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In the News:

1) Brazil: Lula convicted, sentenced on corruption charges
2) Millions of Verizon customer records exposed in security lapse
3) House Democrat files article of impeachment against Trump
4) US House Democrats in new bid to push Russia and Iran sanctions bill
5) Assange: I urged Trump Jr. to publish Russia emails via WikiLeaks
6) Trump regime limits government use of Kaspersky Lab software
7) Me want cocaine? Drugs found inside Cookie Monster doll
8) First object “teleported” to Earth’s orbit
9) Australia: Plane passenger checks in can of beer
10) Russia: Regime working on stealthy “nuclear train”
11) Physician: Obamacare “failing” because GOP & insurers determined to kill it
12) ME: Democratic legislator blasted for “threatening” post about Trump
13) Germany: Arrests in theft of biggest gold coin
14) Trump unloads on Hillary over double standard
15) Steve King: Use Planned Parenthood, food stamp money to fund Berlin … er, border … wall
16) IRS boss Koskinen backs tax reform [sic], calls system “a mess”
17) Report: Animal extinction happens more often than you think
18) Viagra might make for a safer, more effective stent
19) TN: Cities adjust to law letting guns in buses & hubs
20) Japanese blogger discovers “Amelia Earhart” photo in book published before her disappearance
21) MA: Border Patrol thugs abduct, deport Iranian cancer researcher
22) Sessions wants to revive “DARE” propaganda program
23) Scarborough announces he’s leaving the Republican Party
24) An iceberg the size of Delaware has broken off Antarctica
25) China: Regime ships troops to Djibouti to set up first overseas base

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) A reminder: “Net Neutrality” is also an Internet censorship Enabling Act
27) Comply or die: The police state’s answer to free speech is brute force
28) The tragedy of the commons in the American prison system
29) De facto federal legislation of cryptocurrency is nigh
30) Can a libertarian free city take root and flourish in Asia?
31) The abolitionist of Walden Pond
32) Donald Trump Jr. was within his rights to meet with Russian lawyer
33) Stupid hostile media
34) Why are Republicans pushing for a new tax on advertising?
35) The United States has no fiscal space left
36) Israel: The first qualification is inexperience
37) Can majoring in philosophy make you a better person?
38) Regulating the gig economy will hurt workers and consumers
39) Republicans tainted by Trump’s Russia scandal [sic] 40) Chicago doesn’t need more gun control
41) Big Brother can force Facebook, Yelp to unmask users
42) Medicare for all is coming, no matter what they say
43) The ethics of funding and the argumentum ad Kochum
44) If economics is just a religion then worth getting the tenets right
45) Was Trump Junior framed?
46) The road to Afghanistan peace does not lie in Kabul
47) Mr. Jetson, call your office
48) Cory Doctorow’s “fully automated communist civilization”
49) Conservative follies on ObamaCare
50) Was Missouri always like this?
51) Essex County College wrongly fires professor over controversial TV spot
52) Don’t believe in gender grab bag
53) Macron’s African statement ignores human ingenuity
54) Black and white, unite and fight!
55) Fools for phony wars: “America, love it or …”

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 626
57) The Tom Woods Show, episode 950
58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 65
59) Scott Adams on Tucker Carlson Tonigh
60) Intercepted Podcast, 07/12/17
61) Fresh Air, 07/11/17
62) Electric Libertyland, episode 28
63) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/12/17
64) Free Talk Live, 07/11/17
65) The Brion McClanahan Show, episode 92

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

1) Brazil: Lula convicted, sentenced on corruption charges
Source: Newsweek

“Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a top contender to win next year’s presidential election, was convicted on corruption charges on Wednesday and sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison. The ruling marked a stunning fall for Lula, one of the country’s most popular politicians, and a serious blow to his chances of a political comeback. The former union leader, who won global praise for policies to reduce stinging inequality in Brazil, faces four more corruption trials and will remain free on appeal. The verdict represented the highest-profile conviction yet in a sweeping corruption investigation that for over three years has rattled Brazil, revealing a sprawling system of graft at top levels of business and government.” (07/12/17)

http://www.newsweek.com/brazil-lula-elections-corruption-635720

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2) Millions of Verizon customer records exposed in security lapse
Source: ZDNet

“An Israeli technology company has exposed millions of Verizon customer records, ZDNet has learned. As many as 14 million records of subscribers who called the phone giant’s customer services in the past six months were found on an unprotected Amazon S3 storage server controlled by an employee of Nice Systems, a Ra’anana, Israel-based company. The data was downloadable by anyone with the easy-to-guess web address. … Privacy watchdogs have linked the company to several government intelligence agencies, and it’s known to work closely with surveillance and phone cracking firms Hacking Team and Cellebrite.” (07/12/17)

http://www.zdnet.com/article/millions-verizon-customer-records-israeli-data/

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3) House Democrat files article of impeachment against Trump
Source: The Hill

“Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) formally introduced an article of impeachment against President Trump on Wednesday that accuses the president of obstructing justice during the federal investigation of Russia’s 2016 election interference. This is the first time a lawmaker has offered an impeachment article against Trump, and comes despite concern among Democrats that taking such aggressive action against Trump will create backlash against the party. A majority vote in a House now controlled by Republicans is required to impeach a president. Republicans have a 24-seat advantage.” (07/12/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/341677-house-dem-files-article-of-impeachment-against-trump

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4) US House Democrats in new bid to push Russia and Iran sanctions bill
Source: Reuters

“Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to introduce a new version of a Russia and Iran sanctions bill on Wednesday, to send a message to President Donald Trump to maintain a strong line against Moscow. Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said they would introduce a sanctions bill identical to one that passed the Senate on June 15. ‘It’s identical to the Senate-passed bill,’ a Democratic committee aide said, but since it will be labeled as a House bill, it would avoid a procedural issue that prompted House Republican leaders to send the measure back to the Senate. Democrats accused House Republicans of stalling the bill in order to weaken it after the Trump administration expressed concern about provisions setting up a process for Congress to approve any of Trump’s efforts to ease sanctions on Moscow.” [editor’s note: Is it really “news” that the Blue wing of the War Party is just as bent on World War III as the Red one (or that Trump may be the only actual drag on this)? – SAT] (07/12/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions-idUSKBN19X1ZV

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5) Assange: I urged Trump Jr. to publish Russia emails via WikiLeaks
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder, has claimed that he contacted Donald Trump Jr and tried to persuade him to publish emails showing he was eager to accept sensitive information about Hillary Clinton via the anti-secrecy website. Instead, the US president’s eldest son did so via Twitter, igniting a firestorm of criticism around his apparent willingness to work with the Russian government against his father’s Democratic rival. ‘Contacted Trump Jr this morning on why he should publish his emails (i.e with us),’ tweeted Assange, who is based at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. ‘Two hours later, does it himself.’ Asked by another Twitter user to explain, Assange elaborated: ‘I argued that his enemies have it — so why not the public?'” (07/12/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jul/11/julian-assange-donald-trump-jr-wikileaks

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6) Trump regime limits government use of Kaspersky Lab software
Source: Reuters

“The Trump administration on Tuesday removed Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab from two lists of approved vendors used by government agencies to purchase technology equipment, amid concerns the cyber security firm’s products could be used by the Kremlin to gain entry into U.S. networks. The delisting represents the most concrete action taken against Kaspersky following months of mounting suspicion among intelligence officials and lawmakers that the company may be too closely connected to hostile Russian intelligence agencies accused of cyber attacks on the United States.” [editor’s note: The only real question is “which competing vendor drummed up this fake concern?” – TLK] (07/12/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-kasperskylab-idUSKBN19W2W2

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7) Me want cocaine? Drugs found inside Cookie Monster doll
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A stash of cocaine hidden inside a Cookie Monster doll has landed a Florida man in jail on a drug charge. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Wednesday that 39-year-old Camus McNair was arrested after a traffic stop in the Florida Keys involving a car with heavily tinted windows and an obscured license plate. A deputy smelled marijuana odor after pulling over McNair’s car, then searched a backpack in the car and found the Cookie Monster doll. The deputy noticed the doll seemed heavier than it should and a slit had been cut into it.” [editor’s note: Why do these idiots (a) drive with “obscured license plates”; and (b) smoke weed while carrying something “harder”? Are they trying to get busted? – SAT] (07/12/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Me-want-cocaine-Drugs-found-inside-Cookie-11283746.php

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8) First object “teleported” to Earth’s orbit
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Chinese researchers have teleported a photon from the Gobi desert to a satellite orbiting five hundred kilometres above the earth. This is achieved through quantum entanglement, a process where two particles react as one with no physical connection between them. Hooke Professor of Experimental Physics at Oxford University Ian Walmsley tells the World At One how quantum entanglement works and how teleportation could be utilised.” [editor’s note: The one advance from Star Trek I’ve always wanted to see … Teleport to Fenway Park for a Sox game, and be home for dinner! Is this finally the first step? – SAT] (07/12/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/av/science-environment-40573621/first-object-teleported-to-earth-s-orbit

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9) Australia: Plane passenger checks in can of beer
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“A man has successfully checked in a can of beer as his only luggage on a domestic flight in Australia. The man, identified in media as Dean Stinson, said he and a friend had come up with the idea as a joke. The can arrived, tagged and unopened, as the first item on the baggage carousel at Perth Airport after a four-hour journey from Melbourne. The airline, Qantas, said it did not encourage other travellers to follow suit. ‘This guy’s done it and he’s won the internet for the day, so we’re happy to move on,’ a spokesman said in a statement to the BBC.” [editor’s note: One question … How do you avoid the can exploding under the high-pressure of an airplane in flight? Otherwise, I’d have done this with a case or sixpack of local craft beer long ago – SAT] (07/12/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-40577923

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10) Russia: Regime working on stealthy “nuclear train”
Source: Metro [UK]

“Russia has revealed that it’s prepared to begin work on a stealthy ‘nuclear train’ — which can launch hydrogen bombs thousands of miles across the world. The Barguzin railroad combat missile complex can launch six thermonuclear missiles per train — and is disguised as an ordinary freight train. The idea is that it can’t be wiped out in a pre-emptive strike — allowing Russia to ‘shoot back’ regardless. Russia also said it was ready to begin work on its notorious ‘Satan 2’ missile, which can carry 10 thermonuclear warheads, enough to devastate an entire country.” [editor’s note: In other words, a Russian implementation of the old MX/LGM-118 rail deployment proposal – TLK] (07/12/17)

http://metro.co.uk/2017/07/12/world-war-3-russia-working-on-stealthy-nuclear-train-of-mass-destruction-6772691/

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11) Physician: Obamacare “failing” because GOP & insurers determined to kill it
Source: Raw Story

“A Maine physician penned a blistering op-ed piece for The Hill that said the only reason the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is ‘failing’ is because Republicans refuse to reign in insurers and drug companies and because the Act was never properly implemented to begin with. ‘I am so tired of the blame game,’ wrote Cathleen London, M.D. on Wednesday. Critics like President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) insist that the ACA … is ‘failing,’ ‘broken’ and locked in a ‘death spiral.’ … ‘No, it is not,’ said London (who invented a low-cost alternative to the EpiPen rescue device when EpiPen’s makers massively inflated the price). ‘What is broken is the greed of insurance companies, their executives and shareholders as well as pharmaceutical companies and other large entities who seek to make money in medicine.'” [editor’s note: I would note that (despite her laudable good works combating the Epipen sham) she is not an economist, nor does she play one on TV – SAT] (07/12/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/obamacare-is-failing-because-the-gop-and-insurers-are-determined-to-kill-it-physician

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12) ME: Democratic legislator blasted for “threatening” post about Trump
Source: Raw Story

“A Democratic state lawmaker in Maine called President Donald Trump ‘a joke’ and made a threatening remark about him in a Facebook post that drew a sharp condemnation by the head of the state’s Republican party ‘Trump was installed by the Russians, because they wanted to undermine American democracy and embarrass our country. Mission accomplished. Trump is a joke,’ Representative Scott Hamann wrote in a comment posted to a friend’s Facebook page on Tuesday. ‘Trump is a half-term president, at most, especially if I ever get within 10 feet of that pussy.’ The chair of the state Republican party, Demi Kouzounas, called on the Democratic speaker of the Maine House of Representatives to take action after Hamann posted his lengthy message about Trump late on Tuesday. ‘Perhaps the most alarming aspect of this tirade is an implied death threat against our president,’ Kouzounas said in a statement. ‘The best way I can describe these comments is simple: Unhinged, dangerous.'” [editor’s note: I guess talking about grabbing is fine, but talking about getting near is not? – SAT] (07/12/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/maine-democratic-lawmaker-blasted-for-threatening-post-about-trump

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13) Germany: Arrests in theft of biggest gold coin
Source: Business Standard [India]

“Police in the German capital on Wednesday carried out a series of searches and arrests in relation to the recent theft of a Canadian gold coin valued at $4 million, the largest ever minted in the world. The huge disc, named ‘Big Maple Leaf’ and weighing about 100 kg (221 pounds), was stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum on March 27, Efe news reported. ‘We are at the moment conducting searches and executing arrest warrants in several places in Berlin concerning the break-in at the Bode Museum in March,’ Berlin police said on Twitter. The coin, minted in 2007 within a very limited series, is made of 99.999 per cent pure gold and has a portrait of British Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a Canadian maple leaf on the other.” (07/12/17)

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/germany-makes-arrests-over-theft-of-biggest-gold-coin-117071200849_1.html

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14) Trump unloads on Hillary over double standard
Source: Fox News

“President Trump ripped Hillary Clinton and fellow Democrats Wednesday over what he described as a double standard for their respective associates’ alleged coordination with foreign governments in the 2016 campaign. The president has been on defense over fresh revelations of a meeting his eldest son held last year with a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Clinton. But Trump used his widely followed Twitter account Wednesday to draw attention to a Washington Times article claiming Democrats had used false information from Russia to attack him and his campaign. ‘@WashTimes states “Democrats have willfully used Moscow disinformation to influence the presidential election against Donald Trump,”‘ the president tweeted. ‘Why aren’t the same standards placed on the Democrats. Look what Hillary Clinton may have gotten away with. Disgraceful!’ he added.” (07/12/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/12/trump-unloads-on-hillary-over-double-standard-amid-reports-dems-also-got-foreign-help.html

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15) Steve King: Use Planned Parenthood, food stamp money to fund Berlin … er, border … wall
Source: Fox News

“Rep. Steve King [R-IA] argued Wednesday that Congress should build President Trump’s border wall by taking money from Planned Parenthood and federal food stamps. On CNN, King said he supports the $1.6 billion in funding that the House is considering as a start for building the wall. But he said he’d add another $5 billion if he had his way. ‘And I would find half of a billion dollars of that right out of Planned Parenthood’s budget,’ he said. ‘And the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people that haven’t worked in three generations. We’ve got to put America back to work, and this administration will do it.'” [editor’s note: Defund those? Okay. Use the money for anything but tax cuts and deficit reduction? Nope! – SAT] (07/12/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/12/steve-king-use-planned-parenthood-food-stamp-money-to-fund-border-wall.html

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16) IRS boss Koskinen backs tax reform [sic], calls system “a mess”
Source: Fox News

“IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Wednesday that the agency fully supports tax reform efforts, acknowledging the existing U.S. tax code is such a ‘mess’ that even he struggles to fill out his federal returns. ‘Nobody’s more supportive of tax simplification than the IRS. … The tax code is a mess. It is difficult for the IRS commissioner to fill out his tax returns,’ Koskinen, who has a Yale law degree, told Fox News at a Washington, D.C., conference on improving government services. Koskinen, who became commissioner in 2013 under then-President Barack Obama, made clear the agency doesn’t meddle in policy but said he started talking with the new administration about tax reform just weeks after then-candidate Donald Trump was elected and the IRS continues to offer help.” [editor’s note: Repeal, but do not replace – SAT] (07/12/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/12/irs-boss-koskinen-backs-tax-reform-calls-system-mess.html

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17) Report: Animal extinction happens more often than you think
Source: USA Today

“As the world experiences its sixth mass extinction event, species are disappearing at a rate of 1,000 to 10,000 times more than the Earth’s natural extinction rate, according to the World Wildlife Fund. That could amount to losing hundreds or even thousands of species each year. The blame for the most recent mass extinction isn’t natural disasters, natural climate changes or even devastating meteor strikes — it’s humans, says Noah Greenwald, the Endangered Species Director at the Center for Biological Diversity. ‘I think when you consider that we’ve greatly accelerated the rate of extinction, and that our population is constantly growing, our consumption is beginning to grow and now we’re actually changing the climate, we’re looking at a massive loss in diversity.'” (07/12/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/12/animal-extinction-happens-more-often-than-you-think/473465001

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18) Viagra might make for a safer, more effective stent
Source: Arizona Daily Star

“It’s worked wonders for men battling erectile dysfunction, and now early research suggests that Viagra — when added to artery-opening stents — might cut a patient’s odds for clots. Stents are tiny mesh tubes surgically inserted to prop up failing blood vessels. But as South Korean researchers explained, these devices can become less effective over time as the growth of tissue around the metal device narrows the artery again. But in their new study in rats, the researchers found that coating stents with Viagra (sildenafil) might help prevent this re-closure from happening.” (07/11/17)

http://tucson.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/viagra-might-make-for-a-safer-more-effective-stent/article_a97e8a2d-d030-564f-acdc-0a62c75f2b92.html

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19) TN: Cities adjust to law letting guns in buses & hubs
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The city of Nashville fought a losing battle this spring as a state law passed that lets people with gun permits enter city buses and its main bus terminal with their guns. Nashville is now among several cities in Tennessee to tweak its bus system rules just enough to follow the new law without advertising that guns can be carried more freely. To comply with the law, which took effect July 1, Nashville changed its transit system’s code of conduct, which had banned all weapons, to banning only those that are ‘unauthorized.’ No mention is made of the new law.” (07/12/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/education/article/Tennessee-cities-adjust-to-law-letting-guns-in-11283689.php

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20) Japanese blogger discovers “Amelia Earhart” photo in book published before her disappearance
Source: Yahoo! News

“An 80-year-old mystery seemed to get a new development last week when experts released a photo they alleged showed Amelia Earhart alive in the Marshall Islands after her plane vanished on an around-the-world trip. But now a Japanese blogger is debunking the discovery. … on Tuesday, a blogger The Guardian identified as military history buff Kota Yamano published a post showing the image in question in a book from 1935 — two years before Earhart even left on her trip.” (07/12/17)

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/amelia-earhart-photo-disproven-japanese-200137286.html

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21) MA: Border Patrol thugs abduct, deport Iranian cancer researcher
Source: NBC News

“An Iranian cancer researcher who was detained at Boston’s Logan International Airport has been sent back to his home country. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokeswoman Stephanie Malin said Mohsen Dehnavi and his family were put on a return flight shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Dehnavi was arriving in the U.S. to start work at a prominent Boston hospital. Boston Children’s Hospital said in a statement earlier Tuesday that Dehnavi was prevented from entering the country with his wife and three young children despite holding a J-1 visa for visiting scholars.” (07/12/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/detained-iranian-researcher-sent-back-home-country-n782046

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22) Sessions wants to revive “DARE” propaganda program
Source: Rolling Stone

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions is advocating to reinstate the D.A.R.E. program, an anti-drug curriculum launched in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department, which has been criticized for being ineffective. … The program is already making a comeback in several communities, according to D.A.R.E.’s website, with Weymouth, MA, and Lake County, FL, among the areas to recently revive the program. Sessions added that the Department of Justice would work together with state and local authorities, along with its enlisting D.A.R.E., to stop drug dealers.” [editor’s note: Whether or not DARE is “effective” is a question of what it’s goals are. Those goals seem to boil down to raising tens of millions of dollars to pay cops to lie to kids. It’s been pretty effective at that; at scaring them into believing the lies, not so much – TLK] (07/12/17)

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/attorney-general-jeff-sessions-wants-to-revive-dare-w491886

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23) Scarborough announces he’s leaving the Republican Party
Source: New York Daily News

“Joe Scarborough has left the party. The ‘Morning Joe’ host and former Republican congressman announced on ‘The Late Show’ Tuesday that he’s leaving the GOP. ‘I am a Republican but I’m not going to be a Republican anymore,’ Scarborough told host Stephen Colbert. ‘I’ve got to become an Independent.’ … Scarborough, who served in the House from 1995 to 2001, was once a favorite of President Trump, but the two have since parted ways as the attacks got nastier.” (07/12/17)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/joe-scarborough-announces-late-show-leaving-gop-article-1.3318813

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24) An iceberg the size of Delaware has broken off Antarctica
Source: The Verge

“An iceberg roughly the size of Delaware and weighing more than a trillion tons has broken off an ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula. The calving off of the 2,500 square miles iceberg from the Larsen C ice-shelf was detected and confirmed in data from NASA, but scientists say the iceberg was already floating before it separated and therefore has no immediate impact on sea level. The iceberg had been closely monitored by scientists for months, as a deep crack slowly extended for over 120 miles.” (07/12/17)

https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/12/15957870/section-of-larsen-c-ice-shelf-breaks-off

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25) China: Regime ships troops to Djibouti to set up first overseas base
Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Personnel have departed to begin setting up China’s first overseas military base, in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa. China has officially designated the Red Sea base as a logistics facility. … Several countries have set up shop in Djibouti – which borders Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia — a vital port and a model of stability in an otherwise volatile region. The United States, France, Japan, Italy and Spain already have bases in the country, and Saudi Arabia has begun construction on one. … In a front-page commentary, the People’s Liberation Army Daily claimed that the base would increase the military’s ability to ensure global order. China already has many UN peacekeepers in Africa and has become quite involved in patrolling for pirates. The People’s Liberation Army Daily assured its readers that China would not seek military expansionism or get into arms races, no matter what.” (07/12/17)

http://www.dw.com/en/china-ships-troops-to-djibouti-to-set-up-first-overseas-base/a-39650886

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

26) A reminder: “Net Neutrality” is also an Internet censorship Enabling Act
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“The main — and quite sound — argument against Net Neutrality is that it is a subsidy to Big Content at the expense of ISP customers. That is, Netflix and Amazon and Google don’t want to pay the costs of building and maintaining fatter pipes to carry their high-bandwidth content (e.g. streaming high-definition video). Rather than be the ones hiking subscription fees or advertising rates for their customers, they prefer to let the ISPs be the bad guys who have to put bandwidth limits on customers to reduce net congestion, and jack up the monthly ISP bill for the little old lady who checks her email twice a day and looks at some pictures of cats to cover the costs of building and maintaining the pipes for the binge-streamers. But there’s another big problem with the ‘Net Neutrality’ rule.”

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/07/a-reminder-net-neutrality-is-also.html

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27) Comply or die: The police state’s answer to free speech is brute force
Source: CounterPunch
by John W Whitehead

“Militarized police. Riot squads. Camouflage gear. Black uniforms. Armored vehicles. Mass arrests. Pepper spray. Tear gas. Batons. Strip searches. Surveillance cameras. Kevlar vests. Drones. Lethal weapons. Less-than-lethal weapons unleashed with deadly force. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Stun grenades. Arrests of journalists. Crowd control tactics. Intimidation tactics. Brutality. This is not the language of freedom. This is not even the language of law and order. This is the language of force. Unfortunately, this is how the government at all levels — federal, state and local — now responds to those who choose to exercise their First Amendment right to peacefully assemble in public and challenge the status quo.” (07/12/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/12/comply-or-die-the-police-states-answer-to-free-speech-is-brute-force/

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28) The tragedy of the commons in the American prison system
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Chris Calton

“Where legislators and police officers have in-built incentives to send as many people through the courts as possible, a similar incentive is faced by judges and prosecutors to send defendants through the prison system. Because all judges and prosecutors share common access to prison space with no individual cost for doing so, there is zero incentive for the limitation on the sentence sought by the individual prosecutor or handed down by the individual judge. … Legislators, again, also have an incentive to crowd the prison commons. To market themselves as ‘Drug Warriors,’ they are incentivized to pass mandatory minimum sentencing laws, which are often even more severe at the state level than the federal.” (07/12/17)

https://mises.org/blog/tragedy-commons-american-prison-system

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29) De facto federal legislation of cryptocurrency is nigh
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“An upcoming meeting of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) is likely to change how law enforcement across the U.S. approaches bitcoin. Right now, the meeting is under the radar, but its fallout could soon make a pivotal debate flare on a state-by-state level.” (07/11/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/federal-legislation-cryptocurrency-nigh/

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30) Can a libertarian free city take root and flourish in Asia?
Source: HubPages
by Garry Reed

“Libertarian seasteading, free republic, micronation, new country and new city projects have been attempted for many years with little to show for the various efforts. The latest is Mu Aye Pu in the Karen people’s homeland in Burma.” (07/11/17)

https://hubpages.com/politics/Can-a-Libertarian-Free-City-Take-Root-and-Flourish-in-Asia

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31) The abolitionist of Walden Pond
Source: In These Times
by Dayton Martindale

“‘Henry Thoreau,’ wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘is like the wood god who solicits the wandering poet. … Very seductive are the first steps from the town to the woods, but the End is want & madness.’ He meant this as a knock–Thoreau’s friend and mentor was also a critic. But 200 years after Thoreau’s birth on July 12, 1817, the wood god of Walden Pond continues to seduce wandering poets, philosophers and revolutionaries the world over. His sylvan siren song has beguiled some of history’s most influential rebels, from Mahatma Gandhi to Martin Luther King Jr., Emma Goldman to Edward Abbey. Their transformative legacies suggest the ‘want & madness’ found by Emerson weren’t the end, but a beginning. Notre Dame professor Laura Dassow Walls explores this enduring appeal in the new biography Henry David Thoreau: A Life. Thoreau lived through years of tumult … With a resolute individualism and devotion to the public good, he committed to a life of dissent, prodding and badgering his neighbors into consciousness.” [editor’s note: Thoreau and Emerson, icons of voluntaryism and civil disobedience .. and peace – SAT] (07/12/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20322/the-abolitionist-of-walden-pond

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32) Donald Trump Jr. was within his rights to meet with Russian lawyer
Source: USA Today
by James Robbins

“The saying in the Watergate days was that ‘it’s not the crime but the cover-up.’ These days, you don’t need a crime or a cover-up to trigger outsized political outrage, just a heavy dose of bad optics. The latest hyperventilating from the anti-Trump crowd is over a chain of emails from June 3-8, 2016 between Donald Trump Jr. and music producer Rob Goldstone. Goldstone was acting as an intermediary to set up a meeting between Trump and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. According to Goldstone, the purpose of the meeting would be to pass along ‘very high level and sensitive information’ that ‘would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia.’ Goldstone opined that this was ‘part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.'” [editor’s note: It turns out there was nothing, but as the column’s subheading asks, “What if there [was] truly damaging information about Hillary Clinton? Any journalist would invoke the public’s right to know.” – SAT] (07/11/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/07/11/donald-trump-jr-within-his-rights-russia-meeting-james-robbins-column/469427001

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33) Stupid hostile media
Source: Town Hall
by John Stossel

“President Donald Trump drives people crazy. Especially those in the media. They hate him so much, they leap on every anti-Trump rumor. The Federalist’s Jordyn Pair points out that the press repeatedly told us that a dozen Trump administration members were about to be fired, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Press Secretary Sean Spicer and strategists Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner. Months later, all still work for or with the administration. I actually wish Sessions had been fired, but Trump’s staff reshufflings are no more frequent than those of other administrations, including President Obama’s. The media so desperately want something bad to happen, to prove Trump’s unqualified, that they blow stuff up. New York Times writers are so upset by Trump’s rants against them that they act like he’s a Venezuelan dictator who will shut them down. (Wait, don’t Times socialists like Venezuelan dictators?)” [editor’s note: The best part here is later on, when John attacks the “leader of the free world” nonsense – SAT] (07/12/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2017/07/12/stupid-hostile-media-n2353417

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34) Why are Republicans pushing for a new tax on advertising?
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Terry Schilling

“Let’s not forget that the American Revolution was fought in large part over the Stamp Act, an advertising tax that imposed a fee of two shillings for every ad. The tax was hated to such a high degree that the then-British colonists coalesced together to intimidate stamp collectors into resigning. For that reason, the tax only managed to last for about a year. When the colonists finally had the chance to form their own country, they ensured that the Constitution, through the First Amendment, prohibited the government from regulating the freedom of speech and the press. To this day, taxing or regulating advertising remains unconstitutional. That’s why in Thomas v. Collins (1945), the Supreme Court made clear that free speech includes goods like advertisements, saying: ‘The idea is not sound … that the First Amendment’s safeguards are wholly inapplicable to business or economic activity.'” (07/12/17)

https://fee.org/articles/why-are-republicans-pushing-for-a-new-tax-on-advertising/

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35) The United States has no fiscal space left
Source: Heartland Institute
by Barry Poulson & John Merrifield

“Some economists argue the current low interest rates have expanded the ‘fiscal space’ for countries to pursue expansionary fiscal policies, using long-term bonds to lock in interest rates. Deficits in the medium term are justified as a stimulus to economic recovery and to finance investments for long-term economic growth. That view is challenged by economists who argue that high debt-to-GDP ratios have reduced — and in some cases eliminated — fiscal space, and that expansionary fiscal policies have exposed at least some countries to the risk of default.” (07/12/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/07/the-united-states-has-no-fiscal-space-left/

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36) Israel: The first qualification is inexperience
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“The upheaval finally reached Israel Monday, at least the small dusty corner of Israel known as the Labor Party. From there it might spread. Until now, Israelis have had to watch foreign news reports for the politics of insurgency, of ‘we’re mad as hell,’ of ‘give us anything but the people we know’: socialist Bernie Sanders nearly taking over the Democratic Party, serially bankrupt businessman Donald Trump taking over the Republican Party and then the United States, centrist technocrat Emmanuel Macron blowing away every established party and getting elected president of France. … Monday the Labor Party elected as its new leader an outsider named Avi Gabbay. Gabbay has only been a member of Labor for six months. If a membership card was mailed to him, it may not have arrived yet, given the state of the Israeli post office.” (07/12/17)

http://prospect.org/article/first-qualification-inexperience

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37) Can majoring in philosophy make you a better person?
Source: EconLog
by Amy Willis

“That’s a question that EconTalk host Russ Roberts poses to University of Chicago philosopher Martha Nussbaum in this week’s EconTalk episode. Roberts expresses his concern that we’ve lost sight of character development in the modern age, and wonders whether the pursuit of philosophy and the humanities more broadly might mitigate that problem. In response, Nussbaum gives an assessment and an appeal for the Humanities in universities today.” (07/12/17)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2017/07/can_majoring_in.html

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38) Regulating the gig economy will hurt workers and consumers
Source: Cato Institute
by Ryan Bourne

“The publication of Matthew Taylor’s employment review today has re-opened the debate on the ‘gig’ or ‘sharing’ economy. Trade unions, politicians and commentators seem to see these platform technologies as a troublesome challenge, given they do not conform to existing business models on which employment legislation has been predicated. But, dear readers, that is the whole point of these new forms of business. New regulations or rights granted to gig economy sellers will merely cost those sellers and buyers in other ways, and stifle innovation in these sectors.” (07/11/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/regulating-gig-economy-will-hurt-workers-consumers

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39) Republicans tainted by Trump’s Russia scandal [sic] Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“The liberal hope that President Donald Trump could be impeached is no longer a mere daydream. As The New York Times revealed Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. met last June with a Kremlin-connected lawyer for the explicit purpose of obtaining purported dirt on Hillary Clinton that was dug up as part of the Russian government’s effort to help his father’s campaign. … This is by far the best evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, entangling not only the other parties involved … including the president himself. Yet if the path toward impeachment is becoming easier to imagine, there still remain formidable political hurdles to such an outcome because of the Republican Party’s grip on the legislative branch.” [editor’s note: Smoke and mirrors, Deflategate III, “evidence” that conversations took place, possibly involving criminal actions by Hillary’s people. Do the Democrats really want the truth to come out here? – SAT] (07/12/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/143827/republicans-tainted-trumps-russia-scandal

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40) Chicago doesn’t need more gun control
Source: spiked
by Tom Bailey

“Both sides have a point. You don’t have to be an anti-gun liberal to concede that the number of guns in Chicago plays a role in the violence. While non-gun-related murders in New York are roughly on a par with Chicago, the number of gun-related murders in Chicago is far higher. And you don’t have to be a conservative to concede that another big factor here is the strength of the police response. The fewer guns in New York is partly down to tough policing measures, typified by Rudy Giuliani’s time as mayor, such as stop-and-frisk, higher minimum sentences for illegal possession of firearms, and increased police presence in high-crime areas. But neither side gets to the heart of the problem. Instead, both call for alternative illiberal measures.” (07/12/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/chicago-doesnt-need-more-gun-control/

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41) Big Brother can force Facebook, Yelp to unmask users
Source: The American Conservative
by Frank Miniter

“In a case that could crack the foundation of online freedom, Judge Diane J. Humetewa of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona ruled that the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ) can force a private company like Facebook, Yelp, or Twitter, to give up your identity simply because you expressed an opinion online. This ruling occurred after the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained a grand jury subpoena to make Glassdoor, an online job-review website, hand over the identities of eight people (the DOJ initially wanted 125 individuals’ IDs). The DOJ wanted their internet protocol (IP) addresses, credit card information, and other personal details so it could question these individuals and perhaps compel them to testify against a company under a DOJ fraud investigation.” (07/12/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/big-brother-can-force-facebook-yelp-to-unmask-users/

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42) Medicare for all is coming, no matter what they say
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“The idea of Medicare for All, or single-payer health care, has grown in popularity so quickly that it was recently an answer on the quiz show Jeopardy. … More than half of all Americans, 53 percent, now want a single-payer plan, up from 40 percent in 1998-2000. But at the same time, Medicare for All suffers from the rise of a new growth industry: telling Americans what can’t be done to make their lives better. It seems like the nation that used to pride itself on its ‘can-do’ spirit is constantly being told, ‘No, we can’t.’ Why do critics oppose this idea, which could improve the lives of so many?” [editor’s note: I dunno, maybe because it continues to focus on Insurance and “coverage” instead of affordable wellness as it should be? – SAT] (07/12/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170711/the-naysayers-are-wrong-medicare-for-all-is-coming

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43) The ethics of funding and the argumentum ad Kochum
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Steve Horwitz

“A question for my colleagues in ethics and related areas: what are the obligations to disclose funding sources and possible conflicts of interest in an academic setting? Some are obvious: if I write a study on smoking funded by a tobacco company or on climate change funded by ExxonMobil, the obligation is clear. The principle here is that the results of the study could have a direct effect on the sponsor’s financial situation, which at least gives a reason to be suspicious of the study (though not to reject it out of hand). That suspicion would seem to require disclosure. But what about those of us who have taken money from and worked with Koch-funded organizations?” (07/12/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/07/ethics-funding-disclosure-argumentum-ad-kochum/

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44) If economics is just a religion then worth getting the tenets right
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by Tim Worstall

“The Guardian has a long read about how economics is just a religion, doncha’ know, and therefore something or other. The thing being that if you want to claim something is a religion then it’s worth working out the details of what the tenets are. We do not comment upon Methodism for example, we do not know what split the Primitive and Wesleyan types nor what prompted them to become United either. We do not wade into such debates therefore. This has not stopped John Rapley of course …” (07/12/17)

https://www.adamsmith.org/blog/if-economics-is-just-a-religion-then-worth-getting-the-tenets-right

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45) Was Trump Junior framed?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“As a storm breaks over Washington, and the details of foreign ‘collusion’ and intrigue over the 2016 presidential election break out into the open, I just happened to be re-reading Gore Vidal’s The Golden Age, a novel set in the run up to World War II in which pretty much the same plot line plays out on the same terrain. The novel is a reminder that nothing has really changed since 1940, except in terms of scale. … The drama now playing out in the headlines has all the same elements: foreign agents plotting to sway the nation’s destiny, the looming threat of war, and dirty tricks aplenty. Speaking of which: just how, exactly, did the three anonymous sources cited by the New York Times come to possess Donald Trump, Jr.’s emails? It is a measure of the Deep State’s desperation that, by this device, they have blown their cover and openly, brazenly, come out as the coup plotters they are.” (07/12/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/07/11/trump-junior-framed/

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46) The road to Afghanistan peace does not lie in Kabul
Source: Reuters
by Rahmatullah Nabil & Melissa Skorka

“Given wide-ranging authority by the Trump White House to determine its own course of action, the Pentagon is now considering troop levels in Afghanistan. But as the U.S. administration decides on a military strategy, the last 16 years have shown that Washington cannot rely solely on its troops to secure the Afghan state or stop groups like the Taliban from using the country as a base for attacks against the West. The U.S. must pursue political solutions as well. For Washington, that task includes looking beyond buttressing the Kabul regime to engaging with major regional powers, namely Pakistan, China, and India. A fresh approach to Islamabad is particularly important. Trump must increase the pressure Washington is putting on Pakistan to contain the expansion of the sanctuary it provides for extremists like the Haqqanis – today one of the most influential Islamist militant organizations in South Asia.” (07/12/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nabil-afghanistan-commentary-idUSKBN19W2MS

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47) Mr. Jetson, call your office
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Increasingly, people are worrying about robots. They’re taking our jobs, we’re told. Soon, all we’ll have left are robots. Massive unemployment! While some find this scenario utopia and bliss, it sounds dreadful to me. Silver-plated lining is, I doubt it.” (07/12/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/07/12/mr-jetson-call-your-office/

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48) Cory Doctorow’s “fully automated communist civilization”
Source: Reason
by Katherine Mangu-Ward

Interview with Cory Doctorow. Doctorow: “What science fiction does is not predictive, but it is sometimes diagnostic. Because across all the science fiction that has been written and is being written, and all the stuff that’s being greenlit by editors or has been greenlit by editors, and all the stuff that readers can find and raise up or ignore — there’s a kind of natural selection at work. The stuff that resonates with our aspirations and fears about technology and our futures, that stuff gets buoyed by market forces, by the marketplace of ideas, and becomes a really excellent tool for knowing what’s in the minds of the world.” (for publication 08/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/07/12/cory-doctorows-fully-automated

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49) Conservative follies on ObamaCare
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Let’s remind ourselves of the central feature of Obamacare: coercion. Under former President Obama’s program, the federal government orders Americans to purchase healthcare insurance. If they fail or refuse to do so, government officials punish them. How can such a mandate possibly be reconciled with the principles of a genuinely free society? It can’t be.” (07/12/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/07/12/conservative-follies-obamacare/

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50) Was Missouri always like this?
Source: Show-Me Institute
by Joseph Haslag & Michael Austin

“The year 1997 marks a grim turning point for Missouri. In the 10 years before 1997, Missouri’s economic growth had kept pace with that of the nation as a whole. Since 1997, Missouri has been one of the slowest-growing states in the nation. What happened — and why? This essay explores those questions, analyzing the decline in Missouri’s fortunes by looking specifically at taxation and state spending for clues.” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (07/11/17)

http://showmeinstitute.org/blog/employment-jobs/was-missouri-always

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51) Essex County College wrongly fires professor over controversial TV spot
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Ari Cohn

“A recent nationwide outbreak of faculty censorship has left adjunct faculty members — who lack the formal protections of tenure — particularly vulnerable when publicly expressing their views on contemporary political issues. In a particularly notable instance, Newark, New Jersey’s Essex County College has been embroiled since early June in a controversy over its treatment of Lisa Durden, a political commentator and adjunct professor in the English department. On June 6, Durden appeared as a guest on a segment of ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ on Fox News. Durden appeared on the segment in her personal capacity as a political commentator. She did not identify herself as a faculty member at ECC, nor claim to speak for ECC, nor did Fox News identify her relationship with ECC. … When she arrived on ECC’s campus to teach her class on June 8, Durden was intercepted by a member of the ECC administration and told that she had been suspended until further notice.” (07/11/17)

https://www.thefire.org/essex-county-college-wrongly-fires-professor-over-controversial-tv-spot/

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52) Don’t believe in gender grab bag
Source: Eastern New Mexico News
by Kent McManigal

“Opinions don’t dictate reality; reality is independent of mere opinion, and the reality is that your fundamental human rights don’t depend on your gender. As a human you have the full complement of human rights — life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness — just because you are alive. End of story. The outdated view, from back when people believed rights depended on who or what you were and could be added to or taken away, has run its course. It’s out of steam. Time to discard that superstition and move on. It’s why I see both sides of the argument over gender identities as socially destructive and a distraction.” [editor’s note: The right take, of course. Too bad McManigal opens the piece by mistakenly conflating gender identity with biological sex (and getting the latter wrong as well – TLK] (07/12/17)

http://www.easternnewmexiconews.com/story/2017/07/12/voices/dont-believe-in-gender-grab-bag/153126.html

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53) Macron’s African statement ignores human ingenuity
Source: Acton Institute
by Rev. Ben Johnson

“A French media outlet has captured an otherwise unnoticed comment from French President Emmanuel Macron that Africa is overpopulated. When asked about a possible ‘Marshall Plan for Africa,’ Macron listed among the continent’s current problems the need for ‘demographic transition,’ lamenting the fact that some African ‘countries still have seven to eight children per woman.’ His concerns seem particularly worth examining today on World Population Day.” (07/11/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/07/11/macrons-african-statement-ignores-human-ingenuity

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54) Black and white, unite and fight!
Source: Attack The System
by Keith Preston

“[T]the Black Lives Matter campaign began as a direct reaction to police violence against members of the Black community. That, in itself, is perfectly understandable. However, as a result of persistently trying to portray all Black people as victims and claiming that police repression is a result of ‘racism,’ the group has done far more harm than good and much of their outrage — which, again, is perfectly understandable — is based on ressentiment and a lust for revenge. Meanwhile, the Right’s predictable response to Black Lives Matter is to claim that most of the people who have been murdered by the police are themselves criminals and that they had it coming. Now, if it was ever officially decreed that instantaneous execution should be the penalty for criminality then most people in America, Black or White, would immediately be wiped from the face of the earth. Inevitably, therefore, by reacting to the racially-centred approach of Black Lives Matter in this ridicuous manner those on the Right inevitably justify the brutality of violent police officers and, thus, the institutional criminality of those who allow these murderers to patrol the streets in the first place.” (07/11/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/07/11/black-and-white-unite-and-fight/

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55) Fools for phony wars: “America, love it or …”
Source: OpEdNews
by Philip A Farruggio

“John mentioned collateral damage and its devastating effects. Not even taking a breath or a moment to ponder the question, the guy shot back, ‘That’s what happens in wars. Innocent people always get hurt or killed.’ I looked at his two young children, ages four and six, and asked him how he would react if they became, God forbid, collateral damage? He got really ticked off and took his kids and rode away.” (07/11/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Fools-for-Phony-Wars–Am-by-Philip-A-Farruggi-America-Culture-Of-Violence_American-Hegemony_Bush_Invasion-170712-295.html

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

56) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 626
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“From the mouth of Fed Chair Janet Yellen, ‘I don’t believe we will see another financial crisis in our lifetime.’ I had to reread the quote three times. From there my mind began to race working all the angles. Why would she say that? What political or economic gain could come from such a ridiculous statement. I am at a loss which leaves me with only one answer. Yellen is drinking her own Kool-Aid and actually believes she can control the market.” [various formats] (07/12/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/626-has-yellen-gone-insane/

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57) The Tom Woods Show, episode 950
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Justin Nguyen is prepared to move beyond theory and into practice with his innovative approach to the environment and waste management. The market, he says, can do a better and more efficient job, and more creatively to boot, than the state.” [various formats] (07/12/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-950-case-study-how-the-market-better-provides-a-state-service/

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58) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 65
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #65, I discuss how the FBI creates terrorists. The FBI will bribe or blackmail Arabs in the US to become informants. The informants often target disenfranchised young Muslim Arabs then radicalize or entrap them. At times, informants use US foreign policy to radicalize someone. On other occasions, informants befriend people, then leverage that friendship to get them to play a small role in a fake terror plot. The FBI always brags about the arrests, but rarely informs the US how the FBI created the ‘terrorist’ in the first place. I also update Russia, US weapon sales, Saudi/Qatar, Syria, Mosul, and Yemen.” [various formats] (07/12/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-65-the-fbi-creates-then-arrests-terrorists

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59) Scott Adams on Tucker Carlson Tonigh
Source: Fox News

“In case you had something better to do last night, here is the clip for my chat with Tucker Carlson on Fox News last night.” [editor’s note: If you have not been paying attention to this guy already, I urge you to start now – SAT] [Flash video] (07/12/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/162905057201/my-chat-about-russia-with-tucker-carlson

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60) Intercepted Podcast, 07/12/17
Source: The Intercept

“This week on Intercepted: Don Jr. is in the shit throne over a secret meeting he had with a Russian lawyer that was brokered by a D-list music agent. Could this be, as many in the media are claiming, the smoking gun of Russia collusion? Or are these people just really fucking dumb? Both? Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald weighs in. Rachel Maddow spent 20 minutes in primetime discussing a forged document sent to her MSNBC show. The forgery was created using a real document published by The Intercept. Glenn spoke to the alleged forger about why they did it and tells us what they said. (The fake document, which the forger said they sent to Maddow is below, if you want to play along from home). Jeremy gives an update on the latest Erik Prince/Trump administration shenanigans. And Intercept reporters Alice Speri and Alleen Brown talk about the shadowy mercenary company TigerSwan’s operations against water protectors protesting the Dakota Access pipeline. We also hear music from Victoria Ruiz of the punk band Downtown Boys.” [various formats] (07/12/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/12/intercepted-podcast-dumb-dumber-and-don-jr/

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61) Fresh Air, 07/11/17
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“Only one corporate executive was convicted after the financial meltdown of 2008. Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘ProPublica’ reporter Jesse Eisinger’s new book The Chickens*** Club is about why the Department of Justice reaches settlements with banks and corporations and fails to prosecute executives.” [editor’s note: Whether or not this is news to you, it is worth a listen – SAT] [Flash audio] (07/11/17)

http://www.npr.org/podcasts/381444908/fresh-air

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62) Electric Libertyland, episode 28
Source: Lions of Liberty

“In this week’s Electric Libertyland, host Brian McWilliams welcomes in regular legal man of mystery Rico to break down the events of the past week. Topics include: CNN Memegate, a new bill from Rep. Amash to kill the Ex-Im Bank for good, Chicago schools going insane, UCLA firing a popular conservative professor and the city of Seattle trying to unconstitutionally tax the rich.” [various formats] (07/12/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/07/12/electric-libertyland-ep-28-seattle-ridiculous/

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63) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/12/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Jeremy Heisenberg and Michael W. Dean overcome a late scratch of Lisa DeLasho to tag team topics like the Grateful Dead and other less than stellar jam bands, nasal spray hell, WoodsGate, the documentary — American Anarchist, Trump sending in the feds in Chicago, when it’s okay to lie, and Oregon’s backdoor gun grabbing bill.” [various formats] (07/12/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14811

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64) Free Talk Live, 07/11/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“City Paints Thin Blue Line Down Major Street :: Meaning of Thin Blue Line :: Trooper Who Arrested Speeding Cop :: Ralph :: Net Neutrality :: Government and Telcos :: Monopoly :: Sarah’s Job :: Protest For Net Neutrality Kicks Off Tomorrow :: HOSTS — Ian, Johnson, Jay.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/11/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-07-11

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65) The Brion McClanahan Show, episode 92
Source: Tenth Amendment Center

“[T]he whole idea of nullification comes down to consent. There are hundreds of laws on the books in cities and states that are too stupid to enforce. People don’t abide by the law and cops don’t ticket you or arrest you for breaking them. That, my friends, is nullification, the lack of consent to a worthless law. When Jefferson wrote that all laws are based on the consent of the governed, this is what he was talking about. In order for a law to be a law, it has to have the consent of the people. Now we could spend hours discussing how to measure consent, but the fact remains that not only is nullification a good idea for large scale political bodies like states, it can also work on a personal level. Think locally, act locally. I talk about this in episode 92 of the Brion McClanahan Show.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/11/17)

http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/07/nullification-is-lawlessness-not-according-to-the-founders/

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Steve Trinward

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