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Volume XVI, Issue #4,014
Monday, July 16th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Palestine: Gaza ceasefire largely holding after day of fierce fighting
2) International court ruling supports Assange’s right of movement from embassy to Ecuador
3) CA: Democrats endorse progressive challenger over Feinstein
4) Haiti: Lafontant resigns as PM
5) UK: May says Trump told her to sue the EU over Brexit
6) Pakistan: Sharif arrested at Lahore airport
7) Kevin Smith asks fans to crowd-fund his pot comedy series “Hollyweed”
8) Report: Cleanups at Pence family’s failed gas stations costing taxpayers millions
9) FDA OKs first drug to treat smallpox
10) Accused [sic] Silk Road administrator extradited to US from Ireland
11) UK: Finding dad’s child porn, of her and others, was last straw for long-abused daughter
12) Fed tells Congress the inflation pickup seen this year is not a surprise
13) WY: Police find cannabis growing in city’s downtown flower pots
14) GA: Cops on vacation after using coin toss app to decide on arrest
15) Ghostly particles give scientists new understanding of universe
16) Republicans renew push to impeach Rod Rosenstein amid Mueller/Rosenstein publicity stunt
17) UK: Police claim they’ve found source of agent in deaths allegedly linked to Novichok exposure
18) ICE thugs abduct 135 in multi-state crime spree
19) Obama, Trump among big losers in Twitter follower purge
20) FBI to start using a second database for unconstitutional prying into gun buyers’ backgrounds

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The errors of nostalgi-tarianism
22) Have Mueller and Rosenstein finally gone too far?
23) Two big “Russia! Russia!” stories released days before Trump-Putin summit
24) The Deeply State
25) You now can’t leave the US unless the IRS lets you
26) NATO is the model entangling alliance
27) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 9, part 4
28) NATO Summit not a victory for Trump, but for militarism
29) Should you quit your job?
30) Washing machines started the trade war. Result? Largest-ever three-month increase in washing machine prices
31) The chickens come home to roost
32) How “Janus” will boost income inequality in America
33) Rights as a stato-legal construct
34) When environmentalists oppose science
35) Masterpiece Cakeshop and the hidden tolerance for gay rights
36) Don’t blame the Constitution for your loss of liberty
37) Why this Supreme Court nominee matters
38) Defending political liberty in an administered world
39) Universal voting dissolves the obstacles facing voters
40) The future is already here
41) Trump to Britain: Decision time on Brexit
42) Truth without consequences
43) The case for UK’s Brexit chaos
44) It’ll be Donald Trump First, not America First, at Helsinki summit
45) How strong a Europe does US want? In Trump era, that’s still the issue
46) Wisconsin’s Foxconn deal is bad public policy
47) Quantum Vibe, 07/13/18
48) Who is to blame? Misunderstanding news
49) Trump turns to Gaza as Middle East Deal of the Century collapses
50) “Constitutional conservatives” lose interest in holding Trump accountable

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Nice Guys Finish Free with Alex Merced, Episode 5
52) Free Talk Live, 07/14/18
53) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 114
54) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/14/18
55) Scott Adams Says, 07/15/18
56) The Anarchist Experience, episode 173
57) Ancap Barber Shop, episode 46
58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/13/18
59) Felony Friday, episode 132
60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 219
61) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/13/18
62) Radio Free Acton, 07/13/18
63) In The Tank Podcast, episode 148
64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1194
65) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 3

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

1) Palestine: Gaza ceasefire largely holding after day of fierce fighting
Source: Japan Times [Japan]

“A cease-fire largely held on Sunday along a tense Gaza-Israel border on Sunday following a day of fierce fighting, but Israel remained on high alert and boosted its air defenses in case hostilities resume. Israel carried out dozens of airstrikes in Gaza on Saturday, killing two teenage boys, and militants fired more than 100 rockets across the border, wounding three people in a southern Israeli town. The cease-fire, the second between Israel and Gaza’s dominant Hamas Islamists to be brokered by Egypt this year after a previous day-long flare-up in May, came into force late on Saturday.” (07/16/18)

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/16/world/gaza-cease-fire-largely-holding-day-fierce-fighting/

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2) International court ruling supports Assange’s right of movement from embassy to Ecuador
Source: Telesur [multi-regime state media]

“The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled on Friday the right to seek asylum in embassies and other diplomatic compounds. The ruling includes a mandatory safe process, and the obligation of states to provide safe passage to those granted asylum. Without naming Julian Assange, the ruling was deemed a huge victory for the WikiLeaks founder who has been held up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012. … The court released a public statement, which said that it had ‘interpreted the reach of the protection given under Article 22 (7) of the American Convention on Human Rights and Article XXVII of the American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man, which recognize the right to seek and receive asylum in a foreign territory.’” (07/13/18)

https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Inter-American-Court-Ruling-Benefits-Julian-Assange-20180713-0003.html

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3) CA: Democrats endorse progressive challenger over Feinstein
Source: The Hill

“The California Democratic Party endorsed progressive candidate Kevin de Leon for Senate late Saturday in a stunning rebuke of 25-year incumbent and establishment favorite Dianne Feinstein. De Leon, the state Senate president pro tempore, secured 65 percent of the party’s vote, while just 7 percent voted to endorse Feinstein. A candidate needed 60 percent of the vote to win the endorsement. Twenty-eight percent of the body voted not to endorse any candidate. … In the state’s June primary, Feinstein won 44 percent of the vote, far ahead of de Leon’s 12 percent. The two candidates will face off in the November election because of the state’s top-two primary system.” (07/15/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/397069-california-dems-endorse-progressive-challenger-over-feinstein

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4) Haiti: Lafontant resigns as PM
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The Prime Minister of Haiti, Jack Guy Lafontant, has resigned after days of violent protests against fuel price rises. In a speech in the lower house of Congress in the capital, Port-au-Prince, he said President Jovenel Moïse, had accepted his resignation. There had been calls for a vote of no-confidence in Mr Lafontant in Congress during the riots. At least four people were killed with shops and buildings burnt and looted. The unrest started after the government unveiled a proposal to remove fuel subsidies.” (07/15/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44836472

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5) UK: May says Trump told her to sue the EU over Brexit
Source: Aol News

“British Prime Minister Theresa May said U.S. President Donald Trump had previously advised her to sue the European Union as part of her Brexit strategy, disclosing a piece of advice Trump said last week she had ignored. ‘He told me I should sue the EU,’ May told BBC television. ‘Sue the EU. Not go into negotiations — sue them.’ May pointed out that Trump, who was visiting Britain, had also advised that now she was in a negotiation, she should not walk away.” (07/15/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/07/15/uk-prime-minister-theresa-may-says-trump-told-her-to-sue-the-eu-over-brexit/23482310/

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6) Pakistan: Sharif arrested at Lahore airport
Source: United Press International

“Police arrested former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif upon returning to his home country, where he was sentenced to 10 years in prison on corruption charges. Sharif returned to Pakistan on Friday and was detained before he could disembark from his flight at the Lahore airport, Britain’s The Guardian reported. One week earlier, Judge Mohammad Bashir sentenced Sharif in absentia for owning assets beyond income and failing to cooperate with Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau.” (07/14/18)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2018/07/14/Ex-Pakistani-PM-Sharif-arrested-at-Lahore-airport/4921531576446/

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7) Kevin Smith asks fans to crowd-fund his pot comedy series “Hollyweed”
Source: Smell the Truth

“The fate of Kevin Smith’s cannabis-themed sitcom ‘Hollyweed’ will rely on fans willing to spend a few bucks to see more. The filmmaker has partnered with Rivit TV to premiere the pilot episode on their website, where fans can choose if they would like to pay for a full season, reports Variety. ‘The future was looking bright for ‘Hollyweed’ — until we ran into a slight speed bump: no network wanted the show,’ wrote Smith on the Rivit site. ‘And now, the good folks at Rivit TV are giving me and my Hollywood dreams a second chance, as they put the power to greenlight our little weed sitcom in YOUR hands!’ After viewing the pilot episode online, fans can decide how much they can personally chip in for future episodes, ranging from $1.99 to $5.99 per episode.” [editor’s note: Now there’s a creative idea indeed; he musta been pretty stoned when it came to him, but still compos enough to leave a memo – SAT] (07/12/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/07/12/kevin-smith-asks-fans-to-crowd-fund-his-pot-comedy-series-hollyweed

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8) Report: Cleanups at Pence family’s failed gas stations costing taxpayers millions
Source: Fox News

“More than a decade after the former Indiana oil company of Vice President Mike Pence’s family filed for bankruptcy, taxpayers are bearing the costs of millions of dollars to clean up more than 85 contaminated sites, a report says. Kiel Bros. Oil Co., once owned by the Pence family, left behind contaminated sites in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois since the company filed for bankruptcy in 2004, the Associated Press reported. Indiana alone has spent at least $21 million on cleanups thus far, or an average of about $500,000 per site, the report said. Kiel Bros. has reportedly paid for only a fraction of the overall cleanup effort. In court documents, the company cited payment of $8.8 million in ‘indemnity and defense costs,’ but noted that $5 million of that amount came from the states. Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah dismissed the findings as ‘a years old issue’ that the vice president has already addressed.” (07/14/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/14/cleanups-at-pence-familys-failed-gas-stations-costing-taxpayers-millions-report.html

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9) FDA OKs first drug to treat smallpox
Source: ABC News

“U.S. regulators Friday approved the first treatment for smallpox — a deadly disease that was wiped out four decades ago — in case the virus is used in a terror attack. Smallpox, which is highly contagious, was eradicated worldwide by 1980 after a huge vaccination campaign. But people born since then haven’t been vaccinated, and small samples of the smallpox virus were saved for research purposes, leaving the possibility it could be used as a biological weapon. Maker SIGA Technologies of New York has already delivered 2 million treatments that will be stockpiled by the government, which partially paid for the development of the drug, called TPOXX.” (07/13/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/fda-oks-1st-drug-treat-smallpox-case-terror-56576523

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10) Accused [sic] Silk Road administrator extradited to US from Ireland
Source: Raw Story

“Ireland extradited an Irish national on Friday to the United States to face charges that he helped run the now-defunct Silk Road, an online black market where illegal drugs and other goods were bought and sold, U.S. prosecutors announced. Gary Davis, 30, was charged in Manhattan federal court with crimes including conspiracy to distribute narcotics, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Jacob Kaplan, a lawyer for Davis, could not immediately be reached for comment. Davis was indicted in 2013, but fought extradition in Irish courts. He said he suffered from Asperger Syndrome, depression and anxiety, and argued that incarceration in the United States could hurt his mental health and endanger his life, violating his fundamental rights. Ireland’s Supreme Court rejected those arguments last month.” [editor’s note: One more political prisoner of the drug war injustice … as Ross stays in prison for operating a website – SAT] (07/14/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/accused-silk-road-administrator-extradited-us-ireland

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11) UK: Finding dad’s child porn, of her and others, was last straw for long-abused daughter
Source: USA Today

“A British woman was gardening at her father’s house when she went inside and found box of graphic images of herself and another child, reports the Guardian. That’s when she ‘snapped,’ striking him with her shovel, slitting his throat and hiding his body for 12 years in his garden. Barbara Coombes, 63, was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday after she turned herself in to Greater Manchester Police and admitted to killing her 87-year-old father Kenneth in 2006 then burying his body in the backyard of his Stockport, England home, police said. Coombes told a court that she suffered decades of sexual abuse at the hands of her father, a ‘violent bully’ who attacked her physically and verbally, the BBC and Telegraph reported. Police confirmed she found ‘explicit images of a child’ on the dining room table. For 40 years, Coombes was her father’s ‘sex slave,’ according to the Guardian. He raped her hundreds of times, and even into her 50s, the World War II veteran still groped her, she reportedly told psychiatrists.” [editor’s note: Time for Theresa May to pardon someone – SAT] (07/13/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/07/13/woman-killed-father-shovel-child-porn/782713002

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12) Fed tells Congress the inflation pickup seen this year is not a surprise
Source: MarketWatch

“The Federal Reserve told Congress Friday that the rise in inflation witnessed since 2017 was expected and the central bank can continue to raise interest rates gradually. ‘Federal Reserve policymakers expected inflation to move higher in 2018. This expectation appears to be on track so far,’ the Fed said in its semi-annual report to lawmakers on monetary policy. Some economists, including former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, are worried the Trump tax cut will cause the economy to overheat, pushing up inflation and forcing the Fed to rapidly raise interest rates. Other economists said the new and proposed trade tariffs will also boost inflation. But Fed officials gave no hints in the report they feel the need to speed up their pace of gradual rate hikes.” (07/13/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/fed-tells-congress-the-inflation-pickup-seen-this-year-is-not-a-surprise-2018-07-13

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13) WY: Police find cannabis growing in city’s downtown flower pots
Source: Fox News

“A Wyoming city’s downtown decorative plant containers have gone to pot. City of Powell workers tending to the planters found marijuana plants competing for space in three pots filled with marigolds and zinnias, the Billings Gazette reported Friday. Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt suspects the weed grew from seeds planted by a prankster, the Powell Tribune reported Thursday. ‘They recognized what it was once everything started to leaf out,’ Eckerdt said of the workers who found the marijuana. He said the marijuana plants are now evidence, the Gazette reported. Parks Department boss Del Barton said it’s not the first time a marijuana plant has popped up in a city flower pot or landscaped bed.” (07/14/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/14/police-find-marijuana-growing-in-wyoming-citys-downtown-flower-pots.html

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14) GA: Cops on vacation after using coin toss app to decide on arrest
Source: NBC News

“Two Georgia police officers have been placed on leave after video showed them using a coin-toss app before determining whether to arrest a woman caught speeding in April, and the police chief said he is ‘appalled’ by the move. ‘Why am I being arrested?’ Sarah Webb is heard saying to Officer Courtney Brown in the bodycam footage posted by NBC affiliate WXIA of Atlanta, which first reported the story. … In the video posted by WXIA, Brown and another officer, Kristee Wilson, are heard discussing what they should do with Webb, and the Brown says that she doesn’t have speed detection equipment and Wilson says she doesn’t have any tickets. The officers used the terms ‘A’ or arrest for heads, and ‘R’ for release for tails, according to the station.” (07/14/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/georgia-officers-leave-over-after-coin-toss-used-decision-make-n891306

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15) Ghostly particles give scientists new understanding of universe
Source: Raw Story

“A breakthrough in the study of ghostly particles called high-energy neutrinos that traverse space, zipping unimpeded through people, planets and whole galaxies, is giving scientists an audacious new way to expand our understanding of the cosmos. Researchers on Thursday said they have for the first time located a deep-space source for these ubiquitous subatomic particles. They detected high-energy neutrinos in pristine ice deep below Antarctica’s surface, then traced their source back to a giant elliptical galaxy with a massive, rapidly spinning black hole at its core, called a blazar, located 3.7 billion light years from Earth in the Orion constellation.” (07/14/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/ghostly-particles-give-scientists-new-understanding-universe

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16) Republicans renew push to impeach Rod Rosenstein amid Mueller/Rosenstein publicity stunt
Source: Aol News

“A group of House Republicans are reportedly ramping up their effort to impeach the deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. Members of the House Freedom Caucus moved a step closer to that on Friday, around the same time Rosenstein was announcing new indictments against a dozen Russian intelligence officers who interfered in the 2016 US presidential election, Politico reported on Friday.” [editor’s note: I am not a supporter of the Logan Act, but Rosenstein and Mueller were obviously attempting to torpedo US president Donald Trump’s summit with Vladimir Putin with the timing of the indictment announcement, so it seems reasonable to at least appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether or not they violated it – TLK] (07/13/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/07/13/republicans-renew-push-to-impeach-rod-rosenstein-amid-russian-indictments/23481796/

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17) UK: Police claim they’ve found source of agent in deaths allegedly linked to Novichok exposure
Source: Yahoo! News

“British counter-terrorism police said on Friday they believed they had found the source of the Novichok nerve agent that [allegedly] killed a woman in southwest England and left her partner critically ill in hospital. Dawn Sturgess, 44, died this month, just over a week after she was [allegedly] exposed to Novichok near the city of Salisbury where Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were [allegedly] struck down with the same poison in March. … ‘On Wednesday … a small bottle was recovered during searches of Charlie Rowley’s house in Amesbury,’ police said in a statement. ‘Scientists have now confirmed to us that the substance contained within the bottle is Novichok.’” (07/13/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/uk-police-source-novichok-nerve-agent-small-bottle-162618296.html

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18) ICE thugs abduct 135 in multi-state crime spree
Source: Fox News

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents [abducted] 18 [travel agents and transporters] and 117 illegal [sic] immigrants from three different stash houses located in southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, last month, the [gang] announced in an online statement Friday. ICE worked alongside [co-conspirators] with the U.S. Border Patrol to [carry out the kidnappings], [stealing] cash, cars and drugs during the massive [crime spree].” (07/13/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/13/ice-agents-arrest-18-human-smugglers-117-illegal-immigrants-in-texas-new-mexico.html

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19) Obama, Trump among big losers in Twitter follower purge
Source: Politico

“President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama lost huge numbers of Twitter followers Thursday as the social media company began its promised purge of millions of locked and inactive accounts. … Obama, who boasts the most Twitter followers of any former or current head of state, lost around 2.3 million followers from his @BarackObama handle — from 103.6 million Wednesday to 101.3 million Thursday afternoon. For notoriously prolific tweeter Trump, the losses were noticeable but less severe. As of this posting, his personal @realDonaldTrump account had lost roughly 320,000 followers, from 53.4 million to 53.1 million.” (07/12/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/12/trump-obama-twitter-user-purge-716874

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20) FBI to start using a second database for unconstitutional prying into gun buyers’ backgrounds
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“A major change which aims to keep more weapons out of the wrong hands is in the works for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s gun background check process. Examiners will be given access to a large, previously untapped database of more than 400 million records as they determine when gun purchases can go through nationwide. … The FBI’s plans for change are spelled out in reports and meeting minutes from its Criminal Justice Information Services Advisory Policy Board from December 2016 to June 2018. The board has been conducting a pilot program using the N-DEx database and called it ‘valuable in providing information’ before the waiting period ran out. It’s not clear when the FBI will begin implementing the new plan, but the process is expected to take anywhere from nine months to two years.” (07/13/18)

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/13/628426648/fbi-to-start-using-a-2nd-database-for-gun-background-checks

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

21) The errors of nostalgi-tarianism
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Steven Horwitz

“There is a habit among some libertarians of pining for a lost age of liberty. There was, they argue, some period in history in which we were so much more free than today and that period is held up as the model to which libertarians should aspire as we try to roll back the state today. Most often, they look to sometime in the late 1800s as that golden age. … I want to point out two major problems with this kind of argument. First, it’s just empirically false that the late 1800s were ‘the closest mankind has ever come’ to a libertarian society or that it was anything resembling ‘the most … free society ever.’ So as a claim about history, it’s just wrong. Second, and related, as a strategy for attracting more libertarians, it’s downright awful. Both of those problems come from the same source: ignoring the fact that over half the US population was significantly burdened by government interventions that no long exist today.” (07/13/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/columns/errors-nostalgi-tarianism

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22) Have Mueller and Rosenstein finally gone too far?
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Friday the 13th is presumably always someone’s unlucky day. Just whose may not be obvious at the time, but I suspect that ‘Russiagate’ special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein already regret picking Friday, July 13 to announce the indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges relating to an embarrassing 2016 leak of Democratic National Committee emails. They should. … House Republicans, already incensed with Rosenstein over his attempts to stonewall their probe into the Democratic Party’s use of the FBI as a proprietary political hit squad, are planning a renewed effort to impeach him. If he goes down, Mueller likely does as well. And at this point, it would take a heck of an actor to argue with a straight face that the effort is unjustified. Their timing was clearly intentional. Their intent was transparently political. Mueller and Rosenstein were attempting to hijack the Trump-Putin summit for the purpose of depriving Trump of any possible ‘wins’ that might come out of it.” (07/15/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13876

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23) Two big “Russia! Russia!” stories released days before Trump-Putin summit
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“I have said it before, and I will say it again, and I will keep saying it and saying it until it becomes mainstream conventional wisdom: it is the US intelligence community’s job to lie to you. In an article for The Nation dated July 11, the internationally renowned US-Russia relations expert Stephen F. Cohen warned of possible attempts by peace-hating beltway stalwarts to sabotage the Helsinki peace talks between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin that is scheduled for this coming Monday. … And, lo and behold, right before the summit we are seeing two major news stories loudly promoting Russia hysteria blasted onto the front pages on the very same day. An indictment of 12 Russians has finally been issued by the Robert Mueller Special Counsel on various charges of conspiracy against the United States, an action the counsel has been sitting on for months. The indictment contains no evidence and will likely never be defended in any court of law — the correct response to which, in a post-Iraq invasion world, is always to dismiss the story and file it under ‘Noises US government officials sometimes make with their face holes.’” (07/14/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/07/14/two-big-russia-russia-stories-released-days-before-trump-putin-summit

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24) The Deeply State
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“FBI agent Peter Strzok is offended. Deeply. He takes pains to clarify: he sent emails during the last presidential campaign expressing a willingness and readiness and commitment to preventing a Trump Presidency because he, Agent Strzok, is patriotic. Deeply. During yesterday’s contentious congressional interrogation, fielding questions regarding just how anti-Trump he was during the last presidential campaign, Peter Strzok denied that his obvious and admitted political bias affected his professional conduct. ‘Like many people, I had and expressed personal political opinions during an extraordinary presidential election,’ said Agent Strzok. ‘My opinions were expressed out of deep patriotism.’ But it wasn’t just a matter of expression, was it? One text message was an assurance that he would ‘stop’ Trump’s election. When challenged on this, Strzok admitted that his memory was faulty. Deeply?” (07/13/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/07/13/the-deeply-state/

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25) You now can’t leave the US unless the IRS lets you
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“When it comes to human migration, nearly everything we hear nowadays in relation to the United States and Europe is related to immigration into North America and Europe. Historically, however, governments have often been as concerned with emigration as they have been with immigration. This is not surprising since government have always attempted to ‘monopolize the legitimate means of movement’ as noted by historian John Torpey. For Torpey, author of The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship and the State, a preferred method of ‘regulating international movement’ has been the passport. Wendy McElroy puts things less subtly when she describes the passport as a tool the state can use to ‘exert social control by refusing travel to ‘enemies of the state.’ It should not be surprising, then, that the US government is now cracking down on Americans who have outstanding tax bills — by holding their passports hostage.” (07/13/18)

https://mises.org/wire/you-now-cant-leave-us-unless-irs-lets-you

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26) NATO is the model entangling alliance
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Suppose I had an unlimited power of attorney to sign your name as a co-signer on any loan I made with the bank. Every time I went to the bank and borrowed money, I could legally obligate you to pay my loan if I defaulted. How would you like that? My hunch is that you wouldn’t be too excited about that arrangement. That is precisely the authority that NATO has over the American people, only the obligation is much worse than a financial one. The obligation involves killing and dying. That is, NATO has the authority to obligate young Americans, both men and women, to kill and die for whatever overseas regime that NATO decides to admit as a member of the organization.” (07/13/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/07/13/nato-is-the-model-entangling-alliance/

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27) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 9, part 4
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“The state lives or dies through its ability to regulate the flow of wealth within society. This makes cryptocurrency, even in its infancy, a threat to established power that the state addresses by dominating crypto through regulation, through its own monopoly issuance, or through banning it. Each step requires law. And, except for dictatorships, law requires public justification. Even with dictatorships, public justification is usually offered in order to avoid public resistance. The state needs law to destroy crypto, which means it needs justification. If there is not a real need, then a false one must be created.” (07/14/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-does-your-money-serve-the-state-or-you/

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28) NATO Summit not a victory for Trump, but for militarism
Source: In These Times
by Branko Marcetic

“For most major media outlets, the events of the past week have yielded a straightforward narrative: Donald Trump, at the behest of his puppet-master in the Kremlin, tried and failed to destroy the NATO alliance and bring down the post-war liberal world order, the latest in a series of treasonous actions that will culminate in his meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. But there is another interpretation. Instead of viewing events through the prism of the murky ‘Russiagate’ scandal, or according to whether or not Trump managed to score some kind of ‘win,’ the press must grapple with the real result of the NATO summit: The Western world continues to hurtle toward an ever scarier military confrontation with the country that holds the world’s largest nuclear arsenal.” [editor’s note: And it is this that those media idiots should be noting, not whether or not DT is “winning” again – SAT] (07/13/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21302/Donald_Trump_NATO_Summit_Russia_Cold_War_Media

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29) Should you quit your job?
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“There is something absolutely beautiful about a tight labor market. It seems to shift decision-making from the boss to the employee. The jobs report is better than we’ve seen since the 2008 financial crisis, and perhaps in decades, and wages are on the rise. It’s a matter of supply and demand. Employers now are begging for talent, and ready to pay to keep it. That gives workers more confidence that they can leave one job for another. One of the great socialist lies about capitalism is that capital owners have all the power, while the workers live in servitude and exploitation. Tight labor markets provide evidence all around us that this is not true.” (07/14/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/should-you-quit-your-job

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30) Washing machines started the trade war. Result? Largest-ever three-month increase in washing machine prices
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Mark J Perry

“If you’re unfortunate enough to be shopping for a new washing machine, you can thank the Trump tariffs on imported washing machines, washing machine parts, steel, and aluminum for the largest three-month price increase–16.4% from February to May this year–in the 40-year history of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) series for Major Appliances: Laundry Equipment that started in January 1978 …. As simple economics tells us, the Trump tariffs on washing machines aren’t imposed on foreign appliance producers like Samsung and LG as much as they are imposed on Americans in the form of higher prices for consumers. Likewise, Trump’s ill-advised trade war, which started in January when he approved the tariffs on imported washing machines, is really largely a war on Americans.” (07/14/18)

https://fee.org/articles/washing-machine-tariffs-started-the-trade-war-result-largest-ever-three-month-increase-in-washing-machine-prices/

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31) The chickens come home to roost
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“I don’t know anything about roosting chickens, but I do know a bit about trade theory. Over the past 200 years, debates about trade have occurred on two levels. Academics insist that unilateral free trade is the best options. However the ‘very serious people’ (VSP) who conduct real world trade negotiations act as if open markets are a ‘concession.’ They act as if we were doing other countries a favor by letting them export goods to our market. They view the academic perspective as hopelessly idealistic, even as the VSPs have worked hard to gradually move the world toward the same goal of freer trade, one agreement at a time. Today it looks like the VSPs who believe in globalization made a big mistake, and that the idealistic approach of unilaterally moving toward freer trade was the better strategy.” (07/14/18)

https://www.econlib.org/the-chickens-come-home-to-roost/

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32) How “Janus” will boost income inequality in America
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision against workers in the Janus vs. AFSCME case surprised no one who pays attention to America’s highest judicial panel. Every analyst following the case expected the Supremes to rule against America’s public sector unions. And that’s exactly what the high court, by a 5-4 margin, did. The impact from this decision? That will surprise no one who pays attention to how modern economies work: The Supreme Court’s decision in Janus will leave the United States still more unequal. The five justices who decided Janus never, of course, mentioned anything about inequality in their ruling that public sector unions cannot collect representational fees from the nonmembers they are legally required to represent. The Janus majority justices talked instead about protecting First Amendment rights. But that lofty philosophizing merely served as a convenient cover for our right wing’s continuing assault on the basic human right to justice on the job.” [editor’s note: This pundit is usually fairly rational; not so sure this time – SAT] (07/13/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180713/why-janus-figures-to-juice-income-inequality-in-america

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33) Rights as a stato-legal construct
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“When two companies contract with one another, each obtain certain ‘rights’ or ‘privileges’ to the other’s stuff. For example, a company building a new apartment complex will lease building equipment from another company. For a period of time, the building company has rights or privileges over the use of the leased building equipment. At the end of the period, the rights or privileges evaporate, to be leased again to another building company. People often give each other a ‘lease’ on the use of what they consider to be their property. This quite often is much more than just a temporary lease, but a permanent title transfer. … I believe that in many ways, this is how people think of whatever legal systems exercise power over their lives. Nor do I believe that thinking this way is an accident, but rather an intentionally created mindset due in large part to government schooling.” (07/13/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/rights-as-a-stato-legal-construct

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34) When environmentalists oppose science
Source: Heartland Institute
by Jeff Stier

“The debate over regulation often devolves into a debate about ‘too little’ versus ‘too much’ regulation, split along the ideological divide. Too little regulation, goes the argument, and we are exposed to too much risk. Too much, and we don’t advance. This binary approach, however, represents the dark-ages of regulatory policy. It was more frequently relevant when our tools to measure risk were primitive, but today’s technology allows much more precise ways to evaluate real-world risks. With less uncertainty, there’s less of a need to cast a broad regulatory net. Regulation not warranted by countervailing risk just doesn’t make sense. That’s why a pseudoscientific approach, dubbed the ‘precautionary principle,’ behind much of today’s regulation is so pernicious.” (07/13/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/07/when-environmentalists-oppose-science/

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35) Masterpiece Cakeshop and the hidden tolerance for gay rights
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) rights are up in arms, vowing to oppose President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. They believe in part that his conservative Catholic views will turn back the clock on human rights, forcing those who identify as gay or lesbian back into the shadows of society. Americans, however, have largely embraced individuals identifying along the LGBTQ spectrum as full-fledged members of our communities. And the Supreme Court of the United States, or SCOTUS, can do little to reverse this trend. The evidence is implicit in an unlikely source: the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold religious liberty in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.” (07/13/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/07/13/masterpiece-cakeshop-and-the-hidden-tolerance-for-gay-rights/

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36) Don’t blame the Constitution for your loss of liberty
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Some people want to blame the intrusive, overreaching federal government we have today on the Constitution. Many cite a quote fro 19th-century anarchist Lysander Spooner drive home their point: ‘But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain — that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.’ But if you really stop and think about it, this argument is silly. As Tenth Amendment Center executive director Micheal Boldin said in a tweet, ‘You can’t blame an inanimate object for the loss of liberty. Words on paper can’t cause or prevent anything, no matter how many times you quote Spooner.’” [editor’s note: In other words, Spooner’s “has been powerless to prevent it” was the correct conclusion. It’s somewhat odd to see the Tenth Amendment Center even tacitly proclaiming that the Constitution is of no value, nor of any importance, whatsoever – TLK] (07/14/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/07/14/dont-blame-the-constitution-for-your-loss-of-liberty/

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37) Why this Supreme Court nominee matters
Source: Town Hall
by Ken Blackwell

“Candidate Donald Trump had many Republican critics. Some voted for him only out of concern for judges. With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, he repaid their confidence in full. If you listen to Democrats, you would believe that only one issue comes before the Supreme Court: abortion. And that Roe v. Wade deserves to be enshrined in the legal hall of fame. In fact, at the time many honest liberals admitted that the majority opinion read like a legislative proposal. And the high court since has substantially modified Roe, limiting its impact. The opinion’s greatest flaw was to ignore the imperative to protect life just months away from birth. For some, deciding the right balance between life and liberty will never be easy. Which is why the Founders left that question, like so many others, to legislators — the peoples’ representatives. The basic question for those nominated to the Supreme Court is: Do they believe that the Constitution means what it says? Not every legal question is easy to answer. But judges are supposed to decide what the law is, not what they believe the law should be.” (07/14/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/kenblackwell/2018/07/14/why-this-supreme-court-nominee-matters-n2500174

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38) Defending political liberty in an administered world
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Barry Stocker

“The prince who is human and animal, moral and self interested, is also the strong lion and the cunning fox, within his animal self. There is a sense of the total possibility: symbolism and self invention of individuals engaged in the political world. The judicial connection with politics and the social world for whom law is in some sense dead, an accumulated wisdom from the ancients now codified and open to commentary, but not part of political life except in the administrative and governmental roles that Machiavelli himself had for a while on the basis of his legal training, mingled with humanistic (Latinate and literary) education. Even so, we can see some ideas lingering in Machiavelli of the importance of law in political life, so that it is the ‘parlements,’ partly independent and locally representative law courts, of France which gives its monarchy some of the liberty of a republic.” (07/14/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/07/14/defending-political-liberty-in-an-administered-world/

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39) Universal voting dissolves the obstacles facing voters
Source: CounterPunch
by Ralph Nader

“When will the authoritarians and their political henchmen stop harassing American voters and let all citizens vote? No other Western country comes close to imposing so many obstructions for certain categories of people to keep them from the voting booth. In Canada, England, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, it is very easy to vote. Voter suppression is real and getting worse. Voter fraud is virtually non-existent, but this spurious claim is used as the excuse for unnecessary restrictions. Voter turnout, not surprisingly, is lower than in any other Western country.” (07/13/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/13/universal-voting-dissolves-the-obstacles-facing-voters/

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40) The future is already here
Source: Cato Unbound
by Sarah Moser

“In Mark Lutter’s lead essay, ‘Local Governments Are Changing the World,’ he provides an interesting and timely overview of a wide array of innovative urban ideas and projects built from scratch, including special economic zones, charter cities, seasteading, new cities, and other jurisdictions with varying degrees of autonomy. His essay chronicles decades of libertarian failure to get projects off the ground, which reads as a forceful indictment against the capacity of grass roots libertarians to become city-builders. As Lutter points out, startup societies have a unique knack of getting kicked out of the places where they are trying to build and have struggled to apply a Burning Man / Silicon Valley / libertarian ethos to real-world contexts in their city-building endeavors.” (07/13/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/07/13/sarah-moser/future-already-here

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41) Trump to Britain: Decision time on Brexit
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“U.S. trade ties with Britain are being held hostage by the U.K.’s protracted departure from the European Union. Better to make the exit quick and definitive than long and drawn out. It’s been fun, as usual, to watch President Trump on an international stage as he stirs things up. In an exclusive interview with the British Sun, he criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans for a “soft Brexit,” with continued close ties to the EU. And he suggested that her conservative foe, Boris Johnson, would make a great prime minister. But a day later, it had all blown over. Trump and May emerged holding hands for a Friday news conference, where each lavished praise on the other’s leadership. The president even called May a ‘tough negotiator’ — which, in the Trumpian world, is the highest form of praise. Trump also reaffirmed the ‘special relationship’ that has bonded the U.S. and Britain since the late 19th century. Even so, Trump’s remarks to The Sun highlighted the fact that Britain is stuck in a bitter fight, mostly among conservatives, for how it should leave the EU.” (07/13/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/trump-britain-brexit

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42) Truth without consequences
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“It’s now clear that the Russian government will face no significant consequences for its unprecedented interference in the American political system in 2016, or at least none that will outweigh the tangible and intangible benefits it has reaped from its brazen attack on this country’s democracy. Special Counsel Robert Mueller unsealed an indictment on Friday against twelve Russian agents for conspiring to commit cyberattacks targeting Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the most recent presidential election. The new court filing offers a broad, detailed account of how a hostile foreign government undermined American democracy. President Donald Trump’s first and only reaction to the news was defensive and self-serving. ‘Today’s charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result,’ White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters said in a statement. ‘This is consistent with what we have been saying all along.’ The White House did not even bother to condemn Russia’s actions.” [editor’s translation: A dozen spies doing their jobs (however ineptly) got caught doing what the CIA has been doing in every other country for generations … yawn! – SAT] (07/13/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/149896/truth-without-consequences

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43) The case for UK’s Brexit chaos
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Compromise is the loveliest word in democratic politics and beyond — in lasting relationships, labor disputes, international relations. British Prime Minister Theresa May has never more needed the deployment of this lovely and necessary word than now. Earlier this month, she managed to convince her cabinet — composed of both pro- and anti-Brexit ministers — to accept a compromise between a complete break with the European Union on the one side, and a more gentle exit on the other. The agreement she managed to thrash out is a fraught document, keeping as many of the advantages as she thinks the EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will accept, and emphasizing the freedoms it will give a Brexit-ed Britain. It is also replete with unanswered questions and with proposals that will demand large upheavals in the movement both of people and commodities.” (07/13/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-brexit-commentary/commentary-the-case-for-uks-brexit-chaos-idUSKBN1K32NT

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44) It’ll be Donald Trump First, not America First, at Helsinki summit
Source: USA Today
by Aaron David Miller & Richard Sokolsky

“Relations between the U.S. and Russia (the world’s two most formidable nuclear powers) are perhaps at their lowest ebb since the end of the Cold War. We ought to be engaging with Moscow at all levels on a regular basis to discuss what divides us and were we can coordinate on shared interests. But President Donald Trump is going to Helsinki for all the wrong reasons and is more than likely to deliver all the wrong messages to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Call this a summit of the vanities. Trump is not thinking about the “we” and how a meeting might benefit American national interests. As he just demonstrated by disrupting the NATO summit in Brussels, he is more focused on the ‘me’ and how this meeting might more narrowly benefit him and align with his likes and preferences. Trump is addicted to doing the opposite of what all his predecessors have done … But when it comes to U.S.-Russian relations, he is attempting exactly what all of his predecessors tried and failed to do: develop and sustain a cooperative bilateral relationship.” (07/13/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/13/trump-first-america-second-helsinki-summit-putin-column/777112002

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45) How strong a Europe does US want? In Trump era, that’s still the issue
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Howard LaFranchi

“After President Trump told NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg over a breakfast of eggs and fruit salad Wednesday that Germany is ‘captive to Russia’ for buying Russian energy (even as it relies on America for its security from Russia), German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered a personal retort. ‘I myself experienced a part of Germany that was controlled by the Soviet Union, and I am very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany,’ Ms. Merkel said as she arrived at NATO headquarters for this week’s summit. ‘We decide our own policies and make our own decisions.’ More pointed was German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who told reporters, ‘We are not prisoners, neither of Russia nor of the United States. We are one of the guarantors of the free world.’ Mr. Trump’s summit broadside at Germany over low defense spending and trade with Russia captured both the president’s fixation on NATO members’ military spending and his particular style of transactional diplomacy.” (07/13/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2018/0713/How-strong-a-Europe-does-US-want-In-Trump-era-that-s-still-the-issue

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46) Wisconsin’s Foxconn deal is bad public policy
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Patrick Tuohey

“President Trump is heralding the news that a Taiwanese high-tech manufacturer is building a factory in Wisconsin. For him, it suggests that his successful deal-making is reaping rewards for Americans and reviving our manufacturing industry. But the cost to federal, state and local taxpayers is significant.” (07/13/18)

https://showmeinstitute.org/blog/subsidies/wisconsin%E2%80%99s-foxconn-deal-bad-public-policy

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47) Quantum Vibe, 07/13/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (07/13/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1820

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48) Who is to blame? Misunderstanding news
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Functional illiteracy is more than just the inability to read instructions, understand an operator’s manual, or make sense of a text book. It is more than just being able to sound out words, or know how to use a dictionary (not that most people bother). More and more Americans have never learned how to reason, how to think logically, or how to interpret what they read. When they are taught to read, they are also taught to accept what they read as unqualified truth (provided that it is from a ‘legitimate’ source). In a similar way, they are taught to accept what they hear and see on television and radio (again, from a ‘legitimate’ source) as the truth. They are taught not to question those who write, speak, and act — provided that those doing so are on the correct side.” (07/13/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/07/13/who-is-to-blame-misunderstanding-news/

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49) Trump turns to Gaza as Middle East Deal of the Century collapses
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“The Trump administration’s ‘Deal of the Century’ for the Palestine-Israel has, predictably, gone over like a lead balloon. So it’s shifting gears. The Washington Post reports, ‘With President Trump’s promised Middle East peace plan stalled, administration officials are focusing on improving conditions in the impoverished Gaza Strip — a move that could put political pressure on Palestinian leaders to come to the negotiating table.’ Don’t hold your breath. The ‘Deal of the Century’ was dead on arrival because it was based on the idea that Saudi Arabia and Egypt would ‘deliver the Palestinians’ on the cheap in return for a more formal Saudi-Egyptian-Israeli-US alliance against Iran. The Palestinians were expected to be satisfied with economic-development aid while their aspirations for their own state were essentially tabled, that is, confined to the rubbish bin.” (07/13/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/tgif-deal-of-the-century-collapses/

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50) “Constitutional conservatives” lose interest in holding Trump accountable
Source: Reason
by Matt Welch

“When Rep. Jim Jordan (R–Ohio), Rep. Mark Meadows (R–N.C.), Rep. Justin Amash (R–Mich.), and six other colleagues co-founded the House Freedom Caucus in January 2015, there was ample reason for libertarians to cheer. Unlike the soft-spined conservatism of the larger Republican Study Committee, the Freedom Caucus promised to be much more hardcore about spending, war, constitutionalism, and oversight of the executive branch. ‘We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution, and the rule of law,’ a founding statement from Jordan’s office read. As chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules, Jordan frequently took a moralistic approach to calling out the Obama administration’s lies. … So how did Jordan react to the May 2017 appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the FBI’s ongoing investigation into the Russia-related activities of President Donald Trump? ‘Well, I’m — you know, look, I guess I’ll keep an open mind,’ were the congressman’s first recorded public words. That mind has been closing ever since.” (for publication 08/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/13/constitutional-conservatives-l

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51) Nice Guys Finish Free with Alex Merced, Episode 5
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Blockchain regulation.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/15/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/nice-guys-finish-free-with-alex-merced-episode-5-blockchain-regulations/

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52) Free Talk Live, 07/14/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Record Low 47% of Americans Have Extreme Pride to Be Americans :: Pride in Nation, People, or Land? :: First Amendment Auditors Arrested :: Sin of Pride :: Slave Loves Trump :: Union of States :: Sacrifice for America :: Freedom and Authority :: Tipping :: Drain the Swamp :: Violence Against the State :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Vin.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/14/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-07-14

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53) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 114
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Nassim Taleb, Military Spending, Bag Ban, North America Marijuana, Price of Oil.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/14/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/july/14/five-minutes-five-issues-nassim-taleb-military-spending-bag-ban-north-america-marijuana-price-of-oil/

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54) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/14/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Phil Wormuth and Michael W. Dean tackle the deepest questions of the ages. Not much politics here,. Freedom Feens have done that dead-horse broken-record to death and will return to it. Topic is largely handling interpersonal relations in an increasingly complex world. Then a little bit on the death of Mia Zapata, and predestination vs. free will. Also, numbers stations.” [various formats] (07/14/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15981

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55) Scott Adams Says, 07/15/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Trump Derangement Syndrome, mind-reading, the Trump/Putin summit, climate change, and racism. With coffee.” [Flash video] (07/15/18)

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

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56) The Anarchist Experience, episode 173
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“Rich rides the solo seat, telling you why MoviePass sucks, so just Pirate away, what it means to have your own personal Anarchist Experience, and these HEADLINES: — Florida cop claims Burger King put dirt on his food — investigation reveals it was seasoning — 4 Reasons Private Property Is Superior to Communal Property, According to Aristotle — Parents appeal after judge denies transgender teen name change.” [various formats] (07/14/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/07/14/the-anarchist-experience-173/

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57) Ancap Barber Shop, episode 46
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“In this episode, we are talking about Elastigirl’s PHAT ass in the new children’s film ‘The Incredibles 2’ as well as Japan using the death penalty to punish terrorist cult leaders. Me and Adam are riding solo for this one … or, well whatever. We didn’t have Dave or Tanner, so this is one of the good ones. Oh yeah, we couldn’t live stream this one for the patrons because Adam forgot to bring the network cable. It’s his fucking fault so don’t be mad at me. We also still owe the gentleman’s cut and up patrons the live stream for last month. Sorry guys, shit’s been real at the new and improved Martin Shkreli studios, but we’ll do two this month.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/13/18)

https://www.ancapbarbershop.com/elastigirls-ass-and-japanese-cult-leaders-abs046/

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58) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/13/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“Socialist Venezuela is suffering from hyperinflation, starvation, and have sunk to bartering. Socialist ideas have produced these results countless times. ‘Something for Nothing’ never has, and never will, work. For over 150 years, Socialists have dreamed of taking down America by incrementally implementing their schemes. They’ve largely succeeded. Will they finish the U.S. off too?” [Flash video] (07/13/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/is-the-us-going-the-way-of-venezuela

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59) Felony Friday, episode 132
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode of Felony Friday host John Odermatt is joined by Aaron Kinzel. Aaron is a professor at the University of Michigan, a criminal justice reform advocate, and a formerly incarcerated individual. Aaron spent several months in juvenile detention facilities during his youth and nearly ten years straight in adult prisons.” [various formats] (07/13/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/07/13/from-prisoner-to-professor-with-aaron-kinzel/

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60) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 219
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF#219, I discuss how Americans apathy towards our foreign policy leads to unnecessary deaths. America’s longest war has tried the same failed policies over and over with only death and destruction as a result. However, Americans continue to elect leaders and representatives who carry on with the same failed policies.” (07/13/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-219-apathy-kills

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61) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/13/18
Source: Cato Institute

“The President is now considering levying additional tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese goods, amping up trade-related antagonism. Dan Ikenson discusses the likely fallout for workers, consumers, and downstream producers in the United States.” [various formats] (07/13/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/next-round-destructive-trump-tariffs

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62) Radio Free Acton, 07/13/18
Source: Acton Institute

“On this week’s edition of ‘Radio Free Acton,’ I [Rev. Ben Johnson] had the pleasure of interviewing Juan Pina of the Foundation for the Advancement of Liberty, based in Madrid, about its first-ever World Electoral Freedom Index. The index ranks all the nations of the world in terms of how free their elections are — but the report also veers into some fascinating territory about religion, culture, and economic freedom.” [Flash audio] (07/13/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/07/13/perfect-podcast-give-democratic-socialist

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63) In The Tank Podcast, episode 148
Source: Heartland Institute

“Donny Kendal, Jim Lakely and Charlie Katebi present episode #148 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the Reason Foundation, Edchoice, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Seasteading Institute.” [various formats] (07/13/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/07/in-the-tank-ep148-is-bipartisanship-dead-reactions-to-brett-kavanaugh-and-seasteading/

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64) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1194
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Tim Moen, the leader of the Libertarian Party of Canada, is an anarcho-capitalist in the Rothbardian tradition. That gives him an interesting perspective on libertarian politics and strategy, and I ask him some tough questions. A juicy episode!” [various formats] (07/12/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1194-why-theres-no-point-in-not-being-radical-libertarian-strategy-with-tim-moen-lp-of-canada/

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65) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 3
Source: Launch Pad Media

“Everything — from our currencies to our databases — are supposed to exist, immutably, in this strange new world. And Bill Ottman wants to add our social media to the mix. Ottman, an intense dude with a passion to fix the world, is the founder of Minds.com, a New York-based startup that has been receiving waves of new users as zealots and the not-so-zealous have been leaving other networks. In fact, Zuckerberg’s bad news is music to Ottman’s ears.” [various formats] (07/13/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-3-minds-w-bill-ottman/

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