Facebook, FTC gang reportedly negotiating massive bribe to make get gang off Facebook’s back for a few minutes

Source: CNet News

“Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a multibillion-dollar fine to settle an investigation into the social network’s privacy practices, The Washington Post reported Thursday. It’d be the largest fine ever imposed by the agency, according to the Post, though the exact amount hasn’t yet been determined. Facebook was initially concerned with the FTC’s demands, a person familiar with the matter told the publication. If the two parties don’t come to an agreement, the FTC could reportedly take legal action.” (02/14/19)


US key holiday retail sales shrink by most since 2009

Source: Financial Times [UK]

“US retail sales unexpectedly plunged in December by the most since 2009, sending a worrying signal about a critical month for consumer spending that unsettled global markets. Treasuries soared following the data, while US stocks and the dollar turned negative. Headline retail sales dropped 1.2 per cent month-on-month, a sharp turn from November’s 0.1 per cent gain, and far worse than the 0.2 per cent increase economists had pencilled in. The US retail slump compounds evidence of a slowdown in the broader economy, coming on the same day as separate figures pointing to a rise in claims for jobless benefits last week.” (02/14/19)


Clear and Present Danger, episode 21

Clear And Present Danger

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“Eighteenth-century colonial America was influenced by the so-called ‘Glorious Revolution’ in England. And nothing had a bigger impact on American attitudes toward freedom of speech than Cato’s Letters, influential essays anonymously written in the London Journal by the Radical Whigs, John Trenchard, and Thomas Gordon.” [various formats] (02/14/19)


MT: Women sue CBP gang over Border Patrol thug’s “you guys are speaking Spanish, which is very unheard of up here” abduction threat

Source: NBC News

“The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on behalf of two American women who were detained after speaking Spanish at a convenience store in Montana. Ana Suda and Martha ‘Mimi’ Hernandez, who were both born in the United States, have said they were detained by a Border Patrol [thug] after he heard them chatting in Spanish while buying groceries at a store in Havre, Montana, in May. Their exchange with him was captured by the women on video. The [thug], Paul O’Neal, ‘singled out, detained, and interrogated’ the women ‘because he heard them speaking Spanish,’ the lawsuit claims. He ‘offered no other justification for their detention, and there was no reason to believe that either Ms. Suda or Ms. Hernandez had violated any law,’ the suit says.” (02/14/19)


Everything Voluntary Podcast, episode 285

Everything Voluntary Podcast

Source: Everything Voluntary

“Episode 285 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: a list of things teachers say to manipulate and control children in the classroom; he continues the Economics 101 mini-series with ‘opportunity cost;’ he also continues the Wizard’s Rules mini-series with the fifth rule, ‘Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie;’ and more.” (02/14/19)


The perils of trying to use emergency powers to build Trump’s wall

Ilya Somin

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy
by Ilya Somin

“A summary of the reasons why Trump lacks the power to use emergency powers to build his border wall, and why it would cause great harm and set a dangerous precedent if he did. Other than that, it’s a great idea!” (02/14/19)


Bitcoin’s social contract must be resilient to the whims of future generations

Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“Over the last few years, infighting and different visions has led to significant divides within the Bitcoin community, weakening the network effects no matter which chain you support. With all the arguments about scaling, privacy, consensus changes and the various forks, it is amazing that these public networks are still thriving. Nevertheless, the people who maintain the various software protocols that communicate with Bitcoin and the network’s many participants have lives that are finite — which means we don’t know if future generations will change the social contract Satoshi Nakamoto created years ago.” (02/14/19)


FL: No THC found in gummies that 12-year-old was charged with a felony for sharing

Source: Lakeland Ledger

“The alleged THC-infused gummy candies given out by a Mulberry Middle School student in November may not have contained cannabis extract after all, according to a report released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. In giving out the candies to classmates, Leviticus Jones, 12, was charged with seven felonies — six counts for distribution and one for possession. Six students were sent to the hospital after ingesting the candies …. The child’s mother, Brittany Dodd, told The Ledger Wednesday that it is her understanding that the charges against her son have been downgraded to misdemeanors for culpable negligence and possession of paraphernalia. … The Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to The Ledger saying another test is needed on the candies …” [editor’s note: No, what is needed is for Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd to be hung up by his nuts in public for pulling this kind of shit on a 12-year-old just to self-promote by keeping a moral panic going – TLK] (02/13/19)


Every day’s a gift

Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton

“‘Every day’s a gift’ was Congressman Walter Jones’[s] response when asked how he was doing. It was a reflection of his Christian faith, a faith that informed his politics and his life. Congressman Jones passed away this Sunday on his 76th birthday, after being placed in hospice care following a fall. His passing is a great loss to the country and to the cause of peace and liberty. Elected to Congress in 1994, he first came to national prominence as the leader of the effort to get the House of Representatives’ cafeterias to rename french fries ‘freedom fries’ to protest France’s opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq. But as the war dragged on and he learned more about the falsehoods behind the war (in part by attending Ron Paul’s weekly Liberty Lunches), he came to regret supporting the war.” (02/14/19)


Schumer fumes over McConnell’s plan to make Democrats publicly support or oppose Green New Deal

Source: Fox News

“Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday ripped into Republicans for planning to force a vote on the Green New Deal, calling the plan a ‘stunt,’ a ‘cheap, cynical ploy’ and ‘a game of political gotcha.’ ‘The Republican leader announced he’s going to bring up a resolution he intends to vote against,’ Schumer said on the Senate floor. ‘Now that is what the American people hate about Congress — the pointless partisan games.’ … Earlier this week, McConnell said that the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal — endorsed by nearly all top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates — in an effort to force Democrats to officially go on the record for the radical proposal.” (02/14/19)