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In the News:

0) A note from the publisher
1) Report: Order to withdraw US forces from Syria signed
2) Mnuchin calls US bank CEOs amid financial market rout
3) US shutdown [sic] could stretch into January
4) SCOTUS: Ginsburg up and working after surgery
5) Schiff: Democrats will subpoena Mueller report if Trump tries to hide it
6) CA: Regime issues Zoox first permit to transport passengers in driverless vehicles
7) LA: Police say LSU players involved in shooting acted in self-defense
8) Sudan protests: Police fire tear gas as violence spreads
9) SpaceX launches next-gen GPS satellite for US Air Force
10) Argentina: Radio host ordered to have feminists on show
11) GoFundMe account looks to buy “ladders” to scale Trump’s border wall
12) UN calls on British authorities to allow Assange to leave Ecuadorian embassy
13) Venezuela navy confronts Exxon oil ship in Guyana border dispute
14) Afghanistan: Ghani replaces top security chiefs in major shake-up
15) Texas inmate faces April execution for 1998 dragging death
16) Indonesia: 222 dead, more than 800 injured after Anak Krakatoa sparks “volcano tsunami”
17) Millipede discovered inside suitcase at Atlanta airport
18) DoD: Trump fires Mattis early, Shanahan to take over January 1
19) Ghosn’s arrest brings attention to Japan’s “hostage justice”
20) Canadian regime to Chinese regime: We can abduct your citizens but you mustn’t abduct ours

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Go go GoFund.gov!
22) Endless war has been normalized and everyone is crazy
23) Six reasons to hate the TSA when you travel this Christmas
24) Saying you’re against fascists doesn’t excuse acting like one
25) Erasmus: The great humanist
26) Trump & Putin upsetting the war hawks
27) What a border wall GoFundMe campaign says about America
28) Wilson and the accused informant
29) Owen Jones stamps his little feet over Japan not accepting colonialism
30) The insufferable James Comey
31) Trump is right to withdraw US troops from Syria
32) “What could go wrong?” she chirped.
33) Top 10 reform options from the CBO
34) Mattis exit makes the world more volatile
35) Trump does something right for once
36) The fetish for manufacturing is foolish
37) Controversial … chaotic … but not a do-nothing Congress
38) Crowdfunding the government
39) The merciful end of the “adults in the room” fantasy
40) Germany’s green transition has hit a brick wall
41) Unconstitutional anti-boycott legislation should not become law
42) Working-class journalism in the age of oligarchs
43) It’s a Festivus miracle!
44) The Satoshi Revolution — afterword
45) Looking into a mirror — demands of liberty
46) No economic reason to fear China
47) Trump plan to win the shutdown: A noun, a verb, and “caravan”
48) Sorry, lefties & never-Trumpers, Mattis quitting is no crisis
49) How the Gulf War gave us the antiwar right
50) The anatomy of a government shutdown
51) A Christmas gift from James Madison: The Virginia Resolutions of 1798
52) When is a market failure not a market failure?
53) Federal Reserve creates dangerous amounts of dodgy debt
54) Why they don’t like Tzipi Livni
55) Quantum Vibe, 12/21/18

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The Bob Zadek Show, 12/23/18
57) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/23/18
58) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 25
59) Free Talk Live, 12/22/18
60) Five Minutes Five Issues, espisode 133
61) Philip Weiss on The Scott Horton Show
62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1310
63) Scott Adams Says, 12/22/18
64) Reason Podcast, 12/21/18
65) This Week in Bitcoin, 12/21/18
66) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 287
67) Felony Friday, episode 155
68) Political Theater, 12/21/18
69) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 12/21/18
70) Bloggingheads.tv, 12/20/18

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1) Report: Order to withdraw US forces from Syria signed
Source: CNN

“The order to withdraw US forces from Syria has been signed. A US defense official confirmed to CNN that ‘the execute order for Syria has been signed,’ while a second defense official told CNN that outgoing Defense Secretary James Mattis signed it The execute order spells out how and when the withdrawal of US forces from Syria will take place, but the official would not provide any additional operational details.” (12/23/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/23/politics/syria-withdrawal-pentagon-signed-order/index.html

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2) Mnuchin calls US bank CEOs amid financial market rout
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump’s Treasury secretary called America’s top bankers on Sunday and said he got reassurances about the health of the nation’s banks amid an ongoing rout on Wall Street. U.S. stocks have plunged in recent weeks on concerns over slowing economic growth, with the S&P 500 index .SPX on pace for its biggest percentage decline in December since the Great Depression. ‘Today I convened individual calls with the CEOs of the nation’s six largest banks,’ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Twitter shortly before financial markets were due to open in Asia.” (12/23/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-treasury/treasury-secretary-convenes-calls-with-top-us-bankers-idUSKCN1OM0LJ

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3) US shutdown [sic] could stretch into January
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A partial US government shutdown over budget spending could continue right up to the opening of the next Congress on 3 January, a Trump aide has said. The shutdown began at midnight Friday after opposition Democrats resisted President Donald Trump’s demand for $5bn (£4bn) for his Mexico border wall. Mr Trump’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, suggested Democrats were ‘beholden’ to their left wing. A Democratic senator said his party opposed any funding for the wall. ‘That’s correct,’ Sen Jeff Merkley told an ABC news interviewer when asked if his party was not going to approve any money for the Trump administration’s project. ‘None.’ Earlier, the party offered a sum of $1.3bn for border security. Mr Trump himself took to Twitter on Sunday to defend his plans for the border with Mexico.” (12/23/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46668944

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4) SCOTUS: Ginsburg up and working after surgery
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up and working as she recuperates from cancer surgery. A spokeswoman for the court, Kathy Arberg, also says that Ginsburg remained in New York at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center on Sunday. No information has been released on when Ginsburg might return home. Ginsburg underwent surgery Friday to remove two malignant growths in her left lung. Doctors say there is no evidence of any remaining disease.” (12/23/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Court-says-Justice-Ginsburg-up-and-working-after-13487861.php

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5) Schiff: Democrats will subpoena Mueller report if Trump tries to hide it
Source: The Hill

“Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the likely incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says Democrats will subpoena special counsel Robert Mueller’s report if President Trump tries to invoke executive privilege to keep it secret. ‘I’m prepared to make sure we do everything possible so that the public has the advantage of as much of the information as it can,’ Schiff said on CNN’s ‘State of the Union.’ Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for the president and a leading spokesman for his legal team, in September predicted that Trump may object to Mueller’s report being released to the public, arguing it could violate executive privilege. Schiff on Sunday said parts of the report may have to be held back, but argued that the public deserves to have access to it.” [editor’s note: “The public” paid every dime of the bill for Mueller’s antics, and should see every word of his explanation for them – TLK] (12/23/18)

https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/422659-schiff-democrats-will-subpoena-mueller-report-if-trump-tries-to-hide

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6) CA: Regime issues Zoox first permit to transport passengers in driverless vehicles
Source: Venture Beat

“Self-driving car startup Zoox has become the first company to receive approval from California regulators to operate an autonomous ride service for public passengers, state regulators said on Friday. The California Public Utilities Commission said Silicon Valley-based Zoox is the first company to join a state pilot program in which self-driving cars will transport members of the public, marking a step forward in the development of fully autonomous urban transportation options. … However, the robot cars will not be unleashed without human oversight. Regulators are requiring that a backup test driver remain in the driver’s seat to take over if necessary. Zoox is also not allowed to charge passengers, keeping the prospect of a profitable business model elusive.” (12/22/18)

https://venturebeat.com/2018/12/22/california-grants-zoox-first-permit-to-transport-passengers-in-driverless-vehicles/

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7) LA: Police say LSU players involved in shooting acted in self-defense
Source: ESPN

“Two LSU football players involved in a fatal shooting Saturday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were the victims of an attempted robbery who acted in self-defense by shooting the man who was allegedly trying to rob them, Baton Rouge police said Sunday morning. Police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said in a statement that the two student-athletes, who have been identified as sophomore running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and walk-on linebacker Jared Small, were attempting to sell an electronic item in the Scotlandville area of Baton Rouge when the man, Kobe Johnson, pulled out a weapon and demanded their belongings. One of the players then pulled out a handgun and shot Johnson multiple times. Johnson died at the scene, McKneely said.” (12/23/18)

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/25599976/police-say-two-lsu-players-involved-shooting-incident-acted-self-defense

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8) Sudan protests: Police fire tear gas as violence spreads
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Police in Sudan have fired tear gas at protesters as part of violent anti-government protests that have spread across the country. Hundreds of demonstrators blocked a road near a football stadium in the capital, Khartoum, on Sunday before clashing with riot police. Opposition figures say 22 demonstrators have been killed since Wednesday, but officials say the figure is much lower. The protests erupted after bread and fuel price rises were announced. Over the past year, the cost of some goods has more than doubled, inflation has risen to nearly 70%, the value of the Sudanese pound has fallen sharply and shortages have been reported in cities including the capital Khartoum.” (12/23/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46666237

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9) SpaceX launches next-gen GPS satellite for US Air Force
Source: Space.com

“The United States’ venerable Global Positioning System (GPS) is about to get a shot in the arm. The first advanced, next-generation ‘GPS III’ satellite soared into space today (Dec. 23) atop a two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, which launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 8:51 a.m. EST (1351 GMT) after nearly a week of delays. The spacecraft, dubbed ‘Vespucci,’ was deployed into medium Earth orbit about 2 hours after liftoff. SpaceX has launched payloads for the U.S. military before, but Vespucci is the company’s first official ‘National Security Space’ mission — a designation reserved for liftoffs deemed critical to national defense.” (12/23/18)

https://www.space.com/42774-spacex-launches-next-gen-gps-satellite.html

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10) Argentina: Radio host ordered to have feminists on show
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“An Argentine radio host accused of misogynist diatribes has been ordered to host a feminist guest every week for five months as part of a deal with prosecutors, reports say. Angel Etchecopar must not interrupt his guests for 10 minutes, nor can he criticise them after they finish. It comes after prosecutors accused him of gender discrimination. He had used his programme on Radio 10 to attack feminists as ‘feminazis’ and ‘disgusting people,’ Le Monde reported. Prosecutor Federico Vilalba Diaz told La Nación newspaper that Etchecopar had been charged with “disrespectful, insulting, denigrating and discriminatory” outbursts against women.” (12/23/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-46667636

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11) GoFundMe account looks to buy “ladders” to scale Trump’s border wall
Source: Fox News

“The battle over border wall funding just went viral as one GoFundMe account is trying to raise money for President Trump’s controversial barrier, while another is looking for funds for ladders to scale the wall. Last week, conservative activist Brian Kolfage set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise private funds to pay for Trump’s border wall. To date the campaign has raised a little over $16 million toward its goal of $1 billion — a far cry from the $21.7 billion that the Department of Homeland Security says is needed to build a wall along the entire southern border. Still, that $16 million was enough to spur liberal activist Charlotte Clymer to start a GoFundMe campaign to buy ladders to climb the wall. The newly created campaign is a bit tongue-in-cheek and even the fund’s founders admit they probably won’t reach their $100 million goal (the fund currently has only raised around $135,000), but whatever amount is eventually raised will be donated to the Texas-based Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.” (12/23/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/gofundme-account-looks-to-buy-ladders-to-scale-trumps-border-wall

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12) UN calls on British authorities to allow Assange to leave Ecuadorian embassy
Source: The Hill

“A United Nations (U.N.) human rights group on Friday called for United Kingdom authorities to allow WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy without fear of being arrested or extradited. The U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention doubled down on its 2016 assertion that Assange had been de facto unlawfully held without charge in the embassy in London, where he has remained for more than six years. … ‘It is time that Mr. Assange, who has already paid a high price for peacefully exercising his rights to freedom of opinion, expression and information, and to promote the right to truth in the public interest, recovers his freedom,’ they concluded.” (12/22/18)

https://thehill.com/policy/international/human-rights/422587-un-calls-on-british-authorities-to-allow-assange-to-leave

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13) Venezuela navy confronts Exxon oil ship in Guyana border dispute
Source: Reuters

“Venezuela’s navy ‘intercepted’ a ship exploring for oil on behalf of Exxon Mobil Corp in Guyanese waters over the weekend, Guyana’s foreign ministry said in a statement, while neighboring Venezuela said the incident occurred within its territory. The latest incident in a century-old border dispute comes after a series of offshore oil discoveries have given Guyana the potential to become one of Latin America’s largest producers. In OPEC member Venezuela, by contrast, crude output has tumbled to the lowest levels in nearly 70 years amid an economic crisis. The Ramform Tethys vessel, which belongs to Norwegian company Petroleum Geo-Services and was conducting seismic survey work on behalf of Exxon, stopped exploration and turned east after being approached by the Venezuelan navy, PGS spokesman Bard Stenberg said in a statement.” (12/23/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-guyana-venezuela-oil/venezuela-navy-confronts-exxon-oil-ship-in-guyana-border-dispute-idUSKCN1OM0BK

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14) Afghanistan: Ghani replaces top security chiefs in major shake-up
Source: Dawn [Pakistan]

“Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday replaced two of the country’s top security chiefs with staunch anti-Taliban officials, in a major shake-up days after US President Donald Trump’s decision to slash troop numbers in the country. Amrullah Saleh and Assadullah Khaled have been appointed to the critical posts of interior minister and defence minister, respectively, a presidential decree said. Both are former Afghan intelligence chiefs who have blamed Pakistan for the Taliban’s resurgence in recent years and have even called for it to be declared a state sponsor of terror. There was no official explanation for the sudden reshuffle.” (12/23/18)

https://www.dawn.com/news/1453173

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15) Texas inmate faces April execution for 1998 dragging death
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A white man condemned for the 1998 dragging death of a black man in East Texas has been scheduled for execution next year. John William King faces lethal injection April 24. District Judge Craig Mixson signed the execution order Friday. The U.S. Supreme Court in October denied an appeal for King, who claimed he had ineffective lawyers during his capital murder trial. King was one of three white men convicted in the June 1998 death of James Byrd Jr. Byrd was chained to a pickup truck and dragged along a road near Jasper, about 125 miles (201.16 kilometers) northeast of Houston. A second man convicted in Byrd’s death has been executed. The third man is serving life in prison.” (12/23/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Texas-inmate-faces-April-execution-for-1998-13487481.php

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16) Indonesia: 222 dead, more than 800 injured after Anak Krakatoa sparks “volcano tsunami”
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“Rescuers were yesterday scouring coastlines around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait after a tsunami hit without warning, leaving hundreds dead, missing and injured. The wave smashed southern Sumatra and the western tip of Java at 9.27pm on Saturday after Anak Krakatoa erupted about half an hour earlier, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. The death toll had climbed to 222 last night but dozens were missing and more than 800 people were injured.” (12/23/18)

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/2179246/least-20-killed-165-wounded-after-tsunami-hits-indonesia

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17) Millipede discovered inside suitcase at Atlanta airport
Source: Fox News

“A strange stowaway was discovered at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this week. Airport officials say they discovered an African millipede inside a traveler’s suitcase Tuesday morning. Regal, a member of the CBP’s Beagle Brigade, alerted his handler to a checked bag at baggage claim. The nearly 6-inch bug was collected and secured while officials find a place to house the millipede.” (12/23/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/travel/huge-insect-discovered-inside-suitcase-at-atlanta-airport

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18) DoD: Trump fires Mattis early, Shanahan to take over January 1
Source: Military Times

“Just days after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced he would step down from that post in late February, President Donald Trump announced he would push the popular Cabinet member out even earlier. In a tweet Sunday morning, Trump announced that Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will become acting secretary of defense starting Jan. 1. … The move cuts short Mattis’ tenure by two months, and adds to an acrimonious end of the relationship between the commander in chief and his top military leader.” (12/23/18)

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2018/12/23/trump-fires-mattis-early-shanahan-to-take-over-jan-1/

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19) Ghosn’s arrest brings attention to Japan’s “hostage justice”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Since his arrest on suspicion of falsifying financial reports, Nissan’s former Chairman Carlos Ghosn has been sitting in a humble cell for more than a month, interrogated day in and day out, without a lawyer present. His case is drawing attention to the criminal justice system in Japan, where there is no presumption of innocence and the accused can be held for months before trial. The system, sometimes called ‘hostage justice,’ has come under fire from human rights advocates. When a court denied Tokyo prosecutors’ request to detain Ghosn another 10 days on Dec. 20, it was so unusual that the Japanese media reported he might be released. But such speculation was dashed when prosecutors rearrested him a day later on suspicion of breach of trust, tagging on a new set of allegations centered on Ghosn’s shifting personal investment losses of some 1.8 billion yen ($16 million) to Nissan Motor Co. On Sunday, a court approved prosecutors’ request to detain him through Jan. 1. But his plight is routine in Japan. People have signed confessions, even to killings they never committed, just to get out of the ordeal.” (12/23/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Ghosn-s-detention-puts-Japan-justice-system-under-13486849.php

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20) Canadian regime to Chinese regime: We can abduct your citizens but you mustn’t abduct ours
Source: Time

“Canada is calling on China to immediately release two citizens it claims were arbitrarily [abducted] there, just days after the [abduction] of a high-profile Chinese businesswoman. Ottawa is working to secure the pair’s release and is concerned about the ‘worrying precedent’ the [abductions] set, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Saturday on a conference call with reporters. Michael Kovrig, a diplomat on leave from his post in Hong Kong, and Michael Spavor, an entrepreneur who helped organize tourist trips to North Korea, were [abducted] days after Huawei’s Meng was taken [abducted]. Meng’s now out on bail pending an extradition hearing.” (12/22/18)

http://time.com/5487496/canada-demands-china-release-citizens-huawei/

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

21) Go go GoFund.gov!
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Brian Kolfage supported US president Donald Trump’s proposal for a wall on the the US-Mexico border. He was frustrated that Congress still refused to fund the wall (as I write this, we’re in the early hours of ‘government shutdown’ theatrics over that very argument). Unlike most Americans, Kolfage did something above and beyond voting and complaining to assuage his dissatisfaction: He started a campaign to raise $1 billion in voluntary funding for the wall, using ‘crowdfunding’ site GoFundMe. As of December 23, the campaign had raised more than $16 million. Personally, I consider the border wall one of the dumbest and most evil ideas since disco, but I applaud Kolfage’s initiative. I think he’s on the right track when it comes to funding government generally.” (12/23/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/14142

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22) Endless war has been normalized and everyone is crazy
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Since I last wrote about the bipartisan shrieking, hysterical reaction to Trump’s planned military withdrawal from Syria the other day, it hasn’t gotten better, it’s gotten worse. I’m having a hard time even picking out individual bits of the collective freakout from the political/media class to point at, because doing so would diminish the frenetic white noise of the paranoid, conspiratorial, fearmongering establishment reaction to the possibility of a few thousands troops being pulled back from a territory they were illegally occupying. Endless war and military expansionism has become so normalized in establishment thought that even a slight scale-down is treated as something abnormal and shocking. The talking heads of the corporate state media had been almost entirely ignoring the buildup of US troops in Syria and the operations they’ve been carrying out there, but as soon as the possibility of those troops leaving emerged, all the alarm bells started ringing.” (12/22/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/12/22/endless-war-has-been-normalized-and-everyone-is-crazy

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23) Six reasons to hate the TSA when you travel this Christmas
Source: Reason
by Joe Setyon

“The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) projects that a record 41 million people will fly this holiday season. If you’re one of them, be warned: The agency doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to … well, anything. With that in mind, here are seven times the TSA made us shake our heads — either in mild disbelief or intense disgust — in 2018 …” (12/22/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/12/22/6-reasons-to-hate-the-tsa-when-you-trave

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24) Saying you’re against fascists doesn’t excuse acting like one
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by John Miltimore & Tyler Brandt

“More than seven decades ago, the British writer George Orwell observed that the term fascism had lost any coherent meaning. ‘The word Fascism has now no meaning except in so far as it signifies ‘something not desirable,” Orwell wrote in his essay ‘Politics and the English Language.’ Because of the ambiguous nature of the word, Antifa and other alt-left groups have been able to brand thinkers as diverse as Charles Murray, Christina Hoff Sommers, Jordan B. Peterson, and Ben Shapiro as ‘fascist.’ Moreover, by branding themselves as ‘antifascist,’ Antifa inoculate themselves from the criticism that usually is directed toward extremist groups.” (12/21/18)

https://fee.org/articles/saying-you-re-against-fascists-doesn-t-excuse-acting-like-one/

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25) Erasmus: The great humanist
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“The era in which Erasmus was born was one of religious intolerance and violence. He was born the bastard son of a priest and when he was eight he witnessed 200 prisoners of war torn apart on the rack on the orders of the local bishop. Both these events had a lasting impression on him as he opposed celibacy for the priesthood and was an ardent advocate of tolerance and peace. Although he is not as well-remembered today as he should be, Erasmus was very influential in his own day.” (12/23/18)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2018/12/erasmus-great-humanist.html

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26) Trump & Putin upsetting the war hawks
Source: Town Hall
by Rachel Marsden

“When I asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday at his annual press conference what he thought of U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria, he agreed with Trump’s assessment while expressing skepticism about the follow-through. ‘Is the presence of American troops required there? I do not think it is,’ Putin said. ‘However, let us not forget that their presence, the presence of [American] troops, is illegitimate, as it was not approved by a U.N. Security Council resolution. The military contingent can only be there under a resolution of the U.N. Security Council or at the invitation of the legitimate Syrian government.’ Despite Putin concurring with Trump’s decision to withdraw troops, Trump attempted to claim otherwise on Twitter. … Obviously, Trump is feeling immense pressure to disagree with Putin and to keep the war racket going at any cost. War hawks upset about Trump’s waning interest in continuing to have America serve as the world’s policeman have suddenly found themselves in bed with a chorus of supposed anti-war Democrats who would normally be against foreign wars if Trump wasn’t in favor of ending them.” (12/22/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/rachelmarsden/2018/12/22/trump-and-putin-are-upsetting-the-war-hawks-n2537933

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27) What a border wall GoFundMe campaign says about America
Source: The Atlantic
by Amanda Mull

“The border wall, a central policy goal of Trump and his supporters, couldn’t get funded during the two years that Republicans controlled both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. To circumvent congressional gridlock, supporters have turned to nongovernment funding alternatives, a choice that gives them potential access to a privilege previously accessible only to the very wealthy: treating large-scale government projects that will affect millions of people like personal hobbies. That’s true even if raising a significant portion of Trump’s desired $5 billion seems unlikely. (The people running the two largest border-wall crowdfunding campaigns didn’t immediately return requests for comment.) Whether or not raising money directly from Trump supporters can fund the entire wall misses the point, though. The goals of politically motivated crowdfunding go beyond practicality. Access to funding is access to power in America, and as that access becomes increasingly unequal, demonstrating an idea’s popularity via visible, public fund-raising can be a tool of consolidating that power.” (12/22/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/12/border-wall-crowdfunding/578884/

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28) Wilson and the accused informant
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“‘Wilson’ was a little paranoid. We spent a fair amount of time together, frequently wandering trails (and off-trail) on foot in the nearby wilderness area. I knew he didn’t trust easily. I was to discover that what trust he did have was shakey and easily upset. There was this guy he sometimes spoke to in town. I had seen the guy around, wearing old camo clothing and a backpack — I suspect he may have been homeless — but I never met him. Which is odd because he claimed to know me and he caused Wilson to lose his trust in me. Which could have ended badly. I stopped by Wilson’s house one afternoon and he approached my car with an odd demeanor. I noticed his hand was on his pistol. I didn’t get out of my car, but asked what was up. He told me this guy, who I didn’t know and had never spoken to, had warned him I was a police informant.” (12/22/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/12/wilson-and-accused-informant.html

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29) Owen Jones stamps his little feet over Japan not accepting colonialism
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“It’s a standard trope of the left that colonialism is very bad, very bad indeed — unless an until someone damn foreigners starts doing something that lefties don’t like. As here with Owen Jones winding himself up into a fit of rhetoric over Japan’s likely resumption of commercial whaling. It’s entirely true hat there’s not much point to it, not even the Japanese, who will eat some pretty strange things, like whale meat and most of it is given away as a loss leader … But Owen, bless them cotton socks, insist that we must impose our cultural values upon those of the damn foreigners. How very dare those Yellow Peril not accord with the moral intuitions of Europeans?” (12/22/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/newspaper-watch/owen-jones-stamps-his-little-feet-over-japan-not-accepting-colonialism/

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30) The insufferable James Comey
Source: National Review
by Rich Lowry

“A lot of people have been diminished by the Trump years, Comey among them. He’s a bigger political figure than ever before but has revealed himself to be exactly what critics always said — a politically savvy operator who matches his bureaucratic skills with an impregnable sense of self-righteousness. The conundrum of James Comey was that he deserved to be fired, but firing him — certainly the way Trump did it — was the worst mistake of Trump’s presidency. It would have been better to have Comey inside the tent leaking and maneuvering for his own advantage than to have him outside leaking and maneuvering for his own advantage.” (12/21/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/12/james-comey-insufferable-politically-savvy-operator/

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31) Trump is right to withdraw US troops from Syria
Source: USA Today
by Benjamin H Friedman & Justin Logan

“American policy on Syria took a U-turn Wednesday with the news that President Donald Trump was preparing for a ‘full’ and ‘rapid’ withdrawal of U.S. forces from the Syrian civil war. After the news broke, Trump took to Twitter to declare, ‘We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there.’ Trump is right to accept victory in Syria. By September, ISIS had lost 99 percent of the territory its vaunted caliphate once held, according to a Pentagon Inspector General’s report. With the last vestiges of Islamic State territory in Syria falling to U.S.-backed forces in recent days, the goal that drew the U.S. into Syria is achieved. This decision will upset most of Washington’s foreign policy establishment, which generally supports a more expansive war in Syria. … Trump’s decision is a good one, even though it reflects poorly on his administration’s security decision-making process. With the defeat of ISIS, the risks of keeping U.S. troops in Syria badly outweigh any potential benefits.” (12/21/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/12/20/donald-trump-decision-withdraw-troops-syria-lowers-risks-costs-column/2374266002

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32) “What could go wrong?” she chirped.
Source: The Zelman Partisans
by Carl Bussjaeger

“The NRA, Trump, and a gaggle of gun controllers and politicians have pushed for ‘red flag’ Extreme Risk Protection Orders The alleged idea is to bypass due process to confiscate firearms from someone who supposedly poses a threat to himself or others, no evidence needed. ‘Due process’ would come after the theft — sometimes weeks later — and leaves the allegedly ‘dangerous’ person free to do whatever they think he might do sometime in the future.” (12/21/18)

http://zelmanpartisans.com/?p=5725

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33) Top 10 reform options from the CBO
Source: Niskanen Center
by Joshua McCabe

“The independent Congressional Budget Office recently released a report offering 121 options for reducing spending or increasing revenues. It’s a cornucopia of fiscal responsibility. Whether your goal is reducing unsustainable deficits, strengthening existing social programs, or saving the planet, there’s something for everyone. Here’s my top 10 list (in no particular order) …” (12/21/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/top-10-reform-options-from-the-cbo/

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34) Mattis exit makes the world more volatile
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“For Washington’s national security community and overseas allies, the departure of U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is a nasty surprise. President Donald Trump started 2018 with a triumvirate of respected current and former generals seen as central to restraining his wilder foreign policy instincts. Now that constraint will soon be gone, leaving U.S. international relations hugely less predictable. Here are four of the most immediate implications of the Mattis departure: 1) Trump is now making his own foreign policy. It began earlier this year with the ousters of national security adviser Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and continued this month with the announced departures of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and now Mattis. All four individuals were seen as moderating influences on Trump on issues like potential strikes on North Korea or U.S. military support for NATO and Asian allies. By the end of February, all will have departed.” (12/21/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-mattis-commentary/commentary-mattis-exit-makes-the-world-more-volatile-idUSKCN1OK26Y

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35) Trump does something right for once
Source: CounterPunch
by Dave Lindorff

“It’s entertaining to read and watch the collective horror being expressed in the US media and the Congress as President Trump unexpectedly calls for a quick end to US military involvement in Syria, where for years US forces and CIA-trained fighters have been wreaking havoc and death and sowing chaos in a doomed effort to oust Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from power. There’s the New York Times, still grimly trying to gin up a new Cold War with Russia, huffing in an editorial that the president is ignoring his own advisors like National Security Director John Bolton (this is a bad thing?) and the recommendations of his generals and his Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (isn’t Trump the commander in chief?).” (12/21/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/12/21/trump-does-something-right-for-once/

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36) The fetish for manufacturing is foolish
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“[D]espite a decades-long decline in U.S. manufacturing employment, U.S. manufacturing output today is near an all-time high, and U.S. manufacturing capacity is at an all-time high. It follows that the typical U.S. manufacturing worker is today vastly more productive than was his or her counterpart of decades ago. So while there might well today be fewer of us who directly ‘know how to make things,’ the knowledge of those Americans who do today know how to make things is much greater than it was in the past. Would you prefer that 100 of your neighbors each knows how to make one ‘thing’ a day, or that 50 of your neighbors each knows how to make three ‘things’ a day?” (12/21/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/12/fetish-manufacturing-foolish.html

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37) Controversial … chaotic … but not a do-nothing Congress
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Francine Kiefer

“The 115th Congress is going out with a bang — but not the celebratory kind. Instead it is a deafening noise of shutdown drama and alarm bells over national security that is drowning out the accomplishments of the last two years. Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell describes this Congress as the most successful (from a ‘right-of-center’ perspective) in decades. The Kentuckian readily itemizes GOP wins: a tax cut for corporations and individuals, regulatory rollbacks, and a record number of judicial appointments, including two Supreme Court justices. As sometimes happens in a lame-duck session when a deadline looms, a flurry of bipartisan legislation also passed, from the most significant criminal-justice reform in years to a farm bill and #MeToo sexual harassment legislation applying to Congress itself.” (12/21/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/1221/Controversial.-Chaotic.-But-not-a-do-nothing-Congress

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38) Crowdfunding the government
Source: Independent Institute
by Craig Eyermann

“[L]et’s take the wall out of the picture and consider the idea of using crowdfunding to provide the money for the various political initiatives that have been or will be the focus of past and future performances of federal government shutdown theater. Isn’t this a much smarter way to pay for these controversial things?” (12/21/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/12/21/crowdfunding-the-government/

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39) The merciful end of the “adults in the room” fantasy
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis’s decision to resign over foreign policy disagreements with President Trump has instilled panic across the political spectrum. ‘The departure of Mattis (the ‘last grown-up in the room’) is sure to set off tremors of anxiety’ among America’s allies, wrote Slate’s Fred Kaplan. In The Daily Beast, Republican political consultant Rick Wilson described Mattis’s exit as ‘traumatic,’ writing that he ‘was a talisman for the Washington and international foreign-policy communities, a point of smarts and stability, a ground-wire to short out Trump’s capricious impulses before they could damage America’s interests and values.’ Even Mitch McConnell seemed rattled, sending out an uncharacteristically blunt statement.” [editor’s note: If it is now “childish” to end a war, then God bless the the child – SAT] (12/21/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/152810/failure-adults-room-jim-mattis-failed-restrain-trump

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40) Germany’s green transition has hit a brick wall
Source: Heartland Institute
by Oddvar Lundseng, Hans Johnsen, & Stein Bergsmark

“More people are finally beginning to realize that supplying the world with sufficient, stable energy solely from sun and wind power will be impossible. Germany took on that challenge, to show the world how to build a society based entirely on ‘green, renewable’ energy. It has now hit a brick wall. Despite huge investments in wind, solar and biofuel energy production capacity, Germany has not reduced CO2 emissions over the last ten years. However, during the same period, its electricity prices have risen dramatically, significantly impacting factories, employment and poor families.” (12/21/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/12/germanys-green-transition-has-hit-a-brick-wall/

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41) Unconstitutional anti-boycott legislation should not become law
Source: Foundatiom for Individual Rights in Education
by Joe Cohn

“Congress is considering legislation that would require anyone contracting with the federal government to sign a promise that they are not supporting, and will not support, a boycott of Israel. The bill, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, violates the First Amendment and should not be enacted. The Supreme Court has long recognized that the First Amendment protects an individual’s right to participate in boycotts as a form of protest and as a means of applying political pressure. Applying that principle, courts in Kansas and Arizona have concluded that state anti-boycott laws similar to the IABA are unconstitutional. Why is FIRE concerned? Recent incidents in Texas, where a similar anti-boycott bill is the subject of multiple lawsuits, illustrate how these laws, if implemented, can lead to censorship in the educational context.” (12/21/18)

https://www.thefire.org/unconstitutional-anti-boycott-legislation-should-not-become-law/

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42) Working-class journalism in the age of oligarchs
Source: In These Times
by Barbara Ehrenreich

“Wow. Amsterdam is completely disorienting to an American. I’ve been here for more than a week and haven’t heard a single gunshot. Even the dignitaries, like the king and queen, are warm, kind people. When I met the Dutch ambassador to the United States last spring, in connection with this prize, he was so pleasant and jolly that I had to question his credentials. And now this: For me, this is like a fairy tale come true. We’re in the royal palace! With the king and queen! And I’m here with everyone I love including all the people who have enabled me and inspired me for so many years! Thank you so much to all the Dutch people not only for the Erasmus Prize but for this unforgettable moment! Well of course I’m saying all these nice things about The Netherlands in the hope that you will, when necessary, grant me refugee status. Me, my family and friends, that is.” (12/21/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21646/barbara-ehrenreich-poverty-working-class-journalism-erasmus-prize

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43) It’s a Festivus miracle!
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“Well we might have a ‘shutdown’ after all as President Trump will not sign a Continuing Resolution without funding for the border wall and Senate Democrats will block any bill funding the wall. Of course, this ‘Shutdown’ affects a small part of the federal government, as the TSA will keep harassing travelers, the IRS will keep stealing money, and the Federal Reserve will keep on printing. Add the phony shutdown to my list of grievances for this year’s Festivus.” (12/21/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/festivus-miracle

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44) The Satoshi Revolution — afterword
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“I meant to end this book by discussing the blockchain’s impact on physical violence, on crimes of violence. I can’t. I don’t think there is an impact. I don’t know how the blockchain can prevent back-alley rapes, for example. I could talk about putting sex work on an open ledger, but that would be weak tea, and it would feel like an evasion. This is a book of original theory, which explores what has never been said before about cryptocurrency. I don’t always know where the ideas are taking me. But the impact on physical violence isn’t one of those destinations. And, so, I am writing the afterword to my book, instead.” (12/22/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-satoshi-revolution-afterword/

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45) Looking into a mirror — demands of liberty
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Most of us here in the Fifty States (and around the world) pretty much take for granted that ‘liberty’ is a desirable thing. The problem comes in defining liberty and how much of it we (well, at least, other people) should have.” (12/21/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/12/21/looking-into-a-mirror-demands-of-liberty/

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46) No economic reason to fear China
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“The problem is well-known: a state-dominated economy is not flexible enough to shift enough resources out of declining industries and into profitable sectors. Rent-seeking is endemic. If the situation continues to evolve this way, Chinese companies will become as competitive as Soviet ones were — that is, they will be no match for lean capitalist businesses in the West and part of Asia. Capitalist businesses will soon have no reason to fear Chinese competition. If, on the contrary, China is becoming a capitalist country, there is still no reason to fear trade between individuals there with individuals here — but for a different and more general reason.” (12/22/18)

https://www.econlib.org/no-economic-reason-to-fear-china/

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47) Trump plan to win the shutdown: A noun, a verb, and “caravan”
Source: The Daily Beast
by Sam Stein & Asawin Suebsaeng

“With the latest government shutdown of the Donald Trump era set to go into effect Saturday at midnight, the president and his team are already planning to ratchet up the fearmongering, nativism, and scare tactics in order to try to get Democrats to give in to their legislative demands. It is a familiar strategy for Team Trump, though one that has not always proved politically successful in the past. In conversations throughout Friday, political advisers and allies of the president said that they would again trumpet instances of chaos and violence on the southern border in order to pressure congressional Democrats into agreeing to add billions of dollars in border wall funding as a condition for reopening the government.” (12/21/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-plan-to-win-the-shutdown-a-noun-a-verb-and-caravan

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48) Sorry, lefties & never-Trumpers, Mattis quitting is no crisis
Source: Investor’s Business Daily
by staff

“The departure of Gen. James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis is being treated as an epic tragedy, a crisis, with some even suggesting President Trump should be impeached. Calm down. Mattis was, in our opinion, a great defense secretary. But Donald Trump is president. It’s funny how unhinged the lefty-dominated media have become over Mattis'[s] departure. Even that bastion of foreign policy expertise, Rolling Stone, weighed in. They’ve all treated it as a crisis. It is no such thing.” (12/21/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/mattis-quits-crisis-trump-impeachment

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49) How the Gulf War gave us the antiwar right
Source: The American Conservative
by Jon Basil Utley

“The war led to a major break between libertarians and conservatives, especially as the giant Heritage Foundation became a champion of war from that moment on. Even today, Heritage has backed continued U.S. support for the Saudi bombing of Yemen. Much about the Gulf War and especially its lies and subsequent brutality were not reported. Bush himself may not have known all that took place in the military campaign. After all, Dick Cheney, whom we know now to be a liar, was his secretary of defense. But the deeds need to be remembered and indeed researched.” (12/21/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/how-the-gulf-war-gave-us-the-antiwar-right/

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50) The anatomy of a government shutdown
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Chris Calton

“Bureaucrats and politicians, like anybody else, are self-interested individuals, and their interests are to enjoy a bureaucracy with as large a tax-payer-funded budget as possible. When they are faced with budget cuts, it makes no sense to cut funding from programs that the vast majority of taxpayers wouldn’t care to fund in the first place. There would be no outcry. But by cutting funds in an area that creates real pain for certain people within the population — say, sick children or members of the military — the public will predictably erupt with outrage, demanding that the original budget be reinstated (or even increased!) so people don’t suffer. With President Trump’s demands for tax-payer funds allocated to his border wall, his reaction was to threaten a government shutdown. This tactic seems to be an increasingly popular tactic for politicians who want support for ever-increasing budgets and higher taxes.” (12/22/18)

https://mises.org/wire/anatomy-government-shutdown

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51) A Christmas gift from James Madison: The Virginia Resolutions of 1798
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Resolutions drafted by James Madison and passed by Virginia on Dec 21. and 24, 1798, answer a timeless question: What do we do when the federal government oversteps its constitutional bounds? All too often, we simply ignore it. But James Madison had other ideas.” (12/21/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/12/21/a-christmas-gift-from-james-madison-the-virginia-resolutions-of-1798/

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52) When is a market failure not a market failure?
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Jon Murphy

“Market failures have long been discussed as a necessary condition for government intervention in the market. When costs (or benefits) fall on those not directly involved in the transaction, government regulation (properly designed) can set things right. While the presence of externalities is a necessary condition for legislation, is it a sufficient condition?” (12/22/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/when-is-market-failure-not-market-failure

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53) Federal Reserve creates dangerous amounts of dodgy debt
Source: Libertarian Party
by staff

“The U.S. Federal Reserve released its third-quarter financial report on Dec. 13. The Fed’s own report — unaudited, of course — indicates that our country’s central bank is underwater in ‘fair value’ market terms. Its bond portfolio is worth $66.5 billion less than what its original cost, and that shortfall is $27.4 billion higher than the Fed’s $39.1 billion in capital. A good analogy would be a homeowner who is underwater by $66,500 on a house that cost $412,850, but who has only $27,400 in savings. A homeowner in that position would be in dire financial straits, but the Fed effectively owns a legal printing press allowing it to create the remainder of the money it owes.” (12/21/18)

https://www.lp.org/federal-reserve-creates-dangerous-amounts-of-dodgy-debt/

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54) Why they don’t like Tzipi Livni
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“‘Why do you hate us?’ a West Bank settler leader shouted at Tzipi Livni, leader of the opposition in Israel’s parliament. The outburst came during a meeting between settler leaders and the Israeli parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. The committee, chaired by a member of the ruling Likud Party, convened at the settlement of Ofrah, following a terror attack there last week in which seven people, including a pregnant woman, were wounded. (Her child, prematurely delivered after the shooting, died.) Before the outburst, Livni had objected to the settler representatives’ demand to expand settlements, supposedly as a way to provide greater security. ‘I don’t hate [you], but I’m angry,’ Livni answered. Her voice did not sound angry. She sounded definite, calm, and completely unperturbed as she told people what they don’t like to hear.” (12/21/18)

https://prospect.org/article/why-they-dont-tzipi-livni

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55) Quantum Vibe, 12/21/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (12/21/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1889

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

56) The Bob Zadek Show, 12/23/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“What should a libertarian make of trends like Brexit in the UK, and the election of a self-identified nationalist like Donald Trump to the American presidency? Are the philosophies of libertarianism compatible with the principles of an international order made up of a multitude of nationalist countries? … In his new book The Virtue of Nationalism, Yoram Hazony makes an intellectually rigorous case for nationalism in general and for the specific case of his own country, Israel.” [live Sunday, various formats to follow] (12/23/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/12/22/liberalism-vs-nationalism

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57) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/23/18
Source: Cato Institute

“A new case headed to the Supreme Court may challenge a great deal of deference courts currently afford federal agencies. Andrew Grossman comments.” [various formats] (12/23/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/judicial-deference-kisor-v-orourke

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58) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 25
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Alex Merced is just your everyday Nice Guy trying to understand the world around him. Join him as he discusses economics and politics in a nice, calm and without vitriol. Because Nice Guys Finish Free.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/23/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/libertarianism_2019-nice-guys-finish-free-ep25/

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59) Free Talk Live, 12/22/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Government Shutdown! :: Trump Explains Way to Defeat Border Wall :: Voluntary Contributions to Parks :: Contractor Defends Trump :: Immigration :: Military Expansionism :: Muslims and Santa :: Oil Protectionism :: Corporate Welfare :: HOSTS — Ian, Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/22/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-12-22

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60) Five Minutes Five Issues, espisode 133
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“New York Marijuana, Trump’s Wall, Vaping Teens, Deportation Numbers, Heinlein Idea.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/22/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/december/22/five-minutes-five-issues-new-york-marijuana-trump-s-wall-vaping-teens-deportation-numbers-heinlein-idea/

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61) Philip Weiss on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Philip Weiss of Mondoweiss.net joins the show to talk about the Israel Lobby’s influence over Bill Clinton’s 1992 defeat of George Bush Sr., and the ways the lobby continues to assert itself in American politics.” [various formats] (12/22/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/12-21-18-philip-weiss-on-the-israel-lobbys-power-over-american-politics/

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62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1310
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“In this final episode of the Tom Woods Show for 2018, I’m joined by Michael Maresco (the ‘Ron Paul rider’), Bryan Thome of the Ron Paul Forums, and Jordan Page, musician of the Revolution. We exchange old stories, talk about what went right and what went wrong, and assess where we are today. Tremendous fun.” [various formats] (12/22/18)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1310-the-ron-paul-revolution-grassroots-leaders-look-back/

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63) Scott Adams Says, 12/22/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about the steel salt barrier, Google images update, and Syria. With coffee.” [Flash video] (12/22/18)

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

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64) Reason Podcast, 12/21/18
Source: Reason

“Reason editors’ best and worst moments of 2018, including the president’s welcome and long-overdue drawdown from Afghanistan.” [various formats] (12/21/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/12/21/donald-trumps-libertarian-christmas

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65) This Week in Bitcoin, 12/21/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Market Rebound? Proof of Keys, RIP Timothy May.” [various formats] (12/21/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e626-Market-Rebound-Proof-of-Keys-RIP-Timothy-May

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66) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 287
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Will Porter joins the show to discuss Trump’s announcement that the US has defeated ISIS. Trump will also be withdrawing all US troops from Syria. The announcement came as a surprise. Will and Kyle give analysis on the reaction to the withdraw and how it will impact the Syrian War.” [various formats] (12/21/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-287-trump-declares-victory-over-isis-guest-will-porter

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67) Felony Friday, episode 155
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode Hannah Cox joins John to talk about the always controversial topic of capital punishment.” [various formats] (12/21/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/12/21/its-time-to-get-serious-about-abolishing-the-death-penalty-with-hannah-cox/

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68) Political Theater, 12/21/18
Source: Roll Call

“Did Tax Reform Scrooge the Holiday Party Spirit?” [various formats] (12/21/18)

https://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/congress-and-tax-cuts-a-love-story

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69) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 12/21/18
Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“Patrick Wood (Technocracy.News) update on the ‘Greater Phoenix Smart Region Initiative’ Takes Root In AZ, systematic implementation of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development Policies; update on technocracy.” [MP3] (12/21/18)

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/253349-2018-12-21-12-21-18-patrick-wood-greater-phoenix-smart-region-initiative.htm

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70) Bloggingheads.tv, 12/20/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Kat Rosenfield (Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone, Vulture) and Elizabeth Nolan Brown (Reason, elizabethnolanbrown.com, Feminists for Liberty) … New York City’s proposed ‘anti–dick pic’ law … Good intentions, bad results … Why Tumblr banned porn last week … Is the anti–sex trafficking FOSTA law wrecking the Internet? … Elizabeth on the government crusade against Backpage.com … Where’s the feminist pushback?” [Flash video] (12/20/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/54401

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