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Volume XV, Issue #3,862
Monday, December 11th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Fourth Day of Rage: Israeli bus shot at, 60 reported wounded in clashes
2) Kenya: Opposition group says protest mock inaugural postponed
3) AZ: Jurors acquit cop who executed compliant, unarmed victim on camera
4) Iraq: Regime declares complete victory in war against Islamic State
5) Trump’s border wall: Climbing tests begin on prototypes
6) Sweden: Three arrested after firebomb attack on synagogue
7) Arab ministers demand reversal of Trump Jerusalem decision
8) AL: Days before election, Roy Moore disappears from campaign trail
9) Report: Taxpayers paid $220k to settle suit alleging sexual harassment by congresscritter
10) With prescription drugs, some pay more with insurance than without it
11) Colombia: Pablo Escobar’s hit man Popeye accused of violating parole
12) West Point cadet who said star quarterback raped her drops out
13) Canada: Nova Scotia’s regime will sell marijuana in state liquor stores
14) Report: Arsenic in baby rice cereal higher than FDA recommendation
15) AL: Trump to do robocalls for Moore
16) Mueller filing : Manafort drafted Ukraine op-ed despite unconstitutional gag order
17) Key Brexit advocate says voters can change UK deal with EU
18) Assange challenges CBS owners to $100k bet on accuracy of WikiLeaks claim
19) Egypt: Coptic pope cancels Pence meeting over Jerusalem
20) Charlie Sheen sues National Enquirer over rape claim

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Two brothers, two farms, one border
22) Finally, evidence of Russian election meddling … oh, wait
23) Did a corrupt FBI give Hillary Clinton a free pass? Sure looks like it
24) Where’s the omelet?
25) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 3, part 3
26) The racist right looks left
27) Open immigration is good for the health of people and the economy
28) Atlanta targets Good Samaritans sharing food with homeless
29) The political calculations behind Al Franken’s resignation & Trump’s support for Roy Moore
30) Why Bitcoin block size definitions must be removed
31) Keystone is anti-hydrocarbon zealotry in microcosm
32) We’re on a sexual harassment warlock hunt
33) “Brexit breakthrough”: What you need to know about the new UK-EU report
34) Quantum Vibe, 12/08/17
35) The year in class war
36) Did the death of copyright hurt anyone?
37) Pentagon openly threatens to shoot down Russian jets over eastern Syria
38) Panarchy: The utility of personal experience
39) It’s time for a city on the moon
40) From Guernica’s ruins, a lesson in fake news
41) The rearguard battles we have fought and continue to fight
42) John Lennon was right
43) Tell the Copyright Office: Keep safe harbors safe
44) Trent Franks, Al Franken, and “The Handmaid’s Tale”
45) Review: The Dictator’s Handbook
46) Privacy and shopping
47) Trump’s FCC about to bid farewell to the Internet as we [have recently come to] know it
48) The Great Dood Drain of ’17
49) Power corrupts
50) A Christmas truce?

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Free Talk Live, 12/09/17
52) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 128
53) Anarcho Agenda, episode 47
54) Mostly Weekly, 12/08/17
55) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 683
56) The Scott Horton Show, 12/08/17
57) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 217
58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1056
59) In The Tank Podcast, episode 118
60) spiked podcast, 12/08/17

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

1) Fourth Day of Rage: Israeli bus shot at, 60 reported wounded in clashes
Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“An armored bus traveling in the West Bank near the settlement of Ofra was fired upon on Sunday. Israeli forces searching for suspects found 11 rounds of bullets in the area. No casualties were reported. In the northern Israeli town of Shfaram a woman was slightly injured when stones were thrown at a city bus. … The Palestinian Red Crescent reported Sunday that it treated some 60 wounded people in the West Bank and Gaza in what is now the fourth day of clashes between Palestinian protesters and security forces. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 10 of the casualties were wounded by live fire, while another 40 suffered from tear gas inhalation.” (12/10/17)

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/palestinians/.premium-1.828153

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2) Kenya: Opposition group says protest mock inaugural postponed
Source: Newburgh Gazette

“The National Super Alliance (NASA) postponed the much anticipated controversial inauguration of its chief, Raila Odinga, as the ‘People’s President’ on Sunday evening. Speaking from Okoa Kenya, Lavington, Swearing-in Organising Committee chairman, Jarred Siswe confirmed NASA’s plans were in motion and the swearing in was still slated for December 12. Odinga successfully challenged Kenyatta’s August re-election but then boycotted a rerun vote in October, demanding electoral reforms. … Kenya’s government said last week the ceremony would amount to treason and the USA urged the opposition to cancel it amid concerns it might end in violence. Kenyatta won with over 98 percent of the votes and was inaugurated last week.”

http://newburghgazette.com/2017/12/10/kenya-opposition-group-says-protest-mock-inaugural-postponed/

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3) AZ: Jurors acquit cop who executed compliant, unarmed victim on camera
Source: Arizona Republic

“A Maricopa County jury on Thursday found former Mesa police Officer Philip ‘Mitch’ Brailsford not guilty of second-degree murder charges in the 2016 shooting of an unarmed Texas man who was on his knees begging for his life. Jurors deliberated for less than six hours over two days, finishing Thursday afternoon. The eight-member jury also found Brailsford not guilty of the lesser charge of reckless manslaughter.” [editor’s note: Were the jurors selected for low IQ, or did they get friendly visits from The Thin Blue Line explaining what might happen to them if they convicted this walking human-shaped hunk of excrement? – TLK] (12/08/17)

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa-breaking/2017/12/07/philip-brailsford-verdict-daniel-shaver-killing/927052001/

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4) Iraq: Regime declares complete victory in war against Islamic State
Source: Washington Post

“Iraq’s prime minister declared an end Saturday to the war against the Islamic State, more than three years after militants overran and captured one-third of the country and imposed a violent and austere rule over millions of Iraqis. Haider al-Abadi announced that the rugged, sparsely populated desert region bordering Syria has been ‘cleansed’ of Islamic State fighters and that the porous border that had underpinned the self-declared caliphate that straddled both countries has been fully secured. … Saturday’s declaration caps a war that has killed thousands of Iraqi troops in fierce battles for such cities as Tikrit, Ramadi and Beiji since 2015.” (12/09/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/iraq-declares-complete-victory-in-the-war-against-islamic-state/2017/12/09/9a0c5ea6-dce3-11e7-8e5f-ccc94e22b133_story.html

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5) Trump’s border wall: Climbing tests begin on prototypes
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“US Customs and Border Protection officials are making sure the wall prototypes cannot be breached. President Trump says he will visit the site and pick the winning design after the tests.” (12/09/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-42288681/trump-s-border-wall-climbing-tests-begin-on-prototypes

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6) Sweden: Three arrested after firebomb attack on synagogue
Source: New York Times

“The Swedish police arrested three people on Sunday after a masked gang hurled Molotov cocktails at a synagogue’s meeting hall in Gothenburg as it hosted a party on Saturday night. The attack set the yard ablaze, but the building did not catch fire and no one was injured. The authorities said the people gathered on the premises had fled to safety in the basement. … The Police Authority’s commissioner, Dan Eliasson, told the Aftonbladet newspaper that the threat level against Jewish interests in Sweden had increased since President Trump’s announcement that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The attack in Gothenburg came a day after demonstrators took to the streets ofMalmo, Sweden’s third-largest city, shouting slogans about killing or shooting Jews.” (12/10/17)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/10/world/europe/sweden-synagogue-molotov-cocktail.html

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7) Arab ministers demand reversal of Trump Jerusalem decision
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Arab foreign ministers on Sunday demanded that the United States rescind President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, calling it a ‘grave’ development that puts Washington on the same side as ‘occupation’ and the violation of international law. In a resolution long on rhetoric but short on concrete actions, the ministers also called for the U.N. Security Council to adopt a resolution condemning Trump’s decision, but acknowledged that Washington would most likely veto it. If the U.S. vetoes the resolution, the Arabs would seek a similar resolution in the U.N. General Assembly, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki told a pre-dawn news conference in Cairo.” (12/09/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Arab-foreign-ministers-meet-in-Cairo-over-12418583.php

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8) AL: Days before election, Roy Moore disappears from campaign trail
Source: USA Today

“Near the end of a press conference for Roy Moore Thursday, a reporter asked a question: Where was Roy Moore? ‘He’s campaigning,’ said Ben DuPre, a longtime Moore associate and spokesman for the campaign. ‘He’s campaigning hard.’ If Moore is doing that, he’s keeping it a secret. In the last few days before the Dec. 12 election for Alabama’s junior U.S. Senate seat, the Republican candidate has all but vanished from the public, continuing a pattern of absence that took hold after allegations of abuse, assault, harassment and misconduct with nine women surfaced against Moore in early November. ‘I think it’s extremely odd that for the better part of that campaign, we have seen his spokespeople, his campaign manager and his surrogates,’ said Angi Horn Stalnaker, a Republican consultant who has run races against Moore in the past.” (12/09/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/12/09/wheres-roy-days-before-alabama-election-moore-disappears-campaign-trail/938022001

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9) Report: Taxpayers paid $220k to settle suit alleging sexual harassment by congresscritter
Source: Fox News

“The Treasury Department paid $220,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a former congressional staffer alleging sexual harassment by Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., it was reported Friday. According to Roll Call, which cited documents related to the case, Winsome Packer alleged that Hastings touched her inappropriately and made unwanted sexual advances. On one occasion, Packer said Hastings asked her what kind of underwear she was wearing. [Packer], a former Republican Hill staffer, alleged that the harassment occurred while she worked for the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), also known as the Helsinki Commission. The commission, which helps shape U.S. policy in Europe, includes nine members of the House and nine members of the Senate. Hastings, 81, is one of the commission’s ranking members.” (12/10/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/09/taxpayers-paid-220g-to-settle-suit-alleging-sexual-harassment-by-democratic-rep-report-says.html

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10) With prescription drugs, some pay more with insurance than without it
Source: Raw Story

“Having health insurance is supposed to save you money on your prescriptions. But increasingly, consumers are finding that isn’t the case. Patrik Swanljung found this out when he went to fill a prescription for a generic cholesterol drug. In May, Swanljung handed his Medicare prescription card to the pharmacist at his local Walgreens and was told that he owed $83.94 for a three-month supply. Alarmed at that price, Swanljung went online and found Blink Health, a start-up, offering the same drug (generic Crestor) for $45.89. It had struck a better deal than did his insurer, UnitedHealthcare.” (12/09/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/when-buying-prescription-drugs-some-pay-more-with-insurance-than-without-it

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11) Colombia: Pablo Escobar’s hit man Popeye accused of violating parole
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Colombian authorities are seeking to re-arrest a former hit man for late drug lord Pablo Escobar for violating his parole after he was caught partying with a major trafficker wanted by the U.S., prosecutors said Saturday. Jhon Jairo Velasquez, known by his nickname Popeye, was paroled in 2014 after confessing to hundreds of murders and spending 22 years in jail for plotting the murder of an ex-presidential candidate. Since being released, Velasquez has gained notoriety as an author and YouTube celebrity who delivers angry diatribes against leftist rebels, corrupt politicians and Venezuela’s socialist government.” (12/09/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Pablo-Escobar-s-hit-man-Popeye-accused-of-12419039.php

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12) West Point cadet who said star quarterback raped her drops out
Source: Fox News

“A former West Point cadet said she dropped out following the academy’s lackluster response to rape claims she made against its star quarterback. Madeline Lewis told The Daily Beast she was destined to attend West Point and follow in her grandfather’s footsteps. ‘West Point was just something I grew up with,’ she said. Lewis attended the school in 2014 but was injured during basic training and had difficulties with her roommate.” (12/09/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/12/09/west-point-cadet-who-said-star-quarterback-raped-her-drops-out.html

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13) Canada: Nova Scotia’s regime will sell marijuana in state liquor stores
Source: Raw Story

“One province in Canada has decided to sell its marijuana in liquor stores. Nova Scotia, a province on Canada’s eastern shore, announced on Thursday that the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, its sole alcohol distributor, would sell the drug in its stores and on its website once Canada legalizes weed in July of next year. ‘The NSLC has the experience and expertise to distribute and sell restricted products like alcohol and now cannabis in a socially responsible way,’ Justice Minister Mark Furey said at a press conference. ‘We believe the NSLC is best positioned to sell cannabis, keeping it out of the hands of young people and making it legally available in a safe, regulated way.’ Experts say this has its downsides –– like for those recovering from alcoholism, who may be pushed into temptation if they want to purchase pot, for instance.” (12/09/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/legal-pot-canada-will-sell-marijuana-in-liquor-stores

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14) Report: Arsenic in baby rice cereal higher than FDA recommendation
Source: USA Today

“Levels of arsenic in baby rice cereal are much higher than other infant cereals, according to a recent study. And, some are higher than FDA recommendations. Healthy Babies Bright Futures, an advocacy group working to reduce toxins in a baby’s environment, tested 105 cereals nationwide for arsenic contamination. The group found arsenic levels in infant rice cereal averaged six times higher than in oatmeal, multi-grain, quinoa and other non-rice infant cereals, in a non-peer reviewed study published online this week. The group is calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to more strictly regulate arsenic levels in baby food. The toxin is associated with developmental defects, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity, diabetes and even cancer, according to the World Health Organization. In 2016, the FDA proposed a recommendation of no more than 100 parts per billion of arsenic in infant cereal.” (12/08/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/12/08/arsenic-baby-rice-cereal-higher-than-fda-recommendation-advocacy-group-finds/935725001

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15) AL: Trump to do robocalls for Moore
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump has recorded automated phone messages urging support for Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race. White House spokesman Raj Shah said Saturday that Trump has recorded the phone message on Moore’s behalf. Moore’s campaign said the calls will go out to households Monday, a day ahead of the U.S. Senate election. Moore is locked in a heated contest with Democrat Doug Jones for the seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump urged Alabamians to vote for Moore during a Friday-night rally in neighboring Florida. Trump had done similar calls for incumbent Sen. Luther Strange who lost to Moore in the GOP primary.” (12/09/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/The-Latest-Jones-hits-GOTV-events-ahead-of-12418790.php

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16) Mueller filing : Manafort drafted Ukraine op-ed despite unconstitutional gag order
Source: Metro

“U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller late on Friday unveiled a trove of evidence against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort to convince a judge that he violated a gag order by ghost-writing an article to bolster his public image. … In the filing, Mueller’s team argued that U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Amy Berman Jackson should deny a request by Manafort to lift his house arrest, saying the op-ed violated her gag order and demonstrated that he cannot be trusted.” [editor’s note: Who can’t be trusted? Judges who impose such gag orders, and prosecutors who exploit such orders to argue against reasonable bail. The difference between them and someone who writes an op-ed is that the latter is engaged in the human right of free speech while the former are publicly defecating on that right – TLK] (12/09/17)

https://www.metro.us/news/reuters/reuters-top-news/special-counsel-mueller-filing-shows-manafort-drafted-ukraine-op-ed

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17) Key Brexit advocate says voters can change UK deal with EU
Source: US News & World Report

“British voters will be able to change the final Brexit agreement with the European Union if they aren’t happy with what the British government delivers, a key Brexit supporter claimed Saturday. British Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s comments came after Prime Minister Theresa May compromised on issues such as Britain’s financial obligation to the bloc, the Northern Ireland border and the jurisdiction of European courts in order to reach a preliminary agreement on divorce terms with the EU. … ‘The British people will be in control,’ Gove wrote in Saturday’s edition of the Daily Telegraph. ‘By the time of the next election, EU law and any new treaty with the EU will cease to have primacy or direct effect in UK law. If the British people dislike the arrangement that we have negotiated with the EU, the agreement will allow a future government to diverge.’” (12/09/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2017-12-09/key-brexit-advocate-says-voters-can-change-uk-deal-with-eu

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18) Assange challenges CBS owners to $100k bet on accuracy of WikiLeaks claim
Source: RT [Russian state media]

“WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has challenged the owners of CBS to a $100,000 bet that the network’s story about the whistleblowing website alleged links to the Trump family is false. Assange lambasted the network on Twitter, calling them a ‘pathetic excuse for a media organization’ after they published a story claiming WikiLeaks offered Donald Trump Jr. early access to leaked documents in September 2016. … Broadcasters CBS and CNN ran the story claiming Trump Jr. and other members of the Trump campaign, including Donald Trump himself, were sent an email containing a website URL and decryption key that would allow them view unpublished WikiLeaks material in September 2016.” [editor’s note: CNN has since issued a correction – TLK] (12/09/17)

https://www.rt.com/usa/412581-assange-cbs-bet-trump/

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19) Egypt: Coptic pope cancels Pence meeting over Jerusalem
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Church has cancelled an upcoming meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence, protesting against Washington’s move to declare Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The move by Pope Tawadros II on Saturday came a day after Palestinian leaders also said that Pence, who is scheduled to visit the region later this month, was not welcome in the occupied territories. … On Friday, the grand imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque also said that he would not meet Pence, according to Egyptian media. ‘How can I sit with those who granted what they do not own to those who do not deserve it,’ said Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb.” (12/09/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/egypt-coptic-pope-cancels-pence-meeting-jerusalem-171209174617042.html

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20) Charlie Sheen sues National Enquirer over rape claim
Source: Variety

“Charlie Sheen sued the National Enquirer on Friday, alleging that the tabloid defamed him when it reported that [he] sexually abused Corey Haim when the latter was 13 years old. On Nov. 8, the Enquirer quoted former actor Dominick Brascia as saying that Haim — now deceased — told him of the sexual encounter. The story describes Sheen as ‘twisted child molester’ and an ‘adult rapist.’ In his lawsuit, Sheen calls the story part of an ‘egregious, hurtful and disgusting campaign of defamations.’ ‘With calculated malice, the National Enquirer has concluded that it can make money by running false and salacious stories claiming that Mr. Sheen is a sexual molester that preys on young pubescent boys,’ the lawsuit states. … American Media Inc., the parent company of the Enquirer, said it would defend the suit.” (12/09/17)

http://variety.com/2017/biz/news/charlie-sheen-national-enquirer-rape-claim-lawsuit-1202634998/

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

21) Two brothers, two farms, one border
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The Bionic Mosquito is at again, desperately trying to reconcile his support of government-controlled borders with libertarian principles. This time, in an act of real desperation, he uses my article ‘Wedding Cakes Have Nothing to Do With Free Speech’ (which he kindly describes as ‘exemplary,’ for which I am most appreciative), to buttress his controlled-border position. His article, ‘Borders and Property,’ appears here and at LewRockwell.com. It’s clear that Bionic is acting in good faith. It’s obvious that he really does believe in government-controlled borders. The problem, however, is that rather than simply acknowledge that open borders is one libertarian position that he simply cannot accept, he instead resorts to all sorts of intellectual contortions to convince himself that he really isn’t abandoning libertarianism on this particular issue. But he is. The following hypothetical perfectly demonstrates the fallacy of Bionic’s position” (12/08/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/12/08/bionic-mosquito-strikes/

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22) Finally, evidence of Russian election meddling … oh, wait
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“On December 1, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to two counts of lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Sergey I. Kislyak, then Russia’s ambassador to the United States. The charges, and Flynn’s plea, were part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of ‘Russian meddling’ in the 2016 US presidential election. Finally! Hard evidence! The Trump campaign really did work with the Russians to fix the election and deprive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton of her pre-ordained return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue! But there are big problems with that narrative.”

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12230

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23) Did a corrupt FBI give Hillary Clinton a free pass? Sure looks like it
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Until August 31, 2016, with the presidential election in full swing, former FBI director James Comey gave the impression that he hadn’t arrived at his decision to let Clinton off the hook until after he had all the facts. But in late August we learned that, in fact, Comey and his team began drafting his get-out-of-jail-free statement for Clinton in April … Then, in early November, we learned that an early draft of that memo had accused Clinton of being ‘grossly negligent’ in handling classified material because she used an unsecured private email server while Secretary of State. At some point during the editing process of that memo, ‘grossly negligent’ became ‘extremely careless,’ which is how Comey put it in the final version. The change was monumental. The criminal statute regarding mishandling classified material specifically cites ‘gross negligence’ as a violation of the law, even if there is no intent involved. Had that language remained, Comey’s claim that ‘no reasonable prosecutor’ would take the Clinton email case would have been laughable.” (12/07/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/fbi-hillary-clinton-email-trump-russia

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24) Where’s the omelet?
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“The Western world was at one point quite full of apologists for the purges and brutalities of Joseph Stalin, with our Communists and fellow-travelers — just ‘liberals in a hurry,’ they said they were — justifying what ended up being 100 million deaths as the brush-clearing necessary before laying the foundations of utopia. The inevitable cliche, ‘You’ve got to break a few eggs to make an omelet,’ was answered with characteristic economy by George Orwell: ‘Where’s the omelet?’ Republicans ought to be asking themselves the same question. … The Republican party took the lead in seeing off both American slavery and worldwide Communism under the leadership of men including Abraham Lincoln, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan. The most today’s Republican party can say for itself is: ‘You can’t prove our guy was a serial molester of adolescent girls! That’s up to the people of Alabama to decide.’” (12/10/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454506/roy-moore-sleaze-record-makes-him-unacceptable

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25) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 3, part 3
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy Mcelroy

“Governments are creating their own cryptocurrencies through the central banking system. Understanding the coming consequences to free-market cryptocurrency requires an understanding of the relationship between governments and central banks.” (12/09/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/the-satoshi-revolution-chapter-3-civil-liberties-and-central-banks-part-3/

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26) The racist right looks left
Source: The Nation
by Donna Minkowitz

“On the way to Richard Spencer’s top-secret white-supremacist conference on November 19, a young African-American woman drove me in her Uber from Washington, DC, to the rolling hills of Maryland horse country. On the peaceful drive past large, beautiful estates, she told me how she’d had to work three jobs (as a DHL courier, Amazon-warehouse deliverywoman, and Uber driver) just to continue to live in ever-more-expensive DC, where she’d grown up. When we finally got to the winery that Spencer’s National Policy Institute had booked, Mike Enoch of the Daily Shoah podcast, who promulgated the slur ‘dindu nuffins’ for African Americans, was holding forth on the horrors of ‘corporate neoliberalism.’ Then Eli Mosley of the campus group Identity Evropa, who calls Jews ‘oven-dodging … k*kes,’ took Enoch one further: ‘We need to be explicitly anti-capitalist. There’s no other way forward for our movement.’ As 60 mostly young, male racists gathered around him, Mosley, whose real name is Elliott Kline, confidently predicted, ‘Twenty eighteen is going to be the year of leftists joining the white-nationalist movement!’” (12/08/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-racist-right-looks-left

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27) Open immigration is good for the health of people and the economy
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Vladimir Vinokurov

“What do Albert Einstein, Salvador Dali, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and Freddie Mercury have in common? They were all refugees who made extraordinary contributions to their fields. Societies who welcome refugees and migrants benefit from their contributions and the jobs they create. Opening our doors to migrants, rather than detaining them on Manus Island or elsewhere, would make us far wealthier.” (12/09/17)

https://fee.org/articles/open-immigration-is-good-for-the-health-of-people-and-the-economy/

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28) Atlanta targets Good Samaritans sharing food with homeless
Source: Reason
by Baylen Linnekin

“Police in Atlanta are the latest blunt instrument around the country used to crack down on people sharing food with those in need. Though the Fulton County permit requirement Atlanta police claim to be enforcing has been on the books for many years, it appears Atlanta’s mayor only decided recently to enforce it, just in time for Thanksgiving. Violators face potential fines. This crackdown is part of a larger, awful, and national trend. … Some critics also contend that sharing food with the homeless doesn’t solve the problem of homelessness. And they’re right! You know what also doesn’t solve the problem? Everything from not sharing food with the homeless to rooting for a football team that blows a 28-3 lead in the Super Bowl to — at least to date — every other human action intended to solve the problem of homelessness.” (12/09/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/12/09/atlanta-latest-city-to-target-good-samar

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29) The political calculations behind Al Franken’s resignation & Trump’s support for Roy Moore
Source: The Jack News
by Jim Bennett

“The resignation of Al Franken comes with nothing but positive political consequences for the Democrats, who were able to toss one of their own overboard without losing a critical Senate seat. Franken’s replacement is likely to be Minnesota Lt. Governor Tina Smith, who will vote lockstep with the party and thereby maintain their current level of influence. Indeed, the bloodless Franken coup allows the Democrats to obtain the moral high ground at no political cost. If the governor of Minnesota were a Republican, it would have made Franken’s ouster far less likely. As it stands, Democrats now get to congratulate themselves for doing the right thing and seizing the moral high ground, thereby shaming Republicans into confronting the alleged pedophile who is poised to win a Senate seat in Alabama.” (12/08/17)

https://www.thejacknews.com/politics/political-calculations-al-franken-resignation-trump-support-roy-moore

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30) Why Bitcoin block size definitions must be removed
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“The more I’ve dug into cryptocurrencies — and I’ve really dug into them in the last few months–the more apparent it has become that Bitcoin exists for the miners. Earlier today, I paid more than $25 in Bitcoin transaction fees to move about twice that in Bitcoin. That’s right. To move 0.005 BTC, I paid a transaction fee of roughly 0.002 BTC. This makes Western Union look like a bargain. It makes sales tax look acceptable. My USD bank doesn’t charge me that much through an entire month, and they typically process hundreds of my transactions. … Block size definitions have created a monopoly among miners, and they are using it to beat the ever loving shit out of us, and we are doing nothing about it, presumably because so few people understand the situation. Miners don’t have to compete with one another, because blocks are pre-defined. There is obviously still some competition, because miners have to have rigs powerful enough to actually be quick enough to mine a block, but that’s not where the real competition lies. Where does the real competition lie? Transaction fees.” (12/08/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/12/08/bitcoin-block-size/

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31) Keystone is anti-hydrocarbon zealotry in microcosm
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“The Nebraska Public Service Commission (NPSC) recently voted to approve the state’s segment of the 1,200-mile Keystone XL Pipeline. While that would appear to allow construction to move forward, more obstacles loom before KXL can finally bring North Dakota and Canadian crude oil to Texas refineries. Commissioners who voted against approval have raised objections, some landowners still object to the pipeline crossing their lands, other landowners were not aware that the new route will cross their properties, and environmentalists plan more lawsuits to stop TransCanada’s plans to finish Keystone. … The imbroglio is a tiny facet of the ideological green movement’s implacable opposition to carbon-based energy.” [editor’s note: That “some landowners still object to the pipeline crossing their lands” should be the end of the discussion. If the land has to be stolen for the pipeline to be built, the pipeline shouldn’t be built. The proponents’ arguments are no different than any other statist/socialist claim that supposed economic “efficiency,” “growth,” or “development” trumps property rights – TLK] (12/09/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/12/keystone-is-anti-hydrocarbon-zealotry-in-microcosm/

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32) We’re on a sexual harassment warlock hunt
Source: USA Today
by Claire Berlinski

“It says something, doesn’t it, that I’ve been more hesitant to speak about this than I’ve been of getting on the wrong side of the mafia or al-Qaeda? It now takes only one accusation to destroy a man’s life. Just one for him to be tried and sentenced in the court of public opinion, overnight costing him his livelihood and social respectability. We are on a frenzied extrajudicial warlock hunt that does not pause to parse the difference between rape and stupidity. The punishment for sexual harassment is so grave that clearly this crime (like any other serious crime) requires an unambiguous definition. We have nothing of the sort. Some of the charges sound deadly serious. But others make no sense. Some have been accused of offenses that aren’t offensive, or offenses that are only mildly so.” (12/07/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/12/07/sexual-harassment-warlock-hunt-editorials-debates/108413460

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33) “Brexit breakthrough”: What you need to know about the new UK-EU report
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“After frenetic all-night talks, the UK prime minister and the president of the EU announced early Friday morning that the first round of Brexit talks had made ‘sufficient progress’ to go forward. What does that mean for the UK, EU, and the future of economic liberty, deregulation, and reclaiming national self-determination?” (12/08/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/12/08/brexit-breakthrough-what-you-need-know-about-new-uk-eu-report

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34) Quantum Vibe, 12/08/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser and Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (12/08/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1731

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35) The year in class war
Source: The New Republic
by Sarah Jones

“Everything’s coming up Dollar General. ‘The economy is continuing to create more of our core customer,’ its CEO, Todd Vasos, recently informed The Wall Street Journal. ‘We are putting stores today [in areas] that perhaps five years ago were just on the cusp of probably not being our demographic and it has now turned to being our demographic.’ Joyful news for Vasos, who earned $8.5 million in 2016, and for his company, which is enjoying rising profits. His cashiers, who make minimum wage, have less to celebrate. Dollar General says it’s courting customers who make under $40,000 a year. Its pay scale means it’s producing those customers, too. This is not to make Vasos a scapegoat. In fact, he is more honest than most about what is happening in America’s free market economy.” (12/08/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146184/year-class-war

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36) Did the death of copyright hurt anyone?
Source: Ideas
by David Friedman

“Intellectual property in digital form is easy to copy and easy to share, which makes enforcing copyright law against it difficult, often in practice impossible. Thus the shift of Intellectual Property — music, books, movies — to digital makes it much more difficult for copyright law to serve its traditional purpose of providing an incentive to create by rewarding the creators. The obvious conclusion is that creators of intellectual property should now be much worse off than before and much less, or lower quality, work should be being created. The question, to which I do not know the answer, is whether it actually happened.” (12/09/17)

http://daviddfriedman.blogspot.com/2017/12/did-death-of-copyright-hurt-anyone.html

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37) Pentagon openly threatens to shoot down Russian jets over eastern Syria
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Marko Marjanovic

“Two weeks ago I wondered if heightened Pentagon rhetoric about ‘unsafe Russian flying practices’ in Syria was to prepare the media for a possible shoot down of a Russian plane by the US. Now the US has moved on to openly threatening to do so. … Colonel Damien Pickart, the spokesman for US Air Forces Central Command, said yesterday the US military has ‘the greatest concern’ it could ‘shoot down a Russian warplane because its actions are seen as a threat’ — in other words if they cross into ‘coalition airspace’ in eastern Syria. Yes, bizarrely the Pentagon refers to Syria to the east of the Euphrates as ‘our airspace’ …” (12/10/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/pentagon-openly-threatens-shoot-russian-jets-eastern-syria/

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38) Panarchy: The utility of personal experience
Source: Strike The Root
by Paul Bonneau

“Often we try to sway people to this political philosophy or that. But with humans, it is, ‘Those convinced against their will, are of the same opinion still.’ It’s a shame that we can’t easily persuade others through truth and logic to become anarchists or anarcho-capitalists; but on the up side, those who do become convinced through whatever means, are not easily persuaded back out of it. Humans have a ‘conservative’ gene in them, apparently, no doubt developed over the millennia sitting at camp fires, in our tribal period. This gene discounts talk, no matter how persuasive, and uses personal experience in preference to it, as a guide for future behavior. There must have been some survival utility to this tendency, otherwise we wouldn’t have it. Panarchy allows personal experience to happen. And most importantly, it does it in a way that limits the damage of poor choices.” (12/08/17)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/panarchy-utility-of-personal-experience

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39) It’s time for a city on the moon
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“A city on the Moon, and why not? It’s time to go! We’ve been there (and back, regrettably) several times already. This time, as our economy heals from decades of soft-headed collectivism, we’re going there to stay. All of the major scientific and technical problems have been solved. There are ‘lava tubes’ up there where we can build whole cities, safe from killer radiation and deadly micrometeorites. But we had damn well better hurry, because the Chinese and the Japanese are planning to go, too, as are the Russians, and I would be shocked right down to my socks if the Indians and the Iranians and the North Koreans don’t have blueprints on the table this very minute. Anyway, you want the U.N. to make the rules about property and individual rights there? You want Kim Jung Un to be the (Little Fat) Man in the Moon?” (12/10/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle952-20171210-02.html

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40) From Guernica’s ruins, a lesson in fake news
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“A little over 80 years ago, on April 26, 1937, German and Italian warplanes bombed the Basque town of Guernica, razing much of it. Italian planes targeted a bridge, while the German Kondor region hit the town with conventional and incendiary bombs, and machine-gunned men, women and children as they ran from the burning town. The Nazis and fascists were fighting for the forces of General Francisco Franco, in revolt against the elected republican government of Spain, flouting a non-intervention agreement with impunity and helping to bring Spain’s future dictator to victory. When on trial in Nuremberg after the war, Hermann Goering, chief of the German Air Force, testified that ‘the Spanish Civil War gave me an opportunity to put my young air force to the test, and a means for my men to gain experience.’” (12/08/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-guernica-commentary/commentary-from-guernicas-ruins-a-lesson-in-fake-news-idUSKBN1E136O

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41) The rearguard battles we have fought and continue to fight
Source: CounterPunch
by Howard Lisnoff

“Within a few short years of the end of the debacle that was the Vietnam War, the entire political, economic, and social systems of this nation would begin an inextricable move to the right and unravel for all but those with wealth who would soon learn how to buy the political system and have that system shamelessly do their bidding. The government was for sale and the military-industrial-financial complex would explode in a paroxysm of unimaginable wealth. It would begin in small ways during the Carter administration, and continue to expand under Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II, and finally through Obama, before morphing into unspeakable ugliness before the altar of the far right with Trump, et al. It would not be a bedtime tale recounted for children, but rather an X-rated horror story.” (12/08/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/12/08/the-rearguard-battles-we-have-fought-and-continue-to-fight/

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42) John Lennon was right
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

“Militant nonviolent resistance works. Peaceful, prolonged protests work. Mass movements with huge numbers of participants work. Yes, America, it is possible to use occupations and civil disobedience to oppose government policies, counter injustice and bring about change outside the confines of the ballot box. It has been done before. It can be done again.” (12/08/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/john-lennon-right/

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43) Tell the Copyright Office: Keep safe harbors safe
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Elliot Harmon

“The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbors are a vital protection for websites and Internet services of all sizes. But thanks to a new Copyright Office rule, website owners could lose safe harbor protections if they don’t register online by December 31. And that’s not all: Hollywood lobbyists are pushing the Copyright Office to create even more hoops for website owners to jump through in order to keep their safe harbor. Under current law, the owners of websites and online services are protected from monetary liability when their users are accused of infringing copyright. Owners must meet many requirements in order to be eligible for that protection …. The DMCA is far from perfect, but it does allow websites and other intermediaries that host third-party material to thrive and grow without constant threat of litigation.” (12/08/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/12/tell-copyright-office-keep-safe-harbors-safe

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44) Trent Franks, Al Franken, and “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Source: The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan

“Call me Roy Rogers; for the last year and a half I’ve been riding a horse named Trigger. I’m hardly what you’d call a snowflake. I’ve been around this block a few times, by virtue of being female and on the earth for a while. But the torrent of revelations of sexual assault and harassment by men in high places has led countless women like me (women who have experienced one or both of those transgressions) into a prolonged state of hypervigilance, as the world learned of a range of techniques and degrees for the sexual subjugation of women in the workplace, be it an ass-grab, a masturbation display, or an all-out assault. If you’ve been subjected to anything like this yourself, you’re now reliving it every damn day. But here’s one I hadn’t counted on: the boss asking his employee if she’d like to have his baby.” (12/08/17)

http://prospect.org/article/trent-franks-al-franken-and-handmaid%E2%80%99s-tale

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45) Review: The Dictator’s Handbook
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Rick Weber

“Nobody rules alone, so staying in power means keeping the right people happy and/or afraid. All leaders are constrained by their underlings. These underlings are necessary to get anything done, but they’re also potential rivals. For Bueno de Mesquita and Smith the crucial facts of a political order are a) how big a coalition (how many underlings) the ruler is beholden too and b) how replaceable the members of that coalition are. The difference between liberal and illiberal orders boil down to differences in those two parameters. In democracies with a larger coalition and less replaceable coalition members, rulers behave better.” (12/08/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/12/08/the-dictators-handbook/

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46) Privacy and shopping
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Many people LIKE having their phone find and instantly connect to a wifi hotspot. As Mama points out, people do some incredibly stupid things today. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even business sites like Linked-in are filled with the detritus of people’s lives But you don’t HAVE to voluntarily give up that information — and you can work to make it at least harder for the security-goons and used-car salesmen from getting all that info.” (12/09/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/12/09/privacy-and-shopping/

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47) Trump’s FCC about to bid farewell to the Internet as we [have recently come to] know it
Source: In These Times
by Mark Dunbar

“On November 21, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman and Trump appointee Ajit Pai announced that the agency will vote December 14 on whether to strike down 2015’s landmark net neutrality rules. If the FCC leadership committee’s Republicans votes to overturn the rules, as expected, telecommunication companies will be allowed to decide what users can access on the internet–and how much they will have to pay. The rules adopted in 2015 re-categorized internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from ‘information services’ (a classification applied to social network sites, search engines and blogs) to ‘telecommunication services.’ This re-categorization, allowed the FCC to regulate ISPs as ‘common carriers,’ traditionally utility or infrastructure companies that provide a general service rather than specialized packages.” [editor’s note: And this idiot thinks that was a good thing – SAT] (12/08/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20757/trump-fcc-net-neutrality-internet-freedom

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48) The Great Dood Drain of ’17
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“How can we expect the federal government to continue to function at its usual peak efficiency without the awesome 52 years of experience and institutional knowledge supplied by Michigan Congressman John Conyers? American government faces a congressional brain drain, Conyers’s resignation in the wake of accusations of sexual harassment not being anything like unique. Yesterday, Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced his impending resignation, as did Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) — before allegations against him had even hit the news. Also imperiled? The talents of an unknown number of other eminent gropers and experienced molesters, a treasury of firsthand knowledge of how government really works.” (12/08/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/12/08/the-great-dood-drain-of-17/

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49) Power corrupts
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“[P]oliticians at all levels typically shove themselves unwanted, to satisfy their own lusts, into other people’s personal spaces. With trade barriers politicians harass — to satisfy their lust for reelection — innocent people who wish to import sugar, clothing, tires, and many other goods. With civil asset forfeiture they harass — to satisfy their lust for power — innocent people who use cash and recreational drugs. With occupational-licensing restrictions they harass — to satisfy their lust for the support of their cronies — willing buyers and willing sellers who seek only to peacefully do business with each other. And with taxes they harass — to satisfy their lust for lucre — those who create wealth.” (12/09/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/12/power-corrupts.html

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50) A Christmas truce?
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine

“Every year, the story recirculates. Many of us hear, again, about the famous Christmas truce during World War I. How on Christmas Eve, 1914, along the Western Front, British and German soldiers sang carols to one another from opposing trenches and, the next morning, ventured out into no man’s land to exchange holiday wishes and small gifts. A few even played an impromptu game of soccer. They took time to remove the bodies of their dead that had been rotting in the field, and the following day the fighting began anew. … The good thing about Christmas truces is that, indeed, they don’t need to happen only at Christmas. As sappy as it sounds when people say this, some ember of the season’s spirit really can be rekindled, if not all year long, at least from time to time. Of late, I’ve found myself wishing for a truce of some sort. Or at any rate, a temporary ceasefire. In the political realm, Americans are definitely embroiled in a civil war.” (12/07/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1787

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51) Free Talk Live, 12/09/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Cop Shoots Innocent Unarmed Man After Issuing Ridiculous, Unfollowable Commands :: US vs Other Cops :: ‘You’re F–ked’ Engraved on Cop’s Gun :: Why not just arrest him? :: Scaredy Cops :: Military Men Say This is Murder :: Chris Cantwell Released from Jail on Bail, Calls In :: Police and the People :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/09/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-12-09

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52) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 128
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #128, I discuss the execution of Daniel Shaver by police officer Phillip Brailsford. The shooting occurred in January 2016 and Brailsford has been acquitted by a jury of all charges. A judge finally allowed the body cam footage to the public. I react to the video and give some analysis. I also explain how America[s] are not holding ou[r] military and police to a high enough moral standard.” [various formats] (12/09/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-128-the-execution-of-daniel-shaver

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53) Anarcho Agenda, episode 47
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Reviewing the 10 planks of communism, and talking about why a Kentucky man was left in jail longer than he should have been.” [various formats] (12/09/17)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-47-2017-12-08

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54) Mostly Weekly, 12/08/17
Source: Reason

“Even if you disregard the nine women accusing Roy Moore of sexual assault, there are plenty of reasons to despise him. Judicial incompetence, constitutional ignorance, and industrial strength bigotry are just some of the issues with the Alabama judge. In the latest Mostly Weekly Andrew Heaton covers some of the many reasons why Roy Moore sucks …” [Flash video] (12/08/17)

http://reason.com/reasontv/2017/12/08/mostly-weekly-roy-moore-sucks

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55) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 683
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Over the last year or so I’ve been warning you that bitcoin was a massive disaster waiting to happen while at the same time promoting the idea of an independent currency that isn’t susceptible to government and central bank monetary meddling. For my honest and frank discussion of the risks involved and my warnings to novice traders and investors to proceed with caution, I have been excoriated by those who seek to promote the false narrative that the climb in bitcoin is natural and deserved.” [various formats] (12/08/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/683-jason-unloads-on-the-bitcoin-fanatics/

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56) The Scott Horton Show, 12/08/17
Source: Libertarian Institute

“The ACLU’s Jonathan Hafetz joins Scott to shed light on the situation in Iraq where an American citizen has been held by the United States military for nearly three months. According to Hafetz the military has not released the man’s name, and hasn’t given him access to a lawyer despite his requests for one. The ACLU is now fighting in court in order to speak with him and and advise him on his rights.” [various formats] (12/08/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/12-8-17-jonathan-hafetz-american-held-without-due-process/

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57) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 217
Source: Libertarianism.org

“We discuss 4 pathological policy regimes that are responsible for the slow growth & inequality that’s plagued the US economy.” [various formats] (12/08/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/how-powerful-captured-economy

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58) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1056
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Walter Block, who holds an endowed chair in economics at Loyola University, New Orleans, joins me to cover a smorgasbord of topics: reparations, the environment, whether libertarians may use tax-funded services, the reliability of government statistics, fractional-reserve banking, and more.” [various formats] (10/08/17)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1056-walter-block-answers-the-hard-libertarian-questions/

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59) In The Tank Podcast, episode 118
Source: Heartland Institute

“Today’s podcast features work from The Global Warming Policy Foundation, The Institute for Policy Innovation, and the Beacon Center.” [Flash audio] (12/08/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/12/in-the-tank-ep118-the-anti-development-world-bank-tax-reform-gets-closer-home-businesses/

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60) spiked podcast, 12/08/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast, Bruno Waterfield discusses the Tory/Brussels showdown, Sean Collins laments the Russia panic gripping America’s political class, and Naomi Firsht says Stop Funding Hate has declared a snooty war on press freedom.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/08/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/podcast/20633

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