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Volume XVI, Issue #4,124
Thursday, December 6th, 2018
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In the News:

1) US general to Congress: War in Afghanistan is at stalemate
2) After 26 straight successes, SpaceX fails to land Falcon 9 it wanted back
3) Mueller says Michael Flynn gave “first-hand” details of Trump transition team contacts with Russians
4) WI: Legislature OKs weakening governor, AG
5) NH: Gardner elected to 22nd term as Secretary of State
6) Rudy Giuliani blames Twitter for his spectacular typo fail
7) China: Regime vows speedy action on trade commitments
8) Hirono: Dems have hard time connecting to voters because they know so much
9) Moscow receives notification US regime is ditching key arms treaty
10) Lebanon: Regime says Israelis offered no proof of border tunnels
11) Feds charge four with avoiding extortion
12) US Navy destroyer sails through waters claimed by Russia
13) Operation Pollino: ‘Ndrangheta mafia struck in Europe-wide sting
14) SC: Woman kills escaped convict who kicked down her back door
15) Venezuela’s refinery woes send fuel imports soaring
16) NYC: Pols vote to reduce employment, make it harder to get around
17) CA: VeggieTales is “racist” and “dangerous” for children, students claim
18) Epstein settles suit, averting victim testimony
19) Federal court tosses law that makes advice to immigrants a crime
20) NC: Second woman says she was paid to collect absentee ballots in House race

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Not to praise, but to bury
22) Stop making excuses for Saudi war criminals
23) Changing the rules way after the sale
24) MSM getting weirder, more frantic & more desperate by the day
25) Some still awaiting return of liberty
26) FIRST STEP Act includes serious missteps toward injustice
27) What about Clapper’s lies?
28) Class war in France
29) It’s time to truly test the constitutionality of ObamaCare
30) The GOP’s laboratories of oligarchy
31) The drug prohibition is to blame for opioid crisis
32) Bolsonaro, Brazil & the dangers of free-market myopia
33) Are unions the same as “labor?”
34) What teacher walkouts changed in our politics
35) Beware excuses for protectionism
36) George Bush’s wars set the stage for 25 years of endless war
37) The perils of banning “fake news”
38) Miseducated or stupid?
39) Dual sovereign doctrine under attack in the Supreme Court
40) The alarming scope of the president’s emergency powers
41) Javier Hidalgo’s Unjust Borders: How to respond to wrongful border policy
42) Sanders & AOC pushing bold new plan to tackle climate change
43) Political decentralization: Freeing the Internet from monopolists with crypto-tech
44) Quantum Vibe, 12/05/18
45) Fight for 15% more low-skilled jobs
46) Stop ignoring double jeopardy
47) The harsh and unjust punishment of Marc Lamont Hill
48) What is left for the US to do in Afghanistan? The answer: Lose.
49) The power and the glory of Mexico’s populist president
50) Regulators are not what makes food safe
51) Efficiency experts for the welfare state
52) Bush 41 — now history
53) Time to end, not mend, electric vehicle subsidies
54) Spain strengthens socialism across the Atlantic
55) Clintons now the Spinal Tap of the political world

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/05/18
57) Scott Adams Says, 12/05/18
58) The Editors, episode 122
59) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 25
60) Electric Libertyland, episode 101
61) Essential Libertarianism, episode 53
62) Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 12/05/18
63) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 280
64) Editor’s Break, episode 117
65) Free Talk Live, 12/04/18
66) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1298
67) Dave Lindorff on The Scott Horton Show
68) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/04/18
69) Unraveling Political Theory, episode 15
70) Bloggingheads.tv, 12/04/18

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

1) US general to Congress: War in Afghanistan is at stalemate
Source: ABC News

“The fight in Afghanistan is at a stalemate, and the significant number of Afghan troop deaths in the war is not sustainable, the Marine officer nominated to command U.S. forces in the Middle East told lawmakers on Tuesday. Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie warned the Senate Armed Services Committee against an abrupt withdrawal of American forces or change in strategy despite frustration over the status of the 17-year conflict. He said he doesn’t know how long it will take to develop an Afghan force capable of defending its own country.” (12/04/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/us-general-tells-congress-war-afghanistan-stalemate-59599530

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2) After 26 straight successes, SpaceX fails to land Falcon 9 it wanted back
Source: Ars Technica

“Something unexpected happened after the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station–the first-stage booster did not come back to Earth as intended. Instead, it made an unscheduled landing in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the Florida coast. … The last landing failure of a Falcon 9 rocket the company intended to return to the coast or an ocean-based drone ship occurred on June 15, 2016 during a mission to launch two satellites to geostationary transfer orbit. After launching its heavy payload, the rocket ran out of fuel just before it touched down on the drone ship. Since then, the company has successfully landed 26 Falcon 9 first-stage rockets.” (12/05/18)

https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/12/after-26-straight-successes-spacex-fails-to-land-a-rocket-it-wanted-back/

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3) Mueller says Michael Flynn gave “first-hand” details of Trump transition team contacts with Russians
Source: CNBC

“Former national security advisor Michael Flynn has given special counsel Robert Mueller ‘first-hand’ details of contacts between President Donald Trump’s transition team and Russian government officials, a bombshell court document filed Tuesday says. Mueller in a sentencing memo said Flynn’s ‘substantial assistance’ to his probe warrants a light criminal sentence — which could include no jail time for the retired Army lieutenant general. … Mueller’s memo almost completely blacks out details of what Flynn might have said.” (12/05/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/04/robert-mueller-sentencing-memo-for-former-trump-advisor-michael-flynn.html

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4) WI: Legislature OKs weakening governor, AG
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature has approved a sweeping package of bills weakening the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. The state Assembly approved the lame-duck legislation Wednesday morning. The Wisconsin Senate did the same less than three hours earlier after lawmakers worked through most of the night. The bills now go to outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has signaled his support. The measures would limit the governor’s ability to promulgate administrative rules, which enact laws and give lawmakers the power to control appointees to the state economic development agency’s board. The measures would also require the attorney general to get legislative approval to withdraw from lawsuits. That move is designed to block Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers from allowing the incoming attorney general, Democrat Josh Kaul, to withdraw Wisconsin from a multistate lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act. The measures also restrict early in-person voting to two weeks before an election.” (12/05/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/The-Latest-Wisconsin-GOP-passes-lame-duck-13443853.php

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5) NH: Gardner elected to 22nd term as Secretary of State
Source: Union Leader

“In a day of high drama at the State House, Bill Gardner, the nation’s longest serving Secretary of State, held off a formidable challenge by former Executive Councilor Colin Van Ostern, eking out a four-vote win to another two-year term. Gardner, the underdog in this race for the first time in decades, pulled off a remarkable upset, beating Van Ostern on the second ballot of voting by House and Senate members, 209-205. First elected in 1976, Gardner told the New Hampshire Union Leader he was hoping for one more term, bringing him to the 100th anniversary of the state’s First-in-the-Nation Primary in 2020. … Unlike most other states, where the Secretary of State is chosen by the electorate, New Hampshire’s top election official is chosen in a vote of representatives and senators.” (12/05/18)

https://www.unionleader.com/news/politics/state/gardner-wins-reelection-after-revote-to/article_97800f69-d840-50b6-9abc-1b803be3df31.html

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6) Rudy Giuliani blames Twitter for his spectacular typo fail
Source: Engadget

“Rudy Giuliani, once Trump’s ‘cyber advisor,’ has again demonstrated his lack of even the most basic internet knowledge. In part one of a three-act blunder, he tweeted about special counsel Robert Mueller, but left out spaces between the sentences, accidentally creating the random link ‘G-20.In.’ (Twitter automatically generates clickable text out of valid links.) Web designer and comic Jason Velazquez noticed the gaffe and pounced, purchasing the domain and posting a message: ‘Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country.’ He had a limited amount of time to act (needing to go onstage for an improv show) but it took all of 15 minutes, he told the New York Times. … It could have ended with a good chuckle there, but Giuliani decided to triple-down on the typo. With no facts or justification, he blamed Twitter, saying employees there are ‘cardcarrying anti-Trumpers.’” (12/05/18)

https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/05/rudy-giuliani-twitter-typo-fail/

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7) China: Regime vows speedy action on trade commitments
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Chinese officials have said they are ‘confident in implementing’ trade commitments made to the US ‘as soon as possible,’ without giving details. An ongoing trade war has seen both countries impose duties of billions of dollars on one another’s goods. Over the weekend, a temporary truce was agreed between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 meeting in Argentina. But concerns linger over discrepancies in information coming from either side. The US and China paused hostilities after several months of tit-for-tat tariffs, agreeing to halt any new duties for 90 days. This prevented a widely expected escalation in the trade war. Tariffs already imposed on Chinese goods had been due to rise at the start of the year and additional tariffs had also been threatened.” (12/05/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46449929

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8) Hirono: Dems have hard time connecting to voters because they know so much
Source: Fox News

“Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, on Tuesday told a conference that she heard one of the reasons that her party has a difficult time connecting with voters is because Democrats know so much, and have a tendency of appealing to voters’ minds instead of their hearts. Hirono made the comment at a conference in Washington, D.C. She was asked by the moderator about ways Democrats could drive voter turnout. ‘I wish I had the answer to that because one of the things that we, Democrats, have a really hard time is connecting to people’s hearts instead of [their heads],’ Hirono said. ‘We’re really good at shoving out all the information that touch people here [pointing to her head] but not here [pointing to her heart].’” (12/05/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/democratic-senator-says-party-has-hard-time-connecting-with-voters-because-of-how-smart-they-are

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9) Moscow receives notification US regime is ditching key arms treaty
Source: Fox News

“The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has received official notification from the United States that it intends to walk out of a key Cold War-era treaty. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced at a NATO meeting Tuesday that Washington would suspend its obligations under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in 60 days due to Russia’s alleged ‘cheating.’ Russia has denied U.S. and NATO allegations that it is violating the landmark treaty that banned an entire class of weapons. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters on Wednesday that Moscow has been received [sic] an official notice from Washington that quotes unspecified evidence of Russian violations.” (12/05/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/moscow-receives-notification-u-s-is-ditching-key-arms-treaty

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10) Lebanon: Regime says Israelis offered no proof of border tunnels
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Lebanon’s Parliament speaker said Wednesday that Israel has presented no evidence to prove its claims that a network of attack tunnels has been built by Hezbollah across the countries’ shared borders. The U.N. peacekeeping mission meanwhile said Wednesday it will send a team to Israel to ‘ascertain facts,’ calling for full access to all locations along the border. The Israeli military Tuesday launched an open-ended operation to destroy tunnels built by Hezbollah it said are aimed at infiltrating northern Israel. Israeli forces did not enter Lebanese territory. They were seen operating in what looked like a construction site, with trucks bringing in equipment and drills and bulldozers digging in the open territory and farmlands inside northern Israel. Hezbollah had no immediate comment on the claims or the Israeli activities across the border.” (12/05/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Lebanon-says-Israel-offered-no-proof-of-border-13444560.php

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11) Feds charge four with avoiding extortion
Source: MarketWatch

“Manhattan federal prosecutors have [abducted] three people in a widespread tax evasion scheme in connection with the Mossack Fonseca & Co. firm — the first U.S. [abductions] tied to the infamous ‘Panama Papers.’ Four people were charged for allegedly helping rich and powerful people evade their [sic] taxes ‘in a decades-long criminal scheme perpetrated by Mossack Fonseca & Co.,’ which came to light in 2016 through a massive leak of financial documents now known as the ‘Panama Papers.’ Among the charged are Dirk Brauer, who worked as an investment manager for Mossfon Asset Management; Harald Joachim Von Der Goltz, who was one of Mossack Fonseca’s U.S. taxpayer clients; Ramses Owen, a Panamanian attorney who worked for Mossack Fonseca; and Richard Gaffey, a U.S.-based accountant. All the men have been [abducted] except for Owen, who remains at large.” (12/04/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-makes-its-first-arrests-in-panama-papers-tax-evasion-case-charges-four-2018-12-04

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12) US Navy destroyer sails through waters claimed by Russia
Source: ABC News

“The guided-missile destroyer USS McCampbell traversed through part of Peter the Great Bay in what the U.S. refers to as a ‘freedom of navigation operation,’ according to the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet. It was the first time the U.S. has conducted such an operation through the bay since 1987, a U.S. Navy official told ABC News. ‘McCampbell sailed in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay to challenge Russia’s excessive maritime claims and uphold the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea enjoyed by the United States and other Nations,’ Navy Lt. Rachel McMarr, a Pacific Fleet spokesperson, said in a statement.” (12/05/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/us-navy-destroyer-sails-waters-claimed-russia-sea/story?id=59629538

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13) Operation Pollino: ‘Ndrangheta mafia struck in Europe-wide sting
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Members of the notorious ‘Ndrangheta Italian mafia have been targeted in a simultaneous police sting in Europe. Hundreds of police are understood to have been involved in the operation in Belgium, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands. At least 90 people were arrested, and more than three tonnes of cocaine and 140kg of ecstasy were seized. Italian restaurants and ice cream parlours used to launder money were among the premises raided. Millions of euro in laundered money was seized at the businesses and homes raided across the four countries, officials said, and several ‘high-ranking’ members of ‘Ndrangheta are believed to have been among those arrested. Eurojust (the European judicial cooperation body involved) said operation ‘Pollino’ had been in motion since 2016.” (12/05/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46452934

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14) SC: Woman kills escaped convict who kicked down her back door
Source: Newsweek

“A South Carolina woman has been praised as a hero for shooting dead an escaped prisoner who broke into her home after kicking in her back door. Bruce McLaughlin Jr., 30, was still wearing his orange jumpsuit when he was shot by the woman after he entered her home in Pickens at around 3 a.m. on December 4. McLaughlin had escaped from the Pickens County Prison along with fellow inmate Timothy Cleveland Dill at around 2:40 a.m. after attacking two detention officers …. [McLaughlin] had broken into her home and armed himself with a foot-long metal sharpening tool which he took from the kitchen. The woman, who had undergone firearm training and has a license to carry a concealed weapon, shot McLaughlin in the head.” (12/05/18)

https://www.newsweek.com/south-carolina-woman-shot-dead-escaped-convict-who-kicked-down-her-back-door-1244751

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15) Venezuela’s refinery woes send fuel imports soaring
Source: Reuters

“Venezuela this month plans to import over 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) of refined products to ease domestic fuel shortages caused by hobbled refineries and need to prioritize exports, according to internal documents seen by Reuters. The country with the world’s largest crude reserves this year has not been able to make enough fuel to meet local demand and fulfill supply contracts with customers, including those under oil-for-loan agreements with Russia and China, the documents showed. From January through November, state-run oil firm PDVSA bought 19,000 bpd of crude mostly to feed its Isla refinery in Curacao and 234,000 bpd of refined products, including naphtha for diluting its extra heavy oil output, gasoline, diesel for power generation and components to make motor fuel.” (12/05/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-oil-imports-exclusive/exclusive-venezuelas-refinery-woes-send-fuel-imports-soaring-internal-documents-idUSKBN1O422T

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16) NYC: Pols vote to reduce employment, make it harder to get around
Source: Ars Technica

“On Tuesday, New York City’s Taxi and Limousine Commission voted to set a minimum pay rate for Uber, Lyft, and other on-demand ride-hailing drivers. The new rate will be set at $17.22 after expenses, or $26.51 per hour gross. New York is believed to be the first city in the nation to implement such a pay floor. Four months ago, the Big Apple also imposed a cap on the number of such vehicles in the city.” (12/04/18)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/12/nyc-votes-to-set-minimum-pay-for-uber-lyft-drivers/

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17) CA: VeggieTales is “racist” and “dangerous” for children, students claim
Source: Fox News

“A group of students at a California college’s ‘Annual Whiteness Forum’ labeled the Christian children’s cartoon ‘VeggieTales’ as ‘dangerous’ and promoting racial stereotypes for making the villains colored. The forum at Cal State San Marcos is a project from Professor Dreama Moon’s class titled ‘The Communication of Whiteness.’ Students called various things racist, including the NFL, women who support President Trump, and the popular animated cartoon that started in 1993 and always ended with Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber’s tagline, ‘Remember kids, God made you special and he loves you very much,’ the College Fix reported. A female student made the claim that by humanizing vegetables, the creators of VeggieTales were using the children’s programming to promote racial stereotypes by making the villains racial minorities.” (12/05/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/veggietales-is-racist-and-dangerous-for-children-california-students-claim

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18) Epstein settles suit, averting victim testimony
Source: CBS News

“A last-minute settlement was reached Tuesday in a long-running Florida lawsuit involving a politically connected financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls, clearing the way for the victims’ lawyers to try to unravel a once-secret agreement that prevented federal criminal prosecution of the financier. The non-prosecution agreement protecting Jeffrey Epstein was negotiated a decade ago by prosecutors in the South Florida U.S. attorney’s office, which was then run by current Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. It is the subject of a separate federal lawsuit in Florida filed by victims who say the deal trampled their rights to be heard.” (12/04/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jeffrey-epstein-wealthy-sex-offender-settles-suit-averting-victim-testimony-today-2018-12-4/

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19) Federal court tosses law that makes advice to immigrants a crime
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A long-standing immigration law that imposes criminal punishment for “encouraging or inducing” someone to enter or remain in the United States illegally violates freedom of speech, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. People can be punished for helping others to violate the law, including the law against illegal entry, but “encouraging” and “inducing” are typically acts of expression that cannot be criminalized, said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. And the court noted that it is not a crime to remain in the U.S., even for someone who entered without authorization. The law, passed in 1985, ‘potentially criminalizes the simple words (spoken to a son, a wife, a parent, a friend, a neighbor, a co-worker, a student, a client) ‘I encourage you to stay here,” Judge A. Wallace Tashima said in the 3-0 ruling. ‘The statute thus criminalizes a substantial amount of constitutionally protected expression.’” (12/04/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Federal-court-tosses-law-that-makes-advice-to-13443008.php?t=4308b87bd7

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20) NC: Second woman says she was paid to collect absentee ballots in House race
Source: The Hill

“A second woman has come forward claiming that a Bladen County, N.C., electioneer paid her to collect absentee ballots for last month’s midterm elections. Cheryl Kinlaw told WSOCTV, a local news station in Charlotte, N.C., that Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. paid her $100 to collect ballots in their district, adding that Dowless ‘has been doing it for years.’ … Dowless has been named twice in sworn affidavits as someone who worked for Republican candidate Mark Harris’s campaign as an independent contractor and has been at the center of an investigation into the results of the election in North Carolina’s 9th District. … Democrat Dan McCready conceded to Harris in their House race when he was down by approximately 700 votes. But the elections board decided not to certify the results, citing ‘claims of irregularities and fraudulent activities related to absentee by-mail voting.’” (12/04/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/419693-second-woman-says-she-was-paid-to-collect-absentee-ballots-in-north

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

21) Not to praise, but to bury
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Andrew Ferguson

“One doubts that Bush ever dwelt on [Keith] Jackson or any other of the thousands affected by yet another surge in the War on Drugs — young men and occasionally women losing their futures to ruthless sentencing guidelines and the economic incentives of incarceration, or often just their lives to police enforcement or to the criminal turf wars that invariably follow the artificial limiting of a highly in-demand substance. Add in the families and communities that depended on this suddenly absent and incarcerated generation, and it’s hundreds of thousands if not millions. But if Bush ever cared about those whose lives didn’t intersect with his, he certainly never showed it, as the Iraqi people had ample opportunity to learn.” (12/04/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1924

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22) Stop making excuses for Saudi war criminals
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“When we strip away the nonsense that defenders of the U.S.-Saudi relationship use to justify continued support for a bad, reckless client, we find that there is very little substance left. Fawning over Saudi despots gets the U.S. virtually nothing, and support for the Saudis imposes increasing costs on the U.S. that we don’t have to accept. The Saudi relationship needs to be downgraded first and foremost because it is an increasing liability for America and because it implicates the U.S. in the kingdom’s heinous crimes. The U.S. should not be supporting some of the worst war criminals in the world.” (12/05/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/stop-making-excuses-for-saudi-war-criminals/

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

“Nintendo believes it can use its intellectual property claims to prevent you from monetizing any footage you make of its video games. Restrictions like this are generally only presented in the end user license agreement (EULA) after you’ve purchased the game. But what happens when the restriction is implemented retroactively? Today it’s understood that when you purchase a software package, you will be presented with pages and pages of legalese when you first attempt to use it. That wasn’t always the case. When you purchased old Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) or Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) games, the boxes didn’t include contracts that you had to sign and send off to Nintendo before receiving an actual copy of the game nor did the games themselves present you with a EULA to which you had to agree before playing.” (12/05/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/12/05/changing-the-rules-way-after-the-sale/

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24) MSM getting weirder, more frantic & more desperate by the day
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“WaPo writer Pul Farhi draws attention to the fact that it has been a week since the Guardian published a claim that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort met repeatedly with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, without any evidence backing up the claim, using solely anonymous sources, and despite the claims contradicting known records of Assange’s guests at the Ecuadorian embassy. Criticism and demands for answers have been growing louder and louder from both friends and enemies of WikiLeaks, with new plot holes opening up in the Guardian’s narrative daily, and the scandal is now moving into mainstream awareness. And the Guardian remains silent, with its editor-in-chief Katharine Viner refusing to utter so much as a peep of defense this entire time.” (12/05/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/12/05/msm-is-getting-weirder-more-frantic-and-more-desperate-by-the-day

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25) Some still awaiting return of liberty
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“For decades I’ve had my doubts about whether America is still the land of the free. With rules and enforcers everywhere you look, it doesn’t seem so. I’ve been wrong. Most Americans are free — as free as they want to be. I prefer liberty to freedom. Liberty means having the freedom to do everything you have a right to do; freedom is simply doing whatever you want, without regard for others. This is why, for most Americans, America is the ‘Land of the Free.’ They are doing what they want.” (12/05/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/12/05/voices/opinion-some-still-awaiting-return-of-liberty/160096.html

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26) FIRST STEP Act includes serious missteps toward injustice
Source: USA Today
by Deanna Hoskins

“Despite support from both sides of the aisle, the FIRST STEP Act includes serious missteps toward injustice. Before passing the bill, the Senate needs to review and reject harmful policies that will lead to devastating unintended consequences for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones. … Sure, the proposed bill does some good. But if President Donald Trump truly cared about the good proposals in the bill, he could enact them by executive order. He doesn’t need legislation to stop shackling women during pregnancy, provide compassionate release, or establish good time. After years of demanding an end to mass incarceration and gaining wide popular support for that goal, we see FIRST STEP as an effort to swap out one means of oppression for a new form of control with electronic monitoring, or ‘e-carceration,’ and risk assessments.” (12/04/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/12/03/first-step-act-includes-serious-missteps-toward-injustice-editorials-debates/2197270002

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27) What about Clapper’s lies?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Critics of President Trump are exulting over convictions that special counsel Robert Mueller has secured in his Trump-Russia collusion investigation, some of which involve lying to Congress or to federal investigators. The critics are emphasizing the importance of telling the truth to federal officials. Really? Then why the continued pass for James Clapper, Jr., the former Director of National Intelligence. He lied to Congress under oath about the secret surveillance that the NSA was conducting on the American people. Yet no indictment and punishment for Clapper.” (12/05/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/12/05/what-about-clappers-lies/

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28) Class war in France
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The French have a talent for riot, public protest, and street-based insurrection. The current mayhem in Paris has been escalating every weekend since starting in mid-November. Why weekends? This is a working-person revolt.” (12/05/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/12/05/class-war-in-france-paul-jacob-on-the-current-yellow-jackets-protests/

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29) It’s time to truly test the constitutionality of ObamaCare
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Rob Natelson

“Court challenges to the facetiously named ‘Affordable Care Act’ — ‘Obamacare’ — are more important than ever. Asked about the constitutional basis for Obamacare, Democratic Michigan Rep. John Conyers — a leading supporter — was unable to name any. Conyers'[s] fumbling response was caught on video. It became symbolic of the contempt Obamacare’s promoters showed for the Constitution. But more than eight years after the measure passed, opponents still have not sought judicial review of most of its constitutional defects.” (12/05/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/12/05/its-time-to-truly-test-the-constitutionality-of-obamacare/

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30) The GOP’s laboratories of oligarchy
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“In the classic comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, the titular characters occasionally play a game known as ‘Calvinball.’ The rules are simple: Hobbes makes them up as he goes. … ‘This game,’ [Calvin] notes, ‘lends itself to certain abuses.’ American democracy is starting to feel the same way. In November’s midterm elections, voters across the country handed the Democratic Party 40 House seats, control of multiple state legislatures, and an assortment of governorships and other state offices. Now, one month later, GOP lawmakers in multiple states are using lame-duck sessions to hamstring incoming Democratic elected officials, either by reducing their official powers or transferring them to Republican-led legislatures. ” (12/04/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152515/gops-laboratories-oligarchy

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31) The drug prohibition is to blame for opioid crisis
Source: Cato Institute
by Jeffrey A Singer

“New Hampshire’s chief medical examiner recently leased the state’s latest opioid overdose death totals for 2018. As in most of the country, prescription opioids are not propelling the death rate in New Hampshire. For the last several years, more and more non-medical users have been dying from heroin and fentanyl, with fentanyl accounting for more than 83 percent of overdose deaths in the Granite State. But you won’t hear about the Fentanyl crisis, because all anyone seems to talk about is the opioid crisis. It’s a false narrative which holds that the serious number of overdoses nationwide is the result of greedy drug makers manipulating gullible doctors into overtreating patients in pain and hooking them on drugs.” (12/04/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/drug-prohibition-blame-opioid-crisis

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32) Bolsonaro, Brazil & the dangers of free-market myopia
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Ruairi McCallan

“When Jair Bolsonaro became president-elect of Brazil, the reaction from many was as expected: shock, horror, and questions over just how Bolsonaro — a man who openly praised Brazil’s past dictatorship — came to power. Less expected was the ringing endorsement of Bolsonaro from The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). Praising Bolsonaro’s ability to give progressives, leftists, and socialists everywhere ‘an anxiety attack,’ the WSJ has since published several articles, all penned by the ‘editorial board,’ praising Bolsonaro and his ‘keep the reds off the beds’ approach to politics. This sort of thing  —  pro-business outlets endorsing candidates who hold pro-market, but hugely authoritarian, borderline fascistic views — isn’t new.” (12/05/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/51488

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33) Are unions the same as “labor?”
Source: Independent Institute
by K Lloyd Billingsley

“According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 15.5 percent of wage and salary workers in California are union members. A full 84.5 percent of California workers, the vast majority, are not union members. Unions are not the same as ‘labor’ and better described as a special interest.” (12/04/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/12/04/are-unions-the-same-as-labor/

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34) What teacher walkouts changed in our politics
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“Even before the votes from the recent midterm elections were completely counted (a process that took nearly two weeks in many races) numerous prominent news outlets were quick to report on the supposed failure of the ‘education wave,’ those school teachers and other educators who ran for office up and down ballots across the country. One report that received particularly widespread circulation, by Associated Press, carried the headline ‘Tough lessons: Teachers fall short in midterm races.’ Another for U.S. News & World Report said, ‘Poor Marks for Teachers in Midterms.’ Clever, huh. Indeed, numerous news outlets seemed eager to reinforce a narrative that despite an unprecedented number of teachers and public school advocates running for political office, ‘underwhelming voter interest in education’ and a ‘red wall’ of Republican opposition were just too much to overcome. An exception to this shallow reporting was a piece by The Guardian that reported ‘teachers made huge gains in the midterm elections.’” (12/04/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20181204/the-teacher-walkouts-mattered-in-the-midterms

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35) Beware excuses for protectionism
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Several deep breaths are required before we heed John Bolton’s call to ban imports that contain intellectual property allegedly stolen [sic] from Americans …. History is littered with privilege-seeking firms greedily grabbing excuses, regardless of how flimsy, and magnifying these in the public’s eye into problems vastly bigger than they really are. Because the actual extent of Chinese IP theft [sic] is practically unknowable by the general public, protectionists have great leeway and incentive to overstate the problem and, hence, to stir up support for protectionism far heavier than is justified by the actual size of the problem (and perhaps so heavy that the cost of this protectionism exceeds the cost of whatever IP theft [sic] it might prevent).” (12/04/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/12/beware-excuses-protectionism.html

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36) George Bush’s wars set the stage for 25 years of endless war
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“By 1989, it had become apparent to all — everyone except the CIA, of course — that the Soviet economy, and thus the Soviet state was in very deep trouble. In November 1989, the Berlin Wall came down in the face of Soviet impotence. And, with the Cold-War corpse not even cold yet, president George Bush used the newly apparent Soviet weakness as an opportunity to expand US foreign interventionism beyond the limits that had been imposed on it by a competing Soviet Union. Over the next decade, Bush and his successor Bill Clinton — who very much carried on Bush’s ideals of global interventionism — would place Iraq, Somalia, and Yugoslavia in the crosshairs. But first on Bush’s list was Panama in December 1989.” (12/05/18)

https://mises.org/wire/george-bushs-wars-set-stage-25-years-endless-war

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37) The perils of banning “fake news”
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Filip Steffensen

“Just like the invention of the printing press, the digital age has changed the distribution of news. Traditional gatekeepers have been dismissed, and the monopoly on news distribution is eroding. Contemplating possible solutions, contemporary politicians are now facing a situation similar to the one the Church experienced in the early 15th century. The response from the Church obviously proved disastrous, so present-day lawmakers have to act cautiously. But how?” (12/05/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-perils-of-banning-fake-news/

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38) Miseducated or stupid?
Source: Town Hall
by Walter E Williams

“A recent Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation survey found that 51 percent of American millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist country than in a capitalist country. Only 42 percent prefer the latter. Twenty-five percent of millennials who know who Vladimir Lenin was view him favorably. Lenin was the first premier of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Half of millennials have never heard of Communist Mao Zedong, who ruled China from 1949 to 1959 and was responsible for the deaths of 45 million Chinese people. The number of people who died at the hands of Josef Stalin may be as high as 62 million. However, almost one-third of millennials think former President George W. Bush is responsible for more killings than Stalin.” (12/04/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2018/12/05/miseducated-or-stupid-n2536867

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39) Dual sovereign doctrine under attack in the Supreme Court
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Paul Cassell

“Today the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Gamble v. United States, a case raising the issue of whether the ‘dual sovereignty’ doctrine should be overruled. The case involves Terance Gamble’s federal conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Back in 2015, police stopped Gamble for having a broken tail light and found him possessing a firearm. Because he had previously been convicted of robbery, Gamble was thus a felon in possession of a firearm — a crime under both federal and state law.” (12/05/18)

https://reason.com/volokh/2018/12/05/dual-sovereign-doctrine-under-attack-in

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40) The alarming scope of the president’s emergency powers
Source: The Atlantic
by Elizabeth Goitein

“In the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump reached deep into his arsenal to try to deliver votes to Republicans. Most of his weapons were rhetorical, featuring a mix of lies and false inducements …. But a few involved the aggressive use — and threatened misuse — of presidential authority: He sent thousands of active-duty soldiers to the southern border to terrorize a distant caravan of desperate Central American migrants, announced plans to end the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship by executive order, and tweeted that law enforcement had been ‘strongly notified’ to be on the lookout for ‘ILLEGAL VOTING.’ These measures failed to carry the day, and Trump will likely conclude that they were too timid. How much further might he go in 2020, when his own name is on the ballot — or sooner than that, if he’s facing impeachment by a House under Democratic control?” (12/05/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/01/presidential-emergency-powers/576418/

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41) Javier Hidalgo’s Unjust Borders: How to respond to wrongful border policy
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“Unlike many pie in the sky proposals, open borders are feasible in the sense that they do not create or contain incentive problems which undermine the policy. But they are unrealistic in the sense that there is little willpower to implement them, because democracy makes voters ignorant and misinformed. By many orders of magnitude, voters overestimate the dangers of open borders and underestimate the benefits. So, what should individuals do in the real world? How should or may we respond to government injustice regarding border policy? Javier Hidalgo’s new book Unjust Borders: Individuals and the Ethics of Immigration, provides a compelling answer.” (12/05/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/12/javier-hidalgos-unjust-borders-how-to-respond-to-wrongful-border-policy/

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42) Sanders & AOC pushing bold new plan to tackle climate change
Source: In These Times
by Miles Kampf-Lassin

“Last week, Donald Trump offered a perfect encapsulation of the political Twilight Zone that is his presidency when he dismissed his own administration’s dire report on climate change, claiming simply, ‘I don’t believe it.’ That report was perhaps the most alarming warning yet of the imminent havoc presented by our climate crisis, predicting stark falls in GDP and economic activity, massive species die offs, flooding, increases in extreme weather events, sea level rise that threatens the very existence of U.S. coastal cities and rising temperatures that could make Chicago’s climate rival that of Phoenix or Las Vegas. But while President Trump glibly writes off the predictions of over 1,000 experts spanning 13 federal agencies, a newly ascendant progressive cohort in government is rallying support for a bold alternative: A Green New Deal.” (12/04/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21615/bernie-sanders-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-climate-town-hall-green-new-deal

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43) Political decentralization: Freeing the Internet from monopolists with crypto-tech
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jonas Sevel Karlberg

“The internet was born from an ideal for information to be shared by all, with all, and was seen as the archetypal decentralized system. Today, however, commercialization by monopolistic and powerful actors has created a system in which we are shown information paid for by the highest bidders, and can only access what the wealthy and powerful permit. Giant tech companies, big businesses, and even governments now act as sentries who not only control what we can do, but have unprecedented capabilities to watch us do it. This is not how it should be, and it doesn’t have to remain this way. Blockchain and crypto technologies, built on a commitment to achieve democratization and decentralization, offer a solution that could bring down the concentrations of power that currently govern the internet.” (12/04/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/political-decentralization-freeing-the-internet-from-the-monopolists-with-crypto-tech/

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44) Quantum Vibe, 12/05/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (12/05/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1882

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45) Fight for 15% more low-skilled jobs
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“As you’ve probably heard, activists around the country have been fighting to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. While the they focus on legal minimum wages, activists also welcome private employers’ decision to voluntarily raise hourly pay to $15. When you read about desperate American poverty, however, the activists really seem like they’re barking up the wrong tree. Most notably, Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shaefer’s $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America shows that the truly poor have great trouble finding and keeping even the lowest-skilled jobs in the formal sector. Question: If employers hesitate to hire the ultra-poor for $7.25 an hour, why on Earth would they hire them for $15?” (12/05/18)

https://www.econlib.org/fight-for-15-more-low-skilled-jobs/

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46) Stop ignoring double jeopardy
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“No one disputes that Terance Gamble, who was convicted of second-degree robbery in 2008, broke the law by possessing the pistol that a police officer found in his car during a traffic stop in Mobile, Alabama, seven years later. In fact, he broke two laws, since both Alabama and the federal government bar people with felony records from owning guns. Does that mean Gamble committed two offenses? That’s the question at the heart of a case that gives the Supreme Court an opportunity to reconsider a longstanding but misbegotten exception to the constitutional ban on double jeopardy.” (12/05/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/12/05/stop-ignoring-double-jeopardy

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47) The harsh and unjust punishment of Marc Lamont Hill
Source: The Nation
by David Palumbo-Liu

“Marc Lamont Hill is a Temple University professor and was, until last week, a commentator for CNN. One of his comments during a speech at the United Nations has been wrenched out of context in order to punish him and to signal to others that such speech is going to bring about similar results. This is abhorrent and wrong. The reaction of his university trustees is especially troubling and signals a serious threat to academic freedom. On November 29, CNN cut its ties with Marc Lamont Hill, a professor of media studies at Temple University who had been a regular contributor to the network, because of comments he made at the United Nations a day earlier as part of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.” (12/04/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/marc-lamont-hill-academic-freedom

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48) What is left for the US to do in Afghanistan? The answer: Lose.
Source: Antiwar.com
by Major Danny Sjursen, USA

“So there it is again — the outmoded, but still amazingly prevalent ‘safe haven’ myth. It goes something like this: if the US doesn’t maintain a troop presence and prop up the Kabul government forever, then Al Qaeda, ISIS, and whoever else will use Afghanistan as a base to attack this American homeland. This ignores a few key facts.” (12/05/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/danny_sjursen/2018/12/04/what-is-left-for-the-us-to-do-in-afghanistan-the-answer-lose/

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49) The power and the glory of Mexico’s populist president
Source: Reuters
by Andres Martinez

“If you really want to understand contemporary Mexico, skip ‘Narcos’ and watch the series ‘Un Extrano Enemigo’ instead. The drama about the horrifying crackdown on the student movement on the eve of the 1968 Mexico City Olympics captures the essence of one-party authoritarianism under the long-ruling PRI, the Institutional Revolutionary Party. Its characters are the commander of internal security forces, student protest leaders, the slithery CIA station chief, then-president Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, and the cabinet members jockeying to succeed him. But at heart, the protagonist of ‘Enemigo’ is the unvarnished, omnipotent power radiating from the presidency.” (12/04/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-martinez-amlo-commentary/commentary-the-power-and-the-glory-of-mexicos-populist-president-idUSKBN1O324C

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50) Regulators are not what makes food safe
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“It’s one of the most puzzling claims of the pro-regulation ideology: food makers and sellers have a weak incentive to make sure their food is safe for consumption. The briefest look at the dynamics of this food panic reveals the opposite. Selling an unsafe product is catastrophic for industry. And yet it is nearly universally presumed that we would all be buying and consuming poisons daily were it not for food regulators in Washington who tell people how to keep food safe. They must stand ready to issue recalls, the thinking goes, else we would be doomed. The myth was born in the early years of the 20th century, with Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle of 1904. It was fiction, but very compelling.” (12/04/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/regulators-are-not-what-makes-food-safe

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51) Efficiency experts for the welfare state
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“The problem with welfare programs is not that they need to have work requirements, more restrictions, drug testing, or lower subsidies and be reformed, modernized, more effective, and more efficient. The problem with welfare is simply that it is immoral to take money from some Americans and give it to other Americans. Republicans and conservatives have no philosophical objection to the existence of any welfare program. Their attitude toward welfare is the same as their attitude toward government grants, programming by NPR, and actions undertaken by Planned Parenthood. It is only when grant money is doled out for outrageous things, NPR promotes progressive causes, or Planned Parenthood performs abortions that Republicans and conservatives get upset.” (12/05/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/efficiency-experts-for-the-welfare-state/

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52) Bush 41 — now history
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Of course, Bush 41 was not a conservative: perhaps the last of the old liberal establishment Republicans (at least for now). His turnabout on his no-tax pledge is just one of the many reasons for libertarians to have little love for him. But we can and should learn lessons from George H W Bush, just as we should mourn his loss with his family and friends and show compassion for them. Even as they gulp down millions of stolen taxpayer dollars to honor their deceased patriarch.” (12/04/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/12/04/bush-41-now-history/

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53) Time to end, not mend, electric vehicle subsidies
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by Jonathan A. Lesser

“Electric vehicles are the darlings of the automobile industry. In addition to Tesla, all of the traditional automakers — both here and abroad — have been pouring billions of dollars into developing new EVs while slowly abandoning the production of gasoline-powered vehicles. But while EVs may be innovative technological marvels, old-fashioned subsidies continue to drive the industry. The federal government provides a tax credit to EV purchasers of $7,500 for the first 200,000 vehicles sold by any individual manufacturer. … Individual states have sweetened the subsidy pot further, offering rebates up to $5,000, along with subsidies for installing home and business charging stations, subsidies for installing home and business solar panels, ‘free’ charging stations along major highways, and even preferred access to carpool lanes.” (12/04/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/ev-subsidies-taxpayers-electric-cars

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54) Spain strengthens socialism across the Atlantic
Source: Acton Institute
by Angel Manuel Garcia Carmona

“Spain’s ruling socialist government has reinforced two regimes on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean that represent prime threats to liberty and human dignity. Pedro Sanchez’s Socialist Party (PSOE), which rules Spain with the support of far-left members of Podemos and pro-secessionists from Catalonia, abstained from voting for a measure to condemn Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro in October. Then, late last month, Sanchez made an official visit to Cuba, alongside his wife Begona Gomez, Trade Minister Reyes Maroto, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Borrell.” (12/04/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/12/04/spain-strengthens-socialism-across-atlantic

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55) Clintons now the Spinal Tap of the political world
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“At one point in the movie ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ documentarian Marty DiBergi asks the band’s manager, Ian Faith, about the band’s waning popularity: Marty: The last time Tap toured America, they were, uh, booked into 10,000 seat arenas, and 15,000 seat venues, and it seems that now, on their current tour they’re being booked into 1,200 seat arenas, 1,500 seat arenas, and uh I was just wondering, does this mean uh … the popularity of the group is waning? Ian: Oh, no, no, no, no, no, no … no, no, not at all. I, I, I just think that the … uh … their appeal is becoming more selective. Based on the first leg of their big 13-city cross-country tour, the Clintons’ appeal is becoming very selective, indeed.” (12/04/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/clintons-speaking-tour-ticket-prices

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56) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/05/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“In a major speech yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised that the Trump Administration was creating a ‘new liberal international order,’ with the US re-asserting its ‘leadership.’ This sounds a lot like the old ‘new world order’ promised by recently departed President George HW Bush. Is going back to the future really a good US grand strategy?” [Flash video] (12/05/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/pompeo-promises-new-liberal-world-order-new-wine-in-old-bottles

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57) Scott Adams Says, 12/05/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about China, mass migration, peak climate change, fusion power, misandry, and coffee.” [Flash video] (12/05/18)

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

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58) The Editors, episode 122
Source: National Review

“This week on The Editors, Rich interviews Reihan about his new book, Melting Pot or Civil War?.” [various formats] (12/05/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-editors/special-episode-melting-pot-or-civil-war-122/

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59) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 25
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie examine The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five. Obviously a classic in the world of hip-hop, this song paints a bleak portrait of reality. I think they draw different conclusions why things are the way they are but i’m sure you’ll see what i see.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/05/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/from-beans-to-boss-with-jay-caetano-sounds-like-liberty-episode-25-2/

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60) Electric Libertyland, episode 101
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland Brian McWilliams fights a very horse voice to take on Bill and Hillary Clinton’s sad speaking tour, Trump’s proposed defense budget cuts and the hooplah in response, the Pentagon’s money laundering, George H.W. Bush’s death, Tim Cook loves censorship and crybabies at Columbia cutting off a stand up comic mid-act.” [various formats] (12/05/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/12/05/electric-libertyland-101-the-clintons-last-gasp-cash-grab-tour/

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61) Essential Libertarianism, episode 53
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“The Catholic Church’s confused ideas about stealing, by Mark R. Crovelli.” [various formats] (12/05/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/12/05/the-catholic-churchs-confused-ideas-about-stealing-el053/

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62) Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 12/05/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: an honest memorial service for an unrepentant warmonger who dedicated his life to militarism, war, coups, regime change, and the lies of ‘American exceptionalism.’ Jeremy Scahill details the crimes of Bush, the sick propaganda of the corporate media memorials, and the trail of blood, death, and tears Bush leaves behind. Independent journalist Arun Gupta covers decades of Bush, from his time at the helm of the CIA to the presidency. Gupta discusses Bush’s support for Manuel Noriega and his eventual invasion of Panama, the pardoning of Iran-Contra criminals, the dirty wars in Central America, the support for Saddam Hussein, and the launch of the Gulf War. Acclaimed Iraqi poet and scholar Sinan Antoon describes his life under the U.S.-backed dictatorship of Saddam, the horrors of the Gulf War, and how Bush’s destruction of Iraqi civilian society led to the rise of ISIS.” [various formats] (12/05/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/12/05/george-h-w-bush-1924-2018-american-war-criminal/

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63) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 280
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #280, I discuss recent CIA leaks that tie Saudi Crown Prince MbS to the Khashoggi murder. The leaks say the CIA assesses with medium to high confidence MbS targeted Khashoggi and probably ordered his death. Another report shows MbS contacted a member of the Khashoggi assassination plot 11 times on the date of the murder. I give my take on Trump’s support for MbS and his many failures.” [various formats] (12/05/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-280-mbs-tired-to-khashoggi-murder

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64) Editor’s Break, episode 117
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 117 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: getting a parking ticket, finally, after six months of food delivery; his grandmother’s improving situation; an article he wrote in March of 2008 on what the country should do about the illegal immigration problem; and more.” [various formats] (12/04/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/immigration-and-america-24m-editors-break-117

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65) Free Talk Live, 12/04/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“What makes a ‘Real American?’ :: Economics and Chemistry :: George HW Bush Dead :: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Sex Abuse Allegations :: Bicycle Lanes :: Alt-Right Pipeline :: Evidence and Claims :: Induced Vomiting :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Vincent.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/04/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-12-04

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66) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1298
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“With the passing of former president George H.W. Bush, we’ve heard much talk of his having been an underrated president. Daniel McCarthy joins me to offer his assessment.” [various formats] (12/04/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1298-george-h-w-bush-his-presidency-assessed/

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67) Dave Lindorff on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Dave Lindorff joins Scott to talk about his recent article, ‘The Pentagon’s Massive Accounting Fraud Exposed,’ in which he outlines the results of the recent audit of U.S. military spending.” [various formats] (12/04/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/12-3-18-dave-lindorff-on-the-pentagons-audit/

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68) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/04/18
Source: Cato Institute

“It’s difficult to file a complaint with many police departments. In some cases, it’s hard to know even how to file one. Steve Silverman of Flex Your Rights discusses the group’s new project, Open Police Complaints, which aims to smooth the process and bring transparency to the process of registering a complaint against cops.” [various formats] (12/04/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/open-police-complaints

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69) Unraveling Political Theory, episode 15
Source: Attack The System

“In episode 15 of Unraveling Political Theory, Tim and Keith will be discussing leaders and vertical hierarchy. To understand the world of politics and change it for the better, it’s paramount that people begin to study political theory and the ways in which it has manifest throughout history up into the present day. By bringing light to the origins of political and philosophical thought, the present day becomes all the more explainable because one is now able to see the logical progression of such manifestations.” [Flash video] (12/04/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/12/04/unraveling-political-theory-leaders-and-vertical-hierarchy/

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70) Bloggingheads.tv, 12/04/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Kat Rosenfield (Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, Vulture) and Katie Herzog (The Stranger, katieherzog.org) … Andrea Long Chu’s controversial op-ed, ‘My New Vagina Won’t Make Me Happy’ … The non-medical complications of gender confirmation surgery … Katie: ‘People want shit that’s bad for them’ … Are young people too wrapped up in gender identity? … Tomboys and catpeople … Your census form is not you.” [Flash video] (12/04/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/54261

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