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In the News:

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1) Idiot pols ask DEA to push even more people toward street opiates
2) UK: Regime publishes Brexit “repeal bill”
3) China: Political prisoner Liu Xiaobo dies
4) Senate Republicans unveil new healthcare fiasco amid deep divisions
5) Report: DOJ let Russian lawyer into US before she met with Trump team
6) House to consider ban on transgender surgery for US troops
7) Canada: Trudeau picks astronaut for new governor general
8) Minimum wage hikes by cities getting rolled back, blocked by state lawmakers
9) CNN anchor mistakes Star-Spangled Banner for French national anthem
10) Congress to review dress code decorum as some members flout rules
11) TX: Man trapped in ATM slips notes to customers begging for help
12) DEA report: No overdoses, benign “side effects” related to cannabis
13) CA: Airbnb host ordered to pay $5,000 for honesty pursuant to freedom of association
14) Trump likely to say Iran complying with nuclear deal
15) Gore: Climate battle just like fights against slavery and apartheid
16) ICE honcho displays refreshing honesty concerning the nature of his gang
17) Scammer uses fake Tor browser to lure victimst to supposed Dark Web marketplace
18) GIF and image written into the DNA of bacteria
19) US DoJ defies court deadline to release Sessions’s contacts with Russians
20) UK: Charlie Gard’s parents temporarily leave court after judge claims they support state’s infanticide scheme

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Death panels: Sarah Palin was right, sort of
22) What the NAP is, what the NAP isn’t
23) When higher education morphs into ideological indoctrination, expect fewer customers
24) The online “abuse” panic is a threat to free speech
25) Did police just take down the biggest Dark Web drug market in history?
26) Ten things you never knew about Orwell’s 1984
27) Net Neutrality won’t save us if DRM is baked into the web
28) Study shows Hillary’s hawkishness may have cost her the election
29) Losing their gun rights with barely a whimper
30) “We are still in”: Rahm Emanuel’s futile and stupid virtue signaling
31) The FEC’s moment of truth
32) What dog shootings reveal about American policing
33) Why can’t Charlotte fix this?
34) “Kerosene” Maxine Waters: How much longer will her district tolerate her?
35) What’s driving global populism?
36) An evolving anarchism
37) What is “neo” about neoliberalism?
38) Illegal immigrant crime wave? Evidence is hard to find
39) Trump’s problem: His business experience
40) We are in the midst of a Black Power renaissance
41) What a good conservative healthcare plan would look like
42) The Fed: This is what it sounds like when hawks cry
43) It’s time for local communities to take charge and experiment — decentralize or die, part 2
44) So I was wrong again — American politics and No Way Out
45) Saving Charlie Gard
46) Counting the dead in Mosul
47) Fawning over a corporation to protect us from corporations
48) The never-ending woes of state enterprise
49) Is there a free-market solution to overfishing?
50) Donald Trump’s very own big, fat, ugly bubble
51) Slavery in North Korea and the US
52) Fighting the wrong enemy: Why Americans hate Muslims
53) Arrogant men & women “of system”
54) Statutory rape and availability bias in Virginia
55) Most messed up

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56) So to Speak Podcast, 07/13/17
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58) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 627
59) The Libertarian Angle, 07/13/17
60) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/13/17
61) Free Talk Live, 07/12/17
62) Reason Podcast, 07/12/17
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1) Idiot pols ask DEA to push even more people toward street opiates
Source: Rutland Herald

“Sen. Patrick Leahy is among a group of Democrats asking the Drug Enforcement Administration to further reduce the number of prescription opiate-based painkillers for sale in the U.S. in 2018. Leahy has joined 15 other Democratic senators in sending a letter to DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg asking for a cut in painkiller production to help address the opiate addiction epidemic that has taken hold in Vermont and across the country.” (07/13/17)

http://www.rutlandherald.com/articles/leahy-pushes-for-cut-in-opiate-pills/

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2) UK: Regime publishes Brexit “repeal bill”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“MPs must ‘work together’ on Brexit, the minister in charge of the UK’s EU exit has said, as he published a bill to convert EU law into British law. The legislation, known as the repeal bill, will ensure the same rules apply in the UK after Brexit, while giving the UK Parliament power to change them. Brexit Secretary David Davis said he would ‘work with anyone’ to make it a success, but he faces opposition. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron told the government: ‘This will be hell.’ Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has made clear his party would not support the Bill in its current form.” (07/13/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-40589510

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3) China: Political prisoner Liu Xiaobo dies
Source: USA Today

“The imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has died of multiple organ failure, Chinese officials announced Thursday. He was 61. Friends of Liu had risked detention earlier Thursday by visiting the First Hospital of China Medical University where he was being treated under guard for advanced liver cancer in northeast China. … Liu was convicted in 2009 of inciting subversion for his role in the ‘Charter 08’ movement calling for political reform and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year later while serving his sentence. Liu, a former professor, had helped negotiate with the military for the safe passage of students during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest.” (07/13/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/07/13/imprisoned-chinese-nobel-laureate-liu-xiaobo-dies-61/475021001/

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4) Senate Republicans unveil new healthcare fiasco amid deep divisions
Source: Reuters

“Senate Republican leaders, aiming to salvage efforts backed by President Donald Trump to dismantle the Obamacare law, on Thursday unveiled revised healthcare legislation that lets insurers sell bare-bones policies and retains key taxes on the wealthy. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, known as a skillful tactician, released the updated legislation in a bid to unite disparate Republican factions and make good on his party’s seven-year mission to gut Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement. The proposal replaces an earlier one that deeply divided Trump’s fellow Republicans, who control the Senate, drawing opposition from both moderates and hard-line conservatives. McConnell has planned for a vote on the new bill next week.” (07/13/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-idUSKBN19Y10B

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5) Report: DOJ let Russian lawyer into US before she met with Trump team
Source: The Hill

“The Russian lawyer who penetrated Donald Trump’s inner circle was initially cleared into the United States by the Justice Department under ‘extraordinary circumstances’ before she embarked on a lobbying campaign last year that ensnared the president’s eldest son, members of Congress, journalists and State Department officials, according to court and Justice Department documents and interviews. This revelation means it was the Obama Justice Department that enabled the newest and most intriguing figure in the Russia-Trump investigation to enter the country without a visa. Later, a series of events between an intermediary for the attorney and the Trump campaign ultimately led to the controversy surrounding Donald Trump Jr.” [editor’s note: So the “Trump conspiracy” was actually facilitated by the Obama administration, involving the same lawyer who was behind the “Pissgate” dossier? If this were being pitched to Hollywood as a script idea, it would be thrown in the trash for credibility issues – SAT] (07/13/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/341788-exclusive-doj-let-russian-lawyer-into-us-before-she-met-with-trump

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6) House to consider ban on transgender surgery for US troops
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A Republican proposal to bar the Pentagon from paying for gender transition surgeries drew fierce opposition Thursday from Democrats who called it mean-spirited and discriminatory. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., described the prohibition as a bid to ensure tax dollars are spent wisely. She said her amendment to a sweeping defense policy bill would end the Obama-era practice of requiring the armed forces to fund medical procedures that even most private insurance plans don’t cover and would cost more than $1 billion over the next 10 years. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans should be ashamed. ‘This cowardly Republican amendment targeting transgender men and women in uniform effectively bans these patriotic Americans from serving their country,’ the California Democrat said.” (07/13/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/House-to-consider-banning-transgender-surgery-for-11286563.php

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7) Canada: Trudeau picks astronaut for new governor general
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Former astronaut Julie Payette has been tapped by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to be Canada’s next governor general. Mr Trudeau announced the nomination on Thursday, after considering both francophone and aboriginal candidates for the largely ceremonial role. Ms Payette, 54, will take over from Governor General David Johnston when he retires in September. Ms Payette was the first Canadian on the International Space Station, and speaks six languages, including French. ‘What a great day,’ Ms Payette said when her nomination was officially announced. Mr Trudeau called her ‘unquestionably qualified.'” (07/13/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40598483

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8) Minimum wage hikes by cities getting rolled back, blocked by state lawmakers
Source: Fox News

“As some large U.S. cities raise, or consider raising, their minimum wages, state lawmakers are pushing back with laws that void or block the local efforts. Preemption bills, as they are known, are growing more common, mainly in states where Republicans control the legislature and governorship. They are being drafted and passed in response to moves by city officials (most of them Democrats) to raise the minimum wage and expand paid sick leave, among other things. St. Louis city officials passed a city ordinance in 2015 raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour and Birmingham, Ala., approved a $10.10 base wage. But in both cases, state legislators put a stop to the moves through preemption measures that prohibit county and municipal governments from setting their own minimum wages. Many city officials in the throes of such battles see preemption laws as an insidious tool that conservatives are using to usurp their authority and tie their hands.” [editor’s note: While many people with brains working are seeing this as the only way to save low-income jobs – SAT] (07/13/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/07/12/minimium-wage-hikes-by-cities-getting-rolled-back-blocked-by-state-lawmakers.html

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9) CNN anchor mistakes Star-Spangled Banner for French national anthem
Source: Fox News

“CNN anchor Poppy Harlow mistook the Star-Spangled Banner for the French national anthem, while covering President Trump’s arrival in the country Thursday. Trump is in France to meet with President Emmanuel Macron, before celebrating Bastille Day together. Trump and Macron shook hands during the arrival, and a band played the United States’ national anthem. But despite Harlow’s pedigreed education at Minneapolis’ exclusive Blake School and the prestigious Columbia University, she seemed to not realize it was her country’s national anthem. Harlow voiced over the event: ‘Let’s just listen in to the French National Anthem for just a moment.’ It was moments before Harlow noticed her mistake. Whispers could be heard in the background of the CNN set, and Harlow corrected the error.” [editor’s note: Is it time to just shut CNN down? – SAT] (07/13/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/13/cnn-anchor-mistakes-star-spangled-banner-for-french-national-anthem.html

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10) Congress to review dress code decorum as some members flout rules
Source: Raw Story

“After an Internet-fueled furor over rules barring women in sleeveless attire, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan pledged on Thursday that House officials would review and perhaps modernize the chamber’s dress code. Ryan made his announcement a week after a CBS News report about the long-standing rules went viral on social media. It prompted a slew of reports, including some that falsely accused him and other Republican House leaders of unfairly targeting women, especially given Washington’s notoriously hot summers. The current dress code has been in place for years, including under Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat who was the only woman to serve as House Speaker, from 2007-11. ‘This is nothing new and certainly not something that I devised. At the same time, that doesn’t mean that enforcement couldn’t stand to be a bit modernized,’ Ryan told a weekly news conference.” [editor’s note: Is anyone else trying not to visualize Paul Ryan in “low rider” jeans and a muscle-t-shirt? – SAT] (07/13/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/congress-to-review-dress-code-decorum-as-certain-members-flout-rules

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11) TX: Man trapped in ATM slips notes to customers begging for help
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A Texas man who became trapped inside an ATM slipped notes to customers via the receipt slot pleading for them to help him escape, police said Thursday. The contractor became stuck Wednesday when he was changing a lock to a Bank of America room that leads to the back of the ATM, Corpus Christi police Lt. Chris Hooper said. He couldn’t let himself out of the room because he didn’t have a keycard on him and was unable to notify bank employees for help. ‘Apparently he left his cellphone and the swipe card he needed to get out of the room outside in his truck,’ Hooper said. When he realized customers were retrieving cash from the machine, he passed notes to them through the ATM receipt slot. One read, ‘Please help. I’m stuck in here and I don’t have my phone. Please call my boss …'” [editor’s note: This brings to mind that fortune-cookie joke, as well as the warnings about “ATM skimmers” – SAT] (07/13/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/texas/article/Man-trapped-in-ATM-slips-notes-to-customers-11285875.php

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12) DEA report: No overdoses, benign “side effects” related to cannabis
Source: Smell the Truth

“Despite the Drug Enforcement Administration’s stance against marijuana, the federal agency concedes that nobody has ever died from taking too much. In their 2017 resource guide titled ‘Drugs of Abuse,’ the DEA details cannabis as a Schedule I substance that carries a high potential for abuse with no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. They ultimately admit, however, that ‘no deaths from overdose of marijuana have been reported.’ The guide’s pot entry continues to extol the benefits of cannabis while trying to demonize it at the same time. The DEA notes the common effects of pot use, which includes ‘merriment, happiness, and even exhilaration at high doses,’ as well as ‘enhanced sensory perception, giving rise to increased appreciation of music, art, and touch.'” [editor’s note: With those known side effects, clearly something to avoid for any sane human – SAT] (07/12/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/07/12/dea-reports-no-overdoses-related-to-marijuana

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13) CA: Airbnb host ordered to pay $5,000 for honesty pursuant to freedom of association
Source: Raw Story

“Tami Barker, an Airbnb host who invoked President Donald Trump’s name when she told a woman that she was cancelling her reservation because she was Asian, has been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in damages for racial discrimination. The Guardian reports that the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) ordered Barker to pay out $5,000 to Dyne Suh, a 26-year-old Asian-American law student whose reservation at Barker’s cabin got cancelled earlier this year. ‘In addition to paying monetary damages and taking a college-level course in Asian American studies, Barker must agree to comply with anti-discrimination laws, make a personal apology to Suh, participate in a community education panel and volunteer with a civil rights organization,’ the Guardian reports. In messages sent to Suh after cancelling her reservation, Barker wrote that ‘I wouldn’t rent it to u if u were the last person on earth’ and ‘One word says it all. Asian.'” (07/13/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/trump-loving-airbnb-host-ordered-to-pay-5000-for-telling-woman-she-wouldnt-rent-to-asians

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14) Trump likely to say Iran complying with nuclear deal
Source: Reuters [UK]

“U.S. President Donald Trump is ‘very likely’ to state that Iran is adhering to its nuclear agreement although he continues to have reservations about it, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Under U.S. law, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days of Iran’s compliance with the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Trump has a congressionally mandated deadline of Monday to decide. The landmark 2015 deal struck with Iran by the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany is aimed at preventing Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon by imposing time-limited restrictions and strict international monitoring on its nuclear program. In return, Tehran won relief from punishing international economic sanctions. If Trump does state Iran is in compliance, it would be his second time since taking office in January to do so despite his promise during the 2016 campaign to ‘rip up’ what he called ‘the worst deal ever.’ The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Trump could always change his mind.” (07/13/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-iran-idUSKBN19Y226

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15) Gore: Climate battle just like fights against slavery and apartheid
Source: Fox News

“Global warming activist and former veep Al Gore likened the battle over climate change to humanity’s greatest struggles — like the fights against slavery, apartheid and nuclear proliferation — during a speech Thursday in Australia, according to a newly reported transcript. In a speech to the EcoCity World Summit in Melbourne, the former vice president argued combating global warming was ‘in the tradition of all the great moral causes that have improved the circumstances of humanity throughout our history,’ according to the website Climate Depot. ‘The abolition of slavery, woman’s suffrage and women’s rights, the civil rights movement and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, the movement to stop the toxic phase of nuclear arms race and more recently the gay rights movement,’ Gore said. Marc Morano, executive editor for ClimateDepot.com, told Fox News he made an audio recording of Gore’s remarks because summit organizers prevented media from videotaping the event.” [editor’s note: It’s funny how people concerned about the mental stability of the sitting President will still listen to this idiot – SAT] (07/13/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/13/gore-claims-climate-battle-just-like-fight-against-slavery-apartheid.html

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16) ICE honcho displays refreshing honesty concerning the nature of his gang
Source: The Hill

“The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement delivered a stark warning to MS-13 on Wednesday: ‘My gang is bigger.’ Thomas Homan told The Daily Caller that ICE Homeland Security Investigations ‘targets many gangs.’ But the agency’s investigative arm is focusing heavily on MS-13, because ‘they seem to be the most violent right now and they think they can act with impunity,’ he said. ‘We’re taking this seriously. My gang is bigger than theirs, and we are going to take them out,’ Homan said.” (07/12/17)

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/341633-ice-chief-warns-ms-13-that-his-gang-is-bigger

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17) Scammer uses fake Tor browser to lure victimst to supposed Dark Web marketplace
Source: BleepingComputer

“A malicious app disguised as a modified version of the Tor Browser is targeting users looking to buy illegal products off the Dark Web. Discovered by BleepingComputer’s Lawrence Abrams last week, this malicious app is distributed using YouTube videos that teach non-technical users how to buy products from a Dark Web marketplace called The Rodeo. Instructions in the YouTube videos tell users to download the Rodeo Browser, which is a modified version of the Tor Browser specifically built to let users access The Rodeo marketplace.” (07/13/17)

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/scammer-uses-fake-tor-browser-to-lure-victims-to-supposed-dark-web-marketplace/

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18) GIF and image written into the DNA of bacteria
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“An image and short film has been encoded in DNA, using the units of inheritance as a medium for storing information. Using a genome editing tool known as Crispr, US scientists inserted a gif — five frames of a horse galloping — into the DNA of bacteria. Then the team sequenced the bacterial DNA to retrieve the gif and the image, verifying that the microbes had indeed incorporated the data as intended.” (07/13/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40585299

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19) US DoJ defies court deadline to release Sessions’s contacts with Russians
Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

“In defiance of a court order, the Justice Department is refusing to release part of a security form dealing with Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ contacts with the Russian government. On June 12, a judge had ordered the agency to provide the information within 30 days, a deadline which passed on Wednesday.” [editor’s note: So throw Sessions in the clink for contempt until it gets done, just like most judges would do with any mere mortal – TLK] (07/13/17)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/13/536982193/justice-department-defies-court-deadline-to-release-sessions-contacts-with-russi

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20) UK: Charlie Gard’s parents temporarily leave court after judge claims they support state’s infanticide scheme
Source: CNN

“The parents of baby Charlie Gard stormed out of Britain’s High Court Thursday amid an emotional hearing as they fight to take him to the United States for experimental treatment for a rare genetic disorder. At a preliminary hearing Monday before the judge who first heard the case, Charlie’s parents, Chris Gard and Connie Yates, were given two days to submit new written evidence regarding the viability of having Charlie treated abroad with experimental nucleoside therapy. … about two hours into Thursday’s hearing, Charlie’s parents abruptly left the court after disagreeing with a comment by the judge. Yates interrupted Francis as he said that the parents had said they would not want to prolong Charlie’s life in its present state, only if there was hope of improvement. ‘I never said that!’ she exclaimed from her seat behind her barrister. The judge attempted to clarify that one or other of the parents had said it, but both rose and left the court, which paused for lunch a short time later.” (07/13/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/13/health/charlie-gard-high-court/index.html

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21) Death panels: Sarah Palin was right, sort of
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Healthcare is a ‘scarce resource,’ by which I mean that there is more desire for it than there are doctor hours and hospital beds and bottles of medication to fulfill all that desire. In any healthcare system, therefore, care is going to be rationed. If people want or need ten units of health care and there are only nine units available, someone is going to lose out. Rationing can be handled in a number of ways: Pricing in an entirely free-market system, quick triage in an emergency situation with multiple victims presenting varying levels of injury, alleged experts in systems ranging from the bureaucratic mess of an ‘insurance’ system in the US to the ‘single-payer’ systems in the United Kingdom and other countries. While I favor a free-market system, my intention here is not to argue that point, but rather to point out that ‘death panels’ are inherent in the overall situation.” (07/13/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11022

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22) What the NAP is, what the NAP isn’t
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“The non-aggression principle (NAP) is a pretty straight forward ethical guideline that states that the initiation of force is unethical. It’s basically a rewording of the Golden Rule and forms the foundation of libertarianism. However, there seems to be some confusion regarding what the NAP is and isn’t. Most of this confusion originates from the ‘libertarian’ nationalists who, for whatever reason, want to associate themselves with libertarianism but don’t want to actually abide by libertarian principles.” (07/13/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/07/13/what-the-nap-is-what-the-nap-isnt/

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23) When higher education morphs into ideological indoctrination, expect fewer customers
Source: Disloyal Opposition
by JD Tuccille

“In the past two years, high-profile companies including Ernst & Young, Penguin Random House, and PriceWaterhouse Coopers have publicly deemphasized college degrees in their hiring processes. E&Y ‘found no evidence to conclude that previous success in higher education correlated with future success in subsequent professional qualifications undertaken.’ The other companies made similar announcements. They won’t discriminate against degree-holders, they say. But they’ll happily hire those who haven’t bothered with the time and expense of college, and train them in-house. How many other companies are making the same changes quietly?” (07/12/17)

http://tuccille.com/disloyal/2017/07/12/when-higher-education-morphs-into-ideological-indoctrination-expect-fewer-customers/

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24) The online “abuse” panic is a threat to free speech
Source: spiked
by Fraser Myers

“Abuse of politicians is being perpetrated by Conservative Party supporters on an ‘industrial scale,’ according to some Labour Party members. On the other hand, some Tories claim that those on the Corbynite ‘hard left’ are the real online abusers. Given the bluster and outrage on both sides, you could be forgiven for thinking that MPs feared for their lives. In reality, ‘abuse’ means little more than activists and Twitter trolls saying mean things about politicians on the internet. … But while Labourites and Tories trade insults over whose supporters are more likely to tweet insults, they are in agreement that Something Must Be Done. ‘Abuse against candidates on social media is completely unacceptable,’ says Labour chairman Ian Lavery and Labour MP Cat Smith. Hart says that ‘anybody who uses these means to try to promote the interests of Labour or the Conservatives ought to feel the full force of the regulation upon them.’ Ministers have called for prosecutions, and even the bolstering of existing laws, to tackle the supposed ‘abuse’ epidemic.” (07/13/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-online-abuse-panic-is-a-threat-to-free-speech/

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25) Did police just take down the biggest Dark Web drug market in history?
Source: Reason
by Mike Riggs

“Alphabay, the largest drug market on the dark web, has been offline since July 5. It’s still unclear why it’s gone, but new evidence is fueling speculation that law enforcement may have been responsible. Initially, participants on the site’s subreddit suspected that one of two things had happened: Either administrators had taken the servers offline for maintenance — perhaps to address the kind of security flaw that led to the release of user data earlier this year — or they’d conducted what’s called an ‘exit scam,’ in which a site’s proprietors shut down a market without warning and disappear with whatever cash is stored in their users’ on-site wallets. … But now a new theory is emerging: The site may have been brought down by a globe-spanning law enforcement operation.” (07/13/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/07/13/its-starting-to-look-like-law-enforcemen

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26) Ten things you never knew about Orwell’s 1984
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Anna Matthews

“George Orwell’s novel 1984 was incredibly popular at the time it was published, and it remains incredibly popular to this day. With multiple stars citing the book as one of their favorites — including Stephen King, David Bowie, Mel Gibson, and Kit Harrington — 1984 has been growing in popularity in recent years. The book reappeared on best-seller lists in early 2017, as some argued Orwell’s dystopian vision had finally arrived. Below are 10 facts you might not know about Orwell’s dark novel.” (07/13/17)

https://fee.org/articles/ten-things-you-never-knew-about-orwells-nineteen-eighty-four/

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27) Net Neutrality won’t save us if DRM is baked into the web
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Cory Doctorow

“ISPs that oppose effective net neutrality protections say that they’ve got the right to earn as much money as they can from their networks, and if people don’t like it, they can just get their internet somewhere else. But of course, the lack of competition in network service means that most people can’t do this. Big entertainment companies — some of whom are owned by big ISPs! — say that because they can make more money if they can control your computer and get it to disobey you, they should be able to team up with browser vendors and standards bodies to make that a reality. If you don’t like it, you can watch someone else’s movies. Like ISPs, entertainment companies think they can get away with this because they too have a kind of monopoly — copyright, which gives rightsholders the power to control many uses of their creative works.” [editor’s note: Doctorow is right about DRM; too bad he can’t figure out the “Net Neutrality” scam for what it is – TLK] (07/13/17)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/07/net-neutrality-wont-save-us-if-drm-baked-web

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28) Study shows Hillary’s hawkishness may have cost her the election
Source: In These Times
by Branko Marcetic

“The Democratic Party remains embroiled in a tug-of-war over its future direction. Critics on the left point to the party’s recent losses at all levels of government as evidence that Democrats must embrace a commitment to economic populism in order to regain political power. But there might be more to it than that. A new study published by researchers from Boston University and the University of Minnesota Law School suggests it’s not just economic policies Democrats need to start reconsidering–their foreign policy also needs an overhaul. ‘There is a significant and meaningful relationship between a community’s rate of military sacrifice and its support for Trump,’ the study’s authors write. In fact, the study claims, war fatigue was key to handing Trump his wafer-thin margins of victory in a handful of key battleground states that helped put him over the top.” [editor’s note: I hope they didn’t spend a lot to prove something this obvious – SAT] (07/12/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20324/hillary-clintons-hawkishness-may-have-cost-her-the-election.-democrats-cant

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29) Losing their gun rights with barely a whimper
Source: The American Spectator
by Steven Greenhut

“Gun-rights activists often express the view that Americans will not easily give up their rights to gun ownership even if the laws eventually outlaw — or at least greatly restrict — the freedom of individuals to own firearms. The scenario they depict is bleak but simple: When armed agents come to their doors to confiscate people’s arsenals, some of those people can be expected to fight back. Advocates further assume widespread public support for private gun ownership and expect prominent Second Amendment organizations and Republican legislators to raise hell whenever gun regulations start approximating confiscation. The experience in California, in particular, suggests an entirely different scenario.” (07/13/17)

https://spectator.org/losing-their-gun-rights-with-barely-a-whimper/

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30) “We are still in”: Rahm Emanuel’s futile and stupid virtue signaling
Source: Heartland Institute
by Timothy Benson

“If you are one of the poor, unfortunate souls who pays attention to public policy or politics and spends any time on the Internet, you have surely heard the term ‘virtue signaling.’ Coined by British journalist James Bartholomew, virtue signaling, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is the ‘action or practice of publicly expressing opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one’s good character or the moral correctness of one’s position on a particular issue.’ More pithily, it’s a cheap and easy way of showing off your own righteousness. Think of it as a kind of conspicuous consumption for the politically correct.” (07/13/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/07/we-are-still-in-rahm-emanuels-futile-and-stupid-virtue-signaling/

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31) The FEC’s moment of truth
Source: The American Prospect
by Eliza Newlin Carney

“The question of whether Donald Trump and his team violated campaign-finance laws remains front and center in the rapidly expanding Russia probe. But wherever federal and congressional investigations lead, the danger posed by foreign interference in U.S. elections goes beyond the Trump campaign. It’s alarming enough that the president’s son, campaign manager, and son-in-law met last year with a Russian lawyer said to have damaging information to share about Hillary Clinton. Even more alarming, though, are the American election vulnerabilities that the Russia scandal has exposed. It’s already come to light in recent weeks that Russia targeted and sought to hack into voter databases in 21 states, a disclosure that has set election officials on edge. Less discussed but equally concerning are the campaign-finance loopholes that make it all too easy for foreign actors to spend big money in U.S. elections.” [editor’s note: Audit the Fed, then close it down – SAT] (07/13/17)

http://prospect.org/article/fec%E2%80%99s-moment-truth

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32) What dog shootings reveal about American policing
Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

“Police shootings of humans are a national scandal in the United States, where law enforcement officers kill far more people than their counterparts in other highly developed democracies, and powerful police unions help shield some members from accountability. Those incidents are properly the focus of far more concern than any dog shooting. And even so, dog shootings warrant national attention. This is most evident when dog shootings threaten the lives of humans. Last year, an LAPD officer shot and killed a dog on the crowded boardwalk in Venice Beach — and hit a passing cyclist with a bullet that passed through the dog and wound up in her foot. Last month, an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy killed a 17-year-old when a bullet meant for a pit bull that had bitten a deputy ricocheted off the ground and struck the teen. And even when humans are neither struck nor at risk nor bereaved at the loss of a beloved pet, the frequency with which dogs are shot by cops in America is alarming — and revealing.” (07/13/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/what-dog-shootings-reveal-about-american-policing/533319/

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33) Why can’t Charlotte fix this?
Source: Students For Liberty
by James Paek

“Charlotte has always tried to be a progressive city, but this summer all that came crashing down as the world watched their city streets erupt in violence. Protesters were reacting to a final tipping point event: a police officer fatally shooting Keith Lamont Scott. Protests, riots, and street clashes between police and angry citizens are becoming a familiar scene. We’ve seen it happen in Milwaukee and Baltimore, and now Charlotte. Charlotte isn’t Milwaukee or Baltimore, though. It’s #14 on the Forbes List of Best Places for Business and Careers. It’s also a major hub of finance, second only to New York City. The city has a lot going on, so the problems they’re facing right now can’t be dismissed as the results of a bad city erupting in the deep heat of summer, when everyone’s tempers are short, and when more people are on the streets. Charlotte’s problems run deeper than that.” (07/13/17)

https://www.studentsforliberty.org/2017/07/13/cant-charolette-fix/

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34) “Kerosene” Maxine Waters: How much longer will her district tolerate her?
Source: Town Hall
by Larry Elder

“Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA] has become President Donald Trump’s fiercest congressional critic. In eight years, Obama never had a Republican nemesis the likes of Waters, who recently said, ‘I’m taking the gloves off.’ Seventeen years ago, I wrote Waters a letter. She never answered. … For the 2018 midterm election, Waters has a Republican challenger. His name is Omar Navarro, born and raised in her district, one that is now 46 percent Hispanic and 24 percent black. Navarro ran against her the last election cycle, getting only 24 percent of the vote. But that was before Waters became the ‘face of the resistance.’ Some tacticians argue that with Waters leading the ‘Trump Is Public Enemy No. 1’ brigade, the Republican Party is better off. Perhaps so. But what about America?” (067/13/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/larryelder/2017/07/13/kerosene-maxine-waters-how-much-longer-will-her-district-tolerate-her-n2354049

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35) What’s driving global populism?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Gordon

“Donald Trump’s victory in the November 2016 election for president of the United States astonished the world. Though he had never held political office, he won the Republican nomination. The leading polls predicted his loss to Hillary Clinton in the general election, but he prevailed. How was this possible? John Judis’s book [The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics] was written before Trump’s ultimate triumph, but it offers an important account of the reasons for Trump’s rise to prominence. Unfortunately, this account rests on bad economics.” (07/13/17)

https://mises.org/library/whats-driving-global-populism

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36) An evolving anarchism
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Neugebauer

“Anarchism, for me, is less about ‘end goals’ and more about a particular ethic and outlook. It should reject the idea of ‘final’ states of existence altogether and instead emphasize the importance of a never-ending discovery process in producing a better world. This process is much to the contrary of Communism, which declares what the final state of existence should be. The rigid people who sit on their high horses and call people ‘statist authoritarians’ for not being purists don’t represent anarchism. Rather, they hinder it with their dogmatism and rigidity, which is antithetical to the anarchist ethic.” (07/13/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/49567

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37) What is “neo” about neoliberalism?
Source: The New Republic
by William Davies

“In the buildup to the 2015 General Election, Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), reiterated his support for an ‘Australian-style points system’ as a means of controlling immigration, the policy issue that his party had prioritized above all others. What was curious about Farage’s statement was not the policy commitment itself, which had been known for some time, but the liberal rhetoric that he used to justify it. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Farage argued ‘what UKIP wants is not to do down migrants. It’s not to stigmatize, or discourage, or blame people for coming to this country and trying to make a better life for themselves’ and that the ‘points system’ is the only fair basis for managing immigration. At first sight, this is a simple case of rhetorical triangulation: The party that is known to be least favorable towards immigration can afford to speak in liberal tones, giving a compassionate veneer to anti-immigrant politics. But the priority attached to the ‘points system’ suggests that there was something more substantial at work here.” (07/13/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/143849/neo-neoliberalism

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38) Illegal immigrant crime wave? Evidence is hard to find
Source: Cato Institute
by Alex Nowrasteh

“The House of Representatives recently passed two laws to crack down on illegal immigrants in the United States — Kate’s Law (H.R. 3004) and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act (H.R. 3003). Both were prompted by the tragic 2015 murder of Kate Steinle by an illegal immigrant named Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, and by the perception that illegal immigrants have created a crime wave. That perception is simply untrue.” (07/12/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/illegal-immigrant-crime-wave-evidence-hard-find

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39) Trump’s problem: His business experience
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Craig Cantoni

“Over a career of consulting with family businesses, including very large ones, I came to know many CEOs who rose to the top of the business the way that Donald Trump did: by being the son of the founder and thus the heir-apparent. (All of them were men.) It’s more than a coincidence that a majority of them had similar behavioral traits and leadership styles as Trump does. They steamrolled over others, bristled at criticism, didn’t resolve conflicts effectively, had high ego needs, and created chaos by making decisions impulsively and unilaterally. Whatever their business acumen, they weren’t good at listening, consensus-building, and teamwork. Their bad behavior wasn’t due to an inherent personality flaw. It was due to their development being stunted.” (07/13/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/trumps-problem-business-experience/

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40) We are in the midst of a Black Power renaissance
Source: In These Times
by Salim Muwakkil

“A new iteration of Black power is bubbling up in Black America. Perhaps it’s a compensatory reaction to the disappointment many African-Americans felt with their lack of progress during the eight-year tenure of America’s first Black president. It could be fallout from the heightened activism churned up during this Movement for Black Lives era. Or it may just be the inward impulse triggered in Black America whenever U.S. politics takes a conservative turn. Whatever the genesis, this revived sensibility is manifesting in many arenas of Black activism. Groups like the Black Is Back Coalition, cofounded in 2009 by Glen Ford in the name of Black self-determination, and the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW21, a revival of a venerable 1970s organization by long-time activist Ron Daniels), are making explicitly ideological cases for a return to collective Black consciousness.” (07/13/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20305/the-black-power-renaissance

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41) What a good conservative healthcare plan would look like
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ed Dolan

“Senate Republicans have fallen short in their first attempt to attract 50 votes for their health care bill. Small wonder. The Better Care Reconciliation Act, as it is called, is remarkable in many ways, but perhaps most remarkably of all, it fails to draw on a large body of constructive conservative ideas about what real health care reform should look like. As a result, it fails to fix the flaws of Obamacare that conservatives most often complain about. Now the Senate’s Republican leaders have a second chance. Instead of more secret meetings and backroom deals, they could use the extra two weeks they’ve given themselves in August to hold hearings on health care reform.” (07/12/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/good-conservative-health-care-plan-look-like/

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42) The Fed: This is what it sounds like when hawks cry
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Wasn’t it just a month or so ago that we were reassured by various and sundry Fed officials and their water-carriers in the media that the central bank was on an unavoidable path toward multiple interest-rate hikes over the next year? Well, maybe not so much. During her semiannual testimony to Congress on Wednesday, Fed Chair Janet Yellen was in full dove mode, suggesting that rates are near a ‘neutral’ level and might not have to go much higher. ‘Because the neutral rate is currently quite low by historical standards, the federal funds rate would not have to rise all that much further to get to a neutral policy stance,’ Yellen said in her prepared remarks. But she also called the economy ‘robust.’ The fed funds rate, the bank’s main policy instrument, is today at 1% to 1.25%, after a quarter-point hike last month, the third since last December. Many Fed-watchers had assumed there would be a rate hike in September, and maybe again in December, with two or three next year — part of the great unraveling of eight years of mistaken 0% interest-rate policy. Now, even one more rate hike this year is in some doubt.” (07/12/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/the-fed-this-is-what-it-sounds-like-when-hawks-cry

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43) It’s time for local communities to take charge and experiment — decentralize or die, part 2
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“Although many crucial functions are centralized, the U.S. still provides its citizens with various ways to exercise local power and we’ve already started to see a resurgence of such efforts across the nation. Whether or not we agree with the various state proposals out there trying to shake things up, we should all encourage the efforts. We all win from local populations experimenting with different ideas. Some will fail spectacularly, while others will pave the way for more reasonable policies across the nation.” (07/12/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/07/12/its-time-for-local-communities-to-take-charge-and-experiment-decentralize-or-die-part-2/

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44) So I was wrong again — American politics and No Way Out
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“For months I have said the Russian election hacking story was a nothing. It made little sense and there was pretty much zero evidence. It was dreamed up within 24 hours of the election by a Clinton campaign trying to divert attention and blame for their stunning loss. I have called it many times the Obama birth certificate story of this election. But it turns out that pursuing any Trump connection whatsoever with Russia has turned up some pretty grubby stories In particular, seeing a Presidential campaign — and the President’s son — fawning over unfriendly foreign governments to get their hands on oppo research is just plain ugly. That the Clinton campaign may have done shady things to get oppo research of their own is irrelevant to the ethics here (and perhaps one good justification for electing Republicans, since the media seems to be more aggressive at holding Republicans to account for such things).” (07/12/17)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2017/07/so-i-was-wrong-again-american-politics-and-no-way-out.html

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45) Saving Charlie Gard
Source: Acton Institute
by Anne Rathbone Bradley

“The case of 11-month-old Charlie Gard continues to garner international attention and pleas for his life from Donald Trump and Pope Francis. Cases like Charlie’s, while exceptional and rare, are important because they establish precedents regarding the relationship between the individual and the state. When we think about it in this way, Great Ormond Street Hospital — which has been the target of much criticism — is actually almost an incidental player. The London children’s hospital is responding to the rules of the game — the institutional legal structure — and we can expect it to act according to the incentives those rules set forth. Institutions and incentives also play a key role in creating an environment where Charlie’s case can have a happier ending — where human ingenuity can be freed to achieve disease prevention and cure.” (07/12/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/07/12/saving-charlie-gard

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46) Counting the dead in Mosul
Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“‘There were very few Daesh [Isis fighters] in our neighbourhood, but they dropped a lot of bombs on them,’ says Qais, 47, a resident of the al-Jadida district of Mosul. ‘We reckon that the airstrikes here killed between 600 and 1,000 people.’ He shows pictures on his phone of a house that had stood beside his own before it was hit by a bomb or missile that had reduced it to a heap of smashed-up bricks. ‘There were no Daesh in the house,’ says Qais. But there were seven members of the Abu Imad family living there, of whom five were killed along with two passers-by.” (07/13/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/13/counting-the-dead-in-mosul/

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47) Fawning over a corporation to protect us from corporations
Source: Everything Voluntary
by Skyler J Collins

“It’s always struck me as extremely odd that leftists fawn over using government to protect us from corporations. What do they think the government is? The fawning is quite indicative of their ignorance in at least ten ways. First, the government is a group of people, just like them, ie. morally weak and greedy and partial. Second, as a group of people with a singular objective, the government is by definition a corporation, albeit one who threatens violence in the supply of its services.” (07/12/17)

http://everything-voluntary.com/fawning-corporation-protect-us-corporations

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48) The never-ending woes of state enterprise
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Gregory Bresiger

“History is something you can try to escape, but sometimes you can’t, as millions of train riders find out every day. They can’t escape Penn Station falling apart along with Amtrak, New York City commuter railroads, and the New York City subways. Every day they are reminded of the sordid history of government enterprise with derailments, delays, and the billions of dollars of red ink of these dysfunctional systems. The bill is handed to the taxpayers whether they ride these trains or not. But most analyses and criticisms of government ownership and management of the subways and railroads are hopeless.” (07/12/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/never-ending-woes-state-enterprise

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49) Is there a free-market solution to overfishing?
Source: Richard Wellings
by Richard Wellings

“Overfishing is often presented as a classic example of market failure. When individual fishing enterprises are competing, the benefits of winning the ‘race to fish’ accrue to the successful ones, while the costs of depletion are shared among all the fishermen in the fishery. There are therefore poor incentives for conservation — the so-called ‘tragedy of the commons.’ This is a simplistic interpretation, however. Market feedback mechanisms offer some protection to stocks. Declining yields will tend to force less efficient fishermen out of business, for example. Providing there is free trade in fish and substitutes are available in food markets, the combination of increasing costs and declining catches may not be offset by higher fish prices.” (07/12/17)

https://richardwellings.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/is-there-a-free-market-solution-to-overfishing/

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50) Donald Trump’s very own big, fat, ugly bubble
Source: LewRockwell.com
by David Stockman

“Ironically, even as he stumbled to his unlikely victory on November 8, Trump barely recognized that the untoward force behind all the economic failure that he railed against during the campaign was the nation’s rogue central bank. Only when it occurred to him that Janet Yellen and her posse were doing everything possible to insure Hillary Clinton’s victory did he let loose an attack on the Fed and his famous warning that America was threatened by a big, fat, ugly bubble. But there was never even a scintilla of policy content behind this campaign oratory — to say nothing of a coherent plan to liberate the American economy from the deadly clutches of the Keynesian posse that dominates the nation’s central bank. And then when Wall Street launched a phony Trump Reflation trade during the wee hours of election night, the Donald forgot all about the great bubble. In fact, he quickly embraced it as a sign that investors were enthusiastically embracing Trump-O-Nomics.” (07/13/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/07/david-stockman/big-fat-ugly-bubble/

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51) Slavery in North Korea and the US
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Would an 80 percent take by the IRS constitute slavery for Americans? The question misses the point. The percentage is irrelevant. What matters is that when the state wields the power to seize whatever portion of a person’s income it wants, it becomes the sovereign and the person becomes the serf or the slave. Thus, if the percentage that the IRS takes is, say, 30 percent, or even just 3 percent, the person is still as much as slave as the person who has 80 percent or 100 percent of his income seized. Of course, people are better off when they’re being permitted to keep more of their income — just as the North Korean workers who are having 30 percent seized are better off than those who are having 80 percent seized. But as the Times article points out, they remain slaves nonetheless — better-off slaves, much like those slaves in the Old South who worked on better plantations or had better jobs on plantations.” (07/13/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/07/13/slavery-north-korea-u-s/

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52) Fighting the wrong enemy: Why Americans hate Muslims
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ramzy Baroud

“Certainly, anti-Arab and Muslim sentiments in the US have been around for generations, but it has risen sharply in the last two decades. Arabs and Muslims have become an easy scapegoat for all of America’s failed wars and counter-violence. Terrorist threats have been exaggerated beyond belief to manipulate a frightened, but also a growing impoverished population. The threat level was assigned colors, and each time the color vacillated towards the red, the nation drops all of its grievances, fights for equality, jobs and health care and unites in hating Muslims, people they never met.” (07/13/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/ramzy-baroud/2017/07/12/fighting-wrong-enemy-americans-hate-muslims/

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53) Arrogant men & women “of system”
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
by Donald J Boudreaux

“Adam Smith is best known for his 1776 book familiarly known as ‘The Wealth of Nations.’ I prefer the less-familiar full title: ‘An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.’ … Even less well-known than the full title of Smith’s 1776 book is that 17 years earlier, he published another, equally brilliant book: ‘The Theory of Moral Sentiments.’ Perhaps its most profound passage is Smith’s criticism of ‘the man of system’: ‘The man of system … is often so enamoured with the supposed beauty of his own ideal plan of government, that he cannot suffer the smallest deviation from any part of it. He goes on to establish it completely and in all its parts, without any regard either to the great interests, or to the strong prejudices which may oppose it. He seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board.'” (07/11/17)

http://triblive.com/opinion/donaldboudreaux/12459845-74/arrogant-men-women-of-system

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54) Statutory rape and availability bias in Virginia
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“My home state of Virginia does not have a Romeo and Juliet law. If an 18-year-old and a 17-year-old have consensual sex, the 18-year old is guilty of statutory rape. As a result, I can easily see parents of teenage boys in Virginia feeling great apprehension. Could their sons do hard time – and endure a lifetime stigma as a sex offender — for engaging in utterly normal adolescent behavior?
Legally, the answer seems to be yes. But what’s scary about bad laws is not that they exist, but how they’re enforced. There’s no point losing sleep over dead letters. So how often does Virginia actually punish youths for statutory rape?” (07/12/17)

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

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55) Most messed up
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“‘Politicians are notorious for making promises they can’t keep,’ Matt Egan reports at CNN Money. ‘But they really outdid themselves in Illinois — and now the state is paying for it.’ Egan dubs the state ‘America’s most messed-up.’ No wonder the state has the worst outbound migration in the nation — or, as Egan puts it: ‘people are leaving in droves.’ On June 1, Moody’s and S&P Global Ratings downgraded the state’s credit rating to one notch above so-called ‘junk bond’ status.” (07/13/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/07/13/most-messed-up/

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56) So to Speak Podcast, 07/13/17
Source: Foundation for Individual Education

“On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we speak with Arts Integrity Initiative Director Howard Sherman about the controversy surrounding The Public Theater’s production of ‘Julius Caesar,’ which captured headlines for portraying Caesar as a costumed Donald Trump (spoiler alert: Caesar gets assasinated). Howard was in the audience on June 16 when a protester stormed the stage. He might have also been the first to report the heckling to the outside world.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/13/17)

https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-et-tu-hecklers-defending-artistic-expression-with-arts-integrity-initiative-director-howard-sherman/

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57) The Tom Woods Show, episode 951
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Although most people seemed pleased on so-called Prime Day, Amazon has its critics, too. Do the criticisms hold water?” [various formats] (07/13/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-951-is-amazon-evil/

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58) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 627
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Net Neutrality is a made up term invented by those who want to have the internet regulated for their own financial gain. I’ve spoken about this at length in the past, but the trolls are back out claiming the ‘free internet’ is going to come to an end when these regulations get rolled back. Today I’m going to clear things up and give you the firepower necessary to teach the truth.” [various formats] (07/13/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/627-net-neutrality-is-a-silly-made-up-term/

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59) The Libertarian Angle, 07/13/17
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation

“FFF president Jacob Hornberger and Richard Ebeling discuss the nature of socialism.” [various formats] (07/13/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/libertarian-angle-socialism/

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60) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/13/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Lou, Shane, and Knight discuss how the conventional wisdom is just conventional, and not necessarily wise. Topics include education, regulation, and licensing. They discuss the shortage of cannabis in Nevada being the result of government attempting to centrally plan the economy. They also discuss how licensing requirements and tough on crime legislation gives ex offenders little choice but to continue a life of violations.” [various formats] (07/13/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14816

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61) Free Talk Live, 07/12/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Brett Veinotte from School Sucks Project Joins Us :: Dying Town :: Net Neutrality :: Landing a Crashing Helicopter :: Goonerment :: Dependence :: Jefferson and Slaves :: Suicide Bombing :: No-Go Zones Hoax? :: Scott the Bigot :: Sarah on Atlantis :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Brett.” [various formats] (07/12/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-07-12

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62) Reason Podcast, 07/12/17
Source: Reason

“Should taxpayer funding follow children to schools that their parents select, or should it go directly to pay the costs of the existing system? In a debate held in New York City last night, Bob Bowden, the executive director of the education news site ChoiceMedia, went up against Samuel Abrams, director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the author of Education and the Commercial Mindset.” [various formats] (07/12/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/07/12/soho-forum-school-choice

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63) Nasser Arrabyee on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“Nasser Arrabyee returns to the show to share his reporting on the war in Yemen. The war dates back to March 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its U.S.-led coalition began raining death on Yemen in an attempt to reinstall the government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, who Hillary Clinton empowered in 2012.” [various formats] (07/12/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/71117-nasser-arrabyee-outbreak-cholera-yemen-result-u-s-war/

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