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Weekend Reading List: The Thinker You Get -- Part 121801

Things of interest. 

Defeat and the Dossier Explain Everything -- Donald Trump’s former consiglieri Michael Cohen, along with being charged with tax avoidance and improper business deals, allegedly is guilty also of trying to leverage money and attention by exaggerating his influence with candidate and later President Trump. In other words, Cohen to spec …

My Name Is Bosch And I’m A Recovered Muslim -- My Name is Bosch and I'm a Recovered Muslim ....that is if Muslims don’t kill me for leaving Islam, which it requires them to do. ...

Fast Train to Failure -- In 2008, California voters approved a bond for a high-speed rail line connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles with the fast-growing cities in the state’s Central Valley. With trains running at 220 miles per hour on dedicated tracks,...

Opioid epidemic started with the Civil War -- We have grown numb hearing the dry statistics of opioid-induced fatal drug overdoses. ...

The Perpetual Presidency -- Former President Barack Obama recently continued his series of public broadsides against his successor, Donald Trump. Obama’s charges are paradoxical. On one hand, Obama seems to believe that he, rather than Trump, should be credited with the current economic boom and the emergence of …

Why Michael Flynn Was Set Up -- If nothing else, Robert Mueller's year-and-a-half-long "investigation" into the Trump campaign will serve as an exposition of what it looks like when a presidential campaign and presidency are on "the wrong side of history." ...

Time to Restore Respect for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights -- Wouldn’t the world be more peaceful if affirming the dignity of every human being were enough to secure their liberties? ...

The Deep State Wants Your Guns -- James Bovard notes the threat to private gun ownership posed by the “deep state,” the “officials who secretly wield power permanently in Washington, often in federal agencies with vast sway and little accountability.” ...

Elon Musks's Taxpayer-Funded Gravy Train -- Elon Musk and his corporate empire, much of it financed by taxpayer dollars, is very much in the news. Most of it is not good. And it may be getting worse. ...

Sovereignty and Transcendence: Why the Left Hates the Holidays -- As immediate memories of the midterm elections fade in the face of the holiday season, the country’s cultural cold war will inevitably encompass battles over “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Holidays,” the appropriate “inclusiveness” of workplace parties, and absurd debates over Starbucks coffee cups and the potential racism of “Jingle Bells.” As December unfolds and guides us towards a 2019 guaranteed to be plagued with political polarization, it is worth examining the deeper civilizational zeitgeist beneath the annual seasonal festivities. Underpinning our annual holiday dilemmas is an elemental divide in Western civilization, and one that juxtaposes Judeo-Christian meaning against materialism and nihilism. ... 

The New Socialists Didn't Win -- Socialists did not sweep the midterms. That is because it would have been mathematically impossible for socialists to sweep the midterms. For all the ink and pixels spilled, there weren't actually very many of them on the ballot. Forty-six Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) candidates won primaries in 2018. Of those, 14 were backed by the national Democratic Party and only four were running for the U.S. House. Most prominent among them was New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who endorsed a few more candidates on her own as well. ...

Conservatives Should Resist the Urge to Regulate Big Tech -- Nearly every day there seems to be another story that demonstrates that Big Tech is biased against conservatives. Recently, we saw the “lifetime” ban of conservative pundit Jesse Kelly from Twitter—which lasted just a couple of days. As a result, more and more conservatives are talking openly about using antitrust law to break up or regulate Google or Facebook or even Amazon. This would be a huge mistake, and a repudiation of conservative principles, for several reasons. ...

James and the Giant Impeachment -- For those concerned that former FBI Director James Comey is suffering from early dementia, have no fear: His memory returned with a vengeance during a Sunday night interview with MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace. ...

When Democrats Loved Deregulation -- When President Donald Trump bragged in his first State of the Union address about cutting red tape, the Democratic response was no surprise. "Deregulation," warned Center for American Progress Senior Advisor Sam Berger in Fortune, "is simply a code word for letting big businesses cut corners at everyone else's expense." ...

 

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-- Henry Ford

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