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Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
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In the News:

1) UK: Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight against state’s insistence on infanticide
2) CIA, FBI release new material on Kennedy assassination investigation
3) US judge allows Trump election commission to seek voting data
4) US officials: Chinese jets intercept US spy plane, no big deal
5) Philippines: Martial law extended in Mindanao
6) Amazon’s Whole Foods deal under scrutiny
7) Nazi plane replica lands on Georgia highway
8) Feinstein wants to summon Sessions to panel, but for wrong reasons
9) Trump presses “beleaguered” Jeff Sessions over Clinton
10) WI: Company to install rice-sized microchips in employees
11) NC: Church investigated for importing hundreds of Brazilian worshipers & turning them into slaves
12) TX: Houston man must pay child support for kid that’s not his
13) Promising “A Better Deal,” Democrats try to rebrand party
14) MN: Cop who fatally shot Australian woman was “fast-tracked” into the force
15) Pakistan: Bomb blast kills more than two dozen
16) ME: Dispensary offers free marijuana for litter gatherers
17) NY: Four men impersonate ICE gangsters to rob cyclist
18) PA: Police, hunting for stolen laptops, say they stumbled on $40 million bitcoin scam
19) Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bomber kills 24
20) Poland: Duda unexpectedly vetoes parts of court revamp

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Forget Russia, fire Jeff Sessions over civil forfeiture
22) Pardon him, Mr. President
23) The decline of healthcare availability
24) A brief musing on the prospective role of capital punishment as imposed by non-state actors
25) “Made in America”: So what?
26) Trump’s dictatorial travel ban to North Korea
27) The troubling return of Al Gore
28) May we defend against tyranny?
29) A little less piousness, please
30) Schumer slams Hillary: Dems to blame, not Russia, for election loss
31) The Enterprise Amendment …
32) Trump should veto Congress’s foolish new sanctions bill
33) How “confident” are intelligence agencies that Russia interfered with the election?
34) The dangerous politicization of the military
35) Drinking rum until I understand the Cuban embargo
36) You can’t win, you can’t break even … but can you get out of the game?
37) Trump needs to be smart about how he fires Mueller
38) Empire of whiners
39) No, markets aren’t making us greedy
40) At last, Trump finds his Mini-Me
41) The case for US oil sanctions against Venezuela
42) The white supremacist roots [sic] of America’s libertarian [sic] right
43) The GOP died at the border wall
44) Our obsession with survey data is ruining economics
45) US military “liberated” Mosul … by destroying it
46) The “Chuck Prince Market” redux — only more dangerous
47) Sanctions bill: An ode to hypocrisy, groupthink, smugness, and cronyism
48) The demonization of the other
49) Even in Switzerland, the EU erodes democracy
50) The fiction of the “Great Capital Rebuild”
51) Politicians will burn down anything that is good just to get their names in the news
52) A shameful silence: Where is the outrage over the slaughter of civilians in Mosul?
53) Single payer in America, really liberals?
54) Global corruption and the role of government
55) James Madison and the first American immigration crisis

The Sound and the Fury:

56) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 634
57) Lions of Liberty Podcast, 07/24/17
58) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/24/17
59) Free Talk Live, 07/23/17
60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 958

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

1) UK: Charlie Gard’s parents end legal fight against state’s insistence on infanticide
Source: Telegraph [UK]

“Charlie Gard’s parents have ended their legal fight over treatment for the terminally-ill baby. Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced their decision as a High Court judge was preparing to oversee the latest round of a five-month legal battle. … [Barrister Grant] Armstrong said Charlie’s parents had made a decision following the latest medical reports and scans. Mr Armstrong said damage to Charlie’s muscle and tissue was irreversible. ‘The parents’ worst fears have been confirmed,’ he said. ‘It is now too late to treat Charlie.'” (07/24/17)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/24/charliegards-parents-prepare-last-ditch-battle-could-decide/

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2) CIA, FBI release new material on Kennedy assassination investigation
Source: Fox News

“The National Archives on Monday made public over 400 previously unreleased documents related to the CIA and FBI’s investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Among the 441 materials released include 17 audio files of interviews of Yuri Nosenko, a KGB officer who defected to the United States in January 1964. Nosenko claimed to be the officer in charge of the KGB file on Lee Harvey Oswald during Oswald’s time in the Soviet Union. Other documents released include items related to the probe of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination who was murdered five years after President Kennedy was killed, in 1968. A 1992 law requires that the National Archives to preserve the approximately 5 million pages of records surrounding the investigation. Most of the records have been available to the public since the late 1990s.” (07/24/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/24/cia-fbi-release-new-material-on-kennedy-assassination-investigation.html

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3) US judge allows Trump election commission to seek voting data
Source: Raw Story

“A U.S. judge on Monday rejected a bid to prevent President Donald Trump’s commission on alleged election fraud from requesting voter roll data from states. Washington-based U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled in favor of the administration by refusing to block the commission from asking for the data. The decision was a loss for the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a watchdog group, which filed a lawsuit challenging the commission’s actions. Studies have shown voter fraud is rare in U.S. elections. Trump, who set up the commission by executive order on May 12, charged without evidence last year that millions voted unlawfully in the November presidential election.” (07/24/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/us-judge-allows-trump-election-commission-to-seek-voting-data

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4) US officials: Chinese jets intercept US spy plane, no big deal
Source: Reuters

“Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend, with one jet coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials said on Monday. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed one of the Chinese J-10 aircraft came close enough to the U.S. EP-3 plane on Sunday to cause the American aircraft to change direction. One of the officials said the Chinese jet was armed and that the interception happened 80 nautical miles (148 km) from the Chinese city of Qingdao. The Pentagon said that the encounter between the aircraft was unsafe, but added that the vast majority of interactions were safe. Incidents such as Sunday’s intercept are relatively common.” (07/24/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-military-idUSKBN1A91QE

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5) Philippines: Martial law extended in Mindanao
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“Legislators in the Philippines have voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law to deal with an Islamist insurgency in the restive island of Mindanao. Militants linked to so-called Islamic State have been occupying parts of Marawi, a city in the south, since May. President Rodrigo Duterte said the extension was necessary to crush the insurgency, but his critics say it is part of a wider power grab. Mindanao is home to a number of Muslim rebel groups seeking more autonomy. Martial law allows the use of the military to enforce law and the detention of people without charge for long periods. It is a sensitive issue in the Philippines, where martial law was imposed by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos for much of his rule.” (07/24/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40690589

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6) Amazon’s Whole Foods deal under scrutiny
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“US regulators will take more time to review Amazon’s $13.7bn (£10.5bn) acquisition of Whole Foods after some groups have raised anti-trust concerns. Democrats have asked authorities to consider how the deal might affect consumer choice, particularly in places with fewer food shopping options. Whole Foods said in June it expected the deal to close in the second half of 2017 but it has warned investors that it could take until May 2018. Many still expect the deal to go ahead. Analysts point to potential benefits for consumers in the form of lower prices and delivery innovations. They also maintain the firm would still face competition from many well-established companies, including Walmart, Target and others.” (07/24/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-40708880

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7) Nazi plane replica lands on Georgia highway
Source: Raw Story

“A small plane landed on a highway in Georgia Monday, which, in and of itself, is a relatively interesting piece of news — although incidents (crashes or otherwise) involving small planes aren’t exceptionally uncommon. But this plane was especially noteworthy for one major reason: It sported Nazi markings. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on what seemed to be an emergency landing on Ga. 316 in Gwinnett County Monday afternoon. The Federal Aviation Administration told the paper it was an experimental Sonex aircraft with only the pilot onboard. Sonex sells kits that allow people to build their own planes. The Journal-Constitution reported that the aircraft that landed on the highway was outfitted to look like a Nazi plane used in World War II, the Messerschmitt BF 109. And if there was any doubt that the pilot was going for a Nazi look, the plane’s tail featured a swastika.” (07/24/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/a-nazi-plane-lands-on-a-georgia-highway

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8) Feinstein wants to summon Sessions to panel, but for wrong reasons
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Sen. Dianne Feinstein is calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The California senator is the top Democrat on the committee. In a letter to committee chairman Sen Chuck Grassley, Feinstein notes that Sessions hasn’t been before the committee since his January confirmation hearing. She says it’s important the committee hear directly from Sessions in light of a Washington Post report last week. That story said intelligence intercepts showed the Russian ambassador to the U.S. told Moscow that he and Sessions had discussed campaign-related issues. Sessions has said he has no recollection of ever discussing the Trump campaign with the ambassador.” [editor’s note: In a sane world, he would be being asked why he is ignoring the Bill of Rights, as well as all previous attempts to restore civil liberties – SAT] (07/24/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/The-Latest-Kushner-denies-any-improper-contacts-11328673.php

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9) Trump presses “beleaguered” Jeff Sessions over Clinton
Source: BBC [UK state media]

“President Donald Trump has launched a fresh attack on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling him ‘beleaguered.’ He also asked why the US justice department, which Mr Sessions leads, is not investigating Hillary Clinton. Mr Trump has made clear he is unhappy with Mr Sessions for recusing himself from an FBI inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Last week, the president expressed regret about appointing Mr Sessions to be the US top prosecutor. In one of a volley of Monday morning tweets, Mr Trump said: ‘So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?’ Last Wednesday, Mr Trump told the New York Times that the former Alabama senator ‘should have never recused himself.'” [editor’s note: Right target, wrong reasons; put the elf on the shelf! – SAT] (07/24/17)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40707765

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10) WI: Company to install rice-sized microchips in employees
Source: USA Today

“A Wisconsin technology company is offering its employees microchip implants that can be used to scan into the building and purchase food at work. Whether or not to get a chip is up to the employee to decide. Three Square Market, a company that provides technology for break-room or micro markets, has over 50 employees who plan to have the devices implanted. The tiny chip, which uses RFID technology or Radio-Frequency Identification, can be implanted between the thumb and forefinger ‘within seconds,’ according to a statement from the company.” (07/24/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2017/07/24/wisconsin-company-install-rice-sized-microchips-employees/503867001

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11) NC: Church investigated for importing hundreds of Brazilian worshipers & turning them into slaves
Source: Raw Story

“A North Carolina church that is already under investigation for kidnapping a gay man and attempting to beat his homosexuality out of him is once again in the spotlight after it was revealed that church members have been importing worshipers from Brazil and turning them into slaves. According to the Associated Press, the Word of Faith Fellowship recruits young members from two affiliated churches in Brazil to come to the U.S. on tourist and student visas where they are put to work on the church’s 35-acre compound in Spindale for no pay. One man, identified as Andre Oliveira, told the AP that he was forced to work 15 hours a day, usually for no pay, cleaning offices and warehouses owned by the evangelical church. He [was] also forced to work at private businesses owned by some of the church’s ministers. Olivera stated that failure to comply resulted in beatings and shaming from the pulpit.” [editor’s note: This seems extreme, even for North Carolina – SAT] (07/24/17)

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/07/north-carolina-church-investigated-for-importing-hundreds-of-brazilian-worshipers-and-turning-them-into-slaves

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12) TX: Houston man must pay child support for kid that’s not his
Source: Houston Chronicle

“A Houston man is on the hook for $65,000 in child support for a child that’s not his. Gabriel Cornejo, 45, took a DNA test proving a child his ex-girlfriend had 16 years ago was not his. The test was too late. In 2003, a child support court in Houston ruled that Cornejo owed his ex-girlfriend child support because, she claims, there was no way he wasn’t the father. At the crux of why Cornejo must pay up is Texas’ family code, chapter 161, which states, even if you’re not the biological father, you still owe child support that accrued before the DNA test proves you’re not the father …. In further support of why Cornejo is on the line for the child support is a claim from the ex-girlfriend that the child support started coming out from Cornejo’s paycheck without his objection.” (07/23/17)

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Houston-man-must-pay-child-support-for-kid-that-s-11305261.php

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13) Promising “A Better Deal,” Democrats try to rebrand party
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Democratic Party leaders rolled out a new agenda with a populist pitch on Monday as they sought to bounce back from their losses in November and look ahead to the 2018 midterms. They left the Beltway for small-town Berryville, Virginia, in an attempt to appeal to the working-class voters that Donald Trump appealed to last November and Democrats hope to win back. ‘Too many Americans don’t know what we stand for,’ said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. ‘Not after today.’ The Democrats’ new platform has three overarching goals: raising wages, lowering costs for families, and giving working Americans better skills for the 21st century economy. … The full title of the agenda is ‘A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.’ After an earlier and incomplete version leaked last week, Twitter users mocked the similarity to the slogan for Papa John’s pizza (‘Better Ingredients, Better Pizza.’)” [editor’s note: Vague platitudes, higher taxes, more promises; same old DemEAUcrats to me – SAT] (07/24/17)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/politics/article/Democrats-attempt-rebranding-with-populist-new-11328694.php

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14) MN: Cop who fatally shot Australian woman was “fast-tracked” into the force
Source: Fox News

“The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Justine Damond was put on an accelerated police cadet program that required only seven months of training, a nontraditional route that aims to help those who have a college degree enter law enforcement. Mohamed Noor, 31, shot Damond, 40, after she called 911 to report a sexual assault behind her home. When she approached the driver’s side of the squad car, Noor fired from the passenger side, across his partner, killing Damond. The Minnesota Police Department has been under fire since the July 15 shooting. Many have questioned Noor’s experience and training after only graduating in 2015. However, former Police Chief Janee Harteau, who resigned last week, stood by Noor’s training.” (07/24/17)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/07/24/minnesota-cop-who-fatally-shot-australian-woman-was-fast-tracked-into-force.html

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15) Pakistan: Bomb blast kills more than two dozen
Source: CNN

“At least 26 people have died in a bomb blast targeting police in Pakistan on Monday, officials told CNN. The incident took place in Lahore, at a vegetable market at the entrance of the Arfa Software Technology Park, a city landmark. At least 49 others were injured, according to Punjabi province health minister Salman Rafique. Lahore is the capital of Punjab.” (07/24/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/24/asia/pakistan-blast/index.html

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16) ME: Dispensary offers free marijuana for litter gatherers
Source: Portland Press Herald

“A small business owner is using a unusual incentive to encourage residents to clean up their town. WCSH-TV reports that Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana in Gardiner, offered residents who collected trash on Saturday free marijuana. Meehan’s company advertised the cleanup effort on their Facebook page.” (07/24/17)

http://www.pressherald.com/2017/07/24/gardiner-pot-dispensary-owner-offers-free-marijuana-for-trash-cleanup/

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17) NY: Four men impersonate ICE gangsters to rob cyclist
Source: Gothamist

“Police are searching for four suspects who allegedly impersonated immigration officers in order to rob a man in East Williamsburg earlier this month. The 25-year-old victim told the cops that he was riding his bicycle near Johnson Avenue and Humboldt Street on July 11th when four men jumped out of a gray minivan and pushed him to the ground. The assailants allegedly displayed silver shields and identified themselves as ICE officers, before removing $60 from the man’s wallet.” [editor’s note: I’m given to understand that it’s fairly common for members of one criminal gang to impersonate members of another criminal gang when committing crimes that might be attributed to gangs. And ICE is among the most feared of America’s criminal gangs, so I can see why they’d go with that one – TLK] (07/23/17)

http://gothamist.com/2017/07/23/video_police_seeking_men_who_allege.php

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18) PA: Police, hunting for stolen laptops, say they stumbled on $40 million bitcoin scam
Source: Washington Post

“Law enforcement in Bucks County, Pa. likely didn’t think they were dealing with a dark Web criminal pro when Theodore Price’s name first popped on their radar. According to federal court documents, detectives from the Northampton Township Police Department north of Philadelphia began tracking the unemployed 30-year-old earlier this month after fielding a complaint from Price’s girlfriend’s parents about stolen laptops. But what started out as an alleged deadbeat boyfriend boosting valuables quickly accelerated into a wilder situation — and one with considerable more money involved. By his own admission, Price told investigators he had stolen millions of dollars in Bitcoins, the online currency powering illicit transactions online.” (07/24/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/07/24/pennsylvania-police-hunting-for-stolen-laptops-say-they-stumbled-on-40-million-bitcoin-scam/

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19) Afghanistan: Taliban suicide bomber kills 24
Source: NBC News

“A suicide bomber rammed his car packed with explosives into a bus carrying government employees in the Afghan capital early on Monday, killing 24 people and wounding 42 others, Kabul’s police chief spokesman said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault. The bombing continued the unrelenting violence that has killed more than 1,700 civilians in Afghanistan so far this year. The Taliban, which is battling the Western-backed government and a NATO-led coalition for control of Afghanistan, has launched a wave of attacks around the country in recent days, sparking fighting in more than half a dozen provinces.” (07/24/17)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/taliban-suicide-bomber-rams-bus-afghan-capital-kabul-killing-24-n785816

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20) Poland: Duda unexpectedly vetoes parts of court revamp
Source: Bloomberg

Poland’s president vetoed part of a controversial overhaul of the judiciary that’s brought tens of thousands of demonstrators into the streets and pitted the nation’s government against its partners in the European Union and the U.S. Going against the ruling party which backed his presidency, Andrzej Duda struck down bills that would have replaced Supreme Court judges and revamped the Judicial Council that makes key personnel decisions. Protests have been held for eight days amid anger the reforms would curb courts’ independence. The EU threatened sanctions if the reforms take effect.” (07/24/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-24/polish-president-duda-to-veto-part-of-judiciary-legislation

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

21) Forget Russia, fire Jeff Sessions over civil forfeiture
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to steal from you. Oh, he doesn’t call it that. He calls it ‘civil forfeiture.’ But what it is, is theft by law enforcement. Sessions should be ashamed. If I were president, he’d be fired. Under ‘civil forfeiture,’ law enforcement can take property from people under the legal fiction that the property itself is guilty of a crime. (‘Legal fiction’ sounds better than ‘lie,’ but in this case the two terms are near synonyms.) It was originally sold as a tool for going after the assets of drug kingpins, but nowadays it seems to be used against a lot of ordinary Americans who just have things that law enforcement wants. It’s also a way for law enforcement agencies to maintain off-budget slush funds, thus escaping scrutiny. As Drug Enforcement Agency agent Sean Waite told the Albuquerque Journal, ‘We don’t have to prove that the person is guilty. … It’s that the money is presumed to be guilty.’ ‘Presumed to be guilty.’ Once in America, we had a presumption of innocence. But that was inconvenient to the powers that be.” [editor’s note: Yep, put the elf on the shelf NOW – SAT] (07/24/17)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/07/24/fire-jeff-sessions-over-civil-forfeiture-glenn-reynolds-column/500707001

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22) Pardon him, Mr. President
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Presidents tend to issue pardons as their tenures draw to a close. But many victims of our government should be pardoned right now. Until the culpable agencies can be dismantled and/or sundry bad laws repealed, a steady flow of presidential pardons would provide the swiftest justice. An Amish man in Kentucky, Samuel Girod, has been convicted of selling herbal remedies and such crimes as ‘failing to appear.’ It doesn’t add up to one day in prison, let alone the six years of his sentence.” (07/24/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/07/24/pardon-him-mr-president/

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23) The decline of healthcare availability
Source: Alive Free Happy
by Matthew Barnes

“The United States was fortunate to have had a strong tradition of individual rights. When fascism was running rampant in the world it only got ‘half-way’ in the US. It is also unwinding here and elsewhere where civil rights still exist nominally. Medical care’s history in the US is one that unmistakably follows the fascist model. The mistakes we made over 100 years ago in following the fascist model require a defining word — a pin in the map. That pin in the map, identifying that philosophy and the naive time in which it flourished, in this work’s context, is the specific definition of ‘fascist thought’ used here. I propose that understanding this model is the key to once again having access to medicine for everyone in society.” (07/24/17)

https://afh.liberty.me/the-decline-of-healthcare-availability/

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24) A brief musing on the prospective role of capital punishment as imposed by non-state actors
Source: KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp

“I am, generally speaking, opposed to capital punishment as it is used by the state. To my mind it violates any reasonable conception of ‘limited government.’ What’s ‘limited’ about the legal power engage in the leisurely, cold-blooded, unnecessary killing of a disarmed prisoner? That kind of power of life and death is unlimited government in my opinion. … But lately I’m thinking about a different sort of death penalty. This sort would be administered by non-state actors, and only semi-discriminately in that anyone involved in the criminal conspiracy known as ‘the state’ would be subject to it as required to correct or retaliate for violent state criminal action. … it would be difficult to set up a successful operation to arrest, try and incarcerate someone like US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Andrew G McCabe or US District Court judge Katherine Forrest for their crimes against humanity. Or, for that matter, to arrest, try and incarcerate anyone, especially members of the world’s largest criminal gang, the US government. So the only really available penalty is death.” (07/24/17)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2017/07/a-brief-musing-on-prospective-role-of.html

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25) “Made in America”: So what?
Source: National Review
by Kevin D Williamson

“One of the great enduring stupidities of modern economic life is the belief that buying American is somehow beneficial to the United States as a whole. A related daft notion, very popular among our progressive friends horrified at the chauvinism of ‘Buy American’ campaigns, is that buying local helps your local community and economy. This stuff has been studied and studied and studied, and the short version is that buy-American/buy-local efforts amount to approximately squat. It makes sense if you think about it: You can buy a bag of green beans from your local farmers’ cooperative and feel good about yourself, but that farmer is going to use the money to pay his bills, probably to a faraway financial company that holds his mortgage, a carmaker overseas, or a tractor-financing company abroad. He might buy his diesel from a local retailer, but that diesel very likely comes from crude oil drilled in some faraway place (from Canada to the Middle East) and refined in another faraway place. The components that went into those green beans — seeds, fertilizer, farming equipment — probably weren’t locally made. Money likes to move around.” (07/23/17)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449762/made-america-not-important-21st-century

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26) Trump’s dictatorial travel ban to North Korea
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

“Last Friday, President Trump issued a decree-law that prohibits Americans from traveling to North Korea. His justification for infringing on one of the most fundamental rights of man — freedom of travel — is two-fold: to watch over and take care of Americans by refusing to permit them to travel to a brutal communist regime that might do bad things to them and to punish North Korea by depriving the country of tourist revenue. It’s not difficult to see the irony.” (07/24/17)

https://www.fff.org/2017/07/24/donald-trump-kim-jong-un-birds-feather/

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27) The troubling return of Al Gore
Source: The New Republic
by Emily Atkin

“It’s the year 2015, in Paris, and negotiations over an international climate accord are falling apart. India‚ the world’s fourth-largest polluter, is wary about signing onto the deal, fearing the commitments are too strict for a developing country with high energy needs. So Al Gore whips into action — by pulling out his cell phone. He dials Larry Summers, the former U.S. Treasury secretary, and says, ‘Elon suggested I call.’ Naturally, the former vice president is on a first-name basis with the founder of Tesla and SpaceX. But Elon Musk is more important to Gore as the chairman of SolarCity, which The New York Times describes as ‘the nation’s leading installer of rooftop solar panels and a renewable energy darling.’ Gore is thus connected with SolarCity’s president, and asks him to give the company’s intellectual property to India, free of charge. ‘SolarCity could be the corporate hero of Paris,’ Gore says into the phone. ‘Think about it.’ The company eventually agrees, and India signs the agreement. Gore saves the day — and perhaps the planet. This is not a first-hand account of the negotiations over the now-historic Paris agreement, but rather how they’re portrayed in Gore’s new documentary [sic].” (07/24/17)

https://newrepublic.com/article/143966/troubling-return-al-gore-profile-inconvenient-sequel

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28) May we defend against tyranny?
Source: Center for a Stateless Society
by James Smith

“Conservatives say that we need the right to bare [sic] arms so we can defend ourselves against tyrannical government. I agree. But NRA spokeswoman and conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch does not seem to agree. After the Women’s March celebrated Assata Shakur’s birthday on Twitter, Loesch condemned them, writing, ‘You celebrate cop killers.’ I’m not here to hold up Assata Shakur as a hero. Assata is a Marxist-Leninist while I am a free market libertarian. As a member of the Black Liberation Army, Assata used militant tactics, some of which may have involved aggression against innocent people. But Dana Loesch didn’t focus on these flaws. Instead, she treated ‘convicted cop killer’ as a category that automatically makes Assata Shakur unacceptable.” (07/24/17)

https://c4ss.org/content/49663

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29) A little less piousness, please
Source: Attack The System
by Keith Preston

“One often overlooked aspect of [Max] Stirner’s biography is that he apparently lived by his philosophy even if he was not particularly successful in this endeavor. Most of his life was devoted to dodging debt collectors while pursuing failed businesses and sham marriages. Stirner was by any reasonable standard a loser, a fact pointed out by Ernst Junger, and not unlike many of our present day ‘anarchists.’ However, one of the most interesting aspects of his life is that as a representative of the radical intellectual currents that developed in the early to middle nineteenth century, Stirner’s philosophy was far more radical than that of his rivals Marx and Engels.” (07/24/17)

https://attackthesystem.com/2017/07/24/a-little-less-piousness-please/

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30) Schumer slams Hillary: Dems to blame, not Russia, for election loss
Source: The Gateway Pundit
by Cristina Laila

“It appears the Democrats are beginning to face reality as the 2018 elections loom. Many are coming to the realization that they have no real message. Continuing to blame Russia for losing the 2016 election is only hindering their efforts to regroup and connect with American voters. The DNC is in debt and took a beating over their new rumored slogan which appears to have been ripped off from Papa John’s Pizza (‘A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages’). Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer slammed Hillary and the DNC admitting Russia is NOT to blame for their crushing election loss, rather a lack of a message to voters. In an interview with the Washington Post, Schumer said, ‘When you lose to somebody who has 40 percent popularity, you don’t blame other things — Comey, Russia — you blame yourself. So what did we do wrong? People didn’t know what we stood for, just that we were against Trump. And still believe that.'” (07/24/17)

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/07/cryin-chuck-schumer-slams-hillary-democrats-blame-not-russia-election-loss

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31) The Enterprise Amendment …
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith with suggested improvements and generalizations by J Neil Schulman

“Congress shall make no Law regarding the Practice of Medicine or the Administration of Healthcare.” (07/23/17)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2017/tle932-20170723-02.html

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32) Trump should veto Congress’s foolish new sanctions bill
Source: Campaign For Liberty
by John McCardell

“This week’s expected House vote to add more sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea is a prime example of how little thought goes into US foreign policy. Sanctions have become kind of an automatic action the US government takes when it simply doesn’t know what else to do. No matter what the problem, no matter where on earth it occurs, the answer from Washington is always sanctions. Sanctions are supposed to force governments to change policies and do what Washington tells them or face the wrath of their people. So the goal of sanctions is to make life as miserable as possible for civilians so they will try to overthrow their governments. Foreign leaders and the elites do not suffer under sanctions. This policy would be immoral even if it did work, but it does not.” (07/24/17)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/trump-veto-congress-foolish-new-sanctions-bill

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33) How “confident” are intelligence agencies that Russia interfered with the election?
Source: Scott Adams Blog
by Scott Adams

“Remember when all seventeen intelligence agencies agreed that Russia interfered with our elections? Turns out it was only four. Do you know how you get four agencies to agree on something of this nature? It’s easy. One publishes an opinion and the other three loyal agencies assume it is credible, so they support it. … Based on my experience on this planet, probably one intelligence agency out of seventeen investigated and told the others they did a great job of it. … Here’s a quote from CIA Director Mike Pompeo from this past week: ‘I am confident that the Russians meddled in this election, as is the entire intelligence community.’ … I use the word ‘confident’ when I’m not 100% sure, when I think the evidence all points one way. Coincidentally, that is exactly what confirmation bias looks like too: all the signs point in the same direction. They just happen to be false signs. And it seems to me that a good non-Russian hacker could make a hack look like it came from anywhere.” (07/23/17)

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/163343776131/how-confident-are-intelligence-agencies-that

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34) The dangerous politicization of the military
Source: The Atlantic
by Andrew Exum

“Despite uneven performances in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. public never stopped hailing its heroes in uniform. Soldiers and sailors tossing out the first pitches at baseball games are greeted like Medal of Honor recipients, and healthy teenage kids right out of basic training board planes at airports before mothers struggling with infants and toddlers. Both political parties line up presidential endorsements from retired generals and admirals — whose opinion is meant to count for more than that of the civilian — every four years in a kind of quadrennial political arms race. All of this Americans have grown to consider normal, and all of it reinforces the idea that the U.S. military is a special, privileged class of men and women within our society. Here’s the danger in that, and in the president’s words this past weekend: If you keep treating the U.S. military like a privileged clas — a class of men and women above the citizens it swore to defend — it will start acting like it.” (07/24/17)

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/the-danger-of-turning-the-us-military-into-a-political-actor/534624/

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35) Drinking rum until I understand the Cuban embargo
Source: Reuters
by Peter Van Buren

“It was easier for me to enter Cuba than it was for me to come back to the United States. ‘Be sure to try our rum while you’re here!’ said the Cuban immigration official. ‘You’ll need to pay duty on the rum you declared,’ grumped the American customs officer a week later, after the retinal scan, facial recognition scan, photo, passport inspection, agricultural questioning, and bag check that welcomed me home. The rum is in a way what a trip to Cuba for an American is really all about. Rum, and ‘el bloqueo.’ It becomes the first Spanish term you learn after the glasses are filled: el bloqueo, the blockade, the economic and political embargo. Some 60 years ago the United States slapped a near-complete economic embargo on Cuba, a Cold War spasm that lives on long after the struggle it may have served ended. It accomplished little of substance in Cuba except perhaps to impoverish some while fostering the corruption that enriches others.” (07/23/17)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-vanburen-cuba-commentary-idUSKBN1A905K

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36) You can’t win, you can’t break even … but can you get out of the game?
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“The Casper Star Tribune reports that the Cheyenne Regional hospital has lost its Medicare and Medicaid certification from the FedGov (and the Wyoming Department of Health) because the hospital — in very simple terms — has been found guilty of abusing an adult, but blind, elderly human (they won’t even identify what sex this person is) by discharging the person (who wanted to be discharged) and going beyond what should be the natural role of a hospital and arranging for the person to be accepted by a shelter, after the family refused to help. … once again we see the consequences of allowing government to get involved in medical care. It is a major mess, and every step of the way we see how government’s ‘corrective actions’ (and nanny-state attitude) have just made matters worse.” (07/24/17)

https://thepriceofliberty.org/2017/07/24/you-cant-win-you-cant-break-even-but-can-you-get-out-of-the-game/

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37) Trump needs to be smart about how he fires Mueller
Source: Town Hall
by Kurt Schlichter

“Trump must eventually fire Robert Mueller, a partisan tool carrying water for his Establishment pals as he oversees an utterly corrupt ‘investigation’ where the only person we actually know committed any wrongdoing is his bestest buddy Jim Comey. But Trump can’t just lash out and do it, though it is well within his political and moral right to do so. No, he’s got to do it cleverly, with cunning, in a way that shows the American people exactly why Mueller’s witch hunt is a flaming dumpster fire of conflicts of interest and contempt for the right of normal Americans to have a say in their own governance. Trump has to set the stage before he pulls the trigger and puts the coup de grace into the temple of this appalling fiasco. He has to do it so the American people will see and understand why ending this idiocy is so absolutely necessary to preserve our Republic despite the mainstream media’s best effort to hide the truth.” (07/24/17)

https://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2017/07/24/trump-needs-to-be-smart-about-how-he-fires-mueller-n2358768

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38) Empire of whiners
Source: OpEdNews
by Pepe Escobar

“As a new report by the Army War College tracks the loss of ‘US primacy’ around the world, it prescribes more of the same; propaganda, surveillance and war. It’s public knowledge that from the point of view of the Pentagon, the United States faces five existential threats: Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and terrorism, in that order. Way beyond rhetoric, all Pentagon actions should be understood and analyzed under this framework.” (07/23/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Empire-of-Whiners-by-Pepe-Escobar-Empire_Hegemony_Iran_Korea-170723-851.html

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39) No, markets aren’t making us greedy
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Ryan Bourne

“The US philosopher Michael Sandel has argued that the infusion of markets into many areas of life has led to the crowding out of virtues such as altruism, generosity and solidarity. The Pope has said that ‘libertarian individualism … minimises the common good.’ Bizarrely, even UK Conservatives appear to agree. The 2017 Conservative manifesto declared: ‘We do not believe in untrammelled free markets. We reject the cult of selfish individualism.’ The weird thing about all these assertions is that no hard evidence is ever offered to prove that free markets encourage greed. That may be because the evidence — and logic — suggest that the opposite is true.” (07/24/17)

https://fee.org/articles/no-markets-arent-making-us-greedy/

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40) At last, Trump finds his Mini-Me
Source: The American Prospect
by Paul Waldman

“Perhaps never in American history has a lowly White House aide been so roundly and gleefully mocked in such short a time as Sean Spicer, President Trump’s soon-to-be-former press secretary. Spicer’s departure and the arrival of the new communication director, Anthony Scaramucci, show that this White House has really found its groove. Not in passing legislation (which hasn’t happened yet) or in convincing Americans that the president is doing a bang-up job (his approval ratings are in the 30s), but in making Donald Trump’s staff more fully Trumpian. Ordinarily, the position of White House communication director is filled by someone with at least a decade of experience in press relations — after all, it’s pretty much the most prestigious and challenging job in that field. Scaramucci, however, was picked using the method the president has used to fill many of the openings in his administration: He saw him on Fox News. … In this White House, traditional qualifications are for suckers. Scaramucci is the perfect man for the job.” [editor’s note: Let him have his Mini-Me, as long the elf is gone – SAT] (07/23/17)

http://prospect.org/article/last-trump-finds-his-mini-me

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41) The case for US oil sanctions against Venezuela
Source: PanAm Post
by staff

“This past weekend much coverage was given to some Latin American politicians opposing a possible U.S. embargo on imports of Venezuelan oil into the U.S. The arguments presented against using the so-called ‘nuclear option’ against the thuggish and dictatorial regime of Nicolás Maduro centers on the possible effects of such actions on the Venezuelan people. It is the opinion of this newspaper that such fears are misplaced. Venezuela is on the cusp of an out and out civil war, and it is only through the enactment of the severest possible sanctions that a roguish and brutal regime, such as Mr. Maduro’s, and its allies in Cuba can be forced to accept a diplomatic solution.” [editor’s note: The internal political affairs of Venezuela are none of the US government’s business, and the US government would have a towering hissy if any other country conditioned its trade on internal US political conditions. That’s one of the features of the Westphalian nation-state. Buy the ticket, take the ride – TLK] (07/24/17)

https://panampost.com/panam-staff/2017/07/24/editorial-the-case-for-u-s-oil-sanctions-against-venezuela/

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42) The white supremacist roots [sic] of America’s libertarian [sic] right
Source: In These Times
by Chris Lehmann

“In Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, Nancy MacLean traces the origins to the backlash against Brown v. Board of Education. White supremacists vowed ‘massive resistance,’ with Virginia’s Prince Edward County going so far as to shutter its entire public school system for several years. But the intellectual theorists of white race privilege recognized that such head-on confrontations wouldn’t protect the old Jim Crow order for long. The problem was democracy itself: American opinion was turning against Southern racism. That’s where the intellectual antihero of MacLean’s book, James Buchanan [Nobel-winner for his work in “public choice” theory], comes in.” [editor’s note: Yet another chattering magpie, parroting this woman’s “speculative novel” as if it were truth – SAT] (07/23/17)

inthesetimes.com/article/20304/Charles-Koch-economics–Maclean-book-James-Buchanan-racism-education

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43) The GOP died at the border wall
Source: Reason
by Shikha Dalmia

“In President Trump’s America, anti-immigration animus is fast becoming the main organizing principle of the Grand Old Party. Not fiscal responsibility. Not the free market. Anti-immigrant fever. For proof, look no further than the recent antics of two prominent Republicans: Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), both of whom have worked with the White House and floated plans to sacrifice traditional conservative economic principles to promote a harsh immigration agenda. … fiscal responsibility is not the only GOP principle that the anti-immigration fever is burning. Sen. Cotton, a rising star of the party, unveiled the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act last week. This legislation also disses the party’s commitment to markets and competition — everything that Republicans have long credited for making America great. The Cotton bill would slash legal immigration in half by 2027 because he feels it’s the government’s duty to protect American workers from too much labor competition. So much for limiting the size and scope of government!” (07/24/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/07/24/the-gop-died-at-the-border-wall

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44) Our obsession with survey data is ruining economics
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Jonathan Newman

“In a recent Bloomberg article, Noah Smith celebrates the increasing trend of empirical work in economics over the years. Purely theoretical papers are on the decline as a share of all published work. More and more economists are utilizing data to estimate the magnitude of various effects or to estimate specific parameters in theoretical models.” (07/24/17)

https://mises.org/blog/our-obsession-survey-data-ruining-economics

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45) US military “liberated” Mosul … by destroying it
Source: The Nation
by Tom Engelhardt

“You remember. It was supposed to be 21st-century war, American-style: precise beyond imagining; smart bombs; drones capable of taking out a carefully identified and tracked human being just about anywhere on Earth; special-operations raids so pinpoint-accurate that they would represent a triumph of modern military science. Everything ‘networked.’ It was to be a glorious dream of limited destruction combined with unlimited power and success. In reality, it would prove to be a nightmare of the first order. If you want a single word to summarize American war-making in this last decade and a half, I would suggest rubble. It’s been a painfully apt term since September 11, 2001. In addition, to catch the essence of such war in this century, two new words might be useful: rubblize and rubblization. Let me explain what I mean.” (07/20/17)

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-us-military-liberated-mosul-by-destroying-it

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46) The “Chuck Prince Market” redux — only more dangerous
Source: LewRockwell.com
by David Stockman

“On July 10, 2007 former Citigroup CEO Chuck Prince famously said what might be termed the ‘speculator’s creed’ for the current era of Bubble Finance. Prince was then canned within four months but as of that day his minions were still slamming the ‘buy’ key good and hard: ‘When the music stops, in terms of liquidity, things will be complicated. But as long as the music is playing, you’ve got to get up and dance. We’re still dancing,’ he said in an interview with the FT in Japan. We are at that moment again. Only this time the danger of a thundering crash is far greater. That’s because the current blow-off top comes after nine years of even more central bank policy than Greenspan’s credit and housing bubble.” (07/24/17)

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2017/07/david-stockman/crazy-bubble-time/

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47) Sanctions bill: An ode to hypocrisy, groupthink, smugness, and cronyism
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“he Republican-controlled Congress couldn’t get it together on healthcare, infrastructure, immigration, or much of anything else, but, hey, they got together with the Democrats on a Russia sanctions bill: the ‘Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act.’ If you read the text, the proportion of moral preening, rheotorical rodomontade, and blustering bloviation is unusually high, even for a bill with Lindsey Graham’s and John McCain’s imprint all over it. That it also manages to violate the terms of the Iran deal is an extra added bonus.” (07/24/17)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/07/23/sanctions-bill-ode-hypocrisy-groupthink-smugness-cronyism/

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48) The demonization of the other
Source: The Jolly Libertarian
by Marco den Ouden

“Two different approaches to libertarianism have emerged over the years. One is an open and welcoming philosophy, a universalist philosophy. It is a positive philosophy promoting liberty as a value for all. Liberty is a universal longing. The freedom to live your life as you please, pursuing your livelihood without arbitrary restrictions, practicing your religion if you have one without persecution by authorities, freely expressing your beliefs without fear of censorship or persecution by the state. … [T]he second path libertarianism took. A negative path whose focus has become the evil of the state rather than the value of freedom. A philosophy searching for demons rather than ideals. In Greek mythological terms, a philosophy focused on Hades rather than Mount Olympus.” (07/24/17)

http://jollylibertarian.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-demonization-of-other.html

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49) Even in Switzerland, the EU erodes democracy
Source: spiked
by Andrea Seaman

“The Swiss federal council is currently negotiating with the EU a so-called institutional framework agreement. The agreement would require the automatic adoption of EU rules concerning Switzerland’s bilateral agreements with Brussels, the installment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) as the arbiter in cases of dispute between the two parties, and the imposition of sanctions should Switzerland fail to comply with the court’s rulings. The agreements cover freedom of movement, air travel, research, the environment and much more. … Many MPs disagree with the electorate on the question of quotas and working privileges. But rather than try to win people round, they elevate EU agreements above democracy, in an attempt to force Switzerland to conform to their views. This is what the new framework is designed to accomplish: it would render any further attempts by the Swiss to limit EU immigration illegal.” (07/24/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/even-in-switzerland-the-eu-erodes-democracy/

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50) The fiction of the “Great Capital Rebuild”
Source: Cobden Centre
by Prof Kevin Dowd

“The central element of the Bank of England’s narrative on the UK banking system is the ‘Great Capital Rebuild.’ To paraphrase Governor Carney’s comments when the 2015 stress tests were released: the post-Global Financial Crisis (GFC) period and the long march to higher capital are over. The message — which he has repeated since — is that UK banks are now more or less fully capitalised. Unfortunately, the ‘Great Capital Rebuild’ is a fiction. Let’s look at the evidence.” (07/24/17)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2017/07/the-fiction-of-the-great-capital-rebuild/

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51) Politicians will burn down anything that is good just to get their names in the news
Source: Coyote Blog
by Warren Meyer

“It is difficult even to communicate how much Amazon has improved my life. I despise going to stores, and Amazon allows me the pick of the world’s consumer products delivered to my home for free in 2 days. I love it. So of course, politicians now want to burn it down. I say this because the anti-trust concerns over the Whole Foods merger have absolutely got to be a misdirection. Whole Foods has a 1.7% share in groceries and Amazon a 0.8%. Combined they would be the … 7th largest grocery retailer and barely 1/7 the size of market leader Wal-Mart, hardly an anti-trust issue. So I can only guess that this anti-trust ‘concern’ is merely a pretext for getting a little bit of press for attacking something that has been successful.” (07/24/17)

http://www.coyoteblog.com/coyote_blog/2017/07/politicians-will-burn-down-anything-that-is-good-just-to-get-their-name-in-the-news.html

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52) A shameful silence: Where is the outrage over the slaughter of civilians in Mosul?
Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“The catastrophic number of civilian casualties in Mosul is receiving little attention internationally from politicians and journalists. This is in sharp contrast to the outrage expressed worldwide over the bombardment of east Aleppo by Syrian government and Russian forces at the end of 2016. Hoshyar Zebari, the Kurdish leader and former Iraqi finance and foreign minister, told me in an interview last week: ‘Kurdish intelligence believes that over 40,000 civilians have been killed as a result of massive firepower used against them, especially by the Federal Police, air strikes and Isis itself.’ The real number of dead who are buried under the mounds of rubble in west Mosul is unknown, but their numbers are likely to be in the tens of thousands, rather than the much lower estimates previously given.” (07/24/17)

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/07/24/a-shameful-silence-where-is-the-outrage-over-the-slaughter-of-civilians-in-mosul/

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53) Single payer in America, really liberals?
Source: Libertarian Institute
by Zack Sorenson

“Single-payer in America would represent the greatest possible disaster in healthcare that our nation could achieve. Why? It wouldn’t be like England’s NHS, a pseudo-military organization of entirely government employees. It would be a cost-plus system of Aetna and Lockheed Martin employing our doctors. Is there any doubt about this? How in the hell else would single-payer ever get passed? Part of the reason why liberals never seem to reckon with this reality of American politics is because they’re magical thinkers. The institutions of healthcare would be managed by the upper middle classes who generate liberal political culture.” (07/23/17)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/blog/single-payer-america-really-liberals/

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54) Global corruption and the role of government
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Richard M Ebeling

“The corruption of government officials seems to be as old as recorded history. For example, the ancient Roman senate passed laws against such political corruption in the first century, B.C. They defined a corrupt act as ‘whenever money is taken and a publicly-conferred duty is violated.’ Local magistrates in the Roman Empire were permitted to legally receive cash gifts of up to 100 gold pieces a year, but anything beyond this amount was considered ‘filth.’ There was also a separate criminal category against what was called concussio, or the ‘shakedown’ and ‘extortion.’ A Roman official might claim to have a legal order against someone, and demand a bribe not to enforce it against the individual’s person or property.” (07/24/17)

https://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/global-corruption-role-government/

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55) James Madison and the first American immigration crisis
Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“Most Americans reflexively assume the federal government has absolute control over immigration matters. But James Madison’s response to America’s first immigration crisis casts doubt on this idea. In fact, ‘the Father of the Constitution,’ clearly believed the states exercise the primary role in controlling who is allowed within their borders.” (07/23/17)

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/07/23/james-madison-and-the-first-american-immigration-crisis/

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

56) The Jason Stapleton Program, episode 634
Source: The Jason Stapleton Program

“Apparently, the Dems think they lost the election because Americans didn’t know what they stand for so, according to Chuck Schumer, they’ve rolled out a NEW, BRAVE and BOLD plan to win back blue collar workers. What is this plan you ask? In short, new infrastructure spending, a raise to the minimum wage along with paid maternity leave and child care. If you think that sounds a lot like Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’ it’s because it is. This is the same platform Democrats have run on for decades. It’s not new, brave or bold. It’s a retread of old ideas.” [various formats] (07/24/17)

http://www.jasonstapleton.com/634-schumer-says-dems-are-namby-pamby/

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57) Lions of Liberty Podcast, 07/24/17
Source: Lions of Liberty

“On today’s episode, Marc brings you a double dose of liberty with TWO interviews featuring TWO amazing liberty causes — that’s right, it’s a Liberty Double Feature! First, former Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Steve Kerbel pops in to tell us about his fight against government revenue generation via traffic fines with his ‘Stop the Shakedowns’ ballot measure in Colorado! Then, Shaine Robbins of the Libertarian Party of Tennessee stops by to give us an update on everything that has been going on with the brave individuals who formed the Libertarian Party of Cuba, how they are being oppressed and what U.S. libertarians can do to to help!” (07/24/17)

http://lionsofliberty.com/2017/07/24/two-amazing-liberty-causes-support-lions-liberty-podcast-double-feature/

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58) Freedom Feens Radio, 07/24/17
Source: Freedom Feens Radio

“Shane Buell and Jeremy Heisenberg yak about being addicted to social media, an update on the takedown of Alphabay, some idiot animal activists sending thousands of minks to their deaths, a man being convicted of a felony for informing others of their rights, and the death of a true statesman.” [various formats] (07/24/17)

https://www.freedomfeens.com/?p=14848

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59) Free Talk Live, 07/23/17
Source: Free Talk Live

“Brutal Dark Net Market Crackdown Globally :: FBI Believes Darknet Markets Run By Traditional Drug Dealers :: Moving Up the Drug Chain :: Citizenship :: Love of Power :: Alphabay Takedown :: Minimum Wage :: Altcoins and ICO Hucksters :: Dishwasher :: Jonny Ray Walks Out of War for Planet of the Apes :: HOSTS — Ian, Mark, Jonny Ray.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/23/17)

https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2017-07-23

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60) The Tom Woods Show, episode 958
Source: The Tom Woods Show

“David Weigel, national political correspondent for the Washington Post, released a book this year on the history of progressive rock — which is a glorious and wonderful excuse for a podcast-length discussion of the subject. What’s great about this kind of music, what happened to it, the best places to start, and a lot more.” [various formats] (07/23/17)

http://tomwoods.com/bonus-ep-958-the-show-that-never-ends-the-rise-and-fall-of-progressive-rock/

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RATIONAL REVIEW NEWS DIGEST

Editors:
Thomas L. Knapp
Steve Trinward

Editors Emeritus:
Mary Lou Seymour
R. Lee Wrights
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