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Volume XVI, Issue #4,010
Tuesday, July 10th, 2018
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In the News:

1) UK: Brexit Secretary Davis, Foreign Secretary Johnson resign
2) Trump nominates Kavanaugh to SCOTUS
3) South Africa: Regime releases Zuma’s son on bail in corruption case
4) IN: Judge dismisses Cannabis Church’s case defending weed as religious sacrament
5) MA: Boston regime weighs giving non-US-citizens voting rights
6) Details emerge on Justice Department meeting with reporters on Manafort
7) Starbucks, citing ocean threat, is ditching plastic straws
8) Longtime rival regimes in Ethiopia, Eritrea restore diplomatic ties after 20 years
9) Philippines: Duterte says he will quit if someone can prove God exists
10) TX: Badged thug investigated after brandishing gun at kids, abducting videographer
11) CA: Occupy ICE protesters in San Francisco report arrests in camp raid
12) ACLU: US unlikely to reunite all immigrant families on time
13) New wasp species with giant stinger discovered in Amazon region
14) Trump: China meddling in North Korea talks amid trade tensions
15) KY: AG Beshear announces candidacy for governor
16) Israeli regime denies Swedish peace activist entry to Palestine
17) VA: Man dies after swallowing bag of cocaine during home invasion
18) Haiti: US citizens warned to “shelter in place” as looting follows violent protests
19) UK: Police open murder probe as one of two alleged nerve agent victims dies
20) Turkey: Regime sacks thousands through emergency decree as Erdogan cements power

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) This is so much bigger than Boris
22) Are self-ownership rights paralyzing?
23) A year ago I wrote about cross-ideological collaboration
24) Five strange features of this trade war
25) Why Trump’s isolation plan may backfire
26) How can the FDA foster greater resilience in the medical marketplace?
27) From Singapore to Helsinki: The case for peace
28) Abolish ICE, but don’t stop there
29) America’s Sharia law
30) A note on comparative advantage: It changes frequently
31) Too big for breaches
32) The liberal backlash is coming
33) We need school choice for education without dogma
34) Quantum Vibe, 07/09/18
35) North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons
36) These eight words helped cause the Great Depression
37) Why Trump might lose his trade war with China
38) Five reasons Republicans could still crush Democrats in the 2018 elections
39) A “Reason”able accommodation?
40) Harm enhancement
41) The myth of “money the government owes itself”
42) Entrepreneurialism on the hoof
43) CA Supreme Court gives reminder of how important Kennedy’s replacement is
44) Could free speech have led to overseas empires?
45) Are there any originalists?
46) The strange decline of HL Mencken
47) MSNBC doesn’t merely permit fabrications against Democratic Party critics, it encourages & rewards them
48) Why gold standard is not conducive of boom-bust cycles?
49) Journalist held by ICE speaks: “Without a doubt” I was targeted for my work
50) The rod of correction

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 07/09/18
52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1193
53) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/09/18
54) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 356
55) Scott Adams Says, 07/09/18
56) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 249
57) One Free Family, episode 23
58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 217
59) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 168
60) Free Talk Live, 07/08/18

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

1) UK: Brexit Secretary Davis, Foreign Secretary Johnson resign
Source: CNN

“The government of British Prime Minister Theresa May has been plunged into turmoil with the resignation of two senior Cabinet ministers in a deep split over her Brexit strategy. The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, quit on Monday, hours after the resignation late on Sunday night of the minister in charge of Brexit negotiations, David Davis. Their decision to leave the government came three days after May appeared to have agreed a deal with her fractured Cabinet on the UK’s post-Brexit relationship with the EU. That plan is now in tatters and her political future appears uncertain.” (07/09/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/09/uk/theresa-may-boris-johnson-david-davis-intl/

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2) Trump nominates Kavanaugh to SCOTUS
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

“President Trump tapped conservative stalwart Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court on Monday in hopes of ushering in a right-wing judicial legacy lasting well beyond his presidency and placating his political base. After days of secretive back-to-back interviews and frenzied speculation, Trump finally trotted out the federal Washington, D.C., judge for a dramatic prime-time TV announcement in the East Room of the White House. ‘What matters is not a judge’s political views but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the constitution require. I am pleased to say that I have found, without doubt, such a person,’ Trump said of Kavanaugh, who will replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy if the Senate confirms him.” (07/09/18)

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/ny-news-trump-brett-kavanaugh-supreme-court-20180709-story.html

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3) South Africa: Regime releases Zuma’s son on bail in corruption case
Source: Reuters

“Duduzane Zuma, son of former South African president Jacob Zuma, was released on bail on Monday after appearing in court in leg irons on corruption charges, the most high profile figure to be prosecuted so far in investigations into graft under his father. Johannesburg’s Specialised Commercial Crime Court ordered Duduzane Zuma, who returned to South Africa last week to attend his brother’s funeral, to pay 100,000 rand ($7,440) bail. His case was postponed until Jan. 24, 2019.” (07/09/18)

https://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN1JZ0PW-OZATP

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4) IN: Judge dismisses Cannabis Church’s case defending weed as religious sacrament
Source: The Hill

“A judge ruled that Indiana’s First Church of Cannabis cannot use marijuana as a holy sacrament. Marion County Superior Court Jude Sheryl Lynch rejected the church’s case that marijuana smoking should be protected as a religious sacrament under Indiana’s Religious of Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), NBC4i reported Sunday. Lynch wrote in her opinion that the state has a ‘compelling interest’ to regulate marijuana and therefore marijuana is not protected under the RFRA.” (07/09/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/396040-judge-dismisses-cannabis-churchs-case-defending-weed-as-religious

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5) MA: Boston regime weighs giving non-US-citizens voting rights
Source: Boston Globe

“Non-US citizens living in the country legally [sic] may one day be allowed to vote in Boston elections. The City Council is holding a hearing Tuesday on the idea at the request of Council President Andrea Campbell. The council is considering ways to make city elections more inclusive, including allowing immigrants with legal [sic] status in the country the right to vote in municipal races. That could include legal permanent residents, visa holders and those on Temporary Protected Status or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.” (07/09/18)

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/07/08/boston-weighs-giving-legal-non-citizens-voting-rights/iOzusWkxzYporVhTNt6hjJ/story.html

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6) Details emerge on Justice Department meeting with reporters on Manafort
Source: Politico

“Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are crying foul over a meeting Justice Department prosecutors held with four Associated Press reporters last year as news organizations and the FBI bore down on the longtime lobbyist and political consultant. Manafort’s defense has argued for months that the off-the-record session on April 11, 2017, was a potential conduit for improper leaks to the press about the probe that led to two criminal cases against the former Trump campaign chief. Now, Manafort’s attorneys have fresh evidence they say bolsters their claims: two memos written by FBI agents who attended the meeting and documented their version of what transpired. Manafort’s legal team paints the evidence as confirmation that journalists were given inside information about the investigation in violation of Justice Department policies and, perhaps, legal prohibitions on disclosure of grand jury secrets.” (07/09/18)

https://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2018/07/08/manafort-justice-department-reporters-701906

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7) Starbucks, citing ocean threat, is ditching plastic straws
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations within two years, the coffee chain announced Monday, becoming the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls for businesses and cities to cut waste grow louder. While the straws account for a small percentage of the pollution that ends up in the ocean, they’ve become a flashpoint because they’re seen as an easy way to reduce waste. ‘There are several of these single-use items the public is realizing, hey, we don’t actually need these,’ said Denise Hardesty, a scientist with Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation who studies plastic pollution.” (07/10/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Starbucks-says-it-will-stop-offering-plastic-13059160.php

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8) Longtime rival regimes in Ethiopia, Eritrea restore diplomatic ties after 20 years
Source: CBS News

“Ethiopian and Eritrean leaders formally restored relations Monday, ending 20 years of enmity, and citizens from both counties immediately began phoning each other to get back in touch. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, 42, and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, 72, also signed agreements to open embassies in their respective capitals, restore flight services and use port facilities in Eritrea. The signing took place in Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, before Abiy flew back to Ethiopia.” (07/09/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ethiopia-eritrea-restore-diplomatic-today-2019-07-09/

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9) Philippines: Duterte says he will quit if someone can prove God exists
Source: Independent [UK]

“The president of the Philippines has vowed to step down immediately if it can be proven to him that God is real through a selfie. Rodrigo Duterte sparked outrage in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying that if just one Christian told him truthfully that they had been to heaven and had a conversation with God, he would quit. He also attacked the Catholic Church for collecting funds from members, accusing it of using donations to ‘maintain the palaces and the luxurious things that the rest of humanity do not have.’” (07/09/18)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-god-existence-quit-selfie-heaven-catholic-church-a8437456.html

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10) TX: Badged thug investigated after brandishing gun at kids, abducting videographer
Source: ABC News

“An El Paso, Texas, police officer has been relegated to desk duty after a disturbing video surfaced of the cop pointing a gun at a group of children and roughly arresting one of the boys last week. The incident took place on Thursday when police said they responded to a call about a group of young boys trespassing near a recreation center in the western Texas city bordering Mexico. The video, which was uploaded to a user’s Facebook page on Friday, appears to show a police officer pushing one of the boys against a wall with his knee while the other boys taunt the officer and hurl profanity at him. The officer can then be seen drawing his gun and pointing it at some of the boys, who recoil, before the cop quickly re-holsters his service weapon. … The person filming the confrontation can be heard saying, ‘We’re going to put a report on these two fools. It’s all good.’ The officer then comes after the man filming the incident and can be seen arresting him as well.” (07/09/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/US/texas-police-officer-investigated-pointing-gun-young-children/story?id=56450094

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11) CA: Occupy ICE protesters in San Francisco report arrests in camp raid
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“An encampment of activists protesting Immigration Customs and Enforcement and President Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy were arrested overnight in San Francisco, the group said early Monday. ‘The #occupyicesf camp is currently being raided,’ Occupy ICE SF tweeted just after 1 a.m. The group had set up camp outside of San Francisco’s U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services offices on Washington and Sansome streets as part of a national protest against the agency, which has come under fire after thousands of migrant children were separated from their parents, some of whom have already been deported.” (07/10/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Occupy-ICE-protesters-in-San-Francisco-report-13059692.php

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12) ACLU: US unlikely to reunite all immigrant families on time
Source: Reuters

“The American Civil Liberties Union says it appears unlikely the U.S. government will meet a court-ordered Tuesday deadline to reunite 102 immigrant children under the age of five who separated from their parents at the U.S. border. U.S. Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego last month ordered the government to reunite more than 2,000 children who were separated from their parents under U.S. President Donald Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy that began in early May. Sabraw set a deadline for children under five to be reunited by July 10, and all children by July 26. The ACLU, which brought the lawsuit that led to Sabraw’s order, said in a Sunday statement that the administration had provided them with a list of the 102 children under the age of five who have been separated. But the organization said it appeared ‘likely that less than half’ of these children would be reunited by July 10.” (07/10/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-children/u-s-unlikely-to-reunite-all-immigrant-families-on-time-aclu-idUSKBN1JZ263

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13) New wasp species with giant stinger discovered in Amazon region
Source: USA Today

“Researchers in Finland say they’ve discovered a new species of wasp in the Amazon that has a huge stinger. The wasp, which scientists named Clistopyga crassicaudata, boasts a stinger that is both longer and wider than those seen on most wasps. ‘I have studied tropical parasitoid wasps for a long time but I have never seen anything like it,’ said researcher Ilari E. Saaksjarvi of the University of Turku’s biodiversity unit, in a statement. ‘The stinger looks like a fierce weapon.’ Researchers say the class of wasps like the one they discovered use their stingers not only to inject other creatures with venom but also to lay eggs. These types of wasps will paralyze a spider using its venom, then lays its eggs on the spider so the hatching larva can eat it and any potential spider eggs.” (07/09/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/09/new-wasp-species-giant-stinger-found-amazon-scientists-say/767247002

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14) Trump: China meddling in North Korea talks amid trade tensions
Source: Fox News

“President Trump suggested Monday that China could be ‘exerting negative pressure’ on North Korea to stray from the denuclearization ‘deal’ signed last month, amid trade tensions between the U.S. and Beijing. The president expressed confidence that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will ‘honor’ the informal deal, despite tense talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over the weekend. ‘I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea,’ Trump tweeted. ‘China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade — Hope Not!’ The president’s tweet comes days after the administration increased tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports as Beijing said it would be ‘forced to make a necessary counterattack.’ Chinese President Xi Jinping instructed various levels of government to get ready for a full-on trade war, The Wall Street Journal reported last week, citing Chinese officials.” (07/10/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/09/trump-suggests-china-meddling-in-north-korea-talks-amid-trade-tensions-with-us.html

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15) KY: AG Beshear announces candidacy for governor
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Kentucky’s Republican governor and Democratic attorney general have disagreed so often that a judge has had to settle their disputes at least eight times in just two and a half years. Now, voters could finally get a chance to settle the feud next year. Andy Beshear announced Monday he will seek the Democratic nomination for governor in 2019. He is the first candidate to formally enter the race, as Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has not said whether he will seek re-election. Public education figures to be a key issue in the campaign. Bevin and the Republican-controlled legislature enacted a new law that made changes to the state’s pension system for teachers and other state workers. The changes prompted thousands of teachers to protest at the Capitol, closing dozens of school districts.” (07/10/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Beshear-announces-candidacy-for-governor-in-2019-13059526.php

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16) Israeli regime denies Swedish peace activist entry to Palestine
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“After spending more than 11 months walking through high-altitude plateaus, windswept forests and muddy migrant trails, a Swedish activist’s attempt to reach occupied Palestine has come to an abrupt end after Israeli authorities turned him away from the border. Benjamin Ladraa, 25, began his journey on August 5, 2017 to raise awareness of Israel’s 70-year occupation of Palestine. But early on Friday, Israeli officials denied him entry at the Allenby crossing which links Jordan to the occupied West Bank.” (07/09/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/israel-denies-swedish-peace-activist-entry-palestine-180708093609750.html

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17) VA: Man dies after swallowing bag of cocaine during home invasion
Source: New York Daily News

“Authorities say a Virginia man choked to death after swallowing an apparent bag of cocaine during a [home invasion by badged gang members]. News outlets report 52-year-old William Tucker of Waynesboro died Friday. [The gang-bangers] say a drug task force and a Waynesboro police SWAT team arrived at a Waynesboro home Friday morning for a drug investigation. When they entered, [the thugs] say they found Tucker forcing a bag filled with white powder into his mouth. [Gang spokespersons] say Tucker lost consciousness while resisting attempts to remove the bag. He was declared dead at a hospital.” (07/09/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ny-news-man-dies-swallowing-bag-cocaine-20180708-story.html#

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18) Haiti: US citizens warned to “shelter in place” as looting follows violent protests
Source: Time

“Looters pillaged, burned and vandalized shops in Haiti’s capital Sunday following two days of violent protests over the government’s attempt to raise fuel prices. Journalists saw young men stripping shelves bare in some supermarkets that were charred from the protests. Several bodies lay among debris scattered in the streets. With the situation still chaotic, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince on Sunday warned U.S. citizens to shelter in place. It noted that many airline flights had been cancelled and said, ‘The airport has limited food and water available.’” (07/09/18)

http://time.com/5333018/looters-haiti-fuel-protests/

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19) UK: Police open murder probe as one of two alleged nerve agent victims dies
Source: Yahoo! News

“A woman who was [allegedly] poisoned by a military-grade nerve agent in southwest England died Sunday, eight days after police think she touched a contaminated item that has not been found. London’s Metropolitan Police force said detectives had become a homicide investigation with 44-year-old Dawn Sturgess’s death at a hospital in Salisbury. She and her boyfriend, Charlie Rowley, 45, were admitted June 30 after falling ill a few miles away in Amesbury; Rowley remains in critical condition. Tests at Britain’s defense research laboratory [allegedly] showed the pair was exposed to Novichok, the same type of nerve agent [allegedly] used to poison a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury in March.” [editor’s note: This being a government we’re talking about, the claims of Novichok presence are suspect in both cases – TLK] (07/09/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/uk-official-reassures-residents-poisoning-case-105635657.html

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20) Turkey: Regime sacks thousands through emergency decree as Erdogan cements power
Source: NBC News

“Turkey’s government on Sunday issued an emergency decree dismissing thousands of public servants for alleged links to terror groups. The decree, published in the Official Gazette, sacked 18,632 civil servants, including nearly 9,000 police officers, some 6,000 members of the military and hundreds of teachers and academics. Their passports will be cancelled. Turkey has been under a state of emergency for nearly two years, declared after a failed coup attempt in July 2016. The government blames a U.S.-based cleric for orchestrating the coup and has sacked or arrested people suspected of links to him. The cleric, Fethullah Gulen, denies the allegations. But the purge has broadened to include other ‘terror groups,’ with more than 130,000 people dismissed.” (07/09/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/turkey-sacks-thousands-through-emergency-decree-erdogan-cements-power-n889651

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

21) This is so much bigger than Boris
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“The circus in Westminster today is really just a symptom of the great unresolved paradox of the referendum result: that the people have taken a historic, radical decision, against the wishes of the political class, that is now left to the political class to implement. A few knights in shining armour can’t resolve that. This is a deep political and cultural schism, not a matter of political personalities and factions. The great divide exists not between Brexiteers and Remainers in Westminster, but between the people and the politicians who claim to represent them.” (07/09/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/this-is-so-much-bigger-than-boris

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22) Are self-ownership rights paralyzing?
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Neera Badhwar

“To own oneself is to have a right to use one’s faculties and energies as one pleases, without interference, so long as one does so compatibly with other people’s like rights. Self-ownership expresses the idea that we are ends in ourselves, with our own lives to lead, not mere means to others’ ends. It expresses the thought, as Robert Nozick and others have put it, that ‘[i]ndividuals are inviolable,’ and explains why ‘unprovoked acts of killing, maiming,’ etc. are wrong. Since the limits of self-ownership rights are other people’s like rights, it follows that self-ownership rights are as extensive as logically possible. But such rights — what Steven Wall calls full self-ownership (FSO) — have implications that Wall and other critics claim repeatedly clash with widespread and plausible moral intuitions. I think that most of these criticisms are due to the critics’ conception of self-ownership rights, and not to the nature of the rights themselves. Here I will discuss only the criticism that full self-ownership rights are paralyzing, leaving us unable to exercise any of them.” (07/09/18)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/07/self-ownership-rights-paralyzing/

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23) A year ago I wrote about cross-ideological collaboration
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“One year ago today I wrote an article titled ‘Lefties Need To Stop Being Shy About Working With The Anti-Establishment Right,’ and Left Twitter exploded. To this day there are still some social media echo chambers in which this article is the primary thing I am known for. I still think it was a decent article, and I stand by it. It was about how anti-establishment leftists can collaborate across ideological lines on specific points of mutual interest without compromising their principles, which to me is just an obvious no-brainer, and that people can trust themselves to know how and to what extent that collaboration can take place. Over the following few weeks, the actual contents of my article were falsely spun by Progressive Army, Counterpunch and a few other lefty thought leaders as ‘Caitlin Johnstone wants us to align with Nazis.’ None of the journalists or activists fanning the flames of this conspiracy theory ever reached out to me for comment, or even to try to convince me of the error of my ways.” [editor’s note: Sounds like the LP ain’t the only ones dealing with this mental disconnect – SAT] (07/09/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/07/09/a-year-ago-i-wrote-about-cross-ideological-collaboration-heres-how-its-been-going

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24) Five strange features of this trade war
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“After years of warnings that it is coming, and after months of threats and rhetoric, the trade war is officially launched. No more deadlines, proposals, and negotiations. It’s here, right now, and it will probably escalate. It’s worth reflecting on all the ways in which this trade war seems to depart from the historical pattern. To me it suggests something important: this trade war is born not of strategy but of ideology.” (07/09/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/five-strange-features-trade-war

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25) Why Trump’s isolation plan may backfire
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“In May, President Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal despite Iran living up to its obligations and the deal working as planned. While the US kept in place most sanctions against Tehran, China and Russia — along with many European countries — had begun reaping the benefits of trade with an Iran eager to do business with the world. Now, President Trump is threatening sanctions against any country that continues to do business with Iran. But will his attempt to restore the status quo before the Iran deal really work?” (07/09/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/trumps-iran-isolation-plan-may-backfire

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26) How can the FDA foster greater resilience in the medical marketplace?
Source: Niskanen Center
by Joseph Gulfo & Jason Briggeman

“The FDA was established to make sure that medical products are safe and effective prior to broad availability. But in recent years, the FDA has strayed from its original mandate, requiring not only evidence of safety and effectiveness but also evidence of clinical utility. That means that new drugs must prove that they are not only safe and effective, but offer, in some overall and ultimate sense, profound benefits to patient health from a product. Even the best science generally cannot produce conclusive evidence on such a question — even regarding drugs that have been used by millions of patients over many years. And so, for diseases that affect millions of Americans and are responsible for most of the morbidity and mortality in our country (i.e., heart failure, Alzheimer’s disease, COPD, diabetes, etc.) FDA-mandated pre-market clinical trials have become ever longer, larger, and more complex, in pursuit of that aspirational goal.” [editor’s note: The question in the title is easily answered — all the FDA has to do is shut down and go away. Problem solved – TLK] (07/09/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/how-can-the-fda-foster-greater-resilience-in-the-medical-marketplace/

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27) From Singapore to Helsinki: The case for peace
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“The Helsinki summit is a chance to make the most important diplomatic breakthrough on nuclear arms since the Reagan era. The US has been backtracking, withdrawing from essential agreements to limit nukes in Europe, with NATO troops advancing up to the very gates of Moscow in a provocative show of force deemed to be ‘exercises.’ After years of trying to defuse tensions, the Russians finally responded in kind by (supposedly) developing a new line of deadly nukes aimed at American cities. Yes, we are still in cold war mode as far as nukes are concerned, with both the US and Russia on hair-trigger alert. That this could easily result in an accidental nuclear war if the technology goes wrong, the software has a bug — and the human race is nuked into extinction — ought to keep us up at night.” (07/09/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/07/08/from-singapore-to-helsinki-the-case-for-peace/

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28) Abolish ICE, but don’t stop there
Source: CounterPunch
by David Correia

“Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) dismissed the calls to abolish ICE as nothing more than a political slogan, saying in an interview that ‘abolishing ICE will accomplish nothing.’ Abolish ICE, in other words, and some other agency will do the job. Blumenthal’s not wrong. The separation of children from their parents is not a unique practice of ICE. The Trump administration will have a nearly unlimited choice of agencies that could do the job of separating children from their parents, because separating children from their parents is what police every day, whether on the border or in your town.” (07/09/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/09/abolish-ice-but-dont-stop-there/

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29) America’s Sharia law
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“One of the reasons I hear coming from ‘conservatives’ for invading and occupying Islamic countries is so ‘they’ won’t take over America and force Sharia ‘law’ on ‘us.’ You know, kind of an extension of the ‘fight them there so we don’t have to fight them here’ excuse. True, I have no wish to live under such a brutal and primitive, and painfully stupid, system. But doesn’t that mean we should deal with the mote in our own eye and get rid of our own version of Sharia ‘law’ too? Otherwise we are just being hypocritical. Again.” (07/09/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/07/americas-sharia-law.html

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30) A note on comparative advantage: It changes frequently
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Suppose that Jane starts off her adult life as plain. She possesses neither unusual skills nor impressive learning. On the day that she turned 18 years old her comparative advantage was as working as a motel maid, which she commenced to do. On Jane’s 19th birthday she decided that she no longer wished to work as a motel maid so she enrolled in college and, after sixteen years of determined application of her mind and energies — and finances — became a board-certified cardiovascular surgeon, boasting a medical degree from Harvard’s medical school. Jane consciously strove to change her comparative advantage. And she succeeded.” (07/09/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/07/note-comparative-advantage-changes-frequently.html

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31) Too big for breaches
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘Any reporter who has covered Europe in the last decade has written a dozen articles or more,’ The New York Times informs us, ‘about how one crisis or another has exposed the fundamental unsustainability of the European Union.’ I hadn’t noticed. Until recently, haven’t reporters and commentators been downplaying Europe’s looming crisis? But they cannot pretend ‘far right’ separatist, decentralist and nationalist movements are marginal any longer, not after strong showings for Geert Wilders in The Netherlands and Marine Le Pen in France, and the Brexit vote. Now everybody seems to be panicking.” (07/09/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/07/09/too-big-for-breaches/

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32) The liberal backlash is coming
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“Among the many privileges certain Americans enjoy (along with the presumption of competence and driving without being pulled over unless they actually commit a moving violation) is the right to cry out in rage at the sight of political and societal change, to demand that things revert back to how they were before, and to find this demand greeted with understanding and consideration. Indeed, the angry demand for a reversion to the prior order (what we can call the politics of backlash) has been the basis of Republican electoral success for decades. They have held up one social or political development after another and told have voters, ‘These changes are the symptom and cause of what you have lost.’ … But right now we’re seeing something extraordinary: a liberal backlash, potentially equal in potency to what we’re used to seeing from the right. The left is already mad because of their own sense of loss, and it’s about to get much worse.” (07/09/18)

http://prospect.org/article/liberal-backlash-coming

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33) We need school choice for education without dogma
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Ben Sharvy

“So you want more choice in where you get your baby potatoes or your baby’s education? I have a brilliant idea! We should create a system of government-run grocery stores. The government will run them according to majority-approved philosophies of food. Everyone will have to accept what is ruled best practice in food, because that’s how democracy works. We’ll subsidize these government-run grocery stores in order to provide free public nutrition. Private grocery stores mostly won’t be able to compete with subsidized ones, but there are always niches. Health-food co-ops and splashy gourmet destinations could cater to hippy weirdos or the wealthy. However, no government ‘vouchers’ should be usable at private grocery stores. That would steal dollars from public nutrition. Oh wait, my brilliant idea is really dumb.” (07/09/18)

https://fee.org/articles/we-need-school-choice-for-education-without-dogma/

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34) Quantum Vibe, 07/09/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (07/09/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1818

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35) North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“With North Korea accusing Secretary of State (and former CIA Director) Mike Pompeo of engaging in a ‘unilateral and gangster-like demand for denuclearization,’ it should be increasingly obvious to most everyone that North Korea is not going to destroy its nuclear bombs. This should not surprise anyone. The dumbest thing that North Korea could ever do is to destroy its nuclear capability. One thing is for sure: No matter how brutal North Korea’s communist regime is, it’s not stupid. The North Koreans know that the second that they were to destroy their last nuclear bomb, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un and his communist regime would become one great big nothing-burger in the eyes of President Trump and the U.S. national-security establishment.” (07/09/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/07/09/north-korea-will-never-give-up-its-nuclear-weapons/

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36) These eight words helped cause the Great Depression
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Hunter Lewis

“Can the entire story of the worst economic disaster in American history really be told from just eight words in a political party’s platform? In this case, yes. Here are the fateful words that introduced the second section of the Republican Party’s 1932 platform, right after a waffling plank on prohibition: ‘We believe in the principle of high wages.’ This was Herbert Hoover speaking. His most cherished economic belief was that wages could not be allowed to fall, and after the Crash of 1929 he vigorously jawboned business leaders to keep wages up. It was not just a question of persuasion. He made it clear that if businesses did not do as he demanded, legislative wage controls would swiftly follow. Business leaders were afraid to defy this edict, and did their best to keep wages where they had been. The results were utterly disastrous.” (07/09/18)

https://mises.org/wire/these-eight-words-helped-cause-great-depression

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37) Why Trump might lose his trade war with China
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“It is not normal to see ‘race against time’ and ‘ship laden with soybeans’ in the same sentence, but last week a cargo ship carrying soybeans to China found itself in the trade equivalent of Smokey and the Bandit. Hoping to beat a 25 percent tariff that China was about to levy on U.S. soybeans, the Peak Pegasus dashed across the Pacific. But it ultimately fell short of its goal, Bloomberg reported on Friday morning, arriving in China hours after the new tariffs went into effect. The voyage of the Peak Pegasus lent an absurd but fitting tinge to the beginning of what could be a very serious trade war between the United States and China. After initiating $34 billion in tariffs on Friday, the Trump administration is poised to impose an additional $16 billion in two weeks. All in all, President Trump has threatened to levy up to $500 billion if China doesn’t change its behavior toward American companies.” (07/09/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/149683/trump-might-lose-trade-war-china

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38) Five reasons Republicans could still crush Democrats in the 2018 elections
Source: USA Today
by Jason Sattler

“Republican bigwigs should be quaking in their fancy foreign shoes. Their president keeps poking allies and flattering dictators — including the autocrat behind the hacking of our 2016 elections and a dictator who was threatening to nuke us until a few months ago and still seems to be developing the capacity to do so. His Cabinet secretaries act as if they’re competing for the most ridiculous scandal. And his lackeys appear more interested in enriching the Trump family than reuniting the thousands of kids separated from their parents by his policies. Just 17 weeks from the 2018 elections, the Dow is down more than 2,000 points as Donald Trump’s trade tantrums have dulled the gains of the low-unemployment economy he inherited. Rising gas prices and the spiking health premiums hikes juiced by Republican sabotage of the Affordable Care Act threaten to erase any slight gains promised to middle class families by last year’s tax cuts.” (07/09/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/09/five-ways-republicans-beat-democrats-2018-elections-congress-column/759931002

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39) A “Reason”able accommodation?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Reason Magazine recently told the story of the tiny Liberty County (Texas) Vindicator’s fight with Facebook. In short, the Vindicator was not able to publish part of its serialization of the Declaration of Independence because a Facebook robot declared something (probably the 31st article against King George) a violation of their policy against hate speech and racism. Read it for yourself in any honest copy of that Declaration: ‘… the merciless Indian Savages, whose known Rule of Warfare, is an undistinguished Destruction, of all Ages, Sexes and Conditions.’ The article at Reason Magazine brands this as racist and hate speech, but protected because it is part of a historical document. So it needs to be allowed, but explained. I call foul.” (07/09/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/07/09/a-reasonable-accomodation/

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40) Harm enhancement
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Mike Siegel

“We are in the midst of War on Sex Work that is largely becoming a replacement for the War on Drugs … A war on sex work would be difficult given that about half of Americans think prostitution should be legal. And so this war has built on a tissue of falsehoods to claim that it is actually a war on ‘sex trafficking.’ We are constantly being told — by politicians, by the media and by the entertainment industry — that there is a national crisis of sex trafficking and specifically a crisis of child sex trafficking. But the evidence to support this claim, when you dig into it even a little bit, turns out to be a ziggurat of garbled statistics, junk social science and outright lies.” (07/09/18)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/07/09/guest-column-harm-enhancement/

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41) The myth of “money the government owes itself”
Source: Independent Institute
by Craig Eyermann

“The CBO’s projected transformation of so much of the U.S. government’s ‘Intragovernmental’ Debt into ‘Debt Held by the Public’ reveals that the money that the government owes to itself is little more than an accounting farce. It’s one aimed at purposefully understating the true magnitude of the U.S. government’s debt burden today because it ignores how the government will need to obtain the money that it will use to pay off much of its accumulated intragovernmental debt burden.” (07/09/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/07/09/the-myth-of-money-the-government-owes-itself/

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42) Entrepreneurialism on the hoof
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“What could explain the tumbleweeds rolling through the corridors of my wife’s usually bustling pediatric practice for one week each May? It’s entrepreneurial spirit. Few things motivate the local kids to suppress their usual sniffles and complaints like the annual fair, when their longtime 4-H and FFA (formerly Future Farmers of America) projects come to fruition. All that time, sweat, and energy expended by them (and, too often, their suffering parents) in raising rabbits, lambs, goats, poultry, and steers find their reward at the livestock auction, from which the kids depart with hard cash and the buyers end up with freezers full of meat. It’s a demonstration not just of animal husbandry but of an entrepreneurial spirit that’s at odds with the Hillbilly Elegy–esque dysfunction we’re told to expect of locales outside city limits.” (for publication 08/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/09/entrepreneurialism-on-the-hoof

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43) CA Supreme Court gives reminder of how important Kennedy’s replacement is
Source: Town Hall
by John R Lott, Jr.

“The California Supreme Court just gave people who believe in self-defense a timely reminder of the importance of who replaces Justice Anthony Kennedy. At the end of June, the California court banned the sale of any semi-automatic handgun models made since May 2013. Since 2013, there are 50 percent fewer handgun models available for sale in California. It is just a matter of time until no more new semi-automatic handguns can be legally sold. The California court decided that even if a gun control law is ‘impossible’ to obey, that doesn’t invalidate it. It ignored the state’s Civil Code that declared, ‘[t]he law never requires impossibilities.’ The court raised no concerns about its decision eventually leading to gun bans. In a closely related case in federal court California argued that ‘safety’ regulations could ban all guns but one handgun and it would still be Constitutional.” (07/09/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnrlottjr/2018/07/09/a-california-supreme-court-just-gave-us-a-timely-reminder-of-how-important-justice-kennedys-replacement-is-n2498430

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44) Could free speech have led to overseas empires?
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Brandon Christensen

“Tridivesh’s recent post on China’s multilateral struggles got me thinking about the difference between the United States and China when it comes to coalition-building and international affairs more broadly. I don’t think the Chinese are purposely attempting to smaller countries in debt [sic] so that Beijing may have a shorter leash for them. I think Beijing simply doesn’t know what it’s doing, and is proceeding apace with multilateral initiatives like the BRI through a trial-and-error process. Unfortunately, trial-and-error processes only work if there is a mechanism to identify the error that takes place during the trial. In the West, we call this mechanism ‘free speech.’ In China, free speech ruins order and is thus discouraged at best and disposed of at worst.” (07/09/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/07/09/could-free-speech-have-led-to-overseas-empires/

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45) Are there any originalists?
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“In the comment section to my previous post on ‘process,’ some pointed to the need for appointing ‘originalist’ judges to the Supreme Court. I’m very sympathetic to that view, although in the end it’s not clear what the term means, nor is it clear if there actually are any originalists.” (07/08/18)

https://www.inoreader.com/article/3a9c6e7e6f63ce7f-are-there-any-originalists

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46) The strange decline of HL Mencken
Source: The American Conservative
by John Rossi

“Seventy years ago, one of the most influential American journalists and critics was silenced forever. H.L. Mencken suffered a massive stroke in 1948 that left him unable to write, the thing he did best and that defined his life. He lived eight more years but could no longer write with any degree of facility and could read only with difficulty. It was a savage fate for a man who literally lived to put his ideas on paper. Today Mencken is largely forgotten. That wasn’t always the case.” (07/09/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-strange-decline-of-h-l-mencken/

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47) MSNBC doesn’t merely permit fabrications against Democratic Party critics, it encourages & rewards them
Source: The intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“During the 2016 primary and general election campaigns, various MSNBC hosts were openly campaigning for Hillary Clinton. One of the network’s programs featured Malcolm Nance, whose background is quite sketchy but who is presented by the cable network (and now by NBC News) as an ‘intelligence expert’ and former intelligence officer for the U.S. Navy. On August 20, 2016, weekend host Joy Reid asked Nance about the supposed ‘affinity’ for Russia harbored by Jill Stein supporters. In response, Nance told MSNBC viewers: ‘Jill Stein has a show on Russia Today.’ … Whatever your views might be about Jill Stein and her third-party candidacy, there is no disputing the fact that Nance’s statement was a falsehood, a fabrication, a lie. Jill Stein did not have a show on RT, nor did she ever host a show on RT. What Nance said was … fabricated, in order to encourage MSNBC viewers to believe that Stein, one of the candidates running against Clinton, was a paid agent of the Kremlin and was an employee of RT.” (07/08/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/07/08/msnbc-does-not-merely-permit-fabrications-against-democratic-party-critics-it-encourages-and-rewards-them

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48) Why gold standard is not conducive of boom-bust cycles?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Dr. Frank Shostak

“According to some commentators on the gold standard, an increase in the supply of gold generates similar distortions that money out of ‘thin air’ does. Let us start with a barter economy. John the miner produces ten ounces of gold. The reason why he mines gold because he believes there is a market for it. Gold contributes to the wellbeing of individuals.” (07/09/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/07/why-gold-standard-is-not-conducive-of-boom-bust-cycles/

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49) Journalist held by ICE speaks: “Without a doubt” I was targeted for my work
Source: The Daily Beast
by Rachel Frazin

“What started out as a ‘just another day’ in Memphis-based journalist Manuel Duran’s life ended in his arrest by local police and transfer to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The arrest, Duran claims, was retaliation for his reporting about local police actions. Duran, 42, who is sometimes listed as Duran Ortega, was covering a Memphis protest in April when he was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing a highway or passageway. In a video taken of the incident, Duran appears to be wearing a press badge and was not the only journalist in the street. After the charges were dropped, Duran was released from the Shelby County jail and ICE agents were there waiting to arrest him, the county sheriff’s spokesperson Earle Farrell said.” (07/09/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/journalist-held-by-ice-speaks-without-a-doubt-i-was-targeted-for-my-work

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50) The rod of correction
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Lori Heine

“I’ve been reevaluating my formerly rosy opinion of our nation’s youth. Over the past month, I have had to deal with millennial incompetence, indifference, and downright insolence on an almost daily basis. The effect it’s having on me isn’t pretty. Soon I will be sitting on the porch in my pajamas, brandishing my Lady Smith .38 special and shouting, ‘Get off my lawn!’ Just this week, I commiserated with a friend who’s my age. She and I were schoolmates from kindergarten through high school. We sat in the waiting room of my doctor’s office and grumped about those darned kids. Why are so many of them so irresponsible? And why do they — as Scripture would say — resist the rod of correction?” (07/07/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1869

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51) Reason Podcast, 07/09/18
Source: Reason

“On today’s Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, and I [Nick Gillespie] talk about Trump’s Supreme Court shortlist, just how much the Supreme Court matters in the long run, and whether The Donald is a net positive or negative for libertarian-minded Americans. … Matt Welch also gives a first-hand report on what he saw at the Libertarian Party convention in New Orleans, and we talk about the legacy of Steve Ditko, the co-creator [of] Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, and other more-popular-than-ever superheroes.” [various formats] (07/09/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/07/09/talk-show-7-9-podcast

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52) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1193
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Once in a while I feature a listener who’s doing something particularly interesting. My guest today, Noah Tetzner, hosts a popular podcast on the history of the Vikings, and also has the world figured out far better than I ever did at 17.” [various formats] (07/09/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1193-insights-from-17-year-old-unschooling-listener-and-budding-historian/

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53) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/09/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“As President Trump prepares for this week’s NATO summit, his diplomatic team returns from talks with North Korea. What will Trump tell our NATO allies? Are we seeing an unexpected flush of diplomacy … or the same old aggression repackaged into new bottles?” [Flash video] (07/09/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/from-north-korea-to-nato-diplomacyor-more-deception

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54) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 356
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In Part 1 of our LNC Mega-Show, Marc sits down with various movers and shakers of the ideas of liberty live from the LNC in NOLA! In Part 1, he speaks with Arvin Vohra, Darryl W. Perry, Dan Johnson of We Do Better, Tim Moen, and Robin Koerner. Plus, an on-the-scene recap from Marc and John Odermatt, as well as a surprise appearance from a certain fellow League of Liberty podcaster!” [various formats] (07/09/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/07/09/lnc-mega-show-part-1-the-movers-and-shakers/

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55) Scott Adams Says, 07/09/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about the epidemic of trapped children, SCOTUS and coffee.” [Flash video] (07/09/18)

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

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56) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 249
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Free Thoughts fan favorite Peter Van Doren joins us for special bonus episode of Free Thoughts to discuss the latest issue of Regulation Magazine.” [various formats] (07/09/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/free-thoughts/bonus-pvd

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57) One Free Family, episode 23
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“As peaceful parents, we hope to avoid punishing our kids in order to ‘teach them a lesson.’ But what about times where we simply have to intervene in order to keep our kids and others safe? Will our kids learn to respect others if we try to help them learn without punishments? What are some ways we can help our kids see how their behavior is affecting others? Join Taylor and James as they talk about their experiences helping kids through these challenging times.” [Flash audio] (07/09/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/the-difference-between-consequences-and-punishment-off023/

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58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 217
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #217, I discuss peace talks taking place. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited North Korea for talks on North Korean denuclearization. The North Korean Foreign Minister said the talks were regrettable, while Pompeo called the talks productive. The mainstream media continues to complain that Trump will sell out Americans at his upcoming summit with Putin. Ethiopia and Eritrea are engaging in peace talks to normalize relations between the two African nations. I also update Syria, Afghanistan, and Trump’s hostility towards Venezuela.” [various formats] (07/09/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-217-peace-talks

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59) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 168
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Trigger America.” [various formats] (07/09/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-168-trigger-america/

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60) Free Talk Live, 07/08/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Kids can’t read clocks :: Bombing of Japan WW2 :: Who’s gonna run for POTUS? :: Students can’t read :: Is NH free? :: Federalist Society :: Bunkers :: Mark and Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/08/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-07-08

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