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In the News:

1) TX: Border Patrol thugs attempt to shift blame to “human traffickers” for travelers’ deaths
2) Sanctuary city standoff looms with ICE gang as shot-caller vows surge
3) SpaceX may have canceled Red Dragon Mars mission
4) MI: Man sentenced to jail for handing out jury nullification fliers
5) In tweet storm, Trump decries “illegal leaks” and asserts “all agree” he has complete power to pardon
6) CA: Evacuation orders lifted but wildfire rages on
7) Brazil: Police protest over rising Rio de Janeiro violence
8) New Trump communications director promises crackdown on media leaks
9) Japan: Robot finds likely melted nuclear fuel deposits inside Fukushima reactor
10) UK: Girl, five, fined for opening lemonade stand, getting dozens of job offers
11) American student stuck in China jail for days is freed
12) AK: Honorary cat mayor dies at 20
13) Poll: Nearly half of Americans have used cannabis
14) World’s first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland
15) US Congress reaches Russia sanctions deal
16) FL: Police pursue charges against teens who mocked drowning man
17) Trump, aboard the Navy’s latest $12.9 billion corporate welfare excuse, urges more corporate welfare
18) US Senate parliamentarian says some major BCRA elements subject to 60-vote threshold
19) Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democrat Kamala Harris are teaming up to seek bail reform
20) TN: Judge offers inmates 30 days off sentence if they get sterilized
21) Trump regime will attempt to ban US citizens from traveling to North Korea
22) Reports: Intercepts suggest Sessions discussed Trump campaign matters with Russia envoy
23) MN: Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau resigns over police killing of Australian woman
24) White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns after Trump shakeup
25) KY: Taxpayers on hook for Kim Davis’s refusal to do her job

Everybody Has An Opinion:

26) How America became the world’s policeman
27) How many more victims does the drug war need to claim?
28) The surprisingly long history of private space exploration
29) Trump critics failing their own ethics tests
30) The big crash is coming
31) I’m not your Pope (but thanks for asking)
32) Is this what “liberation” looks like? US airstrikes have devastated Mosul
33) 50 years ago today: The Detroit riot and the decline of civil rights liberalism
34) Oregon wants to defelonize all the drugs
35) Jammed reception
36) Welcome to the new Trumpism
37) Don’t write off post-Brexit London just yet
38) Budget austerity treats public school parents like criminals
39) When Washington snoozes, the economy wins
40) “Good enough” politicians aren’t good enough
41) The art of the self-destruction
42) Hoppe on immigration, part 2
43) The foundation of true tolerance
44) The curious case of the “Alphabay kingpin” and Hansa takedowns
45) The price of lost liberty — aviation liberty
46) Trump’s Iran obsession and the nuclear deal
47) Brennan, Rice, Power — lock them up!
48) Have we reached peak AI hysteria?
49) Suicide is not for the coward
50) Attacking sacred cows
51) America’s five sex panics
52) Orientation or indoctrination? Forcing political doctrine on students is an affront to the First Amendment and higher education
53) Why Planned Parenthood should be defunded
54) Now it’s time for tax cuts — and Republicans are more divided than ever
55) Clean coal has hit a speedbump, but it remains essential

The Sound and the Fury:

56) AG Sessions ramps up war on drugs
57) Free Talk Live, 07/22/17
58) Munger on Social Justice, Safe Spaces and Universal Basic Income
59) Reason Podcast, 07/21/17
60) Interview: Tyler Bloyer
61) Intercepted Podcast, 07/22/17
62) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 66
63) American Foreign Policy, episode 3
64) PanAm Podcast, 07/21/17
65) In The Tank Podcast, episode 98
66) The Tom Woods Show, episode 956
67) Anarcho Agenda, episode 28
68) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 69
69) spiked podcast, 07/21/17
70) Felony Friday, episode 81

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

1) TX: Border Patrol thugs attempt to shift blame to “human traffickers” for travelers’ deaths
Source: Reuters

“Eight people were found dead on Sunday inside a sweltering tractor trailer parked at a Walmart store in San Antonio, Texas, and authorities said they were the victims of ‘ruthless’ human traffickers. Another 30 people, many in critical condition and suffering from heat stoke and exhaustion, were also in the trailer, which lacked air conditioning or a water supply, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Temperatures outside the vehicle topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 Celsius). The truck’s driver was arrested and will face charges, said Richard Durbin, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, and prosecutors are working to identify others responsible. The bodies were discovered after officials were led to the trailer by a man who had approached a Walmart employee and asked for water.” (07/23/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas-bodies-idUSKBN1A80F5

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2) Sanctuary city standoff looms with ICE gang as shot-caller vows surge
Source: Fox News

“The acting ICE director is vowing to use new resources to target undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities — a move likely to hit resistance from mayors and local law enforcement who previously have refused to cooperate with federal authorities. ICE Director Thomas Homan told The Washington Examiner he thinks sanctuary cities like New York and San Francisco are ‘ludicrous’ and plans to direct extra agents to those areas.” (07/21/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/21/sanctuary-city-standoff-looms-as-ice-director-vows-agent-surge.html

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3) SpaceX may have canceled Red Dragon Mars mission
Source: Raw Story

“SpaceX may have canceled its mission to Mars with a Red Dragon capsule that was set for 2020. Company Chief Executive Elon Musk retweeted a story late Friday afternoon titled ‘SpaceX skipping Red Dragon for ‘vastly bigger ships’ on Mars’ that was published on Tesla enthusiasts blog Teslarati. The news comes after Musk said Wednesday that the Hawthorne space company was no longer planning to land its Dragon 2 space capsule using rocket thrusters. The Dragon 2 capsule, which in this case would fly without a crew, was the centerpiece of SpaceX’s Red Dragon mission. During an on-stage conversation at the International Space Station Research and Development Conference in Washington, D.C., Musk said that while the capsule is still technically capable of powered landings, it would have to touch down on a ‘pretty soft landing pad’ because SpaceX deleted the legs that pop out of the Dragon 2’s heat ” (07/23/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/spacex-may-have-canceled-red-dragon-mars-mission

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4) MI: Man sentenced to jail for handing out jury nullification fliers
Source: Cop Block

“A Michigan man will serve jail time after being charged and convicted in connection with handing out jury nullification fliers in front of the Mecosta County courthouse. Keith Wood, 41, was charged with felony obstruction of justice and misdemeanor jury tampering after handing out approximately 50 filers from the Fully Informed Jury Association on November 24, 2015. Facing up to six years in prison, Wood’s bond was set at $150,000. The felony charge was dropped in March however, and a six-person jury found him guilty of jury tampering, which carries a sentence of up to one year in prison, on June 1. The fliers discussed jurors’ right to vote their conscience in opposition to unjust laws defendants may be charged with.” (07/22/17)

https://www.copblock.org/173351/man-sentenced-to-jail-for-handing-out-jury-nullification-fliers/

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5) In tweet storm, Trump decries “illegal leaks” and asserts “all agree” he has complete power to pardon
Source: Washington Post

“A defiant President Trump unleashed a flurry of nearly a dozen tweets Saturday morning, asserting that he has the ‘complete power to pardon’ aides, family members and possibly even himself — an apparent response to the special counsel’s widening Russia probe — and decrying ‘illegal leaks’ in the ‘FAKE NEWS.’ The president also lashed out at a new Washington Post report of previously undisclosed alleged contacts between Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at the time a U.S. senator and senior adviser to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign — and a Russian official. In a tweet, Trump called the disclosures an illegal new ‘intelligence leak,’ part of his continuing effort to try to shift the public focus to what he claims is a partisan attempt to undermine his presidency.” [editor’s note: While the president’s power to pardon is not “complete,” it’s close — “he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” No exclusions or limitations for himself, relatives, etc. – TLK] (07/22/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/07/22/trump-denounces-illegal-leaks-in-new-accounts-of-his-campaigns-contact-with-russia/

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6) CA: Evacuation orders lifted but wildfire rages on
Source: Raw Story

“Residents of a historic gold-mining town in central California began returning home on Friday as evacuation orders prompted by a massive wildfire were lifted, but some 1,500 structures remained threatened by the flames. Around 2,000 residents of the town of Mariposa, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, fled their homes on Tuesday as the so-called Detwiler Fire bore down on them. The blaze, which has blackened more than 75,000 acres, destroyed 125 structures, 61 of them homes, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Detwiler, one of dozens of major wildfires burning across the U.S. West, was 25 percent contained as of Friday evening, Cal Fire said on its tracking website.” (07/23/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/evacuation-orders-lifted-but-california-wildfire-rages-on

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7) Brazil: Police protest over rising Rio de Janeiro violence
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Relatives of policemen caught up in Brazil’s soaring levels of violence have protested in Rio de Janeiro hours after the death of an officer during an operation at a nearby shantytown. They said officers lacked resources in their fight against the city’s criminal organisations. Hundreds gathered along the seafront in Copacabana to demand more support from the authorities and the population. Ninety-one policemen have been killed in Rio state this year. That is more than the total of deaths registered in the whole of 2016. ‘I am desperate because I know my husband could be the next one,’ said Rogeria Quaresma at the march in Rio. ‘We see families being destroyed every day. And I don’t accept becoming the next widow,’ she told O Globo newspaper.” (07/23/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40700670

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8) New Trump communications director promises crackdown on media leaks
Source: Reuters

“Anthony Scaramucci, President Donald Trump’s new communications director, said on Sunday that one of his first tasks will be to halt leaks and that staff on his team would be fired if the leaks do not stop. ‘If we don’t get the leaks stopped, I am a businessperson, and so I will take dramatic action to stop those leaks,’ Scaramucci said on Fox News Sunday. Scaramucci told CBS’s Face the Nation that leakers are ‘actually un-American,’ and that he would lead a team meeting on Monday. The hiring of Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier and Republican fundraiser, brings a combative style to the White House press office as President Donald Trump lashes out at probes into whether his campaign colluded with Russians during the 2016 campaign. Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into any relationships or contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russia during the election, but Trump has not been accused of any wrongdoing by federal investigators.” [editor’s note: Two questions (1) can he do the Fandango? (2) who’s gonna play him on SNL? – SAT] (07/23/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-scaramucci-idUSKBN1A80QA

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9) Japan: Robot finds likely melted nuclear fuel deposits inside Fukushima reactor
Source: Fox News

“Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The robot found large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers as thick as 3 feet on the bottom inside of a main structure called the pedestal that sits underneath the core inside the primary containment vessel of Fukushima’s Unit 3 reactor, said the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. On Friday, the robot spotted suspected debris of melted fuel for the first time since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami caused multiple meltdowns and destroyed the plant. The three-day probe of Unit 3 ended Saturday.” (07/23/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/07/23/robot-finds-likely-melted-nuclear-fuel-deposits-inside-fukushima-reactor.html

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10) UK: Girl, five, fined for opening lemonade stand, getting dozens of job offers
Source: Fox News

“A British girl who was fined nearly $200 for opening a lemonade stand outside a festival in London received dozens of job offers after her story gained international attention, her family said. The 5-year-old girl ‘burst into tears’ when she was fined $195 for setting up a lemonade stand outside the Lovebox Festival in East London, Andre Spicer, a professor at City University London, told The Telegraph on Thursday. ‘My daughter stood proudly in front of the table. “Who wants lemonade?” she called out. Within a minute, she had her first customer,’ Spicer wrote in an article. She said four local council enforcement officers approached his daughter’s stand and read a ‘lengthy legal statement’ saying the girl was being fined for not having the proper trading permit. He claimed the officer said the fine would be reduced ‘if it’s paid quickly.'” (07/23/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/07/23/british-girl-fined-for-opening-lemonade-stand-receives-dozens-job-offers.html

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11) American student stuck in China jail for days is freed
Source: Fox News

“Chinese authorities have dropped charges against an American college student who was arrested and detained in the Asian nation a week ago after reportedly injuring a taxi driver who was roughing up his mother in a fare dispute, a U.S. lawmaker said Sunday. Guthrie McLean, a University of Montana senior, was released from a detention center in the central China city of Zhengzhou early Monday local time, according to Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana. ‘Prayer’s answered. Guthrie’s home,’ the 25-year-old student’s mother, Jennifer McLean, wrote in an email to Daines’ office. Jennifer McLean confirmed her son’s release in an email to The Associated Press. She provided no further information. Jennifer McLean has been teaching in Zhengzhou, where her son was visiting her this summer.” (07/23/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/07/23/american-student-stuck-in-china-jail-for-days-is-freed-senator-says.html

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12) AK: Honorary cat mayor dies at 20
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Stubbs, the honorary feline mayor of the Alaska town of Talkeetna, has died at the age of 20. KTVA-TV reports the animal’s owners announced the cat’s death late Saturday. According to Stubb’s family, Mayor Stubbs, as the cat was most commonly known, went to bed Thursday and died overnight. Talkeetna, a town with a population of about 900, elected the yellow cat mayor in a write-in campaign in 1998. There is no human mayor in the town. Stubbs had survived an attack by a dog in 2013 and a false report of his death last year. But by late 2016, he was largely staying at home instead of being out and about at local Nagley’s General Store.” (07/23/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Alaska-honorary-cat-mayor-dies-at-20-11312000.php

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13) Poll: Nearly half of Americans have used cannabis
Source: Smell the Truth

“The number of Americans who use marijuana is at an all-time high, a new Gallup poll finds. The research group published a poll on Wednesday revealing that 45 percent of Americans admit to trying marijuana at least once, which is the highest percentage since Gallup began asking the question in 1969. The percentage is a massive increase since Gallup’s first pot poll, of which only 4 percent of Americans said ‘yes’ to the question: ‘Have you yourself, ever happened to try marijuana?’ However, that percentage falls significantly when Americans were asked if they currently smoke pot, as only 12 percent admit to doing so.” (07/21/17)

http://blog.sfgate.com/smellthetruth/2017/07/21/nearly-half-of-americans-have-used-pot-gallup-poll-finds

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14) World’s first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“The world’s first full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland. The revolutionary technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines used. The Peterhead wind farm, known as Hywind, is a trial which will bring power to 20,000 homes. Manufacturer Statoil says output from the turbines is expected to equal or surpass generation from current ones. It hopes to cash in on a boom in the technology, especially in Japan and the West coast of the US, where waters are deep.” (07/23/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40699979

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15) US Congress reaches Russia sanctions deal
Source: CNN

“The House and Senate reached a deal Saturday to slap Russia with fresh sanctions and give Congress new veto power to block any easing of those sanctions — an agreement that could send a new bill to President Donald Trump’s desk before the end of the month. House and Senate negotiators announced an agreement was reached Saturday morning for a bill that would include new sanctions against Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Despite the White House lobbying for changes to the measure, the legislation will give Congress a new ability to block the administration from easing sanctions on Moscow.” (07/22/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/22/politics/congress-deal-russia-sanctions/index.html

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16) FL: Police pursue charges against teens who mocked drowning man
Source: NBC News

“Central Florida police say they are working to recommend charges be brought against the five teenagers who mockingly filmed a man drowning in a pond earlier this month and did nothing to save him. The Cocoa Police Department’s announcement Friday on Facebook that it wants to pursue charges comes after the State Attorney’s Office initially said the teens were morally but not legally accountable. … Cocoa police said its detectives have contacted state prosecutors to attempt to charge the teens, who are reportedly 14 to 18, with a misdemeanor for not complying with Florida Statute 406. If successful, it would be the first time the law has been enforced in such a case, according to authorities. The statute says ‘it is the duty of any person in the district where a death occurs’ to report it to the district medical examiner. It also specifies that any person who learns about a death and fails or refuses to report it is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor.” (07/22/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/police-pursuing-charges-against-florida-teens-who-mockingly-filmed-drowning-n785581

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17) Trump, aboard the Navy’s latest $12.9 billion corporate welfare excuse, urges more corporate welfare
Source: Bloomberg

“President Donald Trump urged Congress to pass a budget that provides for higher, stable and predictable funding for the U.S. military. ‘Call that congressman and call that senator, and make sure you get it,’ Trump said Saturday at the commissioning of the Gerald R. Ford, the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier. ‘We must end the defense sequester once and for all.’ Trump visited the $12.9 billion nuclear-powered carrier in Newport News, Virginia, to cap off the White House’s ‘Made in America’ week, a series of events designed to highlight the administration’s push to increase domestic manufacturing.” (07/22/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-22/trump-aboard-new-aircraft-carrier-urges-military-funds-boost

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18) US Senate parliamentarian says some major BCRA elements subject to 60-vote threshold
Source: CBS News

“The Senate parliamentarian has determined that certain provisions of the Senate Republicans’ original plan to repeal and replace Obamacare violate the ‘Byrd Rule,’ meaning that they don’t qualify for passage under reconciliation’s 51-vote majority. Instead, they would be subject to a 60-vote point of order during a floor vote. The list of violations was released Friday evening by the Senate Budget Committee, which a Republican aide said are guidance on the earlier draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The aide said it will ‘help inform action on the legislation going forward.'” (07/21/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/senate-parliamentarian-says-some-bcra-elements-subject-to-60-vote-threshold/

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19) Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democrat Kamala Harris are teaming up to seek bail reform
Source: Rare

“Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) are working together on a new criminal justice effort aimed at reducing the size of jails. Harris and Paul are reintroducing the Pretrial Integrity and Safety Act, a bipartisan effort aimed at encouraging states to reform or replace the current bail system. In an op-ed for The New York Times, Paul and Harris discuss the tragic case of Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old New Yorker who spent three years in jail for stealing a backpack because his family could not afford the $3,000 bail. The charges were later dropped, and a ‘haunted’ Browder committed suicide in 2015.” (07/21/17)

http://rare.us/rare-politics/rare-liberty/police-state/republican-senator-rand-paul-and-democrat-kamala-harris-are-teaming-up-to-seek-bail-reform/

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20) TN: Judge offers inmates 30 days off sentence if they get sterilized
Source: United Press International

“Prisoners at a small county jail in Tennessee are being given an opportunity to get 30 days removed from their sentence — if they agree to be sterilized. Sam Benningfield, the only judge in White County, Tenn., introduced the program as a way to prevent repeat drug offenders and other criminals to abstain from having children. … Although Benningfield is excited about the program and says it can encourage responsibility and reduce recidivism, District Attorney Bryant Dunaway believes it is unethical. ‘It’s concerning to me. My office doesn’t support this order,’ Dunaway said. Some question the concept’s constitutionality.” (07/21/17)

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/07/21/Tennessee-judge-offers-inmates-30-days-off-sentence-if-they-get-sterilized/5081500618290/

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21) Trump regime will attempt to ban US citizens from traveling to North Korea
Source: Los Angeles Times

“The State Department said Friday it will prohibit U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea starting late next month, citing the risk of arrest and imprisonment by the authoritarian regime in Pyongyang. The decision by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson bars use of U.S. passports ‘to travel in, through, or to North Korea,’ spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. … The State Department long has warned Americans not to visit North Korea, as it does for conflict zones and other countries with governments seen as hostile — but did not forbid it outright. It thus will become the only country off-limits to U.S. passport holders.” [editor’s note: Get over yourself, Tillerson. You don’t GET to decide where I may or may not travel – TLK] (07/21/17)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-fg-norkor-travel-ban-20170721-story.html

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22) Reports: Intercepts suggest Sessions discussed Trump campaign matters with Russia envoy
Source: The Hill

“Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. told his superiors in Moscow that he discussed campaign-related issues with Jeff Sessions, who is now the attorney general, The Washington Post reported Friday. Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak’s accounts of two conversations with Sessions, who was then a GOP senator from Alabama, were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies that monitor Russian communications, according to the Post, which cited current and former U.S. officials. The conversations included discussions on U.S.-Russia relations under a Trump administration and Trump’s positions on Russia-related issues, according to a former U.S. intelligence official. Sessions initially failed to disclose that he met with Kislyak during the campaign, and then denied that the meetings were anything more than standard discussions in his capacity as a U.S. senator and were not related to the Trump campaign.” (07/21/17)

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/343245-sessions-discussed-trump-campaign-matters-with-russian-ambassador

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23) MN: Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau resigns over police killing of Australian woman
Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau resigned abruptly Friday amid growing criticism from the public and the City Council following the fatal police shooting of Justine Damond. The chief’s departure came at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges, who promptly nominated Assistant Chief Medaria Arradondo, a 28-year veteran of the force, to replace Harteau. The move ended Harteau’s 4 1/2-year run as the first woman and first openly gay person to head the department. The death of Damond, a native Australian who had moved to Minneapolis to be with her fiance, thrust Minneapolis into the international spotlight. It also has generated public skepticism about the department and its training, including from city officials who have questioned why the officers involved didn’t turn on their body cameras.” (07/22/17)

http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-chief-janee-harteau-resigns/435864713/

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24) White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns after Trump shakeup
Source: NBC News

“Sean Spicer, who has been one of the best-known faces of the Trump administration in its first half-year, resigned as press secretary on Friday. ‘It’s been an honor & a privilege to serve @POTUS @realDonaldTrump & this amazing country. I will continue my service through August,’ Spicer tweeted about two hours after the news first broke. His sudden departure came shortly before President Donald Trump named Anthony Scaramucci, a transition official in the Trump campaign and longtime Wall Street financier, as named [sic] White House communications director.” (07/21/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/white-house-press-secretary-sean-spicer-resigns-n785321

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25) KY: Taxpayers on hook for Kim Davis’s refusal to do her job
Source: USA Today

“In a victory for same-sex couples denied marriage licenses by a Kentucky clerk two years ago, a federal judge Friday awarded $222,695 in fees to their attorneys. The ACLU of Kentucky hailed the ruling, saying it should serve as a reminder to public officials in Kentucky of the cost of violating civil liberties. … Davis became a national lightning rod when just hours after the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling on June 26, 2015, she decided her office would no longer issue marriage licenses to any couples, same-sex or otherwise.” (07/21/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/07/21/kim-davis-kentucky-hook-legal-fees-gay-marriage-fight/500408001/

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

26) How America became the world’s policeman
Source: WendyMcElroy.com
by Wendy McElroy

“After WWII, the Old Right became the strongest force resisting a foreign policy of anti-communism that became the heart of the Cold War. One reason: they thought a Cold War would lead to imperialism abroad and totalitarianism at home, because power would need to be centralized in the executive branch. The other side of the debate consisted largely of anti-communist politicians and corporate liberals who clamored to establish a permanent network of military bases, economic interventions and alliances around the world. Corporate liberals are businessmen who are notorious for pushing through anti-free market measures in order to profit from them. They enter into an unofficial partnership with sympathetic politicians and together become a ruling elite. The elite side won, and it did so definitively. Today’s runaway foreign policy is rooted directly in their victory back in 1947. Much has been written about the Cold War but a novel way to glimpse its impact is to consider a concept that sounds odd to modern ears.” (07/23/17)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.8207

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27) How many more victims does the drug war need to claim?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by Gary Chartier

“University of Southern California medical school dean Rohit Varma reacted to revelations that his predecessor, Carmen Puliafito, a widely respected ophthalmologist, had regularly consumed hard drugs, by describing Puliafito’s alleged conduct as ‘horrible’ and ‘despicable.’ Puliafito is on leave from his position as a USC faculty member and isn’t being allowed to see patients. It hasn’t been claimed to date that patient-care was compromised. No one is so far maintaining that Puliafito’s use of methamphetamine, ecstasy, and other drugs injured anyone under his care or that he mistreated his co-workers. … Some people consume hard drugs in ways that harm themselves and those close to them. Almost four years ago, someone close to me died of a drug overdose after a history of struggles related to heroin and methamphetamine consumption. I don’t want to trivialize the risks. But the reality is that different people’s experiences with drug consumption aren’t the same. Some people consume potentially dangerous substances while enjoying stable and productive lives.” (07/21/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/49684

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28) The surprisingly long history of private space exploration
Source: Reason
by Rand Simberg

“Sixty years ago, the Soviets launched Sputnik and, with it, the space race. For Americans who grew up since then, the exploration of space has always been linked closely with the government. Private space companies such as SpaceX and Blue Origin may have had successes, but they still arouse skepticism from people who cannot imagine anyone other than NASA or its foreign rivals sending people to the cosmos. But in The Long Space Age, the NASA historian and economist Alexander MacDonald uncovers a rich, multi-century history of privately funded space exploration. In the long view, the age of government-funded space travel may be a just a temporary detour from an older tradition.” (for publication 08/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/07/23/missing-title-in-rtf

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29) Trump critics failing their own ethics tests
Source: USA Today
by Jonathan Turley

“The Trump administration may prove for government ethics what the Kennedy administration proved for space exploration: We are rapidly going where no president has gone before, eclipsing even Richard Nixon. This week, Trump triggered another controversy in saying that he would never have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions if he knew that the former senator was going to recuse himself from the Russian investigation. In fairness to Trump, some of these ethical problems were not of his making, and his critics have shown a similar disregard for ethical values. Since his inauguration, the Trump administration has been at odds with ethics officials. The conflict reached its zenith recently with the resignation of Walter Shaub as director of the Office of Government Ethics. Shaub left little doubt that he was resigning in light of the serious conflicts with the Trump White House over breaches. What is most striking about this record is that Trump’s critics are faring little better in their own ethical challenges. Indeed, this is a class where even the most generous curve would produce few passing grades.” (07/21/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/07/21/donald-trumps-government-critics-have-lousy-ethics-grades/496956001

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30) The big crash is coming
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“American statists are convinced that the modern-day United States is immune from an economic catastrophe arising from its welfare-state, regulated-economy way of life. They say that out-of-control federal spending and debt is nothing to be concerned about. There is no need to slash welfare-state spending or warfare-state spending, they assert, because America is an exceptional country, one that isn’t subject to the natural laws of economics, like other countries are. Statists hold that the deep economic crises in places like Venezuela, Greece, and Puerto Rico bear no relevance to the United States.” (07/21/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/07/21/big-crash-coming/

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31) I’m not your Pope (but thanks for asking)
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“A funny thing happened after my conversation with Sam Harris on the topic of President Trump. An avalanche of anti-Trumpers descended on my Twitter account and insisted I become their moral leader – sort of like their Pope. I have not accepted the job, but I can see the need. Let me give you some context. Sam Harris’ view on President Trump is that our new leader is a lying, unscrupulous, unethical con man. My view on President Trump is that he’s a skilled persuader who has offered to use his talents on behalf of the country. I have been silent on the ethics and morality questions because I trust people to make those decisions on their own. Personally, I would lie to a terrorist to save your child’s life. Some people would consider that immoral because lying is bad. I say every situation is unique, and we all have to make our own moral/ethical decisions as we go. To me, that all seemed clear enough.” [editor’s note: He is correct that the “notmyprezzers” do need guidance; he is also corrct that they are still pretty clueless as to whewre to find it – SAT] (07/21/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/163253041366/im-not-your-pope-but-thanks-for-asking

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32) Is this what “liberation” looks like? US airstrikes have devastated Mosul
Source: In These Times
by Phyllis Bennis

“ISIS’ occupation of Mosul, once Iraq’s second largest city, has virtually come to an end. Though small-scale fighting continues, and U.S. military strikes continued through at least July 17, ISIS control over the city has largely collapsed. Many among the ISIS forces were killed, many fled and many have probably melted back into local communities. U.S., Iraqi, and some other governments and media are celebrating the defeat of ISIS as the liberation of the city. Certainly there is a great relief for the hundreds of thousands of residents who were driven out of their homes or who survived years of ISIS brutality, extremism and destitution. Certainly the end of ISIS control of its largest Iraqi population center is important in the struggle to reduce and eventually end the financing, military power and global appeal of the terrorist organization. The same is true of the likely military defeat of ISIS in Raqqa, its Syrian center and ‘capital’ of its so-called caliphate. But, as the New York Times vastly understated in an editorial last week, ‘the celebration should be brief.'” (07/20/17)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/20346/mosul-iraq-isis-united-states-airstrikes

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33) 50 years ago today: The Detroit riot and the decline of civil rights liberalism
Source: Independent Institute
by Jonathan Bean

“The Detroit Riot marked a turning point in how American policymakers dealt with race. The classical liberal tradition of civil rights, with its emphasis on rule of law and equal protection (regardless of race) gave way to policies that purposely treated minorities as ‘protected categories’ deserving of treatment not accorded other citizens. This was a crisis response to the riots and also the consequence of a ‘riot ideology’ that condoned lawless mobs — as long as they were black. In short, the things that civil rights activists had long fought against — racial categories in the law, preferential racism (formerly for whites, now for blacks and others), and lawless mobs–were embraced as the means to achieve ‘social justice.’ Ever since, classical liberals have struggled to get us back to the colorblind law and individualism that were at the core of the long civil rights movement.” (07/23/17)

http://blog.independent.org/2017/07/23/50-years-ago-today-the-detroit-riot-and-the-decline-of-civil-rights-liberalism/

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34) Oregon wants to defelonize all the drugs
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

“[W]hile the complete legalization of marijuana is now only a matter of when and not if, ending the prohibition of all other illicit substances is not likely to happen anytime soon: that is, unless you live in Oregon where a new bill to decriminalize ‘hard drugs’ has just passed state house and will make its way to the state senate.” (07/22/17)

https://fee.org/articles/oregon-wants-to-defelonize-all-the-drugs/

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35) Jammed reception
Source: The American Prospect
by Gershom Gorenberg

“Had she been a man, she might have been remembered as a folk-hero inventor, the genius without formal schooling who transformed an era, a mid-20th century Thomas Edison. Instead, she spent her life in a very public form of solitary confinement: prisoner of the role of Hollywood goddess, sentenced for her beauty. The woman was Hedy Lamarr. A new documentary about her, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, is making the world round of film festivals. Wanting a release both from ever-fiercer summer heat and from politics, I went to the Jerusalem screening. The air conditioner coped with climate change. The escape from politics was less successful–unless you leave gender, immigration, and identity out of politics.” (07/21/17)

http://prospect.org/article/jammed-reception

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36) Welcome to the new Trumpism
Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

“Six months into Donald Trump’s incompetent presidency, most of his major promises are stalled and unlikely ever to be achieved. The ‘big, beautiful’ Mexican border wall is so far off that Trump has taken to talking about in fantasy terms, promising it would have solar panels and be ‘transparent’ so Americans can make sure that drug dealers would not be able to throw ‘large sacks of drugs over.’ Repealing and replacing Obamacare is not entirely dead, but has returned to its zombie state, which means Trump will have trouble passing large tax cuts (since a big chunk of the revenue was supposed to come from reducing health care spending). Tax reform, supposedly the next big effort, is as fraught as health care reform. A big infrastructure bill also looks unlikely, given Republican aversion to deficit spending. And that’s just domestically. On the international front, there’s still talk of, but little movement on, renegotiating NAFTA.” (07/22/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/143981/welcome-new-trumpism

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37) Don’t write off post-Brexit London just yet
Source: Reuters
by John Lloyd

“The City of London, with New York one of the two greatest financial centers of the world, is under a greater threat to its primacy than at any time in its 20th and 21st-century history. How it manages that threat will be central not just to the British economy, but also to the island’s constitutional and social well being. The City, shorthand for the square mile synonymous with London’s financial district, has been a huge strategic and financial asset to the UK for almost 200 years. But Brexit has put it in some danger, and, even as it is under attack from abroad, the City can’t count on much popular support at home. French President Emmanuel Macron makes no secret of his wish for Paris to profit from Britain’s exit from the EU, a desire he voiced in London itself after talks with Prime Minister Theresa May. In a memo leaked to the Daily Mail on Sunday, Jeremy Browne, the City’s special representative to the EU, wrote that officials in the French Economic Ministry and the Banque de France and politicians in the Senate ‘are crystal clear about their underlying objective: the weakening of Britain, the on-going degradation of the City of London.'” (07/21/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lloyd-london-commentary-idUSKBN1A62B0

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38) Budget austerity treats public school parents like criminals
Source: Our Future
by Jeff Bryant

“In researching an upcoming article I’m writing about the St. Louis school system, and the district’s ongoing funding crisis, I came across an astonishing example of who wins and who loses in current approaches to government budget balancing. As a local St. Louis reporter tells it, during a public meeting about a proposed new $130 million 34-story apartment building in the city, alderman Joe Roddy used a slideshow to make a case for why the city should give the developers 15 years of reduced property taxes, a $10 million subsidy, in exchange for some additional retail space and 305 high-end, luxury apartments downtown. In a slide show titled ‘How the City Makes & Spends Money,’ Roddy, a Democrat mind you, laid out a hierarchy of those who ;make money’ for the city at the top and those who cause the city to ‘spend money’ at the bottom.” [editor’s note: New plan (not my own) would be direct grants to each family ($15k per year per chld) and letting them decide how to spend it on “education” – SAT] (07/20/17)

https://ourfuture.org/20170720/how-budget-austerity-puts-public-school-parents-on-par-with-criminals

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39) When Washington snoozes, the economy wins
Source: Investors Business Daily
by staff

“This week, the White House announced that the Trump administration had put the brakes on new regulations. A report found that Congress has been the least productive in more than 100 years. And the jobs and incomes picture took a turn for the better. Could these somehow be related? Much as they don’t like taxes and red tape, businesses hate uncertainty more. It makes planning hard and inhibits risk-taking. The problem is that an activist government produces lots of additional uncertainty. President Obama’s endless attempts to goose the economy with Keynesian-style gimmicks (like the worse-than-useless ‘Cash for Clunkers’) while also unleashing regulators to micromanage it (his administration issued an average 3,600 rules each year), led to the worst economic recovery in a generation. That’s why the regulatory announcement out of the Trump White House this week is such welcome news. According to the Office of Management and Budget, which oversees the federal regulatory machinery, the administration has withdrawn 469 regulatory actions that Obama had planned, effectively shelved 391 other regulatory proceedings by ordering long-term reviews, and cut the number of ‘economically significant regulations’ in half from last fall.” (07/20/17)

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/when-washington-snoozes-the-economy-wins

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40) “Good enough” politicians aren’t good enough
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Suzanne Sherman

“Time and again, for every new politician and every new appointee, we hear the same argument when discussions ensue: ‘Well, we can’t find one we agree with on everything!’ or, ‘No one’s perfect, we just have to do the best we can and keep moving in the ‘right’ direction …’ This sophomoric approach always gives us the same result, and that is compromise on our principles. Note also, that the compromise typically goes in one direction — in favor of big government. So what do we end up with?
Candidates who, once elected, perpetuate a system of government that is more about their maintaining power than the protecting liberties of the people they were elected to represent.” (07/21/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/07/21/good-enough-politicians-arent-good-enough/

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41) The art of the self-destruction
Source: Town Hall
by Derek Hunter

“Did you enjoy ‘Made In America Week’? Did you even know it was ‘Made In America Week’? Well, it was. But thanks to President Donald Trump’s inability to get out of his own way and maintain any semblance of message discipline, the week-long celebration of American manufacturing went about as successfully as ‘Infrastructure Week.’ Don’t remember that either? That’s the problem. Members of his inner circle say the president is frustrated, both with the media and with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. And who can blame him? Reports indicate Mueller is expanding his investigation to involve anything anyone named Trump ever has done with a person who has eaten borscht or drank vodka, and the media is out for blood. Knowing this, why does the president keep chumming the waters?” [editor’s note: This guy might want to look to Pope Adams for some guidance – SAT] (07/23/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2017/07/23/the-art-of-the-selfdestruction-n2358573

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42) Hoppe on immigration, part 2
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“A proper conclusion would be that citizens ought to be allowed to form restrictive covenant communities if they don’t want to associate with some people. And, in fact, such communities are allowed in today’s society. I wrote a while back about socialist communities within a capitalist world — outlier pockets of dedicated socialists who have formed socialist enclaves within our broader society. … Surely Hoppe and like-minded people could do the same? In fact, there are efforts afoot to have libertarians move en masse to New Hampshire and turn it into a libertarian enclave. And there are gated communities restricted to owners. Some are very exclusive. None of the riff-raff that Hoppe fears. But Hoppe wants to impose his conservative paradigm on everyone. He wishes for a world where everyone shares his conservative values and the riff-raff are kept out. And while we have government, this is how he wants government to act.” (07/22/17)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2017/07/hoppe-on-immigration-part-2.html

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43) The foundation of true tolerance
Source: Acton Institute
by Josh Herring

“In The Ethics of Rhetoric, University of Chicago rhetorician Richard Weaver wrote of ‘god terms.’ By this phrase, Weaver meant the terms to which a culture attaches absolute goodness and which command unquestioned moral weight. When such terms are used in conversation, they carry the presumption of moral agreement. Writing in the 1950s, Weaver offered the terms ‘progress,’ ‘freedom,’ and ‘science’ as examples of god terms of his own day. The word ‘tolerance’ functions as a late twentieth and early-twenty first century god term.” (07/21/17)

https://acton.org/publications/transatlantic/2017/07/21/foundation-true-tolerance

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44) The curious case of the “Alphabay kingpin” and Hansa takedowns
Source: Bitcoin.com
by Jamie Redman

“This week we reported on the takedown of the two largest darknet markets on the deep web — Alphabay, and Hansa. Now reports further reveal how global law enforcement seized the alleged Alphabay administrator, Alexandre Cazes, as well as the internal investigation of the Hansa marketplace which collected data on more than 50,000 cryptocurrency transactions.” (07/22/17)

https://news.bitcoin.com/the-curious-cases-of-the-alphabay-kingpin-and-hansa-takedowns/

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45) The price of lost liberty — aviation liberty
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Flying taxis! Ahlan, a Dubai English-language webzine and newspaper, reported testing in Dubai of an 800-pound, passenger-carrying 4-rotor drone taxi this week. As I told Mama Liberty, just picture a bunch of these flying over the Black Hills! A nice dream, but … Not as long as we have the FedGov, and not as long as we have the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).” (07/22/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/07/22/the-price-of-lost-liberty-aviation-liberty/

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46) Trump’s Iran obsession and the nuclear deal
Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

“Trump is looking for a way to ignore reality on the nuclear deal: ‘After a contentious meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this week, President Donald Trump instructed a group of trusted White House staffers to make the potential case for withholding certification of Iran at the next 90-day review of the nuclear deal. The goal was to give Trump what he felt the State Department had failed to do: the option to declare that Tehran was not in compliance with the contentious agreement.’ The State Department couldn’t honestly give Trump the “option” he wanted because there is no proof that Iran isn’t complying with the terms of the agreement. When all other parties to the deal and the IAEA agree that the deal is working as intended, it isn’t credible to assert that Iran isn’t complying without simply making things up. Trump wants his advisers in the White House to do just that.” (07/22/17)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/trumps-iran-obsession-and-the-nuclear-deal/

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47) Brennan, Rice, Power — lock them up!
Source: LewRockwell.com
by David Stockman

“We frequently hear people say they have nothing to hide — so surrendering privacy and constitutional rights to the Surveillance State may not be such a big deal if it helps catch a terrorist or two. But with each passing day in the RussiaGate drama we are learning that this superficial exoneration is dangerously beside the point. We are referring here to the unrelenting witch hunt that has been unleashed by Imperial Washington against the legitimately elected President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. This campaign of lies, leaks and Russophobia is the handiwork of Obama’s top national security advisors, who blatantly misused Washington’s surveillance apparatus to discredit Trump and to effectively nullify America’s democratic process.” (07/22/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/07/david-stockman/lock-them-up/

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48) Have we reached peak AI hysteria?
Source: Niskanen Center
by Ryan Hagemann

“In the preface to his book Superintelligence, Nick Bostrom contends that developing AI ‘is quite possibly the most important and most daunting challenge humanity has ever faced. And — whether we succeed or fail — it is probably the last challenge we will ever face.’ Even Stephen Hawking has jumped on the panic wagon. These concerns aren’t uniquely held by innovators, scientists, and academics. A Morning Consult poll found that a significant majority of Americans supported both domestic and international regulations on AI. All of this suggests that we are in the midst of a full blown AI techno-panic.” (07/21/17)

https://niskanencenter.org/blog/reached-peak-ai-hysteria/

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49) Suicide is not for the coward
Source: The Anarchist Shemale
by Aria DiMezzo

“So the lead singer of alternative rock band Linkin Park is in the news, because he killed himself by hanging. While I haven’t liked Linkin Park since their first album, and since I was in the 9th grade, a lot of people are coming forward to call Chester a coward for committing suicide, primarily because it means he left six children behind. Regardless of whether you approve of his choice, it is stupid, and a horrific misrepresentation of the situation, to call someone a coward because they killed themselves.” (07/21/17)

https://anarchistshemale.com/2017/07/21/suicide-is-not-for-the-coward/

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50) Attacking sacred cows
Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“Most of us have a head full of programming that was instilled in us at a young age. I like to refer to behavior that results from this programming as automaton behavior although an equally accurate term is probably unconscious behavior. Regardless of what you want to call it, it’s performed without thinking. A lot of this programming is legitimately useful. For example, programming that makes you automatically look both ways before crossing a street can save your life. But a lot of this programming is unnecessary or even detrimental. Nationalism is a good example of programming that is certainly unnecessary and oftentimes detrimental. What value does one actually derive from acting on the belief that their nation is better than any other nation on the planet? With the exception of monetary gain derived from appealing to other people who blindly act on their nationalism programming, very little. But the costs of acting on this belief can be very high.” (07/21/17)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2017/07/21/attacking-sacred-cows/

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51) America’s five sex panics
Source: CounterPunch
by David Rosen

“Donald Trump is a once-upon-a-time upmarket hedonist who, like a recovering alcoholic, has morphed into a super-moralist. Upon taking office as president, he relaunched the culture wars with VP Mike Pence as the officer-in-charge and implemented by the Cabinet, the new Supreme Court justice and the Republican-controlled Congress. The U.S. is living through the fifth sex panic and the religious right’s efforts may signal the death-play of the postmodern culture wars. The current sex panic was launched in 1972 by Phyllis Schafly, a lawyer and conservative activist, and successfully blocked the adoption of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Until Trump’s election, it appeared that this sex panic was contained.” (07/21/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/21/americas-five-sex-panics/

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52) Orientation or indoctrination? Forcing political doctrine on students is an affront to the First Amendment and higher education
Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Sam Foer

“It was August 2015, and I was entering Hampshire College as an excited freshman, ready to begin an undergraduate career that I hoped would be characterized by exploration and intellectual challenge. Hampshire appealed to me because it advertised itself as an institution that fostered civic-mindedness, emphasized critical inquiry and academic rigor, and stood by progressive values. I assumed that most of my incoming class applied for similar reasons. Hampshire sounded like an ideal institution for independent thinkers. This was going to be a dream come true! Unfortunately, the opposite was the case, and prompted my transfer to my current school. It quickly became clear that Hampshire’s advertisements were disingenuous (or I just didn’t know what being progressive actually meant), and that it was infringing on its students’ freedom of conscience to advance a political and social agenda. These weren’t the progressive values I stood by.” (07/21/17)

https://www.thefire.org/orientation-or-indoctrination-forcing-political-doctrine-on-students-is-an-affront-to-the-first-amendment-and-higher-education/

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53) Why Planned Parenthood should be defunded
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance

“Congressional Republicans want to defund Planned Parenthood because it performs abortions. That, of course, means that the organization has been previously funded. And funded it has been — for years, by Republicans, most recently in the omnibus spending bill (H.R.244) to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year that was signed into law by Trump on May 5. If Republicans, the vast majority of whom would say they are against abortion, are so opposed to Planned Parenthood because it performs abortions, then why did they fund the organization with millions of taxpayer dollars during the Bush years when they had a majority in both Houses of Congress for more than four years?” (07/21/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/planned-parenthood-defunded/

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54) Now it’s time for tax cuts — and Republicans are more divided than ever
Source: The Intercept
by David Dayen

“When presidents fail, it creates a snowball effect. George W. Bush couldn’t privatize Social Security and his legislative agenda never recovered. Bill Clinton’s abandonment of health care reform led it to tackle small-ball measures. Both were punished by voters for their failures in the next midterm, losing control of Congress and the ability to get anything else done. Voters don’t like losers. That’s bad news for House Republicans. Fresh off the (probable) failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they are pivoting to tax cuts. But along the way, for procedural reasons, they need to pass a budget.” (07/21/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/21/now-its-time-for-tax-cuts-and-republicans-are-more-divided-than-ever/

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55) Clean coal has hit a speedbump, but it remains essential
Source: Independent Institute
by William F Shughart II

“The Kemper County, Miss., power plant, once heralded as the future of clean coal, has become the poster child for its struggles. Over-budget and mired in technical problems, the Southern Company, Kemper’s builder, recently announced that it’s giving up on the plant’s advanced coal-gasification systems. Instead, the plant will be powered solely by natural gas. Renewable energy advocates and climate hawks had been expecting the announcement for months and reacted with predictable derision and high-fiving. But their gloating is foolish. If they really care about tackling climate change — as they claim — critics should be deeply concerned about Southern’s failure to successfully commercialize Kemper’s clean-coal technology.” (07/21/17)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=9131

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

56) AG Sessions ramps up war on drugs
Source: Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry

“In January 2015, then-Attorney General Eric Holder made headlines when he issued a directive stating, ‘Federal adoption of property seized by state or local law enforcement under state law is prohibited, except for property that directly relates to public safety concerns, including firearms, ammunition, explosives, and property associated with child pornography,’ which represent a small percentage of the seizures made under the federal program of civil asset forfeiture. On July 19, 2017 that directive was rescinded by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who issued Order 3946-2017 stating, ‘Federal forfeiture of property seized lawfully by state and local law enforcement agencies is authorized whenever the conduct giving rise to the seizure is in violation of federal law.'” [text, Flash audio or MP3] (07/23/17)

http://fpp.cc/ag-sessions-ramps-up-war-on-drugs/

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57) Free Talk Live, 07/22/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Should you feel bad about John McCain brain damage? :: Citizens and Obligation to Protect :: Constitutional Restrictions :: Serf vs Subject :: Mountain Lions :: Man Wants Govt to Take Care of Him :: Cynical, Angry Mark :: Police Target Little Girl’s Lemonade Stand :: Coal Miner Health Care :: Garage Sale Permit :: ACLU and Gun Rights :: Recording Police :: Indygo Corporation :: Guns and Drugs :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/22/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-07-22

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58) Munger on Social Justice, Safe Spaces and Universal Basic Income
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians

“Our own Mike Munger speaks with Dave Rubin this week about a number of issues, including social justice, safe spaces on campus, and the case for a Universal Basic Income. The interview comes in three parts.” [Flash video] (07/22/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/07/munger-social-justice-safe-spaces-universal-basic-income/

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59) Reason Podcast, 07/21/17
Source: Reason

“[Greg] Gutfeld sat down with Reason’s Nick Gillespie to discuss his ‘ugly libertarianism,’ Donald Trump’s love of Red Eye, why he was excited about the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, and why Trump’s comments on the campaign trail were best understood in the context of a Comedy Central roast.” [various formats] (07/21/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/07/21/greg-gutfield-freedom-fest-2017

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60) Interview: Tyler Bloyer
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Tyler Bloyer: Founder of Salt Lake Freedom Hive and Host of Liberty Lifestyle podcast.” [Flash video or Flash audio] (07/22/17)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/tyler-bloyer-founder-of-salt-lake-freedom-hive-and-host-of-liberty-lifestyle-podcast/

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61) Intercepted Podcast, 07/22/17
Source: The Intercept

“Alfred McCoy is the Harrington professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of the now-classic book ‘The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade.’ His new book, out in September, is ‘In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power.’ This week, I interviewed McCoy for the Intercepted podcast.” [various formats] (07/22/17)

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/22/donald-trump-and-the-coming-fall-of-american-empire/

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62) The LAVA Flow Podcast, episode 66
Source: The LAVA Flow

“Are we seeing the final throes of the drug war in America? Is this the beginning of the end of the drug war? What’s in the News with stories on an update to Charlie Gard, mandatory vaccines, life imitating satire, the Nevada Governor must be high, Big Brother is garbage, eugenics, and civil asset forfeiture is expanding. A New Hampshire, It’s Like This Too segment on the many wins we’ve had so far, and a Herding Cats segment on the Freecoast Festival.” [various formats] (07/22/17)

http://thelavaflow.com/the-beginning-of-the-end-of-the-drug-war-tlf066/

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63) American Foreign Policy, episode 3
Source: Attack The System

“Tonight I will be joined by Keith Preston to discuss the implications of the US Indian Wars and Spanish-American War.” [Flash video] (07/21/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/07/21/american-foreign-policy-3-consolidation-and-the-new-imperialism-1865-1898/

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64) PanAm Podcast, 07/21/17
Source: PanAm Post

“Helen Raleigh Discusses How Trump Should Reform American Immigration Policy.” [Flash video] (07/21/17)

https://panampost.com/david-unsworth/2017/07/21/panam-podcast-immigration-expert-helen-raleigh-critiques-trump/

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65) In The Tank Podcast, episode 98
Source: Heartland Institute

“With John Nothdurft MIA, Heartland’s Justin Haskins joins Donny Kendal to present episode #98 of the In The Tank Podcast. This weekly podcast features (as always) interviews, debates, and roundtable discussions that explore the work of think tanks across the country.” [Flash audio] (07/21/17)

http://blog.heartland.org/2017/07/in-the-tank-ep98-net-neutrality-is-bad-and-repeal-and-replace-of-obamacare-flounders/

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66) The Tom Woods Show, episode 956
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“I asked David Gordon, possibly the most well-read person I’ve ever met, what books he thought libertarians should read. The result was this engaging discussion!” [various formats] (07/21/17)

http://tomwoods.com/ep-956-books-libertarians-should-read/

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67) Anarcho Agenda, episode 28
Source: Anarcho Agenda

“I’m joined by Darryl Perry to discuss New Hampshire’s progress to more liberty, his broadcasting career and much more.” [various formats] (07/21/17)

http://anarchoagenda.libsyn.com/anarcho-agenda-ep-28-2017-07-21

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68) Foreign Policy Focus, episode 69
Source: Foreign Policy Focus

“On FPF #69, I update the Syrian Civil War. The war has over ten different armies fighting for control. Unpredictable men lead many of these armies. Several of these armies frequently change alliances and turn allies to enemies. Seemingly sensible alliances are often avoided for political reasons. Two world superpowers make it possible for war to continue to escalate in Syria. I also update Trump, Russia, and Turkey.” [various formats] 07/21/17)

http://foreignpolicyfocus.libsyn.com/fpf-69-syria-the-real-games-of-thrones

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69) spiked podcast, 07/21/17
Source: spiked

“On this week’s spiked podcast: Brendan O’Neill on the ASA’s sexist ad ban, Jacob Furedi on why we must abolish the House of Lords, and Naomi Firsht on what Trump and Macron have in common.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/21/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/censorship-is-the-enemy-of-equality/

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70) Felony Friday, episode 81
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On this episode of Felony Friday Rodger Paxton joins host John Odermatt.” [various formats] (07/21/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/07/21/felony-friday-081-rodger-paxton-private-security-massholes-decriminalized-heroin/

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