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1)  Rhodes convicted of seditious conspiracy in Capitol riot case
2)  NATO restates pledge to make Ukraine a member regime
3)  US Senate passes Full Faith and Credit "effects thereof" provisions for same-sex marriage
4)  Chinese astronauts ascend "Celestial Palace" in historic space mission
5)  Musk says files on "free speech suppression" will be published on Twitter
6)  SCOTUS defends Alito after leak allegation
7)  Singapore: Regime Repeals Gay Sex Ban but Limits Prospect of Ending Marriage Apartheid
8)  Woman believed to be 1971 kidnap victim reunites with family
9)  Crypto exchange Bitfront shuts down
10) France: Teen seeks justice after policeman beats, urinates on him
11) CA: University of California reaches tentative agreement with striking postdocs, academic researchers
12) Rail strike threat recedes as Congress prepares to impose unpopular contract on unions
13) "Gaslighting" isn't REALLY Merriam-Webster's word of the year. You're just imagining things.
14) Palestine: Israeli occupation troops murder three
15) FL: Warren makes case against suspension in Day One of trial against DeSantis
16) GA: Record 301k early votes cast in one day in runoff for US Senate
17) Iran: General acknowledges more than 300 have been murdered by regime thugs in protests
18) Poland: Prominent judge reinstated amid standoff with EU
19) Canary Islands: Stowaways found on ship's rudder after surviving 11-day trip from Nigeria
20) MI: Gun owners stop home invasion

Today's Freedom Commentary:

21) Fearing Leviathans With Feet of Clay
22) Gridlock Just Ain't What it Used to be
23) Chinese protests: Not about COVID, they're about dictatorship
24) Ranked Choice Voting Is Working in Alaska
25) Biden's hypocrisy on unions: Everyone else pays but him
26) The Perpetually Irrational Ukraine Debate
27) No Retaliatory Tariffs
28) How Taiwan differs from China after pandemic missteps
29) Another Immigration-Control Horror Story
30) Chipping Away at Corporate Welfare
31) Private Equity Is a Parasite Consuming the US Health System
32) Musk is right to throw open the doors of Twitter jail
33) China Keeps Aggressively Surrounding Itself With US Bases
34) The Perversions of Political Punditry
35) Revisiting the Logic of Court Packing
36) Federally Funded Racism
37) Elon Musk triggers liberals [sic], sends them into wartime footing over free speech [sic]
38) How Whiskey and Chew Toys Dragged the Supreme Court Into a First Amendment Fracas
39) Who Pays Wealth Tax: The Rich Or The Poor?
40) How long can Algeria's neutrality in the Ukraine war last?
41) US Rail Workers Are Poised to Begin a National Strike Next Week
42) Nick Fuentes and the Illiberal Right Are America's Homegrown Jihadists
43) Failed Coup: Is the US Ready to Abandon Guaido and Reintegrate Venezuela into the Global Community?
44) What will it take for Trump supporters to recognize they're following a clown?
45) Biden Again Wants to Ban Semi-Automatic Guns; When Will Fact-Checkers Apologize?
46) Quantum Vibe, 11/28/22
47) How California Is Burning a $100 Billion Surplus
48) The Authoritarian Right Is Regrouping
49) The Continued Survival of Louis DeJoy
50) Erasing history

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52) Rising, 11/29/22
53) Power Problems, 11/29/22
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56) The Bryan Hyde Show, 11/29/22
57) SolutionsWatch, 11/29/22
58) Sam Bankman-Fried: Trust Is Everything
59) FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast, 11/28/22
60) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 432

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1)  Rhodes convicted of seditious conspiracy in Capitol riot case
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the far-right Oath Keepers, has been found guilty of seditious conspiracy and other offenses in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. A federal jury in Washington, D.C., also convicted Rhodes of obstructing an official proceeding and tampering with documents. He was acquitted of two other conspiracy counts. Rhodes did not enter the Capitol during the riot, but instead stood outside like a 'battlefield general' surveying his troops, a prosecutor said. All five defendants on trial in this case were charged with seditious conspiracy but only one in addition to Rhodes, Kelly Meggs, was found guilty. The three other defendants -- Jessica Watkins, Kenneth Harrelson and Thomas Caldwell -- were acquitted on that central charge. But all of the defendants were found guilty of obstructing an official proceeding as well as a mix of other charges." (11/29/22)

https://www.npr.org/2022/11/29/1139454126/oath-keepers-stewart-rhodes-seditious-conspiracy-verdict-trial

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2)  NATO restates pledge to make Ukraine a member regime
Source: Financial Times [UK]

"Nato has doubled down on a promise to make Ukraine a member of the western military alliance, while vowing to step up support to Kyiv and help rebuild its energy infrastructure destroyed by Russian attacks. Accusing Russian president Vladimir Putin of aiming to 'freeze Ukraine into submission' by targeting its power and heating networks as winter sets in, Nato committed to keep providing support to help Kyiv defend itself and rebuild civilian infrastructure. Foreign ministers from the alliance who met in Bucharest, the Romanian capital where Nato leaders first pledged in 2008 that Ukraine and Georgia would eventually become members of the alliance, said on Tuesday that they 'firmly stand behind our commitment' to both countries despite Russia's military aggression." (11/29/22)

https://www.ft.com/content/0bc9f0ae-95da-4add-8992-36c482db159a

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3)  US Senate passes Full Faith and Credit "effects thereof" provisions for same-sex marriage
Source: USA Today

"The Senate took an historic step Tuesday, passing legislation that would enshrine same-sex marriage rights into law and grant gay unions federal protection. The vote to pass the Respect for Marriage Act was bipartisan -- 61 to 36 -- with a significant bloc of Republicans joining every Democrat in approving the landmark bill. It now heads to the House where it's expected to pass as early as next week. ... Senators approved the bill in response to concerns the Supreme Court -- with a 6-3 conservative [sic] majority -- would reverse its 2015 decision recognizing the legitimacy of gay marriage just as it overturned in June the Roe v. Wade decision protecting abortion access." (11/29/22)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/11/29/gay-marriage-rights-senate-vote-expected-respect-marriage-act/10791064002/

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4)  Chinese astronauts ascend "Celestial Palace" in historic space mission
Source: Reuters

"China sent a spacecraft carrying three astronauts to its space station for the first in-orbit crew rotation in Chinese space history, launching operation of the second inhabited outpost in low-Earth orbit after the NASA-led International Space Station. The spacecraft Shenzhou-15, or 'Divine Vessel,' and its three passengers lifted off atop a Long March-2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre at 11:08 p.m. (1508 GMT) on Tuesday amid sub-freezing temperatures in the Gobi Desert in northwest China, according to state television. ... The trio will take over from the Shenzhou-14 crew who arrived in early June. The previous crew members are expected to return to Earth in early December after a one-week handover that will also establish the station's ability to temporarily sustain six astronauts, another record for China's space programme." (11/29/22)

https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/china-launches-crewed-spacecraft-chinese-space-station-state-television-2022-11-29/

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5)  Musk says files on "free speech suppression" will be published on Twitter
Source: The Hill

"Elon Musk said 'files on free speech suppression' will soon be published on Twitter as he pushes for less content moderation on the platform. Musk announced the plan in a tweet on Monday, saying 'The public deserves to know what really happened.' 'This is a battle for the future of civilization. If free speech is lost even in America, tyranny is all that lies ahead,' he said in another tweet later on Monday. The Twitter and SpaceX CEO's announcement comes as he has restored multiple high-profile accounts that were suspended for violating the platform's policies and pushed back against accounts being suspended in many cases. ... Musk also said last week that the platform would grant a 'general amnesty' to suspended Twitter accounts as long as they have not broken the law or engaged in 'egregious spam.'" (11/29/22)

https://thehill.com/policy/technology/3755038-musk-says-files-on-free-speech-suppression-will-be-published-on-twitter/

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6)  SCOTUS defends Alito after leak allegation
Source: Axios

"The Supreme Court in a letter Monday defended Justice Samuel Alito regarding the alleged leak of a 2014 Supreme Court ruling in a landmark religious liberty case. Rev. Rob Schenck, a former anti-abortion leader, previously told the New York Times that he learned of court's 2014 decision on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby weeks in advance, prompting a review from the Senate Judiciary Committee. ... Alito has said that any suggestion that he or his wife disclosed the 2014 ruling early to anyone was 'false.' ... [Ethan Torrey, legal counsel to the court, wrote to US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and US Representative Hank Johnson (D-GA)] 'There is nothing to suggest that Justice Alito's actions violated ethics standards.'" (11/29/22)

https://www.axios.com/2022/11/29/supreme-court-alito-ethics-2014-leak

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7)  Singapore: Regime Repeals Gay Sex Ban but Limits Prospect of Ending Marriage Apartheid
Source: US News & World Report

"Singapore's parliament on Tuesday decriminalised sex between men, but, in a blow to the LGBT community, also amended the constitution to prevent court challenges that in other countries have led to the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The moves come as other parts of Asia, including Taiwan, Thailand and India are recognising more rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Activists cheered the repeal, but said the amendment to the constitution is disappointing because it means citizens will not be able to mount legal challenges to issues like the definition of marriage, family, and related policies since these will only be decided by the executive and legislature." (11/29/22)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-11-29/singapore-repeals-gay-sex-ban-but-limits-prospect-of-legalising-same-sex-marriage

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8)  Woman believed to be 1971 kidnap victim reunites with family
Source: The Hill

"A woman who family members believe was the toddler who was kidnapped by a babysitter 51 years ago has been reunited with her family in Fort Worth, in a meeting filled with long-overdue hugs and joyful tears. Melissa Highsmith was 22 months old when she was abducted by a purported babysitter in 1971. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that she lived in Fort Worth most of her life as Melanie Brown and didn't know she was kidnapped until her biological father, Jeffrie Highsmith, submitted DNA to 23andMe and learned that he was a match to Brown's children. The family said in a news release that they worked with an amateur genealogist to help interpret the DNA results and mine public records to find Melissa, who reunited with her parents and two of her siblings this weekend." (11/29/22)

https://thehill.com/homenews/ap/ap-u-s-news/ap-woman-believed-to-be-1971-kidnap-victim-reunites-with-family/

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9)  Crypto exchange Bitfront shuts down
Source: Reuters

"Bitfront, a U.S. crypto exchange backed by Japanese social media firm Line Corp, said it has suspended new sign-ups and credit card payments and will cease operations in a few months despite efforts to overcome challenges in the rapidly evolving industry. 'However, despite our efforts ... we have regretfully determined that we need to shut down BITFRONT in order to continue growing the LINE blockchain ecosystem and LINK token economy,' the California-based company said in a statement on its website on Sunday. Bitfront said the move is unrelated to recent issues among certain crypto exchanges that have been accused of 'misconduct.'" (11/29/22)

https://www.reuters.com/technology/crypto-exchange-bitfront-shuts-down-2022-11-29/

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10) France: Teen seeks justice after policeman beats, urinates on him
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

"Policeman to face trial after security camera footage shows him abuse a 14-year-old boy in Paris during last year's coronavirus lockdown." (11/29/22)

https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2022/11/29/french-teen-seeks-justice-after-policeman-beats-urinates-on-him

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11) CA: University of California reaches tentative agreement with striking postdocs, academic researchers
Source: CBS Bay Area

"Following a contract dispute that sent the workers to the picket lines, postdoctoral scholars and academic researchers at the University of California reached a tentative agreement with university officials, according to a statement Tuesday by the union representing the workers. Scholars and researchers have been striking for 15 days and will remain on strike until the agreement is final and in sympathy with student researchers and employees who are also seeking an agreement. Postdoctoral scholars and academic researchers reached an agreement on key issues such as wage increases, officials with the union UAW Local 5810 said. The increases will reflect the cost of living. ... UC officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the tentative agreement or to confirm they have not responded to the student researchers and employees." (11/29/22)

https://www.cbsnews.com/sanfrancisco/news/university-of-california-reaches-tentative-agreement-with-postdocs-academic-researchers/

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12) Rail strike threat recedes as Congress prepares to impose unpopular contract on unions
Source: CNN

"The threat of a freight railroad strike that had been building in recent weeks receded quickly after President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders in Congress agreed late Monday to support legislation that would block a walk-out by more than 100,000 union members set for the end of next week. The move relieved business groups, which had been growing increasingly concerned about the threat posed by 30% of the nation's freight movements grinding to a halt. More than 400 business groups had joined to plead with Congressional leaders on Monday for quick action. ... Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi both said that Congress should impose the terms of the tentative contract rejected by four of the 12 rail unions." [editor's note: Nice law you got there. Be a shame if everyone called in sick ... – TLK] (11/29/22)

https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/29/business/rail-strike-threat-recedes/index.html

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13) "Gaslighting" isn't REALLY Merriam-Webster's word of the year. You're just imagining things.
Source: Albuquerque Journal

"'Gaslighting' -- behavior that's mind manipulating, grossly misleading, downright deceitful -- is Merriam-Webster's word of the year. Lookups for the word on merriam-webster.com increased 1,740% in 2022 over the year before. ... Merriam-Webster's top definition for gaslighting is the psychological manipulation of a person, usually over an extended period of time, that 'causes the victim to question the validity of their own thoughts, perception of reality, or memories and typically leads to confusion, loss of confidence and self-esteem, uncertainty of one's emotional or mental stability, and a dependency on the perpetrator.'" (11/29/22)

https://www.abqjournal.com/2553866/gaslighting-is-merriam-websters-word-of-the-year-for-2022-3.html

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14) Palestine: Israeli occupation troops murder three
Source: CBS News

"Three Palestinian men were killed by Israeli fire during separate incidents in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said Tuesday. They were the latest deadly incidents in a mounting surge of Israeli-Palestinian violence and soaring tensions, less than a week after a bombing in Jerusalem killed two Israelis. The official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that clashes erupted between Israeli forces and residents north of the city of Hebron in the West Bank. The Israeli military said soldiers shot at Palestinians who hurled rocks and improvised explosive devices at the forces operating in the town. The army said the Palestinians also shot at the troops, and two army vehicles got stuck due to mechanical issues." (11/29/22)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/palestinians-say-3-people-killed-by-israel-fire-in-west-bank/

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15) FL: Warren makes case against suspension in Day One of trial against DeSantis
Source: Florida Politics

"Suspended Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren took the stand Tuesday as a federal court seeks to answer whether Gov. Ron DeSantis had the right to suspend Warren after the rising Democrat signed a pledge against prosecuting abortion-related cases. The trial, which began Tuesday, comes after Warren accused DeSantis of violating his right to free speech. Warren has also argued the suspension 'suspended democracy' and overturned the will of Hillsborough County voters, who have elected and re-elected him as State Attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit. ... DeSantis and his lawyers have argued that pledge, and another against prosecuting doctors who provide gender-affirming care to minors, constitute a 'neglect of duty' and 'incompetence,' two reasons a Governor can suspend a local elected official under the state constitution." (11/29/22)

https://floridapolitics.com/archives/573272-andrew-warren-makes-case-against-suspension-in-day-one-of-trial-against-gov-desantis/

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16) GA: Record 301k early votes cast in one day in runoff for US Senate
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Georgia voters set a single-day early turnout record Monday as 301,500 people stormed to the polls on the first day they were open in most counties ahead of the U.S. Senate runoff. Turnout was even higher in the runoff Monday than it was during presidential elections, surpassing the previous high of 253,000 early voters on the Friday before Election Day in 2016. With just one week of statewide early voting before the runoff, many voters went to polling places at once, compressing turnout into a few days. Early voting is normally more spread over three weeks during non-runoff elections." (11/29/22)

https://www.ajc.com/politics/single-day-early-voting-record-set-in-georgia-before-us-senate-runoff/EE2BZAA4CFHHTL6TSWU6L7LTZI/

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17) Iran: General acknowledges more than 300 have been murdered by regime thugs in protests
Source: CBS News

"Iran has for the first time reported that more than 300 people have died in over two months of protests sparked by the [murder] of Mahsa Amini in police custody. The Islamic republic has deployed state security forces against what it labels 'riots' that broke out after the 22-year-old died on September 16, three days after her arrest for allegedly breaching Iran's dress code for women. 'Everyone in the country has been affected by the death of this lady,' said Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a video published by the Mehr news agency. 'I don't have the latest figures, but I think we have had perhaps more than 300 martyrs and people killed' .... Thousands of Iranians and around 40 foreigners have been arrested and more than 2,000 people have been charged, according to judicial authorities." (11/29/22)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iran-protests-over-300-people-dead-general-says-after-mahsa-amini-death/

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18) Poland: Prominent judge reinstated amid standoff with EU
Source: ABC News

"Poland's Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a judge who was suspended for two years and became a symbol of the struggle for independent courts under the country's populist [sic] government. The reinstatement of Judge Igor Tuleya was welcomed by many judges and other advocates of judicial independence. Tuleya said he was not guilty of a crime which state prosecutors had accused him of. Prosecutors have still not dropped their case against Tuleya. It was brought because he admitted journalists to his announcement of a ruling in 2017 that was a matter of keen interest to the government and the public. However, it was not immediately clear if his reinstatement would be enough to end a standoff between the Warsaw government and the European Union, which has blocked billions of euros (dollars) of aid to Poland over what it views as the government's erosion of judicial independence." (11/29/22)

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/prominent-polish-judge-reinstated-amid-standoff-eu-94138259

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19) Canary Islands: Stowaways found on ship's rudder after surviving 11-day trip from Nigeria
Source: New York Post

"Three stowaways were captured sitting on the giant rudder of an oil tanker after they survived a remarkable 11-day voyage from Nigeria to the Canary Islands. The Spanish coast guard posted a dramatic photo of the three men precariously perched atop the rudder of the Maltese-flagged Alithini II as it arrived in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, on Monday. Their feet are seen dangling just inches above the water behind the massive hull. The ship -- which left Lagos, Nigeria, on Nov. 17 -- covered some 2,000 miles during the 11-day journey to the Spanish territory off northwest Africa, according to tracking website Marine Traffic. They were treated for dehydration and hypothermia after their perilous trip, officials said." (11/29/22)

https://nypost.com/2022/11/29/stowaways-found-on-ships-rudder-on-trip-to-canary-islands/

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20) MI: Gun owners stop home invasion
Source: ABC 12 News

"Police say a woman and her two children are safe after two witnesses sprang into action when they saw an allegedly intoxicated man break into a house in St. Charles. The Saginaw County Sheriff's Office received multiple reports of the 32-year-old man from St. Charles jumping on a car and yelling around 7:30 a.m. Friday at a residence on Sanderson Street. While police were responding, the bystanders reported that the man got inside the residence, where a 41-year-old woman and her children ages 13 and 9 were staying. The witnesses, who are concealed pistol license carriers, went inside the house around 7:50 a.m. and subdued the suspect until deputies from the sheriff's office arrived about two minutes later." (11/28/22)

https://www.abc12.com/news/crime/police-licensed-gun-owners-stop-home-invasion-in-st-charles/article_b2941e7e-6f59-11ed-9ebe-37e9c7ec8e72.html

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21) Fearing Leviathans With Feet of Clay
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

"Foreign tyrants are leviathans with feet of clay, and our own government should not limit our liberties in order to supposedly protect us against them. This reflection is supported by a revelation of this morning's Financial Times: Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba and Ant, has apparently more or less fled China to avoid both Covid lockdowns and his government's crackdown on high-tech companies .... It is strange that after the post-WW2 scare that the Soviet model inspired, so many people now fear the economic domination of China. It is even more strange that so many now think that the US government should strive to imitate the economic policies of these failed regimes." (11/29/22)

https://www.econlib.org/fearing-leviathans-with-feet-of-clay/

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22) Gridlock Just Ain't What it Used to be
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"Once upon a time, and not that long ago, Congress at least occasionally fought real battles, over real issues, with winners and losers. Legislation passed or it didn't. The Current Thing got done, or it got thrown into the dustbin (until after the next election, anyway). These days, ideas that can't pass as stand-alone bills get slipped into 'must-pass' omnibus bills." (11/29/22)

https://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/17263

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23) Chinese protests: Not about COVID, they're about dictatorship
Source: New York Post
by Miles Yu

"At a protest rally in Beijing this week, a Chinese Communist Party official warned the gathering protestors not to be misguided by 'foreign influence.' An angry protestor quipped back from the crowd, 'by foreign influence do you mean Marx and Engels?' Last Thursday, a street protestor in the hinterland metropolis Chongqing eloquently addressed a cheering crowd, 'there is only one type of disease in the world -- lack of freedom and poverty. We have it both in China!' After he quoted Patrick Henry 'Give me liberty or give me death!' repeatedly, the police tried to arrest him, only to be repulsed by an angry crowd who promptly overwhelmed the fully armed police and rescued the protestor. This is the source of both the Chinese regime's draconian conduct and the protests that erupted this past weekend. Neither is really about COVID. It's about the battle between communism and freedom." (11/28/22)

https://nypost.com/2022/11/28/chinese-protests-arent-about-covid-theyre-about-a-dictatorship/

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24) Ranked Choice Voting Is Working in Alaska
Source: The Dispatch
by Matthew Germer

"After weeks of collecting ballots from across the Last Frontier, Alaska is set to send Republican Lisa Murkowski and Democrat Mary Peltola back to Congress. This November marked the first general election using Alaska's 'top four' format, and it's already making good on its promise to create a healthier political culture. Candidates on both sides recognized the need to look beyond their base for support, and the winners for federal office succeeded by mobilizing the broadest coalitions." (11/29/22)

https://thedispatch.com/article/ranked-choice-voting-is-working-in-alaska/

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25) Biden's hypocrisy on unions: Everyone else pays but him
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

"'I intend to be the most  pro-union president leading the most pro- union administration in American history,' President Biden promised last year. At least until a rail strike threatened his poll numbers. Biden is hammering Congress to enact legislation to effectively outlaw a strike next week by 100,000 railroad freight workers. Unions are threatening a work stoppage to compel railroad owners to provide sick leave. Biden declared in April, 'Workers who join a union gain power -- the power over decisions that affect their lives.' But not as much power as the president has over them. Liberal activists are stunned at Biden's apparent betrayal of rank-and-file workers. But the Democrats' posturing is no surprise." (11/29/22)

https://jimbovard.com/blog/2022/11/29/new-york-post-pro-union-biden-trounces-railway-worker-unions/

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26) The Perpetually Irrational Ukraine Debate
Source: Foreign Policy
by Stephen M Walt

"Because war is uncertain and reliable information is sparse, no one knows how the war in Ukraine will play out. Nor can any of us be completely certain what the optimal course of action is. We all have our own theories, hunches, beliefs, and hopes, but nobody's crystal ball is 100 percent reliable in the middle of a war. You might think that this situation would encourage observers to approach the whole issue with a certain humility and give alternative perspectives a fair hearing even when they disagree with one's own. Instead, debates about responsibility for the war and the proper course of action to follow have been unusually nasty and intolerant, even by modern standards of social media vituperation. I've been trying to figure out why this is the case." (11/29/22)

https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/11/29/the-perpetually-irrational-ukraine-debate/

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27) No Retaliatory Tariffs
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

"About my recent Wall Street Journal letter opposing protectionism, you ask if I 'make an exception for government to raise tariffs to respond when another country artificially restricts its imports from us.' No. I make no such exception .... Three conditions would simultaneously have to hold in order for me even to consider endorsing the occasional retaliatory tariff. These three conditions are (1) government officials are apolitical angels; (2) government officials possess reliable knowledge of just when retaliatory tariffs would 'work' and when these tariffs would instead be interpreted by foreign governments as belligerent shots fired in a trade war; and (3) the popular mind finally breaks free of the ages-old fallacy that we import in order to export (rather than, as is in fact the case, we export in order to import)." (11/29/22)

https://cafehayek.com/2022/11/no-retaliatory-tariffs.html

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28) How Taiwan differs from China after pandemic missteps
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by staff

"Last weekend, when protesters across China called on Communist Party leader Xi Jinping to step down over his strict 'zero-COVID' policies, just 100 miles away in Taiwan, the leader of the island nation's ruling party did just that. On Saturday evening, President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as head of the Democratic Progressive Party following the party's major defeat in local elections. 'We humbly accept ... the decision of the people of Taiwan,' Ms. Tsai wrote on Facebook. She'll remain president until the end of her second term in 2024. In a 2020 national election, she won by a landslide. One key reason for the party's defeat in the city and county races was Ms. Tsai's fumbled response to a surge in COVID-19 cases earlier this year. ... In China, the official response to public anger over COVID-19 policies -- especially citywide lockdowns -- has been a severe police crackdown." (11/29/22)

https://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/the-monitors-view/2022/1129/How-Taiwan-differs-from-China-after-pandemic-missteps

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29) Another Immigration-Control Horror Story
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"If you're in the mood for another immigration-control horror story, an article in yesterday'a New York Times provides it. The title of the article tells what it's about: 'Antiwar Activists Who Flee Russia Find Detention, Not Freedom, in the U.S.' The article details how Russian citizens who have fled Russia in opposition to Vladimir Putin's war on Ukraine, and then made their way to the United States, are being treated, under America's immigration-control system, as horse dung." (11/29/22)

https://www.fff.org/2022/11/29/another-immigration-control-horror-story/

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30) Chipping Away at Corporate Welfare
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Robert E Wright & April Liu

"On August 9, 2022, President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law, stating that it would make 'historic investments that poise U.S. workers, communities, and businesses to win the race for the 21st century.' Instead of subsidizing chip production, however, the Biden administration should increase economic freedom and thereby improve the comparative advantage of American businesses in all sorts of manufacturing. Moreover, increasing economic freedom is more socially just than taxing the poor to subsidize the rich." (11/29/22)

https://www.aier.org/article/chipping-away-at-corporate-welfare/

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31) Private Equity Is a Parasite Consuming the US Health System
Source: Common Dreams
by F Douglas Stephenson

"Private equity has succeeded in depicting itself as part of the productive economy of health care services. even as it is increasingly being recognized as being parasitic. The essence of this toxic parasitism is not only to drain the host's nourishment, but also to dull the host's brain so that it often does not even recognize that the parasite is there. This is the illusion that health care services in the United States suffer under today. Parasitic private equity is consuming US health care from the inside out, weakening its structure and strength and enriching investors at the expense of patient care and patients. Incremental health reforms have failed. It's time to move past political barriers to achieve consensus on real reform, says J.E. McDonough, Professor of Practice at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health." (11/29/22)

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/11/29/private-equity-parasite-consuming-us-health-system

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32) Musk is right to throw open the doors of Twitter jail
Source: spiked
by Lauren Smith

"Elon Musk has promised to throw open the doors of Twitter jail and reinstate a large number of suspended accounts. ... Ever since Musk completed his Twitter takeover, the blue-check class has been losing its collective mind. These people are clearly terrified by Musk's promise to 'free the bird' and make Twitter a haven for free speech. For someone who is not terminally online, this entire controversy might seem irrelevant. After all, Twitter is not real life. But the elites' response to Musk giving a platform to people who have said offensive but nonetheless legal things is significant. It illustrates their antagonism towards free speech and their wider disdain for the public." (11/29/22)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/11/29/musk-is-right-to-throw-open-the-doors-of-twitter-jail/

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33) China Keeps Aggressively Surrounding Itself With US Bases
Source: Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist
by Caitlin Johnstone

"It still amazes me how many people who fancy themselves anti-establishment critical thinkers will spend all day mindlessly regurgitating mainstream media lines about China. I cannot emphasize enough how little respect I have for anyone who parrots US empire narratives about China and how completely dismissive I am of all their attempts to explain to me that it's actually right and good to do this. Literally all of our major problems are because of the people who rule over us; if you're buying into the narrative that who we should really be mad at right now is a government on the other side of the planet with no power over us, you're a fucking loser. You're a bootlicking empire simp. You're worthless, bleating human livestock. ... Why does China keep aggressively surrounding itself with US military bases?" (11/29/22)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2022/11/29/china-keeps-aggressively-surrounding-itself-with-us-bases-notes-from-the-edge-of-the-narrative-matrix/

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34) The Perversions of Political Punditry
Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

"A study of political pundits appearing on US television discovered that they are more likely to be invited back by the TV station if they are wrong in their predictions than if they are right. One reason why the erroneous commentator is re-invited is because they are categorical in their opinions. They do not see the arrows pointing confusingly in different directions, something that real experts are all-too-prone to do. Another cause is that these same experts may express opinions that deviate radically from conventional media wisdom to the horror of TV interviewers and discussion hosts. I suspect that it is the triumph of the 'pundit class' on US television which makes so much of it boring and uninformative." (11/29/22)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2022/11/29/the-perversions-of-political-punditry/

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35) Revisiting the Logic of Court Packing
Source: Law & Liberty
by John O McGinnis

"Court packing has been much in the news of late. In the 2020 presidential election, candidates like Elizabeth Warren openly favored adding justices to the current Supreme Court. Early in his administration, President Biden established a commission on Supreme Court reform, and one of the proposals it analyzed at length was a statute to expand the size of the Supreme Court. While such a proposal has no chance of becoming law in the next Congress with a Republican House, the idea of court packing will not die any time soon. ... Given that the dynamics of our politics will continue to make court packing salient, Laura Kalman's FDR's Gambit: The Court Packing Fight and the Rise of Legal Liberalism is superbly timed." (11/29/22)

https://lawliberty.org/book-review/revisiting-the-logic-of-court-packing/

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36) Federally Funded Racism
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Can one cosponsor a racially discriminatory program without having any idea of its nature, even if this is implied by the program's very name? The University of Oklahoma and other universities are cosponsors of the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, a program funded by the National Science Foundation that requires beneficiaries be members of certain minority groups: 'African American, Hispanic, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.' ... Because of the program's discriminatory criteria, the group Do No Harm has filed civil rights complaints against a dozen Oklahoma universities. Its leader, Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, points out that the terms of the federally funded program 'specifically exclude white students, students from middle eastern countries, and Asian students. ... [B]ut it is illegal to engage in such discrimination based on race.'" (11/29/22)

https://thisiscommonsense.org/2022/11/29/federally-funded-racism/

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37) Elon Musk triggers liberals [sic], sends them into wartime footing over free speech [sic]
Source: Fox News Forum
by Jonathan Turley

"Washington this week is in full wartime footing. No, it's not over the Russian invasion of Ukraine or North Korean missiles or even Chinese expansionism. It is about Twitter and the threat of Elon Musk to restore free speech protections [sic] to social media. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has emerged as the bellicose general rallying others to the 'censor [sic] or die' pressure campaign against Twitter. The problem is that citizens are flocking to Twitter and signing up in record numbers. They want more, not less, free speech [sic]. The over two million new sign-ups per day represent a 66% increase over the same period last year, according to figures released by Musk." (11/29/22)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/elon-musk-triggers-liberals-wartime-footing-free-speech-twitter

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38) How Whiskey and Chew Toys Dragged the Supreme Court Into a First Amendment Fracas
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

"The Supreme Court joined millions of Americans last week in taking up whiskey right before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The justices said last week that they would hear Jack Daniel's Properties, Inc. v. VIP Products LLC, a curious mix of alcohol, dog toys, trademark infringement, parody, and the First Amendment. It's a case with an undeniably amusing factual basis, but it has the potential to turn this term into a potentially major one for intellectual property, free speech, and the lines that separate them." (11/29/22)

https://newrepublic.com/article/169155/jack-daniels-supreme-court-parody

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39) Who Pays Wealth Tax: The Rich Or The Poor?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Jesus Huerta de Soto

"The Spanish government's announcement that it plans to introduce a new "solidarity tax" on the wealth of those who possess over three million euros has again brought to the fore the debate about taxes levied on wealth and capital. The issue is not merely that the announcement is highly politicized in what is already, de facto, a pre-election period, nor that it could disrupt the fiscal autonomy of Madrid, Andalusia, and Galicia. ... Neither must we focus on the possible illegality or even unconstitutionality of the tax due to its potentially confiscatory nature. ... The main argument against any tax on the stock of accumulated wealth or capital is none of those mentioned above, but the harm such a tax does to workers and, especially, the poorest, most vulnerable, and most disadvantaged among them." (11/29/22)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2022/11/who-pays-wealth-tax-the-rich-or-the-poor/

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40) How long can Algeria's neutrality in the Ukraine war last?
Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Emily Milliken & Giorgio Cafiero

"Rooted in a 1970s-era approach to global affairs based on non-alignment, Algeria's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine was unsurprising. While wanting to upset neither the Kremlin nor the West, Algeria has been neutral in this conflict. The situation in Ukraine, which dangerously escalates tensions between Russia -- Algeria's strategic partner and main arms supplier -- and the North African country's Western partners, is a major test for Algerian non-alignment on the international stage." (11/29/22)

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/11/29/how-long-can-algerias-neutrality-in-the-ukraine-war-last/

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41) US Rail Workers Are Poised to Begin a National Strike Next Week
Source: In These Times
by Jeff Schuhrke

"Despite the intervention of the Biden administration, after nearly three years of contract negotiations, workers who operate the nation's freight railroads are poised to go on a nationwide strike as early as next Friday. 'Our members, and all rail labor in general, are frustrated,' said Matt Weaver, a Toledo-based rail worker and member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division (BMWED). 'It feels like there's no respect for us.' Last week, the two largest rail unions announced a split decision on whether to approve a tentative, five-year agreement brokered ahead of a strike that was previously set to begin in September. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) narrowly ratified the agreement with 53.5% of members voting in favor, while the deal was rejected by just over 50% of train and engine service members of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers-Transportation Division (SMART-TD)." (11/29/22)

https://inthesetimes.com/article/rail-workers-strike-biden-union-labor-2

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42) Nick Fuentes and the Illiberal Right Are America's Homegrown Jihadists
Source: The Daily Beast
by Matt Lewis

"Almost 15 years ago, right-wing political commentator Dinesh D'Souza wrote a controversial book suggesting that the cultural left in America had provoked the radical Islamists who executed the 9/11 attacks. Today, similar concerns about the left are provoking a different type of radical -- a homegrown one. I spent this weekend re-reading Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning book on al Qaeda, The Looming Tower, which opens with the origin story of the influential radical Islamist Sayyid Qutb. With one eye on Qutb, and the other on news about white nationalist Nick Fuentes (who dined with Donald Trump last week), it became clear that the two revolutionaries have a lot in common -- and not just regarding their obvious shared antisemitism, either. ... Remember all those Republicans who worried that Sharia law was coming to America? Well, it turns out, they were right! Sort of." (11/29/22)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/nick-fuentes-and-the-illiberal-right-are-americas-homegrown-jihadists

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43) Failed Coup: Is the US Ready to Abandon Guaido and Reintegrate Venezuela into the Global Community?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ted Snider

"In February 2019, the election in Venezuela did not go the way the U.S. had scripted it. So, the U.S. stuck with the script and ignored the election. Though Hugo Chavez'[s] successor, Nicolas Maduro, easily won re-election to a second term, the U.S. ignored the result and recognized their choice as the legitimate leader of Venezuela. The script had been long in the works, and the performance of it was closely coordinated with Washington: Juan Guaido was the legitimate leader of Venezuela. ... It is now becoming clear that the recognition of Guaido and the isolation of Venezuela have been a failure and that both are coming to an end." (11/29/22)

https://original.antiwar.com/ted_snider/2022/11/28/failed-coup-is-the-u-s-ready-to-abandon-guaido-and-reintegrate-venezuela-into-the-global-community/

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44) What will it take for Trump supporters to recognize they're following a clown?
Source: Orange County Register
by Sal Rodriguez

"Let's say you're an American who believes that America has lost its way. That government has gotten too big, too powerful. That the Republican Party is the best vehicle for defending capitalism, limited government, traditional values, gun rights, and so on. Is Donald Trump really the best the American right can come up with to fight that fight? I'm asking. My e-mail is at the end of this thing. Let's step back again and go over some facts -- as conservative [sic] commentator Ben Shapiro said, 'Facts don't care about your feelings.'" (11/28/22)

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/28/what-will-it-take-for-trump-supporters-to-recognize-theyre-following-a-clown/

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45) Biden Again Wants to Ban Semi-Automatic Guns; When Will Fact-Checkers Apologize?
Source: Town Hall
by John R Lott, Jr.

"'The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick,' President Biden claimed on Thanksgiving Day. 'It has no socially redeeming value. Zero. None. Not a single solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers.' With mass public shootings in just the last week in Colorado and Virginia, people naturally want to do something to stop these attacks. But semi-automatic guns provide critical self-defense benefits. After each shot, a semi-automatic gun reloads itself. A single-shot gun, by contrast, requires manual reloading. This can prove a liability, especially against multiple attackers. In places where they were allowed to carry, law-abiding citizens stopped over 50% of shootings. The Virginia attack sadly took place in a gun-free zone (an employees' only section of the Walmart)." (11/29/22)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnrlottjr/2022/11/29/biden-again-wants-to-ban-semi-automatic-guns-when-will-fact-checkers-apologize-n2616454

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46) Quantum Vibe, 11/28/22
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser

Cartoon. (11/28/22)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=2393

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47) How California Is Burning a $100 Billion Surplus
Source: Independent Institute
by Craig Eyermann

"What's wrong with California's state government leaders? I know. It's a long list. Still, the politicians and bureaucrats running California's state government have outdone themselves. They managed to go from trumpeting their success in achieving a $97.5 billion surplus to digging themselves into a $25 billion deficit hole. It only took them six months." (11/28/22)

https://blog.independent.org/2022/11/28/california-burns-budget-surplus/

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48) The Authoritarian Right Is Regrouping
Source: The Atlantic
by Tom Nichols

"Events of the past few weeks in Russia, Brazil, and America show the global right in disarray. But these are not signs of defeat, as liberals might hope; they are the disorderly attempt by antidemocratic forces to stage a recovery." (11/28/22)

https://www.theatlantic.com/newsletters/archive/2022/11/the-authoritarian-right-is-regrouping/672286/

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49) The Continued Survival of Louis DeJoy
Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

"By retaining their Senate majority, Democrats no longer feel the urgency to use the lame-duck session to confirm executive branch appointments, pushing off decisions on who will fill key positions until at least next year. That means that the Biden administration will likely go through 2023 -- as they have through 2021 and 2022 -- with Louis DeJoy as postmaster general, given the current makeup of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors, the body that decides whether to fire the PMG and choose a successor. Currently, the board supports DeJoy, and if the members whose terms expire in December are allowed to stay on the board an extra year, that support will continue." (11/29/22)

https://prospect.org/politics/continued-survival-of-louis-dejoy/

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50) Erasing history
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"Recently, we here at TPOL were told that the Department of Defense will begin one of the more stupid actions dictated by the so-called 'progressives' of Congress and their co-conspirators in the GOP. 'The Defense Department has accepted recommendations from an independent commission to rename Army installations now named for Confederates and to rename streets and buildings.' ... What difference does it make if the names of heroes of many in the South and elsewhere are wiped out, along with their memorials and statues and analysis of their tactics and successes and failures? Indeed, why not go still further and outlaw and destroy any reference or object associated with that dark time in American history? Many of us suspect these kinds of things are just further down on the agenda. Who and what is to be cancelled next? For what excuses?" (11/28/22)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2022/11/28/erasing-history/

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51) Agorist Nexus Podcast, episode 130
Source: Agorist Nexus

"FTX and the centralized crypto crash." (11/29/22)

https://www.agoristnexus.com/ftx-and-the-centralized-crypto-crash-episode-130/

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52) Rising, 11/29/22
Source: The Hill

"Briahna Joy Gray and Robby Soave discuss how President Biden is calling on Congress to stop a potential rail strike ahead of a Dec. 9 deadline." (11/29/22)

https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/3754273-rising-november-29-2022/

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53) Power Problems, 11/29/22
Source: Cato Institute

"The Persistent Status Quo on North Korea." (11/29/22)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/power-problems/persistent-status-quo-north-korea

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54) Antiwar News with Dave DeCamp, 11/29/22
Source: Antiwar.com

"NYT Finally Speaks Out for Assange, Ukraine Tells NATO to Ramp Up Weapons Production, and More." (11/29/22)

https://rumble.com/v1xrp1z-nyt-finally-speaks-out-for-assange-ukraine-tells-nato-to-ramp-up-weapons-pr.html

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55) Pod Save America, 11/29/22
Source: Crooked Media

"Dine Kampf." (11/29/22)

https://stitcher.simplecastaudio.com/9aa1e238-cbed-4305-9808-c9228fc6dd4f/episodes/87c934ac-649d-4181-8638-e4b6578d8016/audio/128/default.mp3

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56) The Bryan Hyde Show, 11/29/22
Source: The Bryan Hyde Show

"Eric Peters from Eric Peters Autos joins me to talk current events and strategies for keeping our freedoms in an age of irrationality." (11/29/22)

https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-qcf6x-1327840

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57) SolutionsWatch, 11/29/22
Source: The Corbett Report

"Propaganda is only effective if we watch it. In fact, if we let it into our consciousness, then it doesn't matter how we react to it; they've already got us. Today on #SolutionsWatch, James explores the idea of eye-bouncing and how we can use it to turn our focus away from what we don't want and towards what we do." (11/29/22)

https://www.corbettreport.com/solutionswatch-eyebouncing/

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58) Sam Bankman-Fried: Trust Is Everything
Source: Reason

"Ironically, the FTX meltdown is the best illustration yet of why the world needs bitcoin." (11/28/22)

https://reason.com/video/2022/11/28/sam-bankman-fried-trust-is-everything/

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59) FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast, 11/28/22
Source: FiveThirtyEight

"Where The Georgia Runoff Stands." (11/28/22)

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/politics-podcast-where-the-georgia-runoff-stands/

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60) Cyberlaw Podcast, episode 432
Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

"Toxified Tech." (11/28/22)

https://reason.com/volokh/2022/11/28/toxified-tech/

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