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Volume XVII, Issue #4,151
Weekend Special Edition, January 12th, 2019
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In the News:

1) Fake “shutdown” becomes longest in history
2) FBI tried to Trump up case that a president they feared was secretly working for Russia
3) Syria: US withdrawal officially underway
4) Congo: Defeated candidate vows legal challenge
5) FL: Miami airport to close terminal rather than spare passengers the usual sexual assault risk
6) SpaceX finishes building “Starship” hopper prototype
7) Myanmar: Court rejects appeal by jailed Reuters journalists

Everybody Has An Opinion:

8) Tucker Carlson needs love from his leaders
9) Trump’s immigration rhetoric carries shades of 1994 proposition that killed California GOP
10) Liberty isn’t utopia
11) Libertarians, cultural appropriation bullies and victimhood
12) France, part 2

The Sound and the Fury:

13) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 29
14) Free Talk Live, 01/10/19
15) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 266
16) This Week in Bitcoin, 01/10/19
17) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1317

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

1) Fake “shutdown” becomes longest in history
Source: Yahoo! News

“The partial government shutdown became the longest closure in U.S. history when the clock ticked past midnight into early Saturday as President Donald Trump and nervous Republicans scrambled to find a way out of the mess. A solution couldn’t come soon enough for federal [employees] who got pay statements Friday but no pay. The House and Senate voted to give federal workers back pay whenever the federal government reopens and then left town for the weekend, leaving the shutdown on track to become one for the record books once the clock struck midnight and the closure entered its 22nd day.” (01/12/19)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/shutdown-becomes-longest-federal-closure-us-history-050249926–politics.html

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2) FBI tried to Trump up case that a president they feared was secretly working for Russia
Source: New York Times

“In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned [that their own power might be at risk] that they began investigating whether [they could put over the scam] he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation. The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether [they could manufacture a case that] the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether [the best way to make such a ridiculous charge stick was to pretend] Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.” (01/11/19)

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/us/politics/fbi-trump-russia-inquiry.html

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3) Syria: US withdrawal officially underway
Source: CBS News

“The U.S. military has begun the process of withdrawing troops from Syria, a U.S. defense official confirmed to CBS News on Friday, saying it was expected to take between 90 and 120 days. The official told CBS News senior national security correspondent David Martin that equipment had begun moving out earlier this week. America’s operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the country were to continue during the withdrawal process. … Confirmation of the first withdrawals comes amid confusion over plans to implement President Donald Trump’s pullout order and threats from Turkey to attack the Kurds, who have been America’s partners on the ground in the war against ISIS in Syria.” (01/11/19)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-syria-withdrawal-ordered-donald-trump-underway-turkey-threatens-ypg-kurds/

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4) Congo: Defeated candidate vows legal challenge
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The defeated opposition candidate in DR Congo’s presidential election has vowed to challenge the result in court. Martin Fayulu told the BBC the people of the nation deserved to know the truth of the election, which he said had led to a ‘coup.’ Another opposition candidate, Felix Tshisekedi, was declared the winner amid accusations of a power-sharing deal with the outgoing president. Several deaths and injuries have been reported in the wake of the results. The election was to choose a successor to Joseph Kabila, who has been in office for 18 years. The result, if confirmed, would create the first orderly transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960.” (01/11/19)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-46834804

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5) FL: Miami airport to close terminal rather than spare passengers the usual sexual assault risk
Source: Associated Press

“Miami International Airport is closing a terminal this weekend due to the partial government shutdown because [Transportation Security Administration goons] have been calling in sick at twice the airport’s normal rate. Friday marks the first day [the thugs] will miss a paycheck, and airport spokesman Greg Chin says there’s a concern there won’t be enough workers to [grope passengers at] all 11 checkpoints during normal hours over the weekend.” [editor’s note: That’s an easy problem to solve. Just station an airport employee at the groping station to wave passengers on through – TLK] (01/11/19)

https://apnews.com/3150ebe8c75348278441460f14b6f692

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6) SpaceX finishes building “Starship” hopper prototype
Source: Space.com

“SpaceX has built itself a shiny new rocket. Assembly of the test-flight version of SpaceX’s Mars-colonizing Starship vehicle is now complete, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk announced Thursday night (Jan. 10). The suborbital, hopping rocket is a sleek, shiny craft with three prominent fins that end in landing pads. … The construction milestone seems to keep SpaceX on target to begin short ‘hopping’ flights with the prototype vehicle soon. Musk said earlier this week that SpaceX aims to start such trial runs, which will take place at the Texas site near Brownsville, in the next four to eight weeks. These flights will be similar to those that SpaceX performed in 2012 and 2013 with its Grasshopper test vehicle, Musk added in another tweet Thursday night. The Grasshopper runs, which helped SpaceX get ready to land and re-fly Falcon 9 rocket first stages, reached a maximum altitude of about 2,500 feet (700 meters).” (01/11/19)

https://www.space.com/42979-spacex-starship-test-vehicle-photo.html

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7) Myanmar: Court rejects appeal by jailed Reuters journalists
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“A court in Myanmar has rejected an appeal by two reporters of the Reuters news agency, sentenced to seven years in jail for breaking the country’s Official Secrets Act, in a case that rallied press freedom advocates. Lawyers for Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, had filed the appeal in November against their conviction, citing evidence of a police set-up and lack of proof of a crime. The appeal argued that the original trial was conducted in an ‘unjust manner’ and had called for the reporters’ immediate release. But High Court judge Aung Naing on Friday said the lawyers failed to submit enough evidence to prove the pair’s innocence.” (01/11/19)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/myanmar-court-rejects-appeal-jailed-reuters-journalists-190111060309205.html

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

8) Tucker Carlson needs love from his leaders
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Fox News host and Trump cheerleader Tucker Carlson is a culturally conservative, big-government, nationalist populist. As such, he’s upset that establishment politicians and their sponsoring elite don’t care enough to promote his and his fellow Americans’ happiness. That’s weird. Why would he want them to? … Rather than demand that our (mis)leaders get out of our way and leave the pursuit of happiness to us through private consensual interaction, Carlson calls on the politicians to care for us and even to make us happy. Why he doesn’t find that prospect disgusting is beyond understanding. Politicians could only do what Carlson asks by deciding what ought to make us happy and by forcing us to obey them. Thanks, Tucker, but no thanks.” (01/11/19)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-tucker-carlson-wants-love/

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9) Trump’s immigration rhetoric carries shades of 1994 proposition that killed California GOP
Source: Reason
by Steven Greenhut

“I had yet to migrate to California from the Midwest in 1994 when Proposition 187, which banned most public services for illegal immigrants, passed overwhelmingly. … As a libertarian, I oppose most public services for, well, everybody. But the statewide initiative did more than try to turn off the spigot for taxpayer-funded programs. In opposing the initiative at the time, The Orange County Register complained that ‘it would also introduce Big Brother elements into schools and hospitals. Immigration and welfare problems should be resolved with less government, not more.’ It noted that reporting ‘suspicious-looking immigrants … will be the conservatives’ unintentional mechanism to create even more racial divisiveness.’ … The Prop. 187 campaign was never about a rational debate about immigration, public services and government intrusion. It was an emotional debate, fueled by frustration at the state’s changing demographics. Those ads featuring grainy black-and-white photos of illegal immigrants running across the border played on fears. The initiative was blocked by the courts, but no matter. As myriad commentators have noted, the California GOP suffered a steady decline since then.” (01/11/19)

https://reason.com/archives/2019/01/11/trumps-immigration-rhetoric-carries-shad

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10) Liberty isn’t utopia
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Utopia isn’t an option. But statists don’t like that admission and it’s a deal-breaker for them. Liberty would have to be Utopia with no problems at all for them to accept it in place of their favored statist Dystopia — no matter the specific issue.” (01/11/19)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2019/01/liberty-isnt-utopia.html

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11) Libertarians, cultural appropriation bullies and victimhood
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“So much has already been written about the evils of Cultural Appropriation that it’s almost become a joke to everyone except the most hardcore progressive collectivist class war groupthink-identity victimhood-whining Social Justice Warrior (SJW), many of whom are now assuming the title of Cultural Appropriation Bully (CAB). For those hiding under rocks the idea of this worldview is that anytime any member of a dominant society takes, uses, accepts or in any way whatsoever incorporates some item of a minority member’s cultural thing into his or her own cultural thing it’s an act of evil and must immediately be publicly shamed. Even the failure to publicly shame cultural appropriation must be publicly shamed.” (01/10/19)

https://hubpages.com/politics/Libertarians-Cultural-Appropriation-Bullies-and-Victimhood

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12) France, part 2
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“In 1945, France was seemingly at peace, and it seemed that the people were in charge. Or were they? The corrupt Third Republic was dead, the various monarchists had no real power. The Fascists were being chased down, the colonies were being reorganized. A new democracy was born. And in turn was taken over by a new Napoleon, Charles de Gaulle. In 1946 he relinquished his temporary leadership of the nation as its wartime leader and helped establish a Fourth Republic. But that was short-lived. Besides the Viet Minh Rebellion in Indochina, there were serious internal problems in France (which included Algeria), and threatened coups and rebellions. In the usual French way, people took to the streets, attacking and destroying and looting. The elite let them riot, and reestablished their own sources of power. Incredibly, in 1958, a Fifth Republic was established when de Gaulle was invited back, and then elected President.” (01/10/19)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2019/01/10/france-part-ii/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

13) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 29
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Johnny and Raylene get to know the chair of the Radical Caucus, the Libertarian wing of the Libertarian Party, in this interview with Marc Montoni!” [various formats] (01/11/19)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-29-losing-my-religion-w-marc-montoni/

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14) Free Talk Live, 01/10/19
Source: Free Talk Live

“AZ high school requiring students with failing grades to wear red badges, ACLU says policy violates 14th Amendment :: Libertarians cleaning (and enjoying) National Parks :: San Antonio officials object to name of new strip club :: NH Game wardens have a TV Show :: FL brewery unveils biodegradable six-pack rings :: California lawmaker proposes a ban on paper receipts? :: Banning the CA Legislature :: Sneaking out of China :: Proposal for Immigration compromise on open border :: HOSTS — Darryl, Jackie, Chris R.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/10/19)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2019-01-10

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15) Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 266
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 266 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: an article by C Jay Engel titled, ‘Governance As A Role Vs. The State As An Entity;’ challenging jurisdiction; and more.” [various formats] (01/10/19)

https://everything-voluntary.com/the-importance-of-governance-and-why-the-state-fails-34m-episode-266

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16) This Week in Bitcoin, 01/10/19
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Bitcoin is everywhere. From the protests in France, to U.S. sanctioned countries, to intellectual debates in Israel.” [various formats] (01/10/19)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e656-Street-Art-Revolution-Coinbase-Binance-National-Reserves

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17) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1317
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Allen Mendenhall, who holds a Ph.D. in English from Auburn University, joins me to discuss what libertarian literary criticism looks like.” [various formats] (01/19/19)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-1317-what-can-libertarians-contribute-to-the-study-of-literature/

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Steve Trinward

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