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Volume XVI, Issue #4,133
Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Kashmir: Indian forces lock down Srinagar, abduct Muslim leaders to stifle protests
2) Propaganda docs drawn up for US Senate claim expansive Russian disinformation scheme
3) Tim May, 1951-2018
4) Security theater, GAO edition: Hypersonic weapons “may defeat most [US] missile defense systems”
5) Study: E-cigarette use among US teens rises dramatically
6) 45 states looking to pursue Catholic church for documents on abuse by priests
7) Former Flynn business associates charged with trying to influence US politicians in Turkish lobbying case
8) Issa: Flynn’s conviction will be “overturned” due to Justice Department, FBI wrongdoing
9) Statue of Liberty climber who protested Trump administration found guilty
10) NY: Google plans $1 billion expansion
11) UPS Store offers to shred children’s letters to Santa Claus in viral tweet
12) That “cake glitter” you’re putting on your food may not be edible
13) Canada: Diavik mine finds “biggest diamond in North America”
14) Hungary: “Slave law” protesters target state broadcaster
15) Somalia: US military says it killed 62 with air strikes
16) Russia: Putin wants Kremlin to control rap music
17) MI: Business hands out $4 million in Christmas bonuses to workers
18) Malaysia: Regime files 1MDB-linked criminal charges against Goldman Sachs
19) CT: Dig resurrects a feud over which town is state’s oldest
20) LA: Cops charged after video shows them battering middle school student

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) And salt sown on the ruins
22) Patreon’s censorship is bad for free speech but good for Bitcoin
23) The fantasy of a 2020 independent centrist
24) State secrets and the national security state
25) Why the Senate vote to end Yemen war is so important
26) Twenty-one thoughts on the persecution of Julian Assange
27) Venezuela’s crisis: What’s oil got to do with it?
28) Against Trump visiting the troops
29) From your table to their farm
30) Who needs warriors? The empire does
31) People, there’s a whole world out there
32) Can an unequal Earth beat climate change?
33) The world Google controls and surveillance capitalism
34) Would Thomas Jefferson support today’s separation of church and state doctrine?
35) Why Trump won’t be impeached; look to Nixon and Bill Clinton
36) Timothy C. May, crypto-anarchist hero (1951-December 15, 2018)
37) A Texas elementary school speech pathologist refused to sign a pro-Israel oath, now mandatory in many states — so she lost her job
38) Five moments that defined 2018
39) Full frontal negotiations
40) Quantum Vibe, 12/17/18
41) Trump undoing much more than Obama’s legacy
42) The glory of Manhattan
43) How long will the world turn a blind eye to the Cuban domination of Venezuela?
44) Writers under surveillance
45) Taxifornia’s next big tax grab (cellphone text messages) fails
46) As Trump comes apart, can Democrats come together?
47) Liquidity and the stock market
48) Rothbard was right
49) The NHS is ignoring fathers as parents
50) Trump Administration’s war on science worse than the Inquisition
51) Malice aforethought
52) Do Not Resist
53) Godspeed William Blum
54) Socialists masquerading as liberals
55) Declaration and Constitution

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Reason Podcast, 12/17/18
57) We Are Libertarians, episode 334
58) The Bob Zadek Show, 12/16/18
59) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/17/18
60) Political Beats, episode 49
61) Scott Adams Says, 12/17/18
62) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 92
63) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/17/18
64) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 379
65) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 285
66) Keith Preston’s Vision of Pan-Anarchism, part 2
67) The Last Nighters, episode 50
68) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 192
69) Free Talk Live, 12/16/18
70) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 132

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

1) Kashmir: Indian forces lock down Srinagar, abduct Muslim leaders to stifle protests
Source: Reuters

“Indian police detained separatis leaders in the disputed Kashmir region on Monday and sealed off roads in an effort to stifle protests against the killing of civilians on the weekend. Unrest has intensified over recent weeks in the Muslim-majority region at the heart of decades of hostility between India and Pakistan, and seven civilians were killed on Saturday when security forces opened fire at a protest over the killing of three militants. Separatists leaders Mohammad Yasin Malik and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said they were detained as they marched toward an army headquarters in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar. Another leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, was under house arrest, police said.” (12/17/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-kashmir/indian-forces-lock-down-kashmir-city-hold-leaders-to-stifle-protests-idUSKBN1OG0MV

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2) Propaganda docs drawn up for US Senate claim expansive Russian disinformation scheme
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Two new reports produced for Senate investigators say that Russian influence efforts infected every major social media platform, extensively targeted African-Americans and amounted to what researchers called a ‘propaganda war against American citizens.’ The reports, which were drawn up by private cybersecurity firms on behalf of the Senate intelligence committee, offer the most comprehensive [alleged] look yet at Russia’s online influence operations. They are based on [claims made] by the panel and the social media companies themselves. The reports confirm [read: affirm] the U.S. spy agencies’ overarching conclusions [read: claims] that Russia’s efforts ahead of the 2016 election aimed to sow discord, hurt Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump.” [editor’s note: Maybe there’s some legit material in there, but in politics, “report” means “piece of paper telling me what I wanted to hear and/or that I was right” – TLK] (12/17/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/12/17/677390345/new-reports-detail-expansive-russia-disinformation-scheme-targeting-u-s

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3) Tim May, 1951-2018
Source: Reason

“Tim May, co-founder of the influential Cypherpunks mailing list and a significant influence on both bitcoin and WikiLeaks, passed away last week at his home in Corralitos, California. The news was announced Saturday on a Facebook post written by his friend Lucky Green. In his influential 1988 essay, ‘The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto,’ May predicted that advances in computer technology would eventually allow ‘individuals and groups to communicate and interact with each other’ anonymously and without government intrusion. ‘These developments will alter completely the nature of government regulation [and] the ability to tax and control economic interactions,’ he wrote. A deeply private person, May’s aversion to outside intrusions defined his philosophical outlook. “Leave me alone,” he wrote, is ‘at the root of libertarianism more so than formal theories about the nature of man.’” (12/16/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/12/16/tim-may-influential-writer-on-crypto-ana

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4) Security theater, GAO edition: Hypersonic weapons “may defeat most [US] missile defense systems”
Source: Fox News

“The U.S. lacks the defenses needed to protect against a new breed of highly sophisticated hypersonic weapons from China and Russia, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. ‘China and Russia are pursuing hypersonic weapons because their speed, altitude and maneuverability may defeat most missile defense systems, and they may be used to improve long-range conventional and nuclear strike capabilities,’ the report said. ‘There are no existing countermeasures.’ Earlier this year, the Russian military said it ran a successful test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile capable of sneaking through enemy defenses.” (12/17/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/tech/us-unable-to-defend-against-russian-and-chinese-hypersonic-weapons-report-warns

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5) Study: E-cigarette use among US teens rises dramatically
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The use of electronic cigarettes by US teenagers has dramatically risen this year, a new report says. The percentage of 12th grade students, typically aged 17-18, who reported vaping nicotine rose to 21% from 11% in 2017, a survey by the University of Michigan said. Researchers say the trend is reversing declines in the number of adolescents who use nicotine. The survey asked students if they had vaped over the preceding 30 days. The Monitoring the Future study, based on interviews with 45,000 students across the country, said this was the largest single-year increase in its 44-year history, surpassing a surge in marijuana smoking in the 1970s.” (12/17/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46592521

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6) 45 states looking to pursue Catholic church for documents on abuse by priests
Source: USA Today

“Law enforcement officials from up to 45 states have sought assistance from Pennsylvania authorities in pursuit of alleged misconduct by Catholic priests and related efforts to conceal that abuse by the church, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. Shapiro, in an interview with USA TODAY, said the surge of outside inquiries has come just in the past four months since a landmark state grand jury investigation found that more than 300 ‘predator’ priests had abused at least 1,000 victims across six decades. Since August, the attorney general said, Pennsylvania authorities have joined forces with their counterparts across the country, helping them craft search warrant applications and grand jury subpoenas. Fourteen state attorneys general so far have publicly acknowledged that they have launched separate clergy abuse inquiries, while the U.S. Justice Department is in the midst of a broader review disclosed in October by church officials who had received demands for documents.” (12/17/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/12/17/josh-shapiro-more-horrors-coming-catholic-clergy-abuse-scandal/2329159002

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7) Former Flynn business associates charged with trying to influence US politicians in Turkish lobbying case
Source: CNN

“Two former business associates of former national security adviser Michael Flynn were charged with trying to influence American politicians to seek the extradition of a Turkish cleric, according to an indictment filed in the Eastern District of Virginia. Bijan Rafiekian, also known as Bijan Kian, and a Dutch-Turkish businessman Kamil Alptekin, who also uses the first name Ekim, were charged with conspiracy and acting as an agent of a foreign government. Alptekin was also charged with making four false statements in a May 2017 FBI interview. The charges come amid a sweep of prosecutions of individuals illegally lobbying for foreign governments — previously a rarely charged crime — and amid special counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into influence in the 2016 presidential campaign.” (12/17/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/17/politics/michael-flynn-business-partner/index.html

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8) Issa: Flynn’s conviction will be “overturned” due to Justice Department, FBI wrongdoing
Source: Washington Examiner

“A court will overturn former national Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s conviction for lying to the FBI, a House Judiciary Republican predicted Sunday. The prognostication by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who is retiring from Congress in January, comes after a federal judge demanded more information about Flynn’s dealings with the FBI ahead of his expected sentencing on Tuesday. Last December, Flynn pleaded guilty as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s federal Russia inquiry to lying during a January 2017 interview with investigators. He told them he did not discuss sanctions with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Flynn’s lawyers have argued their client should not receive prison time due to the casual nature of the sit-down, including how Flynn was not advised he was under scrutiny from the government.” (12/16/18)

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/darrell-issa-michael-flynns-conviction-will-be-overturned-due-to-doj-fbi-wrongdoing

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9) Statue of Liberty climber who protested Trump administration found guilty
Source: Fox News

“A woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty over the summer in protest of the Trump administration was found guilty Monday for the ‘dangerous stunt,’ which federal prosecutors say endangered law enforcement officers. Therese ‘Patricia’ Okoumou was charged with trespassing, interfering with agency functions and disorderly conduct following the event on July 4, to which she pleaded not guilty. Okoumou faces up to 18 months in prison. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo who now lives in Staten Island, Okoumou was represented by Michael Avenatti. Okoumou was protesting Trump’s immigration policies on Independence Day when she climbed up to the base of Lady Liberty, roughly 25 feet above the monument’s observation point, and refused to leave. The national park was shut down early as a precaution.” (12/17/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/woman-who-scaled-statue-of-liberty-found-guilty

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10) NY: Google plans $1 billion expansion
Source: Axios

“Google announced Monday it plans to spend $1 billion and lease three new properties as it expands its New York City presence. With the new investment — and the $2.4 billion purchase of Chelsea Market earlier this year — Google says it will have the capacity to more than double its New York workforce, already at more than 7,000 workers.” (12/17/18)

https://www.axios.com/google-to-spend-1-billion-to-expand-in-ny-17fdff49-c118-4b8c-bcd6-e1b86a4e77be.html

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11) UPS Store offers to shred children’s letters to Santa Claus in viral tweet
Source: USA Today

“The stress of the busy holiday season appears to be taking its toll on the UPS Store’s employees. The social media account for the retail arm of the shipping giant posted a Grinchy message Sunday reading, ‘If your child addresses a letter to the North Pole, you can leave it with us. We do shredding.’ The post quickly drew the attention of Twitter users who were generally stunned by the company’s apparent lack of holiday cheer before being taken down Monday afternoon. Most of the posts on the company’s account show retweets in the single digits. The post offering to shred children’s letters to Santa sparked nearly 5,000 retweets. The UPS Store did not immediately reply to USA TODAY’s request for comment.” (12/17/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/12/17/ups-shred-santa-letters-tweet/2338517002

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12) That “cake glitter” you’re putting on your food may not be edible
Source: Science Alert

“Let’s say you’ve been watching a lot of trendy baking videos on YouTube, and decide to make some unicorn cupcakes for the next workplace potluck. You rush down to the cake store, grab some ‘non-toxic’ glitter, and add it liberally into the icing, without realising that what you’re buying is no more edible than pieces of a plastic water bottle. … according to the FDA, truly edible glitters are usually made of ‘sugar, acacia (gum arabic), maltodextrin, cornstarch, and colour additives specifically approved for food use, including mica-based pearlescent pigments and FD&C colours.’ This will be on the label — so if you can’t find a label with an actual ingredients list on it, it’s not a food.” (12/17/18)

https://www.sciencealert.com/that-cake-glitter-you-re-putting-on-your-cake-might-not-actually-be-edible

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13) Canada: Diavik mine finds “biggest diamond in North America”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Canadian mine says it has broken its own record for the largest diamond ever found in North America. Dominion Diamond Mines has announced the ‘unexpected’ discovery of a 552-carat yellow gemstone. It was found in October at the Diavik Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories, which is 135 miles (215km) south of the Arctic Circle. The company says this diamond ‘far surpasses’ the previous record-holding stone found at the mine in 2015. The Foxfire (a two-billion-year-old 187.7-carat diamond unearthed at the Diavik mine) was displayed around the world, including for a couple of months at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington and for a few weeks at Kensington Palace in London.” (12/17/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46562131

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14) Hungary: “Slave law” protesters target state broadcaster
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Hungary’s public broadcaster MTVA has become the latest target of demonstrators angry at the government’s controversial new labour law. Protesters took to the streets for the fifth consecutive day to object to what they call ‘slave laws.’ Earlier two independent MPs were thrown out of MTVA’s headquarters after they tried to broadcast a petition against the measures. Since they were forcibly ejected other opposition MPs have taken their places. New rules mean companies can demand up to 400 hours of overtime a year and delay payment for it for three years, though that is disputed by an MEP from the governing party. At least 10,000 people rallied in Budapest on Sunday — a rare large-scale anti-government demonstration in Hungary, where Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s policies enjoy widespread support, despite repeated condemnation from other EU nations.” (12/17/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46600035

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15) Somalia: US military says it killed 62 with air strikes
Source: The National [UAE]

“At least 62 Al Shabab militants were killed by six US military air strikes over two days, the army’s Africa Command (Africom) said on Monday. Dozens of militants were killed in the strikes in the vicinity of Gandarsh in Somalia’s south-central Banaadir province on Saturday and Sunday, Africom said. Four air strikes on Saturday killed 34 militants and two more on Sunday killed 28, they said. … They said no civilians were killed in the strikes.” (12/17/18)

https://www.thenational.ae/world/africa/us-military-says-it-has-killed-62-militants-in-somalia-with-air-strikes-1.803708

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16) Russia: Putin wants Kremlin to control rap music
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Russia’s rap artists have grown increasingly vocal about the country’s social problems, and the Kremlin is not happy about it. President Vladimir Putin has called for tighter control of rap and other musical genres. But for fear of making them even more popular, he stopped short of calling for an outright ban.” [editor’s note: So Vlad is aping the Clintons (vs. Sister Soulja) and Tipper Gore (vs. anything racier than Pat Boone) circa the late 1980s and early 1990s … but I doubt we’ll hear Hillary Clinton lauding him for it – TLK] (12/16/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/putin-kremlin-control-rap-music-russia-181216094707902.html

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17) MI: Business hands out $4 million in Christmas bonuses to workers
Source: USA Today

“As General Motors and Ford prepare to cut jobs, a Michigan family-owned business, FloraCraft, is giving tens of thousands of dollars to each of its full-time employees. In fact, since its founding in 1946, FloraCraft has never even had a layoff. On Friday, owner Lee Schoenherr told his 200 employees he will share nearly $4 million with the full-time workers. The amounts will vary based on longevity, but the average bonus will be about $20,000 per worker, with the first installment to be made by the end of 2019. Surprised employees broke into applause and cheers, with many lining up to thank Schoenherr personally, the company said in a statement. ‘It was very humbling. I started crying — it was huge for him to do something like that for everybody,’ said Mary Overla, an assistant production supervisor at FloraCraft, which makes foam products for the craft and floral industries. It supplies the products to Walmart, Amazon, Michaels, JOANN, Hobby Lobby and retailers across 50 states and 17 countries.” (12/17/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2018/12/17/christmas-bonus-michigan-business-floracraft/2338345002

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18) Malaysia: Regime files 1MDB-linked criminal charges against Goldman Sachs
Source: Bloomberg

“Malaysia turned up the heat on Goldman Sachs Group Inc., filing the first criminal charges against the U.S. bank in relation to the 1MDB scandal. Authorities alleged that Goldman misled investors when the bank knew that proceeds from 1MDB bond sales it arranged would be misappropriated. The government is seeking fines well in excess of both the $2.7 billion of allegedly misused funds and the $600 million in fees received by Goldman on the deals. Goldman has blamed rogue employees for any wrongdoing in relation to 1MDB. … Former Goldman partner Tim Leissner has pleaded guilty to U.S. bribery charges and his former deputy, Roger Ng, was arrested in Malaysia. It put a third Asian executive on leave. Along with targeting the firm, Malaysia filed related charges against Leissner and Ng, as well as former 1MDB employee Jasmine Loo Ai Swan and fugitive financier Low Taek Jho.” (12/17/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-17/malaysia-files-criminal-charges-against-goldman-its-employees

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19) CT: Dig resurrects a feud over which town is state’s oldest
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“An archaeological dig is rekindling a feud between two towns over which was the first in Connecticut. Experts have unearthed artifacts they believe date to the 1630s in Wethersfield, where town signs declare it the state’s ‘most ancient,’ founded in 1634. But a few miles up the Connecticut River to the north, Windsor boasts it is the state’s ‘first town,’ settled in 1633. The long-running dispute on which was the first English settlement in Connecticut centers on how you define ‘town.’ Settlers from Plymouth, Massachusetts, established a trading post in Windsor in 1633. Advocates for Wethersfield say settlers from Watertown, Massachusetts, made Wethersfield their home in 1634 and claim Windsor didn’t become a town until 1635, when people there built homes. ‘I don’t think it ever will be settled,’ state archaeologist Brian Jones said.” (12/17/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/g00/news/science/article/Dig-seeks-to-settle-feud-over-which-town-is-a-13402813.php

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20) LA: Cops charged after video shows them battering middle school student
Source: CBS News

“An attorney for a Louisiana teenager shown on video being slammed to the ground by police during an altercation at school says charges against two officers are a ‘slap on the wrist.’ The video, taken by a school surveillance camera, was sent anonymously to CBS affiliate WAFB-TV. A grand jury in West Baton Rouge Parish indicted former Brusly police Officer Dan Cipriano on a charge of simple battery Friday, WAFB-TV reported. Another former officer, Kip Dupre, was indicted on a charge of malfeasance in office. Both officers resigned in November after video from Brusly Middle School showed one officer wrestling with a 14-year-old male student before slamming him down. Another officer later comes in to help handcuff the student and slams him against a desk.” (12/16/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/former-officers-charged-video-shows-them-slamming-brusly-middle-school-student-louisiana/

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

21) And salt sown on the ruins
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“I watched Google’s Geek-in-Chief Sundar Pichai condescend to testify before Congress this week about his company’s detestable bias against conservatives and libertarians and why he and his ilk suck up to murderous kleptocratic regimes like communist China (redistribution of human organs — what a concept!). I doubt that I have ever heard smarmier, muddier, shallower, less truthful, more abusive and arrogant testimony in my life. It’s very hard to describe it adequately. Pichai should have left that room with a yard-long nose and his pants reduced to ashes. If I can judge from his accent, he is an immigrant. He is a massively, disgracefully, ungrateful immigrant, eager to extract a fortune — somebody mentioned $100,000,000 a year — out of the individual liberty he’s now defecating on. Now I know, better than anybody else, how short the soapbox is that I stand on to deliver these sermons. But I swear, if it takes the remainder of my life, I am going to make life impossible for elitist idiots like Pichai until there is no more censorship of any kind on the Internet.” (12/16/18)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle1000-20181216-10.html

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22) Patreon’s censorship is bad for free speech but good for Bitcoin
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“There is now increasing concern among content creators and subscribers that Patreon, along with payment processors such as Paypal and Stripe, may be applying their rules selectively as a means of political coercion. As ordinary users abandon these services in increasing numbers, the financial collateral damage continues to spread. … If it’s censorship-resistant payment protocols that content creators are seeking, there is only one alternative that can be relied on to resist pressure from governments, merchants and internet agitators, because its very design prevents it from being controlled.” (12/17/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/patreons-censorship-is-bad-for-free-speech-but-good-for-bitcoin/

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23) The fantasy of a 2020 independent centrist
Source: Reason
by Matt Welch

“For a certain type of sports fan (coughs loudly to self) there is no sweeter part of the season than the day after the World Series or Super Bowl. Why? Because that’s when you can construct fantasy rosters divorced from all real-world constraints. This is roughly where we’re at with the 2020 presidential election. The midterms are over; the official candidacies have yet to be announced. (Sorry, Julian Castro, ‘exploring’ doesn’t count.) Political commentators are busy unleashing their inner Strat-O-Matic manager and the position they seem most eager to fill is the one that stubbornly refuses to exist: the viable independent centrist. So are you ready for that Joe Biden/Mitt Romney unity ticket?” (12/17/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/12/17/the-fantasy-of-a-2020-independent

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24) State secrets and the national security state
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Inadvertently released federal documents reveal that U.S. officials have apparently secured a secret indictment against Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks who released secret information about the internal workings of the U.S. national-security establishment. In any nation whose government is founded on the concept of a national-security state, that is a cardinal sin, one akin to treason and meriting severe punishment. Mind you, Assange isn’t being charged with lying or releasing false or fraudulent information about the U.S. national-security state. Everyone concedes that the WikiLeaks information was authentic. His ‘crime’ was in disclosing to people the wrongdoing of the national-security establishment. No one is supposed to do that, even if the information is true and correct.” (12/17/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/12/17/state-secrets-and-the-national-security-state/

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25) Why the Senate vote to end Yemen war is so important
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Last week something historic happened in the US Senate. For the first time in 45 years, a chamber of the US Congress voted to pull US forces from a military conflict under the 1973 War Powers Act. While there is plenty to criticize in the War Powers Act, in this situation it was an important tool used by a broad Senate coalition to require President Trump to end US participation in the Saudi war against Yemen. And while the resolution was not perfect — there were huge loopholes — it has finally drawn wider attention to the US Administration’s dirty war in Yemen.” (12/17/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/ron-paul-senate-vote-end-yemen-war-important

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26) Twenty-one thoughts on the persecution of Julian Assange
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“1. I write a lot about the plight of Julian Assange for the same reason I write a lot about the Iraq invasion: his persecution, when sincerely examined, exposes undeniable proof that we are ruled by a transnational power establishment which is immoral and dishonest to its core. 2. Assange started a leak outlet on the premise that corrupt and unaccountable power is a problem in our world, and that the problem can be fought with the light of truth. Corrupt and unaccountable power has responded by detaining, silencing and smearing him. The persecution of Assange has proved his thesis about the world absolutely correct. 3. Anyone who offends the US-centralized empire will find themselves subject to a trial by media, and the media are owned by the same plutocratic class which owns the empire. To believe what mass media news outlets tell you about those who stand up to imperial power is to ignore reality.” (12/17/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/12/17/twenty-one-thoughts-on-the-persecution-of-julian-assange

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27) Venezuela’s crisis: What’s oil got to do with it?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Carmen Elana Dorobat

“What originally caused the Venezuelan crisis was not oil, nor can oil now be inherently its cure. The cause of Venezuela’s collapse is the stunting of domestic capital accumulation that began with monetary and social policies of the preceding century and whose effects are now fully felt. And it is the same brand of poor economic policies and government spending (albeit not in the same degree) that is sought after and implemented in the U.S. or Europe, where it is touted either as innovative, stimulating, or anti-cyclical.” (12/17/18)

https://mises.org/wire/venezuelas-crisis-whats-oil-got-do-it

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28) Against Trump visiting the troops
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“On Sunday, The New York Times published ‘Put Down the Golf Clubs, Visit the Troops,’ an editorial calling on President Donald Trump to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors and visit Americans in conflict zones, even if he is scared for his safety, or he is very busy, or he disagrees with the wars in question and doesn’t want to be associated with leading them. … Sadly, Donald Trump does not possess the moral credibility necessary to successfully discharge the ceremonial duties of the commander in chief. It might be valuable for a different president to show the high regard he has for self-sacrifice and service to a cause greater than oneself–but no American is a less-credible vessel for that message than a famously greedy egomaniac who holds no cause above himself and constantly sacrifices others for his own benefit. The farce would degrade all forced to treat it seriously. … Trump also does not possess the meager amount of self-discipline necessary to successfully discharge the commander in chief’s ceremonial duties.” (12/17/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/12/against-donald-trump-visiting-troops/578284/

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29) From your table to their farm
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Forget all the tongue clucking about Washington being so divided and nasty that Democrats and Republicans cannot work together. As the Senate and House proved this week in passing the $867 billion farm bill, when it comes to spending money they don’t have, party leaders really can reach across the aisle. With the national federal debt approaching $22 trillion, President Donald Trump has praised the bill, which provides food stamps for the poor, but also hands out subsidies to American farmers, even though it does not include needed reforms or even modest spending cuts. Conservative think tanks dismiss the farm subsidies as corporate welfare. On the left, environmentalist groups have opposed them as well. Fiscal hawks are appalled at the failure of Congress to do anything to ease the deficit. And yet the farm bill lives.” (12/16/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2018/12/16/from-your-table-to-their-farm-n2537526

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30) Who needs warriors? The empire does
Source: OpEdNews
by Philip A Farruggio

“The US Army, perhaps in need of more ‘boots on the sand,’ is revving up its ad campaigns. The latest television ad says it plain and clear: Warriors Wanted! And why not just appeal to the childlike, video game raised young men and women to join up? Then they can get away from having to work a dead end job, or spend years in college studying (at great expense by the way) for uncertain future employment. Now these low income young kids can serve their country by becoming occupiers of another Arab country that they themselves really don’t understand why they are even IN!” (12/17/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Who-Needs-Warriors-The-Em-by-Philip-A-Farruggi-Age-Baby-Boomers-1946-64_Armed-Forces_Athletes_Men-181217-287.html

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31) People, there’s a whole world out there
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“If I buy a stylish dining room set from Denmark, I do not view that as an endorsement of the human rights policies in Hungary, even though both are nominally under the jurisdiction of the EU. Similarly, if I buy some patio furniture from a company in Fujian province, I do not view it as a comment on the Chinese government’s human rights policies in faraway Xinjiang province. The world is full of people going about their daily lives, interacting with each other. History has shown that in the long run, free trade, free travel, free investment, free speech and other forms of liberty are the best road to human progress. Unfortunately, the Chinese government restricts freedom in several important respects, especially in Xinjiang. But that shouldn’t stop us from engaging with the actual 1.4 billion Chinese people as vigorous as we are able to, at least those who wish to engage with us.” (12/16/18)

https://www.econlib.org/people-theres-a-whole-world-out-there/

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32) Can an unequal Earth beat climate change?
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“We either keep fossil fuels in the ground, or all of us are going to fry. So essentially posits still another new blockbuster study on climate change, this one just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Our fossil-fuel industrial economy, the study details, has made for the fastest climate changes our Earth has ever seen. … The last time climate on Earth saw nearly as drastic and rapid a climate shift, scientists relate in another new study published in the journal Science, came some 252 million years ago, and that shift unfolded over the span of a few thousand years.” (12/17/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20181217/can-an-unequal-earth-beat-climate-change

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33) The world Google controls and surveillance capitalism
Source: CounterPunch
by Julian Vigo

“I have been following the scandal of the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act (also known as the Snoopers’ Charter) and Holland’s Sleepwet and their relationship to the encroaching government powers over private data, privacy, data collection, surveillance, and free speech for several years now. And very much related to these bills created ostensibly to prote[c]t us from ‘terrorism,’ is Google’s encroaching powers over our lives, to include the freedom of expression protected by most national laws, not to mention EU and UN Charters, around the planet today.” (12/17/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/12/17/the-world-google-controls-and-surveillance-capitalism/

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34) Would Thomas Jefferson support today’s separation of church and state doctrine?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary M Galles

“Early next year, the Supreme Court will hear American Legion vs. American Humanist Assn., involving whether a 40-foot tall cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, is an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state. But what is striking about the litigation is that neither those words nor the concept applied today is contained in ‘Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’ The Supreme Court just redefined the Establishment Clause in Everson v. Board of Education (1947), supposedly based on Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists, even though Jefferson rejected the current interpretation imposed on his words.” (12/16/18)

https://fee.org/articles/would-thomas-jefferson-support-today-s-separation-of-church-and-state-doctrine/

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35) Why Trump won’t be impeached; look to Nixon and Bill Clinton
Source: USA Today
by Brian Dickerson

“When I speak to an audience of older readers, I like to ask how many remember what they were doing the day President Richard Nixon was impeached. It’s a trick question, of course. Nixon was never impeached, much less convicted by the U.S. Senate — although many who were around to witness the implosion of his presidency remember differently. A congressional committee did report three articles of impeachment (the equivalent of counts in a criminal indictment) to the U.S. House of Representatives late in July 1974. But before the full House could act, a delegation of Republican lawmakers visited the White House to warn Nixon that both his impeachment by the House and his conviction by the Senate were foregone conclusions. In an Oval Office meeting late in the afternoon of Aug. 7, 1974, Sen. Barry Goldwater, House Republican Leader John Jacob Rhodes and Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott told Nixon his only recourse was to resign. In a televised address the following evening, Nixon took their advice.” (12/17/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/12/17/why-donald-trump-wont-impeached-column/2334557002

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36) Timothy C. May, crypto-anarchist hero (1951-December 15, 2018)
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Chhay Lin Lim

“News has arrived that Timothy May, the founder of the crypto-anarchist movement has died on December 15th, 2018. He has been a hero and inspiration for many in the crypto-anarchist/anarcho-capitalist community for his ideas to spread freedom and privacy through the use of cryptography. … Few mainstream news outlets today will write about Timothy May’s death and impact on our world, but for us who aspire to uphold Bitcoin’s initial principle to make (financial) freedom and privacy absolute, he will always be remembered for his inspiring contributions to secure our rights to life, liberty, and property.” (12/16/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/12/16/timothy-c-may-crypto-anarchist-hero-1951-december-15-2018/

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37) A Texas elementary school speech pathologist refused to sign a pro-Israel oath, now mandatory in many states — so she lost her job
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“A children’s speech pathologist who has worked for the last nine years with developmentally disabled, autistic, and speech-impaired elementary school students in Austin, Texas, has been told she can no longer work with the public school district after she refused to sign an oath vowing that she ‘does not’ and ‘will not’ engage in a boycott of Israel or ‘otherwise tak[e] any action that is intended to inflict economic harm’ on that foreign nation. A lawsuit on her behalf was filed early Monday morning in a federal court in the Western District of Texas alleging a violation of her First Amendment right of free speech. … The vast majority of American citizens are therefore now officially barred from supporting a boycott of Israel without incurring some form of sanction or limitation imposed by their state.” (12/17/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/12/17/israel-texas-anti-bds-law/

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38) Five moments that defined 2018
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“From the rapprochement between North and South Korea at the Winter Olympics in January to December’s frantic news agenda, 2018 has had no shortage of surprises. Below are my key picks for the defining moments of the year. On Feb. 6, Elon Musk’s Falcon Heavy rocket blasted into space from Florida and sent a cherry-red Tesla roadster hurtling toward Mars. It was a powerful statement about the influence and ambition of a new generation of tech billionaires. Overall, however, 2018 would be a rough year for the group, and Musk was no exception. By July, he was embroiled in a high-profile spat with a British cave rescue diver over a miniature submarine he had hoped would help rescue 12 boys trapped underground in Thailand, just one of a series of increasingly negative headlines. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (once touted as a potential U.S. presidential candidate) had scarcely a better year, his firm plagued by its own stream of scandals and political headwinds.” (12/17/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-roundup-commentary/commentary-five-moments-that-defined-2018-idUSKBN1OG1UW

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39) Full frontal negotiations
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Last week’s political circus reached a new level of Big Top. Or three rings, as President Donald Trump hosted two Democratic leaders in the White House, debating border security and government shutdown — in public. House Minority Leader, soon-to-be Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) were somewhat uncomfortable with Donald Trump’s decision to hash out their differences in front of the cameras and the American people. It was quite the comedy. Yet Vice President Mike Pence all but snored.” (12/17/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/12/17/full-frontal-negotiations/

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40) Quantum Vibe, 12/17/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (12/17/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1887

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41) Trump undoing much more than Obama’s legacy
Source: The New Republic
by Emily Atkin

“Since reentering politics several years ago, Donald Trump has defined himself in opposition to a single figure: Barack Obama. He was the leading proponent of birtherism in 2011 and continued to promote the conspiracy theory publicly until 2015. (He reportedly has remained a birther in private.) Some believe Trump only decided to run for president because Obama made fun of him once. … He pledged to reverse Obama’s immigration policies, repeal Obamacare, and, in the words of running mate Mike Pence, undo ‘every single Obama executive order.’ He has governed as promised. … Two years into Trump’s presidency, however, it’s clear that he aspires to undo more than just the Obama era.” (12/17/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152644/trump-undoing-much-obamas-legacy

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42) The glory of Manhattan
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Donald J Boudreaux

“No place on earth energizes me as does Manhattan. Of course, all of New York City has real problems: murders, muggings, traffic congestion, rent control, Penn Station’s ugliness. Reporters, pundits, and politicians — left and right — never tire of reminding the public of Gotham’s woes. Yet these woes don’t come close to being the main lessons to draw from the teeming, pulsing reality of Manhattan’s 1.6 million residents mixing with more than 2 million other people who daily come to this small island to work, study, and play. The main lesson not only goes largely unmentioned, it goes mostly unlearned. This lesson is that the daily, productive life of Manhattan is a glorious testament to the reality of emergent order.” (12/16/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/glory-manhattan

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43) How long will the world turn a blind eye to the Cuban domination of Venezuela?
Source: PanAm Post
by Maria Teresa Romero

“Nicolas Maduro is celebrating and rejoicing with the recent arrival of two Russian military aircraft to Venezuela, and now will make a speedy visit to Moscow at the end of 2018 to seek fresh money and military support that will continue to maintain his vice grip on power. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan dictator continues to allow the Castro regime the almost imperceptible but pervasive domination that has infiltrated each and every one of the Venezuelan institutions over the course of the past twenty years. Like an empire, Cuba has come to dominate Venezuela, in pursuit of its own interests.” (12/16/18)

https://panampost.com/maria-teresa-romero/2018/12/16/how-long-will-the-world-turn-a-blind-eye-to-the-cuban-domination-of-venezuela/

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44) Writers under surveillance
Source: spiked
by Alexander Adams

“The remit of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) includes monitoring figures who potentially threaten national security. And the FBI has long included famous writers on that list. To them, writers pose a double menace: not only do they pose a potential threat themselves, they might also inspire large groups of people to undermine the status quo, which the FBI is charged with protecting.” (12/17/18)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/12/17/writers-under-surveillance/

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45) Taxifornia’s next big tax grab (cellphone text messages) fails
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“Why do people call California ‘Taxifornia?’ Here’s one reason: California regulators wanted to tax cellphone text messages. They were even considering making the tax retroactive. It just shows there’s nothing in California that can’t be taxed. As always, the state government had what it believed is a good reason for imposing the tax: It would subsidize phone service for low-income Californians. And it suggested that the tax is so small (‘just’ $44.5 million a year) that cellphone users wouldn’t even notice it. Fortunately, the transparent foolishness and the anger among average citizens encouraged tax-hungry Democrats to scuttle the idea” (12/17/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/tax-california-cellphone-text-messages

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46) As Trump comes apart, can Democrats come together?
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“The Democrats have much to celebrate. They did better than expected in the House, made notable gains in the states, and Donald Trump is on the ropes. House Democrats are primed to launch several investigations, showing the nation what serious governing and legislative comity look like. It’s possible to be both partisan and respectful of democratic norms. George H.W. Bush, object of extended eulogies for his decency, used his veto pen 44 times, a modern record for a one-term president, yet he displayed a courtesy that further shames Trump. … As the 116th Congress convenes, House Democrats will pick up where Special Counsel Robert Mueller left off, notably the Judiciary Committee under the capable Jerry Nadler and the Intelligence Committee led by Adam Schiff, a former prosecutor.” (12/17/18)

https://prospect.org/article/trump-comes-apart-can-democrats-come-together

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47) Liquidity and the stock market
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“In a market economy, a major service that money provides is that of the medium of exchange. Producers exchange their goods for money and then exchange money for other goods. As production of goods and services increases, this results in a greater demand for the services of the medium of exchange (the service that money provides). Conversely, as economic activity slows down the demand for the services of money follows suit. The demand for the services of the medium of exchange is also affected by changes in prices.” (12/17/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/12/liquidity-and-the-stock-market/

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48) Rothbard was right
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Among libertarians, the art of ideological entrepreneurship is virtually unknown, while the economic entrepreneur is lionized. One of the very few libertarians with a thorough understanding of both was Murray Rothbard, the economist and philosopher who founded the modern libertarian movement. Anyone can have an ideology: the point is to make it a living reality.” [editor’s note: Rothbard was sometimes right, sometimes wrong. Unfortunately, Raimondo defends the man’s biggest and most damaging anti-liberty strategic error, the “paleo strategy” – TLK] (12/17/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/12/16/rothbard-was-right/

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49) The NHS is ignoring fathers as parents
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“This is the complaint being made, that the National Health Service doesn’t particularly think about fathers any more, preferring pap like ‘birthing partner’ instead. This is something which can indeed be blamed upon political correctness and there’s a certain amusement to it all. There’s also a rather deeper underlying point, the way in which modern civilisation, for better or worse, has rather changed human relationships.” (12/17/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/gender/the-nhs-is-ignoring-fathers-as-parents/

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50) Trump Administration’s war on science worse than the Inquisition
Source: In These Times
by Basav Sen

“A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists lays out in shocking detail the scale and depth of the Trump administration’s assault on science and scientists. It describes how the Interior Department has single-mindedly pursued an agenda of handing over the public lands it manages to oil and gas and other polluting and extractive industries, brushing aside concerns raised by its own scientists about climate change and other ecosystem impacts. Leadership at Interior has disbanded scientific advisory committees, attempted to alter the content of reports that mention climate change, and placed a political appointee with no scientific degree as gatekeeper for all science grants of over $50,000. They’ve ended research projects on the health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining and on safety inspections of offshore drilling, without convincing explanations.” (12/17/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21640/donald-trump-climate-science-interior-department-ryan-zinke-global-warming

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51) Malice aforethought
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“In the year since the last December Seventeenth, the violence against sex workers that the observance protests has grown dramatically worse in the United States, largely due to the intentional and premeditated actions of our own government. The War on Whores, pretended for almost two decades now to be a war on the imaginary scourge of ‘sex trafficking,’ grew to a fever pitch with the passage of FOSTA, a massive internet censorship bill intended to drive sex workers off of the internet and into the streets, where we are easier prey for cops and other predatory men.” (12/17/18)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/12/17/malice-aforethought/

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52) Do Not Resist
Source: Strike The Root
by Alex R Knight III

“A somewhat obscure documentary that first debuted in selected screenings and film festivals in 2016, was just earlier this year released on DVD, and I became intrigued enough to buy a copy. Do Not Resist takes a look at policing in modern America. And what emerges is hideous. I will start by saying that, cinematographically speaking, Do Not Resist lacks luster. It has a kind of disjointed, non-linear feel, and a lot of the raw live dialogue — both unnarrated, and in some cases, uncaptioned — is hard to follow. That said, the film still offers a rude awakening into the machine-like, self-righteous, and sociopathic mindsets of law enforcers in the 21stCentury, as they carry out the will of the politicians — all the while fueling their own egos and twisted passion for violence against the populace.” (12/17/18)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/do-not-resist

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53) Godspeed William Blum
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“William Blum, a role model, a hero, and the author of my favorite book, Killing Hope, died this past week at 85 in Arlington, VA, from complications related to kidney failure. Blum pulled zero punches when it came to his acidic criticism of America’s imperialist foreign policy or its shameless defenders in the mainstream media, like the loathsome New York Times, those fine folks who brought you the Iraq War, who penned a pissy little obituary about a real journalist titled, ‘William Blum, US Policy Critic Cited by Bin Laden, Dies at 85.’ I sincerely hope that I’m not alone when I wish those creeps blackouts, toothaches. and indigestion for Christmas. Morons like Mr. Sam Roberts aren’t fit to dig Blum’s grave, much less piss on it.” (12/15/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/12/godspeed-william-blum.html

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54) Socialists masquerading as liberals
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Cook

“Liberals like to claim they are not socialists. However, they want the government to run things and control the free-market system. Unfortunately, there is no halfway between capitalism and socialism. There is only a gradual transition from capitalism to socialism. The mixed economy is a slippery slope to big government and collectivism.” [editor’s note: American business is far from a “free-market system,” and capitalism is as much a big-government/collectivist system as socialism; the difference is the supposed beneficiaries – TLK] (12/17/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/socialists-masquerading-as-liberals/

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55) Declaration and Constitution
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“The Bill of Rights, added to the Constitution of 1787, and the various State Constitutions’ Bills of Rights, have a fairly concise list of ‘rights’ which are recognized (NOT ‘given’) to individuals, with a tad bit of explanation, and a few ‘rights’ (or powers) retained by the States which had joined together to form the united States and then accepted the new form of union and government. But these, important as they are to list and recognize, are not necessarily (a) fundamental, and (b) anywhere near a complete list. … For that, can we repair to the venerable Declaration of Independence?” (12/16/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/12/16/declaration-and-constitution/

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56) Reason Podcast, 12/17/18
Source: Reason

“Sometimes it’s worth divining lessons from a news story in which man stubbornly refuses to bite dog. Such is the case with the one-year anniversary of the Federal Communications Commission ending the set of regulations misleadingly known as ‘net neutrality.’ The predicted ensuing clampdown never materialized, and instead way too much of the political spectrum has moved on to calling for other sectors of the federal government to … uh, clamp down on internet-related companies. So kicks off the discussion on the Monday editors’ roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, and [Matt Welch]. We delve into social media hearings, Section 230 semiotics, and (sadly!) stupid Donald Trump tweets. The gang also gets in a bit of contentious funerealism over the demise of The Weekly Standard, so do stick around until the end.” [various formats] (12/17/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/12/17/everybody-wants-to-regulate-the-internet

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57) We Are Libertarians, episode 334
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle and Rob Kendall discuss the rise of the populist Republican. Kendall ran for office after becoming disillusioned with the local Republican Party after they lied to him repeatedly. He now is a talk radio show host that beats up on the party and is considering a run for Governor as a Libertarian.” [various formats] (12/17/18)

https://wal.fireside.fm/489

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58) The Bob Zadek Show, 12/16/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“President Trump has turned an open-and-shut question of constitutionality into a political football  —  declaring that he will end birth right citizenship with the stroke of a pen. Executive orders, though not mentioned as a power granted in the Constitution, have increasingly been seen as a way for the President to do an end-run around a gridlocked Congress. … Sheldon Gilbert, VP for Content and Development and a Senior Fellow for Constitutional Studies with the National Constitution Center, joins the show to discuss whether Trump’s plan is constitutional (hint: it’s not).” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/16/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/12/16/revenge-of-the-pen-and-the-phone

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59) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/17/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The Saudi government has issued a blistering condemnation of last week’s Senate vote blaming Riyadh for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. While that voice vote may have irked them, the vote before it demanding an end to US participation in the Saudi war on Yemen may prove far more significant. Is it time for a divorce from the Saudis?” [Flash video] (12/17/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/saudis-tell-us-senate-where-to-go-time-to-leave

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60) Political Beats, episode 49
Source: National Review

“Scot and Jeff discuss The Clash with CJ Ciaramella, a criminal justice reporter for Reason Magazine.” [various formats] (12/17/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/political-beats/episode-49-cj-ciaramella-the-clash/

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61) Scott Adams Says, 12/17/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about our useless Congress, climate hoax, Flynn pardon, and Wall funding. With coffee.” [Flash video] (12/17/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1RDxlqOkvXzKL

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62) CQ Budget Podcast, episode 92
Source: Roll Call

“There is no plan at the moment to prevent a partial government shutdown at the end of the week over President Donald Trump’s insistence for $5 billion for a border wall, explains CQ budget reporter Jennifer Shutt. She games out what the options are to fund the government as lawmakers try to guess Trump’s next steps.” [various formats] (12/17/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/hell-week-amid-shutdown-fears

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63) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/17/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The death of a U.S. journalist may have been the last straw for members of the Senate in considering the U.S-Saudi relationship. Spencer Ackerman of The Daily Beast discusses journalism and its risks in fraught times. We spoke at the 2018 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference.” [various formats] (12/17/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/jamal-khashoggi-saudi-war-yemen-modern-journalism

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64) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 379
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s flagship Lions of Liberty podcast, Marc is joined by the great libertarian columnist and author, Jim Bovard!” [various formats] (12/17/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/12/17/24791/

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65) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 285
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #285, I discuss Korean troops crossing the DMZ in peace. The Korean peace process continues to progress with Trump dragging his feet. I explain how in Syria, the US is trying to balance its relationship with the Syrian Kurds and NATO ally Turkey. The US is also facing a growing insurgency. I update the movements to bring peace to Yemen.” [various formats] (12/17/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-285-crossing-the-dmz-in-peace

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66) Keith Preston’s Vision of Pan-Anarchism, part 2
Source: Attack The System

“Todd Lewis continues with part 2 of a series with Keith Preston on pan-anarchism dealing with how he envisions Independence or the abolition of the state occurring.” [Flash video] (12/16/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/12/16/keiths-vision-of-pan-anarchism-part-2-independence/

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67) The Last Nighters, episode 50
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“We welcome Olof the Anarcho-Viking to discuss a film about the King of the Scots, Robert the Bruce and his struggle for a more local authority against King Edward of England in the new Netflix movie starring Chris Pine Outlaw King.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/17/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/outlaw-king-the-last-nighters-episode-50/

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68) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 192
Source: The Daily Liberator

“When Push Comes to Statism.” [various formats] (12/17/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-193-when-push-comes-to-statism/

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69) Free Talk Live, 12/16/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“6 tips for living a happier life :: Loving your kids :: Amtrak :: US sliding down the world freedom charts :: Monarchies :: Welfare solutions :: Mark, Laurel and Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/16/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-12-16

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70) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 132
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Five Minutes Five Issues: Yemen Rule, MI Home Grow, DNA Database, Legal Hemp, Free Speech.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/16/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/december/16/five-minutes-five-issues-yemen-rule-mi-home-grow-dna-database-legal-hemp-free-speech/

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