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In the News:

1) UN rights chief urges probe of Duterte for murder
2) Obama blocks drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans
3) Obama plans up to 18 more Guantanamo prisoner transfers before leaving office
4) Senegal: Former Guinean military leader sought in massacre arrested
5) Court releases search warrant in Clinton email probe
6) A “Wikileaks” for secret church documents launches for concerned Mormons
7) Hope Not Hate crowd-funds plan to sue Nigel Farage for saying mean things about them
8) FL: Vandals attack pentagram erected to protest Nativity scene
9) Jordan: Policemen reported killed fighting gunmen near Karak
10) MI: Two former Flint emergency managers, two others face felony charges over water crisis
11) Japan’s Epsilon rocket sends Van Allen Belt spacecraft into orbit
12) Study: Marijuana use on the rise among pregnant women
13) MO: St. Louis prosecutor uncovers “important evidence” in voter fraud probe, turns over case to feds
14) Trump to pay $25 million settlement for Trump University con two days before inauguration
15) Islamic State claims responsibility for Berlin truck attack
16) RansomFree tool detects never-seen-before Ransomware before it encrypts your data
17) EU bureaucrats get creative to find extortion opportunity in Facebook/Whatsapp deal
18) Cities, counties plan immigrant legal aid after Trump win
19) UK: Queen to hand over patronages of more than 20 national organisations
20) Three Pulse victims’ families dance in their blood with malicious lawsuit vs. social media

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Cultivate the ego, spread freedom
22) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 52
23) Economists are skeptics, not cynics
24) Killings in Berlin explain the Middle East
25) Break the state: A New Year’s resolution for the ages
26) A public service
27) What’s next for Cuba?
28) Our warped understanding of “leadership” and the Middle East
29) Trump’s cabinet is a coup waiting to happen
30) How to choose the right Bitcoin wallet for your needs
31) Once again more than a little misleading from Shelter
32) Why our coercive system of schooling should topple
33) Eyes wide shut: Flying blind in an age of atrocity
34) Did monetary offset cause the Great Recession?
35) How to talk to your family about the police state this Christmas
36) The Tom Woods Show, episode 806
37) Are “Russian hacks” the new “WMDs?”
38) The wrong kind of bet with the wrong kind of money
39) Europe’s war on tobacco
40) There’s no such thing as the popular vote
41) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/20/16
42) At Angola prison, getting sick can be a death sentence
43) Fixing the Electoral College
44) Talking about “sticky prices” and monetary policy
45) The gift that keeps on giving
46) Amnesia at the UN: The massacres Samantha Power conveniently forgot to mention
47) The western media: The propaganda wing of al Qaeda?
48) Ditch your male doctor
49) Lew Rockwell: Time to end the war on drugs
50) Free Talk Live, 12/19/16

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

1) UN rights chief urges probe of Duterte for murder
Source: Daily Inquirer [Philippines]

“The UN rights chief urged the Philippines on on Tuesday to investigate President Duterte for murder, after he boasted that he in the past had personally killed suspected criminals. Mr. Duterte said in a speech last week that when he was mayor of Davao, where he served three terms between 1988 and 2016, he personally killed people to set an example for police. He made the comments in a speech to businessmen as he discussed his campaign to eradicate illegal drugs, which has seen police and unknown assailants kill thousands of people since he became President on June 30.” (12/20/16)

https://globalnation.inquirer.net/150952/un-rights-chief-urges-probe-duterte-murder

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2) Obama blocks drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans
Source: The Hill

“President Obama on Tuesday formally blocked offshore oil and gas drilling in most of the Arctic Ocean, answering a call from environmentalists who say the government needs to do more to prevent drilling in environmentally sensitive areas of U.S.-controlled oceans. Obama is invoking a 1953 law governing the Outer Continental Shelf to block drilling in federal waters in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea and most of its Beaufort Sea. He also protected 21 underwater canyons in the Atlantic Ocean from drilling, White House officials said Tuesday. … The announcement locks in a decision Obama made last month to block drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans during an offshore leasing plan that runs through 2022.” (12/20/16)

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/311240-obama-blocks-drilling-in-arctic-atlantic-oceans

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3) Obama plans up to 18 more Guantanamo prisoner transfers before leaving office
Source: Jamestown Sun

“President Barack Obama plans to transfer as many as 18 more prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay military prison before leaving office, a source close to the matter said, further shrinking the inmate population but still far short of meeting his longtime pledge to close the facility. The Obama administration notified Congress it intends to send the detainees, nearly a third of the remaining 59 held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, to at least four countries, including Italy, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on Jan. 20, the source said.” (12/20/16)

http://www.jamestownsun.com/news/nation-and-world/4183819-obama-plans-18-more-guantanamo-prisoner-transfers-leaving-office

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4) Senegal: Former Guinean military leader sought in massacre arrested
Source: Bismarck Tribune

“Authorities in Senegal have arrested a former Guinean military leader long sought in connection with a 2009 stadium massacre that killed more than 150 people, Guinean officials confirmed Tuesday. Abubakar ‘Toumba’ Diakite was the head of the presidential guard at the time of the massacre, and an investigative commission later determined he was to blame for ordering the violence. An Interpol notice was issued for him five years ago.” (12/20/16)

http://bismarcktribune.com/news/world/ex-guinea-military-leader-sought-in-massacre-arrested/article_613d7637-7d34-5d13-9970-cb25747a3363.html

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5) Court releases search warrant in Clinton email probe
Source: Politico

“Search warrant filings made public for the first time Tuesday provide a new look at controversial actions the FBI took shortly before the presidential election as the law enforcement agency revived its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email set-up. The warrant was issued by federal magistrate Kevin Fox in Manhattan on Oct. 30, after the FBI requested permission to search emails contained on a Dell Inspiron 15 7000 series laptop belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The FBI discovered Clinton-related emails on the computer after initially seizing the device during a probe over Weiner’s alleged sexually explicit online exchanges with a minor. … The records suggest Fox may have granted the warrant based exclusively on the FBI’s contention [sic] that in the earlier phase of the Clinton email investigation, ‘many emails’ between Clinton and Abedin contained classified information, therefore emails between the pair from that same time period and suddenly discovered on Weiner’s laptop were likely to also contain classified information and be evidence of a crime.” (12/20/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/clinton-email-investigation-search-warrant-released-232852

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6) A “Wikileaks” for secret church documents launches for concerned Mormons
Source: NBC News

“The man behind a controversial YouTube site that publishes leaked videos disclosing the inner workings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has launched a website where members and employees can anonymously submit leaked church documents. … The site is the creation of a team led by Ryan McKnight of Las Vegas, a former Mormon who began discussing his disillusionment with the church online more than two years ago. In October, he began publishing leaked videos of meetings among top church leaders on a YouTube channel that has amassed 2,200 followers in just a few weeks.” (12/20/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/wikileaks-secret-church-documents-launches-concerned-mormons-n698496

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7) Hope Not Hate crowd-funds plan to sue Nigel Farage for saying mean things about them
Source: Independent [UK]

“Anti-fascist campaign group Hope Not Hate has launched a crowd-funding campaign to sue Nigel Farage after he referred to them as ‘extremists’ who ‘masquerade as being lovely and peaceful but actually pursue violent and very undemocratic means.’ The organisation’s director, Nick Lowles, announced on Twitter it had written to the former Ukip leader demanding he withdraw the claims or face legal action.” [editor’s note: I sometimes daydream about suing people who say things I don’t like. Then I wake up and remember that I an not a five-year-old spoiled brat – TLK] (12/20/16)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/hope-not-hate-nigel-farage-lawsuit-sue-crowdfunding-jo-cox-brendan-comments-berlin-attack-a7487226.html

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8) FL: Vandals attack pentagram erected to protest Nativity scene
Source: US News & World Report

“A 300-pound metal sculpture of a satanic pentagram, erected as an atheist protest to a public park’s Nativity scene, was severely damaged on Tuesday when it was pulled to the ground by vandals. Atheist Preston Smith’s 10-foot tall sculpture lay broken in Sanborn Square at noon. Tire tracks led from the twisted metal to the street. It appeared vandals had attached a chain from a vehicle to the sculpture and yanked it down, dragging it several feet. As local television reporters prepared live broadcasts, two passersby stopped and pushed the sculpture back onto its base before walking away. The sculpture sits about 20 feet from a traditional Nativity scene of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, and is backed by a banner from an atheist group reading ‘Keep Saturn in Saturnalias,’ a reference to the belief that the early Christian church substituted Christmas for a Roman pagan holiday.” (12/20/16)

http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2016-12-20/vandals-attack-pentagram-erected-to-protest-nativity-scene

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9) Jordan: Policemen reported killed fighting gunmen near Karak
Source: Reuters

“Four Jordanian policemen were killed in clashes with Islamist militants near the southern city of Karak on Tuesday as the authorities hunted militants who killed 10 people on Sunday, security officials said. Two days earlier police tackled gunmen holed up inside a Crusader castle in Karak. Among the casualties was a Canadian tourist. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the violence. Security forces then launched a wide manhunt to track down the militants’ support network. Government spokesperson Mohamad Momani told reporters that security forces were surrounding a house in a neighborhood in Karak where gunmen linked to the four militants who staged Sunday’s attack were taking cover and exchanging gunfire with security forces.” (12/20/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-jordan-militants-idUSKBN149234

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10) MI: Two former Flint emergency managers, two others face felony charges over water crisis
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Michigan’s attorney general has announced felony charges against two former emergency managers of Flint, Mich., and two other former city officials. The charges are linked to the city’s disastrous decision to switch water sources, ultimately resulting in widespread and dangerous lead contamination. … Former Emergency Managers Darnell Earley and Gerald Ambrose were each charged with two felonies that carry penalties of up to 20 years — false pretenses and conspiracy to commit false pretenses –along with misconduct in office, also a felony, and willful neglect of duty in office, a misdemeanor. Howard Croft, who was Flint’s director of the Department of Public Works, and Daugherty Johnson, who was the department’s utilities director, were each charged with false pretenses and conspiracy to commit false pretenses.” (12/20/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/20/506314203/2-former-flint-emergency-managers-face-felony-charges-over-water-crisis

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11) Japan’s Epsilon rocket sends Van Allen Belt spacecraft into orbit
Source: SpaceFlight Insider

“Using an upgraded Epsilon rocket, Japan sent its Exploration of Energizing and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) spacecraft into a high-energy orbit that will repeatedly pass through the Van Allen belts to allow the probe to study how geomagnetic storms form. Liftoff from Kyushu Island took place at 8 p.m. Japan Standard Time (6 a.m. EST / 11:00 GMT). This was only the second time Japan had launched an Epsilon rocket, which made its debut flight in 2013. It replaces the country’s M-V rocket, more expensive and larger, which was retired in 2006. Epsilon is a three-stage, 85-foot (26-meter) tall Japanese solid-fuel rocket. The booster was derived from the strap-on motors used on Japan’s H-2A launcher. It is designed to lift payloads smaller than 2,600 pounds (1,200 kilograms) depending on the orbit and altitude required for payload insertion.” (12/20/16)

http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/jaxa/japans-epsilon-rocket-sends-van-allen-belt-spacecraft-into-orbit/

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12) Study: Marijuana use on the rise among pregnant women
Source: Live Science

“Marijuana use among pregnant women in the U.S. increased by 62 percent from 2002 to 2014, a new study finds. Researchers found that 3.9 percent of pregnant women reported on a 2014 government survey that they had used marijuana during the past month, up from 2.4 percent who said the same on a 2002 survey, according to the study. … Writing in an editorial that was published in the same journal as the study, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and two of her colleagues noted that ‘although the evidence for the effects of marijuana on human prenatal development is limited at this point, research does suggest that there is cause for concern.'” (12/20/16)

http://www.livescience.com/57256-trends-marijuana-use-pregnant-women.html

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13) MO: St. Louis prosecutor uncovers “important evidence” in voter fraud probe, turns over case to feds
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“The city’s top prosecutor said her office ‘uncovered important evidence’ in a voter fraud investigation centered on a August primary statehouse race that has since been reversed by voters. The case has now been turned over to the U.S. attorney’s office. … [Circuit Attorney Jennifer M.] Joyce’s office began its investigation three months ago, at the request of the Board of Election Commissioners. The board had received complaints from voters supporting Bruce Franks Jr., who had lost in his bid to unseat incumbent Penny Hubbard in the race for 78th District state representative. The hand-delivered letters from three dozen Franks supporters to the Election Board alleged that absentee ballots cast in the Aug. 2 primary were ‘obtained illegally, were tampered with, or both.'” (12/20/16)

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/st-louis-prosecutor-uncovers-important-evidence-in-voter-fraud-probe/article_3986c015-a31a-591d-a99d-f72362d6f92f.html

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14) Trump to pay $25 million settlement for Trump University con two days before inauguration
Source: New York Daily News

“President-elect Donald Trump is guaranteeing he’ll pay out the $25-million settlement reached last month in fraud cases in New York and California involving his now defunct for-profit Trump University before he is inaugurated, according to newly released details of the deal. Trump, according to details of the settlement filed Monday night, will make the payments to the plaintiffs’ lawyers by Jan. 18, 2017 — two days before he’ll be sworn in as President. … The suits — filed in New York and California — alleged that Trump University was a scam that did not provide them with the real estate expertise it promised.” (12/20/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-u-fraud-case-payment-paid-2-days-inauguration-article-1.2917556

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15) Islamic State claims responsibility for Berlin truck attack
Source: Boston Globe

“The Islamic State extremist group is claiming responsibility for the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people and left nearly 50 injured. The Islamic State group’s Amaq news agency said in a statement Tuesday that ‘the person who carried out the truck run over attack in Berlin is a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the attack in response to calls for targeting citizens of the Crusader coalition.’ German police are still hunting for the driver of the truck, which slammed into the downtown Christmas market Monday night. … Federal prosecutors on Tuesday night released a man taken into custody in the vicinity of the crime on suspicion that he drove the vehicle in the attack Monday night, saying they hadn’t found evidence putting him in the truck at that time.” (12/20/16)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/12/20/suspect-berlin-attack-came-from-pakistan-official-says/LnFyH0z99e3TmMjzIezmjN/story.html

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16) RansomFree tool detects never-seen-before Ransomware before it encrypts your data
Source: The Hacker News

“Ransomware has risen dramatically since last few years, so rapidly that it might have already hit you or someone you know. With hundred of thousands of ransomware variants emerging every day, it is quite difficult for traditional signature-based antivirus tools to keep their signature database up-to-date. So, if signature-based techniques are not enough to detect ransomware infection, then what else can we do? The solution is RansomFree.” (12/19/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/12/free-anti-ransomware-software.html

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17) EU bureaucrats get creative to find extortion opportunity in Facebook/Whatsapp deal
Source: USA Today

“The European Commission says Facebook offered ‘misleading’ information during its investigation of the social network’s acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp in 2014 for $22 billion. At issue during the EU probe was the linking of users’ Facebook and WhatsApp accounts. … Facebook could receive a fine of up to 1% of its revenue if the Commission confirms its findings.” [editor’s note: How could Facebook’s ability or inability to link accounts possibly be any of the EU’s beeswax? – TLK] (12/20/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/12/20/eu-facebook-misled-during-investigation-whatsapp-deal/95646314/

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18) Cities, counties plan immigrant legal aid after Trump win
Source: Jacksonville Journal Courier

“Major U.S. cities and counties are beefing up legal services for immigrants to help them fight deportation and avoid fraudulent lawyers in the wake of Donald Trump’s election and his hard-line immigration enforcement promises. … Chicago has approved a $1.3 million legal fund. Los Angeles elected officials said Monday they are working with private foundations to set up a $10 million fund, while some California state lawmakers have proposed spending tens of millions of dollars to provide lawyers to immigrants facing deportation. New York is mulling a public-private legal fund, building on New York City’s public defender program that’s considered a national model.” (12/20/16)

http://myjournalcourier.com/news/103747/cities-counties-plan-immigrant-legal-aid-after-trump-win

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19) UK: Queen to hand over patronages of more than 20 national organisations
Source: Guardian [UK]

“The Queen is cutting her workload — stepping down as patron of more than 20 national organisations at the end of the year, Buckingham Palace has said. Her Majesty, who turned 90 in April, will relinquish her association with the groups — just as the Duke of Edinburgh broke formal ties with some of his patronages when he turned 90 in 2011. The move is likely to be seen as a common sense decision that acknowledges the Queen’s advancing years, but Buckingham Palace stressed she was still patron of more than 600 organisations.” (12/20/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/20/the-queen-to-hand-over-patronages-of-over-20-national-organisations

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20) Three Pulse victims’ families dance in their blood with malicious lawsuit vs. social media
Source: United Press International

“The families of three victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla., have sued three social media websites for allegedly providing support to the Islamic State. The plaintiffs filed the suit Monday in federal court in Michigan’s eastern district against Facebook, Twitter and Google. The lawsuit represents the families of Tevin Crosby, Javier Jorge-Reyes and Juan Ramon Guerrero. … The lawsuit alleges that ‘without defendants Twitter, Facebook, and Google (YouTube), the explosive growth of ISIS over the last few years into the most feared terrorist group in the world would not have been possible,’ WTSP-TV, Tampa, reported Monday. It says the three websites provided “material support” to IS.” (12/20/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/12/20/Families-of-Pulse-nightclub-victims-sue-Facebook-Twitter/6361482243100/

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

21) Cultivate the ego, spread freedom
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“The primary tool of libertarians has been logical deduction (I know a bunch of statists are laughing about this but in this case logical is in the eyes of libertarians, not you guys). Libertarians, myself included, have tried to point out the bloody history of statism, economic consequences of central banking, terrible toll of the drug wars, and other pitfalls of centralized power. What has this gotten us? Jack shit. I would submit that logical deduction doesn’t work, at least not initially, to spread the message of freedom. Why? Since I cannot read another person’s mind I cannot provide a definitive answer. However, I can offer speculation based on experience and observation. In my experience, the biggest thing statism has going for it is that it preys on fear. Fear is a powerful tool. If you can wield it successfully you can influence people’s actions.” (12/20/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/12/20/cultivate-the-ego-sp

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22) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 52
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“Merry Capitalistmas! Is the free market the reason for the season? What’s in the News with stories on job security for judges, federal government hacking states, e-cig updates, good cop fired, Obamacare, and the IRS. Also, a Muh Roads segment on a city in Georgia that is privatizing all the things, and a Statists Gonna State segment on CEO pay.” [various formats] (12/20/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/merry-capitalistmas-edition-tlf052/

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23) Economists are skeptics, not cynics
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Gary M Galles

“Since Oscar Wilde defined a cynic as ‘A man who knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing’ in Lady Windermere’s Fan (1892), economists have often been called cynics, commonly as justification for ignoring them whenever they oppose someone’s latest political diagnosis or panacea. However, one cannot dismiss economists as mere cynics who can safely be ignored. A better description would be that economists tend to be justified skeptics of claims, and government prescriptions based on them, that are at odds with economic principles.” (12/20/16)

https://fee.org/articles/economists-are-skeptics-not-cynics/

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24) Killings in Berlin explain the Middle East
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Craig Cantoni

“No, this commentary is not in reference to the terrible terrorist attack on Dec. 19 in Berlin, in which an Islamic fanatic drove a truck into a crowd, killing 12 and injuring 50. Rather, it’s in reference to killings that happened in Berlin in 1921 and 1922 — killings that help to explain why the Middle East is such a dangerous, volatile region today and why the West is victim to attacks by Islamists. … The killings that took place in 1921 and 1922 were actually three assassinations. The assassins were Armenians from Turkey, and the assassinated were three Young Turks, which was the name of the Muslim leaders of the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. The three Young Turks had been given asylum in Germany after the war when it came to light that they had sanctioned the Armenian genocide, a genocide that had resulted in the deaths of between 700,000 and one million Armenians.” (12/20/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/killings-berlin-explain-middle-east/

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25) Break the state: A New Year’s resolution for the ages
posted by Thomas L. Knapp
December 21, 2016
Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert
Posted in Commentary
“Weapons training is critical but don’t forget that rebellion is fed by logistics and mature operating systems for strategic narrative and vision for cooperating resistance organizations. The reason this is critical is that most successful revolutions in human history are cooperative venture among a variety of loosely confederated interest blocs. Witness the Committees of Correspondence during the First American Revolution and the current webs of resistance intrigue across the Middle East. Real revolution starts between your ears and using your transmission means for your family. Friends are a choice so be careful because Mordor has a vast and deep informant network where they buy the loyalty of people for a price that would be embarrassing if revealing to friends, families and neighbors of the snitch.” (12/20/16)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4945

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26) A public service
Source: Creators Syndicate
by Dr. Thomas Sowell

“Sometimes someone inadvertently performs a public service by bringing an unbelievably stupid and dangerous idea to the surface, where it can be exposed for what it is. The New York Times can be credited — if that is the word — with performing this public service in a recent editorial against proposals to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed guns. They refer to what they call the National Rifle Association’s ‘fantasy that citizens can stand up to gunmen by shooting it out.’ Nobody has suggested any such thing. Data collected over many years — but almost never seeing the light of day in the New York Times or the rest of the mainstream media — show many thousands of examples of people defending themselves with a gun each year, without having to pull the trigger.” (12/20/16)

https://www.creators.com/read/thomas-sowell/12/16/a-public-service

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27) What’s next for Cuba?
Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“At the age of 85, Raul will not be around to make decisions much longer. But anyone who thinks this is the beginning of a meaningful political transition is sorely mistaken. Fidel’s brother believes in combining limited market reforms with one-party rule — the ‘Vietnamization’ of the Cuban model. He may not be Fidel, but he commands enough authority to make sure nothing funny happens under his watch. What is much less clear is what will happen after Raul Castro is gone. No apparatchik wields enough power to ensure the perpetuity of the system.” (12/19/16)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=8949

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28) Our warped understanding of “leadership” and the Middle East
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“We often hear from hawks that the U.S. is in ‘retreat’ and that it is not as involved in this region as the people there want it to be, but as far as public opinion is concerned there is no truth to this. No matter the country of origin, almost no respondents cited ‘too little U.S. leadership’ as the greatest obstacle to peace and stability in the region, and hardly any cited it as the second greatest obstacle. In most of the countries surveyed, ‘too much U.S. interference’ is viewed as the first or second greatest obstacle. There is simply no evidence that there is popular dissatisfaction with a lack of U.S. ‘leadership,’ nor is there proof of broad support in any of these countries for greater U.S. involvement in the region.” (12/20/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/our-warped-understanding-of-leadership-and-the-middle-east/

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29) Trump’s cabinet is a coup waiting to happen
Source: The Nation
by William J Astore

“A republic — or should I say, former republic? — founded on civilian control of the military needs true civilians as a counterweight to militarism as well as military adventurism. Recently retired generals are anything but that; they’re not even speed bumps on the road to the next set of misbegotten military ‘adventures.’ They are likely to be only one thing: enablers of and accelerants to military action. Their presence in the highest civilian positions represents nothing short of a de facto military coup in Washington, a coup that required no violence since the president-elect simply anointed and exalted them as America’s security saviors. But here’s a question for you: If these men and their three- and four-star colleagues couldn’t win decisive military victories while in uniform, what makes Trump and the Washington establishment think they’ll do any better while wearing mufti?” (12/20/16)

https://www.thenation.com/article/trumps-cabinet-is-a-coup-waiting-to-happen/

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30) How to choose the right Bitcoin wallet for your needs
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kevin Helms

“Knowing how to best safeguard your bitcoins can be tricky since many different solutions exist for various needs such as privacy, simplicity, and long term storage.” (12/20/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/choose-right-bitcoin-wallet-needs/

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31) Once again more than a little misleading from Shelter
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“Shelter tells us that all those nasty building companies are just buying land to sit on it. To watch it rise in value without their having to do any actual building of houses. Landbanking that is …. There is a basic logic problem with the initial allegation of course, which is that a company needs income and income is gained here by actually building a house that someone then buys. There won’t be any profits or dividends unless something is actually sold.” (12/20/16)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/once-again-more-than-a-little-misleading-from-shelter

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32) Why our coercive system of schooling should topple
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Peter Gray

“Decades ago, schools were tolerable primarily because they didn’t take too much of young people’s time. Children and teens had much time after school, on weekends, and all summer long for self-directed pursuits. But over the years, the school system has intruded increasingly, and ever more disruptively, into children’s and families’ lives. The length of the school year has increased (it now averages 5 weeks longer than in the 1950s). The number of years of required attendance has increased. The amount of homework has increased immensely, especially in elementary schools. Recesses have been reduced, or even been eliminated. … Children now often spend more time at school and at homework than their parents spend at their full-time jobs, and the work of schooling is often more burdensome and stress-inducing than that of a typical adult job. A century ago we came to the conclusion that full-time child labor was child abuse, so we outlawed it; but now school is the equivalent of full-time child labor.” (12/20/16)

http://everything-voluntary.com/coercive-system-schooling-topple

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33) Eyes wide shut: Flying blind in an age of atrocity
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“The end result of every Islamist terrorist attack is: 1. Heightened authoritarian powers for governments. 2. Demonization of law-abiding Muslims. 3. More money for war-profiteers, since more war is always the ultimate response. None of these outcomes advance the attackers’ cause in any way save one: more repression, demonization and war can lead to more ‘radicalisation’ of the people being repressed, demonized and bombed. Thus the responses, which are always the same, always reward the perpetrators of these atrocities by giving them the only thing they can get from the attacks: recruitment tools.” (12/20/16)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/eyes-wide-shut-flying-blind-in-an-age-of-atrocity-20122016.html

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34) Did monetary offset cause the Great Recession?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“In the past, I’ve argued that tight money caused the Great Recession. But what caused the tight money? One answer is too much weight placed on inflation targeting, combined with a backward-looking approach to inflation. Consumer price inflation was quite high during the first half of 2008, due to rising oil prices and a weak dollar.” (12/20/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/12/did_monetary_of.html

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35) How to talk to your family about the police state this Christmas
Source: Cop Block
by Joshua Scott Hotchkin

“Christmas is a time for families, feasts, gifts and drawn out arguments about politics and religion with people who you love. If it has come up often in the news the past year, it will probably come up at family Christmas get-togethers, for better or worse. And so this year it is entirely likely that the subject of policing in America will be one of those topics. Try to remain calm, listen attentively and then respond with irrefutable arguments. Below are some things your family are likely to say and believe about police, followed by facts and ideas to inform your responses to them.” (12/20/16)

http://www.copblock.org/169361/how-talk-family-about-police-christmas/

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36) The Tom Woods Show, episode 806
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Laura Blodgett, a homeschooling mom of 7, addresses the fears and misconceptions of homeschooling shared by friends and foes alike.” [various formats] (12/19/16)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-806-homeschooling-shouldnt-intimidate-you/

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37) Are “Russian hacks” the new “WMDs?”
Source: Reason
by Andrea O’Sullivan

“The Russians have hacked our democracy! At least, that’s been the chorus from much of the American media following anonymous reports on a secretive CIA assessment of the 2016 presidential election. Even President Obama has started to beat the drums of ‘cyberwar,’ announcing last Friday that the U.S. must ‘take action’ against the Russian government for ‘impacting the integrity of our elections.’ This is some tough talk given the very tenuous evidence offered so far about Russia’s alleged influence. … The vague assertions of the secret CIA memorandum have been repeated so assuredly and emphatically as to sometimes echo the jingoistic lead-up to the disastrous Iraq War. Keith Olbermann provided perhaps the most comical contribution to the new Russian scare, crawling out from under his American flag blankie to rave that ‘we are the victims of a bloodless coup engineered by Russia.'” (12/20/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/12/20/are-russian-hacks-the-new-wmds

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38) The wrong kind of bet with the wrong kind of money
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Graham Renz

“A group of local businesspeople (SC STL) is trying to lure a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to the Gateway City. The only catch is that SC STL is asking Saint Louis taxpayers to cough up an extra $80 million in new taxes to support the venture. In addition, as the Business Journal reports, SC STL is also asking for $40 million from the state of Missouri. Altogether, SC STL hopes taxpayers will pick up $129 million of their projected $405 million in costs. … The state just cut $50 million (including $40 million from Medicaid) from its budget due to shortfalls. So how can it afford to chip in $40 million for a sports stadium? And what could justify placing a new burden on taxpayers for a project that Governor-elect Eric Greitens recently described as ‘nothing more than welfare for billionaires?'” (12/20/16)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/subsidies/wrong-kind-bet-wrong-kind-money

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39) Europe’s war on tobacco
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Bill Wirtz

“Governments worldwide crack down on the consumption of tobacco. We know that smoking is bad for one’s health, but governments manage to create a new set of health risks through their interventions. The War on Tobacco is amongst the most misguided doctrines in behavioral policy, and yet politicians continue to enforce it. The side effects on private industry as well as personal health have long been ignored by advocates for smoking-freedom. Nevertheless, these side effects exist.” (12/20/16)

https://mises.org/blog/europes-war-tobacco

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40) There’s no such thing as the popular vote
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“It’s fascinating that so much attention was paid not just on the Electoral College but on the people themselves. One day Democrats argue that the Electoral College should be abolished, that it isn’t democratic, and that it’s not right. Then the next they’re lining up and begging the Electoral College to curtail the will of the people they represent. All of this confusion comes from the misunderstanding Democrats have, not realizing that we are fifty individual republics and there is no national popular vote; there are fifty elections on Election Day — one in each state — and the outcome of those elections determine who those states give their votes to.” (12/20/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/12/20/wapo-is-insane/

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41) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/20/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Jim Jesus and Jeremy Hizenkitten rock it hard. A good time is had by all. It’s basically a lolberts without the cussin’.” [various formats] (12/20/16)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13419

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42) At Angola prison, getting sick can be a death sentence
Source: In These Times
by Katie Rose Quandt and James Ridgeway

“A 6-month investigation into Louisiana’s Angola prison, the largest maximum-security state prison in the country, reveals substandard and inhumane healthcare — leading to extremely high death rates for prisoners. Does this amount to unconstitutional ‘cruel and unusual punishment?'” (12/20/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/angola-prison-healthcare-abuse-investigation.html

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43) Fixing the Electoral College
Source: Ayn R Key
by Ayn R Key

“Every four years the American public rediscovers the electoral college, and there are many calls for reform that never happen. Most of those laws require getting the legislatures of the many states to each act in cooperation with each other, or a constitutional amendment. But there is a much easier way to repair the problem of the electoral college, and it does not require a constitutional amendment.” (12/19/16)

http://aynrkey.blogspot.com/2016/12/fixing-electoral-college.html

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44) Talking about “sticky prices” and monetary policy
Source: Cobden Centre
by Vishal Wilde

“If prices are ‘sticky’ or not fully flexible in one sector of the economy, this can lead to prices being less flexible in another sector of the economy; this effect works through various channels. For example, if the inputs in one industry are derived from the output of another industry and the latter’s output has sticky prices, the former’s output will also be relatively ‘sticky’ in proportion to the price-stickiness of the latter’s output.” (12/20/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/12/talking-about-sticky-prices-and-monetary-policy/

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45) The gift that keeps on giving
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“A lot of people ask me questions about firearms and self-defense, often to validate decisions they have already made, but sometimes sincerely, to help them decide what weapon is the best for them in terms of the type and design, and the caliber of ammunition they use. I did this for a living for a good number of years, and I’m accustomed to telling them to find the biggest (most powerful and largest-caliber) weapon they can comfortably handle, and that, in general, adequate self-defense begins with a four, as in .40, .41, .44, and .45. I don’t retract a bit of that, but recently, I’ve observed something else happening. Women, given a wide-enough range of choices, or left to themselves in a gun-shop with a smart and helpful clerk, prefer something that won’t hurt their hand when it goes off, and that they can handle comfortably in every other sense. … That’s why, this year, I’m recommending almost any semi-automatic pistol that shoots .380 Auto, the tiny cartridge that started World War I.” (12/18/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle903-20161218-07.html

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46) Amnesia at the UN: The massacres Samantha Power conveniently forgot to mention
Source: CounterPunch
by Robert Fisk

“So there was Samantha Power doing her ‘shame’ bit in the UN. ‘Is there no act of barbarism against civilians, no execution of a child that gets under your skin, that just creeps you out a little bit?’ America’s ambassador to the UN asked the Russians and Syrians and Iranians. She spoke of Halabja, Rwanda, Srebrenica ‘and, now, Aleppo.’ Odd, that. For when Samantha talked about ‘barbarism against civilians’ in Aleppo, I remembered climbing over the dead Palestinian civilians massacred at the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps in Beirut in 1982, slaughtered by Israel’s Lebanese militia friends while the Israeli army — Washington’s most powerful ally in the Middle East — watched. … And then I recalled the monstrous American invasion of Iraq. Perhaps half a million dead.” (12/20/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/20/amnesia-at-the-un-the-massacres-samantha-power-conveniently-forgot-to-mention/

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47) The western media: The propaganda wing of al Qaeda?
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“The British press is morphing into a mouthpiece for al-Qaeda. Consider its coverage of yesterday’s assassination of Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey. It is borderline sympathetic. The killer’s words — or rather, certain of the killer’s words — have been turned into emotional headlines, into condemnations of Russia’s actions in Syria. That the killer’s first and loudest cry was ‘Allahu Akbar’ — the holler of the modern terrorist — has been downplayed, and in the case of at least one newspaper, the Express, completely ignored. Instead the papers upfront the killer’s other cries, about Aleppo. ‘This is for Aleppo,’ says The Times. ‘Remember Aleppo, says the Mirror’s headline, but with no quote marks, because these were not the exact words spoken by the gunman — they’re more like the Mirror’s own sympathetic echo of the killer’s sentiment.” (12/20/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-western-media-the-propaganda-wing-of-al-qaeda/

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48) Ditch your male doctor
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“It’s the Christmas season, so wait to do this until the New Year, but … be sure to fire your male doctor. He’s a quack. At least, that seems to be the gist of James Hamblin’s ‘Evidence of the Superiority of Female Doctors,’ a report in The Atlantic on a new Harvard School of Public Health study.” (12/20/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/12/20/ditch-your-male-doctor/

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49) Lew Rockwell: Time to end the war on drugs
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Watch Lew Rockwell present his perspectives on why America needs to end the war on drugs. This presentation is part of FFF’s Drug War Video Project, whose aim is to accelerate the end of this immoral and destructive government program.” [Flash video] (12/20/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/lew-rockwell-time-end-war-drugs/

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50) Free Talk Live, 12/19/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Faithless Electors Vote for Ron Paul, Bernie, Others :: Last Ditch Hopes to Stop Trump :: Russian Diplomat Murdered in Turkey by Cop :: Electoral College Crime? :: Misdemeanors :: James'[s] Murder Fantasy :: Proportionality of Retalitory Force :: :: Hitting Children :: Same Day Voter Registration :: Libertarian Party Supporting Secession, Causing Controversy :: Bitcoin Predictions.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/19/16)

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