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02/17/2018

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Otter’s executive order is great, but Little’s campaigning on it is not

I planned to write this week on the candidates for governor and their differing approaches to healthcare. Instead, I need to clear the air regarding Gov. Butch Otter’s executive order that allows the sale of consumer-friendly insurance plans that do not comply with Obamacare. Generally speaking, Otter’s executive order is great. It defies the federal

big government

Mueller Drops Hammer with Indictment of 13 Russians in Election Meddling Conspiracy

Special counsel Robert Mueller rocked Washington, D.C., on Friday with the announcement of a new series of indictments of Russian agents who allegedly interfered with the U.S. presidential election in 2016. The 37-page indictment contains a number of key revelations about the investigation, and for the first time U.S. government law enforcement authorities have in

crony capitalism

Another Open Letter to Craig Walenta

Tweet Mr. Walenta: I don’t understand why you think my example of an inexpensive cancer-curing pill to be inapposite.  That example, while hypothetical, probes the essence of an argument that American protectionists frequently use in their attempts to explain why foreign-governments’ abuse of their citizens justifies Uncle Sam’s abuse of American citizens. To coherently make

technology

Special Edition – A Must-Read Crypto Alert

This post Special Edition – A Must-Read Crypto Alert appeared first on Daily Reckoning.
Recently there have been a lot of negative forces beating down the crypto market. But all of these negatives were still not enough to crush crypto’s heart. Today, Rich Jacobs explains you shouldn’t worry about the crypto market and offers newcomers to the space some great exchanges you can start trading asap.
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The Market Ticker – FBI *ACKNOWLEDGES* IT IS RESPONSIBLE

This jackass “agency” known as the “FBI” must be IMMEDIATELY DISBANDED.On January 5, 2018, a person close to Nikolas Cruz contacted the FBI’s Public Access Line (PAL) tipline to report concerns about him. The caller provided information about Cruz’s gun ownership, desire to kill people, erratic behavior, and disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting.Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed…

Healthcare

South Carolina House Unanimously Passes Bill to Expand Healthcare Freedom

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Feb. 16, 2018) – On Wednesday, the South Carolina House unanimously approved a measure that would help facilitate healthcare freedom outside of government insurance regulatory schemes. A bipartisan coalition of 12 representatives introduced House Bill 4643 (H4643) on Jan. 23. The legislation specifies that direct primary care agreements (sometimes called medical retainer agreements) do not… …

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Economics

A simple theory of service sector productivity

It is often about time, says Diane Coyle in the FT: In many retail industries, higher productivity means faster service. There are many routine services where getting more for less requires less time to be spent performing them. This applies to parts of many sectors of the economy. There are past examples — think of […]
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National Blog

Liberty at the Movies: Detroit

Another great movie to watch in Black History Month is Detroit, which focuses on the Aliers Hotel incident that took place during the riots of 1967. The riots started after Detroit police raided an unlicensed, after hours club on the office of a […] …

Articles

My New Favorite Excel Function: INDIRECT

I will confess that somehow I never really learned pivot table mechanics in Excel, so I struggle with three dimensional data.  One example might be a spreadsheet with individual tabs where each tab is a different corporate division, and on each tab is a P&L by month (so three dimensions:  Month, P&L category, Division).  Let’s […] …

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Another School Shooting Tragedy…Where Was The FBI? – Ron Paul Liberty Report

Published on 02-16-2018 10:30 AM https://www.bitchute.com/video/ZuncE9KOdTQT/(VIDEO – SPKOUT/BitChute is an alternative to YouTube)Video Thursday, February 15, 2018 Ron Paul and Daniel McAdamsRon Paul shares his thoughts on the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/…re-was-the-fbihttp://ronpaulinstitute.org/Copyright © 2018 by RonPaul Institute. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is gladly

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Syria Could Be Washington’s Next Big Foreign Policy Failure

Doug Bandow President Donald Trump criticized candidate Hillary Clinton for
her interventionist tendencies. Now he plans to maintain U.S.
forces amid battling Kurds, Turks, Russians, Iranians and
contending Syrian factions. Washington’s policy is frankly mad.
Having attained its primary objective, defeating the Islamic State,
or ISIS, the Trump administration should wrap up American
operations in Syria.
As a superpower the United States has interests all over, but
few of them are important, let alone vital. Syria is peripheral to
America economically and militarily. It is a humanitarian tragedy,
but the United States has remained aloof from worse conflicts.
Although the Assad government is odious, the country’s civil war
featured numerous murderous, undemocratic, radical and otherwise
undesirable factions.
President Barack Obama resisted the temptation to intervene
directly in the Syrian imbroglio. In contrast, President Trump
launched airstrikes against the Assad government. He quadrupled the
number of U.S. troops to about two thousand. Moreover, reported
Reuters, “U.S. forces in Syria have already faced direct threats
from Syrian and Iranian-backed forces, leading to…

foreign policy

TGIF: “Peace Through Strength” Is a Racket

Donald Trump has embraced the popular “peace through strength” doctrine (PTSD) with his characteristic panache: “I’m going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody — absolutely nobody — is gonna to mess with us,” Trump says. On other occasions he’s said similar things: “We want to defer, avoid and prevent conflict […]TGIF: “Peace Through Strength” Is a Racket was first posted on February 16, 2018 at 12:01 am. …

Articles

Should We Stop Asking College Students to Evaluate Their Instructors?

At the end of every semester, at nearly every college in the country, millions and millions of students fill out student evaluations of teachers. These forms ask very sensible questions. Did the teacher effectively communicate the material? Were they available for students? Department chairs and deans take these evaluations very seriously. At teaching-intensive institutions, these

foreign policy

Taliban Issues Open Letter Calling for Peace Talks With US

Taliban Wants to Solve War ‘Through Peaceful Dialogue Late last month, President Trump announced the US is unwilling to engage in any peace talks with the Afghan Taliban. The Taliban, however, has now issued an open letter on the matter saying that they do want peace talks, and see the war needing to be resolved […]Taliban Issues Open Letter Calling for Peace Talks With US was first posted on February 15, 2018 at 10:25 pm. …

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No Huawei! US Spy Chiefs Reverse Course on Phone Spying

If it seems like only a year ago that the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was telling us how dangerous it is for Americans to have encrypted smart phones that make it hard for the FBI to poke around in our data, that’s because yes, it really was only a year ago. In … Continue reading No Huawei! US Spy Chiefs Reverse Course on Phone Spying → …

national security

Trump’s Military Parade Could Cost Up To $30,000,000

Donald Trump’s military parade could end up costing up to $30 million: WASHINGTON — President Trump’s military parade will not come cheap. Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, estimated on Wednesday that the public display of America’s military might that Mr. Trump has called for could cost between $10 million and $30 million, and said the

homes

Is The Phoenix Housing Market Peaking?

I am not actually active in the residential home market, so I can (without losing any money) call market tops and bottoms from semi-random variables.  In 2005, I wrote here about a possible housing top when I overheard a dentist tell a doctor about all he money he was making flipping raw land  (I will […] …

big government

Donald Trump Addresses Florida School Shooting: ‘Answer Hate with Love, Answer Cruelty with Kindness’

President Donald Trump addressed the country Thursday morning in the aftermath of the school shooting in Florida, calling for a working plan to keep America’s schools safe. “It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference, we must actually make that difference,” Trump said. He specifically

Politics

Is Los Angeles America’s most “right-wing” city?

Right-wing isn’t exactly the right word, but neither is conservative nor libertarian.  Let’s put it this way: in which American city is the principle of sexual dimorphism so pronounced and so accepted and so built into the city’s most fundamental sector (Hollywood)?  In which American city is risk-taking and the resultant income inequality so much […]
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