The Tom Woods Show, episode 806

December 20, 2016
The Tom Woods Show
by   The Tom Woods Show

"Laura Blodgett, a homeschooling mom of 7, addresses the fears and misconceptions of homeschooling shared by friends and foes alike." (12/19/16)  

Are “Russian hacks” the new “WMDs?”

December 20, 2016
by Andrea O'Sullivan   Andrea O'Sullivan

"The Russians have hacked our democracy! At least, that's been the chorus from much of the American media following anonymous reports on a secretive CIA assessment of the 2016 presidential election. Even President Obama has started to beat the drums of 'cyberwar,' announcing last Friday that the U.S. must 'take action' against the Russian government for 'impacting the integrity of our elections.' This is some tough talk given the very tenuous evidence offered so far about Russia's alleged influence. ... The vague assertions of the secret CIA memorandum have been repeated so assuredly and emphatically as to sometimes echo the jingoistic lead-up to the disastrous Iraq War. Keith Olbermann provided perhaps the most comical contribution to the new Russian scare, crawling out from under his American flag blankie to rave that 'we are the victims of a bloodless coup engineered by Russia.'" (12/20/16)  

Japan’s Epsilon rocket sends Van Allen Belt spacecraft into orbit

December 20, 2016
SpaceFlight Insider    

"Using an upgraded Epsilon rocket, Japan sent its Exploration of Energizing and Radiation in Geospace (ERG) spacecraft into a high-energy orbit that will repeatedly pass through the Van Allen belts to allow the probe to study how geomagnetic storms form. Liftoff from Kyushu Island took place at 8 p.m. Japan Standard Time (6 a.m. EST / 11:00 GMT). This was only the second time Japan had launched an Epsilon rocket, which made its debut flight in 2013. It replaces the country's M-V rocket, more expensive and larger, which was retired in 2006. Epsilon is a three-stage, 85-foot (26-meter) tall Japanese solid-fuel rocket. The booster was derived from the strap-on motors used on Japan's H-2A launcher. It is designed to lift payloads smaller than 2,600 pounds (1,200 kilograms) depending on the orbit and altitude required for payload insertion." (12/20/16)  

Europe’s war on tobacco

December 20, 2016
Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Bill Wirtz   Ludwig von Mises Institute

"Governments worldwide crack down on the consumption of tobacco. We know that smoking is bad for one's health, but governments manage to create a new set of health risks through their interventions. The War on Tobacco is amongst the most misguided doctrines in behavioral policy, and yet politicians continue to enforce it. The side effects on private industry as well as personal health have long been ignored by advocates for smoking-freedom. Nevertheless, these side effects exist." (12/20/16)  

There’s no such thing as the popular vote

December 20, 2016
The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo  

"It's fascinating that so much attention was paid not just on the Electoral College but on the people themselves. One day Democrats argue that the Electoral College should be abolished, that it isn't democratic, and that it's not right. Then the next they're lining up and begging the Electoral College to curtail the will of the people they represent. All of this confusion comes from the misunderstanding Democrats have, not realizing that we are fifty individual republics and there is no national popular vote; there are fifty elections on Election Day -- one in each state -- and the outcome of those elections determine who those states give their votes to." (12/20/16)  

Freedom Feens Radio, 12/20/16

December 20, 2016
Freedom Feens Radio
by   Freedom Feens

"Jim Jesus and Jeremy Hizenkitten rock it hard. A good time is had by all. It's basically a lolberts without the cussin'." (12/20/16)  

Fixing the Electoral College

December 20, 2016
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)  

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