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Thursday, July 12th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Landmark legal shift ends online censorship of gun plans
2) Ireland: Seanad gives initial approval to ban on products from illegal Israeli squats
3) Trump calls Germany “captive” of Russia; demands higher defence spending
4) Senate takes step to push back on Trump over tariffs
5) Rage Against The Machine sends cease-and-desist letter to top Trump ally who swiped [sic] their name for his podcast
6) Bitcoin buyer/seller sentenced to a year and a day in prison for buying/selling Bitcoin
7) OH: “Pacman” Jones defends self against Atlanta airport employee
8) Germany: “Nazi bride” Beate Zschaepe convicted of far-right killings
9) Why your Twitter follower count might go down this week
10) Border thugs say NYC mayor de Blasio crossed border “illegally”
11) FL: Sporting goods store manager fired after tackling shoplifter who stole two guns
12) Judge: Lawsuits alleging Roundup caused cancer can move forward
13) Heimatsicherheit thug “screeners” win immunity from flier abuse claims
14) Pakistan: Suicide bombing kills at least 12 at political rally
15) Fired Romanian prosecutor has new job fighting terrorism
16) US Reaper drone data leaked on dark web, researchers say
17) TN: Church becomes crime scene after pastor arrested for rape of underage congregant
18) Opera adds built-in cryptocurrency wallet to Android browser
19) Republican idiot pol proposes 15-year prison term for wearing a mask
20) Lisa Page plans to defy GOP subpoena for her testimony, her lawyer says

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Helsinki: How about a Fresh START?
22) The conversation that is being shouted down in the Libertarian Party
23) Trump’s threats to stop Harley Davidson from fleeing do Democrats proud
24) Copyright trolls and government albatrosses
25) Gun safety essential to gun rights
26) Donald Trump is right to question NATO
27) Would you eat an abandoned chicken stick?
28) Facebook is still abusing your privacy
29) Optics and the LP: A Facebook post
30) Revolt: Authoritarian or libertarian?
31) Silicon Valley Censors
32) Farm work as a skilled and permanent job
33) Reality remake
34) Reports of antitrust’s death have been greatly exaggerated
35) Media, hardliners play up North Korean nuclear “deception” claim
36) Trump just gave NATO a wake-up call; will Europe pick up?
37) Afghanistan’s trauma state fuels endless war
38) If it walks like a duck …
39) Dads needed
40) Quantum Vibe, 07/11/18
41) Could this be a win for parents?
42) The last “swing?” High court “reliability” and rule of law
43) The debate about the Court
44) The China, US trade war — it’s all mutual on the way down as well as up
45) After an “Educator Spring” teachers storm elections
46) Minimum sense
47) US, UK, and all other countries should embrace unilateral free trade
48) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom raises ethical questions about technology and life
49) What does it mean to abolish ICE?
50) Originalism myths #1: Originalists think the framers agreed on everything
51) China’s currency manipulation harms China — not its trading partners
52) US dictatorial fangs at the World Cup
53) Reality
54) The Brett Kavanaugh snowflake “emergency”
55) Public schools aren’t about educating

The Sound and the Fury:

56) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 07/11/18
57) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/11/18
58) Scott Adams Says, 07/11/18
59) The Libertarian Angle, 07/11/18
60) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/11/18
61) Essential Libertarianism, episode 38
62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 218
63) Free Talk Live, 07/10/18
64) Editor’s Break, episode 89
65) Bloggingheads.tv, 07/10/18

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

1) Landmark legal shift ends online censorship of gun plans
Source: Wired

“Five years ago, 25-year-old radical libertarian Cody Wilson stood on a remote central Texas gun range and pulled the trigger on the world’s first fully 3-D-printed gun. When, to his relief, his plastic invention fired a .380-caliber bullet into a berm of dirt without jamming or exploding in his hands, he drove back to Austin and uploaded the blueprints for the pistol to his website, Defcad.com. … Wilson received a letter from the US State Department demanding that he take down his printable-gun blueprints or face prosecution for violating federal export controls. … Wilson has spent the last years on an unlikely project for an anarchist: Not simply defying or skirting the law but taking it to court and changing it. In doing so, he has now not only defeated a legal threat to his own highly controversial gunsmithing project. He may have also unlocked a new era of digital DIY gunmaking that further undermines gun control across the United States and the world — another step toward Wilson’s imagined future where anyone can make a deadly weapon at home with no government oversight.” (07/10/18)

https://www.wired.com/story/a-landmark-legal-shift-opens-pandoras-box-for-diy-guns/

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2) Ireland: Seanad gives initial approval to ban on products from illegal Israeli squats
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Ireland’s senate has voted in favour of a bill banning the importation of products from Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories, paving the way for the country to become the first EU nation to enforce a boycott. The bill, which has faced angry Israeli opposition, prohibits ‘trade with and economic support for illegal settlements in territories deemed occupied under international law.’ Having been approved in the upper house of the Irish parliament, the Seanad, the legislation will now need to get through more Seanad votes and then the lower house before becoming law.” (07/11/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/11/irish-senate-approves-ban-on-products-from-israeli-settlements

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3) Trump calls Germany “captive” of Russia; demands higher defence spending
Source: Reuters

“U.S. President Donald Trump accused Germany on Wednesday of being a ‘captive’ of Russia due to its energy reliance, before a NATO summit where he pressed allies to more than double defence spending. Having lambasted NATO members for failing to reach a target of spending 2 percent of national income on defence, Trump told fellow leaders in Brussels he would prefer a goal of 4 percent, similar to U.S. levels, officials said. That would represent a massive upheaval of budgetary priorities in Europe where Germany and many others have pledged only to reach 2 percent by 2024 or later, and it was not clear what allies would spend the money on.” (07/11/18)

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-nato-summit/at-nato-abrasive-trump-lashes-germany-for-being-russian-captive-idUKKBN1K0330

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4) Senate takes step to push back on Trump over tariffs
Source: USA Today

“The Senate signaled for the first time Wednesday that it is ready to push back on recent tariffs imposed by President Donald Trump. In overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, senators backed 88 to 11 a largely symbolic resolution calling for Congress to have a role when the president imposes tariffs in the name of national security. The resolution comes a day after Trump escalated his ongoing trade war with China by releasing a list of $200 billion in Chinese goods. Beijing said it would hit back. Even though the measure approved Wednesday does not address the U.S.-China trade relationship, it signaled an increased willingness by the Republican-led Congress to stand up to Trump over trade. Many GOP lawmakers are increasingly concerned that tariffs from China and elsewhere could raise consumer costs and hurt farmers and manufacturers.” (07/11/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/07/11/u-s-senate-challenges-donald-trump-over-escalating-trade-tensions/775331002

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5) Rage Against The Machine sends cease-and-desist letter to top Trump ally who swiped [sic] their name for his podcast
Source: Raw Story

“Rage Against the Machine has sent a cease-and-desist to far-right British politician Nigel Farage for spoofing the band’s name in his podcast, ‘Farage Against The Machine.’ The Blast reported that RATM sent Farage a ‘strongly worded’ letter this week, blasting him for ‘brazenly and unlawfully’ exploiting the band’s name and logo. Howard King, the band’s lawyer, added that the ‘implication of any endorsement by our client of you or your policies is particularly abhorrent.’ ‘RATM has publicly denounced the type of right-wing ideology you espouse for decades,’ the letter continued. ‘In fact, that has been an integral part of the band’s identity and purpose.’” [editor’s note: Copying isn’t “swiping,” and hopefully Farage will resist this ham-handed attempt at politically motivated censorship of parody – TLK] (07/11/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/rage-machine-sends-cease-desist-letter-top-trump-ally-swiped-name-podcast

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6) Bitcoin buyer/seller sentenced to a year and a day in prison for buying/selling Bitcoin
Source: Ars Technica

“A woman who for years went by the name ‘Bitcoin Maven’ on localbitcoins.com — a peer-to-peer website for buying and selling anonymous bitcoins in-person — was sentenced Monday to 366 days in federal prison, three years of supervised release, and a $20,000 fine. While selling bitcoins is not inherently illegal, doing so in such large volumes without keeping extensive records to mitigate money laundering is. Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles called the case against Theresa Lynn Tetley — a 50-year-old former stockbroker who bought and sold several million dollars worth of bitcoins — the first of its kind in the region.” (07/11/18)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/07/woman-who-once-bought-bitcoins-for-300000-cash-in-paper-bags-sent-to-prison/

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7) OH: “Pacman” Jones defends self against Atlanta airport employee
Source: USA Today

“Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones was involved in an altercation at the Atlanta airport on Tuesday night, according to police. The fight left Jones, who is currently a free agent, with a laceration on his face and resulted in the arrest of airport employee Frank Ragin, who ‘was determined to be the primary aggressor,’ according to an incident summary report from the Atlanta Police Department. Police said the fight took place near Gate B6 at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after Ragin, who works for facility-management company ABM, made some sort of gesture toward Jones. The two exchanged words until Ragin ‘struck Mr. Jones with a closed fist,’ according to police.” (07/11/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/bengals/2018/07/11/adam-pacman-jones-bengals-battery-self-defense-atlanta-airport/775363002

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8) Germany: “Nazi bride” Beate Zschaepe convicted of far-right killings
Source: NBC News

“Germany’s so-called ‘Nazi bride’ was found guilty on 10 counts of murder Wednesday for her role in a neo-Nazi gang that carried out killings and bombings over the course of seven years. Beate Zschaepe, 43, was sentenced to life in prison by a court in Munich, Reuters reported. It marked the end of one of Germany’s most high-profile and longest-running neo-Nazi trials. Zschaepe is the sole surviving member of a white supremacist terrorist cell that called itself the National Socialist Underground (NSU).” (07/11/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/nazi-bride-beate-zschaepe-guilty-far-right-killings-germany-n890326

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9) Why your Twitter follower count might go down this week
Source: Wired

“Over the last several months, Twitter has embarked on a renewed push to fight abuse and spam, as well as encourage healthy debates and conversations, and on Wednesday the social network announced it was expanding that effort to profiles it has locked for suspicious behavior. Over the next week, it will remove these profiles from users’ follower counts. Twitter says it’s removing locked profiles so that users’ follower counts more accurately reflect the number of real people who choose to follow their tweets. Twitter locks an account as a penalty for violating its policies or when it detects a sudden change in behavior, like a significant uptick in replies, tweeting misleading links, or if a large number of people suddenly block the account. As a security protection, Twitter also sometimes locks an account when its credentials have been posted or leaked elsewhere online.” (07/11/18)

https://www.wired.com/story/why-your-twitter-follower-count-might-go-down-this-week/

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10) Border thugs say NYC mayor de Blasio crossed border “illegally”
Source: New York Daily News

“New York City Mayor de Blasio and his security detail violated both Mexican and U.S. immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a visit near El Paso, Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleges in a letter obtained by The Associated Press. The mayor’s office flatly denied the allegation. De Blasio, a fierce critic of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, went to the Texas border with about 20 other mayors from around the country on June 21, the day after President Donald Trump signed an order stopping family separations at the border.” (07/11/18)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-news-de-blasio-crossed-border-illegally-20180711-story.html#

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11) FL: Sporting goods store manager fired after tackling shoplifter who stole two guns
Source: USA Today

“The manager of Tallahassee’s Academy Sports was fired Tuesday after tackling a suspect accused of stealing a handgun last week. The suspect also allegedly threatened to shoot people. Dean Crouch, 32, was the store manager who stopped Jason White from leaving the Mahan Drive store with a .40-caliber pistol from the firearms counter on June 29. ‘Academy has decided to, instead of treating him like the hero he is, they terminated his employment effective immediately because he put his hands on Mr. White,’ Crouch’s attorney Ryan Hobbs said. Just hours before he was taken into custody, White stole two handguns from Cash America Pawn on South Adams Street, according to Tallahassee Police.” [editor’s note: One more stupid store, one more penalized hero – SAT] (07/11/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/11/sports-store-manager-fired-tackling-gun-theft-suspect/775569002

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12) Judge: Lawsuits alleging Roundup caused cancer can move forward
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Hundreds of lawsuits alleging Roundup weed killer caused cancer cleared a big hurdle Tuesday when a U.S. judge ruled that cancer victims and their families could present expert testimony linking the herbicide to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria said evidence that the active ingredient in Roundup — glyphosate — can cause the disease seemed “rather weak.” Still, the opinions of three experts linking glyphosate and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma were not ‘junk science’ that should be excluded from a trial, the judge ruled. The lawsuits say agrochemical giant Monsanto, which makes Roundup, long knew about the cancer risk but failed to warn people.” (07/10/18)

https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/lawsuits-alleging-roundup-caused-cancer-can-move-forward/article_f3ad1017-b061-58f0-bee8-ee48438993f8.html

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13) Heimatsicherheit thug “screeners” win immunity from flier abuse claims
Source: Reuters

“Fliers may have a tough time recovering damages for invasive screenings at U.S. airport security checkpoints, after a federal appeals court on Wednesday said screeners are immune from claims under a federal law governing assaults, false arrests and other abuses. In a 2-1 vote, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners are shielded by government sovereign immunity from liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act because they do not function as ‘investigative or law enforcement officers.’ The majority said it was ‘sympathetic’ to concerns that its decision would leave fliers with ‘very limited legal redress’ for alleged mistreatment by aggressive or overzealous screeners, which add to the ordinary stresses of air travel.” (07/11/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tsa-lawsuit/tsa-screeners-win-immunity-from-flier-abuse-claims-u-s-appeals-court-idUSKBN1K125W

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14) Pakistan: Suicide bombing kills at least 12 at political rally
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A suicide bomber blew himself up at an anti-Taliban political party’s rally in north-west Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 12 people, including a candidate for elections due to be held on 25 July, police said. The attack on a meeting of the Awami National party (ANP) in Peshawar also injured nearly 50 others, said city police chief Jamil Qazi. The ANP was the main target of Taliban attacks in the 2013 election campaign, during which a senior party leader, Bashir Bilour, was killed in a suicide bombing. Tuesday’s attack killed his son Haroon Bilour, a candidate for the provincial assembly.” (07/10/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/10/suicide-bombing-kills-at-least-12-at-pakistan-political-rally

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15) Fired Romanian prosecutor has new job fighting terrorism
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Romania’s most high-profile prosecutor, who was removed this week as the country’s chief-anti-corruption prosecutor amid allegations of misconduct, has a new job fighting organized crime and terrorism. The Superior Magistrates Council said Wednesday Laura Codruta Kovesi has been appointed a prosecutor at the anti-organized crime agency in the central city of Sibiu. Kovesi was named prosecutor general in 2006, but gained international recognition as the chief prosecutor at the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, a position she held for five years until Monday. Under her leadership, the agency successfully prosecuted lawmakers, ministers and other top officials for bribery, fraud, abuse of power and other corruption-related offenses.” (07/11/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Fired-Romanian-prosecutor-has-new-job-fighting-13065602.php

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16) US Reaper drone data leaked on dark web, researchers say
Source: CNN

“A hacker penetrated an Air Force captain’s computer to steal [sic] sensitive information about US military drones, according to new research by cybersecurity investigators at Recorded Future, a threat intelligence firm. The documents, while not classified, include a private [sic] list of airmen working with MQ-9A Reaper drones and maintenance and course material on the weapons — the US-made deadly unmanned aerial vehicle used around the world to surveille and strike targets US law enforcement is investigating the breach, according to Recorded Future’s Insikt Group, which conducted the research.” [editor’s note: Lists of government employees are not “private” and copying is not stealing – TLK] (07/10/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/10/politics/us-reaper-drone-materials-hacker-theft/index.html

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17) TN: Church becomes crime scene after pastor arrested for rape of underage congregant
Source: Raw Story

“The pastor of the Crossway Worship Center in Newport, Tennessee is in jail after being arrested on charges of rape and aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure, WATE-TV reported Wednesday. Pastor James ‘Ronnie’ Messer was arrested by sheriff’s deputies after a girl revealed to family members that she had been raped by her pastor. The sexual assault allegedly occurred inside the church. Pastor Messer allegedly directed the girl to take off her clothes and then raped her on the floor of the church. A detective who interviewed Messer said he admitted to intercourse with the girl, but claimed it was consensual. Prosecutors charged Messer with statutory rape and forcible rape charges, in addition to aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure.” (07/11/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/tennessee-church-crime-scene-pastor-arrested-rape-underage-congregant/

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18) Opera adds built-in cryptocurrency wallet to Android browser
Source: PC Magazine

“Opera wants to help you manage your cryptocurrency via a built-in digital wallet on Android. Simply called ‘Crypto Wallet,’ the new feature will be available for Opera’s Android browser as a private beta …. Opera envisions the new wallet opening the door for more consumers and merchants to begin using and building around cryptocurrencies. ‘Paying with the Crypto Wallet is like sending digital cash straight from your phone, and we’ve just made it easier,’ Opera cryptocurrency product lead Charles Hamel said in a statement.” (07/11/18)

https://www.pcmag.com/news/362372/opera-adds-built-in-cryptocurrency-wallet-to-android-browser

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19) Republican idiot pol proposes 15-year prison term for wearing a mask
Source: The Hill

“The ‘Unmasking Antifa Act of 2018,’ legislation introduced in the House, carries a potential 15-year prison sentence for those caught engaging in behaviors typically associated with the ‘antif’” movement of anti-fascist activists. Under the act, anyone ‘wearing a mask’ or in disguise who ‘injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person … in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege’ would be subject to a fine or up to 15 years in prison. The bill was introduced in the House last month but received renewed attention on Tuesday after alt-right personality Mike Cernovich encouraged his followers to call their representatives and ‘let them know what you think’ about the legislation.” [editor’s note: Does the sentence get upped to 15 years if the criminal is wearing a Rolling Stones t-shirt, a MAGA hat, or glasses? The activities described that are in fact criminal would be criminal regardless of what the perp was wearing – TLK] (07/10/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/396404-unmasking-antifa-act-includes-15-year-prison-term-proposal

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20) Lisa Page plans to defy GOP subpoena for her testimony, her lawyer says
Source: CNN

“Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page is defying a congressional subpoena and will not appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for a scheduled closed-door interview. Page’s lawyer Amy Jeffress said in a statement that the committee issued a subpoena on Saturday without providing Page with the scope of the interview and before she was able to view the materials that had been produced to Congress, such as her anti-Trump text messages exchanged with FBI agent Peter Strzok. … The decision not to appear for Wednesday’s scheduled deposition is sure to provoke a response from the committee, which could move to hold her in contempt of Congress. … The text messages exchanged between Strzok and Page while they worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the probe into President Donald Trump and Russia have been cited by Trump and his allies as key evidence that the FBI’s investigation is biased against the President.” (07/10/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/10/politics/lisa-page-defy-subpoena/index.html

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

21) Helsinki: How about a Fresh START?
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“As US President Donald Trump heads to Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump’s critics continue to inveigh against what they consider an illicitly close relationship between the two, a perspective stemming from the ‘Russiagate’ scandal drummed up by supporters of Hillary Clinton to explain her defeat in the 2016 presidential election. Russiagate or not, this summit may represent the two countries’ last, best opportunity to halt or even reverse a decade of backsliding toward frigid Cold War relations. And Trump has a ready template at his disposal for pursuing warmer relations with a formidable, but hopefully former, foe.” (07/11/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13872

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22) The conversation that is being shouted down in the Libertarian Party
Source: Steemit
by Caryn Ann Harlos

“The whole idea of ‘left’ and ‘right’ should be rejected in the LP but they can be useful at times to place our views within the more ‘normie’ paradigm. The LP is economically ‘right.’ Even economically far right. That is why communism is completely foreign and antithetical. The LP is socially ‘left’ (as in liberal, not as in progressive). Even socially far left. That is why alt-right and prejudice is completely foreign and antithetical. Far left economics are not Libertarian Party Libertarianism. Far right social views are not Libertarian Party Libertarianism. Notice I talk about views. Not about people. People are more than just their views and are not quite so simply categorized. My views on people is that all people who agree with us, even if just on 1% of issues are welcome, and we work with them on that agreement. That does not mean that the 99% disagreement all of sudden requires faux unity nor does that become Libertarian Party Libertarianism. It just means that we can put that aside while we work where we agree.” (07/10/18)

https://steemit.com/libertarian-party/@pinkflame/the-conversation-that-is-being-shouted-down-in-the-libertarian-party

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23) Trump’s threats to stop Harley Davidson from fleeing do Democrats proud
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“Plenty of Americans have no problem with the government taking harsh steps to stop immigrants from coming to this country. But surely, even these restrictionists would consider it beyond the pale if Uncle Sam stopped Americans from leaving. That’s what tyrannical regimes do — not free countries like ours … right? Wrong. In fact, America’s emigration restrictions have grown in tandem with immigration restrictions under both Democratic and Republican rule. And President Trump is about to take things to a whole new level. The core component of Trump’s America First agenda involves slamming the door on immigrants — low skilled and high skilled, authorized and unauthorized — whom he blames for every economic ill from unemployment to stagnant wages to straining welfare. He’s wrong about nearly all of this, incidentally. But for now, let’s focus on the fact that his zero-sum economic logic against immigrants seeking entry to the United States also applies to Americans trying to leave.” (07/11/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/11/trumps-threats-to-stop-harley-davidson-f

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24) Copyright trolls and government albatrosses
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Government, and government monopolies, are bad enough. Especially things like the Post Office (USPS). The ‘justice system’ (the Nazgul) is yet another perfect example of such. Government abuse of the court system is sickening. But bad as government is, some private persons and organizations are as bad or worse. Especially those that use government for their own ends. Consider patent and copyright trolls.” (07/11/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/07/11/copyright-trolls-and-government-albatrosses/

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25) Gun safety essential to gun rights
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Gun rights, like all natural human rights, are a foundation of a functional society. And every right comes with an equally important responsibility. You must handle and use your gun so that you don’t harm anyone who doesn’t deserve to be harmed. Gun safety is more than important; it is essential. Contrary to what some people insist, gun accidents do happen. Once a tiny sliver of wood flaked off the inside of a black powder gun I was using and lodged in a bad spot. As soon as I pulled the hammer back and released it, the gun fired even though nothing was touching the trigger. Because I was following the rules of safe gun handling, the only casualty was my nerves. However, most so-called gun ‘accidents’ aren’t accidents at all, but are negligence; someone not observing the rules of safe gun handling.” (07/11/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/07/11/voices/gun-safety-essential-to-gun-rights/158387.html

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26) Donald Trump is right to question NATO
Source: USA Today
by Michael C Desch

“President Donald Trump is ruffling trans-Atlantic feathers once again, this time planning to proceed to Helsinki to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin after meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies, whom he is already needling about their relatively meager financial contribution to their own defense. Trump’s rhetoric, launched even before he took off for Europe on Tuesday, may be undiplomatic, but he is tapping into something real. Changing American interests and new geopolitical realities are calling into question the future of NATO. The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis,now known as the March of Dimes, was a nonprofit organization dedicated to the eradication of childhood polio established by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1938. By the mid-1950s, childhood polio was almost eradicated. Rather than declare victory and close up shop, the March of Dimes took on new childhood public health challenges, such as combating birth defects. The March of Dimes accomplished its original mission and went on to solve other problems.” (07/11/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/11/dont-blame-trump-nato-uncertain-future-decline-column/768302002

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27) Would you eat an abandoned chicken stick?
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“Sitting at the airport bar, I was speaking lazily to the person next to me. I was feeling hungry but not willing to pay high airport prices for food. Plus I just wanted a small snack — such as that yummy-looking chicken stick on the plate in front of my new friend. The bar patron wasn’t touching it. I nearly asked if I could eat but thought again: that would be sort of tacky. Seems like we should pay for our own food. Right? Maybe. Suddenly he said he was late for a flight, paid his tab, and left the bar chair in a hurry. I’m sitting there next to this abandoned chicken stick. It was eight inches from my hand. I could have reached out and eaten it in less than five seconds. No one would have seen me, probably. Something stopped me. I had to think about property rights, ownership, Lockean principles, a world with chaotic ownership claims, which led me to consider exactly who owned this chicken or whether perhaps it was like the Wild West, property waiting to be homesteaded. What would you do?” (07/11/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/would-you-eat-abandoned-chicken-stick

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28) Facebook is still abusing your privacy
Source: The New Republic
by Alex Shephard

“Three months ago, Mark Zuckerberg was sitting before Congress, promising to change Facebook’s ways. ‘I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here,’ he said. ‘It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm. That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy.’ Zuckerberg promised to take privacy concerns more seriously, ensured members of Congress that he was open to regulation (so long as it was the ‘right regulation’), and pledged to do more to stop bad actors from abusing his platform. Zuckerberg insisted that this was the beginning of a new chapter in the company’s history. The company would return to its roots as a ‘village square,’ where people shared personal updates and photographs of their loved ones. Shortly after he left Washington, D.C., Facebook began airing national television advertisements in which it apologized for having lost its way.” (07/11/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/149786/facebook-still-abusing-privacy

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29) Optics and the LP: A Facebook post
Source: Avens O’Brien
by Avens O’Brien

“On July 2nd, a staffer under Ron Paul made the decision to post a really shitty meme on his social media. It showed racist caricatures and was quickly removed, but that didn’t stop dozens of websites (and FB posts) from reporting the ‘racist tweet from Ron Paul.’ Everybody knows that Ron Paul didn’t post it. Likely some idiot intern did. I *do* hope they were fired. The problem with Ron isn’t what HE currently believes, but that he has shown poor judgement in the people he allows to speak for him, whether they wrote newsletters in his name 30 years ago or whether they tweet stupid shit on his socials now. And in that moment, when Ron Paul was associated yet again with really shitty stuff that my movement keeps getting associated with, I became PROFOUNDLY relieved that the Libertarian Party did NOT end up having Ron Paul as a speaker at our National Convention — since it likely would have been the same damn day, and then the news would have been sure to associate the LIBERTARIAN PARTY with the shitty tweet.” (07/11/18)

https://aonarach.wordpress.com/2018/07/11/optics-the-lp-a-facebook-post/

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30) Revolt: Authoritarian or libertarian?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Lyla Chu

“Perhaps one of the more striking attacks against libertarian thought is the claim that it, like all other political insights, is just another variation of authority. This argument is exemplified by Engels'[s] ‘On Authority’ in which he argues that revolution and organization in the anarcho-syndicalist/communist tradition is authoritarian. Revolt is construed into just another assertion of authority rather than a genuine expression of liberty. The challenge takes many forms, but its most basic premise is that all politics are authoritarian.” (07/11/18)

https://c4ss.org/content/51039

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31) Silicon Valley Censors
Source: The American Spectator
by Betsy McCaughey

“Social media giants like Twitter and Facebook that used to brag about promoting free speech now say they’re taking on a new role — the speech police. Twitter is suspending as many as a million accounts a day, with 70 million silenced in May and June, according to data disclosed Friday. The massive purge is to prevent the spread of fake news, Twitter says. The problem is who decides what’s fake? Democrats in Congress are encouraging the crackdown. They point to how Russians set up social media accounts and flooded the internet with phony news and inflammatory rhetoric in the months before the 2016 presidential election, and according to special counsel Robert Mueller, tilted it in favor of Donald Trump. At a Senate hearing, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) ordered lawyers for Facebook, Twitter, and Google to do something about it ‘or we will.’ Don’t be fooled by these calls to ‘clean up’ the internet in order to protect our democracy. Fake news, hateful remarks, and Russians impersonating Americans are not as dangerous to our democracy as Silicon Valley’s misguided drive toward censorship.” (07/11/18)

https://spectator.org/silicon-valley-censors/

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32) Farm work as a skilled and permanent job
Source: The American Prospect
by David Bacon

“Up and down the Pacific coast, many of the largest growers are rapidly increasing their use of guest workers recruited in Mexico as temporary harvest labor. Farm labor, in their view, is unskilled. The workers who perform it should show up at harvest time, work as hard as possible, and then effectively disappear until the next season. This has been the common view for over a century. It is the justification for a renewed Republican push to establish a vastly expanded guest worker program. But is the road to improving the lives of farmworkers to legislate even more massive contract-labor programs? Or is it to treat farm labor as skilled and permanent work, and provide security and decent wages to those who do it? One Salinas grower, D’Arrigo Brothers Company, is choosing the second alternative, a choice its workers feel reflects the value of their labor.” (07/11/18)

http://prospect.org/article/farm-work-can-be-skilled-and-permanent-job

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33) Reality remake
Source: CounterPunch
by Lawrence Davidson

“Among the more egregious movements now active on the American scene are those that seek to undermine the expression of reality within the public sphere. A good example of this is the long-running effort of some Protestant fundamentalists who seek to challenge the notion of evolution in public school textbooks and classrooms. This particular effort not only pits the unprovable religious beliefs of a relatively small number of ideologues against one of the best-demonstrated scientific theories of the modern age, but also seeks to shut down the public’s ‘right to know’ the difference between opinion and fact. … Thus we find that historians and human rights representatives in the U.S. state of Virginia have joined forces in order to ‘protect the … accuracy of schoolbooks’ against (and here no one should be surprised) ‘Israeli advocacy organizations.’ In this case the culprit is the Institute for Curriculum Services (ICS). It is an offshoot of the ‘Jewish Community Relations Council,’ which for its part serves as a Zionist lobbying organization on issues concerning, among other things, how Israel is portrayed within U.S. school systems.” (07/11/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/11/reality-remake/

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34) Reports of antitrust’s death have been greatly exaggerated
Source: Niskanen Center
by Alec Stapp

“In a new research brief — Reports of Antitrust’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated: Economics, Law, and Technology in the Supreme Court’s Amex Decision — I analyze the economic and legal reasoning used in the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Ohio v. American Express Co. and discuss how it might affect Big Tech in potential antitrust cases.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (07/11/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/reports-of-antitrusts-death-have-been-greatly-exaggerated/

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35) Media, hardliners play up North Korean nuclear “deception” claim
Source: Antiwar.com
by Gareth Porter

“Just as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was about to leave for denuclearization negotiations in Pyongyang, a spate of media stories reported that North Korea is deceiving the Trump administration by seeking to hide some of its nuclear facilities. Those stories suggest an effort by some Trump administration officials, led by National Security Adviser John Bolton, to derail the US-North Korea negotiations by pressuring Trump and Pompeo to embrace the narrative that Kim Jong Un is deceiving the US.” (07/11/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/porter/2018/07/10/media-hardliners-play-up-north-korean-nuclear-deception-claim/

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36) Trump just gave NATO a wake-up call; will Europe pick up?
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“For Eurocrats, there never seems to be any downside to insulting President Trump, a man the EU’s suave socialists love to hate. It has been on display as Trump prepares to meet with his fellow NATO members during his trip to Europe. Typical was the snarky, disrespectful reception for Trump prepared by European Council President Donald Tusk, on the eve of the much-awaited NATO meeting: ‘First of all, dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don’t have that many.’ Tusk went on, talking about how Trump was “criticizing Europe almost daily for, in his view, insufficient contributions to the common defense capabilities, and for living off the U.S.” (07/11/18)

He meant it to be snide and sarcastic. But Tusk’s criticism is notable because, in fact, Trump’s comments happen to too true. It’s been an open secret for decades.

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37) Afghanistan’s trauma state fuels endless war
Source: Cato Institute
by Erik Goepner

“As the Muslim world celebrated Eid al-Fitr last month to mark the end of Ramadan, both the Afghan government and the Taliban announced temporary cease-fires to coincide with the holiday. Unfortunately, this transitory symbol of hope ignores reality: Afghans will continue killing one another into the foreseeable future. My experience as a military commander in southern Afghanistan provided more than enough evidence for me to see why Afghanistan’s endless war will continue. The first two arguments for civil war are well established: motivation and opportunity. People rebel when sufficiently motivated by grievance or greed, and they rebel when the opportunity presents itself.” (07/10/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/afghanistans-trauma-state-fuels-endless-war

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38) If it walks like a duck …
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“Putting aside the legal questions involved, it’s interesting to consider three different policies from an economic perspective: 1. A fully enforced regulation requiring everyone to recycle trash, with a $100/year fine for violating that regulation. 2. A $100/year tax on those who don’t use the recycle bins for their trash. 3. A $100/year subsidy to those who do recycle their trash. To an economist, these three policies are roughly identical in terms of effect on incentives. To non-economists, there are two distinctions: Policy #3 sounds better than policy #2. In policy #3, it seems no one is hurt and some people are helped. In policy #2, it seems no one is helped and some people are hurt.” (07/11/18)

https://www.econlib.org/if-it-walks-like-a-duck/

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39) Dads needed
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“Warren Farrell was once considered a feminist leader. He hung around with Gloria Steinem and wrote about why men and women should break out of rigid old gender roles. But then, as he learned more, he started to disagree with parts of modern feminism. ‘I don’t agree with the part of feminism that says men are the oppressors and women are the oppressed,’ he says in our latest Stossel TV video. ‘That part of feminism is sick.’ In Farrell’s new book, The Boy Crisis, he argues that hostility toward males undermines boys’ psychological development. “Boys are a third less likely than girls to get college degrees, twice as likely to commit suicide.’ We pushed back, pointing out that men make more money, run most companies and run most of the government. ‘Our dads and grandpas,’ he responded, ‘made sacrifices to make more money! Then the feminist movement turned all of that sacrifice against men.’” (07/11/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2018/07/11/dads-needed-n2499040

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40) Quantum Vibe, 07/11/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (07/11/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1819

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41) Could this be a win for parents?
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Susan Pendergrass

“The debates have only just begun, and they’re sure to be loud and contentious. But one result of the confirmation of President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court could be more options for parents when it comes to their child’s education. Judge Brett Kavanaugh has not had the opportunity to rule on many education cases, as there is only one school district in the DC Circuit Court’s jurisdiction. However, he has written essays and amicus briefs on school choice cases. He clearly supports the notion that religious schools and institutions should be able to receive state funding provided that ‘”the funding was pursuant to a neutral program that, among other things, included religious and nonreligious institutions alike.’” [editor’s note: Continuing to tie education to “state funding” is a definite loss for parents — and kids – TLK] (07/10/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/school-choice/could-be-win-parents

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42) The last “swing?” High court “reliability” and rule of law
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Henry Gass

“The nation’s highest court appears poised to take a hard turn toward the ideological right, after President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. A lifelong Washingtonian and a pillar of the conservative legal community there, Judge Kavanaugh’s educational background and extensive legal experience (including two degrees from Yale University and 12 years on the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit) made him an early frontrunner to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement last month. He is Mr. Trump’s second nominee to the Supreme Court (the US Senate confirmed Justice Neil Gorsuch last year) and while a bruising confirmation process awaits, it is likely that he will also be confirmed, further entrenching a conservative majority on the court that could transform American life. ‘My judicial philosophy is straightforward. A judge must be independent, and must interpret the law, not make the law,’ Kavanaugh said after Trump announced his nomination Monday night.” [editor’s note: If this is truly his perspective, he is an ideal choice, regardless of the personal political slant he might represent – SAT] (07/10/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2018/0710/The-last-swing-High-court-reliability-and-rule-of-law

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43) The debate about the Court
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Stephen Cox

“Confirmation of a Supreme Court justice is a circus disguised as a graduate seminar. But amid all the pseudointellectual parading and posturing, there are real principles of constitutional interpretation at stake. From a libertarian point of view, I think that four basic schools of interpretation can be identified, each with its attractive and unattractive results.” (07/10/18)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1870

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44) The China, US trade war — it’s all mutual on the way down as well as up
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“So Donald Trump is going to spiral the trade war up a level by imposing tariffs on $200 billion’s worth of Chinese goods. Presumably the next stage will be China imposing more tariffs on more US goods — although obviously they cannot hit quite as much trade as the US doesn’t sell that much to China. But this is how this idiocy works, as it did with Smoot Hawley those several of generations back …. And so the lunacy spirals on. And yes, it is lunacy. The entire point of trade, the very purpose of it, is to gain access to the imports. Those things which Johnny Foreigner makes cheaper or better than we do. To tax ourselves because he makes things cheaper or better than we do is simple idiocy.” (07/11/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/economy/the-china-us-trade-war-its-all-mutual-on-the-way-down-as-well-as-up/

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45) After an “Educator Spring” teachers storm elections
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“For Progressives, the stunning upset victory by first-time congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over a prominent incumbent candidate in New York seems to be a sign that a wave of change coming in the midterm elections. But a perhaps bigger, clearer sign of change is the groundswell of educators entering political contests. As an outcome of the wave of teacher walkouts and protests that swept through West Virginia, Oklahoma, North Carolina and other states (a chain of events increasingly referred to as an ‘Educator Spring’), ‘angry educators are flooding down-ballot races,’ Politico reports. The number of educator candidates is staggering, with nearly 300 coming from just the American Federation of Teachers union alone. Many of them are winning — and not just as Democrats.” (07/11/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180711/after-an-educator-spring-teachers-storm-elections

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46) Minimum sense
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“I’m all for ballot measures to decide any issue the people have a right to decide … limited by all of our inalienable rights as individuals. Minimum wage laws constitute an abuse of our First Amendment right to association, which neither legislatures nor voters may legitimately abridge. That the council doesn’t recognize this right of association, yet nonetheless thinks it should nullify a vote of the people tells you everything you need to know about the sorry state of representation.” (07/11/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/07/11/minimum-sense/

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47) US, UK, and all other countries should embrace unilateral free trade
Source: Libertarian Party
by Bill Etheridge, MEP & Wes Benedict

“Besides the Declaration of Independence of the United States, another seminal event occurred in 1776. Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nations. As he explained, ‘In every country it always is and must be in the interest of the great body of the people to buy whatever they want of those who sell it cheapest.’ Nothing has happened in the succeeding 242 years to refute Smith’s remarkable insight. Much of the world seems to have forgotten that lesson today, though, as countries hike tariffs in an ongoing war of punitive retaliation. It shouldn’t be this way, though. By moving resources to more productive and valued uses, trade makes everybody better off. This remains true no matter what kinds of tariffs or sanctions other countries impose. Trade barriers hurt the countries that impose them most of all.” (07/11/18)

https://www.lp.org/us-uk-and-all-other-countries-should-embrace-unilateral-free-trade/

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48) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom raises ethical questions about technology and life
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“The newest edition to the Jurassic World film dominion is Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom, a commercial juggernaut that is boosting 2018’s prospects for a record year in ticket sales despite mixed reviews. Fallen Kingdom, however, offers up more than action, first-rate special effects, and digitized dinosaurs. The movie takes a surprisingly complex dive into the question of species preservation and the value of life.” (07/10/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/07/10/jurassic-world-fallen-kingdom-raises-ethical-questions-about-technology-and-life/

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49) What does it mean to abolish ICE?
Source: The Nation
by Julianne Hing

“On July 4, when Therese Patricia Okoumou scaled the pooled drapes of the Statue of Liberty, fellow protesters below her held up cards that spelled out, ‘Abolish ICE.’ Four days earlier, at the more than 700 rallies against the separation and detention of families at the US border, those same words were echoed again and again on homemade signs, in chants, and on T-shirts. Encouraged by a groundswell of anger, even national-level politicians are endorsing the elimination of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a shadowy law-enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security. Some of the political will has to do with Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shocking upset in a primary challenge against Representative Joe Crowley in New York’s 14th Congressional District. Prior to Ocasio-Cortez’s win, other Democrats–including Representatives Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, Pramila Jayapal of Washington, and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts–had come out in support of such a move.” (07/11/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/mean-abolish-ice

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50) Originalism myths #1: Originalists think the framers agreed on everything
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael D Ramsey

“With the new Supreme Court nomination, originalism is likely to be back in popular commentary as it was during Justice Gorsuch’s confirmation. I hope to use this time to highlight the arguments against originalism and separate the good ones from the bad ones. In particular, I want to highlight the bad ones, in the hopes that originalist critics will give up on them, and find meaningful points of engagement. So let’s start with this one: originalism depends on the framers all agreeing on everything. … claiming originalists don’t recognize the post-ratification disputes over constitutional meaning is either lazy or dishonest. Originalist scholarship routinely engages with these debates, and anyone who thinks otherwise either hasn’t read the relevant literature or is deliberately misstating it.” (07/10/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/07/10/originalism-myths-1-originalists-think-the-framers-agreed-on-everything/

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51) China’s currency manipulation harms China — not its trading partners
Source: Cobden Centre
by Patrick Barron

“Americans are being told that China’s currency manipulations are causing harm to its trading partners, America being the main victim. Nothing could be further from the truth. China’s currency manipulations certainly cause harm, but to China itself! No country can cause harm to another by adopting any economic intervention. All economic interventions cause harm only to the country that adopts them. This applies to subsidies of home industries, quotas restricting import volumes, tariffs imposed on imports, and currency manipulations.” (07/11/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/07/chinas-currency-manipulation-harms-china-not-its-trading-partners/

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52) US dictatorial fangs at the World Cup
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“When his team flew on an American airliner to Russia for the World Cup matches, [Rafael] Martinez wasn’t with them. He had to take a different carrier. At the match, he wasn’t allowed to drink the same brand of water as his teammates. At practices, he had to wear a different uniform. He was disqualified from ever being named the Budweiser Man of the Match. His daily movements were closely tracked. He was subject to being placed in different hotels from his teammates. Unlike his teammates, he had to agree to play without pay. Why all this unusual treatment? The U.S. Treasury, that’s why. The U.S. Treasury has placed Martinez on its drug-war ‘blacklist’ accusing the soccer star of having connections to a Mexico drug lord. When was Martinez tried, and convicted of violating U.S. drug laws? Never! He has never even been charged with violating U.S. drug laws, at least not in the traditional sense of a criminal indictment being returned against him.” (07/11/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/07/11/u-s-dictatorial-fangs-at-the-world-cup/

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53) Reality
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Once a little boy told his mum that he reckoned there shouldn’t be any more wars, and that people ought to take care of each other and make sure everyone gets enough to eat. She smiled, patted his head and told him he was a sweet child. The boy stopped sharing his idea as he got older, because it made bigger kids scoff and ridicule him. He learned about economics and foreign policy, and how war is often necessary to stop bad guys from doing bad things. … Then the boy got even older, and he learned that that perspective was naive as well. Actually it’s all a pack of lies, he discovered, and the politicians and pundits are deceiving everyone about what’s going on in the world for the benefit of a few wealthy ecocidal warmongers. … On his deathbed his mind did strange things as his body failed. One day, after spending an entire weekend in a non-responsive state, the boy sat bolt upright and startled his children and grandchildren who were gathered at his bedside, screaming, ‘Fuck! I got it right the first time!’” (07/11/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/07/11/reality

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54) The Brett Kavanaugh snowflake “emergency”
Source: The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher

“It doesn’t bother me that liberals oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination. What makes me angry, though, are these supremely privileged twits declaring that the Kavanaugh nomination is an ’emergency’ and a threat to their ‘safety.’ What they are declaring is that no matter how hard you work, and how much you achieve, if you don’t share their politics, your very existence is a cause for panic, and a justification for them to stop you by any means necessary. ‘People will die if he is confirmed.’ Where do they think that kind of hysterical rhetoric is going to lead?” (07/10/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/yale-brett-kavanaugh-snowflake-emergency/

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55) Public schools aren’t about educating
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“I take every opportunity that I can to point out that government indoctrination centers, often mistakenly called public schools, aren’t about education. However, no matter what evidence I provide to back up my argument people continue believing otherwise. But now even the government itself is admitting that its indoctrination centers aren’t about educating children: ‘A federal judge has concluded that the Constitution doesn’t require schools to promote students’ literacy.’ This is something that you don’t see every day, a government goon being forthright and honest.” (07/10/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/07/10/public-schools-arent-about-educating/

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56) So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, 07/11/18
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

“On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we discuss President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court and what it might mean for the First Amendment. We also review Anthony Kennedy’s legacy, the free speech cases from this past Supreme Court term, and Justice Elena Kagan’s contention that some of her colleagues are ‘weaponizing the First Amendment.’” [various formats] (07/11/18)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-free-speech-at-the-u-s-supreme-court/

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57) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/11/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“President Donald Trump started his European tour with a bang, accusing Germany of hyping the Russian threat to get US protection while sending billions of dollars to Russia for its oil. The Europeans are not amused. Fasten your seat belts!” [Flash video] (07/11/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trump-hammers-nato-good-lets-get-out

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58) Scott Adams Says, 07/11/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Russia, NATO, song-wars, and DemBabies, with delicious coffee.” [Flash video] (07/11/18)

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

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59) The Libertarian Angle, 07/11/18
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“What is democratic socialism and what is its import for a free society? FFF president Jacob G. Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling discuss.” [various formats] (07/11/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/processing-95-the-libertarian-angle-democratic-socialism-video/

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60) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/11/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Brett Kavanaugh, the new nominee to the Supreme Court, doesn’t have a deep record when it comes to many areas libertarians care about. Walter Olson comments.” [various formats]

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/what-brett-kavanaughs-court-record-doesnt-show

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61) Essential Libertarianism, episode 38
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“The illegality, immorality and violence of all political action, by Robert LeFevre.” [various formats] (07/11/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/07/11/the-illegality-immorality-and-violence-of-all-political-action-el038/

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62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 218
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #218, I refute Max Boot’s article title Trump wants to Finiadize the United States. In the articles, Boot scrutinizes Trump for his antagonism towards traditional American alliances and Trump’s desire to get along with Russia. Boot romanticizes about the usefulness of NATO and he portrays Russia as a world evil. I debunk the usefulness of NATO and explain Russia is no threat to the world.” [various formats] (07/11/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf218-max-boot-is-wrong-on-russia

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63) Free Talk Live, 07/10/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Ron Paul Alleged Racist Tweet? :: Cultural Marxism :: Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed Win Critical Gun and Free Speech Rights Lawsuit :: Venezuela Public Transportation :: Medical Care in Libertarian Society :: Libertarians and Police :: Edgington Post — Eric Brakey :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/10/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-07-10

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64) Editor’s Break, episode 89
Source: Everything Voluntary

“Editor’s Break 089 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: what the Intellectual Dark web is; the various recognized and unrecognized members of the Intellectual Dark Web, such as Joe Rogan, Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro, Sam Harris, Jordan B. Peterson, Stefan Molyneux, Ben Stone, Tom Woods, et al; the supposed threat of robotics and automation and why there’s nothing to fear; in what ways he opposes so-called safe spaces, and in what we ways he supports them; and more.” [various formats] (07/10/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/intellectual-dark-web-automation-safe-spaces-26m-editors-break-089

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65) Bloggingheads.tv, 07/10/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Glenn Loury (Brown University) and John McWhorter (Columbia University, Lexicon Valley) … John: Trump has the brain of a 13-year-old boy … Glenn: Trump will be viewed as more effective than Obama … Is Trump an idiot? A savant? … Glenn: Clarence Thomas is a symbol of African-American excellence … John wishes Thomas wasn’t silent at oral argument … Critiquing the black intelligentsia … How big of a problem is the ‘Starbucks and swimming pools’ problem?” [Flash video] (07/10/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53172

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