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In the News:

1) Turkey’s Erdogan regime demands extradition of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen
2) Republicans officially nominate Trump/Pence
3) Three US states sue Volkswagen over emissions scandal
4) OH: University pulls out of hosting presidential debate over safety concerns
5) Source: Megyn Kelly told Murdoch investigators that Roger Ailes sexually harassed her
6) Uruguay: Marijuana growers compete in Cannabis Cup
7) Study: States with medical cannabis see decline in employee sick leave
8) Queen takes issue with Trump’s use of “We Are The Champions”
9) US Fish and Wildlife Service removes lesser prairie chicken from endangered list
10) IOC delays decision on banning Russia from Rio Olympics
11) Turkey: Regime fires 24,000 teachers, police in purge after coup attempt
12) MD: Law professor files new complaints calling for disbarment of Freddie Gray case prosecutors
13) Watchdog: HUD’s Castro violated federal law by touting Clinton in interview
14) UK: Press watchdog upholds Scientology leader’s complaint over paper’s Tom Cruise story
15) Philippines regime refuses China regime’s proposal for South China Sea talks
16) NH: Two state troopers charged with assault
17) Russia: Investigators detained in probe linked to gangs
18) Open source tool can map out Bitcoin payments
19) Ireland: Get ready for unification poll, Kenny tells EU leaders
20) Trump campaign denies Melania’s speech plagiarizes parts of Michelle Obama’s
21) Scotland: SNP pushes again for independence vote after Trident result
22) Mali: Ten soldiers killed, 38 wounded in attack on army base
23) Pakistan: Police say Qandeel Baloch’s brother must face punishment
24) North Korea fires three ballistic missiles into sea, South says
25) VA: High court to hear Republican anti-voter lawsuit

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) Stopping the violence: Replace law enforcement with rights protection
27) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 41
28) There will be no second American Revolution: The futility of armed revolt
29) Uncertain about uncertainty
30) America is being divided and conquered into oblivion
31) The GOP is the party of death
32) Ambulatory Surgery Centers saved $38 billion in private health spending
33) Freedom at the Republican National Convention
34) The gender war gets (even) uglier
35) Turkey in crisis: Another painful lesson why US should avoid foreign meddling
36) Breaking away
37) Cameron’s legacy? The reign of soft paternalism
38) A better way to find the next killer
39) America’s network of secret bomb detectors
40) So, you’ve been made superfluous …
41) No, we are not mere pawns
42) Big headlines for a tiny wage hike
43) Whose coup?
44) Does it really matter?
45) Should police use bombs to kill criminals?
46) Hillary Clinton and the Obama legacy
47) What Donald Trump taught me about incivility
48) Trumpism after Trump
49) A strong economy, not police, made Chile Latin America’s safest country
50) What presumption of innocence?
51) “Close your hearts to pity”: A security state critic embraces total war
52) Russia asks for the impossible with its new surveillance laws
53) Boettke on Rothbard and libertarianism
54) Hillary says Trump is most dangerous presidential candidate ever — but she is
55) Authoritarian responses to attacks guarantee more trouble in the future
56) US-NATO border confrontation with Russia: Risking nuclear war
57) Free Talk Live, 07/18/16
58) The Bob Zadek Show, 07/17/16
59) Turkish citizens versus Pinochet coup dead-enders
60) The Hillary treatment for climate fraudsters?

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

1) Turkey’s Erdogan regime demands extradition of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen
Source: Financial Times [UK]

“Turkey has sent the US four dossiers on the alleged activities of Pennsylvania-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, following up on a demand for his immediate extradition that threatens to derail relations between the two Nato allies. Turkish officials on Tuesday also blamed Mr Gulen’s followers for shooting down a Russian Su-24 in November. That incident brought Russian president Vladimir Putin’s wrath on Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey’s economy, in the form of travel bans for tourists and curbs on Turkish exports. The pilots were rounded up on Saturday, as part of what has become a wide-ranging purge of supposed plotters.” (07/19/16)

https://next.ft.com/content/7287c982-4da2-11e6-88c5-db83e98a590a

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2) Republicans officially nominate Trump/Pence
Source: USA Today

“Delegates to the Republican National Convention officially selected Donald Trump and Mike Pence as their candidates for president and vice president Tuesday, one day after a contentious opening session that saw an insurgent rebellion quashed and a featured speech questioned. … The open-carry state of Ohio and city of Cleveland had braced for major protests, but the streets stayed mostly quiet.” (07/19/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/2016/07/19/gop-coronation-day-arrives-trump/87283502/

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3) Three US states sue Volkswagen over emissions scandal
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Three US states have taken legal action against Volkswagen in the wake of the carmaker’s emissions scandal. New York, Massachusetts and Maryland all filed lawsuits on Tuesday. New York’s Attorney-General called the use of ‘defeat devices’ a ‘widespread conspiracy’ and a ‘cunningly cynical fraud’ committed by all levels of VW management. The company said the allegations were ‘not new’ and that the carmaker had been cooperating with US authorities. ‘It is regrettable that some states have decided to sue for environmental claims now, notwithstanding their prior support of this ongoing federal-state collaborative process,’ VW said.” (07/19/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36837951

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4) OH: University pulls out of hosting presidential debate over safety concerns
Source: The Hill

“A university in Ohio is withdrawing as the host of the first presidential debate of the general election season over safety concerns, according to Dayton Daily News. Wright State University President David Hopkins said that fears in the wake of recent terrorist attacks and the rising cost of security prompted the school to drop out from hosting the Sept. 26 debate. ‘I can’t assure the safety of our students and the community,’ Hopkins said. Hopkins noted that the local community and state weren’t able to raise the funds to cover the $8 million needed to put on the debate.” (07/19/16)

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/288356-university-pulls-out-of-hosting-presidential-debate-over

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5) Source: Megyn Kelly told Murdoch investigators that Roger Ailes sexually harassed her
Source: New York Magazine

“As a chorus of prominent Fox News women have gone public defending Roger Ailes against the wave of sexual-harassment allegations sparked by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit, the network’s biggest star, Megyn Kelly, has been conspicuously silent. Kelly’s refusal to join in Ailes’s orchestrated defense has led to speculation about why. Now we have the answer. According to two sources briefed on parent company 21st Century Fox’s outside probe of the Fox News executive, led by New York–based law firm Paul, Weiss, Kelly has told investigators that Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about ten years ago when she was a young correspondent at Fox. … According to two sources, Monday afternoon lawyers for 21st Century Fox gave Ailes a deadline of August 1 to resign or face being fired for cause.” (07/19/16)

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/07/sources-kelly-said-ailes-sexually-harassed-her.html

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6) Uruguay: Marijuana growers compete in Cannabis Cup
Source: ABC News

“Uruguay is home to the world’s first government-regulated national marketplace for pot, so it’s not surprising that growers have a competition for best marijuana. At the Cannabis Cup over the weekend, a panel of regional experts judged entries for aroma, flavor, effects and strength before picking the winners of the best indoor and outdoor crops. Silver cups were awarded to the winners, such as Guillermo Amandola, who won in the self-grown outdoor crop category.” (07/19/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/uruguay-marijuana-growers-compete-cannabis-cup-40711956

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7) Study: States with medical cannabis see decline in employee sick leave
Source: Smell the Truth

“While the misconception remains that stoners are lazy and unmotivated, a new study shows that marijuana may keep people on the job both healthy and productive. In a July study published early online for the journal Health Economics, researchers found statistically significant declines in employee sick leave in states that allow safe and legal access to medical cannabis, reports Marijuana.com. According to the numbers provided in the report, businesses in medical marijuana states reported an 8 to 15 percent drop in employee absences related to illness compared to states that still prohibit medical cannabis.” (07/19/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/07/19/states-with-medical-marijuana-see-decline-in-employee-sick-leave-study-finds

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8) Queen takes issue with Trump’s use of “We Are The Champions”
Source: USA Today

“The hits just keep on coming from the Melania Trump speech last night. Prior to her address, her husband, Donald Trump, dramatically strode on stage to introduce her with Queen’s We Are the Champions booming through Quicken Loans Arena. The song played again as Trump re-joined his wife on stage after the speech, which hours later would be consumed in controversy over charges a section of it was plagiarized from Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention. Queen may or may not take issue with the speech itself, but the British rock band made clear their feelings about the use of their anthem. ‘An unauthorised use at the Republican Convention against our wishes,’ the band succinctly said on Twitter on Tuesday morning.” (07/19/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/07/19/queen-melania-donald-trump-we-are-the-champions/87284780

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9) US Fish and Wildlife Service removes lesser prairie chicken from endangered list
Source: Midland Reporter-Telegram

“Pursuant to court rulings by Judge Robert Junell of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has removed the lesser prairie chicken from its list of endangered or threatened wildlife. Junell’s ruling in September in a lawsuit brought by the Permian Basin Petroleum Association and several New Mexico counties overturned the bird’s listing as ‘threatened.’ He upheld that ruling on Feb. 29. Lesli Gray, public affairs specialist with the service, said that removing the chicken from the listing does not constitute action ‘on our part’ regarding the biological determination of whether or not the species merits listing as an endangered or threatened species.” (07/19/16)

http://www.mrt.com/news/state_and_national/article_897f839a-4e07-11e6-8ad7-bb98f4600ff9.html

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10) IOC delays decision on banning Russia from Rio Olympics
Source: Reuters

“Russia’s participation in the Rio Olympics remained in jeopardy on Tuesday after the International Olympic Committee said it would ‘explore legal options’ for banning the country from the Games. At an emergency IOC Executive Board meeting in Switzerland, a day after an independent report detailed a systematic, state-run doping program in Russia, members fell short of an immediate ban but announced a series of other measures. A five-man disciplinary commission was set up to start proceedings against Russian officials mentioned in the report, which described extensive doping and cover-ups at the Sochi Winter Olympics hosted by Russia in 2014. The IOC also said it would not organize or give patronage to any sports event in Russia, including the planned 2019 European Games, and that no member of the Russian Sports Ministry implicated in the report would be accredited for Rio.” (07/19/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sport-doping-olympics-idUSKCN0ZZ1XB

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11) Turkey: Regime fires 24,000 teachers, police in purge after coup attempt
Source: Epoch Times

“The Turkish government on Tuesday escalated its wide-ranging crackdown against people it claims have ties to the alleged coup plotters, firing nearly 24,000 teachers and Interior Ministry employees across the country and demanding the resignations of another 1,577 university deans. The dismissals touched every aspect of government life.” (07/19/16)

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2119278-turkey-fires-24000-teachers-police-in-coup-plotters-hunt/

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12) MD: Law professor files new complaints calling for disbarment of Freddie Gray case prosecutors
Source: Baltimore Sun

“An activist law professor calling for Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby to be disbarred over her prosecution of six Baltimore police officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray has now taken aim at the two deputy state’s attorneys who have argued the cases in court. John F. Banzhaf III, a public interest law professor at George Washington University known for filing lawsuits in high-profile court cases, said he planned to file two new complaints with the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission on Tuesday calling for the disbarment of Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow and Deputy State’s Attorney Janice Bledsoe. … Banzhaf alleges that Mosby knew the charges against the officers were not supported by probable cause when she filed them, and should have reassessed her prosecution of the officers after each of Williams’ rulings in the case.” [editor’s note: Look up Banzhaf if you want some disturbing reading. He’s not just a copsucker; he’s managed to be on the wrong side of seemingly every issue of prominence since the Civil War – TLK] (07/19/16)

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/freddie-gray/bs-md-ci-new-banzhaf-complaints-20160719-story.html

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13) Watchdog: HUD’s Castro violated federal law by touting Clinton in interview
Source: Fox News

“Housing Secretary and potential Democratic vice-presidential prospect Julian Castro violated federal law when he touted Hillary Clinton’s candidacy in a media interview earlier this year, according to a federal watchdog report released Monday. The seven-page report by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel concluded Castro violated the Hatch Act, which bars most Executive Branch officials from expressing their political views while on official business. According to the report, he crossed the line during an April 4 interview that mostly was about HUD’s plans to increase Internet access to children and other agency-related issues. Castro, though, responded to a question during the Yahoo News interview about Clinton’s presidential bid.” (07/19/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/07/19/watchdog-huds-castro-violated-federal-law-by-touting-clinton-in-interview.html

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14) UK: Press watchdog upholds Scientology leader’s complaint over paper’s Tom Cruise story
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“A complaint by the leader of the Church of Scientology about a Mail Online article on his ‘bromance’ with actor Tom Cruise has been upheld by the UK press watchdog. David Miscavige lodged a complaint with the Independent Press Standards Organisation about an article published by Mail Online in December last year. The article was titled ‘Exclusive: inside the ‘bromance’ of Tom Cruise and Scientology founder David Miscavige — How they gamble and smoke cigars together and share a special language — but Miscavige secretly recorded the movie star.'” (07/19/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/jul/19/scientology-mail-online-tom-cruise-david-miscavige

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15) Philippines regime refuses China regime’s proposal for South China Sea talks
Source: New Jersey Telegraph

“The Foreign Ministry has announced that it has turned down China’s proposal to kickstart bilateral talks on their South China Sea dispute, due to Beijing’s pre-conditions of not discussing the tribunal’s ruling that reversed its claims. According to reports, China released a statement saying the Philippines’ Perfecto Yasay and his counterpart Wang Yi had ‘informal contact’ in Mongolia during the meeting of Asian and European leaders.” (07/20/16)

http://www.newjerseytelegraph.com/index.php/sid/245966867

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16) NH: Two state troopers charged with assault
Source: Washington Post

“Authorities in New Hampshire arrested two state troopers Tuesday and charged them with assault for their actions during a violent arrest captured on video earlier this year. After a long police chase that began in Massachusetts and ended in New Hampshire, at least two officers were seen on the video repeatedly punching the driver who had led the pursuit. After video of the May 11 incident began to spread online, Joseph Foster, the New Hampshire attorney general, launched a criminal investigation into the episode. New Hampshire State Police and Massachusetts State Police each pulled a trooper involved in the incident from duty while the investigation was carried out. Foster said Joseph Flynn, 32, of the Massachusetts State Police, and Andrew Monaco, 31, of the New Hampshire State Police were arrested and charged with simple assault for their use of force during the arrest.” (07/19/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/state-troopers-in-new-hampshire-and-massachusetts-charged-with-assault/2016/07/19/9647c8f2-4dea-11e6-a422-83ab49ed5e6a_story.html

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17) Russia: Investigators detained in probe linked to gangs
Source: Killeen Daily Herald

“A Moscow court has placed three high-ranking crime investigators in custody on suspicion of collusion with criminal gangs. The three were ordered held for two months while the investigation into their cases continues, the state news agency Tass reported Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the FSB security service said in a statement that the investigators’ homes were being searched in a probe against employees of the Investigative Committee who are suspected of abusing power and taking bribes from gangs.” (07/19/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/russian-investigators-detained-in-probe-linked-to-gangs/article_2a7c4219-29a0-5d34-acc6-7030b666629e.html

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18) Open source tool can map out Bitcoin payments
Source: Motherboard

“Bitcoin is not anonymous. Anyone who has followed the dark web or the continuing regulation of the cryptocurrency should be familiar with that idea. If someone manages to link a real identity to a wallet—something that we’ve seen is possible — they can then follow other transactions around the public blockchain to see where else that person’s money has traveled. Now, researchers are releasing an open-source tool for grouping bitcoin transactions together in order to identify which belong the same entity, marketplace, or person. It doesn’t necessarily reveal the identity of the bitcoin user, but it can show details about someone’s bitcoin spending.” (07/19/16)

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/open-source-tool-bitcluster-can-map-out-bitcoin-payments

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19) Ireland: Get ready for unification poll, Kenny tells EU leaders
Source: Belfast Telegraph [occupied Ireland]

“Taoiseach Enda Kenny has for the first time opened the door to a future referendum on Irish unity. In a significant move, Mr Kenny called on the European Union to prepare for the prospect of Northern Ireland seeking to join the Republic. The Fine Gael leader said a future border poll was now possible in light of the decision by Britain to leave the EU.” (07/19/16)

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/get-ready-for-united-ireland-poll-taoiseach-enda-kenny-tells-eu-leaders-34894210.html

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20) Trump campaign denies Melania’s speech plagiarizes parts of Michelle Obama’s
Source: CNN

“The Donald Trump campaign on Tuesday denied allegations that Melania Trump plagiarized a Michelle Obama speech on the first night of the Republican National Convention, calling the accusation ‘just really absurd.’ ‘To think that she would do something like that knowing how scrutinized her speech was going to be last night is just really absurd,’ Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on ‘New Day.’ At least one passage in Trump’s speech Monday night plagiarized from Obama’s address to the Democratic National Convention in 2008. Side-by-side comparisons of the transcripts show the text in Trump’s address following, nearly to the word, the would-be future first lady’s own from the first night of the Democratic convention in Denver nearly eight years ago.” (07/19/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/19/politics/melania-trump-michelle-obama-speech/

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21) Scotland: SNP pushes again for independence vote after Trident result
Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Another vote on Scottish independence is fast approaching after Westminster voted to renew Trident against the wishes of nearly every MP in Scotland, the [Scottish National Party] has warned. In a vote in the House of Commons, 58 of Scotland’s 59 MPs voted against Trident renewal, with Scotland’s only Tory MP, David Mundell, being the sole supporter. SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said the vote exacerbates the democratic deficit in Scotland, coming just weeks after Scottish voters overwhelmingly backed membership of the European Union but were outvoted by those in England and Wales.” (07/19/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jul/19/snp-push-again-for-scottish-independence-vote-after-trident-result

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22) Mali: Ten soldiers killed, 38 wounded in attack on army base
Source: Washington Post

“Authorities say gunmen have killed at least 10 soldiers and wounded 38 in an attack on an army camp in Mali. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack early Tuesday in the city of Nampala. An official with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali said the attackers arrived on dozens of pickup trucks and motorcycles and took control of the city before leaving.” (07/19/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/10-soldiers-killed-38-wounded-in-attack-on-mali-army-base/2016/07/19/a6d39102-4da8-11e6-bf27-405106836f96_story.html

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23) Pakistan: Police say Qandeel Baloch’s brother must face punishment
Source: Time

“Police have ruled out the possibility that Pakistani model and social media star Qandeel Baloch’s brother, who murdered her on July 15, can evade punishment for the crime under a sharia-inspired law that allows victims’ family members to forgive killers. … Under a controversial Pakistani law, a victim’s family is permitted to forgive the killer, which often leads to cases being settled with a payment of ‘blood money.’ This route is frequently used in cases of so-called ‘honor’ killing — where a woman is murdered for breaching patriarchal strictures, for example by marrying a man of her own choosing. According to Pakistan’s Human Rights Commission, 1,096 women were killed in this way last year, although cases are likely underreported. An anti-honor killing law is currently pending parliamentary approval.” (07/19/16)

http://time.com/4412057/pakistan-qandeel-baloch-honor-killing-murder/

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24) North Korea fires three ballistic missiles into sea, South says
Source: Hartford Courant

“North Korea on Tuesday fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea in an apparent protest of South Korea’s decision to allow the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the country, Seoul officials said. The missiles launched from a western North Korea town flew across the country before crashing into the waters off its east coast, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.” (07/19/16)

http://www.courant.com/nation-world/ct-north-korea-missiles-20160719-story.html

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25) VA: High court to hear Republican anti-voter lawsuit
Source: WHTC 1450 AM

“In a case that could have an impact on the November presidential election, the Virginia Supreme Court will hear a Republican lawsuit on Tuesday challenging the restoration of voting rights of 206,000 felons by Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe. If upheld, McAuliffe’s order could help tip Virginia, a swing state where the vote is traditionally close in presidential elections, in favor of Democratic White House candidate Hillary Clinton. … The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, led by leaders of the Republican-controlled state legislature, contend that McAuliffe’s April 22 order is unconstitutional since it is a blanket restoration of voting rights to felons.”

http://whtc.com/news/articles/2016/jul/19/virginia-high-court-to-hear-republican-lawsuit-over-voting-rights/

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

26) Stopping the violence: Replace law enforcement with rights protection
Source: Hubpages
by Garry Reed

“Cops are a Tribe. All cops are bad, all cops are good. Street protesters become a tribe. All protesters are good, all protesters are bad. Us-Against-Them. But in the real world it isn’t true because there are only individuals: Good and bad cops, Good and bad protesters, Good and bad people. Libertarians too are frequently treated like a single monolithic group: ‘Libertarians believe …’ ‘Libertarians think …’ ‘Libertarians are …’ Even ‘libertarians can’t work together because libertarians are individualists.’ But libertarians aren’t against groups, they’re against coercion.” (07/17/16)

http://hubpages.com/politics/Stopping-the-violence-replace-law-enforcement-with-rights-protection

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27) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 41
Source: The LAVA Flow Podcast

“In this fortnight’s episode, The Praxeology Edition, we talk about Praxeology and why it’s so important, What’s in the News with stories on federal surveillance requests, food labeling, encryption, and Jesse Ventura, and a Statists Gonna State on President Obama.” [various formats] (07/19/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/praxeology-edition-tlf041/

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28) There will be no second American Revolution: The futility of armed revolt
Source: OpEdNews
by John W Whitehead

“We are poised at what seems to be the pinnacle of a manufactured breakdown, with police shooting unarmed citizens, snipers shooting police, global and domestic violence rising, and a political showdown between two presidential candidates equally matched in unpopularity. The preparations for the Republican and Democratic national conventions taking place in Cleveland and Philadelphia provide a foretaste of how the government plans to deal with any individual or group that steps out of line: they will be censored, silenced, spied on, caged, intimidated, interrogated, investigated, recorded, tracked, labeled, held at gunpoint, detained, restrained, arrested, tried and found guilty. Make no mistake, the government is ready for a civil uprising. Indeed, the government has been preparing for this moment for years.” (07/19/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/There-Will-Be-No-Second-Am-by-John-Whitehead-American-Revolutionary-War_Armed-Police-Killing-People_Armed-Resistance_Freedoms-160719-539.html

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29) Uncertain about uncertainty
Source: EconLog
by Scott Sumner

“I’ve always been a bit skeptical when people point to ‘uncertainty’ as the cause of economic distress. High unemployment? Uncertainty about ObamaCare! More often, the problem is bad monetary policy, and the only ‘uncertainty’ is just how much NGDP instability the central bank will tolerate. And yet I don’t want to be dogmatic, it seems plausible that uncertainty would create at least some distress, as investors held off on new projects.” (07/19/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/07/uncertain_about.html

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30) America is being divided and conquered into oblivion
Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

“It’s been eight years since the financial crisis and look at our choices for President. An ego-maniac with authoritarian tendencies and zero respect for civil liberties/the Constitution and a neocon, war criminal, Wall Street-owned corporatist in liberal sheep’s clothing. Unfortunately, this is how far we’ve progressed politically in the near decade since the status quo bailed out the privileged and crushed everyone else. So what does this mean? It means we are in for a very real struggle in the near-term. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are unabashed authoritarians who worship at the altar of state power and centralization. If I’m right and the real battle of our time is between decentralization/liberty and centralization/authoritarianism, neither one of these candidates offer anything for us in the freedom camp.” (07/19/16)

http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2016/07/19/america-is-being-divided-and-conquered-into-oblivion/

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31) The GOP is the party of death
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“On the first night of the Republican National Convention, Rudy Giuliani laid down the apocalyptic stakes of the the contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: ‘There’s no next election. This is it. There’s no time left for us to revive our great country.’ The former mayor of New York City was echoing Trump at his most apocalyptic with the suggestion that the country faced a choice between life and death, that the very election of Clinton would spell doom. Giuliani earned the most enthusiastic response from the Republican crowd of the evening because he made the message of impending death the most explicit of anyone speaking. But he was only the loudest ranter of the evening; otherwise his message wasn’t unique. One way or another, almost all the speakers came back to the matter of death.” (07/19/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/135232/gop-party-death

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32) Ambulatory Surgery Centers saved $38 billion in private health spending
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham

“New research from the Healthcare Bluebook (sponsored by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association) indicates the privately insured population saved $38 billion by using Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) instead of hospital outpatient departments for day surgeries. That figure includes $5 billion of lower out-of-pocket costs paid by patients directly. What is remarkable is that only 48 percent of procedures (such as joint replacement) that can currently be done in either setting are actually done in ASCs. Assuming it would not be appropriate for three percent of surgeries to be done at ASCs (due to complexity), the study estimates shifting the balance of procedures to ASCs would save yet another $38 billion. Plus, shifting other procedures, not currently done at ASCs, would save another $56 billion. Why are private insurers and employers leaving this money on the table?” [editor’s note: “Research” on a type of facility, sponsored by lobbyists for that type of facility? Grain of salt time- TLK] (07/18/16)

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/ambulatory-surgery-centers-saved-38-billion-in-private-health-spending/

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33) Freedom at the Republican National Convention
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“The Republican Party likes to market itself as the party of freedom. Here is a sign listing items prohibited from the Republican National Convention (RNC) this year …. The first thing that probably pops out to most of you is the prohibition against weapons. While the Republican Party likes to pay lip service to gun rights its actual support is far less enthusiastic than advertised. When I point out this common restriction at Republican Party events many people are quick to tell me that the Secret Service, which many Republican Party politicians use for protection, dictates that rule. However, nobody is required to utilize Secret Service protection.” (07/19/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/07/19/freedom-at-the-republican-national-convention/

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34) The gender war gets (even) uglier
Source: Reuters
by Alexis Gelber

“Look at that face! Bleeding from her wherever. She’s shouting. There’s a special place in hell. Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie. We know where you live. More ugly women in America than attractive women. She’s not doing the job. The woman’s card. … When Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2008, journalists were blamed for being the purveyors of sexist comments. This year, you couldn’t blame the media. Amped-up rhetoric and bristling anti-woman tweets have come directly from the candidates, their surrogates and their supporters — from across the political spectrum. The 2016 election battle has turned into an epic gender war. The targets included two presidential candidates, Clinton and Carly Fiorina; a Republican candidate’s wife, Heidi Cruz; a once-sacrosanct Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly; and millennial women.” (07/19/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-voter-special-gelber-idUSKCN0ZZ1SO

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35) Turkey in crisis: Another painful lesson why US should avoid foreign meddling
Source: Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow

“Turkey was convulsed by an attempted coup last week. Nominally democratic but in practice increasingly authoritarian, the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has initiated a broad crackdown that goes well beyond the military. He has the makings of becoming another Vladimir Putin — except supposedly on America’s side, but even that is up for debate. Turkey’s dubious evolution should remind Americans how hard it is for U.S. officials to play social engineers to the world. Instead of constantly meddling in hopes of ‘fixing’ other nations, Washington should step back when its interests are not vitally affected, which is most of the time.” (07/19/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/turkey-crisis-another-painful-lesson-why-us-should-avoid-foreign-meddling

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36) Breaking away
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Tommy Raskin

“The shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have laid bare statism for the entire world to see. At its core, the state is not an instrument of dialogue. It does not retain power through mere persuasion. In disputes, it does not agree to disagree. No, the state is a regional monopoly on violence, sustained by its territory’s largest arsenal. Were it not for the threat of violence, government decrees would be simple suggestions. Laws are laws and orders are orders because their promulgators ultimately rest their case on force.” (07/19/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45712

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37) Cameron’s legacy? The reign of soft paternalism
Source: spiked
by Tim Black

“Over the past few days, Britain’s recently departed prime minister, David Cameron, has been troubling political hacks. They try to sum up his legacy, draw out a meaningful narrative from his six years at the top, capture what it is that Cameron means. Or rather, meant. But he’s an elusive one, a will-o’-the-wisp of a politician, his vision uncertain and his policies all too often bent into u-turns.” (07/19/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/camerons-legacy-the-reign-of-soft-paternalism/

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38) A better way to find the next killer
Source: USA Today
by Stephen N Xenakis

“I have evaluated a number of young Muslim men under charges for aiding the Islamic State terrorist group. I have also spent many months at Guantanamo with the so-called worst of the worst. There are many differences among them. Just recently, the FBI nabbed another teenager for ties to ISIL. How dangerous is he? Now our nation mourns slain police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge. How did those perpetrators escape notice? There are ways to understand (and identify in advance) people who commit horrendous violent acts. But I have yet to see those capabilities in the agencies entrusted to protect us from terrorism and violence. Most Americans think of this as a conventional military problem. Yet it has much in common with public health challenges.” (07/19/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opiinion/2016/07/19/find-next-killer-personality-criminal-history-terrorism-column/87246518

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39) America’s network of secret bomb detectors
Source: The Atlantic
by Kaveh Waddell

“Stop on the sidewalk on a downtown street in any large American city, and take a look around. Check out the utility poles nearby, the metal boxes planted at the street corners, the cameras dangling from awnings and eaves. Urban infrastructure is made up of thousands upon thousands of moving parts, and many of the gizmos that make a city run are designed to do their jobs without attracting too much attention. Now, a mysterious new device may be coming to Arlington County, the wealthy part of Northern Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C. that’s home to the Pentagon, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the CIA. According to the Defense Department, the new device is for bomb detection — but that’s about as much as they’d like anybody to know about it.” (07/19/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/07/your-friendly-neighborhood-bomb-detector/491807/

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40) So, you’ve been made superfluous …
Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“In the US, 94 million people have ‘dropped out of the workforce,’ and the unemployment situation is often worse in Europe. The ruling systems of the West have made these people superfluous. If you’re one of them, I’m sorry. It’s happening to millions of people right now, and it’s a horrible thing. (And it’s going to continue.) If you think this is your fault, you’re wrong. You are willing and capable of productive work, but the system has its own needs, and they no longer involve you.” (07/19/16)

http://www.freemansperspective.com/youve-been-made-superfluous/

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41) No, we are not mere pawns
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by TK Coleman

“This … ‘We are powerless little pawns, helplessly manipulated and moved about by the hands of politicians,’ is the kind of self-negating, liberty-hating nonsense I will never believe! If you want to distance yourself from ‘the gullible ones,’ use the above italicized statement as a mantra. It’s an easy way to sound smart, in-the-know, and well-informed about politics and conspiracies without having to feel the pressure of doing the hard work required to make the world a freer place.” (07/19/16)

https://fee.org/articles/no-we-are-not-mere-pawns/

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42) Big headlines for a tiny wage hike
Source: Our Future
by Sam Pizzigati

“Lloyd Blankfein, one of America’s most powerful bankers, a few years ago told a reporter that his Goldman Sachs financial colossus was doing ‘God’s work.’ That offhand comment would provoke an instant uproar. An embarrassed Blankfein had to quickly calm the waters. He meant his quip, the Goldman CEO assured us all, only as a joke. Last week, one of Blankfein’s high-finance peers, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, made some headlines of his own. In a widely heralded New York Times op-ed, Dimon proudly announced that his bank is making a major move to ‘create more widely shared prosperity.’ JPMorgan, Dimon declared, will be raising the minimum pay of 18,000 of the bank’s workers to ‘between $12 and $16.50 an hour.'” (07/19/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160719/big-headlines-for-a-tiny-wage-hike

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43) Whose coup?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Everyone knew the convention’s rules package would be a point of conflict. A wee bit of open democracy might have unified delegates. Instead, the rules were rushed through on a voice vote, immediately after which the chair ignored delegates loudly calling for points of order as well as demanding a roll-call vote …. that convention chair, Arkansas Congressman Steve Womack, inexplicably left the stage unmanned. … After what seemed an eternity, Womack appeared back on stage, again calling a voice vote, quickly ruling that the ‘Ayes’ had it over the ‘Nays,’ and then ignoring yet more delegates trying to be recognized. He finally explained that not enough states had called for the roll call — three states had withdrawn their petition. No mention that the long delay had allowed Trump and RNC operatives to pressure enough delegates into withdrawing their petition. This served as ‘a glimpse into the future of a Trump presidency,’ suggested former New Hampshire Sen. Gordon Humphrey …” (07/19/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/19/whose-coup/

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44) Does it really matter?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Will the course of the Fifty States, and the various territories, and of the 200+ nations of the world be truly significantly different if it is Clinton rather than Trump that heads the regime? If it is a Republican rather than a Democrat who is Speaker of the House? Probably not: because it will still be the Federal Government, and only a thousand or fewer of millions of officials will change. The laws will be tweaked, a few more freedoms lost, a few more (or less) dollars stolen now instead of later, a few more points of value taken away from those little green pieces of paper, a few more or less soldiers (and civilians) killed, maimed and wounded in various places around the world. But drastic and significant change is NOT going to be made because of which person’s name you tick a box by in November.” (07/19/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9353

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45) Should police use bombs to kill criminals?
Source: Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland

“Using a robot normally used for explosive neutralization to offensively deliver a bomb is not just a further incremental militarization of the police, such as military-style uniforms and SWAT teams with military gear and equipment, including armored vehicles. The police use of exploding ordinance is a quantum escalation that has the potential to kill innocent bystanders and also to start fires that are difficult to control. Let’s remember when police in 1985 attempted to roust out the Move group by dropping a bomb from a helicopter on an urban neighborhood in Philadelphia, which started a fire that destroyed more than 60 homes in that city. The city blocks destroyed looked like something from a foreign war zone, but the manmade disaster happened in an American city.” (07/19/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2016/07/18/police-use-bombs-kill-criminals/

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46) Hillary Clinton and the Obama legacy
Source: The American Prospect
by Robert Kuttner

“Barack Obama took office convinced that he could bridge differences. As he begins his final six months, we are a nation of groups more divided than ever by separate worlds of pain and grievance. How much of this is Obama’s fault? What might he have done differently? What sort of legacy will he pass along to Hillary Clinton, assuming that she can defeat Donald Trump? And can she defeat him?” (07/19/16)

http://prospect.org/article/hillary-clinton-and-obama-legacy

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47) What Donald Trump taught me about incivility
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Bayard Miller

“Do the words ‘Donald Trump’ and ‘civility’ belong in the same sentence? Regardless of your feelings about the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, it seems safe to say that Trump has not made the topic of civility a cornerstone of his campaign. Quite to the contrary, I’ve seen firsthand the incivility a Trump appearance can provoke — from both his supporters and his detractors. But when Trump made a campaign stop near my school, the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt), in April, an odd dichotomy presented itself: Donald Trump may not have been bound by any civility codes at his rallies, but as a Pitt student, I was.” (07/19/16)

https://www.thefire.org/what-donald-trump-taught-me-about-incivility/

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48) Trumpism after Trump
Source: The American Conservative
by Leon Hadar

“One does not have to be a science-fiction writer to imagine what will happen if Donald Trump is defeated in November, especially if he loses more states than Mitt Romney did in 2012. Members of the #NeverTrump wing of the Republican establishment will change their hashtag to #ToldYouSo, contemplating how Jeb Bush, with his reassuring high-school-principal persona and traditional conservative-Republican positions, could have easily defeated the untrustworthy and lefty Hillary Clinton. The neoconservative knives will be out, with all the usual suspects explaining that what the American people wanted was a president willing to use the full force of American military power to achieve regime change in Damascus and Tehran, among other foreign interventions.” (07/19/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/trumpism-after-trump/

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49) A strong economy, not police, made Chile Latin America’s safest country
Source: PanAm Post
by Alexandro Cea

“A few days ago Chile approved the ‘short agency’ against crime, giving more power to the police, including a preventive control on identity. The law was approved after extensive and intensive discussions around what has turned into the number one worry of Chileans according to polls: security. Except that Chile is the safest country in Latin America. Chile ranked 27 out of 163 countries in the 2016 Global Peace Index, overcoming all neighboring countries. It also overcame countries like the US and UK — meaning that the national concern over violence and crime in Chile is somewhat confusing.” (07/19/16)

https://panampost.com/editor/2016/07/19/a-strong-economy-not-police-made-chile-latin-americas-safest-country/

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50) What presumption of innocence?
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“Facts don’t matter. Police are guilty until proven innocent — or even if proven innocent. The Black Lives Matter crusade, born after Florida vigilante George Zimmerman shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, turned to police shootings of black men after the death of Michael Brown, 18, in 2014. … Sunday, African American vigilante Gavin E. Long ambushed and killed three law enforcement officers — Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola — and wounded three more officers. Long apparently wanted to pay back Baton Rouge police for the baffling July 5 police shooting of Alton Sterling, a black man hawking CDs. Watch a video of the shooting and it is hard to figure why police shot Sterling. Yes, he was armed, but the two white officers appeared to have control of the 37-year-old.” [editor’s note: I fear Ms. Saunders might not see this completely as I do; at least she got in a good shot at HRC – SAT] (07/19/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/07/19/what-presumption-of-innocence-n2194464

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51) “Close your hearts to pity”: A security state critic embraces total war
Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“William Arkin has long been an outstanding investigator of the ‘National Security State,’ bringing to light many of its sinister operations. But he seems to have looked into the abyss too long, for now, in a recent article in Cryptome, he is offering a counsel of despair that reflects the worst and most extreme stances of the National Security State toward terrorism, while completely overlooking that same State’s role — still continuing today — in fostering, funding and arming Islamic extremism.” (07/18/16)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/close-your-hearts-to-pity-a-security-state-critic-embraces-total-war-18072016.html

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52) Russia asks for the impossible with its new surveillance laws
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Eva Galperin and Danny O’Brien

“Technologists have sometimes believed that technical impossibility means that the laws are simply unworkable — that a law that cannot be obeyed is no worse than no law at all. As Russia shows, regulations that no one can comply with aren’t dead-letter laws. Instead, they corrode the rule of law, leaving a rusting wreckage of partial compliance that can be exploited by powers who will use their enforcement powers for darker and more partial ends than justice.” (07/19/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/07/russia-asks-impossible-its-new-surveillance-laws

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53) Boettke on Rothbard and libertarianism
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Gordon

“In a recent post on Facebook, Professor Peter Boettke of the George Mason University Department of Economics speaks in harsh terms of the view of libertarian rights held by Murray Rothbard and others, who, he thinks, were too clever for their own good. … The view that upsets Boettke, one gathers, is that the state may not violate people’s property rights in order to aid the poor. He thinks that this is a shocking position because it entails that it does not matter if the poor perish, so long as libertarian property rights remain inviolate. The cleverness with which this view was defended by Rothbard may have impressed him when he was young; but it appeals to him no more. Shunning such extremism, we ought to engage in empirical inquiry to see how voluntary arrangements can aid the poor. But when did Rothbard ever deny the need for such inquiry?” (07/19/16)

https://mises.org/blog/boettke-rothbard-and-libertarianism

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54) Hillary says Trump is most dangerous presidential candidate ever — but she is
Source: The Daily Bell
by staff

“Clinton, in an interview with CBS News'[s] Charlie Rose, believes Donald Trump has ‘no self-discipline, no self-control, no sense of history, no understanding of the limits of the kind of power that any president should impose upon himself.’ All of this could be applied to Clinton. She is by far the more dangerous of the two candidates. If Clinton gets into office, she will start or expand wars and through large economic programs will ensure the US’s quasi-depression deepens and that the economy never truly recovers at all (even though it may seem to.) If things aren’t getting worse, Hillary’s power is not advancing. She is good at making things worse.” (07/19/16)

http://www.thedailybell.com/news-analysis/hillary-says-trump-is-most-dangerous-presidential-candidate-ever-but-she-is/

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55) Authoritarian responses to attacks guarantee more trouble in the future
Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

“‘Reinstate the assault weapons ban,’ President Obama demanded after the Orlando nightclub shooting by Omar Mateen. ‘Make it harder for terrorists to use these weapons to kill us.’ The more-safety-through-tighter-legal-restrictions narrative was complicated by the use of a truck in Nice to slaughter 84 people, not to mention the black market procurement of military weapons by earlier terrorists. Are we really supposed to ban delivery vehicles? Or pass new laws to make criminal acts extra-criminal?” (07/19/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/19/authoritarian-responses-to-attacks-guara

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56) US-NATO border confrontation with Russia: Risking nuclear war
Source: CounterPunch
by Michael Hudson and Jessica Desvarieux

Michael Hudson: “Europe is saying, well we really don’t need defense. We’d rather have an economic relationship with Russia. Especially the Germans say they don’t want the sanctions. The Italians say they don’t want the sanctions. The Americans say, we don’t want you to make money off Russia. Buy from us, not from Russia. Buy your agricultural goods and your other goods from us, or at least from countries in the dollar orbit, not from the Russian orbit. That, essentially, is what Obama meant by the reset. It meant a new Cold War. But the essence of this new Cold War is to fight in the new way, which is a financial war. The military are now only a catalyst for the financial warfare by the United States.” (07/19/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/19/us-nato-border-confrontation-with-russia-risking-nuclear-war/

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57) Free Talk Live, 07/18/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Ademo Arrested for Chalking in Cleaveland :: Police Union Demands Suspension of 2nd Amendment :: Convention Cage :: Felons and Working :: Freddie Grey Cop Acquitted :: Trump Supporters :: Bad Cops :: Bank Confusion :: Open Carry :: :: Nation :: Courtroom Theory :: Socialist Emailer.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/18/16)

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58) The Bob Zadek Show, 07/17/16
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Dr. Rick Doblin, founder of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, joins the show to discuss the history of the War on Drugs, and the efforts to legalize certain scheduled substances through formal FDA approval.” [various formats] (07/17/16)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2016/7/15/running-from-office-jennifer-l-lawless-on-millenials-and-politics

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59) Turkish citizens versus Pinochet coup dead-enders
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Opponents of the Turkish coup attempt point to their own country’s experience with military rule. If asked, they would probably also point to the brutal and tyrannical military dictatorship in Egypt, a dictatorship that the U.S. national-security establishment continues to fortify with U.S.-provided weaponry. The Turkish people realize that with a democratic system, there is always the possibility of ousting the dictator in the next election and electing someone else who moves the government in the opposite direction. Military dictators, on the other hand, inevitably delay a return to democracy for fear that the person they ousted, or his friends, might get elected.” (07/19/16)

http://fff.org/2016/07/19/turkish-citizens-versus-pinochet-coup-dead-enders/

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60) The Hillary treatment for climate fraudsters?
Source: Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen

“This past March, seventeen attorneys general launched a coordinated effort to investigate, pursue and prosecute companies, think tanks and other organizations who say there is little credible evidence that human ‘greenhouse gas’ emissions are causing ‘dangerous’ or ‘catastrophic’ manmade climate change. The AGs said their targets’ actions constitute ‘fraud’ … But one wonders: How will these intrepid protectors of the public interest respond to Real Climate Fraud? To intentional misrepresentations of material facts, with knowledge of their falsity, and for the purpose of inducing persons or institutions to act, with resulting injury or damage.” (07/18/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/07/the-hillary-treatment-for-climate-fraudsters/

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