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Thursday, July 26th, 2018
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In the News:

1) US House Republicans file impeachment resolution vs. Rosenstein
2) Scientists discover the first large body of liquid water on Mars
3) Judge: Trump must face emoluments lawsuit over DC hotel profits
4) Poll: Plurality of Americans view ICE gang unfavorably
5) Turkey: US pastor Andrew Brunson leaves prison
6) Trump, Juncker agree to “work together toward zero tariffs”
7) Court: Native American tribe can’t be a “sovereign” shield during patent review
8) Court orders release of surveillance video in Florida school shooting
9) Germany on Brexit: Britain needs to get moving
10) CA: DMV worker slept thousands of hours on the job
11) Sweden: Student stops plane from leaving with Afghan deportee
12) CA: Trump’s star on Hollywood Walk of Fame vandalized
13) Waymo launching pilot program with Walmart
14) Belgium: Proposal for nude beach rejected; nudists might scare birds
15) Judge orders ICE thugs to free pizza delivery man they abducted
16) Sacha Baron Cohen ridicule prompts Georgia legislator to quit
17) Blockchain startup Tron closes BitTorrent acquisition
18) CA: Half-billion dollar Mega Millions ticket sold in San Jose
19) Pakistan election: 31 dead in bomb attack as voting continues
20) OR: Taxpayers to cover $25k payment for idiot educrats who suspended idiot student over idiotic shirt

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Should social media platforms protect free speech?
22) Thoughts on covenant communities
23) Good to treat enemies as humans
24) Six reasons why a trade war with the Chinese is pointless
25) Only idiots & liars say you can advance both progressivism & Russiagate
26) What everyone seemed to ignore in Helsinki
27) Poison is poisonous
28) Europe should bolt NATO
29) Israel’s new nation-state law enshrines apartheid
30) The American left is still getting it largely wrong on Russia
31) “Stand your ground” did not kill Markeis McGlockton
32) Trump’s road to socialism
33) Judge Kavanaugh’s deregulatory agenda
34) Omnipotent government, not Trump, is the problem
35) Seems like basic security procedure to me
36) Domestic tariffs
37) When the Marines came to Lebanon
38) Are establishment Democrats trying to lose?
39) Understanding the Trumpian foreign policy
40) The hidden war: Trump’s battle against regulation
41) Trump’s deceitful claims about Carter Page have obscured a bigger debate on privacy
42) A less-Communist Cuba
43) Nationalism vs. statism
44) Defending land an environmental rights has become an increasingly deadly endeavor
45) Quantum Vibe, 07/25/18
46) A parting of the ways?
47) Welfare work requirements will ease poverty and improve our labor force
48) State capitalism, part 2
49) Why cities?
50) In the welfare state, human life is just another budget item

The Sound and the Fury:

51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/25/18
52) Scott Adams Says, 07/25/18
53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 224
54) Electric Libertyland, episode 82
55) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 6
56) Essential Libertarianism, episode 39
57) Intercepted, 07/25/18
58) This Week in Bitcoin, 07/25/18
59) Free Talk Live, 07/24/18
60) Bloggingheads.tv, 07/24/18

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

1) US House Republicans file impeachment resolution vs. Rosenstein
Source: NBC News

“Conservative Republican House members introduced articles of impeachment Wednesday evening against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, accusing him of trying to stymie congressional oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. The resolution, introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; and nine co-sponsors, alleges that Rosenstein has withheld documents from and made misleading statements to Congress. … A spokesperson for Meadows told NBC News on Wednesday night that the resolution isn’t considered a ‘privileged’ motion, meaning whether it eventually comes up for a floor vote is in the hands of the Republican leadership. The distinction is crucial. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said last week that Rosenstein should be allowed to finish his investigation.” (07/25/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/house-republicans-file-impeachment-resolution-against-deputy-ag-rod-rosenstein-n894691

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2) Scientists discover the first large body of liquid water on Mars
Source: Wired

“The Italian Space Agency announced Wednesday that researchers have detected signs of a large, stable body of liquid water locked away beneath a mile of ice near Mars’ south pole. The observations were recorded by the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding instrument — Marsis for short. … Analyses of subglacial lakes on our own planet — like the ones beneath the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets — have shown that water reflects radar more strongly than rock and sediment. And in fact, the radar profile of this region of Mars’ southern pole resembles those of subglacial lakes here on Earth.” (07/25/18)

https://www.wired.com/story/large-body-of-liquid-water-on-mars/

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3) Judge: Trump must face emoluments lawsuit over DC hotel profits
Source: Bloomberg

“A judge has ruled for a second time that President Donald Trump must face a lawsuit accusing him of improperly profiting from his posh downtown Washington hotel. U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte’s ruling Wednesday denied the president’s dismissal request and pushes forward a lawsuit by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia. They claim that Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause by taking payments from foreign governments at his Washington hotel, as well as the domestic clause that bars payments from federal or state governments.” (07/25/18)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-25/trump-must-face-emoluments-lawsuit-over-d-c-hotel-profits

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4) Poll: Plurality of Americans view ICE gang unfavorably
Source: The Hill

“More Americans view Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unfavorably than favorably, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center. The survey revealed that 47 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the immigration agency, while 44 percent have a favorable view. The survey also shows that 28 percent of Americans have a ‘very unfavorable’ view of the agency, while 19 percent of respondents have a “very favorable” view of it. Views largely split along political lines. Seventy-two percent of Republican respondents view ICE favorably, while 72 percent of Democrats view the agency unfavorably.” (07/24/18)

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/398613-poll-more-americans-view-ice-unfavorably-than-favorably

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5) Turkey: US pastor Andrew Brunson leaves prison
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A US pastor detained in Turkey for almost two years is to leave prison and move to house arrest until his trial, a court has ruled. Andrew Brunson was arrested in October 2016 for aiding an organisation led by exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen — which Turkey regards as a terrorist group. Turkey blames Mr Gulen for a failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that year. The pastor faces 35 years in prison if found guilty of the charges. State media report that almost all the evidence for the case has been collected. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed the decision, but said on Twitter that it was ‘not enough’ and that there was ‘no credible evidence’ against the pastor.” (07/25/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44955224

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6) Trump, Juncker agree to “work together toward zero tariffs”
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to work toward eliminating tariffs and barriers on trade, reducing tensions for now in a brewing trade war. It was essentially a deal to make a deal, announced in celebratory fashion during an previously unannounced appearance in the White House Rose Garden. Trump declared it a ‘very big day for free and fair trade’ with Juncker by his side. It was a cheery end to talks Trump himself suggested this week would be acrimonious. The US and the EU have been lobbing new tariffs on products since Trump announced earlier this year tough new levies on steel and aluminum exports. Recently, Trump has threatened a 25% tariff on European autos, a warning that seems to have been staved off.” (07/25/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/25/politics/trump-juncker-tariffs-trade/index.html

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7) Court: Native American tribe can’t be a “sovereign” shield during patent review
Source: Ars Technica

“In a unanimous decision, an appellate court has resoundingly rejected the legal claim that sovereign immunity, as argued by a Native American tribe, can act as a shield for a patent review process. … This case, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Allergan Inc. v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals et al, really began in September 2015. That was when Allergan, a pharma company, sued rival Mylan, claiming that Mylan’s generics infringed on Allergan’s dry eye treatment known as Restasis. Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe was initially filed in the Eastern District of Texas, known as a judicial region that is particularly friendly to entities that are often dubbed patent trolls. By 2016, Mylan initiated the [inter partes review]. But Allergan, in an attempt to stave it off, struck a strange deal, transferring ownership of the six Restasis-related patents to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, based in Upstate New York, near the Canadian border. … The Mohawk Tribe attempted to end the IPR, citing sovereign immunity, which was denied.” (07/25/18)

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/07/court-native-american-tribe-cant-be-a-sovereign-shield-during-patent-review/

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8) Court orders release of surveillance video in Florida school shooting
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“News organizations are entitled to obtain surveillance video showing the law enforcement response to the Valentine’s Day mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. The 4th District Court of Appeal upheld a lower court’s ruling that the video is public record that must be disclosed, despite objections from prosecutors and Broward County school officials. News organizations including The Associated Press are seeking the video to better understand the actions of law enforcement and first responders during the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Authorities say the school had 70 operating video cameras that day. The media organizations are not seeking any footage depicting the massacre or any victims, but rather the video from outside the shooting scene at the school’s Building 12 that depicts law enforcement actions. The Broward County State Attorney’s Office contended the video should not be released because it’s part of an ongoing criminal investigation. The school board argued that disclosing the footage might pose a security risk by showing blind spots in camera coverage at the school.” (07/25/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/us/article/Court-Release-surveillance-video-in-Florida-13103714.php

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9) Germany on Brexit: Britain needs to get moving
Source: CNBC

“The British government needs to get moving in Brexit negotiations, including on the Northern Ireland border issue, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a media interview published on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Brexit minister Dominic Raab said Britain had put forward a ‘real offer’ to a win a deal on leaving the European Union by October, suggesting the government would not shift much from its agreed negotiating stance. But Maas told the Funke group of newspapers: ‘In order for the departure to be carried out in as orderly a way as possible, the British government will need to move.’” (07/25/18)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/25/britain-must-move-in-brexit-negotiations-germany-says.html

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10) CA: DMV worker slept thousands of hours on the job
Source: USA Today

“A California Department of Motor Vehicles employee slept thousands of hours on the job since 2014, a report released Tuesday from the state’s auditor says. The report estimates the employee slept three or more hours daily at her desk since February 2014, totaling over 2,200 hours of work time and costing more than $40,000. The employee worked as a key data operator. Her duties included ‘routine data entry for change of address and new vehicle ownership forms,’ the report says. She processed less than half the documents that she was expected to — an average of 200 documents a day, when key data operators are expected to process more than 550, according to the report. While her supervisors were aware of the issue, the report found that they underestimated the amount of time the employee was sleeping on the job and did not properly follow disciplinary procedures.” (07/24/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/24/california-dmv-worker-slept-thousands-hours-job-report-says/830618002

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11) Sweden: Student stops plane from leaving with Afghan deportee
Source: USA Today

“As passengers know, a plane cannot take off until all on board have taken their seats and buckled their seat belts. On Monday, a young Swedish activist named Elin Ersson used that rule to keep a flight carrying a 52-year-old Afghan man being deported to Kabul from taking off in Gothenburg. The flight was scheduled to travel to Istanbul where the man was to be transferred to another plane to Afghanistan. With everyone else on the plane seated, the young Swede took out her cellphone and began livestreaming video on Facebook. She then proceeded to film herself speaking in English as she walked through the plane, explaining that the man was being deported to Afghanistan, ‘where he will most likely get killed.’ … About half way through the 14-minute video, other passengers began to join her in the protest. Among the cries of a number of children, she was told that the man would be let off the plane and she would also be removed by airport security.” (07/25/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/07/25/swedish-student-elin-ersson-stops-plane-deporting-afghan-man-leaving/832071002/

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12) CA: Trump’s star on Hollywood Walk of Fame vandalized
Source: Raw Story

“A man with a pickax vandalized U.S. President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame early on Wednesday and later surrendered to police, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said. ‘A pickax was used in vandalizing the star’ embedded in the sidewalk near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Los Angeles, at about 3:30 a.m., Sergeant Ray Brown of the LAPD said by telephone. Brown said he did not know the name of the man, who has not yet appeared in court. Trump’s star, installed in 2007, has been the site of frequent vandalism incidents since Trump’s election in 2016, according to local media reports. Video of the damaged star for Trump, 72, shows that it was nearly completely destroyed. The star has an image of a classic television set with a ‘rabbit ears’ antennae.” (07/25/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/trumps-star-hollywood-walk-fame-vandalized-police

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13) Waymo launching pilot program with Walmart
Source: Houston Chronicle

“Google spinoff Waymo is launching a pilot program with Walmart later this week that will allow customers to use its self-driving car service to pick up groceries at Walmart stores. Waymo said in a blog post on Wednesday that the program, which will be tested in Phoenix starting later this week, will help make shopping more convenient. Customers will also receive savings on their groceries when they are ordered on Walmart.com, but specific details weren’t provided. In addition, Waymo is expanding existing partnerships with AutoNation and Avis Budget Group. AutoNation will now offer customers a Waymo, instead of a loaner car, when their personal vehicles are being serviced.” (07/25/18)

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/technology/article/Waymo-launching-pilot-program-with-Walmart-13103463.php

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14) Belgium: Proposal for nude beach rejected; nudists might scare birds
Source: Fox News

“The hopes of Belgians eager to go to the bluffs in the buff have been dashed, as environmentalists have halted plans for the nation’s second nude beach over concerns that romantic ‘subsidiary activities’ in the dunes will scare off a species of rare bird. In recent days, the Flemish Wildlife Agency helped shut down an application for a clothing-optional beach in Westende, roughly seven and a half miles from the popular resort town Ostend, The Express reports. The group informed environmental minister Joke Schauvliege that the ‘locally treasured’ crested lark, officially known as the Galerida cristata, would be likely be spooked by ‘subsidiary’ sexual activity by beachgoers in the dunes and flee, according to The Guardian.” [editor’s note: Not all nude beaches are orgy sites; most are actually much tamer than the “clothed” ones – SAT] (07/25/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/07/25/proposal-for-belgian-nude-beach-rejected-for-fears-nudists-will-scare-treasured-bird.html

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15) Judge orders ICE thugs to free pizza delivery man they abducted
Source: New York Post

“The illegal [sic] Ecuadorian immigrant tossed in detention after he delivered a pizza to a Brooklyn army base was ordered released from custody Tuesday and his deportation was temporarily halted. Pablo Villavicencio, also known as ‘Pizza Guy,’ is expected to be released from the Hudson County Correctional facility in Kearny, NJ, Tuesday night, according to a representative of the Legal Aid Society, which has been fighting his deportation. Villavicencio, 35, was ordered deported after an unusual background check during a food delivery to Fort Hamilton in Bay Ridge found he had been ordered removed from the U.S. in 2010.” (07/24/18)

https://nypost.com/2018/07/24/judge-orders-pizza-guy-detained-by-ice-freed-from-custody/

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16) Sacha Baron Cohen ridicule prompts Georgia legislator to quit
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A Georgia lawmaker ridiculed for dropping his trousers and using racial slurs on Sacha Baron Cohen’s Who Is America? show has said he will resign. Republican state representative Jason Spencer had initially refused to quit after the show aired on Sunday. Baron Cohen’s show dupes public figures with fake interviews. Mr Spencer is coaxed into an ‘anti-terrorism training class,’ using the n-word to ward off a kidnapper and baring his buttocks to scare off terrorists. ‘If you want to win, you show some skin,’ Baron Cohen, disguised as an anti-terrorism expert, had urged him.” [editor’s note: Swamp-draining continues? I wish he’d focus on Congress! – SAT] (07/25/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44949504

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17) Blockchain startup Tron closes BitTorrent acquisition
Source: TechCrunch

“BitTorrent is now officially a part of Tron, the file sharing service confirmed in a blog post today. The news confirms rumors that have been floating around since the middle of last month. BitTorrent didn’t confirm any specifics, but Tron, a relatively new entrant in the wild world of blockchain startups, was said to have paid around $126 million in cash for company. BitTorrent, of course, is no spring chicken. The San Francisco-based software company was founded way back in 2004, developing protocol that would become synonymous with file sharing in a post-Napster world. At present, BitTorrent claims around 100 million active users globally, with its self-titled client and BitTorrent Now, the latter of which tends to be video/music focused.” (07/24/18)

https://techcrunch.com/2018/07/24/blockchain-startup-tron-closes-bittorrent-acquisition/

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18) CA: Half-billion dollar Mega Millions ticket sold in San Jose
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Someone got lucky, crazy rich lucky, half a billion dollars lucky, at a San Jose liquor store. Ernie’s Liquors was the only retailer to sell a winning ticket in the Mega Millions lottery for a $522 million jackpot. The California State Lottery announced Tuesday on Twitter that only one Mega Millions ticket matched all 6 numbers. The name of the winner wasn’t revealed.” (07/25/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Mega-Millions-winner-San-Jose-Ernies-liquor-store-13103409.php

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19) Pakistan election: 31 dead in bomb attack as voting continues
Source: CNN

“A bomb attack has left at least 31 people dead and more than 30 injured as Pakistanis vote Wednesday amid heavy security in a fiercely contested general election. The explosion took place on the outskirts of Quetta, Balochistan province’s capital. The cause of the blast was unknown, said the city’s superintendent of police Quetta, Naseeb Ullah. … ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. CNN cannot independently verify this assertion.” (07/25/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/24/asia/pakistan-election-intl/index.html

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20) OR: Taxpayers to cover $25k payment for idiot educrats who suspended idiot student over idiotic shirt
Source: Newsweek

“An Oregon high school student who was ordered to go home or cover up a T-shirt emblazoned with a message that backed U.S. President Donald Trump’s immigration policy will be paid compensation and issued with an apology. Addison Barnes, 18, was suspended for turning up in January at Liberty School in Hillsboro in a T-shirt that read ‘Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.’ He sued the school, the district and the principal for violating his First Amendment rights, Oregonlive reported. His lawyers announced they had reached a settlement which will include a letter of apology and $25,000 to cover his legal costs.” (07/25/18)

https://www.newsweek.com/student-ordered-home-over-trump-slogan-t-shirt-wins-25k-and-apology-school-1041093

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

21) Should social media platforms protect free speech?
07/26/2018 Opinion No comments Edit This
Skyler J. Collins
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“There’s no debate here on what rights social media platforms have to police speech. As private organizations, they may police speech as much as they’d like. The debate here is on whether or not social media is a better experience if speech is policed. As long as users have the tools to block or hide content they prefer not to see, why must the platform also engage in policing speech? Facebook allows you to block people and leave incompatible groups. Twitter allows blocking or muting. reddit not only allows blocking, but segregates all content into subreddits where you choose to subscribe. All of these tools seem sufficient to me to protect your social media experience.” (07/25/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/should-social-media-platforms-protect-free-speech

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22) Thoughts on covenant communities
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“If individuals can form covenant communities and covenant communities can amalgamate into larger covenant communities, all within the purview of private property agreements and contracts, then any such community, no matter how they decide to govern themselves, is consistent with libertarian ideals if we base such ideals solely on property rights. Each is based on consent. The question arises, would such a community be libertarian? A repressive Hoppean style covenant community that suppresses free speech, free expression and a free press based on the dictates of some mythical ‘natural social elite’ is exactly on the same moral footing as one based on Sharia law. Hoppeville and Shariaville are both consistent with a narrow propertarian-based ideal if they arise through explicit consent. That may sound bizarre, but this view is widely held in the libertarian movement.” (07/25/18)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2018/07/thoughts-on-covenant-communities.html

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23) Good to treat enemies as humans
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“I see no legitimacy in the office of president, nor in any other political office for that matter. I don’t care about Donald Trump one way or the other; he’s irrelevant to my day-to-day life. But the way the political left overreacts to everything he does goes beyond criticism into delusional territory. Pointing this out is seen as ‘defending’ him. It’s really not. How could any sane person object to the people in charge of a couple of governments deciding to shake hands and put off threatening to annihilate each other’s subjects and territories for a while? Personally, I think it’s a good thing he treats the U.S. government’s enemies like fellow human beings. The other option is to encourage them to go to war. I can’t see that as a good idea..” [editor’s note: Pretty good piece, but disappointing that McManigal — who as a libertarian comes from the extreme left of the political spectrum — is, like others, confusing center-rightism with leftism – TLK] (07/25/18)

https://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2018/07/25/news/good-to-treat-enemies-as-humans/158531.html

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24) Six reasons why a trade war with the Chinese is pointless
Source: Cobden Centre
by Patrick Barron

“It seems that everyone is in favor of free trade, as long as it is the other guy who must compete with foreign products. When it comes to their own products, the most typical response from American manufacturers begins with the caveat that ‘although free trade is beneficial most of the time, it causes harm under certain circumstances.’ There follows a convoluted chain of cause-and-effect purporting to prove that lower priced foreign goods would hollow out America’s key manufacturing industries and turn America into a second class nation.” (07/25/18)

https://www.cobdencentre.org/2018/07/6-reasons-why-a-trade-war-with-the-chinese-is-pointless/

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25) Only idiots & liars say you can advance both progressivism & Russiagate
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Cenk Uygur’s gigantic head has been attacking people on the left who express skepticism of the establishment Russia narrative again, this time using blatantly false claims and appallingly sleazy McCarthyite insinuations. Such attacks are nothing new for Uygur; his attack on The Real News’ Aaron Mate‏ at the same time as his appearance on Uygur’s The Young Turks reeks of the same product perception management he aired about his own staff member Michael Tracey last year for the exact same reason. The Young Turks, Uygur’s popular progressive media outlet, has been consistently running programming to keep its audience in line with the CNN/CIA Russia narrative, up to and including criticizing Donald Trump for being insufficiently hawkish and aggressive toward Moscow. Since TYT’s audience spans across the spectrum from actual leftists to casual MSNBC viewers, this behavior often gets pushback from the anti-imperialist left, eventually culminating in public tantrums in which Cenk and his underlings proclaim that it is possible to advance progressive agendas while still fanning the flames of Russia hysteria.” (07/25/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/07/25/only-idiots-and-liars-say-you-can-advance-both-progressivism-and-russiagate

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26) What everyone seemed to ignore in Helsinki
Source: The American Conservative
by Jon Basil Utley

“The casualness with which much of Washington regards conflict and starting wars is only comparable to the thoughtlessness of Europeans when they started World War I. Like now, that war followed nearly a century of relative peace and prosperity. Both sides thought a war would be ‘easy’ and over quickly and were engulfed in it because of minor incidents instigated by their small nation allies. It was started with a single assassination in Serbia. The situation is similar now. America is hostage to the actions of a host of tiny countries possibly starting a war. Think of our NATO obligations and promises to Taiwan and Israel. America has become inured to the risks of escalation and Congress has ceded its war powers to the president.” (07/25/18)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/what-everyone-seemed-to-ignore-in-helsinki/

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27) Poison is poisonous
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Venezuela’s socialist economy has been collapsing. No big mystery. If, out of hostility to capitalism, a society keeps destroying everything that production, trade, and prosperity depend upon, the economy suffers. The benefits of markets don’t flow no matter what. One assault has taken the form of hyperinflation — runaway printing of currency, done in part to dissolve government debt. Many Venezuelans are resorting to barter. It’s easy to understand why. Or is it?” (07/25/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/07/25/poison/

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28) Europe should bolt NATO
Source: Antiwar.com
by John Feffer

“Donald Trump hasn’t shown a lot of love lately toward America’s European allies. On his recent trip to Europe, he dismissed Germany as Moscow’s minion and called the European Union a ‘foe.’ He’s also treated NATO as an alliance to be bullied into submission rather than as the premier method of coordinating security policy with friendly nations. He even threatened to pull the United States out of the alliance. It’s tempting to stick up for any victim of Trump’s bullying. But NATO’s strong enough to fight its own battles. It will easily shrug off Trump’s insane insistence that NATO members spend 4 percent of their GDP on their militaries, a figure that even the United States doesn’t reach. Trump’s temper tantrum has made one thing clear, however. NATO is obsolescent.” (07/25/18)

https://original.antiwar.com/feffer/2018/07/24/europe-should-bolt-nato/

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29) Israel’s new nation-state law enshrines apartheid
Source: In These Times
by Alex Kane

“These policies of ethnic cleansing and denial of Palestinian refugee rights that started in 1948 are motivated by the desire to create and maintain a regime that is for Jews only–the very impetus for the nation-state law. On July 14, the Israeli army launched the biggest attack on Gaza since its devastating assault on the coastal enclave in 2014. Israeli warplanes dropped bombs on what many call the world’s biggest open-air prison, killing two teenagers, 15-year-old Amir al-Nimra and 16-year-old Louay Kahil. Five days later, on July 19, the Israeli Knesset passed the ‘Jewish Nation-State Law,’ a bill defining Israel as a state for Jews — and Jews only. The bill passed despite the fact that at least 20 percent of all Israeli citizens are Palestinian, and the fact that there are at least 2.5 million Palestinians in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, where the bill will also apply. The move codifies a set of Israeli practices that deny Palestinians equal rights and privileges Jews over Palestinians.” (07/25/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/21322/israel-netanyahu_nation_state_law_apartheid_palestinians

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30) The American left is still getting it largely wrong on Russia
Source: PanAm Post
by David Unsworth

“The American Left, for the better part of two years, has been intent upon making the Russia investigation the focal point of American politics, despite indications that the average American could care less about the matter. For the current leadership of the Democratic Party, Russia represents the greatest threat and enemy in modern American history, and despite a complete lack of evidence of any collusion between the Trump administration and the Russian government, they are convinced that Putin and Trump constitute the new Axis of Evil. Thus, they have abandoned their ideology and failed to see their own rampant hypocrisy.” [editor’s note: Unsworth seems to be referring to the center-right Democratic Party establishment, not to the real (and tiny) American left – TLK] (07/25/18)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2018/07/25/the-american-left-is-still-getting-it-largely-wrong-on-russia/

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31) “Stand your ground” did not kill Markeis McGlockton
Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Markeis McGlockton and Michael Drejka both overreacted during their brief, fatal encounter in the parking lot of a Florida convenience store last week. McGlockton overreacted by pushing Drejka to the ground, and Drejka overreacted by drawing a pistol and shooting McGlockton in the chest. Although it is hard to see how Drejka’s use of lethal force could have been justified, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri declined to arrest him, claiming his hands were tied by Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. But that is not true, and Gualtieri’s misrepresentation of the law has renewed misguided criticism of Florida’s approach to self-defense, which contrary to popular misconception does not give a free pass to armed hotheads who claim to have fired out of fear.” [editor’s note: It’s not hard at all to see that Drejka’s use of force was justified. A larger guy walked up to him, physically attacked him, and knocked him to the ground. Was he supposed to wait until his attacker kicked him in the head a few times, or pulled a gun, before defending himself? Sullum is all wet on this one – TLK] (07/25/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/25/dont-blame-stand-your-ground-for-markeis

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32) Trump’s road to socialism
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Tho Bishop

“In spite of the President’s claim that tariffs are ‘the greatest,’ and trade wars are ‘easy to win,’ the economic backlash was easy to foresee. In fact, as the political success Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have brought ‘democratic socialism’ into the mainstream of the Democratic Party, Trump’s economic nationalism threatens to pave a road to the same destination. After all, Trump’s tariffs are not only a new tax for Americans, but a policy of directly picking winners and losers in the economy. The interests of steel workers, for example, are being placed above the interest of consumers and farmers. This leads to the government using tax dollars to prop up farmers. Of course this spending means that tax-paying consumers are hit yet again, with their tax dollars being used for this new welfare program.” (07/24/18)

https://mises.org/power-market/trumps-road-socialism

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33) Judge Kavanaugh’s deregulatory agenda
Source: The American Prospect
by Thomas McGarity

“Most of us take for granted the federal regulations that make our air cleaner, our drinking water purer, our food, highways and workplaces safer, and our economic transactions less vulnerable to fraud and abuse. And few of us realize the extent to which those protections are subject to reversal by federal courts applying legal principles prescribed by the Supreme Court. If confirmed to the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be a fervent vote against even well established forms of regulation. A telling example of Kavanaugh’s ideological aversion to even minimal government regulation is his dissent in a case in which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined SeaWorld of Florida following a tragic incident at its Orlando facility …” [editor’s note: Once again, a SCOTUS judge can have no “agenda;” (s)he can only “rule” on cases brought before the Court, and then must show (along with fellow Justices) some semblance of reasoning why the decision falls within the Constitutional bounds of government’s ascribed powers – SAT] [additional editor’s note: In other words, like any politician’s, a SCOTUS justice’s agenda needs a hook to hang on – TLK] (07/25/18)

http://prospect.org/article/judge-kavanaugh%E2%80%99s-deregulatory-agenda

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34) Omnipotent government, not Trump, is the problem
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Many of the people who are critics of President Trump don’t realize that they themselves are partly responsible for much of what Trump is doing. That’s because over the years they have supported the assumption of dictatorial powers by the president. In doing so, they always assumed that their favorite ideal candidate would end up being the one wielding and exercising such powers. They assumed the risk that someone like Trump would end up being the one doing so.” (07/24/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/07/24/omnipotent-government-not-trump-is-the-problem/

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35) Seems like basic security procedure to me
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L. Knapp

“Suppose you have a Top Secret security clearance. That clearance is a certification that you’re trusted to to see specific Top Secret information which the government has decided you have a ‘need to know.’ If you have a Top Secret clearance related to your work maintaining nuclear weapons on a missile submarine, you can’t just decide while you’re on shore leave to go have a look through the remaining classified files on the JFK assassination. None of the people mentioned above are even employed by the US government anymore. According to that government they therefore have no more ‘need to know’ anything classified than you do or I do. Their clearances should have been revoked as soon as they resigned, retired, or got fired.” (07/24/18)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2018/07/seems-like-basic-security-procedure-to.html

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36) Domestic tariffs
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Tariffs are in the news after Trump decided that the playing field between the bureaucratically choked United States and the rest of the world needed leveling. But what about domestic tariffs? The states that make up the United States aren’t supposed to implement tariffs against each other but thanks to the Supreme Court they now can …” (07/24/18)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2018/07/24/domestic-tariffs/

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37) When the Marines came to Lebanon
Source: The New Republic
by Anthony Elghossain

“The Marines landed in Lebanon. Shirts off, rifles held high, they waded through the water and startled sunbathers on the beaches near Beirut. Boys helped them pull their gear ashore, trying to sell them ice-cream and drinks for their troubles. ‘Hey Jack, you want a Coke?’ Within days, tens of thousands of American servicemembers had joined them north and south of the city. By the time they’d left the land of milk and honey, the Marines had ended a civil war, stopped the Soviets, and saved an American ally. So goes the story of July 15, 1958: President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s ‘finest hour,’ as some saw it. But the American apex was sandwiched by years of failure and patterns of policy that would lead officials toward disappointment and disaster in the decades to come.” (07/25/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150103/marines-came-lebanon

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38) Are establishment Democrats trying to lose?
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“The fight within the Democratic Party is very real and ultimately comes down to two groups with completely different understandings of reality. The big donor, Wall Street side of the party still wants to claim everything’s normal and fine with the exception of Donald Trump. As soon as he can be removed we can all go back to American exceptionalism; or something like that. Easy peasy. In contrast, the other side acknowledges things are very, very rotten and huge change is imperative. To summarize, one side wants to go right back to the Presidency of Barack Obama (with some added militarism), while the other is saying the status quo needs to go. Forget for a moment what you think of leftist populist ideas, they’re at least willing to admit our country is systemically broken and corrupt, while the other blames everything on Trump and Russia. This isn’t a minor difference within a happy marriage, it’s the sort of conflict that ends in divorce.” (07/24/18)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2018/07/24/are-establishment-democrats-trying-to-lose/

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39) Understanding the Trumpian foreign policy
Source: Attack The System
by Keith Preston

“The principal source of conflict between the neo-Nixonian perspective of the Trumpians and the neoconservative/liberal internationalist wings of the foreign policy establishment is that the Trumpians regard China as the primary enemy, whereas the latter regard Russia as the primary enemy. The Trumpians view China as a trade and geopolitical rival while the foreign policy establishment views China as a source of cheap manufacturing and debt financing. The Trumpians view Russia as a possible ally against China, while the anti-Trumpians consider Russia to be an obstacle to the expansion of NATO.” (07/24/18)

https://attackthesystem.com/2018/07/24/understanding-the-trumpian-foreign-policy/

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40) The hidden war: Trump’s battle against regulation
Source: Heartland Institute
by Liam Sigler

“In less than two years, Trump has eliminated more than a thousand excessive regulations such as the National Television Multiple Ownership rule, Net Neutrality, the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Measure, the Mandatory Bundled Payments for Cardiac Care and Joint Replacement, the Oil, Gas, and Coal Lease Valuation Rule, and many more. To date, Trump has already cut more regulations than any other president. Of great importance is that Trump is not only rescinding regulations but also preventing new ones. The Bush and Obama administrations issued approximately 3,000 regulations in their first year, by contrast Trump has produced half that amount.” (07/25/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/07/the-hidden-war-trumps-battle-against-regulation/

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41) Trump’s deceitful claims about Carter Page have obscured a bigger debate on privacy
Source: Cato Institute
by Julian Sanchez

“‘Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?’ That’s the essence of the response from President Trump and his allies to the unprecedented release of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant application, the basis for extended surveillance of Carter Page, a former Trump adviser. We are now witnessing an effort to gaslight the press and the public in support of a discredited narrative about politically motivated surveillance of the Trump campaign. What’s more, that gaslighting is obscuring the need for a more nuanced debate about whether our intelligence surveillance authorities are in need of systemic reform. The question we should ask isn’t whether the F.B.I. followed the laws in wiretapping Carter Page — they clearly did — but whether the laws they followed protect our privacy well enough.” (07/24/18)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/trumps-deceitful-claims-about-carter-page-have-obscured-bigger-debate

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42) A less-Communist Cuba
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“While self-proclaimed ‘democratic socialists’ win Democratic primaries in America, actual socialists in Cuba are finally backing away from some of the ideas that kept Cubans poor. Sunday, Cuba’s National Assembly approved a draft of a new constitution that recognizes a right to own private property. That’s progress. Would Senator Bernie Sanders and celebrity-of-the-moment Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez approve? I’m not sure. Instead of saying that “communism’ is the purpose of the state, Cuba will now say that ‘socialism’ is the basis of the economy. That’s an ambiguous difference, but ‘socialism’ tends to mean a larger private sector. Cuba’s new leaders also say they welcome foreign investment. Maybe this will bring some prosperity to the long-suffering Cuban population. It may bring more freedom, too. The new draft says a criminal defendant is innocent until proven guilty. That’s progress. It also sets term limits on presidents — no more than two consecutive five-year terms. Fidel Castro ruled for 50 years.” (07/25/18)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2018/07/25/lesscommunist-cuba-n2503256

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43) Nationalism vs. statism
Source: National Review
by Jonah Goldberg

“Economic isolationism is a powerful form of statism because it empowers the government to prohibit trade and curtail economic liberty. So it should be no wonder that statists are often seduced by it. Right now, President Trump is tweeting about how tariffs are great, while at the same time pushing for billions of subsidies for the producers harmed by it. Protectionism — picking economic winners and losers — is inseparable from statism and that doesn’t change if you slap the word ‘nationalist’ on it.” (07/24/18)

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/nationalism-trade-statism/

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44) Defending land an environmental rights has become an increasingly deadly endeavor
Source: The Intercept
by Nafisa Eltahir

“On December 3, while members of the Taboli-manubo people on the Philippine island of Mindanao were farming and doing housework, the army began shelling their neighborhood and spraying them with gunfire from all directions. Eight people were killed. The dead included Datu Victor Danyan, a leader of protests against the expansion of a coffee plantation by an agribusiness firm, and four of his family members. Danyan had long been involved in resisting the company, Silvicultural Industries Inc., whose operation had taken over ancestral land and threatened the community’s livelihood. More were injured in the attack, and 200 were forced to evacuate the area, abandoning the fields they had sought to preserve. While the Taboli-manubo people believe the cause of the attack was their resistance to Silvicultural Industries, the Philippine army disputes this.” (07/24/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/07/24/environmental-land-defenders-agribusiness-global-witness/

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45) Quantum Vibe, 07/25/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (07/25/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1825

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46) A parting of the ways?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“[Ari Armstrong] suggests that a fundamental problem with the modern Fifty States is just that: we are only fifty and not seventy or even more. No, he is not suggesting annexing Canada, Mexico, or even Great Britain. Rather, he is suggesting that the mega-states (particularly California, Texas, New York, Florida, and even Illinois and Pennsylvania) with huge populations, should divide themselves into multiple states. More than just the three now proposed for California. He suggests a state in the American union should be no more than ten million souls strong. Thereby providing better government at home and in DC. This is, of course (and perhaps oxymoronically), a monarchist notion — creating MORE state governments and MORE senators.” (07/24/18)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2018/07/24/a-parting-of-the-ways/

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47) Welfare work requirements will ease poverty and improve our labor force
Source: USA Today
by Richard V. Burkhauser

“Trump administration policies are responsible for a faster growing, more robust economy, which is incentivizing millions of Americans to get off the sidelines and back into the job market. But to continue to grow our economy, we will need capable workers. One place to find these workers is among low-income Americans who currently receive welfare benefits. While our welfare programs provide important assistance to help families make ends meet, especially in bad economic times, they don’t do enough to encourage work and eventual self-sufficiency in good times. The Trump administration recognizes this issue, which is why President Donald Trump signed an executive order in April instructing agencies to encourage and require work in welfare programs whenever possible under current law. A new report from the President’s Council of Economic Advisers shows why these efforts could bring more potential workers into the workforce.” (07/25/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/25/welfare-work-programs-help-people-escape-poverty-column/806311002

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48) State capitalism, part 2
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“The Trump administration seems determined to implement the sort of state capitalist regime that was popular throughout much of the world, until the neoliberal revolution of 1975-95. This philosophy is based on the false idea that it’s possible to subsidize industry as a whole — that there is no opportunity cost of protecting a given sector. Six months ago the administration imposed tariffs on imported washing machines. Whirlpool executives were thrilled. Now the company is reeling …. American farmers voted overwhelmingly for Trump. Unfortunately, the farm sector is a next exporter and is being hurt by Trump’s trade war. So what’s the next step? Under state capitalism, the distortions caused by one government intervention lead to new regulations, new trade barriers, and new government spending programs.” (07/24/18)

https://www.econlib.org/state-capitalism-part-2/

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49) Why cities?
Source: Cato Unbound
by Mark Lutter

“In his response essay, Tom W. Bell lays out some of the reasons for favoring charter cities and other types of special jurisdictions as tools for reform (hereafter charter cities). The primary reason, he argues, is that competition between jurisdictions can lead to better outcomes. While competition is an important reason for favoring charter cities, it is one of several. The reasons for charter cities, in order of importance, are 1) the importation of good governance, 2) low cost experimentation in governance, and 3) jurisdictional competition.” (07/24/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/07/24/mark-lutter/why-charter-cities-reply-tom-w-bell

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50) In the welfare state, human life is just another budget item
Source: Acton Institute
by Marcin Rzegocki

“Despite imposing relatively strict limits on abortion by European standards, a considerable number of legal abortions are performed in Poland annually. And ‘legal’ in the context of a country with a generous state-financed health care system means ‘state-funded.’ In 2016 a total of 1,098 legal abortion procedures were performed in Poland, 54 more than the previous year. Approximately 95 percent of them (1,042) were performed on the basis of fetal impairment — including 221 for Down syndrome. This means that in 2016 Polish taxpayers, including clergy, funded the abortion of 1,042 human beings whose only crime was being suspected of having a non-fatal genetic condition. Thus, the ‘compromise’ has been an uneasy one for pro-life citizens of this mostly Catholic country.” (07/24/18)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2018/07/24/welfare-state-human-life-just-another-budget-item

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51) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/25/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“According to a new poll released yesterday, some 54 percent of Americans support President Trump’s plan to hold another summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin later this year. Congress reacted in a bi-partisan manner: No! Is Congress again out of step with the American people?” [Flash video] (07/25/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/shock-poll-most-americans-support-another-trumpputin-summitbut-congress-says-no

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52) Scott Adams Says, 07/25/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams talks about gaslighting, the dossier, the Cohen tapes, and coffee.” [Flash video] (07/25/18)

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

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53) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 224
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #224, I discuss the reports that Julian Assange will soon be handed over to British authorities. Assange has been targeted for the important information his organizations, Wikileaks, has released to the public and his sympathy for the Catalan independence movement. I explain the importance of Assange’s work. I also discuss an article written by a US Veteran. The vet explains how he signed up in the US Army to be a hero and, in his role as a US soldier, became a villain.” [various formats] (07/25/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-224-wikileaks-storm-troopers

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54) Electric Libertyland, episode 82
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this week’s Electric Libertyland Brian McWilliams welcomes in Eric July, lead singer of Backwordz and co-Founder of BeingLibertarian.com. Brian and Eric discuss Eric’s speech at the most recent Porcfest, which focused on spreading liberty via culture. They then talk about James Gunn’s firing from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 3,’ Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who is America,’ and changing perceptions on what’s OK, understanding context and the self-eating left.” [various formats] (07/25/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/07/25/eric-july-of-backwordz-on-culture-and-context/

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55) Sounds Like Liberty, episode 6
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“In today’s episode Nicky P & Lizzie present a rare treat. Since people complain Lizzie doesn’t talk enough she gets to be today’s guest and can’t weasel out of talking. Before that we celebrate Christmas in July (since it’s the 25th) by looking at some of the economic implications of the Father Christmas by The Kinks. After our look at this Christmas favorite we dive into I Heard This Happened where our dynamic duo each pick a new release for your earholes from the depths of Bandcamp.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/25/18)

https://jrlp.podbean.com/e/sounds-like-liberty-episode-6-jingle-jingle-jingle-with-lizzie-pecone/

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56) Essential Libertarianism, episode 39
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“The non-voter’s right to ignore the state.” [various formats] (07/25/18)

https://www.essentiallibertarianism.com/2018/07/25/the-non-voters-right-to-ignore-the-state-el39/

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57) Intercepted, 07/25/18
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen analyzes the fallout from the Trump-Putin summit, what Putin actually wants from Trump, and the indictment of 12 Russian GRU officers. The Intercept’s Micah Lee offers a technical analysis of special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of the Russian intelligence operatives who the U.S. Justice Department alleges cyberattacked the Democrats and election software providers. Jeremy argues that Trump is sort of right about stripping security clearances from former senior CIA officials, but for all the wrong reasons. NYU professor Nikhil Pal Singh talks about the ahistorical analogies used to describe Trump and l’affaire Russia, the ‘far more consequential threats to U.S. democracy’ than what is on cable news 24/7. Experimental electronic musician Oneohtrix Point Never discusses his Russian roots, Steve Bannon’s favorite book, and the inspiration for his cinematically dystopian album, ‘Age Of.’” [various formats] (07/25/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/07/25/double-negative-trump-putin-and-the-destruction-of-political-intelligence/

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58) This Week in Bitcoin, 07/25/18
Source: Bitcoin.com

“Lightning Network Review with Andreas Brekken (Part 1).” [various formats] (07/25/18)

https://podcast.bitcoin.com/e316-Lightning-Network-Review-with-Andreas-Brekken-Part-1

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59) Free Talk Live, 07/24/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Gun Control :: Pirate Party Utah Governor Candidate Advocates Eliminating Carbon Dioxide :: Sacha Baron Cohen’s New Show :: Being a Tool :: Anti-Pedo Luke :: Teen Dons Police Uniform, SUV :: Copyright and Revenue :: Metallica :: Russians :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Johnson.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/24/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-07-24

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60) Bloggingheads.tv, 07/24/18
Source: Bloggingheads.tv

“Aryeh Cohen-Wade (Joking on the Square, @AryehCW) and Stephen Greenblatt (Harvard University, stephengreenblatt.com) … Stephen’s new book, Tyrant: Shakespeare on Politics … The Henry VI trilogy: Making England Great Again … Why Shakespeare understood demagogues so well … Shakespeare’s distrust of democracy and the mob … How do you stop a tyrant? The mad kings in Lear and The Winter’s Tale … Richard III and Trump, fusing comedy and malice.” [Flash video] (07/24/18)

https://bloggingheads.tv/videos/53265

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