I don’t think it will be a currency,’ bitcoin investor Alex Compton told the Journal. ‘If people use it as a currency, it will lose value as an investment.’ No one may be using Bitcoin, but we’re all paying for them. Bitcoin analyst Alex de Vries, otherwise known as the Digiconomist, reports that the coin’s surge caused its estimated annual energy consumption to increase from 25 terawatt hours in early November to 30 TWh last week.” [editor’s note: Global energy production as of 2014 was more than 150,000 terawatt hours. Anyone want to guess how much energy credit card processing consumes annually? (12/05/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146099/environmental-case-bitcoin

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34) Single payer? How about a profit-driven single provider?
Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“Leftists have long desired a single-payer health-care system. The way concentration is going in the health-care industry, they may just get it, in the worst possible manner. On Sunday, CVS announced they would purchase Aetna in a $69 billion deal. This doesn’t just join one of the nation’s three largest pharmacies with one of the five big health insurers. CVS also owns Caremark, one of the three giant pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) middlemen that manage prescription drug benefits for health plans. I see some health economists talking themselves into this deal becoming a positive development for consumers. Don’t bet on it. This gives one company a mountain of inside information on its competition: all of their prescription drug usages, favored methods of delivery, and pricing data. A pharmacy/PBM tie-up, as happened when CVS bought Caremark, already has created an extreme information advantage; integrating an insurer into the mix heightens the potential for abuse, at the expense of rival pharmacies, governments and individual patients.” (12/04/17)

http://prospect.org/article/single-payer-how-about-profit-driven-single-provider

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35) State intervention is more of a hindrance than a help to growth
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“‘The starting point of any industrial strategy must be recognition that government impedes growth more than it facilitates it,’ said former Treasury permanent secretary Nick Macpherson on Twitter last week. A slightly unexpected view from a former senior civil servant, one might think. The economist Diane Coyle quickly waded in, describing such views as ‘nonsense,’ and outlining how governments can boost the economy, though ‘research, standard setting for new tech, human capital and infrastructure coordination.’ Who’s right? Up to a point, both.” [editor’s note: Why is economic “growth” treated as an unalloyed good? Rather than judging the desirability of state interventions by whether or not they result in “growth,” I suggest that we judge the desirability of “growth” by whether or not it requires intervention to occur – TLK] (12/05/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/state-intervention-more-hindrance-help-growth

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36) Tax plan is a cut for everyone
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“Whenever I’m asked if the Trump tax cut is for the rich, I say yes. It is a tax cut for the rich. It is a tax cut for the middle class. It is a tax cut for small businesses. It is a tax cut for the Fortune 100. If you pay federal income taxes, you will, in almost all cases, be getting more take-home pay come Jan. 1. One of the ironies of the left’s ‘these are tax cuts for the rich’ mantra is that many upper-income people I know in states such as California, New Jersey, and New York complain to me they are getting a sizable tax increase. The lower income-tax rates don’t compensate for the loss of the state and local tax deductions. Well, yes, under the Trump tax plan we are no longer going to subsidize big government in blue states. Now those who choose to live in blue states are going to have to join with their neighbors, collect their pitchforks and demand tax and spending cuts from city hall and the state capital.” (12/05/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2017/12/05/tax-plan-is-a-cut-for-everyone-n2417996

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37) Rise of the Superfluous Class, part 15
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Theorizing is one thing; doing is quite another. No matter how good you think your theories are, applying them to the real world is always a revelation. More than that, actually doing is far more fun that theorizing. And right now hundreds of thousands of young people (and a lot of older ones too) are building the economy of the future. It’s a magnificent thing to be part of.” (12/05/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/rosc-15-building-city/

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38) What’s really behind the CVS-Aetna merger? (It’s not Amazon)
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The CVS Health bid to buy Aetna will ‘reshape’ healthcare, or so headlines would have us believe. Actually, it’s a sign that the health care landscape is already being reshaped — by consumers, instead of central planners. Every merger comes with promises that the merger will produce ‘synergies’ and that consumers will ultimately benefit, and CVS Health (CVS) and Aetna (AET) are no exception. ‘We know we can make health care more affordable and less expensive,” is the way CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo put it. Whether the merger lives up to those promises is something the market should determine. But, unfortunately, there’s one thing standing in the way: a handful of antitrust regulators who can block the merger if they think it will prove anti-consumer. Despite its pro-business, deregulatory inclinations, the Trump administration has been far from hands off when it comes to antitrust enforcement. The Justice Department is suing to block AT&Ts acquisition of Time Warner, despite the fact that this is a vertical merger that normally gets blessed by antitrust enforcers.” (12/05/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/cvs-aetna-merger-trump-antitrust

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39) Get government out of the welfare business
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Lee Friday

“Fighting poverty is a favorite pastime of government because politicians get to portray themselves as champions of the poor. However, the unfortunate few tend to be far fewer in number when aid is extended privately instead of through tax funded programs.” (12/05/17)

https://mises.org/wire/get-government-out-welfare-business

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40) Learning to cheat
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Months ago, Ballou High was widely lauded for posting impressive gains in graduation rates — from a abysmal 51 percent two years ago to a much less terrible 64 percent this year — and for the even more remarkable feat of getting every single graduate accepted by a community college or university. ‘Pay-dirt!’ I sarcastically proclaimed at Townhall.com. But the real dirt was dug up by WAMU, a National Public Radio affiliate in the nation’s capital. What did Ballou students learn? How to cheat. Well, that appears to have been the lesson plan, anyway.” (12/05/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/12/05/learning-to-cheat/

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41) Why Iraq should limit Islamic State trials
Source: Reuters
by Sarah Leah Whitson

“At the height of its power in Iraq, Islamic State controlled 40 percent of the country’s territory and the daily lives of millions of Iraqis. Tens of thousands of Iraqis came to serve the IS administration, including as doctors, teachers, judges, cooks, and lawyers, arguably contributing to the group’s control of the cities it occupied. Just as Iraqis were forced to join the Baath party under Saddam Hussein, many in IS-controlled areas say they were forced to join the group to keep their jobs — though no doubt some also supported IS’s extremism. But today, under Iraqi law (and as urged by various United Nations resolutions), Iraq is trying to prosecute them all. Those convicted face life in prison or the death penalty merely for IS membership. But such broad prosecutions would be a grave mistake if Iraq is ever to establish some modicum of national reconciliation.” (1205/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-whitson-afterislamicstate-commentary/commentary-why-iraq-should-limit-islamic-state-trials-idUSKBN1DZ29V

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42) Predator alert or witch hunt? Part 1
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“There seem to be several major categories of these predator pieces of garbage. … they are (by their own definition) typical of the elite — people who have fame, wealth, and power. When we get right down to it, we see the same sort of thing that the nobility (both secular and religious) imposed on the people of medieval Europe. (I include the actual royalty in the nobility: the upper 3% or so of feudal society in the Middle Ages.) Today, in the Fifty States (and really, around the world), our ‘nobility’ or ‘elite’ not just by their own definition, but of far too many of the population. They are the people that sell magazines and consumer goods and help sell advertising (for the media), and yes, sell politics as well. And they cling to one another, as well. It is not only in sexual abuse and psychological harm that these elite are preeminent. We see how they abuse the power, the prestige, and the wealth they have in many other ways.” (12/05/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/12/05/predator-alert-or-witch-hunt-part-1-dealing-with-predators/

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43) Trump’s another in a long line of fiscally irresponsible Republican presidents
Source: Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

“As is painfully obvious, Donald Trump, known as the ‘king of debt’ during his business career, is no small- government Republican. Yet because no recent Republican president has cut federal spending as a portion of U.S. economic output (GDP) and congressional Republicans, despite their ubiquitous rhetoric, rarely cut the federal budget, Trump likely will be just another member of the irresponsible fraternity in his adopted party. Like his fellow party members, Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, he is about ready to blow a hole in the federal deficit with huge unneeded tax cuts during a time when the American economy is already expanding.” (12/04/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9214

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44) The way economic freedom indexes measure regulation is deeply flawed
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ed Dolan

“The Trump administration is at war with the regulatory state. The fight is most intense at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where Administrator Scott Pruitt is reportedly accompanied by armed guards even within the EPA building, but the Departments of Energy, Transportation, Interior and others are doing their bit. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is the latest agency to come under attack. Should we cheer all this on? Certainly, the quality of the country’s regulatory regime does matter. … Still, before we take an axe, Pruitt-style, to anything that looks like it might be a regulation, it would be nice to have some actual evidence to show the degree to which regulation undermines our freedom and prosperity, and some data to help us prioritize the worst regulations for early excision.” (12/04/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/elusive-regulatory-state/

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45) Religious liberty or right to discriminate?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Henry Gass

“In July 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins walked into a cake shop in Lakewood, Colo. Across the counter was Jack Phillips, owner of the bakery he had opened 24 years earlier. The two men told him they wanted a cake for their wedding reception. They even had a binder of possible ideas. Before they could open it, Mr. Phillips told them that while he would be happy to make them other products, he did not sell baked goods for same-sex weddings because of his Christian beliefs. Mr. Craig and Mr. Mullins left embarrassed and, they say, distraught. After the Colorado Civil Rights Commission found in 2014 that Phillips had violated the state’s anti-discrimination law and ordered him to make cakes for same-sex weddings or not design wedding cakes at all, Phillips says he felt forced to choose between his faith and his life’s work.” (12/04/17)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2017/1204/Religious-liberty-or-right-to-discriminate-High-court-to-hear-arguments-in-wedding-cake-case

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46) A new Republican strategy to dramatically expand [sic] gun rights
Source: The Atlantic
by Russell Berman

“House Republicans plan to vote this week on a bipartisan proposal to tighten up the federal background-check system following the massacre last month of 25 Texas churchgoers by a man whose history of domestic violence should have stopped him from buying a gun. That vote would represent a breakthrough for advocates of gun control after years of congressional inaction in the wake of mass shootings —
except for one enormous catch: Republicans are attaching the bipartisan bill to a separate measure that dramatically expands [sic] gun rights across the country. The second proposal, known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, is a top priority of the National Rifle Association; it makes permits to carry a concealed weapon issued in one state valid in most other states as well. The bill would also allow people to carry concealed weapons into national parks and other federally-owned lands.” [editor’s note: Rights can be neither “expanded” nor “contracted.” They can only be respected or disrespected – TLK] (12/05/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/republican-house-vote-concealed-carry-gun-background-checks/547454/

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47) We must defeat fascism by any means necessary
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Darian Worden

“It is important to not feed the narrative that fascists create. To say ‘don’t give them attention’ is mistaken. It is not attention that fascists crave, but power. The marginalized people that fascists attack will not be able to ignore them and without an attentive public fascists can become the enforcers of unscrupulous authorities. Fascists like attention when it means they can demonstrate power. When they face consequences for their actions, they do not like it. Giving fascists attention does not always mean giving them power. Supporting the narrative they want makes them powerful. Not mounting an effective opposition makes them powerful.” (12/05/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/50215

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48) Why is there no “Saudi-gate?”
Source: Antiwar.com
by Branko Marcetic

“Politicians and pundits have clamored to label the alleged Russian interference an ‘act of war.’ Several have compared it to Pearl Harbor, and Tom Friedman declared it a ‘9/11 scale event.’ Even more of a 9/11 scale event was the actual 9/11. Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers were Saudi nationals, and the attack was planned by a scion of one of the country’s wealthiest and politically connected families. The hijackers … had ties to members of the Saudi government, including the Saudi ambassador to the United States …. recently, newly unearthed FBI files describe a 1999 ‘dry-run’ for 9/11 carried out by Saudi government agents with tickets bought by the Saudi embassy. … if we’re talking about national security threats, Russia can’t compete with the chaos Saudi Arabia has facilitated — and still does, given the weapons it’s been sending to extremists in Syria. But you’re not likely to see any US officials or citizens hauled before Congress to testify about their relationship with Saudis anytime soon.” (12/05/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/branko_marcetic/2017/12/04/no-saudi-gate/

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49) When will Republicans in Congress start restraining Trump?
Source: Fox News Forum
by Juan Williams

“In advance of Michael Flynn’s guilty plea last week, President Trump started acting out. He retweeted a fake and vulgar message about Muslims. He sabotaged a meeting with Democrats on a budget deal and then spread word that shutting down the government might help him politically. He suggested (falsely, of course) that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough is a murderer. And he injected himself into the firing of TV anchorman Matt Lauer after allegations of sexual harassment, while turning a blind eye to a GOP candidate suspected of pursuing a 14-year-old girl, Alabama’s Roy Moore. At this hellish moment when the president is threatening to drag the country beyond chaos, why are congressional Republicans failing to restrain the Republican in the White House? Some Republicans cower in fear of Trump’s supporters but a surprising number are just quitting Congress. As of last week, 44 members of the House of Representatives and two members of the Senate have announced that they will retire, resign, or run for another office by the end of the 115th Congress.” (12/05/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/12/05/when-will-republicans-in-congress-step-up-and-start-restraining-trump.html

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50) The drama over “Rexit” is all about Iran
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel R DePetris

“If you ask people around Washington about Rex Tillerson’s future, a preponderance of them will claim that his days as secretary of state are numbered. It’s not a matter of if he’s going to leave, but when. … Tillerson could be leaving for a variety of reasons. Take your pick: ineffectual leadership, lack of credibility and personal relationships where it matters, inter-administration squabbling over foreign policy, ire over being undercut by other members of the administration. But there’s another, more substantive, less petty reason that underlies all this: Iran.” (12/05/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-drama-over-rexit-is-all-about-iran/

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51) God, Brexit, and EUtopia, part 1
Source: Acton Institute
by Stephen F Copp

“The EU declares, ‘EU values are common to the member countries in a society in which inclusion, justice, solidarity, and non-discrimination prevail. These values are an integral part of our European way of life.’ … Undoubtedly, all this is worthy and utopian stuff. Like motherhood and apple-pie, who would seek to criticise it? However, the EU’s vision of utopia is a matter for debate. It aspires towards creating a new nation or super-state.” (12/05/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/12/05/god-brexit-and-eutopia-part-1

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52) Wrong Ross
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross boasts that the Trump administration will escalate what you describe as its ‘fight against ‘dumped’ goods’ (‘The Coming Aluminum War,’ Dec. 4). Well. Forget that the bureaucratic process for determining if imports are ‘dumped’ in America is notoriously biased in favor of a finding of ‘dumping.’ Instead note two features of this Trumpian battle. First, because imported goods are inanimate and come to America only because Americans choose to buy them, the administration’s fight is not against these goods but, rather, against the flesh-and-blood Americans who voluntarily purchase these goods. As is true of all trade restrictions, this one at root is a restriction on the freedom of domestic citizens to maximize the values of their incomes. Second, this Trumpian fight against ‘dumping’ reveals the ignorance and inconsistency of Ross and others in Trump’s troupe of economic nationalists.” (12/04/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/12/wrong-ross.html

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53) Time for our biannual complaint that British Rail tickets are too cheap
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Contrary to much wibbling around the place the British system of railways is not notably more expensive than those of other countries. Rather, the difference is in who pays for it all. Here, passenger ticket prices pay for some 99% of operating costs. In many other countries there is a substantial contribution from the general taxpayer. That’s what explains the difference in ticket prices. We think it’s just fine that those doing the travelling pay for the travel to be done. We do not see the point of taxing the dustman so that the Duke may go shooting. … That tickets are still too cheap is proven by the manner in which only operating costs are being covered — capital costs still largely devolve to the taxpayer.” (12/05/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/time-for-our-biannual-complaint-that-british-rail-tickets-are-too-cheap

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54) Truth in advertising
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“Have you noticed the recent trend in arguments from the human/civil rights violators? … The trend is to pretend there is no such thing as ‘gun control,’ and the reason is because they finally realized it’s a non-finisher. LeBoeuf wants people to believe that only total confiscation is ‘gun control.’ Yet proposes … controls. She’s not alone in adopting that position, and it’s not new; there’s a reason Handgun Control, Inc. isn’t using that name anymore.” (12/05/17)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4627

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55) UN agency to Congress: Drop dead
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in France has received over $48 million from America’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), to determine whether various chemicals cause cancer in humans. Of more than 900 chemicals it has reviewed, only one was ever found non-carcinogenic. The latest substance to face IARC scrutiny is glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide RoundUp. Not surprisingly, the agency branded glyphosate carcinogenic. But this time evidence is surfacing of collusion with anti-chemical activist groups and class action lawyers, serious conflicts of interest involving a key IARC glyphosate reviewer, and IARC manipulation of scientific reports along with deliberate withholding of studies that concluded the chemical is safe, so that the agency could get a guilty verdict.” (12/04/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/12/un-agency-to-congress-drop-dead/

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56) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1053
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project just returned from a 40-day cross-country trip, where he held meetings and events highlighting alternative approaches to education. He joins me today to discuss what he found.” [various formats] (12/05/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1053-down-with-schooling-brett-veinotte-explores-alternatives/

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57) Celebrate Repeal Day with an old fashioned Old Fashioned
Source: Reason

“Reason features editor Peter Suderman celebrates Repeal Day with his recipe for an Old Fashioned, and explains how government almost killed the cocktail.” [Flash video] (12/05/17)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/12/05/celebrate-repeal-day-with-and-old-fashio

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58) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 33
Source: Libertarianism.org

“The War Years cast a long, dark, dangerous shadow over the still-young Republic. The world was changing quickly, and everyone took note.” [various formats] (12/05/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/jefferson-years-mr-madisons-war-kevin-gutzman

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59) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/05/17
Source: Cato Institute

“In Collins v. Virginia, the Supreme Court has an opportunity to reaffirm that your home is truly your castle. Jay Schweikert discusses the Cato Institute’s brief in the case.” [various formats] (12/05/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/police-snooping-collins-v-virginia

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60) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 680
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“The big news today is about the president’s decision to delay moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Well, that’s not entirely true … The truth is, Congress passed a bill in 1995 calling Jerusalem the capital city of Israel and ordering the embassy be moved there. But the built-in delay prevision has allowed every president since Clinton to push off implementing the bill. Now it’s in front of Trump who stated in a campaign pledge that he would move the embassy. The problem is, world leaders are blowing up his phone like a jealous girlfriend trying to convince him not to do it.” [various formats] (12/05/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/680-trump-jerusalem-and-a-private-spy-army/

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61) Fresh Air, 12/04/17
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Daniel Ellsberg became one of the best-known opponents of the Vietnam War in 1971, when he leaked the Pentagon Papers, a secret Defense Department study of the war, to the ‘New York Times.’ He has a new memoir The Doomsday Machine, about his years as a young national security analyst looking at top secret plans for nuclear war.” [Flash audio] (12/04/17)

https://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444908/fresh-air

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62) The Libertarian Angle, 12/05/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss recent tax legislation.” [various formats] (12/05/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/trumps-tax-bill-american-serfdom-video/

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63) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/05/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Darrell and MWD discuss how everyone is wrong except them. And what’s wrong with liberty.” [various formats] (12/05/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15366

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64) Free Talk Live, 12/04/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Is adolescence a social construct? :: Child Labor is Good :: Prevented from Growing Up :: Scott the Bigot Apologizes :: Self Hatred :: Teenage Turmoil? :: Violence Against Police :: Court Security Chokes Penny Payer :: Vermin Supreme Sues City of Concord for Pony Protest Permit Denial :: Protests on Public Property :: Man Awarded $275,000 for Illegal Arrest for Recording Cops :: Sarah and the Murderer :: Edgington Post AFTERSHOW with David Bier :: HOSTS — Ian, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/04/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-12-04

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65) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 126
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #126, I discuss three states were Hillary Clinton played a large role in the direction of the country’s future while she was Secretary of State. In Honduras, Hillary Clinton gave legitimacy to a military coup and helped elected a leader against the will of the Honduran people. A recent election stole[n] by a president supported by Hillary Clinton lead to protests. The protesters are being suppressed by forces trained by the US. In Yemen, a one-man election organized by Hillary Clinton set off a chain of events leading to civil war and famine. Recent fighting has lead to the split of the Houthi/Sal[e]h alliance and the death of the former president of Yemen Sal[e]h. In Libya, Hillary Clinton pushed for war against the Libyan leader Gaddafi. The death of Gaddafi led to a failed state in Libya. Competing government[s] in Libya are weaponizing rape and salves are openly sold.” [various formats] (12/05/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-126-hillarys-foreign-policy-blunders

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