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Volume XVI, Issue #4,135
Thursday, December 20th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump orders US troop withdrawal from Syria, claiming victory
2) Brexit: EU reveals no-deal plans
3) McConnell: Senate will vote on stopgap to avert fake shutdown, without new border wall funding
4) Fed raises rates despite signs of economic softening
5) Judge strikes down bulk of Trump regime’s asylum screwjobbery
6) New secret filing in case of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen placed in NY federal court vault
7) Congress quizzes Lynch behind closed doors
8) SpaceX, Blue Origin postpone rocket launches again due to technical issues
9) Michigan Republicans’ effort to curb Democrats’ power hits snag
10) Border Patrol gang issues new rules to quickly notify Congress of any migrant deaths
11) TN: Haslam to decide on Senate bid after leaving office
12) Nevada makes history with first female-majority legislature
13) MI: Man claims self-defense in fatal stabbing
14) ObamaCare sign-ups fall 4% this year to 8.5 million amid uncertainty about future of law
15) Johnson & Johnson loses its battle to overturn a $4.7 billion baby powder verdict
16) Pope accepts resignation of Los Angeles bishop accused of misconduct
17) Skyrocketing seat selection fees enrage flyers, enrich airlines
18) NC: Cooper says he’ll veto election re-do bill unless changes are made
19) NYC-area estate of first US self-made female millionaire sold
20) DC Circuit upholds mystery grand jury subpoena

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Will reducing transaction costs be the end of retail?
22) Let Trump shut down the government. Then watch him suffer the consequences.
23) My declaration of faithful disobedience
24) Presidents will be presidents
25) Solar shouldn’t be forced on city
26) There’s more than one way to be green
27) FDA policies kill
28) The change of official enemies under George H.W. Bush
29) Quantum Vibe, 12/19/18
30) How schools can follow the money that should be theirs
31) Learning the real lesson of ObamaCare
32) Bitcoin history, part 5: A wild altcoin appears
33) Here comes the 2020 election interference; it will be worse
34) And so it begins
35) Imagine if we paid for food like we do healthcare
36) How Trump can strengthen his hand with China
37) Communities of the deplorable
38) There are many problems with public opinion
39) If you’re using “white privilege” to shut people up, maybe you’re the problem
40) The Center Can Hold: Public Policy for an Age of Extremes
41) The unconstitutional bump stock ban and what to do about it
42) Michael Flynn now has three options to stay out of prison
43) Trump’s wall will not stop terrorism
44) The First Step Act is not sweeping criminal justice reform — and the risk is that it becomes the only step
45) Note to Michael Flynn: Federal court is not Twitter
46) Report shows Trump kept his word to those on bottom
47) 2019 outlook: The state of sound money in the United States
48) Fear of China is becoming hysterical
49) Pro tip: You can “bump fire” without a “bump stock”
50) This lawsuit could sink Trump’s steel tariffs
51) Three reasons France’s “yellow vest” protests are moral (and two reasons they’re not)
52) The Brexit dilemma: Markets or politics?
53) Tim May has passed
54) This isn’t news; this is war crimes apologia
55) Analyzing the bump-stock-type devices rule

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 196
57) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/19/18
58) Political Theater with Jason Dick, episode 49
59) Reason Podcast, 12/19/18
60) Scott Adams Says, 12/19/18
61) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/19/18
62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 286
63) Electric Libertyland, episode 103
64) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 27
65) Free Talk Live, 12/18/18
66) Editor’s Break, episode 122
67) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1307
68) Reese Erlich on The Scott Horton Show
69) The Remnant, episode 76
70) Bloggingheads.tv, 12/18/18

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

1) Trump orders US troop withdrawal from Syria, claiming victory
Source: Bloomberg

“Donald Trump declared victory over Islamic State and ordered a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria in a sharp reversal of American policy that appeared to take the Pentagon by surprise. ‘We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency,’ Trump said Wednesday morning on Twitter. The U.S. military is working to quickly carry out Trump’s order, according to one official with knowledge of the plan. But it wasn’t clear how soon the approximately 2,000 troops would be coming home and what the president’s decision would mean for vulnerable Kurdish allies that they have supported.” (12/19/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-19/trump-declares-victory-in-syria-amid-reports-u-s-to-withdraw

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2) Brexit: EU reveals no-deal plans
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The European Commission says it has started to implement its preparations for a no-deal Brexit — in case the UK crashes out of the EU without a plan. It has announced temporary measures to try to reduce the impact, but says it cannot counter all the problems it expects. As PM Theresa May’s proposed exit plan flounders in Parliament, both sides are preparing for the worst-case situation. The UK has allocated £2 billion ($2.5 billion) in funding to government departments. The European Commission’s measures are designed to limit disruption in certain key areas, such as finance and transport, if Brexit goes ahead in March without a deal. ‘These measures will not (and cannot) mitigate the overall impact of a “no-deal” scenario,’ it said in a statement.” (12/19/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46617152

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3) McConnell: Senate will vote on stopgap to avert fake shutdown, without new border wall funding
Source: Fox News

“Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Wednesday the Senate will consider a stopgap measure to continue funding the government and avert a shutdown later this week — but it won’t include President Trump’s desired $5 billion for border wall funding because of the ‘reality of our political moment.’ … ‘Later this morning, we’ll introduce a continuing resolution that will ensure continuous funding for the federal government,’ McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor. ‘The measure will provide the resources necessary to continue normal operations through February 8th.’ The announcement comes as Congress faces a Friday deadline to fund a portion of the government or risk a partial shutdown. Lawmakers had been at a standstill over the president’s demands for $5 billion to fund the border wall. The stopgap measure doesn’t include new funding for a border wall — something Democrats have opposed.” (12/19/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mcconnell-says-senate-will-vote-on-stopgap-measure-to-avert-government-shutdown-without-new-border-wall-funding

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4) Fed raises rates despite signs of economic softening
Source: CNN

“The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised interest rates for the fourth time this year, disregarding calls by President Donald Trump to slow down further rates to avoid making ‘another mistake.’ ‘The labor market has continued to strengthen and the economic activity has been rising at a strong rate,’ the Federal Open Market Committee said in its policy statement. ‘Jobs have been strong.’ Central bankers unanimously agreed under Chairman Jerome Powell to lift the federal funds rate, which controls the cost of mortgages, credit cards and other borrowing to a range of 2.25% and 2.5%.” (12/19/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/19/business/federal-reserve-december-rate-hike/index.html

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5) Judge strikes down bulk of Trump regime’s asylum screwjobbery
Source: The Hill

“A federal judge on Wednesday struck down most of the policies former Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued that made it almost impossible for victims of domestic and gang violence to seek asylum. Judge Emmet Sullivan, on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, said the policies, which created a stricter test to satisfy the ‘credible fear’ standard for the asylum claims, was unlawful.” (12/19/18)

https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/422078-judge-strikes-down-bulk-of-trump-administration-policy-cutting-off

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6) New secret filing in case of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen placed in NY federal court vault
Source: CNBC

“What’s in the vault? Someone on Wednesday filed a document saying something in connection with a criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. But who filed it and what it says are a mystery. The document, which is sealed from public view, was ‘placed in vault’ at U.S. District Court in Manhattan, according to a docket entry. The filing came a week after Cohen, 52, was sentenced to three years in prison for his guilty pleas in cases brought separately by federal prosecutors in New York, and by the office of special counsel Robert Mueller. The sealed document was filed in a case brought against Cohen by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.” (12/19/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/19/-filing-in-case-of-former-trump-lawyer-michael-cohen.html

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7) Congress quizzes Lynch behind closed doors
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“As the final days of the Republican-controlled House came to an end, former Attorney Gen. Loretta Lynch came to the Capitol under a subpoena and promptly got grilled by lawmakers about her infamous tarmac meeting with President Bill Clinton. Lynch was in the Capitol complex under a subpoena, just days after former FBI Director James Comey gave a second interview to two GOP-run committees. Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland told DailyMail.com that lawmakers did quiz Lynch about the tarmac meeting, but didn’t provide any details.” (12/19/18)

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6512921/Obamas-attorney-general-Loretta-Lynch-quizzed-Congress-closed-doors.html

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8) SpaceX, Blue Origin postpone rocket launches again due to technical issues
Source: Space.com

“Two back-to-back launches by SpaceX and Blue Origin will have to wait a bit longer for liftoff after technical issues forced both companies to call off launch attempts scheduled for today (Dec. 19). It’s the second day of launch delays for both companies. On Tuesday, a ground equipment issue forced Blue Origin to call off the attempted suborbital launch of its New Shepard spacecraft from West Texas. A short time later, a sensor issue on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket delayed the launch of a new GPS III navigation satellite for the U.S. Air Force from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.” (12/19/18)

https://www.space.com/42789-spacex-blue-origin-launches-delayed-again.html

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9) Michigan Republicans’ effort to curb Democrats’ power hits snag
Source: Reuters

“A Republican-backed bill in Michigan that would curb the authority of the incoming Democratic secretary of state appears dead, following weeks of intense criticism from Democrats who called the move a partisan power grab. It was one of a series of steps taken by Republican-dominated state legislatures in Michigan, Wisconsin and North Carolina after Democratic wins in last month’s elections, which Republicans have said are intended to improve transparency and accountability. A committee in Michigan’s Republican-led House of Representatives did not list the legislation on its agenda for Wednesday’s meeting, the final scheduled one of the year, and the committee’s Republican leader told the Detroit News that the bill would not be considered. The Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill earlier this month. It would take campaign finance oversight away from the secretary of state’s office and hand it to a newly created bipartisan commission.” (12/19/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-politics-states/michigan-republicans-effort-to-curb-democrats-power-hits-snag-idUSKCN1OI285

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10) Border Patrol gang issues new rules to quickly notify Congress of any migrant deaths
Source: USA Today

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued new guidelines this week requiring its agents to quickly inform CBP leadership, Congress, and the public of the death of people in its custody following intense criticism of the agency’s response to the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died earlier this month. Jakelin Caal Maquin died on Dec. 7 after crossing the southern border with her father in New Mexico and spending more than 11 hours in CBP custody. But her death did not become public until The Washington Post published a story about her case on Dec. 13. That delay led to sharp criticism from members of Congress, who said the agency had violated rules that require it to inform Congress and others of any deaths within 24 hours. CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan cited privacy concerns for the girl’s family, and concerns that the death would be politicized, for not disclosing the death earlier, including during an appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 11.” (12/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/12/19/border-patrol-outlines-new-rules-reporting-migrant-deaths/2363091002

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11) TN: Haslam to decide on Senate bid after leaving office
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said he will decide whether to run for an open U.S. Senate seat sometime after leaving office next month. The two-term governor told The Associated Press late Tuesday that he’s planning a short vacation with his wife after leaving office Jan. 19 to consider his decision. Haslam said he doesn’t have a deadline but won’t take six months. When Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander announced Monday that he wouldn’t run again in 2020, Haslam’s name quickly topped the list of possible replacements. Alexander’s decision gives Haslam his second chance in less than two years to think over a possible Senate run. In October 2017, Haslam announced that he would not run to replace retiring GOP Sen. Bob Corker, whose seat was won last month by GOP Sen.-elect Marsha Blackburn. But Haslam, who is highly popular and can self-fund campaigns with his personal wealth, said Tuesday that this time around is different because he’s leaving office.” (12/19/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Tennessee-gov-to-decide-on-Senate-bid-after-13477620.php

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12) Nevada makes history with first female-majority legislature
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Nevada has become the first state in the US with a female-majority legislature, where women hold 51% of seats. On Tuesday, Democrats Rochelle Nguyen and Beatrice Duran were appointed to the assembly, replacing lawmakers who had moved on from their posts. Of Nevada’s 63 legislative seats, 32 are now filled by women. The historic moment follows an election season that saw an unprecedented number of women win congressional seats. Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted about the milestone, saying: ‘Let’s make it the first of many.’ Before the last month’s mid-term elections, 38% of Nevada’s legislative seats were held by women. Women won seats during the mid-terms, but secured the majority only with Tuesday’s appointments.” (12/19/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46624406

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13) MI: Man claims self-defense in fatal stabbing
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram

“The Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office will determine if criminal charges are warranted in the stabbing death of a Frenchtown Township man. Javier Antonio Trent, 29, died of stab wounds during an apparent sale of a video game system that turned into a fatal confrontation … According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, a 21-year-old Dearborn Heights man was selling the Xbox for around $350. Trent apparently feigned interest in the device and made arrangements with the seller to meet at the trailer park where Trent lived. Detective Sgt. Robert Moody said the seller and Trent met at Magnolia and Anthony Streets around 8 p.m. Monday. At one point Trent pulled out a handgun and struck the seller over the head. The seller then pulled out a knife and stabbed Trent. The Dearborn Heights man then remained at the scene and called 911. Moody said it appears Trent never intended to purchase the video game console and the seller claimed he stabbed Trent in self-defense. … Trent was transported to ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital where he died of multiple stab wounds.” (12/19/18)

https://www.lenconnect.com/news/20181219/self-defense-claimed-in-knifing-death

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14) ObamaCare sign-ups fall 4% this year to 8.5 million amid uncertainty about future of law
Source: CNBC

“Obamacare sign-ups fell for a second year to 8.5 million as changes made by the Trump administration to scale back the health-care law took hold and legal challenges left the fate of the Affordable Care Act in question, according to new federal data released Wednesday. Approximately 8.8 million people signed up for coverage at the same time last year, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The agency added that the numbers released Wednesday are preliminary and do not represent final fiscal 2019 figures. Enrollment was down more than 10 percent one week prior.” (12/19/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/18/final-obamacare-enrollment-numbers-for-fiscal-2019-season.html

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15) Johnson & Johnson loses its battle to overturn a $4.7 billion baby powder verdict
Source: Fox News

“Things just went from bad to worse for consumer product giant Johnson & Johnson. After losing more than $40 billion in value amid an explosive Reuters report that it knew its iconic baby powders, at times, tested positive for asbestos, a carcinogen — it lost its bid to overturn a $4.7 billion verdict to plaintiffs who blamed the product for giving them cancer. On Wednesday, Johnson & Johnson lost its motion to reverse a jury verdict that awarded $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to a group of women that cited the cause of their ovarian cancer was from its baby powder and other talc products. The verdict was upheld by Missouri Judge Rex Burlison in circuit court. The plaintiffs, which included 22 women and their families, is one of the largest personal injury awards on record. On Monday, the company’s CEO Alex Gorksy released a national ad campaign, reiterating to the public that its baby powders are completely safe despite reports from both Reuters and The New York Times.” (12/19/18)

https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/jj-loses-its-battle-to-overturn-a-4-7b-baby-power-verdict

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16) Pope accepts resignation of Los Angeles bishop accused of misconduct
Source: Los Angeles Times

“Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Los Angeles auxiliary bishop, Msgr. Alexander Salazar, following allegations of misconduct with a minor in the 1990s, officials said Wednesday. The Vatican announced the resignation in a one-line statement. It was the latest in a string of cases of alleged misconduct against bishops to come to light this year, following the scandal of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick that exposed how bishops have largely avoided sanction for improper behavior.” (12/19/18)

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-bishop-salazar-resignation-20181219-story.html

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17) Skyrocketing seat selection fees enrage flyers, enrich airlines
Source: USA Today

“There is nothing special about aisle seat 18D on Delta Air Lines Flight 2876 from Atlanta to New York. No extra legroom, free drinks or priority boarding. But try to reserve it for a January weekend getaway and a price tag pops up: $59.99. One way. On top of the ticket price. Seat 18D is an ordinary aisle seat on American Airlines, too, but it’ll cost you $39 one way to reserve it on a flight between Dallas and Boston in mid-February. Prefer 12D a few rows up? That’ll be $43. 12E, a lowly middle seat, is going for $36. Seat selection fees, once the province of no frills discount airlines like Spirit and Allegiant, have become big business for major airlines — and a source of frustration and confusion for travelers. They are prevalent and pricey at American and Delta, and United starting selling them on Dec. 14, a move the company announced in August. United appears to be starting slow, with limited seats per flight and an initial fee of $9 each way, according to a spot check of routes by USA TODAY.” (12/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/2018/12/19/united-american-delta-preferred-seat-fees/2293721002

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18) NC: Cooper says he’ll veto election re-do bill unless changes are made
Source: CBS News

“North Carolina’s governor says he’s vetoing legislation directing new elections if fraud is found in a disputed U.S. House race because he says the hastily approved bill also adds new protections for lobbyists and people who violate campaign finance laws. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday he’ll sign the legislation if state lawmakers remove the section. Cooper objects to details like requiring that state elections officials refer apparent campaign finance crimes to a separate commission for a confidential review on whether prosecutors are notified. … Unofficial results show Republican Mark Harris leading Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes. Harris, who allegedly benefited from ballot fraud, said earlier this month that his campaign was ‘fully cooperating’ with the state Board of Elections’ investigation and that he supported holding a new election. Harris has denied knowledge of any wrongdoing on behalf of his campaign.” (12/19/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/north-carolina-governor-vetoing-bill-with-congressional-race-redo/

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19) NYC-area estate of first US self-made female millionaire sold
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The New York estate built a century ago by a daughter of slaves who made her fortune selling hair care products for black women has been bought by the owner of Essence magazine and his family. The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced Thursday that Madam C.J. Walker’s century-old Italianate villa-style mansion in New York City’s northern suburbs was recently bought by Dennis, founder of a skin and hair care products company, and his family. A purchase price wasn’t released. Walker was born Sarah Breedlove in Louisiana in 1867 to former slaves. After marrying St. Louis newspaperman Charles Joseph Walker, she changed her name to Madam C.J. Walker and began selling her own hair care and beauty products made for black women, a venture that made her wealthy as her name became known across the U.S., Central America and the Caribbean. Walker is considered the first self-made female millionaire in the United States.” (12/19/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/NYC-area-estate-of-1st-US-self-made-female-13478070.php

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20) DC Circuit upholds mystery grand jury subpoena
Source: The Hill

“An unnamed corporation owned by a foreign government cannot avoid a grand jury subpoena, according to a court decision on Tuesday. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the subpoena of a mystery witness in a sealed case that earlier this year stirred speculation about possible ties to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. According to the decision, an unnamed corporation owned by a foreign country, known only in the opinion as ‘Country A,’ tried to quash the subpoena, arguing it was immune from criminal proceedings under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and that the subpoena is unenforceable because it would require ‘the Corporation’ to violate ‘Country A’s’ domestic law.” [editor’s note: “Sealed” cases and unidentified subpoena targets shouldn’t even exist – TLK] (12/18/18)

https://thehill.com/regulation/421977-dc-circuit-upholds-mystery-grand-jury-subpoena

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

21) Will reducing transaction costs be the end of retail?
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Michael Munger

“Every firm faces what we now think of as the ‘make or buy’ decision. An auto company may own the steel company that supplies the metal used to make the cars. It probably does not own the iron mine where the ore to make the steel is dug out. And almost certainly, the auto company does not own the wheat farm where the grain used to make bread for sandwiches in the employee cafeteria is grown. If it is cheaper to buy, the firm shrinks; if it is cheaper to make, the firm grows. Much of the cost of using the market and price mechanism is transaction costs. You have to be able to find, obtain, and reliably depend on the quality of what you can buy, if you decide not to make that item yourself. That raises the question of whether there have to be firms at all, if transaction costs fall far enough.” (12/19/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/will-reducing-transaction-costs-be-end-retail

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22) Let Trump shut down the government. Then watch him suffer the consequences.
Source: The Week
by Shikha Dalmia

“Tough border controls do not make a sovereign country more sovereign. A county that opens the door to immigrants is exercising its sovereignty just as much as one that doesn’t. If that were not the case, North Korea would be the only sovereign nation on the planet. That said, everyone should be rooting for Trump to follow through on his threat to shut down the government. This is especially true of opponents of the Great Wall of Trump. The president simply won’t back off from his insistence on the wall so long as there’s any ambiguity around whether it will cost him politically. And there are good reasons to believe it will.” (12/19/18)

https://theweek.com/articles/812562/let-trump-shut-down-government-watch-suffer-consequences

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23) My declaration of faithful disobedience
Source: AnarchoChristian
by Wang Yi

“I accept and respect the fact that this Communist regime has been allowed by God to rule temporarily. As the Lord’s servant John Calvin said, wicked rulers are the judgment of God on a wicked people, the goal being to urge God’s people to repent and turn again toward him. For this reason, I am joyfully willing to submit myself to their enforcement of the law as though submitting to the discipline and training of the Lord. At the same time, I believe that this Communist regime’s persecution against the church is a greatly wicked, unlawful action. As a pastor of a Christian church, I must denounce this wickedness openly and severely. The calling that I have received requires me to use non-violent methods to disobey those human laws that disobey the Bible and God. My Savior Christ also requires me to joyfully bear all costs for disobeying wicked laws.” (12/19/18)

https://www.anarchochristian.com/my-declaration-of-faithful-disobedience/

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24) Presidents will be presidents
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine

“Particularly after they’ve left office, presidents are reassessed in a kinder light than they merit. It’s great if they were nice to their family, fraternity brothers, or fellow politicians, but what about the people whose lives their administrations affected? Our view of them is often different. How come they do us like they do? Not only us, but people in other countries. Sometimes especially people in other countries. Do those on the receiving end of bombing raids or drone strikes regard the president who ordered them as a stand-up guy?” (12/19/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1928

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25) Solar shouldn’t be forced on city
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“I’m in favor of solar energy. I’m not in favor of city commissions spending money on it, or on anything else. The news that the Clovis city commissioners want to spend your money for land on which solar energy could be ‘developed’ sounds like more government-as-usual to me. Once the money is spent, who is to guarantee the land would be used as promised, or that there would ever be a payoff? Spend other people’s money now, benefit later … maybe, if everything works out exactly as we imagine, which it never does.” (12/19/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/12/19/voices/opinion-solar-shouldnt-be-forced-on-city/160235.html

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26) There’s more than one way to be green
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by Peter Roff & Drew Johnson

“This fall, Hurricanes Michael and Florence clobbered communities along the coasts. Global warming didn’t cause these natural disasters — but there are those who argue it likely exacerbated the damage by raising ocean temperatures, giving the storms more power. Many of those same people, mostly environmental activists and politicians, used them as an excuse to attack the GOP for failing to combat climate change even before they hit land. Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said those who ‘do nothing are putting the lives of our children and grandchildren at risk.’ Such criticism is unfair. Republicans and conservatives want to pass on a clean planet to their children. They disagree with Democrats and liberals like Harris and former Vice President Al Gore about the best way to do it.” (12/18/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/carbon-tax-global-warming-2

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27) FDA policies kill
Source: Town Hall
by Walter E Williams

“Among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s responsibilities are approval and regulation of pharmaceutical drugs. In short, its responsibility is to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs. In the performance of this task, FDA officials can make two types of errors — statistically known as the type I error and type II error. With respect to the FDA, a type I error is the rejection or delayed approval of a drug that is safe and effective (erring on the side of over-caution) and a type II error is the approval of a drug that has unanticipated dangerous side effects, or erring on the side of under-caution. Let’s examine the incentives of FDA officials. If FDA officials err on the side of under-caution and approve a drug that has unanticipated dangerous side effects, the victims of their mistake will be highly visible. There may be congressional hearings, embarrassment to the agency and officials fired.” (12/19/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2018/12/19/fda-policies-kill-n2537571

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28) The change of official enemies under George H.W. Bush
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Missing from all the accolades heaped on former President H.W. Bush, who passed away a few weeks ago, was the fact that Bush presided over the biggest transition of official enemies of our country in the 70-year-old history of the U.S. national-security state. From the time the U.S. government was converted from a limited-government republic to a national-security state after World War II, the official enemy of the United States was the Soviet Union …. in 1989 the U.S. national-security establishment lost its official enemy, and it was panicked. It knew that it needed an official enemy to keep Americans scared. If Americans weren’t scared of some official enemy, they might start asking an uncomfortable question: Why do we need a national-security state and why can’t we have our limited-government republic back? That’s when H.W. came to the rescue.” (12/19/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/12/19/the-change-of-official-enemies-under-george-h-w-bush/

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29) Quantum Vibe, 12/19/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (12/19/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1888

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30) How schools can follow the money that should be theirs
Source: The American Prospect
by Rachel M Cohen

“Less than two months ago, hundreds of Baton Rouge educators voted to stage a walkout in protest of requests by ExxonMobil for millions of dollars in local property tax abatements. Working in conjunction with a faith-based group, Together Baton Rouge, the teachers called on the state to direct the proposed corporate subsidies back into public education. ExxonMobil has defended its tax breaks as necessary to create a stable and hospitable business climate. Unlike teachers in Baton Rouge, who learned of the oil giant’s exemption from their state’s longstanding Industrial Tax-Exemption Program, most jurisdictions have lacked any real picture of how much money public schools are losing, or could lose, due to corporate tax abatements. That all began to change in 2015 when the Government Accounting Standards Board, a private organization that sets professional standards for public-sector bookkeeping, issued a new rule requiring state and local governments to disclose corporate subsidies on their annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs).” (12/19/18)

https://prospect.org/article/how-schools-can-follow-money-should-be-theirs

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31) Learning the real lesson of ObamaCare
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“[T]the problem with Obamacare isn’t one federal judge. The problem with Obamacare isn’t Republicans. The problem with Obamacare is Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act is a clumsy, clunky, ill-begotten legislative program executed with approximately the skill that a team of dead-average chimpanzees would bring to rebuilding the engine of a Ferrari GTC4Lusso. It was a mess, and it remains a mess — and that is not a view exclusive to Republicans. Democrats began working to get rid of parts of the law — notably the ‘Cadillac’ tax that so annoyed their union constituency — before it was even implemented.” (12/19/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/12/obamacare-program-paul-krugman-sabotage-claim/

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32) Bitcoin history, part 5: A wild altcoin appears
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“It’s hard to imagine a time before cryptocurrency exchanges were stocked with hundreds of digital assets. A time before the pejorative ‘shitcoin’ had been coined and there was no such metric as bitcoin dominance. But travel back to late 2010 and that’s exactly what you’d have found: a cryptosphere in which BTC was the only coin in town. But all that was about to change.” (12/19/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/bitcoin-history-part-5-a-wild-altcoin-appears/

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33) Here comes the 2020 election interference; it will be worse
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“It would be an understatement to say that Big Tech had a very bad 2018. This was the year of Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Sundar Pichai raising their right hands before Congress. It was the year that Cambridge Analytica became a household name, and the year that social media was implicated not only in data misuse and election interference, but ethnic cleansing. Perhaps above all, this was the year that Big Tech lost its luster, when Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others finally came under widespread scrutiny — from the press, politicians, and the broader public alike. And 2018 isn’t even over yet, much to Facebook’s chagrin. The New York Times delivered another shock on Tuesday, reporting that the company gave Microsoft, Spotify, Netflix, Yahoo, and some of the other biggest tech companies in the world ‘more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules.’” (12/19/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152764/comes-2020-election-interference-will-worse

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34) And so it begins
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘Your time is up, white people,’ South African politician Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi offered. This woman, who belongs to the Economic Freedom Fighters, a ‘far left’ political party, is defending something Frederic Bastiat would have dubbed the very worst kind of ‘legal plunder’: in this case, a land grab from white farmers to give to (some) blacks, without compensation.” (12/19/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/12/19/and-so-it-begins/

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35) Imagine if we paid for food like we do healthcare
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Dr. Ryan Neuhofel

“You enter the grocery store parking lot at 4:15p, having taken off work early because this particular store closes at 5:00p. This FoodMart wasn’t your personal preference based on quality, service, amenities, or price. You choose it, like all of your previous food choices, because it was included in your new food management plan’s network. Thankfully, your new Green Cross Green Shield (GCGS) Bronze-Select food plan is a benefit provided by your new employer. There is some payroll deduction stuff that you don’t quite understand yet. Most of the plan’s $680 monthly premium is hidden from you and drastically reduces your wages. Still, you are happy that your food plan costs only (as far as you know) $123 per paycheck. Despite not being particularly pleased with any of your previous food plans, you always try to take full advantage of the tax-preferred option of buying groceries and eating out as the plan allows. After all, you and most Americans haven’t known a different way of eating in your lifetimes. This is how you have purchased food since your parents’ employer’s food plan stopped covering you at age 26.” (12/18/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/building-tomorrow/imagine-we-paid-food-we-do-healthcare

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36) How Trump can strengthen his hand with China
Source: Reuters
by Robert Boxwell

“The first topic Donald Trump mentioned when announcing his candidacy for president in June 2015 was China. ‘They kill us’ on trade, he said, and promised to fix that. Two years into his presidency, repairing U.S.-China trade is a work in progress. Trump has awakened the United States and much of the West to a problem ignored for too long, which is a good thing. But through words and actions, he has also hurt efforts to resolve it. After unfruitful talks deteriorated into tit-for-tat tariffs this year, the two sides announced a 90-day truce on Dec. 1, ostensibly to work toward a comprehensive agreement to fix decades of what the United States sees as bad trade behavior by Beijing. Good luck with that. Even U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who is one of the most experienced people working on the problem, doesn’t seem optimistic about a deal by the deadline.” (12/19/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-boxwell-trade-commentary/commentary-how-trump-can-strengthen-his-hand-with-china-idUSKCN1OI1RD

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37) Communities of the deplorable
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“Modern elitists find tribalism to be a handy tool. They’re perfectly happy to have useful idiots creating diversions and divisions for them. Think Twitter and F*c*b**k, as well as college campuses and the streets of ‘progressive’ metropoli. But I believe they fear communities. Real, real-world communities. They probably don’t fear communities as much as they should, but surely they realize that when groups of people find and effectively support each other, they become less susceptible to the ‘phony tinsel’ purchased by perpetual debt and more resistant to the centralized control and corruption that goes with it.” (12/18/18)

https://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2018/12/18/communities-of-the-deplorable/

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38) There are many problems with public opinion
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“People like to look good. They are prone to answer questions from pollsters in ways that make them look good. There’s the famous ‘Bradley effect’ where California voters were reluctant to tell pollsters that they did not intend to vote for the African-American candidate. I wonder if that wasn’t also a part of Trump’s surprise win?” (12/18/18)

https://www.econlib.org/the-many-problems-with-public-opinion/

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39) If you’re using “white privilege” to shut people up, maybe you’re the problem
Source: USA Today
Katrina Trinko

“The way to fight identity politics isn’t to embrace them yourself. Unfortunately, that lesson seems to have been lost on Julian von Abele, the caucasian Columbia University student who shouted, in a now viral video, ‘White people are the best thing to ever happen to the world. … We are so amazing.’ In a subsequent statement to The Daily Beast, von Abele struck a different tone, stating, ‘I am not a white supremacist or racist … My reaction that evening grew out of my distaste for the overuse of the term ‘white privilege’ and similar divisive rhetoric as a means of dismissing views of others.’ While I decry von Abele’s initial remarks (he seems to be conflating skin color with the ideological roots of Western Civilization, which have nothing do with skin color, as well as ignoring the contributions of other cultures to our modern world) I do agree that ‘white privilege’ shouldn’t be used to shut people up.” (12/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/12/19/privilege-any-kind-shouldnt-used-silence-individuals-column/2330891002

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40) The Center Can Hold: Public Policy for an Age of Extremes
Source: Niskanen Center
by Brink Lindsey, Will Wilkinson, Steve Teles, & Samuel Hammond

“American liberal democracy is experiencing a crisis of legitimacy, which began with Donald Trump’s victory in the Republican primary and was underscored by his elevation to the presidency. Neither event could have occurred in a healthy, stable, well-governed polity. In this paper, we contend that new governing approaches are needed to resolve the crisis. The best way to quiet populist distemper and restore faith in democratic institutions is for those institutions to deliver effective governance. Failures of governance got us into this mess and public confidence will return only when government merits confidence by successfully solving real problems.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (12/18/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/the-center-can-hold-public-policy-for-an-age-of-extremes/

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41) The unconstitutional bump stock ban and what to do about it
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

“Today, the Trump administration rolled out its new federal regulation banning bump-fire stocks. Anyone who possesses one of the devices will have 90 days to turn in or destroy it once the final rule is published in the federal register. That is expected to happen this Friday. The ban is wholly unconstitutional. And it is almost identical, in process, to a failed attempt by the Obama administration to ban M855 ammunition. But it can be nullified through state, local, and individual resistance.” (12/18/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/12/18/the-unconstitutional-bump-stock-ban-and-what-to-do-about-it/

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42) Michael Flynn now has three options to stay out of prison
Source: Fox News Forum
by Alan Dershowitz

“U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan’s handling of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s sentencing hearing Tuesday on Flynn’s guilty plea to lying to the FBI was anything but exemplary. The judge (who has a well-deserved reputation as both tough and fair) made several fundamental errors right at the outset. First, Sullivan suggested that Flynn might be guilty of treason. This reflects an abysmal ignorance of the governing case law. Nothing Flynn did comes even close to satisfying the strict definition of treason. The U.S. Constitution states: ‘Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same Overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.’ Flynn admitted he represented Turkey before he became a federal employee as President Trump’s national security adviser, but said he failed to register until later under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.” (12/19/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/alan-dershowitz-michael-flynn-now-has-three-options-to-stay-out-of-prison

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43) Trump’s wall will not stop terrorism
Source: Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh

“Trump is the latest American politician to argue that there’s a large threat from terrorists crossing the Mexican border. … There is almost no evidence of a terrorist threat from the Mexican border. Not a single Mexican or Central American has committed or planned to commit an attack on U.S. soil since 1975. The Center for Immigration Studies has done more than any group to exaggerate the terrorist threat along the border. Yet even its own report could not identify a single individual who has committed or tried to commit an attack on U.S. soil after crossing the border.” (12/18/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trumps-wall-will-not-stop-terrorism

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44) The First Step Act is not sweeping criminal justice reform — and the risk is that it becomes the only step
Source: The Intercept
by Natasha Lennard

“To call the First Step Act limited would be an understatement. The legislation could make a crucial material difference to the lives of thousands of incarcerated people — something that should not be dismissed — but it would hardly make a dent in America’s mass incarceration problem. If the bill is actually a first step toward a more robust process of ending mass incarceration policies, that would be one thing. But, all too often, when the bar for progressive legislation is set low in the service of compromise with intransigent Republicans, tepid reform becomes the extent of the fight, not a pathway to more profound change.” (12/19/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/12/19/first-step-act-criminal-justice-reform-bill/

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45) Note to Michael Flynn: Federal court is not Twitter
Source: The Atlantic
by Ken White

“Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn on Tuesday got an unpleasant lesson on the difference between politically effective arguments and legally astute ones. Backed by an array of well-wishers including President Trump, and buoyed by widespread conservative arguments that the FBI had violated his rights, Flynn walked into a federal courtroom in Washington hoping for the probationary sentence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had recommended. Instead he was threatened with jail by a furious United States District Judge Emmet Sullivan, who accused him of selling America out and forced him to retreat from his evasions. Flynn’s lawyers hastily agreed to delay the sentencing until March 2019 so that he might strive to cooperate further with the Special Counsel and perhaps work off the custodial sentence that Sullivan was clearly contemplating. This may have been a shock to Flynn, but it was predictable to everyone who understands that federal court is neither Twitter nor a cable news show.” (12/18/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/12/how-michael-flynns-lawyers-messed/578503/

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46) Report shows Trump kept his word to those on bottom
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“During the 2016 campaign, President Trump promised blue-collar and low-wage service sector workers that he would improve their lot. A new labor-market study by a major business group suggests he’s kept his word. The study by the Conference Board, the New York-based global business organization and think tank, found that blue-collar workers aren’t just doing better, they’re now in short supply. ‘Reversing a decades-long trend in the U.S. jobs market, companies are now having a more difficult time finding blue-collar workers than white-collar workers,’ the Conferece Board said. The report added that ‘growing blue-collar labor shortages will continue in 2019 and beyond.’” (12/18/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/blue-collar-deplorables-rising

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47) 2019 outlook: The state of sound money in the United States
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by JP Cortez

“The Great Recession, coupled with the ‘Ron Paul Revolution,’ prompted a renaissance of the sound money movement in the United States. As Germany, Russia, and China — to name a few — continue to increase their gold holdings, the hegemonic power of Federal Reserve Notes (referred to today as the dollar) is slowly slipping away. Simultaneously, whispers — once relegated to fringe corners — of restoring sound money have become passionate, concerned, and loud.” (12/18/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/2019-outlook-state-sound-money-united-states

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48) Fear of China is becoming hysterical
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“[Y]ou insist that I’m ‘crazy to doubt China’s chance [of] dominating all the industries they want.’ If by ‘dominating’ you mean ‘have a comparative advantage,’ understand this: when a country (or a person, or a collection of persons) gets a comparative advantage in the production of some output, it necessarily gets a comparative disadvantage in the production of some other output or outputs. And it matters not how the comparative advantage that is gotten is gotten. So Beijing’s successful effort to get for Chinese producers a comparative advantage in the production of, say, microchips, will thereby also be Beijing’s successful effort to get for Chinese producers a comparative disadvantage in the production of some other good or service.” (12/19/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/12/fear-china-becoming-hysterical.html

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49) Pro tip: You can “bump fire” without a “bump stock”
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Austin Petersen

“The bump fire stock is a novelty, and does not make a rifle more lethal. In fact it can actually make it less deadly as its fire becomes unpredictable. … Bump firing is a method, and that method is not intrinsically tied to any one firearm accessory such as the one that is in question here. Do you have jeans with a belt loop? You can bump fire.” (12/18/18)

https://thelibertarianrepublic.com/protip-you-can-bump-fire-without-a-bump-stock/

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50) This lawsuit could sink Trump’s steel tariffs
Source: Reason
by Eric Boehm

“President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs face their first major legal battle on Wednesday, as the U.S. Court of International Trade will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 1962 federal law used to impose those tariffs. The lawsuit argues that Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 should be found unconstitutional because the law lacks any ‘intelligible principle’ limiting the president’s authority to impose tariffs on supposedly ‘national security’ grounds. The U.S. Constitution grants Congress the sole authority for setting trade policy, the lawsuit contends, and delegation of that authority is allowed only in specific instances — not in the sweeping way authorized by Section 232.” (12/19/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/12/19/this-lawsuit-could-sink-trumps-steel-and

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51) Three reasons France’s “yellow vest” protests are moral (and two reasons they’re not)
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“French highways found themselves clogged with indignation during the fifth week of the gilets jaunes (‘yellow vest’) protests. How should Christians think about these demonstrations? Are their means and ends moral or immoral?” (12/18/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/12/18/3-reasons-frances-yellow-vest-protests-are-moral-and-2

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52) The Brexit dilemma: Markets or politics?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“In the 1950s, some of those who worked for a European Common Market did so because they saw it as a means to two desirable ends: First, they wanted an intensified interdependency between the economies of Europe, especially those of Germany and France, through a system of free trade that would help diminish the likelihood of another catastrophic war like World Wars I and II among the nations of Europe. Second, they considered a Europe-wide free trade zone as the entree to a better world of freedom and free enterprise with the free movement of people, goods, and money. … Unfortunately, even before the ink was dry on the 1957 agreement that formally created the Common Market (which the U.K. joined in 1973), the direction of Europe-wide policy by the soon-growing number of member countries was increasingly interventionist.” (12/19/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-brexit-dilemma-markets-or-politics/

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53) Tim May has passed
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto influenced me greatly. It was an important document when it was released and its importance has only grown since then. Today surveillance technology is pervasive, which has caused many people to feel hopeless but, as The Crypto Anarchist Manifesto pointed out, technological advances would also give people the power to communicate away from the gaze of Big Brother. May’s predictions did pan out.” (12/18/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/12/18/tim-may-has-passed/

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54) This isn’t news; this is war crimes apologia
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“The fact that George W Bush has given Michelle Obama two pieces of candy is once again making headlines in mainstream outlets like Time, The Hill, and Newsweek. He has not given her any new pieces of candy since the last time he did so at his father’s funeral. He also has not ceased to be the man who facilitated the murder of a million Iraqis and inflicted a whole new level of military expansionism and Orwellian surveillance upon our world. As near as I can tell, the only reason this story is once again making headlines is because Michelle Obama and the mainstream media have decided to bring it up again. ‘He has the presence of mind and the sense of humor to bring me a mint, and he made it a point to give me that mint right then and there and that’s the beauty of George Bush,’ Obama said of the war criminal in conversation at the SAP Center over the weekend, which we apparently need to know about because the news is telling us about it.” (12/19/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/12/19/this-isnt-news-this-is-war-crimes-apologia

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55) Analyzing the bump-stock-type devices rule
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“Sorry this took so long. It’s 157 pages of bureaucratese. And partway through I got sidetracked by a closely related issue. The key points are: 1. It is an outright, ungrandfathered, ban on bump-fire stocks (BSTD; and there’s a reason I’m adopting the ATF’s acronym -grin-), as expected. 2. It is as bad as expected, reiterating lies. 3. It is potentially the basis for a complete semi-auto ban, due to the nature of the lies. I’ll address things as I encountered them as I read the document, so this will ramble.” (12/18/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=5715

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56) Free Man Beyond the Wall, episode 196
Source: Free Man Beyond the Wall

“‘Everything I Don’t Like is Left-Wing’ — Nazi Edition.” [various formats] (12/19/18)

http://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-196-everything-i-dont-like-is-left-wing-nazi-edition

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57) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/19/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“After a leak in the Wall Street Journal suggested a major reversal in US policy in Syria, President Trump confirmed in a Tweet this morning that the US was withdrawing from Syria. Starting immediately. Will the president follow through? What will the neocons do? Is there another false-flag danger?” [Flash video] (12/19/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trump-shocker-were-leaving-syria-does-he-mean-it

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58) Political Theater with Jason Dick, episode 49
Source: Roll Call

“Whether it was a cramped schedule, the funeral of a president, changes to the tax code or overall crankiness, the holiday party scene this year seemed a little, um, meh. CQ Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski, Kate Ackley and Peter Cohn crash the party that is Political Theater to discuss the wine, song and tax deductions of the Washington holiday party circuit.” [various formats] (12/19/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/podcasts/tax-reform-dampen-holiday-party-spirit

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59) Reason Podcast, 12/19/18
Source: Reason

“[W]hen Reason celebrated its 50th anniversary in November, we presented much diagnosis of, and some cures for, our fiscal insanity, through the expert testimony of an all-star panel: Former White House counsel and ambassador to the European Union C. Boyden Gray (who also moonlights as an Adam Smith champion and Reason Foundation trustee); the foundation’s Pension Integrity Project Managing Director Len Gilroy, and Reason.com Managing Editor Peter Suderman. [Matt Welch] moderated.” [various formats] (12/19/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/12/19/finding-a-cure-for-our-fiscal-insanity

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60) Scott Adams Says, 12/19/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Flynn, the Wence, Trump Charity, Sargon and Patreon, Climate and coffee.” [Flash video] (12/19/18)

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

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61) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/19/18
Source: Cato Institute

“How effective would a border wall be against drug smugglers? The answer can tell us a lot about how effective it would be against illegal migrants. Cato’s David Bier is author of a new policy analysis on the subject.” [various formats] (12/19/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/how-legalizing-marijuana-securing-border

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62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 286
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #286, I update the claims of the Russiagate conspiracy. The Mueller probe has continued to indict and get plea agreements. However, no proof has been produced to prove any Russiagate claims. I examine the case of Maria Butina and what crimes she actually committed.” [various formats] (12/19/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-286-the-russia-conspiracy-theory-wont-die

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63) Electric Libertyland, episode 103
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Brian McWilliams salutes an invoking of the War Powers Act to strike down U.S. support for the war in Yemen before turning his attention to attacking the 2018 Farm Bill’s subsidy madness.” [various formats] (12/19/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/12/19/ell-103-elizabeth-warren-wants-government-to-manufacture-pharma/

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64) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 27
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie examine Happy Christmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon. I know we said we needed more lyrics but give us this one, it’s a political christmas song. That’s a pretty tall order, leave it to the commies to ruin Christmas.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/19/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/the-war-on-christmasmusic-with-the-pecones-sounds-like-liberty-episode-27/

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65) Free Talk Live, 12/18/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Johnson Beats Bell’s Palsy :: Bump Stock Ban :: FBI Court Filing Reveals Alleged Trump Involvement With Russia :: Lab Grown Meat and Religious Beliefs :: Kim Dotcom and New Zealand :: Govt Shutdown :: Bitcoin Naysayer :: Edgington Post – Dayna Martin :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/18/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-12-18

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66) Editor’s Break, episode 122
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 122 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: an article he wrote in April of 2008 on why liberty and freedom are important prerequisites to discovering and implementing truth and new ideas.” [various formats] (12/18/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/reasons-for-freedom-11m-editors-break-122

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67) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1307
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Ron Paul says he can’t think of a more prolific free-market economist in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis than my guest today, Bob Murphy. Today we follow Bob’s personal and intellectual trajectory, from a high school student who knew he wanted to be an economics professor, to one of the most accomplished and widely praised economists working in the tradition of the Austrian School today.” [various formats] (12/18/18)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1307-the-economist-ron-paul-wants-you-to-know/

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68) Reese Erlich on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Reese Erlich talks to Scott about the war in Yemen and about his latest article on the Russiagate controversy.” [various formats] (12/18/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/12-17-18-reese-erlich-on-all-trumps-wars/

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69) The Remnant, episode 76
Source: National Review

“Why is Jurassic Park unrealistic? Why was Woodrow Wilson so bad? Does it help Trump to appease his base and alienate everyone else? Jonah answers these questions, or at least attempts to, on the penultimate episode of The Remnant this year.” [various formats] (12/18/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/the-remnant-with-jonah-goldberg/episode-76-pet-peeve-festival/

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

“Aryeh Cohen-Wade (Joking on the Square, @AryehCW) and Ruth Graham (Slate) … Ruth’s podcast about Ruby Ridge, Standoff … The key mistakes the Weavers and the government made … Vicki Weaver, the driving force behind the family’s radical beliefs … How the crisis on Ruby Ridge escalated and was resolved … Comparing the ’90s militia movement and today’s far right … What lessons did the government learn about standoffs? … The nation fell in love with Sully, George H.W. Bush’s devoted dog … and then the nation got mad at Ruth for popping the Sully bubble.” [Flash video] (12/18/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/54381

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