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Volume XV, Issue #3,754
Monday, July 17th, 2017
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In the News:

1) Venezuela: One killed, four wounded in election violence
2) Vault 7: New WikiLeaks dump details Android SMS snooping malware
3) Iran: Regime sentences US national to ten years for spying; president’s brother arrested
4) US Senate delays vote on healthcare fiasco as McCain recovers from surgery
5) Trump regime appeals judge’s Muslim ban ruling to SCOTUS
6) Biggest Dark Web takedown yet sends black markets reeling
7) France: Macron urges resumption of Israel-Arab peace talks
8) Kashmir: Four soldiers drown in river after Indian attack
9) Trump’s approval rating at record low
10) Coca-Cola gets served a frivolous lawsuit by two pastors
11) Obama library foundation now allows corporate donations, millions roll in
12) Details emerge in suicide of GOP activist who sought Hillary Clinton emails
13) Right to bare arms: US Congresswomen protest against dress code
14) Australia: Senator’s three election wins officially didn’t happen
15) British couple to marry in first Antarctic wedding
16) Spoiled has-been goes on unhinged rant after being moved to different seat on Delta flight
17) Chechnya: Kadryov denies gay purge — “we don’t have any gays”
18) US health insurers want Cruz proposal dropped from Senate bill
19) Columbia settles lawsuit with student accused of raping “mattress girl”
20) Judge sets new trial for protester who laughed at Jeff Sessions

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The curious nature of this revolution
22) Healthcare: A house divided cannot stand
23) Obama’s AWOL anti-war protest
24) The failure to repeal ObamaCare is an intellectual failure
25) Counterrevolution: Bitcoin startups stifled by regulation
26) Social Security & Medicare in worse shape than you think
27) Phyllis Schlafly’s proposal to replace do-nothing, professional Republican legislators
28) For climate-change hypocrites, US is too frackin’ much
29) Ayn Rand and smoking
30) Europe’s Brexit envy
31) McCain and the Trump-Russia dossier: What did he know, and when?
32) We are living in the Coen Brothers’ darkest comedy
33) Simple and meaningful ways to change American healthcare
34) A climate roadmap for President Trump
35) We are the economy they want to regulate
36) Backdoor gun confiscation
37) ObamaCare Express: How “gun to the head” turned into runaway locomotive
38) Net Neutrality
39) Audit the Pentagon before we increase defense spending
40) Torture in the service of the nation
41) Two years later, the Iran deal is a success
42) Nullification: Defending liberty from federal tyranny
43) Brown backing climate bill full of giveaways to polluters
44) Will Trump be less of a spendthrift than his Republican predecessors?
45) When UN interventionism goes wrong, the case of Guatemala
46) How to build a creative renaissance — decentralize or die, part 4
47) Hoppe on immigration, part 1
48) The Christian and his relation to the state
49) Trumpcare: Savage solution to a problem that doesn’t exist
50) Just six days after Trump Jr.’s meeting, Guccifer 2.0 emailed me — but there was one key difference
51) The Cruz amendment is a (small) step toward universal catastrophic coverage
52) Messed up state
53) Why teachers don’t trust Betsy DeVos
54) Undermine American democracy: Just what the libertarian doctor ordered
55) Why we’re temporarily shutting down Bitcoin vending machines on July 31st
56) Ammunition cartridges — what makes the difference?
57) A constantly shifting array of official enemies
58) “Sgt. Pepper,” the creative capitalist
59) GOP eager to repeal rule that allows consumers to sue conniving banks
60) Buying genocide

The Sound and the Fury:

61) I teach you how to take a meeting with a Russian lawyer (also some Kid Rock laughs)
62) The state is a lagging indicator of culture
63) Free Talk Live, 07/15/17
64) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 20
65) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/14/17
66) The Tom Woods Show, episode 952
67) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 66
68) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 628
69) In The Tank, episode 97
70) Anarcho Agenda, episode 27
71) John Feffer on The Scott Horton Show
72) Felony Friday, 07/14/17

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

1) Venezuela: One killed, four wounded in election violence
Source: ABC News

“Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans lined up across the country and in expatriate communities around the world Sunday to vote in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that’s raising tensions in a nation battered by shortages and anti-government protests. A 61-year-old woman was killed and four people wounded in shooting that erupted after government supporters on motorcycles swarmed an opposition polling site in a church in the traditionally pro-government Catia neighborhood of western Caracas. … The government calls the opposition vote a manipulation aimed at destabilizing the country, and has been urging its supporters to participate in the constitutional assembly, which it calls a way of restoring peace to Venezuela.” (07/16/17)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/venezuelan-opposition-hopes-big-turnout-protest-vote-48663799

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2) Vault 7: New WikiLeaks dump details Android SMS snooping malware
Source: Naked Security

“Since launching its Vault 7 project in March, WikiLeaks has dumped documents outlining the CIA’s efforts to exploit Microsoft and Apple technology. In this week’s latest release, it focuses on malware called HighRise, which the agency used to target Android devices. WikiLeaks describes HighRise this way on its website: ‘HighRise is an Android application designed for mobile devices running Android 4.0 to 4.3. It provides a redirector function for SMS messaging that could be used by a number of IOC tools that use SMS messages for communication between implants and listening posts.'” (07/14/17)

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/07/14/vault-7-new-wikileaks-dump-details-android-sms-snooping-malware/

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3) Iran: Regime sentences US national to ten years for spying; president’s brother arrested
Source: United Press International

“An unidentified Iranian-American was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a spying case, an Iranian official said Sunday. ‘This person, who was gathering information and was directly guided by America, was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but the sentence can be appealed,’ Iranian deputy judiciary chief Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejheie said in a video statement carried by the semi-official agency Fars News. He gave no other details about the Iranian-American, including the gender, the arrest and the dates of the trial. Those convicted have 20 days to appeal a sentence. In the same announcement, the brother of President Hassan Rouhani was arrested on charges of ‘financial irregularities.'” (07/16/17)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/07/16/Iran-sentences-US-national-to-10-years-for-spying/4811500218935/

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4) US Senate delays vote on healthcare fiasco as McCain recovers from surgery
Source: US News & World Report

“The U.S. Senate will delay its consideration of healthcare legislation while Arizona Republican Senator John McCain recuperates from surgery, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday. McCain’s absence cast doubt on whether the Senate would be able to pass the legislation to dismantle and replace Obamacare. McConnell needs 50 ‘yes’ votes for passage in a chamber the Republicans control by a 52-48 margin. … Repealing and replacing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law was a top campaign promise for President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress. But two Republican senators have already declared their opposition to revised legislation unveiled on Thursday.” (07/15/17)

https://www.usnews.com/news/top-news/articles/2017-07-15/senate-delays-healthcare-vote-as-mccain-recovers-from-surgery

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5) Trump regime appeals judge’s Muslim ban ruling to SCOTUS
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Trump administration is seeking to close a legal window opened for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the United States, appealing a federal judge’s order directly to the Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson had ordered the government to allow in refugees formally working with a resettlement agency in the United States. His order also vastly expanded the list of U.S. family relationships that refugees and visitors from six Muslim-majority countries can use to get into the country, including grandparents and grandchildren. In its appeal Friday night, the Justice Department said Watson’s interpretation of the Supreme Court’s ruling on what family relationships qualify refugees and visitors from the six Muslim-majority countries to enter the U.S. ’empties the court’s decision of meaning, as it encompasses not just ‘close’ family members, but virtually all family members. Treating all of these relationships as ‘close familial relationship(s)’ reads the term ‘close’ out of the Court’s decision.'” (07/15/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/DOJ-appeals-judge-s-travel-ban-ruling-to-Supreme-11290642.php

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6) Biggest Dark Web takedown yet sends black markets reeling
Source: Wired

“About a week ago AlphaBay, the dark web’s largest contraband marketplace, went mysteriously offline. Rumors swirled that it had run off with its customers’ money, or was down for maintenance. Then on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported that a law enforcement operation spanning threes countries shuttered the site, with Canadian police seizing its servers in Quebec, and US officials seeking the extradition of one of its alleged administrators, Alexandre Cazes, to the United States. Cazes was later found hanging in a Bangkok jail cell in an apparent suicide. Details around the AlphaBay takedown remain murky. But the news that authorities had permanently wiped it off the web has sent its buyers and sellers scrambling to other outlets for their business, particularly the site’s booming trade in narcotics.” (07/14/17)

https://www.wired.com/story/alphabay-takedown-dark-web-chaos/

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7) France: Macron urges resumption of Israel-Arab peace talks
Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar]

“French President Emmanuel Macron has called for a resumption of long-stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestine based on a two-state solution. Macron said on Sunday that France was ready to apply diplomatic levers towards renewed negotiations, but gave no specifics. He did not indicate any eagerness for France to spearhead such negotiations after a fruitless French diplomatic effort early this year.” (07/16/17)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/france-urges-resumption-israel-palestine-peace-talks-170716144833879.html

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8) Kashmir: Four soldiers drown in river after Indian attack
Source: Washington Post

“Pakistan’s army says four of its soldiers have drowned in a river in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir after their vehicle was hit by Indian gunfire and plunged into the river Neelum. A military statement Sunday says the military vehicle was hit near Athmuqam by unprovoked Indian fire from across the Line of Control, the effective frontier between the two nuclear armed south Asian neighbors.” (07/16/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistan-army-4-soldiers-drown-in-river-after-indian-attack/2017/07/16/9c458bfe-6a31-11e7-abbc-a53480672286_story.html

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9) Trump’s approval rating at record low
Source: The Hill

“President Trump’s approval rating after six months in office is the lowest of any president in the past 70 years, according to a new poll. Just 36 percent of Americans in the ABC News/Washington Post poll released early Sunday approve of the job Trump is doing, while 58 percent disagree. Trump’s approval rating has fallen 6 points since a similar survey 100 days into his presidency, pollsters noted, which was also a low.” (07/16/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/342212-trumps-approval-rating-at-record-low

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10) Coca-Cola gets served a frivolous lawsuit by two pastors
Source: CBS News

“Two pastors from Washington, D.C., have filed a lawsuit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association saying the organizations have purposely deceived the public about sugar-sweetened beverages and their impact on health. ‘The background of this lawsuit is that there’s an epidemic of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a range of other degenerative diseases in the black and Latino communities, and really throughout America. For me, as a pastor, I see the toll it takes on families and children when they lose their parents much too soon’ Delman Coates, the pastor at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, in Clinton, Maryland, told CBS News. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in D.C. Superior Court on behalf of Coates and William Lamar, the senior pastor at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC.” (07/14/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/coca-cola-gets-served-a-lawsuit-by-2-pastors/

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11) Obama library foundation now allows corporate donations, millions roll in
Source: Fox News

“Barack Obama’s presidential library foundation has reportedly lifted the donor restriction imposed while he was in the White House, resulting in million-dollar gifts from such corporations as Microsoft and Exelon. The foundation reported Friday that eight donors have pledged at least $1 million and that it has raised $1.2 million in the second quarter of 2017. The list of million-dollar donors would bring total fundraising amounts to at least $8 million toward the projected $500 million cost of the library-museum on the South Side of Chicago. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021. The foundation started in 2014 and reportedly raised $5.4 million in its first year. However, the foundation’s total fundraising amounts since its start are unclear. The foundation on Saturday did not immediately return requests for that amount.” (07/15/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/15/obama-library-foundation-now-allows-corporate-donations-millions-roll-in.html

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12) Details emerge in suicide of GOP activist who sought Hillary Clinton emails
Source: MarketWatch

“Peter W. Smith, a Republican political activist and financier from Chicago who mounted an effort to obtain former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers, died on May 14 after asphyxiating himself in a hotel room in Rochester, Minn., according to local authorities. He was 81 years old. … Smith died about 10 days after an interview with The Wall Street Journal in which he recounted his attempts to acquire what he believed were thousands of emails stolen from Clinton’s private email server. He implied that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then serving as the senior national security adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, was aware of his efforts.” (07/15/17)

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/details-emerge-in-suicide-of-gop-activist-peter-w-smith-who-sought-hillary-clinton-emails-2017-07-15

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13) Right to bare arms: US Congresswomen protest against dress code
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“US Congresswomen have protested for the right to bare arms in parts of Washington DC’s Capitol building. The National Rifle Association may be disappointed to learn that this is not a typo. They are not campaigning to bear weapons, but to stand against the Congressional dress code. The long-standing code bans sleeveless tops, among other things. The protest comes after a number of women have recently reported being told their outfits violated the rules. Female reporters have said they had been prevented from entering the lobby area, where the press meets to ask questions of US politicians.” (07/15/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40618356

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14) Australia: Senator’s three election wins officially didn’t happen
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The deputy leader of an Australian political party announced Friday that he was ending his nine-year career in Parliament because he had discovered he had technically never been a senator. Scott Ludlam, the 47-year-old deputy leader of the minor Greens party, said he was ‘personally devastated’ to learn that he was a citizen of New Zealand as well as Australia, which made him ineligible for the Senate job he has held since July 2008. The constitution states that a ‘citizen of a foreign power’ is not eligible to be elected to the Australian Parliament.” [editor’s note: Okay, but do they now void any bills he voted on as well? I’m confused … – SAT] (07/14/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Australia-senator-s-3-election-wins-officially-11288217.php

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15) British couple to marry in first Antarctic wedding
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Two polar guides are set to become the first couple to be officially married in British Antarctic Territory (BAT). Tom Sylvester and Julie Baum will tie the knot at the Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island to the west of the Antarctic Peninsula. The ceremony will take place over the weekend and be performed by station leader and BAT magistrate Paul Samways. Miss Baum said: ‘Getting married in Antarctica feels like it was meant to be. There is no better place.'” (07/15/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-40618924

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16) Spoiled has-been goes on unhinged rant after being moved to different seat on Delta flight
Source: Mic

“For the last twenty hours and counting, Ann Coulter has been on an tirade after Delta Airlines apparently decided Saturday to force her to leave her pre-booked seat — which apparently had extra leg room — and switch with another passenger elsewhere on the flight. Coulter posted a photo Saturday of the passenger she said was in the seat for which she paid extra in advance. She also railed against the airline staff, calling gate agents and flight attendants ‘Nurse Ratchets.’ … A spokesperson for Delta told Mic that the airline has reached out to Coulter to address her complaint, and clarified that she was moved to another seat in the exact same row — just not the specific seat she preselected.” [editor’s note: Nothing a lifetime ban can’t fix – TLK] (07/16/17)

https://mic.com/articles/182275/ann-coulter-goes-on-unhinged-rant-after-being-moved-to-different-seat-on-delta-flight

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17) Chechnya: Kadryov denies gay purge — “we don’t have any gays”
Source: USA Today

“Chechnya’s leader denied claims of a purge of gay men in his country in an interview with HBO due to air Tuesday, saying they simply don’t exist there. ‘We don’t have such people here. We don’t have any gays. If there are any, take them to Canada,’ Ramzan Kadyrov said in an excerpt of the interview with HBO’s Real Sports released Friday. ‘To purify our blood, if there are any here, take them.’ Kadyrov’s comments come amid reports this year of the detainment and torture of gay men in his country. A Russian newspaper reported in the spring that 100 gay men were tortured, and some killed, by Kadyrov’s forces, according to the Associated Press. When asked if he was concerned about the stories of the men saying they were tortured, Kadyrov called them ‘devils.’ … In the excerpt, an anonymous man claims he was taken and held for three days.” (07/15/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/07/15/we-dont-have-any-gays-chechen-leader-denies-gay-purge/481941001

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18) US health insurers want Cruz proposal dropped from Senate bill
Source: Raw Story

“Two major U.S. health insurance groups on Friday called on Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell to drop from a healthcare bill a provision proposed by Senator Ted Cruz that allows insurers to offer stripped-down, low-cost healthcare plans. ‘It is simply unworkable in any form and would undermine protections for those with pre-existing medical conditions, increase premiums and lead to widespread terminations of coverage for people currently enrolled in the individual market,’ America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association said in a letter to McConnell and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.” (07/15/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/us-health-insurers-want-cruz-proposal-dropped-from-senate-bill

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19) Columbia settles lawsuit with student accused of raping “mattress girl”
Source: Fox News

“Columbia University has reached a settlement with a former male student who was accused of raping a fellow classmate who became known as ‘mattress girl,’ according to a report. Paul Nungesser had sued Columbia for gender discrimination in a 2015 lawsuit. The Columbia student newspaper reported the settlement Thursday. Terms were not disclosed. ‘Together with Paul and his parents, we have fought for three long years,’ Nungesser’s lawyer, Andrew Miltenberg told The Washington Post. ‘It gives Paul a chance to go on with his life and recover from the false accusation against him,’ he said. ‘We hope that the resolution of the case also ensures that no student will ever have to endure what Paul went through after he was exonerated.'” (07/15/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/07/15/columbia-settles-lawsuit-with-student-accused-raping-mattress-girl.html

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20) Judge sets new trial for protester who laughed at Jeff Sessions
Source: Fox News

“A D.C. judge on Friday threw out the jury conviction of a Code Pink protester who laughed during Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing. Chief Judge Robert E. Morin of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia overturned the guilty verdict against Desiree Fairooz, who laughed aloud when Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said Sessions had a history of treating people fairly. Morin did find the disruptive behavior which occurred after Fairooz was removed from the hearing room as reason to set a new court date, according to The Huffington Post. Fairooz was facing up to a year behind bars.” (07/14/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/14/judge-sets-new-trial-for-protester-who-laughed-at-jeff-sessions.html

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

21) The curious nature of this revolution
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“[A] new study finds that ‘Traditional Views on Same Sex Marriage, Abortion, Pornography [and sex before marriage] in Britain [are] Rapidly Diminishing.’ These are trends of the last four years, and to the extent they’ve also occurred long since in America — add in the legalization of marijuana and the increased tendency of individuals to arm themselves against crime and terrorism — it means that most academic and official analyses of socio-political events from, perhaps, the Tea Party Uprising of 2009 through the election of Donald Trump to the triumph of Brexit are dead wrong. We are not undergoing any merely conservative or populist (whatever that means) swing of the pendulum, but an all-out libertarian revolution. I think I know one when I see one: I’ve been doing my best to arrange one for my entire adult life.” (07/16/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle931-20170716-02.html

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22) Healthcare: A house divided cannot stand
Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Let me define the problem by mangling a famous Abraham Lincoln speech: A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this healthcare system cannot endure, permanently, half government-run and half kind-sorta private. I do not expect healthcare to disappear — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. The two real alternatives before us are: Adopting a ‘single-payer’ system in which the state takes complete top-to-bottom charge of healthcare; or radically reducing — even eliminating — the state’s role in healthcare.” (07/16/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/11037

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23) Obama’s AWOL anti-war protest
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by James Bovard

“Barack Obama campaigned for the presidency in 2008 as a peace candidate. He signaled that he would fundamentally change America’s course after the reckless carnage unleashed by the George W. Bush administration. However, by the end of Obama’s presidency, the United States was bombing seven different foreign nations. But Obama’s warring rarely evoked the protests or opposition that the Bush administration generated. Why did so many Bush-era anti-war activists abandon the cause after Obama took office? One explanation is that the news media downplayed Obama’s killings abroad.” (07/14/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/obamas-awol-anti-war-protest/

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24) The failure to repeal ObamaCare is an intellectual failure
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey Tucker

“Absolutely amazing. Even tragic. The Republicans railed against the proven failure that is Obamacare for years and voted at least half a dozen times to repeal it. It was the most important issue of the entire 2016 election. Then the GOP gained control — House, Senate, Presidency — and what happened? So far, nothing. There is no agreement on what a replacement should look like. It is entirely possible that four years from now, nothing important will have changed. Who or what is at fault? People blame partisanship, special interests, public opinion, plots, bad leadership, annoying lobbyists, feckless careerism, the Democrats, the moderates, the conservatives, the CBO, the insufferable media, and Trump’s notorious lack of interest in the details of the legislative process. But really there is only one underlying source of failure: the failure to understand.” (07/15/17)

https://fee.org/articles/the-failure-to-repeal-obamacare-is-an-intellectual-failure/

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25) Counterrevolution: Bitcoin startups stifled by regulation
Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by James Mosher

“The American Revolution is still being fought, and the Washington-based administrative state is the biggest enemy. Just ask Bitcoin entrepreneur Jaron Lukasiewicz. He recently lamented that regulation is damaging his industry. In a column titled ‘Nail in the Coffin: The Day U.S. Regulators Stifled Bitcoin Startups,’ Lukasiewicz pinpointed March 18, 2013, as the juncture at which the counterrevolution directed at his company and others began. That was the day when the U.S. government issued guidelines that classified most Bitcoin companies as money-service businesses, wrote Lukasiewicz, cofounder and former CEO of Coinsetter, a New York–based Bitcoin-exchange service.” (07/14/17)

https://www.aier.org/research/counterrevolution-bitcoin-startups-stifled-regulation

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26) Social Security & Medicare in worse shape than you think
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“Even in normal years, the annual Social Security and Medicare trustees’ reports typically get overlooked. This year is far from normal. But the reports should be top of mind for anyone who cares about retirement security. The Social Security report finds that the ‘trust fund’ will run out of money in just 17 years. The news only gets worse from there. The program’s unfunded liability over the next 75 years is now $12.5 trillion, which is up from $11.4 trillion last year and $4.7 trillion a decade ago. In other words, Social Security’s long-term unfunded liability has increased by 166% in the span of 10 years. And on a cash flow basis, Social Security is now losing money every year. Last year it was $54 billion in the red. In a decade the annual shortfall will reach $215 billion — after adjusting for inflation.” (07/14/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/social-security-and-medicare-are-in-worse-shape-than-you-think

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27) Phyllis Schlafly’s proposal to replace do-nothing, professional Republican legislators
Source: Heartland Institute
by Nancy Thorner

“here is now a pox on both parties. Legislators on both the Republican and Democrat side of the aisle have been in Washington, D.C. way too long, a far cry from what our Founding Fathers envisioned. Instead of serving as a farmer or a business owner for a limited time and then going back home, legislators have become professional politicians, some remaining in office long after they have the energy or the mental capacity to serve effectively, totally out of touch with the people they represent. Consider Speaker of the House, Representative Paul Ryan, who has been in Washington, D.C. for his entire life, never having had a job in the private sector.” (07/16/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/07/phyllis-schlaflys-proposal-to-replace-do-nothing-professional-republican-legislators/

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28) For climate-change hypocrites, US is too frackin’ much
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“The tut-tutting and tsk-tsking about the U.S. withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement knows no end. But as yet another news story shows, the Paris deal is an utter fraud and should be considered as such. As Francis Menton of the Manhattan Contrarian blog recently pointed out, a July 9 New York Times headline couldn’t hide the paper’s disgust and contempt for President Trump for once again telling the G20 group of nations that the U.S. would not fulfill President Obama’s unkeepable climate promises under the Paris accords. ‘World Leaders Move Forward On Climate Change, Without U.S.,’ the Times headline sneered. This would be an indictment of Trump’s policies if it weren’t entirely based on falsehoods and misrepresentations of what’s really happening. Under the Paris agreement, the U.S. is supposed to slash greenhouse gas emissions (that is, carbon dioxide) by 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. Other nations have what sound like equally aggressive cuts to make, until you look at the details, and see what’s really happening.” (07/14/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/for-climate-change-hypocrites-u-s-is-too-frackin-much

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29) Ayn Rand and smoking
Source: Notablog
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

“My colleague and friend, Pierre Lemieux, tagged me in a Facebook conversation on Rand’s impact on current-day American politics. Though Pierre enjoyed my ‘fascinating book’ (his words) on Rand, he believes that Rand was a ‘shallow’ thinker. On this, of course, we differ, and I pointed him to a recent post of mine on the topic that he raised: ‘The New Age of Ayn Rand? Ha!’ In the course of our exchange, another participant remarked that Rand was an ‘intellectual fraud’ because she died from lung cancer, and hid this from her followers, ‘pretending she was still smoking.’ Pierre asked me about the truth of this allegation …” (07/16/17)

https://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/notablog/archives/002311.html

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30) Europe’s Brexit envy
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“Britain’s intention to leave the European Union (Brexit) will greatly affect the rest of the world. It’s not confined to the effect it will have on the British economy, even if that is likely to be major, nor on the adjustments the remaining 27 EU states must make. There’s more than a little suspicion in the UK that the continental elites are enjoying the mess the Brits are in, unwillingly forced to accept the will of the people and struggling to get a grip on the complexities of separating trade, legal systems, financial and political commitments built up over 44 years. When a friendly country, especially one perceived as arrogant (a widespread view of the British establishment) enters a time of trouble, something inside its close allies quietly rejoices. We compete, after all, not just in trade and growth, but in our national self images. But schadenfreude is hollow. Most Western countries now face, in differing degrees of intensity, the same issues that impelled a narrow majority to vote for Brexit last year.” (07/14/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-migrants-commentary-idUSKBN19Z23E

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31) McCain and the Trump-Russia dossier: What did he know, and when?
Source: Reason
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

“Did John McCain and a controversial D.C. lobbying group conspire to get the infamous ‘pee dossier’ into the hands of the press? A lawsuit making its way through court in the UK hopes to determine just what role the senator and his associates had in making the lurid dossier public. New filings in the lawsuit, obtained by McClatchy, detail how David Kramer — employed by the nonprofit and purportedly non-political McCain Institute — acted as a representative of McCain in the Arizona senator’s dealings on sensitive intelligence measures. It also reveals that McCain was one of a just few people with whom the dossier’s author, ex-British spy Christopher Steele, shared a copy of his final findings. So how did they get from there to publication in Buzzfeed?” (07/16/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/07/16/mccain-and-the-trump-russia-dossier

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32) We are living in the Coen Brothers’ darkest comedy
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Imagine a group of dunderheaded Americans who think they would benefit from a covert alliance with the Russian government. They make overtures to that country’s ambassador, blithely ignorant that they’ll be monitored by U.S. intelligence. A series of cascading mistakes ultimately brings disaster crashing down on their heads. That might sound like a summary of the latest news about the White House, but it is also the plot of Burn After Reading, the 2008 film that stands as singularly prophetic of the Trump era. The Coen Brothers’ black comedy echoes this unique period in history not only because of the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russian operatives, but the wider culture of deceit that made Donald Trump’s rise possible. More than just a satire on espionage, the movie is scathing critique of modern America as a superficial, post-political society where cheating of all sorts comes all too easily. … [It] doesn’t offer any easy one-to-one character analogies to Trump and his cronies. Rather, it captures the amorality that leads people to become entangled in mercenary treason.” (07/14/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/143875/living-coen-brothers-darkest-comedy

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33) Simple and meaningful ways to change American healthcare
Source: Cobden Centre
by Ram Nagarajan

“Here are some meaningful solutions that can provide good access, affordability and quality of health care in a sustainable way. Some of these are derived from quite simply understanding the inherent problems in the existing system and laws. The theme of these solutions are based on the obvious fact that we cannot keep growing health care entitlements and hope that we can provide sustainable, universal, affordable and quality health care. Instead, recognize that we need to introduce free market fundamentals into health care and limit government provided health care to a minimum safety net.” (07/14/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/07/simple-and-meaningful-ways-to-change-american-health-care/

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34) A climate roadmap for President Trump
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick J Michaels

“This week, President Trump is likely getting an earful in Paris over his extrication of the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement earlier this year. But our withdrawal will be meaningless unless he follows up with two important actions before he leaves office. First, the administration must vacate the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2009 ‘Endangerment Finding’ from carbon dioxide. … Second, the U.S. must pull out of the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.” (07/14/17)

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/climate-roadmap-president-trump

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35) We are the economy they want to regulate
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Sheldon Richman

“Critics of the libertarian philosophy think they can score points by calling libertarians ‘market fundamentalists.’ It’s supposed to conjure images of dogmatic religious fundamentalists, just like the term global warming denier is supposed to conjure images of Holocaust deniers. It’s a smear, of course, and if you think the tactic discredits those who employ it, I agree. The fact is that libertarians cannot be market fundamentalists. Why not? Because in the libertarian worldview, the market is not fundamental. What’s fundamental is every person’s right to be free from aggressive force.” (07/14/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/libertarianism/tgif-economy-want-regulate/

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36) Backdoor gun confiscation
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Outside of a few states like California and New York there isn’t a lot of push for legal firearm confiscation programs. There are pushes for prohibitions against purchasing firearms with certain features but, with the exception of California, these pushes have all grandfathered in currently owned firearms. However, there is a mechanism already in place that allows the State to both confiscate currently owned firearms and prohibit individuals from owning firearms again. That mechanism is expanding the number of laws otherwise unrelated to guns that prohibit gun ownership.” (07/14/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/07/14/backdoor-gun-confiscation/

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37) ObamaCare Express: How “gun to the head” turned into runaway locomotive
Source: The American Spectator
by Andrew B Wilson

“As originally written, Obamacare would have forced every state to expand eligibility under Medicaid to able-bodied people making up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level … or face the loss of all federal matching funds (with the federal government historically putting up about $3 for every $2 coming from the states), including federal funds supporting more than 50 million pre-ACA Medicaid enrollees. While upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act in a broad sense, the Supreme Court struck down this part of the law. ‘The financial inducement Congress has chosen is much more than relatively mild encouragement,’ Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. ‘It is a gun to the head.’ The administration then countered by offering to pick up not just 60 percent of the cost of expanding the program, but 100 percent through the first three years (2014, 2015, and 2016), and no less than 90 percent for every year after that.” (07/14/17)

https://spectator.org/obamacare-express-how-a-gun-to-the-head-turned-into-a-runaway-locomotive/

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38) Net Neutrality
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“What is Net Neutrality? A buzzword with decreasing value with every passing day. It stands alongside ‘fascist’ and ‘patriotism’ in the category of ‘words carefully selected and abused to advocate random things and make them sound like something else.’ It’s a common tactic used to make a bad thing seem positive, like we saw with ‘The Patriot Act.’ This isn’t to say that everyone who supports Net Neutrality is trying to pull a fast one. However, it does mean that the term is almost impossible to peg down.” (07/14/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/07/14/net-neutrality/

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39) Audit the Pentagon before we increase defense spending
Source: USA Today
by Michael C Burgess & Grover Norquist

“It is time to audit the Pentagon. In 1990, Congress passed the Chief Financial Officers Act requiring every department and agency in the federal government to produce verifiable financial statements that can be fully audited. To date, each major agency has been able to complete this task except one: the Department of Defense (DOD). This is unacceptable. Right now our nation is facing a real crisis. The U.S. debt is teetering on the edge of $20 trillion and our servicemen and women are finding themselves without all the resources required to fulfill their missions and defend our country. The DOD is one of the largest employers in the world, with over 2.8 million active duty servicemen and women, national guardsmen, reservists, and civilians. In fiscal year 2016, the Pentagon budget reached nearly $600 billion. Our country faces many threats. We must provide for America’s national defense while still being responsible with taxpayer dollars.” (07/14/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/07/14/audit-pentagon-burgess-norquist-column/442861001

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40) Torture in the service of the nation
Source: CounterPunch
by Howard Lisnoff

“Marine training was once readily accepted for the kinds of battles that were waged in Europe and the Pacific during World War II, but that was a chimera propagated by equal doses of machismo and extreme chauvinism, both of a national and male character. Brutalizing recruits, however, never can be justified in any training setting. Convincing a person to kill another is a kind of brutality which can never be reckoned with in any world in which morality exists. This does not mean that defense in the face of an attack is not justified, but the nature and causes of war now make arriving at a decision to defend and how to defend more complicated because of the violence propagated by lunatics such as the September 2001 terrorists and nation states looking to control more economic turf and project enormous power.” (07/14/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/14/torture-in-the-service-of-the-nation/

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41) Two years later, the Iran deal is a success
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Two years later, the Iran deal is a success. The U.S. and the rest of the P5+1 advanced the cause of nonproliferation and greatly reduced the risk of war with Iran over its nuclear program, and Iran has been and continues to be in compliance with the terms of the deal. It is instructive to look back at the debate over the nuclear deal in order to remember how shoddy the arguments against it were (and still are). Even before the deal was completed, some hard-liners in the U.S. were already likening it to appeasement at Munich, and at least one denounced the interim agreement leading to the JCPOA as ‘worse than Munich.’ These alarmist claims had nothing to do with the substance of the deal, and simply reflected the knee-jerk hostility of Iran hawks to any diplomatic engagement with Tehran regardless of the outcome.” (07/16/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/two-years-later-the-iran-deal-is-a-success/

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42) Nullification: Defending liberty from federal tyranny
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Ray Lass

“Madison’s view that the states have the power to determine the constitutionality of federal laws, as well as openly defy them if necessary, is certainly at odds with the modern day American understanding of U.S. Government. Most people see the role of determining the constitutionality of federal laws as exclusively under the purview of the federal court system. This view, taught in all government schools, fundamentally misunderstands the constitution as it was ratified by the states. The founders, as evidenced by the 9th and 10th amendments, viewed the states as a final check on the power of the three branches of federal government.” [editor’s note: The 10th Amendment lists the “final check” as “the people,” and the 9th Amendment completely excludes the states in 100% favor of “the people;” for obvious reasons, “states rights” proponents in general (more so than nullification proponents particularly, to be fair) prefer to leave that detail out – TLK] (07/14/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/07/14/nullification-defending-liberty-from-federal-tyranny/

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43) Brown backing climate bill full of giveaways to polluters
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“California Gov. Jerry Brown and several state Democratic legislators unveiled legislation Monday evening that would extend the state’s controversial cap-and-trade program, which is set to expire in 2020. Progressive lawmakers and environmental justice groups from around the state were quick to fire back, saying the proposal is too generous to California’s biggest polluters. Assembly Bill 398 was crafted in an attempt to garner the support of Republicans and business-aligned Democratic lawmakers, and with them, a two-thirds vote. A 2010 ballot initiative, Proposition 26 (the ‘Stop Hidden Taxes’ Initiative), amended the California constitution to require that revenue-raising proposals (like cap-and-trade) be passed by two-thirds of the legislature. Over 50 national and California-based groups, like the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) and 350.org, say that Brown’s push to get a compromise by any means necessary has yielded a measure that prioritizes politics over pollution controls.” (07/14/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20331/california-gov-jerry-brown-climate-bill-full-of-giveaways-to-industry

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44) Will Trump be less of a spendthrift than his Republican predecessors?
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

“In the past here at mises.org, we’ve looked at several different ways of comparing government spending across presidential administrations. No matter how we look at it, we’re forced to conclude that Republican presidents cannot be counted on to spend less than Democratic presidents. In this analysis, for example, we found that over the past fifty years, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan were among the worst offenders, with Obama coming in behind third-placed Gerald Ford.” (07/14/17)

https://mises.org/blog/will-trump-be-less-spendthrift-his-republican-predecessors

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45) When UN interventionism goes wrong, the case of Guatemala
Source: PanAm Post
by Carlos Sabino

Two pieces of judicial news that came out July 12 have attracted my attention. The first, shocking no doubt, is that the former President of Brazil Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has been sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison for his involvement in the ‘Lava Jato’ corruption case …. The second piece of news, which will surely have gone unnoticed by most of my readers, is that the Swiss federal court overturned the life sentence of Guatemala-Switzerland citizen Edwin Sperisen. Sperisen was the Director of the National Police in Guatemala during an operation to retake control of a prison that had fallen into the hands of a group of criminals incarcerated there. During the operation, seven inmates died in the confusion and Sperisen was accused of murder, among other charges. What does all this have to do with the United Nations? The relationship between the events is actually quite straightforward.” (07/14/17)

https://panampost.com/carlos-sabino/2017/07/14/when-un-interventionism-goes-wrong-the-case-of-guatemala/

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46) How to build a creative renaissance — decentralize or die, part 4
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“The first three parts of this series largely focused on how decentralization is necessary in the political realm and should be applied more aggressively to governing structures. I believe moving to such a model is no longer just a quaint option, but absolutely required if we want to expand human liberty and build more voluntary, ethical and sane communities. That being said, decentralization can and should be applied to as many aspects of life as possible.” (07/14/17)

https://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2017/07/14/how-to-build-a-creative-renaissance-decentralize-or-die-part-4/

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47) Hoppe on immigration, part 1
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“Hans-Hermann Hoppe has become the darling of the alt-right for presenting a philosophical case against immigration. In this essay I deconstruct his immigration argument which is explained in chapter 7 of Democracy: The God That Failed. Here in point form is Hoppe’s argument. I will use direct quotes as much as possible, occasionally simplifying for brevity or clarity. I am quoting extensively to make sure I don’t misrepresent his views. This post reiterates Hoppe’s argument for those unfamiliar with it. My critique will be published at a later date.” (07/14/17)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2017/07/hoppe-on-immigration-part-1.html

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48) The Christian and his relation to the state
Source: Reformed Libertarian
by C Jay Engel

“It is not contradictory to long for a better ideal and vocally oppose the deeds of the State and at the same time adhere to the calls of Peter and Paul in subjecting oneself to ‘rulers and authorities.’ It would be a great and wondrous world if there were no people striking others on the cheek, and yet, when this happens, let us ‘turn the other cheek.’ I mean this in consideration of all that the current State has portrayed itself to be. We can long for the elimination of a State that acts in a way that is surely outside the bounds of justice. Yet, this longing, even though God has sovereignly decreed that the current State exist, is not sinful. In other words, our actions are not unbiblical when we vocalize our belief that the State is, by its very nature, evil. Some say that it is a ‘necessary evil.’ And while I disagree with the ‘necessary’ part, it seems that Christians these days have forgotten completely about the ‘evil’ part.” (07/15/17)

http://reformedlibertarian.com/articles/the-christian-and-his-relation-to-the-state-2/

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49) Trumpcare: Savage solution to a problem that doesn’t exist
Source: The New Republic
by Brian Beutler

“The closest President Barack Obama came to fully breaking faith with progressives was in 2011, when he and then-House Speaker John Boehner inked a plan to cut trillions of dollars in Medicare and Social Security spending in exchange for a relatively trivial tax increase on wealthy Americans. Boehner ultimately scuttled the deal when he realized his fanatical GOP conference would likely depose him over it, and Obama ended up pocketing his tax increases for free after winning re-election. The failure of this ‘grand bargain’ saved Obama from himself, not least because there was little justification at the time for a multi-trillion dollar austerity measure. The economy was weak, interest rates were low. Obama would have made good in some metaphysical sense on his pledge to ‘unite’ the parties, but at great political and substantive cost. It was a bad idea, but at least it was an idea.” (07/14/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/143870/trumpcare-savage-solution-problem-doesnt-exist

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50) Just six days after Trump Jr.’s meeting, Guccifer 2.0 emailed me — but there was one key difference
Source: The Intercept
by Sam Biddle

“Just six days after the Trump/Veselnitskaya meeting, and 12 days after the initial contact by Goldstone, while working as a reporter for Gawker, I received an email tip, including official strategy and financial documents from the Democratic Party …. This timing is interesting for two reasons. The extreme proximity of promised Hillary-related documents and the arrival of Hillary-related documents just days later suggests Guccifer 2.0 could have been part of the plan Goldstone alluded to over email. But secondly, although the documents were surely ‘official’ in that they originated from within the Democratic Party, no one ever found anything in them that could be considered ‘information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia.'” (07/14/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/14/just-six-days-after-trump-jr-s-meeting-guccifer-2-0-emailed-me-but-there-was-one-key-difference/

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51) The Cruz amendment is a (small) step toward universal catastrophic coverage
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ed Dolan

“Universal health care access is coming to America. As I wrote a few weeks ago, it is time to stop fighting it and make it work. In principle, Republicans agree. After all, from the very start of the repeal-and-replace debate, they have explicitly promised ‘coverage protections and peace of mind for all Americans.’ The latest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) takes new steps toward universal access, but it is not yet bold enough. If our Senators only had the courage, they could build on these ideas to craft a plan that would satisfy both conservatives and moderates in their own ranks, and draw support from the Democratic side of the aisle as well. Here is how it could be done.” (07/14/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/cruz-amendment-bcra/

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52) Messed up state
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“After lamenting Illinois’s fiscal decline into America’s “most messed up” state yesterday, lo and behold, today we find the State of Nevada messed up, too. On marijuana. Question 2, passed by voters last November, legalized recreational use of what we used to call ‘weed’ by those 21 years of age and older. The measure also stipulated that — for the first 18 months only — alcohol distributors are solely permitted to carry marijuana from wholesalers to the new retail dispensaries. Why provide a monopoly to alcohol distributors?” (07/14/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/07/14/messed-up-state/

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53) Why teachers don’t trust Betsy DeVos
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

The nation’s largest organization representing classroom teachers, the three million-member National Education Association, is getting plenty of guff over its decision to stonewall U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The NEA’s latest rejection note to the secretary came from the organization’s charismatic and blunt-spoken president Lily Eskelsen Garcia who, in an interview with Education Week, said about DeVos, “There is no reason to trust this woman.’ Garcia’s remarks closely follow a keynote address she gave at the NEA’s annual gathering of delegates in which she proclaimed, ‘I will not allow the National Education Association to be used by Donald Trump or by Betsy DeVos … I do not trust their motives … There will be no photo op.'” (07/13/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170713/why-teachers-dont-trust-betsy-devos-and-neither-should-you

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54) Undermine American democracy: Just what the libertarian doctor ordered
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Michael S Rozeff

“No matter what labels we attach to the national government of America, that government has gone steadily downhill for a long, long time. It does almost nothing right. Its intrusions here and overseas are abominable and grow ever-larger. It multiplies its evils continually, seeking out new ones. We have even reached a point where the government in its vast ignorance and hubris keeps raising the risks of nuclear war and World War 3. The government’s meddling serves only narrow business interests, oligarchs, bureaucrats, power-hungry psychopaths, busybodies and opportunists. Its interventions corrupt the people, dumb them down, and make them helpless, dependent, mindless and lazy. Whatever progress has been made by Americans has been in spite of the malefactions of their democratic government or whatever the appropriate labels for this monstrosity are. Americans should undermine their ‘democracy.'” (07/15/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/07/michael-s-rozeff/undermine-american-democracy/

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55) Why we’re temporarily shutting down Bitcoin vending machines on July 31st
Source: Free Keene
by Ian Freeman

“For an unknown amount of time after a fork, it’s risky to send or receive bitcoin. This has to do with the fact until the dust settles after the fork, you can be subject to ‘replay attacks’ until the exchanges and wallet providers come up with a way to protect against these attacks. There’s also the risk that one of the two sides of the fork will be eliminated through competition, which would destroy any transactions that happened on that chain. Further, some companies may side with one chain or another rather than allowing both, which will lead to extreme confusion as to which Bitcoin is which. Is this starting to sound like a nightmare?” (07/15/17)

http://freekeene.com/2017/07/15/why-were-temporarily-shutting-down-bitcoin-vending-machines-on-july-31st/

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56) Ammunition cartridges — what makes the difference?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by MamaLiberty

“No matter what you are using your guns for, be it hunting, target shooting or self-defense, when it comes to cartridges you have almost countless options. Popular rifles, like the Remington 700 are available in over 30 different calibers. Depending on the intended use of your firearm, there are some basics that should be taken into consideration when choosing one cartridge over another.” (07/14/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/07/14/ammunition/

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57) A constantly shifting array of official enemies
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“After George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq ended up producing ISIS, which was quickly made into a new official enemy of the United States, I am sure that there were lots of Americans saying to themselves, ‘Oh my gosh, another official enemy. But once we vanquish this one, it will finally be over. We will finally have peace, tranquility, and prosperity.’ Those people were living a pipe dream. Now that ISIS has been vanquished, is the Pentagon bringing the troops home? Is there going to be a ticker-tape military parade in New York City? Is George W. Bush going to do a painting entitled ‘Mission Accomplished?’ Of course not. Everyone needs to resign himself to the discomforting reality of living under a national-security state and an overseas empire: There is always going to be an official enemy or official enemies. It never ends. The process is perpetual.” (07/14/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/07/14/constantly-shifting-array-official-enemies/

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58) “Sgt. Pepper,” the creative capitalist
Source: Independent Institute
by Samuel R Staley

“The creative merits of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’ are beyond debate. Coupling the Beatles with producer George Martin and engineer Geoff Emerick, two technical professionals equally enthusiastic about pushing the boundaries of contemporary music, ignited an artistic revolution that affected generations and changed the course of popular music. … The combination resulted in ‘the most important rock & roll album ever made,’ according to Rolling Stone, and the first to win a Grammy for album of the year. More than 32 million copies reportedly had been sold prior to this year, with the new 50th anniversary ‘remix’ generating many more additional sales. But this is not the entire story. Creative genius is not a guarantee of success. Rock music was still relatively new in 1967, developing in an uncertain market, and considered by many a cultural backwater. Something else was necessary to enable the Beatles to upend artistic and musical conventions.” (07/14/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9126

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59) GOP eager to repeal rule that allows consumers to sue conniving banks
Source: The American Prospect
by Justin Miller

“It may take the Republican-controlled Congress even less time to undo a landmark rule issued Monday by the consumer watchdog agency that will widely forbid mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts. Banks, credit-card companies, and other financial-services firms will no longer be able to force individual consumers into corporate-friendly mandatory arbitration hearings to settle disputes. For instance, Wells Fargo used arbitration clauses as a way to block a potentially gigantic class-action lawsuit from depositors who found that the bank had created fraudulent accounts for them just to juice its numbers. Most customers are unlikely to undertake a time-consuming arbitration process on their own to recoup a couple hundred bucks. As a result of the CFPB’s new rule, however, consumers will once again be able to join together in class-action lawsuits to address corporate malfeasance.” (07/13/17)

http://prospect.org/article/gop-eager-repeal-rule-allows-consumers-sue-conniving-banks

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60) Buying genocide
Source: Liberty Unbound
by Gary Jason

“How are totalitarian regimes able to control the populace and gain its support for even the vilest programs? In an earlier piece, I suggested that there are three basic methods employed by compliance agents — the people who try to get a targeted group to comply with their wishes — to get what they want. These I termed power, purchase, and persuasion.” (07/14/17)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1736

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

61) I teach you how to take a meeting with a Russian lawyer (also some Kid Rock laughs)
Source: Scott Adams Blog

“This Periscope livestream is more fun than most. Make sure you stay for the Kid Rock laughs toward the end.” (07/16/17)

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1eaKbmdYdeaxX

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62) The state is a lagging indicator of culture
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“The State does not mold culture. The State is the parasitical entity that attaches itself to the industrious host slowly siphoning away productivity. It must always follow culture. Culture always comes first.” [Flash video] (07/15/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/the-state-is-a-lagging-indicator-of-culture/

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63) Free Talk Live, 07/15/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Opinions on Childfree Marriage :: Offending People About Not Having Kids :: Nature of Sex :: Selfish to Want Grandkids :: Adoption :: Caller Had Kids After 20 Years :: Childless People on School Boards :: KGB Daughter :: Politicians and Bribery :: Cowspiracy :: Beheadings and Health Care :: Naps are a Goner With Kids :: Family :: Overpopulation :: Idiocracy :: Why Pry? :: Waiting for Kids :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/15/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-07-15

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64) The Ancap Barber Shop, episode 20
Source: Pax Libertas Productions

“We discuss Ross Ubricht and the Silk Road — Free Ross.” [various formats] (07/14/17)

http://www.ancapbarbershop.com/free-ross-abs020/

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65) Cato Daily Podcast, 07/14/17
Source: Cato Institute

“The Senate’s new measure aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act still has deep flaws. Michael Cannon makes the case.” [various formats] (07/14/17)

https://www.cato.org/multimedia/cato-daily-podcast/senates-new-health-care-measure-still-fatally-flawed

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66) The Tom Woods Show, episode 952
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Pope Francis is one of the most controversial popes in Church history, and has left a great many churchmen and faithful bewildered. His sympathy for leftist political causes, and his systematic removal of people unsympathetic to his progressive program, are clear enough. We get into some of the details in this episode.” [various formats] (07/14/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-952-pope-francis-the-political-pope/

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

“On FPF #66, I discuss Yemen again. The crisis in Yemen continues to get worse. The cholera outbreak has infected over 300,000 and killed over 2,000. The US has doubled the amount of mid-air refueling to the Saudi coalition since Saudi Arabia murdered over 200 people at a funeral in October. The US seems only to support Saudi Arabia’s war because no one is paying attention to Yemen. I also update Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, and North Korea.” [various formats] (07/14/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-66-why-support-saudis-war

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68) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 628
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Today I want to talk with you about government lies and empty promises. We’ll use the current state of affairs as our examples.” [various formats] (07/14/17)

https://jasonstapleton.com/628-dysfunction-in-the-halls-of-congress/

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69) In The Tank, episode 97
Source: Heartland Institute

“John Nothdurft and Donny Kendal present episode #97 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country. The show is available for download as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast every Friday. Today’s podcast features work from the Mercatus Center, The Heartland Institute, and the Center of the American Experiment.” [Flash audio] (07/14/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/07/in-the-tank-ep97-2017-fiscal-state-rankings-think-tank-news-and-carbon-neutral-vacations/

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70) Anarcho Agenda, episode 27
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“Discussing earthquake survival tips, and free-range children.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/14/17)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-27-2017-07-14

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71) John Feffer on The Scott Horton Show
Source: Libertarian Institute

“John Feffer, of Foreign Policy in Focus, joins Scott to discuss whether the escalating war of words (and missile tests) between North Korea and the United States is just bluster or something more sinister. Feffer explains how China and Russia help mitigate conflict, why the U.S. would be heavily incentivized to use conventional weaponry if war were to break out, and in what circumstances the United States might use nuclear weapons in North Korea.” [various formats] (07/14/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/scotthortonshow/71217-john-feffer-escalation-north-korea/

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72) Felony Friday, 07/14/17
Source: Lions of Liberty

“Today on Felony Friday Curtis Drayton joins the show to share his unbelievable story. Curtis was sentenced in 1995 to life with five years for four counts of distribution of cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and aiding and abetting. His prison sentence was commuted by President Obama in December of last year and he was released from prison in Feb 16 of 2017. Curtis was only convicted and sentenced to life as a result of what can be described as blatant corruption and incompetence at the hands of the federal prosecutors, federal agents, the judge and a probationary officer.” [various formats] (07/14/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/07/14/felony-friday-exclusive-corruption-lies-incompetence-sent-curtis-drayton-prison-two-decades/

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