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In the News:

1) France: One hostage, two assailants killed in Normandy church siege
2) Disorder at Democratic convention as Clinton’s Pyrrhic coronation approaches
3) Turkey: Regime forces abduct 31 academics, announces desire to abduct 42 journalists
4) Japan: At least 19 dead, 25 injured in knife attack on disabled facility near Tokyo
5) FL: Bitcoin is not money, Miami judge rules
6) Thailand: Band of monkeys raid polling place, tear up voter lists
7) Farmers fight for the right to repair their own tractors
8) Brazil: New Zealand athlete says he was kidnapped by men dressed as Rio police
9) Two more GOP state reps endorse Johnson for POTUS
10) Verizon set to buy Yahoo for $5 billion — here’s why a telecom is so interested!
11) Afghanistan: Violence claims record death toll
12) FL: Wasserman Schultz primary opponent Tim Canova to file FEC complaint against her
13) China: How one man faced down a “noodle cartel”
14) US regime approves release of last Russian held at Guantanamo
15) Students, teachers detail pervasive cheating in program owned by test giant ACT
16) Jury: Seattle police chief retaliated against officers
17) Experts: Hard to prove Russians behind DNC hack
18) Canada: Woman charged for shooting at Pokemon Go players
19) CO: Four US troops accused of home invasion robbery
20) Germany: Ansbach suicide bomber pledged allegiance to Islamic State in video

Everybody Has An Opinion:

21) Immigrants and Everest
22) The Hunt for Red Trump-tober
23) Statist politicians are a menace to society
24) The right to resist and the vindication of Julius Holmes
25) Midsomer maunderings
26) How much worse could 2016 get?
27) Statists and “anti-police rhetoric”
28) Superdelegate showdown: Round one goes to DNC
29) Liberal governor, divided government
30) The UBI in non-ideal theory and ideal theory
31) Baker’s Dozen [TM] reasons for civil unrest to explode
32) Disorder on the Democratic left
33) Awaiting Act II of the charade called “democracy”
34) “Sustainability” is fishy
35) Putin for president 2016
36) How campus censorship is conquering the world
37) Colombia: Government puts investment at risk by violating property rights
38) The Bob Zadek Show, 07/24/16
39) Sorry not sorry
40) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 98
41) What to make of Tim Kaine’s TPP reversal
42) Killing with robots increases militarization of police
43) Free Talk Live, 07/24/16
44) It’s time to privatize foreign policy
45) Hillary Clinton’s dangerously coherent foreign policy
46) Donald Trump’s war on Islam, beheld live from the Cleveland floor, part 2
47) Io, Saturnalia!
48) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 07/23/16
49) Allen Dulles: Architect of America’s secret government
50) Down with “leadership”: Against the election

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

1) France: One hostage, two assailants killed in Normandy church siege
Source: Belfast Telegraph [Ireland]

“A priest has died from a slashed throat after two knifemen burst into a church as he celebrated mass, in what appears to be the latest in a string of terror attacks in France. Two men, believed to be the assailants, held members of the congregation hostage for an hour before being shot dead by police after emerging on to the courtyard of the church in Normandy, according to local reports. French newspapers suggested that the dead man was 92 years old and had served the community of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, south of Rouen, for decades. Police sources were quoted as saying that at least one of the two hostage-takers was bearded and was wearing a skullcap of the kind worn by some Muslims. … French newspaper Le Figaro reported that the church was suspected to have been on a list of Catholic places of worship in the area around Paris drawn up as possible targets by Sid Ahmed Ghlam, an Algerian student arrested last year on suspicion of murdering a mother-of-one during a botched attempt to attack a church in Villejuif.” (07/26/16)

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/priest-dies-from-slashed-throat-after-knifemen-burst-into-church-in-france-34913201.html

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2) Disorder at Democratic convention as Clinton’s Pyrrhic coronation approaches
Source: Bloomberg

“Bernie Sanders’s supporters erupted in boos and chants almost from the moment the Democratic convention was called to order Monday, ignoring pleas from their candidate to avoid protests and threatening to undo the carefully crafted display of unity that Hillary Clinton’s campaign had plotted for her formal nomination. … The convention opened in Philadelphia with [Debbie] Wasserman Schultz absent from the DNC chair’s usual place on the stage bringing down the gavel. After months of rising pressure, she was forced to resign amid the furor brought on by the release of hacked DNC e-mails that showed the party apparatus favoring Clinton over Sanders, a longstanding complaint of his campaign.” (07/25/16)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-07-25/robby-mook-dismisses-furor-over-dnc-e-mails-as-temporary

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3) Turkey: Regime forces abduct 31 academics, announces desire to abduct 42 journalists
Source: USA Today

“Turkish authorities issued warrants on Monday for the detention of 42 journalists and took 31 academics into custody, official media reported, as the government pressed ahead with a crackdown against people allegedly linked to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric following a failed coup. … The government declared a three-month state of emergency and detained more than 13,000 people in the military, judiciary and other institutions following the foiled coup. Those rounded up include nearly 9,000 soldiers, 2,100 judges and prosecutors and 1,485 police, according to the president. In addition, tens of thousands of workers have lost their jobs, suspected of possible ties to the coup plotters. Erdogan said the government has also closed and seized the assets of 15 universities, 934 other schools, 109 student dormitories, 19 unions, 35 medical institutions as well as over 1,100 other associations and foundations.” (07/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/07/25/turkey-journalists-coup-attempt/87522662/

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4) Japan: At least 19 dead, 25 injured in knife attack on disabled facility near Tokyo
Source: The Indian Express [India]

“At least 19 people were killed in Japan when a knife-wielding man went on a rampage at a care centre for the mentally disabled early Tuesday, officials said. Another 25 were wounded, 20 of them seriously, in the attack in Sagamihara city, 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Tokyo, a local fire department spokesman said. A 26-year-old man who said he was a former employee of the centre later turned himself in at a police station, admitting to officers: ‘I did it.'” (07/25/16)

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/japan-attack-japan-injured-japan-dead-tokyo-attack-tokyo-injured-tokyo-dead-2935635/

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5) FL: Bitcoin is not money, Miami judge rules
Source: Fortune

“A judge dismissed a widely watched money laundering case in Florida on Monday by ruling that Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency, is not money. Michell Esponiza, the defendant, had sold $1,500 worth of the virtual currency to undercover police officers who said they intended to buy stolen credit card numbers with it, as the Miami Herald reports. The cops then brought a case against him, alleging that Espinoza had illegally engaged in money laundering. The court’s decision? Where there’s no money, there’s no money laundering.” (07/25/16)

http://fortune.com/2016/07/25/bitcoin-money-laundering-miami-judge/

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6) Thailand: Band of monkeys raid polling place, tear up voter lists
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“Election officials in northern Thailand think they can buy off a gang of monkey vandals with fresh fruit and vegetables, after about 100 macaques tore up voter lists publicly posted ahead of next month’s referendum on a proposed constitution. District official Surachai Maneeprakorn said a large population of the monkeys lives behind the Buddhist temple where the polling station they raided Sunday is set up in an open hall. ‘For some reason they were being very naughty and started tearing up the lists,’ he said.” [editor’s note: Gee, I did not know they were that easy to train? – SAT] [additional editor’s note: How about a US tour? – TLK] (07/25/16)

http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Band-of-monkeys-raid-Thai-polling-place-tear-up-8407201.php

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7) Farmers fight for the right to repair their own tractors
Source: Fox News

“Farmers in Nebraska, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and New York are staging something of a mechanical revolt. They’re attempting to get legislation passed in their states that would enable them, for the first time since the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act, to repair their own tractors or get an independent mechanic to help. At the root of the morass is the software that helps run modern tractors and their sensors, diagnostic tools, and other high-tech elements. If farmers so much as open the metaphorical hood to check out the computers they could be violating the federal act, reports Modern Farmer.” (07/25/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/07/25/farmers-fight-for-right-to-repair-their-own-tractors.html

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8) Brazil: New Zealand athlete says he was kidnapped by men dressed as Rio police
Source: ESPN

“Jason Lee, a New Zealand-born jujitsu fighter based in Rio de Janeiro, said he was ‘kidnapped’ Saturday by armed men dressed in police uniforms and forced to withdraw money from two separate ATMs to pay for his release. The 27-year-old, who will not be competing in the Olympics but has been living in Brazil for the past 10 months, tweeted Sunday: ‘What did you guys get up to yesterday? I got kidnapped. Go Olympics! ?#?Rio2016?.’ Later, in an interview with stuff.co.nz, the martial arts athlete explained in further detail how the incident developed from what appeared to be a routine traffic stop by two policemen on motorbikes.” (07/25/16)

http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/id/17137298/new-zealand-jiu-jitsu-athlete-jason-lee-says-was-kidnapped-rio

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9) Two more GOP state reps endorse Johnson for POTUS
Source: Reason

“This morning the Gary Johnson/William Weld ticket for the White House nabs its first endorsement from a state legislator who is running for re-election in 2016 as a Republican. Daniel Zolnikov (R-Billings), a 29-year-old two-term state representative known for his civil libertarian work on surveillance and free speech, is joining with his fellow State Rep. Nicholas Schwaderer (R-Mineral County), who had previously telegraphed his support, in backing the Libertarian.” (07/25/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/07/25/gary-johnson-endorsed-by-two-more-gop-st

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10) Verizon set to buy Yahoo for $5 billion — here’s why a telecom is so interested!
Source: The Hacker News

“Finally, Someone has come forward to buy Yahoo! Guess Who? The telecommunication giant Verizon. Yes, Verizon Communications Inc. is reportedly closing in on a deal to acquire Yahoo’s core business for about $5 Billion, according to a report from Bloomberg. Since the agreement between the companies has not been finalized, it is unclear at this moment that which Yahoo’s assets the deal would include.” (07/22/16)

http://thehackernews.com/2016/07/verizon-yahoo-acquisition.html

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11) Afghanistan: Violence claims record death toll
Source: United Nations Radio [UN state media]

“Lethal violence in Afghanistan is getting worse and has claimed a record number of casualties in 2016, the UN said Monday. More than 5,100 civilians have been killed or maimed in the first six months of the year, according to new data from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). The majority of civilian casualties were caused by militants, but pro-government forces have also been implicated in a rising number of incidents.” (07/25/16)

http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/english/2016/07/afghanistan-violence-claims-record-death-toll/#.V5ZtGvkrK01

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12) FL: Wasserman Schultz primary opponent Tim Canova to file FEC complaint against her
Source: Raw Story

“Embattled DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz faced more controversy Monday morning when her primary opponent, Tim Canova, told local Florida newspapers he was filing a complaint against her. ‘Our lawyers are preparing a complaint against Wasserman Schultz that we will file with the FEC for her wrongful use of DNC resources in her campaign against me, based on the wikileaks disclosures,’ Canova said. According to ‘Naked Politics,’ the Miami Herald‘s political blog, the issue goes back to the Florida Democratic Committee’s initial refusal to turn over to the Canova campaign voter lists that would have allowed Canova to solicit donations.” (07/25/16)

http://www.rawstory.com/2016/07/debbie-wasserman-schultzs-primary-opponent-tim-canova-to-file-fec-complaint-against-her

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13) China: How one man faced down a “noodle cartel”
Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“In Shanghai, where you are never far from a good lunch, one man has faced anger and even death threats, by breaking a ‘treaty’ and opening a noodle shop too close to an existing one, as Yvette Tan reports. Xian Guolin used up all his savings and mortgaged his house to open Alilan Beef Noodles on the busy Nanjing Road. It sells the popular ‘lamian’ hand-pulled noodles, served in a hot broth with a shaved beef topping. But within hours of opening the shop, he was facing protests from other noodle-makers demanding he shut down. ‘The first few days there were almost no customers to be seen,’ he said on his Weibo page.” (07/25/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36881040

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14) US regime approves release of last Russian held at Guantanamo
Source: ABC News

“The last Russian prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay detention center has been approved for release. A review board determined Ravil Mingazov meets the criteria for release after nearly 14 years at the U.S. base in Cuba. The 48-year-old Mingazov is a former ballet dancer and member of the Russian military who U.S. authorities said fought with the Taliban in Afghanistan.” (07/25/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-approves-release-russian-held-guantanamo-40864458

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15) Students, teachers detail pervasive cheating in program owned by test giant ACT
Source: Reuters

“For many Chinese high school students hoping to get into a U.S. university, the pitch is hard to resist. Take English-language courses in China in a program recognized by admissions offices at more than 60 colleges in the United States, including state universities in New York, Michigan, Iowa and Missouri. Prepare for the ACT, America’s most popular college entrance exam. And take it in mainland China, instead of traveling elsewhere as other Chinese students must. The program, known as the Global Assessment Certificate, also offers some students an advantage that isn’t advertised: At three different GAC centers, school officials and proctors ignored and were sometimes complicit in student cheating on the ACT, according to seven students interviewed by Reuters.” (07/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/college-cheating-act

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16) Jury: Seattle police chief retaliated against officers
Source: Washington Post

“A jury on Monday found that the Seattle police chief retaliated against two police officers who were transferred to a different precinct amid a dispute about overtime pay. The King County jury also found in the lawsuit that Chief Kathleen O’Toole did not retaliate against a third officer, Lt. Steve Strand. … The 12-member jury heard claims that O’Toole retaliated after [Sgt. Ella] Elias complained that overtime pay had been improperly steered to four favored black officers. Elias sued the city in 2014. Proudfoot and Strand joined the suit, alleging they were transferred after challenging the department’s handling of Elias. Attorney Jessie Harris, who represents the city, said Elias, who is white, was a divisive leader who was removed from the South Precinct over a racially charged comment.” ()7/25/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/jury-seattle-police-chief-retaliated-against-officers/2016/07/25/d1fe8242-52c1-11e6-b652-315ae5d4d4dd_story.html

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17) Experts: Hard to prove Russians behind DNC hack
Source: USA Today

“Computer security researchers say it’s difficult to definitively say the cyber theft of files from the Democratic National Committee was perpetrated by Russian hackers, as some media outlets have reported. ‘Just because you find an AK-47 at a crime scene doesn’t mean a Russian pulled the trigger,’ said J.J. Thompson, chief executive of Rook Security, an Indianapolis-based firm. On Friday, Wikileaks released what it said were 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments from leaders at the Democratic National Committee. The documents, which the DNC has not dismissed as fraudulent, show antipathy toward Bernie Sanders, who had hoped to win the party’s presidential nomination.” [editor’s note: As if this was what really matters about the story – SAT] (07/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/07/25/experts-hard-prove-russians-behind-dnc-hack/87529230

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18) Canada: Woman charged for shooting at Pokemon Go players
Source: ABC News

“Police have charged a Canadian woman they allege shot a pellet gun at a group of people playing Pokemon Go north of Toronto. Police said Monday they received a call around 10:30 p.m. Saturday that someone was shooting at several people playing the popular smartphone game in Newmarket, Ontario. The game sends players into the real world to search for Pokemon, who appear on screen when users hold up their devices in various locations.” (07/25/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/canadian-woman-charged-shooting-pokemon-players-40864784

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19) CO: Four US troops accused of home invasion robbery
Source: Denver Post

“Four Fort Carson soldiers were arrested Sunday after they allegedly broke into a Colorado Springs home and threatened to shoot members of a family of four while demanding property. Dustin Mincy, Mykal Hall, Aaron Hall and Roman Alred have been arrested for investigation of first degree burglary, menacing and child abuse, according to a Colorado Springs police report. The four allegedly broke into a home on the block of 1100 Verde Drive at 6:30 p.m., according to the police report. A couple told officers from the Sand Creek Division that four men broke into their home and demanded property. The report does not indicate what kind of property was requested [sic].” (07/25/16)

http://www.denverpost.com/2016/07/25/fort-carson-soldiers-arrested-in-home-invasion-robbery/

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20) Germany: Ansbach suicide bomber pledged allegiance to Islamic State in video
Source: CNN

“The Syrian suicide bomber who injured 15 people in an attack on a music festival in Ansbach, Germany, Sunday night left behind a video on a mobile phone pledging allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and said he was engaging in an act of revenge against Germans, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said Monday. ‘I believe that after this video we cannot doubt that this attack was an Islamist terror attack,’ he said. Police searching his home found multiple mobile phones, Herrmann said, as well as materials to make explosive devices.” (07/25/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/24/world/ansbach-germany-blast/

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

21) Immigrants and Everest
Source: EconLog
by Bryan Caplan

“Immigrants use less welfare than natives, holding income constant. Immigrants are far less likely to be in jail than natives, holding high school graduation constant. On the surface, these seem like striking results. But I’ve heard a couple of smart people demur with an old statistics joke: ‘Controlling for barometric pressure, Mount Everest has the same altitude as the Dead Sea.’ Sometimes controls conceal the truth rather than laying it bare. Who’s right? Does adjusted quality matter? Or is it just a bait-and-switch? It all depends on what your audience takes for granted.” (07/25/16)

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

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22) The Hunt for Red Trump-tober
Source: Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo

“Julian Assange has done it again: exposed the inner workings — and crimes — of our political class, that is. This time his target is Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, whose emails were hacked by a Romanian who calls himself ‘Guccifer 2.0,’ and posted online by WikiLeaks. As revelations tumble out of the enormous data dump — e.g. DNC staffers conspired to target Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish, as an ‘atheist’ — the collusion of the party leadership with the Clinton campaign to marginalize Sanders threatens the Democrats with a potential explosion on the eve of their convention. It’s ‘gas meets flame,’ as one Democratic party leader put it. The Clinton campaign has responded by pushing a bizarre conspiracy theory that recalls the darkest days of the cold war: the DNC leak, they claim, is part of a plot by the Kremlin to elect Donald J. Trump President of these United States. Yes, seriously.” (07/25/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/07/24/hunt-red-trump-tober/

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23) Statist politicians are a menace to society
Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“I don’t know why people tolerate these perennial scumbags. You know; all those statist politician parasites on the planet who’ve been feeding off our blood sweat and tears — spoiling the liberty, property and happiness of humanity — since the beginning of civilizations. They’re a menace to society. They ruin businesses; wreak havoc upon commerce and prosperity; tell us what we can and can’t do with our lives; interfere constantly and incessantly with our wellbeing. The meddling never ends. Consider for example the United States House of Representatives. They just passed a bill which will cost Boeing aircraft company, its employees, shareholders, and yes, the people of the United States of America; you and me, $25 billion dollars in valuable international business.” (07/25/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/07/statist-politicians-are-menace-to.html

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24) The right to resist and the vindication of Julius Holmes
Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

“Charged with the murder of Mr. Wimberly, Holmes was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to twenty years in the Georgia State Prison. That sentence was imposed in July. By November, the case was before the Georgia Court of Appeals — which overturned the conviction, ruling that Holmes acted lawfully in using lethal force to prevent an unlawful arrest. … Thus it was that Julius Holmes, a black resident of heavily segregated Georgia who had killed a white man while resisting the efforts of two white police officers to arrest him, was set free on November 10, 1908. More than a century later, Vernon Riddick, a black police chief, in an address to a community gathering at a church in Waterbury, Connecticut, would exhort his largely African-American audience to submit with docility to whatever demand a police officer makes of them. If they are detained without cause, or their homes invaded without a warrant, they should comply with the officers and then ‘complain later to the department’s internal affairs office’ if they ‘feel’ their rights have been violated.” (07/24/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-right-to-resist-and-vindication-of.html

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25) Midsomer maunderings
Source: The Libertarian Enterprise
by L Neil Smith

“What has retained my interest in Midsomer Murders is the nearly fanatical regard the characters show in remaining ethical and trying to weigh the individual rights of everyone they encounter against the need to find and remove dangerous perpetrators from their society. It’s the topic of many conversations, and it hangs in the background like a stage curtain. I suppose someone like our English friend Dr. Sean Gabb could tell us if it’s for real or not. I do know the image of Canadian cops being unusually kindly and civilized is largely false. On Blue Bloods, under the leadership of NYPD Police Commissioner Frank Reagan (magnificently played by Tom Selleck) there is constant talk about the right thing to do, but they don’t try to whitewash the police establishment’s many shortcomings.” (07/24/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle882-20160724-02.html

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26) How much worse could 2016 get?
Source: Reuters
by Peter Apps

“In some ways, the most worrying thing about 2016 is that there are still more than five months of it left. Given just how much bad news has been packed into the year so far, the question has to be asked: what else could go wrong? The answer, of course, is a lot. It may well be that the mass casualty assaults in Paris, Brussels, Nice, Munich and Orlando (as well as a smattering of smaller attacks in France and Germany in particular) are only the beginning. Not all are necessarily linked to Islamist militant groups, but in each case they are raising the temperature of local domestic politics in a distinctly dangerous way.” [editor’s note: I go back and forth on this guy; sometimes he seems like a peace activist, other times a neocon. This might be one of the latter occasions – SAT] (07/25/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-conflict-commentary-idUSKCN10527R

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27) Statists and “anti-police rhetoric”
Source: Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog
by Kent McManigal

“Cops are just another nasty gang. The big difference between cops and other thugs is that the cops have nicer stuff. Shiny signs telling what you are ‘required” to do, clean and pressed gang colors, flashy gang cars, fancier guns and weapons (often, stuff you and I are prohibited from owning) — all the stuff associated with the Blue Line Gang. And all this fancy stuff is bought with the proceeds of their crimes — crimes they are committing against you and your family, friends, and neighbors.” (07/24/16)

http://blog.kentforliberty.com/2016/07/statists-and-anti-police-rhetoric.html

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28) Superdelegate showdown: Round one goes to DNC
Source: In These Times
by Kate Aronoff

“The Democratic Party did not abolish superdelegates today, but it might before this year’s convention in Philadelphia is over. This afternoon the Democratic Party’s Rules Committee overwhelmingly struck down an amendment—backed by Demand Progress, National Nurses United, MoveOn and several other groups—to do just that. But because they won over more than a quarter of the committee’s members, those in support of abolition will bring a “minority report” to a vote on the Democratic National Convention (DNC) floor in the next few days. And even if the use of superdelegates doesn’t come to an end by Thursday night, Democratic Party politics as we know it almost certainly will.” (07/25/16)

http://inthesetimes.com/article/19321/superdelegates-showdown-round-one-goes-to-the-democratic-national-committee

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29) Liberal governor, divided government
Source: The American Prospect
by Rachel M Cohen

“In February, at the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg, first-term Democratic Governor Tom Wolf readied himself for his second budget address. These were not normal times for Pennsylvania politics: The state had been operating without a budget for eight months, an unprecedented crisis as the Republican-controlled General Assembly fought with the governor’s office over issues of taxation, spending, and pension reform. As the impasse dragged on, school districts and nonprofit organizations across the state were forced to borrow money, lay off employees, and reduce social services. ‘My fellow Pennsylvanians: Our Commonwealth is in crisis. A crisis that threatens our future,’ Wolf declared from the podium. ‘This crisis is not about politics at all. This is about math.'” (07/25/16)

http://prospect.org/article/liberal-governor-divided-government

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30) The UBI in non-ideal theory and ideal theory
Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Kevin Vallier

“Phil Magness has complained, at length, on Facebook that proponents of a universal basic income (UBI) like myself have failed to grasp with various ‘public choice’ problems that would surely plague the functioning of the UBI. Presumably people would distort the use of the UBI in ways that are counterproductive. I’ve seen other libertarians raise worries that the UBI involves ‘handouts’ and something for nothing. I think these objections are mistaken and I think I can demonstrate as much if you distinguish between two reasons libertarians might endorse a UBI: in ideal theory and non-ideal theory.” (07/25/16)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/07/the-ubi-in-non-ideal-theory-and-ideal-theory/

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31) Baker’s Dozen [TM] reasons for civil unrest to explode
Source: The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton

“Doom and gloom cause us to fear ‘the worst’ and for many people, that is going to lead directly to massive civil unrest, ranging from 1968 style protests to armed uprisings and revolts. Obviously politicians, bureaucrats, military theorists and contractors for all of the above spend a lot of time thinking about these things. Here are thirteen reasons (‘potential causes’) it might all go into the toilet if the balloon goes up, at least according to the powers that be.” (07/25/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9368

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32) Disorder on the Democratic left
Source: The New Republic
by David Dayen

“‘The progressive left is ascendant in this country!’ bellowed Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota, delivering the closing keynote of Netroots Nation in St. Louis earlier this month to mostly fellow Bernie Sanders backers. ‘Your activism is driving this moment and will drive the next year.’ For most of the 2016 primaries, that’s how it’s looked: Sanders’s improbably effective insurgent campaign not only brought in millions of young progressives, it pushed Hillary Clinton further and further left on a succession of key issues. Ellison and his cadres have reason to celebrate their newfound influence over the party. But a one-two punch on the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has many wondering anew: Is the left really driving the moment, or about to get run over again?” [editor’s note: My guess is the latter – SAT] (07/25/16)

https://newrepublic.com/article/135451/disorder-democratic-left

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33) Awaiting Act II of the charade called “democracy”
Source: QandO
by Bruce McQuain

“So, Democratic voters, you really thought you had a role in all of this? Bwaahaaahahaha. You hadn’t a chance of deciding. Your vote was simply part of the stage props necessary in the attempt to keep the facade of ‘democracy’ alive. The Superdelegates picked long before the first vote was cast had already decided the contest. You were window dressing.” (07/25/16)

http://www.qando.net/2016/07/25/awaiting-act-ii-of-the-charade-called-democracy/

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34) “Sustainability” is fishy
Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

“While the absence of property rights in oceans and other large bodies of water, and in uncaught fish, might well lead to overfishing (that is, to a genuinely unsustainable manner of acquiring fish for human consumption), the very essence of a fish farm implies property rights in the fish stocks. And where there are property rights there is sustainability. A fish farmer is no more likely to allow his stock of fish to be depleted than is the owner of Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh to allow his horse to be slaughtered for sport, or than are you to allow the cost of motor oil to prevent you from ever changing the oil in your your car.” (07/25/16)

http://cafehayek.com/2016/07/41127.html

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35) Putin for president 2016
Source: USA Today
by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

“Call it the Putin Election if you want, because we have two candidates leading the pack who seem, in one way or another, likely to prove congenial to Vladimir Putin. On the Democratic side, we have Hillary Clinton, whose secret private-server emails are almost certainly already in the hands of Russian intelligence (probably along with several other nations’ spy services as well). What that means is Putin can embarrass Hillary (or worse) whenever he wants. We’re getting a small foretaste of that in the release of hacked Democratic National Committee emails this weekend. The emails show dirty tricks aimed at Bernie Sanders, including a plan to go after his lack of faith. They also show the DNC and Clinton folks getting awfully chummy with some allegedly professional journalists, and putting pressure on news organizations.” (07/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/07/25/wikileaks-emails-dnc-putin-bernie-hillary-trump-blackmail-guccifer-russian-column/87524386

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36) How campus censorship is conquering the world
Source: spiked
by Wendy Kaminer

“Progressive speech policing has moved off campus, in a trend as alarming as it is unsurprising. College and university speech codes conflating allegedly offensive speech and discriminatory conduct date back a quarter of a century. They partly reflect hostility toward unwelcome speech spawned by popular therapies of the 1980s, which equated verbal and physical abuse, and by the feminist anti-porn movement, which equated pornography with rape and declared misogynist speech a civil-rights violation. By now, generations of students have been taught that unwelcome speech isn’t speech but discriminatory ‘verbal conduct;’ these days, it’s even condemned as violence.” (07/25/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/how-campus-censorship-is-conquering-the-world-free-speech/

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37) Colombia: Government puts investment at risk by violating property rights
Source: PanAm Post
by Phillip Stevens

“The transformation of Colombia’s economy over the past few years has been, in a word, remarkable. Outward-looking policies have helped to attract foreign business and investment, creating more jobs and raising wages for Colombians. Unfortunately, recent events in the health sector represent a real threat to continued economic progress. Since the early 2000s, Colombia has pursued policies that have successfully opened its markets, including the signing of preferential trade agreements with the likes of the United States, the European Union and the European Free Trade Association, privatization of some state-owned enterprises, and reforms to the public sector. Perhaps most importantly, a strong respect for the rule of law and a respect for property rights in the country have contributed substantially to fueling investor confidence.” (07/25/16)

https://panampost.com/editor/2016/07/25/colombian-government-puts-investment-at-risk-by-violating-property-rights/

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38) The Bob Zadek Show, 07/24/16
Source: The Bob Zadek Show

“Christina Sandefur, executive Vice President of the Goldwater Institute, is a co-drafter of the Right to Try initiative and has been pivotal in getting these laws passed around the country. She joins Bob to make the case to the remaining 19 states — including California.” [various formats] (07/24/16)

http://www.bobzadek.com/past-shows/2016/7/22/christina-sandefur-on-the-right-to-try-initiative

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39) Sorry not sorry
Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Months ago, Sen. Sanders called for Wasserman Schultz to step down, noting her closeness to the Clinton campaign and angered by what his campaign perceived as unfair treatment. To which, Wasserman Schultz had smugly responded, ‘Spoken like someone who has never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we do.’ It seems Sanders had a lot better understanding of what the DNC does than she thought. Thanks to WikiLeaks, the American people have also gotten in the know.” (07/25/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/25/sorry-not-sorry/

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40) Johnny Rocket Launch Pad, episode 98
Source: Johnny Rocket Launch Pad

“This week we have the youngest guest ever on the show, and a political prodigy! This week we welcome radio host of the Remso Republic and self-defined ‘conservatarian’ Remso W. Martinez! This week we go into depth about the homeless problem in America, and how do we fix it? Is this country lazy, or do we need more tough love?” [various formats] (07/25/16)

http://jrlp.podbean.com/e/johnny-rocket-launch-pad-episode-98-remso-w-martinez/

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41) What to make of Tim Kaine’s TPP reversal
Source: Our Future
by Dave Johnson

“In a representative democracy, the idea is that the representatives should support the preferences of their constituencies. This is what is happening with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick, Tim Kaine has reversed his position from supporting TPP to opposing it. He had praised TPP as recently as Thursday. He has changed his position on TPP, and good for him for doing so. Kaine had to change his position immediately after being chosen as Clinton’s VP pick. This is what happens when people organize and make their voices heard. This is the power of the progressive movement. This is the new Democratic party: recognizing reality, and starting to listen to the voices of working people again.” (07/25/16)

https://ourfuture.org/20160725/what-to-make-of-vp-pick-tim-kaines-tpp-reversal

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42) Killing with robots increases militarization of police
Source: OpEdNews
by Marjorie Cohn

“The killing of Johnson is evidently the first time domestic law enforcement has utilized an armed robot to kill a suspect. It will not be the last. Police departments are becoming increasingly militarized, using assault weapons, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers, and ear-splitting sirens known as LRADs. Much of this equipment is purchased from the Pentagon at a significant discount. But the answer to our national epidemic of racist police killings is not to further militarize law enforcement.” (07/25/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Killing-with-robots-increa-by-Marjorie-Cohn-Killing_Militarization_Police-Abuse-Of-Power_Robots-160725-499.html

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43) Free Talk Live, 07/24/16
Source: Free Talk Live

“Did Mark get robbed or scammed in Vegas? :: Ricky to Reverse Engineer a Bank Takeover? :: Voting :: Protesting :: Auto Fatalities :: Activists Raided During RNC :: Cell 411 :: Human Trafficking :: Ademo Freeman from Copblock.org Joins Us :: Copblockers’ Backpacks Stolen :: Alex Jones Jumps Shark :: Chalking :: Drug Testing :: Muslims Protest Violence in DC :: Prostitution.” [Flash audio or MP3] (07/24/16)

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44) It’s time to privatize foreign policy
Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Richard M Ebeling

“Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has caused an uproar in American foreign policy circles by challenging existing forms of U.S. participation in a variety of military and political alliances in Europe and Asia, including NATO. But in spite of impressions in the media, Trump is not an isolationist, but an extremely aggressive advocate of American interventionism. The self-proclaimed ‘master of the deal’ is not calling for America to withdraw from the world. Instead, Trump wants to renegotiate the terms under which the United States entangles itself in global affairs.” (07/25/16)

https://fee.org/articles/it-s-time-to-privatize-foreign-policy/

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45) Hillary Clinton’s dangerously coherent foreign policy
Source: Reason
by Thaddeus Russell

“To Clinton and other inheritors of Wilson’s calling, Trump’s specific sins are what some have crudely called isolationism. Rather than seek U.S. military dominance as a means to extend American influence, Trump has insisted that other nations bolster their militaries and defend themselves, which Clinton dismissively reduced to a demand to ‘let more countries have nuclear weapons.’ … What Clinton offers instead of Trump’s ‘truly dangerous path’ is a foreign policy built upon the classically Wilsonian idea that America ‘is an exceptional country’ that is the ‘last, best hope on earth.’ She promises to ‘secure American leadership’ and to prove, through diplomacy and military action, that ‘our country represents something special, not just to us, [but] to the world.’ Unfortunately, presidents with these coherent ideas have been the most dangerous of all.” (07/25/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/25/hillary-clintons-dangerously-coherent-fo

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46) Donald Trump’s war on Islam, beheld live from the Cleveland floor, part 2
Source: The Intercept
by Mattathias Schwartz

“Few have explained the essence of Make America Great Again with the clarity of Grandpa Simpson. ‘I used to be with it,’ he said, to his son Homer and his son’s friend Barney, having caught them rocking out in front of a mirror. ‘But then they changed what it was. Now what I’m with isn’t it, and what’s it seems weird and scary to me.’ Then came the curse: ‘It’ll happen to you.’ Grandpa Simpson’s words echoed the two questions that Rudy Giuliani asked on Day 1: America! What happened to it? Where did it go? I looked to the delegates for answers.” (07/24/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/07/24/donald-trumps-war-on-islam-beheld-live-from-the-cleveland-floor-part-two/

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47) Io, Saturnalia!
Source: The Cobden Centre
by Sean Corrigan

“Ah, Brexit! What is there left to say that not already been said, most of it either out of folly or falsehood? As regards the overall political backdrop to this lightning bolt of mass discontent, the only thing that is clear is that there is no clarity — neither within Britain nor without. If, as the Good Book tells us, a house divided against itself cannot stand — hard hats on, people!” (07/25/16)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2016/07/io-saturnalia/

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48) Seeds of Liberty Podcast, 07/23/16
Source: Peaceful Anarchism

“Please enjoy my recent conversation with Dale Brown. Herein we discussed what is public safety, VIPERS Threat Management philosophy, diffusing tense situations, acting without fear, his humble beginnings, movie that have inspired him, preventing conflict, perverse incentives of law enforcement, always record everything, sovereign immunity, cannabis myths, crack myths …” [MP3] (07/23/16)

http://peacefulanarchism.com/dale-brown-founder-of-vipers-detroit-threat-management-center-private-security-agency/

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49) Allen Dulles: Architect of America’s secret government
Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Michael Swanson

“The state of crisis created by Cold Warriors such as the Dulles brothers continues today in the war on terror. Some defenders of the national-security state, such as those who disapprove of the Talbot book, treat attempts to explore its hidden history as an act of disloyalty. But that makes no sense unless being loyal means denying reality and upholding myths. The national-security state justified a rule of secrecy in the name of plausible deniability to protect the president and its own officials from the rule of law and public opinion. Allen Dulles claimed he needed to do that to wage the Cold War. But when you create exceptions to the rule of law, you create an opening for corruption, violence, and political instability.” (07/25/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/allen-dulles-architect-americas-secret-government/

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50) Down with “leadership”: Against the election
Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Thomas E Woods, Jr.

“The opening lecture of Mises University 2016. Recorded at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama, on 24 July 2016.” [various formats] (07/24/16)

https://mises.org/library/down-leadership-against-election

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