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In the News:

1) Yahoo discloses new data breach affecting one billion accounts
2) Federal Reserve raises interest rates for second time in a decade
3) US regime to halt Saudi arms sales over Yemen war crimes
4) CO: Judge orders state’s electors to vote for Clinton
5) India: 12 arrested for not standing during national anthem
6) Russia: Facial recognition app sparks interest, controversy
7) Trump endorses Romney niece Ronna Romney McDaniel for RNC chair
8) Mexico: Senate approves medical cannabis bill
9) Michigan: Regime again asks judge not to order Flint bottled water deliveries
10) Dutch court rules Kiev regime can steal art belonging to Crimean museums
11) Stein spent nearly $1 million of recount funds on consultants, staff, admin expenses
12) Three Marines face courts-martial in hazing probe
13) CA: Uber gives middle finger to bureaucrats, launches self-driving car fleet in San Francisco
14) Ashley Madison owner agrees to spread around $1.6 million in bribes to make extortionists go away
15) Google releases eight National Security Letters sent by FBI between 2010 and 2015
16) UK: Amazon makes its first drone delivery to a real customer
17) US Marines ground all Ospreys in Japan after crash
18) US Energy Department rejects Trump transition request for climate staff names
19) FBI looks into Congress’s claims VA lied about hospital costs
20) YouTube blocks North Korean channel to appease US regime censors

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Ralph Raico, RIP — scholar and champion of freedom
22) Servergate/Hackergate: The case of the investigatory double standard
23) Fake news was best in the old days
24) Reclaiming society and community
25) In October 2017, will the CIA regret its fight with Trump?
26) Maine leads the nation in election reform
27) We need to talk about this debt thing
28) The case for resistance
29) Gracian’s aphorism #147: Do not be inaccessible
30) Not in Tillerson’s back yard!
31) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/14/16
32) Congress just quietly handed drug companies a dangerous victory
33) Culture choices
34) Supreme Court’s wasted chance on insider trading
35) The empire has no clothes: Trump’s class war cabinet, the f-word, and the coming resistance
36) The case for Exxon’s Rex Tillerson as Trump’s secretary of state
37) Should the 9/11 lawsuits proceed?
38) Not so voluntary: White House IP czar promotes shadow regulation of the Internet
39) Savagely killing conversation
40) Putin didn’t steal election
41) Is the emerging market currency plunge really about trade?
42) The Jason Stapleton Program, 12/14/16
43) Proposed payday lending rule will hurt lower-income consumers
44) The Tom Woods Show, episode 802
45) Picking Tillerson & Perry, Trump’s pretty much just trolling us now
46) Why they hate Rex Tillerson
47) The season of giving and the economic system that fosters great generosity
48) Regulation nation: Where independence is illegal without a permit
49) Venezuela prints bills, closes borders — Bitcoin to the rescue
50) “The Review Board” bust: 12 more men felony charges for posting to Seattle web forum
51) The human side of trade
52) The dangerous economic nationalism of Trump’s right-hand man
53) Camel in the tent #1: Driver’s licenses
54) The preposterous belief that “wage slavery” has anything to do with slavery
55) Should the US government employ journalists to propagandize you?
56) It’s ideas that count
57) You can’t keep the “good part” of the Affordable Care Act
58) The truth is not important when it doesn’t support the political narrative
59) The Libertarian Angle, 12/14/16
60) Free Talk Live, 12/13/16

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

1) Yahoo discloses new data breach affecting one billion accounts
Source: Reuters

“Yahoo Inc said on Wednesday that it has identified a new breach that occurred in August 2013 and involved data associated with more than one billion user accounts, double the number affected in a different breach disclosed in September. Yahoo said it believed the latest incident was likely distinct from the breach disclosed in September, when it said information associated with at least 500 million user accounts was stolen in 2014. The 2014 breach was believed to be the world’s biggest known cyber breach by far. The company, which is being acquired by Verizon Communication Inc for $4.83 billion, said an unauthorized third party had stolen the data in the latest breach and that it was working closely with law enforcement. The company said it has not been able to identify the intrusion associated with the theft.” (12/14/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-yahoo-cyber-idUSKBN1432WZ

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2) Federal Reserve raises interest rates for second time in a decade
Source: Washington Post

“The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday afternoon for the first time in a year, and it signaled that rates could continue to rise next year more quickly than officials had expected. The increase was unanimous and modest, raising the Fed’s key interest rate by a quarter point, from a range of 0.25 to 0.5 percent to a range of 0.5 to 0.75 percent. It reflects Fed officials’ confidence in the strengthening of the U.S. economy and what officials see as budding signs of higher inflation.” (12/14/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/12/14/federal-reserve-expected-to-announce-higher-interest-rates-today/

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3) US regime to halt Saudi arms sales over Yemen war crimes
Source: Defense News

“The US plans to halt some arms sales to Saudi Arabia because of the high civilian death toll in the kingdom’s Yemen bombing campaign. Quoting a US official, Reuters first reported that ‘systemic, endemic’ problems in Saudi Arabia’s targeting drove the US decision, which officials acknowledged Tuesday, to halt a future weapons sale involving precision-guided munitions made by Raytheon. The contract — to convert dumb bombs into precision-guided munitions that can more accurately hit their targets — is valued at $350 million, according to a report in The New York Times.” (12/14/16)

http://www.defensenews.com/articles/us-to-halt-arms-sales-to-saudi-arabia-over-yemen-casualties

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4) CO: Judge orders state’s electors to vote for Clinton
Source: Associated Press

“Colorado’s nine electors must vote for Hillary Clinton because she won the state’s popular vote, a judge ruled Tuesday, effectively stopping the state’s electors from joining a longshot effort to unite with Republicans behind a compromise presidential candidate other than Donald Trump. Denver Judge Elizabeth Starrs also ruled that any electors who fail to do so can immediately be replaced when the Electoral College convenes Dec. 19. She responded to a request from Colorado’s secretary of state, who was seeking a way to prevent electors from diverging from the winner of the state’s popular vote.” (12/13/16)

http://elections.ap.org/content/judge-orders-colorado-electors-vote-hillary-clinton

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5) India: 12 arrested for not standing during national anthem
Source: Epoch Times

“Twelve people have been arrested in southern India for not standing while the national anthem was being played at an international film festival, police said Tuesday. The arrests Monday follow a ruling by India’s Supreme Court last month that said the anthem must be played before every film screening in the country, accompanied by an image of the national flag, and that audiences must stand. The court said the rule was aimed at instilling a sense of patriotism.” (12/13/16)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2197899-india-arrests-12-for-not-standing-during-national-anthem/

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6) Russia: Facial recognition app sparks interest, controversy
Source: Fox News

“A facial recognition app out of Russia is raising eyebrows, both because of its abilities and the privacy concerns it sparks. The app, FindFace, involves users submitting photos — for example, of someone they saw on the street and might like to be able to contact. Then, the app searches a Russian social network called Vkontakte to look for a match with a reported accuracy of about 70 percent among the millions of accounts. It’s even performed better than Google at a competition called MegaFace. While some have praised the app for its ability to make successful matches — law enforcement and casinos are said to be interested in the tech — others have privacy concerns.” (12/14/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/12/14/russian-facial-recognition-app-sparks-interest-controversy.html

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7) Trump endorses Romney niece Ronna Romney McDaniel for RNC chair
Source: Raw Story

“U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed a niece of former critic Mitt Romney to be the next chair of the Republican National Committee as he moved to put his stamp on the party leadership. The RNC named Michigan Republican Party chair Ronna Romney McDaniel as its deputy chair, and Trump said he looked forward to her taking over the party leadership. Trump’s incoming White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, will leave the RNC chairmanship when Trump takes office on Jan. 20. ‘I’m excited to have a highly effective leader in Ronna McDaniel as RNC deputy chair and I look forward to her serving as the party’s chairman in 2017,’ Trump said in a statement.” (12/14/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/12/trump-endorses-romney-niece-ronna-romney-mcdaniel-for-rnc-chair

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8) Mexico: Senate approves medical cannabis bill
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Mexico is one step closer to softening their once-rigid stance against cannabis by passing a medical marijuana bill. The country’s Senate on Tuesday passed a bill approving the use of medical marijuana with overwhelming support, reports the Associated Press. The measure gives the Health Department the responsibility to ‘design public policies to regulate the medicinal use of this plant and its derivatives,’ according to a statement from lawmakers. It was passed with 98-7 vote.” (12/14/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/12/14/mexico-lawmakers-approve-medical-marijuana-bill

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9) Michigan: Regime again asks judge not to order Flint bottled water deliveries
Source: USA Today

“The state of Michigan late on Tuesday asked a federal judge to dissolve an order requiring delivery of bottled water to certain Flint households, saying lead levels in the water are now lower than federal limits set out in the Safe Drinking Water Act. U.S. District Judge David Lawson has twice ordered state officials to start delivering bottled water to Flint households, unless the state can show the household has a properly installed and maintained water filter, or the resident refuses to accept water deliveries. The state has protested, saying the water deliveries are not needed, would cost the state millions of dollars and would hurt Flint’s recovery efforts, which are partly based on having Flint residents run their taps more frequently to help cleanse the water distribution system.” (12/14/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/12/14/michigan-again-asks-judge-not-order-flint-bottled-water-deliveries/95437098

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10) Dutch court rules Kiev regime can steal art belonging to Crimean museums
Source: MSN News

“A Dutch court ruled Wednesday that priceless Crimean art treasures loaned to an Amsterdam museum shortly before [Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine] in 2014 should go back [sic] to Ukraine. Four Crimean museums launched a joint legal bid in November 2014 to force the Allard Pierson Museum to return the historic collection of archaeological artefacts, displayed in an exhibition titled: ‘The Crimea: Gold and Secrets from the Black Sea.’ … ‘The claim by Crimean museums that the artefacts are Crimean heritage, or belong to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea was not accepted by the judges, because neither are sovereign states,’ the Amsterdam regional court added.” (12/14/16)

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/crimea-treasures-must-be-returned-to-ukraine-dutch-court/ar-AAlxZPm

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11) Stein spent nearly $1 million of recount funds on consultants, staff, admin expenses
Source: Fox News

“Green Party nominee Jill Stein spent nearly $1 million of the funds she raised for recount efforts in three battleground states on consultants, staff, and administrative costs. Stein, who pushed for recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, raised $7.3 million for the efforts and said that ‘every dollar’ went towards costs associated with the recount efforts. … The staff payroll tallied $212,500 while consultants pocketed $364,000. Administrative expenses, such as travel costs, ran $353,618. In all, $930,118 was used to pay consultants, staff, and administrative costs.” (12/14/16)

http://nation.foxnews.com/2016/12/14/stein-spent-nearly-1-million-recount-funds-consultants-staff-admin-expenses

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12) Three Marines face courts-martial in hazing probe
Source: USA Today

“A Marine Corps general has referred charges for courts-martial against three drill instructors at the training depot at Parris Island, S.C., though none were involved in the investigation into the death of a Michigan recruit at the base in March. After the death of Raheel Siddiqui, 20, the Marines concluded three investigations, including one into his March 7 death, in which investigators said he leapt from a third-story stairwell after being slapped by a drill instructor.” (12/14/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/12/14/marines-courts-martial-hazing-probe/95414932/

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13) CA: Uber gives middle finger to bureaucrats, launches self-driving car fleet in San Francisco
Source: Yahoo! News

“Uber has rolled out its self-driving car fleet in its hometown of San Francisco, despite lacking the proper permit that state regulators say is required. Starting Wednesday, riders who request an UberX, one of the company’s budget ride options, may be matched with a self-driving Uber. It is unclear how many of these cars Uber has in San Francisco. Launching the program kicked off a battle with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which said on Tuesday that Uber does not have a permit to test autonomous vehicles on California roads, and demanded the company follow the permitting process that is in place. ‘Twenty manufacturers have already obtained permits to test hundreds of cars on California roads. Uber shall do the same,’ the agency said in a written statement.” [editor’s note: The world would be a much better place if everyone ignored bureaucrats (and shot the ones who can’t take a hint – TLK] (12/14/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/uber-launches-self-driving-car-fleet-san-francisco-165800284–sector.html

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14) Ashley Madison owner agrees to spread around $1.6 million in bribes to make extortionists go away
Source: Durango Herald

“The owner of dating site Ashley Madison has agreed to pay $1.6 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission investigation and state charges related to the massive 2015 data breach, the FTC announced Wednesday. … The proposed settlement calls for an $8.75 million judgment against Ruby, but the company won’t actually be on the hook for that full amount. Instead, the bulk of that figure will be ‘partially suspended’ after it pays $828,500 to the commission, according to the FTC’s news release. Ruby will also have to pay $828,500 to a coalition of 13 states and the District of Columbia which worked with the FTC on the settlement.” [editor’s note: See who isn’t getting any money? Yep, the presumptive victims of any of Ashley Madison’s negligence or practice. Every dime of the money is going to grease the palms of bureaucrats and make this go away – TLK] (12/14/16)

https://durangoherald.com/articles/121705-ashley-madison-owner-agrees-to-pay-1-6-million-to-settle-u-s-investigations

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15) Google releases eight National Security Letters sent by FBI between 2010 and 2015
Source: Tech Times

“As part of Google’s commitment to transparency in relation to the government’s requests to obtain user data, the company on Tuesday published eight National Security Letters (NSL) penned by the FBI, and received by Google either through litigation or legislation. The letters Google has published were sent from different FBI offices across the country, including North Carolina, Florida, Arizona, New York, and California. The letters seek broad accessibility to content tied to around 20 user accounts. Google has redacted the usernames as a privacy measure, and a spokesperson for the company has said that the targeted individuals have been notified.” (12/14/16)

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/188740/20161214/google-releases-8-national-security-letters-sent-by-the-fbi-between-2010-and-2015.htm

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16) UK: Amazon makes its first drone delivery to a real customer
Source: Albuquerque Journal

“Amazon.com has long talked about its ambitions for using drones to deliver small parcels to its legions of customers. Now, it appears the e-commerce giant is one step closer to that goal. On Wednesday, the company said that it has made its first autonomous drone delivery — an order for an Amazon Fire TV streaming device and a bag of popcorn — to a shopper in the United Kingdom. Jeffrey P. Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, tweeted Wednesday morning that the box was at the customer’s home 13 minutes after the order was placed.” (12/14/16)

https://www.abqjournal.com/908702/amazon-makes-its-first-drone-delivery-to-a-real-customer.html

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17) US Marines ground all Ospreys in Japan after crash
Source: Fox News

“The U.S. Marine Corps announced Wednesday it would temporarily ground all Japan-based MV-22 Osprey aircraft after a crash Tuesday six miles off the coast of Okinawa. The Osprey, which can take off like a helicopter and fly like a plane, was conducting a nighttime mid-air refueling operation over the Pacific when the rotor blades struck the refueling line, damaging the aircraft, Lt Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, the Commanding General of III Marine Expeditionary Force, said at a news conference.” (12/14/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/12/14/us-marines-ground-all-ospreys-in-japan-after-crash.html

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18) US Energy Department rejects Trump transition request for climate staff names
Source: CBS News

“The Energy Department will not release the names of employees that have worked on climate change policy, an agency spokesperson said Tuesday, pushing back on requests from President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team. ‘We will be forthcoming with all publicly-available information with the transition team,’ spokesperson Eben Burnham-Snyder said in a statement. But, ‘[w]e will not be providing any individual names to the transition team.’ The agency said it ‘received significant feedback’ from its employees, after the Trump transition team released a 74-question survey asking officials to identify those who were involved in international climate talks and who worked to advance the current administration’s climate policies.” [editor’s note: “Pushback?” This isn’t rocket science — if you don’t want your name and activities to be public information, get your mouth off the taxpayer teat and go get an honest job – TLK] (12/14/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/energy-dept-rejects-trump-transition-request-for-climate-staff-names/

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19) FBI looks into Congress’s claims VA lied about hospital costs
Source: US News & World Report

“The Justice Department is considering whether to investigate allegations that Veterans Affairs Department executives lied to Congress to conceal massive cost overruns at a $1.7 billion VA hospital under construction outside Denver. The FBI’s Washington field office is reviewing the allegations, the Justice Department said in a letter to Congress. The letter was dated Dec. 9 and made public Tuesday. The FBI is part of the Justice Department. Lawmakers accuse VA executives of lying when they testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee in 2013 and 2014 about the cost of the hospital in suburban Aurora. The current projected price tag is nearly triple the 2014 estimate.” (12/13/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2016-12-13/justice-department-considers-probe-of-va-perjury-allegations

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20) YouTube blocks North Korean channel to appease US regime censors
Source: Washington Post

YouTube has blocked North Korea’s state television channel, which broadcasts news on everything from nuclear tests to Kim Jong Un’s outings, to avoid breaching U.S. sanctions against the regime. The action was apparently taken not because of the content in the channel but because the North Korean government could earn money from it through advertising. … Under sanctions imposed in March, the Treasury Department designated North Korea’s Propaganda and Agitation Department as engaging in censorship on behalf of authorities. The measures ban any U.S. company or person from doing business with the department.” [editor’s note: Yes, you read that right — the US is using North Korea’s censorship as justification for its own – TLK] (12/14/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/youtube-blocks-north-korean-channel-to-avoid-breaching-sanctions/2016/12/14/12938986-dfcf-4ab3-8209-b8436396f810_story.html

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

21) Ralph Raico, RIP — scholar and champion of freedom
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“Ralph Raico, the great libertarian scholar, passed away recently at the age of 80. Thanks to the Foundation for Economic Education, he met the legendary Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises while he was still in high school in New York. He attended Mises'[s] seminars and later studied under Nobel Laureate Friedrich Hayek at the University of Chicago. While at Chicago, Ralph founded the New Individualist Review, a path-breaking journal of classical liberal ideas that thrived until 1968. He was the author of a parcel of excellent books, including Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal. He was a passionate teacher who inspired generations of students with a love of freedom. I probably first met Ralph at a reception in the 1980s at the Cato Institute, where he was a senior editor. Ralph later became affiliated with the Mises Institute, where he was a senior fellow for many years.” (12/14/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/12/14/ralph-raico-r-i-p-scholar-champion-of-freedom/

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22) Servergate/Hackergate: The case of the investigatory double standard
Source: William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp

“On December 9, US president Barack Obama ordered a ‘review’ of — an investigation into — alleged Russian hacking aimed at influencing the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election. Supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lauded Obama’s order, which seems aimed at, well, influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. On December 19, the electors chosen by voters on November 8 will meet in their respective state capitals to choose the next president of the United States. Under the existing system, those electors are required to vote for the candidate who carried their state’s popular vote. Many Clinton supporters want the electors to instead install Clinton (or a ‘compromise candidate’) in a coup d’etat. They’ve added Obama’s ‘review’ order to their arguments in favor of overthrowing the US government. When is it proper to investigate alleged wrongdoing by, or on behalf of, powerful politicians? Apparently it depends.” (12/14/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8748

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23) Fake news was best in the old days
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“There has always been fake news. Nineteenth century newspapers were peppered with delicious tales of sea monsters, mysterious airships, and ape men presented as news. Today, press releases from government agencies are routinely presented without disclaimers. Both are likely to be outlandish fiction. If a story confirms what you want to believe, be suspicious. If it sounds too juicy to be true, it’s probably not true. Keep this in mind when following any news story.” (12/14/16)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2016/12/14/voices/fake-news-was-best-in-the-old-days/523.html

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24) Reclaiming society and community
Source: Heartland Institute
by David S D’Amato

“Much of the confusion in current political discourse is attributable to a profound error inherited from Progressive Era thought. For early progressives — and no less Italian Fascists and German nationalists — the state was the true embodiment of the social will, the thinking, acting entity of which individual people are only one part. Many Americans still tacitly accept the idea, if only a watered-down interpretation of it, the state is coextensive with the people.” (12/14/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/12/reclaiming-society-and-community/

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25) In October 2017, will the CIA regret its fight with Trump?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The fight between President-Elect Trump and the CIA over Russia’s alleged interference with the U.S. presidential election could have a major impact on what is set to happen in October 2017. That is the month when thousands of the CIA’s super-secret records relating to the assassination of President Kennedy are set to be finally released to the public, after more than a half-century of secrecy. … Both the military and the CIA steadfastly wanted secrecy, on grounds of ‘national security’ of course. But what they have never been able to explain is why a lone-nut assassination would have ‘national-security’ implications. Hardly anyone questioned the secrecy or challenged the motives behind the secrecy. Most people, especially those within the mainstream press, simply deferred to the national security establishment and its wish for decades of secrecy in the Kennedy assassination. Then came Oliver Stone’s movie JFK in 1991, which posited that Kennedy had been assassinated by his enemies within the U.S. national-security establishment.” (12/14/16)

http://www.fff.org/2016/12/14/october-2017-will-cia-regret-fight-trump/

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26) Maine leads the nation in election reform
Source: In These Times
by Theo Anderson

“State-level initiatives will be an important path to progressive reform in the coming years, particularly in the area of campaign finance, and Maine is at the forefront of democratizing elections at the local level. In November, the state passed a ranked-choice voting initiative, which prevents third-party candidates from splitting the votes of one party and handing the election to an unpopular candidate. That problem has allowed Paul LePage, the hard-right Republican ideologue who is Maine’s current governor, to remain in power. LePage won his bid in 2014 with 48 percent of the vote, and he won in 2010 with some 38 percent, largely because Democrats split their vote between his two opponents. Under the new system, voters will rank their preferences rather than choosing just one candidate.” (12/13/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19717/maine-leads-the-nation-in-campaign-finance-reform

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27) We need to talk about this debt thing
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“So the United States officially has a national debt of twenty trillion dollars. Forbes recently did the math and, based on the estimate that Taylor Swift earned $80 million last year, Taylor Swift would have to do one concert every single day for three years just to pay one day of interest on the national debt. That’s right — such a figure wouldn’t even cut into the principal. It would simply pay one day of interest. After three years of daily performances, one of the most successful singers in the world would be able to pay one day of the interest on the national debt. This is not a problem that people take very seriously, because it’s so out there, it’s so … intangible. We have no idea how the national debt is a force crushing our necks.” (12/14/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/12/14/we-need-to-talk-about-this-debt-thing/

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28) The case for resistance
Source: The American Prospect
by Randall Kennedy

“Donald J. Trump will be the next president of the United States. That is sobering because he is glaringly unsuited for any significant public office, much less the most important in our country and indeed the world. Nothing about his pre-candidacy record recommends him. To the contrary, it is so lacking in relevant achievement, so marred by embarrassment, that many onlookers thought that his run for the presidency was nothing more than a publicity stunt. Then his campaign itself was so repulsive, so saturated with bigotries of various sorts, so ostentatiously crass, so glaringly demagogic, that it prompted many leading figures in his own party to repudiate him.” (12/14/16)

http://prospect.org/article/case-resistance

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29) Gracian’s aphorism #147: Do not be inaccessible
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Except for my husband and closest friends, I am prone to the ‘lone wolf’ lifestyle which, in turn, makes me prone to keeping my own concerns private and counseling myself. This tendency has been encouraged by a rather vicious streak within libertarianism by which alienated friends become malicious enemies, confidences are broken and become gossip, slander is used to discredit those with opposing views on issues. This seems to be prominent within all political movements, especially marginalized ones where, as the saying goes, ‘the fighting is so bitter because the stakes are so small.'” (12/14/16)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7566

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30) Not in Tillerson’s back yard!
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson

“You’re probably aware that Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson — just as you’d expect from a former ExxonMobil CEO — is a big fan of fracking and pipelines. He’s a big fan of them with one exception. He’s joining a lawsuit to prevent a fracking operation next to his wife’s $5 million Texas mansion. The people of Bismarck, ND are likewise big fans of the Dakota Access Pipeline — so much so that it’s dangerous for folks from the Sioux Nation to go into some bars there because of the anti-water protector sentiment. The good, mostly white, people of Bismarck love DAPL — they just don’t love it running through their town, and potentially spilling oil there. That’s why they got it rerouted so it can leak where other people — namely, that same Sioux nation — live instead.” (12/14/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/47234

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31) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/14/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“MWD, James, Jim, and Bradon yak about how to start your own TV show on real TV, how to keep your computer dry and what to do if it gets wet, and what is and is not a libertarian.” [various formats] (12/14/16)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13370

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32) Congress just quietly handed drug companies a dangerous victory
Source: The New Republic
by Adam Gaffney

“Christmas came early for the pharmaceutical industry this year. Last week, the Senate followed the House in passing the 21st Century Cures Act. Though this bill has been lauded by liberals for providing much-needed funds for medical research, its real impact will be elsewhere. Whereas drug approval traditionally required the demonstration of real clinical benefit in a randomized clinical trial, under the Act drug firms will increasingly be able to rely on flimsier forms of evidence for approval of their therapies (incremental steps in this direction, it is worth noting, have already occurred). The Act, by reconfiguring the drug regulatory process, lowers the standards for drug approval — a blessing for drug makers, but an ill omen for public health.” [editor’s note: By signing this, Obama will seal his “legacy” as a pawn of Pharma, Insurance and the statist quo – SAT] (12/14/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/139328/congress-just-quietly-handed-drug-companies-dangerous-victory

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33) Culture choices
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jim Davidson

“Again and again in my encounters on social media, going back in the 1990s on such now antiquated sites as Yahoo Groups and MySpace, I have noticed a number of persistent themes. One that I find especially abhorrent is the law and order enthusiast who is always against anyone who has been killed, or beaten, by police, is always gushing enthusiasm for forceful discipline even to the point of killing. Some years back, a friend of mine who is a hockey enthusiast pointed out that there were long periods when the Anaheim Ducks were not doing well in the standings. During those times, when they would play the Detroit Red Wings, the stands in the arena would be filled with red shirts and enthusiastic fans of the Red Wings — a team that has frequently done well in the National Hockey League. These people are exhibiting a behaviour that is useful to understand: they want to be on the side that is winning.” (12/11/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle902-20161211-05.html

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34) Supreme Court’s wasted chance on insider trading
Source: Cato Institute
by Thaya Brook Knight

“Last week the Supreme Court issued its first insider-trading opinion in 20 years and in the process entirely wasted an opportunity. While we may know a little more about whether a certain act constitutes insider trading, we have no more insight into why insider trading is illegal in the first place. The Supreme Court has told us that it’s its job to ‘say what the law is.’ Apparently the judiciary believes this role extends to making law as well, given that judges, not Congress, made insider trading explicitly illegal under the federal securities laws. If the judiciary is going to tread on the legislature’s toes in this way (and if the legislature is going to let them), they should at least do the job well.” (12/13/16)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/supreme-courts-wasted-chance-insider-trading

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35) The empire has no clothes: Trump’s class war cabinet, the f-word, and the coming resistance
Source: CounterPunch
by Paul Street

“Anyone who thought Donald Trump was going to live up to his populist-sounding rhetoric and stand up for the ‘forgotten working people of America’ against the evil-doers on Wall Street has been served notice that his campaign oratory was a deceptive public relations act meant to get a selfish billionaire and a team of parasitic super-capitalists installed in the White House.” (12/14/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/14/the-empire-has-no-clothes-trumps-class-war-cabinet-the-f-word-and-the-coming-resistance/

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36) The case for Exxon’s Rex Tillerson as Trump’s secretary of state
Source: Reuters
by Amir Handjani

“Donald Trump has nominated Exxon Mobil chairman and chief executive officer Rex Tillerson to serve as his secretary of state. Having surrounded himself mostly with retired generals for national security positions, the president-elect has chosen someone with no previous government experience to be the nation’s chief diplomat. But it would be a mistake for foreign policy experts and political pundits to dismiss him for that reason. Tillerson would not be the first secretary of state to come from the corporate world. George Shultz stepped down as president of construction and engineering giant Bechtel to lead President Ronald Reagan’s State Department, although Shultz had previously served in the Nixon administration. Tillerson has been at the helm of the world’s largest and most profitable publicly traded oil company for more than a decade.” (12/14/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-tillerson-trump-commentary-idUSKBN14327V

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37) Should the 9/11 lawsuits proceed?
Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

“Up until September, the Federal States Immunity Act (FSIA) appeared to preclude civil action in U.S. courts against a foreign government for acts of international terrorism unless strict requirements were met — the toughest being that the government in question had to be on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, which Saudi Arabia is not. There were also hurdles to pass under the Anti-Terrorism Act. Nonetheless, some 9,000 civil lawsuits were filed on behalf of 9/11 victims. Those lawsuits have been locked in a back-and-forth battle between the victims and the Saudi defendants over whether the U.S. has jurisdiction, bouncing from the U.S. District Court of New York to the Second Circuit District of Appeals for over a decade. Sometimes the 9/11 victims have had the headwinds, other times the defendants, but there seemed to be no final word on whether these cases could go forward. Until now.” (12/14/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/should-the-911-lawsuits-proceed/

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38) Not so voluntary: White House IP czar promotes shadow regulation of the Internet
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Mitch Stoltz

“Should IP rights be enforced via shadow regulations that aren’t vetted or endorsed by users? According to a just-released report, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) thinks they should. We disagree. We’ve written here about the danger posed by Internet regulation done through private agreements. These agreements, sometimes called codes, standards, or ‘best practices,’ have a tendency to become shadow regulations, which can limit individual freedom. They’re also a way for governments to control the behavior of Internet users, or to favor some users over others by quietly coercing Internet companies to disguise government policy as ‘voluntary’ private agreements.” (12/14/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/12/not-so-voluntary-white-house-ip-czar-promotes-shadow-regulation-internet

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39) Savagely killing conversation
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘You think the police deserve to be killed?’ That’s what talk show host Michael Savage asked his caller yesterday. What brought that on? A self-described liberal woman named Teri had called The Savage Nation. Though not a Trump supporter, she ‘did not have the antipathy for him that most liberals did.'” (12/14/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/12/14/savagely-killing-conversation/

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40) Putin didn’t steal election
Source: USA Today
by US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)

“The allegation that the Russians intervened in last month’s election remains just that: an allegation. Even the FBI and the CIA are conflicted over what happened. The absence of certainty has not stopped Hillary Clinton’s supporters from promoting the pathetic charge that the Russians rigged the election. One can appreciate our foreign policy establishment’s anxiety about the incoming administration’s apparent tilt toward Russia. The country is run by a strongman, Vladimir Putin, who has said and done much we don’t like. But suggesting he stole our election is a self-serving fallacy.” (12/13/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/12/13/donald-trump-vladimir-putin-russia-dana-rohrabacher-editorials-debates/95390718

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41) Is the emerging market currency plunge really about trade?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Benn Steil

“Emerging market (EM) assets have taken a beating since Donald Trump’s surprise election victory on November 8. EM bond prices are down 4.4 percent, equities 4.6 percent, and currencies 4.1 percent. But is this really, as the Financial Times proclaimed, about ‘fears of trade protectionism?’ No.” (12/14/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/12/benn-steil-is-the-emerging-market-currency-plunge-really-about-trade/

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42) The Jason Stapleton Program, 12/14/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“You cannot have liberty without the law … and the law must be enforced.” [various formats] (12/14/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/you-cannot-have-liberty-without-the-law/

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43) Proposed payday lending rule will hurt lower-income consumers
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Kathryn A Reed

“The proposed rule includes penalty-fee prevention provisions; 30-day waiting periods between loans; loan renewal limits; and the collection and reporting of information on ability-to-repay to a centralized database. Critics say it would decrease access to credit and the supply of loanable funds for low-income individuals and those with bad credit histories. They also claim it will encourage consolidation of the payday industry, further increasing the cost of borrowing. The rule would reduce the volume of payday loans by 84 percent, according to the Community Financial Services Association. Indeed, the CFPB says that reducing the volume of loans and number of lenders — that is, market consolidation — is one of the goals of the regulation.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (12/13/16)

http://www.ncpa.org/pub/proposed-payday-lending-rule-will-hurt-lower-income-consumers

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44) The Tom Woods Show, episode 802
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The hosts of the Anarchitecture podcast join me to discuss the differences between libertarian and conventional statist solutions to everything from roads to city planning and garbage collection.” [various formats] (12/13/16)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-802-way-beyond-the-roads-libertarian-solutions-for-other-parts-of-the-built-environment/

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45) Picking Tillerson & Perry, Trump’s pretty much just trolling us now
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“When it comes to Cabinet-level appointments, Donald Trump hasn’t lost his ability to astonish and dismay. At this point his staffing process has pretty much turned into an extended exercise in trolling, a test to see how much humiliation the American people will endure. Rick Perry for the Department of Energy? Perry will be running an organization he doesn’t even think should exist. By that logic, I should be the CEO of Citigroup. Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, for Secretary of State? Negotiating a peace treaty requires a different skill set than getting a permit to drill in the Black Sea. … The wrong choice? It’s hard to view these nominations as anything but the deliberate mockery of their departments, and of government itself.” [editor’s note: I agree, and I think it’s the good sign so far; they may may not be his final choices – SAT] (12/14/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20161214/by-picking-tillerson-and-perry-trumps-pretty-much-just-trolling-us-now

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46) Why they hate Rex Tillerson
Source: Antiwar.com
by Rex Tillerson

“While the Democrats morph into a neoconservative party of paranoiacs whose main issue is hating on Russia, and the John McCain-Lindsey Graham duo arises to make its last stand in a Trumpified GOP, Rex Tillerson is the perfect target of their ire. Seeking to delegitimize the President-elect as a Russian-controlled Manchurian candidate, the CIA-Clinton-Saudi axis of ‘resistance’ is on the warpath, and Tillerson’s alleged ties to Vladimir Putin are taking center stage in what is bound to turn into a knock-down drag-out fight on the Senate floor. What’s noteworthy about this gathering storm is that Trump seems to welcome it: despite the rising tide of cold war hysteria, the Trump team is determined to have this fight right out of the starting gate.” (12/14/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/12/13/hate-rex-tillerson/

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47) The season of giving and the economic system that fosters great generosity
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“Christmas will soon be here, and preparations for this holiday are proceeding apace. People are buying gifts for family members and friends and making preparations for great feasts at which family, friends, and other loved ones will gather to share the joy and love of the occasion. Notice how much effort and expense are going into giving to and bringing joy to others. Notice, too, how much of the spending people do during this season would be impossible except for the affluence made possible by the remaining elements of the market society that the government, to date, has failed to destroy completely.” (12/13/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/12/13/the-season-of-giving-and-the-economic-system-that-fosters-great-generosity/

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48) Regulation nation: Where independence is illegal without a permit
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Daisy Luther

“Independence must be squelched. We must get permission to feed ourselves or others, make a living without a typical job, and help our neighbors. We have to pay money to get a license to hunt or fish. We have to pay yearly extortion fees to drive our own cars. We can’t sell eggs from our chickens without permission in some states, and to do so legally, must attend a course and pay a fee to get an ‘egg handlers license.’ To barter, we have to conduct our business like a bunch of drug dealers. … Here’s why. If we don’t need their handouts, their jobs, their food, and their social assistance, it’s a whole lot harder for them to force us to do things against our will. When you don’t need anything the government has to offer, you have the type of freedom upon which our nation was founded.” (12/14/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/12/daisy-luther/independence-illegal-without-permit/

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49) Venezuela prints bills, closes borders — Bitcoin to the rescue
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jeremie Guelat

“As all countries suffering from hyperinflation have done in the past (with absolutely no success — think Weimar Republic, Zimbabwe, Argentina, etc.), the Venezuelan government just announced the removal of the largest currency denomination (100 VEF, only worth 2 U.S. cents). They’ll also print larger ones (up to 20,000 VEF, due on Thursday). With hyperinflation expected to reach a staggering 1600% next year according to the IMF, one can easily foresee a situation where the government will repeat this process until the currency is dead and citizens’ wealth gone with it. … President Maduro also decided to close the borders with Colombia on Monday, preventing any additional capital flight out of the country. But this move will also prevent the population to access foods and other supplies that were being imported from Colombia, as basic supplies shortages are now too common in Venezuela.” (12/14/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/venezuela-hyperinflation-bitcoin-rescue/

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50) “The Review Board” bust: 12 more men felony charges for posting to Seattle web forum
Source: Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“At least twelve more men face felony charges in Washington for posting comments to the now-defunct web forum known as The Review Board (TRB). The dozen defendants, most of whom who will be arraigned in King County District Court on December 14, face one count each of promoting prostitution in the second degree — a charge historically used to target people who profit off of the prostitution of others but more recently favored by King County prosecutors to go after people who write positively online about area prostitution. Prior to this new wave of charges, the King County Sheriff’s Office has already prosecuted more than a dozen men in 2016 for what amounts to little more than online speech related to prostitution. Many of those men accepted plea deals after the county threatened to add additional charges and a sexual-motivation enhancement (i.e., more prison time and sex-offender status if convicted) for anyone who attempted to fight back but give those who plead guilty lenient sentencing.” (12/13/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/12/13/12-more-charges-in-trb-prostitution-case

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51) The human side of trade
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Russ Roberts

“The depressingly inaccurate standard story of trade these days is that we got cheap toys and gadgets from China and in return, we destroyed millions of American jobs, particularly in manufacturing. If this increasingly common view of trade were the whole story, I too, would start to question the virtues of free trade. But this standard story misunderstand the value of trade. Yes, it leads to lower prices for consumers. Yes, it destroys jobs in sectors that compete with foreign producers. But it also creates jobs and contrary to a different standard story, not just jobs in export sectors.” (12/14/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/12/the-human-side-of-trade.html

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52) The dangerous economic nationalism of Trump’s right-hand man
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Karl Smith

“The President-elect’s chief-strategist, Steve Bannon, has a vision for remaking America in the wake of the Trump campaign’s upset victory. In Bannon’s view, laid out in remarks for a 2014 Vatican conference, modern capitalism has failed our nation, and the West generally. Specifically, capitalism has failed to fulfill the government’s responsibility to create a civil society — an economic and social order in which all citizens can expect to contribute and flourish. It is no surprise, then, that the working classes in Europe and the United States feel increasingly displaced and harbor a growing mistrust of elites.I have a great deal of sympathy for Bannon’s core observation. There is little doubt that over the last thirty years, globalization has exposed less-educated workers in the Western world to rapid social change, while denying them most of the economic gains. However, I break sharply with Bannon over his response to the problem.” (12/14/16)

https://fee.org/articles/the-dangerous-economic-nationalism-of-trumps-right-hand-man/

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53) Camel in the tent #1: Driver’s licenses
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“If not safety, why were licenses required? There seem to be three major reasons: The first was to regulate what could be driven when and where: the license became a method of enforcing laws that did not allow driving at night, required cars to yield to horses, and of course, speed limits. Obviously, there was often SOME safety excuse for these laws, but in reality, there were strong political reasons, especially on the part of railroads and other competition. I suspect that livery stables and horse breeders may have had a wee bit of political influence, as well, especially in the first decades of the 20th Century. Closely related to that was its use as an identification card. … But a major reason was that drivers licenses are a revenue generator — not just for the DL costs but from enforcement fines, based on the very low level of driver testing required for decades — and really, even today.” (12/14/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10259

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54) The preposterous belief that “wage slavery” has anything to do with slavery
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Rudd-O

“The standard argument for the idea of wage slavery goes something like this: 1. Slavery is compelled labor. 2. The employee working a shitty job is compelled to work that shitty job. 3. Thus, the employee working a shitty job is a wage slave. This ‘wage slavery’ argument is very convincing. It is potent because all human beings already accept premise #2: every one of us is, indeed, compelled to work (in one sense of the word) until one has enough wealth. The ‘thing’ that compels people to work, is reality.” (12/13/16)

http://everything-voluntary.com/preposterous-belief-wage-slavery-anything-slavery

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55) Should the US government employ journalists to propagandize you?
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka & Perry Willis

What if politicians could deem your favorite website ‘propaganda’ and shut it down? What if politicians could ‘create truth’ by using your taxes to buy journalists, non-profit groups, and public figures? Well … * Obama used an executive order to create a Ministry of Truth to fight ISIS. * Congress has just passed legislation to validate Obama’s action and expand the concept to target the Russian Federation … Congress took this action by cramming the authorizing legislation into a completely unrelated bill, the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).” (12/14/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/should-government-employ-journalists-propagandize

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56) It’s ideas that count
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Bruce Ramsey

“Bourgeois Equality is the third book in Prof. Deirdre McCloskey’s trilogy, following Bourgeois Virtues (2006) and Bourgeois Dignity (2010), on the rise of the modern economy. In Dignity, she knocked down rival theories of what made the modern world. Now she argues for her theory — that the modern world was started by ideas, rhetoric, talk. It’s a better theory than it sounds. In Bourgeois Equality she defends it ably and with flair.” (12/12/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1637

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57) You can’t keep the “good part” of the Affordable Care Act
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Eric Schuler

“President-elect Donald Trump has been in the news lately, suggesting his plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act would keep the parts that people like. By this, he’s referring primarily to the provision that prevents health insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. Of course, the trouble here is that all of the destructive parts of the Affordable Care Act were the (utterly unsuccessful) attempt to make coverage of pre-existing conditions sustainable. New evidence of this failure comes in all the time. Perhaps even more important than the Affordable Care Act’s failure, however, are the reasons that the US health insurance system was broken even before President Obama courageously stepped in to make it worse.” (12/14/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/cant-keep-good-part-affordable-care-act/

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58) The truth is not important when it doesn’t support the political narrative
Source: Questions and Observations
by Bruce McQuain

“If you’ve been keeping up with the alleged Russian hacking scandal, you’ve got to be unimpressed by the ‘evidence.’ Let’s see, some anonymous CIA source with no proof offered says it was Russia. Motive? Well, let’s see, the Democrats just lost an election because … hacking. Really? That’s why? Keep believing that. Meanwhile, let’s look at what is out there in terms of real evidence. Not much …” (12/13/16)

http://www.qando.net/2016/12/13/the-truth-is-not-important-when-it-doesnt-support-the-political-narrative/

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59) The Libertarian Angle, 12/14/16
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling talk about the choices that president-elect Donald Trump has been making for his cabinet.” [various formats] (12/14/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-trumps-cabinet-picks-part-2/

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60) Free Talk Live, 12/13/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“UBER Grandma Goes to Court :: Safety Net :: Problem With Insurance :: Monopsony :: Are people good by nature? :: Property Tax Rent :: Ian Threatened in Court :: Hacksaw Ridge :: Star Wars and VHS :: Knowledge of Birth Parents :: Choo Choo Sarah.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/13/16)

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