Happy Thanksgiving Week! I’m thankful for you, my awesome listeners, but I’m also thankful for so much more. What’s in the News with stories on Bill Weld, debtors prison, fake news news, big brother, Sessions being sued, AUMF, busted for hibiscus, victimless crimes, and libertarian charity. And, and Ancap Apps segment on the best VPN service I’ve ever used!

WHAT’S RUSTLING MY JIMMIES

It’s Thanksgiving week in the United States, and I realized while trying to decide what I was going to talk about in this segment that this segment is usually very negative in nature. So, today, I wanted to do something a bit differently. With all of the bullshit going on in the world, it is always healthy to take a step back and realize that we still have a lot to be thankful for.

And I am so fortunate to have tons to be thankful for, and I want to share that with you today.

WHAT’S IN THE NEWS

In O.G. Libertarian news, Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee, Bill Weld, acts like he’s still bullish for the LP just shortly after helping raise tons of money for Republicans in Massachusetts. And, of course, overly pragmatic Reason Magazine is eating up the horse shit he feeds them. 

In debtors prison news, a Colorado Springs woman who has a newborn child was jailed for 27 days because she couldn’t pay an unrelated pretrial court processing fee of $55 despite a judge’s order that she be released on her own recognizance, a civil lawsuit says.

In debtors prison news, a Colorado Springs woman who has a newborn child was jailed for 27 days because she couldn’t pay an unrelated pretrial court processing fee of $55 despite a judge’s order that she be released on her own recognizance, a civil lawsuit says.

In big brother news, The House Judiciary Committee has approved (27 to 8) the USA Liberty Act, which reforms as it reauthorizes Sec. 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which authorizes the surveillance of communications from non-U.S. residents. Next stop is a vote on the House floor.

The US Senate proposed a similar USA Liberty Act as well. Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced the Liberty Act bill which will reauthorize the controversial Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. This gives US intelligence agencies permission to spy on and store internet metadata and communications of foreign people living outside the US, along with communications of US citizens which get “swept up” in the data collection

In cannabis news, a 12-year-old girl in Colorado is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions over what the lawsuit claims is an unconstitutional federal prohibition on medical marijuana. Alexis Bortell, who uses a strain of cannabis oil called Haleigh’s Hope to keep seizures at bay, said that she hopes the lawsuit will at least normalize medical marijuana. Her best hope, she said, is that it will legalize it nationwide.

In war is hell news, in a rare exercise of its war-making role, the House of Representatives on Monday overwhelmingly passed a resolution explicitly stating that U.S. military assistance to Saudi Arabia in its war in Yemen is not authorized under legislation passed by Congress to fight terrorism or invade Iraq.

In not-cannabis news, Audrey and Edward Cramer, of Buffalo Township, Pennsylvania, were reported to police by their Nationwide insurance agent for allegedly having marijuana plants on their property. The couple says that on Sept. 20 police stormed their house, harassed them, took their plants and arrested them, while Audrey Cramer was still in her underwear. The problem for police is that the plants they confiscated were Kenaf hibiscus plants, not marijuana.

In even more victimless crime news, a single mother of 6 from the notoriously poor city of Stockton, California recently made headlines after selling an undercover agent… a $12 plate of ceviche, Mexican food.

In Pax Libertas Productions news, I have a huge favor to ask of you guys. Brian McQuade, the host of Resist the Empire, and I are trying to raise $1,000 for the charity Starlight Children’s Foundation, and we could use your help! 

ANCAP APPS

For years I’ve recommended Private Internet Access to people who wanted a private VPN service to protect their data and traffic on the internet. PIA is a good service, and I used it for many years, but I have found one that is even better and offers better privacy and services. 

NordVPN is a VPN service that has all of the features of PIA, plus many more. First, you can pay for NordVPN using Bitcoin for some added protection of your privacy.  PIA allowed for this also, so this is a plus. Some of the features of NordVPN are just awesome though.