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Monday, December 17th, 2018
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In the News:

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1) Giuliani: Trump will sit for interview with Mueller “over my dead body”
2) Scotland: Sturgeon calls for confidence vote to clarify Labour stance
3) Iran: Revolutionary Guard says general fatally shot himself by accident
4) Quoting Dr. Seuss, federal court rejects pipeline’s effort to cross Appalachian Trail
5) Hungarians rally again against “slave laws”
6) Japan: More than 40 people injured in Sapporo restaurant blast
7) Saudi regime rejects US Senate’s position on Khashoggi
8) Turkey: FM says Trump is “working on” extraditing Gulen
9) Dershowitz: FBI knew truth before questioning Flynn, was “giving him the opportunity to lie”
10) CA: Owner who demolished famed San Francisco house must build replica
11) Gang denies responsibility for death of 7-year-old girl its members abducted
12) Canada: Preschool that refused atheist family is forced to pay
13) Former fossil fuels lobbyist to head US interior department as Zinke exits
14) TX: Judge who approved plea deal for Baylor rapist faces public backlash
15) Trump: NBC & “SNL” should be tested by courts after Christmas parody sketch
16) TX: Judge says suspect acted in self-defense, but sentences him for drinking
17) CA: Man charged with dealing drugs from RV
18) Sri Lanka: Sirisena reinstates prime minister he sacked
19) Catholic Church: Religious orders kept reports of child sex abuse secret for years
20) North Korea: Kim regime condemns US sanctions, warns denuclearization at risk

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Populism’s dangerous companions
22) Protectionist presidents are the parents of our country’s trusts
23) Don’t laugh, it’s giving Putin what he wants
24) Ignoring the bureaucracy isn’t the same as dismantling it
25) Corporate welfare is small-scale central planning
26) The elephant in the parlor
27) Democrats should focus on Medicare for All
28) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 11, part 9
29) Who’s in charge here?
30) The twilight of asset forfeiture?
31) The torture of Theresa May
32) Sucker punch: Screwing the rubes in bipartisan comity
33) Thomas Bowdler, political correctness and Scrabble
34) How to compel big employers to be better employers
35) The new censorship — gender roles and yes, it is censorship
36) The Spanish Enlightenment and the Founding Fathers
37) Bernie Sanders and the climate change Stalinists
38) Your new gas can still doesn’t work
39) Promises, promises: Financing President Trump’s wall
40) Butina pleads guilty to befriending the United States
41) More on liberty and authority
42) Beyond GDP to a new road to serfdom
43) Report: 86% of government spending now on autopilot
44) Want political change? Go local!
45) Just blow it all up?
46) Mrs. Term Limits?
47) Why conservatives shouldn’t support federal paid parental leave
48) A wall of disgrace
49) All is fair in the war on Trump
50) Quantum Vibe, 12/14/18

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 24
52) The Anarchist Experience, episode 194
53) Free Talk Live, 12/15/18
54) Interview: Sherry Voluntary
55) Unraveling Political Theory, episode 16
56) Scott Adams Says, 12/15/18
57) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/15/18
58) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 25
59) Clear and Present Danger, episode 18
60) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 270
61) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1305
62) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/14/18
63) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 194
64) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 284
65) CQ on Congress, episode 132
66) The JFK Assassination, episode 24
67) Felony Friday, episode 154
68) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 12/14/18
69) In The Tank Podcast, 12/14/18
70) Bloggingheads.tv, 12/14/18

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1) Giuliani: Trump will sit for interview with Mueller “over my dead body”
Source: The Hill

“President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Sunday dismissed the possibility that Trump will sit for an interview with the special counsel, saying it would only happen ‘over my dead body.’ … CNN reported on Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller is still interested in interviewing Trump as part of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump last month submitted written answers to questions from Mueller’s team, but the president has not done an in-person interview. Giuliani on Sunday harshly criticized the special counsel, calling the office a ‘joke’ and saying that investigators trapped Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn ‘into perjury.’” (12/16/18)

https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/421578-giuliani-on-whether-trump-will-sit-for-interview-with-mueller-over

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2) Scotland: Sturgeon calls for confidence vote to clarify Labour stance
Source: The Scotsman [UK]

“Labour must put forward a confidence motion to attempt to topple the government, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. She repeated a warning that the SNP would act to table a no confidence motion in the government if Jeremy Corbyn’s party failed to do so. A parliamentary confidence vote would trigger a 14-day countdown to a general election being called if it was supported by a majority of MPs. … Labour are understood to be wary of losing a confidence motion in case it boosts support for a second EU referendum as an alternative solution to the Brexit deadlock. Shadow Communities Secretary Andrew Gwynne told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show that a confidence motion won’t be brought until after the Commons get to vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal.” (12/16/18)

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/brexit-nicola-sturgeon-calls-for-confidence-vote-to-clarify-labour-stance-1-4844719

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3) Iran: Revolutionary Guard says general fatally shot himself by accident
Source: Fox News

“The website of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is reporting that a general who fought in Syria and Iraq has allegedly accidentally killed himself while cleaning a gun. Gen. Ghodratollah Mansouri allegedly shot himself in the head by accident while cleaning his pistol, according to the Sunday report. The report added that Mansouri was veteran of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war and a ‘defender of the shrine,’ a reference to Iranians who fight against the extremist Islamic State (ISIS) group in Syria and Iraq. Since 2014, Mansouri was a regional commander of the Guard’s ground forces in the northeastern city of Mashhad, some 560 miles east of the capital Tehran. Hundreds of Iranian forces have been killed fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq.” [editor’s note: It’s always that second bullet to back of the head that’s hardest to explain – SAT] (12/16/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/world/iran-says-general-fatally-shot-himself-by-accident

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4) Quoting Dr. Seuss, federal court rejects pipeline’s effort to cross Appalachian Trail
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Quoting ‘The Lorax’ by Dr. Seuss, a federal court has thrown out another key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, increasing the likelihood that work on the 604-mile, multi-state project could be held up until this summer if not longer. … ‘We trust the United States Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues,” the court wrote.” (12/15/18)

https://www.nola.com/crime/2018/12/quoting-dr-seuss-federal-court-rejects-pipelines-effort-to-cross-appalachian-trail.html

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5) Hungarians rally again against “slave laws”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“About 10,000 people have rallied in Hungary’s capital Budapest against new labour laws, which have been labeled ‘slave’ legislation by opponents. The crowds marched towards parliament and the state TV headquarters, in what was the fourth and largest protest since the laws were passed last week. Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters near the TV station. New rules mean companies can demand up to 400 hours of overtime a year and delay payment for it for three years. The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the labour reform will benefit workers as well as companies who need to fill a labour shortage.” (12/16/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46588033

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6) Japan: More than 40 people injured in Sapporo restaurant blast
Source: Independent [UK]

“More than 40 people have been injured in an explosion at a restaurant in the Japanese city of Sapporo. Police said one person was in a critical condition following the blast in Hokkaido, the most northern of Japan’s main islands. Forty other people suffered minor injuries. The cause of the explosion, which triggered the collapse of the building, is not yet known.” (12/16/18)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japan-explosion-fire-restaurant-sapporo-injuries-number-forty-a8685771.html

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7) Saudi regime rejects US Senate’s position on Khashoggi
Source: Reuters

“Saudi Arabia early on Monday rejected ‘the position expressed recently by the United States Senate,’ saying that the Jamal Khashoggi murder is a crime that does not reflect the policy of the kingdom, a statement by Saudi’s foreign ministry said. ‘The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejects the position expressed recently by the United States Senate, which was based upon unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interferences in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, undermining the Kingdom’s regional and international role,’ the statement carried by Saudi Press Agency said. ‘The Kingdom has previously asserted that the murder of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi is a deplorable crime that does not reflect the Kingdom’s policy nor its institutions and reaffirms its rejection of any attempts to take the case out of the path of justice in the Kingdom.’ The U.S. Senate delivered a rare double rebuke to President Donald Trump on Saudi Arabia last week, voting to end U.S. military support for the war in Yemen and blame the Saudi crown prince for the murder of journalist Khashoggi’” (12/16/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-khashoggi/saudi-arabia-rejects-u-s-senate-position-on-khashoggi-statement-idUSKBN1OF0W3

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8) Turkey: FM says Trump is “working on” extraditing Gulen
Source: Aol News

“U.S. President Donald Trump has told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Washington is working on extraditing a U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed Turkish coup in 2016, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Sunday. ‘In Argentina, Trump told Erdogan they were working on extraditing (Fethullah) Gulen and other people,’ Mevlut Cavusoglu said, referring to the G20 summit where the leaders met two weeks ago. Turkey has long sought the extradition of Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed U.S. exile for nearly two decades. A former ally of Erdogan, he is blamed by Turkish authorities for the failed coup when rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and helicopters, attacked parliament and shot unarmed civilians. Gulen denies any involvement in the failed putsch.” (12/16/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/12/16/turkey-says-trump-working-on-extraditing-wanted-cleric-gulen/23619509/

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9) Dershowitz: FBI knew truth before questioning Flynn, was “giving him the opportunity to lie”
Source: Fox News

“Alan Dershowitz said Saturday on ‘Justice With Judge Jeanine’ that the FBI knew the truth before questioning former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. In new documents released by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week, it was confirmed that FBI agents didn’t think Flynn lied to them, although he was later charged with making false statements. As Fox News has reported: ‘Flynn pleaded guilty to lying about whether he had talked to former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016 on limiting the Russian government’s response to former President Barack Obama’s recently imposed sanctions for election meddling.’ Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus, said Saturday that the FBI was simply ‘giving him the opportunity to lie.’ … ‘I don’t think in America we want to empower the FBI or grand juries or prosecutors to impose morality tests — criminal morality tests — on citizens,’ he added.” (12/16/18)

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/12/16/alan-dershowitz-fbi-knew-truth-questioning-michael-flynn-was-giving-him-opportunity-lie

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10) CA: Owner who demolished famed San Francisco house must build replica
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A buyer who illegally demolished a famed house in San Francisco has been ordered to rebuild an exact replica — and install a plaque outside explaining what happened. Largent House, in the city’s Twin Peaks neighbourhood, was built in 1936 by eminent modernist designer Richard Neutra. Its owner, Ross Johnston, bought the property last year for $1.7 million and had permission to renovate it. That did not include knocking it down. Cheryl Traverce, a neighbour, told local TV station KPIX 5 that she filed a complaint after coming home to find the house demolished. ‘I went to New York for about a week and a half and came back, the house was gone, totally gone,’ she said.” (12/16/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46585537

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11) Gang denies responsibility for death of 7-year-old girl its members abducted
Source: Metro [UK]

“The family of a seven-year-old girl who died in Border Patrol custody dispute US officials who claim she had not been given food and water for several days before her death. Jakelin Caal Maquin died eight hours after being [abducted] as she attempted to cross the US-Mexico border with her father, who she had made the long journey from Guatemala with. She was one of a group 163 people seeking asylum who handed themselves in to patrol agents on December 6. They were placed on a bus to the nearest [gang lair], but Jakelin began vomiting on the journey. She was taken to hospital in Texas but died after she stopped breathing. [Gang spokespersons] said [gang members] did everything they could to save the girl but that she had not had food or water for days.” (12/16/18)

https://metro.co.uk/2018/12/16/family-of-migrant-girl-7-who-died-in-custody-at-us-border-say-she-was-in-good-health-8253527/

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12) Canada: Preschool that refused atheist family is forced to pay
Source: Fox News

“An atheist family in Canada whose child was barred from re-enrolling in school (after the parents complained about holiday celebrations in the classroom) was awarded nearly $12,000 Canadian by a British Columbia human-rights body in the family’s lawsuit against the school. Gary Mangel and Mai Yasué were told their daughter would not be allowed to re-register to attend Bowen Island Montessori School (BIMS), northwest of Vancouver, until they signed a letter agreeing to the school’s curriculum, according to a decision issued last Tuesday by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal. The parents, who identify as atheists, claimed the school discriminated against the family ‘on the bases of religion, race, ancestry and family status.’ The case, tribunal member Barbara Korenkiewicz stated, was ‘not about a challenge to BIMS curriculum or its approach to teaching about various cultural celebrations rooted in religious practices of diverse origin.’” (12/16/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/world/preschool-that-refused-atheist-family-who-complained-about-christmas-hanukkah-celebrations-is-forced-to-pay

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13) Former fossil fuels lobbyist to head US interior department as Zinke exits
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Ryan Zinke’s exit as interior secretary elevates a former lobbyist to the job, meaning the top two US environmental agencies will now be run by people previously paid by industry. The deputy secretary, David Bernhardt, will take over at least temporarily when Zinke steps down at the end of the year. He also could be in the running to head the department permanently. And at the Environmental Protection Agency, the acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler, who was a coal lobbyist, will be nominated to keep the post. Bernhardt was a fossil fuels and water industry lobbyist at the law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck before he joined the Trump administration. He was previously the chief lawyer at the interior department under the George W Bush administration.” (12/16/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/16/david-bernhardt-ryan-zinke-lobbyist-interior-department

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14) TX: Judge who approved plea deal for Baylor rapist faces public backlash
Source: USA Today

“The outcry over a light sentence handed to a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of rape has gotten him banned from his school. The public outrage spurred nearly 100,000 people to sign a petition supporting the removal of the judge who approved a plea agreement that included no jail time. By Sunday morning, more than 47,000 people had signed a petition for Judge Ralph Strother of McLennan County, Texas, to either resign or be removed from the bench after he accepted on Monday a deal that allowed Jacob Anderson to plea down to unlawful restraint, with deferred probation, counseling and a fine but no requirement he register as a sex offender. Anderson, 23, had been charged with four counts of sexual assault after a 19-year-old sophomore accused of him of repeatedly raping her during a Phi Delta Theta fraternity party in 2016 while at Baylor.” [editor’s note: As if I needed another reason to cheer for Vanderbilt on 12/27 – SAT] (12/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/12/13/jacob-anderson-judge-ralph-strother-faces-backlash-plea-agreement/2307776002

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15) Trump: NBC & “SNL” should be tested by courts after Christmas parody sketch
Source: Fox News

“Donald Trump called for courts to test NBC and ‘Saturday Night Live’ in a fiery tweet on Sunday that followed the final airing of the sketch show until the New Year. ‘SNL’ wrapped up a year of political humor directed at the Trump administration with a parody of the Christmas movie ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ in which it posited a world wherein Donald Trump, played by Alec Baldwin, was never elected president of the United States. The sketch, which featured returning guest stars Ben Stiller as Michael Cohen, Robert De Niro as Robert Mueller and Matt Damon as Brett Kavanaugh, showed Trump being led through a Christmas party in a world where Hillary Clinton became president. As each person from his administration approaches, Trump learns that him not being president worked out for the benefit of everyone. For example, the sketch suggested that he and Melania got a divorce and remarried others, Kavanaugh never made it onto the Supreme Court and Mueller was able to spend more time with his kids instead of having to ‘investigate some idiot for treason.’” [editor’s note: And for once it was actually a bit funny! – SAT] (12/16/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/donald-trump-tweets-nbc-snl-should-be-tested-by-courts-after-christmas-parody-sketch

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16) TX: Judge says suspect acted in self-defense, but sentences him for drinking
Source: Brownsville Herald

“A judge ruled Tuesday afternoon that the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office’s case to revoke the probation of a man who had been accused of murder had too many inconcistencies to prove that he was the aggressor during a fatal April fight. ‘I do not find the state has proven that Mr. Galvan caused the death of Mr. Eguia or that he assaulted causing serious bodily injury to Mr. Scott,’ 445th state District Judge Gloria Rincones said, adding that she found that 38-year-old Robert Galvan acted in self defense. However, Rincones sentenced Galvan to four years in state prison for violating his probation on a previous aggravated assault conviction for drinking, citing his own testimony on the stand Monday.” (12/11/18)

https://www.brownsvilleherald.com/news/local/judge-suspect-acted-in-self-defense-man-gets-sentenced-for/article_4e4256b4-fd9f-11e8-98a5-cb957d95d84d.html

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17) CA: Man charged with dealing drugs from RV
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“An enterprising man took the food truck concept to a whole new level, selling drugs from the window of an RV parked on Treat Avenue in the Mission District, according to San Francisco prosecutors. Antonio Perkins, 45, was arraigned Thursday on multiple drug- and weapons-related charges, including ‘keeping a house for purpose of drug sales.’” (12/16/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Alleged-meth-mobile-in-Mission-Man-charged-with-13468382.php

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18) Sri Lanka: Sirisena reinstates prime minister he sacked
Source: Yahoo! News

“Sri Lanka’s president reappointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister on Sunday, nearly two months after firing him and setting off a long political stalemate in the South Asian island nation. The move promises to ease the crisis, but could also be the beginning of a difficult cohabitation between Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena, who are now in rival camps. A new Cabinet is expected to be sworn in soon.” (12/16/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/sri-lanka-president-reinstates-wickremesinghe-premier-063153420.html

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19) Catholic Church: Religious orders kept reports of child sex abuse secret for years
Source: USA Today

“Bill Reidy says he remembers every detail about the office where he was repeatedly raped by the Jesuit priest who served as his academic adviser at Loyola Academy, a private Catholic school just outside Chicago. A ficus tree in one corner, a desk chair in another. The credenza covered in photos. The door that opened inward and stayed locked. While other students learned about literature or chemistry, Reidy says, he was called ‘every single day’ into the private quarters of the Rev. Donald J. O’Shaughnessy, a bedroom that doubled as his office. Each meeting ended with the same nauseating ritual, Reidy says.” (12/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/12/16/sex-abuse-claims-against-catholic-religious-orders-were-kept-secret/2329059002

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20) North Korea: Kim regime condemns US sanctions, warns denuclearization at risk
Source: CNBC

“North Korea on Sunday condemned the U.S. administration for stepping up sanctions and pressure on the nuclear-armed country, warning of a return to ‘exchanges of fire’ and that disarming Pyongyang could be blocked forever. The North’s stinging response came after the United States said on Monday it had introduced sanctions on three North Korean officials, including a top aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, for alleged human rights abuses.” (12/16/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/16/north-korea-condemns-us-sanctions-warns-denuclearization-at-risk.html

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21) Populism’s dangerous companions
Source: Cato Unbound
by Jacob T Levy

“The combination of a longing for unity and distrust of elites makes populism congenial to one-man rule. A would-be autocrat can speak in one unified voice, as competing elites cannot. He can offer the many an alliance against the few, marking them as enemies of the true people. If only you give me the power, I’ll rid you of these lawyers, bankers, professors, Jews, globalists, immigrants, senators, judges, media, and so on. Due process, fair partisan competition, judicial independence, academic freedom, and freedom of the press are all vulnerable to that kind of politics; constitutionalism gives ground to a plebiscitary presidentialism.” (12/14/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/12/14/jacob-t-levy/populisms-dangerous-companions

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22) Protectionist presidents are the parents of our country’s trusts
Source: Garrison Center
by Joel Schlosberg

“Simmermaker notes that Trump is by no means the first American president to enact tariffs. He quotes a lineage of eager support for restricting trade running all the way back to George Washington. … Teddy Roosevelt’s proud embrace of the tariff created far more trusts than he busted; its opponents at the time aptly named it ‘the mother of trusts.’” (12/16/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14125

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23) Don’t laugh, it’s giving Putin what he wants
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“The BBC has published an article titled ‘How Putin’s Russia turned humour into a weapon’ about the Kremlin’s latest addition to its horrifying deadly hybrid warfare arsenal: comedy. The article is authored by Olga Robinson, whom the BBC, unhindered by any trace of self-awareness, has titled ‘Senior Journalist (Disinformation)’. Robinson demonstrates the qualifications and acumen which earned her that title by warning the BBC’s audience that the Kremlin has been using humor to dismiss and ridicule accusations that have been leveled against it by western governments, a ‘form of trolling’ that she reports is designed to ‘deliberately lower the level of discussion.’ … Couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the emergence of a demented media environment wherein everything around the world from French protests to American culture wars to British discontent with the European Union gets blamed on Russia without any facts or evidence.” (12/15/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/12/16/dont-laugh%e2%80%8a-its-giving-putin-what-he-wants

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24) Ignoring the bureaucracy isn’t the same as dismantling it
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Doug French

“Some prominent libertarians claim Trump is the most libertarian president in decades. They might read ‘The Fifth Risk’ and say ‘see, he’s gutting this agencies through neglect. He’s playing 4D chess, yada, yada, yada.’ However, wouldn’t a competent libertarian president do more than just ignore the vast bureaucracy, and take steps to dismantle it. If the government has a monopoly on essential services and information, wouldn’t a conscientious libertarian president put people in place to take steps toward privatization of those services?” (12/15/18)

https://mises.org/wire/ignoring-bureaucracy-isnt-same-dismantling-it

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25) Corporate welfare is small-scale central planning
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Patrick Tyrrell

“Though big business (and the discounts it brings) can be great for consumers, big business as a direct result of government favoritism creates relatively few big winners and harms many more taxpayers, who the government makes pay for big projects that do not benefit them.” (12/16/18)

https://fee.org/articles/corporate-welfare-is-small-scale-central-planning/

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26) The elephant in the parlor
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“[T]he socialists who call themselves Democrats (there are no Democrats any more) may lie their asses off during election seasons about their devout regard for the Second Amendment, but each year when votes are no longer on the line, they abandon their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic (i.e., themselves), and become more and more blatant about their insatiable desire (1) to pass crippling Jim Crow-like regulations on the individual right to own and carry weapons, (2) to find excuses to confiscate legally-possessed guns, even (3) to repeal the Second Amendment itself and strip every American of the physical means of self-defense. On the other side, the self-described defenders of the Second Amendment are anxious to avoid a highly-important truth: according to everything I was ever taught, according to everything the Founding Fathers wrote that I ever read, the Second Amendment was written — hostile Indians, muggers, burglars, rapists, and even national defense to one side — to defend Americans from a government eager to control and command every aspect of their lives.” (12/16/18)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle1000-20181216-02.html

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27) Democrats should focus on Medicare for All
Source: USA Today
by Wendell Potter

“Democrats have secured a 40-seat flip of the House of Representatives, based largely on a nationwide call for health care reform. Many Democrats, led by Brian Higgins of New York, are planning to use their newfound control of the House to work on a Medicare buy-in bill. I spent 20 years as a health insurance executive before leaving my job as a vice president at Cigna. I can tell you firsthand that by focusing on a half-baked measure like a Medicare buy-in, Democrats would hand a huge gift to the private insurance industry while doing less than the bare minimum to help struggling businesses, workers, families and patients. When the next Congress starts in January, House Democrats should use their new majority introduce, debate and vote on significant legislation that would assure universal coverage, protect taxpayers, and dramatically transform our health care system: Medicare for All.” (12/14/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/12/14/medicare-all-house-democrats-best-health-care-play-column/2219376002

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28) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 11, part 9
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“The state manufactures criminals. Then it centralizes and monopolizes a solution to the problem of crime, for which it is largely responsible. Put aside the manufacture of false criminals — that is, peaceful people who are considered to be immoral or unpatriotic or otherwise living their lives in an unacceptable way. The state factory also creates real career criminals — people who habitually initiate or threaten violence for profit.” (12/15/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-from-drugs-to-gold-and-prostitution-the-blockchain-minimizes-violence/

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29) Who’s in charge here?
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump was asked on many occasions whether he would ‘accept the results’ of the election if he were to lose. Democrats and their media allies demanded that he make a solemn vow to ‘accept the results.’ It was never entirely clear what anybody thought the alternative to acceptance was: Donald Trump’s raising a revolutionary army and marching on Washington like Francisco Franco breaking the Siege of the Alcazar? Better that question should have been put to Theresa May. The people of the United Kingdom, having been consulted on the matter, voted to leave the European Union. That vote happened on June 23, 2016. Here at the end of 2018, it remains unclear whether the U.K. government and the European Union will actually accept the results of that election.” (12/16/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/12/accountable-government-most-important-factor-in-democracy/

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30) The twilight of asset forfeiture?
Source: Reason
by CJ Ciaramella

“2018 was a bad year for civil asset forfeiture, the infamous practice by which police can seize property even if the owner is not charged with a crime.” (for publication 01/19)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/12/15/the-twilight-of-asset-forfeitu

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31) The torture of Theresa May
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Now is the time for all good citizens to put their elected politicians on the rack. Torture is what tyrants visited (and, often, still visit) upon real or presumed enemies among their own people. But subjecting their leaders to prolonged public humiliation has come to be a default position among democracies. None knows this better than the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister, Theresa May. The rack was an invention popular in Europe among rulers and their enforcers, in use from antiquity to the 18th century. It stretched the victim’s limbs, causing excruciating pain and at an extreme dislocated or even tore them from the body. Its use was declared illegal in Britain in the early 17th century but it is now being practiced (in a non-physical form) on the British prime minister as competing factions in her own party seek to stretch her this way and that.” (12/15/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-brexit-commentary/commentary-the-torture-of-theresa-may-idUSKBN1OD2C5

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32) Sucker punch: Screwing the rubes in bipartisan comity
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“A cheap, greedy crook damaging the lives of ordinary people: that’s what Trump always was, that’s what he is today — albeit on a monstrously larger scale. Of course, his MAGA mooks will just pull their red caps (made in China) down a little further over their eyes when confronted with this news. Then again, most of them will never hear it, because it won’t be on FOX or its equally sinister propaganda partner, the vast web of Sinclair-own local TV stations. Meanwhile, the happy, hypocritical few at the top of our brutal economic food chain will just keep counting the money they got from Trump and Paul Ryan’s trillion-dollar Yacht Club tax cut (money which they are hoarding, by the way, instead of using it to ‘stimulate the economy’ — the eternal scam line behind every tax cut). They don’t care if a crook’s in charge, as long he doles out the rake-off in the right direction.” (12/16/18)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/mobile/articles/sucker-punch-screwing-the-rubes-in-bipartisan-comity-16122018.html

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33) Thomas Bowdler, political correctness and Scrabble
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“The Scrabble dictionary folks had no problem with vulgar or offensive words in the dictionary until some time after the Second Edition came out when a woman complained about one of the words. Judith Grad, a spiritual descendant of Thomas Bowdler, was mortified when an opponent played the word ‘jew’ in a game. She challenged the word and they looked it up in the Scrabble Dictionary which listed it with the following definition: ‘JEW v -ED, -ING, -S to bargain with — an offensive term’ Well Grad was not satisfied and went a step further, looking for other offensive words. She wrote to Merriam-Webster and Milton-Bradley, the dictionary’s creators, and demanded the removal of the offensive term as well as removing NIGGER, KIKE, WETBACK and SPIC. As reported at scrabble.wonderhowto.com (SWHT): ‘Merriam-Webster replied that ‘[the] slurs are part of the language and reputable dictionaries record them as such.’ Milton Bradley responded with ‘As a dictionary, it is a reflection of words currently used in our language.’ But the hyper-sensitive Judith Grad was not one to give up easily.” (12/15/18)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2018/12/thomas-bowdler-political-correctness.html

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34) How to compel big employers to be better employers
Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“Nick Hanauer, who may be the nation’s only venture capitalist who fully understands just how much havoc American capitalism since the 1970s has wreaked with all but our wealthiest citizens, and who’s put forth some of the most far-sighted remedies to spread the wealth Americans create to the hundred-plus millions who actually create it, is at it again. Yesterday, our friends at Democracy posted a new article by Hanauer that proposes a range of policies that would hold large employers to higher labor standards than the higher universal labor standards that Hanauer has proposed in previous articles in both Democracy and the Prospect. In earlier articles he wrote with labor leader David Rolf, Hanauer called for establishing a ‘shared security system’ under which employers would be required to provide workers with portable, pro-rated and universal benefits, whether those workers were direct employees, sub-contracted employees, part-timers or independent contractors, based on the amount of time the workers put in for the employer. Those employers, whatever the status of their workers, would also be required to meet wage and benefit standards.” (12/14/18)

http://prospect.org/article/how-compel-big-employers-be-better-employers

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35) The new censorship — gender roles and yes, it is censorship
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“To portray men as bumbling domestic fools may or may not be a viable advertising strategy — that so many do it implies that it works — and to portray men as bumbling domestic fools may or may not have societal implications. But to ban the portrayal of men as bumbling domestic fools is censorship. Something which has no place in a free and liberal society. Quite obviously, the same applies to women being shown as domestic goddesses but entirely incapable of filling up a computer with the necessary bits and bytes. Yet this is what we have now come to in Britain …” (12/15/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/civil-liberty/the-new-censorship-gender-roles-and-yes-it-is-censorship/

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36) The Spanish Enlightenment and the Founding Fathers
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Gabriela Calderon de Burgos

“Usually, when we learn about what schools of thought influenced the American Revolution, our history teachers rightly point out the influence of the British, Scottish, and the French Enlightenments. This fits in nicely with the narrative of the typical Western Civilization course taught in many American high schools, where students are introduced to John Locke, Montesquieu, Voltaire, and maybe even Edmund Burke. But missing from this narrative is the existence of the Spanish Enlightenment of the 16th century, known today as the School of Salamanca, and the influence it had on the American Founding Fathers.” (12/15/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/spanish-enlightenment-founding-fathers

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37) Bernie Sanders and the climate change Stalinists
Source: PanAm Post
by David Unsworth

“As imperfect as oil is, it is hardly the evil made out to be by Sanders and friends. An oil-based economy has led billions of people out of extreme poverty … something that the climate change movement has not done. And here is the real killer. Even Bernie Sanders supporters would be up in arms if he (or others) actually proposed the kind of carbon tax that would be needed ($240 a gallon gas by one UN study) to actually halve the use of fossil fuels by 2030. Democratic voters would be rioting in the streets like their French counterparts if we had $10 or $15 or $20 a gallon gas here, and if air travel suddenly doubled or tripled in price.” (12/14/18)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2018/12/14/bernie-sanders-and-the-climate-change-stalinists/

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38) Your new gas can still doesn’t work
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“It’s been a few years since I’ve looked at gas cans available for purchase. I’m looking now at Walmart. Nothing has changed. You still can’t get one that works properly. Whatever you buy will not pour properly. It has no valve to release air so it blows up and shrinks depending on the weather. It is likely to spill when you have to use it. Here’s to hoping you saved your old cans before modern regulations ruined them. If you didn’t, you are either going to end up with a non-functioning can or spend Saturday hacking your new can with one of these many kits you can buy online.” (12/14/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/your-new-gas-can-still-doesnt-work

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39) Promises, promises: Financing President Trump’s wall
Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“In a recent meeting with Democratic Congressional leaders, President Trump threatened to shut down the federal government if they did not appropriate money to build ‘the wall’ between Mexico and the United States. But when he was running for president, one of his campaign promises was that the Mexicans would pay for the wall. Why should we appropriate any money for the wall when the Mexicans are going to pay for it? President Trump has an answer for this. He says the wall will be paid for indirectly by the Mexicans through the gains the United States will get as a result of renegotiating NAFTA, our trade treaty with Mexico and Canada. But the president’s argument makes no sense.” (12/14/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/12/14/financing-the-wall/

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40) Butina pleads guilty to befriending the United States
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The Justice Department’s criminal prosecution of 30-year-old Russian Maria Butina, along with the mainstream media’s reporting on the case, gets more comedic with each passing day. Yesterday, Butina pled guilty to the grave federal criminal offense of befriending the United States. What could be more evil and nefarious than that? Imagine the audacity of a Russian trying to make friends with the United States! What could possibly have been going through her mind? Lock her up!” (12/14/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/12/14/butina-pleads-guilty-to-befriending-the-united-states/

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41) More on liberty and authority
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“The vast gulf between libertarians (lovers of liberty — NOT members of a Libertarian Party) and Authoritarians, or Controllers, applies to more than just the State, governments, and politics. We find it in society, in the market (the economy), and in religion.” (12/14/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/12/14/more-on-liberty-and-authority/

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42) Beyond GDP to a new road to serfdom
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Richard M Ebeling

“It is a commonplace that there is more to life than money and the material benefits that it may provide someone. We often make trade-offs between income-earning work opportunities and more time with family or friends, or between risky but well-paying employment and a calmer and less stressful job that does not pay as well. We might decide whether it is worth forgoing some amount of personal material wealth for a more pleasant and healthy environment. The question is, Should government be trying to measure and manage these and other things like them, instead of each of us finding the right balance and values for ourselves?” (12/14/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/12/beyond-gdp-to-a-new-road-to-serfdom/

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43) Report: 86% of government spending now on autopilot
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“What if we told you that the vast majority of the federal spending doesn’t require annual approval from Congress? Crazy, right? Yet, that’s exactly what’s going on now. Anyone who’s taken a civics class might think that the federal government can only spend what Congress authorizes it to spend each year. But it turns out that the vast majority of spending doesn’t require any such approval from lawmakers. The new report from the Government Accountability Office (a federal auditing agency) shows that of the $3.7 trillion the federal government spent in 2015, $3.2 trillion of it didn’t require authorization by Congress that year. In other words, Congress only specifically approved 14% of what the federal government spent that year. So how is the rest of the money spent? The answer gets a little wonky, but it’s critical for the public to understand.” (12/14/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/federal-spending-budget-deficits

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44) Want political change? Go local!
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Jose Alberto Nino

“[T]here is one particular aspect of politics that is cast aside during the federal elections frenzy — the importance of local and state elections. When you think about it, this is quite logical. The federal government’s vast size entices aspiring busybody politicians. Power-hungry politicians want nothing more than to take control of the federal apparatus of the most powerful government in human history. For most people, federal politics is the alpha and the omega of all politics in the U.S.” (12/14/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/12/14/want-political-change-go-local/

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45) Just blow it all up?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“In addition to the split between the left and the right, there’s also a split between people who favor incremental change and those who want to ‘blow it all up.’ In 2016, the British voted in a referendum in favor of exiting the EU. The referendum did not have the force of law, but the government (quite reasonably) was reluctant to ignore the results of this poll. After all, why even have a referendum if you plan to ignore it?” (12/14/18)

https://www.econlib.org/just-blow-it-all-up/

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46) Mrs. Term Limits?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Do politicians oppose term limits on principle? For the answer to be yes, we would first have to explain to them what principles are. Sure, politicians adamantly oppose term limits that cut against their self-interest, i.e. apply to them. But they are often for term limits … when the limitation applies to others.” (12/14/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/12/14/mrs-term-limits/

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47) Why conservatives shouldn’t support federal paid parental leave
Source: Cato Institute
by Vanessa Brown Calder

A”number of Republican senators are flirting with proposals for government-supported paid-leave programs at the federal level, and recently on these pages, former senator Rick Santorum jumped into the fray to make the case for one. Santorum argues that it’s ‘good policy and good politics,’ and that therefore Republicans should be proactive about creating a federal paid-leave program. Research on the policy and politics of paid leave casts doubt on Santorum’s dual claim.” (12/14/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/why-conservatives-shouldnt-support-federal-paid-parental-leave

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48) A wall of disgrace
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Trump’s obsession with building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border — an obsession shared, I’m sure, by Trump’s base — is impossible for me to encounter with any emotion other than disgust. The very idea is disgraceful. … I will say plainly: anyone who thinks that among the proper responses to America’s problems — whatever these problems might be — is the building of a border wall is thoughtless, misinformed, and easily duped. He or she is driven by primitive emotions and not by reason or civility.” (12/14/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/12/a-wall-of-disgrace.html

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49) All is fair in the war on Trump
Source: Town Hall
by Michael Reagan

“It’s not like it was something we didn’t already know. But what the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s did to President Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn is fresh proof that there are two kinds of justice operating in the Washington swamp. One kind (the mean, devious, throw-the-book-at-’em kind) is used for prosecuting Donald Trump and his people. The other kind of justice (the nice, easy-going, so-what kind) is used for not looking into the law-breaking email fiascos of Hillary and the financial fishiness of the Clinton Crime Syndicate. Hillary continues to skate free, unbothered by the FBI or any federal agency for the dirty things she and the Obama administration’s injustice department did during the 2016 election to try to defeat Donald Trump. But not General Flynn. His life was ruined by the FBI bosses who set out to nail him — and did.” (12/15/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelreagan/2018/12/15/all-is-fair-in-the-war-on-trump-n2537502

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50) Quantum Vibe, 12/14/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (12/14/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1886

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

51) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 24
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“CDO-CMO Derivatives.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/16/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/nice-guys-finish-free-24-cdo-cmo-derivatives/

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52) The Anarchist Experience, episode 194
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“We discuss worker power when negotiating with the ‘hierarchy,’ and these HEADLINES: An Extra $500 A Month? 100 Residents To Be Selected For Basic Income Pilot Program … Vermont Man Barred From Building on His Own Property Flips Off Government With Giant Middle Finger Statue.” [various formats] (12/16/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/12/16/the-anarchist-experience-194/

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53) Free Talk Live, 12/15/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Affordable Care Act Ruled Unconstitutional :: Body Parts List :: Stem Cell Therapy :: FDA Bad :: War on Drugs :: Secretly Recording Government Agents :: Asset Forfeiture :: Crank Calls :: Deplatform Hate :: Domestic Propaganda :: Nuclear Holocaust :: Edgington Post — Kevin Werbach :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/15/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-12-15

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54) Interview: Sherry Voluntary
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Sherry Voluntary, host of the Sherry Voluntary show. Herein we discussed her path to Voluntaryism, the value of money, monetary economics, Tuttle Twins, Three Friends Free, A is for Anarchy, Homeschooling, Unschooling, learning to read with Minecraft, the power of chess, homeschooling comedian, government school destroys family bonds, children are impressionable, being an auto-didact, staying curious, Peaceful Parenting and more!” [Flash audio or Flash video] (12/15/18)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/sherry-voluntary-podcaster-homeschooler-unschooler-peaceful-parent/

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55) Unraveling Political Theory, episode 16
Source: Attack The System

“In episode 16 of Unraveling Political Theory, Tim and Keith will be discussing the burden of responsibility and asking with whom the responsibility should lie in the 21st century.” [Flash video] (12/15/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/12/15/unraveling-political-theory-who-bears-the-burden-of-responsibility-in-the-21st-century/

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56) Scott Adams Says, 12/15/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about imaginary presidential risk, LBGTQ under Trump, inauguration expenses, and coffee.” [Flash video] (12/15/18)

https://www.pscp.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1zqKVODdDyVGB

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57) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/15/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Data, numbers, charts, and white papers are fine, but advancing liberty in the future will require humor, creativity, and art in crafting compelling stories. John Papola comments on art as a tool to advance freedom.” [various formats] (12/15/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/creativity-advancing-liberty

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58) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 25
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“The first Libertarian Presidential debate was held on December 11th, 2018 for the 2020 election on the birthday of the Libertarian Party! Each candidate made a three-minute opening statement, and was presented many questions including social media, taxes, war, and power! The rules were the candidates had 2 minutes to answer each question, for all follow up responses candidates had 1 minute. It was a pleasure to have Kim Ruff, Daniel Behrman, Arvin Vohra, and Ben Leder on the show!” [various formats] (12/14/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-25-the-1st-libertarian-party-radical-debate/

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59) Clear and Present Danger, episode 18
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“In 17th century colonial America, criticizing the government, officials, or the laws was punishable as seditious libel and could result in the cropping of ears, whippings, boring of the tongue, and jail time. Religious expression was also tightly controlled. Blasphemy was punishable by death in several colonies and religious dissenters such as Quakers were viciously persecuted in Puritan New England. Despite the harsh climate of the 17th century, the boundaries of political speech and religious tolerance were significantly expanded.” [various formats] (12/14/18)

https://www.thefire.org/clear-and-present-danger-podcast-episode-18-colonial-dissent-blasphemy-libel-and-tolerance-in-17th-century-america/

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60) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 270
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Ryan Bourne joins us today to discuss the intricate hardships that the poor in the United States are experiencing.” [various formats] (12/14/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/why-being-poor-is-expensive

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61) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1305
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Patreon is a platform that a lot of content creators use to raise money from appreciative fans who want to support them. But Patreon has joined the purge bandwagon, too. What alternative do people have? It turns out that cryptocurrency, and a brand new platform, are major pieces of that puzzle. Naomi Brockwell joins me to discuss.” [various formats] (12/14/18)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1305-bitcoin-vs-social-media-purges/

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62) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/14/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The economic roller-coaster of booms and busts, that we’re all forced to ride, is a creation of the Socialistic institution called The Federal Reserve. By manipulating interest rates and by generating money out-of-thin-air, the Fed creates an artificial boom. Everything artificial must ultimately return to reality. The sooner the return, the better.” [Flash video] (12/14/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/all-bubbles-must-pop-the-sooner-the-better

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63) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 194
Source: Free Man Beyond the Wall

“Chris Rossini on The Coming Financial Bubble.” [various formats] (12/14/18)

http://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-194-chris-rossini-on-the-coming-financial-bubble

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64) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 284
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #284, I discuss the arrest of Meng Wanzhou in Canada. Meng is the exec of Chinese communications giant Huawei. The arrest came as Trump was meeting with Chinese President Xi. Trump and Xi agreed to a tariff truce. However, this arrest could harm that progress.” [various formats] (12/14/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-284-meng-wanzhous-arrest

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65) CQ on Congress, episode 132
Source: Roll Call

“We take a deep dive into the criminal sentencing and prison programming overhaul Congress is expected to pass this year, which is shaping up to be a major bipartisan achievement. Credit goes to Republicans, like Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, sponsor of the bill, who says it’s a matter of money and morals to try to help the incarcerated. And to activists, like Kevin Ring, a former federal prisoner, who explains why he is lobbying for a reduction in mandatory minimum sentences. CQ reporter Todd Ruger credits Jared Kushner with persuading his father-in-law, President Donald Trump, to put aside his reservations and agree to sign it.” [various formats] (12/14/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/congress-cusp-criminal-justice-changes-year-end-surprise

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66) The JFK Assassination, episode 24
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“In this series of short videos, FFF president Jacob Hornberger summarizes and details the circumstantial evidence pointing toward the U.S. national-security state as the orchestrator of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” [various formats] (12/14/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-jfk-assassination-episode-24/

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67) Felony Friday, episode 154
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Dave Dahl joins Felony Friday host John Odermatt. Dave is the co-creator of the ‘Dave’s Killer Bread’ brand. Prior to his breakthrough in the bread game Dave served a total of four prison sentences for crimes ranging from burglary to armed robbery to drug dealing.” [various formats] (12/14/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/12/14/dave-dahls-journey-from-prison-to-building-a-killer-bread-brand/

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

“Paul Rosenberg (Freeman’s Perspective) on the re-naming of his subscriber-based newsletter to Parallel Society, providing a more outward focus and his hope for the future.” [MP3] (12/14/18)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/252956-2018-12-14-12-14-18-paul-rosenberg-freemans-perspective-mp3s-loaded.htm

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69) In The Tank Podcast, 12/14/18
Source: Heartland Institute

“Today’s episode features work from the Goldwater Institute, and the Foundation for Economic Education.” [various formats] (12/14/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/12/in-the-tank-ep169-taxing-millennials-fdas-deadly-overcaution-the-academic-left/

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70) Bloggingheads.tv, 12/14/18
Source: Blogginheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Reid Hoffman (reidhoffman.org, Greylock Capital) … Reid’s new book, Blitzscaling … How Reid created LinkedIn … Why some companies must grow fast or die … Is success in Silicon Valley more about talent or luck? … Reid recalls the early days of PayPal … When and how to fire employees … Reid’s unusual journey to Silicon Valley … What does a conscientious corporation look like?” [Flash video] (12/14/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/54341

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