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Volume XVI, Issue #4,019
Monday, July 23rd, 2018
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In the News:

1) FBI releases FISA records on Page surveillance
2) “Trade war a reality” warns French finance minister
3) Security theater: Air force fighter jet intercepts plane near Trump golf course
4) NYPD files formal departmental charges against Eric Garner’s killer
5) Former ICE chief throws tantrum over Michelle Wolf video pointing out that his gang looks a lot like the Islamic State gang
6) Cheech and Chong to Jeff Sessions: “try inhaling it”
7) Afghanistan: Blast hits Kabul airport on return of exiled vice president
8) Lavrov to Pompeo: Free Maria!
9) Report: Papa John’s board plans to discuss “poison pill”
10) Iran: Ayatollah says “obvious mistake” to negotiate with US
11) Argentina: Airport evacuated due to “grenade-like” pot grinder
12) SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches Telstar 19V satellite and lands on drone ship
13) India: Regime scraps tampon tax after campaign
14) FL: “Stand your ground” protects man who shot attacker
15) Judge rules against stripping convicted terrorist of US citizenship
16) VA: Christopher “crying Nazi”/likely cop Cantwell barred from state for five years in assault plea deal
17) Workers [sic] “ghosting” interviews, blowing off work in strong job market
18) TN: Man dates woman, steals her car, goes to movie with her “godsister”
19) Israeli military evacuates Syrian White Helmets stranded on Golan Heights
20) CA: Evacuation ordered as growing wildfire threatens homes near Kelseyville

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Be prepared to shake the earth if Julian Assange is arrested
22) If you hate big government, you should oppose the death penalty
23) Amazon should replace local libraries to save taxpayers money
24) The life and death of a Hollywood blacklist
25) Trump and Putin — how about getting rid of your nukes?
26) Hurting the poor by standing in the way of technological progress
27) Three other presidents targeted for befriending Russia
28) How Congress can limit Trump’s Russia damage [sic] 29) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 9, part 5
30) Blame the app?
31) Universal Basic Income: A solution to a looming problem
32) Chicago’s next really bad idea: A guaranteed basic income
33) The 2018 midterms are all about healthcare
34) Quantum Vibe, 07/20/18
35) Self-liberation: An intense experience
36) The US needs to face up to its long history of election meddling
37) Birthright citizenship: An American idea that works
38) Government is not what makes a country great
39) The government’s war on ladies who drive you home from the hospital
40) Putin wins, Trump second, Dems still nuts
41) Enjoying your weekend? Thank God and free markets
42) The First Amendment saved the Second Amendment. What’s next?
43) Foreigners influencing elections
44) Nonunion workers can save unions; we just need to make dues voluntary
45) Rearmed pillage people ride again
46) White people, just mind your business and let people of color exist
47) To explain the Engels pause — it didn’t happen in the first place
48) Fair-weather friends
49) Geithner’s grift, paydays and Democratic drift
50) Are we there yet?

The Sound and the Fury:

51) The Anarchist Experience, episode 174
52) Scott Adams Says, 07/22/18
53) Free Talk Live, 07/21/18
54) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 6
55) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/21/18
56) Reason Podcast, 07/21/18
57) Interview: Adam Clarke
58) The JFK Assassination, episode 4
59) Felony Friday, episode 133
60) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/20/18
61) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 4
62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 222
63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1199
64) In The Tank Podcast, episode 149
65) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 249

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

1) FBI releases FISA records on Page surveillance
Source: USA Today

“The FBI told a secret federal surveillance court in 2016 that it believed Carter Page, a onetime foreign policy aide to President Donald Trump’s campaign, ‘has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government’ in its efforts to interfere in the presidential election, according to a trove of documents made public late Saturday. The FBI released more than 400 pages of documents in response to lawsuits by USA TODAY and other media organizations. It was the first time the government had made public copies of top-secret applications seeking wiretaps of an American under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which are among the government’s most closely held intelligence secrets. Much of the trove of records released Saturday remains classified, and the filings included few details about why the FBI believed Page was participating in Russia’s election meddling.” [editor’s note: More crumbs to throw at the media, as they continue to find ZIPPO that links Trump to this — SAT] (07/21/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/07/21/fbi-releases-carter-page-fisa-records/813984002

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2) “Trade war a reality” warns French finance minister
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A trade war is now a reality, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has warned as G20 ministers gather for a summit in Argentina. The current US trade policy of imposing unilateral tariffs is based on ‘the law of the jungle,’ he said. But US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the tariffs and urged the EU and China to open their markets to allow free competition. Last week, US President Donald Trump described the EU as a foe on trade. Mr Trump later threatened to impose tariffs on all $500bn (£380bn) of Chinese goods entering the US in a growing trade row. The US has large trade deficits with both the 28-member EU and China.” [editor’s note: I keep hoping for someone to teach Trump that the issue is tariffs, not trade “imbalance;” I’m still waiting — SAT] (07/21/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-4491414

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3) Security theater: Air force fighter jet intercepts plane near Trump golf course
Source: New York Post

“A US Air Force fighter jet on Saturday intercepted a small plane entering the ‘no-fly’ space near President Trump’s private golf club in New Jersey, the White House confirmed on Sunday. A statement from spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the ‘low wing general aviation aircraft’ was detected around 12:30 p.m. Saturday and an F-16 intercepted the plane and escorted it from restricted airspace. ‘The aircraft was met upon landing at Sky Manor airport in Pittstown, N.J., and the pilot interviewed by law enforcement and deemed a non-threat,’ the statement said.” [editor’s note: Well, at least the F-16 weren’t being detailed to e.g. slaughter wedding parties in the Middle East or Central Asia — TLK] (07/22/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/07/22/air-force-fighter-jet-intercepts-plane-near-trump-golf-course/

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4) NYPD files formal departmental charges against Eric Garner’s killers
Source: Click on Detroit

“The New York police officer who choked Eric Garner in 2014 has been formally served with departmental charges, an NYPD spokesman said Saturday. Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who wrapped his arm around Garner’s neck before the man complained he couldn’t breathe, was served with the charges Friday night, according to city officials. … Another officer, Sgt. Kizzy Adonis, a supervisor and one of the first officers to respond, also faces departmental charges for alleged procedural infractions, city officials said. Her attorney also declined comment.” (07/22/18)

https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/national/nypd-files-formal-departmental-charges-against-officers-in-eric-garner-case

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5) Former ICE chief throws tantrum over Michelle Wolf video pointing out that his gang looks a lot like the Islamic State gang
Source: The Hill

“Former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan on Saturday responded to Netflix star Michelle Wolf after the comedian compared the agency to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria in a parody video. Homan told Fox News host Neil Cavuto that Wolf’s video inaccurately portrayed ICE, citing law enforcement statistics from the agency’s past year of operations. … Homan’s remarks come after Wolf’s show ‘The Break’ tweeted a parody video in which Wolf, dressed as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, explains that ‘no organization is better than ICE is,’ while guns are fired in the air and she lists positions similar to those held by the extremist group.” (07/21/18)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/398186-ex-ice-director-responds-to-michelle-wolf-video-comparing-ice

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6) Cheech and Chong to Jeff Sessions: “try inhaling it”
Source: Smell the Truth

“Jeff Sessions has received a challenge to try smoking weed from none other than Cheech and Chong. The comedy duo known for their affinity for cannabis appeared on TODAY weatherman Al Roker’s web series Cold Cuts to make sandwiches and talk pot. Roker brought up the obvious topic, as Cheech and Chong recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of the cult stoner classic, Up In Smoke. ‘It’s medicine,’ said Chong during the interview. ‘Regulations, really, it doesn’t matter. Don’t put you in a jail for doing it. Leave us alone.’ Cheech also brought up the issue directly to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose anti-pot stance has been well documented.” (07/20/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/07/20/cheech-and-chong-tell-jeff-sessions-to-try-inhaling-it

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7) Afghanistan: Blast hits Kabul airport on return of exiled vice president
Source: NBC News

“Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum narrowly escaped a suspected suicide bomb attack at Kabul airport as he returned home on Sunday from more than a year in exile in Turkey over allegations of torturing and abusing a political rival. Dostum, who left Afghanistan last year amid allegations of torture and abuse, had left the airport in a motorcade only minutes before the explosion, which officials said appeared to have been caused by a suicide bomber.” (07/22/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/10-killed-blast-hits-kabul-airport-return-exiled-afghan-vice-n893501

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8) Lavrov to Pompeo: Free Maria!
Source: Reuters

“Russia’s foreign minister told his U.S. counterpart on Saturday that a woman arrested in the United States on accusations she was a Russian agent had been detained on ‘fabricated charges’ and should be released. Sergei Lavrov made the comments about Maria Butina in a phone call to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that was aimed at improving bilateral relations, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement in the wake of the recent summit in Helsinki. On Wednesday, a U.S. judge ordered Butina jailed until her trial after U.S. prosecutors argued she has ties to Russian intelligence and could flee the United States. Butina has been accused of working with a high-powered Russian official and two unidentified U.S. citizens, trying to infiltrate a pro-gun rights organization [sic] in the United States and influence the United States’ foreign policy toward Russia.” [editor’s note: I prefer to call her “Natasha Bangsalot” and stay aware of how inept she and the other “Russian spies” have been in all of this — SAT] (07/21/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-usa-lavrov/lavrov-tells-pompeo-free-russian-woman-accused-in-u-s-of-espionage-idUSKBN1KB0JU

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9) Report: Papa John’s board plans to discuss “poison pill”
Source: Bloomberg

“Papa John International Inc.’s board is planning to discuss and possibly vote Sunday on whether to adopt a ‘poison pill’ aimed at preventing founder John Schnatter from gaining a controlling interest, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. A company spokesman wasn’t immediately available to comment. … Though Schnatter resigned as chairman this month and no longer holds a formal management role, he remains on the board and owns about 30 percent of the company’s shares.” (07/22/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-22/papa-john-s-board-said-to-plan-to-discuss-poison-pill-wsj

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10) Iran: Ayatollah says “obvious mistake” to negotiate with US
Source: Raw Story

“Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday it would be an ‘obvious mistake’ to negotiate with the United States as Washington was unreliable. ‘The word and even the signature of the Americans cannot be relied upon, so negotiations with America are of no avail,’ Khamenei said in a meeting with Foreign Ministry officials, adding that negotiations with Washington would be an ‘obvious mistake,’ according to his official website.” (07/21/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/iran-supreme-leader-says-obvious-mistake-negotiate-us

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11) Argentina: Airport evacuated due to “grenade-like” pot grinder
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“It looked like a grenade and triggered the evacuation of an Argentine airport. But it turns out that it was just a [cannabis] grinder. The head of Argentina’s national airport police security said Tuesday that the grenade-shaped object found at Astor Piazzolla airport in the coastal city of Mar del Plata was actually used to break pot into smaller pieces for smoking. ‘Someone must have discarded the artifact before boarding on a plane,’ Alejandro Itzcovich told local TV. He said that authorities ‘confirmed that it was not an explosive and we’re now trying to determine who the owner of this object is.’ Photographs showed an officer in a bomb suit holding the grinder in his hand while colleagues looked at it and smiled. Several flights were delayed due to the evacuation in Mar del Plata, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) southeast of the Argentine capital.” (07/21/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Argentina-airport-evacuated-due-to-grenade-like-13081810.php

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12) SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches Telstar 19V satellite and lands on drone ship
Source: Yahoo! News

“SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket executed a textbook launch to put the heavy-duty Telstar 19 Vantage telecommunications satellite into orbit tonight and bring back the first-stage booster for an at-sea landing. The successful mission kicked off what’s expected to be a rapid-fire series of three liftoffs in two weeks’ time.” (07/22/18)

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/spacex-falcon-9-rocket-launches-063442927.html

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13) India: Regime scraps tampon tax after campaign
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“India has scrapped its 12% tax on all sanitary products following months of campaigning by activists. The announcement comes a year after the government introduced the tax, known as GST, on all goods — including the 12% duty on menstrual hygiene products. Campaigners argued the tax would make them even more unaffordable in a country where an estimated four out of five women and girls already have no access to items like sanitary pads. The news was welcomed by campaigners. Surbhi Singh, founder of Sachhi Saheli, a menstrual health awareness charity, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation: ‘This was a most-awaited and necessary step to help girls and women to stay in school, their jobs, to practise proper menstrual hygiene. This will help them to grow, to show their true potential.’ Periods are one of the leading reasons why girls drop out of education in India, while many others are forced to stay at home because they can’t access sanitary products.” (07/21/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-44912742

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14) FL: “Stand your ground” protects man who shot attacker
Source: MarketWatch

“An argument over a handicapped parking spot at a convenience store in Florida led to a fatal shooting, and the man who pulled the trigger won’t be arrested under the state’s ‘stand your ground’ self-defense law, authorities said. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told reporters during a Friday press conference that Thursday’s shooting death of Markeis McGlockton, a 28-year-old father of three, is ‘within the bookends of stand your ground and within the bookends of force being justified’ …. Surveillance video obtained by the New York Post shows McGlockton walking up to Michael Drejka, 47, who was arguing with McGlockton’s girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, 24, over a handicapped parking spot …. McGlockton, who is black, exited the store and approached Drejka, shoving him violently to the ground with both hands, surveillance video shows. While still on the ground, Drejka, who is white, then pulled out a gun and shot McGlockton, firing a single round that struck him in the chest, deputies said.” [editor’s note: And it matters that the assailant was black because … ? — TLK] (07/21/18)

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/stand-your-ground-law-to-protect-florida-parking-lot-shooter-from-prosecution-2018-07-21

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15) Judge rules against stripping convicted terrorist of US citizenship
Source: Fox News

“A federal judge ruled against stripping away the U.S. citizenship of a convicted terrorist tied to a plot to destroy the Brooklyn Bridge, citing a lack of evidence to prove that the status had been granted based on misrepresentations. Iyman Faris, 49, was sentenced in 2003 for aiding and abetting al-Qaida by scoping out the iconic New York bridge as a part of a plot to cut through the cables supporting the structure. He had met with Osam bin Laden in Afghanistan and worked with 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Faris is set to be released on Dec. 23, 2020, but a court filing last year in a U.S. District Court argued that Faris lied on immigration papers and that his terrorist affiliations demonstrated a lack of commitment to the Constitution. Originally born in Pakistan, Faris became a citizen in 1999. He worked as a truck driver in Ohio and was married to an American woman.” (07/21/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/21/judge-rules-against-stripping-convicted-terrorist-us-citizenship.html

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16) VA: Christopher “crying Nazi”/likely cop Cantwell barred from state for five years in assault plea deal
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Outspoken white nationalist Christopher Cantwell was banned from Virginia for five years after pleading guilty to assaulting two anti-racist protesters at a torch-lit white nationalist march at the University of Virginia last summer. Standing with his hands behind his back, Cantwell, 37, told Albemarle County Circuit Judge Cheryl Higgins that he was guilty of two charges of assault when he pepper-sprayed Emily Gorcenski and Kristopher Goad on Aug. 11 at the base of the Thomas Jefferson statue in front of the Rotunda. Originally indicted on charges of felony illegal use of gas, Cantwell’s counts were amended to misdemeanor assault as part of a plea agreement. Cantwell was sentenced to five months in jail, but he will not serve any more time. Before he was granted bond, Cantwell spent 3 1/2 months behind bars. Because they were misdemeanor convictions, he only had to serve half the time, according to Albemarle Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Tracci.” (07/20/18)

https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/white-nationalist-christopher-cantwell-banned-from-virginia-for-five-years/article_b7eccde9-6f3d-532d-97ec-69ce34fce05e.html

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17) Workers [sic] “ghosting” interviews, blowing off work in strong job market
Source: USA Today

“At Carports & More, based in El Dorado Hills, California, nearly half of the 65 job candidates scheduled for interviews the past month didn’t show up. At VoiceNation, an Atlanta area call center, a similar share of the 10 hires the company was making each month never came in to work. In the hottest job market in decades, workers are holding all the cards. And they’re starting to play dirty. A growing number are ‘ghosting’ their jobs: blowing off scheduled job interviews, accepting offers but not showing up the first day and even vanishing from existing positions — all without giving notice. While skipping out on appointments and work has always happened on occasion, the behavior is ‘starting to feel like a commonplace’ occurrence, says Chip Cutter, editor-at-large at LinkedIn, the job and social networking site, who has studied hiring practices. While no one formally tracks such antics, many businesses report that 20 to 50 percent of job applicants and workers are pulling no-shows in some form, forcing many firms to modify their hiring practices.” [editor’s note: I left the mainstream job market about 20 years ago; so glad I did — SAT] (07/19/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2018/07/19/strong-job-market-candidates-ghosting-interviews-offers/794264002

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18) TN: Man dates woman, steals her car, goes to movie with her “godsister”
Source: USA Today

“A Memphis man is accused of going out on a date with a woman, then stealing her car and using it to go out on a date to a drive-in movie with another woman. Kelton Griffin, 21, is accused of playing the dual roles of Romeo and auto thief. According to an arrest affidavit, he picked up his date at her house on Saturday afternoon, and she asked him to drive her 2006 Volvo S60 because she didn’t know where he wanted to take her. They stopped at a gas station, where the man asked the woman to go inside and buy him some cigars. While she was inside, he reportedly drove off.” [editor’s note: Read this one to the end; it gets better — SAT] (07/21/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/21/memphis-man-date-stole-car-movie-other-woman/812234002/

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19) Israeli military evacuates Syrian White Helmets stranded on Golan Heights
Source: CBS News

“The Israeli military evacuated hundreds of members of the White Helmets, a Syrian volunteer organization, from the volatile frontier area on the Golan Heights and transported them to Jordan, following a request by the United States and its European allies, officials said Sunday. It was the first such Israeli intervention in Syria’s lengthy civil war, now in its eighth year. Jordan confirmed that 800 Syrian citizens entered its territory to be resettled in Western countries. The members of the White Helmets, a Syrian search-and-rescue organization, and their families had been stranded along the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights following the latest Syrian government offensive in southwestern Syria.” (07/22/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/white-helmets-evacuated-from-golan-heights-by-israeli-military/

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20) CA: Evacuation ordered as growing wildfire threatens homes near Kelseyville
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A growing wildfire that ignited Saturday in rural Lake County south of Kelseyville prompted mandatory evacuations as firefighters from multiple agencies responded the scene, officials said. The Carder Fire erupted around 2:40 p.m. and quickly grew to 60 acres as it devoured dry grass, brush and trees, officials with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. Residents along Adobe Creek Road, Peterson Lane, and Wight Way near where the fire started were ordered to evacuate, firefighters said. Officials did not say how many homes were threatened. The fire is burning about 10 miles south of Clear Lake in an area that has been ravaged by wildfire in recent years.” (07/21/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Evacuation-ordered-as-growing-wildfire-threatens-13094648.php

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

21) Be prepared to shake the earth if Julian Assange is arrested
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“For all the viral, click-friendly wailing and rending of garments about Donald Trump’s ‘war on the press’ because he says ‘fake news’ and picks on Jim Acosta, does anyone expect the so-called free press to rush to the defense of a journalist who is being actively and aggressively persecuted with the full might of the western empire for publishing authentic documents about that very same empire? We are about to find out if this is the part of the movie where the empire rips off the mask of freedom and democracy and reveals its true tyranny. Assange is a soft target, a controversial figure who has been on the receiving end of wildly successful smear campaigns marketed to every major political faction across the western world. He is the logical place to begin a crackdown on press freedoms and make a public example of what happens to those who shine the light of truth upon Big Brother. If we allow them to imprison Julian Assange for practicing journalism, that’s it. It’s over.” (07/20/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/07/20/be-prepared-to-shake-the-earth-if-julian-assange-is-arrested

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22) If you hate big government, you should oppose the death penalty
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Patrick Hauf

“From the Postal Service to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the government has proven to be as ineffective as Hillary Clinton’s campaign strategy. Conservatives, for the most part, understand the inefficient nature of government, and that’s why they often advocate for free-market policies. However, there’s one issue where conservatives often give far too much power to the government: capital punishment. Here, many Republicans allow their ‘tough on crime’ mentality to overrule limited government ideals and innate skepticism of state overreach.” (07/22/18)

https://fee.org/articles/if-you-hate-big-government-you-should-oppose-the-death-penalty/

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23) Amazon should replace local libraries to save taxpayers money
Source: Forbes
by Panos Mourdoukoutas

“There was a time local libraries offered the local community lots of services in exchange for their tax money. They would bring books, magazines, and journals to the masses through a borrowing system. Residents could borrow any book they wanted, read it, and return it for someone else to read. They also provided residents with a comfortable place they could enjoy their books. They provided people with a place they could do their research in peace with the help of friendly librarians. Libraries served as a place where residents could hold their community events, but this was a function they shared with school auditoriums. There’s no shortage of places to hold community events. Libraries slowly began to service the local community more. Libraries introduced video rentals and free internet access. The modern local library still provides these services, but they don’t have the same value they used to. The reasons why are obvious. One such reason is the rise of ‘third places’ such as Starbucks.” (07/21/18)

https://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2018/07/21/amazon-should-replace-local-libraries-to-save-taxpayers-money/

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24) The life and death of a Hollywood blacklist
Source: Reason
by Jesse Walker

“Ayn Rand was a blacklist truther. The novelist and screenwriter had been a friendly witness during the House Committee on Un-American Activities’ 1947 hearings on Hollywood subversion — the probe that prompted the studios to announce that they would not hire Communists. But when she was asked about her testimony two decades later, she claimed that the blacklist was a myth. … ‘You talk about the blacklisting of reds. I don’t know of one leftist who has suffered for his views, and conversely, I don’t know of one pro-capitalist who in one form or another did not have to suffer for his views.’ This was misleading, to put it mildly. The blacklist really did exist. It was an organized effort to remove people from the movie industry for their political opinions, and the federal government played a major role in launching it. Anyone who cares about free expression should object to that sort of censorship by proxy, both as it manifested itself in the early days of the Cold War and as it threatens to re-emerge in social media today.” (for publication 08/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/22/the-life-and-death-of-a-hollyw

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25) Trump and Putin — how about getting rid of your nukes?
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“I, for one, was much disappointed by the Trump-Putin summit — but not for the reasons most others were. I was not hoping that Trump would punch Putin in the nose or insult him or declare new sanctions. Nor was I hoping he would cancel the meeting. … I was disappointed in the summit because it apparently gave no great urgency to what should be the priority by the standard of security for all the people of the world: the two powers’ alarming arsenals of nuclear weapons.” (07/20/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-trump-putin-nukes/

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26) Hurting the poor by standing in the way of technological progress
Source: Cobden Centre
by Maria Lucia Darst

“Why shouldn’t the Puerto Ricans have access to capitalism, cryptocurrencies, and Fintech? There is no moral justification for those on the American mainland having something that is denied to those on the islands. Poverty isn’t an excuse since there are plenty of poor people on the mainland, too, but no one argues that they should be denied access to financial tools. The logical conclusion, then, must be that digitization and its consequent increased access are a threat to an established status quo.” (07/20/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/07/hurting-the-poor-by-standing-in-the-way-of-technological-progress/

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27) Three other presidents targeted for befriending Russia
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“In my article ‘Was Reagan a Traitor Too?,’ I detailed how three U.S. presidents since World War II have been vilified and condemned for befriending Russia, America’s World War II partner and ally: John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and now Donald Trump. However, they are not the only presidents who have been targeted by the U.S. national-security state for daring to befriend Russia. There are at least three others.” (07/20/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/07/20/six-presidents-targeted-for-befriending-russia/

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28) How Congress can limit Trump’s Russia damage [sic] Source: Reuters
by Julia Frifield & David Eckels Wade

“After Donald Trump appeared to side with Vladimir Putin over the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Moscow meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, Congressional Republicans finally spoke out. Days later, with even senior Republican senators apparently eager to accept Trump’s claim that he misspoke, that initial forceful response has devolved into the foreign policy equivalent of the ‘thoughts and prayers’ offered after school shootings. But Congress need not just be a spectator, cheering or heckling from the stands. Congress has many tools to limit the damage of Trump’s Russia posture; it’s overdue to start using them. We know Congress can do more because (over a combined four decades on Capitol Hill and in the State Department) we’ve been on both the giving and receiving ends of vigorous congressional oversight and activism on foreign policy.” [editor’s note: And so as insiders, they have a jaundiced view of any attempt to curb Deep Stater powers — SAT] (07/20/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-frifield-congress-commentary/commentary-how-congress-can-limit-trumps-russia-damage-idUSKBN1KA2J6

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29) The Satoshi Revolution, chapter 9, part 5
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Envisioning free-market crypto should be easy because cryptocurrency was created on the free market, and it remains unregulated in many places. How difficult is it for a person to envision what is standing in front of his or her own eyes? Coins like Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash are success stories for all to see. Unfortunately, governments also see it. They recognize crypto as a fierce competitor to their own fiat monopolies, their tax systems, and a relatively untapped source of wealth. To control crypto, however, government cannot praise the phenomenon; government needs to demonize crypto by creating public hysteria over problems both real (fraud) and manufactured (links to terrorism).” (07/21/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/wendy-mcelroy-other-than-the-black-market-a-last-stand-for-economic-freedom/

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30) Blame the app?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Who spreads ‘fake news?’ Gossips, politicians, publicity agents, Twitter eggs, partisan bloggers, lying news journalists? Or … the medium of communication they use? Do envelopes, stationery, telephones, email, and messaging apps have moral agency? And who commits the crimes that news (true or false) is used to rationalize? A New York Times story discusses ‘How WhatsApp Leads Mobs to Murder in India,’ which is like saying that civilization, flying lessons and boarding passes ‘led’ terrorists to 9/11.” (07/20/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/07/20/blame-the-app/

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31) Universal Basic Income: A solution to a looming problem
Source: The Hill
by Michael Munger

“The welfare programs that achieved labor peace and frustrated the optimism of revolutionaries who expected Germany to become a communist state were not seen as solutions to poverty. Rather, they were insurance, addressing workers’ insecurity. As I have claimed in my recent book, ‘Tomorrow 3.0’ (Cambridge Press, 2018), we stand on the verge of another wrenching economic revolution, where workers at all levels will once again feel desperately insecure. Many will likely act on that sense of insecurity in irrational and destructive ways. The cities of the developed world may once again smell acrid smoke and see bricks flying. When workers feel they have nothing to lose and little control over their lives, the system breaks down. That’s where UBI comes in. If I’m right, and we are in the first stages of an economic revolution, things may get worse fast. There are three kinds of arguments made for a UBI, and they reinforce each other, because there is some value in each of them.” (07/20/18)

http://thehill.com/opinion/finance/398022-universal-basic-income-a-solution-to-a-looming-problem

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32) Chicago’s next really bad idea: A guaranteed basic income
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Apparently not satisfied with the already disastrous condition of its finances, Chicago this week said it would like to experiment with a universal basic income, a socialist pipe-dream that pops up every few years as a ‘new’ idea. It’s not. And it will never work. Chicago alderman Ameya Pawar has already proposed legislation that would give 1,000 families $500 a month. The bill looks like a shoo-in, garnering support already from a majority of the Windy City’s lawmakers. … There are many things that would help the working poor climb out of poverty. But a universal basic income (UBI), also called a guaranteed government income, isn’t one of them. Yet, even some conservatives fall for the idea … [i]t’s attracted a wide range of supporters, everyone from Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg to union chief Andy Stern and conservative-libertarian Charles Murray embrace the idea.” [editor’s note: A very bad idea indeed, unless it can somehow be funded other than with taxpayer funds; blockchain advocates are predicting this might become a side effect of their efforts — SAT] (07/20/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/guaranteed-basic-income/

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33) The 2018 midterms are all about healthcare
Source: The New Republic
by Sarah Jones

“‘Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare,’ Donald Trump said during one of his final campaign rallies of the 2016 race. ‘We’re going to repeal it. We’re going to have a really great plan that’s going to cost much less and be much better.’ While Trump has kept few of his campaign promises, this one is coming half-true — if not necessarily the way Republicans had planned. Congress failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but Trump has attacked the law in subtler, nonetheless devastating ways. For many Americans, Obamacare has effectively ceased to exist.” (07/20/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150074/2018-midterms-health-care

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34) Quantum Vibe, 07/20/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (07/20/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1823

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35) Self-liberation: An intense experience
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“The quest for liberty takes many forms, from political activism to philosophizing. But the freest country in the world will not be satisfying to the man who is not at peace with himself. To the man who lacks self-esteem and a sense of personal worth, political freedom means very little. And the man who is not confident in his moral code or who lacks a clear-cut set of values is more susceptible to authoritarian pressure than the self-confident individual.” (originally published 1979; posted 07/22/18)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2018/07/self-liberation-intense-experience.html

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36) The US needs to face up to its long history of election meddling
Source: The Atlantic
by Peter Beinart

“Discussing America’s history of electoral interference has never been more necessary. It’s necessary not so Americans can downplay the severity of Russia’s [alleged] election attack. It’s necessary so Americans can determine how — and how not — to respond. The less Americans know about America’s history of electoral interference, the more likely they are to acquiesce to — or even cheer — its return [sic]. That’s dangerous because, historically, American meddling has done far more to harm democracy than promote it. What many Russians, but few Americans, know is that 20 years before Russia tried to swing an American presidential election, America tried to swing a presidential election in Russia.” (07/22/18)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/07/the-us-has-a-long-history-of-election-meddling/565538/

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37) Birthright citizenship: An American idea that works
Source: The American Conservative
by Alex Nowrasteh

“The 14th Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution 150 years ago in July of 1868. Among other things, it enshrined our traditional common law practice of granting citizenship to those born in the United States who are subject to its laws — specifically it guaranteed that the recently freed slaves and their descendants would be citizens. The 14th Amendment also applied to the children of immigrants, as its authors and opponents understood at the time. President Trump’s immigration position paper, however, famously endorsed an end to birthright citizenship. Michael Anton, a former national security official in the Trump administration as well as a lecturer and researcher at Hillsdale College, pushed such a move recently in the Washington Post. Anton argued that President Trump should use his pen and his phone to exclude the children born here to noncitizens, with little thought of what would happen were such a policy enacted. Taking Anton’s advice would do grievous harm to our country, destroy one of the finest legacies of the Republican Party, and overturn centuries of Anglo-American common law in exchange for a citizenship system that would slow assimilation.” (07/20/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/birthright-citizenship-an-american-idea-that-works/

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38) Government is not what makes a country great
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Michael Munger

“Can you distrust the government and yet still be loyal to your country? I say yes. I spend quite a bit of time in Europe. Friends ‘across the pond’ are always incredulous about some dumb thing the U.S. government has done. They expect me to be defensive; in fact I’m usually able to supply some detail or additional outrage they hadn’t heard yet. Someone will take me aside later, and ask if I am thinking of moving to another country. After all, if I am that scornful of the U.S. government, how can I stick around? Wait. I can be a patriotic American, but also think that U.S. politicians are ninnies. Both can be true: our country is great, and our government is terrible. To be fair, European political officials are a pack of clowns and thugs, too.” (07/20/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/government-not-what-makes-country-great

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39) The government’s war on ladies who drive you home from the hospital
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Lee Friday

“For more than three years, 58-year old cancer survivor Ethel Tari had ‘been a regular at an outpatient clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospital, providing rides to and from the clinic to patients who aren’t allowed to drive after being sedated for procedures such as endoscopies and colonoscopies.’ But the long arm of the law finally caught up with Ethel, and she was fined $2,260 for owning and operating a vehicle for hire without a licence. City Hall’s actions sparked an outrage as Tari received widespread public support , nationally and internationally. However, much of the criticism levied against the City for its overzealous law enforcement subsided when Tari, in a letter of apology, admitted that she also provided transportation services to non-patients in the city and that she ‘had previously been warned by the City.’ … The government says the safety and wellbeing of consumers impels it to enact licensing laws, but this is, and has always been, a weak justification. When the government creates a licensure law, it is always at the behest of entrenched interests within the specific occupation to be licensed.” (07/21/18)

https://mises.org/wire/governments-war-ladies-who-drive-you-home-hospital

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40) Putin wins, Trump second, Dems still nuts
Source: Town Hall
by Michael Reagan

“Yes, President Trump screwed up in front of the whole world at the Helsinki Summit. But Democrats and the anti-Trump media have a much more serious long-term problem — they’re still out of their minds. They still actually think the Great Russian Collusion Hoax is going to win them the House and chase President Trump out of the White House. It hasn’t been widely reported, but after last week’s indictment of Russian intelligence officers by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office for trying to disrupt the 2016 election, half the Democrats in Congress had to sneak over to Chris Matthews’ office to get an emergency Trump Derangement Syndrome booster shot. ‘Russia Tried to Sway 2016 Election!!!’ is now the crazy Democrats’ favorite new front-page scare-headline. Trump of course is somehow supposed to be responsible for Russia’s meddling, according to the fake media, even though all the hacking and swaying occurred when the Obama gang was in power.” (07/21/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/michaelreagan/2018/07/21/putin-wins-trump-second-dems-still-nuts-n2502245

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41) Enjoying your weekend? Thank God and free markets
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“No two words in the English language create the feeling of relaxation as perfectly as ‘summertime weekend.’ But the two days of physical and spiritual rest we enjoy each week are not the inevitable products of the cosmic order: They have been made possible by the unique marriage of the free market and faith.” (07/20/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/07/20/enjoying-your-weekend-thank-god-and-free-markets

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42) The First Amendment saved the Second Amendment. What’s next?
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“‘It’s impossible to effectually outlaw guns,’ I wrote in 2015, ‘without also outlawing writing, speaking and thinking about guns.’ I was referring to a US State Department censorship order requiring Cody Wilson and Defense Distributed to remove 3D printing files for the plastic ‘Liberator’ pistol from the Internet. With the help of the Second Amendment Foundation, Wilson and his firm sued against the order. With the help of the First Amendment, they won. The US government realized it had a losing case and settled. Effective August 1, America goes back to having a free press vis a vis guns. A free press plus rapidly proliferating DIY production technology equals the final nail in the coffin of ‘gun control’ as a practical notion.” (07/21/18)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/13882

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43) Foreigners influencing elections
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Both sides are flipping their shit over foreigners influencing domestic elections … if they believe those foreigners are interfering with their agenda. Those who have assigned themselves to the right generally take aim at those who crossed the imaginary line separating the United States from the rest of the world. They believe that these line crossers only vote for people on the left side of the political spectrum. Meanwhile, they are entirely fine with the possibility of Russia influencing domestic elections because they believe that Russia is manipulating elections in a way that will ensure politicians on the right of the political spectrum will win. People who have assigned themselves to the left believe the reverse.” (07/20/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/07/20/foreigners-influencing-elections/

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44) Nonunion workers can save unions; we just need to make dues voluntary
Source: In These Times
by Shaun Richman

“It should have been a moment of triumph. The writers at DNAinfo and the Gothamist network had voted to form a union. But a few days later, on Nov. 2, 2017, their sullen jerk of a CEO decided to fold operations in perfectly legal retaliation. Our peculiar labor relations system bases whether or not you are protected by a union contract on whether you can survive a campaign of threats, harassment and outright lies to prevail in a winner-take-all vote. Even then, a union contract can still be voided by a crybaby boss picking up his marbles and offshoring, subcontracting or ‘shutting down’ operations entirely. … Many of the best ideas currently on the table for labor law reform transcend workplace-based contract unionism. … The federal policy that would tie all of these reforms together and make them work as a union membership organizing strategy is a dues check-off law, voluntary for workers but mandatory for employers.” [editor’s note: Union dues are as voluntary as country club dues or magazine subscription payments — don’t want what the union offers (including availability of a particular job), don’t join the union — TLK] (07/20/18)

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

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45) Rearmed pillage people ride again
Source: Independent Institute
by K Lloyd Billingsley

“Back in 1990, Gilbert Hyatt invented the first single-chip microprocessor, which earned him a lot of money, so he moved to Nevada, which has no state income tax. California’s Franchise Tax Board (FTB) claimed Hyatt lied about his residency, and that he owed millions in state income taxes. Despite a 2008 ruling in his favor by a Nevada court, FTB snoops kept after the inventor. By the time his case arrived at California’s Board of Equalization last August, the FTB was claiming that interest had run up Hyatt’s tab to $55 million. Trouble was, a 3-2 vote by California’s Board of Equalization determined that Gilbert Hyatt was indeed a Nevada resident when state tax collectors said he lied about his residency. So the BOE waived $5.7 million in fraud penalties and $5.7 million in taxes from 1992, That left Gilbert Hyatt with a 1991 tax bill of $1.9 million, including interest, a far cry from $55 million. California’s pillage people didn’t like it and are now deploying in new uniforms.” (07/21/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/07/21/rearmed-pillage-people-ride-again/

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46) White people, just mind your business and let people of color exist
Source: USA Today
by Victoria Gagliardo-Silver

“Permit Patty. Barbecue Becky. Pool Patrol Paula. … Everyday, it seems a new middle-age white woman has called the police on a person of color who is participating in normal everyday activities (going to a pool, selling water, canvassing) and is now going viral. Most recently, two white employees of CVS claimed that a black woman’s coupon was fraudulent. It was not. They called the police on her. Accusing her of assault. Calling the police on people of color engaging in normal social behaviors is an indication that not only are people uncomfortable and threatened with people of color existing in a public space, but also that these people of color are unwelcome in these communities, and that they are perceived as not belonging.” (07/20/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/20/white-people-just-mind-your-business-and-let-people-color-exist-column/802564002

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47) To explain the Engels pause — it didn’t happen in the first place
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“It’s a standard assumption that living standards declined at the birth of capitalism. This underpins much of the phantasms concerning the desirability of peasant life, the wondrousness of those medieval days with their 70 days holiday (a Holy Day is not a holiday. Animal owning peasants who take 70 days off a year rapidly become non-animal owning peasants) and so on. The Engels Pause itself is the observation that real wages, thus living standards, didn’t rise — perhaps even fell — between about 1750 and 1840. Thus the peasants were driven off the land by enclosure, not attracted off it by the better lives to be had in the factories. Ya! Boo! Capitalist Bastards therefore. … Except, what if it’s not true?” (07/21/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/economy/to-explain-the-engels-pause-it-didnt-happen-in-the-first-place/

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48) Fair-weather friends
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“Democrats have always joined Republicans in enthusiastic support for anti-sex worker laws since such laws first started popping up in the late 19th century, and half of the blame for ‘sex trafficking’ hysteria and the horrible laws it has enabled is scattered all over the Dems’ front lawn like overturned garbage cans. But now that their chief political enemy has a long history of interaction with sex workers, their opinion of us changes with every news cycle. When it was revealed that Trump’s wife has a history of sex work, his enemies happily used that as an attack. But when the Stormy Daniels scandal broke, suddenly we became heroes and the anti-whore laws magically become the fault of ‘conservatives,’ while the ‘progressive’ rhetoric which has been used to push them for this entire century so far is swept under the rug.” (07/20/18)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/fair-weather-friends/

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49) Geithner’s grift, paydays and Democratic drift
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“What does it mean when Timothy Geithner, Barack Obama’s bro-ish and apparently self-satisfied former Secretary of the Treasury, becomes president of a company that hoodwinks the victims of the financial system he helped rescue? If you care about economic justice, or if you want the Democratic Party to win more elections, the answer is: more than you might think. Geithner made some (presumably unwelcome) news last week when it was reported that Warburg Pincus, the financial firm he now helms, is in the words of one employee, ‘monetizing poor people’ with exploitative practices and rates that meet the textbook definition of usury. A Warburg subsidiary called Mariner Finance operates on a simple business model: It mails checks to financially struggling Americans, hides many of its potential charges in the fine print, and counts on them to cash the checks on impulse — or, more likely, out of a combination of impulse and desperation.” (07/20/18)

https://ourfuture.org/20180720/geithners-grift-post-presidential-paydays-and-democratic-drift

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50) Are we there yet?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Lenin and Trotsky and the others had promised that once REAL Communism was established, the state would just wither away. … But those dirty reds weren’t the only ones with this belief. Many Democrats once believed that, once we got all the ‘rights’ that Wilson and FDR thought we should have, then things would get better and better. We wouldn’t need as much government, at least. (Just like you supposedly don’t need as much pesticide if you keep the weeds down constantly, instead of having huge patches of the things.) Of course, it is one of the key doctrinal differences between old-style Communists (international socialists or progressives) and National Socialists on the one hand, and Transnational Progressives (Tranzis) on the other. Tranzis don’t want or hope for the state to wither away. They openly admit that they want government to grow ever more powerful, ever bigger.” (07/21/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/07/21/are-we-there-yet/

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51) The Anarchist Experience, episode 174
Source: The Anarchist Experience

“MC returns with new psychic powers. We discuss them, as well as how games reflect reality, Rich’s ongoing Adventures in LegalLand, and these HEADLINES: — Jury Nullifies Georgia Weed Law, Finds Man Not Guilty Despite Admittedly Growing Marijuana — Woman Sentenced to 15 Days in Jail Because She and Her Kids Collected Conch Shells.” [various formats] (07/22/18)

https://theanarchistexperience.wordpress.com/2018/07/22/the-anarchist-experience-174/

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52) Scott Adams Says, 07/22/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams Talks About Putin, Lying and Carter Page.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/22/18)

http://blog.dilbert.com/2018/07/22/episode-152-scott-adams-talks-about-putin-lying-and-carter-page/

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53) Free Talk Live, 07/21/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Democratic Socialists of America on the Rise :: Bundy Supporters Convicted :: Opt-Out of Socialism :: Constitution :: Ideal Nation? :: Civil War :: Libertarian Party and Private Property :: Declaration of Independence :: Communism :: NH Freedom Migration :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/21/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-07-21

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54) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 6
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“What is money?” [Flash audio] (07/22/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/nice-guys-finish-free-episode-6-what-is-money/

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55) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/21/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“In this show, you’ll find out how you might be able to win Ben Stone’s microphone if you’re worthy, and thus become a great man! Woot!” [various formats] (07/21/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15995

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56) Reason Podcast, 07/21/18
Source: Reason

“Robby Soave and Mike Riggs debate whether Mark Zuckerberg’s [Facebook] should de-platform haters such as Alex Jones and Infowars to improve the user experience.” [various formats] (07/21/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/07/21/robby-and-riggs-debate-censorship

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57) Interview: Adam Clarke
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Adam Clarke, author of On The Declaration of the Self. Herein we discussed his path to Voluntaryism, the essence of the State, my path to Voluntaryism, 3 levels of criminals, the Internet is the Gutenberg printing press of today, Stefan Molyneux, Lysander Spooner, Murray Rothbard, Walter Block, misunderstood terms, Anarchism is no rulers, the subject of his book, Frederic Bastiat, Statism is fear, Whiskey Rebellion, social contract theory, Socratic questioning, Molyneux’s Everyday Anarchy, hatred of the rich, Free Market Capitalism is always win/win, Agorism, UK ban on knives, Lord of the Rings, logical consistency and more!” [Flash video or Flash audio] (07/21/18)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/adam-clarke-author-of-the-declaration-of-the-self-on-the-abolition-of-the-state/

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58) The JFK Assassination, episode 4
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“In this series of short videos, FFF president Jacob Hornberger summarizes and details the circumstantial evidence pointing toward the U.S. national-security state as the orchestrator of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” [Flash video] (07/20/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-jfk-assassination-episode-4/

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59) Felony Friday, episode 133
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode Randy Kearse joins Felony Friday host John Odermatt. Randy is the founder and CEO of Reentry Strategies (RES) and the author of Changin’ Your Game Plan: How I used incarceration as a stepping stone for SUCCESS. The concept for RES was created while he was serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison for a nonviolent drug offense.” [various formats] (07/20/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/07/20/changing-your-game-plan-with-randy-kearse/

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60) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/20/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“There is a huge misconception, where Americans are led to believe that Government and Big Business are antagonists. We see it in Hollywood movies, and in the media all the time. Americans need government ‘regulations’ to protect them from business. In reality, Big Business could not be happier with this slight-of-hand. They love government ‘regulations,’ and hate the free market.” [Flash video] (07/20/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/why-big-business-hates-free-marketsand-loves-big-government

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61) Blast Off! with Johnny Rocket, episode 4
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“This week we talk to the newly elected vice chair of the National Libertarian Party! Alex Merced discusses how nice guys finish free, and his plans moving the party forward. This self-described ‘Latino libertarian activist’ wants to bring positivity to the party, and wants to unite libertarians of all different schools of thought together. Merced believes there is greater accountability within a local community, he even prefers non-governmental politicians.” [Flash audio] (07/20/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/blast-off-with-johnny-rocket-episode-4-milestones-w-alex-merced/

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62) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 222
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss the Trump/Putin Summit. Will breaks down the Mueller probe indictment of 12 Russians. Will provides analysis on the press conference following the talks between Trump and Putin. Will and Kyle dive into the hysterical reaction of the media and establishment politicians to the talks.” [various formats] (07/20/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-222-trumpputin-talks-cause-insanity-guest-will-porter

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63) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1199
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“The great comedian Dave Smith, host of Part of the Problem (insert hyperlink), discusses joining the Libertarian Party, the current hysteria about Trump and Russia, and how his podcast became so successful.” [various formats] (07/20/18)

https://tomwoods.com/ep-1199-dave-smith-on-russia-hysteria/

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64) In The Tank Podcast, episode 149
Source: Heartland Institute

“Donny Kendal and John Nothdurft present episode #149 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the American Enterprise Institute, the State Policy Network, the Ethan Allen Institute, and the Foundation for Government Accountability.” [various formats] (07/20/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/07/in-the-tank-ep149-anti-carbon-tax-coalition-dues-skimming-work-requirements/

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65) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 249
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Thomas Hazlett joins us for a discussion on the history of the U.S. government’s regulation of the airways.” [various formats] (07/20/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/sad-history-fcc-thomas-hazlett

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