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Volume XV, Issue #3,609
Monday, December 26th, 2016
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In the News:

0) Fundraiser update, 12/26/16
1) South Korea: Ruling party disintegrates under stress of Park scandal
2) China’s first aircraft carrier heads for western Pacific
3) Germany: Town evacuates on Christmas morning for World War Two bomb
4) Bryn Mawr student quits school after ridicule for supporting Trump
5) Mexico: Seven slain, six others’ heads found
6) Israel: Regime summons 14 ambassadors for tantrum over UN vote on illegal squats
7) Egypt: Regime confirms Al Jazeera producer’s arrest for “provoking sedition”
8) Russian military plane crashes in Black Sea, killing 92
9) CA: Man fights DUI charge for driving under influence of caffeine
10) Venezuela-Colombia border to open for 15 hours during the holidays

Everybody Has An Opinion:

11) Holiday greetings
12) The supply curve explained with cookies
13) How to protect your Bitcoin privacy and security online
14) Remind us why we allow the European Union to do things like this to us and them
15) Stanford rape judge demonstrates need for judicial independence
16) About that foreign meddling in US presidential elections …
17) Christmas gifts from the federal government
18) Rogue One is rousing addition to Star Wars saga
19) We value things that inherently have no value
20) Obama’s clemency problem — and ours

The Sound and the Fury:

21) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/25/16
22) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 110
23) The fake military operation that won WW2
24) Peace, Love Liberty Radio, episode 403
25) The Tom Woods Show, episode 810

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0) Fundraiser update, 12/26/16

Dear readers,

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1) South Korea: Ruling party disintegrates under stress of Park scandal
Source: Korea Times [South Korea]

“Over 30 lawmakers will quit the ruling Saenuri Party today following a bitter power struggle with loyalists of President Park Geun-hye, the group said Monday. They plan to launch a separate conservative party Jan. 24, with outgoing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speculated to join the new party upon returning home. … After their departure, the number of seats held by the ruling party will shrink to below 100 from the current 128 in the 300-seat National Assembly. The main opposition Democratic Party of Korea has 121 seats and the second-largest opposition People’s Party has 38 seats.” (12/25/16)

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/12/116_220872.html

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2) China’s first aircraft carrier heads for western Pacific
Source: Yahoo! News

“China’s first aircraft carrier has set off for the Western Pacific for an open-sea training exercise, the Defense Ministry said. State media said Sunday that it is the first time that the Liaoning, which was commissioned by the Chinese navy in 2012, has headed to ‘distant sea waters.’ The Western Pacific region stretches from China to New Zealand and encompasses countries in the Pacific, Oceania and parts of Asia. … The exercise takes place at a time of tension between China and the United States, the Pacific Ocean’s dominant power, over the sensitive issue of Taiwan, a self-governing island that Beijing claims as its territory.” (12/25/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinas-1st-aircraft-carrier-heads-western-pacific-050501726.html

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3) Germany: Town evacuates on Christmas morning for World War Two bomb
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Explosive specialists took four hours to defuse a massive World War II bomb on Sunday afternoon in the German city of Augsburg following the country’s largest post-war evacuation. About 54,000 people left the city before and on Christmas morning after construction workers unearthed the 1.8-tonne (2-ton) British Royal Air Force bomb last week. … The bomb was discovered on December 20, but authorities chose Christmas Day to defuse the bomb to cause the least disruption.” (12/25/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/augsburg-bomb-disposal-operation-finished-after-residents-moved-to-safety/a-36908071

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4) Bryn Mawr student quits school after ridicule for supporting Trump
Source: Fox News

“A young woman says anti-Trump bullies at a prestigious women’s liberal arts college forced [sic] her to drop out of the school. Eighteen-year-old Andi Moritz told FoxNews.com Saturday that the ridicule began when she went on Bryn Mawr College’s ride-share Facebook page in September to look for a fellow student to help her knock on doors for Donald Trump. … The night of her ride-share post, fellow freshman on her floor met to discuss the matter. Moritz, who is from Hershey, Penn., says she deleted the post after the meeting and then the next day called the campus suicide hotline. ‘I just need someone to talk to,’ she said. She said she has battled depression in high school. Two days after the call she dropped out after she spoke to her parents.” [editor’s note: I guess special delicate snowflakes don’t just come in the left-wing SJW variety – TLK] (12/24/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/12/24/bryn-mawr-student-says-dropped-out-after-ridicule-for-backing-trump.html

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5) Mexico: Seven slain, six others’ heads found
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Western Mexico’s plague of violence continued on Christmas Day with the discovery of six decapitated heads in one state and the slaying of seven people in another. The Michoacan state prosecutor’s office said the six heads … were found in Jiquilpan, a municipality near the state of Jalisco in a region that has been a battleground between competing drug gangs in recent years. … Meanwhile state security officials in the neighboring state of Guerrero said gunmen entered a house and shot to death seven people in the municipality of Atoyac de Alvarez. Five were members of one family and two were a married couple.” (12/25/16)

http://www.startribune.com/6-decapitated-heads-found-in-western-mexico/408257116/

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6) Israel: Regime summons 14 ambassadors for tantrum over UN vote on illegal squats
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“Israel has summoned the ambassadors of UN Security Council member states that voted in favour of a resolution condemning settlement [sic] activity, a foreign ministry spokesman said. By way of rebuke of the vote, Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman also announced on Sunday that Israel was cutting civilian coordination with [the organization claiming to represent Palestinian Arabs]. … While the resolution contains no sanctions, Israeli officials are concerned it could widen the possibility of prosecution at the International Criminal Court. They are also worried it could encourage some countries to impose sanctions against Israeli settlers and goods produced in the [squats].” (12/25/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/israel-summons-14-ambassadors-settlement-vote-161225105044485.html

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7) Egypt: Regime confirms Al Jazeera producer’s arrest for “provoking sedition”
Source: Reuters

“Egypt confirmed on Sunday that it had arrested an Al Jazeera news producer, accusing him of ‘provoking sedition’ on behalf of the Qatar-based broadcaster that it considers a mouthpiece of the banned Muslim Brotherhood. Judicial sources said Mahmoud Hussain, who was detained on Friday, was being held on charges of disturbing public security and spreading false news. … Egypt has arrested several Al Jazeera reporters over the past two years, raising concerns over media freedoms in the country.” (12/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-egypt-qatar-jazeera-idUSKBN14E0BR

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8) Russian military plane crashes in Black Sea, killing 92
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Russian military plane with 92 people on board has crashed into the Black Sea, Russia’s defence ministry says. The plane disappeared from radar two minutes after taking off from Sochi at 05:25 (02:25 GMT), heading for Latakia in Syria. Debris and several bodies have been found, with no reports of survivors. The Tu-154 was carrying soldiers, reporters and 64 members of the famed Alexandrov military music ensemble who were to perform for Russian troops. President Vladimir Putin has said Monday will be a day of national mourning.” (12/25/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38430164

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9) CA: Man fights DUI charge for driving under influence of caffeine
Source: Guardian [UK]

“Caffeine may be the ‘nootropic’ brain drug of choice in Silicon Valley, but an hour’s drive north in Solano County, California, the stimulant could get you charged with driving under the influence. That is according to defense attorney Stacey Barrett, speaking on behalf of her client, Joseph Schwab. After being pulled over on 5 August 2015, Schwab was charged by the Solano County district attorney with misdemeanor driving under the influence of a drug. Almost 18 months later, Schwab is preparing to go to trial. The only evidence the DA has provided of his intoxication is a blood test showing the presence of caffeine.” (12/24/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/24/california-dui-caffeine-lawsuit-solano-county

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10) Venezuela-Colombia border to open for 15 hours during the holidays
Source: PanAm Post

“The border between Colombia and Venezuela will allow crossing for 15 hours during Christmas and New Year, the Colombian Foreign Ministry said. The opening will be held between five in the morning Colombia time and eight in the evening. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Simon Bolivar International Bridge, linking the Colombian town of Cucuta and Venezuelan town of San Antonio; Francisco de Paula Santander, which connects Cucuta with Urena, as well as the Jose Antonio Paez bridge, between the department of Arauca and the state of Apure.” (12/23/16)

https://panampost.com/sabrina-martin/2016/12/23/venezuela-colombia-border-to-open-for-15-hours-during-the-holidays/

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11) Holiday greetings
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“I seriously hesitate to add ‘happy’ to any greeting these days. With all of the hate, anger, attacks, deadly envy and hypocrisy in every ‘news’ item these days, except for the silly, sentimental and denial of reality in some of them, there doesn’t seem to be much room for true peace, joy and happiness in a great many hearts around the country. Do you pursue happiness by spending too much, eating too much, drinking too much? Is there any peace or joy in arguments over which overlord will swing the whip the next four years? Is there any contentment in being told that Al Gore (or anyone else) knows what’s best for you, and if the powers that be have to kill you to enforce that, it’s just too bad?” (12/25/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=10422

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12) The supply curve explained with cookies
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Joy Buchanan

“My happiest memory of the holidays is making Christmas cookies at home with my family. Several hours and bags of flour, not to mention cinnamon and cloves, were the inputs to the production of the baked goods. At the end, we got to eat fresh-baked cookies! But as much as I love my family-recipe cookies, I would hand them all over to you for the right price, say, $50 per cookie. What would I have to pay you to sell me your homemade holiday dessert? Many of you are producers of cookies, especially at this time of year. What economists call the ‘supply curve’ describes the behavior of producers, so understanding the supply curve is easy if you imagine yourself as a supplier of cookies to the market.” (12/25/16)

https://fee.org/articles/the-supply-curve-explained-with-cookies/

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13) How to protect your Bitcoin privacy and security online
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“In this day and age online privacy and protecting digital data is a pretty big deal. Privacy applies to bitcoin users even more so because they are storing wealth in the digital realm. Governments, hackers, and non-state actors are compromising global citizens private data daily, but there are many steps one can take to protect oneself.” (12/25/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/how-to-protect-your-bitcoin-privacy-and-security-online/

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14) Remind us why we allow the European Union to do things like this to us and them
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“The Ukraine sits on one of the largest blocks of the finest arable land on the planet. The last time we had free trade with it, the 1870s as the railways extended into the steppes, this increased the living standards of all of us as we could buy yet more of ever cheaper food. At the expense of our local landlords of course, this was one of the triggers of the agricultural depression of that decade and the great landed estates never really recovered. In the work of Saez and Zucman on the development of wealth this is made very clear. Agricultural land as the great store of wealth, monopolised by all too few, simply disappeared as an important part of the societal stock of wealth. Disappeared into the maw of the population as cheap food. This we would argue is a Pareto improvement. And more than that, it’s exactly the thing which the EU’s CAP is designed to prevent.” (12/25/16)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/remind-us-why-we-allow-the-european-union-to-do-things-like-this-to-us-and-them

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15) Stanford rape judge demonstrates need for judicial independence
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“When Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Brock Turner, a Stanford freshman convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster, to six months in jail, three years’ probation and lifetime sex-offender registration in June, it was a national story. Legal insiders knew Turner would serve three months — not six — for a felony assault, which he conveniently blamed on Stanford’s booze-fueled ‘party culture’ rather than his own brutish behavior. Americans looked at the mug shot of Turner and saw the face of arrogance and privilege. Thousands of outraged citizens accused the judge of misconduct as they lodged complaints with California’s Commission on Judicial Performance.” (12/25/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/12/25/stanford-rape-judge-demonstrates-need-for-judicial-independence-n2263109

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16) About that foreign meddling in US presidential elections …
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L. Knapp

“So we had an election and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump won it. If I had all the ink that’s been spilled on why and how Trump defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, I’d be an ink tycoon. Much of what passes for analysis focuses on alleged ‘foreign meddling’ in the election. There certainly was some of that. There always is. But some meddlers get more attention than others.” (12/24/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8851

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17) Christmas gifts from the federal government
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Craig Cantoni

“Go ahead and call me cuckoo, and I’ll agree with you. After all, only a nut would get up at 4:30 in the morning of Christmas Eve and do research that the local media should do but will never do. The research was to determine who in my zip code got federal grants, contracts, and loans during the year and who will get them next year. Let’s call these Christmas gifts from the federal government. Actually, the research only takes a couple of minutes, which apparently is too much time for the local media to do its job.” (12/24/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/christmas-gifts-federal-government/

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18) Rogue One is rousing addition to Star Wars saga
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“My own views probably map closely with those of Amy Sturgis … who has discussed ways the sprawling Star Wars universe has facilitated broad, cultural myth building around an anti-authoritarian ethic despite the creators’ ambivalence toward capitalism or a truly libertarian understanding of freedom. George Lucas may be a skeptic, but his story focuses on how individuals work together to fight totalitarianism. The emphasis on individual identity in service to a larger public good gives some libertarians pause, but the central thrust of the story in still focused on protecting individual freedom. Rogue One adds to this by highlighting and honoring the courage and sacrifices of individuals with smaller parts in the overall universe but whose actions have profound implications for the outcome.” (12/23/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/12/23/rogue-one-is-rousing-addition-to-star-wars-saga/

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19) We value things that inherently have no value
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“[W]hat is age but a measurement of how much time one has spent on Earth? What value does it really have? None. Yet enormous importance is being placed in it; a person’s age is being given ridiculously high value and is being used to determine what that person ‘should’ be allowed to do. … I get it. We humans like our laws and moral maxims neat and tidy. It doesn’t matter that this means that a guy one day ‘should not’ be allowed to consume alcohol because he is only 20 years and 364 days old. It doesn’t matter that the difference between a 20 year old and a 21 year old isn’t a year but is a single day, a single hour, a single minute.” (12/24/16)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2016/12/24/we-value-things-that-inherently-have-no-value/

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20) Obama’s clemency problem — and ours
Source: The Intercept
by Liliana Segura

“Obama’s clemency project was ostensibly born of the recognition that, as then-Attorney General Eric Holder put it in 2013, ‘too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long, and for no truly good law enforcement reason.’ At the time, Holder promised the Obama administration was ‘fundamentally rethinking the notion of mandatory minimum sentences for drug-related crimes.’ But when it comes to the president’s pardon power — the one place where Obama could directly address the problem — there are few signs of a transformation. Instead, the White House has promoted a story about exceptionalism: The president has proven exceptionally merciful and the clemency recipients are uniquely deserving — even extraordinary.” (12/24/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/12/24/obamas-clemency-problem-and-ours/

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21) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/25/16
Source: Cato Institute

“Opposition to liberty isn’t always rooted in mere ignorance. It’s often rooted in a school of thought that opposes liberty. Tom G. Palmer discusses the new thinkers who are working to make intolerance respectable again.” [various formats] (12/25/16)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/taking-seriously-new-populist-alt-right-fascist-thinkers

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22) The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 110
Source: KN@PPSTER

“In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (What I Hear About and Who I Hear it From); RRND turns 14.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/25/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-110-six.html

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23) The fake military operation that won WW2
Source: Cracked
by Winslow Gee

A grand example of how “fake news” has always been with us. [Flash video] [editor’s note: For an interesting twist on Fortitude South maneuvers, check out “The Immune” https://www.amazon.com/Immune-Doc-Lucky-Meisenheimer/dp/0966761227 – SAT] (12/24/16)

http://www.cracked.com/video_20301_the-fake-military-operation-that-won-ww2.html

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24) Peace, Love Liberty Radio, episode 403
Source: FPP Radio

Christmas special. [Flash audio or MP3] (12/23/16)

http://www.spreaker.com/user/fppradio/pll-radio-403

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25) The Tom Woods Show, episode 810
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Neal Harmon is CEO of VidAngel.com, which offers streaming movies filtered according to the viewer’s preference. Should VidAngel be allowed to do this?” [various formats] (12/23/16)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-810-vidangel-filters-movies-for-families-so-theyre-being-sued/

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