Norway to Trump: Keep your gold-plated sh*thole

Source: Our Future
by Miles Mogulescu

“So the Donald wishes more Norwegians would emigrate to America, instead of people from supposed ‘sh*thole’ countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America. I happen to have spent two weeks visiting beautiful, democratic socialist Norway last summer. And I’ve got news for the Donald. Norwegians are not exactly lining up to escape their democratic socialist country for an increasingly neoliberal America. Do you want to know how short the line is? Well, out of 763,060 green-card holders who became US citizens in 2016, exactly 93 were Norwegian. And, by the way, Donald, not all Norwegians are the blond-haired, blue-eyed Caucasians whom you seem so hot for. 16.8 percent of Norway’s population are immigrants, many from countries you would call ‘sh*tholes’ like Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, and Pakistan.” (01/16/18)

Cryptocurrency prices plunge

Source: CBS News

“Bitcoin and other digital currency prices plunged after South Korea’s top financial policymaker said Tuesday that a crackdown on trading of crypto currencies remains a possibility. Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said in an interview with local radio station TBS that banning trading in digital currencies was ‘a live option.’ … Last week, the South Korean justice minister’s remark that the country will ban bitcoin and other digital currencies triggered big sell-offs and a public outcry. The presidential office then said that no final decision had been made.” [editor’s note: Banning cryptocurrency, or even trying to control it, will be even less effective than alcohol prohibition was. In fact, I predict that within the next decade, at least one regime will be brought down for trying it – TLK] (01/16/18)

CT: Army vet sues VA over scalpel found in his body years after surgery

Source: USA Today

“An Army veteran who says someone left a scalpel inside him after surgery is suing a veterans affairs hospital. Bridgeport resident Glenford Turner says the scalpel was discovered years later after he suffered from long-term abdominal pain. He sued the VA in U.S. District Court last week, seeking unspecified compensatory damages. Court papers say Turner had surgery at the VA hospital in West Haven in 2013. Nearly four years later, he went back to the VA with dizziness and severe abdominal pain. An X-Ray showed there was a scalpel inside his body. Turner had to undergo surgery to remove the scalpel. His lawyer, Joel Faxon, said doctors confirmed it was the same one. Faxon called it ‘an incomprehensible level of incompetence.’ The VA said Monday it doesn’t typically comment on pending litigation.” (01/16/18)

Freedom Feens Radio, 01/16/18

Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Topics: Cell 411 … Crash the movie … The unfortunately named Paul Haggis is innocent! … Norman Lear productions … Gary Numan’s awesome video and music. … Scott Adams knew about Trump winning … Should children be able to be adults if they can support themselves? … Cryptocurrencies offer opportunities to the modern entrepreneurs … because it’s become MUCH harder to earn money with jobs nowadays compared to 30 years ago. worms!” [various formats] (01/16/18)

Racist mania II

Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“President Trump is a racist, they say. Anyone who agrees with any part of his politics is a racist. If you support Trump you are a racist. That’s the political and social atmosphere today. Every political or social motive is racist. Racists are irrationally seen behind every tree …” (01/16/18)

Denmark: Facebook snitching results in hundreds of child abductions

Source: euronews [EU]

“Police in Copenhagen today said they charged 1,004 children and young people for redistributing child pornography after they shared video clips on Facebook Messenger of two 15-year-olds having sex. Inspector Lau Thygesen from Denmark’s North Zealand Police said in a statement that the videos were shared ‘across the country’ in autumn 2017, including Greenland. … Facebook tipped off US police that the content was being shared along with explicit photos. US authorities then passed on the information Danish police via Europol. … If found guilty the young people’s punishments will range from a criminal record to having their name added to child protection registers for 10 years. The age of consent in Denmark is 15 but it is a criminal offence to distribute images of anyone aged under 18.” (01/15/18)

The futility of government bans — Bitcoin always finds a way

by C Edward Kelso

“Cryptocurrencies have been threatened at one point or another by nearly every country on the planet. Rarely does a government venture beyond rhetoric. Those resorting to crackdowns are often met with greater public appetite for decentralized virtual money, making all that initial fuss an exercise in futility. Be they communist strongholds or liberal democracies, bitcoin cannot be stopped.” (01/15/18)

Palestine: PLO Central Council recommends suspension of recognition of Israel

Source: CNN

“Palestinian [Arab] leaders have called on the Palestin[e] Liberation Organization (PLO) to suspend its recognition of Israel just days after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urged the group to ‘revise’ its agreements with the Jewish state. … A PLO Central Council statement on Monday called on the organization to suspend its recognition of Israel, first affirmed by the Palestinian body in 1993, until Israel recognized the state of Palestine, based on borders that existed before the Six-Day War of 1967.” (01/16/18)

Free Talk Live, 01/15/18

Source: Free Talk Live

“Teacher Assigns Students to Come Up With Good Reasons for Slavery :: Free Stater State Rep Turns Against Liberty, Publicly Attacks Libertarians :: Moving Parties :: Voluntary vs Coercive Solutions to Poverty :: People Who Leave Libertarianism :: False Libertarians :: Salt Lamp Sarah :: HOSTS — Ian, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (01/15/18)

Duck and cover

Source: National Review
by Michael Brendan Dougherty

“During American history classes at my high school, we laughed at images of children learning to ‘duck and cover’ in case of nuclear attack during the 1950s. Our parents would laugh too when we told them about it, everyone having become accustomed to the idea that any nuclear exchange would probably end in both the United States and the Soviet Union emptying all their missile silos and potentially destroying all life on earth. … In many ways, the modern world is younger, dumber, and more innocent about these things than our grandparents were. We discovered that on Saturday in Hawaii. And now is the time to think it through.” (01/15/18)