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Freedom Feens Radio, 12/20/16

December 20, 2016
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Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio
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"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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At Angola prison, getting sick can be a death sentence

December 20, 2016
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In These Times 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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Fixing the Electoral College

December 20, 2016
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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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Talking about “sticky prices” and monetary policy

December 20, 2016
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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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The gift that keeps on giving

December 20, 2016
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L. Neil Smith 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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Amnesia at the UN: The massacres Samantha Power conveniently forgot to mention

December 20, 2016
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CounterPunch 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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The western media: The propaganda wing of al Qaeda?

December 20, 2016
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Brendan O'Neill 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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Ditch your male doctor

December 20, 2016
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Paul Jacob 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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Lew Rockwell: Time to end the war on drugs

December 20, 2016
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Lew Rockwell Future of Freedom Foundation
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"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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Free Talk Live, 12/19/16

December 20, 2016
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
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"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)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-12-19  

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Zamguk conquers all!

December 20, 2016
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L. Neil Smith The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith  

"As a lifelong atheist, I never take 'Merry Christmas' as anything but a cheerful and sincere desire to share the spirit of the happiest time of the year. I enjoy Christmas as the ultimate capitalist celebration. It's a multiple-usage occasion and has been so since the dawn of history. I wish them 'Merry Christmas' right back, and I mean it. Unless I wish them a 'Happy Zagmuk,' sharing the oldest midwinter festival in our culture I can find any trace of. It's Babylonian, and celebrates the victory of the god-king Marduk over the forces of Chaos. But as anybody with the merest understanding of history and human nature could have predicted, if you give the Political Correctness Zombies (Good King Marduk needs to get back to work again) an Angstrom unit, they'll demand a parsec." (12/18/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle903-20161218-02.html  

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IRS attack dog will target US Bitcoiners and soon …

December 20, 2016
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Wendy Mcelroy Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy  

"On November 18, a headline at Coindesk announced, 'The IRS is Seeking Data on Coinbase's Bitcoin Customers.' The article stated, 'it seems, the IRS is looking to more aggressively police digital currency users in the US, and the [tax] investigation itself focuses on taxpayers who transacted between 2013 and 2015.' The investigation rests on a 'John Doe' warrant. The 'John Does' of interest are Americans who use bitcoin to evade tax reporting and payment requirements. The goal is almost certainly to audit non-compliers. Unfortunately, since the focus is on past transactions, a proactive response is difficult." (12/19/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/irs-attack-dog-target-us-bitcoiners/  

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After Aleppo: We need a new Syria policy

December 20, 2016
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Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"We cannot be sure what exactly is happening in Aleppo, but we do know a few things about what happened in Syria over the past five years. This was no popular uprising to overthrow a dictator and bring in democracy. From the moment President Obama declared 'Assad must go' and approved sending in weapons, it was obvious this was a foreign-sponsored regime change operation that used foreign fighters against Syrian government forces. ... Recently we heard that the CIA and Hillary Clinton believe that the Russians are behind leaked Democratic National Committee documents, and that the leaks were meant to influence the US presidential election in Donald Trump's favor. These are the same people who for the past five years have been behind the violent overthrow of the Syrian government, which has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands. Isn't supporting violent overthrow to influence who runs a country even worse than leaking documents? Is it OK when we do it? Why?" (10/19/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/aleppo-need-new-syria-policy  

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Trump and Bernie on trade: Dumb and dumber

December 20, 2016
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Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Liberal commentators are aghast at President-elect Donald Trump's bullying tactics to prevent American companies such as Carrier from leaving for cheaper climes Bernie and Sanders elsewhere. But when it comes to similar behavior on the part of liberal heroes, especially Bernie Sanders, most on the left have not an unkind word to spare. To the contrary, in fact. ... [Sanders] hasn't just sailed into the sunset after matching Trump's anti-trade tirades decibel for decibel during his presidential bid. A couple of weeks ago, he proposed arguably the most draconian anti-trade legislation in living memory, called the Outsourcing Prevention Act." (12/19/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/12/19/trump-and-bernie-on-trade-dumb-and-dumbe  

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Thomas Paine: From pirate to revolutionary

December 20, 2016
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Jeff Riggenbach Tenth Amendment Center
by Jeff Riggenbach  

"When Paine was a young man, he made a lot of money during the Seven Years' War working as a pirate. And he took two years off and really educated himself in the ideas of the Enlightenment, primarily the theories of Isaac Newton. And this self-education (which also Benjamin Franklin and George Washington did) is really what made him a figure of his time. He was able to impress very successful, very famous men -- starting with Franklin, most importantly." (12/19/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/12/19/thomas-paine-from-pirate-to-revolutionary/  

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How Trump used the incredible power of rejection to win the White House

December 20, 2016
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Fox News Forum
by Jia Jiang  

"In the weeks since Donald Trump stunned the world and won the 2016 presidential election, many people have weighed in with analysis and offered their explanation of the Trump miracle from political, economic and business angles. However, there was one aspect that led to Trump's victory that almost no one has talked about -- his mastery of rejection. I am not a Trump supporter, to say the least. And I don't agree with most of his policies and rhetoric. That being said, as an entrepreneur and researcher on the subject of fear and rejection, I see all people through the lens of their relationship with rejection. As a result, I found Trump's candidacy fascinating." (12/19/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/12/19/how-trump-used-incredible-power-rejection-to-win-white-house.html  

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Unthinkable today, obvious tomorrow: The moral case for the abolition of cruelty to animals

December 20, 2016
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National Review
by Matthew Scully  

"You don't really know your fellow man until you've pondered the fact that most people say they love animals, professing admiration and sympathy, and most people eat them. The great masses of creatures in our industrial farms today would be entitled to conclude, if they could do any pondering themselves, that our love is not worth much. Judging by the fruits, it more resembles hatred. They come and go knowing nothing of existence but misery. No season of gentleness anymore before the blade. No glimpse of earth's comforts or of life's goodness. It's all just pain, courtesy of a world filled with self-described animal lovers. Cruelty to animals, and to farm animals in particular, may not be humanity's worst offense. It has no rival, however, for the title of humanity's worst hypocrisy." (12/19/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443161/animal-welfare-standards-animal-cruelty-abolition-morality-factory-farming-animal-use-industries  

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The Jason Stapleton Program, 12/19/16

December 20, 2016
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The Jason Stapleton Program The Jason Stapleton Program
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"If you listen to the media today, you'd think the massacre in Syria is a result of American inaction. How anyone can say that with a straight face today is beyond me. The Syrian crisis is a direct result of our intervention in the middle east starting in Iraq. We created ISIS, and we supported them early on in the fight to take out Assad. Now the middle east is on fire, and the same people who said we needed to fund ISIS are the same ones calling for more violence. I'm sick of the media treating these foreign policy baboons with kid gloves. Today I'm going to take them to task." [various formats] (12/19/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/what-to-do-about-aleppo/  

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Niggling bureaucrats shouldn’t be telling us what’s “disparaging”

December 20, 2016
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Ilya Shapiro Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  

"Lee v. Tam asks whether an Asian-American rock band called The Slants can trademark and own their own name. The Slants are a group of artists, led by Simon Shiao Tam, who have formed an identity 'to take on these stereotypes that people have about us, like the slanted eyes, and own them.' Some agree with The Slants' approach and some disagree, as is normal in a robust artistic marketplace. What's not normal is that the government has chosen sides in this debate, punishing The Slants for their choice of name by denying them federal trademark registration." (12/19/16)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/niggling-bureaucrats-shouldnt-be-telling-us-whats-disparaging  

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Peace on Earth, by whatever name

December 20, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Peace on Earth, good will toward men. These are laudable aspirations for the time of hope and renewal represented by the December holidays of so many faiths and cultures over the millennia. And as 2016 becomes 2017, they make great New Year resolutions. Try as we might, humankind as never conquered poverty, sickness, suffering or war. But we should never stop trying. After nearly 400 years of opportunities to get those things right, the Westphalian nation-state has proven a failure on all counts." (12/19/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/8793  

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The Bob Zadek Show, 12/18/16

December 20, 2016
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Bob Zadek The Bob Zadek Show
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"Casey [Given] joins Bob to talk about what is on younger people's minds, and how the Young Voices network is penetrating the thick fog of ideological conformism on college campuses and in the mainstream media." [Flash audio or MP3] (12/18/16)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2016/12/18/casey-given-young-voices-for-liberty  

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Interregnum

December 20, 2016
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Arthur Goldhammer  

"American interregnums are often peculiar times, but none has ever been more peculiar than this one. As autumn subsides into winter, much of the country lies in the grip of a paralyzing chill. Democracy is under threat as never before. Each day brings a fresh report of a high-level nomination by the president-elect, and each new nomination strengthens the impression that Mr. Trump is determined to create a kakistocracy, a government of the worst." (12/19/16)

http://prospect.org/article/interregnum  

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Trade is simply — whenever used — a lowest-cost method of production

December 20, 2016
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Don Boudreaux Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux  

"Trade, you see, is simply a method of production. You can produce a sofa directly, constructing it with your own hands. But if you aren't a specialized furniture producer, the number of hours that it will take you to construct a good sofa will be enormous. Fortunately, you have available an attractive alternative method -- a roundabout method -- for constructing a good sofa: you can work at whatever it is you specialize in and then transform through trade some of your income into a sofa that you buy from a furniture maker. The amount of time that it will take you to earn the income necessary to buy a sofa from the furniture maker is much less than the amount of time that you need to construct a sofa with your own hands." (12/18/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/12/41854.html  

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Russia’s election hacks are child’s play

December 19, 2016
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Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail R Hall Blanco  

"Those barking loudly over Russia's involvement with the U.S. political process would do well to take a look at the history of U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. government has a long history, some two hundred years long, of interfering in the politics of other countries -- and we're not just talking emails. In fact, the U.S. has a long history of not only supporting various governments, including brutal dictatorships, but actively assisting in the overthrow of various other governments. ... Many people may say that the U.S. government's involvement in these activities doesn't excuse Russia. Perhaps they are right. Just because someone is engaged in bad behavior doesn't mean others should as well. As the old saying goes, however, people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Russia may be trying to sway U.S. politics, but the U.S. wrote the book on how to meddle in other countries' affairs." (12/19/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/12/19/russias-election-hacks-are-childs-play/  

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Mr. Obama, it’s time to face reality, Mr. Trump is going to be president

December 19, 2016
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Fox News Forum
by Michael Goodwin  

"[A] funny thing happened on the way to one-party dominance: The people who work for a living said no, hell no. Their revolt brings Donald Trump to the White House amid hopes of a revival of the economy and of the American spirit. Thoroughly beaten, the Dems are at their lowest point in nearly a century. From the White House to Congress to statehouses, they are on the outside looking in. Their punishment was well-deserved, as demonstrated by Obama and Clinton. Full of excuses and blaming everyone except themselves, their closing acts proved it is time for them to go." (12/19/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/12/19/michael-goodwin-mr-obama-its-time-to-face-reality-mr-trump-is-going-to-be-president.html  

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