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December 19, 2016
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by SH Chambers  

Cartoon. (12/18/16)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1640  

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How Congress can fix labor and employment laws in 2017

December 19, 2016
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Trey Kovacs & Daniel Cody  

"Reining in the top federal labor regulatory agencies should be a top priority for the new Congress. The National Labor Relations Board, created by Congress during the New Deal Era 80 years ago, was meant to act as an impartial arbiter who represents the public interest in labor disputes. But now the NLRB is too partisan and favors labor unions over workers themselves. Congress should start by retooling the structure of the NLRB." [editor's note: The NLRB wasn't created to be an "impartial arbiter." It was created to rein in the labor movement and end e.g. wildcat strikes, sympathy strikes, boycotts, etc. - TLK] (12/17/16)

https://cei.org/content/how-congress-can-fix-labor-and-employment-laws-2017  

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Declassified: The military’s border-busting operations in Africa

December 19, 2016
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The Nation The Nation
by Nick Turse  

"How US military engagement will proceed under the Trump administration remains to be seen. The president-elect has said or tweeted little about Africa in recent years (aside from long trading in baseless claims that the current president was born there). Given his choice for national security adviser, Michael Flynn -- a former director of intelligence for Joint Special Operations Command who believes that the United States is in a 'world war' with Islamic militants -- there is good reason to believe that Special Operations Command Africa will continue its border-busting missions across that continent. That, in turn, means that Africa is likely to remain crucial to America’s nameless global war on terror." (12/19/16)

https://www.thenation.com/article/declassified-the-militarys-border-busting-operations-in-africa/  

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I pledge allegiance to … what, exactly?

December 19, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Tom Slater  

"Communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced that he wants public servants to swear an oath to 'British values.' In a piece for The Sunday Times, he said: 'If we are going to challenge [intolerant] attitudes, civic and political leaders have to lead by example. We can't expect new arrivals to embrace British values if those of us who are already here don't do so ourselves.' He got the idea from the Casey report, which warned earlier this month that certain ethno-religious minorities were living parallel lives to mainstream Britain. The oath has already been dismissed as the Conservatives 'throwing a dead cat on the table' to distract from Brexit. Maybe that's true. But it's at the very least in keeping with the government's British values campaign, in that it is entirely superficial, not to mention contradictory." (12/19/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/i-pledge-allegiance-to-what-exactly-british-values-oath-sajid-javid/  

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Marijuana prohibition derangement ruins young lives

December 19, 2016
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William Norman Grigg Libertarian Institute
by Will Grigg  

"Gavin Devic of Springfield, Missouri wasn't shunted through the school-to-prison pipeline, but the local drug prohibition soviet will probably succeed in derailing the disciplined, accomplished young man’s academic and athletic goals. Just as some people claim that it is possible to experience a 'contact high' through exposure to marijuana smoke, adherents of the prohibition cult believe that it is possible for people to experience 'contact culpability' in similar circumstances." (12/19/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/marijuana-prohibition-derangement-ruins-young-lives/  

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The Android Manifesto: Finding Marx in Westworld

December 19, 2016
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In These Times In These Times
by Eileen Jones  

"In the wake of Donald Trump's election, the disturbing power of HBO's Westworld makes more sense. There's uncanny force in all those shots of androids waking up again and again, not knowing they're still in a kind of dream. Those false awakenings that disguise persistent states of unconsciousness resonate uncomfortably with our own condition prior to November 8. Blindsided by Trump's victory, it's hard not to shudder when, in the first season finale, one android warns another who's convinced she's finally fully conscious of the horrors of her reality: 'You've 'woken up' many times before.' We're sure our eyes are open now, but how many of us on the Left thought we were already conscious of America's violent rage and political apathy? How many of us believed we were actively sounding the alarm, only to realize how inconsequential our efforts had been?" (12/19/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19728/karl-marx-in-westworld-android-manifesto-trump-false-consciousness/  

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Who is to blame for failing to force countries to repatriate their criminals?

December 19, 2016
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Niskanen Center
by Kristie de Pena  

"During the presidential race, President-elect Donald Trump said that he would make sure other countries take back their citizens, subjects, nationals, and residents when they are deported, regardless of the reason for deportation. More recently, Trump's nominee for Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), also reiterated his commitment to resolving this issue. For most Americans, this seems like a no-brainer; of course countries should have to take back their own citizens when they are deported. Unfortunately -- and likely surprisingly for most Americans -- this is actually not the case. What's more, the tools the Department of State has at its disposal to effect deportations are seldom used and largely ineffectual." (12/19/16)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/blame-failing-force-countries-repatriate-criminals/  

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Tripwires on the way to the inauguration

December 19, 2016
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"While President-elect Donald Trump confronts a coordinated assault by the 'intelligence community,' the media, and the Democratic party that seeks to delegitimize him before he even takes the oath of office, it's on the foreign front that the greatest danger looms. The conspiracy theory that has been pushed by the CIA, embraced by the media, and reluctantly endorsed by the FBI -- a Russian 'cyber-attack' liberated emails from the DNC server and John Podesta's gmail account, and WikiLeaks obligingly published them on Putin's orders -- is never questioned in the mainstream media. Except, of course, by President-elect Trump, whose campaign disdained this narrative by remarking: 'These are the same people who said that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.' Ouch!" (12/19/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/12/18/tripwires-way-inauguration/  

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ObamaCare is literally killing us

December 19, 2016
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Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Hans Bader  

"The death rate increased 1.2% last year, and life expectancy fell in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. Female life expectancy dropped from 81.3 to 81.2 years, and male life expectancy fell from 76.5 to 76.3 years. As ABC News notes, 'A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago.' The core elements of Obamacare went into effect in 2014. Americans' health has thus been deteriorating even as the provisions of the Affordable Care Act were supposed to be providing improvements. Americans' health has been deteriorating even as the provisions of the Affordable Care Act were supposed to be providing improvements." (12/19/16)

https://fee.org/articles/obamacare-is-literally-killing-us/  

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Clinton’s defeat and the fake news conspiracy

December 19, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Jonathan Cook  

"There is an astounding double standard being applied to the US presidential election result. A few weeks ago the corporate media were appalled that Donald Trump demurred on whether he would accept the vote if it went against him. It was proof of his anti-democratic, authoritarian instincts. But now he has won, the same media outlets are cheerleading the establishment's full-frontal assault on the legitimacy of a Trump presidency. That campaign is being headed by the failed candidate, Hillary Clinton, after a lengthy softening-up operation by US intelligence agencies, led by the CIA." (12/19/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/12/19/clintons-defeat-and-the-fake-news-conspiracy/  

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Can’t afford a lawyer? No free speech for you.

December 19, 2016
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Reason Reason
by Nick Sibilla & John Kerr  

"For someone campaigning to help run Colorado's university system, Matt Arnold didn't seem too keen on higher education. His 2012 Republican primary campaign for a spot on the Board of Regents made headlines after the candidate admitted that he had misstated finishing his master's thesis, maligned those who received degrees for their 'pursuit of academic BS that no one cares about' by calling them 'a bunch of people who hang letters after their names, but they have no useful skills,' and then publicized his opponent's home address. In the heat of the controversy, a group called Coloradans for a Better Future (CBF) ran an ad criticizing Arnold's campaign as 'an embarrassing distraction.' This, it seems, was the moment that Arnold's mission changed from winning political office to an anti-speech vendetta." (for publication 01/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/12/19/cant-afford-a-lawyer  

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Freedom Feens Radio, 12/19/16

December 19, 2016
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Freedom Feens Freedom Feens Radio
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"Steve, Jeremy and Michael rock the mic about a problem with Co-ExistCoin, worse cryptocurrencies that don't work and their developer calls you 'rude' when you point that out or explain problems to them i.e. the HUGE problems with Cannabis Industry Coin (XCI) and why it will never be embraced by the cannabis industry, In the Chappaqua woods, a search for Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama's Trump-loving brother, and so so very much more!" [various formats] (12/19/16)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=13399  

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Free Talk Live, 12/18/16

December 19, 2016
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Free Talk Live Free Talk Live
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"CBD Oil Added to Schedule One :: Monopsony and Healthcare :: Teacher Shortage :: Education Choice :: Economics in One Lesson :: Opiate Addiction :: New Sons of Liberty? :: Parking Issue :: College :: Banned from Courthouse :: Third Parties." [Flash audio or MP3] (12/18/16)

https://soundcloud.com/freetalklive/free-talk-live-2016-12-18  

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Economic ideas: Adam Smith on free trade, crony capitalism, and the benefits from commercial society

December 19, 2016
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Richard M. Ebeling Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling  

"Adam Smith's central contribution to economic understanding was surely his demonstration that under an institutional arrangement of individual liberty, property rights, and voluntary exchange the self-interested conduct of market participants could be shown to be consistent with a general betterment of the human condition. The emergence of a social system of division of labor makes men interdependent for the necessities, amenities and luxuries of life. But in the free, competitive market order every individual can only access what others in society can supply him with by offering them something in exchange that they value more highly than what is being asked from them in trade." (12/19/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/economic-ideas-adam-smith-free-trade-crony-capitalism-benefits-commercial-society/  

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Will a stronger dollar cause a trade war with Europe?

December 19, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Brendan Brown  

"Markets have not been slow to see through the hollowness of the European Central Bank's announced (on December 8) curtailment of the pace of money printing planned for April next year. The ECB plans to reduce its 'stimulus' from 80 billion euros per month down to 60 billion euros per month. But, it plans to do this for nine months before any further review -- rather than the usual 6-month fixed period until further review. Sixty billion is a huge number and the persistence of the ECB in sticking to its radical policy suggests that Chief Draghi, and ultimately Chancellor Merkel, are deeply anxious about the dangers of financial crisis ahead which could rock the status quo in Europe." (12/19/16)

https://mises.org/blog/will-stronger-dollar-cause-trade-war-europe  

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Russian hack: Proof of campaign incompetence

December 19, 2016
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TimSlagle.com
by Tim Slagle  

"John Podesda's staff allowed Russians to hack into his eMail, and illustrate the fatal flaw of large bureaucracies. I'm old enough to remember when Russian Hacking was just writing jokes for Yakov Smirnoff. Now it's the the biggest news story of the week. Apparently Hillary blames the Russian Hacking for her loss. Well not the hacking per se, but the information revealed in the hack. Much like other puppet shows, you're not supposed to peek around back and watch the guy pulling the strings of the Campaign." (12/16/16)

http://timslagle.com/comedy/russian-hack-proof-of-campaign-incompetence.html  

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The decline and fall of collectivism

December 19, 2016
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Butler Shaffer LewRockwell.com
by Butler Shaffer  

"In a culture grounded in individual liberty, any system that insisted upon the maintenance of existing conditions and not having to adapt to environmental changes would quickly face extinction. But if political institutions are available to help preserve the status quo by forcibly regulating the behavior of others, those able to control the political machinery can overcome this need to remain resilient. By fostering enforceable rules that standardize and make uniform the actions of others, the state gives birth to collectivism, a concept that one dictionary defines as 'a doctrine or system that makes the group or state responsible for the social and economic welfare of its members.' This idea produces consequences that are detrimental to the long-term vibrancy of cultures that embrace its stifling assumptions." (12/16/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/12/butler-shaffer/decline-fall-collectivism/  

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Roy Childs’s letter to Murray Rothbard on their schism

December 19, 2016
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WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy, Roy Childs and Murray Rothbard  

"One of the items I've most wanted to publish is a long letter from Roy Childs to Murray Rothbard in which Roy gives a real sense of why the deep schism occurred between the two men who had been the best of comrades for a very long time. I consider it one of the most important intellectual schisms to have occurred in the movement, and I think libertarianism would have developed differently had Roy and Murray remained partners." (12/16/16)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.7570  

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REAL ID: The freedom-hating bullies are back

December 19, 2016
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Garry Reed HubPages
by Garry Reed  

"In November the Tenth Amendment Center warned us that the Federal REAL ID Bullies have once again woken up, raised their dictatorial heads, and began threatening more states to adopt their national identification system or their citizens will be made to suffer. For those who have forgotten, or never knew, here's what REAL ID is all about." (12/17/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/REAL-ID-The-Freedom-Hating-Bullies-Are-Back  

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The dangers of liberal campus echo chambers

December 19, 2016
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Seattle Times
by Nicholas Kristof  

"After Donald Trump's election, some universities echoed with primal howls. Faculty members canceled classes for weeping, terrified students who asked: How could this possibly be happening? I share apprehensions about President-elect Trump, but I also fear the reaction was evidence of how insular universities have become. When students inhabit liberal bubbles, they're not learning much about their own country. To be fully educated, students should encounter not only Plato, but also Republicans." [hat tip -- Scott Semans] (12/16/16)

http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/the-dangers-of-liberal-campus-echo-chambers/  

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The KN@PP Stir Podcast, episode 109

December 19, 2016
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The KN@PP Stir KN@PPSTER
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"In this episode: Thanks For Asking! (Ralph Raico RIP, Keith Olbermann is Depraved in a Boring Sort of Way; Electoral Coup Likelihood; Attack of the Annoying Alt-Right SJWs; Secession -- there's more, read the thread!); This Election Makes Me Feel Like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day." [Flash audio or MP3] (12/18/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-knpp-stir-podcast-episode-109.html  

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What’s a secular heretic to do?

December 19, 2016
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Sheldon Richman Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman  

"The outrage against those who cast aspersions on America's spy bureaucracy is ludicrous. Do people really forget that in 2013 Director of National Intelligence James Clapper publicly lied -- there is no other word -- when he flatly denied to a Senate committee that Americans were being spied on en masse? (Edward Snowden soon exposed Clapper's shameless lie.) Do they also forget that the CIA was politicized during the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq? The Bush administration wanted a reason to invade, and the agency was told to come up with evidence of WMD and of involvement with al-Qaeda. There was no evidence, but that did not matter. Counter-evidence was ignored or ridiculed. That was hardly the first instance of politicization." (12/16/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/foreign-polic  

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How to beat the post-election blues

December 19, 2016
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John W. Whitehead Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead  

"There may not be much we can do to avoid the dismal reality of the police state in the long term -- not so long as the powers-that-be continue to call the shots and allow profit margins to take precedence over the needs of people -- but in the short term, there are things we can all do right now to make this world (or at least our small corners of it) just a little bit kinder, a little less hostile and a lot more helpful to those in need. If we want it badly enough, that is. As John Lennon reminded us, 'War is over, if you want it.' Those last four words are key: 'if you want it.'" (12/16/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/beat-post-election-blues/  

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It’s time to switch to blockchain-based email systems

December 19, 2016
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Bitcoin.com
by Julio Gil-Pulgar  

"Running email systems on Bitcoin's blockchain technology is becoming increasingly imperative, as current email services are cumbersome and no longer secure. Indeed, email service providers are using obsolete technology that has become too vulnerable to ever-more sophisticated hackers." (12/18/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/blockchain-based-email-systems/  

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Compulsory education fosters climate ripe for sexual abuse

December 19, 2016
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Vishal Wilde  

"Reports of sexual abuse of youth footballers by their adult coaches continues to rock Britain, especially since the list of incidences and clubs involved continues to grow. It is crucial that instances of paedophilia be brought to the forefront, and the enabling role played by compulsory education examined. Children are the most oppressed peoples in society and they continue, most often, to lack a meaningful voice, and are routinely and unjustly ignored. When we consider what makes paedophilia possible, it is not just to do with the physically weaker nature of most younger children compared to grown adults, but it is also to do with the way children have been mentally and socially conditioned." (12/18/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/47285  

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