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Volume XVII, Issue #4,139
Wednesday, December 26th, 2018
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In the News:

0) A note from the publisher
1) US stock markets book ugliest Christmas Eve plunge ever
2) Roberts freezes contempt order in Mueller probe
3) TX: ICE gang dumps 200 abductees at bus station
4) US judge mistakenly identifies North Korea as part of his jurisdiction
5) Afghanistan: 29 killed in hours-long brazen attack in Kabul

Everybody Has An Opinion:

6) What self-ownership means and why it matters
7) Just shut down and stay that way
8) Mattis marks end of the Global War on Terror
9) Where are we overreacting today?
10) Precious gifts

The Sound and the Fury:

11) The Big L Podcast, episode 8
12) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 194
13) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/24/18
14) AnarchoChristian, episode 25
15) Editor’s Break, episode 125

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0) A note from the publisher

Hey, everyone …

As I’ve mentioned previously, you can expect short editions this week, as many of our comment sources close down between Christmas and the New Year (and the news cycle is usually pretty quiet as well — the Age of Trump may be an exception!). Today’s edition is five news stories, five commentaries, five audio/video links.

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1) US stock markets book ugliest Christmas Eve plunge ever
Source: MarketWatch

“Never mind finding coal in your stocking for the holidays. Wall Street investors scored a rare — and unwanted — gift this year. The S&P 500 index fell by 2.7% Monday, marking the first session before Christmas that the broad-market benchmark has booked a loss of 1% or greater — ever. … The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished down 653 points, or 2.9%, representing its worst decline on the session prior to Christmas in the 122-year-old blue-chip gauge’s history. … It wasn’t pretty for the Nasdaq Composite Index either, with the technology and internet-laden benchmark logging a 2.2% loss. That also marked the worst Christmas Eve, or more aptly, worst drop on the trading session just before Christmas in its shorter history, with the next worst drop the 0.95% decline logged in 1973.” (12/24/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-sp-500-is-on-the-verge-of-tumbling-by-the-most-it-has-ever-fallen-on-christmas-eve-2018-12-24

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2) Roberts freezes contempt order in Mueller probe
Source: US News & World Report

“Chief Justice John Roberts on Sunday reportedly hit pause on Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller’s efforts to compel a mystery company — one owned by a foreign government — to turn over information to investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign. The hold is temporary: It freezes a contempt order issued by a federal court in the District of Columbia after the unidentified company refused to comply with a grand jury subpoena. The subpoena sought ‘information’ about the company’s commercial activity in a criminal investigation. … Much about the Mueller’s investigations remains secret. However, the order by the chief justice appears to be the first time a legal challenge to the probes has reached the Supreme Court.” (12/24/18)

https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2018-12-24/chief-justice-freezes-contempt-order-in-mueller-probe

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3) TX: ICE gang dumps 200 abductees at bus station
Source: Newsweek

“More than 200 migrants were released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at an El Paso, Texas, bus station Sunday night. Just one day before Christmas, many of the families had no money or food. Most did not speak English and had no means of communication. More migrants are expected to be dropped off …. The practice is routine, as ICE [abducts] those crossing the border to seek asylum and outfits them with an ankle bracelet and court date before releasing them at the bus station. This time, however, the number of immigrants being released is unusually great, and likely because of the government shutdown, they were dropped off without warning.”

https://www.newsweek.com/ice-immigration-asylum-seekers-el-paso-1270976

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4) US judge mistakenly identifies North Korea as part of his jurisdiction
Source: CNN

“A federal judge in Washington awarded the parents of Otto Warmbier more than half a billion dollars in a wrongful death suit against the North Korean government, which detained and allegedly tortured the college student over 17 months before returning him to the US last year, where he died days later. … North Korean officials detained Warmbier in 2016 as he tried to leave the country after spending five days there on a commercial tour. Warmbier, then a student at the University of Virginia, was accused by the government of stealing a political poster from a restricted floor in his hotel. Warmbier returned to the United States in June of 2017 after negotiations led by the Trump administration. Then 22 years old, Warmbier was blind and deaf and had sustained severe brain damage from his time in detention. He died less than a week later in his hometown of Cincinnati.” (12/24/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/24/politics/otto-warmbier-north-korea-judgment/index.html

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5) Afghanistan: 29 killed in hours-long brazen attack in Kabul
Source: Fox News

“A brazen hours-long coordinated assault on a government building in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Monday killed 29 people, most of them employees of the department for martyrs and disabled persons, said Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish. Another 23 people were wounded, including three policemen. The assault began with a suicide bomber who blew up his explosives-laden car in front of the multi-story building in an eastern neighborhood of Kabul. Within minutes of the powerful explosion three gunmen, armed with assault rifles and explosive devises, stormed the building. For nearly eight hours they rampaged through the office complex terrorizing employees. Some of the employees managed to hide and police quickly evacuated 357 other employees, Danish said. Witnesses reported hearing at least five explosions as police and gunmen traded fire. One of the dead was a police officer but the rest were civilians, including one women.” (12/24/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/world/official-29-killed-in-hours-long-brazen-attack-kabul

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

6) What self-ownership means and why it matters
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“I would say that most of us assume self-ownership to be self-evident. As a concept, however, it seems very much tied to the liberal tradition. This is for a reason. It was denied in the ancient world, where one’s birth and social standing were fixed. Only with the birth of modernity and the rise of social mobility in the late Middles Ages did we gain social consciousness of the notion that each of us should be able to choose our life path, that we are owners of our own bodies as much as our minds and hearts. John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government makes an elaborate argument concerning private property, and you can agree or disagree with his analysis here. What matters is that this argument begins with a statement he finds self-evident. ‘Every man has a property in his own person: this nobody has any right to but himself.’” (12/23/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/what-self-ownership-means-and-why-it-matters

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7) Just shut down and stay that way
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Things shut down on Friday after the Senate failed to do anything except their usual stupid games. We’ve now gone more than 60 hours ‘without’ FedGov nanny work, and … The world has not come to an end. Really. The highways are still open, and not clogged with refugees fleeing whatever menace the FedGov protects us from. The national parks are still not burning, and still not overrun with murdering biker gangs. The power is still running through the grid. Water is still flowing through the pipes. Waste water treatment plants are not dumping raw sewage into our rivers. Planes are still flying.” (12/24/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/12/24/just-shut-down-and-stay-that-way/

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8) Mattis marks end of the Global War on Terror
Source: The American Conservative
by Peter Van Buren

“The New York Times, its journalists in mourning over the loss of a war, ask, ‘Who will protect America now?’ Mattis the warrior-monk is juxtaposed with the flippant commander-in-Cheeto. The Times sees strategic disaster in an ‘abrupt and dangerous decision, detached from any broader strategic context or any public rationale, [that] sowed new uncertainty about America’s commitment to the Middle East, [and] its willingness to be a global leader.’ … That’s all wrong. Jim Mattis’s resignation as defense secretary (and on Sunday, Brett McGurk, as special envoy to the coalition fighting ISIS) and Trump’s decision to withdraw from Syria and Afghanistan are indeed significant. But that’s because they mark the beginning of the end of the Global War on Terror (GWOT), the singular, tragic, bloody driver of American foreign policy for almost two decades.” (12/24/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/mattis-marks-end-of-the-global-war-on-terror/

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9) Where are we overreacting today?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“When you look back at postwar history, you see lots of examples of where the consensus of opinion overreacts to a perceived threat. … My question today is, ‘To which perceived threats are we currently overreacting?’ There are lots of possibilities, including Russia, Iran and North Korea. But the greatest over-reaction seems to be occurring to the rise in China.” (12/23/18)

https://www.econlib.org/where-are-we-overreacting-today/

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10) Precious gifts
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“There’s a quiet on Christmas morning … after Santa has come and gone … and the kids are still sound asleep … sugar plum fairies dancing to their gentle snoring. A moment to stop and think. I hope they’ll like their presents; they always do. There’s so much love my wife and I want to share, to give to them. Of course, the biggest gifts are never under the tree. The most important being a stable home, with love, and the freedom for children to grow into themselves.” (12/24/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/12/24/precious-gifts-2/

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11) The Big L Podcast, episode 8
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“This is a recorded phone call with potential new Party member Eric — who gave his explicit permission for me to record and distribute. One of the subjects I discussed was the views of Sharon Presley, the founder of the ALF, who objected to my characterization of her position as a right to abortion until the umbilical cord is cut when she says it is until natural childbirth. While I think that is a distinction without a difference, I edited that part out and agreed to use her terminology in the future.” [Flash audio] (12/24/18)

http://biglpodcast.com/abortion-and-the-libertarian-conscience-bl008/

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12) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 194
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Trump Pulls Out.” [various formats] (12/24/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-194-trump-pulls-out/

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13) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 12/24/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“There’s no such thing as a good central planner. No one can successfully manipulate the economy and be a good Fed Chairman. The problem with the economy is the existence of the Federal Reserve itself. Ron Paul discusses on today’s Liberty Report!” [Flash video] (12/24/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/does-trump-have-the-authority-to-fire-fed-chair-powelldoes-it-even-matter

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14) AnarchoChristian, episode 25
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“The Christmas Truce of 1914 was just as unexpected during The Great War as it would be today. Join me as we hear from voices then, as well as today, reflecting on the event.” [various formats] (12/23/18)

https://www.anarchochristian.com/christmas-in-the-trenches-ac023/

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15) Editor’s Break, episode 125
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 125 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: an essay he wrote in December 2009 outlining the ways that the first Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, was a libertarian event.” [various formats] (12/24/18)

https://everything-voluntary.com/christmas-was-a-libertarian-event-9m-editors-break-125

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