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In the News:

1) Cambodia: Ruling party claims victory after fake election
2) Roy Moore kicks off his latest fundraiser disguised as (frivolous) lawsuit
3) Trump threatens fake government shutdown over wall, immigration
4) NM: Johnson weighs bid for US Senate
5) Pentagon creating software “do not buy” list to keep out Russia, China
6) Air Force football player Bradley Kim comes out, first openly gay athlete at a service academy
7) PA: Philadelphia regime will stop giving ICE gang access to police arrest database
8) CO: Man accused of stealing tractor leads cops on chase, before choking and biting police dog
9) G20 agriculture ministers express concern about “protectionist” measures
10) CA: Judge dismisses charges against antipoverty leaders
11) Palestine: Teen political prisoner Ahed Tamimi released by Israeli abductors, returns home
12) Report: Six-year-old girl was sexually abused in immigrant-detention center
13) Welcome to the “quiet skies”
14) NC: Jilted husband awarded $8.8 million after suing wife’s lover
15) Egypt: Did this zoo paint a donkey to look like a zebra?
16) Russia: Thousands rally in protest over plan to raise pension age
17) Rubens vs. Facebook in fight over artistic nudity
18) Nicaragua: Ortega’s brother calls on him to end violence
19) Egypt: Regime court sentences 75 political prisoners to death
20) Pope accepts McCarrick’s resignation as cardinal following sex abuse scandal

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The delusion of a win-win trade war
22) Two new bills will help with the kidney shortage. But paying donors could help even more
23) In refusing to defend Assange, mainstream media exposes its true nature
24) A tale of two idiots
25) The Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA are in charge
26) Congress shouldn’t ignore science in extending Agent Orange benefits
27) Charter cities aren’t necessarily last resorts
28) Ask the next question
29) Three liberal prophets of doom
30) The dynamic case for non-compete
31) What the Internet sales tax is all about
32) The curious case of pro-Trump leftism
33) Trump eliminates only the middleman on Rx drugs
34) Stand your ground, but don’t start trouble
35) Complaining about “excess capacity,” the Trump administration makes that capacity even more excessive
36) Depopulating Palestine, dehumanizing the Palestinians
37) On the disturbing return of black lung
38) Luxembourg and EU-US trade relations
39) The battle of the blowhards: Trump vs. Biden
40) People leave if they can, and you’re people
41) The story of how Bitcoin was compromised
42) Russian interference 2.0
43) Quantum Vibe, 07/27/18
44) Forty years of pummeling the Postal Service
45) You have a right to repair and replace
46) A system under strain: Is US democracy showing real cracks?
47) A new socialist America? Calm down
48) The War on Terror is really a war on Muslim countries with foreign policies independent of Washington and Israel
49) California should provide public access to police body cam footage
50) A new broadband network is pitching surveillance enhancements to cops across the country
51) China started the trade war, Trump just trying to end it
52) Are you dematerializing?
53) Tariffs threaten US energy leadership, economic growth
54) It’s up to us to protect our gun rights
55) Damned lies

The Sound and the Fury:

56) Scott Adams Says, 07/29/18
57) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/28/18
58) Free Talk Live, 07/28/18
59) AnarchoChristian, episode 15
60) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/28/18
61) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 7
62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1204
63) The Scott Horton Show, 07/25/18
64) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/27/18
65) Felony Friday, episode 134
66) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 225
67) Reason Podcast, 07/27/18
68) The JFK Assassination, episode 5
69) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 250
70) Mission Control, episode 1

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

1) Cambodia: Ruling party claims victory after fake election
Source: euronews [EU]

“Polls have closed in Cambodia’s general election amid criticism of voter intimidation and the absence of any significant challenger to Prime Minister Hun Sen, who is set to extend his 33-year rule. Rights groups have labelled the election a ‘sham’ as the country’s leading opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was dissolved last year. Its leader, Kem Sokha, has been jailed on charges of treason. … The CNRP had called for a boycott of the vote. The European Union suspended funding for the election and has not sent any observers. However, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) insists the vote was legitimate.” (07/29/18)

http://www.euronews.com/2018/07/29/pm-hun-sen-set-to-extend-rule-in-cambodia-after-disputed-vote

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2) Roy Moore kicks off his latest fundraiser disguised as (frivolous) lawsuit
Source: The Hill

“Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore filed a lawsuit this week against several people and PACs who allegedly ran or contributed to misleading commercials against him during his unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate last year. Moore and his wife, Kayla Moore, filed a lawsuit in Alabama’s Etowah County Circuit Court, claiming the ‘misleading’ and ‘defamatory’ commercials targeted allegations of sexual misconduct against Roy Moore going back decades, local news outlet AL.com reported. … The lawsuit is the latest legal action Moore has taken following his December defeat. In April, he filed a defamation lawsuit against one of his accusers, Leigh Corfman. Later that month, Moore filed another lawsuit in Etowah County claiming there was a political conspiracy against him in the 2017 special election. The suit targeted a group of women, including Corfman, who accused him of sexual misconduct.” (07/28/18)

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/399368-roy-moore-sues-over-campaign-ads-against-him

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3) Trump threatens fake government shutdown over wall, immigration
Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump threatened to push the government into shutdown [sic] ahead of the coming appropriations deadline in September if Congress does not fund his border wall and change the nation’s immigration laws. ‘I would be willing to ‘shut down’ government if the Democrats do not give us the votes for Border Security, which includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!’ Trump tweeted Sunday.” (07/29/18)

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/29/politics/donald-trump-shutdown-wall/index.html

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4) NM: Johnson weighs bid for US Senate
Source: Albuquerque Journal

“Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn plans to drop his campaign for U.S. Senate — and Libertarians are hoping they can get a familiar name to take his place on the November general election ballot. That would be former New Mexico governor and two-time presidential candidate Gary Johnson, who confirmed Friday that he would give the race a close look. ‘If the opportunity arises to run for the Senate, I will give it serious consideration,’ Johnson told the Journal in a statement. ‘To be clear, though, I will not run unless I believe I can win.’ If he ultimately decides to jump into the race, Johnson would still have to win the vote of Libertarian Party insiders to officially fill the party’s vacancy and become its nominee, though that would likely be a given. But he would be getting into the race late, with Election Day just over three months away.” (07/27/18)

https://www.abqjournal.com/1201845/former-gov-gary-johnson-considering-plunging-into-u-s-senate-race.html

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5) Pentagon creating software “do not buy” list to keep out Russia, China
Source: Raw Story

“The Pentagon is working on a software ‘do not buy’ list to close its supply chain to software code originating from Russia and China, a top Pentagon acquisitions official said on Friday. Ellen Lord, the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, told reporters the Pentagon has been working for six months on a ‘do not buy’ list of software vendors. The list is meant to help the Department of Defense’s acquisitions staff and industry partners avoid purchasing problematic code for the Pentagon and suppliers. ‘What we are doing is making sure that we do not buy software that Russian or Chinese provenance for instance, and quite often that’s difficult to tell at first glance because of holding companies,’ she told reporters gathered in a conference room near her Pentagon office.” [editor’s note: Now THIS is a valid action to take, trying to pressure “enemy nations” to change their ways; boycotts much better than tariffs – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Actually, all it is is another “buy American” protectionist measure using “national security” as an excuse – TLK] (07/28/18)

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/pentagon-creating-software-not-buy-list-keep-russia-china

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6) Air Force football player Bradley Kim comes out, first openly gay athlete at a service academy
Source: USA Today

“Following a standing ovation from his teammates, Air Force sophomore defensive back Bradley Kim became the first openly-gay athlete at a service academy when he publicly announced his sexual orientation on Friday ‘I almost gave up my dream of playing Division 1 football for fear of not being accepted by everyone,’ Kim wrote as part of an impassioned Instagram post, ‘but today I am happy to say I am a cadet at the Air Force Academy playing the sport I love with amazing people standing behind me and supporting me. I did not think this day would ever come, but I’ve finally reached the point where I am comfortable and confident enough with myself to say that I am gay.’ Kim follows in the footsteps of current Division 1 football players My-King Johnson (Arizona), Scott Frantz (Kansas State) and Xavier Colvin (Butler). According to Outsports, former Willamette University (Salem, Ore.) Div. III football player Conner Mertens guided Kim on his coming-out process.” (07/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2018/07/28/air-forces-bradley-kim-first-openly-gay-athlete-service-academy/855530002

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7) PA: Philadelphia regime will stop giving ICE gang access to police arrest database
Source: Aol News

“ICE officials will no longer be able to access the city of Philadelphia’s arrest database. Mayor Jim Kenny said he ‘cannot in good conscience allow’ ICE to use the Philadelphia Police Department’s Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System, also known as PARS. Kenny says ICE was using the database to target and arrest undocumented immigrants without criminal convictions. He also said ICE officials acknowledged its use of the database can result in immigration enforcement against people who haven’t been accused of crimes. … Philadelphia is a so-called sanctuary city, which means it already limits cooperation between local law enforcement and ICE on immigration enforcement.” (07/28/18)

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/07/28/philadelphia-will-stop-giving-ice-access-to-police-arrest-database/23491528/

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8) CO: Man accused of stealing tractor leads cops on chase, before choking and biting police dog
Source: Fox News

“A man has been accused of stealing multiple cars, including a tractor, before leading Denver police on a slow-speed chase through the city, then biting and choking a police dog. Denver District Attorney Beth McCann on Thursday filed 23 charges Thomas Busch, 37, connected to the July 20 incident, including 10 felony-level charges. The charges include three counts of aggravated motor vehicle theft, three counts of failure to report an accident and one count of cruelty to a certified police working dog. The series of events began when Busch allegedly stole a car but dumped the vehicle about 20 minutes later, FOX 31 Denver reported. The suspect then stole a tow truck before getting into a hit-and-run crash with another car, the Denver Police Department said. Busch allegedly fled on foot before finding another vehicle: a tractor. He had wandered into the Denver Water Facility and took off in the tractor valued around $70,000, police said.” (07/28/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/28/colorado-man-accused-stealing-tractor-led-cops-on-chase-before-choking-and-biting-police-dog.html

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9) G20 agriculture ministers express concern about “protectionist” measures
Source: Reuters

“Agriculture ministers from the G20 countries said on Saturday they were concerned about the increasing use of protectionist non-tariff trade measures inconsistent with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. The ministers from countries including the United States and China, in Buenos Aires for the G20 meeting of agriculture ministers, said in a joint statement they had affirmed their commitment not to adopt ‘unnecessary obstacles’ to trade, and affirmed their rights and obligations under WTO agreements. The meeting came amid rising trade tensions that have rocked agricultural markets. China and other top U.S. trade partners have placed retaliatory tariffs on American farmers after the Trump administration put duties on Chinese goods as well as steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.” (07/28/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-g20-argentina/g20-agriculture-ministers-express-concern-about-protectionist-measures-idUSKBN1KI0IO

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10) CA: Judge dismisses charges against antipoverty leaders
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A judge in Oakland dismissed all charges Friday against the former director of an Alameda County antipoverty agency and her husband, who had both been accused of misappropriating federal funds. Nanette Dillard, former head of the county’s Associated Community Action Program, and her husband, Paul Daniels, the program’s grants manager, had been convicted by a jury in 2014 of misusing more than $300,000 in government funding — not to enrich themselves, but to shore up the finances of their floundering agency. Prosecutors said they steered the money to the payroll account and other accounts where it did not belong, then submitted false reports to the federal government. The county fired Dillard and Daniels in 2011 and shut down the agency soon afterward. They were sentenced to probation after their convictions and were ordered to repay the government for its losses. But the state’s First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco overturned the couple’s misappropriation convictions in March. The court said the program was regulated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, whose only penalty for misrepresenting the status of federal grants was disqualification from the federal program.” (07/27/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Judge-dismisses-charges-against-antipoverty-13112095.php?t=9aeb24196d

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11) Palestine: Teen political prisoner Ahed Tamimi released by Israeli abductors, returns home
Source: NBC News

“A Palestinian teenager who became an international protest icon after being filmed slapping Israeli soldiers was welcomed home by a crowd of supporters Sunday after she was released from Israeli jail. Ahed Tamimi, 17, was met by banners, cheers and Palestinian flags as she entered her occupied West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, after spending eight months in Israeli prison for obstructing the work of and attacking Israeli soldiers. … Tamimi was arrested with her mother in December confronting two Israeli soldiers outside her home, slapping and kicking them as she told them to leave. Nariman filmed the incident and posted it online where it swiftly went viral and turned her daughter into a symbol of resistance to Israeli occupation.” (07/29/18)

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/palestinian-protest-icon-tamimi-released-israeli-prison-jubilant-scenes-n895566

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12) Report: Six-year-old girl was sexually abused in immigrant-detention center
Source: The Nation

“According to immigrant-rights advocates, a 6-year-old girl separated from her mother under the Trump administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ immigration policy was sexually abused while at an Arizona detention facility run by Southwest Key Programs. The child was then made to sign a form acknowledging that she was told to maintain her distance from her alleged abuser, who is an older child being held at the same detention facility. The girl, who is only identified by the initials D.L., and her mother had been fleeing gang violence in their native Guatemala. According to the family, the pair entered the United States at a point of entry in El Paso, Texas, on May 24, where they presented Border Patrol authorities with paperwork claiming that they had ‘credible fear’ that returning to Guatemala would result in harm. On May 26, government officials separated D.L. from her mother and sent her to Casa Glendale, a shelter outside of Phoenix operated by Southwest Key Programs. It was there that the alleged abuse occurred.” (07/27/18)

https://www.thenation.com/article/six-year-old-girl-sexually-abused-immigrant-detention-center

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13) Welcome to the “quiet skies”
Source: The Boston Globe

“Federal air marshals have begun following ordinary US citizens not suspected of a crime or on any terrorist watch list and collecting extensive information about their movements and behavior under a new domestic surveillance program that is drawing criticism from within the agency. The previously undisclosed program, called ‘Quiet Skies,’ specifically targets travelers who ‘are not under investigation by any agency and are not in the Terrorist Screening Data Base,’ according to a Transportation Security Administration bulletin in March. The internal bulletin describes the program’s goal as thwarting threats to commercial aircraft ‘posed by unknown or partially known terrorists,’ and gives the agency broad discretion over which air travelers to focus on and how closely they are tracked.” (07/28/18)

http://apps.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/graphics/2018/07/tsa-quiet-skies

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14) NC: Jilted husband awarded $8.8 million after suing wife’s lover
Source: Fox News

“They say that if you want to play, you have to pay. This week a Superior Court judge in North Carolina ordered a Texas man to pay $8.8 million to the jilted husband of a North Carolina woman with whom the Texas man had been having an affair. The award represented $2.2 million in compensatory damages and three times that in punitive damages, the Herald Sun of Durham reported. In an April 2017 civil complaint, Keith King of Durham accused Francisco Huizar III of San Antonio of criminal conversation, alienation of affection, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress and assault and battery, the newspaper reported. … North Carolina is one of a few states where jilted spouses can sue affair partners.” [editor’s note: Has always been Rule #1 for me: DO NOT mess with a married woman (although the tail-end of separation can be fair game sometimes, as long as you don’t expect to be finding “the one!”) – SAT] (07/28/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/28/jilted-husband-awarded-8-8m-after-suing-wifes-lover.html

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15) Egypt: Did this zoo paint a donkey to look like a zebra?
Source: USA Today

“A zoo in Cairo, Egypt has been accused of painting a donkey with stripes to look like a zebra, tricking tourists and other visitors. In a now viral post, student Mahmoud Sarhan uploaded a picture of the animal on his Facebook page from his July 21 visit to Cairo’s International Garden municipal park. Sarhan told the local news outlet extranews.tv he immediately recognized paint on the animal because of his background in art and because the animal’s ‘stripes,’ were visibly smudged on its body and face. ‘The stupidity has reached in the country that they brought a local donkey and painted it to look like a zebra,’ Sarhan wrote in Arabic on Facebook, according to CNN. A veterinarian contacted by extranews.tv also confirmed that the animal could not be a zebra because zebras have dark snouts and small, pointed ears. The animal in the photo has a light snout and long, rounded ears.” (07/28/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/07/28/egyptian-zoo-paint-donkey-zebra/854657002

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16) Russia: Thousands rally in protest over plan to raise pension age
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Thousands of people have taken part in protests in cities across Russia to express their anger at government proposals to raise the pension age. Demonstrators in the capital, Moscow, carried banners reading: ‘We want to live on our pensions, not die at work.’ The government says it wants to raise the pension age from 60 to 65 for men, and from 55 to 63 for women, to help cope with a shrinking workforce. But unions warn many people will not live long enough to claim a pension. Russian men have a life expectancy of just 66, while for women it is 77, the World Health Organization says. Some 12,000 people took to the streets of Moscow to protest at the controversial plans.” (07/28/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44992376

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17) Rubens vs. Facebook in fight over artistic nudity
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“For four centuries, the opulent, exuberant nudes of Peter Paul Rubens have been known to shock and delight in sometimes equal measure. And now, even in 2018, his Baroque paintings are still jolting the internet. Belgian museums are uniting in protest against Facebook since they cannot promote Flemish Masters including Rubens at will for fear of falling foul of the social media site’s adult content rules and automatic censorship. ‘The bare breasts and buttocks painted by our artist are considered by you to be inappropriate. We have noticed that Facebook consistently rejects works of art by our beloved Peter Paul Rubens,’ over a dozen top Belgian art officials wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The Visit Flanders tourist board even produced a mock news video where security officials prevent visitors from seeing nudity in the Rubens House museum. In it, one even spreads his arms in front of the ‘Adam & Eve’ painting, where the biblical figures are covered only by the proverbial fig leaf. Instead they divert them to other paintings where everyone is properly dressed.” [editor’s note: Titties and nudies and butts, oh my! – SAT] (07/28/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/business/technology/article/It-s-Rubens-vs-Facebook-in-fight-over-artistic-13112660.php

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18) Nicaragua: Ortega’s brother calls on him to end violence
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Humberto Ortega, the ex-head of Nicaragua’s military, has called on his brother President Daniel Ortega to stop the pro-government paramilitaries that are blamed for months of deadly unrest. The government must act responsibly to ‘end the presence of these armed people,’ said Humberto Ortega in a TV interview with CNN En Español. President Ortega has defied calls to stand down and blamed the opposition. More than 300 people have died during three months of protest in the country. President Ortega, 72, gave a rare interview to US news channel Fox earlier this week to address the crisis. He said the paramilitaries were funded by opposition MPs and drug cartels, but he provided no evidence of the alleged links.” (07/28/18)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-44992306

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19) Egypt: Regime court sentences 75 political prisoners to death
Source: CBS News

“An Egyptian court sentenced 75 people to death on Saturday, including top figures of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in, state media reported. The Cairo Criminal Court referred the sentences to the Grand Mufti — the country’s top theological authority — for his non-binding opinion as is the norm in capital cases. Though non-binding, the formality gives a window of opportunity for a judge to reverse an initial sentence. … The 2013 sit-in, in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo, supported former Islamist President Mohammed Morsi who was militarily ousted following mass protests against his divisive one-year rule. Morsi hailed from the Brotherhood. The sit-in was violently dispersed on Aug. 14, 2013. More than 600 people were killed. Months later, Egypt designated the Brotherhood a terrorist organization.” (07/28/18)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/egyptian-court-sentences-75-to-death-for-their-involvement-in-a-2013-sit-in-2018-07-28/

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20) Pope accepts McCarrick’s resignation as cardinal following sex abuse scandal
Source: Yahoo! News

“Pope Francis on Saturday accepted the resignation as a cardinal of Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, D.C. and one of the U.S. Catholic Church’s most prominent figures, who has been at the center of allegations of sex abuse with minors and young seminarians. McCarrick was the first cardinal to lose his red hat in living memory. The scandal surrounding him has stunned the American Church because he was a widely respected leader for decades and was a confidant of popes and presidents. … Last month, American Church officials said allegations he sexually abused a teenager almost 50 years ago were credible. Since then, several men have come forward to allege that McCarrick had forced them to sleep with him at a beach house in New Jersey when they were adult seminarians studying for the priesthood.” (07/28/18)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/pope-accepts-mccarrick-resignation-cardinal-following-sex-abuse-111155824.html

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

21) The delusion of a win-win trade war
Source: Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs

“It is no surprise that President Trump’s trade war has many supporters. An understanding of the law of comparative advantage has never been a prominent feature of people’s knowledge in the USA or anywhere else. And special interests have honed their propaganda over centuries of angling for the use of government power to protect them from foreign competition, maneuvering to pick the pockets of consumers in their own country. But even as Trump spouts venerable fallacies to justify and seek support for his destructive trade policies and related ad hoc actions, he and his supporters have sometimes offered a strange defense of their tactics: they purport to be seeking, at the end of the game, universal free trade, a world in which all countries have abandoned tariffs, quotas, subsidies, and other government intrusions in international exchange. In Wilsonian terms, they claim to be waging the trade war to end all trade wars.” (07/26/18)

http://blog.independent.org/2018/07/26/the-delusion-of-a-win-win-trade-war/

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22) Two new bills will help with the kidney shortage. But paying donors could help even more.
Source: Niskanen Center
by Samuel Hammond

“Keeping someone on dialysis costs upwards of $87,000 per year, while the estimated ‘market clearing price’ for kidneys is closer to a one-off cost of $25,000-$50,000. Given that Medicare spends nearly 7 percent of its budget treating kidney disease, tackling the shortage presents a clear opportunity to save lives and taxpayer dollars simultaneously. If Congress wants to get serious about addressing the kidney shortage, it should consider legislation that exempts Medicare from NOTA’s limitations altogether. This would allow the creation of a Medicare ‘Heroism Award Program’ to provide significant cash grants to donors, above and beyond lost wages or expenses.” (07/27/18)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/two-new-bills-will-help-with-the-kidney-shortage-but-paying-donors-could-help-even-more/

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23) In refusing to defend Assange, mainstream media exposes its true nature
Source: Caitlin Johnstone Blog
by Caitlin Johnstone

“Last Tuesday a top lawyer for the New York Times named David McCraw warned a room full of judges that the prosecution of Julian Assange for WikiLeaks publications would set a very dangerous precedent which would end up hurting mainstream news media outlets like NYT, the Washington Post, and other outlets which publish secret government documents. ‘I think the prosecution of him would be a very, very bad precedent for publishers,’ McCraw said. ‘From that incident, from everything I know, he’s sort of in a classic publisher’s position and I think the law would have a very hard time drawing a distinction between The New York Times and WikiLeaks.’ Do you know where I read about this? Not in the New York Times. ‘Curiously, as of this writing, McCraw’s words have found no mention in the Times itself,’ activist Ray McGovern wrote for the alternative media outlet Consortium News. ‘In recent years, the newspaper has shown a marked proclivity to avoid printing anything that might risk its front row seat at the government trough.’” (07/28/18)

https://caitlinjohnstone.com/2018/07/28/in-refusing-to-defend-assange-mainstream-media-exposes-its-true-nature

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24) A tale of two idiots
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“I confess that I don’t keep as close an eye on music as I used to. I read today in a Breitbart article by A.W.R. Hawkins about one Eric Church, a ‘country-western superstar’ I never heard of — I looked him up afterward and discovered that I’d never heard any of his music, either — who has decided that the National Rifle Association is responsible, somehow, for the mass-shooting deaths of 58 concert-goers on October 1 in Las Vegas, Nevada. His feeble-minded ‘explanation’ consisted of exactly the same old crap suey we’ve been hearing from the left for weeks and months and years and decades. ‘Americans own too many guns! And too much ammunition! And ‘we’ have a right to know how many and how much!’ (Whoever the hell ‘we’ is.) All at the same time he swore that he believes devoutly in the Second Amendment and the Constitution.” [editor’s note: One of the few exceptions to the rule that nothing good ever comes after “I read today in a Breitbart article …” – TLK] (07/29/18)

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2018/tle983-20180729-02.html

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25) The Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA are in charge
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The U.S. mainstream press can easily recognize the dominant and influential role that the military plays in society, so long as they are referring to countries like Pakistan and Egypt. Unfortunately, the same reporters and commentators turn a blind eye to the similar phenomenon here in the United States.” (07/27/18)

https://www.fff.org/2018/07/27/the-pentagon-the-cia-and-the-nsa-are-in-charge/

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26) Congress shouldn’t ignore science in extending Agent Orange benefits
Source: USA Today
by Anthony Principi

“About a month ago, the House of Representatives passed a bill to summarily award Agent Orange benefits to ‘Blue Water Navy’ veterans, who served aboard ships that operated miles off the coast of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. In the coming days, theSenate Veterans’ Affairs Committee will discuss the bill’s merits in an open hearing and receive testimony from the Department of Veterans Affairs and veterans service organizations. As a veteran of the war in Vietnam, I served as a naval officer aboard a destroyer at sea and in a riverine patrol unit in the Mekong Delta. Years later, I worked as a senior staffer and counsel in Congress and then came to the Department of Veterans Affairs in the George W. Bush administration. I know intimately the sacrifices American service members made during that war, and I recognize the legitimate moral, mental and physical burdens many still carry.” [editor’s note: Good grief! I wrote about this issue some 30 years ago, back before Monsanto shifted from poisoning crops with dioxin (in Vietnam and at home) to poisoning OUR food with GMOs – SAT] (07/27/18)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/27/agent-orange-benefits-navy-veterans-vietnam-war-blue-water-column/825706002

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27) Charter cities aren’t necessarily last resorts
Source: Cato Unbound
by Mark Lutter

“Lant Pritchett responds to my lead essay in part by reviewing the intellectual history that led to charter cities. Namely, there was a realization of the importance of institutions, combined with pessimism about institutional change and the existence of low-level institutional equilibria. Charter cities therefore ‘came onto the development agenda as an intellectual last resort.’ They are a tool which can disrupt an existing low-level political equilibrium. Pritchett then gives three reasons why charter cities are unlikely to succeed.” (07/26/18)

https://www.cato-unbound.org/2018/07/26/mark-lutter/charter-cities-arent-necessarily-last-resorts

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28) Ask the next question
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Republicans are very reliable. When given our system’s ‘Mandate of Heaven’ — majorities in both houses of Congress and the Presidency — they can be relied upon to do one thing: add debt by piling up huge deficits. It happened under George W. Bush, and it is happening under Donald J. Trump: ‘”The Trump administration expects annual budget deficits to rise nearly $100 billion more than previously forecast in each of the next three years,’ the Wall Street Journal tells us, ‘pushing the federal deficit above $1 trillion starting next year.’ Republicans should ask themselves why.” (07/27/18)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2018/07/27/ask-the-next-question/

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29) Three liberal prophets of doom
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Liberal democratic institutions and states are under sustained pressure, from outside and from within. The question now is how well liberal and democratic defenses can withstand the onslaught. In the past several months, three leading liberal figures, each with international reputations, have given speeches in defense of liberal values and practice. Two of these (the billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros and the French President Emmanuel Macron) have addressed the EU’s present travails and likely future. The third, former U.S. President Barack Obama, as befitted a former leader of the still-hegemonic world power, addressed more global issues.” [editor’s note: Consider the source – SAT] (07/27/18)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-liberals-commentary/commentary-three-liberal-prophets-of-doom-idUSKBN1KH2FF

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30) The dynamic case for non-compete
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Plenty of people do indeed make this case against non-compete clauses. But their effect on innovation is far more complicated than it looks. Suppose you have a great new idea. To implement your idea, you have to share it with eight crucial employees. But once you share it, any of these employees can take their knowledge and found a new firm to compete with you. In this scenario, non-compete contracts are actually a great way to foster competition. How? By reassuring businesses that if they invest in new ideas, their employees can’t steal them at the first opportunity. What’s the point of creating or implementing new ideas if your hired helpers can readily betray you? If this argument seems odd, notice that it’s structurally identical to a simpler argument.” (07/27/18)

https://www.econlib.org/the-dynamic-case-for-non-compete/

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31) What the Internet sales tax is all about
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by John Tamny

“Just curious, but if a Washington, D.C. resident buys a pack of cigarettes in Arlington, VA, should this person pay a sales tax to the District of Columbia? Figure that cigarettes cost roughly $5.25/pack in Virginia versus $7.99 in D.C. Arlington retailers have a significant tax advantage over merchants in the District, so to ‘level the playing field’ shouldn’t D.C. residents hand over the difference in taxes? The tax will ensure that Washington residents don’t cross the bridge in order to get a better deal, and in the process imperil Capitol-based businesses. It all sounds right, doesn’t it? If businesses in low-tax areas exploit the tax difference, Washington’s retailers could be in a world of hurt, as will be its tax base. Except that tax competition among cities and states serves a very real purpose: it forces local taxing authorities to think long and hard before helping themselves to more of what we earn.” (07/29/18)

https://fee.org/articles/what-the-internet-sales-tax-is-all-about/

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32) The curious case of pro-Trump leftism
Source: CounterPunch
by Eric Draitser

“As absurd as it sounds, there are leftists who honestly believe that irrespective of his xenophobia and race-baiting, disastrous trade war and perpetual warmongering against Iran, Venezuela, Big Bird, Colin Kaepernick and Mika Brzezinski’s plastic surgeon, Donald Trump somehow represents a move toward peace globally. Indeed, because of the Dotard’s doting on Putin, we should all sing hosannas as we erect cheaply made gold-plated monuments in his honor. But back on Planet Earth, even the specious notion that Trump is somehow a peacemaker cannot fake news its way into being true. In fact, if anything, Trump has been the most bellicose president in recent memory. But don’t tell those Trumpy lefties that. Their fever dreams of political analysis, though rooted in a justified yet thoroughly one-dimensional hatred of Democrats, are simply too brittle to take it.” (07/27/18)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/27/the-curious-case-of-pro-trump-leftism/

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33) Trump eliminates only the middleman on Rx drugs
Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“After a massive corporate tax cut and widespread deregulation, there aren’t many industries fearing that the Trump administration will put them out of business–with one exception. An industry responsible for extracting billions of dollars in profits from prescription drug purchases could soon see its gravy train disappear. I’m not talking about drug manufacturers; they continue to skate by with fake concessions and half-measures. In fact, the Trump administration’s most aggressive actions on drug prices have been undertaken on behalf of Big Pharma. Sadly, that’s often how things get done in Washington, where corporate greed only gets struck down when pitted against a more powerful corporate adversary. It would be far preferable to overhaul the entire system causing drug prices to spiral out of control, but I guess you must start somewhere. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration, both led by drug company veterans, have started with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), the middlemen who negotiate prices with drug companies on behalf of health plans and reimburse pharmacies after sale.” (07/27/18)

http://prospect.org/article/trump-eliminates-middleman

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34) Stand your ground, but don’t start trouble
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“There was a recent shooting, which is being promoted as a”stand your ground” incident, in Florida. It has turned into one of those ‘big things’ on the internet, with people picking sides. In some ways it seems like exactly the sort of thing anti-gun bigots warned would happen — trigger-happy bullies looking for a fight (because they can and because they feel confident they can win) … and finding one. To others it seems a clear case of self-defense. Personally, I’m torn. Without more information I can’t come down definitively on either side. The information it would take to make this clear-cut either way is unlikely to ever find its way to me. So, let me tell you what I see from both sides.” (07/27/18)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2018/07/stand-your-ground-but-dont-start-trouble.html

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35) Complaining about “excess capacity,” the Trump administration makes that capacity even more excessive
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“Trying to justify the administration’s punitive taxes on Americans who buy foreign-made steel and aluminum, Pres. Trump’s trade shaman Peter Navarro writes about a ‘collapse in global aluminum prices due to excess capacity’ (Letters, July 27). Mr. Navarro’s analysis belies his training as an economist. This training should have taught him that the very ‘cure’ for excess capacity is precisely the falling prices about which Mr. Navarro complains.” (07/29/18)

https://cafehayek.com/2018/07/complaining-excess-capacity-trump-administration-makes-capacity-even-excessive.html

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36) Depopulating Palestine, dehumanizing the Palestinians
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“One might have thought that, in the wake of the Nazi regime’s systematic crimes against humanity last century, dehumanization would have become unthinkable once and for all. Unfortunately, this has not been the case. It has shamefully continued unabated, the assorted perpetrators including, with tragic irony, those who themselves were victims of Nazi dehumanization.” (07/27/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/tgif-dehumanizing-palestinians/

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37) On the disturbing return of black lung
Source: In These Times
by Sarah Lahm

“The push to revive America’s coal industry has generated alarm because it is almost certain to worsen the climate crisis. But the industry also brings an immediate human cost: black lung disease. Black lung is an often fatal condition contracted by miners who breathe in coal and silica dust on the job. Rates of the disease dropped towards the end of the 20th century, thanks in part to federally mandated reductions in the amount of coal dust miners were allowed to breathe in. Now, researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have documented a troubling new trend: Black lung disease cases, particularly among younger miners, have risen sharply since the mid-1990s. One chart from the group, published by the New York Times earlier in 2018, shows that in 1995 there were ‘3.7 cases per 1,000 miners.’ By 2015, that number had jumped to over 50 cases per 1,000 miners. Overall, there has been a steady upsurge in the number of cases of black lung, including in its most aggressive forms.” (07/27/18)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21326/black_lung_coal_miners_climate_change_safety_workers_donald_trump

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38) Luxembourg and EU-US trade relations
Source: Heartland Institute
by Daniel Sutter

“It was amusing, yesterday, to see the President of the United States with his counter-part from the EU, a Luxembourgian. Luxembourg is a tiny country in Europe squeezed among Germany, France, Belgium and Netherlands, about the size of Frederick County, Virginia, where I live. The existence of Luxembourg is due to an attempted division of the Holy Roman Empire, nee the Kingdom of the Franks, among successors of Charlemagne. (It’s never a good idea to attempt to divide an empire!!!) From the Western Kingdom came France and from the Eastern Kingdom, Germany. From the Middle Kingdom came Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, also Switzerland, and also Alsace-Lorraine. There is a sense in which all of the wars of Europe have since been about whether France or Germany controls the Middle Kingdom.” (07/29/18)

http://blog.heartland.org/2018/07/luxembourg-and-eu-us-trade-relations/

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39) The battle of the blowhards: Trump vs. Biden
Source: The American Spectator
by Brandon J Weichert

“Recently, President Trump stated his desire to run against the gaffe-prone [Joe] Biden. Trump should be careful what he wishes for.” (07/279/18)

https://spectator.org/the-battle-of-the-blowhards-trump-vs-biden/

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40) People leave if they can, and you’re people
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“The criticism spewed at supposedly ‘illegal’ immigrants (they aren’t, and never were) betrays a disgusting level of hypocrisy. The story of humanity is a story of migration, to all corners of the world. What motivates people to leave the place where they were born in search of something better?” (07/27/18)

http://everything-voluntary.com/people-leave-if-they-can-and-youre-people

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41) The story of how Bitcoin was compromised
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Sterlin Jujan

“Cryptocurrency is to money what the internet is to information. It is a powerful and potent technology, with the power to transform the world. It is an evolutionary tool in the sense that it is already propelling humanity forward. Crypto will help human beings abolish banks, governments, and other organizations with single points of failure. Nonetheless, visionaries, entrepreneurs, and iconoclasts cannot let the utility of this tool cause them to let their guard down. They cannot let themselves be swept away in the hype, because cryptocurrencies are not invulnerable. In a way, Bitcoin, the initial cryptocurrency, was damaged in a hacking maneuver against it, demonstrating that these tools are not impervious to attack.” (07/28/18)

https://news.bitcoin.com/the-story-of-how-bitcoin-was-compromised/

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42) Russian interference 2.0
Source: The New Republic
by Sarah Jones

“‘I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming election,’ President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday. ‘Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!’ He followed that up on Friday by tweeting that ‘the only Collusion with Russia was with the Democrats.’ This might be news to the Democrats, and to Russia, too. The consensus of the intelligence community, and all available evidence, shows that Russia (at the behest of President Vladimir Putin) interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump, not the Democratic Party. … The press conference with Putin in Helsinki, where Trump said he saw no reason why Russia would have meddled in the election, only seemed to confirm suspicions that he still sees Russia as a personal ally, or at least not an enemy of American democracy.” [editor’s note: Pundit still drinking the kool aid, fighting to ignore the truth about why Hillary lost – SAT] (07/27/18)

https://newrepublic.com/article/150244/russian-interference-20

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43) Quantum Vibe, 07/27/18
Source: Big Head Press
by Scott Bieser & Gus Mendes

Cartoon. (07/27/18)

https://www.quantumvibe.com/strip?page=1826

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44) Forty years of pummeling the Postal Service
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by James Bovard

Today is the 40th anniversary of the publication of my first attack on the Postal Service. ‘Time to Stamp Out the Postal Monopoly’ was the lead article on the Boston Globe oped page . A dozen years later, the chief postmaster of Boston denounced me as ‘the nation’s number one postal basher.’ … Back in those days, the U.S. mail was practically the only way an aspiring writer could afflict editors in distant cities with his work. Stamp prices were skyrocketing and service was wildly erratic, delaying the arrival of vital reject slips. Mail delivery ceased entirely for a week after the postman became frightened of the Dobermans owned by the drug dealers on the ground floor of the rickety apartment building where I lived. To visit a Boston post office was to descend into a netherworld of zombies and psychopaths who hated anyone who approached them with an unstamped envelope. The worst outrage was that it was a federal crime for anyone else to provide better mail service.” (07/27/18)

https://mises.org/wire/40-years-pummeling-postal-service

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45) You have a right to repair and replace
Source: Reason
by Declan McCullagh

“Recently I began to search for a used GMC Yukon SUV. My goal was to bolt on an aftermarket supercharger. It wasn’t necessarily a sensible plan, but it did seem like a pretty cool idea. Thanks to a whopping 6.2-liter V8 engine, a Whipple supercharger would make that vehicle churn out nearly 600 horsepower of good ol’ American tire-shredding glory. I already knew about California’s draconian emissions regulations, which view the prospect of modifying an internal combustion engine with such hostility that they must have been drafted by electric car impressario Elon Musk himself. And I was prepared to dodge and weave around those requirements. But first I needed to figure out whether that much aftermarket fury would violate General Motors’ factory warranty. As the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) explains on its website, for everything from trucks to toasters, the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act ‘makes it illegal for companies to void your warranty or deny coverage under the warranty simply because you used an aftermarket or recycled part.’” (for publication 08/18)

https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/28/you-have-a-right-to-repair-and

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46) A system under strain: Is US democracy showing real cracks?
Source: Christian Science Monitor
by Peter Grier

“The great machine of American democracy has chugged along steadily since the US Constitution was ratified and took effect in 1788. It has been modified many times and faced monumental stresses, up to and including a terrible civil war. But today, after 230 years, the mechanism seems to many to be leaking oil and shedding important nuts and bolts. A wave of books and articles have been sounding alarms of late about the state of US governance — from Harvard scholar Yascha Mounk’s ‘The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom is in Danger and How to Save It,’ to Yale Law Professor Amy Chua’s ‘Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations,’ to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s ‘Fascism: A Warning,’ and more. All proffer stark warnings that the nation’s political system is under significant strain and could be heading for a disastrous derailment. Is US democracy in decline — or outright danger?” [editor’s note: Let’s begin with the conflation of “democracy” with liberty, which is ridiculous; comparing a flawed means of decisionmaking with a natural condition of existence never works! – SAT] (07/27/18)

https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0727/A-system-under-strain-Is-US-democracy-showing-real-cracks

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47) A new socialist America? Calm down
Source: spiked
by Sean Collins

“A few weeks ago, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was an unknown 28-year-old bartender and social-justice activist. Now she is probably the most famous Democratic Party politician in the US. Ocasio-Cortez’s New York primary victory in June over longstanding congressman Joe Crowley, the party’s fourth-ranking member in the House of Representatives, was a surprising upset. Given that her district votes strongly Democratic, she is a shoo-in to win in November. Ocasio-Cortez, who proudly embraces the ‘Democratic Socialist’ label, is hailed by many Democrats as a political saviour, ‘the future of our party’ according to the head of the Democratic National Committee. Since her victory, she has become a national figure, touring the Midwest with Bernie Sanders, and her emergence appears to signal that the Democrats are poised to move in a radical-left direction. But the acclaim and adoration showering down on this novice is over the top, and seems more like the projection of wishful thinking on to a youthful and telegenic woman.” (07/27/18)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/a-new-socialist-america-calm-down/

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48) The War on Terror is really a war on Muslim countries with foreign policies independent of Washington and Israel
Source: OpEdNews
by Paul Craig Roberts

“There is a t-shirt that says: ‘Sure you can trust the government — just ask an Indian.’ Some governments are more trustworthy than others. Reagan, for example, said he would end stagflation and we did. Reagan said that he wanted to end the Cold War, and we did. Eisenhower warned us about the danger to democracy presented by the military/industrial complex, and we ignored it. It seems that when there are chances for big gains in power and the government is in the hands of those with undeclared agendas, the agendas are imposed by deceiving the people. For example, ‘The War on Terror’ is really a war on Muslim countries with foreign policies independent of Washington and Israel; it is a war on US civil liberty, and a war on Middle Eastern countries in the way of Israeli territorial expansion. But Washington pretends that it is a ‘war for democracy,’ a ‘war for freedom from terrorism,’ etc.” (07/28/18)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/The-War-on-Terror-Is-Reall-by-Paul-Craig-Roberts-Foreign-Policy_Foreign-Policy-Failure-Iran_Israel_Israel-Runs-Washington-180728-554.html

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49) California should provide public access to police body cam footage
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Joe Mullin

“In 2015, following high-profile police shootings of civilians, a survey found that 95 percent of large police departments were planning to use them in the future. Body-worn cameras can serve a valuable function in increasing police accountability. Without proper policies, though, they can also be use to surveil people who interact with police, or those who may not be aware that filming is taking place. BWCs can’t function as a proper police accountability tool unless the public has a clear right of access to police video and audio recordings. Unfortunately, some of the first departments to embrace the cameras also had inadequate policies that utterly failed to ensure accountability or transparency.” (07/27/18)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/07/california-should-provide-public-access-police-body-cam-footage

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50) A new broadband network is pitching surveillance enhancements to cops across the country
Source: The Intercept
by Simon Davis-Cohen

“The latest technologies promise cops the ability to whip out a smartphone, take a snapshot of a passerby, and instantly learn if that person is in an immigration or gang database. A federal broadband program, designed after 9/11 to improve first responder communication during emergencies, will enhance this sort of capability and integrate it into an internet ‘super highway’ built specifically for police and public safety. The program, called FirstNet, is already expanding the surveillance options available to law enforcement agencies across the country. … FirstNet is a public-private partnership that creates a dedicated lane for public safety agencies within AT&T’s existing broadband network. As of January, all U.S. states had opted in to FirstNet, meaning that they agreed not to build their own competing broadband lanes for law enforcement and public safety. Then, in March, AT&T announced that FirstNet’s core — the infrastructure that isolates police traffic from the commercial network — had become operational at last.” [editor’s note: I wonder what “Net Neutrality” advocates think of FirstNet? My first reaction is that it’s fine, so long as the general public has, at a bare minimum, “listen” access to all traffic on it – TLK] (07/29/18)

https://theintercept.com/2018/07/29/firstnet-att-surveillance/

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51) China started the trade war, Trump just trying to end it
Source: Fox News Forum
by Andy Puzder

“President Trump didn’t start a trade war with China; he’s trying to end and win the trade war that China launched against the U.S. As the president has frequently pointed out, the Chinese have been undermining the world trade system for years, and no country has been hurt more by China’s unfair actions than America. America’s trade deficit with China is so large it almost defies comprehension. Since 2012, our yearly deficit in the trade of goods with China has consistently topped $300 billion. Last year, it was over $375.5 billion. In the first five months of this year it topped $150 billion. A primary reason for this imbalance is that the Chinese have been blocking American manufacturers and food producers for years through discriminatory trade rules and prohibitively expensive import tariffs designed to keep U.S. products out of its domestic markets.” [editor’s note: Not sure this is Trump’s awareness, but the historical analysis is pretty close – SAT] [additional editor’s note: Actually, the analysis, historical and otherwise, starting with the absurd idea of an “imbalance” or deficit,” is crap – TLK] (07/28/18)

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/07/28/china-started-trade-war-trump-is-just-trying-to-end-it.html

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52) Are you dematerializing?
Source: PanAm Post
by Jose Azel

“Are you dematerializing? I ask, not because I think you are overly concerned with material possessions and should become more ascetic. Nor am I trying to find out if you are dematerializing to be tele-transported back to the Starship Enterprise after asking Scotty to beam you up. Dematerialization in economics refers to a reduction in the quantity of materials required for economic functions. Dematerialization also means using less, or no materials, to deliver the same level of functionality in a product. In short, dematerialization is about doing more with less. So essentially, I am asking if you are using fewer materials in your life.” (07/27/18)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2018/07/27/are-you-dematerializing/

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53) Tariffs threaten US energy leadership, economic growth
Source: Investors Business Daily
by Kyle Isakower

“It’s hard to create shovel-ready jobs if you can’t get shovels. Whatever the long-term intentions of the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs, that’s the immediate challenge facing countless U.S. industries — including the oil and natural gas sector. It’s an unexpected roadblock for an industry that is otherwise thriving, and boosting households and small businesses right along with us. The United States leads the world in natural gas and oil production and refining — producing at record levels just as world oil demand has reached record highs. Keeping up with that demand supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs throughout a multi-industry supply chain while providing affordable energy that has given American manufacturing a major competitive advantage.” (07/27/18)

https://www.investors.com/politics/commentary/tariffs-threaten-u-s-energy

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54) It’s up to us to protect our gun rights
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

“The federal courts are so appallingly bad at upholding the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights that when they seemingly get things right for once, it’s hard not to celebrate. However, we must never lose sight of the fact that it’s our responsibility to defend our rights, not a bunch of politically connected federal lawyers. And we also need to remember that what they do one day in our favor they can easily undo the next.” [editor’s note: Martinell goes off the rails when he claims that the Second Amendment was “never meant to apply to the states.” Its language clearly references a right “of the people” that “shall not be infringed.” That means by ANY level of government. The framers would have specified “by Congress,” just like they did in the First Amendment, but expressly chose not to – TLK] (07/27/18)

https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/07/27/its-up-to-us-to-protect-our-gun-rights/

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55) Damned lies
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“FOSTA is so universally despised, Congress took the unprecedented and bizarre step of making a propaganda video to support it …. I was especially appalled at the incredible assertion that ‘FOSTA has shut down 90% of ‘sex trafficking’ on the internet.’ If you’re wondering what bogus study that figure came from, permit me to explain: It was made up, just like all ‘sex trafficking’ numbers. I know that may sound glib, but it’s the truth; in eight years of studying this, I’ve found the majority of the numbers used by prohibitionists are literally just invented out of thin air.” (07/27/18)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2018/07/27/damned-lies/

***** The Sound and the Fury *****

56) Scott Adams Says, 07/29/18
Source: Scott Adams Says

“Scott Adams moving goalposts, economic success, the love March, and 4D chess. With 3D coffee.” [Flash video] (07/29/18)

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

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57) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/28/18
Source: Cato Institute

“New federal laws are aimed at making communication more difficult for sex workers. Alice Little is a legal sex worker and sex educator in Nevada. She discusses the worlds of legal and illegal sex work.” [various formats] (07/28/18)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/continuing-crackdown-sex-work

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58) Free Talk Live, 07/28/18
Source: Free Talk Live

“Lysander Spooner and Politicians :: Who is America :: Desperate Cannabis Prohibitionists :: Trump and Tarrifs :: Corrupt Attorney General :: Tough on Crime State Rep Busted for DUI :: How Would Legal Cannabis Affect Society? :: Conservatives and the War on Drugs :: Politicians and Passing Laws :: Tarrifs :: Productive Cannabis Users :: Obsessed Luke :: Underground Railroad :: HOSTS — Ian, Chris R..” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/28/18)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2018-07-28

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59) AnarchoChristian, episode 15
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“The Anatomy of the State is one of the most important books ever published. Steven Clyde, of the Peace and Liberty Podcast, joins me to discuss the first three chapters of Murray Rothbard’s most referenced work.” [various formats] (07/28/18)

https://www.anarchochristian.com/howthestatepreservesitself-ac015/

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60) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/28/18
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell and Michael W. Dean talk for 90 minutes about everything under the sun. Topics include: Vantana Row (married, not siblings, it turns out), donations, crypto including atomic swaps, mentoring, homelessness, ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ cat trees, asthma, cops keeing people from getting to the hospital, critical mass, and why it’s immoral to block traffic.” [various formats] (07/28/18)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=16009

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61) Nice Guys Finish Free, episode 7
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Central Banks.” [Flash audio] (07/28/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/nice-guys-finish-free-episode-7-central-banks/

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62) The Tom Woods Show, episode 1204
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“At long last, the episode you’ve been waiting for on progressive rock is here. This is yet another way the Tom Woods Show improves your life. My guests today are Roie Avin, founder and editor of The Prog Report and author of Essential Modern Progressive Rock Albums, and Brad Birzer, professor of history at Hillsdale College and contributor to Progarchy.” [various formats] (07/27/18)

https://tomwoods.com/bonus-ep-1204-without-this-music-your-life-is-worse/

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63) The Scott Horton Show, 07/25/18
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Mance Rayder is the host of the ‘Free Man Beyond the Wall’ podcast, and the author of ‘Freedom Through Memedom’ and the ‘Kids Are Not Alright.’ Mance details the case of Ross Ulbricht, former volunteer for the Ron Paul campaign and operator of the Silk Road web marketplace, arrested in 2013 for operating the website as a drug kingpin. The infiltration of the site by the DEA, and subsequent arrest of those agents for corruption in his case, is detailed, as well as his two term life prison sentence received for his activities. The count of Murder for Hire was ultimately dismissed with prejudice by the prosecutor in the case, despite the fact that this was the charge used to deny him bail and was brought up by the judge at his sentencing, and various media outlets released articles falsely claiming to be proof of his guilt this crime.” [various formats] (07/25/18)

https://libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/7-25-18-mance-rayder-on-political-prisoner-ross-ulbricht-and-silk-road/

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64) Ron Paul Liberty Report, 07/27/18
Source: Ron Paul Liberty Report

“While campaigning for president, Donald Trump accurately said that American markets were a big, fat bubble. He was correct, and that same bubble has not burst, but has gotten even bigger! When the inevitable bust arrives, who will President Trump blame?” [Flash video] (07/27/18)

http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/archives/inflationary-depression-coming-who-will-trump-blame

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65) Felony Friday, episode 134
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today on Felony Friday Chris Dreisbach joins host John Odermatt to share about his addiction recovery and how he broke free from the prison system. Chris is the CEO of BluePrints for addiction recovery. He is the founder of multiple successful businesses. Chis is a Libertarian who is actively fighting to end to the failed War on Drug and create avenues for addicts to find help, instead of being inhumanely locked away in a cage.” [various formats] (07/27/18)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2018/07/27/developing-the-blueprint-for-addiction-recovery-with-chris-dreisbach/

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66) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 225
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“Will Porter returns to FPF to discuss Donald Trump and foreign policy. Inflicted with Trump derangement syndrome, the mainstream media is writing headings suggesting the soccer ball Putin gave Trump had a device inside of it. The dishonesty of the headlines pushes America’s policy away from peace with Russia. Kyle and Will break down the proposed 2019 NDAA. The NDAA has several new mandates that impact Turkey, Yemen, and Syria.” [various formats] (07/27/18)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-225-trump-hysteria-hysterical-trump-guest-will-porter

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67) Reason Podcast, 07/27/18
Source: Reason

“In a new Reason Podcast recorded at FreedomFest, the annual gathering of libertarians in Las Vegas, [Randy] Barnett fleshes out his assessment of Kavanaugh, including areas in which the judge is not so good from a libertarian point of view (think Fourth Amendment). Barnett also talks about the history of Supreme Court confirmation hearings and the radical departure things took with the nomination of Robert Bork to the high court in 1987.” [various formats] (07/27/18)

https://reason.com/blog/2018/07/27/randy-barnett-podcast

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68) The JFK Assassination, episode 5
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“In this series of short videos, FFF president Jacob Hornberger summarizes and details the circumstantial evidence pointing toward the U.S. national-security state as the orchestrator of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.” [Flash video] (07/27/18)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/the-jfk-assassination-episode-5/

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69) Free Thoughts Podcast, episode 250
Source: Libertarianism.org

“Jeff Vanderslice & Matt Weibel join us today to discuss the inner workings of Congress.” [various formats] (07/27/18)

https://www.libertarianism.org/podcasts/free-thoughts/cato-congress-realities-governing

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70) Mission Control, episode 1
Source: The Launch Pad Media

“Alexander Meyer hosts the Board of the LaunchPad Media as they discuss their goals , and views on liberty.” [Flash audio] (07/27/18)

https://thelaunchpadmedia.com/mission-control-episdode-1-blast-off/

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