***** RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST The Freedom Movement's Daily Newspaper Volume XVIII, Issue #4,749 Minds.com Edition -- Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Web Edition: http://rationalreview.news-digests.com Email Edition: http://eepurl.com/bSo8ST ***** In the News: 1) Myanmar: Kachin rebels shoot down military helicopter as parcel bomb kills five 2) FL: DeSantis suspends all remaining Covid restrictions -- "we are no longer in a state of emergency" 3) Biden raises US regime's refugee cap to 62,500 4) Cuba: Artist Hospitalized On Day Eight Of Hunger Strike 5) Judges hear arguments over US census's contentious privacy tool 6) Apple faces Epic Games in court 7) TN: Lucinda Williams Ready to Sing Again After Stroke 8) GOP congressional leader trades election barbs with rapidly fading former president 9) US-China relations: Blinken accuses China of "acting more aggressively" 10) EU Regime Looks to Open Borders After a Year of Isolation 11) CO: Reichsstatthalter Polis extends statewide mask mandate 12) Germany: Four arrested in connection to massive underground child pornography website 13) Armenia: Russian Troops Reinforce Areas Near Azeri Border Agencies 14) DC: Lider Maxima Bowser bans dancing at weddings because she can 15) Verizon sells Yahoo and AOL as part of $5 billion deal 16) US Senate pushes FBI on intelligence "fail" on the Proud Boys 17) Clinton: "Huge consequences" in Afghan US troop withdrawal 18) WV: Companies that provide useful goods face off against greedy local politicians in billion-dollar opioid trial 19) LA: House GOP leaders unveil their budget proposal 20) Syria: Court allows three of 51 candidates to run in "presidential election" Everybody Has An Opinion: 21) The Thin Blue Line Between You and Your Guns 22) The Biden Administration Wants to Partner with Criminals to Spy on You 23) Florida Legislature Passes Bill to Regulate Social Media Corporations -- But Excludes One Key Company 24) From Mind Control to Viruses: How the Government Keeps Experimenting on Its Citizens 25) Outlaw Moles: Now more important than ever 26) The Criminalization of Dissent 27) Welcome Home: Community Sponsorship -- Not Detention -- for Asylum Seekers 28) Silicon Valley Algorithm Manipulation Only Thing Keeping Mainstream Media Alive 29) Fallacies In Brief, part 1 30) The Dark Side of Yield Curve Control Policy 31) Saying Just About Anything 32) As Meatpackers Stoked Fears of a Shortage, US Meat Exports Increased 33) Migration Watch Probably Can Go Boil Their Heads 34) Millions Are Saying No to the Vaccines. What Are They Thinking? 35) When Politics Makes It Impossible To Plan 36) We're Being Changed into a Nation of "Fleas" 37) 2021 Will Decide the Future of Military Conscription 38) Ignorance Does Not Lead to Freedom 39) "Abraham Accords" Discredit the US 40) Janet Yellen's Deficit Preoccupation [sic] Could Bring Down Biden's Agenda 41) The Covid fines are a monstrous assault on justice 42) Killing Hong Kong's Free Press Will Harm Its Economy 43) Relation between inflation and deflation 44) Biden Calls It By Its Name: The Armenian Genocide 45) For all of his faults, Trump helped libertarians beat back the hawks 46) American Politics Now Has Two Big Racial Divides 47) Will Special Interests Allow America's "Longest War" to Finally End? 48) Quantum Vibe, 05/03/21 49) More Domestic Spying Power Is Not the Answer 50) Starvation and famine in our future? 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On Monday, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) said it had shot down a military helicopter near the town of Moemauk in Kachin province after days of military air raids. ... Meanwhile, blasts from at least one parcel bomb in southern central Myanmar killed five people, including an ousted lawmaker and three police officers who had joined a civil disobedience movement opposing military rule, media reported on Tuesday. Myanmar has seen an increasing number of small blasts in residential areas, sometimes targeting government offices or military facilities, since the elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown on February 1." (05/04/21) https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/04/asia/myanmar-military-helicopter-parcel-bomb-intl-hnk/index.html ----- 2) FL: DeSantis suspends all remaining Covid restrictions -- "we are no longer in a state of emergency" Source: CNBC "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Monday that immediately suspends all outstanding local Covid-19 emergency orders and related public health restrictions. 'The fact is, we are no longer in a state of emergency,' DeSantis said during a news conference. He acknowledged that Florida was still not done with its fight against the coronavirus but reiterated the nation's decline in Covid-19 cases and deaths. 'I think that's the evidence-based thing to do,' DeSantis said, adding that asking [sic] vaccinated individuals to continue to wear masks would undermine confidence in the coronavirus vaccines. Private businesses can still require masks and enforce social distancing and other protective measures. DeSantis signed a bill Monday that codifies the executive order into law, effective July 1. The executive order, he said, was designed to 'bridge the gap' until then. The measure, which effectively ends all local pandemic-related restrictions, also bans vaccine passports." (05/03/21) https://www.cnbc.com/2021/05/03/florida-governor-desantis-suspends-all-remaining-covid-restrictions.html ----- 3) Biden raises US regime's refugee cap to 62,500 Source: The Mercury News "President Joe Biden on Monday formally raised the nation's cap on refugee admissions to 62,500 this year, weeks after facing bipartisan blowback for his delay in replacing the record-low ceiling set by former President Donald Trump. Refugee resettlement agencies have waited for Biden to quadruple the number of refugees allowed into the United States this year since Feb. 12, when a presidential proposal was submitted to Congress saying he planned to do so. But the presidential determination went unsigned until Monday." (05/03/21) https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/05/03/following-weeks-of-backlash-biden-raises-refugee-cap-to-62500/ ----- 4) Cuba: Artist Hospitalized On Day Eight Of Hunger Strike Source: International Business Times "A Cuban dissident artist was taken to the hospital Sunday, health officials in Havana said, on the eighth day of a hunger strike to protest authorities seizing his art. Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara, 33, is the leader of the San Isidro protest movement (MSI) of artists and intellectuals pressing for free speech and other rights in the communist nation. ... Several of his works were seized when he was arrested last month during a protest. After being released, he was rearrested several times for trying to leave his home, which has been surrounded by police, and once for handing out candy to children as part of an artistic performance the government said was a political provocation. Police denied access to two priests and others wishing to visit Otero Alcantara at home during his hunger strike. His internet was also cut off." (05/03/21) https://www.ibtimes.com/cuban-artist-hospitalized-day-eight-hunger-strike-3191728 ----- 5) Judges hear arguments over US census's contentious privacy tool Source: ABC News "The fight over whether the U.S. Census Bureau can use a controversial statistical technique to keep people's information private in the numbers used for drawing political districts on Monday was going before a judicial panel which must decide if the method provides enough data accuracy. A panel of three federal judges was hearing arguments on whether the method known as 'differential privacy' meets the federal legal requirement for keeping private the personal information of people who participated in the 2020 census while still allowing the numbers to be sufficiently accurate for the highly-partisan process of redrawing congressional and legislative districts. Because a panel of three federal judges will decide the matter, any appeal could go straight to the Supreme Court." (05/03/21) https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/judges-hear-arguments-census-contentious-privacy-tool-77462005 ----- 6) Apple faces Epic Games in court Source: BBC News [UK state media] "After months of hype and warring words, Epic Games is finally getting its day in court with Apple. The trial began on Monday – and is one of the most important in Apple's history. Apple boss Tim Cook will be giving evidence, the first time he's given testimony at a trial. At stake is the future of the App Store and the amount it charges developers – a wildly lucrative money spinner for the company. The trial got off to a slightly chaotic start. The public hearing failed at first to mute those who were listening in via phone call, meaning calls from fans for the return of Fortnite to mobiles were accidentally broadcast. The storm began in August last year, when Epic Games laid a trap for Apple." (05/03/21) https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-56959938 ----- 7) TN: Lucinda Williams Ready to Sing Again After Stroke Source: San Francisco Chronicle "A few days before Thanksgiving last year, Lucinda Williams was in the bathroom of her Nashville home getting ready to take a shower when she began to have trouble keeping her balance. She stumbled a bit and couldn't stand up straight. Even more frightening, Williams couldn't walk. She called out to her husband, Tom Overby, who happened to be on the phone with their primary care physician. When he relayed Williams'[s] symptoms to their doctor, he was told to quickly get her to a hospital. The Americana singer-songwriter, 67 at the time, was having a stroke. ... Williams was rushed to Nashville's Vanderbilt Medical Center, where she spent a week in the intensive care unit undergoing a barrage of tests. Doctors discovered a blood clot on the right side of her brain, which affected the left side of her body." (05/03/21) https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Lucinda-Williams-Had-a-Stroke-Last-Year-She-s-16147246.php ----- 8) GOP congressional leader trades election barbs with rapidly fading former president Source: Yahoo! News "Rep. Liz Cheney on Monday issued a forceful rebuke of claims made by former President Donald Trump and his supporters that his loss in the 2020 election was the result of fraud. 'The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.' Cheney's message came shortly after Trump reiterated his unsubstantiated claim that his loss to President Biden in November was not legitimate. 'The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020 will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!' Trump said Monday in a statement. ... Cheney has been steadfast in her criticism of Trump's role in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, while Trump has vowed to support any Republican in Wyoming who steps forth to challenge her in the next election." (05/03/21) https://news.yahoo.com/liz-cheney-and-donald-trump-go-to-war-over-the-big-lie-165809250.html ----- 9) US-China relations: Blinken accuses China of "acting more aggressively" Source: BBC News [UK state media] "US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused China of acting more aggressively abroad and more repressively at home. He said in an interview with CBS News the US did not want to hold China down but would not allow it to undermine the rules-based international order. He noted that a military confrontation was profoundly against the interests of both countries. Tensions have soared in recent times over trade, espionage and the pandemic. The China-US relationship is crucial to both sides and the wider world, with Beijing repeatedly calling on the new administration in Washington to improve relations which deteriorated under President Joe Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump. Mr Blinken told CBS'[s] 60 Minutes that Mr Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping had talked about a wide range of topics in their first phone conversation, which lasted two hours, in February." (05/03/21) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56967211 ----- 10) EU Regime Looks to Open Borders After a Year of Isolation Source: Bloomberg "The European Union aims to take a significant step toward a return to normalcy with plans to reopen its borders after months of pandemic-[politics-and-panic-]induced restrictions. Just in time for the sumer travel season, Spanish, Italian and Greek beaches along with cities like Paris, Rome and Berlin would be able to welcome travelers who have been fully inoculated against Covid-19, under a proposal by the European Commission. ... The EU's executive arm recommended welcoming visitors from countries with relatively low infection rates as well as those who are fully vaccinated, according to a statement Monday. The proposals require approval from a weighted majority of the bloc's 27 member states and could be adopted as soon as the end of May, according to a commission official." (05/03/21) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-03/eu-proposes-end-to-travel-restrictions-for-vaccinated-tourists ----- 11) CO: Reichsstatthalter Polis extends statewide mask mandate Source: San Francisco Chronicle "Colorado's governor has extended a statewide mask mandate for another 30 days, but loosened face covering requirements for groups who are vaccinated against COVID-19. Under Gov. Jared Polis'[s] new executive order, people gathering inside in groups of 10 or more are no longer required to wear masks if at least 80% of the group is vaccinated. The order states people must show proof of vaccination, but his statement did not elaborate on what proof is considered acceptable. Residents are still required to wear masks at schools, child care centers, public government facilities, prisons and health care centers." (05/03/21) https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/The-Latest-Pakistan-restricts-border-travel-to-16145575.php ----- 12) Germany: Four arrested in connection to massive underground child pornography website Source: The Hill "German police have arrested four men who they say are connected to one of the largest underground child pornography websites in the world, multiple news outlets have reported. Prosecutors said they arrested three suspects who are accused of operating and maintaining the platform a platform with more than 400,000 users that have operated since 2019. A fourth man was arrested by police on the suspicion of being a registered member on the platform and posting over more than 3500 pieces of content on the site, according to Reuters. ... Police said the website has since been taken down following the raids, according to Reuters." (05/03/21) https://thehill.com/policy/international/europe/551425-4-arrested-in-connection-with-one-of-largest-underground-child ----- 13) Armenia: Russian Troops Reinforce Areas Near Azeri Border Agencies Source: US News & World Report "Russia's military set up two new military sites in the south of Armenia near the Azeri border as an 'additional security guarantee' following last year's conflict, Russian news agencies reported, citing Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan. Russia is a close ally of Armenia, an impoverished former Soviet republic of less than 3 million people, and has a military base in the northwest of the country. Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces fought a six-week war over Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas last year until the conflict was halted by a Russia-brokered deal in November, locking in territorial gains for Azerbaijan and establishing presence of Russian peacekeepers in the conflict zone." (05/03/21) https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2021-05-03/russian-military-in-armenia-reinforce-areas-near-azeri-border-agencies ----- 14) DC: Lider Maxima Bowser bans dancing at weddings because she can Source: Fox News "In a city where dancing is forbidden [by order of mayor Muriel Bowser], not even a teenager with a rebellious spirit can save D.C. couples reeling from the capital's latest COVID guidelines. Seemingly ripped straight from the plot of 'Footloose,' Washington, D.C.'s, new social distancing rules ban standing and dancing at weddings. The sudden announcement, made just as wedding season kicks off, has blindsided couples getting ready to tie the knot. 'It's insane, it's been an absolute roller coaster,' says Stephanie Sadowski, a D.C. wedding planner and owner of SRS Events. Sadowski says couples are being forced to move their weddings outside of the nation's capital with just one or two week's notice. 'They want to have a party. Planning their wedding, they've made concessions along the way, they've reduced, reduced and reduced their guest count in Washington, D.C,' she says." (05/03/21) https://www.foxnews.com/us/mayor-no-dancing-dc ----- 15) Verizon sells Yahoo and AOL as part of $5 billion deal Source: USA Today "Yahoo and AOL are on the move again. The former tech icons have been sold by Verizon to Apollo Funds as part of a $5 billion deal for Verizon Media, the telecommunications giant announced Monday. Verizon will retain a 10% stake in the company, which will be known as Yahoo when the transaction closes. The company says the deal will allow Verizon Media, which consists of various Yahoo properties as well as tech sites TechCrunch and Engadget, to aggressively pursue areas of growth. ... The deal is expected to close during the second half of 2021." (05/03/21) https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2021/05/03/yahoo-aol-sold-verizon-5-billion-deal-apollo-funds/4919648001/ ----- 16) US Senate pushes FBI on intelligence "fail" on the Proud Boys Source: Reuters "The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chair is pressing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to explain how it failed to anticipate the violence of Jan. 6, despite having contact with several members of the far right Proud Boys in the months before the insurrection. On Monday, the committee chair, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, wrote to FBI director Christopher Wray asking whether the agency had adequately pushed its sources in the extremist group to understand their plans before the Capitol attack that sought to block the certification of Joe Biden's election as president." (05/03/21) https://www.reuters.com/world/us/exclusive-senate-pushes-fbi-intelligence-fail-proud-boys-2021-05-03/ ----- 17) Clinton: "Huge consequences" in Afghan US troop withdrawal Source: BBC News [UK state media] "Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned of 'huge consequences' of President Joe Biden's decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. Mrs Clinton told CNN there was a risk the Taliban (the Islamist group ousted in 2001 by the US-led invasion) could retake control. The US aims to complete the withdrawal by 11 September. However, the Taliban have been carrying out more attacks. 'This is what we call a wicked problem,' Mrs Clinton told CNN. 'There are consequences both foreseen and unintended of staying and of leaving,' she said. Mrs Clinton, like Mr Biden a Democrat, was a strong supporter of the US intervention in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks in 2001." (05/03/21) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-56966473 ----- 18) WV: Companies that provide useful goods face off against greedy local politicians in billion-dollar opioid trial Source: KFGO "The three largest U.S. drug distributors, who are accused of helping fuel the opioid crisis that has resulted in nearly 500,000 overdose deaths in the United States, will defend themselves in a trial that kicks off on Monday. The trial against AmerisourceBergen Corp, McKesson Corp and Cardinal Health Inc in Charleston, West Virginia, involves a lawsuit seeking more than $1 billion brought by the city of Huntington and Cabell County. They claim the companies ignored red flags that opioids were being diverted to illegal channels, flooding the state with hundreds of millions of highly addictive pills. The distributors have denied the claims, arguing they cannot be liable for distributing pills that were prescribed by doctors. Huntington and Cabell, along with other West Virginia towns and counties, opted out of a proposed $26 billion nationwide settlement with the three distributors and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson." (05/03/21) https://kfgo.com/2021/05/03/drug-distributors-face-off-against-west-virginia-in-billion-dollar-opioid-trial/ ----- 19) LA: House GOP leaders unveil their budget proposal Source: San Francisco Chronicle "Louisiana House lawmakers Monday released their multibillion-dollar spending plans for next year, advancing budget bills that would start earmarking the latest federal coronavirus aid, give teachers a pay raise and spend millions on local pet projects. The House Appropriations Committee backed a more than $36 billion budget for the financial year that begins July 1 that would follow many recommendations submitted by Gov. John Bel Edwards and largely keep state agencies at standstill or slightly increased spending levels. Among the increases, foster parents would receive larger payments for the care they provide, salaries for K-12 public school teachers and college faculty would increase and full tuition would be covered for all eligible students in the TOPS program." (05/03/21) https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Louisiana-House-GOP-leaders-unveil-their-budget-16147668.php ----- 20) Syria: Court allows three of 51 candidates to run in "presidential election" Source: Albany Times Union "Syria's Supreme Constitutional Court has accepted three applications out of 51 for candidacy for this month's presidential elections in the war-torn country, state media reported Monday. The largely symbolic election is certain to be won by President Bashar Assad, who was chosen along with two other men, Abdullah Salloum Abdullah and Mahmoud Ahmad Marie, to run. Some 51 candidates, including seven women, had applied to be candidates. The Parliament later referred the names to the constitutional court." [editor's note: Not that the US and other regimes have much standing to complain about rigged elections, but historically Syria allows a handful of candidates who are from pseudo-parties aligned with the Ba'ath Party's "united front" and who "campaign" by continuously endorsing whichever Assad is in power – TLK] (05/03/21) https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Syrian-court-accepts-3-candidates-to-run-for-16146653.php ***** Everybody Has An Opinion ***** 21) The Thin Blue Line Between You and Your Guns Source: Tenth Amendment Center by Mike Maharrey "People tell me all the time local cops would never enforce any kind of federal gun grab. I call B.S. I'm a little unclear as to what gives them this confidence. Local cops already enforce all kinds of unconstitutional gun control -- every single day. And it's not like they do it reluctantly. They enforce federal gun laws enthusiastically and oppose any efforts to stop them from doing it. This is a fact that seems to be lost on a lot of people -- all federal gun control is unconstitutional. All of it. Every federal gun control law, from the regulation of machine guns to federal background checks, is unconstitutional." [editor's note: It isn't just "federal" gun control that's unconstitutional. The Second Amendment doesn't specify any "level of government" exceptions to "shall not be infringed" – TLK] (05/03/21) https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2021/05/03/the-thin-blue-line-between-you-and-your-guns/ ----- 22) The Biden Administration Wants to Partner with Criminals to Spy on You Source: Garrison Center by Thomas L Knapp "It's entirely understandable that -- to use an entirely hypothetical example -- someone with the Southern Poverty Law Center might impersonate a fictional white supremacist to get into a private Ku Klux Klan chat room and see what those people are up to. But the US Department of Justice says it's illegal (under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act) to evade terms of service with false identities. A government partnership with an organization that gathers information in that way is no different than the government partnering with a burglar to find out what you have in your house, without the bother of convincing a judge there's probable cause to issue a search warrant. It is, quite simply, criminal conspiracy. ... At what point does 'working with' government amount to 'being part of' government?" (05/03/21) http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/15899 ----- 23) Florida Legislature Passes Bill to Regulate Social Media Corporations -- But Excludes One Key Company Source: Foundation for Economic Education by Hannah Cox "The Florida state legislature recently passed -- by overwhelming majorities in both of their Republican-controlled chambers -- a new law that imposes fines on social media corporations for deplatforming political candidates. ... If disobeyed, the state's Elections Commission would be directed to fine a company $250,000 a day for statewide candidates and $25,000 a day for all others. ... A provision in the bill gives an exemption to 'any information service, system, internet search engine, or access software provider operated by a company that owns and operates a theme park or large entertainment complex.' This amendment was added towards the end of the process, proving the Tallahassee capitol may maintain more than a few mouseholes for Disney's lobbyists." (05/03/21) https://fee.org/articles/florida-legislature-passes-bill-to-regulate-social-media-corporations-but-excludes-one-key-company/ ----- 24) From Mind Control to Viruses: How the Government Keeps Experimenting on Its Citizens Source: Rutherford Institute by John W Whitehead & Nisha Whitehead "The U.S. government, in its pursuit of so-called monsters, has itself become a monster. This is not a new development, nor is it a revelation. This is a government that has in recent decades unleashed untold horrors upon the world -- including its own citizenry -- in the name of global conquest, the acquisition of greater wealth, scientific experimentation, and technological advances, all packaged in the guise of the greater good. Mind you, there is no greater good when the government is involved. There is only greater greed for money and power." (05/03/21) https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/from_mind_control_to_viruses_how_the_government_keeps_experimenting_on_its_citizens ----- 25) Outlaw Moles: Now more important than ever Source: Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe "Of all Freedom Outlaws (Mole, Ghost, Agitator, and the late-addition Cockapoo) Moles have the toughest job. Ghosts have to struggle ever more valiantly to maintain their obsessive Deep Privacy in a world of omni-surveillance. Agitators risk cancellation, loss of livelihood and reputation, or even arrest. Cockapoos? Well, that's an interesting story about which I may write another post. But Ghosts and Agitators are both doing what comes naturally. Their freedomista efforts express their most heartfelt convictions. When they face difficulties and risks it's in the cause of doing what they most heartily believe in. The Freedom Mole, on the other hand, lives a fractured life. In many ways it's the classic life of a secret agent -- and I'm not talking James Bond." (05/03/21) https://www.clairewolfe.com/blog/2021/05/03/outlaw-moles-now-more-important-than-ever/ ----- 26) The Criminalization of Dissent Source: Consent Factory, Inc. by CJ Hopkins "One of the hallmarks of totalitarian systems is the criminalization of dissent. Not just the stigmatization of dissent or the demonization of dissent, but the formal criminalization of dissent, and any other type of opposition to the official ideology of the totalitarian system. Global capitalism has been inching its way toward this step for quite some time, and now, apparently, it is ready to take it. Germany has been leading the way. For over a year, anyone questioning or protesting the 'Covid emergency measures' or the official Covid-19 narrative has been demonized by the government and the media .... And now such dissent is officially 'extremism.' ... According to Al Jazeera, the German Interior Ministry explained that these querdenking 'extremists encourage supporters to ignore official orders and challenge the state monopoly on the use of force.' Seriously, can you imagine anything more dangerous?" (05/03/21) https://consentfactory.org/2021/05/03/the-criminalization-of-dissent/ ----- 27) Welcome Home: Community Sponsorship -- Not Detention -- for Asylum Seekers Source: Niskanen Center by Monica Leung "U.S. domestic and international law guarantees the right to seek asylum. Yet, the U.S. often detains asylum seekers under appalling -- and at times illegal -- conditions. Rather than confining asylum seekers, the U.S. should rely on communities to assist them during the tumultuous period between petitioning for asylum and awaiting a decision." (05/03/21) https://www.niskanencenter.org/welcome-home-community-sponsorship-not-detention-for-asylum-seekers/ ----- 28) Silicon Valley Algorithm Manipulation Only Thing Keeping Mainstream Media Alive Source: Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist by Caitlin Johnstone "The emergence of the internet was met with hope and enthusiasm by people who understood that the plutocrat-controlled mainstream media were manipulating public opinion to manufacture consent for the status quo. The democratization of information-sharing was going to give rise to a public consciousness that is emancipated from the domination of plutocratic narrative control, thereby opening up the possibility of revolutionary change to our society's corrupt systems. But it never happened. Internet use has become commonplace around the world and humanity is able to network and share information like never before, yet we remain firmly under the thumb of the same power structures we've been ruled by for generations, both politically and psychologically. Even the dominant media institutions are somehow still the same. So what went wrong?" (05/03/21) https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2021/05/03/silicon-valley-algorithm-manipulation-is-the-only-thing-keeping-mainstream-media-alive/ ----- 29) Fallacies In Brief, part 1 Source: Freeman's Perspective by Paul Rosenberg Today we'll start covering fallacies in brief. I think we've covered all the crucial ones at this point, but fallacies tend to come and go over time, and so even those which aren't often used now may come back in a decade or two. (Beside, the fallacies I see in use may not be the same fallacies that you see in use.) And so I'll give brief coverage to a larger number of additional fallacies." (05/03/21) https://freemansperspective.com/fallacies-in-brief-part-1/ ----- 30) The Dark Side of Yield Curve Control Policy Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute by Thorsten Polleit "If a central bank sets an interest rate cap, it is tantamount to setting a minimum price for bonds. If the announced minimum price is above the market-clearing rate -- and this is to be expected, otherwise a minimum price would not be required -- there is an excess supply on the bond market: the supply of debt rises while the demand for bonds falls. To keep bond prices from falling (and yields from rising), the central bank needs to buy up the excess supply. It pays for the purchases with newly created money, which increases the amount of money outstanding. The decisive factor for the resulting monetary effect is from whom the central bank buys the bonds." (05/03/21) https://mises.org/wire/dark-side-yield-curve-control-policy ----- 31) Saying Just About Anything Source: EconLog by Pierre Lemieux "Imagine that the First Amendment were submitted to the same limitations as the Second Amendment in the most liberal (in the sense of permissive) states. Such restrictions would mean the following: 1. Before getting a tool to use his First Amendment rights -- say buying a speaker, a pen, or a computer -- an individual would have to pass the National Instant Criminal Background Check with the FBI. ... 2. An individual once convicted of whatever sort of felony would be barred for life from purchasing any free-speech tool (and perhaps using his voice or his writing hand too?). Being 'in possession of' such a tool, meaning being in immediate control of it (in his girlfriend's unlocked closet, for example), would constitute a new felony." (05/03/21) https://www.econlib.org/saying-just-about-anything/ ----- 32) As Meatpackers Stoked Fears of a Shortage, US Meat Exports Increased Source: In These Times by Madison McVan "Last year, as the meatpacking industry's frontline workers were infected with Covid-19 and the industry pushed claims of a meat shortage, companies in the U.S. exported more than $22 billion in meat products, continuing an upward trend in foreign sales since 2016. Trade data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in 2020 the value of American meat exports reached its highest level since 2014. Companies exporting meat products from the Midwest also fared well, increasing sales by about $500 million from 2019 to 2020. In order to prevent plants from shutting down, the meatpacking industry lobbied the federal government to designate meatpacking plants as essential businesses, stoking fears of leaving consumers' tables absent of beef, pork and chicken. USA TODAY reported in June 2020 that, while meat production tanked from mid-March through the end of April, exports increased and the industry never had to tap into its reserves." (05/03/21) https://inthesetimes.com/article/covid-meatpacking-meat-shortage-fears-workers-exports ----- 33) Migration Watch Probably Can Go Boil Their Heads Source: Continental Telegraph by Tim Worstall "Migration Watch are the folks who insist that we shouldn't supply our silver girt island with dirty foreigners. ... There's perhaps just a little bit too much of the insistence about Johnny Foreigner about them for any rational adult to be comfortable. Take this for example, this is a story built up by them:'UK seasonal agricultural workers being recruited from dictatorial regimes ... At least 30,000 foreign workers are being sought from countries including Belarus and Russia to come quarantine-free to the UK' ... How many hot buttons are being pressed there then? Dictators! Virus! Workers, foreign! A first brief thought might be that if we are to take foreign workers of any stripe then we should preferentially recruit from places ruled by dictators. That way we get the labour we desire and the workers get at least a modicum of the freedom they too desire." (05/03/21) https://www.continentaltelegraph.com/2021/05/migration-watch-probably-can-go-boil-their-heads/ ----- 34) Millions Are Saying No to the Vaccines. What Are They Thinking? Source: The Atlantic by Derek Thompson "Several days ago, the mega-popular podcast host Joe Rogan advised his young listeners to skip the COVID-19 vaccine. 'I think you should get vaccinated if you're vulnerable,' Rogan said. 'But if you're 21 years old, and you say to me, 'Should I get vaccinated?' I'll go, 'No.'' Rogan's comments drew widespread condemnation. But his view is surprisingly common. One in four Americans says they don't plan to take the COVID-19 vaccine, and about half of Republicans under 50 say they won't get a vaccine. This partisan vaccine gap is already playing out in the real world. ... What are they thinking, these vaccine-hesitant, vaccine-resistant, and COVID-apathetic? I wanted to know. So I posted an invitation on Twitter for anybody who wasn't planning to get vaccinated to email me and explain why." (05/03/21) https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/05/the-people-who-wont-get-the-vaccine/618765/ ----- 35) When Politics Makes It Impossible To Plan Source: Reason by Katherine Mangu-Ward "When the rules that govern people's lives are subject to repeated change at the hands of politicians who are focused on short-term electoral gain or partisan point scoring, it becomes increasingly difficult to make responsible decisions and plan for the future. To make good choices, people must have a fairly solid sense of what the consequences of those choices will be. But an ever-greater sphere of American life is subject to political risk. A lack of clarity about consequences can lead even people who want to do the right thing down dubious paths. For more than a decade, there has been a move away from generating lasting policy through conventional means and toward short-term wins through any mechanism available." (for publication 06/21) https://reason.com/2021/05/03/when-politics-makes-it-impossible-to-plan/ ----- 36) We're Being Changed into a Nation of "Fleas" Source: Town Hall by Will Alexander "Americans (the freest and most productive people ever to walk the Earth) are being controlled against our wills like trained bugs in a flea circus. Fleas are wingless insects whose hind legs are so powerful that they can kick, pull or jump from 50 to 150 times their body length. If you dump hundreds of these critters in a confined space where they're free to roam, like Americans, they'll jump in every direction -- each with its own agenda. To train them, you must control them. To control them, you must break their wills. How? With lids and harnesses." [editor's note: This brings to mind for me Charlie Chaplin's "Limelight," where another visionary held forth – SAT] [additional editor's note: Last time I noticed, Americans were neither the most productive nor the freest people on Earth – TLK] (05/03/21) https://townhall.com/columnists/willalexander/2021/05/03/were-being-changed-into-a-nation-of-fleas-n2588861 ----- 37) 2021 Will Decide the Future of Military Conscription Source: Libertarian Institute by Brian P McGlinchey "The coming year could bring a major milestone to America's fitful relationship with the military draft: The Supreme Court may declare male-only draft registration unconstitutional, while Congress could either expand registration to women or end it altogether. Out of respect for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, Congress should choose the latter option." (05/03/21) https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/2021-will-decide-the-future-of-military-conscription/ ----- 38) Ignorance Does Not Lead to Freedom Source: CounterPunch by Nick Licata "The slogans of the January 6 insurrections [sic] who stormed the Capitol demonstrated much passion. But they had little understanding of how a democratic government works. Nor did they care to find out. Foreign terrorists did not manipulate them. They earnestly believed as President Donald Trump told them that day and for weeks beforehand, that Congress was about to trample on their freedom and liberty. Most of them could have been your white neighbors. Thomas Jefferson in a letter to a friend pointed out that the lack of an educated populace leads to the expectation that they can be both ignorant and free in a state of civilization and open to demagoguery." (05/03/21) https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/05/03/ignorance-does-not-lead-to-freedom/ ----- 39) "Abraham Accords" Discredit the US Source: Antiwar.com by Grant Smith "To date UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan have signed onto the Abraham Accords because of corrupt 'side deals' that further degrade the already rock-bottom international reputation of the United States. The deals accurately boost the perception that Israel's U.S. lobby exercises vast and undue influence over American foreign policy. There was initial hope that the Biden administration would take a principled stand and refuse to honor the side deals. That hope has been dashed." (05/03/21) https://original.antiwar.com/smith-grant/2021/05/02/abraham-accords-discredit-the-us/ ----- 40) Janet Yellen's Deficit Preoccupation [sic] Could Bring Down Biden's Agenda Source: The American Prospect by David Dayen "Last summer, remnants of Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders's presidential campaigns launched a 'unity task force' .... top Biden officials on the economic team, most of whom now serve in the administration, outlined a two-step legislative framework, according to people with knowledge of the proceedings. There would be a big COVID relief package, primarily designed to alleviate economic suffering caused by the pandemic and assist with the mass vaccination program. That emergency outlay would not include any offsets on the revenue side. Then Biden would pivot to his Build Back Better agenda, with lasting public investments on climate, infrastructure, industrial policy, health care, education, and more. That package, it was decreed, would be 'paid for.'" [editor's note: We can only hope so; the delusion that government programs are free, and taxpayers are infinitely gullible, does have its limits – SAT] (05/03/21) https://prospect.org/economy/janet-yellen-deficit-preoccupation-could-bring-down-biden-agenda/ ----- 41) The Covid fines are a monstrous assault on justice Source: spiked by Laura Dodsworth "What kind of cruel, Byzantine parallel universe have we entered, when two students can be fined £10,000 each for organising a snowball fight, as they were in January? How did this come to pass? Fixed-penalty notices are normally used for minor and straightforward infractions. They are also normally set at low levels, say £100 for littering or £130 for parking. The Covid fixed-penalty notices are neither minor nor straightforward, and their use during the pandemic has raised serious human-rights concerns. So serious that the House of Commons and House of Lords Joint Committee on Human Rights has recommended that every single fine be reviewed." (05/03/21) https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/05/03/the-covid-fines-are-a-monstrous-assault-on-justice/ ----- 42) Killing Hong Kong's Free Press Will Harm Its Economy Source: Foreign Policy by Suzanne Nossel "The Chinese government is making a high-stakes bid to force Hong Kong -- long an outpost of freedom -- into abject political and civic submission while sustaining the territory's status as a global hub for finance and a gateway to the mainland's vast markets. But key features of Hong Kong's cosmopolitanism -- its free press, provisions for access to government data, and international media presence -- are facing dire pressure and constraints, interrupting the flow of news and information that commerce and culture depend on. ... Beijing is betting on the idea that economic incentives coupled with the long-standing appeal of life in Hong Kong ... will be enough to persuade the island's best and brightest while making a healthy proportion of expats stay put. But bankers, consultants, and aspiring CEOs are news junkies." (05/03/21) https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/05/03/killing-hong-kongs-free-press-will-harm-its-economy/ ----- 43) Relation between inflation and deflation Source: Cobden Centre by Dr. Frank Shostak "For most commentators inflation is about persistent increases in the prices of goods and services. However, is this the case? For example, the definition of human action is not that people are engaged in all sorts of activities as such, but that they are engaged in purposeful activities -- purpose gives rise to an action. Similarly, the essence of inflation is not a general rise in prices as such but an increase in the supply of money, which in turn sets in motion a general increase in the prices of goods and services in terms of money." (05/03/21) https://www.cobdencentre.org/2021/05/relation-between-inflation-and-deflation/ ----- 44) Biden Calls It By Its Name: The Armenian Genocide Source: American Consequences by Kim Iskyan "On April 24, President Biden righted a historical wrong, and plunged relations with critical ally Turkey to a 'new low,' the Financial Times said -- by labeling the murder of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 to 1917 at the hands of the Ottoman empire, which is the foundation of modern-day Turkey, as 'genocide.' With that, the United States became the 30th country (lagging even the likes of moral-low-ground countries like Russia and Venezuela) to call it genocide: That is, the mass extermination of a particular group of people, based on their national, ethnic, religious, racial identity or characteristics. Until Biden, a long string of American presidents ... had instead referred to the Armenian genocide as 'one of the worst mass atrocities of the 20th century' (Trump) ... a 'tragedy' and 'mass atrocity' (Obama), 'forced exile and annihilation' (Bush), and 'deportations and massacres' (Clinton)." (05/03/21) https://americanconsequences.com/kim-iskyan-biden-calls-it-by-its-name-the-armenian-genocide/ ----- 45) For all of his faults, Trump helped libertarians beat back the hawks Source: Responsible Statecraft by Jack Hunter "For four years, Trump did not always follow his own 'America First' foreign policy rhetoric. But the notion that it was a conservative cause not to start new wars, which Trump didn't, was something Tea Party libertarians like [Justin] Amash and [Thomas] Massie had long argued. Still, there were plenty of hawkish politicians and pundits eager to keep the GOP the War Party. ... Hawks might be successful. But unlike the aughts, when the Bush administration had overwhelming public support after 9/11 and a massive left-wing antiwar movement that emboldened conservatives in their support for war, most Americans today are tired of what Trump denounced as 'endless wars,' including Republicans." (05/03/21) https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2021/05/03/for-all-of-his-faults-trump-helped-libertarians-beat-back-the-hawks/ ----- 46) American Politics Now Has Two Big Racial Divides Source: FiveThirtyEight by Perry Bacon Jr. "There's been a recent flurry of studies and analyses that take a deeper look at the results of the 2020 election. These examinations don't contradict our early interpretation of the results from the days and weeks immediately following Election Day: The overwhelming majority of voters backed the candidate from the party that they normally lean toward, though then-President Trump did slightly better with voters of color and slightly worse with white voters than he did in 2016. But the new examinations and other data tell a nuanced story about the role of race in the 2020 contest." (05/03/21) https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/american-politics-now-has-two-big-racial-divides/ ----- 47) Will Special Interests Allow America's "Longest War" to Finally End? Source: Campaign For Liberty by Ron Paul "Even if 'won,' endless wars like our 20 year assault on Afghanistan would not benefit our actual national interest in the slightest. So why do these wars continue endlessly? Because they are so profitable to powerful and well-connected special interests. In fact, the worst news possible for the Beltway military contractor/think tank complex would be that the United States actually won a war. That would signal the end of the welfare-for-the-rich gravy train." (05/03/21) http://www.campaignforliberty.org/will-special-interests-allow-americas-longest-war-to-finally-end ----- 48) Quantum Vibe, 05/03/21 Source: Big Head Press by Scott Bieser Cartoon. (05/03/21) https://quantumvibe.com/strip?page=2226 ----- 49) More Domestic Spying Power Is Not the Answer Source: Common Dreams by Azadeh Shahshahani & Amith Gupta "Since Donald Trump's presidency ended with a violent insurrection at the US Capitol that left five people dead, the country and its leadership have focused on how to address the 'new' threat of 'terrorism.' Bipartisan efforts backed by President Joe Biden seek to further escalate an already out-of-control US Intelligence apparatus. Supporters of civil liberties and defenders of [b]lack, immigrant, and Muslim communities have urged caution against such measures. Nonetheless, we are told by some opponents of the far-right that supporters of equality and civil liberties should not be worried about expansions of US surveillance and counterterrorism capabilities. They are wrong." [editor's note: So good to see this wisdom showing up on "progressive" sites again – SAT] (05/03/21) https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/05/03/more-domestic-spying-power-not-answer ----- 50) Starvation and famine in our future? Source: The Price of Liberty by Nathan Barton "To listen to and read many pundits, you might think so. Although I disagree, there are serious problems with the food supply around that world. Deut[s]che Welle had an article a few months back, about the rise in food prices, worldwide. They are the highest in six years, with six months of steady increases (and more since then). DW, like the governments (and no doubt other media), says this is due to the coronavirus pandemic. They are wrong. The root problem is government actions. The Pandemic itself has had virtually NO impact on THOSE economic activities: growing, processing, and distribution of food supplies. No, it is the PANIC that has constantly disrupted the food supply chain, at all levels. The Panic, instituted by government, and the actions: the LOCKDOWN in particular, of government." (05/02/21) https://thepriceofliberty.org/2021/05/02/starvation-and-famine-in-our-future/ ***** The Sound and the Fury ***** 51) Free Talk Live, 05/03/21 Source: Free Talk Live "The Church of Woke :: Liberals scared to be perceived as conservatives :: Aria has to dump herself :: Dehumanization :: Nature is horrific :: Carolina Reapers & Ghost Peppers :: Potatoes & surviving the apocalypse :: There are zombies. What do? :: What weapon would you choose for the zombie apocalypse? :: Hosts -- Aria, Conan." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/03/21) https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2021-05-03 ----- 52) Reason Roundtable, 05/03/21 Source: Reason "The Red Flags in Biden's State of the Union Address [sic]." [editor's note: WTF? Biden's first State of the Union address won't happen for another eight or nine months – TLK] [various formats] (05/03/21) https://reason.com/podcast/2021/05/03/the-red-flags-in-bidens-state-of-the-union-address/ ----- 53) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 05/03/21 Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report "CDC Suddenly Concerned About Covid 'False Positive' Tests?" [Flash video] (05/03/21) http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/cdc-suddenly-concerned-about-covid-false-positive-tests ----- 54) EconTalk, 05/03/21 Source: EconTalk "Katy Milkman on How to Change." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/03/21) https://www.econtalk.org/katy-milkman-on-how-to-change/ ----- 55) The Bryan Nichols Show, episode 240 Source: We Are Libertarians "The Unified Theory of Scare Stories -- with Dr. Patrick Moore." [various formats] (05/03/21) https://wearelibertarians.com/bns-240-the-unified-theory-of-scare-stories-with-dr-patrick-moore/ ----- 56) The Bryan Hyde Show, 05/03/21 Source: The Bryan Hyde Show The mask mandates are slowly lifting but something even darker is quietly taking their place. Megan Redshaw explores whether colleges and employers can legally require you to get the Covid vaccine. As you might expect, it's complicated." [various formats] (05/03/21) https://thebryanhydeshow.podbean.com/e/the-bryan-hyde-show-hour-one-5-3-2021/ ----- 57) Conflicts of Interest, episode 104 Source: Libertarian Institute "The Media Amplifies Pro-War Tropes in Attempt to Extend Afghan War." [various formats] (05/03/21) https://libertarianinstitute.org/kyle/coi-104-the-media-amplifies-pro-war-tropes-in-attempt-to-extend-afghan-war/ ----- 58) Lions of Liberty Podcast, 05/03/21 Source: Lions of Liberty "The Making of Spike Cohen: Child Labor, Multiple Sclerosis and 'A-Ha!' Moments." [Flash video] (05/03/21) https://www.lionsofliberty.com/episodes/spikecohen ----- 59) Agorist Nexus Podcast, episode 72 Source: Agorist Nexus "Japan and a global vaccine caste system with Graham Smith." [various formats] (05/03/21) https://www.agoristnexus.com/japan-and-a-global-vaccine-caste-system-with-graham-smith-episode-72/ ----- 60) The Bob Zadek Show, 05/02/21 Source: The Bob Zadek Show "Restoring Common Sense to California." [various formats] (05/02/21) http://bobzadek.com/past-shows/2021/5/2/campbell-common-sense ***** RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST Editors: Thomas L. Knapp Steve Trinward Editors Emeritus: Mary Lou Seymour R. Lee Wrights *****
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***** RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST The Freedom Movement's Daily Newspaper Volume XVIII, Issue #4,748 Minds.com Edition -- Monday, May 3, 2021 Web Edition: http://rationalreview.news-digests.com Email Edition: http://eepurl.com/bSo8ST ***** In the News: 1) India: Modi loses key state election 2) US regime denies Iranian regime's claims of prisoner deal 3) Myanmar: Eight killed as coup forces fire on "spring revolution" protests 4) FL: Candidate sues DeSantis to force special US House election 5) Palestine: Squatters riot, attack village after shooting 6) Germany: More than 90 Police Injured in Berlin May Day Riots 7) UK: Regime increases aid to India's health care system 8) Judge: Columbus, Ohio cops can't use chemical weapons on peaceful protesters 9) CA: Democrats sharpen messaging against Newsom recall 10) Italy: Rapper Fedez accuses state TV of censorship attempt 11) TX: Austin voters choose to bring back homeless camping ban 12) El Salvador: Political crisis as parliament ousts top judges 13) MN: Boy unhurt after taking ride on airport conveyor belt system 14) UT: Trumpist entryists boo former GOP presidential candidate 15) TX: Two Republicans, one backed by Trump, head to runoff in special congressional election 16) Somalia: Mohamed's term extension reversed 17) Congo: Muslim cleric murdered while at prayer in mosque 18) NASA-SpaceX mission crew splash down in Gulf of Mexico, return home from International Space Station 19) ME: Six female Colby coaches say they are paid less than men 20) Belgium: Regime police attack anti-lockdown protesters with chemical weapons Everybody Has An Opinion: 21) Washington War Party Creates Another Organization to Promote Endless Wars 22) World's Most Tyrannical Regime Can't Stop Babbling About "Human Rights" 23) Why Most of the Pro-Mask Science Quoted in the Media is Absurd 24) Gold Bug vs. Bitcoin Bug: A Look at the Curious Relationship Between Peter and Spencer Schiff 25) FISA And The Still Too Secret Police 26) Is the US Economy a Virtual Reality? 27) Gun Control Won't Cure America's Addiction to War 28) Biden's "Jim Eagle" vs. Jim Crow: What Democrats get so profoundly wrong on race 29) Stranded on Trump Island, the GOP lets Biden play the long game 30) The Precautionary Principle Devours Itself 31) Democracy's invisible armor against bullies 32) Free community college? A few words of caution 33) What Americans Should Know About Police Shootings of Minors 34) May Day and the United States of Amnesia 35) Biden's Labor Secretary Just Threatened Independent Contractors 36) No, Conservatives Should Not Embrace MMT 37) The Left [sic] Continues to Destroy Itself and Others With Evidence-Free Destruction of Reputations 38) The True Face Of Racism 39) Worshipping the "State" 40) Tabula-Rasa Economics in Biden's Speech to Congress 41) Bust the Conservative "Trust Busters" 42) Biden's Infrastructure Plans: We Must Ensure Democratic Control 43) The Spending Is the Point 44) Libertarian Party Response to Biden Address 45) Pure Socialism: Biden's "Tax the Rich" Plan 46) Why lockdown has become a lifestyle 47) Progressivism's Life Cycles 48) The Cats' Pajamas 49) Which Side Is Gary Gensler on? 50) When Politicians Say Fair Tax, They Only Mean More Tax The Sound and the Fury: 51) Enemy of My Enemy, episode 6 52) Free Talk Live, 05/02/21 53) Free Man Beyond The Wall, episode 572 54) This Week in Common Sense, 05/01/21 55) The Anarchist Experience, episode 317 56) Electric Libertyland, 05/01/21 57) Part Of The Problem, 05/01/21 58) Agorist Nexus Podcast, episode 71 59) Quillette Podcast, episode 147 60) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 04/30/21 61) The Bryan Hyde Show, 04/30/21 62) Tom Collins on The Scott Horton Show 63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1886 64) Politico Deep Dive, 04/30/21 65) Freedom Works with Paul Molloy, 04/30/21 66) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/30/21 67) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/30/21 68) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 392 69) Conflicts of Interest, episode 103 70) Universal Basic Income: How Crazy of an Idea Is It Really? vvvvv SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! vvvvv 25 TEXAS HEROES, by TL and Helen Hulsey https://www.amazon.com/dp/1883853060 Tyranny Demands AN ACT OF SELF-DEFENSE: A NOVEL BY ERNE LEWIS https://www.amazon.com/Act-Self-Defense-Erne-Lewis-ebook/dp/B0041844AO/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=An+Act+of+Self-Defense&qid=1552585836&s=gateway&sr=8-1 FREE THE CRYPTO 6! https://thecrypto6.com/ ting: mobile that makes sense https://zfrd3b9gqht.ting.com/ SHOP ONLINE, GET A REBATE IN BITCOIN! https://www.lolli.com/share/MZB4cCpheL ^^^^^ SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS ^^^^^ ***** In the News ***** 1) India: Modi loses key state election Source: The Guardian [UK] "India's prime minister has suffered a rare political defeat in a key state election, amid signs of a voter backlash over his handling of the coronavirus disaster as the country recorded a record number of deaths. Narendra Modi had been expected to make significant gains on Sunday in West Bengal, one of few states where his rightwing Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) does not have a parliamentary majority. Instead, Mamata Banerjee, a powerful regional politician and prominent Modi critic, won a third term as chief minister. Results gave Banerjee's All India Trinamool Congress a comfortable majority, with her party clocking up 216 seats in the 294-seat assembly. The BJP won 75 seats. This was up on its performance in 2016 -- when it got just three -- but well short of predictions." (05/02/21) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/02/narendra-modi-loses-key-state-election-west-bengal-covid-grips-india ----- 2) US regime denies Iranian regime's claims of prisoner deal Source: San Francisco Chronicle "The United States on Sunday immediately denied a report by Iranian state-run television that deals had been reached for the Islamic Republic to release U.S. and British prisoners in exchange for Tehran receiving billions of dollars. It wasn't immediately clear if the report represented a move by the hard-liners running the Iranian broadcaster to disrupt negotiations with the West amid talks in Vienna on Tehran's tattered nuclear deal. It also wasn't known if there had been any ongoing negotiations with the West over frozen funds and prisoner exchanges, both of which accompanied the 2015 atomic accord." (05/02/21) https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/State-TV-says-Iran-reaches-deals-to-release-16145460.php ----- 3) Myanmar: Eight killed as coup forces fire on "spring revolution" protests Source: CNN "Myanmar security forces opened fire on some of the biggest protests against military rule in days on Sunday killing eight people, media reported, three months after a coup plunged the country into crisis. The protests, after a spell of dwindling crowds and what appeared to be more restraint by the security forces, were coordinated with demonstrations in Myanmar communities around the world to mark what organizers called 'the global Myanmar spring revolution.' 'Shake the world with the voice of Myanmar people's unity,' the organizers said in a statement. Streams of demonstrators, some led by Buddhist monks, made their way through cities and towns across the country, including the commercial hub of Yangon and the second city of Mandalay, where two people were shot and killed, the Mizzima news agency reported." (05/02/21) https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/02/asia/myanmar-coup-protests-deaths-intl-hnk/index.html ----- 4) FL: Candidate sues DeSantis to force special US House election Source: Washington Times "A candidate for the U.S. House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Alcee Hastings has filed a lawsuit seeking to force Gov. Ron DeSantis to schedule a special election. Hastings died April 6 after decades in the House. Now, there are numerous candidates vying for the job, but there's one problem: no special election date has been set by the governor. One of those candidates for the District 20 seat is Elvin Dowling, who has filed a federal lawsuit seeking for force DeSantis to schedule the election. ... Florida Atlantic University professor Kevin Wagner told The Palm Beach Post for a story Sunday that U.S. Constitution instructs that a congressional vacancy 'shall' be filled -- but the document is vague on an important detail. 'What it doesn't say is when,' said Wagner, a noted constitutional scholar." (05/02/21) https://www.palmbeachpost.com/story/news/politics/2021/04/30/lawsuit-seeks-force-desantis-set-election-fill-alcee-hastings-seat/7410590002/ ----- 5) Palestine: Squatters riot, attack village after shooting Source: ABC News "Israeli [squatters] attacked a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank overnight, setting brush fires and hurling stones, Palestinian officials and an Israeli rights group said Monday. It appeared to be a revenge attack after three Israelis were wounded in a drive-by shooting at a nearby traffic junction on Sunday. The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said dozens of [squatters] attacked the village of Jaloud. It circulated videos showing the fires, with people shouting in the background. Israeli [occupation] forces arrested 11 Palestinians and four people were wounded by rubber bullets, B'Tselem said." (05/03/21) https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israeli-settlers-attack-palestinian-village-shooting-77457839 ----- 6) Germany: More than 90 Police Injured in Berlin May Day Riots Source: Time "At least 93 police officers were injured and 354 protesters were detained after traditional May Day rallies in Berlin turned violent, the city's top security official said Sunday. More than 20 different rallies took place in the German capital on Saturday and the vast majority of them were peaceful. However, a leftist march of 8,000 people through the city's Neukoelln and Kreuzberg neighborhood, which has seen clashes in past decades, turned violent. Protesters threw bottles and rocks at officers, and burned garbage cans and wooden pallets in the streets. ... In France, May Day marches in Paris and the southern city of Lyon were also marred by scattered violence, with riot officers targeted by small groups of violent demonstrators who tossed projectiles and trash bins." (05/02/21) https://time.com/6045472/berlin-may-day-riots/ ----- 7) UK: Regime increases aid to India's health care system Source: San Francisco Chronicle "Britain rushed to increase aid for India's teetering health care system on Sunday, promising more ventilators and expert advice as doctors grapple with a surge in coronavirus infections that is killing thousands of people a day. The U.K. government said it will send an additional 1,000 ventilators to India. In addition, England's National Health Service, which has battled one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in Europe, is creating an advisory group to share its expertise with Indian authorities. Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans a video meeting with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, on Tuesday to discuss further cooperation between the two countries, the U.K. government said in statement." (05/02/21) https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/The-Latest-Pakistan-restricts-border-travel-to-16145575.php ----- 8) Judge: Columbus, Ohio cops can't use chemical weapons on peaceful protesters Source: The Hill "A federal judge on Friday prohibited police in Columbus, Ohio, from using force against nonviolent protesters. In an 88-page opinion obtained by the local NBC station, Chief Judge Algenon L. Marbley of the Southern District of Ohio described the officers' use of physical violence, tear gas and pepper spray as 'the sad tale of officers, clothed with the awesome power of the state, run amok.' Marbley also ordered that officers be restrained from using other weapons and tactics such as flash-bang grenades, rubber bullets, body slams or kettling against nonviolent protesters. Officers must ensure that police vehicle cameras and body cameras are in 'good working order' when interacting with nonviolent protesters." (05/02/21) https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/551391-judge-rules-columbus-police-cant-use-tear-gas-or-rubber-bullets-against ----- 9) CA: Democrats sharpen messaging against Newsom recall Source: Toronto Star [Canada] "California Democrats sharpened their anti-recall messaging Saturday during the state party's annual convention, arguing removing Gov. Gavin Newsom from office early would roll back immigrant rights and criminal justice reforms, stall progress on the housing crisis and waste taxpayer money. The California Democratic Party gathering, held virtually, served as a venue for party leaders to energize some of the party's most active volunteers ahead of Newsom's expected election later this year. 'I've seen firsthand what a leader he is and how he really does put his heart into his work on behalf of the people of California, and President Joe Biden and I support him 100%,' Vice President Kamala Harris, who began her political career in San Francisco alongside Newsom, said in pre-taped remarks. She added, 'because of your hard work, we're going to keep Gov. Gavin Newsom in Sacramento.'" (05/02/21) https://www.thestar.com/news/world/us/2021/05/01/california-democrats-to-hear-from-newsom-as-recall-heats-up.html ----- 10) Italy: Rapper Fedez accuses state TV of censorship attempt Source: BBC News [UK state media] "Italian rapper Fedez has sparked a political row after accusing the national broadcaster of trying to censor his condemnation of homophobia during a televised concert. Fedez said the broadcaster, Rai, had asked him to submit his planned remarks before the performance on Saturday. The rapper refused and went ahead with his criticism of homophobic statements by members of Italy's right-wing League party. Rai denied trying to censor the rapper. But in a tweet, Fedez released a recording of a phone call with the deputy director of Rai 3, a TV channel owned by the state broadcaster. Fedez alleged that the TV executive asked him to omit the names of politicians he planned to criticise during his performance at Saturday's concert, which was aired by Rai 3." (05/02/21) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56966359 ----- 11) TX: Austin voters choose to bring back homeless camping ban Source: Austin American-Statesman "After all votes were counted in Austin, Proposition B soared to victory in a race many thought would be tighter than it ended up. In a hotly contested debate involving the city's homelessness crisis, 57% of voters said they were in favor of reinstating criminal penalties for camping in public spaces and 42% said they were not. More than 150,000 voters cast a ballot: 85,830 in favor, 64,409 against. Proposition B took center stage among eight ballot propositions, giving residents the voice they did not have two years ago when Mayor Steve Adler and the Austin City Council made it lawful to camp in most public spaces by canceling a 23-year-old ordinance that had prohibited it." (05/01/21) https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2021/05/01/proposition-b-election-results-austin-homeless-camping-ban/7220579002/ ----- 12) El Salvador: Political crisis as parliament ousts top judges Source: Yahoo! News "El Salvador's new legislative assembly voted Saturday to dismiss top Supreme Court judges hostile to populist [sic] President Nayib Bukele, triggering a political storm as the opposition derided the move as a coup. Bukele's New Ideas party holds an absolute majority following February elections. At its first session on Saturday, the assembly dismissed all the justices of the Supreme Court's constitutional chamber for issuing 'arbitrary' judgments. The lawmakers also voted to dismiss attorney general Raul Melara, considered close to an opposition party. ... The ousted judges, whose replacements were immediately appointed by the majority legislators, refused to leave their post, citing 'the unconstitutionality of the decree of dismissal.'" (05/02/21) https://news.yahoo.com/political-crisis-el-salvador-parliament-101257038.html ----- 13) MN: Boy unhurt after taking ride on airport conveyor belt system Source: Houston Chronicle "Authorities say a 9-year-old boy who found his way onto the conveyor belt baggage handling system at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was not injured. Airport spokesperson Pat Hogan said the incident happened early Saturday afternoon as a group of about 20 people were checking their bags for a trip they were taking together. Hogan said initially no one in the group noticed the boy was missing, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. 'There was a lot of confusion because there were so many people in the group,' he said. 'They were all checking their bags and putting their own bags on the conveyors, so it took a second for them to realize he was missing -- but as soon as they did people sprang into action and the police were able to find him quickly.' Police found the boy in under five minutes." (05/02/21) https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Boy-unhurt-after-taking-ride-on-airport-conveyor-16145817.php ----- 14) UT: Trumpist entryists boo former GOP presidential candidate Source: Business Insider "Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was loudly booed when he took to the stage at a state Republican Party conference Saturday, according to a video published by the Salt Lake Tribune. In the footage, the delegates start to boo when Romney takes to the stage and the jeering grows louder as he tries to speak. Romney is one of the most prominent critics of former President Donald Trump. He was the only Republican who voted to convict Trump in the former president's first impeachment trial, and one of 9 Republicans who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial. According to the Tribune, delegates shouted insults at Romney, accusing him of being a 'traitor' and a 'communist.'" (05/02/21) https://www.businessinsider.com/watch-traitor-mitt-romney-booed-by-trump-fans-at-utah-gop-conference-2021-5 ----- 15) TX: Two Republicans, one backed by Trump, head to runoff in special congressional election Source: Reuters "A Texas Republican backed by former President Donald Trump has advanced to a runoff election to fill a U.S. House of Representatives vacancy left by the death of her husband, while Democrats were shut out of the contest. Susan Wright, whose husband Ron Wright in February became the first sitting member of Congress to die of COVID-19, was the top vote-getter on Saturday in a crowded field of 23 candidates vying to represent the state's 6th Congressional District. Wright was headed to a runoff against another Republican in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs, a longtime Republican-held district. Democrats had hoped to pick up the seat to expand their slim House majority. But they conceded Sunday they had missed the chance." (05/02/21) https://www.reuters.com/world/us/trump-backed-candidate-heads-runoff-texas-special-congressional-election-2021-05-02/ ----- 16) Somalia: Mohamed's term extension reversed Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette "The controversial two-year term extension for Somalia's president evaporated Saturday after intense public pressure, as the lower house of parliament approved his request to instead support efforts to organize the country's long-delayed national election. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed asked the lawmakers to retreat from their decision last month to extend his time in office. The extension had been blasted by the Senate as illegal and was opposed by soldiers who took up key positions in the capital and clashed with other security forces. The scene of soldiers firing at one another in the streets of Mogadishu brought back fears for many Somalis that the Horn of Africa nation could collapse back into chaos after years of trying to rebuild. ... It is unknown how long it will take for the election to be organized." (05/02/21) https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2021/may/02/somali-presidents-term-extension-reversed/ ----- 17) Congo: Muslim cleric murdered while at prayer in mosque Source: BBC News [UK state media] "A senior Muslim cleric in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been shot dead while praying in the main mosque in Beni city. The gunman shot Sheikh Ali Amini during evening prayers on Saturday and then fled, a human rights activist said. The cleric was a strong critic of Islamic militancy in the region, Reuters news agency reports. Eastern DR Congo has been badly hit by instability, including attacks claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group. Many armed groups operate in eastern DR Congo, a legacy of the conflicts that gripped the region in the 1990s. BBC World Service Africa editor Will Ross says Sheikh Amini's killing during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan has caused a great deal of shock in Beni, a city with a population of about 200,000." (05/02/21) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56963023 ----- 18) NASA-SpaceX mission crew splash down in Gulf of Mexico, return home from International Space Station Source: ABC News "After six months in space, four astronauts on a historic NASA-SpaceX mission have returned back to Earth. SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, dubbed Resilience, undocked from the International Space Station at 8:35 p.m. ET Saturday. and splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida at about 2:56 a.m. ET Sunday. ... The flights mark a yearslong effort between NASA and the private sector to bring launch capabilities back to U.S. soil and end a dependency on Russia for trips to the International Space Station. The Crew Dragon is the first spacecraft since the Space Shuttle to be certified by NASA to carry humans." (05/02/21) https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/historic-nasa-spacex-mission-begins-journey-home-international/story?id=77440747 ----- 19) ME: Six female Colby coaches say they are paid less than men Source: San Francisco Chronicle "Six female coaches at Colby College have filed a complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission alleging they are paid significantly less than their male counterparts. The complaint, filed in March, says the coaches were told male coaches had 'higher market value' and that the Waterville school's men's athletic teams receive more resources than women's teams. Colby College and the coaches issued a one-paragraph joint statement Friday saying they are 'working together productively and collaboratively' through the Human Rights Commission and they are abiding by confidentiality rules. But the coaches' attorney, Kelly Hoffman, said state and federal laws were enacted to end gender discrimination in all educational programs, including coaching and athletics." (05/02/21) https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/6-female-Colby-coaches-say-they-are-paid-less-16145518.php ----- 20) Belgium: Regime police attack anti-lockdown protesters with chemical weapons Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany] "Police forcibly broke up a party at a park in Brussels on Saturday, after hundreds of people defied a ban to protest COVID-19 restrictions. The mass gathering comes a month after a similar gathering -- initially intended as an April Fool's joke -- saw several people injured in clashes with police in the Belgian capital. ... Although exact attendance numbers aren't known, reporters on the scene said hundreds of largely young people showed up. Police officers deployed water cannons and fired tear gas at the crowds to get them to disperse. A video posted by broadcaster France TV Bruxelles showed a water cannon truck driven by authorities to break up the groups of people." (05/01/21) https://www.dw.com/en/belgium-police-break-up-anti-lockdown-party-in-brussels/a-57399602 ***** Everybody Has An Opinion ***** 21) Washington War Party Creates Another Organization to Promote Endless Wars Source: Antiwar.com by Doug Bandow "Elliott Abrams last week penned an op-ed celebrating creation of the Vandenberg Coalition, 'a new network committed to advancing a strong and proud American foreign policy.' Abrams is a noted Neoconservative who famously participated in the Iran-Contra scandal and bizarrely served Donald Trump after claiming to be a Never-Trumper. The Neocons already dominate Washington -- Republican Party, think tanks, and media, such as the Wall Street Journal, which published Abrams' piece. Neocon influence also reaches well into the Democratic Party. What was Hillary Clinton other than a Neocon in liberal [sic] drag? ... But in the Neocons' view even this dominance isn't nearly enough. When even one noninterventionist is on the loose in Washington, they believe they must act decisively." (05/03/21) https://original.antiwar.com/doug-bandow/2021/05/02/washington-war-party-creates-another-organization-to-promote-endless-wars/ ----- 22) World's Most Tyrannical Regime Can't Stop Babbling About "Human Rights" Source: Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist by Caitlin Johnstone "'America won't back away from our commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms,' reads a Wednesday tweet from the presidential Twitter account. 'No responsible American president can remain silent when basic human rights are violated.' The tweet, an excerpt from the US president's prepared congressional address, was retweeted on Saturday by Secretary of State Tony Blinken with the caption, 'We will always defend human rights at home and abroad.' Like all US secretaries of state, Blinken's public statements overwhelmingly focus on the claim that other nations abuse human rights, and that it is America's duty to defend those rights. Which is very silly, considering the fact that the US government is the single worst human rights abuser on planet Earth. And it's not even close." (05/02/21) https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2021/05/02/worlds-most-tyrannical-regime-cant-stop-babbling-about-human-rights/ ----- 23) Why Most of the Pro-Mask Science Quoted in the Media is Absurd Source: Coyote Blog by Warren Meyer "I have been close to writing this post off and on for almost a full year. Starting back in the early days of COVID when the media used graphics about droplet spray patterns with and without masks as 'proof' that masks work to slow the spread of COVID. I was going to write about how dumb this was, but I assumed that other scientific voices would soon skewer these studies and thus it would be a waste of my time. But lo and behold, while many careful scientific minds did recognize the flaws in these studies, the large news and social media companies have been pretty diligent about preventing any heterodox opinions on masks from getting wide circulation." (05/02/21) https://coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2021/05/why-most-of-the-pro-mask-science-quoted-in-the-media-is-absurd.html ----- 24) Gold Bug vs. Bitcoin Bug: A Look at the Curious Relationship Between Peter and Spencer Schiff Source: Bitcoin.com by Jamie Redman "For years now the well known economist and gold bug Peter Schiff has continuously spoken out against bitcoin, as he claims precious metals are far superior. A great number of people have rebutted Schiff's statements about bitcoin but during the last year, the gold bug has had a different thorn on his side. In recent days, Schiff's nemesis on Twitter is his own son Spencer Schiff, a young entrepreneur who is 'interested in finance, Austrian economics, libertarianism, [and] anarcho-capitalism.'" (05/03/21) https://news.bitcoin.com/gold-bug-vs-bitcoin-bug-a-look-at-the-curious-relationship-between-peter-and-spencer-schiff/ ----- 25) FISA And The Still Too Secret Police Source: The American Conservative by James Bovard "On Monday, the Washington Post reported that the FBI continues to commit uncounted violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA). If you sought to report a crime to the FBI, an FBI agent may have illegally surveilled your email. Even if you merely volunteered for the FBI 'Citizens Academy' program, the FBI may have illegally tracked all your online activity. But the latest FBI offenses, like almost all prior FBI violations, are not a real problem, according to James Boasberg, presiding judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. That court, among other purposes, is supposed to safeguard Americans' constitutional right to privacy under FISA. ... But as time passed, FISA morphed into an uncontrolled yet officially sanctioned privacy-trampling monster." (04/30/21) https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/fisa-and-the-still-too-secret-police/ ----- 26) Is the US Economy a Virtual Reality? Source: American Institute for Economic Research by Jeffrey A Tucker "An owner of the bar explained to me that he has been closed for a full year and yet miraculously still survives, thanks to vast infusions of government money to cover his rent and upkeep and sustain essential employees. He is looking forward to reopening but is having a hard time finding employees. Many have moved to Florida. Others, he said, 'are happy to live off government money rather than work.' His main puzzle is how it can be true that the government has the resources to sustain so many businesses in a full year of lockdowns. The money is falling like manna from heaven." (05/02/21) https://www.aier.org/article/is-the-us-economy-a-virtual-reality/ ----- 27) Gun Control Won't Cure America's Addiction to War Source: exile in happy valley by Nicky Reid "While America has experienced a precipitous drop in most forms of violent crime over the last two decades, we retain a uniquely high body count compared to our other first world neighbors and seem to be a deadly playing field for genres of mass slaughter that seem peculiarly American in character. I've never made my disdain for gun control of any kind a mystery. I come from the Alex Cockburn school of artillery friendly leftism. But even I have to admit their is something going on here." (05/02/21) https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2021/05/gun-control-wont-cure-americas.html ----- 28) Biden's "Jim Eagle" vs. Jim Crow: What Democrats get so profoundly wrong on race Source: Fox News Forum by Deroy Murdock "To see what racism and race-baiting look like, look no further than today's Democrat-Left [sic]. From relentless obsession with critical race theory, baseless [sic] claims of 'systemic racism,' critical race theory brainwashing sessions, to delivery of health care based on skin color, Democrats and their ideological brethren see everything through black-and-white glasses. A perfect case in point is the Democrat-Left [sic] response to the rebuttal by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott to President Joe Biden's address to Congress Wednesday night. The $6 Trillion Man spoke softly and carried a big shopping list. After Biden quietly left no spending stone unthrown, the South Carolina Republican delivered a warm, stirring and confident reply." (05/02/21) https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/biden-jim-crow-democrats-wrong-race-deroy-murdock ----- 29) Stranded on Trump Island, the GOP lets Biden play the long game Source: Washington Post by EJ Dionne "Trump sped up two trends that began gathering steam in the 1990s: the steady shift of well-educated and professional voters toward the Democratic Party, and the move of White, working-class voters to the GOP. Biden won in 2020 partly because he cut into Trump's working-class margins a bit, but largely because he swept increasingly diverse suburban areas that were at the heart of the Democrats' gains in the 2018 midterms. This raises two questions: Can Republicans begin to claw back some of the upscale, well-educated voters they lost under Trump? And can Democrats expand on the inroads Biden began to make among voters who didn't attend college? Democrats hold the initiative, and not just because they control the presidency and narrow congressional majorities. As long as the vast majority of GOP politicians refuse to break with Trump, they will be tethered to his minority coalition." (05/02/21) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/05/02/stranded-trump-island-gop-lets-biden-play-long-game/ ----- 30) The Precautionary Principle Devours Itself Source: Cafe Hayek by Don Boudreaux "I agree that hindsight is more accurate than foresight. For at least two reasons I disagree that this fact justifies the draconian responses over the past 15 months to Covid-19. First, because we learned early on that SARS-CoV-2 poses a disproportionately high risk to the elderly -- and very little risk to the young -- there's no good reason why this relevant information was ignored. Yet even after hindsight had given government officials knowledge that is both solid and pertinent, they refused to act on it. ... Second, like all precautionary-principle logic, your precautionary-principle logic devours itself. This 'logic' leads you to declare that the costs of draconian Covid restrictions be largely ignored in order that we be saved from the potentially gigantic costs of Covid." (05/02/21) https://cafehayek.com/2021/05/the-precautionary-principle-devours-itself.html ----- 31) Democracy's invisible armor against bullies Source: Christian Science Monitor by staff "During his early months in office, President Joe Biden has taken an unusual approach to the four countries that the United States considers to be the world's biggest bullies: Iran, China, Russia, and North Korea. While he talked or acted tough toward each (like previous U.S. presidents), Mr. Biden also took an important affirmative step. He shored up the four countries that are aggrieved neighbors of those respective bullies: Iraq, Taiwan, Ukraine, and South Korea. He especially sought to make sure the democratic credentials of those four remain strong, part of their critical defense against the autocratic aggressor next door. Mr. Biden's boldest move was to send three senior U.S. statesmen to Taiwan in mid-April." [editor's note: Usually the Monitor has perspective on these issues; I'll leave it to the reader to decide if this is one of those cases – SAT] (04/30/21) https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2021/0430/Democracy-s-invisible-armor-against-bullies ----- 32) Free community college? A few words of caution Source: The Hill by Harry J Holzer "President Biden's American Family Plan includes a call for universal free community college, a proposal that had also been embraced by President Obama. Free community college will no doubt be popular with voters, who like receiving financial benefits and don't worry too much these days about broader program effectiveness or the public debt. And, since those who attend community colleges are disproportionately people of color and those from poorer families and communities, this plan would no doubt help many disadvantaged students. ... community colleges also have mixed track records of success. Degree completion rates there are under 40 percent; and most students who plan to transfer and obtain BAs do not successfully do so." (05/01/21) https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/551332-free-community-college-a-few-words-of-caution ----- 33) What Americans Should Know About Police Shootings of Minors Source: The Atlantic by Conor Friedersdorf "Police killings of minors are almost nonexistent in other liberal democracies. That should be America's goal. To get there as quickly as possible, without the risk of catastrophic unintended consequences, the ongoing reckoning over police killings of children must be grounded in data. Such data weren't always available, but can now inform all political factions about what is actually happening." (05/01/21) https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/05/what-americans-should-know-about-police-killings-minors/618759/ ----- 34) May Day and the United States of Amnesia Source: Common Dreams by CJ Polychroniou "The history of May Day has its origins in the summer of 1884 when the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions decided to launch a nationwide movement to secure an eight-hour workday and called for May 1, 1886 to be the beginning of this campaign. On May 1, 1886, hundreds of thousands of American workers staged a nationwide march demanding the creation of the eight-hour workday. Chicago was the epicenter of the protests as they were scheduled to go on for days. Eventually, the protests turned violent when the police attacked picketing workers on May 3, killing one person and injuring several, at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, an event which led the next day to a bloodier confrontation between police and demonstrators in Haymarket Square. What happened at Haymarket Square is an event of immense historical significance in its own right." (05/02/21) https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/05/02/may-day-and-united-states-amnesia ----- 35) Biden's Labor Secretary Just Threatened Independent Contractors Source: Foundation for Economic Education by Brad Polumbo "With the rise of the digital gig economy, millions of Americans have found flexible and lucrative work through independent contractor arrangements with companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash. They weighed the pros and cons of traditional employment opportunities, which often come with more benefits such as healthcare but rigid schedules, and instead opted for the flexibility that gig work brings. But some regulators and politicians have taken aim at these mutually beneficial arrangements, dubbing them 'exploitative' and trying to eliminate them using the law. Based on his latest comments, President Biden's Labor Secretary, Marty Walsh, may be among their number." (05/01/21) https://fee.org/articles/biden-s-labor-secretary-just-threatened-independent-contractors/ ----- 36) No, Conservatives Should Not Embrace MMT Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute by Ron Paul "Modern monetary theory is nothing more than a new version of the old myth that governments need not worry about restraining spending because a government-controlled central bank can pump money into the economy. MMT suffers from the same flaws as every other version of this fairy tale. The only long-term benefit of the adoption of MMT is that it will hasten the inevitable collapse of the welfare-warfare fiat money system. Instead of trying to create conservative justifications for destructive monetary policy, conservatives should join libertarians and classical liberals in working to limit government power while restoring sound money and greater market freedom." (05/01/21) https://mises.org/wire/no-conservatives-should-not-embrace-mmt ----- 37) The Left [sic] Continues to Destroy Itself and Others With Evidence-Free Destruction of Reputations Source: Glenn Greenwald by Glenn Greenwald "[T]he prevailing mentality in left-liberal [sic] politics is that even grave life-destroying accusations are to be treated as true without the need for any evidence. They casually and with apparent glee ruin people's reputations and lives without batting an eye the second someone utters an allegation of sexual misconduct. And one is required to mindlessly accept such accusations as truth -- never ask for evidence if it is true -- if one wishes to remain in good standing in those circles and to avoid being smeared oneself as an apologist for sexual misconduct." (05/01/21) https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-left-continues-to-destroy-itself ----- 38) The True Face Of Racism Source: Town Hall Derek Hunter "While it might be helpful to comprehend your opponent's way of thinking, the depravity necessary to get a handle on how a collectivist sociopathic psyche functions could only lead to a dark, confusing place from which reemerging would make a David Lynch movie seem coherent. But there is one thing easily discovered, by even a casual observance, about the people who strictly and gleefully adhere to left-wing [sic] dogma: racism is the loadbearing wall of their entire house of cards. Before we even touch on the racism toward South Carolina Senator Tim Scott from the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and Joy Behar for daring to think for himself, I want to step back and highlight how big the division racket leftists have constructed and, quite frankly, need in order to win political battles." (05/02/21) https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2021/05/02/the-true-face-of-racism-n2588837 ----- 39) Worshipping the "State" Source: The Price of Liberty by Nathan Barton "[T]he only way to stop worshipping the 'State' is to do just that. To stop. If you truly believe in God -- the Creator, not the government -- then obey Him as you understand Him, and even if that means to disobey government. If you do NOT believe in a god but believe that we have natural rights, then act in accordance with your beliefs and NOT obey government when it will violate your conscience, your beliefs." (05/01/21) https://thepriceofliberty.org/2021/05/01/worshipping-the-state/ ----- 40) Tabula-Rasa Economics in Biden's Speech to Congress Source: EconLog by Pierre Lemieux "A good exercise for economics students is to find instances of economic nonsense in a politician's speech. In his speech of last Wednesday before Congress, President Joe Biden provided good course material. The proverbial Martian landing on Earth would have thought that Biden's goal was to emulate his immediate predecessor." (04/30/21) https://www.econlib.org/tabula-rasa-economics-in-bidens-speech-to-congress/ ----- 41) Bust the Conservative "Trust Busters" Source: Free Association by Sheldon Richman "When right-wing leader Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) recently declared that 'liberty and monopoly do not go together,' I fantasized that he had become a free-market anarchist. When I hear monopoly, I think government because what's the most literal of monopolies (or source of monopoly power) than the state? Imagine my disappointment when I realized that, quite the contrary, he was embracing expanded government power over consensual interaction in the marketplace. He was introducing his aggressively named Trust-Busting for the Twenty-First Century Act. Hawley wants to be the our day's Theodore Roosevelt, also a Republican but no friend of individual liberty and free-market interaction." (04/30/21) http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2021/04/tgif-bust-conservative-trust-busters.html ----- 42) Biden's Infrastructure Plans: We Must Ensure Democratic Control Source: In These Times by Thomas M Hanna "One of the major punchlines during the Trump era in Washington, D.C. was the ever-occurring 'infrastructure week': that ill-fated time every year in which the White House was supposed to unveil a major infrastructure package, but which would then inevitably go off the rails, often due to the administration's own incompetence. For instance, in 2017, Trump used the platform of infrastructure week not to push for investments in roads and bridges, but instead to rail against former FBI Director James Comey and the mayor of London, among others. Two years later, he spent infrastructure week attacking the Mueller investigation. However, the decaying state of U.S. infrastructure is no laughing matter, and the Biden administration has brought a new level of seriousness to the topic, releasing an expansive $2 trillion plan at the end of March." (04/30/21) https://inthesetimes.com/article/biden-infrastructure-plan-american-jobs-families-privatization-democracy ----- 43) The Spending Is the Point Source: Commentary by Noah Rothman "Are massive federal expenditures that crowd out private borrowing creating better employment opportunities than those generated by entropic economic activity? Are 'buy American' mandates, which already constrain most of the federal government's purchasing power, valuable even if they contribute to the rising cost of consumer goods and direct resources away from more productive sectors of the economy? And is pouring money into the public-education system really sufficient to win the great power competitions America will face in the 21st century? Are all these platitudinous nostrums deserving of any scrutiny? Not if you were to survey the liberal [sic] opinion landscape. There, critical analyses of what exactly it is that we're purchasing have long been subordinated to the presumed value of spending in and of itself." (04/30/21) https://www.commentarymagazine.com/noah-rothman/the-spending-is-the-point/ ----- 44) Libertarian Party Response to Biden Address Source: Libertarian Party by staff "In President Biden's address before Congress Wednesday evening, the American people heard a lot of proposals and promises, but all were based around the same old, exhausted idea -- that giving government more power to issue mandates and to move around untold trillions more dollars of our money is the answer to the problems that government has created. From educational freedom to health care, President Biden's overarching theme was government control. His message to Americans was that they cannot be trusted to make the best choices for themselves and for their families. We know this is not what Americans want nor is it what they deserve." (04/30/21) https://www.lp.org/libertarian-party-reaction-to-biden-address/ ----- 45) Pure Socialism: Biden's "Tax the Rich" Plan Source: American Consequences by Trish Regan "President Joe Biden has been in the White House now for 100 days: 100 days of inching toward a new system of government [sic], 100 days of setting the stage for a new Socialist order [sic]. Can you imagine what the next 100 days will be like? Buckle up, America; if President Biden gets any of his Socialist [sic] nonsense through, we won't have much of a country left. And believe me, he's trying. 'America is ready for a takeoff,' he told viewers Wednesday night in his first address to a joint session of the Congress as president. He tried to sound hopeful ... But you can't help but wonder if his policies are instead sending us straight for a crash landing, for those of us that [sic] are capitalists, anyway." (05/01/21) https://americanconsequences.com/trish-regan-bidens-tax-the-rich-plan-is-pure-socialism/ ----- 46) Why lockdown has become a lifestyle Source: spiked by Frank Furedi "The idealisation of safety, the transformation of it into a socially valued objective, rests precisely on the devaluation of those qualities that we use to manage uncertainty and calculate risk -- namely, courage and judgment. For it is judgement that we use to deal with our fears. And yet it is judgement that many today cast as a threat to people's wellbeing and safety. The sentiments fuelling the demand for safe spaces played a key role in encouraging certain sections of society to call for the society-wide safe space of lockdown. And they are also driving their embrace of lockdown culture. So long as Western society continues to deify safety it will remain in thrall to the culture of fear." (04/30/21) https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/04/30/why-lockdown-has-become-a-lifestyle/ ----- 47) Progressivism's Life Cycles Source: Independent Institute by James A Montanye "Political and social experiments come and go like the seasons. Grand ideas for perfecting humanity flare, run their course, and then pass away, leaving behind only their smiles, wreckage, unpaid bills, and national catharses. Glorious summers of impossible, something-for-nothing progressive promises are followed by discontented winters of squandered opportunities for restoring eternal, classical-liberal values. Radical social experiments, whose outcomes routinely fall short of their intentions, fail in part because of their dead weight, and partly because postmodernist individuals balk at the social coercion that gives progressivism its traction." (04/30/21) https://blog.independent.org/2021/04/30/progressivisms-life-cycles/ ----- 48) The Cats' Pajamas Source: Common Sense by Paul Jacob "It would be nice if the social media companies that mine our data for their pecuniary advantage would also allow us to mine our data ... for our more humble purposes." (04/30/21) https://thisiscommonsense.org/2021/04/30/the-cats-pajamas/ ----- 49) Which Side Is Gary Gensler on? Source: The American Prospect by Robert Kuttner "Progressives were elated when President Biden appointed Gary Gensler to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission. Though Gensler had been at Goldman Sachs before chairing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under President Obama, he turned out to be the best sort of class traitor: someone who knew the insider games well enough to be disgusted by them and be a tough regulator. ... But in his first major move as SEC chair, Gensler made an unforced error that left his admirers wondering about both Gensler's judgment and his spine. On April 22, Gensler appointed as his director of enforcement Alex Oh, a 20-year partner at Paul, Weiss, one of the leading power law firms that serves Fortune 500 companies accused of violating SEC laws and rules." [editor's note: A proper SEC chair (if there is one) should not be on anyone's "side," but would merely enforce what valid rules there are – SAT] (04/30/21) https://prospect.org/economy/which-side-is-biden-sec-chair-gary-gensler-on/ ----- 50) When Politicians Say Fair Tax, They Only Mean More Tax Source: American Institute for Economic Research by James R Harrigan & Antony Davies "Politicians never seem to have much trouble telling us they want to raise taxes. It seems to come as naturally to them as breathing does to the rest of us. They do their level best to keep the spotlight on 'the rich,' of course, who they say must 'pay their fair share.' But what do politicians hardly ever say? They hardly ever say who 'the rich' are. And when they do, they usually point to multibillionaires while meaning people with considerably less. What do they also never say? They never say what a 'fair share' is. It really just means 'more.'" (04/30/21) https://www.aier.org/article/when-politicians-say-fair-tax-they-only-mean-more-tax/ ***** The Sound and the Fury ***** 51) Enemy of My Enemy, episode 6 Source: We Are Libertarians "Gauntlet Interview with Ashley Shade." [various formats] (05/01/21) https://wearelibertarians.com/enemy-of-my-enemy-ep-6-gauntlet-interview-with-ashley-shade/ ----- 52) Free Talk Live, 05/02/21 Source: Free Talk Live "Secret Court Reveals FBI Hunted for Domestic Terrorists Without a Warrant :: Strange doppelganger FBI raid :: Human genetic changes by telemere :: The Fed Plans to Unveil Digital Dollar Prototypes in July :: Biden just committed to monthly stimulus checks for four more years :: diversifying your savings outside of the US dollar :: Hosts: Captain Kickass, Melanie, Peakless Mountaineer." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/02/21) https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2021-05-02 ----- 53) Free Man Beyond The Wall, episode 572 Source: Free Man Beyond The Wall "The World Economic Forum And The Great Reset w/ Thomas DiLorenzo." [various formats] (05/02/21) https://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-572 ----- 54) This Week in Common Sense, 05/01/21 Source: Common Sense "A Twist of Mean." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/01/21) https://thisiscommonsense.org/2021/05/01/listen-a-twist-of-mean/ ----- 55) The Anarchist Experience, episode 317 Source: The Anarchist Experience "Rich, MC, and KS discuss these HEADLINES: Hawaii to become the first state to declare climate emergency ... How Easy is it to Escape Taxes by Moving Offshore or Puerto Rico?" [various formats] (05/01/21) https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2021/05/01/the-anarchist-experience-317/ ----- 56) Electric Libertyland, 05/01/21 Source: Lions of Liberty "At the behest of Maurice's Nittany-level Patreon privilege, Odie, Howie and Brian will review the Hulu doc series SASQUATCH. And yes, it actually does have some libertarian lessons amid the hillbilly 'Squatchin." [various formats] (05/01/21) https://www.lionsofliberty.com/episodes/ell-bonus-show-sasquatch ----- 57) Part Of The Problem, 05/01/21 Source: GaS Digital Network "This Is Instanity." [various formats] (05/01/21) https://art19.com/shows/d0ab5d6f-1972-4441-b3f8-6b61d09f7f15/embed?playlist_type=playlist&playlist_size=10# ----- 58) Agorist Nexus Podcast, episode 71 Source: Agorist Nexus "Brandon and Dag discuss the possibility of WWIII." [various formats] (05/01/21) https://www.agoristnexus.com/world-war-3-episode-71/ ----- 59) Quillette Podcast, episode 147 Source: Quillette "Richard Hanania on the Real Reason Progressives Are Winning the Culture War: They Just Want It More." [various formats] (04/30/21) https://quillette.com/2021/04/30/podcast-147-richard-hanania-on-the-real-reason-progressives-are-winning-the-culture-war-they-just-want-it-more/ ----- 60) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 04/30/21 Source: Freedom's Phoenix "Liz Harris comes on to discuss the Arizona Election Fraud [sic] Audit [sic] ... Arthur Kanegis (Producer) comes on to talk about 'THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY' ... Gerald Celente (American Trend Forecaster, Publisher of Trends Journal, Business Consultant, Author) provides an update on the economy ..." [MP3] (04/30/21) https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/303689-2021-04-29-04-30-21-liz-harris-arthur-kanegis-gerald-celente-mp3s.htm ----- 61) The Bryan Hyde Show, 04/30/21 Source: The Bryan Hyde Show "If you want to be free, you're going to have to work at it. Here's some good news from the encrypted messaging platform Telegram about two new web apps that allow you to bypass big tech censorship." [various formats] (04/30/21) https://thebryanhydeshow.podbean.com/e/the-bryan-hyde-show-hour-one-4-30-2021/ ----- 62) Tom Collins on The Scott Horton Show Source: Libertarian Institute "Scott talks to Tom Collina about the alarming plan to expand America's nuclear arsenal." [various formats] (04/30/21) https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/4-30-21-tom-collina-on-the-reckless-plan-to-expand-americas-nuclear-arsenal/ ----- 63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1886 Source: The Tom Woods Show "The Forgotten Quality That Makes You Human, and Wicked People Less Than." [various formats] (04/30/21) https://tomwoods.com/ep-1886-the-forgotten-quality-that-makes-you-human-and-wicked-people-less-than/ ----- 64) Politico Deep Dive, 04/30/21 Source: Politico "Money, MTG and the D.C. power machine." [various formats] (04/30/21) https://politicos-nerdcast-874ac64d.simplecast.com/episodes/money-mtg-and-the-dc-power-machine-hUvecmTT ----- 65) Freedom Works with Paul Molloy, 04/30/21 Source: Freedom Works "Sean Higgins of CEI on Biden vs workers' rights." [MP3] (04/30/21) http://internetradiopros.com/freedomworks/?name=2021-04-30_zfw043021.mp3 ----- 66) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/30/21 Source: Bloggingheads.tv "Biden's Big Plans | Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus." [Flash video] (04/30/21) https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/61551 ----- 67) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/30/21 Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report "'(bleep) The Mask Order' With Guest Pho Chan." [Flash video] (04/30/21) http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/bleep-the-mask-order-with-guest-pho-chan ----- 68) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 392 Source: Libertarianism.org "John Mueller joins the show to explain how, when international war is in decline, complacency and appeasement become viable diplomatic devices and a large military is scarcely required." [various formats] (04/30/21) https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/war-stupid ----- 69) Conflicts of Interest, episode 103 Source: Libertarian Institute "An Overextended Empire." [various formats] (04/30/21) https://libertarianinstitute.org/kyle/coi-103-an-overextended-empire/ ----- 70) Universal Basic Income: How Crazy of an Idea Is It Really? Source: American Institute for Economic Research 'Aleksandra Przegalinska, Vice Rector at Kozminski University and AIER Research Fellow interviews Robert Wright on the meaning, intent and practicality of universal basic income as an economic policy and moral conundrum for free societies." [Flash video] (04/30/21) https://www.aier.org/article/universal-basic-income-how-crazy-of-an-idea-is-it-really/ ***** RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST Editors: Thomas L. Knapp Steve Trinward Editors Emeritus: Mary Lou Seymour R. Lee Wrights *****
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***** RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST The Freedom Movement's Daily Newspaper Volume XVIII, Issue #4,747 Minds.com Edition -- Friday, April 30, 2021 Web Edition: http://rationalreview.news-digests.com Email Edition: http://eepurl.com/bSo8ST ***** Hey, everyone ... It's a "web-only Friday" at the freedom movement's newspaper, with content stacked to the rafters. At least 22 news stories, at least 41 opinion pieces, and at least 26 audio/video links (there may be more before you read this email!) await your reading pleasure at: http://rationalreview.news-digests.com Don't forget to support your favorite reader-supported publication! If that's us, and I hope it is, you can get it done at: http://rationalreview.news-digests.com/support-rrnd Have a great weekend, and we'll be back Monday with the regular email and social media editions. Yours in liberty, Tom Knapp Publisher Rational Review News Digest / Freedom News Daily vvvvv SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! vvvvv FREE THE CRYPTO 6! https://thecrypto6.com/ ting: mobile that makes sense https://zfrd3b9gqht.ting.com/ 25 TEXAS HEROES, by TL and Helen Hulsey https://www.amazon.com/dp/1883853060 SHOP ONLINE, GET A REBATE IN BITCOIN! https://www.lolli.com/share/MZB4cCpheL Tyranny Demands AN ACT OF SELF-DEFENSE: A NOVEL BY ERNE LEWIS https://www.amazon.com/Act-Self-Defense-Erne-Lewis-ebook/dp/B0041844AO/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=An+Act+of+Self-Defense&qid=1552585836&s=gateway&sr=8-1 ^^^^^ SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS ^^^^^ ***** RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST Editors: Thomas L. Knapp Steve Trinward Editors Emeritus: Mary Lou Seymour R. Lee Wrights *****
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***** RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST The Freedom Movement's Daily Newspaper Volume XVIII, Issue #4,748 Minds.com Edition -- Monday, May 3, 2021 Web Edition: http://rationalreview.news-digests.com Email Edition: http://eepurl.com/bSo8ST ***** In the News: 1) India: Modi loses key state election 2) US regime denies Iranian regime's claims of prisoner deal 3) Myanmar: Eight killed as coup forces fire on "spring revolution" protests 4) FL: Candidate sues DeSantis to force special US House election 5) Palestine: Squatters riot, attack village after shooting 6) Germany: More than 90 Police Injured in Berlin May Day Riots 7) UK: Regime increases aid to India's health care system 8) Judge: Columbus, Ohio cops can't use chemical weapons on peaceful protesters 9) CA: Democrats sharpen messaging against Newsom recall 10) Italy: Rapper Fedez accuses state TV of censorship attempt 11) TX: Austin voters choose to bring back homeless camping ban 12) El Salvador: Political crisis as parliament ousts top judges 13) MN: Boy unhurt after taking ride on airport conveyor belt system 14) UT: Trumpist entryists boo former GOP presidential candidate 15) TX: Two Republicans, one backed by Trump, head to runoff in special congressional election 16) Somalia: Mohamed's term extension reversed 17) Congo: Muslim cleric murdered while at prayer in mosque 18) NASA-SpaceX mission crew splash down in Gulf of Mexico, return home from International Space Station 19) ME: Six female Colby coaches say they are paid less than men 20) Belgium: Regime police attack anti-lockdown protesters with chemical weapons Everybody Has An Opinion: 21) Washington War Party Creates Another Organization to Promote Endless Wars 22) World's Most Tyrannical Regime Can't Stop Babbling About "Human Rights" 23) Why Most of the Pro-Mask Science Quoted in the Media is Absurd 24) Gold Bug vs. Bitcoin Bug: A Look at the Curious Relationship Between Peter and Spencer Schiff 25) FISA And The Still Too Secret Police 26) Is the US Economy a Virtual Reality? 27) Gun Control Won't Cure America's Addiction to War 28) Biden's "Jim Eagle" vs. Jim Crow: What Democrats get so profoundly wrong on race 29) Stranded on Trump Island, the GOP lets Biden play the long game 30) The Precautionary Principle Devours Itself 31) Democracy's invisible armor against bullies 32) Free community college? A few words of caution 33) What Americans Should Know About Police Shootings of Minors 34) May Day and the United States of Amnesia 35) Biden's Labor Secretary Just Threatened Independent Contractors 36) No, Conservatives Should Not Embrace MMT 37) The Left [sic] Continues to Destroy Itself and Others With Evidence-Free Destruction of Reputations 38) The True Face Of Racism 39) Worshipping the "State" 40) Tabula-Rasa Economics in Biden's Speech to Congress 41) Bust the Conservative "Trust Busters" 42) Biden's Infrastructure Plans: We Must Ensure Democratic Control 43) The Spending Is the Point 44) Libertarian Party Response to Biden Address 45) Pure Socialism: Biden's "Tax the Rich" Plan 46) Why lockdown has become a lifestyle 47) Progressivism's Life Cycles 48) The Cats' Pajamas 49) Which Side Is Gary Gensler on? 50) When Politicians Say Fair Tax, They Only Mean More Tax The Sound and the Fury: 51) Enemy of My Enemy, episode 6 52) Free Talk Live, 05/02/21 53) Free Man Beyond The Wall, episode 572 54) This Week in Common Sense, 05/01/21 55) The Anarchist Experience, episode 317 56) Electric Libertyland, 05/01/21 57) Part Of The Problem, 05/01/21 58) Agorist Nexus Podcast, episode 71 59) Quillette Podcast, episode 147 60) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 04/30/21 61) The Bryan Hyde Show, 04/30/21 62) Tom Collins on The Scott Horton Show 63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1886 64) Politico Deep Dive, 04/30/21 65) Freedom Works with Paul Molloy, 04/30/21 66) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/30/21 67) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/30/21 68) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 392 69) Conflicts of Interest, episode 103 70) Universal Basic Income: How Crazy of an Idea Is It Really? vvvvv SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! vvvvv 25 TEXAS HEROES, by TL and Helen Hulsey https://www.amazon.com/dp/1883853060 Tyranny Demands AN ACT OF SELF-DEFENSE: A NOVEL BY ERNE LEWIS https://www.amazon.com/Act-Self-Defense-Erne-Lewis-ebook/dp/B0041844AO/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=An+Act+of+Self-Defense&qid=1552585836&s=gateway&sr=8-1 FREE THE CRYPTO 6! https://thecrypto6.com/ ting: mobile that makes sense https://zfrd3b9gqht.ting.com/ SHOP ONLINE, GET A REBATE IN BITCOIN! https://www.lolli.com/share/MZB4cCpheL ^^^^^ SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS ^^^^^ ***** In the News ***** 1) India: Modi loses key state election Source: The Guardian [UK] "India's prime minister has suffered a rare political defeat in a key state election, amid signs of a voter backlash over his handling of the coronavirus disaster as the country recorded a record number of deaths. Narendra Modi had been expected to make significant gains on Sunday in West Bengal, one of few states where his rightwing Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) does not have a parliamentary majority. Instead, Mamata Banerjee, a powerful regional politician and prominent Modi critic, won a third term as chief minister. Results gave Banerjee's All India Trinamool Congress a comfortable majority, with her party clocking up 216 seats in the 294-seat assembly. The BJP won 75 seats. This was up on its performance in 2016 -- when it got just three -- but well short of predictions." (05/02/21) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/02/narendra-modi-loses-key-state-election-west-bengal-covid-grips-india ----- 2) US regime denies Iranian regime's claims of prisoner deal Source: San Francisco Chronicle "The United States on Sunday immediately denied a report by Iranian state-run television that deals had been reached for the Islamic Republic to release U.S. and British prisoners in exchange for Tehran receiving billions of dollars. It wasn't immediately clear if the report represented a move by the hard-liners running the Iranian broadcaster to disrupt negotiations with the West amid talks in Vienna on Tehran's tattered nuclear deal. It also wasn't known if there had been any ongoing negotiations with the West over frozen funds and prisoner exchanges, both of which accompanied the 2015 atomic accord." (05/02/21) https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/State-TV-says-Iran-reaches-deals-to-release-16145460.php ----- 3) Myanmar: Eight killed as coup forces fire on "spring revolution" protests Source: CNN "Myanmar security forces opened fire on some of the biggest protests against military rule in days on Sunday killing eight people, media reported, three months after a coup plunged the country into crisis. The protests, after a spell of dwindling crowds and what appeared to be more restraint by the security forces, were coordinated with demonstrations in Myanmar communities around the world to mark what organizers called 'the global Myanmar spring revolution.' 'Shake the world with the voice of Myanmar people's unity,' the organizers said in a statement. Streams of demonstrators, some led by Buddhist monks, made their way through cities and towns across the country, including the commercial hub of Yangon and the second city of Mandalay, where two people were shot and killed, the Mizzima news agency reported." (05/02/21) https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/02/asia/myanmar-coup-protests-deaths-intl-hnk/index.html ----- 4) FL: Candidate sues DeSantis to force special US House election Source: Washington Times "A candidate for the U.S. House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Alcee Hastings has filed a lawsuit seeking to force Gov. Ron DeSantis to schedule a special election. Hastings died April 6 after decades in the House. Now, there are numerous candidates vying for the job, but there's one problem: no special election date has been set by the governor. One of those candidates for the District 20 seat is Elvin Dowling, who has filed a federal lawsuit seeking for force DeSantis to schedule the election. ... Florida Atlantic University professor Kevin Wagner told The Palm Beach Post for a story Sunday that U.S. Constitution instructs that a congressional vacancy 'shall' be filled -- but the document is vague on an important detail. 'What it doesn't say is when,' said Wagner, a noted constitutional scholar." (05/02/21) https://www.palmbeachpost.com/story/news/politics/2021/04/30/lawsuit-seeks-force-desantis-set-election-fill-alcee-hastings-seat/7410590002/ ----- 5) Palestine: Squatters riot, attack village after shooting Source: ABC News "Israeli [squatters] attacked a Palestinian village in the occupied West Bank overnight, setting brush fires and hurling stones, Palestinian officials and an Israeli rights group said Monday. It appeared to be a revenge attack after three Israelis were wounded in a drive-by shooting at a nearby traffic junction on Sunday. The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem said dozens of [squatters] attacked the village of Jaloud. It circulated videos showing the fires, with people shouting in the background. Israeli [occupation] forces arrested 11 Palestinians and four people were wounded by rubber bullets, B'Tselem said." (05/03/21) https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/israeli-settlers-attack-palestinian-village-shooting-77457839 ----- 6) Germany: More than 90 Police Injured in Berlin May Day Riots Source: Time "At least 93 police officers were injured and 354 protesters were detained after traditional May Day rallies in Berlin turned violent, the city's top security official said Sunday. More than 20 different rallies took place in the German capital on Saturday and the vast majority of them were peaceful. However, a leftist march of 8,000 people through the city's Neukoelln and Kreuzberg neighborhood, which has seen clashes in past decades, turned violent. Protesters threw bottles and rocks at officers, and burned garbage cans and wooden pallets in the streets. ... In France, May Day marches in Paris and the southern city of Lyon were also marred by scattered violence, with riot officers targeted by small groups of violent demonstrators who tossed projectiles and trash bins." (05/02/21) https://time.com/6045472/berlin-may-day-riots/ ----- 7) UK: Regime increases aid to India's health care system Source: San Francisco Chronicle "Britain rushed to increase aid for India's teetering health care system on Sunday, promising more ventilators and expert advice as doctors grapple with a surge in coronavirus infections that is killing thousands of people a day. The U.K. government said it will send an additional 1,000 ventilators to India. In addition, England's National Health Service, which has battled one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in Europe, is creating an advisory group to share its expertise with Indian authorities. Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans a video meeting with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, on Tuesday to discuss further cooperation between the two countries, the U.K. government said in statement." (05/02/21) https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/The-Latest-Pakistan-restricts-border-travel-to-16145575.php ----- 8) Judge: Columbus, Ohio cops can't use chemical weapons on peaceful protesters Source: The Hill "A federal judge on Friday prohibited police in Columbus, Ohio, from using force against nonviolent protesters. In an 88-page opinion obtained by the local NBC station, Chief Judge Algenon L. Marbley of the Southern District of Ohio described the officers' use of physical violence, tear gas and pepper spray as 'the sad tale of officers, clothed with the awesome power of the state, run amok.' Marbley also ordered that officers be restrained from using other weapons and tactics such as flash-bang grenades, rubber bullets, body slams or kettling against nonviolent protesters. Officers must ensure that police vehicle cameras and body cameras are in 'good working order' when interacting with nonviolent protesters." (05/02/21) https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/551391-judge-rules-columbus-police-cant-use-tear-gas-or-rubber-bullets-against ----- 9) CA: Democrats sharpen messaging against Newsom recall Source: Toronto Star [Canada] "California Democrats sharpened their anti-recall messaging Saturday during the state party's annual convention, arguing removing Gov. Gavin Newsom from office early would roll back immigrant rights and criminal justice reforms, stall progress on the housing crisis and waste taxpayer money. The California Democratic Party gathering, held virtually, served as a venue for party leaders to energize some of the party's most active volunteers ahead of Newsom's expected election later this year. 'I've seen firsthand what a leader he is and how he really does put his heart into his work on behalf of the people of California, and President Joe Biden and I support him 100%,' Vice President Kamala Harris, who began her political career in San Francisco alongside Newsom, said in pre-taped remarks. She added, 'because of your hard work, we're going to keep Gov. Gavin Newsom in Sacramento.'" (05/02/21) https://www.thestar.com/news/world/us/2021/05/01/california-democrats-to-hear-from-newsom-as-recall-heats-up.html ----- 10) Italy: Rapper Fedez accuses state TV of censorship attempt Source: BBC News [UK state media] "Italian rapper Fedez has sparked a political row after accusing the national broadcaster of trying to censor his condemnation of homophobia during a televised concert. Fedez said the broadcaster, Rai, had asked him to submit his planned remarks before the performance on Saturday. The rapper refused and went ahead with his criticism of homophobic statements by members of Italy's right-wing League party. Rai denied trying to censor the rapper. But in a tweet, Fedez released a recording of a phone call with the deputy director of Rai 3, a TV channel owned by the state broadcaster. Fedez alleged that the TV executive asked him to omit the names of politicians he planned to criticise during his performance at Saturday's concert, which was aired by Rai 3." (05/02/21) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56966359 ----- 11) TX: Austin voters choose to bring back homeless camping ban Source: Austin American-Statesman "After all votes were counted in Austin, Proposition B soared to victory in a race many thought would be tighter than it ended up. In a hotly contested debate involving the city's homelessness crisis, 57% of voters said they were in favor of reinstating criminal penalties for camping in public spaces and 42% said they were not. More than 150,000 voters cast a ballot: 85,830 in favor, 64,409 against. Proposition B took center stage among eight ballot propositions, giving residents the voice they did not have two years ago when Mayor Steve Adler and the Austin City Council made it lawful to camp in most public spaces by canceling a 23-year-old ordinance that had prohibited it." (05/01/21) https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2021/05/01/proposition-b-election-results-austin-homeless-camping-ban/7220579002/ ----- 12) El Salvador: Political crisis as parliament ousts top judges Source: Yahoo! News "El Salvador's new legislative assembly voted Saturday to dismiss top Supreme Court judges hostile to populist [sic] President Nayib Bukele, triggering a political storm as the opposition derided the move as a coup. Bukele's New Ideas party holds an absolute majority following February elections. At its first session on Saturday, the assembly dismissed all the justices of the Supreme Court's constitutional chamber for issuing 'arbitrary' judgments. The lawmakers also voted to dismiss attorney general Raul Melara, considered close to an opposition party. ... The ousted judges, whose replacements were immediately appointed by the majority legislators, refused to leave their post, citing 'the unconstitutionality of the decree of dismissal.'" (05/02/21) https://news.yahoo.com/political-crisis-el-salvador-parliament-101257038.html ----- 13) MN: Boy unhurt after taking ride on airport conveyor belt system Source: Houston Chronicle "Authorities say a 9-year-old boy who found his way onto the conveyor belt baggage handling system at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was not injured. Airport spokesperson Pat Hogan said the incident happened early Saturday afternoon as a group of about 20 people were checking their bags for a trip they were taking together. Hogan said initially no one in the group noticed the boy was missing, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. 'There was a lot of confusion because there were so many people in the group,' he said. 'They were all checking their bags and putting their own bags on the conveyors, so it took a second for them to realize he was missing -- but as soon as they did people sprang into action and the police were able to find him quickly.' Police found the boy in under five minutes." (05/02/21) https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Boy-unhurt-after-taking-ride-on-airport-conveyor-16145817.php ----- 14) UT: Trumpist entryists boo former GOP presidential candidate Source: Business Insider "Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was loudly booed when he took to the stage at a state Republican Party conference Saturday, according to a video published by the Salt Lake Tribune. In the footage, the delegates start to boo when Romney takes to the stage and the jeering grows louder as he tries to speak. Romney is one of the most prominent critics of former President Donald Trump. He was the only Republican who voted to convict Trump in the former president's first impeachment trial, and one of 9 Republicans who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial. According to the Tribune, delegates shouted insults at Romney, accusing him of being a 'traitor' and a 'communist.'" (05/02/21) https://www.businessinsider.com/watch-traitor-mitt-romney-booed-by-trump-fans-at-utah-gop-conference-2021-5 ----- 15) TX: Two Republicans, one backed by Trump, head to runoff in special congressional election Source: Reuters "A Texas Republican backed by former President Donald Trump has advanced to a runoff election to fill a U.S. House of Representatives vacancy left by the death of her husband, while Democrats were shut out of the contest. Susan Wright, whose husband Ron Wright in February became the first sitting member of Congress to die of COVID-19, was the top vote-getter on Saturday in a crowded field of 23 candidates vying to represent the state's 6th Congressional District. Wright was headed to a runoff against another Republican in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs, a longtime Republican-held district. Democrats had hoped to pick up the seat to expand their slim House majority. But they conceded Sunday they had missed the chance." (05/02/21) https://www.reuters.com/world/us/trump-backed-candidate-heads-runoff-texas-special-congressional-election-2021-05-02/ ----- 16) Somalia: Mohamed's term extension reversed Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette "The controversial two-year term extension for Somalia's president evaporated Saturday after intense public pressure, as the lower house of parliament approved his request to instead support efforts to organize the country's long-delayed national election. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed asked the lawmakers to retreat from their decision last month to extend his time in office. The extension had been blasted by the Senate as illegal and was opposed by soldiers who took up key positions in the capital and clashed with other security forces. The scene of soldiers firing at one another in the streets of Mogadishu brought back fears for many Somalis that the Horn of Africa nation could collapse back into chaos after years of trying to rebuild. ... It is unknown how long it will take for the election to be organized." (05/02/21) https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2021/may/02/somali-presidents-term-extension-reversed/ ----- 17) Congo: Muslim cleric murdered while at prayer in mosque Source: BBC News [UK state media] "A senior Muslim cleric in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has been shot dead while praying in the main mosque in Beni city. The gunman shot Sheikh Ali Amini during evening prayers on Saturday and then fled, a human rights activist said. The cleric was a strong critic of Islamic militancy in the region, Reuters news agency reports. Eastern DR Congo has been badly hit by instability, including attacks claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group. Many armed groups operate in eastern DR Congo, a legacy of the conflicts that gripped the region in the 1990s. BBC World Service Africa editor Will Ross says Sheikh Amini's killing during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan has caused a great deal of shock in Beni, a city with a population of about 200,000." (05/02/21) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56963023 ----- 18) NASA-SpaceX mission crew splash down in Gulf of Mexico, return home from International Space Station Source: ABC News "After six months in space, four astronauts on a historic NASA-SpaceX mission have returned back to Earth. SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft, dubbed Resilience, undocked from the International Space Station at 8:35 p.m. ET Saturday. and splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida at about 2:56 a.m. ET Sunday. ... The flights mark a yearslong effort between NASA and the private sector to bring launch capabilities back to U.S. soil and end a dependency on Russia for trips to the International Space Station. The Crew Dragon is the first spacecraft since the Space Shuttle to be certified by NASA to carry humans." (05/02/21) https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/historic-nasa-spacex-mission-begins-journey-home-international/story?id=77440747 ----- 19) ME: Six female Colby coaches say they are paid less than men Source: San Francisco Chronicle "Six female coaches at Colby College have filed a complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission alleging they are paid significantly less than their male counterparts. The complaint, filed in March, says the coaches were told male coaches had 'higher market value' and that the Waterville school's men's athletic teams receive more resources than women's teams. Colby College and the coaches issued a one-paragraph joint statement Friday saying they are 'working together productively and collaboratively' through the Human Rights Commission and they are abiding by confidentiality rules. But the coaches' attorney, Kelly Hoffman, said state and federal laws were enacted to end gender discrimination in all educational programs, including coaching and athletics." (05/02/21) https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/6-female-Colby-coaches-say-they-are-paid-less-16145518.php ----- 20) Belgium: Regime police attack anti-lockdown protesters with chemical weapons Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany] "Police forcibly broke up a party at a park in Brussels on Saturday, after hundreds of people defied a ban to protest COVID-19 restrictions. The mass gathering comes a month after a similar gathering -- initially intended as an April Fool's joke -- saw several people injured in clashes with police in the Belgian capital. ... Although exact attendance numbers aren't known, reporters on the scene said hundreds of largely young people showed up. Police officers deployed water cannons and fired tear gas at the crowds to get them to disperse. A video posted by broadcaster France TV Bruxelles showed a water cannon truck driven by authorities to break up the groups of people." (05/01/21) https://www.dw.com/en/belgium-police-break-up-anti-lockdown-party-in-brussels/a-57399602 ***** Everybody Has An Opinion ***** 21) Washington War Party Creates Another Organization to Promote Endless Wars Source: Antiwar.com by Doug Bandow "Elliott Abrams last week penned an op-ed celebrating creation of the Vandenberg Coalition, 'a new network committed to advancing a strong and proud American foreign policy.' Abrams is a noted Neoconservative who famously participated in the Iran-Contra scandal and bizarrely served Donald Trump after claiming to be a Never-Trumper. The Neocons already dominate Washington -- Republican Party, think tanks, and media, such as the Wall Street Journal, which published Abrams' piece. Neocon influence also reaches well into the Democratic Party. What was Hillary Clinton other than a Neocon in liberal [sic] drag? ... But in the Neocons' view even this dominance isn't nearly enough. When even one noninterventionist is on the loose in Washington, they believe they must act decisively." (05/03/21) https://original.antiwar.com/doug-bandow/2021/05/02/washington-war-party-creates-another-organization-to-promote-endless-wars/ ----- 22) World's Most Tyrannical Regime Can't Stop Babbling About "Human Rights" Source: Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist by Caitlin Johnstone "'America won't back away from our commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms,' reads a Wednesday tweet from the presidential Twitter account. 'No responsible American president can remain silent when basic human rights are violated.' The tweet, an excerpt from the US president's prepared congressional address, was retweeted on Saturday by Secretary of State Tony Blinken with the caption, 'We will always defend human rights at home and abroad.' Like all US secretaries of state, Blinken's public statements overwhelmingly focus on the claim that other nations abuse human rights, and that it is America's duty to defend those rights. Which is very silly, considering the fact that the US government is the single worst human rights abuser on planet Earth. And it's not even close." (05/02/21) https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2021/05/02/worlds-most-tyrannical-regime-cant-stop-babbling-about-human-rights/ ----- 23) Why Most of the Pro-Mask Science Quoted in the Media is Absurd Source: Coyote Blog by Warren Meyer "I have been close to writing this post off and on for almost a full year. Starting back in the early days of COVID when the media used graphics about droplet spray patterns with and without masks as 'proof' that masks work to slow the spread of COVID. I was going to write about how dumb this was, but I assumed that other scientific voices would soon skewer these studies and thus it would be a waste of my time. But lo and behold, while many careful scientific minds did recognize the flaws in these studies, the large news and social media companies have been pretty diligent about preventing any heterodox opinions on masks from getting wide circulation." (05/02/21) https://coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2021/05/why-most-of-the-pro-mask-science-quoted-in-the-media-is-absurd.html ----- 24) Gold Bug vs. Bitcoin Bug: A Look at the Curious Relationship Between Peter and Spencer Schiff Source: Bitcoin.com by Jamie Redman "For years now the well known economist and gold bug Peter Schiff has continuously spoken out against bitcoin, as he claims precious metals are far superior. A great number of people have rebutted Schiff's statements about bitcoin but during the last year, the gold bug has had a different thorn on his side. In recent days, Schiff's nemesis on Twitter is his own son Spencer Schiff, a young entrepreneur who is 'interested in finance, Austrian economics, libertarianism, [and] anarcho-capitalism.'" (05/03/21) https://news.bitcoin.com/gold-bug-vs-bitcoin-bug-a-look-at-the-curious-relationship-between-peter-and-spencer-schiff/ ----- 25) FISA And The Still Too Secret Police Source: The American Conservative by James Bovard "On Monday, the Washington Post reported that the FBI continues to commit uncounted violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA). If you sought to report a crime to the FBI, an FBI agent may have illegally surveilled your email. Even if you merely volunteered for the FBI 'Citizens Academy' program, the FBI may have illegally tracked all your online activity. But the latest FBI offenses, like almost all prior FBI violations, are not a real problem, according to James Boasberg, presiding judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. That court, among other purposes, is supposed to safeguard Americans' constitutional right to privacy under FISA. ... But as time passed, FISA morphed into an uncontrolled yet officially sanctioned privacy-trampling monster." (04/30/21) https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/fisa-and-the-still-too-secret-police/ ----- 26) Is the US Economy a Virtual Reality? Source: American Institute for Economic Research by Jeffrey A Tucker "An owner of the bar explained to me that he has been closed for a full year and yet miraculously still survives, thanks to vast infusions of government money to cover his rent and upkeep and sustain essential employees. He is looking forward to reopening but is having a hard time finding employees. Many have moved to Florida. Others, he said, 'are happy to live off government money rather than work.' His main puzzle is how it can be true that the government has the resources to sustain so many businesses in a full year of lockdowns. The money is falling like manna from heaven." (05/02/21) https://www.aier.org/article/is-the-us-economy-a-virtual-reality/ ----- 27) Gun Control Won't Cure America's Addiction to War Source: exile in happy valley by Nicky Reid "While America has experienced a precipitous drop in most forms of violent crime over the last two decades, we retain a uniquely high body count compared to our other first world neighbors and seem to be a deadly playing field for genres of mass slaughter that seem peculiarly American in character. I've never made my disdain for gun control of any kind a mystery. I come from the Alex Cockburn school of artillery friendly leftism. But even I have to admit their is something going on here." (05/02/21) https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2021/05/gun-control-wont-cure-americas.html ----- 28) Biden's "Jim Eagle" vs. Jim Crow: What Democrats get so profoundly wrong on race Source: Fox News Forum by Deroy Murdock "To see what racism and race-baiting look like, look no further than today's Democrat-Left [sic]. From relentless obsession with critical race theory, baseless [sic] claims of 'systemic racism,' critical race theory brainwashing sessions, to delivery of health care based on skin color, Democrats and their ideological brethren see everything through black-and-white glasses. A perfect case in point is the Democrat-Left [sic] response to the rebuttal by U.S. Sen. Tim Scott to President Joe Biden's address to Congress Wednesday night. The $6 Trillion Man spoke softly and carried a big shopping list. After Biden quietly left no spending stone unthrown, the South Carolina Republican delivered a warm, stirring and confident reply." (05/02/21) https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/biden-jim-crow-democrats-wrong-race-deroy-murdock ----- 29) Stranded on Trump Island, the GOP lets Biden play the long game Source: Washington Post by EJ Dionne "Trump sped up two trends that began gathering steam in the 1990s: the steady shift of well-educated and professional voters toward the Democratic Party, and the move of White, working-class voters to the GOP. Biden won in 2020 partly because he cut into Trump's working-class margins a bit, but largely because he swept increasingly diverse suburban areas that were at the heart of the Democrats' gains in the 2018 midterms. This raises two questions: Can Republicans begin to claw back some of the upscale, well-educated voters they lost under Trump? And can Democrats expand on the inroads Biden began to make among voters who didn't attend college? Democrats hold the initiative, and not just because they control the presidency and narrow congressional majorities. As long as the vast majority of GOP politicians refuse to break with Trump, they will be tethered to his minority coalition." (05/02/21) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/05/02/stranded-trump-island-gop-lets-biden-play-long-game/ ----- 30) The Precautionary Principle Devours Itself Source: Cafe Hayek by Don Boudreaux "I agree that hindsight is more accurate than foresight. For at least two reasons I disagree that this fact justifies the draconian responses over the past 15 months to Covid-19. First, because we learned early on that SARS-CoV-2 poses a disproportionately high risk to the elderly -- and very little risk to the young -- there's no good reason why this relevant information was ignored. Yet even after hindsight had given government officials knowledge that is both solid and pertinent, they refused to act on it. ... Second, like all precautionary-principle logic, your precautionary-principle logic devours itself. This 'logic' leads you to declare that the costs of draconian Covid restrictions be largely ignored in order that we be saved from the potentially gigantic costs of Covid." (05/02/21) https://cafehayek.com/2021/05/the-precautionary-principle-devours-itself.html ----- 31) Democracy's invisible armor against bullies Source: Christian Science Monitor by staff "During his early months in office, President Joe Biden has taken an unusual approach to the four countries that the United States considers to be the world's biggest bullies: Iran, China, Russia, and North Korea. While he talked or acted tough toward each (like previous U.S. presidents), Mr. Biden also took an important affirmative step. He shored up the four countries that are aggrieved neighbors of those respective bullies: Iraq, Taiwan, Ukraine, and South Korea. He especially sought to make sure the democratic credentials of those four remain strong, part of their critical defense against the autocratic aggressor next door. Mr. Biden's boldest move was to send three senior U.S. statesmen to Taiwan in mid-April." [editor's note: Usually the Monitor has perspective on these issues; I'll leave it to the reader to decide if this is one of those cases – SAT] (04/30/21) https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2021/0430/Democracy-s-invisible-armor-against-bullies ----- 32) Free community college? A few words of caution Source: The Hill by Harry J Holzer "President Biden's American Family Plan includes a call for universal free community college, a proposal that had also been embraced by President Obama. Free community college will no doubt be popular with voters, who like receiving financial benefits and don't worry too much these days about broader program effectiveness or the public debt. And, since those who attend community colleges are disproportionately people of color and those from poorer families and communities, this plan would no doubt help many disadvantaged students. ... community colleges also have mixed track records of success. Degree completion rates there are under 40 percent; and most students who plan to transfer and obtain BAs do not successfully do so." (05/01/21) https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/education/551332-free-community-college-a-few-words-of-caution ----- 33) What Americans Should Know About Police Shootings of Minors Source: The Atlantic by Conor Friedersdorf "Police killings of minors are almost nonexistent in other liberal democracies. That should be America's goal. To get there as quickly as possible, without the risk of catastrophic unintended consequences, the ongoing reckoning over police killings of children must be grounded in data. Such data weren't always available, but can now inform all political factions about what is actually happening." (05/01/21) https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/05/what-americans-should-know-about-police-killings-minors/618759/ ----- 34) May Day and the United States of Amnesia Source: Common Dreams by CJ Polychroniou "The history of May Day has its origins in the summer of 1884 when the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions decided to launch a nationwide movement to secure an eight-hour workday and called for May 1, 1886 to be the beginning of this campaign. On May 1, 1886, hundreds of thousands of American workers staged a nationwide march demanding the creation of the eight-hour workday. Chicago was the epicenter of the protests as they were scheduled to go on for days. Eventually, the protests turned violent when the police attacked picketing workers on May 3, killing one person and injuring several, at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, an event which led the next day to a bloodier confrontation between police and demonstrators in Haymarket Square. What happened at Haymarket Square is an event of immense historical significance in its own right." (05/02/21) https://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/05/02/may-day-and-united-states-amnesia ----- 35) Biden's Labor Secretary Just Threatened Independent Contractors Source: Foundation for Economic Education by Brad Polumbo "With the rise of the digital gig economy, millions of Americans have found flexible and lucrative work through independent contractor arrangements with companies like Uber, Lyft, and DoorDash. They weighed the pros and cons of traditional employment opportunities, which often come with more benefits such as healthcare but rigid schedules, and instead opted for the flexibility that gig work brings. But some regulators and politicians have taken aim at these mutually beneficial arrangements, dubbing them 'exploitative' and trying to eliminate them using the law. Based on his latest comments, President Biden's Labor Secretary, Marty Walsh, may be among their number." (05/01/21) https://fee.org/articles/biden-s-labor-secretary-just-threatened-independent-contractors/ ----- 36) No, Conservatives Should Not Embrace MMT Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute by Ron Paul "Modern monetary theory is nothing more than a new version of the old myth that governments need not worry about restraining spending because a government-controlled central bank can pump money into the economy. MMT suffers from the same flaws as every other version of this fairy tale. The only long-term benefit of the adoption of MMT is that it will hasten the inevitable collapse of the welfare-warfare fiat money system. Instead of trying to create conservative justifications for destructive monetary policy, conservatives should join libertarians and classical liberals in working to limit government power while restoring sound money and greater market freedom." (05/01/21) https://mises.org/wire/no-conservatives-should-not-embrace-mmt ----- 37) The Left [sic] Continues to Destroy Itself and Others With Evidence-Free Destruction of Reputations Source: Glenn Greenwald by Glenn Greenwald "[T]he prevailing mentality in left-liberal [sic] politics is that even grave life-destroying accusations are to be treated as true without the need for any evidence. They casually and with apparent glee ruin people's reputations and lives without batting an eye the second someone utters an allegation of sexual misconduct. And one is required to mindlessly accept such accusations as truth -- never ask for evidence if it is true -- if one wishes to remain in good standing in those circles and to avoid being smeared oneself as an apologist for sexual misconduct." (05/01/21) https://greenwald.substack.com/p/the-left-continues-to-destroy-itself ----- 38) The True Face Of Racism Source: Town Hall Derek Hunter "While it might be helpful to comprehend your opponent's way of thinking, the depravity necessary to get a handle on how a collectivist sociopathic psyche functions could only lead to a dark, confusing place from which reemerging would make a David Lynch movie seem coherent. But there is one thing easily discovered, by even a casual observance, about the people who strictly and gleefully adhere to left-wing [sic] dogma: racism is the loadbearing wall of their entire house of cards. Before we even touch on the racism toward South Carolina Senator Tim Scott from the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and Joy Behar for daring to think for himself, I want to step back and highlight how big the division racket leftists have constructed and, quite frankly, need in order to win political battles." (05/02/21) https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2021/05/02/the-true-face-of-racism-n2588837 ----- 39) Worshipping the "State" Source: The Price of Liberty by Nathan Barton "[T]he only way to stop worshipping the 'State' is to do just that. To stop. If you truly believe in God -- the Creator, not the government -- then obey Him as you understand Him, and even if that means to disobey government. If you do NOT believe in a god but believe that we have natural rights, then act in accordance with your beliefs and NOT obey government when it will violate your conscience, your beliefs." (05/01/21) https://thepriceofliberty.org/2021/05/01/worshipping-the-state/ ----- 40) Tabula-Rasa Economics in Biden's Speech to Congress Source: EconLog by Pierre Lemieux "A good exercise for economics students is to find instances of economic nonsense in a politician's speech. In his speech of last Wednesday before Congress, President Joe Biden provided good course material. The proverbial Martian landing on Earth would have thought that Biden's goal was to emulate his immediate predecessor." (04/30/21) https://www.econlib.org/tabula-rasa-economics-in-bidens-speech-to-congress/ ----- 41) Bust the Conservative "Trust Busters" Source: Free Association by Sheldon Richman "When right-wing leader Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) recently declared that 'liberty and monopoly do not go together,' I fantasized that he had become a free-market anarchist. When I hear monopoly, I think government because what's the most literal of monopolies (or source of monopoly power) than the state? Imagine my disappointment when I realized that, quite the contrary, he was embracing expanded government power over consensual interaction in the marketplace. He was introducing his aggressively named Trust-Busting for the Twenty-First Century Act. Hawley wants to be the our day's Theodore Roosevelt, also a Republican but no friend of individual liberty and free-market interaction." (04/30/21) http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2021/04/tgif-bust-conservative-trust-busters.html ----- 42) Biden's Infrastructure Plans: We Must Ensure Democratic Control Source: In These Times by Thomas M Hanna "One of the major punchlines during the Trump era in Washington, D.C. was the ever-occurring 'infrastructure week': that ill-fated time every year in which the White House was supposed to unveil a major infrastructure package, but which would then inevitably go off the rails, often due to the administration's own incompetence. For instance, in 2017, Trump used the platform of infrastructure week not to push for investments in roads and bridges, but instead to rail against former FBI Director James Comey and the mayor of London, among others. Two years later, he spent infrastructure week attacking the Mueller investigation. However, the decaying state of U.S. infrastructure is no laughing matter, and the Biden administration has brought a new level of seriousness to the topic, releasing an expansive $2 trillion plan at the end of March." (04/30/21) https://inthesetimes.com/article/biden-infrastructure-plan-american-jobs-families-privatization-democracy ----- 43) The Spending Is the Point Source: Commentary by Noah Rothman "Are massive federal expenditures that crowd out private borrowing creating better employment opportunities than those generated by entropic economic activity? Are 'buy American' mandates, which already constrain most of the federal government's purchasing power, valuable even if they contribute to the rising cost of consumer goods and direct resources away from more productive sectors of the economy? And is pouring money into the public-education system really sufficient to win the great power competitions America will face in the 21st century? Are all these platitudinous nostrums deserving of any scrutiny? Not if you were to survey the liberal [sic] opinion landscape. There, critical analyses of what exactly it is that we're purchasing have long been subordinated to the presumed value of spending in and of itself." (04/30/21) https://www.commentarymagazine.com/noah-rothman/the-spending-is-the-point/ ----- 44) Libertarian Party Response to Biden Address Source: Libertarian Party by staff "In President Biden's address before Congress Wednesday evening, the American people heard a lot of proposals and promises, but all were based around the same old, exhausted idea -- that giving government more power to issue mandates and to move around untold trillions more dollars of our money is the answer to the problems that government has created. From educational freedom to health care, President Biden's overarching theme was government control. His message to Americans was that they cannot be trusted to make the best choices for themselves and for their families. We know this is not what Americans want nor is it what they deserve." (04/30/21) https://www.lp.org/libertarian-party-reaction-to-biden-address/ ----- 45) Pure Socialism: Biden's "Tax the Rich" Plan Source: American Consequences by Trish Regan "President Joe Biden has been in the White House now for 100 days: 100 days of inching toward a new system of government [sic], 100 days of setting the stage for a new Socialist order [sic]. Can you imagine what the next 100 days will be like? Buckle up, America; if President Biden gets any of his Socialist [sic] nonsense through, we won't have much of a country left. And believe me, he's trying. 'America is ready for a takeoff,' he told viewers Wednesday night in his first address to a joint session of the Congress as president. He tried to sound hopeful ... But you can't help but wonder if his policies are instead sending us straight for a crash landing, for those of us that [sic] are capitalists, anyway." (05/01/21) https://americanconsequences.com/trish-regan-bidens-tax-the-rich-plan-is-pure-socialism/ ----- 46) Why lockdown has become a lifestyle Source: spiked by Frank Furedi "The idealisation of safety, the transformation of it into a socially valued objective, rests precisely on the devaluation of those qualities that we use to manage uncertainty and calculate risk -- namely, courage and judgment. For it is judgement that we use to deal with our fears. And yet it is judgement that many today cast as a threat to people's wellbeing and safety. The sentiments fuelling the demand for safe spaces played a key role in encouraging certain sections of society to call for the society-wide safe space of lockdown. And they are also driving their embrace of lockdown culture. So long as Western society continues to deify safety it will remain in thrall to the culture of fear." (04/30/21) https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/04/30/why-lockdown-has-become-a-lifestyle/ ----- 47) Progressivism's Life Cycles Source: Independent Institute by James A Montanye "Political and social experiments come and go like the seasons. Grand ideas for perfecting humanity flare, run their course, and then pass away, leaving behind only their smiles, wreckage, unpaid bills, and national catharses. Glorious summers of impossible, something-for-nothing progressive promises are followed by discontented winters of squandered opportunities for restoring eternal, classical-liberal values. Radical social experiments, whose outcomes routinely fall short of their intentions, fail in part because of their dead weight, and partly because postmodernist individuals balk at the social coercion that gives progressivism its traction." (04/30/21) https://blog.independent.org/2021/04/30/progressivisms-life-cycles/ ----- 48) The Cats' Pajamas Source: Common Sense by Paul Jacob "It would be nice if the social media companies that mine our data for their pecuniary advantage would also allow us to mine our data ... for our more humble purposes." (04/30/21) https://thisiscommonsense.org/2021/04/30/the-cats-pajamas/ ----- 49) Which Side Is Gary Gensler on? Source: The American Prospect by Robert Kuttner "Progressives were elated when President Biden appointed Gary Gensler to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission. Though Gensler had been at Goldman Sachs before chairing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under President Obama, he turned out to be the best sort of class traitor: someone who knew the insider games well enough to be disgusted by them and be a tough regulator. ... But in his first major move as SEC chair, Gensler made an unforced error that left his admirers wondering about both Gensler's judgment and his spine. On April 22, Gensler appointed as his director of enforcement Alex Oh, a 20-year partner at Paul, Weiss, one of the leading power law firms that serves Fortune 500 companies accused of violating SEC laws and rules." [editor's note: A proper SEC chair (if there is one) should not be on anyone's "side," but would merely enforce what valid rules there are – SAT] (04/30/21) https://prospect.org/economy/which-side-is-biden-sec-chair-gary-gensler-on/ ----- 50) When Politicians Say Fair Tax, They Only Mean More Tax Source: American Institute for Economic Research by James R Harrigan & Antony Davies "Politicians never seem to have much trouble telling us they want to raise taxes. It seems to come as naturally to them as breathing does to the rest of us. They do their level best to keep the spotlight on 'the rich,' of course, who they say must 'pay their fair share.' But what do politicians hardly ever say? They hardly ever say who 'the rich' are. And when they do, they usually point to multibillionaires while meaning people with considerably less. What do they also never say? They never say what a 'fair share' is. It really just means 'more.'" (04/30/21) https://www.aier.org/article/when-politicians-say-fair-tax-they-only-mean-more-tax/ ***** The Sound and the Fury ***** 51) Enemy of My Enemy, episode 6 Source: We Are Libertarians "Gauntlet Interview with Ashley Shade." [various formats] (05/01/21) https://wearelibertarians.com/enemy-of-my-enemy-ep-6-gauntlet-interview-with-ashley-shade/ ----- 52) Free Talk Live, 05/02/21 Source: Free Talk Live "Secret Court Reveals FBI Hunted for Domestic Terrorists Without a Warrant :: Strange doppelganger FBI raid :: Human genetic changes by telemere :: The Fed Plans to Unveil Digital Dollar Prototypes in July :: Biden just committed to monthly stimulus checks for four more years :: diversifying your savings outside of the US dollar :: Hosts: Captain Kickass, Melanie, Peakless Mountaineer." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/02/21) https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2021-05-02 ----- 53) Free Man Beyond The Wall, episode 572 Source: Free Man Beyond The Wall "The World Economic Forum And The Great Reset w/ Thomas DiLorenzo." [various formats] (05/02/21) https://freemanbeyondthewall.libsyn.com/episode-572 ----- 54) This Week in Common Sense, 05/01/21 Source: Common Sense "A Twist of Mean." [Flash audio or MP3] (05/01/21) https://thisiscommonsense.org/2021/05/01/listen-a-twist-of-mean/ ----- 55) The Anarchist Experience, episode 317 Source: The Anarchist Experience "Rich, MC, and KS discuss these HEADLINES: Hawaii to become the first state to declare climate emergency ... How Easy is it to Escape Taxes by Moving Offshore or Puerto Rico?" [various formats] (05/01/21) https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2021/05/01/the-anarchist-experience-317/ ----- 56) Electric Libertyland, 05/01/21 Source: Lions of Liberty "At the behest of Maurice's Nittany-level Patreon privilege, Odie, Howie and Brian will review the Hulu doc series SASQUATCH. And yes, it actually does have some libertarian lessons amid the hillbilly 'Squatchin." [various formats] (05/01/21) https://www.lionsofliberty.com/episodes/ell-bonus-show-sasquatch ----- 57) Part Of The Problem, 05/01/21 Source: GaS Digital Network "This Is Instanity." [various formats] (05/01/21) https://art19.com/shows/d0ab5d6f-1972-4441-b3f8-6b61d09f7f15/embed?playlist_type=playlist&playlist_size=10# ----- 58) Agorist Nexus Podcast, episode 71 Source: Agorist Nexus "Brandon and Dag discuss the possibility of WWIII." [various formats] (05/01/21) https://www.agoristnexus.com/world-war-3-episode-71/ ----- 59) Quillette Podcast, episode 147 Source: Quillette "Richard Hanania on the Real Reason Progressives Are Winning the Culture War: They Just Want It More." [various formats] (04/30/21) https://quillette.com/2021/04/30/podcast-147-richard-hanania-on-the-real-reason-progressives-are-winning-the-culture-war-they-just-want-it-more/ ----- 60) Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 04/30/21 Source: Freedom's Phoenix "Liz Harris comes on to discuss the Arizona Election Fraud [sic] Audit [sic] ... Arthur Kanegis (Producer) comes on to talk about 'THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY' ... Gerald Celente (American Trend Forecaster, Publisher of Trends Journal, Business Consultant, Author) provides an update on the economy ..." [MP3] (04/30/21) https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Media/303689-2021-04-29-04-30-21-liz-harris-arthur-kanegis-gerald-celente-mp3s.htm ----- 61) The Bryan Hyde Show, 04/30/21 Source: The Bryan Hyde Show "If you want to be free, you're going to have to work at it. Here's some good news from the encrypted messaging platform Telegram about two new web apps that allow you to bypass big tech censorship." [various formats] (04/30/21) https://thebryanhydeshow.podbean.com/e/the-bryan-hyde-show-hour-one-4-30-2021/ ----- 62) Tom Collins on The Scott Horton Show Source: Libertarian Institute "Scott talks to Tom Collina about the alarming plan to expand America's nuclear arsenal." [various formats] (04/30/21) https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/4-30-21-tom-collina-on-the-reckless-plan-to-expand-americas-nuclear-arsenal/ ----- 63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1886 Source: The Tom Woods Show "The Forgotten Quality That Makes You Human, and Wicked People Less Than." [various formats] (04/30/21) https://tomwoods.com/ep-1886-the-forgotten-quality-that-makes-you-human-and-wicked-people-less-than/ ----- 64) Politico Deep Dive, 04/30/21 Source: Politico "Money, MTG and the D.C. power machine." [various formats] (04/30/21) https://politicos-nerdcast-874ac64d.simplecast.com/episodes/money-mtg-and-the-dc-power-machine-hUvecmTT ----- 65) Freedom Works with Paul Molloy, 04/30/21 Source: Freedom Works "Sean Higgins of CEI on Biden vs workers' rights." [MP3] (04/30/21) http://internetradiopros.com/freedomworks/?name=2021-04-30_zfw043021.mp3 ----- 66) Bloggingheads.tv, 04/30/21 Source: Bloggingheads.tv "Biden's Big Plans | Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus." [Flash video] (04/30/21) https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/61551 ----- 67) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/30/21 Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report "'(bleep) The Mask Order' With Guest Pho Chan." [Flash video] (04/30/21) http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/bleep-the-mask-order-with-guest-pho-chan ----- 68) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 392 Source: Libertarianism.org "John Mueller joins the show to explain how, when international war is in decline, complacency and appeasement become viable diplomatic devices and a large military is scarcely required." [various formats] (04/30/21) https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/war-stupid ----- 69) Conflicts of Interest, episode 103 Source: Libertarian Institute "An Overextended Empire." [various formats] (04/30/21) https://libertarianinstitute.org/kyle/coi-103-an-overextended-empire/ ----- 70) Universal Basic Income: How Crazy of an Idea Is It Really? Source: American Institute for Economic Research 'Aleksandra Przegalinska, Vice Rector at Kozminski University and AIER Research Fellow interviews Robert Wright on the meaning, intent and practicality of universal basic income as an economic policy and moral conundrum for free societies." [Flash video] (04/30/21) https://www.aier.org/article/universal-basic-income-how-crazy-of-an-idea-is-it-really/ ***** RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST Editors: Thomas L. Knapp Steve Trinward Editors Emeritus: Mary Lou Seymour R. Lee Wrights *****
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