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In the News:

1) Rancor reigns as bitterly divided Republicans begin national convention
2) Document shows less limits on Iran nuke work
3) MD: Fourth killer cop skates in Freddie Gray murder
4) Obama administration asks SCOTUS to rehear immigration case
5) India: Communist rebels kill eight paramilitary soldiers
6) SC: Good Samaritan stops armed robbery … by throwing her car keys
7) Trump echoes Nixon, ratchets up “law & order” message
8) World to end July 29, says group that’s always wrong
9) Pokemon GO: Six important things you should know before playing this game
10) ID: Solar power financing offered to Idaho Power customers
11) Turkey coup attempt: Confusion over general’s “confession”
12) 100 women got naked and posed across the street from the Republican National Convention
13) CA: Judge rejects plea deal for former sheriff in jail abuse scandal
14) Sports bureaucrats say Russia should be barred from Olympics
15) FL: Cops say Black Lives Matter note found after police cruiser is torched
16) SpaceX launches cargo to space station, nails fifth main stage landing
17) Kazakhstan: Suspected Islamists kill at least five in Almaty police station attack
18) Germany: Revived death penalty in Turkey would end EU talks
19) UK: MPs to vote on Trident nuclear weapons system renewal
20) Iran: Regime forces receive S-300 air defense missiles from Russia

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) We, the monkeywrench
22) The RNC isn’t a convention, it’s a wake
23) 9/11: 28 pages later
24) Don’t reform the Fed, Fed-exit
25) Blaming Bitcoin for child porn is politics as usual
26) We all need to scrap identity politics
27) Scrupleless in Seattle
28) The presidency as fantasy
29) The monetary policy trilemma in light of a choice of monies
30) I Can’t Believe It’s Not Science
31) As Maine goes …
32) A nullification lesson from the Articles of Confederation
33) The hawks are still in charge
34) Erdogan is using this failed coup to get rid of the last vestiges of secular Turkey
35) Disappointed by the Democratic Party Platform? Follow the money
36) Would Turkey be justified in kidnapping or drone-killing the Turkish cleric in Pennsylvania
37) Why Hillary hates Citizens United
38) The dangerous militarization of the Cleveland Police Department
39) Regime change in Turkey
40) The Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 97
41) Art, photography, and homophobia
42) Rally for education justice … are we winning?
43) The Jason Stapleton Program, 07/18/16
44) Black Lives Matter
45) The Tom Woods Show, episode 696
46) Breaking the spirit of Brexit
47) Wild grumblers appear: T-Mobile’s Pokemon Go deal and Net Neutrality
48) Interpersonal trust is key for democracy, free markets to work
49) Give [sic] Pennsylvania patients right to try experimental drugs and treatments
50) Donald and Hillary in Plunderland
51) Brexit shows science and politics don’t mix
52) When Uncle “cheats,” it’s OK
53) Corruption in the House — and other places, part 2
54) Opaque pension system
55) Free Talk Live, 07/17/16

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

1) Rancor reigns as bitterly divided Republicans begin national convention
Source: New York Times

“Rancor and hard-edged attacks dominated the start of the Republican National Convention on Monday as speakers branded Hillary Clinton as a liar who deserved to be in prison and two African-American Republicans ridiculed the Black Lives Matter movement. The divisive day even swept up the presumptive nominee, Donald J. Trump. Renegade delegates forced a floor fight in an effort to embarrass him, and his top aide called Ohio’s governor ‘petulant’ for not endorsing Mr. Trump.” (07/18/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/19/us/politics/republican-convention-donald-trump.html

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2) Document shows less limits on Iran nuke work
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Key restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program imposed under an internationally negotiated deal will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran’s ability to build a bomb even before the end of the pact, according to a document obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The confidential document is the only text linked to last year’s deal between Iran and six foreign powers that hasn’t been made public …. although some of the constraints extend for 15 years, documents in the public domain are short on details of what happens with Iran’s most proliferation-prone nuclear activity — its uranium enrichment — beyond the first 10 years of the agreement. The document obtained by the AP fills in the gap. It says that as of January 2027 — 11 years after the deal was implemented — Iran will start replacing its mainstay centrifuges with thousands of advanced machines.” (07/18/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3696201/Secret-document-lifts-Iran-nuke-constraints.html

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3) MD: Fourth killer cop skates in Freddie Gray murder
Source: New York Daily News

“A judge acquitted a Baltimore police officer of manslaughter and other charges Monday in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was critically injured in a police transport van. It was the fourth straight trial prosecutors have failed to win in the case. Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking of six officers charged in the case, faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.” [editor’s note: So far each of these cops has been “tried” by a fellow government employee in a black dress, rather than by a jury – TLK] (07/18/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/baltimore-police-lieutenant-acquitted-freddie-gray-death-article-1.2715512

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4) Obama administration asks SCOTUS to rehear immigration case
Source: Reuters

“In a last-ditch effort to revive a White House plan to protect up to 4 million immigrants from deportation, the Obama administration on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to rehear a case on which the eight-member court was split 4-4 last month. The June 23 high court decision left in place a lower court ruling that blocked the plan, which has never been in effect. The court is currently one justice short following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. In a filing, the Justice Department asked the court to take a second look at the case once it has a full complement of nine justices.” (07/18/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-immigration-idUSKCN0ZY2LG

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5) India: Communist rebels kill eight paramilitary soldiers
Source: Albany Democrat-Herald

“Police say at least eight Indian paramilitary soldiers have been killed in an attack by Maoist rebels in a forest area in eastern India. Police officer P.K Sahu said three insurgents also were killed in an exchange of gunfire on Monday in the Dumrinala area, nearly 105 miles (170 kilometers) south of Patna, the capital of Bihar state. Sahu said early Tuesday that the rebels used improvised explosive devices and fired at paramilitary soldiers in the area that is known to be a rebel stronghold.” (07/18/16)

http://democratherald.com/news/world/communist-rebels-kill-indian-paramilitary-soldiers/article_e535e6ea-7b5c-5fc8-ae4a-a5d20d28a903.html

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6) SC: Good Samaritan stops armed robbery … by throwing her car keys
Source: Fox News

“A sharp eye and a sense that something was very, very wrong led a Good Samaritan in South Carolina to save another woman from a potentially more terrible fate than she had already been enduring. This witness to a crime in progress in Rock Hill, South Carolina, used her car keys, of all things, to interrupt an armed robbery, a potential kidnapping and perhaps more. In so doing, she ended up saving another woman’s life. Judging by her smart, swift actions, she would do it all over again if she had to.” [editor’s note: I have to say, she was lucky he was this inept – SAT] (07/18/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/18/good-samaritan-stops-armed-robbery-with-her-car-keys.html

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7) Trump echoes Nixon, ratchets up “law & order” message
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Presumptive nominee Donald Trump has dialed up the volume on his ‘law and order’ message, warning that the nation’s social order is at risk after eight policemen were killed in the past 10 days, three in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday. As the Republican National Convention opens today in Cleveland, Trump seems to be following the strategy of Richard Nixon, who in his 1968 campaign said ‘we will have order’ as big cities erupted in riots and Vietnam War protestors burned American flags. Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on Monday made the Nixon analogy explicit, saying at a Bloomberg breakfast that Nixon’s ’68 acceptance speech will be the model for Trump’s effort later this week.” [editor’s note: You keep wondering if he’s run out of stupid icons, and now this? – SAT] (07/18/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2016/0718/Trump-echoing-Nixon-ratchets-up-law-and-order-message

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8) World to end July 29, says group that’s always wrong
Source: USA Today

“The group End Times Prophecies has declared the world will end July 29 in a chain of events prompted because of an ongoing phenomenon known as a polar flip. The good news: We can stop worrying about who will be the next president. A 17-minute Armageddon News video, posted July 9 on YouTube and viewed more than 800,000 times, explains the end-of-the world theory as a modulated female voice reads through a variety of biblical quotes, illustrated with cheap special effects that couldn’t buy Michael Bay a cup of coffee.” [editor’s note: So I guess Giant Meteor’s chances just went up a point? – SAT] (07/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2016/07/18/july-29-end-of-world/87252416

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9) Pokemon GO: Six important things you should know before playing this game
Source: The Hacker News

“Pokemon GO launched just two weeks ago, and people have been getting crazy to catch ’em all. Users, on an average, are spending more time engaged with the new Pokemon GO app than any other apps like Snapchat. But, before downloading and playing Nintendo’s new location-based augmented reality game, users are required to keep the following points in their minds …” (07/17/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/07/pokemon-go-privacy-hacks.html

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10) ID: Solar power financing offered to Idaho Power customers
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The Idaho Power electrical utility is proposing the construction of a solar power project that would be funded by customers who take out subscriptions to guarantee it gets built. The company recently filed an application with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission to launch the project on land southeast of Boise, which would be the state’s first utility-owned solar power production facility. The 500-kilowatt solar project would involve the installation of solar panels on an area the size of two football fields and power about 730 homes, said company spokesman Brad Bowlin.” (07/18/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Idaho-Power-eyes-state-s-first-utility-owned-8384537.php

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11) Turkey coup attempt: Confusion over general’s “confession”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“There are conflicting reports about whether a former Turkish air force commander has confessed to planning Friday’s attempted military coup. At least 232 people died and 1,400 were wounded in the ensuing violence, and there have been mass arrests. The state-run Anadolu news agency quoted Gen Akin Ozturk as telling interrogators he had ‘acted with intention to stage a coup.’ But two private broadcasters said the general had denied playing a role.” (07/18/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36829574

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12) 100 women got naked and posed across the street from the Republican National Convention
Source: Business Insider

“American photographer Spencer Tunick merged nudity and politics in a dramatic way Sunday in his latest work, posing 100 unclothed women for a shoot in sight of the Republican National Convention. Tunick’s large-scale art installation, ‘Everything She Says Means Everything,’ featured women of all shapes, colors and sizes, holding up mirrors toward the arena where Republicans this week are set to formally name billionaire Donald Trump as their presidential nominee. The artist is well known for his sometimes startling images of nude people.” (07/17/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-100-nude-women-pose-in-cleveland-reflecting-on-trump-2016-7

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13) CA: Judge rejects plea deal for former sheriff in jail abuse scandal
Source: KTLA 5 News

“A federal judge on Monday rejected a plea deal for former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who had admitted he lied to FBI agents investigating inmate abuse at jails. In a downtown Los Angeles courtroom, U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson said the February plea agreement between Baca and federal prosecutors would have allowed the longtime head of the Sheriff’s Department to get off too easy. Under the terms of that deal, Baca, 74, would have received a sentence of no more than six months in federal prison. … former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was sentenced to five years in prison in the case in June. Baca would be the 18th Sheriff’s Department official convicted in connection with the federal probe into corruption and civil rights abuses at the jails.” (07/18/16)

http://ktla.com/2016/07/18/ex-sheriff-lee-baca-to-be-sentenced-for-lying-to-fbi-in-jail-probe/

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14) Sports bureaucrats say Russia should be barred from Olympics
Source: ESPN

“The World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive board wants the International Olympic Committee to ban all Russian teams from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics following a report showing the scope and length of state-directed doping in the country. WADA issued a seven-point list of requests after it published a report from Canadian law professor Richard McLaren that confirmed claims of state-backed Russian cheating at the Sochi Olympics and beyond. WADA also wants Russian government officials to be denied access to international competitions, including the upcoming Olympics.” (07/18/16)

http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/id/17099712/world-anti-doping-agency-executive-board-calls-full-russian-ban-rio-olympics

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15) FL: Cops say Black Lives Matter note found after police cruiser is torched
Source: South Florida Sun Sentinel

“A Daytona Beach police patrol vehicle was found completely engulfed in flames early Sunday with a note reading ‘Black Lives Matter,’ authorities said. Officers responded about 2:30 a.m. to the 300 block of Keech Street and found the marked cruiser on fire in front of the Islamic Center of Daytona Beach, where it was parked and being used as a ‘ghost car’ to deter crime, officials said. Fire crews responded and put the fire out. No one was reported injured in the incident. A note was found that read ‘Black Lives Matter. A. Sterling P. Castile. [Expletive] the police,’ authorities said in a news release. It’s unclear exactly where the message was found.” (07/18/16)

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/os-daytona-police-fire-black-lives-matter-20160717-story.html

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16) SpaceX launches cargo to space station, nails fifth main stage landing
Source: Ars Technica

“Early Monday morning, SpaceX achieved a successful launch and landing of its Falcon main stage, which sent a Dragon capsule loaded with supplies to the International Space Station. Unlike most previous attempts, the Falcon was able to return to Florida rather than dropping onto a barge in the Atlantic. The successful landing adds another item to the company’s collection of lightly used boosters, some of which are intended to ultimately make return trips to space. … This is now the fifth booster the company has returned from space.” (07/18/16)

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/07/spacex-sends-cargo-to-the-international-space-station-nails-the-landing/

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17) Kazakhstan: Suspected Islamists kill at least five in Almaty police station attack
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Suspected Islamist militants have killed at least four policemen and one civilian in Kazakhstan’s financial capital, Almaty, security and hospital sources said, the second attack on the security services in less than two months. The attackers targeted a district police station and an office of the KNB state security service. Another shootout occurred on a busy central street where police wounded and detained one of the attackers.” (07/18/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/18/two-kazakhstan-police-officers-killed-by-gunmen-say-authorities

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18) Germany: Revived death penalty in Turkey would end EU talks
Source: Bloomberg

“Germany warned Turkey that reinstating the death penalty after the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would end his country’s bid to join the European Union. ‘A country that has the death penalty cannot be a member of the European Union — and the introduction of the death penalty in Turkey would mean the end of accession talks,’ Steffen Seibert, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief spokesman, told reporters in Berlin on Monday. Erdogan’s supporters revived calls to reintroduce capital punishment as the president pledges to reshape Turkey after thwarting the uprising by elements of the army.” (07/18/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-18/revived-death-penalty-in-turkey-would-end-eu-talks-germany-says

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19) UK: MPs to vote on Trident nuclear weapons system renewal
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“MPs are set to decide on whether to renew Britain’s nuclear weapons programme in a Commons vote later. In her first statement to parliament as prime minister, Theresa May will say it would be a ‘gross irresponsibility’ for the UK to abandon its nuclear weapons. Labour is split, with Jeremy Corbyn opposing renewal, but the party’s MPs will get a free vote on the issue.” (07/18/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-36820416

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20) Iran: Regime forces receive S-300 air defense missiles from Russia
Source: Reuters

“Russia has delivered the missile part of S-300 surface-to-air defense system to Iran, Tasnim news agency reported on Monday, moving to finish the delivery of all divisions of the system to Tehran by the end of this year. ‘The first shipment of missiles of S-300 missile system has recently entered Iran that shows Iran’s determination to equip its air defense circle with this system,’ Tasnim news agency, which is close to the Revolutionary Guards, reported.” (07/18/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-iran-missiles-idUSKCN0ZY0N7?il=0

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

21) We, the monkeywrench
Source: Living Freedom
by Claire Wolfe

“[T]oday, despite state-and-media madness, be of good cheer. Our would-be rulers are so laughably terrified. And rightly so. Because even the illusion of control is slipping away from them now. And although truck-wielding terrorists and cop-killing ex-soldiers and Marines may be getting the focus, those are merely the canaries in a very deep, very dark, deeply toxic coal mine. The state doesn’t fear eight dead cops or the dead men who killed them. The state doesn’t fear a truck plowing into a crowd at a fireworks display or a creep plowing through a crowd at a nightclub. Ultimately, the state fears only one thing: those who see through its lies and its violence.” (07/18/16)

http://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/ClaireWolfe/2016/07/18/we-the-monkeywrench/

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22) The RNC isn’t a convention, it’s a wake
Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“The Republican Party, conservatives, and certainly Donald Trump may not fully understand it yet, but they are meeting in Cleveland not to chart the future of the GOP but to host its funeral. The Republican Party and the larger conservative movement for which it has stood since the days of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan is dead but not yet buried. A party whose rhetoric (if never its actual policies) is all about shrinking the size, scope, and spending of government cannot even pretend anymore to stand for any of those things. As important, it hasn’t been serious about governing for a very long time.” (07/18/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/18/the-rnc-isnt-a-convention-its-a-wake

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23) 9/11: 28 pages later
Source: by Thomas L Knapp

“Why the long wait, and what do the 28 pages reveal? If we’re to believe the headlines in Saudi media (e.g. Al Arabiya) and mainstream American media (e.g. Time and the Washington Times) the big news is what they don’t reveal: A ‘smoking gun’ connecting the government of Saudi Arabia to the 9/11 attacks. If we’re to believe the 28 pages themselves, the big news is that they do, in fact, reveal a ‘smoking gun’ connecting the government of Saudi Arabia to the 9/11 attacks.” (07/18/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6797

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24) Don’t reform the Fed, Fed-exit
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul

“Opponents of a central bank should take advantage of the post-Brexit vote revival of secessionist sentiments to promote a secession from central banking, or ‘Fed-exit.’ Ending the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money is the key to restoring and maintaining our liberty and prosperity.” (07/18/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/dont-reform-fed-fed-exit

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25) Blaming Bitcoin for child porn is politics as usual
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Wendy McElroy

“Declarations of war on child pornography are almost always about political or financial control and rarely about protecting children. Child porn is guaranteed to enrage the public and disengage their critical faculties so that controversial measures can be imposed with little to no protest. Those who do protest can be tarred as pro-pedophile and so dismissed with slander and disgust. No wonder child porn has become the go-to issue for policy makers when their agenda cannot get a political pass and needs a back door with greased hinges. At this point, articles are expected to decry the travesty of child porn. I do, and without political motive. But regulating the internet and surveilling blockchains in order to turn ‘bad actors’ into law enforcement is not a solution.” (07/17/16)

https://news.bitcoin.com/blaming-bitcoin-child-porn-politics/

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26) We all need to scrap identity politics
Source: USA Today
by Peggy Orchowski

“I stepped out of a shop in Venice, Italy, two months ago and had a light-bulb epiphany about Americans. The typical Venetian pedestrian-only street was completely gridlocked. As I stood there stuck in a mass of people dressed mostly in jeans and T-shirts and speaking dozens of languages, I heard behind me three laughing guys who sounded like Americans. Turning around to give a thumbs up to my countrymen, I suddenly realized that it was impossible to recognize them by sight. Only when they started talking again was I able to identify the Americans — a college-aged, mixed-heritage trio of Asian, black and white. There is no one American look anymore. We are a people of immense diversity.” (07/18/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/07/18/democrat-gop-immigration-convention-race-division-issues-lgbt-gay-women-hispanic-column/87225864

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27) Scrupleless in Seattle
Source: The Honest Courtesan
by Maggie McNeill

“Sex work isn’t going anywhere, no matter what cops, prosecutors and morally-retarded billionaires want you to believe; it fulfills a very real and important social function and new sex workers and clients enter the demimonde every day. These crusades do nothing but hurt the most vulnerable individuals on both sides of the transaction, just as all prohibition disproportionately harms the most marginalized. One might think that at a time when the public is beginning to awaken to the realities of overpolicing, public officials would have more sense than to approve of these sadistic spectacles; however, that would assume that said officials aren’t echo-chamber-dwelling narcissists.” (07/18/16)

https://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/scrupleless-in-seattle/

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28) The presidency as fantasy
Source: Reuters
by Harold Evans

“Donald Trump was a joke until he wasn’t. The nominating contests brought forth innumerable champions to assail him as a demagogue, a fantasist, a misogynist, a racist, a narcissist, a fascist, an isolationist, a bully and a liar, and he surfed the tidal wave of contempt all the way to the Republican nomination. Bernie Sanders was a throwback to the twenties until he wasn’t. In May, he arrived at 1968 to replay the year in Chicago when young protesters from the Democratic Party’s Far Left disrupted the convention and got clobbered in a police riot. … Trump and Sanders, the scratch duo of Right/Left Populists, ganged up against Hillary Clinton. She was on her way to a coronation until she wasn’t quite. She kept her cool, though the effect in the summer of 2016 was to siphon money she needed for the general election.” [editor’s note: This pundit is clearly “with HER” but at least he’s somewhat funny about saying it – SAT] (07/18/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-voter-special-evans-idUSKCN0ZX10I

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29) The monetary policy trilemma in light of a choice of monies
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Vishal Wilde

“One of the key theoretical and policy obstacles to overcome when trying to enable a genuine choice of monies amongst agents (through enabling them to trade, be paid in and pay their taxes in multiple monies, for example, without politico-legally privileging one money over another through contemporary laws — notwithstanding historical privileges) is that the ‘Monetary Policy Trilemma’ would make it very problematic. … the Monetary Policy Trilemma (or ‘Impossible Trinity’) states (with an empirical basis) that one cannot have, at the same time: 1. Free Capital flows (absence of capital controls) 2. Fixed Exchange Rates 3. An independent monetary policy.” (07/18/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/07/the-monetary-policy-trilemma-in-light-of-a-choice-of-monies/

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30) I Can’t Believe It’s Not Science
Source: Competitite Enterprise Institute
by Michelle Minton

“Consuming butter does not increase the risk of heart disease, a recent study found. Those who believed in the accuracy of U.S. government dietary guidelines — which for decades have demonized saturated fats — were doubtless taken by surprise. But for those of us who follow nutrition and politics, it’s just another government nutritional ‘gospel’ that science has revealed to be misguided. Yet, government agencies continue to spend millions to nudge consumers into following guidelines that may do little to improve health for most and may even result in harm.” (07/16/16)

https://cei.org/content/i-cant-believe-its-not-science

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31) As Maine goes …
Source: The American Prospect
by Gabrielle Gurley

“Anthony Marple, director of Maine’s $2.6 billion Medicaid program, was called into an abrupt meeting just a week after Governor Paul LePage took office in January 2011. There, Marple was fired and ordered to leave immediately. He asked to send out a few emails cancelling some speaking engagements. Sorry, he was told, his state email account had already been closed. Marple was a widely respected public official. His sin? The day before his firing, he had testified before the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee that Medicaid spending from the state’s general fund had been virtually flat or decreasing in each of the years since 2006, despite increasing enrollments due to the recession. This contradicted LePage’s campaign narrative of runaway state spending by the ‘bloated establishment in Augusta.’ So Marple had to go.” [editor’s note: I’ve heard just enough from my childhood friends back there to believe every word of this – SAT] (07/18/16)

http://prospect.org/article/maine-goes

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32) A nullification lesson from the Articles of Confederation
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Because of massive unconstitutional overreach, the federal government depends on state action to do almost everything it does. From prosecuting the drug war to implementing and running Obamacare, It needs state resources and state personnel to enforce its laws and implement it programs. By simply doing nothing, states have the power to stop federal actions dead in their tracks. And states do not have to act.” (07/18/16)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/07/18/a-nullification-lesson-from-the-articles-of-confederation/

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33) The hawks are still in charge
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel R DePetris

“In the grand scheme of things, a political party’s platform is an insignificant document. The Republican Party’s platform this year doesn’t change this; despite the media’s fascination with the fact that Donald Trump’s border wall made its way into the platform, the document is still a non-binding, ideological missive, more of a goodie bag for conservative activists than an operational plan. Nonetheless, the Platform Committee’s debates last week were interesting to watch and a good barometer of where the Republican Party stands on certain issues. The interactions on foreign policy and national security were especially revealing, and they all led to the same conclusion: neoconservatives are still very much the leaders of the GOP’s foreign-policy machinery.” (07/18/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-hawks-are-still-in-charge/

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34) Erdogan is using this failed coup to get rid of the last vestiges of secular Turkey
Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“The sweeping purge of soldiers and officials in the wake of the failed coup in Turkey is likely to be conducted with extra vigour because a number of close associates of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are among the 265 dead. The number of people detained so far is at 6,000 including soldiers, and around 3,000 judges and legal officials who are unlikely to have been connected to the attempted military takeover. … So numerous are those detained that a sports stadium is being used to hold some of them, a development that has ominous similarities with mass arrests in South American coups in the last century.” (07/18/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/18/erdogan-is-using-this-failed-coup-to-get-rid-of-the-last-vestiges-of-secular-turkey/

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35) Disappointed by the Democratic Party Platform? Follow the money
Source: In These Times
by Branko Marcetic

“Depending on who you ask, the 2016 Democratic platform is either ‘the most progressive platform in Democratic Party history’ or a ‘major betrayal.’ Regardless of how you view it, however, there’s no denying that the platform compromises on certain core progressive values, and some of that can be traced to the platform drafting committee, which met last month to hammer out a first draft. When the committee had finished its deliberations, many progressives initially were outraged. The draft made several major concessions to the pro-Bernie Sanders contingent of the party, on issues ranging from abolishing the death penalty to expanding Social Security, but committee delegates chosen by Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz voted down several other measures dear to progressives’ hearts: amendments advocating single-payer healthcare and a $15 minimum wage indexed to inflation, several proposals to halt climate change, language criticizing Israeli occupation of Palestine, and an amendment explicitly opposing the TPP trade agreement.” [editor’s note: Do I need to put a disclaimer on this one? – SAT] (07/18/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19295/are-core-progressive-values-being-compromised-with-2016-democratic-platform

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36) Would Turkey be justified in kidnapping or drone-killing the Turkish cleric in Pennsylvania
Source: The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald

“Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan places the blame for this weekend’s failed coup attempt on an Islamic preacher and one-time ally, Fethullah Gulen … who now resides in Pennsylvania with a green card. Erdogan is demanding the U.S. extradite Gulen, citing prior extraditions by the Turkish government of terror suspects demanded by the U.S. …. In light of the presence on U.S. soil of someone the Turkish government regards as a ‘terrorist’ and a direct threat to its national security, would Turkey be justified in dispatching a weaponized drone over Pennsylvania to find and kill Gulen if the U.S. continues to refuse to turn him over, or sending covert operatives to kidnap him?” (07/18/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/07/18/would-turkey-be-justified-in-kidnapping-or-drone-killing-the-turkish-cleric-in-pennsylvania/

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37) Why Hillary hates Citizens United
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“Many people over the last 6 years have called for one of the most controversial and misunderstood Supreme Court decisions to be overturned. The latest call came, not surprisingly from Hillary Clinton. I’m talking, of course, about Hillary’s pledge, if elected, to ‘introduce a constitutional amendment within the first 30 days of her presidency to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.’ Some opponents of the decision believe the Supreme Court granted rights to corporations and want the Constitution ‘to declare that the expenditures of corporate money is not a form of constitutionally protected speech.’ And Huffington Post reports the decision ‘paved the way for unlimited corporate, union and individual spending on elections.’ But is that really what happened? And, why did the court hear the case in the first place?” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (07/17/16)

http://fpp.cc/why-hillary-hates-citizens-united/

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38) The dangerous militarization of the Cleveland Police Department
Source: The Nation
by George Zornick

“It would be impossible not to know that the Republican National Convention is in town. The moment one deplanes at Hopkins International Airport, signage welcomes delegates and visitors to one of the biggest political events of the year. The streets downtown are lined with patriotic bunting, and virtually every bar and restaurant has a hokey political drink special or menu change. There’s one other visible change that will be hard to miss this week: the heavy militarization of the Cleveland police department. Over the past several months, $20 million worth of equipment, much of it military-grade, has poured into the city for use during the convention.” (07/18/16)

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-dangerous-militarization-of-the-cleveland-police-department

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39) Regime change in Turkey
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The attempted military coup in Turkey serves to remind Americans of two important facts: First, that Americans are legally obligated to fight and die for that country’s dictatorial regime and, second, that the position taken by the coup leaders is no different from that taken by America’s national-security establishment.” (07/18/16)

http://fff.org/2016/07/18/regime-change-turkey/

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40) The Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 97
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“What are some things libertarians commonly get wrong? What bad habits do we fall into, with regard to philosophy and law? This week we are joined by the intellectual giant Stephan Kinsella, who brings his experience in law, and philosophy to the table. This episode exposes new ways of looking at old philosophies, and we also go into depth about intellectual property.” [various formats] 07/18/16)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-97-stephan-kinsella/

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41) Art, photography, and homophobia
Source: Notes On Liberty
by Warren Gibson

“Sometimes the theater of the absurd, current events that is, just gets to be too much and I have to comment. This time the issue is whether photography is an art form, a case arising from a professional photographer’s refusal to cover a lesbian wedding. If photography is art, goes the argument, it’s a form of speech protected by the Constitution and that protection overrides any laws prohibiting discrimination on account of sexual orientation. This nonsense arises from the notion that some forms of voluntary transactions should enjoy legal protection and others shouldn’t.” (07/17/16)

https://notesonliberty.com/2016/07/17/art-photography-and-homophobia/

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42) Rally for education justice … are we winning?
Source: Our Futur
by Jeff Bryant

“With the sound of jet engines booming overhead, a crowd of about 800 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial last week to advocate for ‘the people’s education.’ The People’s March for Public Education and Social Justice took place in the middle of a political ‘no-fly zone’ in Washington. Democrats and Republicans alike have largely avoided the issues raised by the People’s March. But at the grassroots level, the backlash against bipartisan, corporate education reform has grown too big to ignore. High-stakes testing, crackdowns on teachers unions, and the massive growth of privately controlled charter schools that undermine local neighborhood schools (especially in low-income, non-white communities) drove hundreds of activists to come out and protest. Speakers that included education historian Diane Ravitch and best-selling author and education justice advocate Jonathan Kozol denounced the assault on teachers and students taking place in schools, calling out a culture of ‘test and punish’ that strips teachers of their professionalism and robs children of the joys of learning.” (07/18/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160718/rally-for-education-justice-are-we-winning

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43) The Jason Stapleton Program, 07/18/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I will admit, I am as absorbed in this political season as anyone. How could I not be? It’s a freak show of American celebrities and felons. Libertarians have thrown their hat into the ring this year with a pot smoking mountain climber and his 80-year-old mentor. It’s the worst kind of reality TV, the kind that affects your life. But beyond the politics and the recent string of shootings, there’s a new problem brewing. It’s been festering for quite some time but last week it came to a boil when an international arbitration court invalidated Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea.” [various formats] (07/18/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/while-the-msm-covers-shootings-and-conventions-a-new-war-is-brewing/

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44) Black Lives Matter
Source: Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe

“My old thinking: Racial discrimination is a reality, but race is just one of many personal characteristics on which people discriminate. … My new thinking: When those who hold racial biases also hold government-issued firearms and are given a mandate to go after the bad guys, this is life-threatening to those who the people with the guns and the mandate are biased against. Everyone who is reading this is well aware of the number of video recordings of white cops killing black victims who posed no immediate threat to anyone. On the rare occasions when I’m stopped by the police, I’m a bit nervous about it. If I were black, I would have good reason to be terrified.” (07/18/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/18/black-lives-matter/

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45) The Tom Woods Show, episode 696
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“Socialism has become fashionable again, especially among young people. Tom DiLorenzo’s new book smashes it in delightful and memorable style.” [various formats] (07/18/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-696-the-problem-with-socialism-tom-dilorenzo-educates-socialist-millennials/

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46) Breaking the spirit of Brexit
Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“It’s more than three weeks since the Brexit vote, and the strangest thing has happened. Article 50 has not been invoked. The two-year starting gun on Britain’s exit negotiations has not been fired. And we’re none the wiser as to when it might happen. The new PM, Theresa May, who previously said she would wait at least until the end of this year, is now even vaguer on the subject. After meeting with Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon over the weekend, and set to meet Welsh first minister Carwyn Jones today, May is now saying she’ll hold off until she’s established a ‘UK-wide approach’ on Brexit negotiations. Whatever that means …” (07/18/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/breaking-the-spirit-of-brexit-theresa-may-david-davis-sturgeon/18565

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47) Wild grumblers appear: T-Mobile’s Pokemon Go deal and Net Neutrality
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jonathan Newman

“In an effort to piggyback on the immense popularity of Pokemon Go, T-Mobile has decided to offer one year’s worth of free cellular data just for the game. Now only constrained by their cell phone’s battery life, Pokemon trainers would be able to walk all around their cities catching and hatching the creatures and putting them to the test in the Pokemon gyms to their heart’s content. While most applauded T-Mobile for keeping up with the times and for the generous offer (even if it is a marketing scheme and not a pure gift), some weren’t so appreciative. The grumblers say that T-Mobile’s free data for Pokemon Go violates a net neutrality rule — that all data on the internet must be treated equally.” (07/18/16)

https://mises.org/blog/wild-grumblers-appear-t-mobile%E2%80%99s-pok%C3%A9mon-go-deal-and-net-neutrality

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48) Interpersonal trust is key for democracy, free markets to work
Source: PanAm Post
by Jose Azel

“What most impressed the French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville when he visited the United States in the 1830s was the Americans’ inclination to create civic associations. To Tocqueville, this disposition was central to the Americans’ adeptness to democracy. In recent years, social scientists have confirmed that democracy is more likely to succeed in civically engaged societies, and that quality of governance is linked to civic engagement or its absence. More specifically, societies where people tend to trust each other have sturdier democracies, wealthier economies, are healthier and less susceptible to a variety of social ills.” (07/18/16)

https://panampost.com/jose-azel/2016/07/18/interpersonal-trust-is-key-for-democracy-free-markets-to-work/

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49) Give [sic] Pennsylvania patients right to try experimental drugs and treatments
Source: Heartland Institute
by Michael Hamilton

“It is natural for people to try to extend their lives and improve their quality of life, and it is fitting for people whose lives are at risk to do all they can to save themselves. Most will agree people have a fundamental right to do so, provided they exercise this right without encroaching on the rights of others. These self-evident truths are much on the minds of patients who have received a terminal diagnosis. Unfortunately, many of these people have discovered that exhausting all treatment options is harder to accomplish legally than exhausting all treatment options approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.” (07/18/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/07/give-pa-patients-right-to-try-experimental-drugs-and-treatments/

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50) Donald and Hillary in Plunderland
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Richard M Ebeling

“Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump represent variations on the same political theme: the interventionist-welfare state, with each pandering to different coalitions of special interests and ideological groups. Both are promising their constituents different varieties of something-for-nothing: for instance, free or heavily subsidized college tuition in Clinton’s case and a ‘beautiful,’ ‘huge’ wall on the Mexican border in Trump’s case. Both promise jobs that are well-paying and secure from the realities of an ever-changing global economy. In their own ways, both promise to make America safe and ‘great’ again. Even where they seem to differ, their basic tools are the same.” (07/18/16)

https://fee.org/articles/donald-and-hillary-in-plunderland/

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51) Brexit shows science and politics don’t mix
Source: Cato Institute
by Patrick J Michaels and David E Wojick

“Britain’s quitting the European Union sets the stage for a major mess in the funding of British science. Whatever the merits of Brexit, as the withdrawal is popularly called, exiting the present labyrinthine structure of EU science funding is going to be pure chaos. Government funding of science is always capricious and often wasteful. Brexit is merely going to present the world with a new record for this folly. The basic problem is that government funding of science is very complex.” [editor’s note: No, the basic problem is government funding of science – TLK] (07/18/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/brexit-shows-science-politics-dont-mix

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52) When Uncle “cheats,” it’s OK
Source: LewRockwell.com
by Eric Peters

“Apparently, it’s ok for Uncle to ‘cheat.’ Not on emissions tests, as VW is being stoned to death for doing, but on federal fuel efficiency requirements (CAFE, in Uncle-speak). Would you believe he is not only going to triple the ‘gas guzzler’ fines applied to any automaker that doesn’t make the CAFE cut — the mandatory minimum ‘fleet average’ MPG, which is currently 35.5 MPG — but also that these fines will be applied retroactively — to the 2015 and 2016 model year – as well as to future model years? That’s two full model years before the 35.5 MPG mandatory went into effect — and tens of millions of dollars in fines, just because. Dirty pool, as Gomez used to say. But apparently, it’s ok when Uncle does it.” (07/18/16)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/07/eric-peters/state-vicious-irrational/

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53) Corruption in the House — and other places, part 2
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“In the first part, we discussed the latest corruption queen in the US House of Representatives (who now claims that she is being ‘persecuted’ because she is black). (I think she is wrong: it isn’t because because she is black, it is because she is STUPID. And corrupt. Even for corrupt cops like the FBI, that is an irresistible combination.) And I pointed out that corruption is found everywhere. Another example in Congress itself (as if we needed more) is the betrayal of his supporters by Sanders'[s] endorsement of Miz Hillary, or should we say (to reflect her crimelord status) ‘Ma Hillary.'” (07/17/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9330

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54) Opaque pension system
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Requiring government transparency is as necessary in those areas where governments can grant special favors as in those where governments can inflict direct harm. That is, it’s as important regarding government worker pensions as it is of the abuse of police power. In Nevada, the legal requirement for the state’s Public Employee Retirement System (PERS), to disclose who gets what in pension payments was recently thwarted by PERS itself.” (07/18/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/18/opaque-pension-system/

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55) Free Talk Live, 07/17/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Another Shooting of Police in Baton Rouge :: Police Intimidation :: Leaving Louisiana for New Hampshire :: Welfare and Immigrants :: Obama on the Shooting :: Police Tyrants :: Black Lives Matter :: Corporate Conspiracy Theory :: Alleged Shooter’s Youtube Videos and Books :: College Attendance :: HGH :: Flippant Towards Cops’ Deaths? :: Self Defense Against Police :: Celebrating Death? :: Venezuela Opens Border to Colombia Temporarily.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/17/16)

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