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Weekend Special Edition, November 24th, 2018
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In the News:

0) Got yer Saturday special edition here …
1) Comey resists subpoena for secret congressional interrogation, willing to “answer all questions” in public
2) US oil tumbles nearly 7% as pressure builds on OPEC to cut output
3) AZ: Border thug skates in murder of Mexican teenager
4) Afghanistan: Suicide blast kills dozens at mosque
5) Pakistan: Gunmen attack China’s consulate in Karachi as violence flares

Everybody Has An Opinion:

6) Trump’s foreign policy war on Americans
7) What’s up with hate?
8) Freedom’s frauds
9) Smart meters — given what government does why do we want more of it?
10) Quantum Vibe, 11/23/18

The Sound and the Fury:

11) The Big L Podcast, episode 7
12) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 275
13) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 267
14) Reason Podcast, 11/23/18
15) This Week in Bitcoin, 11/22/18

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0) Got yer Saturday special edition here …

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1) Comey resists subpoena for secret congressional interrogation, willing to “answer all questions” in public
Source: Yahoo! News

“Former FBI Director James Comey tweeted on Thanksgiving morning that he had received a subpoena to testify before Congress and he indicated that he would submit willingly to the formal, legally-binding summons if the proceedings were open and public. ‘Happy Thanksgiving,’ Comey wrote via Twitter. ‘Got a subpoena from House Republicans. I’m still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions. But I will resist a ‘closed door’ thing because I’ve seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion.’ … With the clock winding down on their majority control in Congress, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee indicated last week that they were preparing to subpoena Comey and former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch for private depositions after the Thanksgiving holiday.” (11/22/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/james-comey-subpoenaed-willing-answer-questions-hearing-open-180503838–abc-news-topstories.html

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2) US oil tumbles nearly 7% as pressure builds on OPEC to cut output
Source: MarketWatch

“Crude-oil prices plunged in early Friday trade in New York, with the contract headed for its seventh-straight weekly fall as investors increasingly focused on a coming OPEC meeting. January West Texas Intermediate crude slid $3.73, or 6.8% to $50.90 a barrel. The contract rose nearly 2.3% on Wednesday, after losing 6.6% Tuesday to settle at a more than one-year low of $53.43. For the week so far, WTI is down 7.8%. Global benchmark January Brent slid $2.95, or 4.7%, to $59.65 a barrel, after closing up 1.5% on Wednesday. Its finish at $62.53 Tuesday was the lowest settlement since February.” (11/23/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/crude-heads-for-7th-weekly-loss-as-pressure-builds-on-opec-to-cut-output-2018-11-23

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3) AZ: Border thug skates in murder of Mexican teenager
Source: Fox News

“A U.S. Border Patrol [gang member] was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in the 2012 shooting death of a Mexican teenager, sparking anger and protest from a small group of activists outside the Tucson, Ariz., courtroom. Lonnie Swartz was accused of firing multiple shots through the border fence in Nogales, Ariz., with 10 hitting Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was on the Mexican side of the fence, the Arizona Republic reported. He was struck in the back and head. The border [thug] said he fired at the teen because he was being pelted with rocks and feared for his life.” (11/23/18)

https://www.foxnews.com/us/border-agent-acquitted-of-involuntary-manslauther-in-death-of-mexican-teenager

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4) Afghanistan: Suicide blast kills dozens at mosque
Source: NBC News

“A suicide blast at a mosque in an army base in eastern Afghanistan on Friday killed at least 26 people and wounded 50, authorities said. One security official said the victims had gathered for Friday prayers in the Ismail Khel district of Khost province. All those killed in the suicide attack were working for the Afghan security forces, according to Capt. Abdullah, a military spokesman in Khost who goes by only one name. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.” (11/23/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/suicide-blast-kills-dozens-mosque-afghanistan-s-khost-province-n939456

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5) Pakistan: Gunmen attack China’s consulate in Karachi as violence flares
Source: Raidio Teilifis Eireann [Irish state media]

“At least two police officers and three gunmen have been killed in an attack on the Chinese consulate in the Pakistani port city of Karachi. Separatist militants who oppose Chinese investment projects in western Pakistan say they carried out the attack. The attack happened at the same time as a suicide attacker on a motorbike set off explosives in a crowded festival and market in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 25 people. The attack on China’s consulate in Karachi was claimed by the separatist Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) insurgent projects linked to its Belt and Road initiative in resource-rich Baluchistan.” (11/23/18)

https://www.rte.ie/news/world/2018/1123/1012907-pakistan-china/

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6) Trump’s foreign policy war on Americans
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Some of us who understand the links among freedom, free trade, durable prosperity, and a noninterventionist foreign policy always doubted the sincerity of Trump’s occasional renegade soundbites during his presidential campaign. But some fantasists fell for them, and they refuse to let go of their tissue-thin hope that this execrable man will liquidate the American empire. Nothing will convince them, so efforts at persuasion are futile. The funny thing is that Trump himself seems to be working hardest to persuade those supporters that he has no intention of changing U.S. foreign policy. He would no more liquidate America’s global empire than liquidate his own global business empire.” (11/23/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-trumps-foreign-policy-war-on-americans/

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7) What’s up with hate?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Reported hate crimes are up. Last year, you may remember, major media outlets noted an alarming pattern, quoting the work of a ‘nonpartisan researcher’ who seemed more intent on linking Donald Trump to the perceived trend than anything else. This year’s increase? Well, the most recent FBI report shows hate crimes for 2017 up a whopping 17 percent! Sounds alarming. But is it? I mean, really? Maybe.” (11/23/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/11/23/whats-up-with-hate/

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8) Freedom’s frauds
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by George Leef

“One of the complaints that ‘mainstream’ writers level against libertarians is that they cause people to distrust government and lose their faith in democracy. To that supposed crime, [James] Bovard must plead guilty. Ordinary people, he shows again and again, should distrust government because it is primarily devoted to enriching those who know how to take advantage of its power to coerce, and they should not have any faith in democracy because it has become a smokescreen covering a vast array of violence and theft.” (11/23/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/freedoms-frauds/

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9) Smart meters — given what government does why do we want more of it?
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“It’s not actually that difficult a task. We know exactly where every electricity meter in the country is. We’ve even got wires leading from central points to each and every one of them allowing a Theseus and Minotaur search process. And yet a simple rolling process of replacement is beyond government to plan, undertake or even design so implementation is possible.” (11/23/18)

https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/your-tax-money-at-work/smart-meters-given-what-government-does-why-do-we-want-more-of-it/

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10) Quantum Vibe, 11/23/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (11/23/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1877

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11) The Big L Podcast, episode 7
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“We continue from Eps 5 and 6 talking about the evolution of the platform of the Libertarian Party, including its high and low points. Particular attention is given to the platform changes made at the 2018 convention.” [various formats] (11/23/18)

http://biglpodcast.com/re-platforming-of-the-libertarian-party-part-3-bl007/

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12) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 275
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Pete ‘Mance Rayder’ Raymond returns to the show to discuss spreading the antiwar message in the face of censorship. Podcasts are an unregulated medium to spread the message. However, tech companies (Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, Google) are cracking down on nonmainstream messages and deepening their ties with the government. Pete explains how we can continue to spread the message without using platforms that will censor the message. Pete highlights the benefits of a new social network Minds.Com.” [various formats] (11/23/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-275-spreading-the-antiwar-message-guest-pete-mance-rayder-raymond

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13) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 267
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Trevor Thrall & Emma Ashford discuss the nuance differences between isolationists, non-interventionists, & pragmatic realists.” [various formats] (11/23/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/free-thoughts/power-problem-crossover-are-libertarians-isolationists

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14) Reason Podcast, 11/23/18
Source: Reason

“A few weeks ago in Los Angeles, Reason celebrated its 50th anniversary. To mark that milestone, we hosted a series of discussions taking the measure of how far the world has come since 1968 in relation to a bunch of topics that we’ve long been interested in. I’m happy to share with you a panel titled ‘The First Amendment in the 21st Century.’” [various formats] (11/23/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/11/23/50th-gala-panel-first-amendment-podcast

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15) This Week in Bitcoin, 11/22/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“When Bitcoin and the stock market start to crash, how do you figure out the right hand to play?” [various formats] (11/22/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e574-BCH-Update-Surviving-the-Crash-China-Updates-Galore

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