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Volume XVI, Issue #4,048
Thursday, August 30th, 2018
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In the News:

1) US regime to UN court: Go pound sand, we can do anything we want because MURKA!
2) Russia: Putin softens pension reforms after outcry
3) Trump: McGahn to leave job as White House counsel
4) Canada, US resume NAFTA talks amid growing optimism
5) FL: DeSantis warns voters not to “monkey this up” by electing Gillum
6) Kavanaugh’s ties to disgraced mentor loom over confirmation
7) California becomes first state to condemn intersex surgeries on children
8) CA: Brown signs bill eliminating money bail
9) TX: ICE thugs abduct 160
10) TX: Cop convicted of murdering 15-year-old
11) US, Canadian “securities” gangs involved in more than 200 crypto probes
12) Facebook employees group criticises “political monoculture”
13) Rights groups urge Google to not be evil
14) IL: Rauner approves cannabis as an opioid alternative
15) AZ: McSally beats Arpaio, Ward for GOP nomination to replace Flake in US Senate
16) Trump asks “how the hell” Bruce Ohr is still employed at DOJ
17) Russian, Chinese, Mongolian regimes to hold biggest war games since Cold War
18) Aung San Suu Kyi won’t be stripped of Nobel Peace Prize
19) Germany: Wiesbaden removes gold statue of Turkey’s President Erdogan
20) Trump to evangelicals: There’ll be “violence” if GOP loses the House

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The myth that won’t die: Undocumented aliens are criminals
22) Social media censorship, part 2
23) The clash of generations and American foreign policy
24) Mass incarceration and the war on guns
25) Did the FBI cover up evidence that China hacked Clinton’s State Department emails?
26) How to get your dissident ideas heard in the new media environment
27) Will “butterfly effect” cripple US defense [sic] arsenal?
28) America is being scandalized by four enormous events
29) “Democratic” socialism no less evil
30) Amazon slams Bernie Sanders over “inaccurate” accusations against company
31) A panacea or a death sentence?
32) This one tiny bill will end the imperial presidency
33) Don’t let fearmongering guide vaping debate
34) Law enforcement for rent
35) Sorry, media, most Americans aren’t that into politics
36) Corporate welfare lives on and on
37) Money for nothing
38) Why China and Russia are obsessed with vast new war games
39) A faulty gun report
40) Quantum Vibe, 08/29/18
41) Apple, Google, et al. strike a blow against the college cartel
42) No, Trump is far from finished
43) Myth that health outcomes and costs are better in socialized healthcare systems, part 2
44) What the hell is “comedy-world redemption?”
45) Stop criminalizing parenthood
46) How to prepare for a post-Roe America
47) How the Department of Homeland Security created a deceptive tale of Russia hacking US voter sites
48) Government is like a bad football fan
49) Will Trump ramp up the Korea crisis again?
50) Collapsing institutions

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/29/18
52) Scott Adams Says, 08/29/18
53) The Libertarian Angle, 08/29/18
54) Electric LibertyLand, episode 87
55) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 239
56) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 11
57) Free Talk Live, 08/28/18
58) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/28/18
59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1227
60) Bloggingheads.tv, 08/28/18

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***** In the News *****

1) US regime to UN court: Go pound sand, we can do anything we want because MURKA!
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The United States told the UN’s top court it has no jurisdiction to rule on Iran’s demand for the suspension of nuclear-related sanctions recently reimposed on the country. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ‘lacks prima facie jurisdiction to hear Iran’s claims,’ US State Department lawyer Jennifer Newstead argued on Tuesday. During the first hearing of the case on Monday, Iran argued that US President Donald Trump breached a 1955 treaty with his decision to reimpose sanctions after withdrawing from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Newstead said the US has the right to protect its national security and other interests. She said the treaty ‘cannot, therefore, provide a basis for this court’s jurisdiction’ in the case.” [editor’s note: Perhaps it can’t — but the UN Charter can. Since the nuclear deal was codified as a UN Security Council resolution, the only legal way for the US to “withdraw from” it is to withdraw from the UN itself – TLK] (08/29/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/rejects-court-jurisdiction-iran-sanctions-case-180828133915383.html

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2) Russia: Putin softens pension reforms after outcry
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Russian leader Vladimir Putin has softened planned pension changes following angry protests and a slump in his approval rating. He said the retirement age for women would be increased from 55 to 60 instead of to 63. But a five-year increase for men, to 65, would stay. In a rare TV address, Mr Putin said the country’s working-age population was shrinking, making change essential. Unions have warned that many will not live long enough to claim a pension. Russian men have a life expectancy of 66 while for women it is 77, the World Health Organization says. The issue has seen support for Mr Putin fall to 64% from 80%, according to VTsIOM state pollster.” (08/29/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45342721

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3) Trump: McGahn to leave job as White House counsel
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Don McGahn will leave his job as White House counsel this fall following Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. … McGahn’s departure will close the book on a tumultous relationship that has been both a boon for Trump’s agenda and a test of the limits of Trump’s executive authority. McGahn has been the key architect of Trump’s successful efforts to reshape the federal courts — sealing a lasting part of Trump’s conservative legacy — but he has also repeatedly clashed with the President over his attempts to interfere in the Justice Department’s investigation of Russian interference and any collusion with the Trump campaign. … That strained relationship once again resurfaced earlier this month with the disclosure that McGahn has cooperated extensively with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, participating in several interviews spanning 30 hours over the last nine months.” (08/29/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/29/politics/don-mcgahn-brett-kavanaugh-donald-trump-tweet/index.html

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4) Canada, US resume NAFTA talks amid growing optimism
Source: Reuters

“Canada has three days to tackle contentious issues when it resumes talks with the United States on Wednesday to salvage the trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement amid signs Ottawa was open to taking a more conciliatory approach. After more than a year of talks, Mexico and the United States announced a bilateral deal on Monday, clearing the way for Canada to rejoin talks to update 24-year-old NAFTA which accounts for over $1 trillion in annual trade between the three nations. But despite obstacles, Canada and the United States could reach an in-principle deal by the Friday deadline. ‘We are optimistic about having some very good, productive conversations this week,’ Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday told reporters as she entered the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office.” (08/29/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trade-nafta/canada-u-s-resume-nafta-talks-amid-growing-optimism-idUSKCN1LE179

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5) FL: DeSantis warns voters not to “monkey this up” by electing Gillum
Source: USA Today

“Rep. Ron DeSantis, the Republican nominee for governor, warned Floridians on Fox News not to ‘monkey this up’ by electing Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee and an African-American. ‘The last thing we need to do is monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state,’ DeSantis said Wednesday. The Florida Democratic Party called DeSantis out immediately. ‘It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles,’ FDP Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement. Gillum spokesman Geoff Burgan said the campaign was letting the FDP respond.” [editor’s note: Of all the images to bring up, he chose that one? Maybe he’s unelectable for sure stupidity; could not have undercut the valid “socialist” message with any other words – SAT] [editor’s note: The closest thing to an ACTUAL socialist running for governor of Florida is Reform Party nominee Darcy Richardson. Gillum’s just another opportunistic “progressive” seat-warmer – TLK] (08/29/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/08/29/andrew-gillum-florida-dems-call-ron-desantis-remarks-racist/1132685002

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6) Kavanaugh’s ties to disgraced mentor loom over confirmation
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Seeking confirmation to a federal judgeship after years of Democratic opposition, Brett Kavanaugh turned to one of his most powerful mentors for a boost. Judge Alex Kozinski, of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California, traveled to Washington, D.C., in 2006 to speak on behalf of Kavanaugh — ‘my good friend and former law clerk.’ He told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh had the legal skills, demeanor and ‘sense of humanity’ to be a brilliant federal judge. Kavanaugh thanked Kozinski for advancing his career and promised to bring the same ‘thoughtfulness and dedication to the rule of law that Judge Kozinski has demonstrated on the bench for more than two decades.’ Twelve years later, Kavanaugh will face senators on the same committee beginning Tuesday for confirmation hearings on his nomination by President Donald Trump to the U.S. Supreme Court. This time, he is certain to face questions about his links to Kozinski, who has since become the poster child for sexual harassment in the federal judiciary.” [editor’s note: Funny, I had thought the only concern was “losing Roe?” – SAT] (08/29/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Kavanaugh-s-ties-to-disgraced-mentor-loom-over-13191149.php

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7) California becomes first state to condemn intersex surgeries on children
Source: USA Today

“California on Tuesday became the first state in the nation to condemn unnecessary surgeries on intersex children. The Legislature passed a resolution demanding the medical community halt nonconsensual medical procedures that try to cosmetically ‘normalize’ variations in intersex children’s sex characteristics. The resolution, which calls the practice a human rights violation, is a landmark moment for the intersex community, advocates say. ‘It means for the very first time a U.S. legislative body has affirmatively recognized that intersex children deserve dignity and the right to make decisions about their own bodies — just like everyone else,’ Kimberly Zieselman, executive director of interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth, told USA TODAY.” [editor’s note: Let’s watch this as it evolves, and the issue of “consent” is examined in larger print – SAT] (08/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/08/28/intersex-surgeries-children-california-first-state-condemn/1126185002

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8) CA: Brown signs bill eliminating money bail
Source: Merced Sun-Star

“Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed sweeping legislation to eliminate cash bail in California. The change, which will take effect in October 2019, goes further than any other state in the country to remove money from pretrial detention. ‘Today, California reforms its bail system so that rich and poor alike are treated fairly,’ Brown said in a statement. Under Senate Bill 10, California will replace bail with ‘risk assessments’ of individuals and non-monetary conditions of release. Counties will establish local agencies to evaluate any individual arrested on felony charges for their likelihood of returning for court hearings and their chances of re-arrest.” [editor’s note: That last part sours the whole deal. The ONLY legitimate purpose of bail is to incentivize appearance for trial – TLK] (08/28/18)

https://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/article217461380.html

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9) TX: ICE thugs abduct 160
Source: ABC News

“Federal authorities [abducted] well over 100 undocumented workers on Tuesday in a surprise raid at a Texas manufacturing company. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [abducted] 160 workers at Load Trail, a trailer manufacturing company that was previously charged with knowingly hiring undocumented immigrants for labor, federal authorities said. The workers were [abducted] on Tuesday afternoon as Texas agents executed a criminal search warrant at the company’s Sumner, Texas, facility, located about 100 miles northeast of Dallas.” (08/29/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/US/160-undocumented-workers-detained-texas-immigration-bust/story?id=57467248

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10) TX: Cop convicted of murdering 15-year-old
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

“A jury on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 28) found a former suburban Dallas police officer guilty of murder in the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, The Dallas Morning News reported. Ex-Balch Springs officer Roy Oliver, 38, now faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Prosecutors accused Oliver of recklessly firing into a vehicle containing Edwards and four other black teenagers — including Edwards’ brother — while responding to a report of a rowdy house party on the night of April 29, 2017. None of the teens were armed.” [editor’s note: Lately I notice the headlines/stories tend to emphasize “ex”-cop, even when the perp was a cop at the time of the crime and only got fired between committing the crime and getting convicted of it – TLK] (08/28/18)

https://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2018/08/jordan_edwards_officer_guilty.html

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11) US, Canadian “securities” gangs involved in more than 200 crypto probes
Source: CoinDesk

“The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) announced that there are ‘more than 200 active investigations’ by state or provincial-level agencies into initial coin offerings (ICOs) and other crypto-related investment products. NASAA, composed of securities regulators from the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Mexico, said in a press release Tuesday that its ongoing Operation Cryptosweep has now expanded to 200 investigations in the U.S. and Canada, and has already resulted in 47 different enforcement actions over the past few months. Violations found to date range from securities fraud to startups failing to properly register their products prior to offering access to investors.” (08/28/18)

https://www.coindesk.com/us-canadian-securities-regulators-are-involved-in-over-200-crypto-probes/

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12) Facebook employees group criticises “political monoculture”
Source: Financial Times [UK]

“More than a hundred Facebook employees have joined an internal group criticising the social network for having a ‘political monoculture,’ as the company comes under fire from US conservatives and President Donald Trump who claim it has a leftwing bias. The group — called ‘FB’ers for Political Diversity’ — was created last week by Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, and first reported on by the New York Times. ‘We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology,’ Mr Amerige wrote in the memo. A person close to Facebook said the group was intended to be constructive and inclusive of different political viewpoints, and includes people on the left and right. But the person also pointed out that it was ‘incredibly small,’ given that the company employs tens of thousands.” (08/29/18)

https://www.ft.com/content/656caf3e-ab23-11e8-89a1-e5de165fa619

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13) Rights groups urge Google to not be evil
Source: Yahoo! News

“More than a dozen human rights groups have sent a letter to Google urging the company not to offer censored internet search in China, amid reports it is planning to again provide the service in the giant market. The joint letter dated Tuesday calls on CEO Sundar Pichai to explain what Google is doing to safeguard users from the Chinese government’s censorship and surveillance. It describes the censored search engine service, codenamed ‘Dragonfly,’ as representing ‘an alarming capitulation by Google on human rights.’” (08/29/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/no-censored-search-china-rights-025342208.html

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14) IL: Rauner approves cannabis as an opioid alternative
Source: Smell the Truth

“Illinois lawmakers have expanded medical marijuana access to patients seeking a non-lethal alternative to prescription painkillers. The state’s Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill on Tuesday making cannabis an official replacement to opioids and easing the application process to qualify, reports the Chicago Tribune. ‘We’ve got to do everything we can to stop this vicious epidemic,’ Gov. Rauner said on Tuesday. ‘We are creating an alternative to opioid addiction. … It’s clear that medical marijuana treats pain effectively and is less addictive and disruptive than opioids.’ Doctors will now be allowed to authorize medical marijuana for any patient qualifying for opioid treatments such as OxyContin, Percocet or Vicodin. Applicants will no longer be fingerprinted or undergo a criminal background check, and anyone who completes a provisional online application will receive a provisional medical marijuana license while their request is under review.” (08/29/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/08/28/illinois-governor-approves-marijuana-as-an-opioid-alternative

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15) AZ: McSally beats Arpaio, Ward for GOP nomination to replace Flake in US Senate
Source: The Hill

“Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) won a nasty Republican Senate primary in Arizona on Tuesday, setting up a marquee fight against fellow Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D) that could help decide which party controls the Senate. McSally, the GOP establishment favorite, won 51.3 percent of the primary vote with 9 percent of precincts reporting, according to a projection from The Associated Press. She beat two Republicans who ran to her right: former state Sen. Kelli Ward, who won 28.5 percent of the vote, and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who ended up with 20.2 percent.” (08/28/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/404019-mcsally-prevails-in-nasty-arizona-gop-senate-primary

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16) Trump asks “how the hell” Bruce Ohr is still employed at DOJ
Source: Fox News

“President Trump lashed out again Wednesday at Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, asking ‘how the hell’ he is still employed after he testified on Capitol Hill about his relationship with former British spy Christopher Steele and his ties to the now infamous anti-Trump dossier. ‘How the hell is Bruce Ohr still employed at the Justice Department?’ Trump tweeted. ‘Disgraceful! Witch Hunt!’ Republicans allege that Ohr played a key role in selling the so-called Steele dossier, commissioned by the opposition research firm Fusion GPS and paid for by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Ohr was grilled over his involvement behind closed doors on Tuesday by the House Oversight and Judiciary committees.” (08/29/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/08/29/trump-asks-how-hell-bruce-ohr-still-employed-at-doj.html

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17) Russian, Chinese, Mongolian regimes to hold biggest war games since Cold War
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Russia will hold its biggest war games in nearly four decades next month, a massive military exercise that will also involve the Chinese and Mongolian armies. The September 11-15 manoeuvres will involve almost 300,000 troops, more than 1,000 military aircraft, two of Russia’s naval fleets and all its airborne units, Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a statement on Tuesday. … The exercises in central and eastern Russia, dubbed Vostok-2018, will take place at a time of heightened tensions between the West and Russia, which is concerned about what it says is an unjustified build-up of forces by the NATO alliance on its western flank.” (08/28/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/russia-hold-biggest-war-games-cold-war-180828132534314.html

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18) Aung San Suu Kyi won’t be stripped of Nobel Peace Prize
Source: Raw Story

“The Nobel Peace Prize to Aung San Suu Kyi will not be withdrawn in the light of a United Nations report that said Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings of Muslim Rohingya, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Wednesday. On Monday, U.N. investigators said Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes with ‘genocidal intent,’ and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for the gravest crimes under international law. Aung San Suu Kyi, who leads the Myanmar government and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for campaigning for democracy, has been criticized for failing to speak out against the army crackdown in Rakhine State. ‘It’s important to remember that a Nobel Prize, whether in Physics, Literature or Peace, is awarded for some prize-worthy effort or achievement of the past,’ said Olav Njoelstad, the secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.” [editor’s note: Of course not, because they would then have to strip the Peace awards from all the other mass-murderers who have received them – SAT] (08/29/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/aung-san-suu-kyi-wont-stripped-nobel-peace-prize-committee

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19) Germany: Wiesbaden removes gold statue of Turkey’s President Erdogan
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The German city of Wiesbaden has removed a 13-foot golden statue of Turkey’s president after it was defaced with the words ‘Turkish Hitler.’ The statue of Recep Tayyip Erdogan was installed in a square as part of Wiesbaden’s Biennale arts festival. Organisers said they had hoped it would spark discussions linked to this year’s theme: ‘bad news.’ Instead, it prompted conflict between Mr Erdogan’s supporters and critics. Firefighters moved it on Tuesday night. City councillor Oliver Franz told the Wiesbadener Kurier newspaper that angry words had escalated into physical scuffles, and ‘bladed weapons were spotted.’ … ‘In agreement with state police, Mayor Sven Gerich decided to have the statue removed as security could no longer be guaranteed,’ the city’s government tweeted.” (08/29/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45345516

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20) Trump to evangelicals: There’ll be “violence” if GOP loses the House
Source: New York Post

“President Trump warned evangelical leaders in a closed-door meeting that there would be ‘violence’ if Republicans lose the House in the November midterm elections. ‘You’re one election away from losing everything that you’ve got,’ Trump told the gathering, according to recorded excerpts reviewed by NBC News, comparing the GOP’s Democratic opponents to violent anti-fascist protesters. ‘They will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently, and violently. There’s violence.’ … Trump also repeated his false claim that he had gotten ‘rid of’ a law forbidding churches and charities from endorsing political candidates. ‘Now one of the things I’m most proud of is getting rid of the Johnson Amendment,’ the president said. ‘That was a disaster for you.’ But the law remains in effect after Congress failed to overturn it last year.” [editor’s note: Don’t look now, Donald, but the institution you are currently CEO of is based ENTIRELY on violence – TLK] (08/28/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/08/28/trump-to-evangelicals-therell-be-violence-if-we-lose-the-house/

***** Everybody Has An Opinion *****

21) The myth that won’t die: Undocumented aliens are criminals
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“FBI statistics show that border towns like San Diego and El Paso, which have large unauthorized populations, have some of the lowest crime rates in the country — and conversely cities like Detroit and Baltimore that have few immigrants have among the highest. Correlation is not causation, and it is possible that undocumented immigrants move to cities with low crime rates rather than actually lowering these rates — although this would still show that undocumented immigrants don’t lead to a rise in crime. However, there is other evidence that suggests that in fact they do indeed lead to a drop in crime rates. Between 1991 and 2008, California added an unprecedented 3.7 million foreigners — about a third of them unauthorized. And what happened to the Golden State’s crime rate? It dropped an eye-popping 55 percent. What’s true for California is also true for the rest of the country. Multiple studies attribute the precipitous drop in the national crime rate in the 1990s to a growth in immigration, specifically undocumented immigration.” (08/29/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/08/29/the-myth-that-wont-die-undocumented-alie

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22) Social media censorship, part 2
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“Are those who question the severity of global warming worse than Nazis? I wouldn’t think so, but YouTube, owned by Google, seems to. I wrote last week that YouTube added a Wikipedia link about global warming to videos like ones I do about climate change. Extra information sounds helpful. But when social media platforms only pick certain politically disfavored positions to add Wiki links to, they skew debate. Worse, Wikipedia’s global warming page has been captured by alarmist editors. It’s very one-sided. On CNN last week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said, ‘I think we need to constantly show that we are not adding our own bias, which I fully admit is left, is more left-leaning.’ At least Dorsey admits that. Usually, powerful social media platforms push their political agendas while pretending not to have any.” (08/29/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2018/08/29/social-media-censorship-ii-n2513793

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23) The clash of generations and American foreign policy
Source: Cato Institute
by A Trevor Thrall, William Ruger, & Erik Goepner

“Today, with the midterms looming as a referendum on President Donald Trump, the nation’s most powerful Baby Boomer, several commentators have noted that Millennial turnout could very well dictate the composition of the next Congress — and their electoral weight will only keep growing. In 2016, Baby Boomers made up 31 percent of voters compared to the Millennials’ 27 percent. But with Boomer numbers declining and Millennials more likely to vote as they age, these young adults could overtake their elders at the ballot box in 2020. For all the concerns about Millennials, however, the story behind America’s attitude shifts on foreign policy is more mixed than many realize.” (08/29/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/clash-generations-american-foreign-policy

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24) Mass incarceration and the war on guns
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Logan Marie Glitterbomb

“Many groups, including Dream Defenders and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, have made alliances with the March for Our Lives movement in the name of intersectionality. Of course, expecting a white supremacist state to fight against white supremacy is a pipe dream at best and gun control actually mainly serves to disarm marginalized communities. The more realistic way to tackle hate crimes and violence is through community defense — including gun rights. Oddly enough, many of these more radical leftist groups that have allied themselves with March for Our Lives have also allied themselves with various strains of the prison abolition and reform movements. Aside from calls to disarm state agents such as the police, these movements have contradictory goals. If we disarm the police, who will enforce gun control measures enacted against average citizens?” (08/29/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/51242

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25) Did the FBI cover up evidence that China hacked Clinton’s State Department emails?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“More than three years after Hillary Clinton admitted that she’d used an unsecured private email server to handle classified emails while secretary of State, and two years after the FBI exonerated her, we finally learn what we should have known all along. That China apparently had unfettered access to all her emails, including many that were highly classified. According to the Daily Caller, the only news site that has continued to pursue this story, a Chinese-owned company gained access to Clinton’s unsecured private server, and embedded code that then sent them copies of every email she sent. The story goes to note that the FBI knew about this, even as then FBI-Director James Comey was drafting Clinton’s get-out-of-jail free statement. Two officials from the Intelligence Community Inspector General’s office discovered the code, and ‘met repeatedly with FBI officials to warn them of the Chinese intrusion,’ the Daily Caller’s Frank Pollock reports. The ICIG discovered the ‘anomaly’ in early 2015, Pollock says, soon after the FBI started its investigation.”

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/china-reportedly-hacked-clintons-state-department-emails-did-the-fbi-cover-that-up-too

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26) How to get your dissident ideas heard in the new media environment
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“I often say that my long-term goal here is to become obsolete so that I can focus on making art and poetry. Ideally this will look like our society shifting to a mode of operation that is so healthy that there is no longer any demand for an Australian political blogger who points out the fact that it’s wrong to manipulate public thought with mass media and drop explosives on children, but I’ll also settle for a world in which there are enough people doing this sort of thing that I’m no longer wanted or needed in this role. Toward that end, and because I’ve been getting some requests for advice on how people who want to do what I do can get started, I’m going to try to tap out a few tips. I’ve caught some lucky breaks and been really blessed and supported in a bunch of frankly miraculous ways on this weird and wonderful journey, but there are also some concrete pointers I’ve picked up along the way which I employ constantly. Here they are for anyone who’s interested in getting their ideas heard in the people’s information rebellion against the establishment propaganda machine.” (08/29/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/08/29/how-to-get-your-dissident-ideas-heard-in-the-new-media-environment

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27) Will “butterfly effect” cripple US defense [sic] arsenal?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Daniel McGroarty

“The ‘butterfly effect’: In climate science, it’s the poetic expression of the theory that seismic changes can be traced back to tiny origins. First published in the 1970s as a scientific paper titled ‘Deterministic Non-periodic Flow,’ the phrase captured attention when featured in a lecture with a different title: ‘Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?’ It works in geopolitics, too. Witness the question arising this week from a story meriting little more than a footnote on wire services: News that South Africa’s majority black government is beginning to forcibly take possession of properties owned by white farmers. In butterfly terms, ‘Can the taking of a farm in South Africa cripple the American defense arsenal?’ Here’s the linkage: Expropriation of a white-owned farm in South Africa can lead to civil strife that could disrupt mining in that resource-rich country, depriving the U.S. and its allies of metals and minerals supply, crippling defense preparedness by sidelining advanced weapons platforms — while strengthening adversaries like China and Russia, which happen to possess the very metals and minerals South Africa mines and America needs.” (08/28/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/defense-butterfly-strategic-minerals

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28) America is being scandalized by four enormous events
Source: Fox News Forum
by Michael Goodwin

“Here’s my view of what’s happening to our country. America is being scandalized by four enormous events that are happening simultaneously. … The first scandalizing event is Donald Trump — his candidacy, his election and his presidency. (And, on some days to some people, his existence.) … Still, Trump won the election fairly and the economy is booming, yet too many Americans can’t accept those truths. Their attempts to bring him down define the three other scandalizing events: First is the conduct of the mainstream media, which has abandoned all standards of fairness and continues to embarrass itself with overt bias against the president. … Another scandalizing event is the behavior of some federal agencies. The Justice Department, the FBI and the CIA took liberties that were morally offensive, and possibly illegal, because they didn’t want Trump to be president. … The fourth scandalizing event is the reaction of Democrats to Trump. Led by Hillary Clinton, the party has thrashed about like wounded animals caught in a steel trap.” (08/29/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/08/29/michael-goodwin-america-is-being-scandalized-by-four-enormous-events-trump-is-just-one-them.html

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29) “Democratic” socialism no less evil
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Over the next few years you’re going to be tested. Socialism — the politics of envy, parasitism, and entitlement — is growing in popularity again. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have recently been its elder cheerleaders. Now socialism is being given a fresh makeover. It has a new, young, and apparently articulate voice in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It’s being re-branded as ‘democratic socialism’ as if adding mob rule (democracy) to socialism makes it less evil. No matter who’s pushing it this time, expect more attempts to portray socialism as kind, fair, and generous. As ‘common decency’ toward the ‘less fortunate.’ Don’t be fooled — it’s still the same old evil under shiny new paint.” (08/29/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/08/29/voices/democratic-socialism-no-less-evil/158931.html

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30) Amazon slams Bernie Sanders over “inaccurate” accusations against company
Source: Fox News

“E-commerce giant Amazon took to its blog on Wednesday to hit back at ‘inaccurate and misleading’ criticisms from Sen. Bernie Sanders, in an unusual political post from the tech giant. Amazon refuted the Independent Vermont senator’s claims that it doesn’t pay lower-level employees a livable wage and therefore workers have to rely on government assistance programs, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at the expense of other taxpayers. ‘Senator Sanders continues to spread misleading statements about pay and benefits,’ representatives for the company wrote on its Day One blog. ‘Amazon is proud to have created over 130,000 new jobs last year alone. In the U.S., the average hourly wage for a full-time associate in our fulfillment centers, including cash, stock, and incentive bonuses, is over $15/hour before overtime. We encourage anyone to compare our pay and benefits to other retailers.’” (08/29/18)

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/amazon-slams-bernie-sanders-over-inaccurate-accusations-against-company

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31) A panacea or a death sentence?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Greg Walcher

“This summer the Administration published its much-anticipated plan to modify enforcement of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The most powerful environmental law ever enacted, it was signed into law 45 years ago, and has steadily become more powerful and intrusive. Decades of controversy have ensued about whether limiting human activity is justified, and there have been numerous attempts at ‘reform,’ but the law remains mostly unchanged. Originally understood by most Americans as an effort to save high-profile species like the bald eagle and grizzly bear, the law’s reach has grown to include 2,407 species of plants, animals, fish, birds, mollusks, and worms. Another 18 species are about to be added, another 28 are considered ‘candidates for listing.’ Over the life of the ESA, just over one percent have been removed from the list, making the goal of species recovery one of government’s most dismal failures.” (08/28/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/08/a-panacea-or-a-death-sentence/

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32) This one tiny bill will end the imperial presidency
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka & Perry Willis

“The Constitution gave the President few powers. Congress shucked its duties and delegated huge chunks of legislative authority to unelected bureaucrats. Those bureaucrats, who work for the President, now write most of the rules that you must obey. And … That disturbing reality allows the President to issue dictates on nearly every aspect of your life, with no checks or balances to get in the way. Downsize DC’s five-page WTLA (Write the Laws Act) would change all that.” (08/29/18)

https://downsizedc.org/end-imperial-presidency/

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33) Don’t let fearmongering guide vaping debate
Source: USA Today
by Gregory Conley

“The number of teens who reported using tobacco products declined from 4.5 million to 3.6 million from 2011 to 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last year, youth use of e-cigarettes fell from its peak in 2015. You might think that health activists and their allies in the press would be celebrating this reality. You would be wrong. Many activists have chosen to simply ignore the large declines in tobacco and e-cigarette use, pointing instead to the availability of flavored e-cigarette products and the rise of independent competitors to Big Tobacco like Juul. Instead of acknowledging that e-cigarettes are helping millions of Americans transition to products estimated to be at least 95% less harmful than cigarettes, a vocal minority is dead set on spreading misinformation about the dangers of vaping. This is unfortunate and a disservice to a productive dialogue about improving public health.” (08/29/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/08/28/fearmongering-guiding-vaping-public-discourse-editorials-debates/37636657

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34) Law enforcement for rent
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Christopher C Horner

“This paper details and extensive and elaborate campaign using elective law enforcement offices, in coordination with major donors and activist pressure groups, to attain a policy agenda that failed through the democratic process. The plan is revealed in emails and other public records obtained during two and a half years of requests under state open records laws. Most are being released now for the first time. Many were obtained only by court order in the face of a determined and coordinated resistance that one deputy attorney general foresaw, expressing early concerns over ‘an affirmative obligation to always litigate’ requests looking into the effort. The paper details how donor-financed governance has expanded into dangerous and likely unconstitutional territory: state attorney general (AG) offices.” (08/28/18)

https://cei.org/AGclimatescheme

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35) Sorry, media, most Americans aren’t that into politics
Source: The American Spectator
by Scott Rasmussen

“For many obsessed with politics, the upcoming midterm elections are perceived as a fight between good and evil that will determine the fate of the nation. In the narrative framed by true believers and much media coverage, it’s a fight between those who are convinced that President Donald Trump can make America great and those who dream of a socialist future. Fifty-four percent of Americans don’t fit into that narrative. Just 27 percent strongly disapprove of the president and believe things would have been better if Hillary Clinton had been elected. On the other side, 19 percent strongly approve of the president and believe things would be worse if Hillary Clinton were living in the White House today. The rest have more mixed views. … Much of the discord in the political process today stems from the inability of the politically obsessed to understand the majority of Americans who don’t fit the dominant political narrative. Often, it seems as if the politically engaged don’t even want to understand the rest of the country.” (08/29/18)

https://spectator.org/contrary-to-media-coverage-most-americans-arent-that-into-politics/

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36) Corporate welfare lives on and on
Source: The American Conservative
by Doug Bandow

“Congress created the usual special interest frenzy with its latest iteration of the farm bill. Agricultural subsidies are one of the most important examples of corporate welfare — money handed out to businesses based on political connections. The legislation suffered a surprise defeat in the House, being viewed as too stingy. But it is certain to return. Fiscal responsibility is out of fashion. The latest federal budget, drafted by a Republican president and Republican-controlled Congress, blew through the loose limits established under Democratic President Barack Obama. The result is trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see. Spending matters. So does the kind of spending. Any amount of corporate welfare is too much.” (08/29/18)

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/corporate-welfare-lives-on-and-on/

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37) Money for nothing
Source: The New Republic
by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

“Some years ago, I had a colleague who would frequently complain that he didn’t have enough to do. He’d mention how much free time he had to our team, ask for more tasks from our boss, and bring it up at after-work drinks. He was right, of course, about the situation: Although we were hardly idle, even the most productive among us couldn’t claim to be toiling for eight (or even five, sometimes three) full hours a day. My colleague, who’d come out of a difficult bout of unemployment, simply could not believe that this justified his salary. It took him a long time to start playing along: checking Twitter, posting on Facebook, reading the paper, and texting friends while fulfilling his professional obligations to the fullest of his abilities. The idea of being paid to do nothing is difficult to adjust to in a society that places a high value on work. Yet this idea has lately gained serious attention amid projections that the progress of globalization and technology will lead to a ‘jobless’ future.” (08/29/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150506/universal-basic-income-future-of-pointless-work

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38) Why China and Russia are obsessed with vast new war games
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“As the West obsesses over Donald Trump’s legal and political challenges, Brexit and a host of other domestic crises, Chinese troops will join their Russian counterparts for Moscow’s largest military exercises in more than three decades. Coming six months after Beijing’s biggest ever offshore naval drills, the joint war games are another reminder of how central military posturing now is to the world’s two most powerful authoritarian states. While neither likely desires or expects war with the United States or its allies, both Beijing and Moscow want to give every impression they are increasingly ready — and are relying on that message to dominate their neighborhoods and intimidate less-powerful nearby nations. Both countries also have an unambiguous message for the Pentagon: if war should come in Eastern Europe or the South China Sea, the United States would risk serious losses if it tried to intervene.” (08/29/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-apps-wargames-commentary/commentary-why-china-and-russia-are-obsessed-with-vast-new-war-games-idUSKCN1LE1O6

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39) A faulty gun report
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“While statistics are generally unreliable, data about gun crimes often qualify as ‘anti-data.’ ‘This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, ‘nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting,” National Public Radio told us yesterday. Like previous stats we’ve seen cited on social media, that seems unbelievably high. And yes, it is — ‘far higher than most other estimates,’ reporter Anya Kamenetz noted. ‘NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened.’ Were they fibbing? Well, never underestimate the power of incompetence.” (08/29/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/08/29/npr-faulty-report/

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40) Quantum Vibe, 08/29/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (08/29/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1840

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41) Apple, Google, et al. strike a blow against the college cartel
Source: National Review
by Frederick M Hess & Grant Addison

“Is there good reason to believe that having a B.A. in sociology or women’s studies makes one more qualified to be a stocker at Costco or shift supervisor at Starbucks? No, there isn’t. In fact, there’s clear evidence that over-credentialing is bad for workers and for businesses. A comprehensive 2017 study by researchers at Harvard Business School found that college graduates filling middle-skill positions cost more to employ, have higher turnover rates, tend to be less engaged, and are no more productive than high-school graduates doing the same job. The long-term consequences of degree inflation look to be even worse, as employers continue to pay a premium for a college-educated workforce even when filling positions that non-credentialed workers could just as easily do, leading ever more students to incur the costs of pursuing a degree.” (08/29/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/employers-stop-requiring-college-degrees-that-arent-needed/

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42) No, Trump is far from finished
Source: In These Times
by Paul Starr

“In a 1920 study that is now regarded as a pioneering example of press criticism, Walter Lippmann and Charles Marz found that in its coverage of the Russian Revolution, The New York Times had repeatedly told its readers that the Communist government was on the verge of its demise. The Times coverage, Lippmann and Marz wrote, was ‘a case of seeing not what was, but what men wanted to see.’ Last week, immediately after Paul Manafort’s conviction and Michael Cohen’s guilty plea, pundits on television and in print were saying that Donald Trump was on the verge of his political demise. Some future media critic will probably do a study of all the many times since the beginning of the 2016 campaign when one event or another led to claims that Trump had reached a turning point and would soon be finished.” [editor’s note: Nice to see someone “over there” wiling to deal with the reality, instead of staying in the TDS delusions – SAT] (08/29/18)

http://prospect.org/article/no-trump-far-finished

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43) Myth that health outcomes and costs are better in socialized healthcare systems, part 2
Source: Cobden Center
by Jai Khemani

“As we have seen earlier, single payer costs more than people think and health outcomes in the U.S are not worse than the UK and Canada. Furthermore, the gap between US healthcare spending and UK healthcare spending is a recent phenomenon. While the U.S spends more than double per person than the UK, the gap between US and UK healthcare spending was initially small (in terms of % of GDP). For example, in 1960, UK healthcare spending was 3.9% of GDP, compared with 5.1% of GDP in the U.S. While the U.S spent more than the UK even in 1960, the gap is considerably smaller than today. In addition, healthcare is a luxury good. This means that demand for healthcare increases more than proportionally when income rises.” (08/29/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/08/myth-that-health-outcomes-and-costs-are-better-in-socialized-healthcare-systems-part-2-are-you-sure-single-payer-saves-money-and-lives/

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44) What the hell is “comedy-world redemption?”
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“At The Daily Beast, Danielle Tcholakian complains that in Louis C.K.’s return to the comedy stage (an unannounced set at the Comedy Cellar), ‘[i]t appears he did not address his past misdeeds or any lessons he may have learned in his time out of the public eye. It seems C.K. would like everyone to forget his transgressions.’ … The story’s title summarizes Tcholakian’s opinion: ‘Louis C.K. Hasn’t Earned His Comedy-World Redemption.’ Uh … what?” (08/29/18)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2018/08/what-hell-is-comedy-world-redemption.html

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45) Stop criminalizing parenthood
Source: The Libertarian Republic
by Kerry McDonald

“Today it seems that childhood freedom has gone the way of afternoon paper routes. Both are relics of an earlier time, when kids were allowed — expected even — to be outside, unsupervised, playing with friends around the neighborhood, riding bikes, mowing lawns, walking dogs, and a whole host of other common childhood activities. We were often out of sight from our parents and, without cell phones, out of reach, too. … It is now so shocking to see a child outside without an adult that passersby are calling the police and parents are being investigated by social services agencies. The stories abound. The Chicago Tribune reported this week on a suburban mother who was investigated by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) for, get this, letting her eight-year-old walk the dog around the block — while she watched from her window.” (08/28/18)

https://thelibertarianrepublic.com/stop-criminalizing-parenthood/

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46) How to prepare for a post-Roe America
Source: In These Times
by Robin Marty, Farah Diaz-Tello & Loretta J Ross

“With President Donald Trump’s selection of conservative Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, the remaining abortion protections put in place by the Roe v. Wade decision are under dire threat. We asked three reproductive justice experts [sic] (journalist and activist Robin Marty, attorney Farah Diaz-Tello and SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective co-founder Loretta J. Ross) to explain this new political reality and how we should respond.” [editor’s note: When I saw this, I had to check twice, but no, it’s not from the Onion; these folks are seriously predicting this will happen – SAT] (08/29/28)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/post_roe_v_wade_abortion_movement_supreme_court.html

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47) How the Department of Homeland Security created a deceptive tale of Russia hacking US voter sites
Source: Antiwar.com
by Gareth Porter

“The narrative of Russian intelligence attacking state and local election boards and threatening the integrity of U.S. elections has achieved near-universal acceptance by media and political elites. And now it has been accepted by the Trump administration’s intelligence chief, Dan Coats, as well. But the real story behind that narrative, recounted here for the first time, reveals that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created and nurtured an account that was grossly and deliberately deceptive. DHS compiled an intelligence report suggesting hackers linked to the Russian government could have targeted voter-related websites in many states and then leaked a sensational story of Russian attacks on those sites without the qualifications that would have revealed a different story. When state election officials began asking questions, they discovered that the DHS claims were false and, in at least one case, laughable.” (08/29/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/porter/2018/08/28/how-the-department-of-homeland-security-created-a-deceptive-tale-of-russia-hacking-us-voter-sites/

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48) Government is like a bad football fan
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Two leaders have reached an agreement [“new NAFTA”] on dozens if not hundreds or thousands of products — how and where they should be produced, what kinds of fees are applicable, what workers are to be paid, and so on. … Keep in mind that the people who are declaring all this aren’t making cars, or steel, or aluminum, or auto parts. They aren’t paying the workers either. They are on the sidelines, meeting in boardrooms, declaring what should be done with other people’s businesses and property. Their decisions are ultimately a power game between them, and the specific results that emerge are basically arbitrary. Why 75 percent and not 78 percent? Why $16 and not $30? Why cars? There are so many questions. Ultimately these people are in the same position as my father watching football. But of course there is one critical difference. They are granted the power to impose their decisions. As for the voice that came down and invited them to call the plays, they obey it and then tell people what to do. They enforce their decisions at the point of a gun.” (08/28/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/government-bad-football-fan

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49) Will Trump ramp up the Korea crisis again?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“[E]ven though President Trump announced after the Singapore meeting that the crisis with North Korea was over and that Americans could sleep soundly again, Trump and his national-security team have continued their system of brutal economic sanctions against North Korea. Their ostensible aim is to continue squeezing the life out of the North Korean people until such time that North Korea actually destroys it nuclear weapons. North Korea refuses to denuclearize until the U.S. government takes firm steps showing that it is no longer committed to regime change in North Korea. For his part, Trump insists that North Korea must denuclearize first and then Trump will help turn North Korea into a prosperous society. Thus the situation appears stalemated. The reality though … is that North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons, no matter what Trump does. … North Korea knows that there is no way that it could ever trust U.S. officials to keep their word on any promise to abandon their longtime aim of regime change in North Korea.” (08/29/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/08/29/will-trump-ramp-up-the-korea-crisis-again/

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50) Collapsing institutions
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“A comment on a recent column ‘Get your children out …’ points out that it may take a ‘catastrophic extinction event’ to rid ourselves of the odious institution of government-run, theft-funded ‘public’ schools in the United States. … Surely, if something short of catastrophe were going to change the course of these insititutions, it would have happened. No? But again, entire institutions can collapse relatively quickly without a single, notable catastrophic event.” (08/28/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/08/28/collapsing-institutions/

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51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 08/29/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“While the UN has found what it believes may be war crimes in the three plus year Saudi-led attack on Yemen, the US government still maintains that its role in helping guide Saudi attacks actually saves lives rather than takes them. Isn’t it time to stand up to the Saudis and their partners in crime?” [Flash video] (08/29/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/un-sees-war-crimes-in-yemenbut-mattis-vows-continued-war-support

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52) Scott Adams Says, 08/29/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Jeffrey Toobin’s TDS and whatnot. With coffee.” [Flash video] (08/29/18)

https://www.periscope.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1YqKDQdoegBGV

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53) The Libertarian Angle, 08/29/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“Immigration controls are like any other type of government control — a top-down command structure doomed to failure and resource mismanagement. And more importantly, immigration controls violate the libertarian non-agression principle. Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss.” [various formats] (08/29/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-more-immigration-control-chaos-video/

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54) Electric LibertyLand, episode 87
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s Electric Libertyland Brian examines the eulogizing of John McCain and the legacy of destruction and ignorance he has left behind. Brian also examines the war in Yemen, Shame vs. Privilege, Prison Reform, NAFTA, and California targeting soda on kids menus.” [various formats] (08/29/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/08/29/john-mccain-the-maverick-of-murder/

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55) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 239
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #239, I discuss how Turkey is a loser in the Syrian Civil War. I break down an article by Joost Hilterman on Turkey’s role in the Syrian Civil War. Turkey’s plan to back Sunni resistance to Assad failed as it looks like Assad will retain power in Syria. The US has backed and armed the Syrian Kurdish YPG, a group Turkey identifies as terrorists. I update Trump calling off Pompeo’s visit for North Korea and Trump’s push for military intervention in Venezuela.” [various formats] (08/29/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-239-turkey-loses-in-syria

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56) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 11
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie take a listener suggestion and examine the alternative reality that is Crowded House’s Don’t Dream It’s Over through a liberty lense. Does it pass the Ancap test?” [Flash audio] (08/28/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/sounds-like-liberty-episode-11-16-bit-pasta-with-john-vincent/

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57) Free Talk Live, 08/28/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Trump Threatens Goole, Facebook, Twitter :: New Anti-Cop T-Shirt :: Raising Smoking Age :: Video of Zombie Game Gets Kid Arrested :: Family Threatened over Little Free Library :: Busybodies :: Venezuela Socialism :: Nationalization :: Minimum Wage :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (08/28/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-08-28

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58) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/28/18
Source: Cato Institute

“How young people learn history today raises issues over what should be presented, but any history text privileges some information over others. Anthony Comegna discusses how and if young people should grapple with history.” [various formats] (08/28/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/how-should-young-people-learn-history

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59) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1227
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“It’s important to cut through the exaggerated platitudes to the heart of who John McCain was, lest a misplaced desire to carry on his ‘legacy’ cause further harm to the United States and the world. Scott Horton joins me for this frank appraisal.” [various formats] (08/28/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1227-the-mccain-legacy-in-foreign-policy/

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60) Bloggingheads.tv, 08/28/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Robert Wright (Bloggingheads.tv, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Matt Welch (Reason, The Declaration of Independents) … Why the media loved John McCain … How McCain’s irascible streak helped him survive torture in Vietnam … From a ‘Vietnam-syndrome realist’ to the hawkiest hawk … How calculated were McCain’s political shifts? … Allying with neocons in the late ’90s to fight cynicism … Matt: McCain had ‘an elitist disdain for populist bigotry’ … The 2008 election and our current predicament … When McCain was not particularly mavericky.” [Flash video] (08/28/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53497

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