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In the News:

0) Fundraiser update, 12/09/16
1) Iraq: US forces bomb Mosul hospital
2) Snowden leaks show GCHQ considered Israel a threat to Middle East peace
3) SCOTUS to Alabama regime: Hold off on killing prisoner
4) UK: Supreme Court president says court won’t overturn Brexit vote
5) John Glenn, 1921-2016
6) Congress passes $618.7 billion annual defense [sic] bill
7) Obama administration breaks record for most Mexicans deported in US history
8) SCOTUS: Design patents are worth less, but we won’t tell you how much
9) “We could not deliver your parcel” email could be scam
10) IA: Reynolds faces spotlight in rise to governor
11) Venezuela: Opposition botches talks with Maduro regime
12) Russia: Regime proposes 10-year prison sentences for hackers and malware authors
13) Claims for US unemployment aid slide again
14) IL: Educrats panic over possible marijuana use, send students who ate gummy candies to hospital
Source: University Herald
15) Inmarsat shifts satellite from SpaceX to Arianespace
16) US life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993
17) Hacker who copied celebrity emails, sex tapes, movie scripts sentenced to years in prison
18) US Congress moves ahead bill to simplify US/Canada border crossings
19) EU launches legal case against Germany, UK over Volkswagen scandal
20) Ghana: President, opponent neck and neck as ballots counted

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The destruction of libertarian ideology
22) Imagine, in a different dimension …
23) Are sanctuary cities legal?
24) Secure e-mail is an impossibility
25) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/08/16
26) Trump sends property rights up in flames
27) House passes stopgap spending scam as senators raise objections
28) Beyond Carrier: Can Congress end the greenlight for outsourcing?
29) One-party state, meet party of one
30) Make DC a swamp again
31) Principles to guide the vetting of Betsy DeVos
32) A rising stock market does not signal economic health
33) Go wet, young man
34) America’s imperiled democracy
35) More forced registration
36) Rolling back the empire: Washington’s proxy army faces decisive defeat in Aleppo
37) Venezuelans don’t believe in Bitcoin. They need Bitcoin.
38) Trial and error
39) Ignoring reality has consequences
40) Santa and baby Jesus banned?
41) Trump’s team should ditch the “clash of civilizations”
42) We should pay teachers more
43) Pizza, pizza, get your piping hot pizza!
44) The horrific consequences of US interventionism
45) Does Pope Francis really believe that “communists think like Christians?”
46) Native land: The expropriation continues
47) President Blunderbuss
48) 2017 policy priorities: Fueling the digital economy with data
49) The evils of public schools — revisited
50) Free Talk Live, 12/07/16

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1) Iraq: US forces bomb Mosul hospital
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“The U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS says it carried out an airstrike on a hospital complex in the Iraqi city of Mosul at the request of Iraq’s military. Air Force Col. John L. Dorrian, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, told reporters that the coalition did not ‘have any reason to believe civilians were harmed.’ However, when specifically asked whether there were patients at the city’s main hospital, Dorrian said that was ‘very difficult to ascertain with full and total fidelity.’ A review of the intelligence that led to the decision is underway, he said.” (12/08/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/08/504815234/u-s-led-coalition-hits-main-mosul-hospital-with-airstrike

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2) Snowden leaks show GCHQ considered Israel a threat to Middle East peace
Source: International Business Times

“Newly leaked documents revealed that U.K.’s intelligence agency surveilled Israeli military and diplomatic entities from 2008 to 2009, once labeling Tel Aviv as a genuine threat to stability in the Middle East, French daily Le Monde reported Thursday. The extent of the U.K.’s spying on Israel came to light after former National Security Agency employee turned whistleblower Edward Snowden shared top secret documents with The Intercept, an online media outlet dedicated to publishing Snowden’s leaks. The files reportedly detailed efforts by the U.K.’s intelligence bureau General Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to snoop on its ally Israel during the Iranian elections.” (12/08/16)

http://www.ibtimes.com/uk-israel-threat-middle-east-peace-according-edward-snowden-leaks-2457160

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3) SCOTUS to Alabama regime: Hold off on killing prisoner
Source: Montgomery Advertiser

“The United States Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay in the execution of Ronald Smith. Department of Corrections Spokesman Bob Horton said ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn received official notice from the higher court, stating it would need more time to review Smith’s appeal and issue an order. … Twenty one years ago a Madison County jury found Smith guilty of capital murder and sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Two months later, the judge overrode their decision and gave him death. He is set to for execution at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. Alabama is the last state in the country that allows a judge to override a jury’s recommended sentence.” (12/08/16)

http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/crime/2016/12/08/man-sentenced-life-awaits-execution/95140712/

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4) UK: Supreme Court president says court won’t overturn Brexit vote
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The historic Brexit legal challenge has drawn to a close with a reminder from the Supreme Court that it will not ‘overturn the result of the EU referendum. Lord Neuberger said the case focused on ‘the process by which that result can lawfully be brought into effect.’ The Supreme Court president promised a decision ‘as soon as possible.’ The hearing ended with the government’s lawyer arguing ministers have the authority to trigger Brexit. The case centres on the whether the UK government has the power to serve notice of its intention to quit the EU under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty or whether, as various campaigners have claimed, it must seek Parliament’s authorisation.” (12/08/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-38247937

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5) John Glenn, 1921-2016
Source: Los Angeles Times

“John Glenn, who became an American hero as the first U.S. citizen to orbit the Earth and then relived that glory 36 years later as the oldest man to go into space, has died. He was 95. Glenn, who also served for 24 years as a U.S. senator from Ohio, died after being hospitalized in Ohio on Wednesday. … In his first historic flight, Glenn circled the Earth for nearly five hours in a tiny spaceship on Feb. 20, 1962. To return to space on a nine-day mission aboard the shuttle Discovery in 1998, he had sold himself as a human guinea pig who — at 77 — would demonstrate the effects of space travel on the elderly.” (12/08/16)

http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-john-glenn-20161208-story.html

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6) Congress passes $618.7 billion annual defense [sic] bill
Source: Reuters

“The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise version of an annual defense policy bill on Thursday without controversial provisions such as requiring women to register for the draft or allowing contractors to make religion-based hiring decisions. Ninety-two senators backed the $618.7 billion National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, and seven opposed it. Because it passed the House of Representatives by a similarly large margin last week, the bill now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama to veto or sign into law. A White House spokesman told a briefing on Thursday he did not yet have a position on the bill to report. The 2016 bill, the last of Obama’s presidency, includes some Republican-backed initiatives with which he has disagreed in the past. It includes a $3.2 billion increase in military spending, when there has been no similar increase in non-defense funding.” (12/08/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-defense-congress-idUSKBN13X26G

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7) Obama administration breaks record for most Mexicans deported in US history
Source: PanAm Post

“During Barack Obama’s two terms as President of the United States, 2.8 million Mexicans were deported, according to official figures from the National Institute of Migration (INM), which is the highest in the country’s history. It’s no surprise why Latino organizations have come to call the Democrat ‘Deporter in Chief’. Many of the Mexicans that were forced to leave the country were separated from their families, and were often children.” (12/08/16)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2016/12/08/obama-administration-breaks-record-for-most-mexicans-deported-in-us-history/

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8) SCOTUS: Design patents are worth less, but we won’t tell you how much
Source: Raw Story

“When the Supreme Court took up Apple’s case alleging Samsung had stolen its patented iPhone designs for Samsung’s own smartphones, product designers, lawyers and corporate executives were paying close attention. The case promised to shed new light on a relatively unexplored area of patent law: design patents. As distinct from what are called ‘utility patents,’ design patents don’t protect how a device functions, but rather what it looks like. A federal jury had declared in 2012 that Samsung had in fact infringed on Apple’s design patents by copying elements of the iPhone’s design, including rounded corners of the device and the ‘chiclet’ layout of icons on the screen. When someone infringes a design patent, the law requires that person to pay the patent owner ‘the extent of his total profit’ of the ‘article of manufacture’ found to be infringing.” (12/08/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/supreme-court-design-patents-are-worth-less-but-we-wont-tell-you-how-much

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9) “We could not deliver your parcel” email could be scam
Source: USA Today

“As Christmas approaches, experts suggest an extra dollop of caution before clicking on email package delivery notices. Fake notifications are proliferating, bringing not holiday cheer — but holiday ransomware. The holiday phishing season began just before Thanksgiving and will likely extend until after Christmas, said Caleb Barlow, vice president for IBM Security. ‘This is a $445 billion business. These are campaigns, run by the criminal equivalent of marketers,’ he said. Security company FireEye sees a significant increase in fake package email alerts beginning in November, an almost 100% increase from the average of September-October.” [editor’s note: How about the wrong deliveries? A friend of mine had a 3D printer show up on his doorstep, and neither the company nor the deliverer would take it back – SAT] (12/08/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/12/08/fake-package-delivery-notices-christmas-malware-ransomware/94631888

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10) IA: Reynolds faces spotlight in rise to governor
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“For six years as lieutenant governor, Kim Reynolds has traveled throughout Iowa alongside the governor she described as her mentor and friend, but rarely has she been in the spotlight. That’s about to change as Gov. Terry Branstad has accepted President-elect Donald Trump’s offer to become U.S. ambassador to China (subject to Senate confirmation), giving Reynolds the opportunity to set priorities for the state as governor. She would become the state’s first female governor and would hold the position until January 2019, when Branstad’s term would have ended. So far, those who have worked with Reynolds describe her as an enthusiastic and genuine person, but they’re not sure what to expect from her as governor.” (12/08/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Reynolds-faces-spotlight-in-rise-to-Iowa-governor-10784171.php

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11) Venezuela: Opposition botches talks with Maduro regime
Source: PanAm Post

“President Nicol├ís Maduro walked away victorious from dialogues with the Venezuelan opposition, leaving many critics frustrated at losing a golden opportunity to bring an end to Chavismo and make progress on the recall referendum. ‘The opposition lost confidence and generated distrust among its hosts,’ Deputy Nelson Chitty said, ‘and proved it was unable to offer a consistent response to the expectations that it had at one point raised.'” (12/08/16)

https://panampost.com/ysol-delgado/2016/12/08/venezuelan-opposition-botches-talks-with-maduro-regime/

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12) Russia: Regime proposes 10-year prison sentences for hackers and malware authors
Source: The Hackers News

“The Russian government has introduced a draft bill that proposes prison sentences as punishment for hackers and cyber criminals creating malicious software used in targeting critical Russian infrastructure, even if they have no part in actual cyber attacks. The bill, published on the Russian government’s website on Wednesday, proposes amendments to the Russian Criminal Code and Criminal Procedure Code with a new article titled, ‘Illegal influence upon the critical informational infrastructure of the Russian Federation.'” (12/08/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/russian-hacking-law.html

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13) Claims for US unemployment aid slide again
Source: Tulsa World

“The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly claims for jobless aid slid by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000. The less-volatile four-week average rose by 1,000 to 252,500. Overall, 2.01 million Americans are collecting unemployment checks, down 10 percent from a year ago. … Claims have come in below 300,000 for 92 straight weeks, longest such streak since 1970 when the population and labor force were much smaller.” (12/08/16)

http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/ap/claims-for-us-unemployment-aid-slide-again/article_9d5ffb62-392c-5760-8dea-f39fe1feb5d9.html

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14) IL: Educrats panic over possible marijuana use, send students who ate gummy candies to hospital
Source: University Herald

“Thirteen students from a Naperville North High School in Chicago were sent to the hospital on Tuesday after eating gummy bears that were said to be “laced” with another substance. It was not clear whether they were aware that the gummies were laced but some students informed the police that they contained marijuana, although this information was not confirmed yet according to CBS. The police confiscated the samples of the gummies for investigation and testing. Two students were already released from the hospital while 11 of them were reported to be in a stable condition. A 17-year old student was taken into custody and was questioned but they were all released from Edward Hospital later that day. According to Dr. Daryl Wilson, director of EMS at the hospital, the students were said to have the symptoms of having ingested a ‘non-toxic intoxicant.'” [editor’s note: Did the kids pretend to be sick? Or did school staff assume? There seems to be an increasing trend of treating the effects of cannabis as “being ill;” that can’t be an innocent development – TLK] (12/08/16)

http://www.universityherald.com/articles/53973/20161208/naperville-high-school-students-hospitalized-eating-gummy-bears.htm

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15) Inmarsat shifts satellite from SpaceX to Arianespace
Source: SpaceNews

“Facing looming regulatory deadlines, Inmarsat announced Dec. 8 it was moving the long-delayed launch of a satellite to provide aeronautical broadband services from SpaceX to Arianespace. In a statement, the London-based satellite operator said the launch of an S-band satellite for the European Aviation Network (EAN) would now take place on an Ariane 5 in mid-2017. The satellite, which also includes a Ku-band payload for Hellas-Sat in a so-called ‘condo-sat’ arrangement, was planned to launch on a Falcon Heavy. … European regulators originally had a deadline of this month for launching the satellite. However, the Falcon Heavy has yet to perform a launch, and delays in its development, exacerbated by the stand-down in Falcon 9 launches after a Sept. 1 pad explosion of a Falcon 9 during preparations for a pre-launch test, made it uncertain when the Falcon Heavy would be ready for the EAN satellite.” (12/08/16)

http://spacenews.com/inmarsat-shifts-satellite-from-spacex-to-arianespace/

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16) US life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993
Source: Boston Globe

“For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year — a troubling development linked to a panoply of worsening health problems in the United States. Rising fatalities from heart disease and stroke, diabetes, drug overdoses, accidents and other conditions caused the lower life expectancy revealed in a report released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics. In all, death rates rose for eight of the top 10 leading causes of death.” (12/08/16)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2016/12/08/life-expectancy-declines-for-first-time-since/67pLVCwsy7ICE4s0i4EXOO/story.html

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17) Hacker who copied celebrity emails, sex tapes, movie scripts sentenced to years in prison
Source: The Hacker News

“A hacker who was arrested last year for hacking into celebrities’ email accounts to steal [sic] the unreleased movie and television scripts, their private messages, and sex tapes to sell them has finally been sentenced five years in prison. Alonzo Knowles, a 24-year-old Bahamian man, was convicted by U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer in Manhattan on Tuesday. Knowles, who maintained a list of emails and phone numbers of 130 celebrities, pleaded guilty in May to charges of identity theft and criminal copyright infringement.” (12/07/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/celebrity-hacker.html

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18) US Congress moves ahead bill to simplify US/Canada border crossings
Source: CBC [Canadian state media]

“A bill to simplify crossing the Canadian-U.S. border moved ahead in the American Congress on Wednesday, with little time left to get it passed before lawmakers break to form a post-election legislature in the New Year. … The plan stems from the oft-stated goal of policy-makers to achieve two goals: simplify movement to avoid the border snarls that have frustrated commerce and travellers since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, while also maintaining security. It involves a pilot project to test a new way of crossing the border by getting people screened before the actual international boundary — better known as pre-clearance. Many Canadians are already familiar with the system because it exists at major airports, where they clear U.S. customs at home and avoid potentially longer lines after they land.” [editor’s note: Hey, I have a great idea — the “OK, We’re Gonna Knock Off This ‘Border’ Nonsense Completely And For Good Act of 2017.” Call your congressman and get the ball rolling! – TLK] (12/07/16)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/border-clearance-us-1.3886542

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19) EU launches legal case against Germany, UK over Volkswagen scandal
Source: Reuters

“The European Union opened legal action on Thursday against seven nations including Germany and Britain for failing to police emissions cheating by carmakers after the Volkswagen scandal. Germany, Britain, Spain and Luxembourg stand accused of not imposing the same kind of penalties VW faced in the United States over its use of illegal software to mask emissions of health-harming nitrogen oxide (NOx) on tests. The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, has further called Germany and Britain to account for refusing to share details on breaches of EU emissions laws uncovered in national investigations this year.” (12/08/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-volkswagen-emissions-eu-idUSKBN13X14N

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20) Ghana: President, opponent neck and neck as ballots counted
Source: Bloomberg

“Ghanaian President John Mahama and his main opponent in Wednesday’s elections were neck and neck after the release of early provisional results as both candidates claimed the lead in the race for the presidency. Nana Akufo-Addo, the presidential candidate for the New Patriotic Party, led the count, winning 49.7 percent of more than 1.4 million votes from 44 of the West African nation’s 275 constituencies, according to results published Thursday on the website of Citi FM, a broadcaster based in the capital, Accra. Mahama of the ruling National Democratic Congress had 48.6 percent of the vote, Citi FM said. Ghana’s electoral commission hasn’t yet verified the results. The winner needs a majority to avoid a second round of voting in a race which also features five other candidates.” (12/08/16)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-08/ghana-president-opponent-neck-and-neck-as-vote-count-continues

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

21) The destruction of libertarian ideology
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“A few of my ideological mentors over the years have written or spoken recently on the idea of open borders, condemning the idea as not only anti-libertarian, but also dangerous and destructive. It pains me to think these mentors of mine as being so wrong on this question, but alas that’s what they are. In fact, the argument they employ would destroy libertarian ideology completely if taken to its logical conclusion. Let me explain.” (12/07/16)

http://everything-voluntary.com/destruction-libertarian-ideology

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22) Imagine, in a different dimension …
Source: Rational Review Inter-Rationale
by Steve Trinward

“I started writing this, not knowing if I had a column in progress or just my second-ever attempt at writing ‘speculative fiction,’ kind of an inverse version of It Can’t Happen Here, by Sinclair Lewis. I’m still unsure, but here’s the premise: What if Donald Trump were not the second coming of Hitler, Satan’s sidekick, or even just a very distasteful ‘sexist, racist, homophobic, sex-offender,’ as one songwriter friend has put it? What if somewhere inside that crusty shell, there was a man with a heart, a desire to do good, and even a vision for how to get back to liberty — someone we all missed, just as we missed his viability as a candidate, and then the ‘surprise’ victory (which had only surprised the media, the Democrats . . . and us ideologues)? What would that mean about interpreting his moves? … Here are five ways in which I could see a light shining through at least some of his actions over the last … hard to believe it’s only been a month!” (12/08/16)

http://rationalreview.news-digests.com/?p=242661

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23) Are sanctuary cities legal?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“[Sanctuary cities] are places where there are large immigrant populations, among which many are undocumented, yet where there is apparently not a little public sentiment and local governmental support for sheltering the undocumented from federal reach. Trump has argued that these cities are required to comply with federal law by actively assisting the feds — or at least not aggressively resisting them. Thus the question: Are state and local governments required to help the feds enforce federal law? In a word: No.” (12/08/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2016/12/07/sanctuary-cities-legal/

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24) Secure e-mail is an impossibility
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“PGP was a jury rigged solution to provide some security for e-mail. Because of that it has many limitations. For starters, while PGP can be used to encrypt the contents of a message it cannot encrypt the e-mail headers or the subject line. That means anybody snooping on the e-mail knows who the parties communicating are, what the subject is, and any other information stored in the headers. As we’ve learned from Edward Snowden’s leaks, metadata is very valuable. E-mail was never designed to be a secure means of communicating and can never be made secure. The only viable solution for secure communications is to find an alternative to e-mail.” (12/08/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/12/08/secure-e-mail-is-an-impossibility/

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25) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/08/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou, Lisa, James, and MWD talk about cooking CantwellCoin, Breaking Bad Audio, Whining Internet Trolls, and Milo being mad at the LP for not being socialist, collectivist, and authoritarian enough for him. Milo is a liar, a socialist, and his stiletto heels stink! In the second hour, they discuss the fake news, how government is the greatest purveyor of fake news, and how it costs millions of lives.” (12/08/16)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13331

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26) Trump sends property rights up in flames
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Alongside of Catholicism and Protestantism, the primary religion in the United States is not Islam or Judaism but the American civic religion. The Pledge of Allegiance is the creed of this religion and the American flag is its chief symbol. In the American civic religion, the worst sin that an American can commit is to refuse to pledge allegiance to the flag or to desecrate it. Federal law contains numerous provisions regarding the use, handling, display, and disposal of the flag. After some college students recently burned American flags on their campuses, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted, ‘Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!’ Outrageous statements like that from Trump are commonplace and can ordinarily be ignored. But this one is different.” (12/08/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/trump-sends-property-rights-flames/

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27) House passes stopgap spending scam as senators raise objections
Source: Fox News

“A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, the House easily passed a stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies running through the end of April. The legislation’s fate in the Senate remained uncertain due to strident opposition from coal-state Democrats. The Republican-led House voted Thursday to approve the spending bill, 326-96. Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sherrod Brown of Ohio argued that a provision in the bill to temporarily extend health care benefits for about 16,500 retired union coal miners facing the loss of coverage on Dec. 31 is insufficient. The measure does not protect pension benefits despite President Harry S. Truman’s 1946 guarantee to miners of lifetime health and retirement benefits. Republicans insisted the deal was the best they could get, heightening the possibility the government could close at midnight Friday.” (12/08/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/08/house-backs-spending-bill-senate-fate-unclear.html

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28) Beyond Carrier: Can Congress end the greenlight for outsourcing?
Source: The American Prospect
by Steven Greenhouse

“While millions of Americans were thrilled to see President-elect Trump strong-arm the Carrier Corporation into keeping its Indianapolis plant open, numerous economists, commentators, and lawmakers denounced the deal. Some condemned it as crony capitalism, because Carrier will receive $7 million in state incentives as part of its agreement not to send 800 threatened jobs to Mexico. Others voiced alarm that Trump was singling out and bullying an individual company.” (12/08/16)

http://prospect.org/article/beyond-carrier-can-congress-end-green-light-outsourcing

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29) One-party state, meet party of one
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Donald J. Trump did America a huge favor by winning the White House in November. If Hillary Clinton had won, there would have been little stopping America from turning into a one-party country, a national political equivalent of California. As it is, California is turning into San Francisco, where outsiders stand zero chance of penetrating the liberal-only wall that surrounds City Hall. What does it mean to live in a one-party state? Donors and insiders decide elections and stack the decks. Consider the only statewide office for which Californians voted this year: the U.S. Senate seat won by state Attorney General Kamala Harris. That race was decided in January 2015 when Sen. Barbara Boxer announced her retirement and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom phoned Harris to inform her he would not run for Boxer’s seat because he plans to run for governor in 2018. Harris enlisted a crack team of political consultants (who also have worked for Newsom and Gov. Jerry Brown) and she owned the field. Harris now likely owns that seat for life.” (12/08/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/12/08/oneparty-state-meet-party-of-one-n2256719

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30) Make DC a swamp again
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Donald Trump ran for president on the slogan ‘Make America Great Again!’ And he’s also promised to ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington. But maybe the way to do that is to make Washington a little less great. Because as Washington has prospered over the last several decades (to the point where people are making Hunger Games comparisons), the rest of the country hasn’t done as well. So perhaps it’s time for a role-reversal. I propose that over the next several years, we transfer a lot of federal employees out of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, to parts of the country that aren’t doing so well economically. This would provide a boost to places like Buffalo, New York, or Quincy, Illinois, or Fresno, California, while getting federal bureaucrats out of the D.C. bubble.” (12/08/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/12/08/dc-swamp-workers-glenn-reynolds-column/95146014

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31) Principles to guide the vetting of Betsy DeVos
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos for US Secretary of Education in his administration set off a firestorm of commentary on what her impact might be on furthering ‘school choice’ ventures like charter schools and vouchers that send taxpayer money to private enterprises. In a much-circulated op-ed for the New York Times, economic professor Douglas Harris warns, ‘The DeVos nomination … should worry anyone who wants to improve results for children.’ Specifically, Harris points to Detroit (where DeVos has been hugely influential) as a worrisome example of how more choice does not necessarily always lead to more quality in a school system.” (12/08/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161207/principles-to-guide-the-vetting-of-betsy-devos

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32) A rising stock market does not signal economic health
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Steven Horwitz

“The headlines tell us that the Dow Jones is up around 1,000 points since Donald Trump won the election on November 8th. The conventional wisdom is that this shows how much confidence people have in Trump’s ability to generate a healthy American economy. The argument is that if people are willing to buy stock in American firms, this indicates their belief that those firms will see improving profits over the next few years. They then draw the conclusion that more profitable firms indicate a healthier American economy. Although this argument is correct about stock prices reflecting an increasing belief in the profitability of US firms, it makes a major error in assuming that profitable firms necessarily mean a better economy.” (12/08/16)

https://fee.org/articles/a-rising-stock-market-does-not-signal-economic-health/

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33) Go wet, young man
Source: Bloomberg
by Tyler Cowen

“Following the election of Donald Trump, some Americans are asking whether they should move to Canada. Yet a more radical idea is re-emerging as a vehicle for political liberty, namely seasteading. That’s the founding of new and separate governance units on previously unoccupied territory, possibly on the open seas. Imagine, for instance, autonomously governed sea platforms, with a limited number of citizens selling health and financial services to the rest of the world. Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence might make the construction and settlement of such institutions more practical than it seemed 15 years ago. Although seasteading is sometimes viewed as an extension of self-indulgent Silicon Valley utopianism, we should not dismiss the idea too quickly. Variants on seasteading led to the founding of the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with the caveat that conquest was involved, as these territories were not unsettled at the time.” (12/07/16)

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-12-07/seasteading-isn-t-such-a-crazy-idea

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34) America’s imperiled democracy
Source: spiked
by Wendy Kaminer

“Is democracy resurgent in America? Not exactly. About 25 per cent of eligible voters elected Donald Trump, although about two-thirds of Americans rated him ‘unqualified.’ A higher percentage voted for losing candidate Hillary Clinton, although about two-thirds rated her untrustworthy. But even if the popular vote mattered, or if Clinton instead of Trump had eked out an electoral-college win by slim margins (below one per cent respectively) in three key, formerly Democratic states, she would have won only a slightly larger and almost equally unimpressive minority of voters.” (12/08/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/americas-imperilled-democracy/

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35) More forced registration
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Voting’s a right, not a duty. So voter registration and actual voting should be made easy. But I’m not for mandating that people vote, or for registering them involuntarily. Which is why I oppose the Automatic Voter Registration Initiative (AVRI), an indirect Nevada initiative that state officials just announced has turned in enough petition signatures.” (12/08/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/12/08/more-forced-registration/

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36) Rolling back the empire: Washington’s proxy army faces decisive defeat in Aleppo
Source: CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney

“The situation is looking increasingly hopeless for the ragtag group of insurgents that have lost more than half the territory they held in just the last week. Every attempt they’ve made to break through Syrian Army lines has been repelled leaving them to defend a few shrinking districts where they will either surrender or die. … US Secretary of State John Kerry has made every effort to stop the fighting to protect US-backed jihadists that are trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al Assad. Unfortunately, a proposal that was accepted by both Kerry and Lavrov concerning the withdrawal of fighters in Aleppo, was rejected by higher-ups in the Obama Administration ending the prospects for a negotiated settlement.” (12/08/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/08/rolling-back-the-empire-washingtons-proxy-army-faces-decisive-defeat-in-aleppo/

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37) Venezuelans don’t believe in Bitcoin. They need Bitcoin.
Source: Reason
by Jim Epstein

“A main gathering place for Venezuela’s growing bitcoin community is a secret Facebook group started in 2013 by a young libertarian activist named Randy Brito. As I recounted in a feature story in the current issue of Reason magazine, ‘The Secret, Dangerous World of Venezuelan Bitcoin Mining,’ the ‘Bitcoin Venezuela’ Facebook group ‘serves as an online bazaar featuring ads for cars, bikes, boats, liquor, protein supplements, soap, smartphones, hiking boots, athletic gear, video games, and toilet paper.’ I’m yet to see a single post about politics, economics, or the horrors of living under socialism.” (12/08/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/12/08/venezuela-bitcoin-socialism

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38) Trial and error
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Madsen Pirie

“Popper thought that by eliminating known falsehoods we could be left with an ever more concentrated core of truths, of theories that have survived attempts to disprove them. He spoke of ‘Objective Knowledge,’ and wrote a book under that title. He thought that there were truths about the universe that are true whether or not we recognise them as such. There was a pool of knowledge to be gleaned about the universe, and by using his methodology of conjecture and refutation, we could gain access to more of it. In my book Trial and Error I adopted Popper’s methodology but took issue with his metaphysic.” (12/08/16)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/trialanderror

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39) Ignoring reality has consequences
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“When you ignore the rules of reality, you get hurt. Notice I don’t say when you break reality’s rules, because those rules can’t be broken. They can only be accepted or ignored. Ignore them at your peril. Take gravity, for example. If you ignore gravity you will suffer, and you may even fall to your death. Once you accept the reality of gravity, you can use the rules governing it to fly or even to experience ‘weightlessness’ in orbit. Neither is a case of defying gravity, but of using it to do things that seem to go against what you expect from gravity.” (12/07/16)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2016/12/07/voices/ignoring-reality-has-consequences/413.html

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40) Santa and baby Jesus banned?
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Oh, my goodness, what is the world coming to when Santa Claus and baby Jesus are banned and can’t be promoted in the classrooms by teachers and administrators in a public school at Christmas time? Well, maybe there is at least one public school district in America today which recognizes that it is not a proper governmental function for public schools to teach cultural and religious values to the captive children in their classrooms. If parents want to teach their kids cultural values they should do it at home, at church and in the private sector. So, in a move to show respect to all religions, the State of Oregon Hillsboro School District has decided to ban religious-themed decorations in the classrooms during the holidays, including baby Jesus and Santa Claus.” (12/08/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/12/santa-and-baby-jesus-banned.html

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41) Trump’s team should ditch the “clash of civilizations”
Source: Cato Institute
by Emma Ashford

“It’s certainly easy to see why [Samuel] Huntington’s ideas, particularly the idea that terrorism is being driven by some larger clash of civilizations, would appeal to Trump, with his limited knowledge of foreign affairs. It’s a seductively simple theory that purports to explain a complex world. Likewise, the idea that all of America’s problems around the world are caused by a grand alliance working in concert against us is temptingly uncomplicated, if unrealistic. … Unfortunately, for all its appealing simplicity, Huntington’s worldview is a remarkably poor frame through which to understand a complex world. It cannot explain intracivilizational conflicts; indeed, Huntington himself argued that Russia and Ukraine were unlikely to come to blows because of cultural similarities. And it ignores the vast range of other potential causes of war.” (12/07/16)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trumps-team-should-ditch-clash-civilizations

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42) We should pay teachers more
Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“I’ve heard the argument many times: teachers should be paid more. According to the slightly out of date figures on the NEA website, the average starting pay for teachers in the 2012-13 school year was $36,141. At least part of the argument is that we could have a better educational system if we paid teachers more. Why would we get better educational outcomes if we paid teachers more? The most obvious answer is: we could hire better teachers. The teachers we have now are the best we can get at the salaries we now pay. If we’re happy with the quality of the teachers we now have, we don’t have to pay more.” (12/07/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/12/07/we-should-pay-teachers-more/

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43) Pizza, pizza, get your piping hot pizza!
Source: La Bocca della Verita
by Gene Callahan

“I had paid little attention to the ‘Pizzagate scandal’ until a few days ago, when certain people forced it onto my radar. As a trained researcher, I know not to pay too much attention either to the people who accept such stories uncritically, or to the people who reject them uncritically. A trained researcher does not ‘believe’ or ‘disbelieve’ his sources: he interrogates those sources and treats them as evidence … Amy Davidson basically declares there is not even any point in trying to figure out why the conspiracy theorists believe what they do: the conspiracy theory arose from nothing at all, and focuses on the things it does for no reason whatsoever. But even completely false accusations are formed the way they are for some reason, and someone actually doing anything that could be called ‘journalism,’ rather than ‘smug dismissalism,’ would try to see if she can understand why.” (12/07/16)

http://gene-callahan.blogspot.com/2016/12/pizza-pizza-get-your-piping-hot-pizza.html

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44) The horrific consequences of US interventionism
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“[L]et’s not forget why the Islamic State exists. It exists as a direct result of the U.S. regime-change operation in Iraq in 2003 — the one in which U.S. officials used bogus WMD scares to garner support for what was really an illegal and unconstitutional war of aggression against a country that had never attacked the United States. Among the ironies of the Iraq regime-change operation was the fact that in the 1980s the U.S. government had partnered with Iraq’s leader, Saddam Hussein, in his war of aggression against Iran.” (12/08/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/12/08/horrific-consequences-u-s-interventionism/

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45) Does Pope Francis really believe that “communists think like Christians?”
Source: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
by Samuel Gregg

“Marxists, Marxist ideas and Marxist regimes have brought death and destruction to millions. Yet according to Pope Francis, ‘if anything, the communists think like Christians.’ What’s going on here. Within the first year of his pontificate, Francis’s strong criticisms of economic globalization and capitalism resulted in him being accused of having Marxist sympathies. Such charges, however, are demonstrably false. For one thing, Francis has specified that Communism is a mistaken idea.” (12/07/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/12/07/does-pope-francis-really-believe-communists-think

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46) Native land: The expropriation continues
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“The land remaining to America’s First Nations, after centuries of robbery and genocide, currently stands at the roughly 2% of U.S. territory enclosed within reservations. Now Trump’s incoming crew wants to ‘privatize’ (loot) it …. The fact that this two percent of the land may contain around a fifth of U.S. oil reserves is a total coincidence, I’m sure. The land is legally owned, not by the Native tribes themselves, but by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In theory, the Bureau more or less stands in for the tribes as collective owner of the land, and allows the members to allocate possession of the land among themselves through the internal governance authorities. Sort of like how a Creative Commons license is supposed to use copyright to replicate the state of affairs that would exist if copyright law didn’t exist at all. Sort of. I guess.” (12/08/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/47133

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47) President Blunderbuss
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine

“I have a confession to make. Some of our readers won’t like it. In other quarters, it might lose me friends. But even though I didn’t vote for Donald Trump — in fact, I argued in these pages for a Libertarian vote — I’m glad he won. On election day, I was downcast. All the self-proclaimed experts predicted a big win for Hillary Clinton. Under the current and blessedly soon-to-be-past Democratic administration, my financial prospects lurched from bad to worse. I wasn’t sure where I’d be after four to eight years of the Queen Presumptive’s rule. Then came that rollercoaster evening of election returns. As more and more of the mainstream media’s pundits beat their breasts and wept, my mourning turned to gladness. Or, at the very least, to relief.” (12/06/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1635

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48) 2017 policy priorities: Fueling the digital economy with data
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ryan Hagemann

“Legislators in the 115th Congress have an opportunity to continue growing the digital economy. That opportunity, however, could be stymied by regulations and rules that hamstring flexible, responsive revenue models. The recent privacy rules from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are one example of how a misguided focus on ‘consumer protection’ efforts aimed at curtailing potentially innovative uses of information could very well end up hurting consumers. The effort also has the added effect of reaching into the regulatory purview of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has historically been the agency charged with addressing consumer harms. Perhaps most importantly, these types of rules diminish the opportunity for data innovation by prioritizing privacy over free speech.” (12/07/16)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/2017-policy-priorities-fueling-digital-economy-data/

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49) The evils of public schools — revisited
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“I have not spoken poorly and with contempt for the government-run, tax-funded ‘public schools’ for a while (except for those ‘affirming’ the hurt of their little snowflakes over the recent election), so it is time to take a whack at these institutions of tyranny again. And the Blaze provides the perfect opportunity. An 11-year-old girl, after sharing some fruit with a friend, has been suspended for violating the idiot school’s policy of ‘zero tolerance’ for weapons. Not only that, but the schools turned the case over to the local police department (in some enclave from reality in Florida) who have in turn turned it over to the State’s Attorney to prosecute her for this hideous act of terrorism. Her crime? She used the butter knife (as admitted by the school in writing) from her cherished set of tableware (a knife, fork, and spoon with thick toddler handles and decorated with cartoon animal prints) to cut a peach in half so that she could share the peach with her friend.” (12/07/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10200

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50) Free Talk Live, 12/07/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Jay Noone Joins Show :: Legal Theories :: Chinese Oppression of Independent Candidates :: Clueless Commie Sarah :: Vote Counting :: Are cannabis sales hurting the beer industry? :: Cop Shoots Man in Back, Juror Refuses to Convict :: 911 :: Pearl Harbor :: General Tso’s Chicken Creator Dies.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/07/16)

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