The relationship with Saudi Arabia no longer serves US interests

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“By any measure, the signature policies of the current Saudi leadership over at least the last three and a half years have been bad for U.S. interests and America’s reputation, and they have failed on their own terms as well. The Saudi government has not done anything significantly constructive or helpful for the U.S. in at least the last decade, but it has been racking up quite the list of costly, destructive errors in that same period. This so-called ‘alliance’ is bringing the U.S. nothing but problems, grief, and liabilities, and it yields hardly any discernible benefits.” (10/15/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/the-relationship-with-saudi-arabia-no-longer-serves-u-s-interests/

Bolton’s chief of staff out at National Security Council

Source: CNN

“A top National Security Council aide is leaving the White House after serving just a few months as national security adviser John Bolton’s chief of staff. Fred Fleitz, who joined the administration this summer, will soon return to the Center for Security Policy, the conservative [sic] think tank where he worked as vice president for policy prior to leaving for the NSC post. … Critics have [noticed that] the Center for Security Policy [is an anti-Muslim hate group].” (10/15/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/15/politics/fred-fleitz-john-bolton-national-security-council/index.html

WAL Daily 5, 10/15/18

We Are Libertarians

Source: We Are Libertarians

“Hodey Johns and Paul Copeland get you the answer on why libertarians are better on the issue of environmental preservation and protection than anybody else. Listen in and find out how the government uses the EPA to extort money to damage the environment and how libertarians can offer a better protection in keeping your water and air clean.” [various formats] (10/15/18)

https://wearelibertarians.com/wal-daily-5-tough-questions-who-speaks-for-the-trees/

My shitlist 2018

comrade hermit

Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“This blog is a lot of things to me. It’s art. It’s therapy. It’s a bullhorn from which I can shout my radical diktats to a small horde of loyal followers whom I lovingly refer to as my dearest motherfuckers. Hopefully it’s a launching pad for a future revolution that will liberate poor people once and for all from the shackles of big government and big business (or do I repeat myself.) But when it all comes down to it, lets face it, I’m here to bitch. That’s why once a year I drop all artistic and political pretenses and simply make a list of all the people who piss me off the most.” (10/15/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/10/my-shitlist-2018.html

The Tom Woods Show, episode 1261

Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Philosopher Jim Otteson and I discuss his book Actual Ethics (Cambridge University Press), which advances a vigorous moral defense of the classical liberal, or libertarian, political tradition. We also discuss the claims of Peter Singer, who claims it is morally obligatory on each of us to give substantial aid to peoples overseas.” [various formats] (10/15/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1261-is-there-a-moral-obligation-to-help-the-poor-abroad-and-other-moral-questions-asked-of-libertarians/

The IPCC’s latest climate hysteria

Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report 15 claims the latest disaster ‘tipping point’ is just 12 years away. If governments around the world fail to make ‘rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,’ human civilization and our planet face cataclysm, the IPCC asserts. MIT Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Physics Richard Lindzen accurately called the hysteria-laden report and press releases from this power-grabbing agency ‘implausible conjecture backed by false evidence and repeated incessantly … to promote the overturn of industrial civilization.'” (10/15/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/10/the-ipccs-latest-climate-hysteria/

Seven implications of protectionism

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Protectionism has, of course, always had its defenders. In fact, the United States is very protectionist even though it is often viewed as a bastion of free trade. If in doubt, one look at the massive 3,713-page Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States published by the U. S. International Trade Commission’s Office of Tariff Affairs and Trade Agreements should convince you otherwise. Even if Trump reversed course and completely renounced his protectionism, even if Barack Obama had not imposed tariffs on tires imported from China, and even if George W. Bush had not imposed tariffs on imported steel, protectionism would still have its defenders. But there are a number of implications of protectionism that should be considered.” (10/16/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/seven-implications-of-protectionism/

US regime’s budget deficit expands to $779 billion in fiscal 2018 as spending surges

CNBC

Source: CNBC

“The U.S. federal budget deficit rose in fiscal 2018 to the highest level in six years as spending climbed, the Trump administration said Monday. The deficit jumped to $779 billion, $113 billion or 17 percent higher than the previous fiscal period, according to a statement from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. It was larger than any year since 2012, when it topped $1 trillion. The budget shortfall rose to 3.9 percent of U.S. gross domestic product.” (10/15/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/15/us-budget-deficit-expands-to-779-billion-in-fiscal-2018-as-spending-surges.html

Bloggingheads.tv, 10/15/18

BloggingHeadsDotTV

Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Stephen Walt (Harvard University, Foreign Policy) … Steve’s new book, The Hell of Good Intentions … Steve: ‘Liberal hegemony’ has been almost a complete failure … Why foreign policy watchers were so optimistic in 1993 … Bill Clinton’s foreign policy blunders: Expansion of NATO and ‘dual containment’ of Iran and Iraq … Steve: Within the foreign policy establishment, failure has no consequences and dissent is punished … How both Obama and Trump were captured by the foreign policy ‘blob’ … Why are so many think tanks interventionist? … Steve’s proposal for a smarter foreign policy: ‘offshore balancing.'” [Flash video] (10/15/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53879

How do rental scooters fit into the transit paradigm?

Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Ishmael

“Could this ‘Uber, but for scooters’ thing catch on? And if it does, how would it fit into our short-term, or even long-term, public transit future? For Kansas Citians and St. Louisans, whether scooters catch on is an important question in light of the rail plans that both cities have pursued in recent years and may yet continue to pursue. As we know, streetcar lines are fixed, stop often, and can be dramatically impacted by traffic. Scooters are much more tailored to the user’s needs, though heaven help you if it rains. But that said, during my Nightcrawler-esque scooter-gathering pursuits it has been fascinating to see so many people using rental scooters zip past Kansas City’s streetcar as the publicly financed, free-to-ride trains trundle on their tracks, from stop to stop, at roughly the same speed.” (10/15/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/transportation/how-do-rental-scooters-fit-transit-paradigm