Thomas L. Knapp

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***** RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST The Freedom Movement's Daily Newspaper Volume XVIII, Issue #4,469 Minds.com Edition -- Thursday, April 2, 2020 Web Edition: http://rationalreview.news-digests.com Email Edition: http://eepurl.com/bSo8ST ***** In the News: 1) Man Bites Dog: For once, Trump resists claiming dictatorial powers found nowhere in the Constitution 2) Biden babbles about rescheduling you know, you know, the thing 3) Sources: US regime to deploy warships near Venezuela 4) Pakistan: Court overturns death sentence of accused Daniel Pearl murder conspirator 5) US regime "considers cloth face masks for public" 6) Afghanistan: Taliban begins direct talks with one of the two regimes, with aim of prisoner swap 7) FL: DeSantis caves to panic-mongers, announces plan to declare state a province of North Korea 8) Biden offers to call Trump at White House to discuss coronavirus response strategy 9) Russian regime reportedly sending US some medical supplies 10) Hungry black hole may be cosmic "missing link" 11) CA: Gang thugs steal 4,400 pounds of recreational pharmaceuticals from creative import operation 12) WI: Evers deploys National Guard to staff polling places 13) South Korea: Companies are calling workers back to offices 14) Senators demand airlines refund customers for coronavirus cancellations 15) Trader Joe's joins Costco in screwing customers, reneging on returns policies 16) Russian, US regimes hold energy talks as Trump complains about "oil cheaper than water" 17) Sweden: Regime defies lockdown trend, bets on citizens acting responsibly 18) US Medicare and Medicaid patients get temporary access to telemedicine 19) CA: Government day prisons unlikely to reopen before end of academic year 20) Saudi Arabia: Regime Officials Urge Muslims to Postpone the Hajj Until Coronavirus Panic Ends Everybody Has An Opinion: 21) Taking Rights Seriously 22) "Papers, please" now our reality 23) A New Viral Infection: Leaders Seizing Power, Police Bullying Citizens 24) Will COVID-19 Kill the Constitution? 25) Republicans Don't Oppose Stimulus Spending. They Oppose Democrats. 26) The Coronavirus Class War Has Already Started 27) Chaos in the Marketplace? Don't Believe It! 28) Regime Change through the Drug War 29) WHO, lapdog to the powerful, sucks up to China during coronavirus crisis 30) The COVID-19 Crisis Demands Vigilance in More Ways than One 31) You Are Conserving Toilet Paper, Aren't You? 32) The brave new world of remote work 33) America, We Have To End the Wars Now 34) Pondering a Walden experience? 35) We Are All Homeschoolers Now 36) Why the left [sic] loves a disaster 37) Tulsa Shooter Stopped Dead 38) The Federal Government Owns 92 Percent of Student Loans. Why Do Politicians Lie About It? 39) It's Steve Mnuchin's Economy Now 40) Pandemics and the Problem of Expert Failure, part 2 41) Common Good Constitutionalism? 42) Cost cutting and economic growth 43) Musing about populism 44) Managing a Disaster 45) Why Are Some Governors Blocking Physicians' Attempts to Save Lives in Coronavirus Pandemic? 46) How Will We Pay For the Land and Water Conservation Fund? 47) Friday's stimulus package increased the national debt by 8% 48) States Should Give Businesses the Flexibility to Reopen Amid Coronavirus Pandemic 49) Workers Are Essential, CEOs Are Not 50) COVID-19 Social Insurance Payments to U.S. Households The Sound and the Fury: 51) Free Talk Live, 04/01/20 52) The Doug Stanhope Podcast, episode 361 53) We Are Libertarians, episode 412 54) Scott Adams Says, 04/01/20 55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1623 56) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/01/20 57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 473 58) Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 04/01/20 59) What Then Must We Do?, 03/31/20 60) Radio Free California, episode 112 vvvvv SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS! vvvvv AMMO.COM -- $15 OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER! https://ammo.com/i/bHcrOW15NUFZVkE9c FREE TALK LIVE 100% Pro-Liberty Talk Radio http://freetalklive.com TIPPING POINT: A NOVEL BY FRANK CLARKE http://frankclarke.dx.am/TipPtPage.html EUPOCALYPSE TRILOGY: ANARCHIST APOCALYPTIC SCI-FI by Peri Dwyer Worrell https://www.amazon.com/Eupocalypse-Box-Set-Three-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B07MY6WS86 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 ^^^^^ ***** In the News ***** 1) Man Bites Dog: For once, Trump resists claiming dictatorial powers found nowhere in the Constitution Source: Associated Press "President Donald Trump is resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus despite his administration's projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to be killed by the disease. One by one, though, states are increasingly pushing shutdown orders of their own. Trump said earlier this week that he and members of his administration had discussed issuing a stay-at-home order but it was 'pretty unlikely' for now. The White House later released 'sobering' new projections that 100,000 to 240,000 Americans will likely succumb to the coronavirus even if current social distancing guidelines are maintained." (04/01/20) https://apnews.com/c90b24e60a4853cebe96ec995b626f9b ----- 2) Biden babbles about rescheduling you know, you know, the thing Source: New York Times "Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Wednesday night called for moving the Democratic National Convention from mid-July to August, making him the most prominent member of his party to say the convention must be rescheduled because of the coronavirus outbreak. 'I doubt whether the Democratic convention is going to be able to be held in mid-July, early July,' Mr. Biden told Jimmy Fallon on 'The Tonight Show.' 'I think it's going to have to move into August.' Mr. Fallon had not asked Mr. Biden about the convention's timing. The former vice president was responding to a question about how the virus would affect the election." (04/02/20) https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/us/politics/joe-biden-fallon-democratic-convention.html ----- 3) Sources: US regime to deploy warships near Venezuela Source: Yahoo! News "The Trump administration will soon announce that the U.S. is moving naval ships toward Venezuela as it enhances counter-narcotic [sic] operations in the Caribbean following a U.S. drug indictment against Nicolas Maduro, according to three people familiar with the situation. The deployment could be announced as early as Wednesday, according to the people, who were speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss it ahead of the official announcement. The mission is part of the U.S.'s previously announced commitment to [rattle sabers at any Latin American regimes that cross it]." (04/01/20) https://news.yahoo.com/ap-sources-us-deploy-anti-185524157.html ----- 4) Pakistan: Court overturns death sentence of accused Daniel Pearl murder conspirator Source: The Guardian [UK] "A Pakistani court has commuted the death sentence of a British-born man convicted of the 2002 kidnapping and murder of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, and acquitted three co-accused. At least four people were convicted in connection with Pearl's murder, including Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh who was sentenced to death in 2002 for masterminding the killing. He has been in jail for 18 years awaiting the outcome of an appeal. Sheikh's role in the murder of Pearl has long been disputed. He is known to have been involved in the kidnapping of the journalist, who was investigating al-Qaida in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi when he disappeared in January 2002, but is thought not to have taken part in his killing." (04/02/20) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/02/daniel-pearl-pakistani-court-overturns-death-sentence-of-accused ----- 5) US regime "considers cloth face masks for public" Source: BBC News [UK state media] "US health authorities are debating whether to recommend face coverings for everyone when they go out in public. One internal memo for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that even simple cloth masks could help reduce the risk of virus transmission, the Washington Post reports. President Donald Trump has suggested that individuals could 'use a scarf.' Current guidelines say that masks only need to be worn by healthcare workers, the sick, and those caring for them." [editor's note: Yes, masks help. Even if a mask isn't an N-95 type that screens out virus size particles, it keeps you from touching your face, keeps your own sneezes and snot from flying across the room onto others, and so forth. The Surgeon General should have been fired for his statement to the contrary a few weeks ago – TLK] (04/01/20) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52126183 ----- 6) Afghanistan: Taliban begins direct talks with one of the two regimes, with aim of prisoner swap Source: BBC News [UK state media] "Afghanistan has begun its first face-to-face talks with the Taliban on exchanging thousands of prisoners. Details of the initial meeting in Kabul emerged on Wednesday, ahead of a planned second day of talks, as Afghans observed tight restrictions on movement because of the coronavirus pandemic. Under a US-Taliban deal, the government will free 5,000 Taliban prisoners, while the militants will release 1,000. The talks took place against a backdrop of continuing violence in the country. Authorities blamed the Taliban for an explosion in the southern province of Helmand on Wednesday that killed eight civilians, including several children." (04/01/20) https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-52123951 ----- 7) FL: DeSantis caves to panic-mongers, announces plan to declare state a province of North Korea Source: The Hill "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced on Wednesday that he will sign an executive order requiring the state's residents to limit their movement outside of their homes in an effort to [appease panic over] the coronavirus. 'I'm going to be doing an executive order today directing all Floridians to limit movements and all personal interactions outside the home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities,' DeSantis said at a press briefing. The order will take effect Thursday and will remain in place for 30 days." [editor's note: And will be mostly ignored, except by those specifically go out of our way to disobey it – TLK] (04/01/20) https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/490611-florida-governor-to-sign-order-requiring-residents-to-limit-movements ----- 8) Biden offers to call Trump at White House to discuss coronavirus response strategy Source: Fox News "Former Vice President Joe Biden is offering to call President Trump to discuss a strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic rocking the nation, Fox News has learned. Biden's offer comes after Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, challenged him to 'call the White House today and offer some support.' The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News'[s] request for comment on whether the president would be receptive to Biden's offer for a phone call, or when the proposed phone call between the two could take place. Biden has been offering advice and warnings to Trump about the coronavirus in media interviews and appearances for months. Wednesday, however, is the first time the former vice president is offering to speak with the president directly." [editor's note: Why should Trump consult Biden? He's just another opinionated nobody right now – TLK] (04/01/20) https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-offers-to-call-trump-at-white-house-to-discuss-coronavirus-response-strategy ----- 9) Russian regime reportedly sending US some medical supplies Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution "At the same time the nation is cracking down on coronavirus media postings, Russia is sending medical supplies to the U.S., presumably to help its Western adversary in the fight against the coronavirus. An AN-124 cargo plane, the Russian military's largest, left Moscow on Wednesday morning, according to NBC News, loaded with medical supplies. Russian President Vladimir Putin offered the supplies in a phone call with President Donald Trump on Monday, the U.S. president said later that day. The move is seen by some as a propaganda stunt amid reports of mask shortages in stores across Russia as new case numbers continue to grow and cities go into lockdown." (04/01/20) https://www.ajc.com/news/russia-reportedly-sending-some-medical-supplies/3Bu1jp0KkvZVfcF8jxwpzO/ ----- 10) Hungry black hole may be cosmic "missing link" Source: BBC News [UK state media] "A team of astronomers has found what it says is the best evidence yet for an elusive class of black hole. They say the presumed 'intermediate-mass' black hole betrayed its existence by tearing apart a wayward star that ventured too close. These medium-sized objects are a long-sought 'missing link' in the evolution of the cosmos. Researchers used two X-ray observatories, along with the Hubble telescope, to identify the object. 'Intermediate-mass black holes are very elusive objects, and so it is critical to carefully consider and rule out alternative explanations for each candidate,' said Dr Dacheng Lin, from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, US, who led the study." (04/01/20) https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52113946 ----- 11) CA: Gang thugs steal 4,400 pounds of recreational pharmaceuticals from creative import operation Source: CNN "Federal agents in San Diego [stole] about 4,400 pounds of drugs from a sophisticated smuggling tunnel that stretched into Tijuana, Mexico, [gang shot-callers] in California announced Tuesday. The three-foot-wide tunnel is more than 2,000 feet long and has reinforced walls, ventilation, lighting and a rail system, according to a statement from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It had an average depth of 31 feet The tunnel linked a warehouse in the Otay Mesa section of San Diego to another in Tijuana." (04/01/20) https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/us/san-diego-drug-tunnel-trnd/index.html ----- 12) WI: Evers deploys National Guard to staff polling places Source: San Francisco Chronicle "Wisconsin's governor said Wednesday that he will use National Guard soldiers to staff undermanned polling sites in next week's presidential primary. Meanwhile, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined others who have called for the state to postpone Tuesday's election. Local election clerks across the state say poll workers are quitting in droves because they fear contracting the coronavirus during the election, which also features a state Supreme Court race and hundreds of local races. More than 100 municipalities have reported they don't have enough people to staff even one polling site." (04/01/20) https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Federal-judge-to-take-testimony-in-election-15171188.php ----- 13) South Korea: Companies are calling workers back to offices Source: United Press International "The South Korean government has warned people to keep up social distancing, but a growing number of companies are ordering employees back to the office as the number of new cases of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus continues to stabilize. SK Telecom, the country's largest mobile operator, said Wednesday its staff would be able to work from the office starting Monday. ... Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors employees stopped working from home late last month. They are the country's two largest automakers affiliated with Hyundai Motor Group. ... Major builders like Daelim Industrial and Hyundai Development Co. also stopped telecommuting as of this week. POSCO Engineering & Construction plan to follow suit next week. South Korea is set to reopen schools April 9, although teachers will give their lessons online, the Education Ministry said Tuesday." (04/01/20) https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2020/04/01/South-Korean-companies-calling-workers-back-to-office/9051585749448/ ----- 14) Senators demand airlines refund customers for coronavirus cancellations Source: Fox News "A group of senators including four current and former presidential candidates is calling on U.S. airlines to issue cash refunds to customers who either have had to cancel flights due to the coronavirus pandemic or were stranded abroad after their flights were canceled by the airlines. Letters sent to the CEOs of 11 major airlines including American, Delta, JetBlue, and United referenced the federal government's recently approved massive relief package that provides billions to the airline industry. 'In light of this pressing need and the unprecedented bailout (to the tune of $25 billion) that the airline industry just received from Congress, we believe your company has a moral responsibility to provide real refunds, not travel vouchers, to consumers ...' said the letters, which bear the names of [a bunch of Democratic Senators]." [editor's note: The airlines owe whatever they promised travelers in the purchase agreement, nothing more – TLK] (04/01/20) https://www.foxnews.com/politics/lawmakers-demand-airlines-refund-customers-for-coronavirus-cancellations ----- 15) Trader Joe's joins Costco in screwing customers, reneging on returns policies Source: Florida Politics "Trader Joe's has a message for [responsible adults]: If you bought a bunch of supplies in bulk, you're stuck with them. According to a post from TMZ, at least one location is dropping its otherwise lenient return policy when it comes to those who [stocked up on] supplies amid the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The outlet spotted a sign at a Southern California location announcing the change. 'Due to the current circumstances we are unable to accept returns on overbought [sic] products. Thank you,' the sign reads. Typically, the company is more than willing to refund previously purchased items. ... The move comes after Costco made a similar call last week. The company posted a message noting it would reject returns of toilet paper, paper towels, sanitizing wipes, water, rice or Lysol." (04/01/20) https://floridapolitics.com/archives/326210-trader-joes-no-returns-customers-hoarded ----- 16) Russian, US regimes hold energy talks as Trump complains about "oil cheaper than water" Source: Reuters "U.S and Russian energy officials held rare talks about oil after crude prices crashed to levels last seen about two decades ago, while President Donald Trump said oil that was 'cheaper than water' was hurting the industry. Oil prices LCOc1 fell nearly 70% from January highs as lockdowns due to the coronavirus hammered demand and as Saudi Arabia and Russia have flooded the market in a race for market share after a deal they engineered on supply curbs broke down. U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette spoke with his Russian counterpart Alexander Novak about the price slump and they agreed to hold future discussions involving other major world oil producers and consumers." [editor's note: When gas prices go back up, remember that it was because the politicians openly conspired to DRIVE them back up – TLK] (04/01/20) https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil-usa-russia/putin-calls-for-action-on-challenging-energy-market-trump-laments-cheap-oil-idUSKBN21J3RM ----- 17) Sweden: Regime defies lockdown trend, bets on citizens acting responsibly Source: NBC News "As the temperature passed 50 degrees in Stockholm last week, people congregated in parks unable to resist socializing during the first signs of spring in the Swedish capital. This country of 10 million has bucked the trend in Europe, where many countries have locked down their residents in an attempt to [seize more power for themselves and appease panic over] the coronavirus that has spread throughout the world at breakneck speed. The Swedish government has left it up to individuals to act responsibly and decide whether to stay home or not. Restrictions that are in place are far more liberal compared with those of the nation's neighbors." (04/01/20) https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/sweden-defies-lockdown-trend-bets-citizens-acting-responsibly-n1172781 ----- 18) US Medicare and Medicaid patients get temporary access to telemedicine Source: ABC News "President Donald Trump's administration took the unprecedented step on Monday to temporarily waive rules for the nation's largest insurer -- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) -- giving some healthcare providers the ability to have phone-only visits with their patients as the coronavirus crisis rages on. CMS covers at least 140 million Americans through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and Federal Exchanges .... Up until this announcement, CMS had not allowed its beneficiaries to use the easiest method to communicate with their doctor: phone calls." (04/01/20) https://abcnews.go.com/Health/medicare-medicaid-patients-temporary-access-telemedicine-amid-coronavirus/story?id=69895621 ----- 19) CA: Government day prisons unlikely to reopen before end of academic year Source: San Francisco Chronicle "California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond will make a statement about the closure of school facilities across the state on Wednesday. Thurmond is expected to say that schools across the state are unlikely to reopen this academic year. A letter from superintendent to county officials was obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle, and outlines the unlikeliness that schools will be able to reopen by the time scheduled summer breaks are set to begin. The Monterey County Office of Education made an official announcement Tuesday evening that the closure of school facilities will continue through the end of the academic year." [editor's note: Good! Now there's at least a CHANCE that the kids might learn SOMETHING during that time period – TLK] (04/01/20) https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Coronavirus-updates-1-more-death-in-Marin-County-15171330.php ----- 20) Saudi Arabia: Regime Officials Urge Muslims to Postpone the Hajj Until Coronavirus Panic Ends Source: Time "A senior Saudi official urged more than 1 million Muslims intending to perform the hajj to delay making plans this year -- comments suggesting the pilgrimage could be cancelled due to the new coronavirus pandemic. In February, the kingdom took the extraordinary decision to close off the holy cities of Mecca and Medina to foreigners over the virus, a step which wasn't taken even during the 1918 flu epidemic that killed tens of millions worldwide. Restrictions have tightened in the kingdom as it grapples with over 1,500 confirmed cases of the new virus. The kingdom has reported 10 deaths so far." (04/01/20) https://time.com/5813644/saudi-arabia-hajj-postpone-coronavirus/ ***** Everybody Has An Opinion ***** 21) Taking Rights Seriously Source: Freedom Files by Andrew P Napolitano "People are getting sick and dying. The same government that can't stop robocalls micromanages the delivery of health care in the U.S. and monopolizes medical procedures -- like testing for a virus -- that the free market can do better and faster. Because the government tolerates no competition, it was uninformed and ill-prepared. So, the essence of its response has been to treat our freedoms as if they were licenses to be rescinded on governmental whims, not guarantees as declared by the Declaration and Constitution." (04/02/20) http://www.judgenap.com/post/taking-rights-seriously ----- 22) "Papers, please" now our reality 04/02/2020 Opinion No comments Edit This Source: Eastern New Mexico News by Kent McManigal "I'm not generally an angry person, but violating the life, liberty, or property of my fellow humans will make me angry every time. I don't care how necessary they pretend it is. I will not comply when their orders conflict with liberty, nor will I tattle on anyone else. I'm not saying they can't offer suggestions. People may be confused about what to do in the midst of a panic. Some will foolishly look to government for guidance rather than seeking credible sources. It's not their fault; it's what they've been trained to do. However, when guidance becomes orders, the politicians become everything America stands against. This isn't North Korea." (04/01/30) https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2020/04/01/voices/opinion-papers-please-now-our-reality/165247.html ----- 23) A New Viral Infection: Leaders Seizing Power, Police Bullying Citizens Source: The American Conservative by Bill Wirtz "Mass surveillance is only ever in the news for two reasons--either because a whistleblower has exposed structural government overreach (as happened with Edward Snowden) or because nations are readying to fight a common threat. Over the past two decades, those threats have usually come either from migration or terrorism. Yet COVID-19 is something different: a global pandemic. And it's allowing governments to increase their surveillance states beyond what they would even typically do in a crisis." (04/02/20) https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/a-new-viral-infection-leaders-seizing-power-police-bullying-citizens/ ----- 24) Will COVID-19 Kill the Constitution? Source: Reason by Jacob Sullum "To 'save the nation' from COVID-19, Cornell law professor Michael Dorf argued two weeks ago, Congress should suspend the writ of habeas corpus, an ancient common-law right that allows people detained by the government to demand a justification. Yet the Constitution says 'the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in cases of rebellion or invasion the public safety may require it. Although neither of those circumstances applies, Dorf suggested that the spread of the COVID-19 virus from other countries to the United States could be construed as an invasion. ... In a recent survey of 3,000 Americans, the University of Chicago's Adam Chilton and three other law professors found bipartisan agreement that 'now is the time to violate the Constitution,' as they put it." (04/01/20) https://reason.com/2020/04/01/will-covid-19-kill-the-constitution/ ----- 25) Republicans Don't Oppose Stimulus Spending. They Oppose Democrats. Source: The Atlantic by Adam Serwer "Deep into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Republican leaders had one question for President Barack Obama, as his administration sought nearly $1 trillion in funds from Congress: How are you going to pay for this? ... Mitch McConnell, then the Senate minority leader, insisted, 'The question is not doing nothing versus doing something," but "the appropriateness of an almost $1 trillion spending bill to address the problem.' ... This time around, though, the president is a Republican named Donald Trump, not a Democrat named Barack Obama. And so the $2 trillion relief bill, more than twice the size of the stimulus legislation meant to combat the Great Recession, flew through the Senate with more than 90 votes." (04/01/20) https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/republican-party-discovers-virtues-stimulus/609244/ ----- 26) The Coronavirus Class War Has Already Started Source: The Nation by Jeet Heer "Catastrophes breed nationalism. There is a perennial impulse to rally together in the face of a common enemy, whether it be a foreign power or a natural disaster. In the current coronavirus crisis, political leaders all over the world are seeing a spike in popularity -- even the polarizing and unpopular Donald Trump. The desire for a strong leader in a time of trouble is producing all sorts of strange side effects, ranging from the fresh media enthusiasm for Andrew Cuomo to journalists' praising Trump for his 'new message and new tone' after the president acknowledged in a press briefing that deaths from the pandemic could be between 100,000 and 240,000. Yet the national unity produced by the crisis can be a deceptive facade." (04/01/20) https://www.thenation.com/article/society/coronavirus-class-war-labor/ ----- 27) Chaos in the Marketplace? Don't Believe It! Source: Future of Freedom Foundation by T Norman Van Cott "Buyers and sellers have conflicting objectives. Buyers want low prices. How low? As low as possible. Sellers want high prices. How high? As high as possible. Sounds like a recipe for chaos in the marketplace, doesn't it? Lots of Americans think so. The mind-set has pervaded our nation at least since Franklin Roosevelt's 1930s New Deal. This notion of marketplace chaos is bogus, however. Never mind the fact that many otherwise intelligent Americans have embraced it. Also bogus is the companion notion that reconciliation of buyers and sellers' conflicting objectives is possible only if government economic 'czars' prescribe the terms for buyer/seller interaction." (04/01/20) https://fee.org/articles/chaos-in-the-marketplace-don-t-believe-it/ ----- 28) Regime Change through the Drug War Source: Future of Freedom Foundation by Jacob G Hornberger "The Justice Department's securing of a criminal indictment of Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro reminds us that when it comes to the U.S. government's regime-change operations, coups, invasions, sanctions, embargoes, and state-sponsored assassinations are not the only ways to achieve regime change. Another way is through a criminal indictment issued by a federal grand jury that deferentially accedes to the wishes of federal prosecutors." (04/01/20) https://www.fff.org/2020/04/01/regime-change-through-the-drug-war/ ----- 29) WHO, lapdog to the powerful, sucks up to China during coronavirus crisis Source: Fox News Forum by Tucker Carlson "On Monday night, we showed you the video -- and it was nauseating -- of senior World Health Organization official, Bruce Aylward, a Canadian, refusing to answer questions about Taiwan and how it was dealing with coronavirus. In fact, Aylward wouldn't even acknowledge the question or acknowledge the existence of Taiwan. It was repulsive. But it wasn't surprising. Aylward was just following directions from the very top. Tedros Adhanom, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, got his job with Chinese support after he covered up cholera outbreaks in his home country. A perfect man to lead the World Health Organization, and he has subsequently set the standard for corruption there." (04/01/20) https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tucker-carlson-who-lapdog-china-coronavirus ----- 30) The COVID-19 Crisis Demands Vigilance in More Ways than One Source: National Review by Michael Tanner "'War is the health of the state,' warned writer and anti-war activist Randolph Bourne more than a century ago. The same, he might have said, holds for those crises that are in many ways the equivalent of war, such as economic depressions or mass pandemics. ... The growth of the state at times like this is mostly inevitable. On the other hand, sooner or later this crisis will end. We will get the coronavirus under control, and the economy will begin to recover. Many of the measures we are taking today will no longer be needed and may in fact become counterproductive. Unfortunately, history suggests that the government is usually reluctant to shed its newfound powers after a crisis has passed." (04/01/20) https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/04/coronavirus-response-vigilance-of-government-emergency-measures-important/ ----- 31) You Are Conserving Toilet Paper, Aren't You? Source: American Institute for Economic Research by Jeffrey A Tucker "Panic buying works like this. Someone starts grabbing something. Others figure that the buyer knows what's what. They are buying more. This is fueled by a sudden sense of: what happens to me if I suddenly don't have it? Such a nightmare prompts you to join them. Next thing you know it is all gone. This is the story of the last month. It's not only toilet paper. I've spoken to store employees who see the same thing happening with random goods. ... All the while, stores all across the country know not to raise prices, for fear of the price-gouging police, even though doing so would signal exactly what people need to know: how much is available and how should I consume it and at what pace?" (04/01/20) https://www.aier.org/article/you-are-conserving-toilet-paper-arent-you/ ----- 32) The brave new world of remote work Source: The Hill by Jerry Haar "'No hay mal que por bien no venga.' This famous Spanish dictum translates roughly as 'every cloud has a silver lining.' The silver lining here, courtesy of the coronavirus, is the rapidly increasing number of Americans who work remotely. But laboring off-site has been a trend for the last several decades .... Just what are the drivers of remote and distributed work? At the firm level, companies compete vigorously to attract and retain top talent, increase cost savings and boost efficiency. Global Workplace Analytics reports that firms can save $11,000 per person per year by allowing them to work from home. AT&T saves at least $30 million via remote work. For the individual employee, younger workers increasingly prefer the gig economy with flexible hours, autonomy and a healthy work-life balance." (04/01/20) https://thehill.com/opinion/technology/490521-the-brave-new-world-of-remote-work ----- 33) America, We Have To End the Wars Now Source: Antiwar.com by Scott Horton "The George W. Bush and Barack Obama eras are long over. We near the end, or half-way point, of the Trump years, and yet our former leaders' wars rage on. Enough already. It is time to end the war on terrorism and end the rest of the American empire as well. As our dear recently departed friend Jon Basil Utley learned from his professor Carroll Quigley, World Empire is the last stage of a civilization before it dies." (04/01/20) https://original.antiwar.com/scott/2020/03/31/america-we-have-to-end-the-wars-now/ ----- 34) Pondering a Walden experience? Source: Christian Science Monitor by staff "As the weather warms, Americans will want to spend more time outdoors, perhaps pushing government limits on access to public spaces. Crowds jamming into parks and beaches have caused [sic] authorities to close many popular gathering spots. Outdoor team sports like soccer are being discouraged or banned. As of last week, about a quarter of national park sites were closed .... The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is urging people to stay off the winding path between Maine and Georgia. Wilderness hikes might seem like the perfect getaway. But campsites can get crowded. And getting into trouble on a trail and needing to be rescued could pull responders away from other important work. Escaping self-isolation for the outdoors remains a great idea. Yet it needs to be pursued close to home with all the safeguards of personal distancing." (03/31/20) https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2020/0331/Pondering-a-Walden-experience ----- 35) We Are All Homeschoolers Now Source: The American Spectator by Jeremy Lott "School is out for the year in most locales. More innovative districts are retooling like crazy and trying to do online classes. Parents are looking for cheap or free resources to do the job and keep their kids occupied during our enforced isolation. In short, we are all homeschoolers now. Expect that to be much more the case next school year, as enough parents who were forced to try it either a) like it and decide to keep this knowledge train rolling or b) don't believe the schools are safe enough to send their kids back into and so suck it up." (04/01/20) https://spectator.org/we-are-all-homeschoolers-now/ ----- 36) Why the left [sic] loves a disaster Source: spiked by Ashley Frawley "[W]e have an ostensibly surprising situation in which those on the left are completely at ease with calls for public-health measures to be wielded with an iron fist. But probe a little deeper, and the alliance between the contemporary left and an authoritarian state is not that much of a surprise. That's because many on the left have long been all too comfortable with calls for the state to regulate our behaviour. Indeed, so-called progressives have been complaining that governments are not doing enough to curtail freedoms, especially when it comes to health risks, for two decades at least." (04/01/20) https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/04/01/why-the-left-loves-a-disaster/ ----- 37) Tulsa Shooter Stopped Dead Source: Common Sense by Paul Jacob "Some killers are easier to stop than others. The coronavirus pandemic is proving very hard to stop. But one good guy with a gun and presence of mind can stop a different kind of would-be killer -- an active shooter -- instantly. This is what happened last week outside of a Tulsa marijuana dispensary." (04/01/20) http://thisiscommonsense.com/2020/04/01/tulsa-shooter-stopped-dead/ ----- 38) The Federal Government Owns 92 Percent of Student Loans. Why Do Politicians Lie About It? Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute by Chris Calton "Although many libertarians and conservatives oppose student loan forgiveness, I have previously argued that as long as the federal government owns the loans, there is no ethical dilemma with forgiveness -- libertarians, at least, should be eager to cut off any stream of revenue to the government. The caveat for advocates of free market solutions, however, is that the federal government must accompany forgiveness with a repeal of all programs for subsidizing and guaranteeing loans. Anything less, I warned, would be a formula for socializing higher education. The US Department of Education (DOE) does, indeed, own more than 92 percent of all student debt." (04/01/20) https://mises.org/wire/federal-government-owns-92-percent-student-loans-why-do-politicians-lie-about-it ----- 39) It's Steve Mnuchin's Economy Now Source: The American Prospect by Alexander Sammon "Plenty of questions remain about the $2.2 trillion bailout package passed by Congress and signed by President Trump last Friday. Did it do enough to prevent mass layoffs? Will small businesses be able to access the loans earmarked for them quickly enough to provide relief? Is there really going to be an additional bill that centers the needs of workers over big corporations? But one question -- who is the biggest winner of the record-setting stimulus package -- we already know the answer to. It's Steve Mnuchin." (04/01/20) https://prospect.org/economy/its-steve-mnuchins-economy-now-coronavirus-bailout/ ----- 40) Pandemics and the Problem of Expert Failure, part 2 Source: EconLog by Roger Koppl "In my last EconLog essay, I examined the impossible tradeoff between expert fields. Each area of expertise is a separate silo, I argued, and we don't have any good way to strike a balance among these competing perspectives. That's why the politics of pandemic policy are so fraught. In this essay, I want to discuss a different source of expert failure: uniformity of opinion within areas of expertise." (04/01/20) https://www.econlib.org/pandemics-and-the-problem-of-expert-failure-continued/ ----- 41) Common Good Constitutionalism? Source: The Volokh Conspiracy by Keith E Whittington "There is much to be said about Adrian Vermeule's provocative new essay, 'Beyond Originalism.' In some ways, it taps into some real movements on the right. It envisions a world in which President Donald Trump has helped remake American politics that opens the way for a reformulated and revitalized conservative politics. It appeals to the desire of some on the religious right to use politics to reaffirm and reestablish an older social order. It hearkens back to an era before the election of Ronald Reagan when there were many different conservative camps 'imagining a constitutional restoration' and originalism was not conservative orthodoxy. It embraces big-government conservatism and rejects any vestigial influence of small-government libertarianism. The conservative movement and the Republican Party have sometimes been useful vehicles for marginally advancing, or at least preserving, classical liberal principles, but Vermeule's version of post-Trump conservatism and GOP would put an end to that." (03/31/20) https://reason.com/2020/03/31/common-good-constitutionalism/ ----- 42) Cost cutting and economic growth Source: Cobden Centre by Dr. Frank Shostak "Some commentators regard cost cutting by companies in order to secure profits as a major threat to the economy. They hold that if everyone tries to cut costs and save more, demand for goods and services from retrenched workers will fall, which in turn will hurt corporate revenues and, thus, profits. This, in turn, sets in motion new layoffs, and this again eats into revenues and makes profits disappear. The process supposedly feeds on itself until there are not enough workers and salaries left to generate sales and profits. ... According to mainstream thinking, saving is seen as a leakage that weakens the flow of spending, thereby weakening the overall economic growth. We suggest that this might not be so." (04/01/20) https://www.cobdencentre.org/2020/04/cost-cutting-and-economic-growth/ ----- 43) Musing about populism Source: The Price of Liberty by Nathan Barton "There are, of course, many definitions of Populism and populists. The one that seemed to sum things up best is simple, found in the Free Dictionary. Populists (lower case) are people who support the rights and the powers of the people. That sounds really good, doesn't it? Now, a libertarian definitely supports the rights of people. But when it comes to power, we have to ask some questions. Power over what? Power over whom? And are we talking about 'the people' or just 'people' here?" (03/31/20) https://thepriceofliberty.org/2020/03/31/musing-about-populism/ ----- 44) Managing a Disaster Source: Town Hall by Walter E Williams "I'm not sure whether COVID-19, first identified in Wuhan, China, in the U.S. qualifies as a true disaster. Putting the disease in perspective, we might look at current influenza illnesses. According to Centers for Disease Control estimates, between Oct. 1, 2019, and March 14, 2020, there have been 390,000 to 710,000 hospitalizations as a result of the flu, 38,000,000 to 54,000,000 flu illnesses and 23,000 to 59,000 flu deaths. That's compared with, as of March 27, a total of 85,356 cases of COVID-19 resulting in the deaths of 1,246 people. But let's agree that COVID-19 is a disaster and ask what the appropriate steps are to deal with it. One of the first observations about any disaster is that the quantity demanded of many goods greatly exceeds the supply." (04/01/20) https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2020/04/01/managing-a-disaster-n2565998 ----- 45) Why Are Some Governors Blocking Physicians' Attempts to Save Lives in Coronavirus Pandemic? Source: Association of American Physicians and Surgeons by Elizabeth Lee Vliet, MD "While people's lives and jobs are being devastated by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), and there has been no FDA-approved treatment, governors or state pharmacy boards in Nevada, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Texas are issuing emergency orders to restrict which medications doctors can use to save lives. These politicians have no background in infectious disease, medicine, research design, or epidemiology, yet they presume to dictate to front-line physicians who are reading the emerging research and caring for patients." (03/31/20) https://aapsonline.org/why-are-some-governors-blocking-physicians-attempts-to-save-lives-in-coronavirus-pandemic/ ----- 46) How Will We Pay For the Land and Water Conservation Fund? Source: Property and Environment Research Center by Jack Smith "The Land and Water Conservation Fund, one of America's most popular pieces of conservation legislation, has been underfunded since the day it passed into law. But that may be about to change. The Great American Outdoors Act, introduced in the U.S. Senate this month, would fully fund the LWCF with $900 million every year into perpetuity. While the LWCF has some drawbacks -- namely, the lack of emphasis on maintaining our existing public lands -- passing the act would be a landmark commitment to long-term conservation, and conservationists ought to consider where exactly that funding will come from in the decades ahead." (03/31/20) https://www.perc.org/2020/03/31/how-will-we-pay-for-the-land-and-water-conservation-fund/ ----- 47) Friday's stimulus package increased the national debt by 8% Source: Libertarian Party by Jess Mears "Where is the fiscal sanity in Washington? The largest stimulus bill in the history of the United States -- $2,000,000,000,000 -- was just passed on Friday by old party politicians. We believe government should not incur debt, which burdens future generations without their consent. We support the passage of a 'Balanced Budget Amendment' to the U.S. Constitution, provided that the budget is balanced exclusively by cutting expenditures, and not by raising taxes. Libertarian candidates up and down the ballot this fall will be running against big-government opponents. Our candidates will be the voice of reason on the ballot." (03/31/20) https://www.lp.org/first-quarterly-fec-filing/ ----- 48) States Should Give Businesses the Flexibility to Reopen Amid Coronavirus Pandemic Source: Cato Institute by Chris Edwards "President Trump is eager for businesses to reopen, now setting a goal of the end of April. Former Vice President Biden is pushing the opposite way, saying he wants an immediate nationwide stay‐at‐home order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Trump can't flip a switch to turn on businesses because they are closed voluntarily or by state mandate, and Biden's order is too rigid and oversteps federal authority. And the initial federal‐monopoly strategy to virus testing failed disastrously because it didn't harness the innovation of private industry. Policy makers should recognize that America's strength is decentralized decision‐making, including federalism in government policy and diversity in private‐sector strategies. State governments should make the decisions on business shutdowns, but they should allow businesses flexibility to reopen if they can in a safe manner." (03/31/20) https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/states-should-give-businesses-flexibility-reopen-amid-coronavirus-pandemic ----- 49) Workers Are Essential, CEOs Are Not Source: In These Times by Mindy Isser "Low-wage workers are on the front line in the battle against coronavirus. While many workers have started telecommuting -- and many others have unfortunately been laid off -- low-wage workers are busy cleaning our streets, making sure we have enough to eat, and, of course, nursing us back to health if we get COVID-19. Despite being linchpins of a functional society, these workers are often treated as expendable or dismissed as 'unskilled.' But over the past few weeks, we've seen just how irreplaceable they are." (04/01/20) http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/22425/worker-ceo-coronavirus-essential-capitalism-exploitation ----- 50) COVID-19 Social Insurance Payments to U.S. Households Source: Niskanen Center by Melissa Kearney & Luke Pardue "The United States government is gearing up to issue immediate direct payments to individuals to provide a financial lifeline at this time of income loss due to business closures and reduced demand for work and services. Such payments would provide an important measure of social insurance to maintain necessary spending on things like housing and food. Practical considerations make it difficult to perfectly target the payments to people who are likely to experience pandemic-induced job loss, but estimates suggest that many millions of Americans and more than a third of workers are likely to need income assistance during this economic slowdown." [editor's note: "Insurance" is a hedged bet against risk, not a welfare handout after an unforeseen event – TLK] (03/31/20) https://www.niskanencenter.org/covid-19-social-insurance-payments-to-u-s-households/ ***** The Sound and the Fury ***** 51) Free Talk Live, 04/01/20 Source: Free Talk Live "Covid silliness :: Travel difficulties with Mark :: Coronavirus hoax :: Flu shots :: Aria causes 4,000,000,000,000,000 deaths by not social distancing :: Did Satoshi make Monero? :: Government tracking its property :: The effect of the quarantine on petition signatures :: Books can't be bought in stores now :: Are gun stores essential? :: Hosts -- Aria, Vincent, Grey." [Flash audio or MP3] (04/01/20) https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2020-04-01 ----- 52) The Doug Stanhope Podcast, episode 361 Source: Doug Stanhope "Still in a Bisbee lockdown, Doug is on edibles and insists he is having a great time. This is a bonus podcast and we hope you are staying safe out there." [various formats] (04/01/20) http://www.dougstanhope.com/journal/2020/3/30/ep361-getting-other-doug-with-high ----- 53) We Are Libertarians, episode 412 Source: We Are Libertarians "'Lives' vs. 'The Economy' is a False Choice." [various formats] (04/01/20) https://wearelibertarians.com/412-lives-vs-the-economy-is-a-false-choice/ ----- 54) Scott Adams Says, 04/01/20 Source: Scott Adams Says "Announcing my candidacy for President of the United States." [Flash video] [editor's note: Other topics include skewed statistics, his proposed Cabinet, how to monetize the When token, and other fun (he's also now doing an evening "swaddling with Scott") – SAT] (04/01/20) https://www.pscp.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1kvJpXQDZAXJE ----- 55) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1623 Source: The Tom Woods Show "Doug Casey, whose book Crisis Investing spent 29 weeks at the #1 position on the New York Times bestseller list, joins me to assess the fallout from the various governmental responses to the coronavirus, as well as his own approach to a crisis like this." [various formats] (04/01/20) http://tomwoods.com/ep-1623-doug-casey-on-the-coronavirus-fallout/ ----- 56) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 04/01/20 Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report "Is It Time To End The Shutdown?" [Flash video] (04/01/20) http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/is-it-time-to-end-the-shutdown ----- 57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 473 Source: Foreign Policy Focus "On FPF #473, I discuss the US attempts to exploit coronavirus outbreaks to overthrow governments." [various formats] (04/01/20) http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/the-us-is-exploiting-covid-19-to-push-regime-change ----- 58) Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill, 04/01/20 Source: The Intercept "This week on Intercepted: Workers at Amazon, Instacart, and Whole Foods have gone on strike demanding safe work conditions. Amazon has already fired one organizer and continues to pump out misinformation and propaganda as Jeff Bezos continues to rake in billions of dollars. We hear from the fired Amazon manager Christian Smalls and talk to Jacobin magazine reporter Meagan Day about her reporting on the conditions of some essential workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, Joe Biden's campaign against Medicare for All, and the shortage of supplies in hospitals." [various formats] (04/01/20) https://theintercept.com/2020/04/01/essential-workers-and-the-reverse-robin-hood-coronavirus-bailout/ ----- 59) What Then Must We Do?, 03/31/20 Source: What Then Must We Do? "A View of the Covid-19 Crisis From South Korea." [various formats] (03/31/20) https://www.buzzsprout.com/756260/3195865-a-view-of-the-covid-19-crisis-from-south-korea ----- 60) Radio Free California, episode 112 Source: National Review "Elon Musk, Dov Charney, and many other Californians aren't waiting for a government rescue. In other coronavirus news, Riverside County issues more debt to pay off other debts exacerbated by the Wall Street meltdown, and in serving the public's health, we ask grocers to ban reusable shopping bags in their stores. Bonus: Explore David's utter contempt for partisan politics. Music by Metalachi." [various formats] (03/31/20) https://www.nationalreview.com/podcasts/national-reviews-radio-free-california-podcast/episode-112-how-to-handle-a-bear-market/ ***** RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST Editors: Thomas L. Knapp Steve Trinward Editors Emeritus: Mary Lou Seymour R. Lee Wrights *****
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