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In the News:

0) Happy Boxing Day!
1) Philippines: Mall blaze kills 37
2) Peruvians march against Fujimori pardon in second day of protests
4) CA: Brown pardons two men facing deportation
5) Julian Assange’s Twitter account reappears after mysterious absence
6) Trump regime docks UN budget $285 million after Jerusalem backlash
7) Russia: Regime officials bar opposition leader Navalny from running for president
8) China: Central bank official suggests decentralization, Detroit-style bankruptcies for local governments
9) Security theater: Heimatsicherheitsdienst says Pennsylvania police shootings were “terror attack”
10) North Korea: Regime slams new UN sanctions as “an act of war”

Everybody Has An Opinion:

11) Ayn Rand and international politics
12) Mesopotamian merriment
13) Bundy mistrial highlights why the right distrusts the feds
14) “My thoughts are murder to the state”
15) Merry Christmas, America
16) Beyond free speech narrowly considered
17) 2017: The year of the killjoys
18) Dealing with the 21st century police state
19) Net Neutrality and the role of Congress
20) How to determine if you should talk about politics in public

The Sound and the Fury:

21) The Anarchist Experience, episode 144
22) Lions of Liberty, episode 327
23) Free Talk Live, 12/24/17
24) Anarcho Agenda, episode 49
25) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 134

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0) Happy Boxing Day!

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1) Philippines: Mall blaze kills 37
Source: FirstPost [India]

“Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Tuesday to get to the truth about a blaze in his home city that killed 37 call centre workers. He said he made the promise during a meeting on Monday night with the families of those killed in a shopping mall fire in the southern city of Davao. … The fire broke out in the four-storey NCCC Mall shortly before it opened to shoppers. But it killed 37 people working in a 24-hour call centre for US-based market research firm SSI on the top floor. At a Davao hospital Tuesday families of the dead waited in a silence broken only by occasional sobs as government workers tried to identify the charred remains before releasing them to relatives.” (12/26/17)

http://www.firstpost.com/world/philippines-mall-blaze-kills-37-president-rodrigo-duterte-vows-to-get-truth-of-deadly-fire-4275875.html

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2) Peruvians march against Fujimori pardon in second day of protests
Source: Business Insider

“Hundreds of Peruvians filled the streets of downtown Lima on Monday to protest a pardon granted to former leader Alberto Fujimori, calling on President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to step down in a second day of unrest. Kuczynski, who said he pardoned Fujimori due to his ailing health, has not spoken publicly since announcing his decision on Christmas Eve, just three days after a handful of Fujimori loyalists in Congress saved Kuczynski from a vote that nearly toppled him. … Fujimori is a deeply divisive figure in Peru. While many consider him a corrupt dictator, others credit him with ending an economic crisis and quashing a leftist insurgency. The pardon cleared Fujimori of convictions for graft and human rights crimes during his rule.” (12/25/17)

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-peruvians-march-against-fujimori-pardon-in-second-day-of-protests-2017-12

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3) Afghanistan: Islamic State claims Kabul blast
Source: Reuters

“Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Monday on a compound of Afghanistan’s national intelligence agency in Kabul, which killed at least five people and wounded two. The blast comes a week after the group claimed responsibility for an attack on a training facility of the same agency, the National Directorate for Security, in Kabul that ended when the attackers were killed before causing significant casualties.” (12/25/17)

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-afghanistan-blast/islamic-state-claims-blast-at-afghan-intelligence-agency-in-kabul-idUKKBN1EJ063

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4) CA: Brown pardons two men facing deportation
Source: The Hill

“California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Saturday reportedly pardoned two men just days before they were scheduled to be deported for crimes in the U.S. Brown granted pardons to 132 individuals, and commuted 19 prison sentences. Among those pardoned were Mony Neth and Rottanak Kong, both Cambodian men who were picked up during October immigration sweeps …. Kong was convicted in 2003 on a felony joyriding charge, while Neth was convicted on a felony weapons charge in 1995. Both served jail time.” (12/24/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/366372-california-governor-pardons-two-men-facing-deportation

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5) Julian Assange’s Twitter account reappears after mysterious absence
Source: CBS News

“The official Twitter account of controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — @JulianAssange — is back online after disappearing from the social media platform overnight. It’s unclear whether the account was suspended by Twitter or deactivated by Assange. A Twitter spokesperson did not answer CBS News’ questions asking if the account was suspended but pointed to the company’s language on how users can deactivate and reactivate their own accounts. … The official WikiLeaks Twitter account was still live but wasn’t mentioning the Assange account. It later posted a reference to ‘oddities’ on Twitter and said Assange’s ‘physical situation at the embassy remains unaltered.’” (12/25/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/julian-assanges-official-twitter-account-not-appearing-wikileaks/

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6) Trump regime docks UN budget $285 million after Jerusalem backlash
Source: New York Daily News

“The Trump administration has worked out some ‘historic’ belt-tightening at the United Nations, officials announced Sunday. The UN’s budget has been slashed by more than $285 million, according to Ambassador Nikki Haley, who said the cost cuts gutted the organization’s ‘bloated management.’ … News of the leaner operations comes days after a widespread rebuke by UN member countries on President Trump’s controversial decision to deem Jerusalem the capital of Israel. The General Assembly voted Thursday 128-9 to pass a resolution saying Trump’s declaration was ‘null and void.’ A day ahead of the Jerusalem vote, Trump said he’d be closely eyeing the outcome and turning off the spigot for nations voting against the resolution.” (12/25/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/trump-white-house-docks-budget-285m-jerusalem-backlash-article-1.3719555

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7) Russia: Regime officials bar opposition leader Navalny from running for president
Source: NBC News

“Russian election officials on Monday formally barred Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president, prompting calls from him for a boycott of next year’s vote. The Central Election Commission decided unanimously that the anti-corruption crusader isn’t eligible to run. Navalny is implicitly barred from running for office because of a conviction in a fraud case which has been viewed as political retribution. He could have run if he was given a special dispensation or if his conviction was cancelled. Incumbent Vladimir Putin is running for a fourth term in office and is assumed to be the winner of the March 18 election.” (12/25/17)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russian-officials-bar-opposition-leader-navalny-running-president-n832521

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8) China: Central bank official suggests decentralization, Detroit-style bankruptcies for local governments
Source: Yahoo! News

“China needs to let local governments take responsibility for their finances, including allowing bankruptcies, as part of an effort to defuse their debt risks, a central bank official wrote on Monday. Central government control of the scale of local government bonds should be eliminated, while responsibility to issue and repay bonds should be held by the city or county that will actually use the funds, Xu Zhong, head of the People’s Bank of China’s research bureau, wrote in a an editorial on the financial news website Yicai. … Xu also said that China should dismantle the hukou system of internal migration control, as free movement of people promoted equal access to public services and helped resolve imbalances in finances.” (12/25/17)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/china-needs-detroit-style-bankruptcy-debt-problems-remain-062800228–business.html

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9) Security theater: Heimatsicherheitsdienst says Pennsylvania police shootings were “terror attack”
Source: CNN

“The Department of Homeland Security is calling a series of shootings targeting law enforcement in Pennsylvania a ‘terror attack.’ Authorities said Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty, 51, was shot and killed by police Friday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after he fired several times at law enforcement officers throughout the city. The string of shootings began just steps from the state’s Capitol building when El-Mofty fired several times at a Capitol Police officer and then, shot and injured at a state trooper. Later, he used two handguns to open fire at several officers who then returned fire and killed him, according to a statement from the Dauphin County district attorney’s office.” [editor’s note: “Terrorism” consists of attacks on civilian non-combatants to create a climate of terror that lends itself to achieving a political objective. Police are the opposite of civilians and the opposite of non-combatants. So whatever else this may have been, it wasn’t a “terror attack” – TLK] (12/24/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/24/us/pennsylvania-police-shootings/index.html

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10) North Korea: Regime slams new UN sanctions as “an act of war”
Source: France 24 [France]

“North Korea slammed fresh UN sanctions imposed over its missile tests as an ‘act of war’ on Sunday, its first response to the latest diplomatic move to punish Pyongyang’s ever-accelerating weapons drive. Tension has been high on the flashpoint peninsula as the isolated but nuclear-armed regime has staged a series of atomic and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests — most recently on November 29. … Pyongyang’s bellicose reply came a day after the UN Security Council unanimously passed new, US-drafted sanctions that will restrict oil supplies vital for the impoverished state. The third raft of sanctions imposed on the North this year, sparked by last month’s ICBM test, also received the backing of China — the North’s sole major ally and economic lifeline.” (12/24/17)

http://www.france24.com/en/20171224-north-korea-calls-new-sanctions-voted-un-security-council-act-war

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

11) Ayn Rand and international politics
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Edwin van de Haar

“Rand recognized that individuals live in groups or communities, but she regarded respect for tribal roots, ethnicity, and regional languages as uncivil and, above all, irrational and a limit on individual liberty. Ethnicity was also an important cause of war. Nationalism was perhaps less abstract than Marxism, but it was at least as vicious in stirring emotions such as hatred, fear, and suspicion. Therefore rational people would altogether disregard their roots as guides in (political) life.” (12/25/17)

https://notesonliberty.com/2017/12/25/ayn-rand-and-international-politics/

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12) Mesopotamian merriment
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“‘Tis the season to be whiny. Everywhere you go, what you hear, even above the recorded Christmas Muzak in the mall, are social critics of the self-appointed variety, religious crybabies, and assorted other spoilsports, parasites, and sour apples whimpering over just about every aspect of the winter holidays you can possibly think of. Chief among them are those who bitterly complain that Christ is being foully extracted from Christmas by an evil conspiracy of, er, antichristmasites. These are the same cretins who assert that America was meant to be a Christian country — although most of its Founding Fathers were atheists or agnostics and its primary financier was Jewish. This is why I’ve been wishing everyone a Happy Zagmuk this year.” (12/24/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle953-20171224-02.html

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13) Bundy mistrial highlights why the right distrusts the feds
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“As Washington conservatives question whether partisan FBI officials working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have stacked the deck against President Donald Trump, a criminal case in Las Vegas points to the sort of federal prosecutorial abuses that give the right cause for paranoia. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro declared a mistrial in the infamous 2014 Bunkerville standoff case against rancher Cliven Bundy, his sons Ammon and Ryan, and co-defendant Ryan Payne, on the grounds that federal prosecutors improperly withheld evidence. The standoff, in which both sides were armed, was a national news story that pitted a Western rancher against federal officialdom. Bureau of Land Management officials had tried to seize Bundy’s cattle following a decades-long dispute over grazing fees. The rancher had stopped paying federal grazing fees in 1993 to protest a BLM directive that he cut back on cattle grazing in order to accommodate the threatened desert tortoise. In the course of the trial, Navarro found that prosecutors failed to share video surveillance, maps and FBI interview reports with defense attorneys. ‘A mistrial in this case is the most suitable and only remedy available,’ Navarro explained.” (12/24/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2017/12/24/bundy-mistrial-highlights-why-the-right-distrusts-the-feds-n2426357

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14) “My thoughts are murder to the state”
Source: Reason
by Lester Hunt

Review of Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls: “Walls succeeds in burying the ‘misanthropic hermit’ interpretation of Thoreau under a mountain of facts. He was, on her showing, a devoted son and brother, a steadfast friend for whom human relationships were profoundly important, an active and passionately committed member of a political movement (abolitionism), and an effective and engaged businessman. … Walls fails, alas, in her account of Thoreau’s politics. She points out that he begins his great essay ‘Civil Disobedience’ by endorsing not just the motto ‘That government is best which governs least’ but also its more radical cousin ‘That government is best which governs not at all.’ Thus, as she notes, he aligns himself with such anarchist friends and fellow travelers as Bronson Alcott, Charles Lane, and William Lloyd Garrison. But Walls then claims that, in ‘a startling turn,’ Thoreau ‘rejects their rejection of government.’” (for publication 01/18)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/12/24/my-thoughts-are-murder-to-the

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15) Merry Christmas, America
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“British forces, along with their mercenary Hessian reinforcements, had manhandled the Continental Army. Gen. George Washington’s troops were routed at Long Island, pushed out of Manhattan, forced to retreat across the Hudson to New Jersey, and then run out of Jersey across the Delaware River to Pennsylvania …. Yet, on Christmas night, Washington marshaled his ragtag soldiers and crossed the icy Delaware, marching his men nine miles to Trenton. In the wee hours of the morning on Dec. 26, the Continentals attacked, catching more than 1,000 Hessian soldiers by surprise and taking nearly all of them captive. In strictly military terms, the victory was not terribly significant. But in terms of American morale, as well as the perception of important potential allies such as France, the win was an absolutely perfect Christmas gift to the new Republic.” (12/25/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/12/25/merry-christmas-america/

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16) Beyond free speech narrowly considered
Source: Cato Unbound
by Mike Godwin

“Like John Samples, I find Thomas I. Emerson’s exploration of the social value of the First Amendment persuasive, and it has been profoundly influential on my thinking as a civil libertarian. … Freedom of speech, as Emerson explains, is valuable for more than just its necessity to the proper function of democracy, and John particularly underscores this point when he says that, in terms of free speech’s role in individual self-fulfillment, ‘social media is an unalloyed good.’” (12/22/17)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2017/12/22/mike-godwin/beyond-free-speech-narrowly-considered

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17) 2017: The year of the killjoys
Source: spiked
by Christopher Snowdon

“2017 was a bad year for consumer freedom. I can’t remember a year that wasn’t. Among the lowlights were the implementation of EU laws hammering e-cigarettes, the introduction of plain packaging for tobacco, and the UK Supreme Court ruling declaring minimum pricing for alcohol to be legal. If that were not enough, the government confirmed that George Osborne’s sugar levy will come into force next spring, and Public Health England’s mad crusade to remove arbitrary quantities of sugar, fat and salt from food marches on. I am not an optimist by nature but I do enjoy a bit of schadenfreude. As such, I am quite looking forward to 2018. Yes, we may be losing the argument for leaving people the hell alone, but now the nanny statists have to own the consequences of their actions. Computer models and manufactured hysteria will no longer be enough. Let’s see what happens when millions of ordinary people respond to being forced to pay more for less because the government doesn’t trust them with a shopping basket.” (12/24/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/2017-the-year-of-the-killjoys/

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18) Dealing with the 21st century police state
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) recently sent an email, describing a really bad situation they are trying to help. Here is an edited version of what they published. (With comments by Mama Liberty and me.) … I am writing this, not to encourage or solicit donations for HSLDA, but to share what seems to be happening literally every day somewhere in the Fifty States. More people need to be aware of what is happening, and what can be done to both prevent it and respond to it.” (12/23/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/12/23/dealing-with-the-21st-century-police-state/

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19) Net Neutrality and the role of Congress
Source: Town Hall
by US Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO)

“Over the past 15 years, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has swung at least four times between differing rules governing broadband service that have left both businesses and consumers confused. Just recently, on December 14th, the FCC repealed the ‘Open Internet’ order that was instituted just two years ago, also referred to as ‘net neutrality.’ As in any other sector of our economy, frequent regulatory fluctuations are not good for Internet providers nor for those who rely on network access for both business and personal purposes. It is my view, that light-touch regulations are necessary so that Internet Service Providers, content creators and consumers have the regulatory certainty they deserve so they can succeed– and that should originate in Congress. With the FCC’s action, I believe that Congress now has a responsibility to provide clarity in this area so that the market can rely on transparent and consistent rules.” [editor’s note: At last, a Congressman who knows that laws are not made by agencies, only Congress can do that, with a President’s signing and SCOTUS approval – SAT] (12/22/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/congressmanmikecoffman/2017/12/22/net-neutrality-and-the-role-of-congress-n2426328

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20) How to determine if you should talk about politics in public
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“When candidate Trump first set about the job of redefining politics (and reality) back in 2015, people had lots of predictions about how things would turn out. One year isn’t long enough to know everything we need to know about his presidency, but it’s long enough to to check some of our predictions. As a public service, I put together a list of predictions that various people made about Trump that you can use to evaluate your own predictive powers. Count the number of items on the list that you once predicted would be true. I’ll tell you how to evaluate your score at the end. Did you once believe: Trump will never win the GOP nomination. Trump will never win the presidency. Stocks will drop if Trump is elected. President Trump will deport ten million illegal immigrants. Trump will be gone (impeached, jailed, or quit) by end of 2017. …” [editor’s note: There are 15 more points to consider before looking at the scoring – SAT] (12/22/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/2017/12/22/determine-talk-politics-public

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

21) The Anarchist Experience, episode 144
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“With MC on Vacation, M steps in with Rich, discussing these Headlines: Musician Arrested, Strip Searched, Thrown in Jail for Singing Without A License — ‘Safer’ 20mph zones led to rise in number of road deaths but too costly to reverse, council admits — $21 trillion of unauthorized spending by US govt discovered by economics professor — Small Alabama Town Hired Cops, Judge, Prosecutor, Set Up Speed/Asset Forfeiture Trap.” [various formats] (12/25/17)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2017/12/25/the-anarchist-experience-144/

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22) Lions of Liberty, episode 327
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Yo ho ho and a bottle of Liberty! It’s that time of year again, when we partake in some holiday cheer and adult beverages for our annual ‘Naughty or Nice’ special! In the show Marc is joined by Rico, Brian and Odie cast judgment upon various figures in the political world and whether they were ‘naughty’ or ‘nice’ for liberty in 2017.” [various formats] (12/25/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/12/25/lions-liberty-naughty-nice-2017/

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23) Free Talk Live, 12/24/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Sexual Harassment Allegations :: Scientology :: Saving vs Spending :: Libertarian Purity :: Bwutha Wicky :: Immigration :: Holiday Depression Over Court-Stolen Kids :: FTL Saves a Life? :: HOSTS — Ian, Jonny Ray, Will.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/24/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-12-24

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24) Anarcho Agenda, episode 49
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Roger Ver joins me to talk about Bitcoin, and much more.” [various formats] (12/23/17)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-49-2017-12-22

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25) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 134
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Will Porter returns to Foreign Policy Focus to discuss Trump’s National Security Strategy. In the report, Trump lays out his plan to secure America. Trump calls for lots of interventions around the world. Trump mentions China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran by name as threats to America. Will helps me explain how Trump’s policy is more of the same and it will fail in creating a safer world for Americans. Will also assists i[n] debunking some of the worst lies in the NSS.” [various formats] (12/22/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-134-national-security-strategy-with-will-porter

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