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Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
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In the News:

1) AL: Jones beats Moore in US Senate election
2) Trump objects to Russia provisions as he signs $700 billion corporate welfa … er, “defense” … bill
3) Mexico: Leftist presidential front-runner doubles down on amnesty proposal
4) Concealed carry bill backers brace for Senate fight
5) Trump Jr.’s defense attorney demands investigation into three House Intel members
6) Trump: Gillibrand “would do anything” for cash
7) Canadian dollar dips ahead of Fed decision as oil prices fall
8) NFL Network suspends analysts over sexual misconduct suit
9) MN: Franken pulling the plug? Governor prepares to name successor
10) Report: “Child marriage” still legal in every single state of America
11) Facebook to overhaul Irish tax scheme
12) Uber, Lyft refund passengers who paid higher fees after bombing
13) Food review service Munchee halts ICO after threats from SEC thugs
14) Study: Having older brothers increases men’s likelihood of being gay
15) AL: Supreme Court blocks order to preserve voting records
16) Amnesty: EU governments complicit in Libya migrant abuse
17) Erdogan: Turkish, Russian officials to meet on S-400 missile deal
18) China: Regime reportedly plans refugee camps on North Korea border
19) GA: Prosecutor says Hampton teen’s shooting death was self-defense
20) Sandy Hook plus five years: Grave-dancing, pro-victim-disarmament ghouls run for office

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Here comes the next “defense” shakedown
22) Suspend Robert Mueller’s politically tainted investigation
23) To Airbnb or not to Airbnb?
24) Rebellious jurors make the world a better place
25) Trump is still determined to renege on the nuclear deal
26) Racist socialists are finally admitting they’re socialists
27) The unprofessionalism of Trump and the glorification of Obama
28) Liberals hate being held to their own standards
29) The “level playing field” line is a poor excuse for protectionism
30) Republicans declare war on higher education
31) No, capitalism is not ruining your Christmas market
32) It’s time to rethink education, part 1
33) Another terrorist attack on “our values”
34) Meet the European petrochemical giant trying to profit from the fracking of Pennsylvania
35) “It’s the grandparents stealing from the grandchildren”
36) Democracy — or too much government?
37) The French right goes wrong
38) Bullshit, NSSF: It is gun control
39) Is Trump “inspiring great journalism?”
40) Poland’s Sunday shopping ban: More cronyism than Catholicism
41) What “liberals” can learn from “conservatism”
42) Are economic crises inherent to market economies?
43) Politics trumps religion: The immorality of Republican “Christian” morality
44) Why BLM & GOP are natural allies (or should be)
45) By recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Trump removes US pretense of neutrality
46) How Trump can get tough on Ukraine corruption
47) Google, Facebook, Amazon: Our digital overlords
48) What do you do with a problem like social media?
49) Hands off Yemen
50) The ever-expanding war on terror
51) Here’s how Trump could make a quick (and complete) exit from the Paris climate agreement right now
52) Forty years on the road: A report
53) Amended version of FOSTA would still silence legitimate speech online
54) Pretty on the inside
55) The collapse of the Islamic State and the rise of the “fail-bomber”

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 34
57) The Libertarian Angle, 12/12/17
58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 129
59) Free Talk Live, 12/11/17
60) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 684

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

1) AL: Jones beats Moore in US Senate election
Source: Yahoo! News

“Democrat Doug Jones won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama on Tuesday, dealing a political blow to President Donald Trump in a race marked by sexual misconduct accusations against Republican candidate Roy Moore. The stunning upset makes Jones the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama in a quarter-century and will trim the Republicans’ already narrow Senate majority to 51-49, endangering Trump’s agenda and opening the door for Democrats to possibly retake the chamber in next year’s congressional elections. With 99 percent of the vote counted, Jones had a lead of 1.5 percentage points over Moore. But the Republican refused to concede, telling supporters in Montgomery that votes were still coming in and state law would trigger a recount if the margin was within half a percent.” (12/13/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/polls-close-tight-alabama-senate-race-high-stakes-013314951.html

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2) Trump objects to Russia provisions as he signs $700 billion corporate welfa … er, “defense” … bill
Source: USA Today

“President Trump signed a $700 billion defense policy bill Tuesday, saying the United States military ‘has got to be perfecto.’ But less than three hours later, he pointed out the bill’s imperfections in a signing statement. Among them: A variety of provisions lawmakers included to force a more aggressive U.S. policy toward Russia. Those provisions, Trump said in his signing statement, raise constitutional concerns — and ‘could potentially dictate the position of the United States in external military and foreign affairs’ and interfere with his ability to conduct diplomacy. The bill passed by Congress contains several provisions specifically targeting Russia. It restricts military cooperation with Russia, prohibits the United States from recognizing Russia’s legal right to the disputed Crimea peninsula, and requires the military to ‘develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to counter threats by the Russian Federation’ — including Russia’s use of disinformation, social media and support for political parties. Trump has himself expressed a willingness to work with Russia and touted his good relationship with its president, Vladimir Putin.” (12/12/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/12/12/trump-signing-statement-russia-provisions-defense-bill/943209001

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3) Mexico: Leftist presidential front-runner doubles down on amnesty proposal
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador doubled down Tuesday on his controversial proposal to consider amnesty for criminals as he registered to seek the leftist Morena party’s nomination for Mexico’s July 1 election for president. As the front-runner in election polls, he is assured to win his party’s nomination, though the two-time contender has already attracted skepticism by mentioning the possibility of amnesty as a way to rein in Mexico’s violence, which has reached record highs. Lopez Obrador showed no inclination to back away. ‘We will debate and consult, mainly with victims, the possibility of amnesties for criminals who opt for re-adapting themselves,’ he said.” (12/12/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/world/article/Mexico-leftist-front-runner-doubles-down-on-12424981.php

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4) Concealed carry bill backers brace for Senate fight
Source: Fox News

“Gun-rights advocates scored a major win with House passage of legislation making concealed-carry gun permits valid across state lines — but face a much tougher challenge in the Senate where they’ll need support from at least eight Democrats to make the bill law. Supporters of ‘concealed-carry reciprocity’ argue they simply want to clarify a patchwork of laws from local jurisdictions that confuse and sometimes ensnare gun-carrying travelers. And they insist any bill sent to President Trump would not put state laws under a federal umbrella law or ease background checks. ‘This vote marks a watershed moment for Second Amendment rights,’ said Chris W. Cox of the National Rifle Association’s legislative affairs group. The bill passed in the House 231-198 last week, with six House Democrats voting in support. But Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn, who is sponsoring the companion Senate measure, will need more than that in his chamber.” (12/12/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/11/concealed-carry-bill-backers-brace-for-senate-fight.html

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5) Trump Jr.’s defense attorney demands investigation into three House Intel members
Source: Raw Story

“Donald Trump Jr is demanding an investigation of three prominent Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The targeted lawmakers are former federal prosecutor Adam Schiff (D-CA), former state prosecutor Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and legendary survivor of the 1978 Jonestown massacre, Jackie Speier (D-CA). Schiff is the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. ‘To maintain the credibility of the investigation, this committee should determine whether any member or staff member violated the rules by leaking information to the media concerning the interview or by purposely providing inaccurate information which led to significant misreporting,’ Alan S. Futerfas, Mr. Trump’s lawyer, wrote. NY Magazine published the full content of the letter.” (12/12/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/donald-trump-jr-s-defense-attorney-demands-investigation-into-three-house-intel-members

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6) Trump: Gillibrand “would do anything” for cash
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Pushing into the sexual harassment debate, President Donald Trump laced into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that the New York Democrat had begged him for campaign contributions in the past and ‘would do anything’ to get them. Democrats accused the president of comments that were crude and worse. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who had called for Trump’s resignation a day earlier while citing allegations of sexual misconduct, called Trump’s attack a ‘sexist smear attempting to silence my voice. I will not be silenced on this issue,’ she insisted. ‘Neither will the women who stood up to the president yesterday,’ referring to women who have accused the president of sexual misconduct. The Democrats were badly misreading the president’s comments, said Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. ‘There’s no way’ his tweet was sexist, she said, and only people with their minds in the gutter would read anything sexual into it.” [editor’s note: Sexist? That charge would seem to apply to prety much anyone in Congress, although for some it might include killing their own grandmothers – SAT] (12/12/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/television/article/Trump-says-accusations-of-sexual-misconduct-12423839.php

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7) Canadian dollar dips ahead of Fed decision as oil prices fall
Source: Reuters

“The Canadian dollar slipped to an 11-day low against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday as oil prices fell, while the greenback gained against a basket of major currencies ahead of an expected interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. At 4 p.m. EST (2100 GMT), the Canadian dollar CAD=D4 was trading at C$1.2867 to the greenback, or 77.72 U.S. cents, down 0.1 percent. It touched its weakest since Dec. 1 at C$1.2893. Still, the overall range was narrow for the fourth straight day, as investors awaited the Fed decision on Wednesday and a speech on Thursday by Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz. ‘Everybody is sitting on their hands until we get these risk events out of the way,’ said Eric Theoret, currency strategist at Scotiabank. The U.S. dollar .DXY was boosted by data showing an increase in wholesale inflation.” (12/12/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-forex/canadian-dollar-dips-ahead-of-fed-decision-as-oil-prices-fall-idUSKBN1E21XQ

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8) NFL Network suspends analysts over sexual misconduct suit
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Hall of Fame player Marshall Faulk and two other NFL Network analysts were suspended after a woman who worked as a wardrobe stylist at the network accused them of sexual misconduct in a lawsuit. The NFL on Tuesday identified the three as Faulk, Ike Taylor and Heath Evans. They have been ‘suspended from their duties at NFL Network pending an investigation into these allegations,’ league spokesman Brian McCarthy said. Jami Cantor described several sexually inappropriate encounters with the three retired players and others who have worked for NFL Network, according to court documents first reported by Bloomberg. Former NFL Network executive Eric Weinberger, former NFL Network analysts Donovan McNabb, Eric Davis, and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, and former NFL Network employee Marc Watts also are named in the lawsuit.” (12/12/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/NFL-Network-suspends-analysts-over-sexual-12424097.php

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9) MN: Franken pulling the plug? Governor prepares to name successor
Source: Fox News

“Minnesota’s governor is planning to announce Wednesday his pick to replace Sen. Al Franken, amid speculation over why the Democratic senator has not yet set his resignation date. Gov. Mark Dayton’s office put out a statement Tuesday saying the governor would make the appointment the following morning at the State Capitol. The Star Tribune has reported his likeliest choice is Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. The announcement could well put to rest the simmering speculation that Franken might be keeping the door open to remain in the Senate, if Roy Moore is elected in Tuesday’s Alabama Senate race. The latest such call came from Zephyr Teachout, an associate law professor at Fordham University who has run unsuccessfully as a Democrat for Congress and New York governor.” (12/12/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/12/will-franken-pull-plug-senators-future-unclear-as-governor-prepares-to-name-successor.html

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10) Report: “Child marriage” still legal in every single state of America
Source: Raw Story

“The recent outrage over Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore allegedly targeting teenage girls for sex has elicited reports that some evangelical churches actually encourage teenage girls to date older men. It seems unlikely that Moore was ever interested in marrying any of the women who have thus far accused him of unwanted sexual attention and assault. However, Moore is married to a woman 14 years his junior whom he first met when she was 15 and he was 29. These conversations about older men dating and marrying young girls have left many Americans surprised. The reality is that these practices are still around, as I learned in researching my recent book, American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States. Child marriage has a long and vibrant history in the United States. While activists have long urged legislators to raise the age of consent to marriage (and continue to do so), with parental consent it remains possible for minors to marry in every single state.” (12/12/17)

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/child-marriage-is-still-legal-in-every-single-state-of-america

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11) Facebook to overhaul Irish tax scheme
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Facebook [will] overhaul its tax structure so that it pays tax in the country where profits are earned, instead of using an Irish subsidiary. The online advertising giant is to make the change in every country outside the US where it has an office. In 2016, Facebook said it would stop routing UK sales through Ireland for tax purposes. The change comes after pressure on large firms over their tax affairs from governments and the public. Facebook chief financial officer Dave Wehner said: ‘We believe that moving to a local selling structure will provide more transparency to governments and policy makers around the world who have called for greater visibility over the revenue associated with locally-supported sales in their countries.’ The move will affect how Facebook pays taxes in 30 countries including Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Poland, and Sweden. In the UK, there was public outrage after it emerged that Facebook had paid just £4,327 in tax in 2014.” (12/12/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42324485

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12) Uber, Lyft refund passengers who paid higher fees after bombing
Source: Jalopnik

“Following an explosion Monday morning near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, New York City’s subway system backed up with congestion just as the morning commute got underway. Prices on Uber and Lyft rides also skyrocketed, and both companies have now said they will offer refunds to some passengers in the wake of immediate criticism. Uber eventually turned off surge pricing in the surrounding area of midtown Manhattan, where the explosion took place, a spokesperson told Jalopnik. … A spokesperson with Lyft said ‘prime time’ pricing was capped following the incident.” [editor’s note: Bad decision. By making panic cheaper, it incentivizes it. And although drivers were apparently allowed to keep their cut of the higher price, if this becomes policy at drivers’ expense, why would they be willing to rush into potentially dangerous areas to pick up riders? – TLK] (12/11/17)

https://jalopnik.com/uber-and-lyft-to-reimburse-riders-who-were-hit-with-sur-1821184675

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13) Food review service Munchee halts ICO after threats from SEC thugs
Source: PYMNTS.com

“The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday (Dec. 11) that Munchee, the California food review service, has halted its initial coin offering after being contacted by the government agency. According to a press release, Munchee agreed to an SEC order in which it found the company’s ICO constitutes unregistered securities offers and sales. The ICO was halted before any tokens were given to investors, and the SEC said Munchee refunded investor proceeds. Munchee was looking to raise $15 million to improve an iPhone app that is focused on restaurant meal reviews and create an environment in which Munchee and others would use tokens to buy goods and services.” (12/12/17)

https://www.pymnts.com/blockchain/2017/sec-restaurant-review-app-munchee-ico/

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14) Study: Having older brothers increases men’s likelihood of being gay
Source: CNN

“If you’re a guy with an older brother, there’s an increased chance you’re gay. Scientists have noticed this pattern in previous research, but now they think they have a biological explanation as to why, and it starts long before birth. The results were published in the journal PNAS on Monday. The researchers say that if their findings can be replicated, we may know at least one of the biological reasons some men are gay. Many factors may determine someone’s sexual orientation, but in this case, researchers noticed a pattern that may be linked to something that happens in the womb. The phenomenon is related to a protein linked to the Y chromosome (which women do not have) that is important to male brain development.” (12/12/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/11/health/men-older-brothers-gay-study/index.html

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15) AL: Supreme Court blocks order to preserve voting records
Source: AlterNet

“The Alabama Supreme Court stepped into Tuesday’s U.S. Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones on Monday night by blocking a lower state court’s ruling earlier in the day that ordered election officials to take steps to preserve digital images of every ballot cast Tuesday. … Alabama’s Supreme Court, where Moore served as chief justice, did not issue an explanation with its stay. However, a lengthy brief filed at the close of business Monday by the state on behalf of Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill contained a list of eyebrow-raising assertions, such as Merrill had no authority to tell local election officials how to operate their voting machines. The state also said only private vendors holding contracts to program the machines could do so — and that it was too late for that.” (12/12/17)

https://www.alternet.org/activism/alabama-supreme-court-issues-monday-night-order-blocking-best-practices-verify-vote

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16) Amnesty: EU governments complicit in Libya migrant abuse
Source: CNN

“Amnesty International has accused European governments of being complicit in the torture and abuse of migrants and refugees in Libya. In a new report, the human rights group criticizes European governments for supporting efforts by the Libyan coastguard to prevent migrants crossing the Mediterranean and returning them camps in Libya. … The Amnesty report also accused the Libyan coastguard of endangering migrants’ lives and of intimidating NGOs operating in the Mediterranean on rescue missions.” (12/12/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/12/europe/amnesty-international-libya-migrant-report-intl/index.html

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17) Erdogan: Turkish, Russian officials to meet on S-400 missile deal
Source: Reuters

“Turkish and Russian officials will meet to finalize Turkey’s S-400 surface-to-air missile systems deal in the coming week, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Turkey has been negotiating with Russia to buy the system for more than a year. Washington and some of its NATO allies see the decision as a snub because the weapons cannot be integrated into the alliance’s defenses. Turkey expects to receive its first such system in 2019, defense Minister Nurettin Canikli said in November adding that the deal includes two S-400 systems while one was optional.” (12/12/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-russia-defence/turkey-russia-will-meet-to-finalize-s-400-defense-deal-in-coming-week-idUSKBN1E52F7

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18) China: Regime reportedly plans refugee camps on North Korea border
Source: The Telegraph [UK]

“China is planning to build refugee camps on its border with North Korea in what is being seen as an indication that Beijing is preparing for a potential conflict. Five locations in China’s north-eastern Jilin province have been identified as potential sites for refugees. The sites were listed in a document that was apparently leaked from China’s biggest telecommunications company, China Mobile, and then posted on social media. The document, which was first reported in English by the Financial Times, has since been deleted from the Chinese Internet, but an unverified copy has been re-published by news websites outside mainland China.” (12/12/17)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/12/china-build-refugee-camps-border-north-korea-amid-fears-nuclear/

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19) GA: Prosecutor says Hampton teen’s shooting death was self-defense
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“A man accused in a Hampton teen’s death won’t face charges after investigators discovered the teen pulled a gun on him and a passenger, Henry County officials said. Jayden Parks, 18, was shot and killed near his Hampton home Nov. 27 after he sold a man and a woman shoes, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Detectives discovered after the shoe sale Parks pulled a gun on the pair and tried to rob them, Channel 2 Action News reported. The man, who was not identified, pulled out his gun and fired back.” (12/11/17)

http://www.ajc.com/news/crime–law/man-accused-hampton-teen-death-shot-self-defense-charges-filed/AalxkYSQrOWHqOADAxb0uI/

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20) Sandy Hook plus five years: Grave-dancing, pro-victim-disarmament ghouls run for office
Source: US News & World Report

“Five years after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, advocates who are disappointed with the failure of efforts to limit access to firearms are changing their strategy. Instead of pressuring lawmakers to push new gun-control measures through the U.S. Congress, volunteers from groups including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are now running for office themselves. Nine of 13 volunteers trained by the group ran for office this year and won seats, ranging from New Hampshire state representative to city council member in West University Place, Texas. Fourteen more have already declared their intentions to run for office in 2018, seeking seats in Congress, state legislatures and local government, all running as Democrats.” (12/12/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2017-12-12/five-years-after-sandy-hook-us-gun-control-advocates-switch-strategy

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

21) Here comes the next “defense” shakedown
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“‘Today with the signing of this defense bill,’ US president Donald Trump said as he affixed his signature to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act on December 12, ‘we accelerate the process of fully restoring America’s military might.’ Is Trump truly under the mistaken impression that US military might is ailing? Or is he mindlessly aping Ronald Reagan and hoping it brings in the re-election votes? Or perhaps something else entirely? The NDAA budgets nearly $700 billion for the US military next year. Despite its name, there’s precious little ‘defense’ involved.” (12/12/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/12298

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22) Suspend Robert Mueller’s politically tainted investigation
Source: USA Today
by James S Robbins

“The FBI has historically had a well-earned reputation for competence and integrity. The American people deserve no less when it comes to extraordinary investigations that touch the highest levels of government. Justice demands that these matters be pursued with the utmost honesty, probity and impartiality. However, evidence is emerging that special counsel and former FBI director Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as the Hillary Clinton email investigations, have been fatally compromised by naked politics. The central figure in both probes is FBI agent Peter Strzok. Strzok helped conduct the sweetheart interviews of Clinton, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin in the email investigation, in which the latter two blatantly lied about their knowledge of the bootleg server. They were not charged. Strzok also changed then-FBI Director James Comey’s draft language on Clinton’s use of her illicit server from ‘grossly negligent’ to ‘extremely careless,’ which is the difference between criminal behavior and an unconscious error.” [editor’s note: Actually, the FBI has had a well-earned reputation for dishonesty, grandstanding, incompetence, and political gamesmanship almost from its birth. Just sayin’ … – TLK] (12/12/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/12/11/russia-collusion-investigation-suspend-robert-muellers-bias-democratic-investigation-robbins-column/938619001

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23) To Airbnb or not to Airbnb?
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“For the past several months, Kansas City’s Planning, Zoning and Economic Development Committee has been considering regulations relating to short-term rentals (STRs), such as those offered through the Airbnb and VRBO (Vacation Rental by Owner) platforms. This is the next go-round with regulation of the so-called sharing economy after the Council’s long struggle with ride sharing or transportation networking companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft. … thousands of properties are being rented out in Kansas City for long-term rentals. They are not inspected or regulated by the city. They are not limited by zoning nor do they require that neighbors approve or even be notified of it. They are not assessed at commercial property tax rates. It’s fair to wonder why the city would treat a property that rents out for 3 days at a time differently than it treats one that rents out for 3 months at a time.” (12/11/17)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/regulation/airbnb-or-not-airbnb

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24) Rebellious jurors make the world a better place
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“After criticism by some local officials of a new program that refers people caught with four ounces or less of marijuana for fines and community service, El Paso, Texas, Police Chief Greg Allen turned out to be a surprise defender of bypassing the usual criminal justice rigmarole of booking, mug shots, and jails. While careful to emphasize that he’s no fan of drug legalization, Allen says it’s a waste of his officers’ time to put hours into an ‘an arrest that has no end result of a conviction because of jury nullification.’ This is only the latest evidence that rebellious jurors are putting limits on how badly government officials can treat the rest of us.” (12/12/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/12/12/rebellious-jurors-make-the-world-a-bette

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25) Trump is still determined to renege on the nuclear deal
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Trump isn’t going to choose to certify the nuclear deal after having already refused to do so once before, and since he refuses to certify the deal he isn’t going to waive sanctions. There is no ‘fix’ that Congress can make that would satisfy Trump without violating the deal itself. The destructive Corker-Cotton legislation went nowhere once that became obvious. Unfortunately, there is no chance that Trump is suddenly going to decide to support an agreement that he has wanted to see wrecked for so long. Once the U.S. goes back on its promises to provide sanctions relief, the U.S. will be openly breaching its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The other parties to the deal may try to keep it going for the foreseeable future, but reneging on our commitments will be a serious blow to the agreement and could very well cause it to collapse entirely. ” (12/12/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trump-is-still-determined-to-renege-on-the-nuclear-deal/

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26) Racist socialists are finally admitting they’re socialists
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Libertarians get accused of a lot of things. They get accused of hating the poor and elderly, having an unrealistic view on foreign policy, and being an arm of the alt-right. While I can understand where the first two of those accusations come from, most people mistakenly believe that welfare and defense can only be provided by the State, I don’t understand where the last accusation comes from. If you spend any amount of time listening to the drivel that the alt-right calls philosophy, you will quickly concluded that they’re fascists. However, fascism has another name and that name is national socialism. While the alt-right has been keeping their socialist tendencies on the down low, and this has allowed some so-called libertarians to convince themselves that the alt-right supports capitalism and free markets, a few of its leading personalities are finally dispensing with the camouflage …” (12/12/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/12/12/racist-socialists-are-finally-admitting-that-theyre-socialists/

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27) The unprofessionalism of Trump and the glorification of Obama
Source: Students For Liberty
by Parker Jenkins

“I’m gonna say it: I love that Donald Trump is unprofessional. I love the fact that he causes a stir on Twitter. I love the ridiculous way he acts and communicates. His behavior is amazing. Now before you start criticizing me and this article, hear me out. The fact that Trump acts like a buffoon teaches us a great lesson about politics and the office of the presidency: government is vulnerable, government is imperfect, government can be made up of despicable people, and the presidency is not immune to that.” (12/12/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/12/12/unprofessionalism-trump-glorification-obama/

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28) Liberals hate being held to their own standards
Source: Town Hall
by Derek Hunter

“Aside from testosterone, the military, small businesses, the private sector, attractive women, private property, happily married heterosexuals, and people who refuse to conform to their Utopian-or-else drum circle mentality, there few things liberals hate more than being held to the rules they’ve set for others. When it happens, they generally react the same way — to scream like a teenage girl that they’re a victim. Liberals found some of their favorite fellow travelers on the business end of the Sword of Damocles they’ve been lording over the rest of us for years. Forgive me if I don’t give a damn.” (12/10/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2017/12/10/liberals-hate-being-held-to-their-own-standards-n2420545

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29) The “level playing field” line is a poor excuse for protectionism
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“Occasionally a politician says something that personifies their worldview. Last week, it was Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who expressed the old eurocrat canard that free trade requires ‘a fair and level playing field.’ Asked a Brexit-related question, Varadkar was quick to state that continued free trade across the Irish border required UK regulatory alignment on things such as the environment, food standards, and labour laws. Such musings are terrible economics. The whole point of international trade is the ability to acquire products from other countries of differing quality at different prices, according to your own preferences.” (12/12/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/level-playing-field-line-poor-excuse-protectionism

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30) Republicans declare war on higher education
Source: Our Future
Jeff Bryant

“The GOP’s tax rewrite hits higher education hard, but new legislation House Republicans are crafting will likely go even farther to worsen the damage. As The Wall Street Journal reports, the House education committee recently gave a preview to its new legislation, a long overdue reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Like recent tax bills passed by the GOP-controlled House and Senate, this proposed rewrite of HEA will have the effect of further constricting learning opportunities for students, adding to the costs students and families take on for education, and steering more public money for learning to private businesses.” (12/10/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20171210/republican-war-on-learning-takes-aim-at-higher-education

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31) No, capitalism is not ruining your Christmas market
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Bill Wirtz

“Glowing Christmas lights fill the cold streets of medieval European cities with little wooden booths selling steaming hot wine and cinnamon biscuits. However, the traditional look and idyllic atmosphere seem to be threatened by the evil of modern-day capitalism. That is, at least, the common saying of visitors of these markets. But are big companies actually ruining your favorite winter experience?” (12/12/17)

https://fee.org/articles/no-capitalism-is-not-ruining-your-christmas-market/

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32) It’s time to rethink education, part 1
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“As a father of two young children, my thoughts have increasingly started to center around their young lives and the future world they’ll inhabit. Such considerations quickly lead to stressful questions such as, what are the best schools in the area? Which option can provide the best environment in which to thrive? If the best options aren’t public, can we afford them? Is it worth the money? All these questions and more have filled the minds of my wife and I over the past couple of years, but lately we’ve started to ask even bigger questions, such as whether the compulsory education system as it exists in the U.S. in 2017 makes any sense in the first place. I’m increasingly starting to conclude that it doesn’t.” [editor’s note: Oh, it makes sense all right. The important questions are who it makes sense to, and why – TLK] (12/12/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/12/12/its-time-to-rethink-education-part-1-indoctrination/

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33) Another terrorist attack on “our values”
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“When I read New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s statement regarding the latest terrorist attack in New York City, my initial reaction was this: How can this guy be so obtuse? Here is what he said in response to this week’s attack in the Manhattan subway system by a suicide bomber: ‘This was an attack on our values, an effort to break our spirit, but it failed. New York City is a strong and resilient place.’ But then I thought, maybe I should give Blasio the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he jumped to his conclusion before learning what really motivated the attacker to commit his act of terrorism. But if that was the case, then why didn’t Blasio correct his original statement after the attacker told investigators that he was retaliating against the U.S. government for its war on ISIS in the Middle East?” (12/12/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/12/12/another-terrorist-attack-values/

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34) Meet the European petrochemical giant trying to profit from the fracking of Pennsylvania
Source: In These Times
by Wenonah Hauter

“It seems that every week brings more bad news about the construction of Sunoco’s Mariner East 2 pipeline. While Pennsylvania communities, water protectors and landowners fight to stop the project, a larger question remains: What is this massive, dangerous pipeline actually for? The one word answer might surprise you: plastics. The Mariner East 2 won’t carry ‘natural gas’ for heating your house or operating a stove. It will transport highly volatile liquids that will mostly be shipped overseas to be turned into plastics by a giant chemical corporation with a terrible environmental record. In other words, Sunoco and its parent company Energy Transfer Partners are putting Pennsylvania communities at risk (from the immediate negative impacts of fracking in the western parts of the state, to the long-term risks to families living near the 350-mile pipeline) in order to supply a giant corporation making plastic pellets, many of which wind up littering shorelines across Europe.” (12/12/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20762/Ineos-petrochemical-company-fracking-mariner-2-east-pipeline-oil

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35) “It’s the grandparents stealing from the grandchildren”
Source: The Atlantic
by Eric B Schnurer

“One day in 1984, Kurt Vonnegut called. I was ditching my law school classes to work on the presidential campaign of Walter Mondale, the Democratic candidate against Ronald Reagan, when one of those formerly-ubiquitous pink telephone messages was delivered to me saying that Vonnegut had called, asking to speak to one of Mondale’s speechwriters. All sorts of people called to talk to the speechwriters with all sorts of whacky suggestions; this certainly had to be the most interesting. I stared at the 212 phone number on the pink slip, picked up a phone, and dialed. A voice, so gravelly and deep that it seemed to lie at the outer edge of the human auditory range, rasped, ‘Hello.’ I introduced myself. There was a short pause, as if Vonnegut were fixing his gaze on me from the other end of the line, then he spoke. ‘It’s the grandparents stealing from the grandchildren.’ I waited for elaboration. After a long pause, however, he simply repeated, ‘It’s the grandparents stealing from the grandchildren. Got it?’”

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/grandparents-raiding-grandchildren/548117/

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36) Democracy — or too much government?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“The Democratic Party’s Unity Reform Commission met last week to concoct measures to pull the party from the brink of madness and oblivion. The commission’s main recommendation? Limit the role of ‘superdelegates’ in the nomination process. Great — a first step I’ve long advocated. But the whole system needs more serious reform.” (12/12/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/12/12/democracy-or-too-much-government/

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37) The French right goes wrong
Source: The American Prospect
by Arthur Goldhammer

“On December 10, the card-carrying members of France’s Parti Republicain elected Laurent Wauquiez as their new leader. But the party he hopes to shape into a vehicle for recapturing the French presidency is but a pale shadow of the political machine built by Jacques Chirac and transformed by Nicolas Sarkozy. How did the party that dominated French politics from 1995 to 2012 end up where it is today? One reason for the Republicans’ dilemma is that the incumbent president, Emmanuel Macron, has occupied political territory that the right once claimed as its own. As prime minister he chose a Republican, Édouard Philippe, and two other Republicans, Bruno Lemaire and Gerald Darmanin, were tapped to occupy the top posts at the finance and budget ministries, the key positions in domestic policymaking. In his presidential run Macron eagerly wooed center-right voters left standing at the altar when their preferred candidate, Alain Juppe, was defeated in the primary by the much more right-wing Francois Fillon, who then promptly succumbed to scandal.” (12/11/17)

http://prospect.org/article/french-right-goes-wrong

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38) Bullshit, NSSF: It is gun control
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“[Lawrence G. Keane, the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, writes:] ‘Unlike restrictions on semi-automatic rifles or magazine capacity, Fix NICS is not a ‘gun control’ measure, no matter how some opportunistic co-sponsors on that side of the gun debate may choose to characterize the bill.’ Yes. It is. It is a prior restraint on the exercise of a constitutionally protected right. It requires one to preemptively prove his innocence. It denies Second Amendment rights completely to arbitrary classes: unapproved users of arbitrary substances regardless of legality at state level, or even if such use has never been associated with other mala in se criminal activity by that person. It requires such a person above to choose between perjury or self-incrimination in violation of the HAYNES Supreme Court decision, in order to exercise his Second Amendment rights.” (12/12/17)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=4651

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39) Is Trump “inspiring great journalism?”
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“In the span of a few days, two major news outlets came out with huge Trump/Russia bombshells that blew up in their own faces. In both cases, the error involved getting something as simple as a date wrong. CNN was in a frenzy on Friday over an apparent scoop by reporter Manu Raju, who claimed that an email sent to President Trump, Donald Trump Jr, and others on the campaign — and dated Sept. 4, 2016 — offered Trump access to purloined WikiLeaks documents. … the story was completely bogus. Unlike CNN, the Washington Post obtained an actual copy of the email, and found that it wasn’t sent on the Sept. 4th. It was sent on Sept. 14th — AFTER WikiLeaks had posted the documents online and promoted that fact to the world. In other words, there was no story here whatsoever.” (12/11/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/cnn-abc-fake-news-trump-russia

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40) Poland’s Sunday shopping ban: More cronyism than Catholicism
Source: Acton Institute
by Mikolaj Pisarski

“On November 24, the lower house of the Polish parliament, the Sejm, passed a bill that will gradually phase out Sunday shopping resulting in an almost-complete ban in 2020. The bill was passed with the votes of ruling Law and Justice Party and a majority of Kukiz ’15 movement MPs, despite previous warnings issued by many Polish free-market think tanks for more than a year. The bill is promoted as a proof of adherence to Poland’s Catholic tradition. Nevertheless, its many loopholes expose it as yet another way to secure the political support of the powerful Solidarity trade union. In its current iteration, the bill allows more than 30 exceptions, mostly discriminating against large shopping centers. This fits well with the mentality of the Law and Justice government, which sees large chain stores as a threat. The religious motivation was at best tertiary. But the cost, as usual, will be paid by consumers.” (12/12/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/12/12/polands-sunday-shopping-ban-more-cronyism-catholicism

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41) What “liberals” can learn from “conservatism”
Source: The New Republic
by Jonathan Zimmerman

“According to my dictionary, a conservative is ‘a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes.’ A radical, by contrast, is someone who advocates ‘thorough or complete change’ and ‘departure from tradition.’ Which term best describes President Trump? He’s a radical, of course. At every turn, Trump has challenged our most sacred national traditions: freedom of the press, the rule of law, independent courts, and more. He’s not a conservative; he’s the opposite of one. So our own challenge, as citizens, is to defend those institutions. It doesn’t matter if we’re Democrats, Republicans, independents, or none of the above. We are all conservatives now, in a dictionary sense. Or, at least, we should be.” [editor’s note: yes, by all means, let’s all embrace statism, in its various forms of tyranny – SAT] (12/11/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/146192/liberals-can-learn-conservatism

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42) Are economic crises inherent to market economies?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Jesus Huerta de Soto

“It is interesting to note that Marx, in his analysis of the capitalist economic system, basically concentrates on the study of the imbalances and maladjustments which occur in the market. This accounts for the fact that Marxist theory is primarily a theory of market disequilibrium and that occasionally it even coincides remarkably with the dynamic analysis of market processes which was developed by economists of the Austrian School, and particularly by Mises and Hayek themselves. One of the more curious points on which a certain agreement exists relates precisely to the theory of the crises and recessions which systematically ravage the capitalist system.” (12/12/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/12/are-economic-crises-inherent-to-market-economies/

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43) Politics trumps religion: The immorality of Republican “Christian” morality
Source: CounterPunch
by David Rosen

“Sex scandals involving American male ‘notables’ — especially politicians — are as old as the country. But the current round is qualitatively differently from the earlier episodes in two critical respects. First, it is the result of female victims ‘outing’ the male perpetrators for sexual abuse or worse — and not revealed as a salacious media spectacle. Second, the current round makes clear the moral hypocrisy as the heart of Republican self-claimed ‘Christian’ morality.” (12/12/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/12/12/politics-trumps-religion-the-immorality-of-republican-christian-morality/

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44) Why BLM & GOP are natural allies (or should be)
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“One of the big changes in our national consciousness, thanks to President Trump, is that many of us are starting to see politics in terms of ‘deals.’ We are also thinking about a growing economy. Compare that approach to the Obama/Bernie/Clinton worldview that is more about wealth transfer in a world of scarcity. For my purposes today, you don’t need to decide which approach is better. I only make the claim that we are more focused on the Art of the Deal than at any time in American politics. This is one of the many ways President Trump is in our heads. And the deal-making mindset, along with some lucky coincidences, has created the greatest opportunity for improvement that the African-American community has seen in decades. At the same time, Republicans have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to earn a larger share of the black vote in 2018 and beyond. All we are missing is the right deal. Is there a potential deal that is good for President Trump and the GOP while also being good for BLM? Yes. And it isn’t even hard.” (12/11/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/2017/12/11/black-lives-matter-blm-republicans-natural-allies

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45) By recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Trump removes US pretense of neutrality
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Eric Schuler

“The US is taking the Israeli government’s side is one of the major sticking points in the broader Israel-Palestine conflict. This naturally caused a sharp reaction from Muslim-majority nations that sympathize with the Palestinians. It also drew condemnation from as European nations that see the one-sided move as sabotaging any possible peace negotiations. … the outrage expressed by Palestinians and others about this decision is clearly understandable. But when we take a longer-term view of the matter, Trump’s decision may actually be a gift to the Palestinian cause — albeit an unintentional one.” (12/12/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/recognizing-jerusalem-israels-capital-trump-removes-us-pretense-neutrality/

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46) How Trump can get tough on Ukraine corruption
Source: Reuters
by Josh Cohen

“Ukraine’s Western allies may finally have run out of patience with Kiev’s unwillingness to fight the country’s endemic corruption. The United States, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund have all criticized the recent undermining of an independent corruption investigation by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office, an organization itself accused of rampant fraud. ‘Recent events — including the disruption of a high-level corruption investigation, the arrest of officials from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), and the seizure of sensitive NABU files — raise concerns about Ukraine’s commitment to fighting corruption,’ the U.S. State Department said in a statement on Dec. 4. ‘These actions undermine public trust and risk eroding international support for Ukraine.’ The EU and the IMF expressed similar concerns.” (12/12/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cohen-ukraine-commentary/commentary-how-trump-can-get-tough-on-ukraine-corruption-idUSKBN1E62M2

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47) Google, Facebook, Amazon: Our digital overlords
Source: National Review
by Robert VerBruggen

“The Left’s cause du jour is ‘monopolies.’ Well, not monopolies, necessarily. The new line is that it’s inherently problematic when even as many as three or four companies dominate an industry, and that the government needs to take action, pronto. This is an overreaction …. In many cases it’s actually better, for workers and consumers alike, to have a few big, highly efficient companies duking it out with one another than to have hundreds of tiny ones fumbling around in the marketplace. But there are real monopolies in this country, and three of them — Alphabet (i.e., Google), Amazon, and Facebook — control much of our online life.” [editor’s note: None of the three is anything remotely close to a monopoly – TLK]

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454549/google-facebook-amazon-big-tech-becoming-problem

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48) What do you do with a problem like social media?
Source: Cato Unbound
by Mike Godwin

“Of course, sometimes the people make bad decisions in voting. Whether you exalt the wisdom of crowds or decry the madness of crowds, the fact is that crowds are at the heart of making our republic work. Sure, sometimes our crowds do goofy things, but sometimes they do the right thing. Free-market theory recognizes that crowds may know more than even the best experts, but economic booms and busts show us how all too frequently there’s a lag time as our crowds advance up the learning curve. For me, the prospect of our crowd’s sharing personal and political knowledge and even wisdom directly with one another — rather than, say, merely through the imperfect signaling of prices — is a central promise of social media. Yes, our social-media platforms are certainly imperfect, but they’re also evolving, not least because they do have a stake in listening to our complaints.” (12/11/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/12/11/mike-godwin/what-do-you-do-problem-social-media

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49) Hands off Yemen
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“It is impossible to understand why Yemen finds itself in the horrific mess it does by looking at it solely as a Yemeni problem. Yes, the internal conflicts are real: the disenfranchised, frustrated Houthi rebels from Yemen’s north, now insurgent, have, as Shias, long been in opposition to Yemen’s central state, which has been accused of favouring Sunnis. And ever since Yemeni unification in 1990, the south has harboured secessionist dreams, which are now weaved in with the increasing presence of Islamists, both al-Qaeda and ISIS, in south Yemen’s midst. But those internal conflicts, those social and political dynamics, have been developed and mediated by actors external to Yemen.” (12/12/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/hands-off-yemen/

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50) The ever-expanding war on terror
Source: Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

“In an effort to further tighten the screws on North Korea in what is likely to be another failed U.S. attempt to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear program, President Trump put that country back on its list of countries sponsoring terrorism. North Korea will join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list. In response, North Korea has conducted another ballistic missile test. Originally, some justification existed for putting North Korea on this list in 1988. In 1987, according to a North Korean agent, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-un’s father and predecessor as North Korean leader, directed that a bomb be placed on a South Korean passenger jet, which resulted in the deaths of 115 civilians. Although for years after that incident, North Korea remained a quirky, despotic country trying to get nuclear weapons, it did not commit any acts that objectively could be called terrorism, if that term is used to describe deliberate attacks on civilians to attempt to scare them into pressuring their government for changes in policy.” (12/11/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9219

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51) Here’s how Trump could make a quick (and complete) exit from the Paris climate agreement right now
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Marlo Lewis, Jr.

“Last June, President Trump announced he would withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement climate treaty on greenhouse gases. It was a bold move, defying legions of foreign leaders, U.S. politicians, corporate CEOs, media pundits, and activist groups. But there is a faster way to do it than he has chosen — and he should take it.” (12/12/17)

https://cei.org/content/heres-how-trump-could-make-quick-and-complete-exit-paris-climate-agreement-right-now

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52) Forty years on the road: A report
Source: Freeman’s Peerspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“In 1977 I began taking road trips (driving a car or truck) up and down Interstate 80. I had taken a few road trips prior, but 1977 was the first time I drove cross-country as an adult and for work … the first time I was looking on the experience with moderately confident and mature eyes. I’ve taken road trips many times since, though not in the past two years. That was a long gap for me. And then, just a few weeks ago, I took another trip down I-80. I quickly realized that this trip was almost precisely 40 years after my first one, and along the long, quiet stretches of highway, I found myself remembering those first few trips and contrasting them with this one. What I found surprised me. And so, here’s my report from the road concerning the changes of the past 40 years.” (12/12/17)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/40-years-road-report/

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53) Amended version of FOSTA would still silence legitimate speech online
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Elliot Harmon

“The House Judiciary Committee is about to decide whether to approve a new version of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA, H.R. 1865), a bill that would force online platforms to police their users’ speech more closely. The new version of FOSTA improves a deeply problematic bill, but it still represents the same fundamentally flawed approach to fighting criminal activity online. Like the earlier version of FOSTA — and like SESTA (S. 1693), its sibling bill in the Senate — the new version of FOSTA would do nothing to fight traffickers. What it would do is create more risk of criminal and civil liability for online platforms, resulting in them pushing legitimate voices offline.” (12/11/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/12/amended-version-fosta-would-still-silence-legitimate-speech-online

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54) Pretty on the inside
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“Truth be told, even if I didn’t lack the necessary plumbing to be biologically female, I could never be truly feminine. I just don’t have it in me. Call it butch or call it laziness, but I’m simply not equipped for make-up and pretty dresses. I don’t even like to shave, let alone wax. And as much as I love Anna Karina, I’ll always be more like Janis Joplin with a slacker goth streak. And most of the time that’s OK. But I still have those dreams. The DSM calls this phenomena Gender Dysphoria. They qualify it as a mental illness and on that I actually agree with the little Mengeles of the medical establishment but, contrary to popular mythology, Gender Dysphoria has very little to do with gender identity itself. It’s a form of social anxiety caused by the unbearable pressure put on trans and gender variant people by our cis-heterosexist western society to fit into the rigid contours of an outdated gender system.” (12/11/17)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2017/12/pretty-on-inside.html

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55) The collapse of the Islamic State and the rise of the “fail-bomber”
Source: The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain

“Several years after it first launched its insurgency in Iraq and Syria — an uprising that the group’s leadership attempted to internationalize through acts of global terrorism — the Islamic State has seen its territorial holdings and leadership structure decimated by a military campaign led by an unlikely alliance of U.S.- and Iranian-backed forces. In the short term, however, the net result of destroying the Islamic State as an actual organization may be an increase in so-called fail-bombers — lone individuals of questionable competence. … By all accounts, these do-it-yourself terrorists do not seem capable of carrying out complex attacks like those that shut down Paris and Brussels.” (12/11/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/12/11/new-york-port-authority-explosion-islamic-state/

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56) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 34
Source: Libertarianism.org

“The colonial period was one of booming production and commerce, a deeply commercialized culture noted by its fashions, ever changing tastes, and values.” [various formats] (12/12/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/individualism-vs-market-revolution

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57) The Libertarian Angle, 12/12/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“How did you become a libertarian? Does it all being with Ayn Rand? FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss how they became libertarians.” [various formats] (12/12/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-libertarians-video/

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58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 129
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #129, I take questions for the first Q and A show. I answer questions on Yemen, Trump, and Israel. I explain Trump’s possible reasons for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. I also discuss CNN’s fake bombshell report on a connection between Wikileaks and the Trump Campaign.” [various formats] (12/12/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-129-q-a-show

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59) Free Talk Live, 12/11/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“College Campus Coffee Shop Kicks Out Republican Students for Violating Safe Space :: Triggered! :: Chronic Callers :: What is a contract? :: Free State Project :: Bundy Trial Update :: Care Bears at College Dorm :: Twitter is Not Free Speech :: Arguing on Facebook :: Public Access :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/11/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-12-11

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60) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 684
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I was watching Fox New’s coverage of the [failed New York] attack this morning, and it took them all of about an hour to get Lindsey Graham on the phone to suggest what we need is more war and a tougher stance on ISIS. Does anyone really believe that anymore? Maybe those of you from Missouri. 🙂 The reality is, everything we’ve done in the middle east has made us less safe not safer. And instead of admitting our plans haven’t worked, politicians and pundits wrap themselves in the American flag and claim anyone who doesn’t want a policy of scorched earth is anti-American and doesn’t support our troops.” [various formats] (12/11/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/684-another-home-grown-terrorist-when-will-we-learn/

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