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In the News:

0) Quick publisher’s note …
1) US State Department posts Abedin emails found on Weiner’s laptop
2) KS: Cop kills unarmed mundane; police chief puts killer on paid vacation, blames “prankster”
3) Egypt: Gunman kills 11 in attacks on Coptic church, Christian-owned shop
4) Liberia: VP Boakai concedes presidential election to former soccer star Weah
5) Court rules Oskar Groening, known as “bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” must go to jail
6) Trump fires all remaining members on his HIV/AIDS council, draws outrage from LGBTQ activists
7) Trump to Dems: No DACA deal without the border wall
8) South Korea: Regime holds crew of ship that allegedly gave oil to North Koreans
9) Trump wants US Snail to charge “much more” for Amazon shipments
10) Iran: Protesters arrested on second day of demonstrations

Everybody Has An Opinion:

11) In the real world
12) Policing is an insult to justice
13) Can economics bring back humility and civil discourse?
14) Democratic rhetoric on GOP tax law is just silly
15) The demolition president
16) Make-work is wasteful
17) Cryptocraze
18) Liberals [sic] getting back in touch with their authoritarian roots
19) Not really a swamp, but an ocean
20) The world isn’t fiat anymore

The Sound and the Fury:

21) Felony Friday, episode 104
22) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 220
23) Anarcho Agenda, episode 50
24) Free Talk Live, 12/28/17
25) Editor’s Break, episode 42

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0) Quick publisher’s note …

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1) US State Department posts Abedin emails found on Weiner’s laptop
Source: CNN

“The State Department posted a number of emails belonging to former top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin on Friday after the messages were found on Anthony Weiner’s laptop by the FBI. Several of the released documents were found to contain information classified ‘confidential,’ and were heavily redacted. Friday’s release is in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking: ‘All emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013 using a non-‘state.gov‘ email address.’” (12/29/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/29/politics/huma-abedin-state-department-email-release/index.html

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2) KS: Cop kills unarmed mundane; police chief puts killer on paid vacation, blames “prankster”
Source: ABC News

“Police and the FBI are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted a hoax call that led to a house where an officer shot and killed a Kansas man who apparently wasn’t involved in the dispute. Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston on Friday blamed a ‘prankster’ who called 911 and made up a story about a shooting and kidnapping. … Several officers arrived and surrounded the home, braced for a hostage situation. When Finch went to the door police told him to put his hands up and move slowly. But Livingston said the man moved a hand toward the area of his waistband — a common place where guns are concealed. An officer, fearing the man was reaching for a gun, fired a single shot. Finch died a few minutes later at a hospital. Livingston said Finch was unarmed. The officer, a seven-year veteran of the department, is on paid leave pending the investigation. … Lisa Finch said the family was forced outside barefoot in freezing cold and handcuffed after the shooting. She said her granddaughter was forced to step over her dying uncle and that no guns were found in the home.” (12/29/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/police-investigate-shooting-death-prank-call-52047804

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3) Egypt: Gunman kills 11 in attacks on Coptic church, Christian-owned shop
Source: Reuters

“A gunman killed at least 11 people on Friday in attacks on a Coptic Orthodox church and a Christian-owned shop near Cairo before he was wounded and arrested, the Egyptian interior ministry and church officials said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, in a statement carried out by its Amaq news agency, though it provided no evidence for the claim. Police have stepped up security measures around churches ahead of Coptic Christmas celebrations on Jan. 7, deploying officers outside Christian places of worship and setting up metal detectors at some of the bigger churches.” (12/29/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-security/gunman-kills-11-in-attacks-on-coptic-church-christian-owned-shop-in-egypt-idUSKBN1EN0SX

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4) Liberia: VP Boakai concedes presidential election to former soccer star Weah
Source: Boston Globe

“After allegations of election fraud and a delayed runoff that raised fears about a constitutional crisis, Vice President Joseph Boakai of Liberia accepted defeat in the country’s presidential election Friday and offered his support to the new government. … By conceding the race to [George Manneh] Weah, a former international soccer star, Boakai helped pave the way for the first democratic transition of power in the West African country in more than 70 years. Previous elections were overseen by the United Nations.” (12/29/17)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2017/12/29/liberia-vice-president-concedes-election/yYXWP0DXhLqmBdvPd7xsTL/story.html

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5) Court rules Oskar Groening, known as “bookkeeper of Auschwitz,” must go to jail
Source: NBC News

“Germany’s constitutional court has ruled that a 96-year-old German must go to jail over his role in mass murders committed at the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz during World War Two, refusing to overturn a lower court ruling. Oskar Groening, known as the ‘bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ for his job counting cash taken from the camp’s victims, was sentenced to four years’ jail in 2015, but wrangling over his health and age have delayed the start of his sentence. … There is no further appeal to the constitutional court’s ruling. The ruling does leave open the possibility that Groening could be released if his health deteriorates.” (12/29/17)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/court-rules-oskar-groening-known-bookkeeper-auschwitz-must-go-jail-n833461

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6) Trump fires all remaining members on his HIV/AIDS council, draws outrage from LGBTQ activists
Source: New York Daily News

“Without explanation, the White House fired all remaining members of President Trump’s advisory council on HIV and AIDS earlier this week, drawing widespread outrage from gay rights activists. The across-the-board axing was announced in a letter delivered via FedEx to all 16 members and comes as the Trump administration already faces flak for how it deals with LGBTQ issues. Patrick Sullivan, who was appointed to a four-year term on the council in May 2016, told the Daily News that he received the letter on Friday. He said it ‘politely recognized’ his service but gave no reason for why he had been let go.” (12/29/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-fires-remaining-members-hiv-aids-council-article-1.3726329

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7) Trump to Dems: No DACA deal without the border wall
Source: Politico

“Democrats seeking a deal to protect so-called Dreamers from deportation must be prepared to agree to a package that includes several White House priorities, including a border wall and reforms to the U.S. immigration system, President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning. … Democrats have said they will not sign on to a bill next month to keep the government funded without a deal to protect Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and in many cases have no relationship to their country of birth.” (12/29/17)

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/29/trump-dreamers-daca-deal-border-wall-319627

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8) South Korea: Regime holds crew of ship that allegedly gave oil to North Koreans
Source: Fox News

“The crew of a Hong Kong-flagged ship that allegedly violated U.N. sanctions by transferring oil to a North Korean vessel in October is being held in South Korea until a full inspection is sent to the Security Council, officials announced Friday. The Lighthouse Winmore is believed to have transferred about 600 tons of refined petroleum products to the North Korean ship, the Sam Jong 2, in international waters in the East China Sea on Oct. 19, after leaving the South Korean port of Yeosu, a South Korean Foreign Ministry official told the Associated Press.” (12/29/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/12/29/south-korea-holding-crew-ship-that-allegedly-gave-oil-to-north-koreans.html

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9) Trump wants US Snail to charge “much more” for Amazon shipments
Source: US News & World Report

“President Donald Trump called on the U.S. Postal Service on Friday to charge ‘much more’ to ship packages for Amazon , picking another fight with an online retail giant he has criticized in the past. … The president’s tweet drew fresh attention to the fragile finances of the Postal Service at a time when tens of millions of parcels have just been shipped all over the country for the holiday season. The U.S. Postal Service, which runs at a big loss, is an independent agency within the federal government and does not receive tax dollars for operating expenses, according to its website. … Satish Jindel, president of ShipMatrix Inc, which analyzes shipping data, disputed the idea that the Postal Service charges less than United Parcel Service Inc and FedEx Corp , the other biggest players in the parcel delivery business in the United States. Many customers get lower rates from UPS and FedEx than they would get from the post office for comparable services, he said.” (12/29/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2017-12-29/trump-targets-amazon-in-call-for-postal-service-to-hike-prices

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10) Iran: Protesters arrested on second day of demonstrations
Source: USA Today

“Iranians protesting the country’s strained economy gathered in Tehran and another major city on Friday, for the second day of spontaneous, unsanctioned demonstrations placing pressure on President Hassan Rouhani’s government. The semi-official Fars news agency reported that officials said around 300 protesters gathered in the western city of Kermanshah, the scene of a devastating earthquake in November that killed over 600 residents. In Tehran, fewer than 50 people protested at a public square. Fars reported that protesters in Kermanshah chanted anti-government slogans such as ‘never mind Palestine, think about us,’ ‘death or freedom’ and ‘political prisoners should be freed.’ They damaged some public property before police dispersed them. Police also arrested a small number of demonstrators in Tehran protesting price hikes and the president’s economic policy.” (12/29/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/12/29/iran-protest-arrests/991627001/

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

11) In the real world
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“In the real world, tariffs and subsidies used by foreign governments weaken those foreign economies and make most of their citizens poorer than they would otherwise be. In the real world, if Uncle Sam responds to foreign-governments’ trade restraints by inflicting similar restraints on us Americans, we are thereby made poorer than we would otherwise be. In the real world, it is, therefore, asinine to support a policy of inflicting artificial scarcity at home simply because foreign governments inflict artificial scarcity abroad.” (12/29/17)

http://cafehayek.com/2017/12/in-the-real-world.html

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12) Policing is an insult to justice
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“Justice is the righting of wrongs, the making whole again. For there to be ‘justice served’ you need two elements, 1) a crime, and 2) restitution. Policing as we know it today throughout the United States and elsewhere is primarily tasked with law enforcement. It is the laws of states that are enforced, no matter how right or wrong in the opinion of police officers. Two fundamentals points must be made here. The first is that a so-called state’s laws are nothing more than recorded opinions backed by a threat of violence (no different in kind than the ‘laws’ of street gangs or mafias). The second is that most state laws are of the nature that violating them does not involve the creation of damages toward a victim. In other words, most laws simply prohibit liberties, not crimes.” (12/28/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/policing-insult-justice

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13) Can economics bring back humility and civil discourse?
Source: Acton Institute
by Steve Stapleton

“Today, reason seems upended and our discourse has regressed to where even the fundamental importance of free speech — our first freedom — is being openly challenged. We have made a blood-sport of spewing vitriol and ridicule at those with whom we disagree. This retreat from reason has led too many into the dangerous traps of identity politics, tribalism, and irrational fundamentalism. How do we reclaim the mantle of reason and civil discourse in broader society? Ironically, this coarsening of society is happening amid a growing body of scientific evidence that demonstrates how the human brain can err in its conclusions and convictions. Some of this evidence comes from the field of behavioral economics.” (12/28/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/12/28/can-economics-bring-back-humility-and-civil-discourse

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14) Democratic rhetoric on GOP tax law is just silly
Source: Reason
by Steven Greenhut

“An acquaintance who owns a large California business likes to talk about the negligible impact of the tax code on his personal life. As he puts it, well-off folks can afford the homes, cars and vacations they enjoy. Their lifestyle is static. When the government taxes them at a higher rate, that simply means they have less money to expand their business. It won’t force them to subsist on macaroni and cheese, sell the Tesla or feel any personal discomfort. That’s a key point to consider when you listen to the rhetoric from Democratic leaders about the supposed evils of the recently passed Republican tax plan. The left [sic] wants to punish the rich, but defending higher taxes mainly punishes everyone else.” (12/29/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/12/29/democratic-rhetoric-on-gop-tax-law-is-ju

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15) The demolition president
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“President Trump has delivered on a number of promises for his base. But there was an impressive amount of breakage along the way. You might say he President Trump did as much demolition as he did construction. The press is doing a good job of telling us what he accomplished in 2017. But they keep leaving out all the stuff he broke that probably needed to be broken. I’ll fix that for you here: GOP – Trump broke the GOP and reconstructed it along his terms, successfully it seems. DNC — The DNC has no charismatic leader, no game plan, and little money. Clinton Dynasty — Done. Bush Dynasty — Done. … I told you in 2015 that candidate Trump would change more than politics. I told you he would change the way we saw reality. Do you remember when you thought the news reported facts and that humans used those facts to make reasoned decisions? You probably don’t think that anymore. I’m probably leaving out some stuff that got broken. It’s been a busy year.” (12/28/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/2017/12/28/the-demolition-president

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16) Make-work is wasteful
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Sheldon Richman

“In their personal lives, people kvetch about work and love labor-saving devices. (How many would part with their dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, and power mowers?) But regarding government policy, some of the same people complain when work becomes unnecessary — that is, when jobs are ‘destroyed.’ They complain loudest when trade with foreigners makes work unnecessary, although other factors have the same consequence. … Combine the make-work bias with the anti-market bias and anti-foreign bias, and you get the Trump administration.” (12/29/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/make-work-wasteful

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17) Cryptocraze
Source: Strike The Root
by Alex R Knight III

“… Krugman, Stross, and all those who think like them — a considerable segment of the population — see nothing wrong whatsoever with centralized banking and money issuance, taxation, and the ability of governments to monitor all financial transactions. In fact, not only do they see nothing wrong with these things — they see any attempt to hinder or thwart them as ‘evil.’ This is what we are up against. And I hold out little or no hope that such a twisted mindset can ever change. Fortunately, emerging technologies have the ability to bypass people’s belief systems in ways that render their objections meaningless. Yes, that’s a double-edged sword, and states can and do use technology to violate privacy all the time. But with cryptocurrency now on the digital map, I get the feeling we’re going to finally start giving more than we’re getting when it comes to sticking it to Big Brother.” (12/29/17)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/cryptocraze

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18) Liberals [sic] getting back in touch with their authoritarian roots
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“From a seemingly successful political scam the new Russophobia is fast turning into a growing industry, with several rival conspiracy theorists and ‘expose the Russians’ outfits peddling their wares. The politics of this is reflected in the reunion of the ‘centrist’ liberals with the neoconservatives, like David Frum, Bill Kristol, and Max Boot, all of whom are fanatic NeverTrumpers and have joined the anti-Trump ‘Popular Front’ advocated by liberal warhorse Michael Tomasky. History is here repeating itself in an oddly inverted way: the neocons trace their ideological ancestry back to the ‘Scoop Jackson’ faction of the Democratic Party. They were driven out by opposition within the party to one of their all-time favorite projects: the Vietnam war. Now they’re returning to the party of their youth on account of another war — the one against Trump, and Putin.” (12/29/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/12/28/liberals-getting-back-touch-authoritarian-roots/

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19) Not really a swamp, but an ocean
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“President Trump’s reigning metaphor of ‘draining the swamp’ is very descriptive. And yet, a new report suggests it may not go far enough. The government Swamp’s a lot bigger and deeper than you know. The nonprofit watchdog group Open The Books has put out a new report, Mapping The Swamp, that seeks to flesh out what has, until now, merely been a metaphor. What it found is eye-opening, and shows the size of the challenge that lies before President Trump as he seeks to drain it. ‘We found small and large agencies across the federal government gaming the system for personal gain — and it’s expensive for the taxpayer,’ said Adam Andrzejewski, CEO and founder of OpenTheBooks.com. ‘Congress should hold hearings to bring transparency to all the information we’re still missing, including performance bonuses and pension payouts. It’s time to squeeze out waste from compensation and stop abusive payroll practices.’” (12/27/17)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/the-swamp-trump-is-trying-to-drain-isnt-really-a-swamp-its-an-ocean

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20) The world isn’t fiat anymore
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Stewart Jones

“In 1788, Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter that, ‘Paper is poverty. It is only the ghost of money, and not money itself.’ Jefferson and the Founding Fathers understood the history and dangers of government’s manipulation of money. They knew that kings and empires of the past had debased and devalued currencies, completely removing the accountability that precious metals enforced on governments. … If Thomas Jefferson were here today, would he and other American revolutionaries support digital cash and possibly even use cryptocurrencies?” (12/29/17)

https://fee.org/articles/the-world-isnt-fiat-anymore/

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21) Felony Friday, episode 104
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday host John Odermatt is joined by fellow Lion of Liberty, host of our flagship Monday program, Marc Clair. John and Marc kick things off by first looking back to update a case covered way back on Episode 55 of Felony Friday titled ‘A Rumor Sent a Teenage Girl to Prison for a Brutal Murder in Vegas,’ …” [various formats] (12/29/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/12/29/felony-friday-104-crazy-california-laws-2018/

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22) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 220
Source: Libertarianism.org

“George Selgin joins us again on Free Thoughts for a conversation about the origins and role of the Federal Reserve.” [various formats] (12/29/17)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/how-federal-reserve-works

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23) Anarcho Agenda, episode 50
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Going back through the show highlights of 2017, with good, bad, and all audio in between.” [various formats] (12/29/17)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-50-2017-12-29

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24) Free Talk Live, 12/28/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Ross Ulbricht’s fate now in the hands of the US Supreme Court :: Oregon court rules against bakers :: Discrimination :: Caller took issue with Heather’s position on making adultery illegal :: The surprising industry of body brokers :: Sarah claims homicide & red light cameras are connected :: HOSTS — Darryl, Heather & Chris.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/28/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-12-28

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25) Editor’s Break, episode 42
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 042 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: submitting questions or comments for the podcast at the top of Everything-Voluntary.com, country living vs. city living, a new word coined by Skyler: pelatarchy, hyperbolic criticisms of privatizing government services, trusting people with power vs. trusting people with freedom, and why policing is an insult to justice.” [various formats] (12/28/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/country-living-pelatarchy-privatization-policing-22m-editors-break-042

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