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Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump accepts [sic] Putin’s denials [sic] of election meddling, prompting lawmaker [sic] outrage
2) UK: May caves on Brexiteer amendments to head off rebellion
3) Trump-Putin summit saboteurs fire their next shot with arrest of Russian gun activist
4) IL: Man murdered by Chicago cops because “he reached for his waist”
5) Report: FBI official overseeing “Russian election meddling task” force leaves agency
6) New York Times offends with “homophobic” cartoon depicting Trump & Putin as lovers
7) Uber investigated over gender discrimination
8) CA: Plan for safe injection site gets dose of reality over federal drug laws
9) LA Times protests judge’s order to submit to censorship of article
10) Kushner’s family firm accused of pushing out tenants
11) Judge temporarily halts deportations of abductees separated from children
12) Nicaragua: Government forces launch deadly raids in attempt to save Ortega regime
13) Mnuchin says US regime will consider some waivers on Iran sanctions
14) Gowdy says he won’t support Rosenstein impeachment
15) Egypt: Military officers get immunity over 2013 crackdown
16) Bourdain slammed Weinstein, Clintons in final interview
17) UK: Regime selects Scottish site for first spaceport
18) AZ: Man arrested after trying to pull over troopers
19) US regime lifts export ban on suppliers to China’s ZTE
20) Microsoft to US regime: Regulate our potential facial recognition competitors out of business

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Mr. President, you can slash drug prices without destroying life-saving innovation
22) How the gig economy empowers unschoolers
23) The Mueller indictments and the Trump-Putin summit: Triumph of the Deep State?
24) The gun in the room
25) National defense is not an exception to the case for free trade
26) America has a nobility problem, and our leaders don’t pay for their failures
27) Most libertarians will NOT believe the FACTS in this article
28) Saboteurs of peace: On the road to Helsinki
29) The twilight of free speech liberalism
30) Big spenders get worse every year: The history of growth since 1940
31) More Potemkin indictments from Helsinki’s would-be saboteurs
32) Brett Kavanaugh’s soft spot for police abuses
33) Humans and rights
34) It’s time to give up on Britain’s National Health Service
35) Ottomanism, nationalism, republicanism, part 6
36) States now best route to gerrymandering reform
37) Not fine with Feinstein?
38) Why Trump doesn’t hate Russia
39) Undermining Trump-Putin summit means promoting war
40) It’s undeniable: Trump is blessed with really stupid enemies
41) The war on Assange is a war on press freedom
42) Last days of the European Union?
43) How much damage will Trump’s trade war do?
44) Peace talk between nuclear superpowers offends America’s assholes & morons
45) Quantum Vibe, 07/16/18
46) How Twitter degrades discourse and encourages distortions
47) New study finds taking in refugees strengthens US at home and abroad
48) If Putin did it: A hypothetical defense for a hypothetical crime
49) Mueller’s indictment isn’t worth squat
50) Why governance is the greatest problem for blockchains to solve

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Reason Podcast, 07/16/18
52) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/16/18
53) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/16/18
54) One Free Family, episode 24
55) Scott Adams Says, 07/16/18
56) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 357
57) The Bob Zadek Show, 07/15/18
58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 220
59) Free Talk Live, 07/15/18
60) AnarchoChristian, episode 14

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

1) Trump accepts [sic] Putin’s denials [sic] of election meddling, prompting lawmaker [sic] outrage
Source: USA Today

“President Donald Trump accepted denials by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Moscow interfered with the 2016 U.S. election Monday, bringing swift condemnation from members of Congress from both parties. In siding with Putin, Trump took the word of a former KGB agent over the assessment of U.S. intelligence agencies under two administrations and the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee. ‘I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,’ Trump said at a press conference concluding their summit in Helsinki. ‘I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia,’ Trump said. ‘I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.’” [editor’s note: I looked hard to find a non-biased “news” story on this; this is as close as I could get – SAT] (07/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/07/16/vladimir-putin-denies-meddling-2016-presidential-election/788219002

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2) UK: May caves on Brexiteer amendments to head off rebellion
Source: Politico

“Theresa May has moved to head off a Tory rebellion on a key piece of Brexit legislation by accepting a series of amendments put forward by Brexiteer MPs designed to limit the scope of any withdrawal agreement with the European Union. A spokesman for the prime minister said Monday the U.K. government would accept all four amendments to the customs bill — officially known as the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill — put forward by MPs in Jacob Rees-Mogg’s hardline European Research Group of backbench Euroskeptics, despite claims they undermined May’s latest proposal to the EU, agreed at Chequers barely a week ago. Opposition to the prime minister’s new Brexit proposal has mounted over the last week. Nine members of the government have now resigned rather than support the plan in the House of Commons, including former Brexit Secretary David Davis and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.” (07/16/18)

https://www.politico.eu/article/theresa-may-caves-in-on-brexiteer-amendments-to-head-off-rebellion/

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3) Trump-Putin summit saboteurs fire their next shot with arrest of Russian gun activist
Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

“A Russian national with alleged ties to a top Russian official was charged in federal court in Washington on Monday with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation, and was ordered held without bond. Maria Butina, 29, was arrested on Sunday in Washington and made her first appearance in US District Court before Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson. Her lawyer, Robert Neil Driscoll, told the judge that Butina’s residence was searched by the FBI in April, that she had testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed session several months ago, and that ‘we have been offering to cooperate with the government the entire time.’ … Butina is accused of developing relationships with American politicians and a ‘gun rights organization,’ none of which are named in the affidavit supporting the criminal complaint. FBI Special Agent Kevin Helson wrote that Butina was attempting to ‘establish a ‘back channel’ communication for representatives of the Government of Russia.’” (07/16/18)

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2155541/29-year-old-russian-woman-us-arrested-accused-acting

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4) IL: Man murdered by Chicago cops because “he reached for his waist”
Source: Yahoo! News

“A man killed by Chicago police had a gun in a holster at his hip and was shot multiple times as he ran away, spun around and reached toward his waist, footage released Sunday from an officer’s body-worn camera shows. … On Saturday, patrol chief Fred Waller said officers patrolling on foot tried to question Augustus over a ‘bulge around his waistband’ that suggested he was armed. The video, which lacks sound, shows four officers approaching Augustus … An officer points to Augustus’ waist and he backs away. Three officers try to grab his arms and he tries to get away, backing into a police cruiser as his shirt flies up, showing the gun. … Augustus then runs away and into the street as a police SUV drives up. He spins and darts between the SUV and the police cruiser as he reaches toward his waist. Augustus did not fire his weapon and the footage does not show him pulling the gun out of its holster.” [editor’s note: In other words, they attacked him over something that’s not a crime, then killed him for trying to get away from their assault – TLK] (07/15/18)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/chicago-police-video-shows-fatal-officer-involved-shooting-142532830.html

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5) Report: FBI official overseeing “Russian election meddling task” force leaves agency
Source: The Hill

“Senior FBI official Jeffrey Tricoli has left his position overseeing a government task force that’s been looking into Russian interference in U.S. elections, according to The Wall Street Journal. Tricoli, who had been at the FBI for 18 years, reportedly left last month to take a job with Charles Schwab Corp. His departure raises questions about how the government plans to address the issue of election meddling, particularly with the midterm elections less than four months away. Tricoli did not respond to requests for comment by the Journal. News of his exit comes just days after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for allegedly conspiring to influence the 2016 presidential election by hacking U.S. systems.” (07/16/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/397172-fbi-agent-in-charge-of-election-meddling-task-force-leaves-position

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6) New York Times offends with “homophobic” cartoon depicting Trump & Putin as lovers
Source: Fox News

“The New York Times shared a bizarre video cartoon that features President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in a sexual relationship that has been slammed as ‘a disgusting new low’ for the Gray Lady. ‘Donald Trump’s not-so-secret admiration for Vladimir Putin plays out in a teenager’s bedroom, where the fantasies of this forbidden romance come to life,’ the paper’s Opinion section captioned the animation on Twitter. The cartoon, part of a three-part series titled ‘Trump Bites,’ begins with Trump using breath spray while fixing his tie in front of a shirtless photo of Putin — who eventually arrives and causes the president’s heart to flutter. The depiction of the world leaders escalates quickly, as Trump is caressing Putin’s hand within 30 second and they are kissing atop a flying unicorn shortly thereafter.” [editor’s note: This is just hilarious, but imagine if Trump “came out” now, and the SJW heads spinning caused an earthquake! – SAT] (07/16/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/07/16/new-york-times-offends-with-homophobic-cartoon-depicting-trump-putin-as-lovers.html

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7) Uber investigated over gender discrimination
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Ride hailing firm Uber is being investigated by US authorities over a complaint about gender discrimination, the BBC understands. As first reported in the Wall Street Journal, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) began investigating the firm in August 2017. Investigators have been interviewing former and current Uber employees and seeking documents from the firm. Uber told the BBC it was ‘continually improving’ in terms of diversity. According to the Journal, the EEOC has been seeking information related to hiring practices, pay disparity and other matters as they relate to gender. Uber has been seeking to improve its performance on diversity and inclusion following widespread accusations of chauvinism at the company under former chief executive Travis Kalanick. ” (07/16/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-44852852

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8) CA: Plan for safe injection site gets dose of reality over federal drug laws
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“There’s a reason San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that she is opening a model of a safe injection center in the Tenderloin: She’s been warned by the city attorney that opening a real injection site, where drug users can shoot up under supervision, could get her in hot water with the federal government. According to City Hall sources, City Attorney Dennis Herrera had confidentially advised her predecessor, former Mayor Mark Farrell, and members of the the Board of Supervisors that they could be held criminally liable under federal drug statutes if they attempted to move ahead with the injection centers — that was a red flag warning not to proceed. One City Hall source privy to the conversations told us Herrera was particularly worried about the threats from the Trump administration to go after drug dealers and new guidelines issued by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March applying the death penalty to numerous drug-related crimes under existing law.” (07/16/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Federal-drug-laws-could-stand-in-the-way-of-safe-13074350.php?t=ec8e02ad15

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9) LA Times protests judge’s order to submit to censorship of article
Source: The Hill

“The Los Angeles Times is protesting a federal judge’s order to remove information from an article the newspaper published on Saturday morning, according to the LA Times. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter on Saturday ordered the Times to delete certain details from an article about a Glendale police detective accused of working with the Mexican Mafia. The Times said they will contest this order, calling it an unusual violation of the First Amendment. ‘We believe that once material is in the public record, it is proper and appropriate to publish it if it is newsworthy,’ Norman Pearlstine, executive editor of the Times, said. The defendant, John Saro Balian, pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying about his involvement with organized crime, accepting bribes and obstructing justice, the Times reported. The judge granted Balian, 45, a restraining order against the newspaper on Saturday, but the article had already gone to print.” (07/15/18)

http://thehill.com/media/397117-la-times-protests-judges-order-to-change-article

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10) Kushner’s family firm accused of pushing out tenants
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The hammering and drilling began just months after Jared Kushner’s family real estate firm bought a converted warehouse apartment building in the hip, Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Tenants say it started early in the morning and went on until nightfall, so loud that it drowned out normal conversation, so violent it rattled pictures off the walls. So much dust wafted through ducts and under doorways that it coated beds and clothes in closets. Rats crawled through holes in the walls. Workers with passkeys barged in unannounced. Residents who begged for relief got a standard reply, ‘We have permits.’ More than a dozen current and former residents of the building told The Associated Press that they believe the Kushner Cos.’ relentless construction, along with rent hikes of $500 a month or more, was part of a campaign to push tenants out of rent-stabilized apartments and bring high-paying condo buyers in.” (07/16/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Jared-Kushner-family-pushing-tenants-williamsburg-13077567.php

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11) Judge temporarily halts deportations of abductees separated from children
Source: USA Today

“U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said Monday that he’s become ‘exasperated’ by the Trump administration’s slow work to reunify more than 2,600 children separated from their parents and ordered the government to halt all deportations of parents for at least a week. Sabraw scolded the Department of Health and Human Services for taking so long to reunite children in its care with their parents being held in separate government facilities. The judge was responding to a court filing by Chris Meekins, a senior HHS official who wrote that the judge’s order requiring accelerated reunifications was leading to ‘increased risks to child welfare.’ Sabraw tore into Meekins during a court hearing in San Diego on Monday, saying his claims were ‘deeply troubling’ and ‘completely unhelpful’ to what had been a mutual spirit of good faith between the two sides. The judge also said Meekins’ filing appeared to represent an effort to deflect blame for any damage caused to children as a result of the government’s own family separation policy.” (07/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/07/16/judge-halts-deportations-parents-separated-children/788276002

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12) Nicaragua: Government forces launch deadly raids in attempt to save Ortega regime
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“At least 10 people were killed in Nicaragua on Sunday as security forces moved into anti-government protest hotspots, a human rights group says. According to the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights, four of the dead were riot police officers. Human rights groups say the number of people killed in three months of anti-government protests exceeds 300. Residents of the city of Masaya described coming ‘under siege’ from police sent to clear blockades. … The Nicaraguan Episcopal Conference has been trying to act as a mediator between the protesters and the government. But after denouncing attacks on civilians, members of the clergy have themselves been targeted by pro-government groups. On Sunday, paramilitaries damaged the car of Abelardo Mata, the Roman Catholic bishop of Esteli, breaking windscreens and windows and damaging the tyres while the bishop was inside. Churches have also been surrounded by pro-government groups when protesters have sought shelter inside.” (07/16/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44842843

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13) Mnuchin says US regime will consider some waivers on Iran sanctions
Source: Reuters

“The United States wants to avoid disrupting global oil markets as it reimposes sanctions against Tehran and in certain cases will consider waivers for countries which need more time to wind down their oil imports from Iran, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said. ‘We want people to reduce oil purchases to zero, but in certain cases if people can’t do that overnight, we’ll consider exceptions,’ Mnuchin told reporters on Friday, clarifying some U.S. officials’ comments that there would be no exemptions. Mnuchin’s comments were embargoed for release on Monday. Mnuchin was talking to reporters en route from Mexico where he was part of a high-level U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet Mexico’s next president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.” (07/16/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-mnuchin/mnuchin-says-u-s-will-consider-some-waivers-on-iran-sanctions-idUSKBN1K61HT

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14) Gowdy says he won’t support Rosenstein impeachment
Source: Politico

“The chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Sunday he doesn’t support a push by conservative lawmakers to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. ‘No. For what? Impeach him for what? No,’ Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said on CBS'[s] ‘Face the Nation.’ ‘I’ve had my differences with Rod Rosenstein. I talk to him quite often privately, which again is a lot more constructive than the public hearings we have,’ Gowdy said. ‘He’s a Trump appointee. So is [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions. So is [FBI Director] Chris Wray. If President Trump is dissatisfied with Rod Rosenstein, he can fire him with a tweet.’” (07/15/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/15/gowdy-rosenstein-impeachment-722237

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15) Egypt: Military officers get immunity over 2013 crackdown
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Egypt’s parliament has passed a law that could protect senior military commanders from being prosecuted over the deadly crackdown that followed the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi. The current President, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, will be able to name officers he wants to give lifelong reserve status. They will gain ministerial privileges and immunity for any crimes committed between July 2013 and June 2014. More than 1,000 protesters are believed to have been killed during that period. Between 16,000 and 41,000 other people were reportedly arrested or detained, and hundreds were handed death sentences after mass trials. Most of them were supporters of Morsi’s now-banned Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, but liberal and secular activists have also been targeted.” (07/16/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-44848757

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16) Bourdain slammed Weinstein, Clintons in final interview
Source: Page Six

“Anthony Bourdain pulled no punches in his last published interview — imagining Harvey Weinstein’s death in detail and slamming Bill Clinton as ‘rapey, gropey and disgusting.’ The celebrity chef and globetrotter, who hanged himself in a French hotel in June, sat down with a writer from Popula.com in February for a wide-ranging conversation published Sunday — covering politics, his favorite writers, his love life and the revelation he’d started smoking cigarettes again. Bourdain — who at the time of his death was dating Italian actress Asia Argento, one of the women accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment and assault — shared a particularly detailed fantasy of the disgraced mogul’s demise. … He called Bill ‘a piece of s–t. Entitled, rapey, gropey, grabby, disgusting, and the way that he — and she — destroyed these women and the way that everyone went along, and, and are blind to this! How can you on the one hand howl at the moon about all these other predators and not at least look back?’ The Clintons, he said, ‘efficiently dismantled, destroyed and shamelessly discredited’ women who came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against the former president, adding that it is ‘unforgivable.’” (07/16/18)

https://pagesix.com/2018/07/16/anthony-bourdain-slammed-weinstein-bill-clinton-for-sexual-misconduct-in-final-interview/

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17) UK: Regime selects Scottish site for first spaceport
Source: The Verge

“The UK has selected the site for its first ever spaceport. The chosen location is Sutherland, on the A’Mhoine peninsula on the north coast of Scotland. Local business development agency, the Highlands and Islands Enterprise, will receive £2.5 million in funding ($3.3 million) from the UK government, with the first rocket launches planned for the early 2020s. The spaceport is being built with the hope that the UK can grab a slice of the growing market for small satellite launches. The country is already home to many component and satellite makers, like Printech Circuit Laboratories and Surrey Satellite Technology, and adding the ability to launch satellites locally would increase its international appeal.” (07/16/18)

https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/16/17575268/uk-spaceport-site-selected-scotland-sutherland-satellites

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18) AZ: Man arrested after trying to pull over troopers
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Arizona authorities say a 44-year-old uniformed security guard is accused of impersonating a police officer by trying to pull over an unmarked car that happened to contain two state troopers patrolling a Phoenix freeway. The Department of Public Safety says Matthew Allen Disbro of Mesa was driving his personal black Dodge Charger on Wednesday when he activated law-enforcement-style emergency lights on his car to pull over the troopers’ yellow Ford Mustang. According to the department, the troopers wouldn’t pull over, Disbro then drove alongside, yelled and waved a hand at the troopers to get them to pull over before they activated their own vehicle’s police lights and pulled him over. Court records don’t list an attorney for Disbro who could comment on the allegations.” (07/16/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/arizona-impersonating-police-pull-over-troopers-13072775.php

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19) US regime lifts export ban on suppliers to China’s ZTE
Source: Jamaica Observer [Jamaica]

“The United States yesterday formally lifted a crippling ban on exports to China’s ZTE, rescuing the smartphone maker from the brink of collapse after it was denied key components. The US Commerce Department said it would continue to monitor the company to prevent further violations of US sanctions on Iran and North Korea. … the move to reverse the harsh penalties, made at President Donald Trump’s insistence, has left US lawmakers irate. Congress has taken steps to keep the ban in place and accused Trump of rewarding a company which had repeatedly flouted American law, lied to authorities and engaged in espionage. The about-face to rescue to the company created a stark contrast with the escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing.” (07/14/18)

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/US_lifts_export_ban_on_suppliers_to_Chinas_ZTE

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20) Microsoft to US regime: Regulate our potential facial recognition competitors out of business
Source: USA Today

“Microsoft is calling on Congress to regulate the use of facial recognition technology to protect people’s privacy and freedom of expression. It’s the first big tech company to raise serious alarms about an increasingly sought-after technology for recognizing a person’s face from a photo or through a camera. Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a blog post Friday that the government should form a bipartisan expert commission. … Smith says Microsoft, which supplies face recognition to some businesses, has already rejected some customers’ requests to deploy the technology in situations involving ‘human rights risks.’ A Microsoft spokeswoman declined to provide more details about what opportunities the company has passed over because of ethical concerns.” [editor’s note: In English, Microsoft wants the government to make entering the facial recognition market expensive so as to protect Microsoft from competition – TLK] (07/15/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2018/07/15/microsoft-raises-alarms-face-recognition/786347002/

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

21) Mr. President, you can slash drug prices without destroying life-saving innovation
Source: Mary Ruwart’s Blog
By Mary Ruwart

“On July 9, President Trump lashed out at Pfizer for increasing prices of 41 drugs and lowering prices for 5. According to a Trump tweet, ‘Pfizer and others should be ashamed that they have raised drugs prices for no reason. They are merely taking advantage of the poor … We will respond!’ … The FDA has kept life-saving drugs off the U.S. market to teach companies that criticize it a devastating lesson. Lowering drug prices by fiat will destroy pharmaceutical innovation by decreasing the amount of money available for research and development. No matter how much money someone has, they can’t buy a cure that hasn’t been invented. People who might have been saved by that cure will die without knowing that their premature death was totally avoidable. However, there is a way to slash drug prices, virtually overnight, by removing the waste from the regulatory red tape.” (07/16/18)

http://www.ruwart.com/blog/mr-president-you-can-slash-drug-prices-virtually-overnight-without-destroying-life-saving-innovation.html

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22) How the gig economy empowers unschoolers
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Kerry McDonald

“The increasing popularity and feasibility of gig work create more opportunities for work/life balance, particularly for parents who are often juggling employment and child-rearing responsibilities. The flexibility that independent contract work can offer opens up possibilities for parents who may be dissatisfied with conventional schooling options for their children. Some of these parents are turning to unschooling either as homeschoolers who embrace a self-directed, interest-based approach to education or by sending their children part-time to a self-directed learning center or ‘unschooling school.’ Or both. These parents see the gig economy as the future of work in the same way they view unschooling as the future of learning.” (07/16/18)

https://fee.org/articles/how-the-gig-economy-empowers-unschoolers/

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23) The Mueller indictments and the Trump-Putin summit: Triumph of the Deep State?
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“[A]fter more than a year of investigations which have publicly revealed zero collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, why drop this bombshell of an allegation at the end of the news cycle on the last business day before the historic Trump/Putin meeting in Helsinki? The indictment could not have been announced a month ago or in two weeks? Is it not suspicious that now no one is talking about reducing tensions with Russia but is all of a sudden — thanks to Special Counsel Robert Mueller — talking about increasing tensions? Unfortunately most Americans don’t seem to understand that indictments are not evidence. In fact they are often evidence-free, as is this indictment.” (07/16/18)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/mueller-indictments-trump-putin-summit-triumph-deep-state

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24) The gun in the room
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“I’ve written on many occasions about how government is at best a necessary evil, and how modern governments of large countries are so powerful that they couldn’t help harming people by the millions even if they wanted to, which they don’t. The reason they don’t is quite simple, yet somehow most people are either unable or unwilling to see it: the only actual power government has is to inflict violence. Government is a non-producer; like any parasite it is wholly dependent on its host for sustenance. And so the only way it can accomplish anything is to force others to do it by the threat of violence.” (07/16/18)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/07/16/the-gun-in-the-room/

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25) National defense is not an exception to the case for free trade
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Donald J Boudreaux

“Pleas for protectionism spring overwhelmingly from the desire to save businesses and jobs in industries that compete with imports. These pleas are economic ones. Those who offer them allege that free trade, by damaging these domestic industries, damages the entire domestic economy. But pleas for protectionism often are bolstered by a subsidiary, non-economic claim — namely, that the industries for which protection is sought are vital to the national defense. If industry lobbyists can convince voters and their representatives that the shrinking of a domestic industry will impair the government’s ability to carry out its military obligations, support for protecting that industry with trade restrictions will intensify. Economists have repeatedly exposed economic arguments for protectionism as deeply flawed. Assessing the validity of the so-called national-defense exception to the case for free trade, however, is more challenging.” (07/16/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/national-defense-not-exception-case-free-trade

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26) America has a nobility problem, and our leaders don’t pay for their failures
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Our Constitution forbids the creation of ‘titles of nobility.’ The Framers thought it was important enough that the prohibition appears twice, once forbidding the federal government from doing it, and elsewhere extending the ban to the states. And Americans, to the extent that they give the question any thought at all, probably think that the ban works: After all, nobody’s squiring about the United States, sporting titles like Duke of Pennsylvania or Earl of Internal Revenue. But now I’m wondering if we don’t have a problem. First, Charles C.W. Cooke, a Brit who just recently became an American citizen, noted the practice of calling former government officials by their former titles and called it ‘grotesque.’ It’s something he discussed in a recent book. ” (07/16/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/16/americas-nobility-problem-ruling-class-pays-no-consequences-failure-column/786512002

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27) Most libertarians will NOT believe the FACTS in this article
Source: Downsize DC
by Jim Babka & Perry Willis

“To replace Congress, you must win a plurality of the vote in a majority of the districts. That’s hard. Even then, there’s no guarantee the people you elect will do what you want. This explains why elections don’t cause much change! By comparison … It would not take anything like a plurality of the voters in your district to pressure your representatives into sponsoring good legislation. Said differently … It will be much easier to change how Congress behaves than to replace Congress at the voting booth.” (07/16/18)

https://downsizedc.org/replace-or-influence/

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28) Saboteurs of peace: On the road to Helsinki
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“If there was ever any doubt that the Russia-gate hoax is a scheme by the War Party to salvage their bankrupt foreign policy, and depose a democratically-elected President, then Robert Mueller’s indictment of twelve alleged GRU agents for ‘interfering’ in the 2016 election settles the matter once and for all. Are we supposed to believe it was just a coincidence that the indictment was made public just as Trump was about to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki? An indictment of twelve individuals who will never contest the charges, and which will not have to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law — to whom is it addressed? Not to any jury, but to the court of public opinion. It is, in short, pure propaganda, meant to sabotage Trump’s Helsinki peace initiative before it has even convened.” (07/16/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/07/15/saboteurs-of-peace-on-the-road-to-helsinki/

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29) The twilight of free speech liberalism
Source: The New Republic
by Marin Cogan

“Last March, Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, stepped onstage for a ‘resistance training’ event with 2,000 volunteers packed into an arena at the University of Miami. It had been seven weeks since Donald Trump took office. Now, Romero said, it was time for the volunteers to join the group in fighting the Trump administration’s crackdown on civil liberties. ‘Let’s do it together,’ he said, to cheers from the crowd. ‘We need you to be protagonists in the struggle.’ The event, which was live-streamed to more than 200,000 people watching at gatherings around the country, was unlike anything the ACLU had ever done in its 97-year history. Founded after World War I in reaction to government raids targeting immigrants, union organizers, and left-wing activists, the ACLU has served as the nation’s foremost champion of civil liberties for almost a century.” [editor’s note: Is it hypocrisy or just irony that the main push against free speech has come from … alleged “liberals?” – SAT] (07/16/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148873/free-speech-liberalism-aclu

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30) Big spenders get worse every year: The history of growth since 1940
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Andrew Tylock

“In March of 2018, President Trump signed into law a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill to avoid shutting down the federal government. After signing the 2,200-page bill, the president proclaimed he would ‘never sign another bill like this again.’ Could this really be the end of the decades-long trend of expanded central spending and power? If past history tells us anything, the answer is a resounding ‘No!’ The truth is for nearly the last century, there has been an undeniable, dramatic trend upward in government spending in real and in nominal terms. In fact, since 1940, average yearly federal spending has increased during every single administration — whether Republican or Democratic Party.” (07/16/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/07/16/big-spenders-get-worse-every-year-the-histo

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31) More Potemkin indictments from Helsinki’s would-be saboteurs
Source: The American Spectator
by Jed Babbin

“On Friday — three days before today’s summit meeting between President Trump and Russian President Putin — the boss of Team Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, announced that a dozen Russian intelligence officers had been indicted on charges relating to Russia’s attempt to interfere in the 2016 election. These Potemkin indictments could have been announced a month earlier or a month later. Instead they were obviously timed and intended to have an effect on the Trump-Putin meeting. Mueller has no business playing around with foreign policy. The Friday indictments were a truly despicable abuse of power.” (07/16/18)

https://spectator.org/more-potemkin-indictments-from-helsinkis-would-be-saboteurs/

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32) Brett Kavanaugh’s soft spot for police abuses
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“The history of liberty in America features an endless battle over the rights of individuals versus the powers of police. The Constitution was written with the intent of protecting citizens and controlling cops. But that’s not quite in keeping with the preferences of Brett Kavanaugh. Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee made his views clear in a lecture paying tribute to the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, delivered last year. What Rehnquist saw as one of his biggest achievements, Kavanaugh noted, was freeing law enforcement from the annoying restrictions placed on it in the 1960s and ’70s. And Kavanaugh was there to second the motion.” (07/16/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/16/brett-kavanaughs-soft-spot-for-police-ab

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33) Humans and rights
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Pointing out that all humans have the exact same — equal and identical — rights isn’t the same as saying all humans are exactly the same. I notice ‘bordertarians’ and other borderists making this nonsensical mistake over and over again in a desperate attempt to justify their anti-liberty position. Rights don’t depend on where a person was born, where they stand, or which State claims ownership over them. Rights only depend on their species and on them being alive. Some cultures are better than others because some cultures (by which I mean the individuals who make up that culture from the ‘bottom up’) ‘tolerate’ liberty and respect rights better than others. This doesn’t alter anyone’s rights.” (07/16/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/07/humans-and-rights.html

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34) It’s time to give up on Britain’s National Health Service
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Antony Sammeroff

“Our National Health Service just turned 70! According to a recent article in The Guardian by Polly Toynbee , The NHS is our religion in the UK and that’s why the conservative government can’t destroy it. Of course, the Conservative government have never actually tried to destroy the NHS. They haven’t even reduced the amount spent on the NHS. They haven’t even halted increases in healthcare spending. The only thing they have done is reduced the rate at which spending is going to continue to increase.” (07/16/18)

https://mises.org/wire/its-time-give-britains-national-health-service

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35) Ottomanism, nationalism, republicanism, part 6
Source: Notes on Liberty
by Barry Stocker

“The end of the World War Two placed Turkey between the Soviet Communist world and the western democracies. Its Middle Eastern neighbours consisted of one outright colony (thinly disguised as a League of Nations mandate), French Syria; one de facto colony of Britain, Iraq (formally independent after a mandate period); one country whose sovereignty was highly compromised by United States and British ‘interests,’ that is Iran. After decades of rule by the secularist-nationalist Republican People’s Party (CHP is the Turkish acronym), the idea of a Middle Eastern orientation was not a major one at any kind of obvious level, and had limited practical applicability even for those oriented towards the kind of traditionalist Islam which inevitably looks for some kind of connection with the original Muslim heartland.” (07/16/18)

https://notesonliberty.com/2018/07/16/ottomanism-nationalism-republicanism-vi/

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36) States now best route to gerrymandering reform
Source: The American Prospect
by Sam Wang, Ben Williams & Rick Ober

“It’s been a tough few weeks for gerrymandering reform. Two decisions in the closing days of the Supreme Court’s term, Gill v. Whitford and Abbott v. Perez, have raised barriers to proving claims of gerrymandering. With the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, those barriers will only worsen. The writing is on the wall: It’s time for trench warfare. In Gill, a case concerning partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin, the Court refused to address the legal theory that voters with a shared political affiliation can be harmed by a statewide pattern of baroque districting. Despite being presented with easy and clear mathematical tests to calculate the statewide impact of partisan gerrymandering, the Court insisted on a district-by-district analysis. Unfortunately, this piecemeal approach opens the risk of biased or incomplete remedies. Then, in Abbott, which concerned racial gerrymandering in Texas, the Court raised the bar dramatically on what it would take to prove discriminatory intent. Together, these two rulings are major setbacks for those who wanted the Court to limit gerrymandering.” (07/16/18)

http://prospect.org/article/states-are-now-best-route-gerrymandering-reform

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37) Not fine with Feinstein?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Could it be that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, may not be liberal enough? The San Francisco Democrat has ostensibly represented the Golden State in the United States Senate for the last 26 years. Before that, Feinstein spent eight years on San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors and then a decade as mayor. Now, after 44 consecutive years as a public official, what does the 85-year-old Feinstein seek? More. That is, another six-year lease on her powerful perch in the U.S. Senate. But the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party — Feinstein’s Party — just said, ‘No way!’” (07/16/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/07/16/not-fine-with-feinstein/

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38) Why Trump doesn’t hate Russia
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“Regarding Russia, Trump’s administration, which is meant to be articulating the ‘position of the United States,’ seems torn in two, with Trump one on side, and everybody else on the other. It is as if there are in fact two positions of the United States on Russia. Trump says simply ‘if we can get along with Russia, that’s a good thing.’. Everybody else says you can’t trust Russia, because they’re the bad guys, usually with a reference to Putin’s past as a KGB agent. … they psychoanalyse him, speculating on his attraction to Putin’s machismo …. Others go deeper into more conspiratorial territory, either outright turning Trump into some lurid parody of the Manchurian Candidate, or alluding to the Kremlin’s possession of a recording of some tawdry hookers-and-hotel escapade which it might or might not be using to blackmail him. Yet perhaps it is not Trump who has the Russia problem. Perhaps it is not Trump who has the Putin fixation. In fact, it is the American political class, indeed the political and media classes of much of the West, which has developed — or rather revived — an obsession with Russia as The Enemy.” (07/16/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/why-trump-doesnt-hate-russia/21590

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39) Undermining Trump-Putin summit means promoting war
Source: CounterPunch
by Dave Lindorff

“Timing isn’t everything, but in politics it’s important, and the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence for allegedly being behind the supposed hacking of the Democratic National Committee in 2016 in an alleged effort to skew the election in favor of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton, announced by Mueller ‘Russiagate’ probe overseer and Associate US Attorney General Rod Jay Rosenstein just before President Trump’s planned summit meeting in Finland with Russian President Vladimir Putin — reeks of politics. It is also rather thin on the announced evidence of a ‘hack’ despite mainstream journalism’s breathless reporting that it the [sic] indictment cites ‘hard evidence’ of such hacks.” (07/16/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/16/undermining-trump-putin-summit-means-promoting-war/

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40) It’s undeniable: Trump is blessed with really stupid enemies
Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“Donald Trump goes to Europe, scandalizes the Euroweenies, libs, and cruise-shilling grifters of Never Trump, and comes back victorious. He’s about to get his second SCOTUS justice confirmed (all they have on Brett Kavanaugh is that he likes beer and is named ‘Brett’). In Congress, the Democrats decided to go all in on abolishing ICE because Americans love open borders and welcome MS-13 or something. In the Mueller farce, the Dems decided that the smart play was to publicly run interference for creepy weirdo Peter Strzok when he went on national TV doing his impression of Lotion Boy from ‘Silence of the Lambs.’ Hey Pete, what do those Trump voters smell like? Smells like a red wave to me, you insipid weirdo. How did Trump luck out by getting such hopeless geebos for opponents? It can’t just be chance. At every turn, these dummies choose to lock themselves into the most implausible and indefensible positions imaginable, then push all their chips into the center of the table.” [editor’s note: This one is perceptive, and kinda funny at the same time … Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit? Stumbles McMyTurn? – SAT] (07/16/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2018/07/16/its-undeniable-trump-is-blessed-with-really-stupid-enemies-n2500638

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41) The war on Assange is a war on press freedom
Source: OpEdNews
by Chris Hedges

“The failure on the part of establishment media to defend Julian Assange, who has been trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, has been denied communication with the outside world since March and appears to be facing imminent expulsion and arrest, is astonishing. The extradition of the publisher — the maniacal goal of the U.S. government — would set a legal precedent that would criminalize any journalistic oversight or investigation of the corporate state. It would turn leaks and whistleblowing into treason. It would shroud in total secrecy the actions of the ruling global elites. If Assange is extradited to the United States and sentenced, The New York Times, The Washington Post and every other media organization, no matter how tepid their coverage of the corporate state, would be subject to the same draconian censorship. Under the precedent set, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court would enthusiastically uphold the arrest and imprisonment of any publisher, editor or reporter in the name of national security.” (07/16/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-War-on-Assange-Is-a-Wa-by-Chris-Hedges-Asylum_Defending-Julian-Assange_Email_Extradition-180716-491.html

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42) Last days of the European Union?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Edmund Contoski

“During the years Greece was sustained by a series of three bailouts, it was apparent if one of those failed, Greece would be out of the European Union and could well result in the end of the EU. Now the likelihood of Greece being out of the EU and perhaps the dissolution of the EU is no longer viewed as a concern. But a similar threat has arisen from another country, Italy.” (07/15/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/07/last-days-of-the-european-union/

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43) How much damage will Trump’s trade war do?
Source: The Atlantic
by Annie Lowrey

“Will Donald Trump’s trade war tip the economy into a recession? It seems a reasonable question to ask. The White House has initiated a rapidly escalating global tit-for-tat, with thousands of products from the United States, China, Canada, Mexico, and Europe now affected or threatened by tariffs. The price of imported goods is increasing. The demand for exported goods is falling. American businesses are laying workers off, and some are warning that they might end up bankrupt. In some sense, Trump could not have picked a better time to engage the country in a pointless, destructive round of mercantilism: The country’s pace of growth is so strong that the tariffs should have only a muted effect on headline GDP and jobs numbers, economists think. Still, certain industries and certain places stand to suffer considerably–and this growth-chilling trade war might be hard to call off in the event that the economy were to slow down.” (07/16/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/07/the-costs-of-trumps-trade-war/565208/

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44) Peace talk between nuclear superpowers offends America’s assholes & morons
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“When I was a little girl I used to end all my nightly prayers with the words, ‘And please no nuclear war, and peace on earth. Amen.’ This was in the early eighties. The knowledge that weapons existed armed and ready which could annihilate all life on earth, including my Mum and my Dad and everyone I loved, kept me up at night. I still marvel at the fact that these weapons exist, just as armed and just as ready, and we just go about our lives like it’s perfectly normal. They’re even more prone to malfunction than they were back then, because so many parts of the system are much older now. All it would take is something failing to work the way it’s meant to or somebody making a mistake or miscommunication that hadn’t been adequately anticipated and prepared for, and it could set into motion a chain of events from which there is no coming back.” (07/16/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/07/16/peace-talk-between-nuclear-superpowers-offends-americas-assholes-and-morons

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45) Quantum Vibe, 07/16/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (07/16/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1821

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46) How Twitter degrades discourse and encourages distortions
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“There are multiple reasons political discourse is degraded by the fact that it now plays out primarily on Twitter, reasons that are inherent in that site’s format and functionality: the elimination of nuance due to space constraints; mob behavior coercing adherence to group-think orthodoxies; the addict-like, insatiable craving for re-tweets and likes which the brain processes as approval and for which it thus produces chemical rewards of ecstasy and a sense of worth; and highly tribalized fiefdoms where it’s remarkably easy to create self-affirming bubbles in which one only hears from from those who affirm, cheer and validate, rather than challenge and dispute, what one believes and what one wishes to believe is true. But perhaps the most the discourse-degrading feature of Twitter is how it makes deliberate distortions uniquely easy and effective, by enabling the tearing of statements (single tweets) out of their context and, months or years later, imbuing them with a meaning they never had.” (07/15/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/07/15/how-twitter-degrades-discourse-and-encourages-distortions-illustrated-by-ex-pentagon-official-and-nyu-law-professor-ryan-goodman/

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47) New study finds taking in refugees strengthens US at home and abroad
Source: Niskanen Center
by Matthew La Corte

“As I have argued before, advancing the national interest and ensuring robust refugee protection are mutually reinforcing — not exclusive — goals. The U.S. refugee resettlement program saves the lives of persecuted and vulnerable people, helps us recruit allies, reduces possible regional tensions that could otherwise escalate, and is a living manifestation of our ideals. American soft power abroad is bolstered by our refugee resettlement operations.” (07/16/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/new-study-finds-taking-in-refugees-strengthens-u-s-at-home-and-abroad/

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48) If Putin did it: A hypothetical defense for a hypothetical crime
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“What if Putin did it? That’s the question I’ve been getting a lot of lately. The proverbial ‘it’ being the oft-repeated accusation that the Russian government, under the direction of Czar ubermensch Vladimir Putin, colluded with Donald Trump in the 2016 election. I happen to be one of a handful of people on the left who has never bought into this half baked conspiracy theory, cooked up by Democrats to explain how they lost the White House to a reality TV monster and picked up by the so-called intelligence community to justify their purse shriveling budgets. But still I get asked, usually by some limp-wristed Whole-Foods progressive, what if Putin did it?” (07/15/18)

https://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/07/if-putin-did-it-hypothetical-defense.html

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49) Mueller’s indictment isn’t worth squat
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“I sure wish the mainstream media and all those critics of Donald Trump had had better civics teachers in high school. If they had, they would understand that special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment against those Russian officials for supposedly illegally meddling in America’s presidential election doesn’t mean squat. Instead, the media and the Trump critics have accepted the indictment as proof, even conclusive proof, that the Russians really did do what Mueller is charging them with doing.” (07/16/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/07/16/muellers-indictment-isnt-worth-squat/

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50) Why governance is the greatest problem for blockchains to solve
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Kai Sedgwick

“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and in a blockchain that link lies in the form of its founders. Getting nodes to achieve consensus is easy compared to the difficulty of getting humans to achieve consensus. The greatest challenge that new blockchains must solve isn’t speed or scaling — it’s governance.” (07/16/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/why-governance-is-the-greatest-problem-that-blockchains-must-solve/

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51) Reason Podcast, 07/16/18
Source: Reason

“Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been taking his lumps in the media and other sectors of the anti-Trumposphere for these comments on CNN Sunday about Russia’s hackery into the 2016 presidential campaign: ‘If we have proof that they did it, we should spend our time protecting ourselves instead of having this witch hunt on the president. I think we need to be done with this so we can protect our election. … We all do it. What we need to do is make sure our electoral process is protected. They are not going to admit it in the same way we’re not going to admit we were involved in the Ukrainian elections or the Russian elections.’ To which Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn tweeted simply: ‘Traitor.’ This is one of several often-hysterical Trump/Russia-related controversies tackled today on the editor-roundtable version of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-Ward, Peter Suderman, Nick Gillespie, and me [Matt Welch].” [various formats] (07/16/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/07/16/is-rand-paul-really-a-traitor

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52) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/16/18
Source: Cato Institute

“On a scale of ‘Tremendous’ to ‘Treasonous,’ how did the Trump/Putin summit in Helsinki go? Chris Preble comments.” [various formats] (07/16/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/trumputin-helsinki

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53) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/16/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“The just-completed summit between presidents Trump and Putin has surprised — and infuriated — President Trump’s supporters and detractors at home. Is this the beginning of an improvement in relations … or will the neocons have the last word?” [Flash video] (07/16/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trump-putin-summit-success-neocons-furious

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54) One Free Family, episode 24
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“One of the most common concerns we hear from parents considering helping their children to become more self-directed in their learning is that they wouldn’t know where to begin. In this episode, Taylor and James talk about their approach to helping their children pursue their passions and learn about the things that interest them while being mindful to not take over the learning process.” [Flash audio] (07/16/18)

https://onefreefamily.com/supporting-our-kids-learning-process-without-taking-over-off024/

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55) Scott Adams Says, 07/16/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about Russia. With coffee.” [Flash video] (07/16/18)

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

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56) Lions of Liberty Podcast, episode 357
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In today’s show, Marc hits you with more coverage of the LNC, as he interviews various LP candidates for office, as well as a couple impressive young activists, and Zoltan Istvan, proponent of trans humanism.” [various formats] (07/16/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/07/16/lncmegashowpart2/

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57) The Bob Zadek Show, 07/15/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Tony [Francois] joins the show to explain the disastrous unintended consequences of federal bureaucratic management of state resources and discuss other pending Supreme Court cases in which endangered species regulations are threatening people’s liberties (and often the environment). Finally, Bob and Tony discuss Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and his track record on cases involving the environment.” [various formats] (07/15/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/7/13/can-californias-endangered-species-survive-us-fish-wildlife-policy

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58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 220
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #220, I break down a Jake Tapper interview of Rand Paul. Tapper presents the establishment position on NATO, Russian Aggression, and Russiagate. Senator Paul pushes back on Tapper’s hawkish position. I explain where why NATO is not essential to security, that Russia is not an expansionist power, and the Mueller investigation still lacks evidence to prove Russia changed the outcome of the 2016 election.” [various formats] (07/16/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-220-jake-tapper-v-rand-paul

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59) Free Talk Live, 07/15/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Mark doesn’t like bums :: Govt make work programs :: Govt make work programs :: Public sector unions :: Government schools :: Products that conservative and liberals buy :: Aaron Day for Governor of NH :: Mark, Darryl and Aaron Day” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/15/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-07-15

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60) AnarchoChristian, episode 14
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“I had the pleasure to be asked to record a Q & A at Porcfest this year, and I couldn’t be happier about the friends we made early Saturday morning, and the recording we made. Thank you Rodger for the invitation and the media room. Thank you everyone that attended and contributed to the recording!” [various formats] (07/15/18)

https://www.anarchochristian.com/porcfest-qa-ac014/

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