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1)  Capitol riot trial: Rhodes tells jury he never wanted his group in the Capitol
2)  Ukraine war: Russian, US regimes "discuss holding talks on nuclear weapons" as Russian troops "prepare for street fighting"
3)  US judge suspends many of New York regime's unconstitutional victim disarmament rules
4)  France: Eleven bishops accused of sexual violence
5)  SCOTUS refuses to consider requiring 12-person juries
6)  Mexico: AMLO plans regional meeting of Latin America pols
7)  GA: Stolen Bitcoin billions mystery ends with popcorn tin discovery
8)  GA: Ballot deadline extended for some voters after error
9)  Ethiopian and Tigray forces launch hotline as new peace talks begin
10) Italy: Three leap from migrant rescue boat
11) SCOTUS: Jackson, in dissent, issues first opinion
12) GA: "Multiple explosions" reported at coastal chemical plant, neighborhoods evacuated
13) VA: Report finds profound pandemic impact on state's education
14) Philippines: Prisons chief, aide charged in journalist's killing
15) SCOTUS rejects Bristol Myers cancer-drug patent fight with Gilead
16) Oil stable near $100 a barrel as dollar weakens
17) Five states could legalize cannabis with midterm ballot initiatives
18) Antares rocket launches ovarian cells and other wild experiments to space station for NASA
19) CA: Berkeley moves toward banning all right turns on red lights
20) Taiwan: UK trade minister visits; Beijing regime whines

Today's Freedom Commentary:

21) Can We Have Welfare Without the Threat of Violence?
22) Lessons From the US Left on Taking Power v. Organizing on the Outside
23) They Want Us to Hate Each Other
24) Biden Goes Begging for Saudi Barrels
25) Are We in a Fiscal Doom Loop?
26) Let's Be Clear: If WW3 Happens It Will Be The Result Of Choices Made By The US Empire
27) Unfair Shortages
28) "Sloppy" Analysis Is the Bane of a Smart China Policy
29) Patient coaxing of peace in Ethiopia
30) Turkey's New Disinformation Law Spells Trouble For Free Expression
31) Sean Patrick Maloney just proved himself an even bigger tool
32) New White House reports suggest diplomacy isn't a four-letter word after all
33) The Revolutionary Trigger
34) Our Democracy [sic] Under Attack
35) Immigration Hypocrisy on the Border
36) Pushing Total Bullshit Misinformation Is Not "Healthy Skepticism" of the Powerful
37) We're entrepreneurs, not criminals. Why did the government steal our money?
38) The campus crime surge colleges don't tell parents about
39) The Militarism and Mechanics of the National Security State
40) America's Other Special Relationship
41) Who Authorized the Department of Homeland Security to Police Online Speech? Not Congress
42) Relation Between General Decline In Prices And Wealth
43) World Dollar Hegemony Is Ending (and That May Be a Good Thing)
44) Quantum Vibe, 11/07/22
45) How Could Anyone Vote for These Democrats?
46) The Invisible Life of Migrants
47) First Strike: The US and the World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Policy
48) The False Promise of Universal National Service
49) How to Survive Us
50) The US Should Support the Ukrainian Grain Deal

Today's Freedom Podcast and Video:

51) Reason Roundtable, 11/07/22
52) EconTalk, 11/07/22
53) Finding Freedom, episode 358
54) Commentary Podcast, 11/07/22
55) The Nuclear Threat
56) Antiwar News with Dave DeCamp, 11/07/22
57) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/07/22
58) Rising, 11/07/22
59) The Bryan Hyde Show, 11/07/22
60) Conflicts of Interest, episode 346

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1)  Capitol riot trial: Rhodes tells jury he never wanted his group in the Capitol
Source: Politico

"Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes said on Monday he was shocked to learn that his allies went 'off-mission' and entered the Capitol on Jan. 6, telling jurors he only learned about it after the fact and never viewed disrupting Congress as a goal for his far-right group. ... It was Rhodes'[s] most forceful rebuttal to the seditious conspiracy case prosecutors have been making against him for weeks. They have alleged that he helped orchestrate an 'armed rebellion' against the incoming Biden administration, leading his group to Washington on Jan. 6 and assembling stockpiles of weapons nearby in case violence escalated. The goal, the Justice Department argued, was to keep Donald Trump in power, by force if necessary." (11/07/22)

https://www.politico.com/news/2022/11/07/oath-keepers-jury-capitol-jan-6-00065428

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2)  Ukraine war: Russian, US regimes "discuss holding talks on nuclear weapons" as Russian troops "prepare for street fighting"
Source: Sky News [UK]

"Russia and the US are reportedly discussing holding talks on strategic nuclear weapons for the first time since Moscow sent troops into Ukraine. Talks between the two countries on strategic stability have been frozen since Vladimir Putin's forces invaded Ukraine eight months ago -- even as the New Start treaty on nuclear arms reduction stays in effect. Now, Russian newspaper Kommersant said the talks may take place in the Middle East, adding that Moscow no longer views Switzerland, the traditional venue, as neutral after it imposed sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. ... Meanwhile, Ukraine has accused Russia of looting empty homes in the southern city of Kherson -- as well as occupying them with troops in civilian clothes to prepare for street fighting. ... Russia has ordered civilians out of Kherson in recent days, in anticipation of a Ukrainian assault to recapture it." (11/08/22)

https://news.sky.com/story/ukraine-war-russia-and-us-discuss-holding-talks-on-nuclear-weapons-as-putins-troops-prepare-for-street-fighting-12741398

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3)  US judge suspends many of New York regime's unconstitutional victim disarmament rules
Source: Reuters

"A federal judge in New York temporarily suspended many parts of the state's new gun restrictions on Monday to allow members of a gun-owners' rights group to continue their lawsuit challenging the new law as unconstitutional. Judge Glenn Suddaby of the U.S. District Court in Syracuse agreed to issue the order at the request of six New York residents who are members of Gun Owners of America ... In Monday's preliminary injunction, Suddaby said New York officials could not compel people applying for a gun license to disclose the handles of their social media accounts or the names and contact details of everyone they live with, major provisions of the Concealed Carry Improvement Act which took effect on Sept. 1. Nor would applicants have to prove their 'good moral character,' Suddaby wrote in the 182-page order, a length he ascribed to the new law's 'unprecedented constitutional violations.'" (11/07/22)

https://www.reuters.com/legal/federal-judge-suspends-many-new-yorks-new-gun-restrictions-2022-11-07/

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4)  France: Eleven bishops accused of sexual violence
Source: France 24 [French state media]

"Eleven former or serving French bishops have been accused of sexual violence, including the former bishop of Bordeaux who has confessed to assaulting a minor 35 years ago, a senior church body announced Monday. Jean-Pierre Ricard, a long-standing bishop of Bordeaux who was made a cardinal by Pope Francis in 2016, has admitted to a 'reprehensible' act on a 14-year-old, the president of the Bishops' Conference of France, Eric de Moulins-Beaufort, told reporters. All of the accused will face either prosecution or church disciplinary procedures, added de Moulins-Beaufort, the archbishop of north-eastern Reims." (11/07/22)

https://www.france24.com/en/france/20221107-eleven-french-bishops-accused-of-sexual-violence

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5)  SCOTUS refuses to consider requiring 12-person juries
Source: NBC News

"The Supreme Court on Monday declined over the objection of two justices to decide whether defendants facing serious criminal charges are legally entitled to a 12-person jury, rejecting an appeal from an Arizona man convicted of fraud by a jury of just eight people. The decision not to take up the appeal brought by defendant Ramin Khorrami means states can continue to use of six- or eight-person juries for felony offenses. Arizona and five other states -- Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts and Utah -- allow the practice. Florida, the third most populous state, uses six-person juries for all non-death penalty-eligible criminal cases. Conservative Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh said they would have taken up the case, with Gorsuch writing a 10-page dissenting opinion taking aim at the Supreme Court's 1970 decision that said juries could be as small as six people." (11/07/22)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-refuses-consider-requiring-12-person-juries-rcna51066

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6)  Mexico: AMLO plans regional meeting of Latin America pols
Source: ABC News

"Mexico's president said Monday he will host a meeting of leaders from Latin America this month, including most of the wave of recently elected leftists. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the presidents of Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia are coming to Mexico City. Lopez Obrador said he is still awaiting confirmation on whether President-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil will attend the Nov. 23-25 meeting. All of the leaders except Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso are considered left-leaning. Lopez Obrador has expressed hopes in the past of reforming the Organization of American States, and this month's meeting may be part of that plan. Lopez Obrador views the OAS as too subordinated to U.S. interests and has touted other regional bodies, like the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States as a possible alternative." (11/07/22)

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/mexicos-president-plans-regional-meeting-leaders-92806933

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7)  GA: Stolen Bitcoin billions mystery ends with popcorn tin discovery
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The US Department of Justice has revealed it seized $3.36bn (£2.9bn) of Bitcoin last year which was stolen from an infamous darknet website. The stash of 50,676 Bitcoin was found hidden on various devices in a hacker's home in an underfloor safe and inside a popcorn tin. James Zhong has pleaded guilty to hacking the funds in 2012 from the illegal Silk Road marketplace. US authorities say the seizure is the second largest in history. The police raid at Mr Zhong's Georgia home was carried out a year ago but only revealed now. It came at the same time as Bitcoin's value peaked -- the seized funds would now be worth about $1.1bn. Officers say they found the Bitcoin dotted around his home on hard drives and other storage devices in an underfloor safe and on a tiny computer hidden inside a popcorn tin in a bathroom closet." (11/07/22)

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-63547765

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8)  GA: Ballot deadline extended for some voters after error
Source: SFGate

"A judge on Monday agreed to extend the deadline to return absentee ballots for voters in a suburban Atlanta county who didn't receive their ballots because election officials failed to mail them. Some of the voters filed a lawsuit Sunday seeking the extension after Cobb County election officials in Cobb County acknowledged Friday that the county failed to mail out more than 1,000 absentee ballots to voters who had requested them. County elections director Janine Eveler wrote in an email to the county election board that because of staff error, ballots were never created nor sent on two days last month, the lawsuit says. 'We know it wasn't the voters' fault, we know it wasn't the post office's fault,' said Daniel White, an attorney for the elections office, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 'This was an administrative error.'" (11/07/22)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Voters-in-Atlanta-suburbs-sue-over-unsent-17564085.php

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9)  Ethiopian and Tigray forces launch hotline as new peace talks begin
Source: Reuters

"The Ethiopian government and Tigrayan forces have established a telephone hotline to help maintain a ceasefire struck last week, and both sides met in Kenya on Monday for a new round of talks on implementing the truce. Ethiopia's government and regional forces from Tigray agreed last Wednesday to cease hostilities after talks mediated by the African Union (AU), a diplomatic breakthrough two years into a war that has killed thousands and displaced millions. The truce has raised hopes humanitarian aid can start moving back into a region where hundreds of thousands face famine." (11/07/22)

https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/ethiopia-government-tigray-forces-establish-hotline-following-truce-obasanjo-2022-11-07/

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10) Italy: Three leap from migrant rescue boat
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"Three people have leapt from a migrant rescue boat where they were being held after being refused permission to disembark in Italy, the BBC has been told. The three were among about 250 migrants refused permission to disembark after officials deemed them 'healthy.' They were rescued by police, but it is unclear what will happen to them next. Their bid to reach the shore came as Rome repeated its vow to halt migrant boats crossing the Mediterranean. Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni used her maiden speech to MPs in late October to highlight the issue, saying she wanted to 'stop the people traffickers from having the choice of deciding who enters Italy.'" (11/07/22)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-63542269

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11) SCOTUS: Jackson, in dissent, issues first opinion
Source: SFGate

"New Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson issued her first Supreme Court opinion Monday, a short dissent in support of a death row inmate from Ohio. Jackson wrote that she would have thrown out lower court rulings in the case of Ohio inmate Davel Chinn, whose lawyers argued that the state suppressed evidence that might have altered the outcome of his trial. The two-page opinion came on the same day the high court was hearing cases that are part of a wider dispute over the power of the federal government. In her dissent, Jackson wrote that she would have ordered a new look at Chinn's case 'because his life is on the line and given the substantial likelihood that the suppressed records would have changed the outcome at trial.'" (11/07/22)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Jackson-in-dissent-issues-first-Supreme-Court-17564180.php
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12) GA: "Multiple explosions" reported at coastal chemical plant, neighborhoods evacuated
Source: WSB-TV 2

"Emergency crews have responded to a chemical plant in coastal Georgia after reports of multiple explosions. The Glynn County Sheriff's Office confirmed a large fire at the Symrise Chemical Plant and posted a photo that shows large plumes of smoke. Officials have evacuated the plant and have ordered for the Hickory Bluff, Sanctuary Cove, Satilla Shores and Royal Oaks neighborhoods to evacuate." (11/07/22)

https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/multiple-explosions-reported-georgia-chemical-plant-neighborhoods-evacuated/Y6SO2SRCI5CWBIDFJHVNVASSUM/

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13) VA: Report finds profound pandemic impact on state's education
Source: Bowling Green Daily News

"Virginia's teacher workforce is smaller, unhappier and less qualified than before the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia's nonpartisan legislative watchdog agency said in a report Monday that urged the state to boost funding to address the issue. Staffers of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, or JLARC, also told lawmakers that in addition to previously reported declines in academic achievement, school staff are experiencing more student behavioral problems and mental health issues. 'We all knew in our hearts and from our personal experiences that COVID-19 had unbelievably terrible impacts on our families and on our children. And now, as we all just heard, we have hard data -- cold hard data -- telling us that we are in crisis,' Secretary of Education Aimee Rogstad Guidera told lawmakers after the presentation in Richmond." (11/07/22)

https://www.bgdailynews.com/news/state/report-finds-profound-pandemic-impact-on-virginia-education/article_65415ca4-d2a3-5b9e-8599-013c3bf0e1c8.html

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14) Philippines: Prisons chief, aide charged in journalist's killing
Source: Yahoo! News

"hilippine authorities filed murder complaints on Monday against the top prisons official and an aide, accusing them of masterminding the killing of a radio commentator in an elaborate crime they said showed that the country's prisons system had been turned into a 'criminal organization.' The complaints were filed against Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag, who has been suspended from his post, prisons security official Ricardo Zulueta and other key suspects in the Oct. 3 fatal shooting of Percival Mabasa. The journalist had fiercely criticized Bantag and other officials for alleged corruption and other anomalies." (11/07/22)

https://news.yahoo.com/philippine-prisons-chief-charged-journalists-061723892.html

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15) SCOTUS rejects Bristol Myers cancer-drug patent fight with Gilead
Source: Reuters

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rebuffed a bid by Bristol Myers Squibb Co's Juno Therapeutics Inc to reinstate a $1.2 billion award it won in its patent fight with Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD.O) subsidiary Kite Pharma Inc over a lymphoma drug. The justices turned away Juno's appeal of a lower court's ruling throwing out the award in the litigation over Kite's biologic drug Yescarta, in a case that could have repercussions for the cutting-edge biologic drug industry. Juno and Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research sued Kite in 2017 in federal court in Los Angeles, accusing it of copying technology that the institute licenses to Juno. A jury awarded the plaintiffs $778 million in damages, which a judge later increased to $1.2 billion. But the patent-focused U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit threw out the award last year, finding that the patent was invalid because it lacked a sufficient written description." (11/07/22)

https://www.reuters.com/legal/us-supreme-court-rejects-bristol-myers-cancer-drug-patent-fight-with-gilead-2022-11-07/

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16) Oil stable near $100 a barrel as dollar weakens
Source: Reuters

"Oil prices were stable on Monday, close to $100 a barrel as support from a weaker dollar and recovering Chinese crude imports met renewed demand concerns linked to China's stringent COVID containment approach. Brent crude futures were down 1 cent, or 0.1%, to $98.56 a barrel at 1444 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude rose by 4 cents, or 0.04%, to $92.65. Both contracts dropped by more than $1 a barrel earlier in the session after Chinese health officials at the weekend reiterated their commitment to strict COVID containment measures, dashing hopes of a rebound in oil demand from the world's top crude importer." (11/07/22)

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/oil-falls-china-sticks-strict-covid-policy-2022-11-06/

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17) Five states could legalize cannabis with midterm ballot initiatives
Source: Fox News

"Voters in five states could legalize recreational marijuana through ballot measures Tuesday, as more parts of the country move to allow access to the drug that remains illegal federally. Maryland, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri and Arkansas all have legal pot referendums that could change state law for more than 17 million people in those states. Maryland voters will decide whether to amend their constitution to make marijuana legal. On the ballot, voters will be asked, 'Do you favor the legalization of the use of cannabis by an individual who is at least 21 years of age on or after July 1, 2023, in the State of Maryland?' As the only blue state with a marijuana-related ballot question this cycle, Maryland is considered the most likely to see its measure pass." (11/07/22)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/these-five-states-legalize-marijuana-midterm-ballot-initiatives

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18) Antares rocket launches ovarian cells and other wild experiments to space station for NASA
Source: Space.com

"Ovarian cells from cows are moo-ving to the space station, along with a batch of other intriguing science experiments aboard a Northrop Grumman cargo ship that soared into orbit early Monday (Nov. 7). The Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo ship launched toward the International Space Station (ISS) on the company's Antares rocket at 5:32 a.m. EST (1032 GMT) from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia. The launch was delayed by 24 hours due to a fire alarm at Northrop Grumman's flight control center in Dulles, Virginia that forced a building evacuation." (11/07/22)

https://www.space.com/cygnus-cargo-launch-space-station-november-2022

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19) CA: Berkeley moves toward banning all right turns on red lights
Source: SFGate

"'I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light,' Alvy Singer famously said about moving from New York to California. That incentive may no longer be true of Berkeley, after the first steps in a proposal to ban right turns on red lights citywide was approved last week. 'From the way we design our roads to the rules we set for them, cars are given priority in the public right of way at the express detriment to pedestrians and cyclists,' Berkeley councilmember Terry Taplin wrote in the budget proposal, first shared by Berkeleyside, that was approved on Thursday. 'One such example is the de facto right given to cars to turn 'Right on Red' at signalized intersections.'" (11/07/22)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/berkeley-looks-to-ban-right-turn-on-red-17564714.php

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20) Taiwan: UK trade minister visits; Beijing regime whines
Source: ABC News

"China lashed out Monday over a visit to Taiwan by British Trade Policy Minister Greg Hands, the latest foreign official to defy Beijing's warnings over contacts with the self-governing island republic. China claims Taiwan as its own territory and threatens to annex it by force. It also seeks to isolate it diplomatically, requiring governments that it has formal relations with to respect its 'one-China' principle. ... The British government said Hands was on a two-day visit during which he would meet Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and co-host the 25th annual trade talks between the sides. China has imposed visa bans and other forms of retaliation against foreign officials and governments that extend contacts to Taiwan." (11/07/22)

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/china-lashes-visit-uk-trade-minister-taiwan-92787471

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21) Can We Have Welfare Without the Threat of Violence?
Source: EconLog
by Max Borders

"Let's imagine that wizards exist in our world, and one supremely powerful wizard has cast a spell over the realm. The wizard's spell is of nonviolence. Call it 'The Spell of Ahimsa.' Under this spell, no one can threaten or commit any act that injures another person or their property. When a brigand tries to attack a caravan on the road, his fingers weaken, and his dagger simply falls from his grasp. When a tax collector tries to arrest a merchant in the town, the handcuffs slip from his fingers. ... It doesn't matter whether the perpetrator thinks he is using violence to serve good or evil. The fact is, the spell ensures a condition of complete nonviolence in society. What should we make of this? Would the realm be better off under the wizard's spell?" (11/07/22)

https://www.econlib.org/library/columns/y2022/borderswelfare.html

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22) Lessons From the US Left on Taking Power v. Organizing on the Outside
Source: In These Times
by Mark Engler & Paul Engler

"In 2002, in the midst of a wave of global resistance to corporate globalization that would produce major protests at trade meetings from Seattle to Genoa to Hong Kong, a book appeared that captured much of the spirit of the period's activism. Written by John Holloway, an Irish-born political theorist who had long made his home in Mexico, it was entitled Change the World Without Taking Power. The volume, which argued that 'the radical change that is so urgent cannot be brought about through the state,' made Holloway a prominent voice on the international Left. A decade later, U.S.-born anthropologist David Graeber gained a wide hearing while championing the anarchist elements of Occupy Wall Street and defending the movement's suspicion of engaging with established political institutions." (11/07/22)

https://inthesetimes.com/article/social-movements-squad-politics-election-occupy-anarchism-socialism

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23) They Want Us to Hate Each Other
Source: Brownstone Institute
by Jim Kofalt

"Throughout history, unscrupulous people have used division to manipulate entire populations. The designers of the Rwandan genocide understood that very clearly. They knew that if they could isolate an identity group and characterize it as a vengeful, duplicitous enemy, they could consolidate their own power and motivate members of their target audience to do virtually anything for them. It worked. ... People in high places understand quite well that polarization is power, and they're applying that principle to manipulate you, and me, with the aim of consolidating their power even further. They want us to hate each other." (11/07/22)

https://brownstone.org/articles/they-want-us-to-hate-each-other/

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24) Biden Goes Begging for Saudi Barrels
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Jim Bovard

"'Why don't you talk about something that matters?' President Biden replied to a journalist asking about why he fist-bumped Saudi dictator Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) during his 'begging for barrels' trip to the Middle East in July. Biden hoped the Saudis would rescue his presidency by pumping more oil in order to lower American gasoline prices and prevent the demolition of the Democratic Party in the mid-term elections. On the eve of Biden's 'begging for barrels' tour, federal data confirmed the wreckage of his economic policies." (11/07/22)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/biden-goes-begging-for-saudi-barrels

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25) Are We in a Fiscal Doom Loop?
Source: Independent Institute
by Craig Eyermann

"When a former Treasury Secretary looks at the U.S. government's current fiscal policy, what do you suppose keeps them up at night? If you're Larry Summers, who served as former President Bill Clinton's Secretary of the Treasury, that something is called a 'doom loop.' ... Summers is one of the few economists to correctly predict the excessive spending from President Biden's American Rescue Plan Act would unleash an era of high inflation. When he says the U.S. government could find itself in a doom loop because of its continued excessive spending, it draws attention." (11/07/22)

https://blog.independent.org/2022/11/07/bidens-doom-loop/

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26) Let's Be Clear: If WW3 Happens It Will Be The Result Of Choices Made By The US Empire
Source: Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist
by Caitlin Johnstone

"The commander of the US nuclear arsenal has stated unequivocally that the war in Ukraine is just a warmup exercise for a much larger conflict that's already in the mail. ... Not only does Richard appear to believe that a hot war between major world powers is a foregone conclusion, he has also previously stated that a nuclear war with Russia or China is now 'a very real possibility.' ... Again, this is not some armchair warrior opining from his desk at a corporate newspaper or DC think tank, this is the head of STRATCOM. Richard would be personally overseeing the very warfare he is talking about. What I find most striking about remarks like these is how passive they always make it sound." (11/07/22)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2022/11/07/lets-be-clear-if-ww3-happens-it-will-be-the-result-of-choices-made-by-the-us-empire/

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27) Unfair Shortages
Source: Bet On It
by Bryan Caplan

"Economists have long known that fairness matters in some markets. Concerts underprice popular tickets. Malls underprice chats with Santa Claus. Vendors underprice Pokemon cards. Hardware stores underprice snow shovels before blizzards. During Covid, however, fairness norms became strangely ubiquitous. Lots of familiar products suddenly became unavailable at the market price. Or sometimes, at any price. While 'supply chain issues' was the popular explanatory slogan, anyone who remembers basic econ knows that's superficial and misleading." (11/07/22)

https://betonit.substack.com/p/unfair-shortages

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28) "Sloppy" Analysis Is the Bane of a Smart China Policy
Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

"Buried in the middle of this David Ignatius column from last week is a remarkable claim that needs some explanation: 'Xi is convinced that the two countries are heading toward war, according to an American who knows the Chinese leadership well.' If Xi is truly convinced that the U.S. and China are heading for war, that would be an important insight into his thinking, but Ignatius has nothing more to say about it. This is the sort of claim that cries out for further elaboration, but we are left to guess why Xi thinks this (assuming that he does) and when he started thinking this way. ... It is impossible to judge the credibility of Ignatius'[s] single anonymous American source, since we don't know who is telling us this and we don't know what it means that the source 'knows the Chinese leadership well.'" (11/07/22)

https://daniellarison.substack.com/p/sloppy-analysis-is-the-bane-of-a

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29) Patient coaxing of peace in Ethiopia
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

"On paper at least, an African war ended yesterday. The government of Ethiopia and a rebellious faction in the northern state of Tigray signed a peace agreement exactly two years after taking up arms against each other. If the agreement holds, it will mark a turning point in what the World Health Organization has called 'the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.' From its outset, the conflict was a heart-wrenching contradiction: a war waged with seemingly gratuitous inhumanity to preserve, as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed described it, a vision of Ethiopia as 'Africa's bastion of peace ... founded on love, shared concerns, and benefits.' The fighting has claimed half a million lives, displaced more than 3 million people, and left 5 million on the edge of starvation, according to the United Nations." (11/07/22)

https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2022/1103/Patient-coaxing-of-peace-in-Ethiopia

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30) Turkey's New Disinformation Law Spells Trouble For Free Expression
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jillian C York

"Turkey's government recently passed a new law aimed at curbing disinformation that citizens have dubbed the 'censorship law,' according to reports. The new law was met with condemnation from both inside the country and abroad. Troublingly, the vaguely-worded law, passed by parliament on October 13, prescribes three years' imprisonment for anyone who publishes 'false information' with the intent to 'instigate fear or panic' or 'endanger the country's security, public order and general health of society.' ... the disinformation law -- which comes just eight months before Turkey's next major elections -- would require companies to remove disinformation within a four-hour time limit. A platform's obligation to remove content could be triggered by a court order, or Turkey's Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA)." (11/07/22)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2022/11/turkeys-new-disinformation-law-spells-trouble-free-expression

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31) Sean Patrick Maloney just proved himself an even bigger tool
Source: New York Post
by staff

"Just when we thought Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney couldn't make himself any more of a sanctimonious tool comes news of his pathetic bid to show sympathy for families slammed by inflation. The question was: 'Hudson Valley residents are feeling pain at the pump and at grocery stores, what have you done, and what do you plan to do to help solve our inflation problem?' His answer began: 'Yeah, well, I grew up in a family where, you know, if the gas price went up, the food budget went down. ... So by this time of the week, we'd be eating Chef Boyardee if that budget wasn't gonna change. So that's what families have to do.' We guarantee, families are already making greater sacrifices than that. And for the record, for some us of about the same age, Chef Boyardee was a treat in good times." (11/06/22)

https://nypost.com/2022/11/06/sean-patrick-maloney-just-proved-himself-an-even-bigger-tool/

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32) New White House reports suggest diplomacy isn't a four-letter word after all
Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Connor Echols

"After denying for months that it would encourage Ukraine to negotiate with Russia, the Biden administration has begun pushing Kyiv to publicly signal that it's open to talks, according to the Washington Post. The goal of the effort, according to the Post's sources, is to assuage growing fears in the West that Ukraine has abandoned any hope for negotiations with Russia, opting instead for a 'total victory' strategy that some worry could drag on for years. ... Meanwhile, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has held several secret meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin's top foreign policy aides in recent months, according to the Wall Street Journal. These behind-the-scenes conversations have been aimed at reducing the chance of dangerous escalation in Ukraine and have not included talk of diplomacy to end the conflict, according to the Journal's sources." (11/07/22)

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/11/07/new-white-house-reports-suggest-diplomacy-isnt-a-four-letter-word-after-all/

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33) The Revolutionary Trigger
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Max Borders

"The Declaration of Independence is a fading memory. Where once it was revered as the secular foundation of a people, it's now seen mainly as a curiosity that, at best, justifies an annual rite of fireworks and potato salad. For a few of us, the Declaration remains a beacon, though it flickers, as a candle on a stormy night. The most stirring passage offers us to claim our rights to 'Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness,' but those rights seem sadly alienable today. Complementary passages remind us of what we must do in the face of tyranny. Yet, the Tree of Liberty stands before us, molting and desiccated." (11/07/22)

https://www.aier.org/article/the-revolutionary-trigger/

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34) Our Democracy [sic] Under Attack
Source: Common Dreams
by Jim Goodman

"A friend of mine recently said 'I am at the point where I think a dose of real fascism might be the only way to teach the MAGA crew.' Certainly tongue in cheek, but in Wisconsin and nationally, as the possible outcome of next week's mid-term elections come into focus, we may be getting closer to a real dose of fascism than we know. ... Republicans are favored to gain the majority in both the House and the Senate. Given the Republican efforts to suppress voter turnout across the country, engage in voter intimidation and knowing that there are voters who see little point in voting, it does appear that those polls may be accurate. Without a strong turnout of those discouraged voters and young voters, we should expect Republican victories and another two years of deadlock and inter-party hostility." (11/07/22)

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/11/07/our-democracy-under-attack

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35) Immigration Hypocrisy on the Border
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Amidst all the talk about 'securing' the border among right-wing candidates for Congress, there is one hypocritical part of America's system of immigration controls that goes unmentioned: the failure to enforce such laws against middle-class families in towns and cities along the border who hire, harbor, and transport maids, nannies, and gardeners. ... The Border Patrol's political decision to exempt middle-class families from enforcement of immigration controls was a hypocritical, unjust, and unconstitutional aspect of their tyrannical immigration police-state system. ... rather than having the Border Patrol enforce its brutal law equally across the board against those families, everyone would be better off with the total dismantling of a brutal system that has brought nothing but death, suffering, violence, corruption, humiliation, and hypocrisy for decades." (11/07/22)

https://www.fff.org/2022/11/07/immigration-hypocrisy-on-the-border/

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36) Pushing Total Bullshit Misinformation Is Not "Healthy Skepticism" of the Powerful
Source: The Daily Beast
by Anthony L Fisher

"As a journalist who is often disappointed in the way newsrooms have irresponsibly run with 'narratives,' drawing sweeping conclusions before conducting basic fact-checking (think Jussie Smollett, Covington Catholic, and the Steele Dossier), I'm also of the mind that not everything published by 'legitimate' news outlets should be immediately believed, and never questioned. I most definitely don't reflexively accept government officials, law enforcement spokespeople, or political pundits as purely unimpeachable sources -- nor do I think anyone else should either. But that doesn't mean I go looking to Alex Jones for that necessary check on the 'cathedral' narrative. Just because the 'media' and other institutions have themselves to blame for inviting much of the current levels of skepticism -- the solution is not to replace healthy skepticism with unhealthy conspiratorial improv sessions." (11/07/22)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/pushing-total-bullshit-misinformation-is-not-healthy-skepticism-of-the-powerful

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37) We're entrepreneurs, not criminals. Why did the government steal our money?
Source: Orange County Register
by Vera & Apollonia Ward

"Late last year, we hired someone to find and purchase two new dogs, and sent them $17,500 in cash via FedEx. But our money never made it. Instead, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office seized the funds at a FedEx facility in Stockton, California. Law enforcement refused to return our money, and they wrongfully accused us of drug trafficking, too. That's when the intimidation began. Truth didn't matter. Our innocence didn't matter. The government had all the power, and we had no idea what to do. They gave us a choice. We could either cave in to the government's demands, say that the money wasn't our money, and let them keep it -- or we could stand up for our rights and risk our freedom." (11/07/22)

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/07/were-entrepreneurs-not-criminals-why-did-the-government-steal-our-money/

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38) The campus crime surge colleges don't tell parents about
Source: Fox News
by Paul Mauro

"'RUN, HIDE, OR FIGHT' screamed the headlines, regarding a recent shooting near NYU's Brooklyn campus. The quote was culled from an urgent text school officials broadcast to students during the incident. Which must've felt all-too familiar to many; as reported by NYU's own student newspaper, a month earlier a woman was shot dead in front of one of the school's dorms (University Hall, $17,908 a year for a shared double). It's not just NYU. Across the country, as urban crime rates rise and woke prosecutors pursue illusory 'criminal justice reforms', a wave of violence has beset some of our nation's premier universities. It's a phenomenon playing out in headlines around the nation -- but which has gained little media notice." (11/07/22)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/campus-crime-surge-colleges-dont-tell-parents-about

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39) The Militarism and Mechanics of the National Security State
Source: CounterPunch
by Melvin Goodman

"In the past several weeks, we have gained excellent insight into the processes of the National Security State that finds the White House, the Congress, and the mainstream media cooperating to justify additional defense spending and strategic weaponry. Following the attacks of 9/11, we have seen the steady militarization of our national security policies, including the use of the military to secure foreign policy goals and the militarization of our intelligence community." (11/07/22)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/07/the-militarism-and-mechanics-of-the-national-security-state/

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40) America's Other Special Relationship
Source: Law & Liberty
by Aaron Rhodes

"Walter Russell Mead's latest book, The Arc of a Covenant, places our understanding of United States-Israeli relations on a broad historical and sociological foundation. Mead seeks to approach the fraught subject free from myths and distortions that have plagued analysis and discourse. ... American Middle East policy, Mead notes, is 'often emotionally dense but intellectually thin.' To get a clear picture, he had to critically confront both pro- and anti-Zionist legends and detach himself from the moralism that generally distorts and inflames discussion about relations with Israel." (11/07/22)

https://lawliberty.org/book-review/americas-other-special-relationship/

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41) Who Authorized the Department of Homeland Security to Police Online Speech? Not Congress
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jon Miltimore

"One thing not mentioned in the Homeland Security Act is free speech. The word 'speech' does not appear on even one of the law's 187 pages. Nevertheless, newly-published documents published by The Intercept show the extent to which the DHS is now actively involved in using the power of the US government to shape online discourse and police speech by pressuring private platforms behind closed doors." (11/07/22)

https://fee.org/articles/who-authorized-the-department-of-homeland-security-to-police-online-speech-not-congress/

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42) Relation Between General Decline In Prices And Wealth
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

"It is argued by many commentators that a general fall in prices is always 'bad news' for it postpones people's buying of goods and services, which in turn undermines investment in plant and machinery. All this sets in motion an economic slump. Moreover, as the slump further depresses the prices of goods, this intensifies the pace of economic decline. In contrast, thinkers such as Murray Rothbard held that in a free market the rising purchasing power of money i.e. declining prices is the mechanism that makes the great variety of goods produced accessible to many people." (11/07/22)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2022/11/relation-between-general-decline-in-prices-and-wealth/

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43) World Dollar Hegemony Is Ending (and That May Be a Good Thing)
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Patrick Barron

"The end of world dollar hegemony is coming and hardly anyone in government is taking notice or even understands what this means. Since the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944, the dollar has been the only currency accepted throughout the world for settlement of international trade accounts among nations. Prior to 1944, physical gold was used for international settlement. ... The Bretton Woods Agreement added the dollar as tantamount to physical gold at $35 per ounce. The reason was simple: at the end of World War II the United States had accumulated a preponderance of gold, due primarily to its role as the 'arsenal of democracy.' Thus, central banks could exchange dollars for settlement rather than moving or redesignating the ownership of physical gold. The weakness of this system was that the world had to trust the USA not to create more dollars than it could redeem for gold at $35 per ounce." (11/07/22)

https://mises.org/wire/world-dollar-hegemony-ending-and-may-be-good-thing

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44) Quantum Vibe, 11/07/22
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser

Cartoon. (11/07/22)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=2389

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45) How Could Anyone Vote for These Democrats?
Source: Town Hall
by Derek Hunter

"I don't get it, I don't. I do not understand how it is anyone could vote for these Democrats. I get it, some people are liberals and love the idea of an intrusive government 'doing things' for people, but that's not what we have. At least not exclusively. What we have with modern Democrats is an insane group of people hell-bent on subjugating the population to their will. That might sound dramatic, but it's true. These people are crazy. We are on the cusp of an economic disaster ... and aggressive enemies who are inching closer to viewing now as the time to test our military's ability and our nation's will. And Democrats are promising to 'codify Roe v. Wade into law.' I get it, the country can walk and chew gum at the same time. But Democrats aren't chewing, they're just walking ... away from their responsibilities. " (11/07/22)

https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2022/11/07/all-politics-is-loco-n2615544

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46) The Invisible Life of Migrants
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Citizen Ilya

"After becoming a migrant in Europe, I've seen all kinds of people that the dominant culture and the state are blind to. These people are unwelcomed by a society that uses them only for dirty jobs. And I'm talking about the migrants and refugees in Europe who live to survive. They are the most endangered group of people that will be invisible even after death. Many of them crossed the borders with the threat of being shot. Many rely on small migrant communities while an entire society keeps treating them as non-existent objects. Many work from sunrise to sunset to earn a living wage or less than that." (11/07/22)

https://c4ss.org/content/57569

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47) First Strike: The US and the World's Most Dangerous Nuclear Policy
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ted Snider

"On October 27, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would not use nuclear weapons; on the same day, US President Joe Biden said he would. Two days earlier, at talks being held between the US, Japan and South Korea, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman explained that the "ironclad" US commitment to defending Japan and South Korea meant that the US 'will use the full range of U.S. defense capabilities to defend our allies, including nuclear, conventional and missile defense capabilities.' That line is striking and dangerous. It means that the US first strike policy would be triggered, not only by an attack on the US, but by an attack on US allies: and not just its NATO allies." (11/07/22)

https://original.antiwar.com/ted_snider/2022/11/06/irst-strike-the-us-and-the-worlds-most-dangerous-nuclear-policy/

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48) The False Promise of Universal National Service
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

"National service is a bad idea. To start, the 13th Amendment bans 'involuntary servitude.' The Supreme Court sustained military conscription during a war declared by Congress, but there is no similar justification for a civilian draft in peacetime. Nor is there a good policy argument for such a program, especially on a national scale. Political elites possess no unique abilities to diagnose and remedy the failings of the young. Indeed, it would be obscene to exempt the former, who are most responsible for the bitter political divisions in the nation's capital, from serving. Equally important, national service would fail in practice." (11/07/22)

https://www.cato.org/commentary/false-promise-universal-national-service

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49) How to Survive Us
Source: TomDispatch
by Frida Berrigan

"When I was growing up, there was a parody of an old-fashioned public announcement tacked to the wall of our kitchen that I vividly remember. It had step-by-step instructions for what to do 'in case of a nuclear bomb attack.' Step 6 was 'bend over and place your head firmly between your legs;' step 7, 'kiss your ass goodbye.' That shouldn't be surprising, since my parents, Philip Berrigan and Elizabeth McAlister, once-upon-a-time priest and nun, were well-known antinuclear activists. I was too young to be a part of the 'duck-and-cover generation' who, at school, practiced hiding from a nuclear attack beneath their desks or heading for local bomb shelters in the basements of churches and town halls. Born in 1974, I think of myself as a member of The Day After generation, who were instructed to watch that remarkably popular made-for-TV movie in 1983 and report on our observations and feelings." (11/07/22)

https://tomdispatch.com/how-to-survive-us

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50) The US Should Support the Ukrainian Grain Deal
Source: The American Conservative
by Matthew Mai & Alex Little

"On October 29, Russia announced the indefinite suspension of its Black Sea Grain Initiative, an agreement that allows agricultural shipments to leave Ukrainian ports. The Russian government called this a retaliatory measure after blaming Ukraine for an attack on the port of Sevastopol .... Although Moscow returned to the grain deal on November 2 after receiving security assurances from the Ukrainian government that shipments would not be used for 'military operations against the Russian Federation,' the agreement could collapse if the parties choose not to renew it later this month. The United States did not invest any diplomatic capital to mediate the grain deal, leaving that to Turkey and the United Nations (UN). But the agreement stands as a rare example of effective cooperation between Moscow and Kiev to alleviate the stress on international agriculture markets that has hit the Global South hardest." (11/07/22)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/the-u-s-should-support-the-ukrainian-grain-deal/

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51) Reason Roundtable, 11/07/22
Source: Reason

""This is what democracy looks like. And it kinda sucks." (11/07/22)

https://reason.com/podcast/2022/11/07/this-is-what-democracy-looks-like-and-it-kinda-sucks/

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52) EconTalk, 11/07/22
Source: EconTalk

"Jessica Todd Harper on Beauty, Family, and Photography." (11/07/22)

https://www.econtalk.org/jessica-todd-harper-on-beauty-family-and-photography/

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53) Finding Freedom, episode 358
Source: Lions of Liberty

"The Uncommunist Manifesto with Aleks Svetski and Mark Moss." (11/07/22)

https://www.lionsofliberty.com/episodes/the-uncommunist-manifesto-with-aleks-svetski-and-mark-moss

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54) Commentary Podcast, 11/07/22
Source: Reason

"The Kornacki Factor." (11/07/22)

https://www.commentary.org/john-podhoretz/the-kornacki-factor/

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55) The Nuclear Threat
Source: Reason

"Antiwar.com's Scott Horton and former Army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis warn about the grave danger of escalating the war in Ukraine." (11/07/22)

https://reason.com/video/2022/11/07/the-nuclear-threat/

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56) Antiwar News with Dave DeCamp, 11/07/22
Source: Antiwar.com

"US Nuclear Forces Chief: 'The Big One Is Coming,' Sullivan Spoke With Russian Officials, and More." (11/07/22)

https://rumble.com/v1s3zkf-us-nuclear-forces-chief-the-big-one-is-coming-sullivan-spoke-with-russian-o.html

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57) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 11/07/22
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

"US Greenlights Missiles To Finland ... What Could Go Wrong?" (11/07/22)

https://rumble.com/v1sb2zi-us-greenlights-missiles-to-finland...what-could-go-wrong.html

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58) Rising, 11/07/22
Source: The Hill

"Batya Ungar-Sargon and Robby Soave react to reporting that Former President Donald Trump may be launching his 2024 campaign on November 14th." (11/07/22)

https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/3722992-rising-november-7-2022/

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59) The Bryan Hyde Show, 11/07/22
Source: The Bryan Hyde Show

"This is going to raise some hackles, but the U.S. military has fallen short of its recruitment goals by nearly 25%. With global conflict looming, Lloyd Billingsley asks, is anyone else feeling a draft?" (11/07/22)

https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-andwa-1308a06

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60) Conflicts of Interest, episode 346
Source: Libertarian Institute

"The US Is Ramping Up for the Long War in Ukraine." (11/06/22)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/kyle/coi-346-the-us-is-ramping-up-for-the-long-war-in-ukraine

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