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Thursday, December 29th, 2016
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In the News:

1) Kerry defends UN vote on Israel
2) IRS continues attack on Coinbase users’ privacy
3) Obama regime prepares to announce “retaliation” theatrics for alleged Russian hacking
4) Russian, Turkish regimes accuse US regime of supporting “terrorist” groups vs. Syrian regime
5) US House GOP proposes fines for showing taxpayers stuff leadership doesn’t want seen
6) Boy Scouts: You don’t decide who you are, we and the state decide who you are
7) HI: Restaurant tells Trump voters to eat someplace else
8) Diabetes takes biggest bite out of US health care spending
9) NV: Regime leaks thousands of medical marijuana dispensary applications
10) MA: Legislators show voters their middle finger, delay marijuana sales by six months
11) US surgeon general babbles nonsense about e-cigarettes
12) Lebanon: Hariri regime wins parliamentary confidence vote
13) Israel: Netanyahu blinks, postpones approval of new squats
14) OR: Regime outlaws “sky lanterns”
15) OH: Kasich vetoes bill making renewable mandates optional

Everybody Has An Opinion:

16) Currency bans benefit Bitcoin and the like
17) Obama’s Christmas gift to Trump: A Ministry of Truth
18) Talk politics for ten seconds and I’ll know where you get your news
19) The coming state of fear
20) Being reckless with nukes is a bi-partisan affair
21) Easterly and the pitfalls of foreign intervention
22) Want crime to go down? Abolish the local police
23) Rules for rulers?
24) Cop justice NYPD style
25) Just a slight shortfall
26) Gracian’s aphorism #157: Do not be deceived in people
27) Bad incentives
28) The Christian preference for the poor
29) How interest rates affect time preference — and vice versa
30) The religious liberty showdowns coming in 2017
31) Please stop the fear and loathing of 2017
32) Why politicians are to blame for most terrorist attacks
33) The year in blame shifting
34) The “lol” effect: The awkward signs of cop apologists juvenile psychology
35) Why Bitcoin’s triumphant $15 billion market is just getting started
36) New year good time for reflection
37) DRM vs. civil liberties: 2016 in review
38) The greatest human breakthroughs of 2016
39) The more things change …
40) Get your kids out of the “school-to-prison pipeline”

The Sound and the Fury:

41) Free Talk Live, 12/28/16
42) Heartland Daily Podcast, 12/28/16
43) The Tom Woods Show, episode 813
44) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/28/16
45) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/27/16

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

1) Kerry defends UN vote on Israel
Source: Chicago Tribune

“Stepping into a raging diplomatic argument, Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday staunchly defended the Obama administration’s decision to allow the U.N. Security Council to declare Israeli settlements illegal and warned that Israel’s very future as a democracy is at stake. Kerry, pushing back on Israel’s fury at the U.S. abstention of the United Nations vote, questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s true commitment to Palestinian statehood, which has formed the basis for all serious peace talks for years. Though Netanyahu says he believes in the two-state solution, Kerry said, under his leadership Israel’s government is ‘the most right-wing in Israel’s history.’ ‘If the choice is one state, Israel can either be Jewish or democratic, it cannot be both, and it won’t ever really be at peace,’ Kerry said in a farewell speech, a comprehensive airing of grievances that have built up in the Obama administration over eight years but were rarely, until this month, discussed publicly.” (12/28/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-john-kerry-mideast-peace-speech-20161228-story.html

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2) IRS continues attack on Coinbase users’ privacy
Source: Forbes

“The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has responded to a motion filed earlier this month by a Coinbase customer seeking to block the IRS from issuing a ‘John Doe’ summons on Coinbase, a company which facilitates transactions of digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. The IRS response, which was filed on December 27, 2016, asks the court to dismiss the motion and allow the tax agency to proceed with its ‘John Doe’ summons. The matter began in November following a formal request on behalf of the IRS to serve a ‘John Doe’ summons on all United States Coinbase customers who transferred convertible virtual currency from 2013 to 2015. A ‘John Doe’ summons is an order that does not specifically identify the person but rather identifies a person or ascertainable group or class by their activities.” (12/28/16)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2016/12/28/irs-fires-back-in-coinbase-case-as-it-seeks-access-to-bitcoin-user-data/

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3) Obama regime prepares to announce “retaliation” theatrics for alleged Russian hacking
Source: NBC News

“The Obama administration is preparing retaliatory actions against Russia for its alleged involvement in cyber-attacks on Democratic Party institutions in order to interfere in the presidential election, two senior U.S. officials confirmed to NBC News. As early as Thursday or Friday, a 2015 Obama executive order will be updated to announce the retaliatory steps, the officials said. The announced steps will likely include economic sanctions coordinated by the Treasury Department. Unannounced steps will be covert and will involve cyber option — although the U.S. has been very careful to try to avoid engaging Russia in an all-out cyber war, the officials said.” [editor’s note: The way to not engage Russia in an all-out cyber war is to not announce that you plan to kinda sorta start a cyber war with Russia. Hopefully domestic (or foreign non-state) hackers will intervene to nip any US attempts at this kind of nonsense in the bud – TLK] (12/28/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/obama-administration-preparing-retaliatory-steps-against-russia-over-hacks-n701001

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4) Russian, Turkish regimes accuse US regime of supporting “terrorist” groups vs. Syrian regime
Source: Al Jazeera

“Turkey and Russia have separately accused the United States of backing what they call ‘terrorist groups’ in Syria, on the same day they agreed to push for talks in Kazakhstan next month over the conflict. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that he had evidence that US-led coalition forces give support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) and Kurdish groups, namely the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD). … The US state department dismissed Erdogan’s claims as ‘ludicrous.'” (12/28/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/russia-turkey-syria-161228050019245.html

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5) US House GOP proposes fines for showing taxpayers stuff leadership doesn’t want seen
Source: CNN

“House Republican leaders are proposing new fines as a way to crack down on Members of Congress who violate rules governing floor debate. The move is a response to Democrats’ sit-in in June protesting the refusal of the GOP to schedule votes on gun control measures. That protest halted legislative business and forced GOP leaders to cut short the week’s planned votes. The GOP leadership, which controls the cameras in the chamber, recessed the House and shut down official coverage, but Democrats turned to livestreaming tools like Periscope and Facebook Live to broadcast dozens of members making speeches from the House floor. … The rules package for the 115th Congress … includes a provision imposing a $500 fine for any House member who uses electronic photography or audio recording that broadcasts any proceedings from the House floor in the future.” (12/28/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/28/politics/house-gop-fines-democrats-gun-sit-in/

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6) Boy Scouts: You don’t decide who you are, we and the state decide who you are
Source: Yahoo! News

“The Boy Scouts of America once again landed under the harsh glare of the media spotlight for their policies on LGBT children. Recently, a woman from New Jersey has been speaking to local media about how her transgender son was removed from his local Boy Scout troop because of his gender identity. Kristie Maldonado, of Secaucus, N.J., told the Record newspaper that none of the children in Cub Scout Pack 87 had a problem with her 8-year-old son’s participation — but their parents did. … When contacted by Yahoo News, the Boy Scouts of America shared a statement from the director of communications, Effie Delimarkos, declaring that Joe does not meet the organization’s requirements for eligibility. ‘If needed, we defer to the information provided for an individual’s birth certificate and their biological sex,’ Delimarkos said.” (12/28/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/boy-scouts-on-transgender-youths-we-defer-to-birth-certificates-175737451.html

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7) HI: Restaurant tells Trump voters to eat someplace else
Source: The Hill

“Cafe 8 1/2 in Honolulu, Hawaii, is facing harsh criticism for hanging a sign on its front door that tells voters who cast their ballot for President-elect Donald Trump to eat elsewhere. ‘If you voted for Trump you cannot eat here! No Nazis,’ reads the yellow sign, as reported by Fox News on Tuesday. … Restaurant founders Jali and Robert Warner said the establishment does not discriminate against Trump voters, when asked to comment about their decision to put up the sign. ‘We don’t put anything different [in] your food,’ Jali Warner told Fox News. ‘Robert just wants to express how much he doesn’t like Trump.” (12/28/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/311986-restaurant-tells-trump-voters-to-eat-someplace-else

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8) Diabetes takes biggest bite out of US health care spending
Source: US News & World Report

“Diabetes leads a list of just 20 diseases and conditions that account for more than half of all spending on health care in the United States, according to a new comprehensive financial analysis. U.S. spending on diabetes diagnosis and treatment totaled $101 billion in 2013, and has grown 36 times faster than spending on heart disease, the country’s No. 1 cause of death, researchers reported.” (12/28/16)

http://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2016-12-28/diabetes-takes-biggest-bite-out-of-us-health-care-spending

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9) NV: Regime leaks thousands of medical marijuana dispensary applications
Source: ZDNet

“Nevada’s state government website has leaked the personal data on over 11,700 applicants for dispensing medical marijuana in the state. Each application, eight pages in length, includes the person’s full name, home address, citizenship, and even their weight and height, race, and eye and hair color. The applications also include the applicant’s citizenship, their driving license number (where applicable), and social security number. … Security researcher Justin Shafer found the bug in the state’s website portal, allowing anyone with the right web address to access and enumerate the thousands of applications.” (12/28/16)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/nevada-leaks-personal-data-on-thousands-of-medical-marijuana-dispensary-applicants/

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10) MA: Legislators show voters their middle finger, delay marijuana sales by six months
Source: Reuters

“Massachusetts lawmakers on Wednesday pushed through a surprise six-month delay in the retail sale of marijuana for recreational use, saying they needed more time to tinker with a legalization measure that voters approved last month. Meeting during a holiday-shortened week, the state’s House and Senate voted to push back the licensing of cannabis shops from Jan. 1, 2018, until July 1 that year, according to a copy of the legislation posted online. … Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg, a Democrat, cited public health and safety as reasons for the delay in retail sales.” (12/28/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-massachusetts-marijuana-idUSKBN14H1PW

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11) US surgeon general babbles nonsense about e-cigarettes
Source: Racine Journal Times

“The U.S. surgeon general says e-cigarettes are a public health threat to youth. In a new report, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy lists the dangers of e-cigarettes, and outlines strategies to help combat the problem of tobacco use among the nation’s youth. Murthy says tobacco use is not safe in any form, including e-cigarettes. He adds that the rate of vaping among youth has increased at an alarming rate, and e-cigarettes may introduce young people to other tobacco products, possibly making them lifetime tobacco users.” [editor’s note: “Tobacco use” implies the use of, um, TOBACCO. Three guesses what you won’t find in e-cigarettes? – TLK] (12/28/16)

http://journaltimes.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/us-surgeon-general-says-e-cigarettes-are-health-threat-to/article_b7dd432d-39b4-5f2b-9bf1-73a62bf9e16a.html

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12) Lebanon: Hariri regime wins parliamentary confidence vote
Source: Business Standard [India]

“Lebanon’s government headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri won the parliamentary vote of confidence on Wednesday after it secured the approval of 87 out of 92 lawmakers who attended the vote session. … Hariri was tasked with forming the first government of President Michel Aoun’s term, who was elected Lebanon’s 13th President on October 31.” (12/28/16)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/lebanon-s-government-wins-confidence-vote-116122800932_1.html

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13) Israel: Netanyahu blinks, postpones approval of new squats
Source: Washington Post

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Jerusalem municipality on Wednesday to wait on approving new housing units in a bid to avoid further strain in U.S.-Israeli relations, a local official said. Jerusalem’s Municipal Planning and Construction Committee had been scheduled to finalize construction plans for some 492 new homes in Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, despite a resolution approved Friday by the United Nations Security Council that views the settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem as having ‘no legal validity’ and as a barrier to achieving peace with the [Arab] Palestinians. … The latest move is a surprising turnabout by Netanyahu after days of attacks against President Obama and his advisers, who were accused of failing to protect Israel and ‘colluding’ with the [Arab] Palestinians to draft the resolution and push it to a vote.” (12/28/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/israel-postpones-approval-of-new-settlement-construction-amid-spat-with-us/2016/12/28/a434ed00-ccd4-11e6-a747-d03044780a02_story.html

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14) OR: Regime outlaws “sky lanterns”
Source: KTVZ 21 News

“As of Jan. 1, sky lanterns — also known as aerial luminaries, Chinese lanterns, mini hot air balloons, UFO balloons or wish lanterns – will be illegal to release into Oregon airspace, due to the fire danger they pose, the state Fire Marshal’s Office advised Tuesday. A sky lantern is a paper sack suspended over a flame, usually from a small candle or other lit device. The hot air from the flame causes the balloon to rise into the air and be carried off by the wind.” (12/27/16)

http://www.ktvz.com/news/sky-lanterns-illegal-in-oregon-starting-jan-1/235601559

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15) OH: Kasich vetoes bill making renewable mandates optional
Source: WFMJ News

“Ohio Gov. John Kasich has vetoed a bill that would have made compliance with the state’s renewable energy mandates optional for the next three years. Barring a legislative override, the Republican governor’s action Tuesday on the energy measure will resume benchmarks established in 2008 that were gradually increasing electric utilities’ use of alternative energy sources such as wind and solar power.” (12/28/16)

http://www.wfmj.com/story/34139571/ohio-governor-vetoes-bill-making-renewable-mandates-optional

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

16) Currency bans benefit Bitcoin and the like
Source: Cato Institute
by James A Dorn

“The evolution of private competing currencies, like bitcoin and M-Pesa, offer alternatives to government monopoly money, just as email offers a private alternative to the U.S. Postal Service. Those governments that seek to remove cash will erode trust and speed up the switch to parallel currencies, including cryptocurrencies. Markets expand choices; governments typically narrow them. That is the lesson from the current ‘war on cash.'” (12/28/16)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/currency-bans-benefit-bitcoin

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17) Obama’s Christmas gift to Trump: A Ministry of Truth
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L. Knapp

“On the Friday before Christmas — the kind of time politicians pick to do things they hope you won’t notice — US president Barack Obama signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Along with the usual terrible, horrible, very bad, no good NDAA stuff (all the little mandates involved in continuing to operate the most irresponsibly bloated and expensive military machine on the planet), this NDAA included an ugly little Christmas gift for incoming president Donald Trump: The Countering Foreign Disinformation and Propaganda Act.

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8921

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18) Talk politics for ten seconds and I’ll know where you get your news
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“Pre-polarized websites, blogs, and social media channels have proliferated; it’s now possible to enclose yourself in your chosen ideology, feasting on us/them opinions, highly-emotional public clashes, and the demonization of opponents. And it is a problem. But again, the problem is not so much that these things exist, but that so many people reward them. They want to be told how right they are. They want to see their enemies dismembered. The job of the Washington Post, if we’re to be blunt about it, is to dismember the enemies of the ‘right-thinking left.’ It’s the job of Rush Limbaugh to dismember the enemies of the ‘righteous right.’ (To Limbaugh’s credit, he admits it.) The choice to limit ourselves to these sources, however, is our own.” (12/28/16)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/talk-politics-ten-seconds-ill-know-get-news/

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19) The coming state of fear
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Edmund Berger

“Well, it seems that any lingering question on whether or not the happenings on social media platforms are truly politically relevant can finally be put to rest. While most of us prefer the edge of communication media that cuts away from the dynamics of power, president-elect Trump has managed to do quite the opposite by giving a new twist on that classic favorite of despots everywhere: instead of rule by decree, we have rule by tweet. Despite not even being installed in office yet, the soon-to-be-leader of the United States brazenly deployed the platform to carry out government contracting cronyism, call for the imprisonment of flag-burners, and get death-threats rained down upon a unionist who contradicted one of the incoming administration’s best narratives. Trump, somehow, has managed to now top all these by using Twitter to announce the advent of a new nuclear arms race — a Cold War 2.0 against, oddly enough, Vladimir Putin.” (12/28/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/47383

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20) Being reckless with nukes is a bi-partisan affair
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Carey Wedler

“Trump critics have long cautioned that the president-elect’s impending administration will be a disaster, often referencing the potential for nuclear war. Trump can’t be trusted with his hand on the nuclear button, many warn. On Friday, President-elect Donald Trump confirmed these fears when he tweeted in favor of expanding America’s nuclear arsenal. … His recklessness contrasts starkly with Obama’s seemingly reasoned approach. Earlier this year, Obama asserted that ‘Of all the threats to global security and peace, the most dangerous is the proliferation and potential use of nuclear weapons.’ But when Obama made those comments, he had already directly contradicted his own rhetoric against the destructive weaponry.” (12/28/16)

https://fee.org/articles/being-reckless-with-nukes-is-a-bi-partisan-affair/

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21) Easterly and the pitfalls of foreign intervention
Source: Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco

“Advocates of foreign intervention almost always ignore the knowledge problems pointed out by Hayek and Easterly. While it is impossible to obtain, let alone process, all the necessary information to make a foreign intervention successful, policymakers and others continuously call for intervention after intervention. The consequences of these actions are not trivial. For example, when arming the ‘freedom fighters’ in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation, no one could foresee that those same people would form the Taliban. When the Obama administration successfully killed Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, victory celebrations quickly turned into panic when the resulting power vacuum caused the country to descend into civil war and led to major regional instability. (See also U.S. interventions in Somalia, Iraq, and elsewhere for lots of other examples.)” (12/28/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/12/28/easterly-and-the-pitfalls-of-foreign-intervention/

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22) Want crime to go down? Abolish the local police
Source: Libertarian Institute
by William Norman Grigg

“Bunker Hill, Indiana, is a village of 900 people. It has not been consumed by the maelstrom of criminal violence that — we are told — would descend on any community even briefly deprived of the divine protection offered by a police department. The village obviously didn’t need the department it had until December 12, when the Town Marshal and his four reserve deputies walked off the job to protest decisions by the town board.” (12/27/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/will/want-crime-go-abolish-local-police/

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23) Rules for rulers?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Earlier this month, Mike Deeson, an investigative reporter with WTSP 10 News, Tampa Bay’s CBS affiliate, exposed Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s open violation of the city charter’s requirement that all department heads must be city residents. Buckhorn hired Sonja Little, now the city’s highest paid employee, to serve as his Chief Financial officer, and admits on camera that he promised her she would not have to move into the city. ‘The question is,’ the mayor explained, ‘do you want talent or do you really make the residency — she’s only about a mile away from the city border — the issue?’ Buckhorn answers his own question, ‘I would rather have talent’ … than follow the law.” (12/28/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/12/28/rules-for-rulers/

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24) Cop justice NYPD style
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Consider this recent video showing Sgt. Eliezer Pabon of the New York Police Department shoving a handcuffed defenseless 14-year-old boy with his back to him against and through a plate glass window. It shattered very nearly killing the kid who underwent 4 hours of surgery to remove shards of glass from his lung and near his heart. Apparently, the 89 pound teenager said something to the cop that he didn’t like. Sgt. Pabon was found guilty by the department for using excessive force …. Did he have to go to trial? Did he have to go to prison? Well, of course not. His superiors had requested that he be docked 30 days’ vacation. The Commissioner instead decided to dock him only five days.” (12/28/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/12/cop-justice-nypd-style.html

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25) Just a slight shortfall
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Social Security was sold as a safety net that would guarantee that retirees would have money even after they were no longer working. But like all government schemes, Social Security was just another mechanism to expropriate wealth from the people for the benefit of the State. The scheme was originally quite simple. Today’s valued dollars would be taken by the State so it could use them as it pleased and then returned at a future date after inflation had devalued those dollars significantly. But the scheme quickly became more complicated. Since 1982 Social Security has been paying out more than it has been bringing in.” (12/28/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/12/28/just-a-slight-shortfall/

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26) Gracian’s aphorism #157: Do not be deceived in people
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
Wendy McElroy

“Gracian emphasizes a correct knowledge of other people because it is the key to understanding their motivations, which allows you to protect yourself against their actions. Many if not most people accept others at face value and so they are shocked to discover scandals about prominent figures or next-door neighbors. But few events or people can be properly judged by their surfaces even when that surface is not misleading, as it often is. The reality is almost always different than the appearance, even when one does not contradict the other. For example, a man may be fair on the surface but his fairness may be motivated by wanting something from you. That doesn’t mean he is an unfair man but it should raise questions about how you will be treated once his desire is satisfied.” (12/28/16)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7619

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27) Bad incentives
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“I agree that Uncle Sam borrows excessively. But the problem with excessive government borrowing is excessive government borrowing. The problem isn’t the creditors, for it isn’t the creditors — be they from Beijing or Boston — who cause Uncle Sam’s current expenditures to exceed its current revenues. It’s possible — although I believe it to be ridiculously unlikely — that using trade restrictions to reduce the flow of dollars to China would so shrink the availability of credit on international markets that Uncle Sam would thereby be prompted to be more fiscally prudent. And such prudence would, indeed, be a real benefit. But it’s far from clear that this benefit would outweigh the costs to American consumers of higher-priced and reduced-quality products at home, and of less access for American producers to foreign markets.” (12/28/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/12/41907.html

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28) The Christian preference for the poor
Source: Acton Institute
by Jordan Ballor

“This year marks the 125th anniversary of two foundational texts for the formation of modern Christian social thought. In the spring of 1891, Pope Leo XIII promulgated the encyclical Rerum Novarum, on the ‘new things’ of the modern world, particularly the relationship between capital and labor, following revolutions in politics, economics, and society. And in the fall of that year, the professor Abraham Kuyper, who was also a newspaper editor, politician, and would later become prime minister of the Netherlands, opened the first Christian Social Congress in Amsterdam with a speech: ‘The Social Question and the Christian Religion.’ These two figures, one Roman Catholic and one Reformed, helped provide substantive conceptual and animating frameworks for Christian social engagement and study for the next century and beyond.” (12/28/16)

http://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2016/12/28/christian-preference-poor

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29) How interest rates affect time preference — and vice versa
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak

“According to the writings of Carl Menger and Ludwig von Mises, the driving force of interest rate determination is individual’s time preferences. What is this all about? As a rule, people assign a higher valuation to present goods versus future goods. This means that present goods are valued at a premium to future goods. This stems from the fact that a lender or an investor gives up some benefits at present. Hence, the essence of the phenomenon of interest is the cost that a lender or an investor endures.” (12/28/16)

https://mises.org/blog/how-interest-rates-affect-time-preference-%E2%80%94-and-vice-versa

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30) The religious liberty showdowns coming in 2017
Source: The Atlantic
by Emma Green

“Religious voters won Donald Trump the White House. Exit polls show that 81 percent of white evangelicals and 60 percent of white Catholics chose the president-elect over Hillary Clinton. Trump voters were also more likely than Clinton voters to say they attend religious services weekly or monthly. While these Americans likely had many different reasons for supporting Trump, James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, said ‘the number one issue’ for evangelical pastors who met with Trump this summer ‘was religious liberty — more than anything else,’ according to a transcript of the meeting. ‘All the other issues relate to that one. … We’re losing our religious liberty,’ he said. But other Americans — especially those who are not white, conservative, and Christian — have a different set of concerns about religious liberty. Minority groups, including Muslims and Jews, have expressed fears about the rising discrimination, violence, and hate speech directed toward them.” (12/28/16)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/12/the-religious-liberty-showdowns-coming-in-2017/511400/

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31) Please stop the fear and loathing of 2017
Source: OpEdNews
by Ted Rall

“I admit it: it’s hard to find empathy for the liberal Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton and are now shocked, shocked, shocked that That Horrible Man Donald Trump is about to become president. We lefties kept saying (and liberals kept scoffing) that Bernie would have beaten Trump; now that we’ve been proven right it’s only natural to want to keep rubbing the Hillarites’ faces in their abject wrongness. But what’s the point? Empirical evidence can’t convince a squishy liberal to move left. Liberals are congenitally attached to the big status quo, the capitalist system itself. Unlike leftists, liberals just want to reform capitalism into something less savage. This, of course, is impossible. Yet liberals’ fears — of revolution, of violence, of the chance they’ll lose their current status — block their ability to see the truth.” (12/28/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Please-Stop-the-Fear-and-L-by-Ted-Rall-Anti-trump_Democrats_Fear-As-Policy_Liberals-161228-365.html

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32) Why politicians are to blame for most terrorist attacks
Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“No politician or security official wishing to retain their job can tell a frightened and enraged public that it is impossible to defend them. Those in charge become an easy target for critics who opportunistically exploit terrorism to blame government incompetence or demand communal punishment of asylum seekers, immigrants or Muslims. At such times, the media is at its self-righteous worst, whipping up hysteria and portraying horrifying but small-scale incidents as if they were existential threats. This has always been true, but 24/7 news coverage makes it worse as reporters run out of things to say and lose all sense of proportion. As the old American newspaper nostrum has it: ‘if it bleeds, it leads.’ But in over-reacting, governments and media play into the hands of the terrorists who want to create fear and demonstrate their strength, but whose greatest gains come when they provoke an exaggerated self-destructive response.” (12/28/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/28/why-politicians-are-to-blame-for-most-terrorist-attacks/

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33) The year in blame shifting
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Hillary Clinton blames FBI Director James Comey for her humiliating loss in last month’s presidential election. If only Comey had not reminded voters about her sloppy email practices as secretary of state a week before the election, Clinton thinks, she would be taking the oath of office on January 20 instead of Donald Trump. That argument overlooks Clinton’s role in triggering an FBI investigation by flouting State Department rules and lying about it, not to mention her remarkable weakness as a candidate. Clinton’s self-exonerating explanation for her defeat was one of the year’s most striking attempts to dodge responsibility. Here are some of the others …” (12/28/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/12/28/the-year-in-blame-shifting

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34) The “lol” effect: The awkward signs of cop apologists juvenile psychology
Source: Cop Block
by Joshua Scott Hotchkin

“Ah, the teenage years. That awkward time when emotions battle experience for nearly a decade of embarrassing outbursts. These outbursts are often punctuated by the snarkiest of rejections that take the form of the scoff. The scoff is a pretense of humor used to indicate disrespect without use of any vocabulary that might betray any deeper thoughts to the person it is aimed at. It is pure haughty dismissal full of uninformed self-righteousness. Pfffth. lol. Whatever, mom. This is exactly what I see in more than half of the comments by cop apologists on our Facebook page.” (12/27/16)

http://www.copblock.org/169514/the-lol-effect/

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35) Why Bitcoin’s triumphant $15 billion market is just getting started
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“Bitcoin has had a triumphant year this 2016 reaching a milestone market capitalization of over $15 billion during the end of December. It’s nice to mention that the digital asset has been one of the top performing currencies worldwide, beating many commodities as well. But what’s really worth pointing out is this phenomenon has happened without governments, corporations, or any central authority.” (12/28/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/why-bitcoins-triumphant-15b-market-is-just-getting-started/

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36) New year good time for reflection
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Although the start of a new year is completely arbitrary, it’s still a good time to reflect on the past year, and look toward the future. Of course, any day is a perfect day for doing so. Just remember: It’s easy to look at the past and see only the good, or only the bad. Every year holds both, just as does every era in history.” (12/28/16)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2016/12/28/voices/new-year-good-time-for-reflection/150065.html

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37) DRM vs. civil liberties: 2016 in review
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Kit Walsh

“Imagine a world where your Internet-connected car locks you in at the behest of its manufacturer — or the police. Where your media devices only let you consume mass media, not remix it to publish a counter-narrative or viral meme. Where your phone is designed to report on your movements and communications. Where your kid’s toy tells them it’s their friend, then talks about how much it loves sponsored products and transmits everything it hears in your home back to its manufacturer. Where your phone stops working if the police or the manufacturer ask it to. Where these backdoors are vulnerable to hacking, so anyone with the right resources can take advantage of them. Now imagine that you could configure your devices to be loyal to you, to stop snitching, to run video publishing software, and to be more secure against hacking, except that the law forbids looking at the code or modifying it. It shouldn’t be hard to imagine. These examples are real and the law in question is Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.” (12/27/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/12/drm-vs-civil-liberties-2016

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38) The greatest human breakthroughs of 2016
Source: spiked
by Naomi Firsht

“2016 has been an exciting year, full of political change and new possibilities. It has also been a year of great discoveries and impressive endeavours, reminding us what mankind is capable of, and that our pursuit of knowledge is ongoing. Here are some of the finest human achievements of 2016.” (12/28/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-greatest-human-breakthroughs-of-2016/

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39) The more things change …
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason

“I will confess that I found this past presidential campaign sheer hell. I detested both Clinton and Trump, and voted for neither. I hoped that both would lose, and my only consolation was that they both did lose: Trump was defeated decisively in the popular vote, while Clinton was defeated decisively in the Electoral College contest. My view was and is that Trump will transform the Republican Party into a populist one, pushing nativism, protectionism, corporatism, and isolationism. It saddened me to see writers I had previously admired — such as Larry Kudlow and Steve Moore — who have long argued against the populist siren call to the Republican Party, succumb to it at last, in the form of Trump — The Boss. They, along with a large group of other soi-disant free market commentators, have been seduced by populism. This group I call ‘the Herd.'” (12/28/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1645

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40) Get your kids out of the “school-to-prison pipeline”
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Ever and always alert to new and inventive ways to turn innocent people into fodder for the State’s carceral apparatus, the Missouri state legislature enacted a measure that will treat teenage altercations as felonies if they occur either on school grounds or between public school inmates in transit to or from their local mind laundry. … Yes, even grade school students or kindergartners will face the prospect of being detained, handcuffed, and charged with an offense that could lead to a prison term of up to seven years. Rational people would never inflict such grotesque punishments, of course, but as Springfield resident Gavin Devic can attest, rational people are not at the helm of the Show-Me State’s educational soviet.” (12/27/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/12/get-your-kids-out-of-school-to-prison.html

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41) Free Talk Live, 12/28/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Illegal BBQ Cited for Violations in Florida :: Food Service Regulations :: Feeding Homeless Crackdown :: Too much cannabis talk? :: Property Taxes :: Chinese Internet Regulations :: Social Security to Crackdown on Gun Owners? :: Mass to Drag Feet on Cannabis :: Trading with Enemy :: Duterte to Throw So-Called Corrupt Officials from Helicopter :: Speeding Tickets :: Libertarians on Welfare :: Jay’s Deisel Spill :: Stock Market :: Israel :: Times Square Attempted Bomber :: Libertarians Flipping Back to Statism.” [Flash audio or MP3] (12/28/16)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2016-12-28

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42) Heartland Daily Podcast, 12/28/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Lindsey Stroud interviews John Dietz for another segment Voices of Vapers. The podcast series highlights individuals involved in the vaping community and brings attention to efforts to adjust the Food and Drug Administration’s deeming regulations that permit e-cigarettes and vaping devices to be regulated as tobacco products. The new rules threaten this billion dollar industry and also hinder the progress of tobacco harm reduction as many vapers have only been able to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes because of these devices.” [Flash audio] (12/28/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/12/heartland-daily-podcast-voices-of-vapers-john-dietz-pennsylvanias-40-vaping-tax/

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43) The Tom Woods Show, episode 813
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Shari Spivack, president of the Second Amendment Women Shooting Club, discusses gun rights from the point of view of someone who trains people in firearms usage rather than engages in political activism. Some people should probably stuff envelopes, I guess, but without people like Shari, what have we got?” [various formats] (12/28/16)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-813-second-amendment-women/

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44) Freedom Feens Radio, 12/28/16
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“James, Jim and MWD rock it hard about why the alt-right are sad and need a safe space, reviews of the worst post office in America, the great new BipCoin mining pool http://bip.ms-pool.net.ua/ that you should try and so much more.” [various formats] (12/28/16)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13467

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45) Cato Daily Podcast, 12/27/16
Source: Cato Institute

“How should the Federal Reserve clear the way for competitive currencies? Jim Grant is publisher of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer. We spoke during Cato’s monetary conference in November.” [various formats] (12/27/16)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/monetary-methods-election-2016

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