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In the News:

0) Fundraiser update, 12/01/16
1) DOJ, SCOTUS expand US regime’s search and surveillance powers
2) Cuba: Thousands gather to view caravan bearing Fidel Castro’s ashes
3) Now that he’s leaving, Obama starts talking sense about marijuana
4) Army Corps of Engineers agrees not to “forcibly remove” Standing Rock protesters
5) US House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader
6) US regime to forgive at least $108 billion in student debt in coming years
7) Thompson’s widow to sell his personal strains of marijuana
8) After OPEC deal, oil expected to rally
9) Colombia: Leaked tape shows Brazilian plane “ran out of fuel”
10) NY: Preet “I’ll Prosecute Anyone to Get Attention” Bharara to stay on as US Attorney under Trump
11) CA: San Francisco transit hacker gets hacked
12) Saudi Arabia: Prince says it’s time to end ban on women driving
13) FDA approves Ecstasy trials for PTSD
14) The entire Internet will be archived in Canada to protect it from Trump
15) US political prisoner Barrett Brown freed
16) Brennan: Ripping up Iran nuclear deal “height of folly”
17) Philippines: Opposing Marcos burial, thousands protest at site of 1986 revolt
18) SCOTUS to decide if [sic] indefinite immigrant detention is illegal
19) Venezuela: Officials want to regulate social media to “prevent violence”
20) Trump says he’ll leave his business to focus on presidency

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Ideology, identity politics, and politico-cultural conflict
22) Hey, @RealDonaldTrump, hands off my flag
23) Don’t let Clinton off the hook
24) All assistance should be voluntary
25) Donald’s flag hysteria delusion syndrome
26) How the left learned to love Prevent
27) Fundamentals
28) The real reason Hillary asked for a recount
29) Reconciling the NAP & “reality”
30) Trump or no Trump, we’ll bury the carbon economy
31) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/30/16
32) What safe spaces & trigger warnings actually are
33) Because it’s our money to spend as we wish
34) Growing far-right nationalistic movements are dangerously anti-Muslim — and pro-Israel
35) The left’s fidelity to Castro-ation
36) The myth of a cashless society
37) The trouble with Trump’s infrastructure ambitions
38) The CIA and the press: When the Washington Post ran the CIA’s propaganda network
39) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/30/16
40) The cannabis exception to the Second Amendment
41) The Democrats’ circular firing squad
42) The real reason to oppose the Dakota access pipeline
43) The Loco-Foco movement: A lost chapter in the history of liberalism, part 2
44) Doug Casey on the coming collapse of the world’s biggest economy
45) Piano teachers, beware: The feds are onto you
46) Trump and normalization with Cuba
47) Words as weapons of authoritarian control
48) Identity politics, the alt-right, and empathy in cultural discourse
49) We won’t let you forget it: Why we oppose French attempts to export the right to be forgotten worldwide
50) Tench Coxe on state vs. federal power under the Constitution
51) Diversity, identity, and the liberal implosion
52) Attention, millennials: Foreign election meddling and fake news are nothing new
53) An open letter to president-elect Trump
54) College don’t make you smart
55) Free Talk Live, 11/29/16

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0) Fundraiser update, 12/01/16

Dear readers,

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1) DOJ, SCOTUS expand US regime’s search and surveillance powers
Source: Gizmodo

“At midnight, the U.S. government quietly gained expansive new surveillance abilities after a last-ditch effort to stop changes to the federal code of criminal procedure died on the Senate floor. Senator Ron Wyden tried three times on Wednesday to stall the rule changes, which let judges give federal agents the authority to hack multiple computers in any jurisdiction at once, including those belonging to innocent malware victims. … Under the old version of ‘Rule 41,’ agencies like the FBI needed to apply for a warrant in the right jurisdiction to hack a computer, presenting difficulties when investigating crimes involving suspects who had anonymized their locations or machines in multiple places. Under the new version, a federal judge can approve a single search warrant covering multiple computers even if their owners are innocent or their locations are unknown.” (12/01/16)

http://gizmodo.com/the-fbi-just-got-disturbing-new-hacking-powers-1789548207

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2) Cuba: Thousands gather to view caravan bearing Fidel Castro’s ashes
Source: USA Today

“When the motorcade carrying Fidel Castro’s ashes approached [Matanzas]’s Freedom Plaza on Wednesday, the crowd lining the sidewalks, benches, rooftops, balconies and even window bars started to chant his name. … Crowds gathered Wednesday, the first of three days along the roads the motorcade is traveling from Havana to Santiago de Cuba to deliver the former president’s remains to his final resting place. The caravan, which left Havana early Wednesday, is traveling the route Castro followed to reach Havana in January 1959 in his successful rebellion, known as the Caravana de la Libertad, or Freedom Caravan. Castro’s ashes are scheduled to reach Santiago on Saturday, when a public tribute will be held before a private funeral Sunday.” (11/30/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/11/30/thousands-cubans-gather-view-caravan-bearing-fidel-castros-ashes/94700496/

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3) Now that he’s leaving, Obama starts talking sense about marijuana
Source: Smell the Truth

“Outgoing president Barack Obama now believes that marijuana should be legally taxed and regulated similar to cigarettes and alcohol. In his final interview as acting president with Rolling Stone, Obama shared his insight on a number of important topics, including the current legal status of marijuana. Rolling Stone co-founder and publisher Jann Wenner brought up the issue of marijuana legalization by mentioning that cannabis can now be purchased legally throughout the entire West Coast, before asking the president why the failed War on Drugs continues to this day.” [editor’s note: Okay, then stop just talking about it and DO it! You have the Executive authority to stand down the DEA, all by yourself. SAT] (11/30/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/11/30/obama-says-government-should-handle-marijuana-the-same-as-cigarettes-or-alcohol

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4) Army Corps of Engineers agrees not to “forcibly remove” Standing Rock protesters
Source: Counter Current News

“The US Army Corps of Engineers will not forcibly remove Standing Rock activists from a disputed protest camp in North Dakota, according to a statement. It previously said the Oceti Sakowin camp would be closed on December 5. ‘The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking a peaceful and orderly transition to a safer location, and has no plans for forcible removal,’ it said in a statement on Sunday, adding that ‘those who choose to stay do so at their own risk as emergency, fire, medical, and law enforcement response cannot be adequately provided in these areas.'” (11/30/16)

http://countercurrentnews.com/2016/11/army-corps-agrees-not-forcibly-remove-standing-rock-protesters/#

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5) US House Democrats re-elect Pelosi as leader
Source: Seattle Times

“House Democrats have re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader. The California lawmaker, who has led the party since 2002, turned back a challenge from Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan on Wednesday.” (11/30/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/reckoning-for-pelosi-as-house-democrats-vote-for-leader/

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6) US regime to forgive at least $108 billion in student debt in coming years
Source: Fox News

“The federal government is on track to forgive at least $108 billion in student debt in coming years, according to a report that for the first time projects the full cost of plans that tie borrowers’ payments to their earnings. The report, to be released on Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office, shows the Obama administration’s main strategy for helping student-loan borrowers is proving far more costly than previously thought. The report also presents a scathing review of the Education Department’s accounting methods, which have understated the costs of its various debt-relief plans by tens of billions of dollars. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi [R-WY] ordered the report last year amid a sharp increase in enrollment in income-driven repayment plans, which the Obama administration has heavily promoted to help borrowers avoid default. The most generous version caps a borrower’s monthly payment at 10 percent of discretionary income, which is defined as any earnings above 150 percent of the poverty level.” [editor’s note: So what’s all this talk about the need for “free college” then?- SAT] (11/30/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/30/us-to-forgive-at-least-108b-in-student-debt-in-coming-years.html

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7) Thompson’s widow to sell his personal strains of marijuana
Source: Raw Story

“Over a decade after his death, people can soon smoke some of ‘Gonzo’ journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s personal strains of marijuana thanks to the efforts of his wife, Anita Thompson. The late writer’s widow told the Aspen Times last week of her plan to cultivate and sell the author’s strains of cannabis. Thompson said she was working with a marijuana company to grow and distribute six kinds of marijuana that she saved, which were once smoked by her husband. ‘Since it became legal I get approached probably once a month by cannabis growers, dispensaries,’ Thompson reportedly said. ‘I’ve had probably 10 meetings in the last three years and I always ended up saying “No” because it’s the same story every time: Somebody wants to slap Hunter’s name on their strain … If I put Hunter’s name on somebody else’s strain, I can never go back and say, “No, this is the authentic one.”‘ She joked that she was ‘looking forward to being a drug lord,’ but put those plans on hold for so long on purpose.” (11/30/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/11/hunter-s-thompsons-widow-to-sell-his-personal-strains-of-marijuana

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8) After OPEC deal, oil expected to rally
Source: Reuters

“Oil’s blistering rally of up to 10 percent to $50 a barrel on Wednesday should continue into next week, analysts and fund managers said, after the world’s top producers announced a historic deal to rein in output. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries reached its first deal to cut oil output since 2008 — signaling its return to managing supply in world markets. The path ahead for the oil market, however, is expected to be volatile, as those who positioned for a rally unwind their trades to book profits. The possibility that OPEC will be unable to meet its commitment to cut production could also undermine prices as well. That makes the long-term path for oil more uncertain, as few expect the commodity to reach $60 a barrel soon.” (11/30/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-markets-oil-opec-idUSKBN13P2MZ

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9) Colombia: Leaked tape shows Brazilian plane “ran out of fuel”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The plane carrying Brazilian footballers which crashed in Colombia had run out of fuel, according to a leaked audio recording. In the air traffic tower tape, a pilot can be heard repeatedly requesting permission to land due to a ‘total electric failure’ and lack of fuel. Just before the tape ends, the pilot says he is flying at an altitude of 9,000 ft (2,743m) Just six of the 77 people on board the plane survived. The plane was carrying most of Brazil’s Chapecoense football team and 20 journalists were also among those killed. The recording, which has been published by several Colombian media outlets, confirmed earlier reports that a lack of fuel might have contributed to the crash.” [editor’s note: I was going to say “soccer” in the headline, but restrained myself – SAT] (11/30/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38160713

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10) NY: Preet “I’ll Prosecute Anyone to Get Attention” Bharara to stay on as US Attorney under Trump
Source: New York Post

“Preet Bharara, The gungho federal prosecutor has agreed to ‘stay on’ as Manhattan U.S. Attorney after President-elect Donald Trump offered him the gig during a meeting Wednesday afternoon at Trump Tower in Midtown. … Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was one of the first to toot Preet’s horn to Trump — and even put the president-elect directly in touch with Preet to set up the meeting, a source said.” [editor’s note: Why am I not surprised that Schumer is behind this? Trump, Schumer and Bharara working together would give any one of the Five Families a run for the organized crime money – TLK] (11/30/16)

http://nypost.com/2016/11/30/bharara-accepts-trumps-offer-to-stay-on-as-us-attorney/

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11) CA: San Francisco transit hacker gets hacked
Source: PYMNTS.com

“San Francisco’s Muni public transit system was reportedly hit by a ransomware attack over the weekend …. Rather than paying the ransom, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) allowed patrons to ride for free until the system was back up and running again normally the following day. … In an interesting twist of events, Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security reported that the hacker believed to be behind the attack on the SFMTA was himself hacked over the weekend. According to Krebs, a security researcher said he compromised the inbox of the hacker after seeing a news article on the SFMTA hack. The security researcher, who asked to remain anonymous, told Krebs he was able to guess the answer to the extortionist’s secret question and then reset the email password. Copies of messages in the inbox shared with Krebs on Security revealed that the criminal has used more than a dozen different bitcoin wallets since August to extort at least $140,000 in bitcoin from victim organizations.” (11/30/16)

http://www.pymnts.com/news/security-and-risk/2016/sf-transit-hacker-cybersecurity-hack/

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12) Saudi Arabia: Prince says it’s time to end ban on women driving
Source: USA Today

“A Saudi prince wants to end the practice of not allowing women to drive in his country. In a letter posted on Twitter Tuesday, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said it is ‘high time’ that Saudi women be allowed to drive. He said preventing women from driving is similar to the objections some had about women receiving education in Saudi Arabia half a century ago. ‘Preventing a woman from driving a car is today an issue of rights similar to the one that forbade her from receiving an education or having an independent identity,’ he said. ‘They are all unjust acts by a traditional society, far more restrictive than what is lawfully allowed by the precepts of religion.'” (11/30/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/11/30/saudi-prince-says-it-is-time-to-end-ban-let-women-drive-saudi-arabia/94655748/

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13) FDA approves Ecstasy trials for PTSD
Source: Fox News

“After successful preliminary trials, the FDA is moving forward with a large scale study for using Ecstasy as a prescription drug to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. The study approved on Tuesday would be the final measure necessary before the agency could legalize the drug, according to the New York Times. If the results are favorable, the drug also known as MDMA would be available to patients as early as 2021.” (11/30/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/11/30/ecstasy-trials-approved-by-fda-for-ptsd-patients.html

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14) The entire Internet will be archived in Canada to protect it from Trump
Source: Motherboard

“As Donald Trump careens towards the Oval Office, promising jail time for flag-burners along the way, an organization that archives the internet for anyone to peruse aims to create a full backup in Canada in order to protect the digital library from censorship. The Internet Archive is a US-based nonprofit that has been archiving the web for 20 years. So far, they’ve cataloged petabytes worth of web pages and claim to continue to archive 300 million new web pages each week. … With a potentially pro-censorship Trump regime looming, the Internet Archive isn’t taking any chances and is planning on opening an ‘Internet Archive of Canada’ in the land of toques and Labatt brews. Digital information stored abroad wouldn’t be subject to US censorship laws.” (11/29/16)

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-entire-internet-will-be-archived-in-canada-to-protect-it-from-trump

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15) US political prisoner Barrett Brown freed
Source: CNet News

“Barrett Brown, a journalist who served as an unofficial spokesman for various Anonymous hacking operations, was released from prison Tuesday after serving more than four years behind bars for sharing stolen data and threatening an FBI agent. Barrett, 35, originally attracted the attention of law enforcement officials in 2011 when he copied a hyperlink to data stolen in a hack of security think tank Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, from one Internet Relay Chat (IRC) channel to another.” (121/30/16)

https://www.cnet.com/news/journalist-linked-to-anonymous-released-from-prison/

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16) Brennan: Ripping up Iran nuclear deal “height of folly”
Source: Newsweek

“CIA Director John Brennan warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday that ripping up the landmark Iranian nuclear deal would be the ‘height of folly.’ On the campaign trail, the Republican candidate had pledged to destroy the deal if he secured the presidency, calling the agreement one of ‘the worst deals ever made by any country in history’ because it was giving back billions in frozen assets to the Iranian government.” (11/30/16)

http://www.newsweek.com/cia-john-brennan-trump-iran-nuclear-deal-height-folly-526645

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17) Philippines: Opposing Marcos burial, thousands protest at site of 1986 revolt
Source: ABC News

“Thousands of Filipino protesters returned Wednesday to the site of a 1986 revolt that ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos, this time to condemn his burial at a heroes’ cemetery. Police said at least 3,000 people gathered at the ‘People Power’ monument along the main EDSA highway in metropolitan Manila, chanting ‘Dig him up.’ Protesters held up pro-democracy placards, including one that read, ‘Keep calm and democracy will die.’ Millions gathered three decades ago at the site just outside the main military and police camps in a largely peaceful uprising to oust Marcos, ending a presidency marked by massive corruption and human rights violations. Wednesday’s protest was the latest in a growing political storm following the Nov. 18 burial, which was allowed by President Rodrigo Duterte and upheld by the Supreme Court amid protests by anti-Marcos groups.” (11/30/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/site-1986-revolt-filipinos-protest-marcos-burial-43869752

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18) SCOTUS to decide if [sic] indefinite immigrant detention is illegal
Source: NBC News

“The right of due process is a core tenet of American values. But the issue before the U.S. Supreme Court in oral arguments on Wednesday raises fundamental questions about those rights. Does the federal government have the authority to detain immigrants indefinitely? Or, should immigrants be given the opportunity for release on bond — like all U.S. citizens — once their detention time exceeds a certain limit?” [editor’s note: There’s no “if” about it. The Sixth and Eighth Amendments do not include exceptions for foreigners – TLK] (11/30/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/scotus-decide-if-indefinite-immigrant-detention-illegal-n689541

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19) Venezuela: Officials want to regulate social media to “prevent violence”
Source: PanAm Post

“Officials have proposed new legislation that could increase the regulation of social media in Venezuela under the guise of avoiding violence. National Director of Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission Andres Eloy Mendez said Monday, Novemeber 28 that the organization will begin regulating the use of social media so as to avoid increasing ‘violence and instigation’ caused by the spread of information.” (11/29/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/11/29/venezuelan-officials-want-to-regulate-social-media-to-prevent-violence/

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20) Trump says he’ll leave his business to focus on presidency
Source: Boston Globe

“President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday that he’s leaving his business empire to focus on being the nation’s 45th president, bowing to pressure to avoid potential conflicts of interest between governing and profiting in the private sector. ‘I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to make America great again,’ he tweeted in a series of missives sent before dawn.” (11/30/16)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2016/11/30/donald-trump-leave-his-business-total-focus-presidency/jRFAEQfLTIEIEtJH8s3sGL/story.html

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

21) Ideology, identity politics, and politico-cultural conflict
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“The past year’s political events, especially the campaign for the presidency as it converged on a contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, have illuminated the way in which ideology, with the identity politics that springs from it, drives a dialectical process: political domination creates resentment, which feeds reaction and, on occasion, revolution against a previously entrenched ruling class and its belief system.” (11/30/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/11/30/ideology-identity-politics-and-politico-cultural-conflict/

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22) Hey, @RealDonaldTrump, hands off my flag
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“If someone wants to set fire to a brightly colored piece of cloth, it’s nobody else’s business unless the flag is stolen, the flag-burner is trespassing, or burning the flag endangers other people’s lives or property. That’s true even if you’ve convinced yourself that your grandfather ‘died for’ that brightly colored piece of cloth (hopefully he died for something more consequential than your favorite rectangular textile pattern). It’s true even if you profoundly disagree with the point the flag-burner is trying to convey (or, as may well be the case, even if you can’t really tell what that point might be). It’s true even if you’re Donald J. Trump.” (11/30/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8576

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23) Don’t let Clinton off the hook
Source: USA Today
by Tom Fitton

“President-elect Donald Trump seems to be harboring misgivings about the investigation and possible prosecution of Hillary Clinton for her email, national security and Clinton Foundation pay-for-play scandals. The president-elect has said that he ‘does not want to hurt the Clintons,’ and that is very gracious. But Clinton’s transgressions were not committed against him personally; they were committed against the nation at large. And it is to the American people that she must be held accountable.” (11/29/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/11/29/let-clinton-hook-opposing-view/94629732

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24) All assistance should be voluntary
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“It is once again the season to remember the less fortunate. On one hand, you shouldn’t need an annual reminder to be good to other people, but on the other hand, sometimes it’s fortunate the calendar has a few such reminders built in. If someone wants to help those in need, there is nothing stopping her from freely giving her own money and time to those she feels deserve help. Yet most who feel more money should be spent on their favorite government programs are never content to simply chip in — they demand laws forcing everyone else to do the same. It’s the opposite of generosity, compassion, or caring.” (11/30/15)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2016/11/30/voices/all-assistance-should-be-voluntary/264.html

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25) Donald’s flag hysteria delusion syndrome
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Trump should pull his foot out of his mouth, apologize, and recognize that our citizenship and the right to freedom of speech are far more important to Americans tha[n] a pretty piece of cloth. I feel sorry for Trump and others who become hysterical and feel offended by those who refuse to worship the American flag but they need to accept the fact that the purpose of the First Amendment is to protect offensive expression.” (11/30/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/11/donalds-flag-hysteria-delusion-syndrome.html

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26) How the left learned to love Prevent
Source: spiked
by Joanna Williams

“Prevent, the British government’s counter-extremism strategy, has been controversial since it was first proposed a decade ago. Under Prevent, teachers, lecturers and a host of other professionals have a duty to safeguard individuals considered susceptible to radicalisation. Anyone who appears to challenge British values, or whose behaviour attracts suspicion, can be reported to local authorities for monitoring and re-education. Nearly 4,000 people were referred under Prevent in 2015, almost three times as many as in the previous year. The youngest was just four years old. … The left’s public about-turn reflects growing numbers of people being referred under Prevent for holding far-right views. While suspected Islamic extremism still provides the most common justification for referral, the number of individuals referred for right-wing extremism increased by 74 per cent between 2014 and 2015.” (11/30/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/how-the-left-learned-to-love-prevent/

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27) Fundamentals
Source: Strike The Root
by Paul Hein

“There doesn’t seem to be any debate about the fact that things are seriously wrong in America. The octogenarians among us — present writer included — can recall a vastly different America, with no ‘checkpoints’ or rioting, or SWAT teams, or invasions of foreign countries which had not — and could not — attack us. But why has this happened? What is the ultimate cause of this deterioration? As far as I am concerned, at the root of our national disintegration is a moral decline. I recall Chesterton’s remark to the effect that those who believe nothing will believe anything. And so we find our present sad state blamed upon labor unions, Muslims, corporate greed, global warming, etc. It’s a big jump, however, from a disregard for eternal verities to a concern for the fate of the snail darter.” (11/30/16)

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

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28) The real reason Hillary asked for a recount
Source: Town Hall
by Ed Klein

“Why did Hillary Clinton join Jill Stein, the Green Party’s oddball presidential nominee, in asking for a recount of the votes in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania when everyone knows that such a recount won’t change the outcome of the 2016 election? Part of the answer is that people close to Hillary (Huma Abedin, Chelsea Clinton, and Sidney Blumenthal) encouraged her to ask for a recount as a way of lifting her spirits. … In addition, President Obama convinced Hillary that it was in the best interest of the Democratic Party if the Clinton legal team got involved with the recount and didn’t leave it to Jill Stein.” (11/30/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/edklein/2016/11/30/the-real-reason-hillary-asked-for-a-recount-n2252841

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29) Reconciling the NAP & “reality”
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“In essence, all rights can be distilled to the following: we have the right to not have force, violence, and coercion used against us unless we consent to it priorily. This statement is all-inclusive. Just as you have that right, as does everyone have that right. This means, then, that you do not have the right to use force, violence, and coercion against someone without their consent. The right to free speech, free religion, free trade, free employment, and free everything else — they all stem from this basic right to not have force, violence, and coercion used against us. They are applications of this maxim to specific issues. Are these inherent rights? Perhaps and perhaps not.” (11/30/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/11/30/reconciling-the-nap-reality/

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30) Trump or no Trump, we’ll bury the carbon economy
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“[F]ar more than government policies, laws of nature and economics that are beyond Trump’s control are driving reduced fossil fuel consumption, and will continue to do so — even if Trump greenlights Keystone, the Dakota Access pipeline and every other proposed pipeline project in the country. The basic laws of physics and geology behind Peak Oil and Peak Fossil Fuels — most importantly the tendency of remaining sources of fuel to have lower and lower energy return on energy input (EROEI) — have not been repealed. Current low oil prices result mainly, not from new unconventional fuel recovery techniques — which are generally much lower in EROEI than older extraction methods — but from Saudi Arabia pumping oil from its old reserves at unsustainable levels for political reasons and hastening their exhaustion.” (11/30/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/47081

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31) Freedom Feens Radio, 11/30/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“MWD was in a black-ice one-car wreck (he’s OK, car will be OK after it’s out of the shop), Jim Jesus was praying into the porcelain god. So MK Lords got her kitty angel wings by doing great as first time at first-chair Feen. Her host is unknown (possibly Libertarian Party Serial Stripper James Weeks II), but they rocked … except for James or whosoever’s background noise. MWD spent an extra 30 min cleaning up THAT mess in the editing, and named that host ‘The Old Dirty Bad Audio Bastard of Liberty.'” [various formats] (11/30/16)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13258

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32) What safe spaces & trigger warnings actually are
Source: Cracked
by Isaac Cabe

“The American university is quite the weird place to be right now. Despite it being harder and harder to get into a lot of schools, the current climate of the country tends to show less respect and more ever-growing middle fingers for kids in college. Universities aren’t the bastions of education they used to be. Instead, everyone from ‘grrrrrr, I’m angry’ comedians to President Obama has told them to buck up and ditch the ‘trigger warnings’ and ‘safe spaces.’ I want this on record. Mr. President, you’re wrong. And it starts with a fundamental misunderstanding of what these things actually are.” [editor’s note: This is actually a pretty objective consideration of this topic – SAT] (11/30/16)

http://www.cracked.com/blog/safe-spaces-arent-new-they-shouldnt-make-you-angry

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33) Because it’s our money to spend as we wish
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“American CEOs get paid very much more than Japanese. American CEOs also appear to do a very much better job than Japanese. Our complicated answer would therefore be that higly paid CEOs are worth being highly paid. However, our simple answer is that up there in the headline. It is not up to the government to tell us what we may do with the money in our pockets. Whether my £5 is to be transferred into a pint, a bumper car ride, a pork pie or a nice healthy salad is up to me. For it is my money.” (11/30/16)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/because-its-our-money-to-spend-as-we-wish

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34) Growing far-right nationalistic movements are dangerously anti-Muslim — and pro-Israel
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

The specter of a growing far-right nationalism anywhere, but particularly in Central Europe, immediately — and for good and obvious reasons — raises fears of an anti-semitism revival. But at least thus far, the leaders of most of these nationalistic parties — increasingly inspired and fueled by one another’s success — have showcased dangerous animosity toward Muslims, accompanied by strong policy support for Israel and a rhetorical repudiation of anti-semitism. Whether from cynical tactical considerations or actual conviction, the most successful leaders of this emerging movement — while unrestrained with their reckless anti-Muslim fear-mongering — not only repudiate anti-semitism in words but are incorporating steadfast support for Israel as part of their policy agenda. And in many cases, the Israeli government — which itself exhibits many of the same far-right attributes as these movements — is expressing support in return.” (11/30/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/11/30/growing-far-right-nationalistic-movements-are-dangerously-anti-muslim-and-pro-israel/

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35) The left’s fidelity to Castro-ation
Source: In These Times
by Slavoj Zizek

“I am critical of Cuba not because I am anti-Communist but because I remain a Communist. We all remember the classic scene from cartoons: a cat walks over the precipice and magically goes on, floating in the air; it falls down only when it looks down and becomes aware that it has no ground under its feet. In the same way, one can say that, in the last decades, Cuban ‘socialism’ continued to live only because it didn’t yet notice it was already dead. … One gets tired of the conflicting stories of the economic failure and human rights abuses in Cuba, as well as of the twins of education and healthcare that are always trotted out by the friends of the revolution. One gets tired even of the really great story of how a small country can resist the biggest superpower (yes, with the help of the other superpower).” [editor’s note: This one is here only to make you think a bit on this – SAT] (11/30/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19677/the-left-fidelity-castration-slavoj-zizek-fidel-castro-cuba-che-communism

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36) The myth of a cashless society
Source: OpEdNews
by Prakash Kona

“In a closed society like India cash is a deeply private thing like bedroom sex and people hold on to their experience-based strategies of using money to enhance their sense of power. Homemakers from lower-middle class income groups are a good example of the small world power because part of their ability to run the home stems from their ability to save whatever little money comes into their hands. Since we are not a completely modern society some of the traditional ways of functioning such as lending small amounts of money for interest keep the society going. Thus there are parallel economies without which the entire social order would collapse in a matter of days. In other words, cash enables us to run other economies on a smaller scale rather than being a part of the banking system which caters to those who have accounts.” (11/30/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Myth-of-a-Cashless-Soc-by-Prakash-Kona-Corporate_Money_Money_People-161130-473.html

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37) The trouble with Trump’s infrastructure ambitions
Source: Cato Institute
by Randal O’Toole

“Traditionally, when a state or local government builds new infrastructure, it sells bonds, uses the revenues to pay for the infrastructure, then repays the bonds with local tax revenues. Since local tax revenues will be about the same whether the infrastructure is productive or a white elephant, officials have little reason to discriminate between good and bad projects. To prevent abuse, voters in many areas have placed debt limits on government agencies. Trump’s method of tax credits gets around these debt limits. Private contractors borrow money and build the infrastructure, and state or local governments would contract to pay the contractors, sometimes millions of dollars per month. Since the contractors, not the government agencies, borrowed the money, it doesn’t count against the democratically set debt limits, but local taxpayers are obligated to repay the debt anyway.” (11/30/16)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trouble-trumps-infrastructure-ambitions

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38) The CIA and the press: When the Washington Post ran the CIA’s propaganda network
Source: CounterPunch
by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn

“ProporNot’s catalogue of supposed Putin-controlled outlets reeks of the McCarthyite smears of the Red Scare era. The blacklist includes some of the most esteemed alternative news sites on the web, including Anti-war.com, Black Agenda Report, Truthdig, Naked Capitalism, Consortium News, Truthout, Lew Rockwell.com, Global Research, Unz.com, Zero Hedge and, yes, CounterPunch, among many others. I’ll have more on Timberg and ProporNot in my Friday column. In the meantime, here is a brief historical note on how during the height of the Cold War the CIA developed its very own stable of writers, editors and publishers (swelling to as many as 3000 individuals) that it paid to scribble Agency propaganda under a program called Operation Mockingbird. The disinformation network was supervised by the late Philip Graham, former publisher of Timberg’s very own paper, the Washington Post.” (11/30/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/11/30/the-cia-and-the-press-when-the-washington-post-ran-the-cias-propaganda-network/

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39) The Jason Stapleton Program, 11/30/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Over the last week, we’ve seen several appointments by Donald Trump to positions including Education Secretary, Head of the CIA and Treasury Secretary but who are these people? When Trump was running for office, he promised to ‘drain the swamp’ suggesting he would end the corruption and dysfunction in Washington. Millions believed him and rushed out to vote for him. We now have a glimpse of what his administration will look like. Is he holding up his end of the deal?” [various formats] (11/30/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/just-who-is-trump-appointing-to-office/

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40) The cannabis exception to the Second Amendment
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“If you want to buy a gun from a federally licensed dealer, you have to fill out Form 4473, which is aimed at determining whether you are legally allowed to own a firearm. A recent revision to the form by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) underlines how blithely the federal government strips Americans of their Second Amendment rights. ‘Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug, or any other controlled substance?’ asks Question 11(e). In the latest version of Form 4473, which dealers are required to start using on January 16, that question is followed by a warning in bold type: ‘The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or recreational purposes in the state where you reside.'” (11/30/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/11/30/the-cannabis-exception-to-the-second-ame

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41) The Democrats’ circular firing squad
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“If you are like me, you are probably very weary of debates about Who Lost America to Donald Trump. The debate goes something like this: Hillary blew it! What a terrible campaign. What a blemished candidate. What horrible judgment to take those speaking fees from Wall Street, to keep classified data on her personal server, to fail to ask her top aide Huma Abedin to leave her employ once the Anthony Weiner mess blew up, yet again. She handed her enemies a loaded gun. And now we’re stuck with Trump!! Hillary screwed up; we pay the price. Hold on, misogynist pig. Hillary won! She won the popular vote by more than two million. Even apart from the alleged hacking of election results, old-fashioned voter suppression … probably cost her at least three swing states where the winning margin was razor thin. … Yeah, but a decent candidate would have beat Trump by ten points. There was no excitement for Hillary outside the bubble. Did you even see Hillary lawn signs, or bumper stickers?” (11/29/16)

http://prospect.org/article/democrats%E2%80%99-circular-firing-squad

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42) The real reason to oppose the Dakota access pipeline
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“In spite of the blatant violation to private property that eminent domain presents, many conservative politicians — the same ones who claim to support property rights — also support eminent domain. Indeed, during the Republican debates this year, Republican candidates expressed unwavering support for eminent domain when pressed on the topic of oil pipelines. Republicans have even begun supporting eminent domain for seizure of private lands for private uses. Historically, eminent domain was restricted (at least in theory) to public uses such as highways. The use of eminent domain for private uses, such as a Trump hotel in one case and privately-owned shopping centers in others, has long been seen as an abuse.” (11/30/16)

https://mises.org/blog/real-reason-oppose-dakota-access-pipeline

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43) The Loco-Foco movement: A lost chapter in the history of liberalism, part 2
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Anthony Comegna

“Historians have presented Free Soil ideology and politics from a variety of perspectives and methodological approaches, but largely fail to identify it as a locofoco phenomenon born primarily out of the efforts and ideas of ‘Equal Rights’ Democrats throughout the North. Locofocos split between expansionists and anti-expansionists over the Texas issue, many of them joining the Democratic Party and its emerging Young America II politicians to support annexation and conquest.” (11/30/16)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/loco-foco-movement-lost-chapter-history-liberalism-part-two

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44) Doug Casey on the coming collapse of the world’s biggest economy
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Nick Giambruno

Casey: “The average person doesn’t realize that the country we know as Italy today was only created in 1861, a consolidation of many completely independent and very different entities that had been separate states since the collapse of the Roman Empire. Germany was only unified in 1871, out of scores of principalities, dukedoms, baronies, and whatnot. Both unifications were very bad ideas; World Wars 1 and 2 are just at the head of a long list of reasons why that’s true. There are about 200 nation-states in the world. The international ‘elite,’ the ‘intelligentsia,’ the members of the Deep State everywhere, and organizations like the EU in Brussels, would like to see a much smaller number of more powerful states. Some of them want to work towards a one-world government that they control. Orwell anticipated just three mega-states in his dystopia. But the actual trend is in the opposite direction. The trend is the disintegration of nation-states everywhere.” (11/30/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/11/nick-giambruno/coming-collapse-worlds-biggest-economy/

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45) Piano teachers, beware: The feds are onto you
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey Tucker

[E]arly in 2016, the [Federal Trade Commission] took it upon itself to intervene heavily in the market for piano teaching. The FTC sent a small nonprofit — the Music Teachers National Association — a letter accusing it of promoting anticompetitive trade practices. This is all because their manual discourages teachers from aggressively poaching students from other teachers. The code is not a mandate, but a statement of a common practice in the industry. It is a matter of courtesy, really. It’s never been enforced. It doesn’t have to be. These teachers depend on the support of the community for recitals, ideas, referrals, and general support. They are a happy community and this kind of behavior, by tradition, is regarded as unsporting.” (11/30/16)

https://fee.org/articles/piano-teachers-beware-the-feds-are-onto-you/

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46) Trump and normalization with Cuba
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Reversing Obama’s policy so soon after it started would be a serious mistake. The opening to Cuba has only barely begun and needs to be given time to work. Now that Fidel Castro is gone, it should be even easier to continue a policy of engagement with Cuba. It also makes sense politically. Normalizing relations with Cuba is more broadly popular than other Obama policies that Trump has campaigned against, and there is more Republican support for Obama’s changes to Cuba policy than there is for many of his other initiatives. Trump doesn’t have to cater to hard-liners on this issue unless he wants to. If Trump doesn’t want the policy to continue, he can reverse everything Obama did. That would be unfortunate for the U.S., and it would be even worse for Cuba, and it would start Trump’s tenure off with a senseless blunder that will further sour relations with the rest of the hemisphere.” (11/30/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trump-and-normalization-with-cuba/

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47) Words as weapons of authoritarian control
Source: The New Republic
by “Primary Concerns”

“When the public can not agree upon a shared reality (when confusion and distrust and propaganda reign), politics devolves into a pre-democratic struggle for power, which will disfavor resisters. Donald Trump may not understand this dynamic academically, but it was a hallmark of his campaign and has become a hallmark of his pre-presidency. Sometimes his false pronouncements are buffoonish and ill-considered, but make no mistake: he is taking a hammer to one of liberal society’s guardrails. Dartmouth College Political Scientist Brendan Nyhan has studied the ways information and disinformation affect political processes extensively. He joins us to explore why propaganda and conspiracy theory are so prevalent today, how this plays neatly into Trump’s hands, and what can be done about it.” (11/30/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/139060/primary-concerns-episode-38-words-weapons-authoritarian-control

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48) Identity politics, the alt-right, and empathy in cultural discourse
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Zachary Woodman

“Those on what is traditionally considered the ‘right’ end of the political spectrum (ignoring the specific phenomena of Trump voters and alt-righters, that is) tend to be dismissive of the whole project of identity politics. This approach is embodied by Robby Soave’s recent article in Reason claiming that identity politics is just a form of tribalism that seeks to subvert individual rights and overall social welfare to the tribalist demands of some salient group people self-identify with. Soave also sees the rise of Trumpism as itself a form of identity politics for white men, a claim which I’ll address at length in a moment. What is one to make, then, of identity politics in the Trump era? First, it seems there is considerable confusion about what identity politics even is in the first place.” (11/29/16)

https://notesonliberty.com/2016/11/29/identity-politics-the-alt-right-and-empathy-in-cultural-discourse/

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49) We won’t let you forget it: Why we oppose French attempts to export the right to be forgotten worldwide
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Kate Tummarello

“The European Union’s Court of Justice ruled in 2013 that Europeans have the right to demand that certain links be taken out of search engine results. But the French CNIL vastly expanded the effect of these requests when it said in 2015 that Google must remove links from not just search results returned within the EU, but from search results for everyone, anywhere in the world. This interpretation of the Right to be Forgotten runs contrary to policy and practice outside Europe, will harm the global Internet, and inherently undermines global rights, including those protected by the Constitution in the United States.” (11/29/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/11/we-wont-let-you-forget-it-why-we-oppose-french-attempts-export-right-be-forgotten

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50) Tench Coxe on state vs. federal power under the Constitution
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The federal government has no constitutional authority to do the vast majority of the things it does today. Of course, this truth runs counter to conventional wisdom and everything you learned in your high school government class. Suggest the feds shouldn’t formulate policies on marriage, healthcare, education or infrastructure, and you’ll get blank stares at best. Most will adamantly disagree. And many will simply write you off as some kind of ‘anti-government’ kook. But most ratifiers of the constitution would find the breadth and scope of federal power today shocking and absurd.” (11/29/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/11/29/tench-coxe-on-state-vs-federal-power-under-the-constitution/

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51) Diversity, identity, and the liberal implosion
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘To paraphrase Bernie Sanders, America is sick and tired of hearing about liberals’ damn bathrooms.’ Finally. Some sense from the New York Times. Mark Lilla, in ‘The End of Identity Liberalism,’ delivers a valuable lesson about political correctness — without once mentioning the term ‘political correctness.’ Now this is a lesson we can get behind.” (11/30/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/11/30/diversity-identity-and-the-liberal-implosion/

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52) Attention, millennials: Foreign election meddling and fake news are nothing new
Source: Independent Institute
by K Lloyd Billingsley

“[F]oreign intervention in American elections is nothing new, millenials should understand, and Russia has tended to back the loser. In 2016, meanwhile, The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, and after her loss the paper claimed a rededication to honest reporting. That came amidst mass hysteria, multiple hate-crime hoaxes, and a controversy about fake news websites. Fake news is not a recent development either, and The New York Times was a pioneer in the field.” (11/29/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8933

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53) An open letter to president-elect Trump
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Dear President Trump: You have a choice: to become an ordinary president, just like George W. Bush and Barack Obama, or one who goes down in history has having left an extraordinary legacy for freedom in America and the world. Why do the ordinary? Why follow the path of Bush and Obama? Why not an extraordinarily different and positive direction — one that points toward liberty, prosperity, and peace?” (11/30/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/11/30/open-letter-president-elect-trump/

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54) College don’t make you smart
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“Now that Elizabeth Warren, the Senator from Harvard, has scrambled somewhere near the top of the Democratic heap, I’m sure I will have many more occasions to discuss dumb people who think they’re smart. But since Warren is also the Senator from the New York Times, it’s fair to introduce that paper’s post-election statement, which Donald Trump and others construed as an ‘apology’ for getting everything wrong about the campaign. We all know that this was true; the Times did get everything wrong — everything from the temper of the populace to the character (or lack of character) of the Democratic candidate to the nature of the Times'[s] own mission, which it somehow interpreted, not as reporting the news, but as presenting daily Masses for the success of Democratic candidates. Yet when you actually read the ‘apology’ you discover several things. One is that the Times is still one of the nation’s most dependable sources of bad writing.” (11/29/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1632

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55) Free Talk Live, 11/29/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Alleged Terrorist Attack in Ohio :: Trump Adviser Wants to End FCC? :: Technology and Regulation :: Liberals and Conservatives :: Cuba Worshipping Sarah :: Exploiting Prostitutes :: Allocating Radio Spectrum :: Emergency Radio Coverage :: Libertarian Newbie :: Charity vs Welfare :: Discrimination :: Taxes and Infrastructure :: James Wittekind’s DUI Arrest Records :: Bearing False Witness :: Abolish the FCC.” [Flash audio or MP3] (11/29/16)

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