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In the News:

1) Beijing regime “seriously concerned” after Trump questions risible “one China” claim
2) PA: Former congressman Chaka Fattah sentenced to ten years in prison
3) OR: Prosecutors push ahead with trial for last Malheur occupiers
4) Green Party US election recount bid comes to a close
5) European Union normalizes relations with Cuban regime
6) VA: US DoJ sues county for trying to suppress mosque construction
7) Ethics “experts”: Trump invites trouble if he keeps businesses
8) SWIFT confirms new cyber thefts, hacking tactics
9) Trump set for deposition just weeks before inauguration
10) OH: Kasich under pressure from both sides over major abortion bills
11) Mexico’s war on drugs has cost $50 billion, and countless lives
12) France: Armored car robbers grab 70kg of gold
13) NASA aborts hurricane satellite constellation launch over pump glitch
14) Lockheed Martin shares drop as Trump targets F-35 boondoggle
15) McConnell announces Senate probe into fake news “suspected Russian election interference” story
16) GA: Two drug thugs shot and wounded while burglarizing home; homeowner murdered
17) Italy: Gentiloni to succeed Renzi as prime minister
18) Obama orders “full review” of possible Russian hacking in US election
19) 7,500 faceless coders paid in Bitcoin built a hedge fund’s brain
20) PA: Federal judge rejects Green Party’s recount request

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Living off the fat of Washington
22) Trump on military spending: An encouraging sign
23) War on “fake news” part of a war on free speech
24) Spooked
25) Would it be legal for Trump to give his son-in-law a White House gig?
26) Winning the war of ideas
27) Stop the CIA coup
28) The lessons of Aleppo’s long, pointless siege
29) Karma over Russia?
30) Try parental choice to reverse poor global rankings
31) When campus microaggressions are real
32) San Francisco turns against its own startup Airbnb
33) Demagogue-in-Chief
34) Beware compounded drugs, especially under Trump’s FDA
35) The Democrats’ “Russia hacking” campaign is political suicide
36) Snouts in the trough, hooves in the till: Why you shouldn’t donate to a police charity
37) Trump Labor Secretary nominee sees people as commodities
38) Let’s say Russia DID hack the Dems. What would be a responsible reaction?
39) Seventeen, again
40) The danger of politicizing intelligence
41) Russian hacks? It doesn’t change what Democrats & Clinton did
42) The marijuana transmogrification
43) It’s time to depersonalize our political disputes
44) Did Russia elect Trump?
45) Fair use is essential to a free press
46) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/12/16
47) The Jason Stapleton Program, 12/12/16
48) Libertarian ideas are not forced
49) So the state is after me
50) Why markets produce a “race to the top”
51) After Brexit, snowflake professors need to grow up
52) Message from the future: Your acceptance of evil has condemned us all
53) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 110
54) Economic ideas: Adam Smith on moral sentiments, division of labor and the invisible hand
55) Free Talk Live, 12/11/16

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***** In the News *****

1) Beijing regime “seriously concerned” after Trump questions risible “one China” claim
Source: CNN

“China has warned that it’s ‘seriously concerned’ after President-elect Donald Trump questioned whether the United States should keep its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of ‘one China.’ Trump has signaled a willingness to confront Beijing, and his latest comments in an interview with Fox News suggested that he won’t hesitate to anger China until the country comes to the bargaining table on trade and North Korea. China’s response was measured but clear: co-operation with the US ‘would be out of the question’ if Trump doesn’t adhere to the ‘one China’ policy — a cornerstone of bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties in the 1970s.” [editor’s note: Taiwan has been independent of the mainland since 1949. The mainland regime’s ongoing demand that everyone (including the Taiwanese) pretend that’s not the case deserves to be ignored – TLK] (12/12/16)

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/12/politics/china-trump-one-china-reaction/index.html

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2) PA: Former congressman Chaka Fattah sentenced to ten years in prison
Source: Politico

“Former Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah (Pa.) was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday by a federal judge in Philadelphia. Fattah, 60, served 22 years in Congress before losing a Democratic primary in April. Fattah was convicted in June on a number of federal corruption charges, including bribery, racketeering, money laundering, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, and filing false statements. The long-running criminal scheme was related to paying back a loan from Fattah’s unsuccessful run for Philadelphia mayor in 2007.” (12/12/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/chaka-fattah-sentencing-10-years-232507

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3) OR: Prosecutors push ahead with trial for last Malheur occupiers
Source: Washington Post

“The U.S. government will push forward with conspiracy charges against the remaining seven people who helped take over a national wildlife refuge in Oregon, just months after the stunning acquittal of the first group of defendants. Prosecutors, who faced a Monday deadline to indicate their next move, said they also would proceed with firearms charges against six of the defendants and planned to add lesser counts that could include trespassing or destruction of property. That would give jurors the option of a less serious conviction that wasn’t available in the earlier case.” (12/12/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/prosecutors-dont-change-strategy-for-last-oregon-occupiers/2016/12/12/3b1e5242-c0c8-11e6-a52b-a0a126eaf9f7_story.html

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4) Green Party US election recount bid comes to a close
Source: Raw Story

“The recount effort by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein in three crucial U.S. states came to an end on Monday, after weeks of legal wrangling yielded only one electoral review in Wisconsin. A U.S. judge in Pennsylvania rejected Stein’s request for a recount and an examination of that state’s voting machines for evidence of hacking in the Nov. 8 election won by Republican Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Wisconsin election officials said on Monday they had completed their 10-day recount with only small changes to the vote total. Stein, who finished fourth in the election, challenged the results in those two states as well as Michigan, where the state’s top court on Friday denied Stein’s last-ditch appeal to keep a recount going. All of those traditionally Democratic strongholds supported Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Even if all three recounts had taken place, they were always unlikely to change the outcome.” (12/12/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/green-party-us-election-recount-bid-comes-to-a-close

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5) European Union normalizes relations with Cuban regime
Source: PanAm Post

“The European Union (EU) has signed its first bilateral pact to normalize relations with Cuba, focused specifically on political dialogue and cooperation, and promising that Trump’s arrival in power will not affect it. ‘We recognize that there are changes, and we want to accompany them and take the relationship to a new level,’ said Head of EU Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini. ‘This is a historic day, we have turned a page. Today we are starting to write a new chapter together.'” (12/12/16)

https://panampost.com/karina-martin/2016/12/12/european-union-normalizes-relations-with-the-cuban-regime/

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6) VA: US DoJ sues county for trying to suppress mosque construction
Source: New York Daily News

“The Justice Department is suing a Virginia county accused of discriminating against Muslim residents who want to build a small mosque. Federal prosecutors said that authorities in Culpeper violated the rights of the Islamic Center of Culpeper when it denied the sewage permit for their new house of worship. The county had never denied an application in 26 attempts since 1992, according to the suit filed Monday, which says the county violated a federal law on religious discrimination and land use passed in 2000.” (12/12/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/feds-sue-virginia-county-refused-permit-mosque-article-1.2908403

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7) Ethics “experts”: Trump invites trouble if he keeps businesses
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Donald Trump says he will step away from managing his business empire while he’s in office — but he’s not going to sell it off. If he follows through, he will shatter a presidential precedent on conflicts, and ethics experts say he will open the door to investigations and lawsuits that could hobble his administration. ‘My executives will run it with my children,’ he said in a Fox News interview that aired Sunday. He added that he will not have ‘anything to do with management’ and won’t “do deals” for his business while he’s president. That’s ‘a step in the right direction, but he can’t have people doing deals on his behalf,’ said Richard Painter, the chief White House ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush. ‘He can’t have ownership.’ Indeed, for decades, presidents have sold their stocks and other personal holdings and put the cash into a blind trust overseen by an investment manager. For example, to stay on the right side of ethics, President Jimmy Carter sold his Georgia peanut farm.” (12/12/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Trump-invites-trouble-if-he-keeps-businesses-10791013.php

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8) SWIFT confirms new cyber thefts, hacking tactics
Source: Reuters

“Cyber attacks on the global banking system have continued (and succeeded) since February’s heist of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank, underscoring the continuing vulnerability of the SWIFT messaging network, a SWIFT official told Reuters. The network, which handles trillions of dollars in transfers daily, has warned banks of the escalating threat to their systems, according to a SWIFT letter obtained by Reuters. ‘The threat is very persistent, adaptive and sophisticated — and it is here to stay,’ SWIFT said last month in a letter to client banks, which has not been previously reported.” (12/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-cyber-swift-exclusive-idUSKBN1412NT

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9) Trump set for deposition just weeks before inauguration
Source: USA Today

“President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to testify under oath at Trump Tower in January, just weeks before the inauguration, in a lawsuits tied to his Washington D.C. hotel. His lawyers are battling over special conditions Trump is seeking because of his new position. The deposition is tied to Trump’s $10 million lawsuit in the District of Columbia against Topo Atrio, the restaurant that was to be run by celebrity chef Jose Andres in the hotel Trump has developed in the Old Post Office building just down the street from the White House. Andres and the company cancelled the deal after Trump’s presidential campaign announcement in June 2015, saying the candidate’s rhetoric was ‘widely perceived as anti-Hispanic.’ Trump sued Andres and another famed chef who made a similar decision, citing breach of their contracts.” (12/12/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/12/12/trump-set-deposition-just-weeks-before-inauguration/95343740

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10) OH: Kasich under pressure from both sides over major abortion bills
Source: Fox News

“Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who built a reputation during the raucous GOP presidential primaries as an affable and moderate alternative, is suddenly finding himself at the center of the national abortion debate — and under pressure to cast a decision bound to make him more unpopular with one side or the other. Two bills passed by the legislature await his signature or veto. If signed into law, they would become two of the most restrictive time-based abortion measures in the country. The more controversial is known as the ‘heartbeat bill.’ It would ban abortion as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected — roughly around the six-week mark. The second prohibits abortions after the 20-week mark in almost all circumstances.” (12/12/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/12/kasich-under-pressure-from-both-sides-as-major-abortion-bills-hit-desk.html

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11) Mexico’s war on drugs has cost $50 billion, and countless lives
Source: PanAm Post

“A decade of war against drugs has had a high cost for Mexico, not only in human lives, but in its economy as well. Through 2016, over US $50 billion has been allocated to trying to guarantee the security of citizens in the wake of widespread drug trafficking. The spending has been insufficient, as 186 thousand people have died nonetheless. Ten days after former President of Mexico Felipe Calderón assumed office, he declared war on drugs.” (12/12/16)

https://panampost.com/elena-toledo/2016/12/12/mexicos-war-on-drugs-has-cost-50-billion/

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12) France: Armored car robbers grab 70kg of gold
Source: Bangkok Post [Thailand]

“An armed gang held up a van transporting 70 kilogrammes (154 pounds) of powdered gold in a dramatic heist near the French city of Lyon on Monday. Four robbers used two cars to block the van at a motorway exit leading to an industrial estate north of Lyon, the police said. Armed with assault rifles, the assailants then grabbed the sacks of gold, loaded it into a getaway car, set fire to the other vehicle and sped off. … The value of the loot was estimated at 2.5 million euros ($2.6 million).” (12/12/16)

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/1158309/robbers-grab-70kg-of-gold-in-dramatic-french-van-heist

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13) NASA aborts hurricane satellite constellation launch over pump glitch
Source: Space.com

“NASA aborted the planned launch of an eight-satellite fleet for hurricane monitoring on Monday (Dec. 12) due to problems with its launch system, agency officials said in a mission update. The $157 million Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) was slated to soar into orbit on an air-launched Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket, but a hydraulic pump used to release the rocket from its L-1011 carrier plane had a problem, agency officials said. … The L-1011 carrier plane took off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida ahead of today’s launch attempt and will return to the station to land and be readied for a possible Tuesday launch attempt.” (12/12/16)

http://www.space.com/34990-nasa-aborts-hurricane-satellite-constellation-launch-over-pump-glitch.html

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14) Lockheed Martin shares drop as Trump targets F-35 boondoggle
Source: Denver Post

Lockheed Martin Corp. slumped after President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that costs for the F-35 fighter-jet program, the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons system, are ‘out of control.’ … Shares of Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed dropped 3.6 percent to $250.11 at 9:31 a.m. in New York. Other defense stocks also dropped sharply. … By targeting Lockheed, Trump took aim at the country’s biggest government contractor, whose $379 billion F-35 is intended to be flown by the Air Force, Navy and Marines. Like many complicated military programs, the jet had been plagued by delays and cost overruns. The Pentagon in October said it would need as much as $530 million extra to finish the fighter’s development phase. Approving the added funds probably would be the first F-35 decision to reach the desk of the next defense secretary.” (12/12/16)

http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/12/lockheed-martin-shares-drop-trump-comments/

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15) McConnell announces Senate probe into fake news “suspected Russian election interference” story
Source: Washington Post

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday strongly condemned any foreign interference with U.S. elections and announced that the Senate intelligence panel will investigate Russia’s suspected election interference. ‘The Russians are not our friends,’ McConnell told reporters at a scheduled year-end news conference. McConnell’s announcement came a day after a group of senators called for a thorough, bipartisan investigation of [alleged, so far with zero evidence] Russian interference. Some have endorsed the idea of a special select committee to lead an investigation, but McConnell stopped short of endorsing that, saying that any congressional probe would follow ‘regular order’ through the current committee structure.” (12/12/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/12/12/schumer-on-congressional-probe-of-russia-i-dont-want-this-to-turn-into-a-benghazi-investigation/

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16) GA: Two drug thugs shot and wounded while burglarizing home; homeowner murdered
Source: Fox News

“Georgia police officers executing a search warrant early Monday morning shot and killed a man after he allegedly opened fire on cops, wounding two of them, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations said. Both police officers were taken to a medical center in Macon and were expected to recover, authorities told Fox 5 Atlanta. One officer had already been released from the hospital and the other sustained more serious injuries and had to undergo surgery. The officers were shot during a multi-jurisdictional drug task force operation at a Byron home off state Highway 42 at about 2:30 a.m. GBI Special Agent J.T. Ricketson told reporters the eight-member team knocked on the door three times and announced themselves but there was no answer. Eventually police knocked down the door and entered.” (12/12/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/12/two-central-georgia-police-officers-shot-and-wounded-while-serving-warrant.html

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17) Italy: Gentiloni to succeed Renzi as prime minister
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“The Italian foreign minister, Paolo Gentiloni, has been chosen by Italy’s president to replace Matteo Renzi as prime minister, a choice that signals continuity in the centre-left government’s domestic and foreign policies at a volatile time for the eurozone’s third-largest economy. Gentiloni said he had accepted the mandate set for him by Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, after the leaders of the country’s opposition parties had failed to agree to ‘share responsibilities’ and create a coalition government together.” (12/12/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/11/italy-paolo-gentiloni-to-succeed-matteo-renzi-as-prime-minister

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18) Obama orders “full review” of possible Russian hacking in US election
Source: The Hacker News

“In his final month in office, President Barack Obama has ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct a ‘full review’ of [alleged] pre-election cyber attacks against Democratic Party organizations that many believe affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The United States intelligence agencies have attributed those series of cyber-attacks to Russia that shook the US election season. ‘The President earlier this week instructed the intelligence community to conduct a full review of the pattern of malicious cyber activity related to our presidential election cycle,’ White House spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters.” (12/10/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/russian-hacker-us-election.html

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19) 7,500 faceless coders paid in Bitcoin built a hedge fund’s brain
Source: Wired

“Richard Craib is a 29-year-old South African who runs a hedge fund in San Francisco. Or rather, he doesn’t run it. He leaves that to an artificially intelligent system built by several thousand data scientists whose names he doesn’t know. Under the banner of a startup called Numerai, Craib and his team have built technology that masks the fund’s trading data before sharing it with a vast community of anonymous data scientists. Using a method similar to homomorphic encryption, this tech works to ensure that the scientists can’t see the details of the company’s proprietary trades, but also organizes the data so that these scientists can build machine learning models that analyze it and, in theory, learn better ways of trading financial securities.” (12/12/16)

https://www.wired.com/2016/12/7500-faceless-coders-paid-bitcoin-built-hedge-funds-brain/

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20) PA: Federal judge rejects Green Party’s recount request
Source: USA Today

“A federal judge on Monday issued a stinging rejection of a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania’s presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and scan some counties’ election systems for signs of hacking. … The decision was the Green Party’s latest roadblock in Pennsylvania after hitting numerous walls in county and state courts. Green Party-backed lawyers argue that it was possible that computer hackers changed the election outcome and that Pennsylvania’s heavy use of paperless machines makes it a prime target. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein also contended that Pennsylvania has erected unconstitutional barriers to voters seeking a recount.” (12/12/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/12/12/pennsylvania-recount-request-green-party/95328846/

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

21) Living off the fat of Washington
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington could begin with the Agriculture Department. Federal aid to farmers is forecast by the Congressional Budget Office to soar to $19 billion in 2017. Farmers will receive twice as much of their income from handouts (25%) this year as they did in 2013, according to the USDA. Whoever Mr. Trump names as his agriculture secretary should target wasteful farm programs for spending cuts.” (12/12/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/12/11/wall-st-journal-living-off-the-fat-of-washington/

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22) Trump on military spending: An encouraging sign
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“The F-35 is indeed one of the more insane wastes of taxpayer money in recent history. If Trump could find a way to kill the whole project, both taxpayers and the armed forces would be better off for its demise. But even if Trump is serious, he’s in for a fight with 75 years of history. Since World War II, the primary function of the US government has been to transfer wealth from the pockets of American workers to the bank accounts of ‘defense’ contractors like Lockheed Martin. Even as long ago as 1960, when president Dwight Eisenhower warned America about the dangers of the ‘military-industrial complex’ in his farewell speech, his warning was too little, too late. American politicians already were, and still are, addicted to military spending (and to the campaign contributions it calls forth and the make-work jobs it brings to their states and districts).” (12/12/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8721

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23) War on “fake news” part of a war on free speech
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“A major threat to liberty is the assault on the right to discuss political issues, seek out alternative information sources, and promote dissenting ideas and causes such as non-interventionism in foreign and domestic affairs. If this ongoing assault on free speech succeeds, then all of our liberties are endangered.” (12/12/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/war-fake-news-part-war-free-speech

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24) Spooked
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“The big story today is that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has concluded secretly and is telling Congress that Russian spooks intervened in the 2016 presidential election to help Donald Trump win. But just how do we know that it was Russian spooks and not our own spooks? As for me, I’m inclined to put my money on American spooks.” (12/12/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/12/spooked.html

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25) Would it be legal for Trump to give his son-in-law a White House gig?
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Passed in 1967 as part of the Federal Post Act, the statute is often viewed as a reaction to President John Kennedy appointing his brother Robert as Attorney General. Others claim it was primarily an attempt to clamp down on the common practice of officials hiring their wives and other relatives as staffers. The prohibition was an attempt to ensure that federal hiring was based on merit but it also addressed purely practical considerations. For example, an official might find it difficult to reprimand or to fire a relative who was incompetent. And it is natural to give preferential treatment to those with whom a deeply personal relationship exists. On the surface, the Kushner situation seems clear because the statute language is plain. Appointing a relative violates statute law. But at least three powerful objections have been raised and may result in Kushner joining the White House.” (12/12/16)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7551

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26) Winning the war of ideas
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by John Yemma

“An honest idea quietly delivered can seem wimpy. No cinematic superhero, to my knowledge, vanquishes villains with a well-reasoned argument. Few tough guys (fictional or otherwise) are known to listen to a thoughtful presentation of the facts, mull the pros and cons, and then go, ‘Oh dear. I was wrong.’ But despite the spectacle of terrorism, war, politics, and militancy, every human conflict is ultimately a battle of ideas. An army can conquer a city, a car bomb can devastate a community, a gun can force a conversion, but in time (sometimes, admittedly, an excruciatingly long amount of time) right prevails because right ideas persuade.” (12/12/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/upfront-blog/2016/1211/Winning-the-war-of-ideas

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27) Stop the CIA coup
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The CIA is up to its old tricks: overthrowing a democratically elected government. Only this time it’s our government. As they are now legally allowed to do ever since the law against covert CIA propaganda in the United States was repealed, the Agency has leaked to the Washington Post reports — via anonymous third parties — of its alleged assessment of a Russian campaign to hand Donald Trump the White House …. What is missing from the Post’s story is any evidence: it is simply a series of assertions, offered without proof of any kind.” (12/12/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/12/11/stop-cia-coup/

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28) The lessons of Aleppo’s long, pointless siege
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“In its 7,000 years of existence, Aleppo has been fought over by Babylonians, Greeks and Romans. The modern battle for the ancient Syrian city, however, may yet be as significant for the future of the Middle East as those fought by the kingdoms and empires of the past. The four-year battle for Aleppo now seems to be reaching its final stages. More than any other place, the city (one of the oldest continually inhabited places in the world) has been the epicenter of the Syria conflict. In time, Syria may be seen to define the early 21st century the way the Spanish Civil War did the 1930s — a perfect storm of all the worst trends in global politics and conflict. If it is, then Aleppo will be its Guernica, the Spanish town carpet bombed by Nazi aircraft in 1937 in a savage precursor to the horrors of the coming World War Two.” (12/12/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-aleppo-commentary-idUSKBN1412HQ

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29) Karma over Russia?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Not surprisingly, the mainstream media is aghast that President-elect Donald Trump is not automatically deferring to the CIA and its pronouncement that Russia intervened in the U.S. presidential election with the intent of helping Trump defeat his Democratic Party opponent Hillary Clinton. Never mind that the CIA has provided no evidence to support its claims. In the eyes of the mainstream media and the national-security establishment, that’s irrelevant. Trump’s responsibility, they hold, is to automatically, without question or challenge, defer to the authority of the CIA and accept whatever it says. Of course, one big problem here is that the CIA, along with the rest of the national-security establishment, sometimes lies.” (12/12/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/12/12/karma-over-russia/

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30) Try parental choice to reverse poor global rankings
Source: Independent Institute
by Vicki Alger

“For all the promises made by elected officials over the past several decades, not to mention all their costly federal programs, plans, and spending, American students still perform toward the bottom of the pack internationally. In 2015 compared to 35 developed countries, the U.S. ranked 19th in science, 20th in reading, and 31st in math. To be sure, there is no silver bullet when it comes to improving academic achievement for all American students. But one thing is clear: DC does not know best when it comes to educating other people’s children.” (12/12/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/12/12/try-parental-choice-to-reverse-poor-global-rankings/

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31) When campus microaggressions are real
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Shortly after the election, I noted that colleges and universities seemed to be taking sides, treating Hillary Clinton’s defeat by Donald Trump for the presidency as some sort of national calamity. In fact, with safe spaces, offers of counseling and therapy dogs, and so on, they seemed to be treating Trump’s victory as something more akin to a terrorist attack than an election result. In particular, I noted a campus email from University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel that, though it spoke of diversity, inclusion and respect for all points of view, made pretty clear that Trump’s victory was a bad thing, and suggested by implication that Trump supporters must be bad people. I thought that this wasn’t very nice, and certainly not within the spirit of diversity and inclusion, given that a large percentage of University of Michigan students had undoubtedly supported Trump, even if they were afraid to say so on campus.” (12/12/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/12/12/college-campus-conservatives-trump-glenn-reynolds-column/95331660

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32) San Francisco turns against its own startup Airbnb
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray and Daniel Cody

“San Francisco is the birthplace of Airbnb. Even so, politicians in this city have created some of the most restrictive home-sharing regulations in the country. And now they’ve outdone themselves by approving an unprecedented and arbitrary limit on the number of nights residents may welcome paying guests into their homes. San Francisco’s existing regulations are already burdensome in several ways. First, only individuals who live in San Francisco for more than 275 days a year are allowed to use their property for home-sharing. This means bi-coastal workers and other part-time residents must leave their dwellings empty and unused. Their capital, in the form of their home, lies dormant, unable to generate revenue. Second, an entire home cannot be rented out on a short-term basis for more than 90 days in a year, even though a room in a host-occupied home can be rented for an unlimited number of nights — for now. Third, anyone who wants to use Airbnb must pay to apply for a variety of licenses and permits.” (12/11/16)

https://cei.org/content/san-francisco-turns-against-its-own-startup-airbnb

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33) Demagogue-in-Chief
Source: OpEdNews
by Chris Hedges

“Trump is the sick expression of a dysfunctional political system and mass culture that celebrate the most depraved aspects of human nature — greed, a lust for power, a thirst for adulation and celebrity, a penchant for the manipulation of others, dishonesty, a lack of remorse and a frightening pathology in which reality is ignored. He is the product of our escapist world of constant entertainment. He embodies the mutation of values in American society that has culminated in an enormous cult of the self and the abandonment of the common good.” (12/11/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Demagogue-in-Chief-by-Chris-Hedges-Corruption_Demagoguery_Dishonesty_Donald-Trump-Narcissist-161211-918.html

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34) Beware compounded drugs, especially under Trump’s FDA
Source: The American Prospect
by Rena Steinzor

“President-elect Donald Trump has pledged to eliminate 70 to 80 percent of all federal regulations, and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rulebook is near the top of his list. Close Trump adviser Newt Gingrich has denounced the FDA as the nation’s leading ‘job killer,’ and has called the agency ‘a major prison guard stopping the breakout in health.’ If the Trump administration makes good on these threats, an already weakened FDA could approach paralysis, exposing millions of patients to unsafe medications. Particularly at risk will be those who receive ostensibly ‘sterile’ injections for back and neck pain, among other ailments, from compounding pharmacies. Essentially small businesses with overweening national ambitions, compounders were implicated in a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012, and continue to manufacture potentially dangerous drugs administered to millions of Americans. Federal prosecutors have accused them of defrauding government health-care programs of hundreds of millions of dollars. The Obama administration failed to get a solid grip on regulating the industry, even when serious quality control problems emerged, and the Trump administration is likely to turn its back on the problem entirely, setting the stage for another fatal outbreak.” (12/11/16)

http://prospect.org/article/beware-compounded-drugs-especially-under-trump%E2%80%99s-fda

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35) The Democrats’ “Russia hacking” campaign is political suicide
Source: CounterPunch
by Mike Whitney

“The Democratic Party is doing incalculable damage to itself by shapeshifting into the party of baseless conspiracy theories, groundless accusations, and sour grapes. Hillary Clinton was already the most distrusted presidential candidate in party history. Now she’s become the de facto flag-bearer for the nutso-clique of aspiring propagandists at the CIA, the New York Times and Bezo[s]’s Military Digest. How is that going to improve the party’s prospects for the long term? It won’t, because the vast majority of Americans do not want to align themselves with a party of buck-passing juveniles that have no vision for the future but want to devote all their energy to kooky witch-hunts that further prove they are unfit for high office.” (12/12/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/12/the-democrats-russia-hacking-campaign-is-political-suicide/

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36) Snouts in the trough, hooves in the till: Why you shouldn’t donate to a police charity
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Together, Mark and Sara Furniss easily cleared $100,000 a year in salary and benefits, which is more than enough for their family of four to enjoy a very comfortable lifestyle in Boise. Yet Mark and Sara allegedly used their positions as president and office manager, respectively, with Treasure Valley Lodge #11 of the Fraternal Order of Police to embezzle $73,000 over a five-year period. The couple’s pilferage from the FOP’s accounts was noticed no later than February, which is when he was confronted by the organization’s president over his use of a union credit card to buy tickets to a Pittsburgh Pirates game and make more than $500 in personal purchases at a department store. A forensic audit was conducted, which quickly discovered that Mrs. Furniss had been systematically overpaying herself (she drew a salary from the FOP), misusing a lodge credit card, and had caused hundreds of dollars in overdraft fees. She later disclosed to investigators that she had set up an automatic withdrawal from an FOP account to pay the family’s cable television bill.” (12/11/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/12/snouts-in-trough-hooves-in-till-why-you.html

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37) Trump Labor Secretary nominee sees people as commodities
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“Before we accept the threatened destruction of our government as ‘normal’ or ‘just politics,’ here is something to think about. Our government is supposed to work for us, We the People, for our benefit, to make our lives better. Take the Department of Labor. The mission of the Department is ‘To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.’ Think about that. We once had a government with a mission to work for We the People, helping us get better jobs, better wages and better working conditions. Toward this end, a cabinet-level department was created ‘in the interest of the wage earners.’ So the Department of Labor is supposed to work to help people have better jobs with better wages and better benefits.” (12/12/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161212/trump-labor-secretary-nominee-sees-people-as-throw-away-commodities

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38) Let’s say Russia DID hack the Dems. What would be a responsible reaction?
Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

“Nick Gillespie blogged this morning about how we needed more transparency from our own government and more proof that the Russian government was actually involved before we were to simply accept anonymous sources with unknown agendas. But, as a thought exercise, let’s accept it as truth. Let’s say that the Russian government, under direct orders from President Vladimir Putin, hacked and released this inside info with the intent of influencing our election. What is the ‘right’ way to examine what happened? Perhaps those of us with no political dogs in this hunt can give some advice.” (12/12/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/12/12/lets-say-russia-did-hack-the-dems-what-w

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39) Seventeen, again
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Call me paranoid … but if I am told that the government has 17 spy agencies, I wonder about one more: The Really, Really Secret Infodump Agency. There is, after all, no official definition of ‘government agency;’ the federal government doesn’t even publish an official overall count, intelligent or otherwise. Besides, the prime number 17 just seems too … contrived. Sixteen or 18? Boring numbers. But 17? Its numerological magic lends plausibility to ‘the most sophisticated spy network in the world.’ Of course, when Mrs. Clinton insisted that all 17 had concurred that the Russians were on Trump’s side, I did not believe her. And now that mainstream media outlets — in an apparent frenzy to prove themselves a more reliable fake news source than the Twittersphere, blogosphere, Facebook-o-sphere and Breitbart combined — run with nearly the same story, I don’t believe them, either.” (12/12/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/12/12/seventeen-again/

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40) The danger of politicizing intelligence
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Donald Trump isn’t even president yet, and already he’s fighting with the intelligence community. After The Washington Post reported Friday that the CIA believes Russia interfered in the U.S. election specifically to help Trump win, his transition team released a statement on Friday saying, ‘These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.’ Trump, who earlier had told Time that the email hacks of the Democratic National Committee and top Hillary Clinton aide, John Podesta could have been done by China or ‘some guy in his home in New Jersey,’ on Monday assumed the role of cybersecurity expert.” (12/12/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/139275/danger-politicizing-intelligence

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41) Russian hacks? It doesn’t change what Democrats & Clinton did
Source: Hawaii Reporter
by Frank Salvato

“It cannot be denied that the information that came out of WikiLeaks — which both federal law enforcement and intelligence authorities believe were facilitated by a more advanced entity, be it the Russians or another actor — was damaging to the Clinton campaign and the Progressive enterprise in the United States. At every turn, they exposed a tolerance, zeal and acceptance of an unethical status quo to include criminal acts and transgressions against the American people. But those exposures simply revealed the true soul of the Clintons, the leadership of the Democrat National Committee and the Washington Progressive-Democrat establishment. They also exposed the incredible bias that exists in the American mainstream media; a media that went to bat — viciously — for Hillary Clinton and the DNC to its own detriment. The Russians didn’t advance false-narratives or ‘fake news’ that championed the Trump campaign, they exposed damning realities that existed within the Clinton camp and the DNC.” (12/12/16)

http://www.hawaiireporter.com/russian-hacks-it-doesnt-change-what-democrats-clinton-did/

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42) The marijuana transmogrification
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Will Duffield

“Marijuana use, while not healthy, simply does not have the deleterious effects long promised by prohibitionists. Marijuana users are not generally regarded as particularly deviant, or antisocial. Prohibition affects poorer urban users more than others, both because of racial discrimination, and the relative ease with which densely populated spaces can be searched. As a result, the ongoing to prohibition of marijuana begs us to understand the law as scientifically ignorant, discriminatory, and a least an amoral restraint. When marijuana use is both normalized and illegal, breaking the law becomes a normal act.” (12/12/16)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/the-marijuana-transmogrification

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43) It’s time to depersonalize our political disputes
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Joey Clark

“Presidents like to make everything about them except when it may reflect on them negatively. They are more than happy to take credit for anything good under the sun, but they eschew any responsibility when their name is potentially to blame for some slight discomfort or calamity. They and their supporters love to paint a picture of a lovely present and hopeful horizon no matter how ugly and bleak the present reality may be. They would have you believe the entire nation was in a season of perpetual rebirth during their reign, full of honeysuckle dreams and big rock candy mountains. Eternal detractors of a given president do just the opposite.” (12/12/16)

https://fee.org/articles/it-s-time-to-depersonalize-our-political-disputes/

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44) Did Russia elect Trump?
Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Giraldi

“The allegations about Moscow’s involvement in the election derive from a still-secret report prepared by the CIA that represents the intelligence community’s consensus on the issue, though the use of the word ‘consensus’ implies that there was dissent over the conclusions, and there is even a suggestion that not all of the community signed off on the final draft. For what it’s worth, the report does not address whether the hacking influenced the result of the election, and both the Russian government and WikiLeaks have denied that they were acting in collusion or were part of any organized effort to promote the Trump campaign. The White House has responded to the analysis by calling for an investigation of hacking surrounding the campaign and election. Donald Trump has issued a statement dismissing the CIA claim: ‘These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction … it is now time to move on.'” (12/12/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/did-russia-elect-trump/

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45) Fair use is essential to a free press
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Elliot Harmon

“When copyright law and the First Amendment come into conflict, the First Amendment must win. The fair use doctrine — the idea that there are certain ways that you can use a piece of copyrighted work regardless of whether you have the rightsholder’s permission — was written into copyright law to help ensure that copyright holders’ wishes are never elevated above free speech. As such, it’s been an essential tool for defending a free press: without fair use protections, people and companies in the public eye could use copyright law to ban coverage that’s critical of them. It’s alarming, then, to see an association that represents news companies asking the Trump transition team (and presumably Congress) to change the law and weaken fair use.” (12/12/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/12/fair-use-essential-free-press

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46) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/12/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“MWD and Jeremy Heisenburglar welcome back Nikki Darling to the Feens and discuss MWD and Ian Freeman doing some shows on LRN that led to Ian becoming an evangelist for BipCoin and accidentally airing a secret conversation between he and MWD. Nikki learns about Worms! and its use as a warrant canary. MWD mentions a new point system for Feens hosts, how Shane is currently leading the pack, and a programmer who DIDN’T want to help with BipCoin but kept giving MWD unwarranted advice (and a preemptive attack) anyway. In the second hour, MWD declares a new ‘He who cannot be named.’ Jeremy reads a listener email. There’s a few teaching hospice moments, MWD talks about the rise, apparent fall, and continued use of TrueCrypt, and Jeremy tells a story of a crazy stalker that he had met while in rehab.” (12/12/16)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13345

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47) The Jason Stapleton Program, 12/12/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Apparently, some are shocked to find out the Russians played a part in the DNC hacking scandal and attempted to influence the result of the recent election. The media is beside themselves, questioning how this could happen and what should be done. Some are even calling for another election. So much for the peaceful transition of power. Is this a shock to you? I shouldn’t be. How quickly we forgot that just a few short months ago, it was discovered that our own NSA had been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel by hacking her cell phone. Every country does this to every other country. Need more evidence? Here are just a few of the elections we’ve meddled in over the last few years.” [various formats] (12/12/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/so-the-russians-meddled-in-our-election-so-what/

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48) Libertarian ideas are not forced
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Kenny Kelly

“If a mugger threatened to hurt or kill you unless you give him your money, the mugger is initiating force. If you punch him or otherwise fight back, you are using self-defense, and perfectly acceptable under the non-aggression principle. The issue some libertarians have is in regards to the semantics of the use of force. Defending oneself is still force. But it is, what objectivist philosopher and author Ayn Rand called, retaliatory force; or what anarcho-capitalist economist and historian Murray Rothbard simply called self-defense. There are pacifist libertarians who believe the non-aggression principle as generally defined is immoral and impractical in a free society since they believe all force is illegitimate. But they are of a minority within the libertarian community.” (12/11/16)

http://everything-voluntary.com/libertarian-ideas-not-forced

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49) So the state is after me
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“I’m going on about my life, working and trying to move to Las Vegas where I can put my degree to use, be transgender in peace, and live out my life happily. I’m a relatively normal, law-abiding citizen. One day I get a letter from the IRS telling me that I owe them two thousand dollars, which is to me a very large amount of money. I contest it, but the IRS insists that I do owe it and that I have to pay it; if I don’t, I’ll be arrested for contempt of court or tax evasion or some other charge. Even under the best of circumstances, I can’t come up with that kind of money. I’m arrested and thrown in jail. How is that not among the most fucked up things ever?” (12/12/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/12/12/so-the-state-is-after-me/

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50) Why markets produce a “race to the top”
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Julian Adorney

“Many Americans trust the market to some extent but worry that capitalism will create a race to the bottom without government intervention. In their mind, companies will cut corners and outsource labor in the pursuit of profit, creating shoddier and shoddier products. The true free market, however, creates exactly the opposite: a race to the top. And the SEO industry, one of the few completely non-regulated industries in the US, proves it.” (12/12/16)

https://mises.org/blog/why-markets-produce-race-top

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51) After Brexit, snowflake professors need to grow up
Source: spiked
by Dennis Hayes

Stupid, racist and uneducated — many academics I know think that these three words characterise the 17.4 million people who voted for Brexit. After the referendum, many of these same academics spent time publicly crying and ranting about the vote. Once the hysteria had passed, there was a period of agonising self-blame: ‘We’ve failed as teachers!’ ‘What more could we have done?’ But this lament wasn’t about education, it wasn’t about academics’ failure to teach English, history, maths, physics and all the other disciplines that constitute the university. No, these academics felt that they had failed to instil students with particular behaviours, beliefs and attitudes. These academics see higher education as having aims beyond the pursuit of knowledge within the disciplines. They believe that the university is ultimately concerned with ‘social justice.'” (12/12/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/after-brexit-snowflake-professor-need-to-grow-up/

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52) Message from the future: Your acceptance of evil has condemned us all
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

S”ometime in December 2016, a strange transmission began bleeding through, ghost-like, on various computers around the world. It would suddenly appear for a few flickering moments while people watched movies or shopped on-line or looked at social media, then it would fade away. It purported to be ‘a message from the future’ and showed an aged man who claimed he was a ‘chrono-quantum technician’ whose work had been banned by the authorities ‘to prevent me from doing exactly what I am doing now, at long last — sending a warning to our ancestors.’ The message was brief, but it was usually badly garbled by visual and aural static; it took weeks to compile, through crowd-sourcing, the full text. For what it’s worth, the message — minus the brief intro — is presented below.” (12/12/16)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/message-from-the-future-your-acceptance-of-evil-has-condemned-us-all-12122016.html

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53) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 110
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“This week we talk to Dr. [David] Gordon about philosophy, history, and economics. It’s an episode packed with great information, and we also learned some personal things about the late Murray Rothbard that most people don’t know.” [various formats] (12/10/16)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-110dr-david-gordon/

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54) Economic ideas: Adam Smith on moral sentiments, division of labor and the invisible hand
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“In The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith applied Francis Hutcheson’s idea of ‘natural liberty’ in formulating a conception of the meaning of individual freedom and the role and functions of limited government in a free society. He argued that each individual should be at liberty to live his life his own way, guided by his own goals and purposes, and in peaceful association and competition with any and all others. In this system of natural liberty government’s role would be narrow and limited to national defense, domestic law enforcement, and a small handful of what today goes under the name of ‘public goods.'” (12/12/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/economic-ideas-adam-smith-moral-sentiments-division-labor-invisible-hand/

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55) Free Talk Live, 12/11/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Michael W Dean joins us to discuss why Bipcoin is morphing from a joke into a very important concept. :: Zcash :: Privacy Invasion by Amazon and Google? :: Choo Choo Sarah :: Stealing and Communism :: Private Security :: Youth Health, Stereotyping, and Racism :: The Myth of Automation Replacing Jobs.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/11/16)

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