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0) It’s a weekend special edition …
1) Congo: At least 19 UN, regime troops killed, 53 wounded in rebel attack
2) Israeli regime troops kill two in Gaza clashes as UN meets to discuss Trump speech
3) The Internet is outraged that Alabama’s favorite creepy ephebophile theocrat thinks America was great during slavery
4) CA: “Seattle’s mini Madoff” escapes prison after bilking investors out of $100 million
5) Email pointed Trump campaign to WikiLeaks documents that were already public

Everybody Has An Opinion:

6) The FBI is not your friend
7) Social media and the First Amendment’s values
8) Yes, I’m a “purist”
9) Doomed, doomed, I say
10) When liars figure

The Sound and the Fury:

11) FIREside Chats, episode 2
12) Free Talk Live, 12/07/17

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1) Congo: At least 19 UN, regime troops killed, 53 wounded in rebel attack
Source: CNN

“A ‘deliberate attack’ on United Nations peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo constitutes a ‘war crime’ and was the worst attack on peacekeepers in the organization’s recent history, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said Friday. Fourteen peacekeepers were killed and 53 others were injured in the Thursday evening attack, the UN’s peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) said in a statement. Mission officials believe the attack was carried out by the rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), according to the statement. At least five members of Congo’s armed forces also were slain, Guterres said.” (12/08/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/08/africa/africa-un-peacekeepers-killed/index.html

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2) Israeli regime troops kill two in Gaza clashes as UN meets to discuss Trump speech
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Two [Palestinian Arabs] have been shot dead in Gaza by the Israeli army, the first people killed in clashes that began after Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Palestinian [Arab] protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West Bank as worshippers throughout the Muslim world took to the streets after the weekly Friday midday prayers to vent their fury at Trump’s decision. A third man was in critical condition after being shot in the head during the clashes. … Late on Friday, Israeli warplanes bombed militant targets in Gaza in response to a rocket [allegedly] fired at nearby Israeli towns. The Palestinian Health Ministry said at least 25 people were wounded in the strikes, including six children.” (12/08/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/08/palestinian-shot-dead-in-gaza-as-protesters-clash-with-israeli-troops-in-west-bank

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3) The Internet is outraged that Alabama’s favorite creepy ephebophile theocrat thinks America was great during slavery
Source: Time

“Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is facing more heavy criticism on Twitter — for more than just the sexual misconduct allegations against him that have dominated headlines for weeks. A comment Moore made at a Florence, Ala., rally in September resurfaced Thursday and struck a chord with many users on the social networking site, including African-American celebrities and politicians. At the rally, an African-American audience member asked Moore when America was last ‘great,’ the Los Angeles Times reported in September. Moore responded in a way that appeared to condone, or at least downplay the impact of, slavery, the Times reported. ‘I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another … . Our families were strong, our country had a direction,’ Moore said, according to the Times.” (12/08/17)

http://time.com/5056590/roy-moore-america-great-slavery/

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4) CA: “Seattle’s mini Madoff” escapes prison after bilking investors out of $100 million
Source: Fox News

“The U.S. Marshals Service tightened its dragnet Friday for a con man dubbed ‘Seattle’s mini Madoff’ after the 55-year-old escaped a federal prison where he was serving an 18-year sentence. Darren Berg, who was convicted of swindling investors out of more than $100 million, walked away from a minimum-security work camp next to a penitentiary in Atwater, Calif. On Wednesday, The Seattle Times reported. … Berg was sentenced in 2012 to nearly two decades behind bars for bamboozling his clients — many of whom were senior citizens — out of their life savings to fund a Ponzi scheme Berg was using to support his high-flying life.” [editor’s note: Not as big a scammer as the people who are after him, but still pretty bad – TLK] (12/08/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/12/08/darren-berg-seattles-mini-madoff-escapes-prison-after-bilking-investors-out-100m.html

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5) Email pointed Trump campaign to WikiLeaks documents that were already public
Source: Washington Post

“A 2016 email sent to President Trump and top aides pointed the campaign to hacked [sic] documents from the Democratic National Committee that had already been made public by the group WikiLeaks a day earlier. The email — sent the afternoon of Sept. 14, 2016 — noted that ‘Wikileaks has uploaded another (huge 678 mb) archive of files from the DNC’ and included a link and a ‘decryption key,’ according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post. … The full email — which was first described to CNN as being sent on Sept. 4, 10 days earlier — indicates that the writer may have simply been flagging information that was already widely available.” [editor’s note: The emails were “leaked.” Whether or not they were “hacked” remains an open question – TLK] (12/08/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/email-offering-trump-campaign-wikileaks-documents-referred-to-information-already-public/2017/12/08/61dc2356-dc37-11e7-a841-2066faf731ef_story.html

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6) The FBI is not your friend
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“One of the unfortunate ironies of the manufactured ‘Russiagate’ controversy is the perception of the FBI as a friend of liberty and justice. But the FBI has never been a friend of liberty and justice. Rather, as James Bovard writes, it ‘has a long record of both deceit and incompetence.’ … One need not be an admirer of [Michael] Flynn — and for many reasons I certainly am not — to be disturbed by how the FBI has handled this case. One ought to be immediately suspicious whenever someone is charged with or pleads guilty to lying to the FBI without any underlying crime being charged.” (12/08/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/daily-featured-articles/tgif-fbi-not-friend/

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7) Social media and the First Amendment’s values
Source: Cato Unbound
by John Samples

“Emerson remarked that Western thought assumes that ‘the proper end of man is the realization of his character and potentialities as a human being.’ This implies that every person has ‘the right to form their own beliefs and opinions’ along with a right to express both. This path toward self-realization demands the freedom to know and speak, and makes society a servant of individuals rather than their master. On this front, social media is an unalloyed good. Not since the invention of the printing press have we seen such a radical expansion of the individual’s capacity for self-fulfillment through self-expression. … The elimination of the old gatekeepers comes with its own costs. The supply of speech now far outstrips any individual’s attention. Hyperbolic, attention grabbing proclamations may initially win out over well-reasoned arguments. … This concern aside, fierce competition is exactly what we expect to see when barriers to entry are drastically lowered.” (12/08/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/12/08/john-samples/social-media-first-amendments-values

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8) Yes, I’m a “purist”
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“I don’t believe there are any legitimate justifications for believing a person has the right to archate. I am told this makes me a ‘purist.’ I don’t see that as a bad thing. Yes, in some cases (pushing someone out of the path of a bus, trespassing to rescue a child who wandered onto private property and got trapped or hurt, etc.) I think you probably need to go ahead and do what you think is necessary under the circumstances, and accept the consequences, but that’s different than saying you have a right to initiate force or violate property. But in many cases, such as with governing others — personally or by imposing a State on them — you have neither the right nor a ‘need’ which can excuse you. You need to be shamed if this is what you advocate.” (12/08/17)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2017/12/yes-im-purist.html

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9) Doomed, doomed, I say
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“The vulnerability of flattops has been known for decades. Military planners and officers have studied and addressed it and possible tactics to counter it since at least the 1970s. This vulnerability — and the incredible cost AND impact of losing one (or more) has been obvious, but few feasible solutions have emerged. Indeed, that may be a major factor in the decision of other major powers (particularly the UK, France, Russia, China, and India) to have a token one or two of the monster (targets) for prestige and training purposes, but to avoid even a modest fleet of them. So why does the US Navy still have them — and so many of them? Thank the military-industrial complex for one. These things are huge money-makers and budget-busters/enhancers. And (like school lunch programs) they keep on giving and giving — the contractors get to keep on selling goods and services to keep them floating and ‘carrying out their mission.’” (12/08/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/12/08/doomed-doomed-i-say/

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10) When liars figure
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“Possibly you’ve seen reports about the new study that showed a sharp increase in firearms-related deaths after the Sandy Hook shooting, attributed to the sharp spike in gun sales. If not, here’s a fine example …. The researchers’ ‘spike’ in their study appears to be largely imaginary, and what there was is more easily attributed to random variance. The lack of sales/deaths correlations with other known periods of increased buying (2008-2009, 2012) invalidates their Sandy Hook-related claim. The overall consistent decrease in child accidental deaths tells me that, rather than untrained newbies going out and slaughtering kids, more people are getting trained and demonstrating safety awareness. Remember: the number of guns are cumulative; if more guns really correlated with accidents then there be a constantly increasing number of accidents instead of the real decrease.” (12/08/17)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4640

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11) FIREside Chats, episode 2
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Texas State University, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.” [Flash video]

https://www.thefire.org/fireside-chats-02-texas-state-university-university-of-nebraska-lincoln/

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12) Free Talk Live, 12/07/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“CryptoKitties :: Al Franken to resign :: Ethereum: Store of Kitties :: Reasons to stop dwelling on Bitcoin ‘I should have’ anxiety :: Bitcoin regrets? :: Mark joins the show to discuss Bitcoin HODLing :: Crypto community altruism :: Did the US House vote against ‘State’s Rights?’ :: Sarah has a theory about bicycle fatalities :: Interview with DDP (goes into aftershow) :: HOSTS — Darryl & Chris.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/07/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-12-07

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