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In the News:

0) … And a Happy New Year!
1) Political prisoner Ross Ulbricht appeals double life sentence to SCOTUS
2) AL: State certifies Jones election win as Moore’s court challenge fails
3) Russians limit US military flyovers in tit-for-tat response
4) US, Turkish regimes mutually lift visa restrictions
5) Trump accuses China of allowing oil into North Korea
6) Johnson, Stein ask SCOTUS to hear anti-trust debates lawsuit
7) NASA plans first interstellar mission
8) Report: Israel, US sign secret deal for escalation of security theater over Iran
9) Italy: Mattarella dissolves parliament; election set for March
10) Vanity Fair apologizes for mocking loser/felon/has-been Hillary Clinton; Trump whines about it
11) UK: Regime tribunal orders Assange machinations kept shrouded in secrecy
12) Israel: Knesset passes law to shield grifters like Netanyahu from police mention
13) Wrecked Bitcoin plunges on fears South Korea’s regime will shut exchanges
14) CA: Legal marijuana arriving after decades of underground dealing
15) Russia: Supermarket explosion injures at least 13

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) War without a rationale
17) The tax code should not be used to influence home buyers
18) Apocalypse Now: 2017 was another terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year
19) “Sensitivity readers” are the new Thought Police, and they threaten more than novelists
20) Government still dividing America
21) What will cause the next recession?
22) Masterpiece Cakeshop: The slope is, in fact, slippery
23) States are going to extraordinary lengths to keep death penalty drugs top secret
24) Toward a theory of peace
25) The joy & sorrow of rereading Holt’s “How Children Learn”
26) What Americans should know about the Constitution
27) Freedom necessarily includes the freedom to act self-destructively
28) Is QE effective? (Please don’t ask)
29) How the GOP tax bill bails out ObamaCare
30) Southern Strategy on the skids
31) Jury nullification: Why the Bundys walk from prosecution
32) The never-ending battles of the Coral Sea
33) Trump gave UN what it deserved, maybe time to defund it
34) The story of King Michael: Totalitarian wolves against the Carpathian shepherd
35) Pelatarchy: When the customer reigns supreme

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36) Reason Podcast, 12/28/17
37) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/28/17
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1) Political prisoner Ross Ulbricht appeals double life sentence to SCOTUS
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Ross Ulbricht formally submitted a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), seeking a hearing for the overturn of a decision upheld this year by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Ulbricht’s double-life sentence without the possibility of parole is at stake. … Mr. Ulbricht’s appeal focuses on two questions, according to the writ: ‘1. Whether the warrantless seizure of an individual’s Internet traffic information without probable cause violates the Fourth Amendment. 2. Whether the Sixth Amendment permits judges to find the facts necessary to support an otherwise unreasonable sentence.’” (12/28/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/ross-ulbrichts-fate-in-the-hands-of-the-us-supreme-court/

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2) AL: State certifies Jones election win as Moore’s court challenge fails
Source: NBC News

“Alabama officials certified the results of its special Senate election Thursday, officially naming Democrat Doug Jones the victor not long after a judge rejected a last-minute challenge from Republican Roy Moore. Late Wednesday, hours before the Alabama State Canvassing Board was scheduled to meet Thursday to certify Jones’ victory, Moore and his campaign filed a lawsuit alleging that voter fraud had tainted the election results and requesting that certification be delayed.” (12/28/17)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/elections/judge-rejects-roy-moore-s-claim-voter-fraud-n833221

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3) Russians limit US military flyovers in tit-for-tat response
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Russia plans to limit the number of airbases the U.S. can use to launch reconnaissance flights under the Open Skies Treaty, in a fresh sign of its deteriorating relationship with Washington. The restrictions will be introduced Jan. 1 in response to U.S. measures to limit Russian military flights in its airspace, said Georgiy Borisenko, head of the Foreign Ministry’s North American department, according to the state-run RIA Novosti news agency. The move is a rollback of an agreement in place since 1992, one of a series of arms-control deals intended to foster trust and transparency as the relationship between the nuclear superpowers thawed at the end of the Cold War.” (12/28/17)

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/world/2017/12/28/World-briefs-Russia-limits-U-S-military-flyovers-in-tit-for-tat-response/stories/201712280090

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4) US, Turkish regimes mutually lift visa restrictions
Source: Reuters

“The United States and Turkey lifted all visa restrictions on Thursday after Washington said Ankara had kept to assurances no further U.S. mission staff would be targeted for performing official duties, following detention of two earlier this year. But Turkey swiftly denied having granted such assurances in the affair that has tested relations since the two local employees of the U.S. consulate in Istanbul were held on suspicion of ties to last year’s failed coup against President Tayyip Erdogan.” (12/28/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-turkey-visa/u-s-turkey-mutually-lift-visa-restrictions-ending-months-long-row-idUSKBN1EM1AX

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5) Trump accuses China of allowing oil into North Korea
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump said Thursday that he is ‘very disappointed’ in China for allegedly selling oil to North Korea, tweeting that the on-again, off-again Trump ally was ‘caught red handed’ allowing oil to be imported by the rogue regime. The tweet, which came as Trump was on his golf course in Palm Beach County, comes after outlets in South Korea reported that satellites have spotted Chinese ships transferring oil to North Korean vessels. Trump said that if this practice continues, there will ‘never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem.’ A White House official and multiple National Security Council officials were unable to explain the President’s tweet and did not respond to questions about whether he was referring to the recent reports from South Korea.” (12/28/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/28/politics/president-donald-trump-china-north-korea-oil/index.html

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6) Johnson, Stein ask SCOTUS to hear anti-trust debates lawsuit
Source: Ballot Access News

“On December 27, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Johnson v Commission on Presidential Debates, the case over whether federal anti-trust law has any bearing on the Commission on Presidential Debates’ restrictive policy on who gets into the debates.” (12/27/17)

http://ballot-access.org/2017/12/27/gary-johnson-and-jill-stein-ask-u-s-supreme-court-to-hear-their-anti-trust-debates-lawsuit/

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7) NASA plans first interstellar mission
Source: United Press International

“Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are making preliminary plans for an interstellar mission, the agency’s first. The team wants to send a probe to look for sings of life on the exoplanets surrounding Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to Earth. According to New Scientist, which first revealed the news, the proposed launch is set for 2069 — a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. With a 44-year-long flight, the probe wouldn’t reach its target until the next century.” (12/28/17)

https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/12/28/NASA-is-planning-the-first-interstellar-mission-a-trip-to-the-Alpha-Centauri-system/1931514473538/

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8) Report: Israel, US sign secret deal for escalation of security theater over Iran
Source: Arutz Sheva [Israel]

“Israel and the United States signed a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate to counter the Iranian nuclear and ballistic missile threat, according to a report by Channel 10 News. According to the report, the MOU was signed on December 12 at the White House following discussions between Israeli and US intelligence officials.” (12/28/17)

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/239973

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9) Italy: Mattarella dissolves parliament; election set for March
Source: Reuters

“Italy will vote on March 4 in an election expected to produce a hung parliament, instability and possible market turbulence in the euro zone’s third largest economy. Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni’s cabinet set the date of the vote after the president dissolved parliament on Thursday, formally opening an election campaign which in practice has already been raging bitterly for weeks.” (12/28/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-italy-election/italy-to-vote-on-march-4-with-hung-parliament-feared-idUSKBN1EM193

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10) Vanity Fair apologizes for mocking loser/felon/has-been Hillary Clinton; Trump whines about it
Source: CBS News

“Vanity Fair has apologized for its controversial humor video offering Hillary Clinton advice. The video suggested New Year’s resolutions for Clinton such as taking up knitting or other hobbies, but it prompted backlash from many viewers who saw it as sexist. And in a backlash to the backlash, President Trump sent a tweet Thursday morning blasting the magazine for its apology. … The video was from Vanity Fair’s business and politics page, Hive, and showed editors holding champagne toasts as they made suggestions for what Clinton should do in 2018. One editor said Clinton could write a sequel to her book, ‘What Happened,’ titled, ‘What the Hell Happened.’ Most notably, one female editor said, ‘Take up a new hobby in the new year. Volunteer work, knitting, improv comedy … literally anything that will keep you from running again.’” (12/28/17)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vanity-fair-apologizes-for-clinton-video-trump-launches-attack/

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11) UK: Regime tribunal orders Assange machinations kept shrouded in secrecy
Source: RT [Russian state media]

“A UK tribunal has refused to release key details on communications between British and Swedish authorities over Julian Assange, in an effort to protect the Crown Prosecution Service’s relationship with foreign authorities. An Italian investigative journalist’s attempt to pull back the shroud covering the long-running Assange case, which involves four nations and at least two government prosecution agencies, ended in failure earlier this month. Stefania Maurizi, of the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, had her appeal to the UK First-tier Tribunal to obtain documents held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in London dismissed on December 12. The quest for further information could have also potentially uncovered any dealings between the UK, Sweden, the US and Ecuador — the latter being the nation in which Assange has sought asylum. It may have also finally addressed Assange’s fears that extradition to Sweden could ultimately pave the way for rendition to the US. However, in the appeal documents seen by RT.com, the tribunal agreed that if any such request exists then ‘disclosing it would tip off Mr Assange illegitimately and undesirably.’” (12/28/17)

https://www.rt.com/uk/414442-assange-files-tribunal-maurizi/

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12) Israel: Knesset passes law to shield grifters like Netanyahu from police mention
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Israel’s parliament has voted to approve controversial legislation restricting police powers. The law prevents investigators from recommending whether the attorney general should charge suspects in some of the most high-profile cases. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it would protect innocent people. But critics said the legislation was an attempt to reduce scrutiny of corruption investigations into Mr Netanyahu himself. … Mr Netanyahu is a suspect in two corruption investigations. One concerns alleged meddling in the media industry; the other gifts he allegedly received from wealthy businessmen.
He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying he is the victim of a politically motivated witch hunt.” (12/28/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-42501446

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13) Wrecked Bitcoin plunges on fears South Korea’s regime will shut exchanges
Source: Business Insider

“[Old] Bitcoin plunged below $14,000 after the South Korean government warned it may close some cryptocurrency exchanges amid ‘irrationally overheated’ trading. Bloomberg News reported that South Korea will require cryptocurrency transactions to name participants and ban banks from offering virtual accounts. The government may also direct law enforcement officials to close some exchanges.” (12/28/17)

http://www.businessinsider.com/bitcoin-price-28-dec-south-korea-exchanges-2017-12

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14) CA: Legal marijuana arriving after decades of underground dealing
Source: USA Today

“A new gold rush is sweeping California as the state prepares to launch legal marijuana sales Monday, bringing the powerful and largely underground economy finally into public view. Marijuana has long been one of California’s most important cash crops, albeit one many visitors would never see amid the vineyards and avocado farms. Now, tens of thousands of entrepreneurs are rushing to carve out a slice of an about-to-be-legal market that has grass-growing cannabis evangelists colliding with out-of-state suits eager to make a now-legal buck. And there’s a lot to be made: The state’s existing marijuana black market is worth $13.5 billion, according to cannabis financial analysis firm GreenWave Advisors, while the legal market could be worth $5.1 billion in 2018.” (12/28/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/12/28/legal-marijuana-arriving-california-after-decades-underground-dealing/975323001/

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15) Russia: Supermarket explosion injures at least 13
Source: NBC News

“The explosion at a supermarket in Russia’s second-largest city was a terrorist attack, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. At least 13 people were injured Wednesday night when an improvised explosive device went off at a storage area for customers’ bags at the supermarket in St. Petersburg. Investigators said the device contained 7 ounces of explosives and was rigged with shrapnel to cause more damage. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.” (12/28/17)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russian-supermarket-explosion-injures-least-10-n832931

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16) War without a rationale
Source: The American Conservative
by Scott Horton

“In 2001, after the 9/11 attacks, the United States invaded Afghanistan and quickly smashed the Taliban government. It also killed hundreds of members of the al Qaeda group that had launched the attacks, although leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri escaped to Pakistan, along with about 200 followers. Ever since, we have been told that the U.S. military occupation of Afghanistan must continue indefinitely or else al Qaeda will return and make the country once again into a ‘safe haven’ from which to attack the United States. In U.S. political discourse and news stories, this has often been stated as a flat fact, beyond dispute. … This safe haven argument is a myth — a false but widely believed tale used to justify continuing a policy of perpetual failure.” (12/28/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/war-without-a-rationale/

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17) The tax code should not be used to influence home buyers
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“Politico reports that ‘the National Association of Realtors, the National Association of Home Builders and their allies, are aligned against … a higher standard deduction that they say could hurt homeowners’ (emphasis added). But why would freeing homeowners to spend their own money without strings hurt them? Methinks we have a case of what Bruce Yandle has dubbed ‘bootleggers and Baptists,’ in which self-interest lurks behind a moral appeal for a government intervention. The classic case was the tacit alliance in favor of alcohol prohibition between religious authorities and owners of moonshine stills. This raises a fundamental question: should politicians allied with special interests use the tax code explicitly to influence behavior, whether it be to buy homes, make charitable donations, or anything else? Or should taxes (if we must have them) be intended for nothing more than raising revenue?” (12/27/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/tax-code-should-not-be-used-influence-home-buyers

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18) Apocalypse Now: 2017 was another terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year
Source: OpEdNews
by John W Whitehead

“Just our luck that 2017 gave us more of the same bad news that we’ve experienced in recent years. Here’s just a small sampling of what we suffered through in 2017.” (12/17/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Apocalypse-Now-2017-Was-A-by-John-Whitehead-America_Government_Police_Surveillance-171227-970.html

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19) “Sensitivity readers” are the new Thought Police, and they threaten more than novelists
Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“Welcome to the 21st century and ‘sensitivity readers,’ people hired by writers and publishers, especially of young-adult titles, to vet manuscripts to make sure things are, well, politically correct, ‘authentic,’ and, especially, inoffensive. … in a culture that rightly champions free expression, assimilation, class-race-and-gender mixing, and empathy, it’s a practice that threatens to choke off work. There’s no good reason that a small group of experts should be able to claim that it alone can validate a manuscript (and, one presumes, movies and other art forms) as authentic and real for potential protesters who will claim that this or that book must be pulled from shelves, heavily rewritten, or just not published at all.” (12/28/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/12/28/sensitivity-readers-are-the-new-thought

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20) Government still dividing America
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“As 2017 draws to a close, it is disappointing to see America more divided than at any time since the 1860s. The main cause being government. Almost everyone complains about government, at least sometimes. It’s a natural thing to do. The reason is, with political governance, one side only wins at the expense of the other side.” (12/27/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/12/27/voices/government-still-dividing-america/155470.html

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21) What will cause the next recession?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Daniel Lacalle

“The most recent consensus estimates for global Gross Domestic Product growth show a healthy ‘synchronised’ development in most economies. Expectations for the major economies are much stronger than what economists expected at the end of 2016 for the next three years. Seems all concerns about a global slowdown and subsequent recession have disappeared. What has changed?” (12/28/17)

https://mises.org/wire/what-will-cause-next-recession

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22) Masterpiece Cakeshop: The slope is, in fact, slippery
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“It started with ferries. Lord Chief Justice Hale considered the question of ferry regulation in De Portibus Maris in 1670. Even if a man owns the land and docks on both sides of a river, and owns a ferry that can be used to take people and cargo between them, he does not have the right to operate a public conveyance without the king’s permission. … Where private property intersects with the public sphere, Lord Hale concluded, ‘it ceases to be juris privati only,’ because it is ‘affected with a public interest.’ … From the regulation of public waterways comes the principle that a man may not grow wheat on his own farm for his own use without the king’s permission: The slope is, in fact, slippery. The principle that private property takes on an unalterably public character whenever a chicken crosses the road is central to American civil-rights law — which, contrary to the account sometimes given by our Democrat friends, has a history that does not begin in 1964.” (12/28/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/454968/masterpiece-cakeshop-slippery-slope-anti-discrimination-law

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23) States are going to extraordinary lengths to keep death penalty drugs top secret
Source: Mother Jones
by Nathalie Baptiste

“One August afternoon, Wendy Kelley, the director of the Arkansas Department of Corrections, picked up 40 vials of a controversial sedative used in prisons across the country to put inmates to death. The details of where she picked up the vials and who sold the drugs to the prison are not known, but according to BuzzFeed, Kelley paid an undisclosed supplier $250 in cash for midazolam. … Arkansas didn’t have to respond to any questions about the incident, because its secrecy law shields the public from obtaining certain information about executions. … Most secrecy laws protect the identity of people involved in the execution — such as the person administering the drugs — but in recent years, states have expanded these laws to include drug manufacturers. ‘As drugs have become harder to obtain through legitimate means,’ Robert Dunham the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center explains, states have ‘resorted to secrecy to hide questionable activities.’” (12/26/17)

http://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2017/12/states-are-going-to-extraordinary-lengths-to-keep-death-penalty-drugs-top-secret/

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24) Toward a theory of peace
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Dan Sanchez

“Peace is the keystone of liberty and prosperity. To completely understand why, it will be important to develop a theory of peace. Most arguments against war at least partially rely on empirical evidence. Anti-war literature tends to draw from past calamitous consequences of foreign interventionism. Here I will endeavor to make the case for peace using only theoretical incentive analysis.” (12/28/17)

https://fee.org/articles/toward-a-theory-of-peace/

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25) The joy & sorrow of rereading Holt’s “How Children Learn”
Source: Psychology Today
by Peter Gray

“In a survey we conducted a few years ago, Gina Riley and I asked unschooling families to name the writers whose works had influenced them most in their decision to take that route. John Holt was by far the most often cited, named by more than half of the 232 families in the survey. Holt died in 1985, of cancer at the too-young age of 62. Yet he continues to exert great influence. My colleague Pat Farenga recently oversaw the publication of the 50th anniversary edition of what to me is Holt’s most significant book, How Children Learn (Da Capo Press, 2017). I read the first edition decades ago, without full appreciation, before I had begun my own research into children’s learning. Rereading the book now led me repeatedly to think, How true, How brilliant, How sad. Sad because these true facts and brilliant insights are still understood by only a small percentage of the population, and our schools are now even worse than they were when Holt was alive.” (12/26/17)

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201712/the-joy-and-sorrow-rereading-holt-s-how-children-learn

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26) What Americans should know about the Constitution
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Libertarians don’t claim that the Constitution is perfect, ideal, or a libertarian document. But they do maintain that the Constitution is adequate as a check on the welfare/nanny state — if it were just followed.” [editor’s note: Well, some libertarians maintain that. Others are with Lysander Spooner — “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain — that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.” – TLK] (12/27/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/americans-know-constitution/

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27) Freedom necessarily includes the freedom to act self-destructively
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“You ask, in effect, if I believe that the state is justified in using force to prevent people from selling and buying opioids, and from using opioids to get high. My answer is no. I fully endorse Milton Friedman’s summary of this issue: ‘I don’t think the state has any more right to tell me what to put in my mouth then it has to tell me what can come out of my mouth. Those two are essentially the same thing — and they both are essential elements of freedom.’ A ‘social’ problem far worse than drug abuse is power abuse — which is heavily fueled by the notion that it’s okay to butt into each other’s personal affairs if we do so through the agency of the state. But I emphatically reject the notion that using the agency of the state transforms otherwise unjust actions into just — or even acceptable — actions.” (12/27/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/12/freedom-necessarily-includes-freedom-act-self-destructively.html

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28) Is QE effective? (Please don’t ask)
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“When people ask me whether QE is effective, I know I’m facing an uphill climb. The question is actually pretty meaningless–like asking whether a shovel is effective. For what purpose?” (12/27/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/12/is_qe_effective.html

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29) How the GOP tax bill bails out ObamaCare
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Eric Schuler

“The GOP Tax Bill has been passed by Congress and signed by President Trump, proving that Republicans are indeed capable of passing more than month-long spending extensions (if only just). The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act makes several big changes to the US tax code–some good, others less so. The bill also has major implications for the US healthcare system because it repeals the individual mandate of Obamacare. In the short-run, this repeal will provide limited tax relief for healthy individuals that would prefer to go without health insurance. Unfortunately, it will make things much worse for sicker Americans and give a political bailout to Democrats who want to blame Republicans for Obamacare’s failures. Up until now, the claim that the GOP is destroying Obamacare has been largely fictional. Obamacare has been collapsing based on its own flaws. But by repealing the individual mandate, the GOP has volunteered itself as a scapegoat, and the repercussions do not bode well for liberty or for healthcare.” (12/28/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/economics/gop-tax-bill-bails-obamacare/

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30) Southern Strategy on the skids
Source: CounterPunch
by Wayne Clark

“No region of the country has changed more in the past quarter-century than the Deep South. It has seen migration from rural to urban and an influx of people from other parts of the country, particularly from the north and mid-west. A slow but steady stream of migrants has moved in from south of the border. One result is that voting patterns — despite widespread attempts at voter suppression — are much less predictable. Young white voters are showing clear signs of turning a deaf ear to racist dog whistles. Blacks, with women in the forefront, are raising their voices and making them heard. Hispanics and Latinos are registering and voting in record numbers. The ‘great unwashed’ are beginning to stir. The South may be, as Jesse Jackson has observed at a turning point. The question is: where will it turn?” (12/28/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/12/28/southern-strategy-on-the-skids/

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31) Jury nullification: Why the Bundys walk from prosecution
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Harold Pease

“In jury after jury but few of the hundreds engaged in what has been dubbed the Battle of Bunkerville have been prosecuted in a historic confrontation between the federal government and its citizens over western land. … Three trials were held in 2017, the first in April ended in a mistrial, another in July had mostly acquittals, and a third in November on ringleaders Cliven Bundy and his two sons Ammon and Ryan and a co-defendant Ryan Payne, ending in another mistrial. … Why can’t the government get prosecutions? Bundy arguments brought focus to three concerns: federal land within a sovereign state, the Constitution, and what is known as Jury Nullification.” (12/27/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/12/jury-nullification-why-the-bundys-walk-from-prosecution/

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32) The never-ending battles of the Coral Sea
Source: Heartland Institute
by Viv Forbes

“For at least 50 years Australian taxpayers and other innocents have supported a parasitic industry in academia, bureaucracy, law, media and the tax-exempt Green Alarm ‘Charities,’ all studying, regulating, inspecting and writing about yet another ‘imminent threat to Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.’ It has become the never-ending battle of the Coral Sea. The threats change, but there is always a doomsday forecast — Crown-of-Thorns, oil drilling, fishing, cane farming, coastal shipping, global warming, ocean acidity, coral bleaching, port dredging, chemical and fertiliser runoff, coal transport, river sediments, loss of world heritage status etc. Every recycled scare, magnified by the media and parroted by politicians, generates more income for the alarm industry, usually at the expense of taxpayers, consumers or local industries.” (12/27/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/12/the-never-ending-battles-of-the-coral-sea/

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33) Trump gave UN what it deserved, maybe time to defund it
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The U.S. will slash its spending on the United Nations by $285 million in the coming year. It’s about time the U.S. reduced funding to this corrupt, incompetent global organization. We hope more cuts are on the way. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley was blunt in delivering the bad news. ‘The inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well-known,’ she said. “We will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked.’ She called the cuts a ‘big step in the right direction’ toward a ‘more efficient and accountable U.N.’ We couldn’t agree more. After the shameful U.N. rebuke of the U.S.’ sovereign decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with 128 countries condemning the U.S. action, it’s painfully clear (if it wasn’t clear before) that the U.N. has lost any claim to being a just, or even fair, arbiter of global issues and conflicts. No, its main function these days seems to be to act on the anti-Israel proposals of its most anti-Semitic members. That American tax money supports this is wrong.” (12/26/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trump-gave-u-n-what-it-deserved-maybe-its-time-defund-it

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34) The story of King Michael: Totalitarian wolves against the Carpathian shepherd
Source: Acton Institute
by Mihail Neamtu

“Just a few days before Christmas, despite the icy weather in Bucharest, hundreds of thousands of people gathered together to mourn the death of King Michael of Romania (1921-2017). Prince Charles of Wales, as well as King Juan Carlos of Spain, attended the funeral of one of the last Eastern Orthodox monarchs in the world. Many revered him as a dignified statesman, who witnessed the destruction of old Europe under Hitler and Stalin, the tumultuous unfolding of the Cold War, as well as the post-1989 rebirth of democratic institutions in his native region. Though relatively unknown to the broader public in the West, King Michael’s life was nothing short of extraordinary.” (12/27/17)

https://acton.org/pub/commentary/2017/12/27/story-king-michael-totalitarian-wolves-against-carpathian-shepherd

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35) Pelatarchy: When the customer reigns supreme
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“My principles are primary, the labels just serve as a shorthand identification, and sometimes as conversation starters or plots of common ground. My principles set my preferences (values), and my preferences determine my behavior (purposeful action). This seems true for everybody. What is also true for everybody is that all relations are forms of trade. Something is always exchanged in any given purposeful voluntary human interaction. Exchanged contents include money, goods, services, information, feelgoods, and more. Depending on one’s perspective, there is a customer and a vendor in every exchange. Ultimately, customers decide what and when contents get exchanged in the context of voluntary human relations. This means that customers are the decision-makers of last resort, and supreme ruler over their engagements. This is pelatarchy.” (12/27/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/pelatarchy-customer-reigns-supreme

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36) Reason Podcast, 12/28/17
Source: Reason

“The Republican candidate has managed to capture just 37 percent of the under-30 vote in each of the last two presidential elections. What do you expect when you run candidates such as Mitt Romney and Donald Trump and go deep on issues such as gay marriage and drug prohibition, asks Lisa De Pasquale. Is Roy Moore really gonna pack in the kids? … Reason’s Nick Gillespie spoke with De Pasquale about [her new novel] I Wish I Might, ‘secret laughter’ inside the conservative movement, and why she doesn’t think Lena Dunham is a role model.” [various formats] (12/28/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/12/28/lisa-de-pasquale-i-wish-i-might

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37) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/28/17
Source: Cato Institute

“Will elements of Dodd Frank and the Patriot Act that burden banks go away in 2018? Bert Ely discusses elements of financial regulation that might get changed.” [various formats] (12/28/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/look-financial-reform-2018

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38) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 12/28/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Did the founders intend for the First Amendment to protect as much speech as it does today? University of Richmond Assistant Professor of Law Jud Campbell argues probably not. … In ‘Natural Rights and the First Amendment,’ Professor Campbell argues that the founders’ understanding of the freedoms of speech and of the press rested on ‘a multifaceted understanding of natural rights that no longer survives in American constitutional thought.’ He contends that those rights ‘were expansive in scope but weak in their legal effect, allowing for restrictions of expression to promote the public good.’ On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we investigate Professor Campbell’s claims and wonder, if true, what — if anything — we should do about them.” [various formats] (12/28/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-natural-rights-and-the-first-amendment-with-jud-campbell/

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39) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/28/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou and Kal discuss the government’s War on Charity, the Battle of Athens, a mini-revolt in AL, MI cops no longer be able to have sex with prostitutes, and Bernie Sanders retiring to Venezuela. Michael came on during the first segment to talk about The Gray State documentary.” [various formats] (12/28/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15441

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40) Free Talk Live, 12/27/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Fall of Communism :: Venezuelan Businesses Charging in Dollars :: Leaders and Masters :: Are cryptocurrency trades now taxed as income in the US? :: Bitcoin Past vs Bitcoin Future :: Sugar Tax :: HOSTS — Ian, Will, Mike.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/27/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-12-27

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