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Volume XV, Issue #3,863
Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Fifth day of clashes rock West Bank and Gaza; 36 reported wounded
2) Trump directs NASA to return to the moon, then aim for Mars
3) Three Trump accusers seek congressional probe
4) Judge denies Trump request to delay transgender military enlistment
5) FCC: Gotcha, suckers! We’re not really butting out of the Internet, just handing our meddling over to another acronym
6) NY: Cuomo wants Internet companies to spy on users for him
7) Ukrainian: Judge frees Saakashvili from detention
8) SCOTUS won’t hear LGBT job discrimination case
9) Alien probe or galactic driftwood? SETI tunes in to ‘Oumuamua
10) NYC: Alleged Islamic State inspired terrorist injured, captured in unsuccessful suicide attack
11) China: Regime opens criminal case against former rising political star
12) Syria: Putin visits air base, orders start of Russian pullout
13) India: Gandhi named chief of Congress Party
14) Germany: BfV says Chinese are spying on the west via LinkedIn
15) US citizen on the run after busting out of Bali prison
16) Study: Canola oil linked to Alzheimer’s, weight gain
17) France: Regime lures US scientists with anti-Trump climate grants
18) Catalonia: Spanish occupation troops steal art work from museum
19) Venezuela: Maduro bans opposition parties from 2018 presidential election
20) Saudi Arabia: Regime lifts 35-year ban on movie theaters

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Yes, the FBI is America’s secret police
22) Against the maternal state
23) The end of free speech
24) “Entangling alliances”: Are they OK yet?
25) Government should leave bakers alone
26) How the government is stealing the property of 23 Michigan landowners
27) What should we do when a loved one starts a life of crime?
28) Do the Pentagon, CIA, and Trump want war in Korea?
29) The Fed’s fantasy on neutral interest rates
30) God, Brexit, and EUtopia, part 2
31) Sports betting case before SCOTUS has Tenth Amendment ramifications
32) Trump’s anti-WTO rhetoric hurts America first
33) How to live like a Bitcoin millionaire
34) A series of questions for protectionists
35) Yes, the government has to get a warrant for digital “papers”
36) The pundits were wrong about Assad and the Islamic State. As usual, they’re not willing to admit it
37) A smorgasbord for the swamp creatures: GOP tax plan is a gift for lobbyists
38) Towards a genuinely inclusive, liberal, and open global agenda
39) Democracy vs. opportunism
40) The Star Wars universe doesn’t make sense
41) Quantum Vibe, 12/11/17
42) An audience with the tyrant of Yemen
43) Recommendations for police reform
44) Against anarcho-sectarianism: Why all forms of anti-authoritarianism should be embraced
45) Trump swallows GOP
46) The enemy within
47) New standards?
48) Why can’t the US abandon failed policies?
49) On campus, “diversity” is now a threat to free thought
50) A constitutional crisis is on the way

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/11/17
52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1057
53) How the court system is used to chill activist speech
54) The Power of Fear
55) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 325
56) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/11/17
57) Editor’s Pick, episode 12
58) Free Talk Live, 12/10/17
59) The Bob Zadek Show, 12/10/17
60) Felony Friday, episode 101

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

1) Fifth day of clashes rock West Bank and Gaza; 36 reported wounded
Source: Haaretz [Israel]

“Violent clashes broke out Monday for the fifth consecutive day in several locations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as Palestinians protested against U.S. President Donald’s Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Palestinian factions called for the ramping up of protests on Tuesday across the West Bank and in East Jerusalem. The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that 36 Palestinians were injured in the West Bank, some shot by live fire and rubber-tipped bullets.” (12/11/17)

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.828403

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2) Trump directs NASA to return to the moon, then aim for Mars
Source: Space.com

“President Donald Trump signed his administration’s first space policy directive today (Dec. 11), which formally directs NASA to focus on returning humans to the moon. President Trump signed the order during a ceremony in the Oval Office, surrounded by members of the recently re-established National Space Council, or NSC (which provides recommendations to the president on space policy), as well as active NASA astronauts Christina Hammock Koch and Peggy Whitson, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and retired astronaut Jack Schmitt, who flew to the moon on the Apollo 17 mission. … ‘The directive I’m signing today will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery,’ Trump said during the ceremony. ‘It marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972, for long-term exploration and use. This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint — we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps someday to many worlds beyond.’” (12/11/17)

https://www.space.com/39050-trump-directs-nasa-humans-to-moon.html

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3) Three Trump accusers seek congressional probe
Source: Bloomberg

“Three women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct resurfaced their allegations in a news conference on Monday hosted by a documentary filmmaker, as a growing furor over inappropriate behavior by powerful men has focused fresh attention on the president. The three women — Jessica Leeds, Rachel Crooks and Samantha Holvey — asked on Monday for a congressional investigation into their allegations. Leeds and Crooks say that Trump made sexual contact with them without their consent, and Holvey says that Trump behaved inappropriately with contestants in the Miss USA pageant he owned. Trump has denied the allegations since they were first reported ahead of the 2016 presidential election.” (12/11/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-11/three-trump-accusers-seek-congressional-probe-of-sex-misconduct

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4) Judge denies Trump request to delay transgender military enlistment
Source: The Hill

“The Trump administration must accept transgender recruits into the military by Jan. 1, a federal judge ruled Monday. The decision prevents a ban on enlisting new transgender troops that the administration had sought to implement after an earlier injunction against the president’s order. ‘The court will not stay its preliminary injunction pending defendants’ appeal,’ Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote Monday. … The lawsuit was brought by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) on behalf of six unnamed service members and two recruits.” (12/11/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/364283-judge-denies-trump-request-to-delay-transgender-military-enlistment

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5) FCC: Gotcha, suckers! We’re not really butting out of the Internet, just handing our meddling over to another acronym
Source: The Hill

“The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an agreement on Monday to coordinate their efforts to police the internet once the latter agency has repealed its net neutrality rules. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to approve the plan to scrap the Obama-era consumer protections that prohibit internet service providers from discriminating against, or favoring, certain websites. Under the proposal, the FCC would get rid of the conduct rules governing broadband companies and cede authority over the industry to the FTC. … Once the repeal is passed, the FTC will be tasked with going after internet providers that engage in unfair or deceptive practices, but net neutrality supporters argue the agency is not equipped to prevent companies from abusing their power over web traffic.”

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/364336-fcc-ftc-announce-partnership-to-police-internet-after-net-neutrality-repeal

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6) NY: Cuomo wants Internet companies to spy on users for him
Source: New York Daily News

“In the wake of Monday’s terror attack in Manhattan, Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo questioned whether internet companies should do more to stop would-be attackers. Cuomo, in a series of cable news appearances, noted that the suspect in the botched bombing, Akayed Ullah, likely downloaded bomb-making information from the web and the governor said internet service providers may need to start sounding the alarm when people frequent such sites. Internet service providers already have ‘machine learning tools’ that allows them to track usage and target advertising, Cuomo said.” (12/11/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/cuomo-internet-companies-sound-alarm-terrorists-article-1.3692042

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7) Ukrainian: Judge frees Saakashvili from detention
Source: Reuters

“Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili was freed from detention on Monday, after a Ukrainian judge turned down the prosecutors’ request to place him under house arrest — the latest twist in his dramatic standoff with the authorities. President of his native Georgia for nine years until 2013, Saakashvili moved to Ukraine after a popular uprising there and served under Poroshenko as a regional governor from 2015-2016, before falling out with the Ukrainian leader. The 49-year-old accuses the Ukrainian authorities of widespread corruption. Prosecutors wanted him placed under house arrest while investigators look into accusations he assisted a criminal organisation, charges he says were trumped up to undermine his campaign to unseat Poroshenko.” (12/11/17)

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-ukraine-saakashvili-court/ukrainian-judge-frees-saakashvili-from-detention-idUKKBN1E52BJ

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8) SCOTUS won’t hear LGBT job discrimination case
Source: USA Today

“The Supreme Court won’t consider a Georgia woman’s complaint that she was fired from her job because she is a lesbian, a temporary setback for LGBT rights. The court is widely expected to hear such a case in the near future because federal appeals courts are split on whether workplace discrimination laws protect sexual orientation. But the justices on Monday turned away the Georgia case, perhaps waiting for a similar challenge now pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in New York. In turning down Jameka Evans’ case against Georgia Regional Hospital, the high court avoided a split between lower courts that will have to be addressed in the future. The 11th Circuit appeals court upheld her firing, while the Chicago-based 7th Circuit appeals court ruled that sex discrimination laws protect gays and lesbians.” (12/11/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/12/11/supreme-court-wont-hear-lgbt-job-discrimination-case/940028001/

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9) Alien probe or galactic driftwood? SETI tunes in to ‘Oumuamua
Source: Scientific American

“Ever since its discovery in mid-October as it passed by Earth already outbound from our solar system, the mysterious object dubbed ‘Oumuamua (Hawaiian for ‘first messenger’) has left scientists utterly perplexed. … ‘Oumuamua might be shaped rather like a needle, up to 800 meters long and only 80 wide, spinning every seven hours and 20 minutes. That would mean it is like no asteroid ever seen before, instead resembling the collision-minimizing form favored in many designs for notional interstellar probes. What’s more, it is twirling at a rate that could tear a loosely-bound rubble pile apart. Whatever ‘Oumuamua is, it appears to be quite solid … this Wednesday at 3 p.m. Eastern time, the Breakthrough Listen project will aim the West Virgina-based 100-meter Green Bank Telescope at ‘Oumuamua for 10 hours of observations in a wide range of radio frequencies, scanning the object across its entire rotation in search of any signals.” (12/11/17)

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/alien-probe-or-galactic-driftwood-seti-tunes-in-to-oumuamua/

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10) NYC: Alleged Islamic State inspired terrorist injured, captured in unsuccessful suicide attack
Source: New York Daily News

“A terrorist detonated a pipe bomb in a subway passage between Times Square and the Port Authority Bus Terminal — one of the busiest transit hubs in the world — during the Monday morning rush-hour, injuring three people and causing commuter chaos. Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi native, detonated part of his ‘low tech’ explosive in the passage just 200 feet from the bus terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave. at 7:20 a.m., officials said. Three commuters suffered minor injuries, officials said. After the explosion, Port Authority cops struggled with Ullah, 27, who had wires attached to his body, sources said. The device was affixed to his body with Velcro and zip ties, police officials said. He tried to set off the rest of his bomb, but only part of it went off. Two PAPD officers grabbed him and successfully removed the explosives without further incident.” (12/11/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/explosion-reported-port-authority-bus-terminal-article-1.3690939

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11) China: Regime opens criminal case against former rising political star
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“China’s prosecutor has begun formal legal proceedings for alleged corruption against the former senior politician Sun Zhengcai, once considered a contender to be one of the nation’s top leaders. The Supreme People’s Procuratorate said in a brief statement it had opened an investigation against Sun for suspected corruption and he was now under detention. The case was proceeding, it added, without giving any other details. … As the youngest member of the party’s decision-making Politburo since 2012, Sun, 54, had long been viewed by analysts as a potential senior leader. He was abruptly removed from his position as Communist Party secretary in Chongqing in July.” (12/11/17)

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2123802/criminal-case-opened-against-sun-zhengcai-graft-charges

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12) Syria: Putin visits air base, orders start of Russian pullout
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria, during an unannounced visit there on Monday. Mr Putin was met by Syrian President Bashar Assad as he arrived at the Russian Hmeimim air base, Interfax news agency reports. He had already declared in March 2016 that he was planning to pull out the majority of Russian troops. The Russian leader was also due for talks in Egypt and Turkey.” (12/11/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42307365

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13) India: Gandhi named chief of Congress Party
Source: Washington Post

“India’s main opposition Congress party on Monday named Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the country’s Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, as party president. Gandhi was elected to the post unopposed and succeeds his mother, Sonia Gandhi, for the top job in the party. The party had governed India for decades before the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party swept to power in 2014. Gandhi faces the difficult task of resurrecting a crumbling Congress party, a task made harder by a series of crushing defeats in state elections over the last year.” (12/11/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/rahul-gandhi-named-chief-of-indias-congress-party/2017/12/11/5565826a-de68-11e7-b2e9-8c636f076c76_story.html

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14) Germany: BfV says Chinese are spying on the west via LinkedIn
Source: Newsweek

“China has denied using LinkedIn to infiltrate political and business circles in Germany, following claims from German intelligence services that 10,000 of its citizens were targeted by Chinese spies. The German intelligence agency, the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), made the allegations Sunday, suggesting that China was using fake profiles to connect with high-profile politicians and business leaders. The claims follow similar allegations of cyber espionage being undertaken by Russian spy agencies.” (12/11/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/china-spying-west-using-linkedin-743788

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15) US citizen on the run after busting out of Bali prison
Source: US News & World Report

“Indonesian police are hunting for a U.S. citizen who escaped on Monday from an overcrowded prison on the holiday island of Bali by cutting through steel bars in a ceiling, the jail’s second breakout of foreign inmates this year. The Kerobokan prison, about 10 km (six miles) from the main tourist beaches in the Kuta area, often holds foreigners facing drug-related charges. Cristian Beasley, who was a suspect in crimes related to narcotics but had not been sentenced, escaped at 4.10 a.m. (2010 GMT Sunday), said Badung Police chief Yudith Satria Hananta. … Another American, Paul Anthony Hoffman, 57, was captured while also trying to escape, Hananta said.” [editor’s note: Good luck to them – TLK] (12/11/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-12-11/us-citizen-on-the-run-after-busting-out-of-bali-prison

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16) Study: Canola oil linked to Alzheimer’s, weight gain
Source: New Zealand Herald [New Zealand]

“Canola oil has been heavily marketed as a healthy choice because it is low in saturated fat. But according to the Daily Mail, a new study suggests the trendy kitchen staple could worsen memory loss and learning ability in Alzheimer’s patients. It may also increase the build-up of plaques in the brain, a hallmark of the degenerative disease. And despite its seemingly wholesome profile, researchers discovered it caused weight gain. The findings suggest for the first time that long-term consumption of canola oil is not beneficial to brain health.” (12/11/17)

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11957313

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17) France: Regime lures US scientists with anti-Trump climate grants
Source: CBS News

“Several U.S.-based climate scientists are about to win multi-year, all-expenses-paid grants to relocate to France. The ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’ grants are an effort by French President Emmanuel Macron to counter U.S. President Donald Trump on the climate change front. Macron announced a competition for the grants hours after Mr. Trump declared he would withdraw the U.S. from the global accord reached in Paris in 2015 to reduce climate-damaging emissions. Macron is unveiling the winners Monday evening ahead of a climate summit Tuesday aimed at giving new impetus to the Paris accord and finding new funding to help governments and businesses meet its goals.” (12/11/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/france-climate-scientists-donald-trump-make-our-planet-great-again-grants/

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18) Catalonia: Spanish occupation troops steal art work from museum
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Police in Spain’s Catalonia region are removing medieval artefacts on Madrid’s orders in an ownership battle with neighbouring Aragon. The operation, which started before dawn, involves 44 items stored in the Catalan Museum of Lleida but originally from Sijena monastery. Aragon claims they were sold illegally by the monastery’s nuns. The seizure comes as tension continues between Madrid and Catalonia over the region’s independence push.” (12/11/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42307201

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19) Venezuela: Maduro bans opposition parties from 2018 presidential election
Source: Time

“As the President of Venezuela consolidated his party’s hold on power with what appeared to be a landslide win at municipal polls this weekend, he dealt another blow to the country’s main opposition groups by disqualifying them from next year’s bid for the presidency. None of the political parties that boycotted the mayoral race will be allowed to participate in the 2018 presidential election, incumbent Nicolas Maduro said …. In August, Maduro created the Constituent Assembly — a new, all-powerful body — to replace the opposition-dominated National Assembly and seen as vehicle for enforcing the president’s bidding. Maduro said barring opposition parties from next year’s presidential race was in keeping with criteria set by the Constituent Assembly, according to the BBC.” (12/11/17)

http://time.com/5058003/venezuela-nicolas-maduro-opposition-banned/

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20) Saudi Arabia: Regime lifts 35-year ban on movie theaters
Source: CNN

“Saudis will soon be able to go to the movies for the first time more than 35 years. From early next year, commercial movie theaters will be granted licenses, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information said in a statement on Monday. It expects the first cinemas to open their doors in March. … The government hopes that opening movie theaters will act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification, creating new employment opportunities and providing Saudis with a greater range of entertainment options.” (12/11/17)

http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/11/media/saudi-cinemas/index.html

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

21) Yes, the FBI is America’s secret police
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“According to Politifact, the FBI is not a ‘secret police agency’ because ‘the FBI is run by laws, not by whim.’ But we learned five years ago that the FBI explicitly teaches its agents that ‘the FBI has the ability to bend or suspend the law to impinge on the freedom of others.’ No FBI official was fired or punished when that factoid leaked out because this has been the Bureau’s tacit code for eons. Similarly, an FBI academy ethics course taught new agents that subjects of FBI investigations have ‘forfeited their right to the truth.’ Are liberals so anxious to get Trump that they have swept under the rug the 2015 Washington Post bombshell about false FBI trial testimony that may have sentenced 32 innocent people to death? Politifact absolved the bureau because ‘The FBI doesn’t torture or carry out extrajudicial executions.’ Tell that to the Branch Davidians — 80 of whom died after the FBI assaulted their ramshackle home with tanks and pyrotechnic devices and collapsed much of the building on their heads even before fires burst out.” (12/11/17)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/12/11/hill-yes-fbi-america-secret-police/

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22) Against the maternal state
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“Compared to the German paternalism of a century or more ago, the American paternalism of today extends much more broadly and deeply into social and political life, and its march shows no sign of losing momentum. It seems to me, however, that this broad, multifaceted development ought to be called not paternalism, but maternalism. It seeks in many ways to give the state powers to do what for the most part mothers traditionally did: supervise, instruct, restrain, correct and, if need be, punish their children in order to turn them into decent, responsible adults. The difference, however — and it is a vitally important difference — is that today’s U.S. governments at every level impose their maternalism not only on children, but on everyone, as the saying goes, from the cradle to the grave. In short, contemporary maternalistic government in the USA treats the entire population as children.” (12/11/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/12/11/against-the-maternal-state/

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23) The end of free speech
Source: Reason
by Katherine Mangu-Ward

“Republicans, as is their habit of late, have positioned themselves as the defenders of First Amendment freedoms in a time of runaway political correctness. This plays well on television: Footage of college students shouting down speakers they don’t like, staging sit-ins, and brandishing protest placards runs on an endless loop at Fox News …. when a demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia, spiraled out of control, it was primarily right-leaning lawmakers and pundits who stood up for the right of white supremacists and Nazis to express their vile opinions about race and Confederate statuary. Meanwhile, signs demanding ‘No Free Speech for Fascists’ cropped up in the hands of lefties at post-Charlottesville rallies around the country. But as the weather cooled, the GOP revealed its true colors. President Donald Trump, the same party that was poised to die on the hill of free speech when it was being threatened by angry progressives was suddenly ready to eliminate First Amendment rights on the football field, revoke citizenship for flag burning, pull broadcast licenses over bad comedy sketches, and expand libel laws to take down annoying members of the media. There are greater threats to speech, it turns out, than a bunch of angry co-eds.” (for publication 01/18)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/12/11/the-end-of-free-speech

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24) “Entangling alliances”: Are they OK yet?
Source: Strike The Root
by Paul Bonneau

“I was having an Internet discussion that caused me to utter the sort-of Founder quote, ‘Free trade with all, entangling alliances with none.’ Someone questioned me about it, which caused me to take a deeper look. I’m glad I did. This was a policy that appeared in Washington’s Farewell Address, created with the help of Hamilton and Madison. Not in so many words, though; apparently Jefferson later adopted the policy and came closer to stating it that way in his Inaugural. It was a bit strange that he did though, since Washington et. al. created the policy to stave off U.S. alliance with the French, which the anti-Federalists were hot to accomplish. Perhaps he could see the general wisdom of the plan, by the time he was elected. The Wikipedia article takes great pains to note that Washington didn’t really mean it, though …” (12/11/17)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/entangling-alliances-are-they-ok-yet

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25) Government should leave bakers alone
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Instead of considering whether Colorado has violated the bakery’s rights of property and contract, the Supreme Court is considering whether Colorado’s actions violate the bakery’s religious liberty. The argument for a religious liberty violation is based on the fact that the bakery owner’s refusal to bake the cake was rooted in his religious objection to same-sex marriage. Looking just at this argument means that a victory for the bakery would implicitly accept the legitimacy of laws dictating to whom private businesses must provide services, as long as an exemption is made for those with religious objections. This reduces property and contract rights to special privileges held by business owners with ‘sincere religious convictions.’ It also allows judges, bureaucrats, and politicians to determine who is really acting on sincere religious convictions.” (12/11/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/government-leave-bakers-alone

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26) How the government is stealing the property of 23 Michigan landowners
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka

“Should the government be protected from liability when it causes real injuries to you or your neighbors? Before you answer … Pretend that, many years ago, my Big Bad Uncle’s business was taking, just grabbing property from people like your father. He took your family’s land so he could use it for a specific time and purpose. Your parents didn’t get much choice. * Big Bad Uncle called his taking a ‘lease’ * He alone selected a price he deemed ‘fair’ … No one did anything to stop my Big Bad Uncle because he was too powerful to fight. His company controlled everything, and he had mafioso tendencies. Time passed. Generations changed. You awaited the promised return of your property. Hold on! Now the managers of my Big Bad Uncle’s company tell YOU they’ve decided to keep it.” (12/11/17)

https://downsizedc.org/takings-brott-amicus/

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27) What should we do when a loved one starts a life of crime?
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“It’s not very often, but it’s not incredibly rare either, that I hear a story by a fellow voluntaryist that a friend or family member has chosen to pursue a life of hunting down peaceful people, to hurt them and to take their stuff. It’s typically not an evolution either, like someone who’s out to make a quick buck and finds it a relatively simple thing to engage in petty theft. Sooner or later the heists get bigger, and with it the need to become accustomed with the use of violence.” (12/11/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/loved-one-starts-life-crime

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28) Do the Pentagon, CIA, and Trump want war in Korea?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Even though war has not yet broken out in Korea, one gets the distinct impression that President Trump, the Pentagon, and the CIA would not be disappointed if it did. In fact, one gets the impression that they would be absolutely elated if North Korea were to strike first, so that they could exclaim, ‘We’ve been attacked! We’re innocent! We have the right to defend ourselves against communist aggression,’ before killing every single North Korean with a nuclear carpet-bombing of the entire country. In the law, there is a term called ‘reckless disregard.’ It describes a person who engages in extremely dangerous action while ignoring the potential consequences of such action. No one can reasonably deny that Trump and the U.S. national-security establishment are acting in reckless disregard with their actions against North Korea.” (12/11/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/12/11/pentagon-cia-trump-want-war-korea/

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29) The Fed’s fantasy on neutral interest rates
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak

“In her testimony to the Congressional Economic Committee on November 29, 2017, the Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that the neutral rate appears to be quite low by historical standards. From this, she concluded that the federal funds rate would not have to increase much to reach a neutral stance. The neutral rate currently appears to be quite low by historical standards, implying that the federal funds rate would not have to rise much further to get to a neutral policy stance. If the neutral level rises somewhat over time, as most FOMC participants expect, additional gradual rate hikes would likely be appropriate over the next few years to sustain the economic expansion.” (12/11/17)

https://mises.org/wire/feds-fantasy-neutral-interest-rates

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30) God, Brexit, and EUtopia, part 2
Source: Acton Institute
by Stephen F Copp

“The first part of this series rejected seductive dreams of utopian visions for society. From a Judeo-Christian theological perspective utopia conflicts with human nature as it is: fallen. Utopia needs to come from within, not without, through the transformative power of a renewed relationship with God. Fine as the utopian values on which the EU project is claimed to be based appear, there are good reasons to be sceptical of them. This second part evaluates what the Brexit negotiations reveal about the EU’s true values.” (12/11/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/12/11/god-brexit-and-eutopia-part-2

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31) Sports betting case before SCOTUS has Tenth Amendment ramifications
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Peter Weyrich

“Last week, the Supreme Court heard testimony on a case that could reinvigorate the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution. Surprisingly, it’s all about football and sports betting in the State of New Jersey. The results of Governor of New Jersey v. National Collegiate Athletic Association may have consequences for a range of issues, including gun control, medical/recreational marijuana, and healthcare. The issue concerns the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). PASPA, outlawed all online gambling, with some exceptions for states that already had sports betting programs in place.” (12/11/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/12/sport-betting-case-before-scotus-has-tenth-amendment-ramifications/

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32) Trump’s anti-WTO rhetoric hurts America first
Source: Reuters
by Gina Chon

“Trump’s trade chief Robert Lighthizer will emphasize national sovereignty over multilateralism at meetings in Buenos Aires this week. His push for WTO reforms and fair trade policies has tamped down expectations for this year’s gathering, when reducing agricultural subsidies is on the agenda. During his presidential campaign, Trump threatened to pull out of the WTO and has repeatedly said the United States has been treated unfairly. Yet America, the most frequent WTO complainant, has won more than 90 percent of the cases it has brought over the last 20 years.” (12/11/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trade-wto-breakingviews/breakingviews-trumps-anti-wto-rhetoric-hurts-america-first-idUSKBN1E52FE

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33) How to live like a Bitcoin millionaire
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Among the crypto rich, it’s hip to be poor. You must be tight. Stingy. No signs of wealth. You could give to charity, but why? In six months, your gift could be multiplied by five times. You can become a beloved benefactor of great causes. Someday. Surely the charity will make it until then. Even better, show signs of poverty. You shop at Walmart, thrift stores, and sell every stupid thing you have on eBay — why did we buy so much stuff in the past? — so that you can buy more crypto. You brag to everyone at how little you spend on anything at all. Every bargain is a badge of honor. You will not get lunch. You kidding me? That’s $9 that will soon turn to $18 and buy two lunches. Why would anyone do that? Forget fat and happy. Crypto millionaires are emaciated and penurious. They are called the HODLers, the people who forego today’s consumption for … something tomorrow.” (12/11/17)

https://fee.org/articles/how-to-live-like-a-bitcoin-millionaire/

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34) A series of questions for protectionists
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Bob has for years chosen to buy beer from Augie. One day, Bob chooses to give up drinking alcoholic beverages. As a result, Bob stops buying beer from Augie. Augie’s reduced sales cause him to lay some workers off. Many of these workers have worked for decades in Augie’s brewery and have skills that are not easily transferred to other employers. Should Bob be prevented from giving up drinking alcoholic beverages? Or, at least, should Bob be punitively taxed for giving up drinking alcoholic beverages? If so, why? Bob has for years chosen to buy beer from Augie. One day, Bob invents a machine for making beer in his garage …” (12/11/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/12/series-questions-protectionists.html

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35) Yes, the government has to get a warrant for digital “papers”
Source: Heartland Institute
by Seton Motley

“We do not store our ‘papers and effects’ — the way we used to store ‘papers and effects.’ Just about gone are the old school rows and rows of filing cabinets — storing reams and reams of our papers. They have been replaced nigh totally — with records being stored electronically. Sometimes on hard drives we own. But more often — and with ever increasing frequency — remotely on servers on which we rent space. All too often our government seems to think that this technological advancement — allows them to bypass totally the Fourth Amendment. In a plain reading of the Constitution and what its authors and ratifiers intended — it absolutely does not allow them to do any such thing.” (12/11/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/12/yes-the-government-has-to-get-a-warrant-for-digital-papers/

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36) The pundits were wrong about Assad and the Islamic State. As usual, they’re not willing to admit it
Source: Cato Institute
by Max Abrahms & John Glaser

“The Islamic State is a shadow of its former self. In 2014, the extremist group seemed to make substantial inroads in achieving its stated goal of a caliphate. It boasted tens of thousands of fighters and territorial control over an area roughly the size of South Korea. By almost every metric, Islamic State has collapsed in its Syria stronghold, as well as in Iraq. As a former foreign fighter recently admitted, ‘It’s over: there is no more Daesh left,’ using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State. The rollback of Islamic State must come as a shock to the chorus of journalists and analysts who spent years insisting that such progress would never happen without toppling the regime of Bashar Assad — which is, of course, still standing.” (12/10/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/pundits-were-wrong-about-assad-islamic-state-usual-theyre-not-willing-admit

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37) A smorgasbord for the swamp creatures: GOP tax plan is a gift for lobbyists
Source: Salon
by Taylor Lincoln

“Congress is on the brink of passing legislation that would overhaul the tax code in myriad ways to benefit corporations, prosperous partnerships and the wealthiest Americans. Meanwhile, a search of disclosure reports filed with the U.S. Senate reveals that more than 6,200 people have lobbied on taxes this year, and more than 4,200 on ‘tax reform,’ specifically. Even by Washington standards, the sheer scale of this tax lobbying offensive is staggering. The 6,200 lobbyists working on taxes account for 57 percent of all federal lobbyists. That’s more than 11 lobbyists for every member of Congress. Put another way, it’s as if nearly the entire undergraduate enrollment at Georgetown University descended onto Capitol Hill … permanently. … More than 30 lobbyists who worked on Trump’s campaign, his transition or had other close ties to Trump or Vice President Mike Pence have drawn paychecks for lobbying on taxes this year. That is the swamp at its swampiest.” (12/11/17)

https://www.salon.com/2017/12/11/a-smorgasbord-for-the-swamp-creatures-gop-tax-plan-is-a-gift-for-lobbyists/

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38) Towards a genuinely inclusive, liberal, and open global agenda
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Tridivesh S Maini

“The recent past has been witness to the increasing rise of ‘economic-nationalism,’ anti-immigration policies, and increasing xenophobia. Countries which in the past have welcomed immigrants, and have been protagonists of Free Trade and open borders, while immensely benefiting from the same, are becoming more and more insular. While this point got strongly reiterated by the election of Donald Trump. Apart from the US and UK, many of the EU member states and Australia are also becoming more and more inward looking.” (12/11/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/12/11/towards-a-genuinely-inclusive-liberal-and-open-global-agenda/

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39) Democracy vs. opportunism
Source: National Review
by JJ McCullough

“It was hard to justify withholding governing power from the public on the grounds of ignorance by the time literacy and newspapers were ubiquitous. It was nearly impossible to justify by the time 24-hour TV news and talk radio came around. In the age of Internet and social media, no serious person even broaches the idea. Those who defend elitist checks on American democracy today no longer make broad, universal arguments about the public being too ignorant and unsophisticated to rule themselves. They stake their assertions on narrow partisan grounds. The public, they say, should only be permitted to rule itself to the degree such rule will produce particular policy outcomes.” (12/11/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454508/partisan-political-expediency-threatens-american-democracy

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40) The Star Wars universe doesn’t make sense
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“As Adam Smith himself was pointing out paid labour is more productive than slave at anything above the most basic human grunt work. Something that just doesn’t have to be done by human or animal muscle power in a society with any form of technological advancement at all. Even today’s protested versions of slavery aren’t that straight chattel form and even then, again, they’re restricted to the most basic of tasks. The thing being that for all its vileness slavery just isn’t economic given any modicum of technology. But the fictional universe still doesn’t make sense even after that. In the same way that Red Mars from Kim Stanley Robinson doesn’t. They both have people poorer than today’s — agreed, rich world — society in a more technologically advanced scenario. This isn’t one of the possible outcomes.” (12/11/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-star-wars-universe-doesnt-make-sense

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41) Quantum Vibe, 12/11/17
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Lea Jean Badelles

Cartoon. (12/11/17)

http://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1732

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42) An audience with the tyrant of Yemen
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“The former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was reported killed in the capital of Sana’a, on December 4, 2017, when he seemingly was changing sides in the on-going and brutal civil war in that country. I actually met Ali Abdullah Saleh in December 2006, when I was president of the Foundation for Economic Education. I was part of a small delegation of American ‘experts’ invited by the Yemeni Chamber of Commerce to offer policy and institutional ideas to make Yemen more business-friendly, transparent, and attractive to direct foreign investment. We delivered a series of presentations in the capital city of Sana’a and in the port city of Aden. This was a ‘lost cause’ due to the imbedded corruption and rent-seeking spiders’ web of manipulative connections between Yemeni politicians, bureaucrats, and private sector special interest groups that crushed almost all competition, innovation, and consumer-benefitting improvement.” (12/11/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/audience-tyrant-yemen/

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43) Recommendations for police reform
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Mance Rayder

“When society is presented with the task of rehabilitating one of its failed public services the responses are normally varied and emotional. Everyone has an opinion that is based upon their worldview, and it’s usually a hill their willing to die upon. No subject gets people more heated than that of modern policing. Three incidents that have come to light recently have caused many to demand reform in law enforcement.” (12/10/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/recommendations-police-reform/

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44) Against anarcho-sectarianism: Why all forms of anti-authoritarianism should be embraced
Source: Attack The System
by Keith Preston

“It seems extraordinarily silly to insist that the struggle against the state, authority, oppression, economic exploitation, etc. only begins with the advent of a formalized anarchist ideological system in the post-Enlightenment era. This ignores the countless struggles against such things that have existed since time immemorial. It ignores the vast range of ideas critiquing systems of authority that have developed since ancient times. Such a perspective also ignores the many anarchist or quasi-anarchistic practices that have existed in many different kinds of communities or cultures in the past. However, one necessary corrective that Schmidt and van der Walt do make is their pointing out how large and influential the classical anarchist movement of the ‘class struggle’ period actually was.” (12/10/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/12/10/against-anarcho-sectarianism-why-all-forms-of-anti-authoritarianism-should-be-embraced/

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45) Trump swallows GOP
Source: The Nation
by Steve Brodner

Cartoon. (12/11/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-swallows-gop/

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46) The enemy within
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“It was the Holy Grail of #TheResistance, the smoking gun they had been desperately searching for, solid evidence that Trump had colluded with the Russians to steal the presidency from its rightful owner: an email written and sent before WikiLeaks published the DNC material directing Trump’s attention to the data dump and even offering an ‘encryption key,’ whatever that may be, so he could get a jump start on the news cycle. Collusion! Impeach! Gotcha! Except it wasn’t true. … Of course it was the purest coincidence that no less than three major media outlets got the Trump email story wrong. Yes, those ‘multiple sources’ sure were busy. It’s absurd to think that this episode is a case of simply getting it wrong: this was undoubtedly a deliberate lie, planted in the media by the same rogue ‘intelligence community’ that invented Russia-gate.” (12/11/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/12/10/the-enemy-within-2/

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47) New standards?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘This is a country trying to establish, and certainly a U.S. Senate trying to establish new standards for acceptable behavior,’ Peggy Noonan told her fellow panelists on Meet the Press yesterday. She is at least half mistaken. Groping a woman who is stuck posing for a photo with you at the state fair, as Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) was accused, has never, ever been publicly viewed as ‘okay’ or ‘nice work if you can get it.’ And believe-it-or-not, Americans are not ambivalent about the propriety of Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) taking meetings in his underwear. Nor do folks find it fathomable that members of Congress such as Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) paid off their accusers with our tax dollars.” (12/11/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/12/11/new-standards/

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48) Why can’t the US abandon failed policies?
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Since North Korea won’t be denuclearized, it doesn’t make sense to keep this as the goal of U.S. policy. The U.S. can’t achieve the goal, and by continuing to pursue it there is a serious risk of blundering into or provoking an avoidable war. If that is the case, why is our government so determined to pursue the impossible? Our political culture has created a number of perverse incentives and bad habits that lock Washington into failed policies and perpetuate them long after they should have been abandoned. We have seen this many times over the years with sanctions and embargoes that don’t work but never end, we have seen it with desultory wars that no president is willing to stop waging, and now we see it with the failed effort to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.” (12/11/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/why-cant-the-u-s-abandon-failed-policies/

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49) On campus, “diversity” is now a threat to free thought
Source: spiked
by Andrew Tettenborn

We’re used to hearing stories about some universities making life difficult for those who openly disagree with a predominantly liberal-left outlook. Less well-known is a movement to railroad universities into endorsing as official policy some truly controversial views on race, gender and equality. … Unfortunately, this sensible and balanced view has largely gone. Not only do we have a new breed of academic interested in process over purpose and ‘social justice’ over everything — we now also have the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).” (12/11/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/on-campus-diversity-is-now-a-threat-to-free-thought/

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50) A constitutional crisis is on the way
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“Remarkably, we are almost a year into Donald Trump’s term as president of the United States and we haven’t yet had a full-blown constitutional crisis. But it may be on its way. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is circling the Oval Office, and the closer he gets, the more agitated President Trump and his defenders become. In response, they’ve begun an all-out assault on Mueller, one that could well result in Trump firing him. It’s more than obvious that Trump wants to do so; the only question is how long the relatively sane people around him who appreciate the consequences of such a move can hold him back.” (12/11/17)

http://prospect.org/article/constitutional-crisis-on-way

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51) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/11/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Whatever turns up in a planned audit for the Pentagon won’t address a larger problem: The U.S. military does too much in too many places. Still, it’s a good idea. Chris Preble discusses what an audit might reveal.” [various formats] (12/11/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/finally-audit-pentagon

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52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1057
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Dave Rubin, host of the hugely successful Rubin Report, alienated former colleagues (e.g., at The Young Turks Network, where he had been an on-air host) when he openly disapproved of what he saw as an authoritarian, anti-free-speech drift among the Left. Today his YouTube channel has nearly 567,000 subscribers and his show reaches an enormous audience. He and I discuss this and a lot more, including plenty of listener-supplied questions.” [various formats] (12/11/17)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1057-dave-rubin-on-the-lefts-drift-and-striking-out-on-his-own/

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53) How the court system is used to chill activist speech
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Dave Maass

“One of the most pernicious forms of censorship in modern America is the abuse of the court system by corporations and wealthy individuals to harass, intimidate, and silence their critics. We use the term ‘Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation,’ more commonly known as a ‘SLAPP,’ to describe this phenomenon. With a SLAPP, a malicious party will file a lawsuit against a person whose speech is clearly protected by the First Amendment. The strategy isn’t to win on the legal merits, but to censor their victims through burdensome, distracting, and costly litigation.” [text and Flash video] (12/11/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/12/video-how-court-system-abused-chill-activist-speech

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54) The Power of Fear
Source: The Nation / Brave New Films

“The United States is the wealthiest country in the world, but it also jails more people than any other nation, including China and Russia. Over 2.3 million adults are currently in American prisons and jails. On a per capita basis, the U.S. still stands far above all other nations in locking people behind bars. The incarceration rate has shot up 500% over the past four decades. But why? We’re spending billions of dollars on incarceration, why aren’t we safer? We explore the scope and source of mass incarceration in our new short film, Sentencing Reform: Part I — The Power of Fear. It’s the first in a forthcoming series that will highlight the symptoms and ultimate solutions to the ongoing mass incarceration epidemic.” [Flash video] (12/11/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/its-time-to-end-mass-incarceration/

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55) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 325
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s 325th episode of the flagship Lions of Liberty podcast, Marc is joined once again by the man largely responsible for inspiring the creation of this very program, Dr. Ron Paul! Dr. Paul discusses his new book ‘The Revolution at Ten Years, looking back at his two Presidential runs in 2008 and 2012, and moreso looking forward at the long term effects of the ‘Revolution.’ Then, Dr. Paul answers questions from Lions of Liberty Pride members! But that’s not all, folks! Marc and the crew reveal the contentious results of the Liberty Draft polling!” [various formats] (12/11/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/12/11/ron-paul-returns-lions-liberty-plus-liberty-draft-results/

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56) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/11/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell, John Vibes, and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about the weather, the recent happenings with BipCoin, Craigslist’s new cryptocurrency feature, the police murder of Daniel Shaver, a guy getting railroaded for consensual actions, and a dog rescuing hero.” [various formats] (12/11/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15391

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57) Editor’s Pick, episode 12
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Pick 012 features an interview of security entrepreneur Dale Brown of Threat Management Center by Rock Newman. They talk about lessons learned by Commander Brown in his over 20 years of protecting communities in Detroit and other cities across America.” [various formats] (12/10/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/dale-brown-protecting-public-better-policing-55m-editors-pick-012

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58) Free Talk Live, 12/10/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Portugal Drug Policy :: Heroin Crisis :: Prohibition Success? :: Cigarette Taxes :: Liquor and Crack :: Cop Lover :: No Good Cops? :: Building Police Alternatives :: Self-Imprisonment :: Economics in one Lesson on Inflation :: Hyperinflation :: Postal Threat :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/10/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-12-10

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59) The Bob Zadek Show, 12/10/17
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Brad DeLong is a former deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury, and a professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he is chair of the political economy major. … Tune in to find out why DeLong considers himself a student of both Milton Friedman and John Maynard Keynes, and learn what it means to be a liberal in both the modern and classical senses.” [various formats] (12/10/17)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2017/12/9/the-keynesian-critique-of-austrian-economics

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60) Felony Friday, episode 101
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s show Dr. Cassandra Little joins host John Odermatt to share her heartbreaking story of injustice. Dr. Cassandra Little had dedicated her life to helping the most vulnerable in society by operating several group home to house and care for youths. Dr. Little found herself the subject of an investigation by the IRS and Medicaid Fraud Unit, which began in 2010. She was indicted in 2013 on 38 counts of healthcare fraud and money laundering.” [various formats] (12/08/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/12/08/felony-friday-101-arcane-rules-sent-child-welfare-business-owner-prison/

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