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Volume XVI, Issue #4,126
Weekend Special Edition, December 8th, 2018
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In the News:

0) Just can’t resist putting out a little weekend special edition goodness …
1) US regime wants abducted Huawei CFO to face “fraud” charges
2) NE: Idiot educrat put on leave after banning Santa, candy cane decorations
3) Report: Mueller questioned Kelly in obstruction of justice probe
4) OPEC, Russia agree to slash oil production
5) Market mayhem: BTC sinks below $3.4k, Ethereum plummets to double digits

Everybody Has An Opinion:

6) George H.W. Bush’s Persian Gulf War: Victory, with tragedy
7) When nonviolence isn’t enough
8) War over Ukraine?
9) Trump’s sanctions meet his trade war
10) In the new fight for online privacy and security, Australia falls: What happens next?

The Sound and the Fury:

11) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 24
12) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/07/18
13) Free Talk Live, 12/06/18
14) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 12/06/18
15) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1300

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0) Just can’t resist putting out a little weekend special edition goodness …

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1) US regime wants abducted Huawei CFO to face “fraud” charges
Source: Yahoo! News

“U.S. prosecutors want a top executive of China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to face charges of fraud linked to the skirting of Iran sanctions, a Vancouver court heard on Friday. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, 46, who is also the daughter of the company founder, was [abducted] on Dec. 1 at the request of the United States. Meng faces charges of fraud in the United States for allegedly misrepresenting Huawei’s relationship with Hong Kong-based Skycom, according to evidence read in court on Friday. From 2009 to 2014, the court heard, Huawei used Skycom to transact business in Iran despite U.S. and European Union bans. If extradited, Meng would face charges of conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions, the court heard, with a maximum sentence of 30 years for each charge.” [editor’s note: So if the Chinese regime asks the Mexican regime to arrest and extradite a US citizen for trading with a third country without Beijing’s permission, the DC regime will be a-okay with that, right? – TLK] (12/07/18)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/huawei-cfo-appear-canada-court-061221160.html

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2) NE: Idiot educrat put on leave after banning Santa, candy cane decorations
Source: Aol News

“An elementary school principal was put on leave after trying to enact a controversial new policy on holiday decorations. Jennifer Sinclair, the principal of Manchester Elementary School in Elkhorn, Nebraska, recently sent out a memo to parents stating that she comes from a place where Christmas decor was not permitted in schools, according to WOWT. She did not specify where she was from. In an effort to be more inclusive and culturally sensitive to all students, Sinclair said she wanted Manchester Elementary teachers to follow suit and nix all holiday garb from their classrooms. Sinclair’s list of banned items included images of Santa, Christmas trees, reindeer toys, red and green patterned items, the playing of Christmas music and even Elf on the Shelf. The principal’s ban also gave candy canes the ax.” (12/07/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/12/07/elementary-school-principal-put-on-leave-after-banning-santa-candy-cane-decorations/23611753/

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3) Report: Mueller questioned Kelly in obstruction of justice probe
Source: The Hill

“Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team interviewed White House chief of staff John Kelly regarding potential obstruction of justice, CNN reported Friday. Kelly responded to a narrow list of questions from Mueller over the summer, sources told the network. White House lawyers reportedly rejected Mueller’s request for a full interview. Kelly, who is reportedly expected to announce his departure from the White House in the coming days, would be the highest-ranking White House official known to have provided information during Mueller’s probe. The questions Kelly reportedly answered centered largely around an alleged incident in which Trump tried to fire Mueller.” (12/07/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/420270-mueller-questioned-kelly-in-obstruction-of-justice-probe-report

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4) OPEC, Russia agree to slash oil production
Source: CNN

“OPEC and its allies reached a deal to slash oil production on Friday despite pressure from President Donald Trump to keep pumping. The cuts will remove 1.2 million barrels a day from world markets, UAE energy minister and OPEC president Suhail Al Mazrouei told reporters. US crude prices spiked nearly 5% to $54 a barrel on the news.” (12/07/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/07/investing/opec-oil-prices/index.html

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5) Market mayhem: BTC sinks below $3.4k, Ethereum plummets to double digits
Source: CoinTelegraph

“Crypto markets have today again taken a major downturn, with virtually all of the major coins by market cap seeing double digit losses. Some coins are down by over 20 percent, as data from Coin360 shows. Bitcoin (BTC) has taken a steep hit of over 11 percent on its 24-hour chart, and is trading at $3,400 as of press time. Having attempted to reclaim ground above the $4,000 price point in early December — to briefly trade close to $4,300 — the top coin’s recovery has failed to hold, and the asset has seen stepped losses in the days before today’s dizzying tumble. On the week, Bitcoin is now down by around 20.5 percent; monthly losses are at a severe 47.3 percent.” (12/07/18)

https://cointelegraph.com/news/market-mayhem-bitcoin-sinks-below-34k-ethereum-plummets-to-double-digits

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6) George H.W. Bush’s Persian Gulf War: Victory, with tragedy
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick G Eddington

“Most tributes on the passing of George H.W. Bush from across the American political spectrum have used some variation of the word ‘honorable’ or ‘decent’ to describe the nation’s 41st president. By all accounts, in his direct personal relationships, he was both. That he had physical courage was amply demonstrated in his youth as a Navy torpedo bomber pilot in World War II, and in his later years during his occasional parachute jumps on his birthday. My strongest memories of Bush are from the first post-Cold War crisis America faced — Saddam Hussein’s August 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the subsequent Persian Gulf War. Bush’s actions during that fateful eight months have affected the lives of millions in the nearly three decades since, and mostly for the worse.” (12/07/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/george-hw-bushs-persian-gulf-war-victory-tragedy

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7) When nonviolence isn’t enough
Source: Reason
by Jason Brennan

“Normally it’s wrong to lie, cheat, steal, deceive, manipulate, destroy property, or attack people. But commonsense morality as well as the common law hold that such actions are permissible in self-defense or in defense of others. The basic principle is that you may use deception or violence when you are not the initial aggressor and when you reasonably believe such actions are necessary to protect yourself or others from imminent, severe injury from an aggressor. You may lie to the murderer at the door. You may smash the windows of the would-be kidnapper’s car. You may kill a violent attacker when you reasonably fear for your life. Now ask: Does it make a difference if the murderer at the door or the kidnapper is a lawfully appointed member of the U.S. government, acting in his or her capacity as an agent?” (for publication 01/19)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/12/07/when-nonviolence-isnt-enough

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8) War over Ukraine?
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Who wants to go to war against Russia in defense of Ukraine over the Kerch Strait, which lies between the Black and Azov seas and between Russia’s Taman Peninsula and Russian-annexed Crimea? A show of hands, please. But careful: don’t misconstrue my question. I’m not asking who wants the ‘United States’ to go to war. I’m asking, rather: who is personally willing to fight the Russian military over the strait? Or: who is willing to see his or her sons and daughters fight, kill, and die in that cause? Now, again, a show of hands, please. Anyone? No one? I didn’t think so.” (12/07/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/sheldon/tgif-war-over-ukraine/

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9) Trump’s sanctions meet his trade war
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“President Trump’s sanctions against Iran have just intersected with his trade war against China. The intersection comes in the form of the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, an executive with Huawei Technologies, one of the most prominent companies in China. Meng was arrested by Canadian officials on the request of U.S. officials as she was changing planes in Vancouver. U.S. officials are now seeking Meng’s extradition to face criminal charges in the United States. The charges? Get this: They are alleging that she violated Trump’s sanctions against Iran. … when the U.S. government imposes sanctions on a foreign country, it expects not just U.S. citizens to comply with its dictates. It expects everyone in the world to comply with its dictates. That’s how the U.S. worldwide empire operates. The empire has worldwide jurisdiction. Its criminal laws apply to everyone in the world. Our country’s ruler issues the orders, and everyone in the world must obey or face the prospect of being arrested, brought to the United States, and placed in a federal penitentiary.” (12/07/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/12/07/trumps-sanctions-meet-his-trade-war/

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10) In the new fight for online privacy and security, Australia falls: What happens next?
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Danny O’Brien

“With indecent speed, and after the barest nod to debate, the Australian Parliament has now passed the Assistance and Access Act, unopposed and unamended. The bill is a cousin to the United Kingdom’s Investigatory Powers Act, passed in 2016. The two laws vary in their details, but both now deliver a panoptic new power to their nation’s governments. Both countries now claim the right to secretly compel tech companies and individual technologists, including network administrators, sysadmins, and open source developers — to re-engineer software and hardware under their control, so that it can be used to spy on their users. Engineers can be penalized for refusing to comply with fines and prison; in Australia, even counseling a technologist to oppose these orders is a crime.” (12/06/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/new-fight-online-privacy-and-security-australia-falls-what-happens-next

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11) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 24
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“This week we have on the President of the Foundation of Economic Education! In this episode, Larry Reed talks about FEE, his experiences, and how history is a great way to communicate to people.” [various formats] (12/07/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-24-freedoms-globetrotter-wlawrence-w-reed/

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12) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/07/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The Inclusive Economy, the new book by Cato’s Michael Tanner, examines welfare from the perspective of how government keeps many Americans poor.” [various formats] (12/07/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/inclusive-economy-how-bring-wealth-americas-poor

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13) Free Talk Live, 12/06/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“NJ ended cash bail, crime dropped :: Are you really innocent until proven guilty? :: Imprisoned for being poor :: NYC Taxi Commission to impose a minimum wage for Uber drivers :: Double Jeopardy :: Fuel taxes & user fees :: Edgington Post: Becca Tsigany :: HOSTS — Darryl, Chris R.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/06/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-12-06

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14) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 12/06/18
Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“Noah (Decentralized Thought on YouTube) talks about Decentralization; Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork/Hash War; Craig Wright/Path of Cryptos — Karen Kwiatkowski (Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel) comes on the show to talk about Trump and the G20.” [MP3] (12/06/18)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/252451-2018-12-06-12-06-18-noah-decentralized-thought-karen-kwiatkowski-mp3s-loaded.htm

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15) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1300
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“In this episode I talk a bit about Trump, then about the cause of the boom-bust cycle, then entrepreneurship, and then public speaking. Quite a potpourri — and a darn good one, if I may say so.” [various formats] (12/06/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1300-trump-report-card-public-speaking-tips-and-more/

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