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0)  Year-End Fundraiser Update
1)  China: Crowd angered by lockdowns calls for Xi to step down
2)  Equatorial Guinea: Opposition disputes Obiang's huge "election" victory
3)  Report: Data Of 500 Million WhatsApp Users Leaked, Up For Sale Online
4)  AZ: Lake seeks election records in suit against Maricopa County
5)  EU officials slam Biden regime for profiting off Ukraine war
6)  Murphy suggests cutting funds to police that refuse to unconstitutionally disarm victims
7)  Somalia: Al-Shabab rebels attack Mogadishu hotel used by regime officials
8)  Venezuela takes first step out of political stalemate
9)  SpaceX Dragon cargo ship docks at space station to deliver solar arrays, seeds and more
10) Dylan Apologizes Over Autopen Controversy: "An Error in Judgement"
11) Iraqi PM: Probe recovers part of $2.5 billion embezzled from taxes
12) Taiwan: Tsai resigns as party chief after election losses
13) Mexico: Massive Demonstration of Support for Lopez Obrador in Mexico City
14) Iran: Regime thugs abduct Khamenei's niece after she condemns "child-killing" regime
15) UK: Wellcome Collection closes "racist, sexist and ableist" Medicine Man display
16) MO: Judge rules 19-year-old can't watch state employees kill her father
17) Whole Foods under fire after announcing Maine lobster will be pulled from shelves
18) Austria: Railway workers to strike Monday in pay standoff
19) Brussels sees riots after Morocco beats Belgium at World Cup
20) Writer who accused disgraced former president of rape files new lawsuit

Today's Freedom Commentary:

21) Point Blank Protest
22) #leavingtwitter is Tiresome Performance Art
23) Hey FDA, Free the Birth Control Pill!
24) Why toxic politics thrives in an age of plenty
25) US Officials Concern Troll About World Press Freedoms While Assaulting Them
26) Lauren Boebert's near loss proves the cult of Trump is dead
27) Kherson Calling: Peace Sells ... but Who's Buying?
28) Hertz So Good
29) YouTube's Censorship Regime Takes Aim at Reality
30) When Journalists Become Speech Police
31) Subsidies Won't Fix the Energy Industry
32) No joke: Supreme Court case could take a big bite out of the First Amendment
33) The Emperor Elonicus
34) College Loans and Hazlitt's Lesson: Ignoring the Larger Picture
35) The Politics To Come
36) The tragedy of Capitalist Realism
37) How "progressive" grand plans for subsidized housing have harmed African Americans
38) A Baker's Dozen[tm] Economic Lies
39) A Revolution in Parking Is (Quietly) Spreading Across America
40) Twitter's more like traveling circus than public square
41) The Not Very Smart Elon Musk
42) Bank and Crypto Runs: F(ac)TX vs Fiction
43) The tragedy of Crimea
44) A Brief History of Individualist Anarchism
45) Just How Dumb Do Democrats Think Their Donors Are?
46) Mental Health is in Crisis. What Is the Answer?
47) The Bigger FTX Scandal is "Effective Altruism"
48) Earned Knowledge: L1, P2
49) Twitter Is Dead, Long Live Twitter
50) Symbolic but Significant: Why the Decision to Investigate Abu Akleh's Murder Is Unprecedented

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51) The Anarchist Experience, episode 399
52) This Week in Common Sense, 11/26/22
53) Nonzero, 11/25/22
54) The Tom Woods Show, episode 2243
55) Antiwar News with Dave DeCamp, 11/25/22

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1)  China: Crowd angered by lockdowns calls for Xi to step down
Source: SFGate

"Protesters angered by strict anti-virus measures called for China's powerful leader to resign, an unprecedented rebuke as authorities in at least eight cities struggled to suppress demonstrations Sunday that represent a rare direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party. Police using pepper spray drove away demonstrators in Shanghai who called for Xi Jinping to step down and an end to one-party rule, but hours later people rallied again in the same spot. Police again broke up the demonstration, and a reporter saw protesters under arrest being driven away in a bus. The protests -- which began Friday and have spread to cities including the capital, Beijing, and dozens of university campuses -- are the most widespread show of opposition to the ruling party in decades." (11/27/22)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Protests-of-strict-lockdown-hit-Shanghai-other-17613362.php

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2)  Equatorial Guinea: Opposition disputes Obiang's huge "election" victory
Source: La Prensa Latina

"Equatorial Guinea's main opposition party on Sunday criticized the results of a recent election that handed a landslide victory to Teodoro Obiang, the world's longest-serving president. The result of the November 20 election, published Saturday, gave 80-year-old Obiang 94.9% of the vote. The opposition Convergence for Social Democracy (CPDS) party has disputed the result, pointing out that the number of valid ballots was lower than the official vote share for the three candidates. 'It's not right,' a party source told Efe on the condition of anonymity. 'The fraud has been systematic,' they added in a telephone call from the capital of the oil-rich nation, Malabo. Obiang, in power since 1979, garnered 405,910 of the 411,081 votes as the candidate for the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea (PDGE), a big tent coalition." (11/27/22)

https://www.laprensalatina.com/equatorial-guinea-opposition-dispute-obiangs-huge-election-victory/

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3)  Report: Data Of 500 Million WhatsApp Users Leaked, Up For Sale Online
Source: NDTV [India]

"In one of the biggest data breaches ever, phone numbers of nearly 500 million WhatsApp users have been leaked and are up for sale. The database, up for sale on a popular hacking forum, contains the private information of WhatsApp users from 84 countries, according to a report by Cybernews. WhatsApp has denied the claims. 'The claim written on Cybernews is based on unsubstantiated screenshots. There is no evidence of a 'data leak' from WhatsApp,' said a spokesperson. The person who put up the data for sale claims that there are 32 million records of users from the US within the set. It also has numbers of millions of users from Egypt, Italy, France, the UK, Russia, and India. According to the report, the US dataset is available for $7,000, while the UK one will cost $2,500." (11/28/22)

https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/whatsapp-data-leaked-data-phone-numbers-of-500-million-whatsapp-users-leaked-up-for-sale-online-report-3558403

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4)  AZ: Lake seeks election records in suit against Maricopa County
Source: Fox 10 Phoenix

"Kari Lake, the defeated Republican candidate for Arizona governor, has filed a public records lawsuit demanding Maricopa County hand over a variety of documents related to the election. Lake has refused to acknowledge that she lost to Democrat Katie Hobbs and has for weeks drawn attention to voters who said they experienced long lines and other difficulties while voting on Election Day in Arizona's largest county. Her lawyer, Tim LaSota, says in the suit filed Wednesday that the county has not fulfilled public records requests filed on Nov. 15 and 16. The requests seek to identify voters who may have had trouble casting a ballot, such as people who checked in at more than one vote center or those who returned a mail ballot and also checked in at a polling place. Lake is also asking for information about counted and uncounted ballots that were accidentally mixed." (11/27/22)

https://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/kari-lake-seeks-election-records-in-lawsuit-against-maricopa-county

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5)  EU officials slam Biden regime for profiting off Ukraine war
Source: New York Post

"A collection of high-ranking European officials are fed up with the Biden administration for what they view as war profiteering during the conflict in Ukraine. The comments come amid rising gas prices and mounting tension toward US legislation that offers tax credits to those who 'Buy American.' Meanwhile, Putin's invasion of Ukraine is pushing European economies toward recession while the US is benefitting, some officials claim. 'The fact is, if you look at it soberly, the country that is most profiting from this war is the US because they are selling more gas and at higher prices, and because they are selling more weapons,' one senior EU official told POLITICO. The European Union has turned to the US for gas to reduce reliance on Russian fuel -- but the price the EU is paying is reportedly four times higher than what Americans are shelling out for the same product." (11/26/22)

https://nypost.com/2022/11/26/biden-administration-profiting-off-ukraine-war-eu-officials/

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6)  Murphy suggests cutting funds to police that refuse to unconstitutionally disarm victims
Source: New York Post

"Sen. Chris Murphy on Sunday suggested withholding federal funds from law enforcement agencies that refuse to enforce state and national gun laws in the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Virginia. Murphy (D-Conn.), an outspoken advocate for [victim disarmament] laws and an assault weapons [sic] ban, said the Senate needs to have a conversation about funding law enforcement outfits that balk at implementing gun laws in 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.' 'They have decided that they are going to essentially refuse to implement laws that are on the books. That is a growing problem in this country,' Murphy said on CNN's 'State of the Union.' 'And I think we're going to have to have a conversation about that in the United States Senate. Do we want to continue to supply funding to law enforcement in counties that refuse to implement state and federal gun laws?' he asked. " (11/27/22)

https://nypost.com/2022/11/27/sen-murphy-floats-cutting-funds-to-police-that-fail-to-enforce-gun-laws/

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7)  Somalia: Al-Shabab rebels attack Mogadishu hotel used by regime officials
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

"Fighters from the al-Shabab armed group have attacked a hotel used by government officials in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, according to police and government officials, with security officials saying the gunmen were wearing 'suicide' vests. There was no word yet on any casualties in the latest attack claimed by the al-Shabab armed group. ... The attackers stormed the Villa Rose hotel, which is close to the presidential palace, with explosives and guns, said police officer Mohammed Abdi on Sunday. It was not immediately clear how many attackers there were, he said." (11/27/22)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/27/mogadishu-hotel-used-by-somali-officials-in-mogadishu-al-shabaab

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8)  Venezuela takes first step out of political stalemate
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"Venezuela's government and the opposition have signed a preliminary agreement to find a way out of the country's political crisis. During talks in Mexico, the two issued a joint statement requesting that billions of dollars frozen abroad be released to help fund social projects. It comes after years of failed attempts to solve a political deadlock. In response, the US said that it would allow the American oil company Chevron to resume some activity in Venezuela. Following President Nicolás Maduro's election in 2013, he has grown increasingly authoritarian. His crackdown on opposition activists ultimately led to the US imposing sanctions on his regime and recognising opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president in 2019 after a contested election." (11/27/22)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-63771107

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9)  SpaceX Dragon cargo ship docks at space station to deliver solar arrays, seeds and more
Source: Space.com

"SpaceX's latest Dragon cargo ship arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) early Sunday (Nov. 27) to deliver tons of fresh supplies, new solar wings nd even some ice cream for the orbiting lab. The robotic Dragon spacecraft docked with the orbiting lab Sunday around 7:39 a.m. EST (1230 GMT) as both spacecraft sailed high over the Pacific Ocean. ... Sunday's meetup ended a brief orbital chase for Dragon; the SpaceX freighter launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 26) from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida." (11/27/22)

https://www.space.com/spacex-dragon-crs-26-arrive-space-station

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10) Dylan Apologizes Over Autopen Controversy: "An Error in Judgement"
Source: Rolling Stone

"Bob Dylan has apologized to fans following the controversy surrounding the 'hand-signed' copies of his new book The Philosophy of Modern Song, with the music legend admitting he employed an autopen after a 'bad case of vertigo' and Covid protocols left him unable to personally autograph the limited-edition run. ... Soon after the release of The Philosophy of Modern Song, some of those who spent $599 on the limited-edition run of 900 'personally signed' copies -- complete with a letter of authenticity -- began sharing their autographs online. However, after comparing the signatures, fans soon deduced that the autograph was created using an autopen, which reproduced Dylan's signature with at least 17 different subtle variations." (11/26/22)

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/bob-dylan-apology-autopen-controversy-book-autographs-1234637022/

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11) Iraqi PM: Probe recovers part of $2.5 billion embezzled from taxes
Source: SFGate

"Iraq's government said on Sunday it will recover part of nearly $2.5 billion in funds embezzled from the country's tax authority in a massive scheme involving a network of businesses and officials. Approximately 182 billion Iraqi dinars, or $125 million, of the stolen sum will be recovered through the seizure of properties and assets belonging to a well-connected businessman complicit in the corruption scheme, Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani's office said in a statement. The amount retrieved was disbursed to Noor Zuhair Jassim, a businessman who was arrested in connection to the scheme along with officials from the government tax authority for withdrawing funds from a tax deposit account between September 2021 to August 2022. Al-Sudani stressed the ongoing investigation would not spare anyone involved in the scheme, and the government is working to recover the full amount stolen." (11/27/22)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Iraqi-PM-Probe-recovers-part-of-2-5B-in-17613867.php

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12) Taiwan: Tsai resigns as party chief after election losses
Source: CNN

"Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen has resigned as the leader of the island's ruling Democratic Progressive Party, after her party suffered heavy losses in mid-term elections. The DPP's losses in Saturday's vote come as a heavy blow for Tsai as she had tried to frame the election -- technically a local affair to choose city mayors, councilors and county chiefs -- as a way to send a message against Beijing's rising bellicosity toward the island. ... Tsai's appeal to link the issues appears to have done little to boost the fortunes of her party, which is often outperformed by the opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party in local ballots. The KMT -- which is widely seen as friendlier to Beijing and advocates greater economic ties with mainland China -- is expected to win mayoral elections in 13 counties, according to Taiwan's official Central News Agency." (11/27/22)

https://www.cnn.com/2022/11/27/asia/taiwan-election-analysis-intl-hnk/index.html

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13) Mexico: Massive Demonstration of Support for Lopez Obrador in Mexico City
Source: Common Dreams

"Tens of thousands marched with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Sunday in a massive demonstration through Mexico City to show their support for Lopez Obrador. The march is celebrating the 'transformation of Mexico' four years into his six-year term. Lopez Obrador, known by his initials AMLO was elected in 2018 and heralded as the Bernie Sanders of Mexico. ... Three of Lopez Obrador's allies and potential successors -- Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and Interior Minister Adan Augusto Lopez -- accompanied him at the rally." [editor's note: Until Mexico is no longer controlled by the drug (mostly fentanyl) cartels, who is or is not "President" is pretty much academic – SAT] (11/27/22)

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/11/27/massive-demonstration-support-lopez-obrador-mexico-city

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14) Iran: Regime thugs abduct Khamenei's niece after she condemns "child-killing" regime
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

"Iranian authorities have arrested a niece of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after she recorded a video describing the authorities led by her uncle as a 'murderous and child-killing regime.' Farideh Moradkhani, 35, comes from a branch of the family that has a record of opposition to Iran's clerical leadership and has been jailed previously in the country. Her brother Mahmoud Moradkhani wrote on Twitter that she was arrested on Wednesday after going to the office of the prosecutor following a summons. ... Moradkhani is the daughter of Khamenei's sister Badri who fell out with her family in the 1980s and fled to Iraq at the peak of the war with Iran's neighbour. Badri joined her husband, the dissident cleric Ali Tehrani, who was born Ali Moradkhani Arangeh. Moradkhani has gained prominence as an anti-death penalty activist and was last arrested in January this year." (11/27/22)

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/middle-east/article/3201182/iran-arrests-ayatollahs-niece-after-she-condemns-child-killing-regime-says-brother

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15) UK: Wellcome Collection closes "racist, sexist and ableist" Medicine Man display
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"A museum in London is closing one of its main exhibitions following concerns over 'racist, sexist and ableist theories and language.' The Wellcome Collection says the Medicine Man display is ending after a 15-year run. Founder Henry Wellcome, who died in 1936, collected more than a million objects to give an insight into global health and medicine. The museum has marked the closure as a 'significant turning point.' Controversial objects include a 1916 painting titled 'A Medical Missionary Attending to a Sick African' which depicts an African person kneeling in front of a white missionary. The museum said in a statement on Twitter: 'We can't change our past. But we can work towards a future where we give voice to the narratives and lived experiences of those who have been silenced, erased and ignored.'" (11/27/22)

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-63772864

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16) MO: Judge rules 19-year-old can't watch state employees kill her father
Source: CBS News

"A 19-year-old Missouri woman will not be allowed to witness her father's execution after a judge's ruling on Friday. Kevin Johnson faces execution on Nov. 29 for the 2005 killing of Kirkwood, Missouri police officer William McEntee. Johnson requested that his daughter, Khorry Ramey, attend the execution. The American Civil Liberties Union filed an emergency motion in a Kansas City federal court saying that a state law barring anyone under 21 in Missouri from witnessing an execution serves no safety purpose and violates Ramey's constitutional rights. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Brian Wimes ruled that the state law is constitutional, saying, 'it is in the public's interest to allow states to enforce their laws and administer state prisons without court intervention.'" [editor's note: It isn't in the public's interest to allow the state to EXIST – TLK] (11/26/22)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/judge-rules-missouri-19-year-old-cant-see-fathers-execution/

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17) Whole Foods under fire after announcing Maine lobster will be pulled from shelves
Source: Fox News

"Maine politicians issued a blistering statement after Whole Foods announced the that store would no longer sell lobsters caught off the coast of the New England state in response to environmentalist concerns that the fishing industry allegedly threatens a rare whale. 'We are disappointed by Whole Foods' decision and deeply frustrated that the Marine Stewardship Council's suspension of the lobster industry's certificate of sustainability continues to harm the livelihoods of hardworking men and women up and down Maine's coast,' Maine Gov. Janet Mills wrote in a joint statement with Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden. Whole Foods announced that it would stop selling lobster from the Gulf of Maine at hundreds of its stores around the country earlier this month." [editor's note: So, another reason not to shop at Whole Foods, other than my personal "budget" – SAT] (11/27/22)

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/whole-foods-under-fire-pulling-maine-lobster-shelves-stores-nationwide

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18) Austria: Railway workers to strike Monday in pay standoff
Source: Seattle Times

"Railway workers in Austria are set to hold a one-day strike on Monday after a failed round of talks in pay negotiations. The Austria Press Agency reported Sunday that both sides said the fifth round of talks on pay for some 50,000 employees of about 65 railway operators, including the main national operator OeBB, had failed. That means that there will be no regional, long-distance or night trains on Monday, and that only buses and other public transport run by municipal authorities will run. Labor union vida has called for an extra 400 euros ($416) per month for railway employees, which it says is equivalent to an average 12% increase. Employers have said that would amount to a 13.3% raise and is too much. OeBB said employers were offering an 8.44% increase and strongly criticized the strike." (11/27/22)

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/railway-workers-in-austria-to-strike-monday-in-pay-standoff

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19) Brussels sees riots after Morocco beats Belgium at World Cup
Source: SFGate

"Police had to seal off parts of the center of Brussels, deploy water cannons and fire tear gas to disperse crowds following violence during and after Morocco's 2-0 upset win over Belgium at the World Cup. Dozens of rioters overturned and torched a car, set electric scooters on fire and pelted cars with bricks. Police moved in after one person suffered facial injuries, said Brussels police spokeswoman Ilse Van de Keere. Brussels mayor Philippe Close urged people to stay away from the city center and said authorities were doing their utmost to keep order in the streets. Even subway and tram traffic had to be interrupted on police orders. There were also disturbances in the city of Antwerp." (11/27/22)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Brussels-sees-riots-after-Morocco-beats-Belgium-17613752.php

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20) Writer who accused disgraced former president of rape files new lawsuit
Source: NBC News

"A writer who accused former President Donald Trump of rape filed an upgraded lawsuit against him Thursday in New York, minutes after a new state law took effect allowing victims of sexual violence to sue over attacks that occurred decades ago. ... [E. Jean] Carroll, a longtime advice columnist for Elle magazine, first made the claim in a 2019 book, saying Trump raped her in the dressing room of a Manhattan luxury department store in 1995 or 1996. Trump responded to the book's allegations by saying it could never have happened because Carroll was 'not my type.' His remarks led Carroll to file a defamation lawsuit against him, but that lawsuit has been tied up in appeals courts as judges decide whether he is protected from legal claims for comments made while he was president." (11/25/22)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/e-jean-carroll-writer-accused-trump-1990s-rape-files-new-lawsuit-rcna58730

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21) Point Blank Protest
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"'Protests spread to cities and college campuses around China on Saturday night,' reports The New York Times .... Demonstrations are rare in China; 'room for dissent has been all-but eliminated under President Xi Jinping,' reminds Reuters. Yet, a month ago, a lone 'Bridge Man' in Beijing unfurled anti-government banners in a crowded intersection. 'Go on strike at school and work, remove dictator and national traitor Xi Jinping!' the man, now in CCP custody, yelled through a loudspeaker. 'We want to eat, we want freedom, we want to vote!' Yes, vote. Xi Jinping was just elected to a term-limit busting third term, but by the Communist Party -- not the Chinese people." (11/28/22)

https://thisiscommonsense.org/2022/11/28/point-blank-protest/

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22) #leavingtwitter is Tiresome Performance Art
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"So far as I can tell, #leavingtwitter is largely an exercise in performance art -- tiresome performance art. If other people (even Bad People) saying what they want to say (even Bad Things) troubles you that much, especially when you have the power to keep that speech out of your own 'hearing,' you're as much a part of society's problems as they are. The cure for bad speech is more speech, not self-imposed exile." (11/27/22)

https://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/17261

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23) Hey FDA, Free the Birth Control Pill!
Source: The Daily Beast
by Jeffrey Singer

"After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer, contraceptive manufacturer HRA Pharma asked the FDA to switch its birth control pills from prescription-only to over-the-counter. While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently postponed an advisory panel meeting to discuss granting women over-the-counter access to a birth control pill that has been available only by prescription since 1973, the drug maker still expects FDA approval sometime in mid-2023. If that happens, women in the United States will join those in the majority of countries who can get birth control pills, formally or informally, without a prescription. But there's a catch: they will only have access to one brand of one kind of birth control pill, a progestin-only pill. And while it may be safer to use than other birth control pills, the pill has drawbacks." (11/28/22)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/hey-fda-free-the-birth-control-pill

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24) Why toxic politics thrives in an age of plenty
Source: Washington Post
by George F Will

"Progress, a wit once said, was fine for a while but it went on too long. America's most pressing problem today -- toxic politics -- might derive from the fact that humanity has solved what hitherto had been its perennial, dominating problem. ... 'The effect of liberty to individuals,' said Edmund Burke, 'is that they may do what they please; we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.' The fundamental economic problem of attaining subsistence having been banished by plenty, many hyper-politicized Americans have filled the void in their lives with the grim fun of venting their animosities." (11/25/22)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/11/25/toxic-politics-in-age-of-plenty/

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25) US Officials Concern Troll About World Press Freedoms While Assaulting Them
Source: Caitlin Johnstone, Rogue Journalist
by Caitlin Johnstone

"I will never get used to living in a world where our rulers will openly imprison a journalist for telling the truth and then self-righteously pontificate about the need to stop authoritarian regimes from persecuting journalists. Just today US State Department spokesman and CIA veteran Ned Price tweeted disapprovingly about the Kyrgyz Republic's decision to deport investigative journalist Bolot Temirov to Russia, where press freedom groups are concerned that the Russian citizen could face conscription to fight in Ukraine. 'Dismayed by the decision to deport journalist Bolot Temirov from the Kyrgyz Republic,' said Price. 'Journalists should never be punished for doing their job.' ... This would be an entirely reasonable statement for anyone else to make. If you said it or I said it, it would be completely legitimate. But when Ned says it, it is illegitimate." (11/24/22)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2022/11/24/us-officials-concern-troll-about-world-press-freedoms-while-assaulting-them/

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26) Lauren Boebert's near loss proves the cult of Trump is dead
Source: New York Post
by Erin Norman

"Democrats have a lot to learn from the 2022 midterms. While they avoided the worst of the losses this cycle, a strategy that continues to stoke fear and downplay voter concerns will make for a tough 2024 campaign. But the bigger lesson is for Republicans, who need to get their house in order if they want to be competitive in two years. Democrats tried as hard as they could to make the midterms a referendum on Trump, despite the fact it's been half a decade since he was elected to office. While many looked at the move as a desperate, fear-based strategy, it seemed to have made a difference at the margins, preventing a full red wave. Trump endorsements did little to help Republican candidates." (11/26/22)

https://nypost.com/2022/11/26/lauren-boeberts-near-loss-proves-the-cult-of-trump-is-dead/

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27) Kherson Calling: Peace Sells ... but Who's Buying?
Source: exile in happy valley
by Nicky Reid

"Where is the sun? Have we been marching through this darkness forever? It's barely December but it already feels like the longest winter in recent memory. In fact, it feels like last winter never really ended. That was when Putin's army foolishly goosestepped into a NATO-baited trap in Ukraine and then proceeded to ruthlessly attempt to kill their way out of their own imperial hubris. That was nine months ago but it feels a lot more like nine years. ... During this darkness the only thing that has become frighteningly clear is that there are no more good guys left alive in this fight." (11/27/22)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2022/11/kherson-calling-peace-sells-but-whos.html

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28) Hertz So Good
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Chris Suprenant

"One thing I teach my students in business ethics is that the focus of a business should not be on making money, but that money comes as a result of providing value to customers and running the business both ethically and efficiently. When businesses fail to do this and try to take advantage of their customers, their customers leave with their feet (and wallets). But what happens when a business already has a customer's money? How does a customer fight back?" (11/27/22)

https://www.aier.org/article/hertz-so-good/

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29) YouTube's Censorship Regime Takes Aim at Reality
Source: The Federalist
by Victoria Marshall

"Independent YouTuber Matt Orfalea does not align with Democrats or Republicans. He eschews any type of label because labels are dangerous, he tells The Federalist. 'A lot of people identify with their politics. I just identify as a video creator.' Perhaps this is why Orfalea's videos are so effective. Amassing hundreds of thousands of views, and in some cases, millions, the filmmaker's work consists of crisply edited mash-ups of politicians and corporate media figures making complete fools of themselves -- without any commentary from Orfalea himself. One such mashup shows politicians and media decrying the Wuhan lab leak theory as a baseless conspiracy, despite all evidence pointing to the contrary. Another shows the media's hypocrisy surrounding the Hunter Biden laptop (and their quest to characterize the story as Russian disinformation -- an actually baseless claim)." (11/27/22)

https://thefederalist.com/2022/11/24/youtube-censored-user-after-he-published-democrats-2016-stolen-election-claims/

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30) When Journalists Become Speech Police
Source: National Review
by Charles CW Cooke

"Call it Cooke's First Law: Whatever the story, however complex its details, members of the American press will react by announcing who must be forbidden to speak going forward. That is what too many journalists are now -- not firefighters, not mediators, not conveyors of vital information, but zealous obscurantists staffing would-be censorship agencies. In comes the news, and, within minutes, out comes the latest justification for shutting everyone up." (11/27/22)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2022/11/when-journalists-become-speech-police/

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31) Subsidies Won't Fix the Energy Industry
Source: Reason
by Jorge Velasco

"Having taken back the House, Republicans say they want to revamp domestic energy policy. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R–Wash.), the ranking member on the House Committee on Energy & Commerce and its likely chair next year, has said the party wants 'workable solutions to make energy cleaner, reduce emissions, prioritize energy security, and keep energy costs low.' Politicians and bureaucrats have been singing this tune for decades. One thing they've done wrong is waste billions of dollars on energy subsidies. Instead of fueling innovation, subsidies have unfairly cherry-picked certain energy sources and technologies, causing both economic and environmental inefficiencies." (11/26/22)

https://reason.com/2022/11/26/subsidies-wont-fix-the-energy-industry/

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32) No joke: Supreme Court case could take a big bite out of the First Amendment
Source: The Hill
by Jonathan Turley

"The court system often is where humor goes to die. For those seeking to use satire or parody of corporations, jokes often run into trademark or other lawsuits and result in a little more than 'ha, ha, thump.' The same bad audience could await the defendant in Jack Daniel's Properties Inc. v. VIP Products LLC. The Supreme Court just accepted a case involving a tongue-in-cheek dog chew toy made to resemble a Jack Daniel's whiskey bottle. VIP prevailed in defending the toy as protected speech, but the distiller wants the Supreme Court to declare such parodies to be trademark violations. The docket this term is actually a hoot of parody cases." (11/26/22)

https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/3750501-no-joke-this-supreme-court-case-could-take-a-big-bite-out-of-the-first-amendment/

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33) The Emperor Elonicus
Source: Consent Factory, Inc.
by CJ Hopkins

"Everyone is going to hate this column. Musk worshipers are going to hate it because I'm going to blaspheme against Elon Musk. Musk demonizers are going to hate it because I am not going to blaspheme against him enough. Everyone else is going to hate it because they're sick to the gills of hearing about Musk, and Musk's destruction of Twitter, or his salvation of Twitter, and censorship, and 'hate speech,' and all that stuff. I'll get to the blasphemy part in a minute, but first, let's quickly review what's happened, and where things now stand, or appear to stand." (11/27/22)

https://consentfactory.org/2022/11/27/the-emperor-elonicus/

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34) College Loans and Hazlitt's Lesson: Ignoring the Larger Picture
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Taylor Pace

"As of 2022 the national student debt reached $1.6 trillion with the average student loan debt at about $28,000. Many former college students are discovering it is difficult to pay back such a large amount of debt. This is especially true of students that graduate with fruitless degrees like sociology, for example. These majors are only good as prerequisites to a master's degree. Most graduates find themselves working jobs that are completely unrelated to their studies. For the graduates with useful degrees such as engineering or nursing, large amounts of student loan debt will still be a burden." (11/26/22)

https://mises.org/wire/college-loans-and-hazlitts-lesson-ignoring-larger-picture

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35) The Politics To Come
Source: Quillette
by John Lloyd

"In September of this year, two countries -- about as different from each other as it is possible to be within the European Union -- elected 'far-Right' parties to be the government and the power behind the government, respectively. I put quote marks around 'far-Right' because these parties say that the phrase no longer applies. Are they to be taken at their word? ... Like the Fratelli [d'Italia], the Swedish Democrats have been outside of government for years and have fascist -- specifically, neo-Nazi -- roots. In recent years, both these parties have ostentatiously cleansed themselves of members who expressed racist, sexist, or homophobic beliefs. Both have committed themselves to respect the rights of gay and trans people, and to retain the legality of abortion. Should they be taken at their word? We'll see." (11/26/22)

https://quillette.com/2022/11/26/the-politics-to-come/

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36) The tragedy of Capitalist Realism
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

"Thirteen years on -- and nearly six years after [author Mark] Fisher's tragic death by suicide -- Capitalist Realism has acquired a near hallowed status on the left. The New Statesman has called it a 'seminal political text.' And its ideas have become staples of left-wing discourse. As one astute observer has noted, Fisher has become an authority, and the book itself has become a phrase. Zer0 itself has just published a new 'classics' edition, complete with a new foreword, afterword and introduction. There's no doubting that Capitalist Realism is a significant achievement. It addressed itself, in Fisher's words, to the 'widespread sense that not only is capitalism the only viable political and economic system, but also that it is now impossible to imagine a coherent alternative.'" (11/27/22)

https://www.spiked-online.com/2022/11/27/the-tragedy-of-capitalist-realism/

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37) How "progressive" grand plans for subsidized housing have harmed African Americans
Source: Fox News
by Howard Husock

"It goes by many names: affordable housing, public housing, housing choice vouchers, Section 8, low-income housing tax credit developments or simply 'the projects.' But I'm here today to tell you that all of these housing policies, dating from the 1930s until the present day, have been and remain harmful, indeed especially harmful to the interests of African Americans. They have lured Black households into dependency and long-term poverty, rewarded single-parenthood and led to the gnawing gap in home ownership and wealth between White and Black households." (11/27/22)

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/progressives-grand-plans-subsidized-housing-harmed-african-americans

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38) A Baker's Dozen[tm] Economic Lies
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

"Some common lies spouted by governments, public education institutions, and financial institutions, among others: 1. The US Constitution's 'general welfare' clause means Congress may pass whatever legislation it thinks will help the country." (11/26/22)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2022/11/26/a-bakers-dozen-economic-lies/

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39) A Revolution in Parking Is (Quietly) Spreading Across America
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Vanessa Brown Calder

"With the City Council's recent vote, Cambridge, Massachusetts becomes the latest city to reform parking requirements. Cambridge is unique among Massachusetts cities in that it is the first to fully eliminate parking minimums citywide. But it is not unique among U.S. cities more generally, and comes as a wave of other locations, including San Francisco, California; Lexington, Kentucky; and St. Paul, Minnesota; have made sweeping parking reforms. Parking minimums are a type of urban regulation that require developers to provide a predetermined number of parking spaces for a certain number of residential units or a given developed square footage. These mandates centralize decision making and impose uniformity, rather than leaving parking decisions to developers or property owners who are likely to understand the needs of residents and appreciate how these needs vary across geography and over time." (11/25/22)

https://fee.org/articles/a-revolution-in-parking-is-quietly-spreading-across-america/

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40) Twitter's more like traveling circus than public square
Source: Orange County Register
by Steven Greenhut

"The idea of perpetuating free-market principles by advocating the use of government to undermine 'enemies' is an odd position for the president of a conservative think tank. It reminds me of when George W. Bush defended $8.5 trillion in economic bailouts by saying, 'I've abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system.' They're not really principles if you abandon them at the first sight of discomfort. The Right defends its assault on the First Amendment -- 'Congress shall make no law ...' -- by depicting social-media firms as monopolies, even though anyone (even Donald Trump) is capable of starting a competitor. It's hard to start a successful one, though. But now Republicans have grown quieter after Musk overpaid for Twitter and seems to have set himself up as the app's main content moderator -- a rather lowly job, if one thinks about it." (11/25/22)

https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/25/twitters-more-like-traveling-circus-than-public-square/

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41) The Not Very Smart Elon Musk
Source: Common Dreams
by Sam Pizzigati

"A good day's work for a good day's pay. Should this age-old wisdom apply to overpaid CEOs as well as their workers? A Delaware court will soon decide, a turn of events that must have the richest man in the known universe, Elon Musk, feeling more than a little bit uneasy. Musk has also benefited, unlike the rest of us, from billions in taxpayer subsidies. Delaware's little-known Court of Chancery normally provides business moguls a battleground where they can slug out their big-ticket differences. But the court also gives stockholders a chance to push back against the moguls -- and one modest shareholder in the Musk empire has done just that. Shareholder Richard Tornetta, a former heavy metal drummer, filed suit in 2018 against the company's board for lavishing unnecessary billions upon Musk." [editor's note: It's really amusing how important it is to the "narrative" that this venture must fail miserably – SAT] (11/26/22)

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/11/26/not-very-smart-elon-musk

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42) Bank and Crypto Runs: F(ac)TX vs Fiction
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by George Selgin

"On October 10th, Douglas Diamond and Philip Dybvig won the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences, sharing it with Ben Bernanke 'for research on banks and financial crises.' According to the prize committee, Diamond and Dybvig's research showed how the combination of borrowing short and lending long exposes even sound banks to runs, since the merest rumor of a run can become 'a self-fulfilling prophecy.' 'These dangerous dynamics,' the committee wrote, 'can be prevented through the government providing deposit insurance and acting as a lender of last resort to banks.' Exactly one month later, on November 10th, FTX, the world's second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, suspended redemptions following a wild three-day run during which its depositors withdrew $6 billion." (11/25/22)

https://www.aier.org/article/bank-and-crypto-runs-factx-vs-fiction/

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43) The tragedy of Crimea
Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Nicolai Petro

"Recent media reports have highlighted Ukraine's intention to retake Crimea, particularly after its success in recapturing Kherson. This has been the stated policy of the Ukrainian government since losing it to Russia in 2014. A brief history of the region's difficult relationship with Ukrainian rule before 2014, however, shows why this would be extremely difficult." (11/25/22)

https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2022/11/25/the-tragedy-of-crimea/

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44) A Brief History of Individualist Anarchism
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Faruk Pak

"Individualist anarchism is based on the extreme and sometimes vague points of libertarian philosophy, since it rejects the social basis of true [sic] anarchism while trying to ensure the absolute independence of the individual. In particular, it rejects the state as well as society in particular and reduces the organization to an association of egoists based on the mutual respect of unique individuals, each standing on his or her own two feet." (11/25/22)

https://c4ss.org/content/57678

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45) Just How Dumb Do Democrats Think Their Donors Are?
Source: Town Hall
by Derek Hunter

"That title is a question for the ages, but it's one for which there is new evidence toward an answer nearly every hour of every day. More often than someone with extreme OCD in cold season scrubs their counters with bleach after a friend with the sniffles stopped by and sneezes, Democrats are on a relentless question for other people's cash. It's a scary thought to realize there are people in this country who not only fall for it but are so wildly supportive of the manipulative masterminds behind it. There's an old quote that has been attributed to a bunch of people (H.L. Mencken, Louis B. Mayer, P.T. Barnum, et alia) that goes something like 'No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.'" (11/27/22)

https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2022/11/27/just-how-dumb-do-democrats-think-their-donors-are-n2616392

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46) Mental Health is in Crisis. What Is the Answer?
Source: Independent Institute
by Raymond J March

"The US is still in a state of emergency for Covid-19 and monkeypox. However, the country has another longstanding and quickly worsening public health concern- mental health. According to mentalhealth.gov, about 20 percent of American adults experienced a mental health issue in 2020. Nearly 1 in 20 Americans live with a severe mental illness." (11/25/22)

https://blog.independent.org/2022/11/25/mental-health/

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47) The Bigger FTX Scandal is "Effective Altruism"
Source: Brownstone Institute
by Sonia Elijah

"Going by the general mainstream media reports on the FTX saga -- you'd be led to believe it was just another start-up which went belly up. Some reports would even lead you to feel sorry for the 'whiz kid' CEO and founder, 30-year-old, Sam Bankman-Fried, also known by his initials SBF, who happened to make some misguided decisions when all he and his brother, Gabe, ever wanted to do 'was make a difference' by preventing the next pandemic through their FTX Foundation. What makes the FTX story interesting is that out of the rubble of SBF's imploded Ponzi scheme operation, a string of scandals have come to light ..." (11/25/22)

https://brownstone.org/articles/the-bigger-ftx-scandal-is-effective-altruism/

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48) Earned Knowledge: L1, P2
Source: Freeman's Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

"When you grow crops in a field, the first few years do very well, but after that, you get less and less food from the same field. And so these people moved from one field to the next every few years. That wasn't a big problem, since there weren't that many people and there was far more than enough good land available. Because of all this, they moved slowly, which is why it took them so long to reach the end of land in Ireland." (11/25//22)

https://freemansperspective.com/earned-knowledge-l1-p2/

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49) Twitter Is Dead, Long Live Twitter
Source: The American Prospect
by Francesca Fiorentini

"So it happened. We thought maybe that cringey SNL appearance would have satiated his 'anti-woke' crusade, but we were wrong. Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, took an amount of money that could put a big dent in world hunger, or the housing crisis, to buy ... Twitter. In some ways it's fitting that Musk paid far too much to own the saddest social media platform. Twitter is, after all, what traumatized nobodies who refuse to go to therapy treat as both their best friend that can't keep a secret, and the kind of running conversation you would find on a bathroom stall door. It's a blanket fort with a one-way mirror for all to gawk. And Elon, the most fragile and petty of our billionaires, fits right in with its tantrums and hysterics." (11/25/22)

https://prospect.org/power/let-twitter-die/

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50) Symbolic but Significant: Why the Decision to Investigate Abu Akleh's Murder Is Unprecedented
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ramzy Baroud

"The recent decision by the United States Department of Justice to open an investigation into the killing, last May, of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is not a game-changer, but important and worthy of reflection, nonetheless. Based on the long trajectory of US military and political support of Israel, and Washington's constant shielding of Tel Aviv from any accountability for its illegal occupation of Palestine, one can confidently conclude that there will not be any actual investigation. A real investigation into the killing of Abu Akleh could open up a Pandora's box of other findings pertaining to Israel's many other illegal practices and violations of international -- and even US -- law." (11/25/22)

https://original.antiwar.com/ramzy-baroud/2022/11/24/symbolic-but-significant-why-the-decision-to-investigate-abu-aklehs-murder-is-unprecedented/

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51) The Anarchist Experience, episode 399
Source: The Anarchist Experience

"After all that time discussing and negotiating the new start time of the Live Clubhouse Broadcast, a couple hosts still missed the mark. So, instead, you get Rich E Rich Reads the News. HEADLINES: Call of Duty is a Government Psyop: These Documents Prove It ... Liberty Is Worth The Fight." (11/26/22)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2022/11/26/the-anarchist-experience-399/

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52) This Week in Common Sense, 11/26/22
Source: Common Sense

"One Way or Another." (11/26/22)

https://thisiscommonsense.org/2022/11/26/listen-one-way-or-another/

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53) Nonzero, 11/25/22
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

"The Elon-SBF Connection | Robert Wright & Mickey Kaus." (11/25/22)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/65282

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54) The Tom Woods Show, episode 2243
Source: The Tom Woods Show

"Thomas Paine: Radical American Hero." (11/25/22)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-2243-thomas-paine-radical-american-hero/

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55) Antiwar News with Dave DeCamp, 11/25/22
Source: Antiwar.com

"Poland Rebuffs Germany's Patriot Missile Offer, US Military Likely to Return to Subic Bay, and More." (11/25/22)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmGj4-Ns_2Q

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