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Volume XVI, Issue #4,020
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018
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In the News:

1) Trump may revoke former Obama officials’ security clearances
2) Reports: Ecuador’s Moreno “close” to shaming his country, betraying Assange
3) Manafort judge deals blow to Mueller probe
4) Schumer babbles his usual fascist nonsense, promises to introduce bill repealing First Amendment by end of week
5) NY Daily News to slash half of its newsroom staff
6) IL: Chicago mayoral candidate gives out hundreds of thousands of dollars to potential voters at church
7) Coinbase forms PAC
8) Trump tweet: “I gave up nothing” at meeting with Putin
9) Google reportedly offered Android changes to EUxtortionists in 2017
10) Aboriginal anger as “disgusting” 2013 Trevor Noah joke resurfaces
11) US DoJ wants refund for Dodge Charger Hellcat bought by Georgia sheriff’s department
12) FL: Astrophysics whiz, 11, graduates from college, plans to continue “education”
13) Professor slammed for saying bookstores should replace libraries
14) First David Bowie studio recording “found in bread basket”
15) Ethiopia: PM Ahmed has called for multiparty democracy, chief of staff says
16) Rising temperatures from “climate change” linked to rise in suicides
17) Trump threatens Iran over Rouhani mentioning that threatening Iran is a f–cking stupid thing to do
18) Cuba: Draft constitution omits building communism, recognizes private property, opens door to marriage freedom
19) Study: Police in legal cannabis states better at solving crimes
20) NJ: Idiot pol warns of “sex toys and oils with marijuana” if recreational cannabis is legalized

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The first nationalist
22) Iran: Another US war of aggression?
23) Trump’s incoherent approach to Iran
24) “Greater good” be damned; rethink government’s role in your life
25) You don’t have to like Trump to hate Russophobic hysteria
26) James Gunn: Brought down by right-wing snowflakes
27) Weak evidence for new gun control laws
28) Between you, me, and Google: Problems with Gmail’s “Confidential Mode”
29) Taking a (lemonade) stand
30) The true 97% consensus: Congress delivers another beatdown on carbon dioxide tax
31) Did the FBI lie to the FISA court?
32) The Equalizer 2 is more than just another vigilante movie
33) Merchant opposition to protectionism grows
34) Trump could have been the dealer of the free world
35) Socialized medicine: An accounting perspective
36) Why Bolivia is not a socialist success story
37) Wisconsin regressivism
38) Democrats agree that ’90s centrism is dead — but how far left is enough?
39) Why Democrats don’t need to fear the socialist revolution in their midst
40) Trump’s Iran derangement
41) Instead of fighting Trump tax cuts, high-tax states should cut their taxes to boost job creation
42) Martyrs to the cause: Carter Page and Julian Assange
43) The BIS takes aim at cryptocurrencies: Do they understand the economics of cool?
44) Helsinki: The promise and peril of upending diplomatic tradition
45) Locking up immigrant kids, again
46) Quantum Vibe, 07/23/18
47) In praise of Jeff Bezos
48) The burden of proof is on the Russiagaters
49) How the National Flood Insurance Program wastes taxpayer dollars
50) That problem with Facebook’s fake news campaign

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/23/18
52) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 115
53) The Bob Zadek Show, 07/22/18
54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/23/18
55) Scott Adams Says, 07/23/18
56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 223
57) Free Talk Live, 07/22/18
58) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 170
59) The Scott Horton Show, 07/22/18
60) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/22/18

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

1) Trump may revoke former Obama officials’ security clearances
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“President Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of a half dozen former Obama administration officials and critics of his presidency. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that the president is ‘exploring the mechanisms’ to strip clearance from former CIA director John Brennan, along with former FBI director Jim Comey, former national intelligence director James Clapper and others. Sanders is accusing the officials of having ‘politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances’ as well as ‘making baseless accusations’ against the president. Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky tweeted earlier Monday that he was planning to raise the issue of revoking Brennan’s clearance at a meeting with Trump.” (07/23/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Trump-considering-revoking-ex-Obama-officials-13097981.php

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2) Reports: Ecuador’s Moreno “close” to shaming his country, betraying Assange
Source: Independent [UK]

“Ecuador is close to evicting Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from its UK embassy, according to reports. Lenin Moreno, the country’s president, is in London for a disabilities summit, but is allegedly in discussions with British officials over a deal to hand the Australian over to police. … Speculation about Mr Assange’s future has grown this month after the Sunday Times said senior officials from Ecuador and Britain have been in discussions since last week about how to remove him from the embassy after revocation of his asylum.” (07/23/18)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/julian-assange-free-wikileaks-ecuador-embassy-evict-london-uk-a8460531.html

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3) Manafort judge deals blow to Mueller probe
Source: New York Post

“A federal judge in Virginia agreed Monday to grant immunity to five potential witnesses in Paul Manafort’s upcoming trial — but, in a blow to special counsel Robert Mueller, said their identities would be made public. Mueller’s team wanted the identities of their witnesses to remain confidential, saying in a filing last week that they haven’t been criminally charged and not naming them would avoid ‘undue harassment.’ But Judge T.S. Ellis, a Ronald Reagan appointee, said they would be identified. He also ordered Mueller’s office to provide a list of about 30 witnesses to Manafort’s lawyers.” (07/23/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/07/23/manafort-judge-deals-blow-to-mueller-probe/

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4) Schumer babbles his usual fascist nonsense, promises to introduce bill repealing First Amendment by end of week
Source: New York Post

“Sen. Chuck Schumer is warning the public to watch out for 3-D printed guns — that people will be able to legally download starting on August 1. Gun rights activists reached a settlement with the US State Department and Department of Justice last week that allows them to post detailed instructions, including plans, files and 3-D drawings of the weapons. ‘This online site shows you, how at your home, with a simple 3D printer, you can make a plastic AR-15, an AR-10, a very dangerous semi-automatic assault-style weapons out of plastic in your own basement,’ Schumer said at a Sunday press conference. … Schumer demanded the federal government reverse its decision. He’ll be making a bill with a solution to the ghost gun blueprints by the end of the week, his spokesperson said.” (07/22/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/07/22/chuck-schumer-warns-of-3-d-printed-ghost-guns/

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5) NY Daily News to slash half of its newsroom staff
Source: Raw Story

“The New York Daily News, the city’s scrappy, 99-year-old tabloid, is laying off one-half of its editorial staff, as U.S. newspapers continue to crumple under sharply declining advertising and readership, it said on Monday. The cuts at the Pulitzer Prize-winning daily paper, known for eye-catching front-page headlines and taking on the city’s power players including real estate developer Donald Trump long before he was elected president, drew criticism from both average readers online and politicians who have bristled at how the paper covered them. Owner Tronc Inc said the cuts are intended to make the paper a stronger competitor online. ‘We are reducing today the size of the editorial team by approximately 50 percent and refocusing much of our talent on breaking news — especially in the areas of crime, civil justice and public responsibility,’ Tronc said in a memo to staff.” (07/23/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/ny-daily-news-slash-half-newsroom-staff

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6) IL: Chicago mayoral candidate gives out hundreds of thousands of dollars to potential voters at church
Source: Fox News

“A millionaire businessman running for mayor in Chicago blessed a multitude of churchgoers (and potential voters) Sunday by handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars. Willie Wilson, one of several Democrats who plan to take on incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel in next year’s election, handed out $300,000 to about 2,000 worshipers at a church on Chicago’s South Side Sunday morning, an aide told WGN-TV. The giveaway at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church was orchestrated by the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation, the nonprofit announced on social media. The foundation said it was ‘one of the biggest property tax relief assistance’ events of the year, although ‘seniors and less fortunate will also receive a helping hand.’” [editor’s note: Not sure why this is “news;” pretty much standard procedure in Chitown politics, but usually done with more subtlety – SAT] (07/23/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/23/chicago-mayoral-candidate-gives-out-hundreds-thousands-dollars-to-potential-voters-at-church.html

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7) Coinbase forms PAC
Source: CoinDesk

“Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has formed a Political Action Committee (PAC), according to government documents published Friday night. A disclosure published by the U.S. Federal Election Commission revealed that the exchange formed the ‘Coinbase, Inc. Political Action Committee’ in June 2018, though it has yet to raise or donate any money.” [editor’s note: No surprise there — Coinbase has been at the cryptocurrency leader in licking government boots and seeking regulatory capture to suppress its competitors – TLK] (07/21/18)

https://www.coindesk.com/crypto-exchange-coinbase-forms-political-action-committee/

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8) Trump tweet: “I gave up nothing” at meeting with Putin
Source: Raw Story

“U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he ‘gave up nothing’ at last week’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin but continued to remain elusive about details of their controversial private conversation in Helsinki. ‘I gave up NOTHING, we merely talked about future benefits for both countries,’ Trump wrote on Twitter.” [editor’s note: It will be a while before the media and their thralls grasp this, but he is essentially correct – SAT] (07/23/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/trump-says-gave-nothing-meeting-putin

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9) Google reportedly offered Android changes to EUxtortionists in 2017
Source: Engadget

“The European Union may have characterized its $5 billion Android antitrust fine as punishment for an intransigent Google, but the practical reality might be different. Bloomberg sources have claimed that Google offered to make changes to its Android policies in August 2017, not long after it received an EU antitrust penalty for its product search practices. Although Google didn’t dive into specifics, it had offered to ‘loosen restrictions’ in Android contracts and had considered distributing its apps in ‘two different ways.’ The EU wasn’t having it, according to the sources. Officials reportedly said only that a settlement was ‘no longer an option,’ and that Google’s offer was ‘too little too late.’ … Google had tried to talk about ending the probe considerably earlier than that, according to the tipsters, but regulators supposedly either stonewalled or said it was too early to negotiate.” (07/22/18)

https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/22/google-reportedly-offered-android-changes-to-eu-in-2017/

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10) Aboriginal anger as “disgusting” 2013 Trevor Noah joke resurfaces
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Comedian Trevor Noah has responded to criticism of a racist joke he told in 2013 about Aboriginal Australian women, saying that he had ‘vowed never to make a joke like that again.’ Noah, now host of The Daily Show in the US, faced a backlash after video of the joke was freshly circulated online. He was condemned by several indigenous Australians. Some called for a boycott of Noah’s upcoming Australian tour. Noah said it was ‘right’ to denounce the joke, which centred on appearance. In the footage of the 2013 stand-up show, Noah is shown saying that ‘all women of every race can be beautiful.’ He continues: ‘And I know some of you are sitting there now going, ‘Oh Trevor, yeah, but I’ve never seen a beautiful Aborigine.”” (07/23/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-44919853

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11) US DoJ wants refund for Dodge Charger Hellcat bought by Georgia sheriff’s department
Source: The Drive

“The sheriff’s department of Gwinnett County in Georgia is in trouble with the DOJ after making a bit of an extravagant purchase. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Sheriff Butch Conway spent almost $70,000 of drug seizure money on a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to use as a company car. This Hellcat is done up in an especially intimidating black paint job with black rims and tinted windows (ironic, considering cops usually don’t like tinted windows). It cost $69,258 which was paid for by the [victims of the] U.S. Department of Justice’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section’s ‘equitable sharing program.’ In other words, the DOJ gives money seized from criminal activity [sic] to state and local agencies like Gwinnett County. The idea is that this money can be used to buy things that the recipients need. When the DOJ found out about Sheriff Conway’s Hellcat, they didn’t really consider that a necessity and demanded the money back giving the county a deadline of 7/31 despite previously approving of the purchase.” (07/21/18)

http://www.thedrive.com/news/22312/u-s-doj-wants-refund-for-dodge-charger-hellcat-bought-by-georgia-sheriffs-department

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12) FL: Astrophysics whiz, 11, graduates from college, plans to continue “education”
Source: USA Today

“An 11-year-old boy graduated from college Saturday — and he’s not done with his education. William Maillis walked across the stage at St. Petersburg College in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he earned his associate’s degree, according to Bay News 9. He plans to transfer to the University of South Florida for his bachelor’s degree. Ohio State psychologist Joanne Ruthsatz declared William a genius at 5. He graduated from high school in Pittsburgh at 9. After William receives his bachelor’s degree, he said he’ll go to somewhere like the University of Florida to get a master’s and doctorate degrees in astrophysics. ‘I want to be an astrophysicist to prove God is real using science,’ said William.” (07/23/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/23/11-year-old-graduates-college/818815002

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13) Professor slammed for saying bookstores should replace libraries
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer [Philippines]

“Twitter users were inflamed when Panos Mourdoukoutas, a professor and chair of the Department of Economics at Long Island University Post in New York City, recently wrote an article suggesting Amazon bookstores should replace libraries. Mourdoukoutas, who writes about business and investment for Forbes, was slammed for his piece last July 21 after he suggested Amazon should open their bookstores in all local communities. … Despite the raging backlash left, right and center, however, Mourdoukoutas did not backtrack in his initial statements and instead doubled down on his stance in a Twitter clarification made last July 23. … ‘Let me clarify something,’ Mourdoukoutas wrote. ‘Local libraries aren’t free. Home owners must pay a local library tax. My bill is $495/year.’” [editor’s note: We linked to Mourdoukoutas’s piece, which makes some great points about how the market has taken over fulfilling a lot of the demand for what government libraries used to do, at a profit and through voluntary exchange instead of relying on financing by theft – TLK] (07/23/18)

https://usa.inquirer.net/14014/professor-slammed-for-suggesting-libraries-should-be-replaced-by-bookstores

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14) First David Bowie studio recording “found in bread basket”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“The first known studio recording of David Bowie is set for auction after being found in an old bread basket. The 1963 demo tape, rejected by Decca, features a 16-year-old Bowie (then known as David Jones) singing I Never Dreamed with first band The Konrads. The tape, expected to fetch £10,000, is being sold by the band’s drummer David Hadfield, who uncovered it in his loft. Auctioneer Paul Fairweather described the tape as a ‘significant recording, completely unique.’” (07/23/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-44922574

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15) Ethiopia: PM Ahmed has called for multiparty democracy, chief of staff says
Source: Times of Malta [Malta]

“Ethiopia must pursue multiparty democracy, the prime minister’s chief of staff said on Sunday in what could be the latest in a series of momentous changes sweeping the country. The country allows competing parties but all parliamentary seats are held by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, which has maintained tight control in the country of 100 million people since it fought its way to power in 1991. … Abiy Ahmed became prime minister in April and since then the government has instituted reforms including releasing political prisoners, diluting state control of the economy and making peace with northern neighbour Eritrea.” (07/22/18)

https://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20180722/world/ethiopias-pm-has-called-for-multiparty-democracy-chief-of-staff-says.685084

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16) Rising temperatures from “climate change” linked to rise in suicides
Source: USA Today

“Rising temperatures linked to human-caused climate change could lead to increasing suicide rates in the U.S. and Mexico, a study suggested Monday. By comparing historical temperature and suicide data going back decades, researchers found a strong correlation between warm weather and increased suicides, according to new research published in Nature Climate Change, a peer-reviewed British journal. Researchers have known for centuries that conflict and violence tend to peak during warmer months. ‘Now we see that in addition to hurting others, some individuals hurt themselves,’ said Solomon Hsiang, study co-author from the University of California-Berkeley. ‘It appears that heat profoundly affects the human mind and how we decide to inflict harm.’ The study found climate change could lead to 9,000 to 44,000 additional suicides across the U.S. and Mexico by 2050.” [editor’s note: Tomorrow, they will probably claim “melting snowflakes” are the problem – SAT] (07/23/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/07/23/climate-change-rising-temperatures-linked-increase-suicides/817731002

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17) Trump threatens Iran over Rouhani mentioning that threatening Iran is a f–cking stupid thing to do
Source: Yahoo! News

“President Donald Trump issued an all-caps threat to Iran after the country’s president said earlier in the day that pursuing hostilities against his country could lead to ‘the mother of all wars.’ The tweet was sent at 11:24 p.m., after the president returned to the White House from spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Trump wrote, ‘To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!’” [editor’s note: The standard reaction to stuff like this would be “go home, Trump, you’re drunk.” But since he supposedly doesn’t drink, he doesn’t even have that excuse for being an incoherently belligerent douchenozzle – TLK] (07/23/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/trump-issues-threat-iran-suffer-consequences-042504574–abc-news-topstories.html

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18) Cuba: Draft constitution omits building communism, recognizes private property, opens door to marriage freedom
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“A draft of Cuba’s new constitution omits the aim of building communism, although it keeps the Communist Party as the guiding force of the one-party system, as well as recognising private property and opening the door to gay marriage. Cuba’s national assembly in the capital, Havana, is debating this weekend a draft of the document to replace its current constitution, reflecting political, social and economic changes. Once lawmakers have approved the draft, it will be submitted to a popular consultation. The final document, which could include changes, will then be put to a national referendum.” (07/22/18)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/cuba-draft-constitution-omits-aim-building-communism-180722133339232.html

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19) Study: Police in legal cannabis states better at solving crimes
Source: Smell the Truth

“New research suggests that police are more effective at their jobs in states that have adopted legal cannabis laws. In a study published this month in the journal Police Quarterly, the legal marijuana programs in Colorado and Washington have “produced some demonstrable and persistent benefit” for police departments to solve crimes. ‘This set of findings suggests that right around the time of legalization, clearance [rate] trends seemed to increase for violent crime in general for both Colorado and Washington, though no similar shifts are noted for the country as a whole,’ the study’s authors wrote. Using monthly FBI data, the Washington State study examined clearance rates for crimes in Colorado and Washington from 2010 through 2015. Researchers found a rise in clearance rate for violent crimes after marijuana was legalized, whereas clearance rates were actually falling before legalization. The study also found an increase in clearance rates for other crimes such as burglary and car theft. Authors also note that ‘there were no crime types in either state for which legalization appeared to have a negative impact on clearance rates.’” (07/23/18)

https://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2018/07/19/police-in-legal-marijuana-states-are-better-at-solving-crimes-study-finds

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20) NJ: Idiot pol warns of “sex toys and oils with marijuana” if recreational cannabis is legalized
Source: The Hill

“A New Jersey state senator is warning against products with marijuana, such as ‘sex toys and oils,’ that could be sold if the state decides to legalize recreational use of the substance. State Sen. Ronald Rice (D) told NJTV this week that he believes marijuana is a gateway drug and claimed that when recreational marijuana is legalized, ‘the number of people who’ve never used any type of drugs goes up substantially in terms of drug use.’ ‘If in fact we legalize recreational marijuana, right across the street from my office they’re going to put up stores,’ Rice told the outlet. ‘They want to call them dispensaries, but they’re going to be stores that do retail selling cupcakes with marijuana, candies with marijuana, sex toys and oils with marijuana, lipsticks with marijuana, all those kinds of products that kids can get and people can get.’” [editor’s note: And he says it like it’s a bad thing, too – TLK] (07/21/18)

http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/398201-nj-state-lawmaker-warns-of-sex-toy-oils-with-marijuana-if-recreational

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

21) The first nationalist
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“The family tree of American political ideas is complex. President Trump may have as his antecedents such figures as George Wallace and Ross Perot (both populists and economic nationalists), but he also owes something to Woodrow Wilson and FDR. The New Deal’s most lasting and popular legacy is Social Security, the most significant defender of which is, at this moment, Trump. Like FDR, Trump came to power during a period of isolationist sentiment, and, like FDR, his administration has honored that sentiment more in rhetoric than in fact. American nationalism is not in the main isolationist, isolationism having its American home among government-wary libertarians rather than among national-greatness men with a taste for federal activism. Nationalism in domestic matters paired with internationalism abroad is the American mode.” (07/22/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/07/franklin-roosevelt-nationalism-presaged-donald-trump/

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22) Iran: Another US war of aggression?
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“I am getting that Iraq deja vu feeling again, only this time with respect to Iran. You’ll recall the build-up to the U.S. war of aggression against Iraq: WMDs. Mushroom clouds. Charts and graphs. Preventive war. The anti-Iraq propaganda from U.S. officials was overwhelming, so much so that by the time U.S. officials initiated their war of aggression against Iraq, many Americans had completely accepted the notion that the United States was an innocent victim about to come under nuclear attack from Saddam Hussein and that the U.S. government needed to initiate a massive military attack and invasion of Iraq in order to defend the United States. Of course, as everyone learned afterward, the propaganda was entirely bogus. There were no WMDs and even if there were, the last thing that Iraq was doing to do with them was start a war against the most powerful military in history. The entire propaganda build-up was designed to get the American people on board with a war of aggression and not ask too many questions. President Trump just issued one of his infamous midnight tweets …” (07/23/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/07/23/iran-another-u-s-war-of-aggression/

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23) Trump’s incoherent approach to Iran
Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

“President Donald Trump is once again issuing bombastic threats of war, this time against Iran. This administration’s total lack of a coherent approach to Iran has created a strategic vacuum, wherein U.S. policy is reduced to the hackneyed regime change rhetoric of neoconservatives and the primal screams of an undisciplined, callow president.” (07/23/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trumps-incoherent-approach-iran

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24) “Greater good” be damned; rethink government’s role in your life
Source: USA Today
by Dean Balaes

“In the face of the notion that government serves the greater good, is the individual damned? Unquestionably, some government officials mean well yet do not have the necessary sensitivity to decide how others should live their lives. Motivated by ‘good intentions,’ individuals in government often apply general, broad-stroked laws that, in the name of some ‘greater good,’ can leave individuals helpless and harmed. Individuals are crushed in the gears of government’s great plans, and left searching in vain for some understanding of their suffering. Every person is exceptional. Often, their needs, wants and hopes do not fit comfortably under government employees’ general notion of the greater good. Nevertheless, in pursuit of government’s relative notion of the greater good, individuals in government permit the destruction of historic communities for luxury apartments, raise rents and favor special interests. While these plans may nominally serve some bureaucratic agenda’s ideal, everyday individuals are the ones who suffer.” (07/23/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/nation-now/2018/07/23/rethinking-greater-good-and-role-government-column/816549002

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25) You don’t have to like Trump to hate Russophobic hysteria
Source: exile in happy valley
by comrade hermit

“The entire Russiagate hoax is a glorified PR stunt designed to badger a weak-willed president into embracing a new cold war that he never invested in. It’s no coincidence that Mueller’s latest round of baseless indictments came the day before the Helsinki summit. The entire intelligence community has been mobilized in a concerted effort to widen the diplomatic gulf between Russia and America and this chicanery is getting downright deadly. As Trump himself noted last Monday, our two colossal nations make up roughly 90% of the world’s nuclear warheads and every day we spend in this atomic Mexican stand-off, we get a little closer to someone pulling the goddamn trigger.” (07/23/18)

http://exileinhappyvalley.blogspot.com/2018/07/you-dont-have-to-like-trump-to-hate.html

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26) James Gunn: Brought down by right-wing snowflakes
Source: spiked
by Christian Butler

“The right can no longer delude itself into thinking that offence culture is exclusively perpetuated by the left. The latest victim of a Twitterstorm in a teacup is James Gunn, the director of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. He was targeted by right-wing tweeters and websites due to scathing remarks he made about Trump and a conservative pundit. They sifted through his Twitter account and highlighted offensive tweets he posted 10 years ago, and Disney has now dropped him as a result.” (07/23/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/james-gunn-brought-down-by-right-wing-snowflakes/

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27) Weak evidence for new gun control laws
Source: Town Hall
by John R Lott, Jr.

“Since the February shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, gun control advocates have been crowing about all the new gun control laws that they are getting passed. This past week, Gabby Giffords’ gun control organization, the Giffords Law Center, touted the passage this year of 55 new gun-control laws in 26 states, the most in any recent year on record. And Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed two new gun control bills into law at the end of last week. Everyone wants to do something to stop mass public shootings. Unfortunately, these laws will not make Americans safer and surely won’t prevent mass public shootings such as the one in Parkland. We have to be careful that gun control laws not disarm law-abiding citizens instead of criminals. To the extent that this happens, gun control laws will increase crime. So there needs to be reasonable evidence that the regulations actually reduce crime. Let’s take a look at the proposals that are getting the most traction right now.” (07/23/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnrlottjr/2018/07/23/weak-evidence-for-new-gun-control-laws-n2502786

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28) Between you, me, and Google: Problems with Gmail’s “Confidential Mode”
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Gennie Gebhart & Cory Doctorow

“With Gmail’s new design rolled out to more and more users, many have had a chance to try out its new ‘Confidential Mode.’ While many of its features sound promising, what ‘Confidential Mode’ provides isn’t confidentiality. At best, the new mode might create expectations that it fails to meet around security and privacy in Gmail. We fear that Confidential Mode will make it less likely for users to find and use other, more secure communication alternatives. And at worst, Confidential Mode will push users further into Google’s own walled garden while giving them what we believe are misleading assurances of privacy and security.” (07/20/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/07/between-you-me-and-google-problems-gmails-confidential-mode

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29) Taking a (lemonade) stand
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Once upon a time, putting up a summertime lemonade stand was the American way for kids to learn about hard work, good will, and entrepreneurship. Almost every kid had one, making some spendable profit selling the nectar. Some of the youngsters grew up to become Bill Gates and Steve Jobs and, well, lemonade’s one heck of a gateway drink. But then, along came ‘progress’ — that is, mandates and regulations slapped upon businesses. And the hordes of regulators required to enforce the morass of rules — ‘swarms of Officers.’ Soon lemonade stands were vanquished from our neighborhoods. And America was made safe (at long last!) for … inane bureaucracy.” (07/23/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/07/23/the-land-of-lemonade/

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30) The true 97% consensus: Congress delivers another beatdown on carbon dioxide tax
Source: Investors Business Daily
by James Taylor

“Never-Trumper Republican congressman Carlos Curbelo plans to introduce a bill Monday to impose a tax on carbon dioxide. The Curbelo Weather Tax appears aimed at winning over liberal voters this November in his Democratic-leaning congressional district, after the House voted Thursday to support a resolution against imposing any carbon dioxide taxes. Thursday’s resolution Thursday stated clearly that a tax on carbon dioxide would be detrimental to the U.S. economy. Only six out of 236 House Republicans voted against the resolution, marking 97% support by the GOP. Seven Democrats also voted in support of it. So more Democrats supported the anti-carbon dioxide tax resolution than Republicans opposed it. That’s why Republican congressional leaders, tired of Swamp Creatures and the mainstream media proclaiming growing Republican support for a tax on carbon dioxide, scheduled the vote in the first place.” (07/23/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/carbon-dioxide-tax-gop

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31) Did the FBI lie to the FISA court?
Source: The American Spectator
by Daniel J Flynn

“By using intermediaries to effectively launder dirty money clean, the Clinton campaign kept its name off of a story it generated — and dodged the whole intent of campaign finance laws in the process. The FBI, not wanting to undermine its case to the FISA court, similarly omitted that the material it presented to the court came from a political operative paid by the opponent of ‘Candidate #1.’ … The date of the application also remains redacted, at least partially so. … Christopher Steele reported findings to the FBI beginning in early July 2016. At some point before Election Day, the bureau and Steele reached an agreement, later voided, in which the FBI pledged to pay the former MI6 officer to continue his investigation. Surely the FBI knew by that point just who had been paying Steele, right? It is the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after all. If the bureau did not, it reveals itself in the warrant as comically incompetent. If the bureau did, it reveals itself in the warrant as terribly dishonest. Lying to judges, like lying to the FBI, comes with consequences — at least it should.” (07/23/18)

https://spectator.org/did-the-fbi-lie-to-the-fisa-court/

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32) The Equalizer 2 is more than just another vigilante movie
Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

“I almost skipped the second installment of The Equalizer movie franchise, but, fortunately, Denzel Washington’s strong performance as vigilante Robert McCall in the first movie was a draw. Fortunately, The Equalizer 2 turned out to be as good, perhaps better, than the first one. Along the way, audiences will gain much greater appreciation for the life of taxi drivers. As a character, Robert McCall is an example of what thriller novelist Gregg Hurwitz might call ‘positive masculinity’ — a man who is fundamentally good, courageous, and take risks to achieve their objectives. I would add they also accept and embrace the consequences of their actions. The result is a complex and strong character that elevates The Equalizer 2 to be much more than just another vigilante movie.” [editor’s note: I enjoyed the first one and intend to catch this one — probably via home streaming, though – TLK] (07/22/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/07/22/the-equalizer-2-is-more-than-just-another-vigilante-movie/

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33) Merchant opposition to protectionism grows
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Jeffrey A Tucker

“The usual story of protectionism — this pattern stretches back many centuries — is that producers in the home country lobby government. They want less competition from abroad. Government complies, imposes trade restrictions, and consumers are harmed with higher prices. Government gets revenue in two forms: taxes called tariffs and payments of gratitude from the home producers. The current trade war departs from the norm in many respects. This trade war has not been pushed by lobbying pressure. Indeed, many companies whose industries are most affected are lobbying the other way, pleading with the administration to stop the madness. ” (07/23/18)

https://www.aier.org/article/merchant-opposition-protectionism-grows

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34) Trump could have been the dealer of the free world
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Donald Trump cannot be, and perhaps never wished to be, the leader of the free world, the burden which has fallen on the shoulders of Oval Office occupants since World War Two. America First means America Withdrawn. But he could still have been the dealer of the free world, taking his 1987 book Trump: The Art of the Deal and applying to international affairs its precepts on how to get the better of any negotiation. Had he done so with at least an eye to Western as well as American interests, it might have benefited us all. (Trump’s co-author, Tony Schwartz, has now taken to TV and Twitter to warn that the president’s ‘continuing meltdown’ puts ‘the republic at enormous risk.’) But it seems Trump doesn’t want to be the free world’s dealer either. His performance next to a triumphant Vladimir Putin after their July 16 Helsinki meeting shamed all (small ‘d’) democrats.” (07/23/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-helsinki-commentary/commentary-trump-could-have-been-the-dealer-of-the-free-world-idUSKBN1KA2LY

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35) Socialized medicine: An accounting perspective
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Edward W Fuller

“Opposed to advocates of the profit-and-loss system, many healthcare reformers believe socialized medicine can progressively improve the price, quantity, and quality of healthcare. But can socialized medicine achieve this goal? Accounting theory answers no. All advocates of socialized medicine commit one fundamental intellectual error: they ignore the overwhelming social importance of financial accounting. Financial accounting is the language of business, the language of production. To fully grasp the main problem with socialized medicine, it is necessary to start with the social function of financial accounting.” (07/23/18)

https://mises.org/wire/socialized-medicine-accounting-perspective

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36) Why Bolivia is not a socialist success story
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“Though far from being a beacon of capitalism, Bolivia does have somewhat functioning markets, unlike nearby Venezuela.” (07/23/18)

https://fee.org/articles/why-bolivia-is-not-a-socialist-success-story/

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37) Wisconsin regressivism
Source: The New Republic
by Win McCormack

“What is the opposite of sex? This is a question that admits of no answer, a kind of Zen koan that brings the reflecting mind to a standstill. So, what if we apply the question to ‘progressivism,’ so-called: Is there an opposite to that? Answer: not if the question refers to the vague, amorphous, undefined progressivism of today. There can be no antonym for a term that is lexically meaningless. In his new book, The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics (published by W.W. Norton in July), however, Dan Kaufman offers up, early on, a Wisconsinite whose crabbed values perfectly encapsulate the opposite of those of the original, genuine, big-hearted Progressive Movement of the early twentieth century. That person is Representative Paul Ryan, who told Glenn Beck in 2010 that a major goal of his was to ‘indict the entire vision of progressivism.’ He labeled progressivism a ‘cancer’ and identified it as ‘the intellectual source for the big government problems that are plaguing us today.’” (07/23/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/148896/wisconsin-regressivism

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38) Democrats agree that ’90s centrism is dead — but how far left is enough?
Source: The Daily Beast
by Michael Tomasky

“Democrats disagree, and in some cases strongly, on how far left they believe the party ought to go, but the ones I talk to accept that this is happening and understand why it’s happening. The Times article refers mostly to young people, and it’s mostly young people who are pulling the party left. And it’s easy to see why. If you’re 27 and not right wing or rich or both, you’ve grown up in a country that in most fundamental ways has gotten worse and worse since you were of an age to start paying attention to things. Inequality is worse. Opportunity is worse. Wage growth is worse. Benefit structures are worse. Job stability is far worse. If you live in a small town, your town is probably dying, and half the people you know are on drugs. If you’re around that age and you call yourself a socialist, well, who can blame you?” (07/23/18)

https://www.thedailybeast.com/democrats-agree-that-90s-centrism-is-deadbut-how-far-left-is-enough

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39) Why Democrats don’t need to fear the socialist revolution in their midst
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“Imagine this scenario: Republicans, after viewing dozens of polls and considering recent political history, begin publicly asking whether passing a gigantic tax cut for the wealthy and corporations was actually a terrible idea, and one they should never repeat. Some insist that it was the right thing to do, but just as many are adamant that if the party really wants to appeal to a majority of the public and win elections in the future, it can’t go down this foolhardy path. You can’t imagine it, can you? That kind of ideological second-guessing is something Republicans just don’t do — even when the public is firmly and obviously opposed to their agenda. Democrats, on the other hand? They love them some self-flagellation. And this is the great irony of contemporary party politics. We have one party whose agenda is largely rejected by the public, but which doesn’t bother to wonder whether they should become more moderate. Then we have another party whose agenda is extraordinarily popular, but which lives in constant fear that the public will reject them because of their ideology.” (07/23/18)

http://prospect.org/article/why-democrats-dont-need-fear-socialist-revolution-their-midst

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40) Trump’s Iran derangement
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Trump’s approach to international problems is defined by tweeting loudly with threats and insults. Contrary to what his fans think, this does not convey strength. It betrays the extreme weakness of someone who cannot control himself in the slightest. The president has no problem with ‘demented words of violence’ when he is the one making threats against other countries, but he can’t stand it when other leaders issue much milder warnings. This was the Rouhani statement that caused Trump to melt down today: ‘Americans should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace,’ he added. ‘Likewise a war would be the mother of all wars.’ Note that this is not actually a threat against the U.S. It is a warning not to attack Iran. When U.S. officials make statements like this, we consider it to be part of deterrence. When adversaries say the same thing, fear-mongers try to turn it into proof of the other side’s aggressiveness and evil intentions.” (07/23/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trumps-iran-derangement/

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41) Instead of fighting Trump tax cuts, high-tax states should cut their taxes to boost job creation
Source: Fox News Forum
by Chuck DeVore

“New York, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey (four of the highest-taxing states in the nation) filed a breathtakingly foolish lawsuit this week against the federal government alleging that the tax cut and reform legislation signed into law by President Trump last year is unconstitutional because it unfairly targets Democratic-controlled states. The states claim that the federal tax overhaul is nothing more than an attempt by Republicans to pressure them into cutting taxes and reducing the size of government. But the new economic reality brought about by the tax cuts may soon serve as a strong incentive for high-tax states to revisit their tax policies. That’s because private sector jobs are being added at an 80 percent higher clip in the low-tax states in the first half of the year. The tax reform passed without receiving any Democratic votes in Congress and was signed into law by President Trump Dec. 22.” (07/23/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/07/21/instead-fighting-trump-tax-cuts-high-tax-states-should-cut-their-taxes-to-boost-job-creation.html

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42) Martyrs to the cause: Carter Page and Julian Assange
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“In an unprecedented move, the Justice Department has released the FISA application submitted by the FBI to spy on Carter Page, the rather hapless would-be advisor to the Trump campaign who has been smeared as a ‘Russian agent’ — but has not been charged after almost two years. We’ve never before even seen a FISA application, in which law enforcement agents explain to a judge why it is necessary for them to conduct surveillance on an American citizen, and so this is a special treat. The document that came out of this unique Freedom of Information Act request shows that the FBI had an ulterior motive in going after Page — and that they lied to the FISA court judge.” (07/23/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/07/22/martyrs-to-the-cause-carter-page-and-julian-assange/

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43) The BIS takes aim at cryptocurrencies: Do they understand the economics of cool?
Source: Cobden Centre
by Gordon Kerr

“Securities regulators have been slow to reconcile ICOs with their existing regulations. It was only in December that the US SEC stepped in and halted an ICO for a food delivery company called Munchee; even though the tokens conferred no rights to the underlying business cash flows. It was enough for the SEC that Munchee’s token offering documents suggested that management would endeavour to help increase the value of the tokens. The SEC recently declared that Bitcoin and Ether are not securities, but commentators noted that they remained silent regarding other large coins; any future adverse SEC ruling would be bound to impact the values of such coins. We expect more shocks in the crypto sector. However, we preserve a sense of relativity when comparing crypto with fiat.” (07/23/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/07/the-bis-takes-aim-at-cryptocurrencies-do-they-understand-the-economics-of-cool/

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44) Helsinki: The promise and peril of upending diplomatic tradition
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Ned Temko

“US President Donald Trump, like other modern presidents, views one-on-one meetings with foreign leaders as a critical diplomatic tool. His meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin shared broad similarities with, for example, the Kennedy-Krushchev summit of 1961 and the Bush-Putin meeting of 2001. Still, it represents a fundamental shift. A critical contrast with Trump’s approach (as evidenced in his meetings with Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un) is the preparation and safeguards built into past summitry. The promise, from Mr. Trump’s perspective, is the prospect of breaking through diplomatic strictures and tapping personal chemistry to unknot disputes. The potential peril is that, in advance of definitive results, the United States deals away concessions and weakens future leverage.” (07/23/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/2018/0723/Helsinki-the-promise-and-peril-of-upending-diplomatic-tradition

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45) Locking up immigrant kids, again
Source: In These Times
by Jessica Stites

“In These Times readers know that kids have long been among the victims of our cruel immigration system. In the January 2012 cover story ‘Torn Apart,’ Aaron Nelson reported on Guatemalan immigrant Maria Luis’ five-year separation from her two children. When Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported Maria in 2005, Nebraska’s Department of Health and Human Services held her 1-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son in ‘protective custody.’ That was in the early days of ICE, founded in 2003 under President George W. Bush. But Nelson also reported that, in 2011, under President Barack Obama, a record 46,000 parents of U.S. citizen children had been deported.” (07/23/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21304/locking-up-immigrant-kids-again

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46) Quantum Vibe, 07/23/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (07/23/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1824

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47) In praise of Jeff Bezos
Source: Sean Gabb
by Sean Gabb

“In all our dealings, Mr Bezos and Amazon have been committing acts of nearly spotlessly clean capitalism. So much where I am concerned, and so much were everyone else is concerned. If Amazon has become the biggest sales platform in the world, it is because we the people have elected it to that position. If it loses its first place, it will be because we the people have found something even better. Mr Bezos has earned every penny of his great fortune. He has earned his fortune on the moral grounds that he has acquired it by full consent. He also deserves it on utilitarian grounds. When he began Amazon in 1995, the Internet was a graveyard of failed ventures. Everyone agreed there was money to be made. Almost no one was able to make it. Mr Bezos poured his life into a vision that might also have come to nothing.” (07/21/18)

https://www.seangabb.co.uk/in-praise-of-jeff-bezos-2018-by-sean-gabb/

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48) The burden of proof is on the Russiagaters
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“I saw a Twitter thread between two journalists the other day which completely summarized my experience of debating the establishment Russia narrative on online forums lately. Aaron Mate, who is in my opinion one of the clearest voices out there on American Russia hysteria, was approached with an argument by a journalist named Jonathan M Katz. Mate engaged the argument by asking for evidence of the claims Katz was making, only to be given the runaround. I’m going to copy the back-and-forth into the text here for anyone who doesn’t feel like scrolling through a Twitter thread, not because I am interested in the petty rehashing of a meaningless Twitter spat, but because it’s such a perfect example of what I want to talk about here. Katz: Are you aware of what Russian agents did during the 2016 presidential election, by chance? Mate: I’m aware of what Mueller has accused Russian agents of — are we supposed to just reflexively believe the assertions of prosecutors & intelligence officials now, or is it ok to wait for the evidence?” [editor’s note: If this recalls the harpy who tried to pillory Jordan Peterson, you’re paying attention – SAT] (07/22/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/07/22/the-burden-of-proof-is-on-the-russiagaters

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49) How the National Flood Insurance Program wastes taxpayer dollars
Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

“Hurricane season is underway in North America, with the worst storms likely between August and October. Americans who live inland may think they have nothing to worry about, because their homes will not be drowned in salt water. But they are at high risk anyway. That’s because they will have to shoulder a large share of the cost of helping homeowners who live in the path of tropical storms. The National Flood Insurance Program, created in 1968 under LBJ on the theory that the private insurance market couldn’t handle flood damage, presumed that Washington could. Like many of his Great Society initiatives, it has turned out to be an expensive tutorial on the perils of government intervention. The program is set to expire at the end of July, but Congress will undoubtedly renew it sooner or later. Correcting its perverse incentives, however, may be a bridge too far.” (07/23/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/23/how-the-national-flood-insurance-program

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50) That problem with Facebook’s fake news campaign
Source: Continental Telegraph
by Tim Worstall

“As I’ve indicated before we’ve a problem with these various campaigns — YouTube and Facebook come to mind — against fake news. The campaigns which lead to certain views and assertions being flagged as fake and thus not linked to or even taken down. The problem being, well, what is fake news? More importantly even, who gets to decide and upon what grounds? OK, sure, Hills is running a kiddie fiddling ring in a pizzeria in DC. We’re all fine with that being identified as fake. But then should all such allegations be so marked? That wrestling coach was actually kiddie fiddling, wasn’t he? Or to be ridiculous, in 1940 claiming that the continents float around the globe would have been fake news. By 1960 it was standard orthodoxy. At which point did it move from fake, not to be mentioned, to those claiming it untrue were to be ignored?” (07/23/18)

http://www.continentaltelegraph.com/civil-liberty/that-problem-with-facebooks-fake-news-campaign/

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51) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/23/18
Source: Cato Institute

“At the Voice and Exit Conference in Austin, Thaddeus Russell and Bret Weinstein discussed free speech on campus, why most universities are basically the same, and how those schools must adapt to changing circumstances.” [various formats] (07/23/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/academic-renegades-radical-free-speech

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52) Five Minutes Five Issues, episode 115
Source: Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

“Cash, United California, Marijuana Regs, Trump Judges, Intelligence Community.” [Flash audio] (07/23/18)

http://www.ronpaulinstitute.org/archives/peace-and-prosperity/2018/july/23/five-minutes-five-issues-cash-united-california-marijuana-regs-trump-judges-intelligence-community/

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53) The Bob Zadek Show, 07/22/18
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“[Joe] Mathews and Bob discussed the broader failures of our immigration system, and work through the logistics of a more federalist approach if the Golden State were to lead the way.” [various formats] (07/22/18)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2018/7/20/california-discovers-federalism

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54) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/23/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“President Trump sent out an angry, all-caps, Tweet last night, warning Iran that it would suffer ‘consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before’ if it threatens the United States. This came after Iranian president Rouhani said that peace with Iran would be the ‘mother of all peace’ but war would be the ‘mother of all war.’ Secretary of State Pompeo also joined in, announcing a new US government propaganda media outlet aiming to push Iranians toward regime change and calling the country’s leaders ‘mafia-like.’ Well-funded neocon think tanks in Washington like the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies are dedicated to war with Iran. Will they succeed?” [Flash video] (07/23/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/trump-tweets-war-warning-pompeo-wants-regime-change-us-iran-attack-coming-soon

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55) Scott Adams Says, 07/23/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about the newest reason to love Rand Paul. Plus coffee.” [Flash video] (07/23/18)

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

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56) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 223
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #223, Brian Saady returns to the show to discuss the roots of the immigration crisis. In the US, the focus of the immigration issue is focused on what the should happen when people reach the US Southern border. However, US policy in Central America has caused many people to seek refuge in the US. Brian explains how immigration crisis has its roots in US intervention in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.” [various formats] (07/23/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-223-root-of-the-immigration-crisis-guest-brian-saady

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57) Free Talk Live, 07/22/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Payday Loans :: Title Loans :: Car Payments :: Debt Management :: Trolls talking about pedophilia :: Immigrants are more entrepreneurial :: Bigots moving goalposts :: Mark, Libertarian Banker and Darryl.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/22/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-07-22

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58) Punk Rock Libertarians Podcast, episode 170
Source: The Daily Liberator

“Michael Heise and the Mises Caucus.” [various formats] (07/22/18)

https://www.thedailyliberator.com/prl-podcast-episode-170-michael-heise-mises-caucus/

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59) The Scott Horton Show, 07/22/18
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Journalist Andrew Cockburn discusses the U.S. nuclear weapons program and our relation with other nuclear armed countries, especially Russia. His new article, ‘How to Start a Nuclear War,’ describes just how easy it would be for even a single officer to launch his squadron’s entire nuclear arsenal, enough explosive power to kill hundreds of millions of people. With so much at stake, denuclearization should be a chief concern for anyone who wants to see world peace, and yet given how much of the U.S. economy is wrapped up in war, that outcome seems unlikely.” [various formats] (07/22/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/featured/7-20-18-andrew-cockburn/

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60) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/22/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Darrell and Michael explain how the world would work without government, Michael talks about Vantana Row, his friends who play cool drive-by music in California.’ [various formats] (07/22/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=15996

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