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In the News:

1) Ailes steps down as Fox News CEO after sexual harassment lawsuit
2) NBA to move 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte over HB2 bill
3) Trump serves up heaping helping of narcissism for convention closer
4) Colombia: Courts greenlight controversial FARC peace referendum
5) UN bans 12 European peacekeepers from South Sudan mission
6) US Navy’s newest $12.9 billion supercarrier doesn’t work
7) Venezuela: More than 370 Internet addresses blocked
8) Trump might abandon automatic protections for NATO countries
9) Study: Hispanics the least fearful about 2016 election
10) Oscar-winning screenwriter sues federal government over interview tapes with soldier
11) Report: Government heavily subsidizes junk food
12) Study: Cannabis dealers date back to prehistoric era
13) Human rights groups urge South Sudan arms embargo
14) France: CNIL warns Microsoft to stop collecting Windows 10 users’ personal data
15) Obama regime seeks to block mega health-care mergers
16) Philippines: Arroyo freed from years of detention
17) US govthugs steal filesharing site’s domains and bank accounts; counterparts in Poland abduct site owner
18) PA: Former state treasurer faces federal indictment
19) CA: Man charged with putting chemical weapon in a Walmart
20) UK: Police investigate attempted abduction of airman near RAF base

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) The hollow men
22) Nero fiddles, Twitter burns
23) Who’s the boss?
24) Abolish the Department of Education
25) Parental responsibility and the Internet
26) Unaccountable police unions endanger minorities and everyone else
27) Clinton must go bold (and go left) for VP
28) Turkey’s elected dictator
29) Libertarian thoughts on foreign policy
30) The “doc fix” is in
31) The Tom Woods Show, episode 698
32) The GOP will be the Party of Trump for a long time
33) The “28 pages” explained
34) The Jason Stapleton Program, 07/21/16
35) The hyperbole of backlash
36) Labour’s woman problem
37) Solar eclipse?
38) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 68
39) Ma Bell suppressed innovation for thirty grueling years
40) FTC cracks down on sponsored content
41) Obama did too much in Syria, not too little
42) To bridge the police-community divide, end the war on drugs
43) Heartland Daily Podcast, 07/21/16
44) Section 1201 of the DMCA cannot pass constitutional scrutiny
45) Big government, racial violence and the police
46) Ted Cruz was not the hero Republicans needed
47) Cruz’s “non-endorsement”
48) Edward Snowden’s new research aims to keep smartphones from betraying their owners
49) Virtue signaling: Why political debates on the Internet are so often pointless
50) Brexit, austerity and the future of the European Union
51) The Cuban constitution is anything but democratic
52) The central planning virus mutates
53) Free Talk Live, 07/20/16
54) Help the poor by abolishing the income tax
55) University fees should rise — but let’s have a market, not government, determine them

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

1) Ailes steps down as Fox News CEO after sexual harassment lawsuit
Source: USA Today

“Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News Channel, stepped down Thursday, a startling fall from grace for one of the most powerful figures in American journalism. The resignation, effective immediately, was announced by the network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox. Two weeks ago, Ailes was sued for sexual harassment by Gretchen Carlson, a former host of Fox & Friends who left the company last month when her contract wasn’t renewed. … Ailes has vigorously denied Carlson’s claims. But 21st Century Fox immediately launched an internal investigation, interviewing other employees. Earlier this week, a lawyer for Megyn Kelly, the network’s rising star, acknowledged that she spoke to the investigators from law firm Paul, Weiss. In the interview, she revealed that she was also sexually harassed by Ailes in the past, according to a report by New York magazine.” (07/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/07/21/ailes-steps-down-fox-news-ceo-after-sexual-harassment-lawsuit/87402864/

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2) NBA to move 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte over HB2 bill
Source: ESPN

“The NBA is moving the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte because of its objection to North Carolina House Bill 2, which limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people in the state. In a statement, the league said it hopes to reschedule the game for Charlotte in 2019. … North Carolina governor Pat McCrory reacted to the NBA’s decision with a statement that said multiple groups had ‘misrepresented our laws and maligned the people of North Carolina’ for months.” (07/21/16)

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/17120170/nba-moving-all-star-game-charlotte-north-carolina-bill

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3) Trump serves up heaping helping of narcissism for convention closer
Source: Bloomberg

“Donald Trump gambled that Americans share his vision of a nation teetering on disaster, accepting the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in a speech Thursday where he cast himself as a renegade outsider who is the last, best hope to stand up to a discredited and depleted establishment. ‘I am your voice,’ he told a cheering convention hall in Cleveland. In the face of dangerous immigrants, unwieldy debt, and an unsafe world, Trump argued, his America-first vision and business savvy made him uniquely qualified to reverse the decline.” (07/21/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-07-21/trump-goes-on-cruz-control-with-speech-that-could-transform-race

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4) Colombia: Courts greenlight controversial FARC peace referendum
Source: PanAm Post

“The Constitutional Court of Colombia — in charge of constitutional revision to laws and public initiatives — approved the FARC peace process referendum July 18. Magistrate Luis Ernesto Vargas wrote a positive opinion draft of the referendum, meaning that after studying the proposal, he told the other eight justices the referendum was in accordance with the Colombian legal system. Afterward, there was a debate in which the approval of the referendum being yes/no — a 7-2 decision.” (07/20/16)

https://panampost.com/julian-villabona/2016/07/20/colombian-courts-greenlight-controversial-farc-peace-referendum/

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5) UN bans 12 European peacekeepers from South Sudan mission
Source: ABC News

“A dozen police officers from Britain, Germany and Sweden have been banned from returning to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan after they left during recent fighting without consulting mission chiefs, U.N. officials said Thursday. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters that their sudden departure affected ‘the operational capability of the mission and the morale of staff.’ He said U.N. peacekeeping has therefore decided ‘to disinvite’ the officers to return to South Sudan and informed the three countries.” (07/21/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/bans-12-european-peacekeepers-south-sudan-mission-40781815

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6) US Navy’s newest $12.9 billion supercarrier doesn’t work
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“The most expensive warship ever built has been delayed from hitting the front line because it is reportedly not ready for battle. The $12.9 billion USS Gerald R. Ford Navy supercarrier — the first of three in its class with a total cost of $43 billion — could potentially struggle with planes landing and taking off, moving military weapons and being able to successfully defend itself, a memo obtained by Bloomberg News reads. The memo allegedly states ‘poor or unknown reliability issues’ were identified in a letter dated June 28.” (07/21/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3701727/Navy-s-12-9-billion-USS-Gerald-R-Ford-delayed-dogged-reliability-issues.html

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7) Venezuela: More than 370 Internet addresses blocked
Source: PanAm Post

“In Venezuela, at least 372 web portals have been blocked by main Internet service providers (ISP). Also, 43 Internet domains have been blocked by these same providers, both public and private. Of those, 44 percent are web pages related to black market dollars. An additional 19 percent of the pages are news media and an additional 12 percent feature blogs critical of Nicolás Maduro’s administration. These findings are the product of a new study called ‘Navegar con Libertad’ (or, Browsing with Freedom) conducted by the Institute for Press and Society (IPYS) of Venezuela.” (07/20/16)

https://panampost.com/pedro-garcia/2016/07/20/censorship-in-venezuela-over-370-internet-addresses-blocked/

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8) Trump might abandon automatic protections for NATO countries
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Donald Trump has said that if he is elected president he may abandon a guarantee of protection to fellow Nato countries. Speaking to the New York Times, Mr Trump said the US would only come to the aid of allies if they have ‘fulfilled their obligations to us.’ Members of Nato have all signed a treaty that says they will come to the aid of any member that is attacked. Mr Trump will speak on Thursday at the Republican National Convention. In a preview of what he will tell convention-goers in his speech, he outlined a foreign policy strategy aimed at reducing US expenditure and involvement abroad.” (07/21/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36852805

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9) Study: Hispanics the least fearful about 2016 election
Source: Christian Science Monitor

“Since announcing his candidacy for president, Donald Trump has called Mexicans ‘rapists’ and ‘criminals.’ He supports deporting as many as 11 million unauthorized immigrants. He has blamed Hispanics for taking American jobs and vowed to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. Yet Hispanics are the least fearful of the upcoming election, according to a recent Gallup survey. ‘Well, he’s not Hugo Chavez,’ offers George Castillo, who immigrated to Boston from Peru 45 years ago and now works on Copley Square selling drinks and hot dogs.” (07/21/16)

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2016/0721/Why-Hispanics-are-the-least-fearful-about-2016-election

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10) Oscar-winning screenwriter sues federal government over interview tapes with soldier
Source: Jamestown Sun

“Mark Boal has sued the U.S. government in response to its threat to subpoena his taped interviews with accused Army deserter and prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl, who is facing a general court-martial. Boal, the screenwriter of ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ‘The Hurt Locker,’ was planning to make a movie about the U.S. Army sergeant with director Kathryn Bigelow. Bergdahl spent five years as a prisoner of war of the Taliban until his release in May, 2014, in exchange for five Taliban prisoners at the U.S. military facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.” (07/21/16)

http://www.jamestownsun.com/news/nation-and-world/4078709-oscar-winning-screenwriter-sues-federal-overnment-over-interview-tapes

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11) Report: Government heavily subsidizes junk food
Source: Fox News

“To help Americans avoid obesity, the federal Choose My Plate program recommends filling half of one’s plate with fruit and vegetables. But only a small fraction of federal subsidies support fresh produce production — the majority go into commodity crops, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 1995 to 2010, the government spent $170 billion in agricultural subsidies to produce ingredients that make junk food cheap and plentiful. These crops and farm foods (corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, sorghum, milk and meat) aren’t inherently unhealthy, but many are turned into inexpensive additives like corn sweeteners, industrial oils, processed meats and refined carbohydrates, the New York Times reported. In a study published July 5 in JAMA Internal Medicine, CDC researchers found that, of the 10,000 adults surveyed, those who had the highest consumption of federally subsidized foods had a 37 percent higher risk of obesity.” (07/21/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/07/21/government-heavily-subsidizes-junk-food-report-suggests.html

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12) Study: Cannabis dealers date back to prehistoric era
Source: Smell the Truth

“Selling weed is a profession practiced for about 5,000 years now, a new study suggests. Archaeological researchers have found that the Yamnaya people, a group of nomads who entered Europe during the Bronze Age, were the first pot dealers to establish a transcontinental cannabis trade, New Scientist reports. In a study published in the journal Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, experts from the German Archaeological institute and the Free University of Berlin based their discovery on evidence of cannabis pollen, fruits, and fibers that were found during archaeological sites throughout Europe and East Asia. Researchers say that cannabis was used in the region as a source of food and medicine, as well as textiles made from the plant’s fiber. [The substance’s] myriad uses were the impetus for making it a cash crop.” (07/21/16)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2016/07/20/pot-dealers-date-back-to-prehistoric-era-study-finds

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13) Human rights groups urge South Sudan arms embargo
Source: ABC News

“Human rights groups urged the United Nations Security Council to place an immediate arms embargo on South Sudan in order to reduce unlawful attacks on civilians. Such a ban would send a strong message that international community will not enable fighters who have shown a complete disregard for the laws of war, 30 human rights groups including Oxfam, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent Thursday.” (07/21/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/human-rights-groups-urge-south-sudan-arms-embargo-40780726

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14) France: CNIL warns Microsoft to stop collecting Windows 10 users’ personal data
Source: The Hacker News

“We have heard a lot about privacy concerns surrounding Windows 10 and accusations on Microsoft of collecting too much data about users without their consent. Now, the French data protection authority has ordered Microsoft to stop it. France’s National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) issued a formal notice on Wednesday, asking Microsoft to ‘stop collecting excessive data’ as well as ‘tracking browsing by users without their consent.’ The CNIL, Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés, ordered Microsoft to comply with the French Data Protection Act within 3 months, and if fails, the commission will issue a sanction against the company.” (07/21/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/07/france-windows-10.html

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15) Obama regime seeks to block mega health-care mergers
Source: USA Today

“The Obama administration announced Thursday that it will seek to block two mega health-care mergers, citing concerns that the deals could drive up health care premiums, undermine innovation and reduce competition. The Justice Department filed lawsuits challenging Anthem’s $48 billion acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s $37 billion acquisition of Humana, threatening to put an abrupt stop to the insurance industry’s rapid consolidation. Eleven states and the District of Columbia joined the attempt to block the Anthem deal, which would combine the nation’s second and fourth largest insurers. Eight states and D.C. joined the suit to block the Aetna deal, which would combine the third and fifth largest.” (07/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/07/21/justice-department-anti-trust-aetna-cigna-anthem-humana/87379566

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16) Philippines: Arroyo freed from years of detention
Source: Courthouse News Service

“Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was freed Thursday from years of hospital detention after the Supreme Court cleared her of a plunder charge in what anti-corruption advocates called ‘a sad day’ for justice. The 69-year-old Arroyo was whisked off a military veterans’ hospital in suburban Quezon city and driven to her home in the upscale La Vista residential enclave in the Manila metropolis, her lawyer, Lawrence Arroyo, said. … The Supreme Court justices on Tuesday voted 11-4 to grant Arroyo’s petition to dismiss the plunder charge against her for a lack of evidence in the final criminal case that kept the once-powerful leader in detention. The case involved the alleged misuse of 366 million pesos ($7.8 million) from the state lottery agency.” (07/21/16)

http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/07/21/ex-philippine-leader-freed-from-years-of-detention.htm

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17) US govthugs steal filesharing site’s domains and bank accounts; counterparts in Poland abduct site owner
Source: CNet News

“U.S. authorities announced that they [sic] have arrested Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of the most-visited file sharing site online: Kickass Torrents (or KAT). A federal court in Chicago also ordered that a bank account and seven domain names believed to be associated with KAT be seized. … if Poland cooperates with the U.S. in the extradition process, Vaulin will be tried in American courts on counts of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement.” (07/21/16)

http://www.cnet.com/news/u-s-authorities-seize-kickass-torrents-domains/

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18) PA: Former state treasurer faces federal indictment
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Former state Treasurer Barbara Hafer has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg on charges that she concealed from federal investigators the receipt of hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees. The U.S. attorney’s office announced the indictment this morning. Ms. Hafer, 72, of Indiana, Pa., who also served as state auditor general, was charged Wednesday with two counts of making false statements to federal agents.” (07/21/16)

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2016/07/21/Former-state-Treasurer-Hafer-indicted-making-false-statements-to-federal-agents/stories/201607210141

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19) CA: Man charged with putting chemical weapon in a Walmart
Source: CBS News

“A man faces charges of creating a chemical weapon capable of creating a gas the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies as ‘immediately dangerous to life or health considerations’ in a Walmart store here, CBS Los Angeles reports. Martin Reyes, 31, was questioned Tuesday in connection with a report of having a possible improvised chemical weapon at the store the morning of June 18, says Oxnard police Sgt. Mike Gregson said.” [editor’s note: I’ll be interested to see what this “chemical weapon” was. As one commenter noted, it could be as simple as bleach and ammonia together in his cart – TLK] (07/21/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/man-charged-with-putting-chemical-weapon-in-oxnard-california-walmart/

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20) UK: Police investigate attempted abduction of airman near RAF base
Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Norfolk Police today said they were ‘unable to discount terrorism’ as a motive for the attempted knifepoint abduction of a serviceman by two men of Middle Eastern decent at RAF Marham. RAF personnel have now been warned to ‘keep a low profile’ and told not wear their uniforms in public after the attempted abduction and knife attack outside a military base. The two knifemen, who were described by police as being of ‘Middle Eastern descent,’ are now on the run after threatening the airman, who was running outside RAF Marham, near King’s Lynn, Norfolk, which is home to jets bombing the Islamic State.” (07/21/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3700306/British-airman-attacked-knife-wielding-assailants-outside-RAF-base-raids-launched-against-ISIS-possible-terror-attack.html

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

21) The hollow men
Source: The Atlantic
by Jeffrey Goldberg

“The neediness of politicians has always fascinated me; the pathological desire for relevance; the plasticity of belief in the service of self-aggrandizement; the depths plumbed in order to stave off insignificance, which can be as frightening as non-existence itself. One of my favorite politicians, Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, is almost morbidly needy. His desire for attention made him into a brilliant retailer, mainly of himself, but also of his ideas, and intermittently, of his state. His neediness made him greatly entertaining. But it also caused him to betray his own principles. I recognize that it took millions of Republican primary voters to bring America to this frightening moment, a moment in which a preposterous grifter of authoritarian bent whose mental health is the subject of pervasive and anxious speculation, has become a major-party nominee for president. But it was men like Christie who were indispensable in the creation of this moment. Donald J. Trump could have been stopped.” (07/21/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/07/the-hollow-men/492320/

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22) Nero fiddles, Twitter burns
Source: Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders

“When Twitter banned Milo Yiannopoulos, a blogger for the conservative news website Breitbart.com who used the Twitter handle Nero, Yiannopoulos reacted with characteristic modesty. He told The New York Times the ban launched ‘the beginning of the end for Twitter.’ Oddly, Yiannopouolos may be right. In February, the social media platform announced its ‘Trust and Safety Committee.’ With Orwellian overtones, CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted, ‘Twitter stands for freedom of expression, speaking truth to power, and empowering dialogue. That starts with safety.’ The San Francisco startup invites all comers to post their thoughts by name or anonymously. The more outrageous the tweets, the more attention they attract. Unbowed, Twitter HQ gets all sanctimonious when trolls get nasty.” (07/21/16)

http://townhall.com/columnists/debrajsaunders/2016/07/21/nero-fiddles-twitter-burns-n2195531

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23) Who’s the boss?
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“This week, Republicans have chosen Donald Trump to be their standard-bearer. Next week, Democrats will nominate Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate. But the only candidate on your ballot to take the U.S. Term Limits pledge is Gary Johnson, the Libertarian.” (07/21/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/21/29773/

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24) Abolish the Department of Education
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Wendy McElroy

“The Department of Education (DOE) is one of the most destructive federal agencies because it attempts to control the flow of ideas and information by controlling public schools, including higher education. If a school does not comply, then it gets no federal money. Educators who rebel outright, such as home-schooling parents, are reined in by an ever-tightening net of regulations. Defining people’s thoughts and beliefs is the ultimate form of social control.” (07/21/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/abolish-department-education/

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25) Parental responsibility and the Internet
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“My eight year-old daughter loves the internet. While I see how much it is helping her learn so many things, and increasing her reading ability enormously, I know there are dangers. I have to watch and make sure she doesn’t give out personal information, or her location. And have explained why it isn’t something I want her to do. I ask her to let me know if anyone gets ‘too interested’ in her — although her interaction seems to be limited (so far) to posting comments on Youtube videos. … I know it is my responsibility to watch out and protect her. I see some parents who seem to resent that necessity, and fall back on ‘parental blocking’ and such, but it’s a job I willingly take on.” (07/21/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/07/parental-responsibility-and-internet.html

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26) Unaccountable police unions endanger minorities and everyone else
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“Over the last two weeks, the nation has weathered two horrific retaliatory slayings of police officers, first in Dallas and then in Baton Rouge. In his funeral oration for the slain Dallas officers, President Obama lamented many reasons for the rising ‘cycle of violence’ between law enforcement and minority communities: Poverty, unemployment, underinvestment in schools, lack of rehab programs, easy availability of guns, and more. Meanwhile, after the Baton Rouge ambush, Donald Trump yet again blamed the breakdown of ‘law and order’ in inner cities. Surely there is at least some truth to all of this. But there’s another critical reform to America’s criminal justice system that is little talked about, but very important: Hidebound police unions that block elementary transparency and public accountability at every level.” (07/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/21/unaccountable-police-unions-endanger-min

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27) Clinton must go bold (and go left) for VP
Source: Our Future
by Richard Eskow

“Word is that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will announce her vice presidential choice on Friday, and rumors that she’s going with a ‘safe’ pick should worry Democrats. In this political climate, a search for “safety” could put her candidacy in serious danger. The GOP chose Mike Pence as its vice presidential nominee in part because his extremist views will reassure the Republican base. Pence is also a seasoned politician whose nomination is meant to reassure voters who worry that presidential nominee Donald Trump has no experience in statecraft or governance.” [editor’s note: And neither does Hillary, but … gee, seems like someone running does … – SAT] (07/20/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160720/why-clinton-must-go-bold-and-go-left-for-vp

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28) Turkey’s elected dictator
Source: OpEdNews
by Alon Ben-Meir

“Even before the failed military coup, Turkey’s President Erdogan governed like a dictator who had the last word on all state matters. The botched coup was nothing but, as he put it, ‘a gift from God’ to purge what is left of Turkey’s democracy and cleanse the army and judiciary in order to ensure the total subordination of all institutions to his whims. For Erdogan, being elected was akin to being granted a license to trample and dismantle all democratic tenets to consolidate his powers and promote his Islamic agenda. As a shrewd and highly skilled politician, Erdogan painted the coup as an assault on democracy, which was supported by a chorus of Western powers, knowing full well that Turkey under Erdogan is anything but a democracy.” (07/21/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Turkey-s-Elected-Dictator-by-Alon-Ben-Meir-Dictator_Turkish-President-Recep-Erdogan-160721-533.html

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29) Libertarian thoughts on foreign policy
Source: Libertarian Alliance

Talk featuring Keir Martland of the Libertarian Alliance. [Flash video] (07/21/16)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2016/07/21/libertarian-thoughts-on-foreign-policy-2/

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30) The “doc fix” is in
Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by John R Graham

“In March 2015, an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress voted for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The so-called ‘doc fix,’ a component of MACRA, was an attempt to fix the very flawed method Medicare uses to pay doctors and other health professionals. Unfortunately, MACRA is fiscally irresponsible and increases the federal government’s control over how clinicians practice medicine, writes NCPA Senior Fellow John R. Graham …” [summary — full paper available as PDF download] (07/22/16)

http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=26575

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31) The Tom Woods Show, episode 698
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“What’s going on at the Republican Convention, and in the 2016 race? What should we think of Trump and the Giuliani/Christie convention? And what’s likely to happen in November? Murray Sabrin joins me for the inside scoop.” [various formats] (07/21/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-698-a-libertarian-look-at-the-republican-convention-2016/

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32) The GOP will be the Party of Trump for a long time
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“On February 27, 2016, then-candidate Marco Rubio tweeted, ‘Donald Trump will never be the nominee of the party of Lincoln and Reagan. #NeverTrump.’ Even back then, the senator’s words rang hollow since Trump was trouncing Rubio in the polls. With Trump officially accepted on Tuesday as his party’s nominee, and endorsed by countless party leaders including Rubio, the tweet looks even more delusional. Party of Lincoln? Party of Reagan? The GOP hasn’t been that for years. It was slowly transforming even before the demagogic businessman began his run for office. Now, the process is complete. The Republican Party has become the Party of Trump, and it will never be the same.” [editor’s note: The next step would be to form two parties out of the GOP, leaving only one war wing to be dismantled next week – SAT] (07/20/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/135293/gop-will-party-trump-long-time

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33) The “28 pages” explained
Source: Antiwar.com
by Larisa Alexandrovna Horton

“The classified 28 Pages of the Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11 report have finally been made public, although in redacted form. It took fourteen years for the public to see this document, which was classified by the Bush Administration. The 28 Pages make it clear that the hijackers had handlers who were reporting to, funded by and taking directions from figures at the highest levels of the Saudi government. But to understand why that conclusion follows inescapably from the revelations in these pages, it is essential to know how these lines of control work, both in intelligence agencies in general and within the Saudi royal family in particular. Together with what is already known, this document is explosive.” (07/21/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/larisa-alexandrovna/2016/07/20/28-pages-explained/

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34) The Jason Stapleton Program, 07/21/16
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“I’m not quite sure what all the fuss is about but last night Ted Cruz gave what I thought was a very well delivered speech about liberty and the American idea. At the end of the speech he told everyone NOT to stay home in November but get out and vote your conscience. For that, he was nearly booed off the stage.” [various formats] (07/21/16)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/ted-cruz-mayhem-and-fox-fights-for-its-life/

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35) The hyperbole of backlash
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Tyler tries to cure my immigration backlash confusion, but not to my satisfaction. The overarching flaw: He equivocates between two different versions of ‘backlash to immigration.’ Version 1: Letting in more immigrants leads to more resistance to immigration. Version 2: Letting in more immigrants leads to so much resistance to immigration that the total stock of immigration ultimately ends ups lower than it would have been. Backlash in the first sense is common, but no reason for immigration advocates to moderate. Backlash in the second sense is a solid reason for immigration advocates to moderate, but Tyler provides little evidence that backlash in this sense is a real phenomenon.” (07/21/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/07/the_hyperbole_o_1.html

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36) Labour’s woman problem
Source: spiked
by Joanna Williams

“Theresa May would not have been my choice for prime minister. When she was home secretary I disagreed with almost every policy she enacted. But at a time when many other political leaders couldn’t resign quickly enough she at least had the guts to put herself forward for the top job and see her leadership bid through to conclusion. The more Labour women come to see themselves as too fragile to handle the rough and tumble of political life, and unable to cope with the general public, the less likely it is we’ll get a female Labour leader.” (07/21/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/labours-woman-problem-angela-eagle-leadership/

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37) Solar eclipse?
Source: The American Prospect
by Joan Fitzgerald

“The United States does not like to engage in explicit economic planning. Direct government pursuit of industrial objectives violates both our professed belief in free markets and our global commitment to liberal trade devoid of national favoritism. Nonetheless, the U.S. has been willing to use something close to economic planning when it comes to transitioning to both photovoltaic (PV) power installation and production of solar cells — a transition that markets won’t make on their own because of the current pricing advantage enjoyed by carbon-based fuels.” (07/20/16)

http://prospect.org/article/solar-eclipse

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38) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, episode 68
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy this recent episode of the Seeds of Liberty Podcast. This week we were joined by Merrick VanLandingham, of the RadicaLogic Podcast, and Shane Buell. Herein we discussed applying Bastiat’s seen/unseen to potential false flags, the Cloward-Piven strategy, the [H]egelian dialectic, divide and conquer tactics, the Rothschilds and central banking, generational institutionalism, teaching card tricks to chickens, jingoism, and more!” [various formats] (07/21/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/seeds-of-liberty-podcast-episode-68-merrick-vanlandingham-and-shane-buell/

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39) Ma Bell suppressed innovation for thirty grueling years
Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute
by William Frezza

“‘Oh, for the days of Ma Bell!’ is not a lament we’re likely to hear. And for good reason. Before the breakup of AT&T, America’s telephone system was a government-sanctioned monopoly characterized by stagnant service offerings, high costs, and a glacial pace of consumer-facing innovation. Take it from me. I spent the early years of my career toiling for Ma Bell’s crown jewel, Bell Labs. So it was distressing when a federal appeals court engaged in a bit of 1970s nostalgia last month by upholding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) ill-conceived net neutrality rules. Under the new FCC rules, Internet service will increasingly be regulated like a public utility, rather than a competitive market. The likely result? Reduced investment in online communications infrastructure, reduced competition, and innovation slowing down to a crawl.” (07/21/16)

https://cei.org/content/ma-bell-suppressed-innovation-thirty-grueling-years

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40) FTC cracks down on sponsored content
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Matthew McCaffrey

“Like most consumer protection regulation, the FTC’s standards are extremely patronizing. They assume most people are too disinterested or ignorant to bother investigating the goods and services they buy. The implication is that without the FTC and other regulatory authorities, consumers would persistently buy dangerous or fraudulent goods; hence the need for government to ensure product quality. However, this is simply not the case. Consumers are usually eager to know if they’re being duped, and no one likes paying for poor-quality merchandise. In fact, competitive markets persistently develop new institutions consumers can use to express their opinions and thus hold entrepreneurs to high standards.” (07/21/16)

https://mises.org/blog/ftc-cracks-down-sponsored-content

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41) Obama did too much in Syria, not too little
Source: USA Today
by Seth Cantey

“The recent tragedies in Orlando, Istanbul, Dhaka, Baghdad, Medina and Nice (like the related ones coming) all have roots in Syria. Conventional wisdom holds that if the United States had done more to affect the course of Syria’s civil war, the Islamic State terrorist group might never have taken hold, Syrian President Bashar Assad might have been defeated, and the scale of the war might have been far smaller. According to this argument, the terrorist attacks that fill our headlines are the results of failed policy. But the conventional wisdom is wrong. Providing lethal aid early would have made matters worse, accelerating the war rather than slowing it.” (07/21/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/07/21/obama-did-too-much-in-syria-let-assad-win-column/87362856

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42) To bridge the police-community divide, end the war on drugs
Source: Huffington Post
by Inge Fryklund

“The killing of black citizens by police in Baton Rouge and Minnesota, the sniper shooting of five police officers in Dallas, and now the ambush killing of three police officers in Baton Rouge are only the latest evidence of a disastrous divide between police and the communities they are sworn to protect. The fear on both sides feeds on itself, leading police to approach citizens–particularly those of color–assuming the worst, and to citizens anticipating the worst when approached by police. Needless to say, this impedes solving of crimes. This must change before we dig ourselves in even deeper.” (07/20/16)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/inge-fryklund/to-bridge-the-policecommu_b_11060780.html

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43) Heartland Daily Podcast, 07/21/16
Source: Heartland Institute

“In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Joshua Sewell, senior policy analyst with Taxpayers for Common Sense joins the show to discuss agriculture policy and crop insurance.” [various formats] (07/21/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/07/heartland-daily-podcast-joshua-sewell-taxpayers-on-the-hook-for-crop-insurance-programs/

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44) Section 1201 of the DMCA cannot pass constitutional scrutiny
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Kit Walsh

“Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act forbids a wide range of speech, from remix videos that rely upon circumvention, to academic security research, to publication of software that can help repair your car or back up your favorite show. It potentially implicates the entire range of speech that relies on access to copyrighted works or describes flaws in access controls — even where that speech is clearly noninfringing.” (07/21/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/07/section-1201-dmca-cannot-pass-constitutional-scrutiny

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45) Big government, racial violence and the police
Source: Independent Institute
by Jonathan Bean

“In August 1965, the streets of Los Angeles erupted in fire, as black rioters burned hundreds of stores and ill-equipped police withdrew from the violent scene. Initiated by a minor altercation with a police officer, Watts was followed by worse riots, often sparked by encounters with police, turning cities like Detroit into burnt-over districts. The ‘liberal’ solution (more welfare spending) and the ‘conservative’ response (militarization of the police) both went into effect. Yet, here we are in 2016 with violence between police and blacks, as if policymakers have done nothing. In fact, the solutions pursued compounded the problems they meant to solve: government has grown too big to be trusted and it is trusted least of all when young black men encounter police. And, yet, unlimited, untrustworthy government is a problem we all face.” (07/21/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/21/big-government-racial-violence-and-the-police/

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46) Ted Cruz was not the hero Republicans needed
Source: The Nation
by George Zornick

“The Republican party is at war with itself. On Wednesday afternoon, Senator Ted Cruz met hundreds of Republican delegates at a bar on the Cleveland waterfront to thank them for supporting his campaign. The loyal crowd was thrilled to see Cruz, who hasn’t said much since being vanquished by Donald Trump in May. After several minutes of avoiding the subject of Trump entirely, Cruz finally acknowledged that ‘now, our party has a nominee.’ At that very moment (almost on the word ‘nominee’) the garish Trump-emblazoned campaign plane appeared in the sky behind Cruz, descending slowly downwards as Trump arrived in Cleveland to officially claim his victory. Cruz was clearly astonished. The crowd, fingers pointed skyward, erupted in boos. Six hours later, it was Cruz leaving the main stage at the RNC surrounded by boos.” (07/21/16)

https://www.thenation.com/article/ted-cruzs-rnc-speech-revealed-a-republican-party-at-war-with-itself

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47) Cruz’s “non-endorsement”
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Cruz is counting on a Trump loss, which is not a bad bet to make, but he also seems to think that the millions of Trump primary voters that already chose not to vote for him the first time will reward his self-serving display from last night in a future cycle. Many people, including Dreher, have mentioned that Cruz preserved his ‘honor,’ and that has struck me as a very odd way to interpret what he did. Like anything else Cruz has done in his political career, he put on a show last night because he thought it would give him a political advantage and aid his future ambitions.” (07/21/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/cruzs-non-endorsement/

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48) Edward Snowden’s new research aims to keep smartphones from betraying their owners
Source: The Intercept
by Micah Lee

“In dangerous environments like war-torn Syria, smartphones become indispensable tools for journalists, human rights workers, and activists. But at the same time they become especially potent tracking devices that can put users in mortal danger by leaking their location. National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has been working with prominent hardware hacker Andrew ‘Bunnie’ Huang to solve this problem. The pair are developing a way for potentially imperiled smartphone users to monitor whether their devices are making any potentially compromising radio transmissions. They argue that a smartphone’s user interface can’t be relied to tell you the truth about that state of its radios. Their initial prototyping work uses an iPhone 6.” (07/21/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/07/21/edward-snowdens-new-research-aims-to-keep-smartphones-from-betraying-their-owners/

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49) Virtue signaling: Why political debates on the Internet are so often pointless
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Dan Sanchez

“Most of what passes for political discourse on the Internet does not consist of actual attempts to persuade. Rather, the opiners are like preening birds, chirping for anyone within earshot to signal that, ‘I am a decent, virtuous person,’ usually adding, ‘unlike the troglodyte rightwingers or degenerate leftists I’m denouncing.’ Such virtue signalling is socially profitable. When others in your social set detect that you faithfully subscribe to that set’s orthodoxy, they become better disposed toward you. This can result in professional, social, even romantic opportunities. And just as holding a comforting false belief is rock-bottom cheap, so is expressing a socially-advantageous false belief.” (07/21/16)

https://fee.org/articles/virtue-signaling-why-political-debates-on-the-internet-are-so-often-pointless/

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50) Brexit, austerity and the future of the European Union
Source: CounterPunch
by Dean Baker

“The vote last month by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU) caught most people by surprise. Even many supporters of the referendum seemed surprised, having prepared post-election speeches explaining their defeat and pledging to fight on. While it appears there are still same ways that the Brexit may be prevented, the vote clearly expressed an enormous amount of discount with the status quo.” (07/21/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/21/brexit-austerity-and-the-future-of-the-european-union/

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51) The Cuban constitution is anything but democratic
Source: PanAm Post
by Nelson Rodriguez Chartrand

“There is only one thing that makes the Cuban constitution notable, and that is the fact that it’s a document that contains within its pages, like no other, the greatest lies the human mind has ever conceived. Right from the first article and clause, they tell you the Cuban state is transparent, and that Cubans live in a democracy, which is a real insult to the intelligence and dignity of all of the island’s people.” (07/21/16)

https://panampost.com/editor/2016/07/20/the-cuban-constitution-is-anything-but-democratic/

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52) The central planning virus mutates
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Pater Tenebrarum

“Readers are probably aware of recent events in Japan, the global laboratory for interventionist experiments. The theories of assorted fiscal and monetary cranks have been implemented in spades for more than a quarter of a century in the country, to appropriately catastrophic effect. Amid stubbornly stagnating economic output, Japan has amassed a debt pile so vast since the bursting of its 1980s asset bubble, it beggars the imagination.” (07/21/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/07/the-central-planning-virus-mutates/

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53) Free Talk Live, 07/20/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Free Talk Live broadcasts from D10E, the decentralization conference in San Francisco featuring interviews of Brock Pierce, Peng Wang, Cryptograffitti, John MacAfee, Vinny Lingham, Christopher David, Brian Santos, Evan Duffield, Perry Woodin, Andreas Antonopoulos, and Jason King.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/20/16)

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54) Help the poor by abolishing the income tax
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“The standard leftist position on helping the poor is: Increase income taxes on the rich and give the money to the poor in the form of welfare. The idea is that it’s just not fair that someone has more money when someone has less money. By equalizing people’s financial conditions, through the force of a progressive income tax and a welfare state, the financial plight of the poor will be improved. The left, however, is wrong. As our American ancestors, who lived without income taxation for more than a century, learned, the best way to help the poor would be by abolishing the income tax (and the IRS).” (07/21/16)

http://fff.org/2016/07/21/help-poor-abolishing-income-tax/

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55) University fees should rise — but let’s have a market, not government, determine them
Source: Adam Smith Institute
by TIm Worstall

“University is not a public good. It is both rivalrous and excludable. It is not even true that having a lot of graduates around is a public good — Adam Smith pointed out that primary education probably does provide that public good of a generally literate and numerate population but this does not apply to tertiary education. We should thus free the market for university fees and then we can really find out who does benefit, who wishes to partake and who wishes to supply.” (07/21/16)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/university-fees-should-rise-but-lets-have-a-market-not-government-determine-them

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