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Volume XVII, Issue #4,140
Thursday, December 27th, 2018
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In the News:

0) It’s the day after the day after Christmas …
1) Dow soars more than 1,050 points, its biggest point gain in history
2) Thai legislature becomes first in Southeast Asia to legalize medical marijuana
3) CBP gang says it will medically examine abducted children after second death
4) Syria: Military says Israeli strikes hit weapons depot
5) Japan to resume commercial whaling

Everybody Has An Opinion:

6) Blame anybody but Trump
7) North Korea denuclearizing is Mission Impossible, but peace isn’t
8) Good riddance to General Mattis and the rest of Washington’s mad dogs of war
9) The legal gymnastics of ObamaCare
10) Public Health England to make illegal McDonald’s Big Mac

The Sound and the Fury:

11) Electric Libertyland, episode 104
12) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 28
13) Humans of Bitcoin, 12/25/18
14) Free Talk Live, 12/25/18
15) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 88

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1) Dow soars more than 1,050 points, its biggest point gain in history
Source: Washington Post

“Stocks on Wednesday climbed back from their epic Christmas Eve plunge as all three indexes posted big gains. The Dow Jones industrial average roared more than 1,050 points in late afternoon as stocks snapped a four-day losing streak that had placed the 10-year bull market on the edge of death on Monday. … The Dow was whirling between slightly negative to 200 points up in the first hours of Wednesday’s session before its early afternoon lift on the tails of surging blue chips Apple, Home Depot, Microsoft, Visa and Nike. Facebook and Amazon shares were up more than 6 percent each.” [editor’s note: The news reads as euphoria every time the stock market posts gains and depression every time it takes a dump. I’m no financial expert but it seems to me that the wild swings indicate something’s very wrong – TLK] (12/26/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/us-stocks-volatile-as-markets-try-to-recover-from-christmas-eve-freefall/2018/12/26/29f8905e-0928-11e9-85b6-41c0fe0c5b8f_story.html

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2) Thai legislature becomes first in Southeast Asia to legalize medical marijuana
Source: The Hill

“Thailand’s legislature voted to legalized licensed medical marijuana on Tuesday, becoming the first Southeast Asian nation to do so. The Thai legislature approved its final reading of the amendment to the country’s drug law in a 166-0 vote, with 13 abstentions, The Associated Press reported. The amendment legalizes for medical purposes the production, import, export, possession and use of marijuana, as well as a locally grown plant called kratom that is used as a stimulant and painkiller.” (12/25/18)

https://thehill.com/policy/international/422815-thai-legislature-becomes-first-in-southeast-asia-to-legalize-medical

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3) CBP gang says it will medically examine abducted children after second death
Source: Fox News

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection will perform medical checks on every child in its custody following the death of an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala. The measure was introduced amid scrutiny and criticism from politicians and other groups after the second death of an immigrant child in the [gang’s clutches] just this month, with a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl dying due to what the agency said was dehydration and hunger. … CBP urged other government agencies to support their efforts to provide health care for [abducted] children, saying the agency is ‘considering options for surge medical assistance’ from the Coast Guard and may ask federal agencies — such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Defense — for assistance.” (12/26/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/migrant-children-to-be-medically-examined-amid-second-death-of-child-in-cbp-custody

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4) Syria: Military says Israeli strikes hit weapons depot
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Israel has attacked sites near the Syrian capital, hitting an arms depot and injuring three soldiers, Syrian state media say. Fighter planes fired missiles from Lebanese air space towards Qatifah, about 40km (25 miles) north-east of Damascus, the Syrian military said. Israel has not commented, though it said it fired at a Syrian anti-aircraft missile after the reported strikes. Israel has carried out dozens of strikes on Syria in recent years. It says it is acting to thwart advanced weapons transfers from Iran to the Lebanese pro-Iranian Hezbollah movement and the strengthening of Iran’s military presence in Syria.” (12/26/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-46682666

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5) Japan to resume commercial whaling
Source: CBS News

“Japan said Wednesday it is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and will resume commercial whaling next year, sparking criticism from activists and anti-whaling countries including Australia. The announcement comes after Japan failed earlier this year to convince the IWC to allow it to resume commercial whaling. Top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the commercial hunts would be limited to Japan’s territorial waters. … Japan joins Iceland and Norway in openly defying the IWC’s ban on commercial whale hunting, and its decision sparked international criticism.” (12/26/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/japan-to-resume-commercial-whaling/

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6) Blame anybody but Trump
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“For the last decade, I have been writing an end-of-the-year column recalling memorable examples of blame shifting during the previous 12 months. At first these compendiums featured various public figures, including Barack Obama. But then Donald Trump took up residence in the White House, providing such a rich trove of examples that no one else could compete. Although Trump had never held public office before he was elected president, he outdoes professional politicians in his obstinate refusal to accept responsibility for any problem or failure. For Trump, as these highlights from 2018 show, self-love means never having to say you’re sorry.” (12/26/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/12/26/blame-anybody-but-trump

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7) North Korea denuclearizing is Mission Impossible, but peace isn’t
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel R DePetris

“Viewed through the distorted lens of the Washington foreign policy establishment, it doesn’t appear that denuclearization talks between the United States and North Korea are going particularly well. This, however, is wrong and frankly misleading. It obscures the central national security interest of the North Korean file: peace on the Peninsula. The Trump administration should begin to use the ongoing discussions as an historic opportunity to turn the page on more than six decades of mutual hostility with North Korea.” (12/26/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/north-korea-denuclearizing-is-mission-impossible-but-peace-isnt/

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8) Good riddance to General Mattis and the rest of Washington’s mad dogs of war
Source: Antiwar.com
by David Stockman

“Syria has no economic, strategic or military relevance whatsoever to the safety and security of the American homeland. And that’s as in none, nada, nichts and nugatory. If you are not looking through the distorted lens of Imperial Washington’s group think, in fact, the whole brouhaha over getting out of Syria is not even a close call; it’s inexplicable. Excep … .except for Washington’s imperial dictate that Russia and Iran are not allowed to have any role there — even though both have been invited by the country’s duly established government in Damascus. Moreover, the derivative postulate from that high-handed writ is even more absurd.” (12/26/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/david_stockman/2018/12/25/good-riddance-to-general-mattis-and-the-rest-of-washingtons-mad-dogs-of-war/

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9) The legal gymnastics of ObamaCare
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles

“Every federal program requires two steps before spending money. Congress must both authorize it and appropriate the money for it. And the necessity of the second step could not be clearer: ‘No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.’ However, spending for the ACA subsidy payments was never congressionally authorized. Instead, President Obama simply ignored the Constitution. He instructed Health and Human Services and the Treasury to divert money appropriated for other programs, but left which programs to be cut unspecified. Why? If a specified program was raided, Congress and program beneficiaries would have clear constitutional cause to stop it. So even though every possible diversion would be unconstitutional, Obama’s failure to specify where funds would come from, delegating the dirty work to cabinet members, supposedly transmuted the unavoidable unconstitutionality into legitimacy, protecting Obamacare from constitutional scrutiny long enough to make it a political fait accompli.” (12/26/18)

https://mises.org/wire/legal-gymnastics-behind-obamacare

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10) Public Health England to make illegal McDonald’s Big Mac
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“Public Health England, PHE, has decided that McDonald’s Big Mac should no longer be legally available in England. At least, that’s the implication of their latest little foray into public policy making. At which point this is all going to get interesting, isn’t it? For while the prodnoses burble among themselves the rest of us get on with living life as we wish. But at some point their whinges start to impact upon what we ourselves can do in our own lives. … Convenience meals should contain, according to PHE, no more than 544 calories. Do take a moment just to savour that, it’s 544, not 543 or 545. How wise and omnisicient the bansturbators are!” (12/26/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/healthcare/public-health-england-to-make-illegal-mcdonalds-big-mac/

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11) Electric Libertyland, episode 104
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland Brian welcomes in fellow Lion and host of ‘Felony Friday,’ John Odermatt to play a rousing game of ‘Trump or Dump!’ Brian and John rate the bump stock ban, First Step Act, Yemen and Syria troop pullbacks on the ‘Trump or Dump’ scale, before wrapping the show up with some discussion on insanity in advertising censorship in the UK.” [various formats] (12/26/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/12/26/ell-104-trump-or-dump-with-john-odermatt/

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12) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 28
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie examine Redemption Song by Bob Marley. Reggae just gets me. But do we get raggae? You decide.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/26/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/c%E2%80%99mon-bro-just-stop-with-adam-keeler-sounds-like-liberty-episode-28/

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13) Humans of Bitcoin, 12/25/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“The story of of a graphic designer from New England who moved his family to an island in South Florida where he actively teaches his kids about Bitcoin. Counter economics, the bitcoin tooth fairy, day-to-day island life and more.” [various formats]

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e630-Bitcoin-Writer-Bitcoin-Family-Island-Life-Jamie-Redman

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14) Free Talk Live, 12/25/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Live Christmas Day Edition :: Man Mounts 700 LB Sculpture of Middle Finger :: You Own Nothing :: The Guillotine Solution :: Network Marketing Scams :: Gaming on Linux :: Property Rights :: Cannabis Fearmonger :: HOSTS — Ian, Michael, Aria.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/25/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-12-25

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15) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 88
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Merry Christmas! We hope you didn’t stage a riot last night on Christmas Eve, because, as you know, Santa is always watching!” [various formats] (12/25/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/liberty-chronicles/eggnog-riot

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Steve Trinward

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