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Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
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In the News:

1) White House announces Trump regime’s latest tax hike on American consumers
2) Trump pardons Oregon cattle ranchers whose case inspired takeover of wildlife refuge
3) MO: Pence’s top aide, tied to Greitens, targeted in new ethics complain
4) UN: South Sudan troops, allies killed hundreds in recent attacks
5) Thailand: Final four boys, coach rescued from cave
6) Myanmar: Reporters to face trial for covering Rohhingya massacre
7) UK: London Pride organizers apologize after “disgusting” stunt by anti-trans hate group
8) Russian cargo ship sets new record for fastest trip to space station
9) RI: Conservative gubernatorial candidate shipwrecks his yacht during campaign stunt gone awry
10) US Customs thugs allegedly detained mother, daughter for having different last names
11) Afghanistan: Pompeo demonstrates that US officials still can’t visit openly after 17 years of occupation
12) FBI agent charged in shooting while dancing gets gun back
13) Mueller team asks judge to stop Manafort from mounting a defense because that might make a conviction difficult
14) FL: Veteran says he’s forced to sell home after HOA fines him for hanging US flag in flower pot
15) Japan: Asahara is cremated in Tokyo, as family feuds over his remains
16) NFL players challenge league’s anthem policy
17) Americans are quitting their jobs at a rate not seen since 2001
18) Palin falls for prank interview with Sacha Baron Cohen, whines about it
19) US court extends deadline to reunite abducted migrant toddlers with parents
20) Haiti: Strike shuts down capital after three days of protests
21) NV: Inmate wants his death sentence, painful or not
22) KY: Protesters chase McConnell from restaurant
23) Southwest Airlines will stop serving peanuts to protect allergic passengers
24) Gaza: Israeli regime closes crossing point, halting imports and exports
25) A couple visited their soldier son-in-law on July 4. The Army turned them over to immigration gangsters.

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Why school vouchers are a terrible idea
27) Hey, progressives and conservatives: You’re stuck with each other
28) Does the federal government have the power to regulate immigration? Thomas Jefferson and James Madison said no
29) Don’t shout down, speak up!
30) Why does the law not warn?
31) How SCOTUS can stop abortions without overruling Roe
32) A critique of my fundraising letter … from a libertarian
33) A watershed moment in American history
34) For progressives, there’s a bright side to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination
35) New START and the Helsinki summit
36) What if we treated ICE agents like they treat us?
37) Group effort rules the roost in Wyoming, then Washington intervenes
38) US divorces Europe
39) Trump makes a shrewd political move with Supreme Court pick
40) Public pensions: The ultimate Ponzi scheme
41) The struggle over the meaning of the 14th Amendment continues
42) What the “dumpster fire” DC Metro says about federal bureaucracy
43) For many undocumented workers, there’s no such thing as minimum wage
44) Superman was an undocumented alien
45) Should libertarians abandon the word “capitalism?”
46) Trump’s zero-tariff solution
47) Should non-citizens vote?
48) Barricades, businesses, and storylines in Nicaragua
49) Trump’s art of the no deal
50) When Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit
51) Half-free trade
52) Don’t like antiwar lefties going on Fox or RT? Blame CNN & MSNBC
53) The self-oppression of identity politics
54) The beautiful philosophy of liberalism
55) Who do these Florida parents think they are?

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Humans of Bitcoin, 07/10/18
57) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 63
58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/10/18
59) Scott Adams Says, 07/10/18
60) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 96
61) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/10/18
62) Free Talk Live, 07/09/18
63) Bloggingheads.tv, 07/09/18

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

1) White House announces Trump regime’s latest tax hike on American consumers
Source: The Hill

“The Trump administration on Tuesday announced a package of tariffs targeting Chinese exports valued roughly at $200 billion. A senior administration official called the package about equal to China’s total export value with the United States, CNBC reported. ‘The $200 billion figure we’re looking at is roughly equal to their exports to us,’ the senior official said. The move came just days after the administration levied its previous tariffs package, valued at around $34 billion, against Chinese imports. … The list of goods targeted by the tariffs has not been made public or approved yet, but the official cited by CNBC said that parts of it target the country’s ‘Made in China 2025’ initiative to boost key industries such as technology.” [editor’s note: The original headline says the tariffs target “China.” Wrong. They are paid by Americans who buy Chinese goods – TLK] (07/10/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/396394-white-house-announces-additional-200-billion-in-tariffs-targeting-china

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2) Trump pardons Oregon cattle ranchers whose case inspired takeover of wildlife refuge
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned father-and-son cattle ranchers serving prison time for arson, in a case that helped inspire the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in 2016. Dwight Hammond, Jr., and his son, Steven Hammond, were convicted of starting two fires in 2001 and 2006 that damaged federal lands. But the White House said Tuesday that the evidence against them was ‘conflicting,’ and noted that the jury acquitted them on most of the charges. The Hammonds were initially given sentences of three months to a year. But Trump blamed the Obama administration for filing an ‘overzealous appeal’ because the judge’s sentence was too lenient under federal sentencing guidelines. That appeal sent the Hammonds back to prison. The Hammond case was a rallying cry for the so-called ‘sovereign citizen’ movement, which is supported by some western ranchers who oppose federal control of grazing lands. Ammon Bundy (the son of one of the movement’s leader, Cliven Bundy) cited it in his 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.” (07/10/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/07/10/donald-trump-pardons-dwight-hammond-steven-hammond-arson-case/771054002

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3) MO: Pence’s top aide, tied to Greitens, targeted in new ethics complaint
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“The chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence discussed soliciting contributions from ‘restricted donors’ while he was advising future Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens'[s] 2016 campaign, according to a complaint filed Tuesday with the state’s ethics commission. The complaint also says that Greitens for Missouri, which Pence Chief of Staff Nick Ayers advised, ‘funneled’ donations through 501(c)(4) nonprofits, which do not have to reveal donor identities. … Greitens, who was enmeshed in multiple scandals and had faced two potential felony court cases that were later dropped, resigned on June 1 after 17 tumultuous months in office.” (07/10/18)

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/vp-pence-s-top-aide-tied-to-greitens-targeted-in/article_df92b3e1-494b-51cb-b9d8-678d62aab56f.html

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4) UN: South Sudan troops, allies killed hundreds in recent attacks
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“The United Nations has accused South Sudan’s government forces and aligned troops of killing dozens of civilians, including children and the elderly, in deliberate and ruthless attacks this year that may amount to war crimes. The UN human rights office (OHCHR) and the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) jointly published a report on Tuesday, documenting at least 232 civilian deaths and many more injuries between April 16 and May 24 in attacks by government-backed troops as well as armed youth on 40 villages in the opposition-held areas of Mayendit and Leer.” (07/10/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/south-sudan-troops-allies-killed-hundreds-attacks-180710095811167.html

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5) Thailand: Final four boys, coach rescued from cave
Source: CBS News

“A daring rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a flooded Thai cave saved all 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth. It ended a grueling, 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced volunteer diver and riveted people around the world. Thailand’s Navy SEALs, who were central to the rescue effort, said on their Facebook page that the remaining four boys and their 25-year-old coach were all brought out safely Tuesday. Eight of the boys were rescued by a team of Thai and international divers on Sunday and Monday.” (07/10/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/live-news/thai-cave-rescue-soccer-team-all-out-of-cave-in-thailand-2018-07-10-live-updates/

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6) Myanmar: Reporters to face trial for covering Rohhingya massacre
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Half a year after Myanmar prosecutors announced they’d seek charges against two Reuters reporters for allegedly violating state secrets, a court in Yangon has ruled that the controversial case can proceed. The decision Monday means Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, will stand trial. The two journalists were in Myanmar reporting on a massacre of members of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. The men pleaded not guilty to breaking the Official Secrets Act — a law rarely prosecuted since its institution in 1923, back when Myanmar was still known as Burma under British colonial rule. It carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. Observers beyond Myanmar’s borders have widely condemned the case as a thinly veiled bid to stifle press freedom in the country, which has been riven by a bloody government crackdown on the Rohingya.” (07/09/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/09/627234234/reuters-reporters-to-face-trial-in-myanmar-after-covering-rohingya-crisis

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7) UK: London Pride organizers apologize after “disgusting” stunt by anti-trans hate group
Source: RT [Russian State media]

“Pride in London has apologized after being heavily criticized for allowing a small anti-trans group of women to lead the parade on Saturday. The organizers called Get the L Out’s behavior ‘unacceptable.’ Ten women from the anti-trans group appeared at the front of the parade carrying banners saying ‘transactivism erases lesbians’ and describing the trans movement as ‘anti-lesbianism.’ Other LGBT groups called on organizers to justify how the group had been able to make it to the front of the 30,000-strong parade. Chair of LGBT+ Lib Dems Jennie Rigg described the protest as ‘a betrayal of the thousands marching.’” (07/10/18)

https://www.rt.com/uk/432355-lgbt-pride-anti-trans/

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8) Russian cargo ship sets new record for fastest trip to space station
Source: Space.com

“A Russian cargo spacecraft set a record tonight (July 9), arriving at the International Space Station (ISS) less than 4 hours after lifting off. The robotic Progress 70 freighter, which is packed with nearly 3 tons of food, fuel and other supplies, docked with the station at 9:31 p.m. EDT (0131 GMT on July 10) after completing a mere two orbits of Earth. The vehicle had launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 5:51 p.m. EDT (2151 GMT). Progress 70 linked up with the space station as both spacecraft sailed high over the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.” (07/09/18)

https://www.space.com/41112-russian-cargo-ship-record-iss-arrival-progress70.html

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9) RI: Conservative gubernatorial candidate shipwrecks his yacht during campaign stunt gone awry
Source: Raw Story

“A Rhode Island conservative shipwrecked his yacht during a campaign stunt gone awry on Sunday, reports the Providence Journal. Joe Trillo is a conservative businessman who was a Republican state representative. Trillo was campaigning over the weekend by flying a large banner from his 65-foot yacht, the Lady M, as he sailed by beaches blaring patriotic music. But Trillo got too close to shore, running aground and requiring rescue by the U.S. Coast Guard. Trillo had claimed that he hit an unmarked rock while he was a half-mile from shore, in what should have been 14 feet of water off the Charlestown Breachway. After the mishap he said he wanted to ‘work with NOAA to update the charts for other boaters.’” [ediotr’s note: The optics were wrong anyway; preaching to voters from the deck of your friggin’ yacht is just stupid – SAT] (07/10/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/rhode-island-conservative-gubernatorial-candidate-shipwrecks-yacht-campaign-stunt-gone-awry

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10) US Customs thugs allegedly detained mother, daughter for having different last names
Source: Fox News

“A mother and daughter were detained at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport by U.S. Customs officers Sunday because they did not share the same last name, the mother alleges. Sylvia Acosta and her daughter, Sybonae, were traveling back from a student vacation in Rome with Education First Tours when they were stopped by U.S. Customs at the airport, The Cut reported. ‘I was asked if Sybonae was my daughter and I said yes. Then they asked why if she was my daughter I didn’t have the same last name. I told them I had already established my career and earned my doctorate with my last name Acosta so I had decided not to change it,’ she wrote in a Facebook post that has more than 16K shares. ‘Then the customs office said, well maybe you should have taken your husbands last names so you could prove you were her mom.’” (07/10/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/07/10/u-s-customs-officer-allegedly-detained-mother-daughter-for-having-different-last-names.html

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11) Afghanistan: Pompeo demonstrates that US officials still can’t visit openly after 17 years of occupation
Source: CNN

“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Afghanistan on an unannounced visit after arriving from his previous stop in Vietnam. He met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and was scheduled to meet with US forces in Afghanistan before leaving the country. At a news conference alongside Ghani, Pompeo said he had come to Afghanistan to ‘learn of the progress made’ since President Donald Trump announced his strategy for the region last August. Pompeo said the strategy is ‘working’ and has sent a message to the people of Afghanistan that the United States supports them and sent a ‘clear message’ to the Taliban that the Taliban cannot wait out the departure of the United States.” (07/09/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/09/politics/pompeo-in-afghanistan/index.html

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12) FBI agent charged in shooting while dancing gets gun back
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“An FBI agent accused of accidentally dropping and firing his gun while dancing at a Denver nightspot, hitting a bystander in the leg, can carry his weapon again. A judge approved the change to Chase Bishop’s release conditions Tuesday. During the short hearing, Bishop’s lawyer, David Goddard, said prosecutors had offered Bishop a plea deal but didn’t disclose details. Goddard said that the FBI strongly encourages its agents to carry their guns when they’re not working. Prosecutors didn’t object so Judge Fran Simonet said Bishop could be armed both on and off duty. Bishop, who lives in works and Washington, D.C., is charged with second-degree assault in the June 2 shooting, which was captured on video. The man who was shot was treated and released from the hospital.” (07/10/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/FBI-agent-charged-in-accidental-shooting-gets-gun-13063066.php

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13) Mueller team asks judge to stop Manafort from mounting a defense because that might make a conviction difficult
Source: The Hill

“Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Monday reportedly requested a federal judge prevent former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort from arguing at his trial that he’s the subject of selective prosecution. Bloomberg reported that prosecutors for Mueller asked U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson to stop Manafort from arguing that the special counsel targeted him for ‘vindictive reasons.’ The news outlet reported that prosecutors also requested Berman block Manafort from providing evidence that shows he was investigated, but not charged, prior to Mueller’s appointment last summer. Mueller’s team argued that any suggestion that the special counsel ‘resurrected’ old charges would be misleading because it would indicate the Justice Department had concluded its original investigation.” (07/09/18)

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/396184-mueller-team-asks-judge-to-stop-manafort-from-arguing-hes-victim-of

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14) FL: Veteran says he’s forced to sell home after HOA fines him for hanging US flag in flower pot
Source: Fox News

“A former Air Force air traffic controller said he was forced to sell his home after his Home Owners Association fined him for the American flag he hung in a flower pot outside of his residence. Larry Murphree lived in the Tides Condominium Association, a community for individuals 55 and older located in Sweetwater, Fla., since it opened, the Washington Post reported Monday. One day he received a letter from the HOA at the building which told him to take down the flag placed in a flower pot on his porch.” (07/10/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/10/veteran-says-hes-forced-to-sell-home-after-hoa-fines-him-for-hanging-us-flag-in-flower-pot.html

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15) Japan: Asahara is cremated in Tokyo, as family feuds over his remains
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“The body of executed Aum Shinrikyo cult founder Shoko Asahara was cremated in Tokyo on Monday, a source familiar with the matter said. To whom the remains will be handed over has been a focus of concern following Friday’s executions of Asahara and six former senior members of the cult for crimes including the 1995 Tokyo subway sarin gas attack, which resulted in the deaths of 29 people and sickened over 6,000 people. A different source close to the matter has said that Asahara told a detention house guard to give his remains to his fourth daughter. But Asahara’s wife and some of his other children want his remains and on Saturday they submitted a written request to Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa, according to their lawyer. Law enforcement authorities are keen to know who will take possession of the remains of Asahara, whose real name was Chizuo Matsumoto, given concerns it might be used to rally his followers and inspire retaliation against the government and society.” (07/09/18)

https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2154347/executed-cult-founder-shoko-asahara-cremated-tokyo-family-feuds

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16) NFL players challenge league’s anthem policy
Source: Reuters

“The union representing National Football League players on Tuesday said it had filed a grievance against the NFL over its policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem or wait in the locker rooms, saying it infringed on players rights. The NFL Players Association, in a statement posted on Twitter, said it had earlier offered to discuss possible solutions to the stand-off over the U.S. song, and that the NFL has agreed to talks.” (07/10/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-football-nfl-anthem/nfl-players-challenge-leagues-anthem-policy-idUSKBN1K02F2

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17) Americans are quitting their jobs at a rate not seen since 2001
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune

“The proportion of American workers that quit their jobs in May reached the highest level in 17 years, a sign that more people are confident they can find a new job, likely at higher pay. Businesses also advertised fewer jobs in May than the previous month, but the tally of open positions outnumbered the ranks of the unemployed for only the second time in the past two decades, the Labor Department said Tuesday (July 10). The figures reflect a strong job market driven by optimistic employers seeking to expand their workforces. Last week’s jobs report showed that businesses hired workers at a healthy pace and the unemployment rate remained very low, at 4 percent.” (07/10/18)

https://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2018/07/americans_quitting_jobs_record.html

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18) Palin falls for prank interview with Sacha Baron Cohen, whines about it
Source: New York Post

“A clearly peeved Sarah Palin disclosed Tuesday that she was duped into giving an interview to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen — who posed as a disabled vet — for his new program on Showtime. The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate said she and her daughter, Piper, flew across the country to sit down for what was purportedly an interview for a documentary about veterans’ issues. ‘Yup — we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now?’ Palin wrote on Facebook. ‘I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick ‘humor’ of the British ‘comedian’ Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime.’” (07/10/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/07/10/sarah-palin-i-was-tricked-into-interview-with-sacha-baron-cohen/

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19) US court extends deadline to reunite abducted migrant toddlers with parents
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A US judge has given the Trump administration more time to reunite migrant children aged five or younger with their parents. The decision came after a government lawyer said more than half of the 102 young children may be back with parents by the original deadline of Tuesday. They are among more than 2,300 children separated from parents prosecuted for illegally crossing the border. The adults say they have fled poverty and gang violence in Central America. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said that after viewing a list of the 102 children under the age of five in the government’s care, ‘it appears likely that less than half will be reunited’ by the 10 July deadline. However, during a hearing on Monday, Department of Justice lawyer Sarah Fabian said 54 of the children should be back with their parents by Tuesday. At the hearing in San Diego Judge Dana Sabraw agreed that some cases ‘will necessitate additional time’ for reunification.” (07/10/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44661777

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20) Haiti: Strike shuts down capital after three days of protests
Source: NBC News

“Calm settled over much of the Haitian capital on Monday after three days of violent protests and looting sparked by a government plan to raise fuel prices. The relative calm came amid a strike by mini-bus and taxi drivers, as well as the closure of most businesses. The strike made it impossible for most Haitians to get to school or work, and the streets of Port-au-Prince were largely deserted. And yet protesters gathered in some areas and clashed with police. In recent days, protesters had pillaged, burned and vandalized shops in the capital city.” (07/090/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/strike-shuts-down-haiti-capital-after-three-days-protests-n889986

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21) NV: Inmate wants his death sentence, painful or not
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The convicted Nevada inmate slated to die by a three-drug lethal injection combination never before used in the U.S. has said repeatedly he wants his sentence carried out and he doesn’t care if it’s painful. ‘I’ve been very clear about my desire to be executed … even if suffering is inevitable,’ Scott Raymond Dozier said in a handwritten note to a state court judge who postponed his execution last November over concerns that the untried drug regimen could leave him suffocating, conscious and unable to move a muscle. Dozier, a twice-convicted killer who attempted suicide in the past, repeated his desire to die during a brief telephone interview Sunday with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. ‘Life in prison isn’t a life,’ the 47-year-old inmate told the newspaper. ‘It’s just surviving.’” (07/10/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Nevada-inmate-wants-his-death-sentence-painful-13063210.php

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22) KY: Protesters chase McConnell from restaurant
Source: Vice News

“Left-wing activists and regular citizens have made a point to confront Trump’s allies in their private lives recently, with protests hitting the president’s former EPA chief, his press secretary, and his head of Homeland Security (twice). And despite calls for ‘civility,’ the activist left isn’t letting up — showing up at a Kentucky restaurant where Mitch McConnell was eating Saturday to publicly shame him for his stance on the current border crisis. According to the Washington Post, about a half dozen protesters showed up to the Bristol Bar & Grille in Louisville, Kentucky, after a woman spotted him there and put out a call for backup on Twitter. When McConnell walked out of the restaurant with two other men, the crowd let him have it, chanting ‘vote you out!’ and ‘where are the children?’ while they followed him to his car.” (07/09/10)

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ne5wvd/mitch-mcconnell-turtle-head-chant-protesters-immigration-vgtrn

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23) Southwest Airlines will stop serving peanuts to protect allergic passengers
Source: USA Today

“Southwest Airlines will stop serving peanuts on its flights this summer, nixing a snack that has been nearly synonymous with the carrier itself. The Dallas-based airline says it’s making the change to help protect passengers who have severe peanut allergies. Peanuts have historically been the one snack perhaps most linked to airline service. That’s especially true at Southwest, which has used peanuts as part of its marketing over the decades. Among its efforts, the low-cost carrier has suggested those booking its cheapest fares were essentially flying for peanuts. Underscoring the connection, Southwest’s corporate blog once went by the name ‘Nuts about Southwest.’ Even a 1998 book about the company was titled, ‘Nuts!: Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success.’ But Southwest’s connection with peanuts as an in-flight snack will come to an end in August.” (07/10/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/flights/todayinthesky/2018/07/10/southwest-airlines-peanuts-no-longer-offered-allergy-concerns/770636002

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24) Gaza: Israeli regime closes crossing point, halting imports and exports
Source: Newsweek

“Israel will close the commercial crossing point between Israel and the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday. The prime minister cited recent attacks launched from Gaza into Israel as the reason for closing imports and exports through the Kerem Shalom border crossing. Palestinians in Gaza have been using flaming kites to set agricultural land on fire.” (07/09/18)

http://www.newsweek.com/citing-hamas-provocations-israel-closes-transfer-point-gaza-1015389

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25) A couple visited their soldier son-in-law on July 4. The Army turned them over to immigration gangsters.
Source: Washington Post

“It was the Fourth of July, and longtime Brooklyn residents Margarito Silva, 60, and Concepcion Barrios, 50, wanted to celebrate the holiday with their daughter and son-in-law, a sergeant in the Army. Instead, while visiting the Fort Drum military base in Upstate New York, the parents were [abducted] by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Silva and Barrios had visited several military bases in the past, in Brooklyn, Colorado and Hawaii, with no problems, their daughter Perla Silva wrote on Facebook over the weekend. While the husband and wife acknowledge living in the country illegally [sic], they both have valid New York City-issued identification cards, which are available to New Yorkers regardless of immigration status. During the couple’s previous visits to military bases, these ID cards were enough to gain entry, Perla Silva said. But during last week’s trip to Fort Drum, military authorities at the base stopped them. Fort Drum Military Police called U.S. Border Patrol, which soon arrived to [abduct] the married couple, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said in a statement to The Washington Post.” (07/10/18)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/07/10/a-couple-visited-their-soldier-son-in-law-on-july-4-the-army-turned-them-over-to-ice/

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

26) Why school vouchers are a terrible idea
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Most opposition to vouchers comes, as one might imagine, from supporters of government-run, aka ‘public,’ schools for the vast majority of students. Their concerns include loss of funding for those public schools as students migrate to private alternatives, the destruction of America’s secular character if church-operated schools gain market share, and perhaps even loss of national identity/cohesion as curricula move in different directions. My own opposition comes from a very different direction: I’m against vouchers not because they might damage, or fail to replicate, the existing system, but because they threaten to make ‘private’ alternatives more LIKE that system.” (07/10/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13867

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27) Hey, progressives and conservatives: You’re stuck with each other
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“So long as anything resembling legitimate elections continue to be held, no political coalition will gain a permanent lock on the future by gazing upon on any temporary preponderance of opinion as a crystal-ball read of political eternity. Instead, victories will come and go, and the winners and losers will have to continue to take turns transitioning from role to role. This, I’ll point out, is something libertarians learned a long time ago. With our political victories usually one-off policy triumphs unrelated to electoral gains, we’ve long made our peace living alongside people with whom we disagree.” (07/10/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/10/hey-progressives-and-conservatives-youre

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28) Does the federal government have the power to regulate immigration? Thomas Jefferson and James Madison said no
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Tom Mullen

“President Trump announced his second nomination to the Supreme Court on Monday. Perhaps as forward in the minds of conservatives as preserving the right to keep and bear arms, expressly protected from federal infringement by the Second Amendment, is how the new justice might rule on the Trump administration’s various immigration policies, decried by the left as ‘fascist!’ and supported by the right as the federal government’s ‘constitutional duty.’ Yet federal regulation of immigration is a power both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison maintained was ‘no where delegated to the federal government.’ And since no amendment has granted that power since they made that argument in 1798, it is exercised by the federal government without the consent of the governed, legitimized only by the same kind of ‘activist Court’ conservatives condemn when it sanctions federal power they don’t like.” (07/10/18)

https://fee.org/articles/does-the-federal-government-have-the-power-to-regulate-immigration-thomas-jefferson-and-james-madison-said-no/

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29) Don’t shout down, speak up!
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Rahul Truter

“On Sept. 27, 2017, student group W&M Concerned Students , shut down Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, the executive director of the ACLU of Virginia, from speaking at my school, College of William & Mary. Gastanaga’s speech topic was, ironically, ‘Students and the First Amendment.’ A few minutes into her speech, hecklers began shouting phrases at Gastanaga such as ‘the oppressed are not impressed,’ and ‘shame, shame, shame, shame.’ The group also chanted, ‘The revolution will not uphold the Constitution,’ and ‘liberalism is white supremacy.’ … The group’s decision to deny Gastanaga the right to speak is part of a frightening trend that is growing on college campuses. Many collegiate groups are utilizing various disruptive tactics to effectively silence invited speakers, employing what is known as a ‘heckler’s veto.’” (07/10/18)

https://www.thefire.org/dont-shout-down-speak-up/

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30) Why does the law not warn?
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“The purpose of law is to facilitate beneficial interaction and to minimize conflict. This concept, however worded, is what the founders of civilizations nearly always come back to. The US Constitution, for example, notes that it was written to ‘promote the general welfare.’ So, if warnings help beneficial interaction, why should they be pushed out of law?” (07/10/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/law-not-warn/

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31) How SCOTUS can stop abortions without overruling Roe
Source: Reuters
by Scott Lemieux

“If Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, he will play a decisive role in whether the new Supreme Court will dramatically overrule the landmark case of Roe v. Wade, ending the abortion rights granted to U.S. women in 1973. But the real question is not about Roe or the Republican agenda — it’s about whether the court will allow states to effectively ban abortion. Trump’s new pick for the bench is a conservative Washington insider who is expected to be hostile to reproductive rights. Given that overruling Roe is one of the top goals of the conservative movement, and the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy removes his pivotal fifth Supreme Court vote on abortion issues, one might think that overturning Roe will now be a top priority for anti-abortion activists. … Whatever the Republican leaders and the Republican-nominated new Supreme Court justice will want, it’s critical to pay attention to how the Supreme Court will view how states regulate abortion rather than whether it will immediately overrule Roe. ” [editor’s note: Strawman warning! SCOTUS can refuse to even hear cases (witness Ross Ullbricht?) – SAT] (07/10/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lemieux-scotus-commentary/commentary-how-scotus-can-stop-abortions-without-overruling-roe-idUSKBN1K025M

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32) A critique of my fundraising letter … from a libertarian
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Every time I think I have seen it all, I discover that I haven’t. Yesterday, for the first time in the 28-year history of The Future of Freedom Foundation, I was critiqued for what I wrote in a fundraising letter that we just sent out to our supporters. In the letter, we are asking our supporters to help us augment our Internet presence, with the aim of finding more people who are attracted to FFF’s principled methodology for advancing liberty. The critique came in the form of a post on Facebook by libertarian professor Steve Horwitz, who teaches economics at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.” (07/10/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/07/10/a-critique-of-my-fundraising-letter-from-a-libertarian/

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33) A watershed moment in American history
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“President Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday night that he would appoint Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court marked the culmination of a decades-long conservative campaign to reshape the federal judiciary. Sandra Day O’Connor, David Souter, and Anthony Kennedy can no longer disappoint the Republicans who helped place them on the bench. The high court’s future (and the nation’s) is now in the hands of a reliable majority of five conservative justices. … Kavanaugh thanked Trump for his decision and pledged his fidelity to the nation’s constitutional order, telling the audience that judges ‘must interpret the law, not make the law.’ There’s always a chance that Kavanaugh’s nomination will fail in the Senate, but the GOP’s majority in the chamber there makes it unlikely. Filling the nation’s courts with conservative justices is a unifying principle for the Republican Party and appears to be the one sacred cow that even Trump won’t slaughter. Democrats, by comparison, have never made the court’s future a make-or-break issue for its base. Trump’s choice of Kavanaugh could change that.” (07/10/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/149717/watershed-moment-american-history-trump-nominates-brett-kavanaugh

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34) For progressives, there’s a bright side to Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination
Source: USA Today
by Justin Levitt

“Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has retired. President Donald Trump cares little for legal method or substance, and was happy to let his conservative advisers do the picking, as long as he managed the spectacle of the announcement himself. The president has now given the rose to Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would substantially shift the midpoint on the court. Since Kennedy announced his retirement, the ink spilled by progressive commentators in the last week has been thoroughly smeared by tears, or liquor, or both. In the present political environment, there is precious little upside for progressives in Kennedy’s departure. But it is important to consider a long-term glimmer: back-to-basics democracy. To be sure, progressives will find little joy in the substantive views of Kennedy’s replacement. President Trump has nominated and the Senate will almost certainly confirm, a justice more reliably conservative than Kennedy on the judicial culture wars of the day, with decades to serve.” (07/10/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/10/progressives-vote-supreme-court-brett-kavanaugh-nomination-donald-trump-column/755384002

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35) New START and the Helsinki summit
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Extending New START is in the best interests of both countries. The treaty is a continuation of the first strategic arms reduction treaty negotiated between the U.S. and USSR, and it was ratified in late 2010. It places important limits on the arsenals the world’s two largest nuclear weapons states, and its verification measures ensure a degree of stability and certainty in our relationship with Moscow. Allowing the treaty to lapse without a replacement would be a major error that could lead to a new arms race and further deterioration in U.S.-Russian relations.” (07/10/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/new-start-and-the-helsinki-summit/

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36) What if we treated ICE agents like they treat us?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Ashley Thomas

“What if we treated ICE agents and cops the way they treated those accused of the non-crime of illegal boarder crossing? What their crimes against personal freedom were met with the type of treatment they impose on others? Perhaps in such a world those arresting them would document their arrest using templates such as this one.” (07/10/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/51015

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37) Group effort rules the roost in Wyoming, then Washington intervenes
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Story Hinckley

“On a gray, snowy morning in early May, Tom Christiansen keeps his eyes on the male greater sage-grouse dancing on the distant knoll and slowly reaches for his spotting scope on the truck floor. ‘The bird is iconic,’ says Mr. Christiansen, a self-proclaimed ‘grouse nerd’ who picks up bird scat as if it were a $20 bill. He is the sage grouse program coordinator for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. … When he picks up his scope, a crumpled news article is revealed. Only part of the headline, ‘ZINKE … DRAWS WYOMING IRE’ is visible, the rest buried under other bird-watching equipment. Since taking the helm of the US Interior Department, Ryan Zinke has upset a delicate balance of conservation and energy interests in Wyoming, throwing the fate of the greater sage-grouse into question. Following President Trump’s directive to prioritize energy production, Secretary Zinke has focused on identifying and eliminating any efforts that ‘unnecessarily burden’ energy development. This focus has inevitably made a chicken-sized bird one of the most contentious aspects of Zinke’s 16 months in office.” (07/10/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2018/0710/Group-effort-rules-the-roost-in-Wyoming-then-Washington-intervenes

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38) US divorces Europe
Source: OpEdNews
by Viktors Domburs

“Europe is in the anticipation of NATO summit which will take place on June, 11-12 in Brussels. Before this meeting the Pentagon thoroughly analysed all allies’ expenses on collective defence. It turned out that NATO members’ defence budgets don’t reflect real needs of the Alliance. Among the twenty-nine members, only the United States is really serious about its obligations, spending approximately $700 billion or 3.5 percent of its GDP on defence. No other NATO member comes close to this proportion, and the vast majority fail even to meet the self-imposed requirement to devote at least 2 percent of GDP to defence. Donald Trump repeatedly warned the member states that America is not going to carry the main burden any more. It is time for Europe to pay for itself.” (07/10/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/US-divorces-Europe-by-Viktors-Domburs-Allies_Money_Pentagon-180710-45.html

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39) Trump makes a shrewd political move with Supreme Court pick
Source: Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro

“By picking Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee, President Trump showed that credentials and connections still matter — when backed up by results. One of the most scholarly members of the judiciary, Kavanaugh’s more than 300 opinions are read widely and influence courts across the country — including the one that he now hopes to join. There are few if any more respected lower-court judges. More important than his erudition is Kavanaugh’s intense commitment to constitutional structure.” (07/10/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trump-makes-shrewd-political-move-supreme-court-pick

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40) Public pensions: The ultimate Ponzi scheme
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Todd J Stein

“State and local governments are running one of the largest Ponzi schemes in American history. They’ve promised full pensions to their workers. But they aren’t putting aside enough money (or generating high enough returns) to fulfill those future obligations. Soon, they’ll have to cannibalize current workers’ pension contributions to pay retirees. Young and middle-aged government employees will likely never receive the retirement benefits they’re counting on. It’s too late to prevent this crisis. But there’s still time to mitigate the financial fallout — by trimming benefits, raising contributions, and transitioning younger employees to 401(k)s and other defined-contribution plans. Most importantly, it’s time to recognize that government officials are too short-sighted and underqualified to manage public pensions.” (07/10/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/public-pensions-ponzi-scheme

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41) The struggle over the meaning of the 14th Amendment continues
Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

“American law is not even conclusive on when the Fourteenth Amendment become part of the Constitution. It was either Monday, or later this month — or maybe never; as late as 1957, pro-Southern commentators took the position that the amendment itself, having been imposed upon the South by Yankee scum, was not valid at all. No one seriously claims that the amendment is invalid today; but every word, every part, and every effect of this most crucial of constitutional amendments has been fought over as bitterly as was the Bloody Angle at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. That battle goes on today. It is, and has been for 150 years, a battle for the very heart of the American republic. But, remarkably, the history of the amendment’s framing and ratification has been all but forgotten.” (07/10/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/07/the-struggle-over-the-meaning-of-the-14th-amendment-continues/

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42) What the “dumpster fire” DC Metro says about federal bureaucracy
Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“The District of Columbia Council voted in June to impose a tax increase of almost 500 percent on Uber and Lyft users to help fix the Washington Metro transit system. Anyone who summons a Lyft or Uber ride inside D.C. will now be hit with a 6 percent fee to bankroll a subway that a top Obama administration official aptly labeled an ‘ongoing dumpster fire’ two years ago. I traveled downtown via Metro a couple times recently, departing from a station where one track was closed for overhaul. I saw plenty of loitering Metro employees but work seemed sparse. Three guys in the repair crew were hanging by a Mercedes in the Twinbrook station parking lot, chatting and snacking. Another repair crew member was standing outside avidly checking his cell phone and glowering at passers-by. Not a bad gig if you can get it, considering that Metro spends an average of $125,000 in total compensation for each employee — probably at least three or four times the earning of the typical Uber/Lyft driver.” (07/10/18)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2018/07/10/what-the-dumpster-fire-d-c-metro-says-about-federal-bureaucracy/

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43) For many undocumented workers, there’s no such thing as minimum wage
Source: In These Times
by Sebastian Gonzalez de Leon

“Wage violations are commonplace in Chicago. They affect low-paid workers in industries like construction, food service and retail. Immigrants and people of color are especially vulnerable because they tend to work in more low-income jobs. David, who requested a pseudonym to protect his safety, told In These Times his story. Twenty-three-year-old David migrated to Chicago in late 2017. His first job was as a busboy at a restaurant on the Northeast Side. His job was to clean tables and bring water to customers. He said at the gig, where he worked earlier this year, he was being paid $6 dollars per hour plus tips. According to David, he wasn’t receiving tips directly from customers. Instead, he was told he would get a percentage of net sales. This tipping method was never fully explained and left him in a vulnerable position.” [editor’s note: Headline is self-evident, since an arbitrary “bottom wage” is a myth (esp. when applied to “undocumented workers”); “tips” are not income, but gifts, and so have no legitimate role in determining “wages” – SAT] (07/10/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21284/wage_theft_Chicago_undocumented_workers_minimum_wage

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44) Superman was an undocumented alien
Source: PanAm Post
by Jose Azel

“As I remember the story, sometime in 1938, the infant Kal-El, born on the planet Krypton, was sent unaccompanied to the United States by his scientist father Jor-El to escape the imminent destruction of Krypton. He was discovered by a farm couple from Kansas and raised as their son Clark Kent. Kal-El went on to use his abilities to do great things for humankind. I cite the Superman story, not to defend undocumented migration, but to introduce a little levity to a topic often discussed only using hyperbole, acrimonious statements, and name-calling. Today, over three percent of the world’s population, 244 million people, are international migrants, and the immigrant population of the United States is approaching 50 million. The topic requires thoughtful deliberation and statesmanship.” (07/10/18)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2018/07/09/superman-was-an-undocumented-alien/

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45) Should libertarians abandon the word “capitalism?”
Source: Libertarianism.org
by David S D’Amato

“Libertarians may be actively, albeit unknowingly, alienating people from our substantive ideas by disregarding the ordinary, generally accepted usage of the word ‘capitalism’ — indeed, a usage that libertarians of old accepted. The simple fact is that most people around the world do not see ‘capitalism’ as synonymous with the system contemplated by principled libertarians (particularly more radical libertarians) when we say ‘free market.’ This is not to say that people know what they mean by ‘capitalism,’ or that there is a clear, uncontroversial definition of the term, only that, however the term is understood, most people seem to think about it differently than they do the more benign notion of a free market. The word ‘capitalism’ is associated more with ‘the power of capital’ than with economic freedom based on a libertarian idea of individual rights.” (07/09/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/should-libertarians-abandon-word-capitalism

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46) Trump’s zero-tariff solution
Source: Town Hall
by Stephen Moore

“President Donald Trump’s aluminum and steel tariff policies have now triggered retaliatory tariffs from other nations, including Canada, the EU and China. Last week President Trump imposed new tariffs on more than $30 billion of Chinese electronic equipment and other consumer goods. Our trading partners are now threatening to hit our domestic industries, including wheat, soybeans, pork, bourbon, blue jeans — and even Maine lobsters. The financial markets are jittery, to say the least. Even worse, China’s tit-for-tat tariffs are now intentionally designed to antagonize Trump voters in Midwestern and Southern states. They are using tariffs as a political weapon. It’s funny that the left doesn’t seem to protest this blatant and dangerous foreign meddling in U.S. elections. They even seem to applaud this election interference by a hostile foreign power because Trump is the target. In any case, the goal of these foreign-imposed tariffs aimed at the U.S. is to inflict maximum economic pain on American producers in order to force Trump to retreat. Retreating isn’t an option for Trump — never has been and never will be. So this is a game Beijing can’t win.” (07/10/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/stephenmoore/2018/07/10/trumps-zerotariff-solution-n2498732

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47) Should non-citizens vote?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Turning in more than 35,000 voter signatures on petitions last Friday, [Gary] Emineth and others placed a constitutional amendment on this November’s ballot that, if passed, would make voting the exclusive right of U.S. citizens in North Dakota. Elsewhere in the country, Emineth points out, non-citizens are already voting — in Chicago and San Francisco, and in 11 cities across Maryland. Moreover, campaigns are underway across the country to give non-citizens the vote — in California, Connecticut, New York City, Boston and Montpelier, Vermont. Opponents claim the North Dakota measure is completely unnecessary, as the state doesn’t currently allow non-citizens to cast a ballot, nor has any city yet attempted to allow non-citizens to vote. But Emineth’s goal is to keep it that way.” (07/10/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/07/10/should-non-citizens-vote/

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48) Barricades, businesses, and storylines in Nicaragua
Source: CounterPunch
by Joyce McCracken

“On 18 April two groups of mostly young people came face to face in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. The issues that brought them together and yet separated them were reforms to INSS, the Nicaraguan social security system. … folk didn’t much like the reforms. INSS is seen as an easily raided cash box by different governments. The administration of state institutions, such as INSS and the health service is not always held in the highest regard by senior citizens. More to the point, it was a done deal. Public consultation, there certainly was not. … At a roundabout, Managua is full of roundabouts, antiriot police attacked a gathering of students protesting the pension increase. To interrupt an unfinished story let’s just say it’s estimated that over 300 people have been killed so far. They are mostly young people often shot in the head or chest by government shippers, while a much smaller number of police have been killed as well. Hundreds more are injured, people are held in prisons, some have disappeared, their presence unknown.” (07/10/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/10/barricades-businesses-and-storylines-in-nicaragua/

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49) Trump’s art of the no deal
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Reich

“Trump promised to be America’s dealmaker in chief. ‘We need a leader that wrote The Art of the Deal,’ he said in the speech announcing his candidacy. ‘I’m a negotiator. I’ve done very well over the years through negotiation,’ he said during a Republican debate. ‘That’s what I do, is deals,’ he said in May. ‘I know deals, I think, better than anybody knows deals.’ Rubbish. So far, Trump has made no deals at all, and the ones he thinks he’s made have unraveled. He has no deal with North Korea. Following his June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un, Trump declared on Twitter that ‘there is no longer a nuclear threat’ from North Korea. In fact, recent satellite images show that North Korea has upgraded a nuclear facility. It also appears to be finalizing the expansion of a ballistic missile manufacturing site. Instead of surrendering its nuclear stockpile, American intelligence says North Korea is considering ways to conceal it at secret production facilities.” (07/10/18)

http://prospect.org/article/trump%E2%80%99s-art-no-deal

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50) When Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit
Source: Acton Institute
by Richard Turnbull

“The Eagles 1976 hit ‘Hotel California’ has a memorable line, ‘You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.’ For most pro-Brexit politicians, policymakers, and observers in the UK this sums up the government’s evolving position on Brexit. Concession after concession to Brussels has, in effect, left Britain visionless for the future and potentially a vassal state to the EU. The reasons this has occurred is because the government of the UK has lost sight of the principles which lay behind Brexit.” (07/09/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/07/09/when-brexit-doesnt-mean-brexit

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51) Half-free trade
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Why do First World countries restrict the import of labor far more than the export of capital? Because ‘Foreigners live among us’ provokes a far more visceral public reaction than, ‘Capitalists are investing abroad.’ Far from promoting immigration restrictions, Big Business is the First’s World most influential pro-immigration lobby. I’m all for intellectual self-criticism and intellectual outreach. Free-market economists have failed to take migration barriers seriously. If they’d done a better job, perhaps they could have found common ground with cosmopolitan progressives. The key word, though, is ‘perhaps.’ If someone thinks that half-free trade is worse than autarchy, it’s hard to be optimistic.” (07/09/18)

https://www.econlib.org/half-free-trade/

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52) Don’t like antiwar lefties going on Fox or RT? Blame CNN & MSNBC
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“As usual, Glenn Greenwald has been catching heat all over Centrist Twitter, this time for conducting a brief interview for Russian state media outlet RT after a panel appearance in Moscow. RT, in typical fashion, titled the interview ‘Greenwald: I came to Russia to combat US’ toxic view on the country,’ which, while technically an accurate reflection of part of something Greenwald said in the interview, also happens to make perfect retweet fodder for lying sociopaths like MSNBC’s Malcolm Nance. Nance, along with US state media outlet Polygraph, helped circulate a completely evidence-free conspiracy theory that Greenwald is ‘an agent of Trump and Moscow.’ Nance also smeared Greenwald for having appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson. … If RT will have Max Blumenthal on to discuss opposition to longstanding neoconservative war agendas and CNN will not, RT comes off looking more credible than CNN in that respect for a lot of people. If Tucker Carlson will have Glenn Greenwald on to talk about the gaping plot holes in the establishment Russia narrative, then in some eyes that elevates Fox News above CNN in that respect.” (07/10/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/07/10/dont-like-antiwar-lefties-going-on-fox-or-rt-blame-cnn-and-msnbc

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53) The self-oppression of identity politics
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Peter Bowerman

“The appeal of identity politics is undeniable and understandable. For members of groups that, historically, have been oppressed or marginalized to any extent, it’s sensible (not to mention downright heady) to join forces with like-minded souls, and fight to end that oppression. Over the past half-century, minorities, women, and gays have made enormous progress precisely because they systematically organized and fought against proactive discrimination. As such, no one could seriously argue that the above groups aren’t far freer and have far more possibilities and opportunities than they did prior to the 1960s. Because of their efforts, there are bodies of law in place expressly prohibiting discrimination based on race, gender, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation. As well there should be. So, what happens when an identity-politics mindset encounters a society that has made enormous strides in eliminating institutionalized forms of discrimination — i.e., Jim Crow laws, red-lining practices in real estate; racial/sex discrimination in businesses, restaurants, public transportation, clubs, organizations, etc.? Does it become a movement subject to the law of diminishing returns?” (07/09/18)

https://fee.org/articles/the-self-oppression-of-identity-politics/

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54) The beautiful philosophy of liberalism
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Richard M Ebeling

“There has been a great paradox in the modern world. On the one hand, freedom and prosperity have replaced tyranny and poverty for tens, indeed for hundreds of millions of people around the world over the last two centuries. Yet the political and economic system that historically has made this possible has been criticized and condemned. That political and economic system is liberalism.” (07/10/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-beautiful-philosophy-of-liberalism/

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55) Who do these Florida parents think they are?
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Susan Pendergrass

“Florida parents are just fancy people who think their kids are special and need a customized education that’s tailored to their children’s needs. Missouri parents, on the other hand, are okay with their kids being ordinary and getting an off-the-shelf education at their neighborhood school like they themselves did when they were young. Does anyone really believe that? Of course not. Which is why I’m always surprised that Missouri parents don’t demand access to educational programs like those that choice-rich states like Florida offer.” (07/09/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/school-choice/who-do-these-florida-parents-think-they-are

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56) Humans of Bitcoin, 07/10/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Caitlin Long, boss of Wall Street came ‘out’ as a Bitcoin supporter in 2013. To embrace Bitcoin fully, she had to unlearn everything she knew about economics. The Forbes columnist and economic influencer knows it’s the future.” [various formats] (07/10/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e279-From-Wall-Street-to-Bitcoin-Caitlin-Long

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57) Liberty Chronicles Podcast, episode 63
Source: Libertarianism.org

“In 1844, America’s first libertarians made a serious mistake. The kind of mistake with the potential to destroy their whole movement. Bury it in obscurity and leave its accomplishments a series of halfway measures and diluted compromises. More importantly, it was a mistake that caused a whole war, killed many thousands, cost millions, and forever changed the nature of American politics.” [various formats] (07/10/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/media/liberty-chronicles/vile-mexican-war

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58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/10/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“President Trump’s choice to fill the slot vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy is a product of Washington politics. Despite what the Pelosis and Schumers of Congress may say about him, he is no representative of the far right. Instead, he inhabits the same ‘radical center’ as his detractors. What does that mean to the Constitution? Civil liberties? Privacy?” [Flash video] (07/10/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/brett-kavanaugh-triumph-of-the-radical-center

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59) Scott Adams Says, 07/10/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about the Summer of Love and all the things going right. With coffee.” [Flash video] (07/10/18)

https://www.pscp.tv/ScottAdamsSays/1YqKDQrMpgVGV

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60) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 96
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“When spreading the gospel of freedom, should we hide our end game to gain sunshine converts? What’s in the News with stories on the age of consent, fireworks cop calls, wasted tax money, and some Libertarian Party convention news. Finally, and Ask Me Anything segment on insurance and defensive voting.” [various formats] (07/10/18)

http://thelavaflow.com/spreading-the-gospel-tlf096/

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61) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/10/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Even when the federal government began issuing dietary guidance to Americans, it wasn’t clear if the advice was sound. Terence Kealey’s new Cato paper is ‘Why Does the Federal Government Issue Damaging Dietary Guidelines?’” [various formats] (07/10/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/why-does-federal-government-issue-damaging-dietary-guidelines

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62) Free Talk Live, 07/09/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Kokesh on Morning Radio about Borders :: Government, Politicians, and War :: Sex Doll Bordello :: Evolving Past the State :: Wolf of Wall St Attacks Bitcoin :: Sex Robots and Prostitution :: Libertarian Cops? :: Human Sacrifice :: Edgington Post — Michael Eliot :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Melanie.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/09/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-07-09

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63) Bloggingheads.tv, 07/09/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“William R. Black (Rice University, wrblack.com) and Arabelle Raphael (Bay Area Pros Support, www.arabelleraphael.com) … How streaming sites like PornHub changed the porn industry … Arabelle: Consumers of porn don’t respect its creators … Under FOSTA, who is a ‘sex trafficker,’ anyway? … Escorts vs. prostitutes: Is class the only distinction? … Arabelle’s article on Stormy Daniels and the Resistance … Bill’s article on the alt-right’s anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about porn … Arabelle: There’s a lot of racism in the porn industry … The uphill battle for labor rights in sex work.” [Flash video] (07/09/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53158

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