Year-End Fundraiser Update

THANK YOU to subscribing contributors MH, ACS, and DM, whose $18 in donations yesterday bring our year-end fundraiser total (as of 5:30am Eastern on Wednesday) to $1,753!


We remain $822 short of our goal ($5,150 — once we’ve raised $2,575, supporter GL has generously offered to “match funds” for the other half).

And the clock is ticking. We have to raise that $2,575 by the end of December to get the OTHER $2,575.

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Yours in liberty,
Tom Knapp
Rational Review New Digest / Freedom News Daily

No Freedom Without Virtue, part 1

Source: Town Hall
by Mark Lewis

“‘I go on this great republican principle, that the people will have virtue and intelligence to select men of virtue and wisdom. Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people is a chimerical [fanciful] idea.’ — James Madison … Let’s examine this brilliant statement that the Left totally denies, in theory and practice. Three quick points: 1) Virtue and ‘intelligence’ (education) are requirements for a republican government. 2) If there is no virtue in the people, the country will be in a ‘wretched situation.’ 3) Government cannot make you happy or free. Only virtue in the people can do that. This is what the ‘Father of our Constitution’ taught us. He learned it from history, and he was exactly right.” (12/06/23)

Studies suggest fasting could reduce signs of Alzheimer’s disease

Source: Fox News

“It’s been proven that what people eat can help prevent or slow Alzheimer’s disease — but what about when they eat? Participating in intermittent (time-restricted) fasting could lead to a reduced risk of cognitive deterioration, a recent study published in the journal Cell Metabolism suggests. Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine adjusted the feeding schedule of certain groups of mice so that they only ate within six-hour windows each day. (This would be equivalent to 14 hours of fasting for humans, the researchers noted.) Compared to a control group of mice that ate on demand, the fasting mice showed improvements in memory, were less hyperactive in the evenings and had fewer sleep disruptions.” (12/06/23)

John Kennedy’s September 1963 Interview

Source: CounterPunch
by Howard Lisnoff

“Attempting to reconstruct the Kennedy administration decades later is impossible. John Kennedy lived in an era much different from our own and his experiences were remote from the contemporary world. The halo of what was attributed to John Kennedy by way of a modern Camelot is far from the truth. Kennedy was the first president to successfully master the media and particularly television. Like today, however, war is a constant, including the threat of nuclear war, but the economy provides many with fewer opportunities to live without fear from want. I think the latter may have shocked John Kennedy.” (12/06/23)

Company scores $3 billion in corporate welfare for Vegas-LA high-speed rail project

Source: USA Today

“Brightline West’s high-speed rail project from Southern California to Las Vegas has scored $3 billion in federal funding. The funds will help pay for the $12 billion project, which includes main stations in Rancho Cucamonga, Apple Valley, and Las Vegas, as well as a passenger stop in Hesperia. President Joe Biden is expected to officially announce the grant award Friday in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Congress has been notified of the grant award, the source confirmed to the Review-Journal. Brightline and the Nevada Department of Transportation applied for the funds from $3.75 billion available from the Federal-State Partnership Program, part of the U.S. infrastructure bill. … Brightline West’s 218-mile system will mostly run within the Interstate 15 right-of-way, with trains capable of 200 miles per hour. ” (12/05/23)

Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock, 12/06/23

Source: Freedom’s Phoenix

“David Webb (The Great Taking — book and documentary) comes on the show to discuss the deep financial waters, exposing decades of financial legislation that have eroded ownership of financial assets for anyone.” (12/06/23)

Kissinger, Me, and the Lies of the Master

Source: Seymour Hersh
by Seymour Hersh

“The obituaries that followed [Henry Kissinger’s] death last week were as fawning as the coverage when he lied and manipulated his way to fame while in office. The reality is that his role in weaning Russia and China from their support of North Vietnam at the height of that horrific war has often been overstated. He was a facilitator of diplomatic realities that were initially promulgated by President Richard Nixon, whose public awkwardness masked a shrewd insight into the willingness of great powers to betray even the closest of allies.” (12/06/23)

MI: High court declines to immediately hear appeal of ruling allowing disgraced former president on primary ballot

Source: SFGate

“The Michigan Supreme Court refused Wednesday to immediately hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling that would allow former President Donald Trump’s name to be on the state’s presidential primary ballot. The state Supreme Court said the case should remain before the state court of appeals, and not immediately move to Michigan’s highest court as a liberal group had requested. … Dozens of cases hoping to keep Trump’s name off state ballots contend that his actions related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol ran afoul of a clause in the 14th Amendment that prevents anyone from holding office who ‘engaged in insurrection or rebellion’ against the Constitution.” [editor’s note: Meanwhile, Biden says if Trump were not running, he might step down too. Problem solved – SAT] (12/06/23)

Hyped China fears are driving a high-tech arms race

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by William Hartung

“Discussions of Pentagon spending in Washington routinely ignore the fact that at $886 billion for next year, the military budget is already at one of the highest levels since World War II. With better management and a more realistic strategy, that sum would be far more than is needed to provide an effective defense of the United States and its allies. Unfortunately, the Pentagon, the arms industry, and their allies in Congress have failed to make a careful assessment of America’s defense needs. Instead, they’re pushing an ill-considered plan to supersize the weapons production base at the expense of other urgent national needs.” (12/06/23)

Federal Agencies Can Disable Employer Debt TRAPs

Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“Nearly two dozen advocacy groups are urging the Biden administration to ban the spreading practice of ‘stay-or-pay’ contracts, which force workers to compensate employers, sometimes for tens of thousands of dollars, if they leave their job before a set time period. The New York Times Magazine recently reported on these provisions, an innovation of the private equity industry that can require workers to pay ‘liquidated damages’ for on-the-job training or use of equipment, or unspecified damages resulting from the cost of recruiting a replacement, or even ‘lost profits’ from a worker’s departure. Seven detailed memos sent to federal agencies and the White House over the past two months and released this week argue that these provisions operate as ‘de facto non-compete agreements’ that lock workers into jobs and prevent them from speaking out about wages or working conditions.” (12/06/23)