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Volume XVI, Issue #4,017
Thursday, July 19th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Nicaragua: Regime forces seize opposition stronghold in violent bid to silence protesters
2) US House bill offers $5 billion to fund wall and gang activity on US-Mexico border
3) Commerce Department launches faux “national security probe” to justify protectionism for US uranium miners
4) Hong Kong: Regime moves to impose unprecedented ban on separatist party
5) Pompeo: US to receive American soldiers’ remains in coming weeks
6) Fed says trade war downturn could pose challenges
7) Video shows Netanyahu saying he convinced Trump to violate Iran nuke deal
8) Study: Early dinner time associated with lower risk of cancer
9) Iran nuclear chief: Regime opens new centrifuge rotor factory
10) FL: Orlando mayor apologizes for fight over “Starry Night” home
11) Gottlieb: FDA gang to crack down on labeling nondairy products as “milk”
12) Lawnmower man Rodney Smith Jr completes 50-state challenge
13) Experimental blood test could detect melanoma skin cancer early, study finds
14) US EPA eases Obama-era standards on toxic coal ash
15) Study finds why cannabis causes the munchies
16) Soros calls Obama “greatest disappointment;” doesn’t “particularly want to be a Democrat”
17) US housing starts hit nine-month low; permits fall
18) Turkey: US pastor denied release in latest trial hearing
19) FL: Mother of teen who died after eating cookie with peanuts wants better allergy labeling
20) EU demands $5 billion extortion payment from Google over Android antitrust claims

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Directionalism vs. destinationism
22) Libertarians shouldn’t be accomplices of aggression
23) Smart contracts aren’t trustless, nor should they be
24) No virtue in upholding bad laws
25) A guaranteed income would undermine the social virtues of work
26) The truth about Trump, Putin, and Obama
27) Mr. President, declassify documents on Russia collusion now
28) Illegal abortion will mean abortion by mail
29) Democrats’ “sudden” hard-left turn has been years in the making
30) When code is speech, tech like 3D-printed guns sees greater protection from censorship
31) An odd, non-linear game
32) Trump challenged status quo during Helsinki summit with Putin
33) A central bank caused one of history’s biggest cons
34) The Tory government has fallen for the EU’s nonsensical demands on social and employment laws
35) Trump has attacked US intel agencies; expect them to strike back
36) The not-saint Timothy
37) Want gun control? Arm the left (it worked before)
38) Okay, abolish ICE. What then?
39) Missing something about populism?
40) Soccer champions … and immigrants
41) Bank Deregulation 2.0 is here
42) Lunatic politics, part 1 — Russiagate is a religion
43) Quantum Vibe, 07/18/18
44) Humanity crucified on a cross of iron
45) How to end the tyranny of the nonunion workplace
46) The party that cried wolf: The real danger to the Constitution is not Brett Kavanaugh
47) War doesn’t make sense anymore
48) They are not communists, you idiots
49) The Trump-Putin summit: A missed opportunity for liberty
50) Undermining mobile phone users’ privacy won’t make us safer

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Electric Libertyland, episode 81
52) Blockchain 2025, 07/18/18
53) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/18/18
54) Scott Adams Says, 07/18/18
55) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/18/18
56) The Libertarian Angle, 07/18/18
57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 221
58) Free Talk Live, 07/17/18
59) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 97
60) We Are Libertarians, episode 300
61) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 169
62) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 5
63) Reason Podcast, 07/17/18
64) Lawrence W. Reed on The Mandy Show
65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1197

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

1) Nicaragua: Regime forces seize opposition stronghold in violent bid to silence protesters
Source: CBS News

“Pro-government forces have seized a major opposition stronghold in Nicaragua. In a violent bid to silence protesters, police and gunman loyal to President Daniel Ortega launched a sweeping crackdown in the city of Masaya on Tuesday. Juan Sebastian Chamorro, executive director of the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development, called the situation in Nicaragua ‘extremely dire’ and said the country is facing a ‘humanitarian crisis.’ ‘More than 300 people have been killed in the streets of Nicaragua. More than 2,000 people have been wounded. A hundred and fifty people have been unaccounted for,’ he said. ‘And as you can see in the images, you can see soldiers with heavy weapons, live ammunition, weapons that are used for war, shooting against the population that are using just slingshots and house-made mortars and stones.’” (07/18/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nicaraguan-forces-seize-opposition-stronghold-in-violent-bid-to-silence-protesters-2018-07-18/

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2) US House bill offers $5 billion to fund wall and gang activity on US-Mexico border
Source: The Hill

“A House spending bill has set aside $5 billion to build President Trump’s proposed border wall, including 200 miles of new physical barriers and technology. The House Homeland Security appropriations bill for 2019, which was released Wednesday, significantly exceeds the Senate’s version, which allocated $1.6 billion and did not include any new physical barrier. ‘This bill takes the largest steps in years toward finally fulfilling our promise to the American people to secure the border,’ said Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.). ‘We add funding for more than 200 miles of physical barrier, hundreds of new immigration and customs enforcement agents, and state of the art technology that will give our law enforcement agencies the tools they need to keep us safe,’ he added.” (07/18/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/finance/397620-house-bill-offers-5b-for-trumps-border-wall

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3) Commerce Department launches faux “national security probe” to justify protectionism for US uranium miners
Source: Reuters

“U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Wednesday that he has launched a new national security investigation into uranium imports that could lead to tariffs or quotas to limit them The ‘Section 232’ probe was prompted by a petition filed by two U.S. uranium mining companies, Ur-Energy Inc and Energy Fuels Inc, complaining that subsidized foreign competitors have caused them to cut capacity and lay off workers. Ross said the probe would canvass the entire U.S. uranium sector from mining through enrichment and defense and industrial consumption.” (07/18/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-uranium/u-s-commerce-launches-national-security-probe-into-uranium-imports-idUSKBN1K81YM

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4) Hong Kong: Regime moves to impose unprecedented ban on separatist party
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Hong Kong is taking unprecedented steps to ban a pro-independence party, in the government’s strongest action yet against the movement pushing for separation from China. Police on Tuesday delivered documents to the Hong Kong National party founder, Andy Chan Ho-tin, detailing their recommendations to the city’s secretary of security that the group halt operations. The development marks the first time since the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule in 1997 that it has sought to outlaw a political organisation.” (07/17/18)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/17/hong-kong-moves-to-ban-citys-first-pro-independence-party

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5) Pompeo: US to receive American soldiers’ remains in coming weeks
Source: Raw Story

“The United States will receive the remains of American service members in the coming weeks from North Korea, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. The repatriation of remains of soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War was one of the agreements reached during the June 12 summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June in Singapore. The repatriation of remains of soldiers killed in the 1950-53 Korean War was one of the agreements reached during the June 12 summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June in Singapore.” (07/18/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/us-receive-american-soldiers-remains-coming-weeks-mike-pompeo

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6) Fed says trade war downturn could pose challenges
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says that the central bank has tools it could use to cushion the adverse effects a trade war might have on the economy. But he tells Congress the effort could be challenging if higher tariffs push inflation up too sharply. Powell says if the retaliatory tariffs imposed by other countries caused the U.S. economy to slow, the Fed could employ its normal tools, such as lowering interest rates. But he says that could become complicated if higher U.S. tariffs on foreign products caused inflation to accelerate. That’s because the Fed’s normal response to higher inflation is to raise interest rates, not lower them. ‘If we do have higher inflation, that could be very challenging for policy,’ Powell says.” (07/18/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Fed-says-trade-war-downturn-could-pose-challenges-13085584.php

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7) Video shows Netanyahu saying he convinced Trump to violate Iran nuke deal
Source: The Hill

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed responsibility for President Trump’s decision to [violate] the Iran nuclear deal, according to a video obtained by Israeli public television. The video shows Netanyahu speaking two weeks ago about the deal with members of his Likud political party, according to the Times of Israel. ‘We convinced the US president [to violate] the deal] and I had to stand up against the whole world and come out against this agreement,’ Netanyahu reportedly says in the video, aired by public broadcaster Kann. ‘And we didn’t give up.’” (07/17/18)

http://thehill.com/policy/international/middle-east-north-africa/397504-video-shows-netanyahu-claiming-responsibility

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8) Study: Early dinner time associated with lower risk of cancer
Source: USA Today

“A new study might encourage you to put down that late night snack. Researchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health found people who eat dinner early or wait at least two hours before going to sleep have a lower risk for cancer. The study focused on whether our meal timing could lead to a higher risk of breast or prostate cancer. It included data from more than 1,800 cases of breast and prostate cancer, as well as more than 2,000 random healthy participants. Participants took questionnaires asking about when they ate, their sleep habits, and chronotype — basically whether they’re more of a morning or evening person. The study showed an association between eating earlier (before 9 p.m.) and a 20 percent lower risk for breast and prostate cancers compared to people who ate a late dinner (after 10 p.m.) or went to bed right after eating.” (07/18/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/18/early-dinner-time-linked-lower-risk-cancer-says-study/795819002

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9) Iran nuclear chief: Regime opens new centrifuge rotor factory
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“An Iranian factory has started to produce rotors for up to 60 centrifuges a day, upping the stakes in a confrontation with the United States over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme. The announcement by the head of Iran’s atomic agency on Wednesday came a month after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered agencies to prepare to increase uranium enrichment capacity, if the nuclear deal with world powers falls apart after Washington’s withdrawal [sic]. … Iran has said it will wait to see what the other powers will do, but signalled it is ready to get its enrichment activities back on track. It has regularly said its nuclear programme is just for electricity generation and other peaceful projects.” (07/18/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2018/07/iran-opens-centrifuge-rotor-factory-nuclear-chief-180718090012190.html

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10) FL: Orlando mayor apologizes for fight over “Starry Night” home
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A Florida mayor apologized Wednesday to a couple fined thousands of dollars for having their home’s exterior painted to emulate Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night.’ The Orlando Sentinel reports the Mount Dora City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday that Lubomir Jastrzebski and Nancy Nemhauser can keep the blue-and-yellow paint swirled on their walls in the style of van Gogh’s masterpiece. The settlement also requires the city to pay them $15,000 and remove a property lien to end the nearly yearlong code enforcement case. Mayor Nick Girone publicly apologized to the couple Wednesday at city hall, adding that his city has a long history of supporting artists. Mount Dora, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Orlando, hosts one of the largest art shows in central Florida.” (07/18/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Florida-homeowners-get-to-keep-Starry-Night-13084624.php

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11) Gottlieb: FDA gang to crack down on labeling nondairy products as “milk”
Source: Politico

“The head of the FDA said Tuesday that the Trump administration will move to crack down on the use of the term ‘milk’ for nondairy products like soy and almond beverages. The agency will soon issue a guidance document outlining changes to its so-called standards of identity policies for marketing milk, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said at the POLITICO Pro Summit. … The move would be a major boon for dairy groups, which have been struggling amid dropping prices and global oversupply. The industry has petitioned FDA to enforce marketing standards for milk, but the agency has not previously addressed the issue.” [editor’s note: The FDA seems to be focusing on stuff that comes out of cattle, but not through the udders here. Consumers are not so stupid that they think almonds lactate, and the FDA shouldn’t treat them that way as a special favor to the dairy lobby – TLK] (07/17/18)

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/17/almond-lactate-nondairy-milk-scott-gottlieb-725974

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12) Lawnmower man Rodney Smith Jr completes 50-state challenge
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Bermudan man has mowed his way through all 50 US states, cutting lawns for veterans, single mothers, the elderly and disabled people. Rodney Smith Jr, who lives in Huntsville, Alabama, set off across the country in May and ended his epic journey on 17 July. His group, Raising Men Lawn Care Service, aims to encourage children to take part in community service. This is the second year Mr Smith has done the challenge. On his website, Mr Smith pledged to mow ‘2-3 lawns per state’ ahead of his journey, anywhere within a 30-mile radius of a major city in the state. A section on the site allowed people to ‘submit a lawn’ for Mr Smith to mow.” (07/18/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44870828

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13) Experimental blood test could detect melanoma skin cancer early, study finds
Source: CNN

“Australian researchers have developed an experimental blood test they say is the first blood test capable of detecting melanoma — an aggressive form of skin cancer — in its early stages with a high degree of accuracy. The test could speed up the diagnosis process, saving thousands of lives. Scientists at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia tested blood samples for the antibodies typically created by the immune system in response to melanoma and identified them with significant accuracy.” (07/17/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/17/health/melanoma-skin-cancer-blood-test-intl/index.html

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14) US EPA eases Obama-era standards on toxic coal ash
Source: Raw Story

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it has eased Obama-era standards on the disposal of toxic coal ash, a move expected to be the agency’s first revision of the standards and one that was slammed by environmentalists. The 2015 rule established minimum national standards for the disposal of coal ash, a byproduct of coal-fired power plants that contains materials such as arsenic and lead. The EPA said the revision would give flexibility to utility companies and states, which had fought against the standards calling them unduly burdensome, and save $28 million to $31 million per year in regulatory costs. ‘Our actions mark a significant departure from the one-size-fits-all policies of the past and save tens of millions of dollars in regulatory costs,’ said Andrew Wheeler, the acting head of the agency. Wheeler took over last week after Scott Pruitt, who was facing more than a dozen probes into ethics issues, stepped down.” (07/18/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/us-epa-eases-obama-era-standards-toxic-coal-ash

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15) Study finds why cannabis causes the munchies
Source: Smell the Truth

“Experts at Washington State University (WSU) are closer to understanding why smoking pot causes growing appetites. In a recent study shared at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, WSU researchers found out how cannabis triggered hunger hormones in rats. ‘We all know cannabis use affects appetite, but until recently we’ve actually understood very little about how or why,’ said lead researcher Jon Davis, Ph.D., in a press release. ‘By studying exposure to cannabis plant matter, the most widely consumed form, we’re finding genetic and physiological events in the body that allow cannabis to turn eating behavior on or off.’ Using a vapor exposure system designed to imitate how humans consume marijuana, researchers found that a small cannabis dose causes a surge in ghrelin, a hormone that informs the brain of hunger sensations.” (07/18/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/07/17/study-finds-why-smoking-marijuana-causes-the-munchies

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16) Soros calls Obama “greatest disappointment;” doesn’t “particularly want to be a Democrat”
Source: Fox News

“New York billionaire George Soros said former President Barack Obama was his ‘greatest disappointment,’ during a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times published on Tuesday, while also appearing to distance himself from partisan politics. The wealthy liberal donor, who was an early supporter of Obama’s 2008 presidential run, told The Times that Obama was ‘actually my greatest disappointment,’ before he was reportedly prompted by an aide to clarify that he was dissatisfied on a “professional level,” rather than with his presidency. At another part of the interview, he told the paper that Obama ‘closed the door’ on him after he secured the presidency.” [editor’s note: Still a thug, but apparently one with some conscience? – SAT] (07/18/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/18/george-soros-calls-obama-greatest-disappointment-says-doesnt-particularly-want-to-be-democrat.html

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17) US housing starts hit nine-month low; permits fall
Source: Yahoo! News

“U.S. homebuilding fell to a nine-month low in June and permits declined for a third straight month, dealing a blow to the housing market as it struggles with a dearth of properties available for sale. Higher lumber prices and shortages of land and labor are constraining homebuilding. The housing market is lagging overall economic growth, which appears to have accelerated in the second quarter after hitting a soft patch at the start of the year.” [editor’s note: “Higher lumber prices and shortages of … labor.” Entirely, or just partially, a result of Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Canadian lumber and his escalating war on migrant workers? – TLK] (07/18/18)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/u-housing-starts-drop-nine-123228082.html

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18) Turkey: US pastor denied release in latest trial hearing
Source: ABC News

“A Turkish court on Wednesday again denied a request for the release from custody of an American pastor based in Turkey who is on trial on charges of aiding terror groups and engaging espionage. Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, was arrested in the aftermath of a 2016 coup attempt for alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, as well as a network led by U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey blames for the unrest. Brunson, who faces up to 35 years in prison for ‘committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member’ and ‘espionage,’ strongly denies the charges. Gulen has denied involvement in the coup attempt.” (07/18/18)

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/trial-us-pastor-resumes-turkey-56658155

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19) FL: Mother of teen who died after eating cookie with peanuts wants better allergy labeling
Source: USA Today

“This is the nightmare that parents of children with fatal food allergies guard against in every way they know how. Florida mom Kelli Travers-Stafford’s daughter, Alexi suffered from a peanut allergy. The 15-year-old girl died after she ate a chocolate chip cookie that she didn’t know had peanuts in it while she was at a friend’s house. In a chilling Facebook post, Travers-Stafford asked people to share the story because she said her daughter made one ‘fatal choice’ after being taught her whole life how to make wise choices.” (07/17/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/allthemoms/2018/07/17/teen-peanut-allergy-dies-after-eating-chips-ahoy-reeses/794025002

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20) EU demands $5 billion extortion payment from Google over Android antitrust claims
Source: CNBC

“European Union regulators have slapped Alphabet-owned Google with a record 4.34 billion euro ($5 billion) antitrust fine for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system, which is by far the most popular smartphone OS in the world. Google said in a statement that it would appeal the ruling, arguing against the EU’s view that its software is restrictive of fair competition. European officials say Google’s parent company has unfairly favored its own services by forcing smartphone makers to pre-install Google apps Chrome and Search in a bundle with its app store, Play. It also said Google violated competition rules by paying phone makers to exclusively pre-install Google search on their devices and preventing them from selling phones that run other modified, or ‘forked,’ versions of Android.” [editor’s note: I wonder what the EU would say about someone else “install” their own governance “apps” — an alternative EU taxation app, for example, or an alternative EU law enforcement app — in EU countries. Monopoly much? – TLK] (07/18/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/10/eu-hits-alphabet-google-with-android-antitrust-fine.html

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

21) Directionalism vs. destinationism
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Michael Munger

“I’m a ‘directional’ libertarian. That means that if a proposed new policy or reform of an existing policy cuts spending or increases liberty, I’m for it, even if it isn’t a ‘real’ libertarian policy. Directionalism infuriates the ‘destinationists.’ Destinationists have a notion of the ideal outcome, the perfect solution. Any policy that is not acceptable in the imaginary destinationist world is not acceptable in the present world of realized institutions.” [editor’s note: Yes, it’s a straw man. So far as I can tell, Munger’s “destinationists” don’t exist in the real world. Perhaps commenters can persuade me otherwise? – TLK] (07/18/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/directionalism-vs-destinationism

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22) Libertarians shouldn’t be accomplices of aggression
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“People who call themselves ‘government’ make claims that their codes and constitutions apply (jurisdiction) to other people just because of their physical location. In order for these claims not to be arbitrary in nature, they must be supported with factual evidence. People who call themselves ‘government’ have been unable or unwilling time and time again to make such factual evidence available for examination. It is logical to conclude that people who call themselves ‘government’ have no factual evidence to support their claims of jurisdiction. Hence, claims of jurisdiction by people who call themselves ‘government’ are arbitrary. Using violence to enforce arbitrary claims of jurisdiction against peaceful people is an act of aggression. Libertarians, by definition, are opposed to acts of aggression. When libertarians call for people who call themselves ‘government’ to use their enforcement power against peaceful people, they are serving as accomplices in aggression.” (07/17/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/libertarians-shouldnt-accomplices-aggression

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23) Smart contracts aren’t trustless, nor should they be
Source: Libertarianism.org
by Kate Sills

“Recently, Bitcoin supporter Jimmy Song wrote a popular article critiquing smart contracts and later reiterated his arguments on Laura Shin’s podcast Unchained. While strong critiques are useful, it’s important to examine whether Song is characterizing smart contracts accurately, and whether his arguments hold up under close scrutiny. This essay will show that Song has a very different definition of smart contracts than is traditionally understood, and Song’s extreme definition leads him to misunderstand the usefulness of smart contracts.” (07/18/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/building-tomorrow/smart-contracts-arent-trustless-nor-should-they-be

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24) No virtue in upholding bad laws
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“It’s more important to do the right thing than to obey laws, and it’s wrong to obey laws that violate life, liberty, or property. Even if you agree with them or believe they are necessary. When the laws are wrong it’s your responsibility to break them rather than wait until the law is changed. All laws are ultimately enforced by the threat of death, so supporting any law is admitting you would be willing to kill people over an opinion.” (07/18/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/07/18/voices/no-virtue-in-upholding-bad-laws/158456.html

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25) A guaranteed income would undermine the social virtues of work
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by John O McGinnis

“The idea of a government-provided income for all citizens is gaining currency. While today universal guaranteed income is mostly pressed by the left, Milton Friedman once argued for it as well. But the proposal is blind to the predictable costs of an unprecedented social engineering experiment that would separate citizens from one of the most important sources of human flourishing.” (07/18/18)

https://fee.org/articles/a-guaranteed-income-would-undermine-the-social-virtues-of-work/

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26) The truth about Trump, Putin, and Obama
Source: Fox News Forum
by Newt Gingrich

“President Trump’s summit Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki created a firestorm of controversy. President Trump seemed to be publicly siding with the Russian dictator against the American intelligence agencies. … After flying home from Helsinki and reviewing the tape and transcript of his press conference with Putin, President Trump said he has ‘full faith and support for America’s great intelligence agencies’ and that he accepts ‘our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place.’ … Anyone who has studied President Trump knows he hates to admit a mistake. His natural pattern is to move forward and ignore mistakes. For him, this was a big correction (and as I noted the day before, it was an absolutely necessary one). President Trump then reminded everyone of the Obama administration’s failures in dealing with Russian meddling in the election. President Trump noted that President Obama and his advisers had information that the Russians had been working to interfere in the election and they ignored it, because they thought Hillary Clinton was going to win.” (07/18/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/07/18/newt-gingrich-truth-about-trump-putin-and-obama.html

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27) Mr. President, declassify documents on Russia collusion now
Source: The American Spectator
by R Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.

“I think President Trump has subtly brought the left and the right in this country together, at least on one point. The time has come for the citizenry to see all the documents held by the government in the so-called Russian collusion scandal. Was there collusion? Who was involved? The President has it in his power to declassify the documents. Use your faithful weapon, Mr. President, your trusty black felt pen. Sign the declassifying order now.” (07/18/18)

https://spectator.org/mr-president-declassify-documents-relating-to-russian-collusion-now/

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28) Illegal abortion will mean abortion by mail
Source: The Atlantic
by Olga Khazan

“With the prospect of a more conservative Supreme Court on the horizon, some progressive women have begun to fear what will happen if Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion, is overturned. Some of these prophecies have centered on a popular meme in the pro-choice community: The coat hanger. During a recent rally, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon held up a wire coat hanger as a warning that we should not return to the previous generation’s means of obtaining illicit abortions. And Representative Lois Frankel, a Democrat from Florida, banged a coat hanger on the table at a briefing while discussing the latest Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. … But medical technology has progressed significantly since Roe was decided in 1973, and we — realistically, fortunately — won’t see a return to women using coat hangers or other implements to self-abort. Instead, it’s more likely that more and more women will turn to shady online pharmacies to buy abortion pills through the mail — a practice that is already occurring with surprising frequency and effectiveness around the world.” (07/18/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/07/after-abortion-is-illegal/565430/

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29) Democrats’ “sudden” hard-left turn has been years in the making
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Long-time political watchers have been shocked in recent months to see formerly powerful Democratic Party leaders ousted by far-left challenges within their own party. The once-proud centrist party of the working class, the Democrats are now a party of the hard left. Recent events show just how far things have gone: * 28-year-old Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes beat New York Rep. Joe Crowley, the No. 4 ranking Democrat in the House, in a primary challenge. Despite a series of embarrassing gaffes in just over a week, the Democrat-safe New York district she’s in guarantees she’ll win. * In California, far left state Senator Kevin de Leon challenged four-term incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein for the endorsement of the state’s Democratic Party and won hands down, 65% to just 7%. Feinstein, 85, whose liberal credentials are impeccable, wasn’t far left enough, even though she trounced de Leon in the actual primary, 44% to 12%.” [editor’s note: The Democrats are a center-right party, its upstarts perhaps a millimeter to the left of center. There isn’t anything close to a “hard left” in mainstream US politics – TLK] (07/18/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/democrats-hard-left-turn/

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30) When code is speech, tech like 3D-printed guns sees greater protection from censorship
Source: Reason
by Andrea O’Sullivan

“Can a gun be protected by our rights to free speech? According to a recent settlement by the Department of Justice, when the gun is a schematic written in computer code, it can. Reason readers will be familiar with the saga of Cody Wilson and his gun rights collective, Defense Distributed. Disturbed by the rising tide of anti-gun sentiment in the cultural discourse, Wilson and his comrades set out to secure Americans’ rights to defend ourselves against government abuse. But they took a different tack than Second Amendment advocates before them. Rather than spending billions on lobbying and public persuasion campaigns, Defense Distributed bound their fate to the mast of technological determinism. They put guns on the internet.” (07/18/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/18/when-code-is-speech-tech-like-3d-printed

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31) An odd, non-linear game
Source: Cobden Centre
by Tim Price

“For historians, there are primary sources and secondary sources. Primary sources are the original documents that point to the raw history, like the original Magna Carta, for example. Secondary sources are effectively historical derivatives — they incorporate interpretation and analysis. In financial markets, the equivalent of primary sources are prices — the only raw data that speak unequivocally of what occurred by way of financial exchange between buyer and seller. Everything else amounts to interpretation and analysis, and must by definition be regarded as subjective. So-called fundamentals, therefore, are subjective. There is the price — and everything else is essentially chatter.” (07/18/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/07/an-odd-non-linear-game/

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32) Trump challenged status quo during Helsinki summit with Putin
Source: USA Today
by US Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ)

“I am bemused by those who are judging the success or failure (the pundits claiming the latter) of the Helsinki summit based on a few sentences in a news conference. The complainers should take a step back and reassess. The media event may not have been a perfect 10, but it wasn’t a zero either. What did we learn? That President Donald Trump is consistent in his shakeup of the status quo. He promised to be a change agent, someone who consistently puts America’s interests ahead of other nations. The lesson here is that he meant what he said. We are seeing the rapprochement with Russia that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pursued [sic], and former President Barack Obama surreptitiously hoped for.” (07/18/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/18/donald-trump-challenged-status-quo-helsinki-summit-vladimir-putin-column/792745002

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33) A central bank caused one of history’s biggest cons
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by George Pickering

“In the summer of 1821, a roguish Scotsman named Gregor MacGregor arrived by boat in London, and initiated arguably the most audacious confidence scam in history. MacGregor had spent much of the previous decade fighting as a soldier of fortune in the Venezuelan War of Independence, where he had manoeuvred his way up the ranks, eventually being promoted to general by Simon Bolivar. At some point during this period, local Central American rulers had granted MacGregor a large tract of land, most of which took the form of uninhabitable, malaria-ridden swamp along the Black River, in modern-day Honduras. Despite the poor economic prospects of his new acquisition, MacGregor was determined that the land should be his ticket to fortune, even if that required unconventional measures. It was this series of events which led to the ‘founding’ of the non-existent country of Poyais.” (07/18/18)

https://mises.org/wire/central-bank-caused-one-historys-biggest-cons

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34) The Tory government has fallen for the EU’s nonsensical demands on social and employment laws
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“Amid Brexiteer fury about the government’s Chequers negotiation proposal, one important aspect seems to be getting little attention. The UK government has capitulated to an EU demand on social and employment laws, and the detail of this concession will need to be scrutinised very closely. The Conservatives pledged for a decade to reverse the British adoption of the EU’s ‘Social Chapter,’ largely on the basis that social and employment regulation has nothing, per se, to do with liberalising trade. The 2005 and 2010 election manifestos promised to repatriate these powers. The Fresh Start project, headed up by the now cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom, argued in 2012 that David Cameron’s renegotiation should demand the return of these competences to all member states, with a second-best outcome of a simple UK opt-out. Now, on the cusp of Brexit, the UK government has apparently ceded to the EU’s call for a ‘non-regression’ clause in these areas in any future trading agreement.” (07/17/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/tory-government-has-fallen-eus-nonsensical-demands-social-employment-laws

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35) Trump has attacked US intel agencies; expect them to strike back
Source: Reuters
by Tim Weiner

“The foundations of American national security [sic] are under assault. The battle lines are drawn. On one side stand the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency. On the other: the commander-in-chief of the United States. Donald Trump’s appalling performance in Helsinki was a subversive act. He rejected the conclusion of American intelligence that his election was aided by a hydra-headed act of political warfare controlled by the Kremlin. He did so with a wink and a smile for the smirking autocrat who led the attack. Trump called the investigation of the Russian operation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller ‘a disaster for our country.’ He accepted Vladimir Putin’s denial that anything of the kind ever happened. Trump likewise leapt at and embraced Putin’s cynical and empty proposal to cooperate with Mueller — ‘an incredible offer,’ he said. The likelihood of Moscow’s spies willingly sharing secrets with the FBI is nil.” [editor’s note: Is Putin trustworthy? Probably not. Is the US intelligence establishment trustworthy? Not a chance – TLK] (07/18/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-weiner-trump-commentary/commentary-trump-has-attacked-u-s-intel-agencies-expect-them-to-strike-back-idUSKBN1K82AB

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36) The not-saint Timothy
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Some people believe that aggression is physical force and nothing else. From this they derive the notion that only physical violence should be prosecuted — or, more generally, retaliated against with force. But it is obvious that some invasions of private property or personal space, with malice and anger and alarming unhinged-ness, are aggressive. And should be prosecuted in law. Take the current case of Timothy Trybus, who is testing a further point of law that especially concerns those of us strongly motivated to focus on initiated force.” (07/18/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/07/18/the-not-saint-timothy/

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37) Want gun control? Arm the left (it worked before)
Source: CounterPunch
by Stephen F Eisenman

“If Democrats, especially progressive Democrats, as well as the leaders of all major liberal and progressive political and media organizations encouraged their followers to get armed, Republicans and other so-called ‘gun-rights’ advocates would change their tune. Supposing Black Lives Matter, ACLU, Emily’s List, NAACP, Human Rights Campaign, PETA, The American Library Association, Planned Parenthood, Democratic Socialists of America, the American Communist Party, MoveOn.Org, Southern Poverty Law Center, Mother Jones Magazine, Pacifica Radio, Alternet, Earth First!, Michael Moore, Paul Krugman, Stephen Colbert and Natalie Portman all advocated the immediate arming of everybody on the left, including the right to openly carry a loaded weapon, and to bring them to political protests? If that happened, there would be a quick call for gun control from the right. It happened before. In 1967, a coalition of California Republicans and Democrats, responding to ‘copwatching’ by armed members of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, passed the Mulford Act (named after a Republican Assemblyman), banning the public carrying of loaded guns. Governor Ronald Reagan quickly signed the bill into law.” (07/18/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/18/want-gun-control-arm-the-left-it-worked-before/

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38) Okay, abolish ICE. What then?
Source: The New Republic
by Matt Ford

“A two-word rallying cry on the left against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies has grown into 2,700 words of federal legislation, as Democratic lawmakers last week introduced a bill that would abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement — the federal agency that carries out deportations and enforces many of the nation’s immigration laws — and redistribute its powers elsewhere in the federal government. ‘Sadly, President Trump has so misused ICE that the agency can no longer accomplish its goals effectively,’ Wisconsin Representative Mark Pocan, one of the Democrats who introduced the bill, said in a statement. ‘As a result, the best path forward is this legislation, which would end ICE and transfer its critical functions to other executive agencies.’ Turning that idea into policy isn’t as straightforward as the slogan suggests.” [editor’s note: Abolish ICE’s powers along with abolishing ICE. Abolish ICE and replace it with nothing. Problem solved – TLK] (07/18/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/149945/ok-abolish-ice-then

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39) Missing something about populism?
Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

“From the point of view of individual liberty, populism is good if it means having the people’s individual preferences respected; it is bad if it means being ruled by the people’s collective preferences. This distinction between the two concepts of populism is crucial. Many libertarians (including your humble servant for a long time) thought that populism was ordained to the first goal, or or at least could be deflected in that direction; we now realize that its meaning or natural slope lead to the second.” (07/17/18)

https://www.econlib.org/missing-something-about-populism/

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40) Soccer champions … and immigrants
Source: Independent Institute
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa

“Immigration has displaced terrorism as the number one problem in Western democracies. What an interesting and timely lesson, therefore, the triumph of the French soccer team in the World Cup offers us. Most of the players are children or grandchildren of African immigrants, born or raised in the troublesome neighborhoods of the periphery, the so-called ‘banlieues.’ Fifteen of the twenty-three players in the national team are of African origin, including four from the Congo, three from Mali, and two from Cameroon and Algeria. Most of its world-renowned stars, such as Mbappe and Pogba, have that origin.” (07/17/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/07/17/soccer-champions-and-immigrants/

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41) Bank Deregulation 2.0 is here
Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“Just a couple months after Congress weakened financial rules and chipped away at the Dodd-Frank Act, bank deregulation 2.0 is here. It’s following the common script for financial system corruption, with a toxic mix of legislative hatchet jobs and official neglect that enables Wall Street players to recklessly pile on more risk. The bipartisan nature of the effort is also sadly par for the course, but that doesn’t excuse Democrats from their historical amnesia about the last time the banks got their way. Bank deregulation 1.0 was known as the Crapo bill, as much a commentary on its content as its main author, Senate Banking Committee Chair Mike Crapo. It significantly degraded Dodd-Frank, stripping enhanced regulations from banks with up to $250 billion in assets and reversing data disclosures that could have detected lending discrimination. This spring, 17 Senate Democrats joined Republicans to pass the Crapo bill, but the House’s lead on bank policy, Republican Jeb Hensarling, initially balked. He wanted more deregulation included, measures he had already bulldozed through the House. Eventually Hensarling relented for the vague promise of a second bill, and the Crapo bill got signed into law.” (07/18/18)

http://prospect.org/article/bank-deregulation-20-here

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42) Lunatic politics, part 1 — Russiagate is a religion
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Nothing gets the phony ‘Resistance,’ corporate media and neocons more hysterical than when Trump isn’t belligerent enough while meeting with foreign leaders abroad. While the pearl clutching was intense during the North Korea summit, the reoccurring, systematic outrage spectacle was taken to entirely new levels of stupidity and hyperbole during yesterday’s meeting with Putin in Finland. The clown parade really got going after compulsive liar and former head of the CIA under Barack Obama, John Brennan, accused Trump of treason on Twitter — which resistance drones dutifully retweeted, liked and permanently enshrined within the gospel of Russiagate.” (07/17/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/07/17/lunatic-politics-part-1-russiagate-is-a-religion/

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

Cartoon. (07/18/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1822

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44) Humanity crucified on a cross of iron
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“A few people remember President Dwight Eisenhower’s Farewell Address, where he warned Americans about the rise of a military-industrial complex … a warning that was stunningly accurate and almost fully ignored. What almost no one remembers was Eisenhower’s speech in 1953, when he said that under the pressures of fear and war spending, humanity was ‘hanging from a cross of iron.’ Bear in mind, this was said by Dwight David Eisenhower, five-star general who had been supreme allied commander. He was also the sitting president of the United States when he said it. So, there is absolutely no room for passing this off in the name of patriotism.” (07/17/18)

https://www.freemansperspective.com/humanity-crucified-cross-iron

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45) How to end the tyranny of the nonunion workplace
Source: In These Times
by Bill Fletcher Jr.

“Counteracting Janus involves more than state-based legislative solutions that would regain something akin to an agency shop. The larger challenge is responding to the concentrated assault on unions and working people under way for decades. Under Trump, the alleged friend of the (white) working person, this assault has increased in tempo, from his appointment of an anti-labor National Labor Relations Board to his executive orders undermining federal employees. In the 21st century, we need a different sort of union movement: one that actively disrupts the strategy of corporate America and its right-wing populist allies. We must flip the script. In the face of anti-union right-to-work laws and their ilk, organized labor needs to become the public champion of rights at work laws. Such laws protect all workers (not just those in unions). Those rights could include full freedom of association and freedom of speech while at work, and, most centrally, ‘just cause’ provisions against unfair firings.” [editor’s note: When unions return to their initial purpose (worker share in the proceeds; collective bargaining, etc.), this would be valid; “public employee union” is an oxymoron – SAT] (07/18/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/features/union_workplace_rights_janus_just_cause_laws.html

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46) The party that cried wolf: The real danger to the Constitution is not Brett Kavanaugh
Source: Heartland Institute
by Liam Sigler

“If one asked a liberal strategist their opinion on President Donald Trump’s recent Supreme Court nomination, the lyrics to R.E.M.’s ‘It’s the End of the World as We Know It,’ might be their retort. The vitriol-fueled reaction to Trump’s stellar pick, Brett Kavanaugh, is crazed, if not expected. From political figures such as Sen. Patty Murray (D) and commentator Eric Holthaus to Hollywood hacks such as Joss Whedon and Rob Reiner, the left has exploded into a Kavanaugh-induced fireball. However, the question remains: Is Brett Kavanaugh a threat to the Constitution?” (07/17/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/07/the-party-that-cried-wolf-the-real-danger-to-the-constitution-is-not-brett-kavanaugh/

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47) War doesn’t make sense anymore
Source: The American Conservative
by Tom Streithorst

“America spends more on its military than all its enemies put together yet it still can’t win wars. Failed adventures in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan have drained America’s power and diminished its prestige. The bloated Pentagon budget actually makes us weaker. Here’s the weird bit: nobody seems to care. If any other government department spent as much and accomplished as little, the populace would be in arms, complaining about wasteful government spending. Instead we mumble ‘Thank you for your service’ and increase defense appropriations.” (07/18/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/war-doesnt-make-sense-anymore/

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48) They are not communists, you idiots
Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“It’s the living, breathing definition of a spat in which you want both sides to lose. Although given it’s a Twitterspat, arguably both sides already have lost, by very dint of the fact that they’re engaged in a Twitterspat, despite not even being children. On one side, a tweeter by the name of Ash Sarkar and her fellow well-to-do Corbynistas who have made a stir by convincing Teen Vogue — I’m dying here — that Ms Sarkar is a communist. And on the other side, grouchy right-wingers, who really miss the Cold War and all its evil Commies that they could define themselves against, who spy in Teen Vogue’s cheering of a communist — still dying here — the imminent return of the Red Menace. I wish I was making this up. But really I am not. I miss the Cold War now too, or at least its promise of Mutually Assured Destruction.” (07/18/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/they-are-not-communists-you-idiots/

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49) The Trump-Putin summit: A missed opportunity for liberty
Source: Acton Institute
by Mihail Neamtu

“As the world continues to discuss Donald Trump’s performance at the NATO summit and his meeting with Vladimir Putin, my fellow Romanians watched, too. From my distinctly Eastern European perspective, they were a disappointing series of missed opportunities. Too often and too easily, President Trump seemed distracted by his domestic agenda, which prevented him from providing an inspiring vision for Western civilization. The Art of the Deal speaks at length about the importance of ‘thinking big’ — and Eastern Europe needs a broad vision of ordered liberty.” (07/17/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/07/17/trump-putin-summit-missed-opportunity-liberty

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50) Undermining mobile phone users’ privacy won’t make us safer
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by David Ruiz

“Tragedies often bring political proposals that would do more harm than help — undermining our right to secure communications, for example, or our right to gather online. It is in these moments we face legislative gambits that are too often willing to trade our privacy for assumed security. It is in these moments that we should be careful about what could be taken from us. The Kelsey Smith Act (H.R. 5983) tries to correct a tragedy that occurred a decade ago by expanding government surveillance authorities. It is a mis-correction. The bill would force cell phone companies to disclose the location of a person’s device at the request of police who believe that person is in distress. On its face, that’s not unreasonable. But if the police make a mistake — or abuse their power — the bill offers almost no legal recourse for someone whose location privacy was wrongfully invaded.” (07/17/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/07/undermining-mobile-phone-users-privacy-wont-make-us-safer

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51) Electric Libertyland, episode 81
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In this week’s Electric Libertyland, host Brian McWilliams examines the madness surrounding the Trump/Putin summit, plus Peter Strzok, Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez, and ‘Climate Justice.’” [various formats] (07/18/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/07/18/ell-81-trump-treasonous-for-truth-telling-on-russia/

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52) Blockchain 2025, 07/18/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Obviously, we’re huge fans of distributed, decentralized ledger technology. But it has to be said that probably the vast, vast number of blockchain-related projects are outright scams, utter bullshit.” [various formats] (07/18/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e299-Blockchain-Dont-Believe-the-Hype

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

“Just when it seemed that much of the US intelligence community was on the ropes over its role in the 2016 US presidential election, lo and behold the Rosenstein indictments days before the Trump-Putin summit has much of America demanding that we never question our spy agencies. If we do, they say, we are traitors. Is this the kind of America we want to live in?” [Flash video] (07/18/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/russiagate-attack-on-our-values-or-power-of-war-propaganda

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54) Scott Adams Says, 07/18/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams explains the potential good news about Russia. With coffee.” [editor’s note: Some fascinating visuals this time, and yet another “bigger picture” overview of recent events – SAT] [Flash video] (07/18/18)

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

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55) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/18/18
Source: Cato Institute

“Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s record with respect to warrantless government surveillance of Americans is worthy of scrutiny. Matthew Feeney discusses Klayman v. Obama.” [various formats] (07/18/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/kavanaugh-nsa-surveillance

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

“One of the basic functions of a government is the defense of property. How does eminent domain fit within this role? Is there any place in a free society for eminent domain? FFF president Jacob G. Hornberger and Richard M. Ebeling discuss.” [various formats] (07/18/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-libertarian-angle-eminent-domain-video/

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57) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 221
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #221, I discuss potential peace talks between the US and the Taliban. The US signaled its willingness to directly talk with the Taliban in statements from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan General Nicholson. Talks could finally bring an end to America’s longest war.” [various formats] (07/18/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-221-afghan-peace-talks

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58) Free Talk Live, 07/17/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Russian Election Meddling? :: Republicans and Democrats Livid at Trump for Meeting With Putin :: Email Images :: Console vs PC :: Amazon Delivery Partners :: Russian Hacking? :: Roblox Rape? :: HOSTS — Ian, Conan.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/17/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-07-17

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59) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 97
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“What is voluntaryism, and why have I chosen it as my personal philosophy? What’s in the News with stories on philanthropy for the win, government protecting itself, censorship, FOSTA/SESTA, and Defense Distributed. And, finally, an Ancap App segment on the Ghost Gunner app and machine that allows you to legally make guns at your home without the government being involved.” [various formats] (07/17/18)

https://thelavaflow.com/why-i-chose-voluntaryism-tlf097/

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60) We Are Libertarians, episode 300
Source: We Are Libertarians

“Chris Spangle and Norman Horn of the Libertarian Christian Institute discuss if a Christian can be a libertarian, and how much should one’s religious beliefs inform their politics?” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/17/18)

https://wearelibertarians.com/300-can-a-christian-be-a-libertarian-with-norman-horn/

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61) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 169
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Dudes!” [various formats] (07/17/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-169-dudes/

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62) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 5
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie dissect Nothing from Nothing by Billy Preston and examine what it means to take voluntary association seriously … or in this case not-so-seriously. After our look at this oldie but goodie we dive into I Heard This Happened where our dynamic duo each pick a new release for your earholes from the depths of Bandcamp.” [Flash audio] (07/17/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/sounds-like-liberty-episode-5-the-strangest-of-places-with-tyler-colford/

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63) Reason Podcast, 07/17/18
Source: Reason

“In a wide-ranging conversation, [Matt] Welch and I [Nick Gillespie] grill [Bill] Weld about the ideological fissures within his party, whether he endorsed Hillary Clinton in the waning moments of the 2016 campaign, and how he would sell a message of principle in a nation that is getting more tribalistic by the minute.” [various formats] (07/17/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/07/17/bill-weld-podcast

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64) Lawrence W. Reed on The Mandy Show
Source: Foundation for Economic Education

“The following episode of ‘The Mandy Show’ is a discussion between Lawrence W. Reed, The president of The Foundation for Economic Education, and the podcast’s host, Mandy Connell. In this episode, they discuss courage, self-reliance, and liberty. Reed also uses his knowledge as a historian to provide examples of these qualities in past societies.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/17/18)

https://fee.org/articles/why-character-matters-a-podcast-with-lawrence-reed/

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65) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1197
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“I strongly urge you to listen to this episode. These are my opening remarks to this year’s Mises University program at the Mises Institute. I discuss two sets of ungrateful people. The first: socialists. I go into detail about the improvements in the lives of everyone, but especially the desperately poor, under the free market. The numbers are frankly miraculous. And all these folks can think to do is shout at their employers through bullhorns. Then I take on those libertarians who spend their time denouncing Ron Paul, Murray Rothbard, Walter Block, and other prolific and productive libertarians. This section is especially savage, but not gratuitously so. Just the right amount of savage.” [various formats] (07/17/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1197-socialists-and-other-ingrates/

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